Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week of February 8, 2016 Announcements



Registration 2016

Students who will be entering PreK (Mrs. Fundora 3 year olds; PreK 4 Ms. Rodriguez's 4 year olds) or Kindergarten in September 2016 must register online at Apply Now. To make it easier for parents there is a link on the school web site immediately when you open the page of www. olqmnyc.org
Alba, Brianna and Alan will also assist you in the office as there is a computer setup in the hallway and also in Alan's office for parents.
Scholarships are available for all students who are registered through the Apply Now website.

For those who have already registered
- the registration fee of $125.00 must be paid by February 20th. This may only be done by check or money order and the check/money order should be made out to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School so that it may be mailed to Smart Tuition. Those who already have an account with Smart Tuition must make the payment through Smart Tuition. If you have any questions please see Alan.
Please understand that this is a whole new system being used by the Regional Office and that there is help available to assist you in the office.
As of today 39 students have been registered for Kindergarten through the Apply Now website and as I spoke about at the PreK meetings decisions regarding the opening of a second Kindergarten class. The time line of payments due etc. must be followed so that this is a smooth transition for everyone.

Re-Registration for September - Students who are presently in Kindergarten, Grades 1-7.

Re-Registration will begin on Monday for September for students entering Grades 1-8 in September. You will see the re-registration fee on your Smart Tuition account this week. Parents are required to sign a Re-Registration form with Mrs. Resto in the office.

The Tuition as decided by the Manhattan Regional Board this past Monday will be:


PreK- $475.00 a month

Grades K-8
One child - $440.00 per month
Two children - $830.00 per month
Three children - $1045.00 per month

All fees etc will remain the same as this year.


Ash Wednesday - Season of Lent

Wednesday February 10th is Ash Wednesday and students will attend Mass at 11:00 AM. Parents are invited to join us at this Mass. Ashes will only be distributed during Mass.
On Fridays during Lent students will participate in Stations of the Cross at 10:30 AM and parents are also welcomed to join us.

Week of February 15th
School is OPEN February 16th, February 17th, February 18th, February 19th


Report Cards - Final Grade Column - Parent Access to Cornerstone

Last Friday February 5th when you received your child's report card you would have noticed that there is a column labeled Final Grade Column which gives you the running average to date of your child's grade. Cornerstone will be updating the whole grade book system this week and that feature will be one of the things that will not be generated on future report cards.
A positive thing that will be available is an app for the iPhone that has been developed and will be tested this week for parent access to grades/homework etc. Other things will also be updated and when they are they will be posted on this blog. Cornerstone has waited until now so that there would be no interruption of report card distribution as they update the system.
Again, you as parent have the availability to check your child's grades on a daily basis to see if they have handed in homework, answered an exit ticket correctly at the end of class, completed a project etc.
If you do not have a login or password please see Alan or e-mail Mr. Woods at olqm1@aol.com so that you may be given one.

Monday February 8, 2016

CCSS Module IIIB Week 3
Chinese New Year - Year of the Fire Monkey begins

Tuesday February 9, 2016
Mardi Gras
Valentine's Day Show 9:00 AM
All PreK classes, Kindergarten and Grade 1

Wednesday February 10, 2016 - Ash Wednesday

Mass at 11:00 AM led by students of the 3rd grade. Honors Assembly following Mass

Thursday February 11, 2016 - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

ECERS-R assessment of PreK For All Program.
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 and 4

Friday - February 12, 2016

SCHOOL CLOSED
Religion Conference Day for Teachers

Sunday - February 14, 2016 - Valentine's Day

Students may attend Mass with their parents for Valentine's Day
School Office Closed

Monday - February 15, 2016

President's Day - School Closed





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week of February 1, 2016 Announcements



Registration 2016-2017 Kindergarten and Ms. Rodriguez's Class (PK-2)
Parents who are interested in enrolling their child in Kindergarten are required to register online with the Archdiocese of New York this Year.
Also, parents of students who are entering PreK-2 - Mrs. Rodriguez's class are required to register online.

ALL PARENTS WHO APPLY ONLINE ARE ELIGIBLE
TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THEIR CHILD.

