The OLMA Overview -- September 14, 2017
Week Two is here, and we are in full swing! Next week is a big one, with picture day and Back-to-School Night (BTS) on Tuesday. We will begin BTS in the auditorium at 6:30 PM. You will the opportunity to meet and hear from Ms. Valore, as well as check in with teachers and staff. Before you leave that night, be sure and see Mrs. Kinkade for an OPEN HOUSE yard sign. We need your help planting them all over South Jersey.

This month will end with a bang as we hold our ROCK 'N RAISE party on Saturday, September 30. The band is awesome and your ticket also includes dinner and beer. We have many people (parents, staff, local businesses) working hard to make the night a blast, so I hope to see you there. If you're looking for a reason to get out, this is a good one. Tickets are only $25 and are available online or by calling the office. You'll find more information below.

On the heels of that event is our Broadway Trip on October 4 and Communion Breakfast on October 8. Check out all the details below. I'll end on a note of congratulations to our fall athletes for a great start to the fall season. Go Villagers! -- Mrs. Coyle
Student Spotlight
Meet Katie Burrichter

OLMA's Katie Burrichter is well known for her performance on the Volleyball court -- a place she feels completely at home. Katie began playing Club volleyball in the fourth grade. She also wanted to play for her school, but St. Michael the Archangel Regional School didn't have a team. "That's when I first met Coach Fred (Marcano)," said Katie. "He introduced volleyball at St. Michael's and formed our first team."

Little did she know that Coach Fred would re-enter her life in high school as OLMA's head coach for volleyball -- a position he started in this summer. "Our team is making a lot of progress so far this year," said Katie. "Coach has introduced new techniques, plus we have a lot of new freshmen players." The team also has some great leadership in co-captains, Katie and Morgan Hagerty.

Katie's hard work and leadership were rewarded this past weekend as she was named MVP Libero for the whole tournament. When asked about that honor she said she was surprised. "I didn't expect it, but my adrenaline and energy level were both pretty high that day. They were a tough team and I wanted to be every where and get every ball." And that she did.

This is Katie's third year playing varsity volleyball for OLMA, something she has in common in with her two sisters, Nicole, OLMA '14 and Ashley, OLMA '16. When it came time to choose a high school, Katie said she remembers having options. "My parents let me decide which high school felt best," she said. "I had already spent so much time at OLMA with my sisters that it already felt like home. We're all girls, we can totally be ourselves. I have a Spiderman notebook and no one cares. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable carrying it around anywhere else."

Academically, Katie is a fan of Chemistry and History and is considering attending college to be a Chemical Engineer. She hasn't made any decisions yet on schools, but after attending OLMA's college tours, has put Loyola and Catholic University on the consideration list. In addition to great academic programs, both schools have women's volleyball teams. Any school would be lucky to have you, Katie. Good luck on the rest of your season!
Dates Set for Shadow Day & Open House
If you know of any young women who may be interested in finding out more about OLMA, please tell them know about our upcoming Shadow Day and Open House events. They can call the office, or visit our website to register. Thank you!
Make Like a Tree and Leaf!
The Class of 2021 has officially joined the ranks of OLMA students who will never look at a tree the same way again. Pictured here are members of Mrs. Coppinger's Honors Biology class on day one of the Leaf Project. They begin their search on campus for samples of the dozens of leaf varieties they will learn about this semester. If it sounds a little tedious, that's because it is, but in a good way. The Leaf Project is a fabulous introduction to Biology and a project that most students remember years later as one of their favorites.
Upcoming Special Events
No Presentations, No Speeches, ALL FUN!
Did you get your tickets yet? There's no time like the present! Grab your friends and get ready to ROCK 'N RAISE at our party on September 30, from 7-11 PM in Carew Hall. Tickets -- just $25 -- are on sale now and include live music from Secret Sauce, dinner, dessert, and free beer. You may also BYOB. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. To find out more and purchase your tickets today, please click here !

PLEASE NOTE: We are in need of restaurant gift certificates and/or event tickets (sporting events, concerts, etc.) to add to our raffle baskets. If you can help, please contact Mrs. Kinkade at mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org.
Broadway Bound
This year's trip will be on October 4 to see A Bronx Tale -- and we'll be traveling in style on a coach bus. There are only 15 tickets left, so see Mrs. Blackshear ASAP if you'd like to go! (Kudos to Sara Hopman on designing the great flyer below!).
Salerno Society Selects Honorees
This one is a biggie and benefits OLMA Athletics! Please join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Merighi's Savoy Inn as we honor and induct the newest members of the Salerno Society Hall of Fame. The evening is a grand one in celebration of Our Lady of Mercy Academy and the people who helped make it what it is today. 

Doors open at 6 PM for cocktails. We hope to see you there.  Our very own Mrs. C (top left) is one of this year's honorees! Also being honored are: Bifulco Farms (top right), 2009 Varsity Crew Team, Senior Quad Boat (bottom left), and Dr. Alexis Harvey (bottom right). We owe these individuals, families and alumnae athletes much thanks.

Tickets are $60 each and may be purchased online and by calling the school office at (856) 697-2008. The opportunity to reserve space for advertising or well wishes in our program booklet is also available. Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted ads!

To find out more about this year's slate of inductees, please click here .

To purchase tickets and/or reserve space in the program booklet, click here .
Mass and a Meal
OLMA's Annual Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, so please save the date! It's an absolutely beautiful morning that begins with the celebration of Mass followed by a full breakfast. Please mark your calendars for a morning with your OLMA family. More details coming soon.
It's a Trip of a Lifetime
If this trip has your name written all over it, please contact Mrs. Blackshear or Mrs. Cavagnaro right away. Ticket prices are going up on September 24, so reserve your spot before then to ensure the best prices. Check out the information below and we'll save you a seat!
Click here to see the trip itinerary and download a registration form. Get set to pack your bags!
Never Miss a Game
OLMA is now directly connected to the Cape Atlantic League's master scheduling system. It's awesome and contains information on game times, coaches, rosters, standings and more. This is definitely a page to add to your bookmarks. Take a look here .
Meeting Reminders

Picture Day: Tuesday, September 19 for all students and faculty.

OLMA Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 19

Retakes for Senior Portraits: Tuesday, September 26

Quarter 1 Progress Check: Tuesday, September 26

ID Photo Retakes: Wednesday, September 27

ROCK 'N RAISE: Saturday, September 30
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