The OLMA Overview -- February 23, 2018
The Super 50-50 Drawing Party, our biggest fundraiser of the year, kicks off at 6 PM on Saturday night. Our Parents Society has worked tirelessly for nearly a year to make this event a success. I'm happy to announce that the evening is officially sold out! Thanks to the committee's efforts, all 400 tickets are spoken for. From now until event time, the more than 100 raffle items and baskets will come to life. If you've attended before, you're no doubt familiar with our emcee. Let's just say that he has something extra special planned for this year's Luau themed event. I'll be there! As always, thank you for your support. It really does make a difference.

On Monday, Mrs. Cavagnaro and I will accompany OLMA's Class of 2018 on their senior trip to Florida. This trip is a long-time tradition at OLMA. It's important to note that travel costs go up each year. The good news is that students do not have to wait until they are seniors to begin fundraising for this trip. In fact, the proceeds from the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates sale that's going on now go directly into your daughters' individual trip accounts. Materials were sent home with the girls, so now is as good a time as any to start chipping away at the costs that come with senior year.

Believe it or not, March begins next week -- and it's definitely coming in like a lion. The month is filled with many special activities and programs including SpeakUp!, OLMA's Inaugural Dodge Ball Tournament (see details below), Junior Job Shadow Program, Blood Drive, and more. It's going to be an exciting spring! Hope to see you on Saturday! -- Mrs. Coyle
Student Spotlight
Corinne Shields, Class of 2020
As a graduate of Woodland Country Day School, OLMA sophomore, Corinne Shields, is no stranger to close-knit learning environments. It was one of the things she liked most about Woodland and part of what made OLMA the perfect fit for high school. "The difference was the all-girls part," said Corinne. "At first, I wasn't so sure if I was going to like being with just girls, but once I got here, it was no longer an issue. We are so comfortable and focused on what we're doing that we don't miss having boys around at all."

Corinne is not alone. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find an OLMA student who disagrees. Corinne is also a big fan of her teachers. "I love all of the teachers," she said. "They are here for whatever we need." While Corinne says she enjoys all of her classes, her favorite is U.S. History with Mrs. Blackshear. "Mrs. B takes a storytelling approach to teaching History, which really works for me," she said. "It keeps the material interesting and brings it to life in a special way."

When it comes to academics as a whole, Corinne is dedicated to doing her best. "The academics are challenging here and getting more challenging all the time as Mrs. Coyle continues to add new courses at higher levels," she said. "We have to work hard, but I think it's great." Earlier this week, sophomores got their first look at the course catalog for next year and were pleasantly surprised by all of the choices. Corinne says she's especially excited to take Advanced Placement courses as a junior.

In addition to academics, Corinne is grateful for OLMA's athletics program. "There are 13 sports and everyone gets to play," she said. "I'll be playing softball again this year and can't wait for it to start." Right around the time that softball season draws to a close, Corinne with join 29 other OLMA students on the Mini-Mester to Canada.

Mini-Mesters are new this year and provide an additional experiential component to the school's curriculum. "I've never traveled outside of the country, so I'm excited about experiencing another culture and seeing new and different things," said Corinne, who selected this trip from a catalog of more than a dozen options.

Looking ahead, Corinne isn't sure about career plans. "I haven't found that one thing just yet, but I think it will be coming soon now that junior year is right around the corner," she said. "Everything is moving so fast and I feel like I just got here. That's why it's so important to work hard and do your best from day one." Good advice, Corinne. Congratulations on doing just that.
Iyanla Kollock Wins States; Commits to Rutgers!
It's hard to believe that a mere four years ago, Iyanla Kollock had never tried running before. She knew she was athletic and was a cheerleader, but it wasn't until she came to OLMA that she decided to give track a try. This morning, Iyanla was surprised by Coach Lenguadoro and the entire student body with flowers and balloons in celebration of her second State Championship win in the 55m. "She works hard and is very focused," said Coach Leng. "It's a huge accomplishment to be State Champ even once, and she did it twice." Iyanla will be running for Rutgers University in New Brunswick this fall -- definitely close enough for us to continue to watch her fly. Congratulations!
OLMA Names Two New Varsity Coaches
Earlier this week, we announced the selection of Doug Burhanna as its new Head Soccer Coach and Elise Krogman as Head Tennis Coach for the 2018-2019 season.

Coach Burhanna will replace Shawn Swanger, who coached OLMA Soccer to the South Jersey State Championship game in 2016 and to the semifinals in 2017. Under his leadership, three athletes broke OLMA all-time scoring records, including University of Miami scholar-athlete, Tia DuPont. Admired by students and parents alike, Swanger resigned his coaching post due to a job relocation to northern NJ.

