The OLMA Overview -- September 27, 2019
Yesterday's Back-to-School night was a great success. Many thanks to Mrs. Stanzione and our Parents Society for the refreshments! You are superheroes! Thanks also to our many student volunteers. Thanks most of all to all of the OLMA parents who were here. As an educator, having your support is invaluable. Together, there is nothing we can't do for your daughters, so thank you. I look forward to seeing many of you again next week at our Wine & Cheese party.

Soon we will be recognizing the academic achievements of our students from last year's second semester. This is something we gather as a school to do twice each year. Our students work hard and we believe in congratulating them to the cheers of their sisters. We also know that academic success is contagious. Our students support and inspire one another to be and to do their best -- and it's working.

Next Sunday is our annual Communion Breakfast. We've added our Sisterhood Ceremony to this year's event and can't wait to share it with you. We hope as many of you as possible will attend Mass. Breakfast promises to be well worth staying for, so please purchase your tickets if you'd like to join us. We are expecting a fantastic crowd.

Open House is quickly approaching. Please help us spread the word as we get ready to showcase our school. Additional lawn signs are available if you didn't pick up yours last night.

I want to close by asking you to join me in sending well wishes and congratulations to the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy as they celebrate their Centennial. The Daughters of Mercy began their work in the United States 100 years ago. In 1962, they founded Our Lady of Mercy Academy. They have and continue to change countless lives. I am so grateful that one of them is mine. They are an inspiration to us all and a constant reminder of God's grace. If you would like to learn more about the Daughters of Mercy, visit their website by clicking here .

Have a wonderful weekend. -- Mrs. Coyle
Student Spotlight: Meet Lucia Scarpinato,
Class of 2022
Growing up in the restaurant business is no easy task, but OLMA sophomore, Lucia Scarpinato says that it's also fun and rewarding and has taught her some valuable life lessons. "At a very young age, I started learning how to talk with people and to treat them well," she said. "I also learned the importance of having a good work ethic. My dad has been in the restaurant business for his whole life. He works so hard and has inspired me to want to do the same. I hope to follow in his footsteps and run the restaurant one day." 

While Lucia has some big shoes to fill, she is most definitely up for the task. A young woman who craves structure and thrives on constant activity, Lucia is becoming a master multitasker. Academics come first, followed by her family responsibilities and her life as a competitive equestrian -- a good one. "I've been riding since I was five years old and competing for the last six years," she said. "I compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping," Most recently, Lucia competed in the American Eventing Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park where she placed 13th. It was her first championship, so she was very pleased and happy to return home with a safe horse. 

Speaking of her horse, he lives in Shamong where Lucia can be found by 4 PM almost every day. "Horses are like people when it comes to being emotional and sensitive," she said. "He gets so excited when he sees me coming every day." According to Lucia, he also has quite the game face at competitions. "They know when to be serious. They can feel the adrenaline in the air." 

Something special was also in the air on the day Lucia first shadowed at OLMA. "I just knew that this was the place for me," said Lucia. "Everyone was so close, just like family. To me, OLMA is nothing short of amazing, and I can't imagine being anywhere else." Her favorite teacher? That would be Mrs. Blackshear. "Mrs. B is like my best friend," she said, "My locker is right near her classroom, and she has gotten to know me. She cares and is always there to talk. You don't get that anywhere else." 

While college is still a long way off, Lucia is interested in studying business. "I went on the OLMA college tour this summer and was impressed with Rider University's Business Program," she said. "I still have a lot of looking to do." One thing she is sure about is bringing her horse. "Wherever I go, he goes," she said. "Have horse, will travel." 
Coming Next Week
OLMA OUTFITTERS IS BACK

Watch your email early NEXT WEEK for news of the GRAND OPENING of our new and improved OLMA OUTFITTERS online store . You will now be able to shop for hundreds of items -- anytime, anywhere. You can order 1 or 101 and most items ship within 24 hours for delivery directly to your door.

What's more, you can get regular OLMA gear, OLMA Athletics gear, Alumnae gear, Grandma gear, and all sorts of branded merchandise. You won't believe your eyes. Keep them peeled for news of the Grand Opening!
Cheese & Cheers!

If you are looking for a way to be involved in the life of your daughter's school, we have just the thing. The OLMA Parents Society is looking for additional volunteers. Even just an hour or two a year at a single event can make a huge difference. Come on out, enjoy some wine, cheese and other refreshments courtesy of Mrs. Coyle, and learn more about how you can help. Please RSVP by responding here . See you there!
A Morning of Faith, Fellowship, Food, and Fun
OLMA's    Communion Breakfast    will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019, so please save the date! This year's event will be extra special as we've added our Sisterhood Ceremony to the celebration. The morning begins with the celebration of Mass followed by a full breakfast. Please mark your calendars!

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children (FREE for children under age 3). CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets. See you there!
A WICKED Good Day on Broadway
OLMA is going to Broadway on Wednesday, October 23 to see Wicked! We will travel in a motor coach and depart OLMA at 6:45 AM. The day will include a workshop of song and dance with a choreographer and musician from the show. We will enjoy lunch at Buca de Pepe, followed by the matinee performance of Wicked at 2 PM.

We have 48 tickets (front orchestra) for sale at $200.00 each. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. All checks must be made out to OLMA. Our return-time to OLMA that day will be approximately 8:30 PM. See Mrs. Blackshear for further details.
OLMA OPEN HOUSE -- OCTOBER 27
Help us spread the word about our upcoming OPEN HOUSE! It's set for Sunday, October 27, from 2-5 PM. We have a great afternoon planned. We will be showcasing all that OLMA has to offer with the help of faculty, staff, students, families, and alumnae. Prospective students and families can register by visiting our website , or calling us at 856-697-2008. For more information, contact Mrs. Kinkade in OLMA Admissions at mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org. It's going to be a great day!
It's Time to Save Lives

An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood or platelets, but of those, less than 10 percent actually donate each year. If you are healthy and eligible, please come out to donate on November 12 at OLMA. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of our effort to save lives. If you are not sure if you're eligible to donate, come on over and find out. We will have cookies waiting either way!

Drive Details:
November 12, 2019
8:30 AM--1:30 PM AND 2:00 PM--8:00 PM
Carew Hall

Make your appointment today. Go to REDCROSS.ORG and sign up using sponsor code: OLMA.
We Challenge You to a Duel!
Join us for an evening of Dueling Pianos on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7-11 PM. There will be music by The Philly Keys, the tri-state area's best dueling pianos band. The event will also feature auction items and raffle baskets. Ice, dessert, water, and coffee will be provided. BYOEE -- Bring Your Own Everything Else! This event is sponsored by the Green & Gold Club in support of OLMA Athletics. Click here to get tickets!

NOTE: NEW reduced price for table of 8!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
It's All About the Brow
OLMA' s Spanish IV students had some fun today during a lesson on Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo!
Upcoming Events


Daughters of Mercy 100th Anniversary Mass and Celebration -- September 28

Parents Society Wine and Cheese Party -- October 2

Communion Breakfast and Sisterhood Ceremony -- October 6

Sisterhood Day -- October 11; 12 PM Dismissal

Columbus Day; NO School -- October 14


PSATs -- October 16; 1 PM Dismissal (Seniors off)

Daughters of Mercy Pasta Dinner -- October 20

Parent-Teacher Conferences -- October 24; 6 PM; 12 PM Dismissal

OPEN HOUSE -- October 27; 2-5 PM

CLICK HERE for all Athletic Schedules

CLICK HERE for the 2019-2020 School Calendar


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