Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tuition Suspension Day--March 9, 2015
Monday March 9, 2015 will be Tuition Suspension Day. Students will not be able to attend class if there is an outstanding balance on the tuition account. Letters will be sent home on Thursday March 5th informing parents of the balance.
Parents may meet with Mr. Woods on Sunday March 8th from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Tuition accounts that are over $1,000.00 the parent must bring in HALF of the balance due on Sunday March 8th to Mr. Woods. At this time of year there are large outstanding balances due and trips have been planned to the Dominican Republic for Easter recess while the school tuition has been ignored. Children will be excluded from the classroom unless all balances owed the school are less than $1,000.00!

Summer Uniform
The new uniform company Ideal Uniform company will be here on Thursday March 12th to measure students for the new summer uniform. It will consist of the SCHOOL POLO SHIRT (with the school logo) and dark blue shorts with the school logo. Parents have the option of having their child wear the summer uniform - it is not required.
With the summer uniform BLACK sneakers may be worn.

Open House - Tuesday March 10, 2015
Open House as mentioned on last week's blog has been moved to Tuesday March 10th. Parents may visit their child's classroom and sit in on lessons being taught from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Registration for NEW students.
Registration for new students will be on Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. As of today tuition has not been determined by the Board of Directors. It will be announced as soon as Mr. Woods hears from the Board.

Ms. Alma - music teacher - Jazz Concert - OLQM - Wednesday March 18th--6:00 PM
Ms. Alma will be having a Jazz concert here at OLQM on Wednesday March 18th at 6:00 PM to raise money for new curtains in the auditorium. Ms. Alma teaches students in grades PreK, Kindergarten and Grades 1-3. It is hoped that parents will help support Ms. Alma's desire to help the school purchase new curtains for the stage.

Monday March 2nd - Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Help celebrate the man who brought us the Cat in the Hat,, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Horton,Sam, and The Lorax besides many more great reading characters. There will be dress up as a Dr. Seuss character contest on Monday March 2nd at 1:30 PM in the lunchroom. Parents are invited.
All students will receive a Dr. Seuss button today from their teacher to celebrate this great author.

Tuesday March 3rd
North Manhattan Catholic Schools Speech Contest. Student representatives from grades 5-8 will compete with the other Catholic Schools for a district winner that will then compete with the other Catholic Schools of Manhattan.
Math Coach will work with students today to prepare them for the NYS Mathematics Test in April.

Wednesday March 4th
Registration for Catholic High Schools for 8th grade students.

Thursday March 5th
Tuition Suspension letters will be sent home.

Friday March 6th
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon Faculty meeting
Stations of the Cross at 11:45 AM in church - students will be dismissed from Church following stations.

Sunday- March 8th ----Daylight Savings Time Begins
TURN CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR before going to bed on Saturday.
12:00 noon - Communion Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Parent meetings regarding tuition
National History Day at the Museum of the City of New York

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week of February 23, 2015 Announcements

Re-Registration forms are due this week to the tuition office. As a reminder you must pay Smart Tuition your re-registration fee.

Tax ID #
A number of parents have called or e-mailed Mr. Woods requesting the Tax ID# for filing their taxes.
The Number is 46-3252482
Catholic School Region of Manhattan
d/b/a Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School
As a a reminder parents of students in grades K-8 should be having their child work with at least 20 minutes a day.
The weeks are ticking away until the New York State Common Core Tests in ELA - English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Candy Bars
As mentioned on last week's blog a new shipment of candy bars arrived to assist parents. Fund Raising money from Candy bars are due by April 15th to the tuition office. If you have questions please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office.

Ideal Uniform Company - New Company
The uniform company has been changed to Ideal Uniform Company. The uniform will remain the same. They were in the auditorium during the report card distribution and will be here March 12th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon in the library should any parent wish to order a summer uniform that may be worn beginning in May.