Coach Burhanna transitions to OLMA Soccer from the Head Tennis Coach position he filled for the school during the 2017-2018 season. He has coached soccer for many years, most recently, as Assistant Coach for St. Augustine Prep’s highly ranked program. He also coached tennis at St. Augustine Prep.

Replacing him at the helm of the OLMA Tennis Team will be Elise Krogman, formerly Assistant Head Tennis Coach for OLMA and current Head Fencing Coach at St. Augustine Prep.

“Coaches Burhanna and Krogman are both highly experienced and effective with the passion necessary to inspire and motivate their players to give their all each and every day,” said Matt Lenguadoro, OLMA Athletic Director. “We are fortunate to have them as part of our coaching staff and look forward to their success as OLMA’s athletics program continues to grow.”
Booster Club Meeting on Monday Night
All parents and guardians are invited to join OLMA's Athletic Director, Matt Lenguadoro, on Monday, February 26 to discuss the possibility of forming an OLMA Athletic Booster Club. The club's goals would be to assist all athletic teams, as well as seniors who are interested in continuing athletics in college. The meeting will be held in the gym beginning at 6 PM.
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates On Sale
Easter comes early this year, so now's the time to get your sweets orders in! The salespeople are your daughters and the profits (40% of sales) will go directly into their senior trip accounts. All students have copies of the most recent catalog . It's filled with everything under the sun. All orders are due in no later than March 5. Delivery will be before Easter break. Thank you!

P.S. -- If you have relatives who would like to order online, follow the instructions on the back of the catalog to register your daughter to sell electronically. Once that's complete, provide your buyers with OLMA's participant number (115240) and instruct them to place their orders at
Inaugural Dodge Ball Tournament On 3/15
Ready for some dodge ball? If so, find four teammates and get set for some fun on Thursday, March 15! OLMA will be hosting its Inaugural Dodge Ball Tournament and will welcome teams of five players each comprised of students from OLMA and St. Augustine Prep. Teams may register with Coach Lenguadoro at a cost of $25. Tournament play will be held in Carew Hall. Doors open at 5:30 PM and games begin at 6:30 sharp! The last day to sign up to play is Tuesday, March 13. Admission for spectators is $5 each.
Designer Bag BINGO Comes to OLMA
Get set to play BINGO and WIN DESIGNER BAGS! It all happens on Friday, April 27 in Carew Hall. Doors open at 6 PM and tickets are just $30 each. To reserve your ticket or table (eight paid tickets required), contact Kathy Ryan at or Georgina Morrell at All proceeds will benefit the students of OLMA!
SCRIP = Cash Back
Remember, every dollar you spend is returned to you in the form of your favorite gift cards. You can order online and pay by check or via Presto Pay. It's free and easy -- and makes some extra cash for all involved. Click here to download an order form, or visit
Project Puerto Rico Still Under Way!
Hammers, nails, caulk guns, electrical tape, screw drivers, wrenches, duct tape, shampoo, mouthwash, and soap are some of the many items being collected for delivery directly to individual families in the hardest hit areas of Puerto Rico. Bins are in the cafeteria. Gently used tools are welcome, so take a trip to your basement and garage and gather up what you don't need.

This service project, launched by Student Council, is school wide and began as part of this year's Catholic Schools Week activities.
OLMA Blood Drive -- March 8
Did you know that one of the easiest ways to help save lives is by donating blood? That's right -- and it's super easy to do. Plus, you get cookies when you're done! What's not to love?

OLMA seniors, Gianna Capriotti, Abby Ward and Gabriella Poe are leading this year's Blood Drive and need your help. It all happens on March 8 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and again from 2 PM to 7 PM.

You can sign up at school (stop in the office) or by visiting the American Red Cross website at: Use sponsor code: OLMA. Your donation is urgently needed! Please sign up to donate today!
Attention Seniors!
It's not too late to secure scholarships to help offset the cost of college. It takes a little research, but many opportunities exist out there. Here's a link to a list that we maintain for you under the Guidance section of our website. Deadlines are looming, so it you are interested, please apply ASAP. Good luck!
A Bit of Brahms
We end this week's Overview on a high note with the sounds of Ashley Iveson on cello as part of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's performance at the Kimmel Center. Bravo!
Upcoming Events

Super 50-50 Drawing Party -- February 24

Seniors Depart for Florida -- February 26

Booster Club Meeting -- February 26

Gertrude Hawk Orders DUE -- March 5

OLMA Blood Drive -- March 8; 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and again from 2 PM to 7 PM; Sign up to donate at school, or via the American Red Cross website: Use sponsor code: OLMA.

Job Shadow Week -- March 12

Speak Up! -- March 13

Inaugural Dodge Ball Tournament (OLMA and PREP) -- March 15

Easter Break Begins -- March 28

SAVE THE DATE -- OLMA Art Auction -- April 19

Designer Bag BINGO -- April 27
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