The information for online registration is available by going to the link below. If you need assistance to apply/scan documents for scholarships etc. all office staff will be available to assist you.
A computer has been set up in the hallway outside Alan's office and another is inside his office for parents and Alan, Brianna and Alba will assist parents in scanning documents for the scholarship program.
New students coming from a public school, charter school etc. must also apply online and are eligible to receive a scholasrhip for their child.


Tuition Rates 2016-2017
The new tuition rates for the 2016-2017 year will be announced this week by the Board of Trustees for The Catholic School Region of Manhattan. Mr. Woods and Alan have a teleconference on Monday evening with the Board and the new rates will probably be discussed during the conference.

Tax ID # for Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School
The Tax ID is 46-3252482 and is listed as The Catholic School Region of Manhattan

Cornerstone Student Information System - SIS
Cornerstone has been turned off this week until Mr. Woods has time to review report cards with the classroom teachers. It will be turned on Friday morning February 5th at 9:00 AM.

Report Cards and Tuition

As a reminder report cards will be distributed Friday, February 5th to students whose tuition is up to date.

Report Card Day - Friday February 5, 2016
Report cards will be distributed By Fr. Antonio to all students Friday morning in their classrooms.
Dismissal on Friday will be at 12:00 noon.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Grades 5-8 - Computer Room - First Floor outside main office
Grades 1-4 - Parent Conference Room- First Floor outside main office.
PreK-1, PreK-2, PreK-3, PreK-5 and PreK-5 along with Kindergarten will be held in their classrooms.

New York State Tests- Grades 3-8

Changes have been made to the New York State Tests for this year as announced this past Thursday by the New York State Education Department. These changes will be posted on the Engage New York Website by next week. The primary change is that the tests will not be timed giving the child ample time to complete all the tasks on the test.

Monday February 1, 2016
Online Registration for Catholic Schools opens today. Please see information above.
Common Core State Standards Module 3B Week 2

Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Candlemas Day

Open House 9:00 AM -11:00 AM. Parents may visit their child's classroom and sit in during class and observe the teaching/learning occurring in the classroom.

Wednesday February 3, 2016 Feast of St. Blaise

Speech Contest 9:00 AM Grades 5-8 in auditorium.
Blessing of Throats 2:00 PM in Church led by the students of the 4th grade. Parents Welcome.
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 & 4.

Thursday February 4, 2016
Mr. Woods must hear from parents by today for report card to printed in time for distribution on Friday.

Friday February 5, 2016 Report Card Day

Dismissal for ALL students 12:00 noon.
Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sunday February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50 Sunday

9:00 AM - Biology Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students in sacramental program
Brianna will be in office to assist parents with on-line registration
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week of January 25, 2016 Announcements



School will be OPEN MONDAY January 25, 2016
The doors above the Church will be open until 8:30 AM and no late passes will be issued. Parents and students are to take their time if traveling. Breakfast will be available until 9:00 AM for students arriving late due to travel.


Monday January 25, 2016
There will be a snowball fight at 12:15 PM in the backyard of the school for students who wish to participate. Students may wear dress down clothes and should have gloves if they wish to participate.

New Registration and Re-Registration procedures
New registration procedures have been put in place by the Archdiocese of New York for the 2016-2017 school year. Students entering PreK -1 (Mrs. Fundora) or PreK-2 (Mrs. Rodriguez's class) will be requested to register or re-register online with the Archdiocese. This will all begin February 1st and computers have been set up in the hallway outside Alan's office, inside Alan's office and inside the parent conference room to assist parents. Alba, Alan and Brianna will assist parents with the procedure and parents may also do so from home. The website is not up and running as of yet but when it does I will be sending home information.
Also, Alba, Mrs. Resto or Brianna will be calling parents to remind them to re-register by February 28th.

Financial Aid for Kindergarten and new students entering grades 1-6 from public or charter schools

Financial Aid (no longer will it be called scholarships) will be available for students entering Kindergarten here at OLQM. This also will be an online process that Mr. Woods will speak about at meetings he will have with parents from the PreK classes. Again, Alba and Brianna will be of assistance in filing for financial aid. They will scan documents needed etc. for the financial aid process for parents. Through the generosity of donors to the Archdiocese this financial aid will be available for ALL students entering Kindergarten in 2016.There will also be a hot line with TADS the company that has been hired to determine the eligibility and award amounts.
Students therefore in PreK-2, PreK-3, PreK-4 and PreK-5 are eligible for this financial aid. An information packet will be sent home this week and Mr. Woods will speak to parents in Miss Rodriguez, Miss Sanchez, Miss McGarry and Mrs. Reyes class this week.
Also, new students entering grades 1-6 from public or charter schools may apply for financial aid.