Sacrament of Baptism - Thursday March 19th at 9:00 AM Mass
Confirmation - Sunday March 15th at 1:00 PM Mass
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Tuesday March 24 at 11:00 AM

First Holy Communion
Meeting for Parents - March 12th, 7:00 PM in Library with Fr. Antonio
First Holy Communion - Sunday April 19 at 1:00 PM Mass

Registration for New Students
Registration for new students will be Saturday March 21st from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and Sunday March 22nd from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
There will be an information flyer available next week in the office.

Monday February 23, 2015 Feast of St. Peter Damien
Re-Registration forms due in the office.

Tuesday February 24, 2015
Math Coach will work with students today.
8th grade picture day.

Wednesday February 25, 2015
ELA coach will work with students today.

Thursday February 26, 2015
OLQM History Fair 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM in auditorium

Friday February 27, 2015
Stations of the Cross 11:30 AM - Parents invited
Re-Registration forms due in the office.

Sunday - March 1, 2015
9:00 AM Biology Class
12:00 noon - Reconciliation Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students

Monday - March 2nd - Dr. Seuss's Birthday Dress up celebration
Contest at 1:30 in lunchroom - parents invited.
Dress up like one of the characters in a Dr. Seuss book!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week of February 16, 2015 Announcements
Students in grades K-8 have been subscribed into the online Mathematics and ELA (English Language Arts) tutorial program. Students were given their login and password so that they would be able to work on home independently.
Parents are urged to have their children practice Mathematics skills and ELA skills with this program at least 20 minutes a day since we are 6 weeks away from the New York State Exams. The program is geared to assist students with Common Core State Standard Skills and they have been introduced to the program with the teachers and with Mr. Marcial during their scheduled computer class.

ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) Grades K-2
Students will be administered the ITBS in grades K-2 during the first week in May. This battery of tests that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards will assist in better understanding the strengths and weakness that students may have in the areas of Reading, ELA and Mathematics. Further information will be posted as we draw nearer to the tests.

Open House---March 10, 2015

Many parents were disappointed that the Open House had to be cancelled due to snow at the end of January. In order to give parents the opportunity to see their child's participation in the classroom Open House will be scheduled for March 10th - by that time the snow should have stopped. Open House will be from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM.

Candy Bars

A new order of Candy Bars arrived in the office to assist parents who need to meet their fund raising requirement. Should you need candy bars please see the office staff. They are also available at the after school program until 7:00 PM. As a reminder fund raising must be completed by April 15, 2015.

Tuition Suspension Day - March 9, 2015
Tuition Suspension Day will be Monday March 9, 2015. Students will not be able to attend class unless the tuition is up to date as reflected on Smart Tuition. Parents may see Mr. Woods on Sunday March 8th from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM regarding their outstanding tuition but must be able to pay half of the outstanding balance off at the meeting with Mr. Woods. Letters will be sent home on March 5th indicating the outstanding balance.

Re-Registration 2015-2016
A reminder that Re-Registration is due by February 28, 2015. Re-Registration forms are available in the tuition office from Mrs. Resto.

Monday - February 16th School Closed President's Day

Tuesday - February 17, 2015 - Mardi Gras
Hippie Day. Rowland Reading Dress Up Day--contest at 1:30 PM in auditorium. Parents Welcom
Grades 5-8 will attend Funeral Mass for Michelle Irizarry Class of 1991.

Wednesday - February 18, 2015--Ash Wednesday
Mass at 11:00 AM for all students. Parents Welcome
Honors Assembly following Mass
ELA coach will work with students today.

Thursday- February 19, 2015
Re-Registration forms available in office

Friday February 20, 2015
Stations of the Cross at 11:30 AM, Parents Welcome

Sunday February 21, 2015 First Sunday of Lent
Biology Class 10:00 AM
Mass for all students 1:00 PM

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Week of February 8, 2015 Announcements

Re-Registration 2015-2016
Re-Registration forms are available in the tuition office for parents to re-register for next year. The tuition rate has not been determined as of yet by the Catholic School Region of Manhattan CFO (Chief Financial Officer) as soon as the new rates are known Mr. Woods will publish on this blog.
Parents who are not returning are asked to inform Mrs. Resto or Alba.
Parents of students in PreK-2 (Ms. Rodriguez's class) and Kindergarten are urged to re-register early. A number of parents have called for Kindergarten next year and it is important to guarantee your seat by re-registering.
Re-Registration is due by February 28th.

