The OLMA Overview -- February 1, 2019
This has been an extremely exciting week at OLMA as we conducted 13 focus groups with students, parents, alumnae, alumnae parents, advisory board members, the board of trustees, faculty and staff, and donors and advocates. To those of you who participated (selected randomly) I thank you. These discussions were part of a much larger strategic planning process that we are embarking upon as we chart the course for the future of our school.

While there is much work to do, OLMA's future is bright. John Littleford, a strategic planning expert, was onsite all week. His expertise is unparalleled as he has worked with more than 7,000 schools worldwide. Interestingly, he made a point to tell me how impressed he was with our students. He found them to be very well spoken, but what struck him the most was the way they listened to and supported each other throughout the session. Sisterhood was in full force.

Speaking of sisterhood, thank you for coming out to the OLMA Swim Senior Night and BLACKOUT Cancer events this week. Both were fantastic and having so many supporters in the stands made a huge difference for our athletes. Let's keep it up as we wind down winter sports and transition into our spring sports lineup.

Next week is ITV, or It Takes A Village. week at OLMA. It all begins with Mass on Monday morning at 8:30 am. All are welcome to join us. Until then, stay warm and enjoy the weekend. -- Mrs. Coyle
Student Spotlight: Meet Caelah Palumbo
Class of 2020
This time last year, Caelah Palumbo had no idea that she'd be wearing an OLMA uniform. As the year was drawing to a close, she was faced with the possibility of relocating and found herself excited about the idea of starting school somewhere new. While the relocation didn't happen, her desire to look around at other schools remained. She visited OLMA, shadowed for a day and knew this was where she wanted to be.

Now midway through her junior year, Caelah can't imagine being anywhere else. If you ask her classmates, they will tell you that it seems like she has been here all along. Caelah was one of five new students added to the junior class last fall. The class just gelled and has never been closer. "The transition was very smooth," said Caelah. "All of the girls were so welcoming and my teammates became another family. It doesn't matter what grade you're in at OLMA because we all know each other and we're all friends. There's no drama."

Caelah is both a scholar and an athlete. She's doing well academically and is now in the midst of the second of three sports that she plans on playing this year. Caelah played fall soccer, is a force on OLMA's Varsity Basketball team and can't wait to get on the Lacrosse field this spring. "I love all three sports, but my favorite is Lacrosse," she said. "I can't wait to play for OLMA."

Looking ahead, Caelah says she's a science girl. "I'd like to start out studying nursing in college, but one day hope to be a surgeon," she said. In the meantime, she is soaking up the OLMA Sisterhood. "Everyone has each other's backs here," said Caelah. "You never feel alone and the teachers are always here to help." When asked about some of her favorite moments so far this year, the Sisterhood Olympics topped her list, followed closely by Advent Angels. "Both were so much fun and really helped me feel part of the OLMA Sisterhood," she said.

A little known fact about this scholar athlete is that she is a wiz on the sewing machine. "I make clothes, blankets and pillows," said Caelah. "I also like to up-cycle by turning old things into new. I also like to cook. I grew up watching my mom and really enjoy it. Both sewing and cooking relax me and are stress free."

She likes cooking so much that she selected Culinary Arts as her Minimester course. "I'm excited and can't wait for it to start," she said. "I'll be bringing home complete meals for my family that week. It's going to be fun."

Indeed it is. We are so glad you're here, Caelah. Keep up the good work!
OLMA Swimming Celebrates Seniors
On Monday night, the OLMA Swim Team honored and thanked its seniors for their dedication, commitment and leadership. Congratulations to Brianna Badger, Denise Dimapilis, Allie Patitucci, Laura Sloan, Atira Smith, and Nicole Wolkowicz. Each senior was presented with flowers from a teammate who also took the time to share some kind words of praise and gratitude. Many OLMA students and families were on hand to help celebrate this special night. Here are some photo highlights!
It was a BLACKOUT
Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Pizza Hut Pizza and a packed house of fans dressed in black joined forces to BLACKOUT Cancer. The event took place as the OLMA Villagers battled Buena High School on the basketball court in OLMA’s Carew Hall. OLMA took home both JV and Varsity wins.

“Win or lose, tonight’s game was all about supporting Go4theGoal, an organization that helps kids with cancer achieve their goals,” said Matt Lenguadoro, Athletic Director, OLMA.  “Our athletes, coaches and parents are passionate about helping others and wanted to support this organization, so we decided to dedicate a game to doing just that.” For a $5 donation, fans were treated to a great game, free pizza and an #OLMACares shirt. More than $1,700 was raised in support of Go4theGoal.

Basketball is one of 13 competitive sports offered at OLMA, with two more to be added soon. Go4theGoal works to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial assistance, granting special wishes, developing unique hospital programs, and funding innovative research. Learn more about Go4thGoal and how you can help make a difference by visiting Go4theGoal.org.

Join us tomorrow morning as we present a check to Go4theGoal during halftime of the JV game. Once you're here, plan to stay as we celebrate Senior Day just prior to the Varsity game start. Go OLMA!
A Focus on Leadership
The world needs more women leaders. An all-girls environment and programs like OLMA's L2T are focused on creating them. Take a look at why this is so important.
Rugby Coming Soon

  • Interested in playing Rugby in the Fall? OLMA will have a Rugby 7s clinic with KJ Feury on Wednesday, February 20. It will take place at 6:15 PM in Carew Hall Gymnasium. Parents and students who plan on participating should attend. It will be a hands-on clinic and Mrs. Feury will instruct the girls through practice drills and game situations.

  • Want to coach? We are in search of a Head Volleyball Coach. If you or someone you know has interest, please contact Matt Lenguadoro at mr.lenguadoro@olmanj.org.
Show Your Love with Valentine's Day SCRIP
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so now's the time to order your Hallmark SCRIP! Hallmark is one of thousands of retailers that participate in SCRIP. Orders are placed every Friday and cards are sent home on Wednesdays. To find out more, go to https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You may also email our parent coordinator, Mikilyn Hiles at jerryshvac@comcast.net.
SAVE THE DATE
Get set to play BINGO and WIN DESIGNER BAGS! It all happens on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Carew Hall. Doors open at 6 PM and tickets are just $35. Additional information coming soon, but mark your calendar today!
Upcoming Events

JV Basketball Game and Check Presentation -- Saturday, February 2; 10 am at OLMA

OLMA Basketball Senior Day and Varsity Game -- Saturday, February 2, 11:30 am at OLMA


OLMA ITV (It Takes a Village) Week -- February 4-8

ITV Community Mass -- February 4; 8:30 am

Career Day -- February 6

NO SCHOOL/Faculty Prof. Development -- February 15

N O SCHOOL/President's Day -- February 18

Super 50-50 Drawing Party -- Saturday, February 23

Senior Trip - February 27-March 3

We hope you enjoy the OLMA Overview. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Mrs. Kinkade at 856.697.2008, ext. 140, or email her at: mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org