Registration for September 2016

At the request of the Manhattan Regional Office registration for new students will begin on Monday, January 25, 2016. There will not be a set registration date this year but all new registrations will begin on Monday January 25, 2016 and continue until the class closes. This is important for PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora's class for students who are going to be 3 years old by December 31, 2016. If you have a child for Mrs. Fundora's class or know a parent who wishes to register their child for September please have them call ALba. More information will be sent home.

Tuition Rates 2016-2017
Mr. Woods was informed on Friday evening that there seems to have been an accounting error regarding the new tuition rates - please disregard the notice that I posted last week. As new information becomes available I will inform parents regarding the new rates.

Monday January 25, 2016 - Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
CCSS Module IIIB

PreK-1 Parent Meeting in Library 8:15 AM in library

Snow Ball fight 12:15 PM for students who wish to participate.

Tuesday January 26, 2016- Feast of St,s Timothy and Titus

PreK-3 - Miss Sanchez's class Parent Workshop 8:30 AM - Mr. Woods will be giving a 5 minute presentation regarding Registration at OLQM for Kindergarten.

Interim Assessment # 2 Grades K-8 in ELA - English Language Arts

Wednesday January 27, 2016 Feast of St. Angela Merici

PreK-2 Workshop - Miss Rodriguez's Class - Mr. Woods will be giving a 5 minute presentation regarding Registration at OLQM for Kindergarten.

Thursday January 28, 2016 - Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Mr. Woods will give a 5 minute presentation to parents of students in PreK-4 and PreK-5 - 8:30 AM in Parent Conference room regarding registration for Kindergarten
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered today.

Friday - School Closed
Teacher Conference Day

Monday, January 18, 2016



The Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia, the patroness of the Dominican Republic will be celebrated on Thursday January 21st by the school.
The students of the 7th and 8th grade will be leading the school at Mass on Thursday at 9:00 AM. Parents are welcome.

Registration/Scholarships

On Thursday Mr. Woods will be attending a meeting regarding registration for the 2016-2017 school year. As of today we are to begin registration for new students for Kindergarten and re- registration of present students on February 1, 2016. Mr. Woods was also informed that scholarships will be available for students who are entering Kindergarten and new students coming from public schools in grades 1-6.
What do parents need to do --- the prerequisite for all scholarships is a copy of the 1040 tax form for 2015. I suggest therefore that parents who are interested in applying for a scholarship have their taxes filed as soon as possible.
Parents must understand that the scholarship top award is $2,000.00 based on the family income. The balance of tuition must then be paid by the parents.

As more information becomes available Mr. Woods will post it here on the blog. Parents are reminded to read the blog weekly.
Should you have any questions please see Mr. Woods or Alba about registration.
Mr. Woods will be having a parent meeting for parents of students in Mrs. Fundora's class on Monday January 25th at 8:15 AM in the school library. This meeting will be for parents regarding registration for the 2016-2017 school year-- a flyer will be sent home.



Mid-Term Schedule

Tuesday January 19th - Mathematics Grades K-8
Wednesday January 20th - ELA and Social Studies
Thursday January 21st - Archdiocesan Religion Exam and Science
Friday January 22nd - Reading
Your child's score for the mid-terms will be posted on Cornerstone Student Information System on January 28th. If you need your login or password for the Cornerstone please Alan between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM or send Mr. Woods an e-mail. The link for Cornerstone may be accessed by going to the school web page of olqmnyc.org and clicking the academics tag.

New Tuition Rates 2016-2017

The Board of Directors decided that the tuition rates will rise only 1% this year. All fees will remain the same as this year.
PreK tuition for Mrs. Fundora's and Ms. Rodriguez's class will remain the same as this year - there will be no raise for those two classes.
The rates begininng September will be:

Pre-K Rate 1 Child 4,600---$460.00 a month

K Thru 8th Rate 1 Child 4,250---$425.00 a month
2 Children 8,050---$805.00 a month
3 Children 10,140--$1,014.00 a month
4 Children 10,510--$1,051.00 a month

Interim Assessments # 2

The Archdiocesan Interim Assessments will be administered Tuesday January 26th and Wednesday January 27th. These assessments assist the teachers in understanding students strengths and weaknesses in Common Core State Standards skills.

Report Card Distribution - Friday February 5th.

Fr. Antonio will distribute report cards to all students whose tuition is up to date on Friday, February 5th.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Monday January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Closed


Tuesday January 19th
Mathematics Mid-Term Grades K-8

Wednesday January 20th

Feast of St. Fabian
Mid Term Exam ELA and Social Studies Grades 1-8
UPK Vision Testing by NYC Department of Health
Mrs. Fundora will be holding a Parent Workshop at 8:30 AM in the Parent Conference Room

Thursday January 21st - Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia

Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of grades 7 & 8
Archdiocesan Religion Exam Grades 3-8
Religion Exam Grades 1-2
Science Exam Grades 1-8
Mrs. Reyes Parent Workshop 8:30 AM in Parent Conference Room

Friday January 22nd - Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Mid-Term Reading Exam Grades K-8



Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week of January 11, 2016


If parents need assistance with registering for PreK for All for September 2016 they should see Alan or Brianna in the school office.


Changes to the Weekly Blog - Lesson Plans now posted.

Beginning this week the teachers will have a link on their weekly blog wherein parents may view the weekly lesson plans of what their child is learning on a day to day basis. This will enable parents to see the specific standard being covered by the teacher from Engage New York Modules, the vocabulary that will be covered for the week, the classroom assignments etc.
The new plan book for lesson planning that the teachers have been working with since September has proven a useful tool and therefore parents access is the next step.
Should you have questions about the lesson plan attachment please see either Mr. Woods, Alba or Alan in the office


Registration/Scholarships
On Friday Mr. Woods received information that we are to begin registration for new students for Kindergarten and re- registration of present students on February 1, 2016. Mr. Woods was also informed that scholarships will be available for students who are entering Kindergarten and new students coming from public schools in grades 1-6.
What do parents need to do --- the prerequisite for all scholarships is a copy of the 1040 tax form for 2015. I suggest therefore that parents who are interested in applying for a scholarship have their taxes filed as soon as possible.
Parents must understand that the scholarship top award is $2,000.00 based on the family income. The balance of tuition must then be paid by the parents.
Also by next week the Board of Directors will be deciding the tuition rates for the 2016-2017 school year.
As more information becomes available Mr. Woods will post it here on the blog. Parents are reminded to read the blog weekly.
Should you have any questions please see Mr. Woods or Alba about registration.
Mr. Woods will be having a parent meeting for parents of students in Mrs. Fundora's class on Monday January 25th at 8:15 AM in the school library. This meeting will be for parents regarding registration for the 2016-2017 school year-- a flyer will be sent home.

Monday January 11, 2016
Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony A. Urena, Class of 2006 at 9:00 AM
Lesson Plans will be posted on teacher's blog site.
Mid-Term review information will be posted on teacher's blog this week.
CCSS Module IIb Week 7
A new gym schedule will become effective today- teachers will inform students of new schedule.


Tuesday January 12, 2016

Touring Tuesday.Parents interested in a tour of the school building should set up an appointment with Alba, the school secretary.

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Feast of St. Hilary
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 and 4.
Map a Month Due
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered today.
Catholic High School admission letters will be mailed to students today.


Friday- January 15, 2016
Tuition Payment Due
NYC Health Department Vision testing Grades K-2 students

Sunday- January 17, 2016

Students are to attend Mass with their parents.

Monday - January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- School Closed









Saturday, January 2, 2016

Week of January 3, 2016 Announcements



Happy New Year from everyone at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School

January Calendars
The monthly calendar will be distributed to students on Monday, January 4th.Parents are requested to read the calendar carefully. There are parent meetings for PreK students

Mid-Terms/Interim Assessments

Mid-Terms will be administered to students in grades 1-8 during the week of January 19th as per the Superintendent of Schools calendar.The material on the mid-terms will cover the important terminology and concepts that students have learned since September,2015. An outline of the important terms, concepts, facts that may be covered on the exams will be posted on the school blog by the teachers on Monday, January 11th.
Teachers will review the material to be covered on the exams with the students after they have posted the material on the blog. Material will be based on the CCSS modules that we have been following this year from Engage New York.
This year the Archdiocese has decided that an on-line Religion mid-term will be administered to students in grades 3-8.
All mid-term marks will be recorded in the SIS of Cornerstone which will then be posted on the report card which will be distributed on February 5th.
Mid-terms will be available for parent review on February 5th but MUST remain in the student's folder until June, 2016 in the classroom for review by the Board of Trustees educational committee.

Interim Assessment # 2

The second interim assessment will be administered to students on January 26th and January 27th as listed on the monthly calendar. The results are used to analyze concepts that must be reinforced with students by the teachers before the annual testing program that begins in the Spring.



New Science Project
A new School wide Science Project is being developed on the first floor of the school- a salt water tank through the generous contributions of alumni and friends and the hard work of Mr. Marcial.
Watch the tank develop over the next few weeks and students will be involved with the monitoring of the proper pH levels, the salt content along with myriad other tests that are need to re-create a marine environment.

Monday - January 4, 2016 Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

School resumes
CCSS Modules IIb Week 6

Tuesday - January 5, 2016 Feast of St. John Neumann


Wednesday January 6, 2016
Celebration in honor of the Feast of Three Kings
Jesse Tree will be judged today by Fr. Antonio.
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 & 4 today

Thursday January 7, 2016
PreK Parent Workshop - Positive Parenting - Ms. Nancy Dubin MSW from Thera Care will be doing the presentation -
Parent Conference Room.
PreK parents are to please let teachers know if you are coming so that appropriate seating may be arranged.

Friday January 8, 2016- Progress Reports will be sent home today.
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon
After School Program will be in session
UPK dismissal at 3:00 PM

Sunday January 10, 2016
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Biology Class 9:00 AM
Mass for all students in sacramental program 1:00 PM



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Announcemnts Week of December 14, 2015



Christmas/Holiday Assemblies
There will be two assemblies this week:

Tuesday December 15th - 9:00 AM SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - PreK, 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5 along with grades 2, 3 and 4 will have a holiday assembly in the school auditorium. The assembly should last approximately 45 minutes for parents who are running to work afterwards.

Friday - December 18th 8:30 AM IN CHURCH- Festival Of Lessons and Carols. All students in Grades PreK-1, PreK-2 and K-8 students will participate in the readings concerning the Birth of Jesus and Christmas Carols that are part of the tradition of Christmas. Following Lessons & Carols there will be Benediction.

Christmas Recess
Christmas recess will begin at dismissal - 3:00 PM on Friday December 18th. After School Program will be in session. School will resume on Monday January 4, 2016.
The school office will be closed:
December 24th and December 25th and
December 31st and January 1st.
The school office will also be closed Sunday December 20th and Sunday December 27th.

Sacramental Program- Christmas Recess
Students in the sacramental program may attend any Mass here at OLQM or at any Catholic Church if students are traveling/Visiting relatives etc. on the following Sundays with their parents - Sunday December 20th and Sunday December 27th.
Jane will be at the 1:00 PM Mass for students who would like to assist her with singing.
Students will gather together on January 3rd for the 1:00 PM Mass with Mr. Woods.

Monday - December 14th
Common Core State Standards Module IIB
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon.
After School Program in session.

Tuesday December 15th
Holiday Assembly 9:00 AM School Auditorium Parents Welcome to attend
Grades PreK -1 , PreK -2, PreK-3, PreK-4 and PreK-5 and students in grades 2, 3 and 4 will be led by Ms. Alma.
Grades 5, 6 and 7 trip to Cloisters

Wednesday December 16th
Grades 1 and 2 trip to Cloisters

Thursday December 17th
Shopping Bags needed so books may be packed in closets for winter cleaning.

Friday December 18th
Lessons & Carols 8:30 AM - Parents welcome to attend.
Dismissal at 3:00 PM begins Christmas Recess.
After School Program in session.