PreK and Article 43
A number of changes were implemented in PreK this last week to continue to address our timeline of meeting the NYC Department of Health regulations regarding the school license for PreK and Kindergarten.
1. The 15 minute limit for snack- a snack is a snack--- not rice, beans and bistec. It should be limited to a small sandwich, a piece of fruit and a juice which is not necessary as the children have access to milk for their snack. What does this address - it address high cholesterol rates in children as young as 5 years old. It address obesity in children. The teachers will address this more on their blog page.
2. The classroom schedules were changed. Many parents came to Mr. Woods on report card night and expressed their happiness with the Center Time incorporated into the curriculum and the children were talking about their activities at home.
8:00 AM - Arrival of students
8:15-8:30 Morning message
8:30-8:45- Religion
8:45-9:45 Center Time (Music)
9:45-10:00 Bathroom
10:00-11:00 Gross Motor Activities in the Lunchroom
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-11:45 Bathroom
11:45-12:00 Story Time
12:00-1:00 Center Time
1:00-1:15 Snack
1:15-1:30 Bathroom
1:30-1:45 Closing Circle Time
1:45-2:45 Nap
2:45-3:00 Dismissal
Parents are welcome to see Mr. Woods concerning any of these changes.

Report Cards- Summer School/Retention
Students who are not doing well academically are reminded that there is PLENTY of time to improve their scores before the final decisions are made by Mr. Woods in June. Less computer, Less television, Less gaming--more reading, more studying, more responsibility in completing all homework, projects and paying attention to every detail during class.
Parents should check the Cornerstone Student Information System weekly if their child is experiencing academic difficulties.

The dates for sacraments are:
School Baptism - Will be decided in the next week.
Reconciliation - March 24th at 11:00 AM.
Confirmation - March 15th at 1:00 PM Mass.
First Holy Communion - April 19th at 1:00 PM Mass.

Monday - February 9th
Re-Registration forms available in tuition office

Tuesday - February 10th - Feast of St. Scholastica
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered

Wednesday - February 11th - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Math coach will work with student today.

Thursday - February 12th - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Map A Month Due
Price Waterhouse Copper will work with students in grades 3-8

Friday - February 13th - RED DAY students permitted to wear RED shirt, pants, skirt. No NUT cards needed

8th grade Valentine Cake Sale.
Early Dismissal Day - 12:00 noon
Faculty meeting.

Saturday - February 14th Valentine's Day

Sunday - February 15th
No Classes
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students

Monday - February 16th - School Closed ---President's Day

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week of February 1, 2015 Announcements

“The Talking Cure” by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker, January 12, 2015,

An introduction to an article that Mr. Woods believes all parents should read on the importance of talking to your child and having screen time (TV, computers, iPads, gaming) limited to an hour a day:

In this article in The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot summarizes research showing that the poorer parents are, the less they talk to their children – with serious consequences once children begin school. The original studies on this were done in the 1980s, when Betty Hart and Todd Risley of the University of Kansas analyzed verbal interactions in professional, middle-class, and low-income families with children who were just learning language. There were many similarities among the families – parents all showed affection, disciplined their children, and tried to teach them good manners – but the social-class differences in the number of words children heard each hour were dramatic: 2,150 in professional families, 1,250 in middle-class families, and 620 in poor families. “With few exceptions,” Hart and Risley concluded, “the more parents talked to their children, the faster the children’s vocabularies were growing and the higher the children’s I.Q. test scores at age 3 and later.”
But it’s not just the quantity of words, Hart and Risley noticed. More-affluent parents used a wider range of nouns, modifiers, and past-tense verbs, and more of the conversations were initiated by children. Catherine Snow, a Harvard literacy expert, has followed up on this finding (both Hart and Risley have since died). “Families that talk a lot also talk about more different things,” says Snow. “They use more grammatical variety in their sentences and more sophisticated vocabulary and produce more utterances in connected chains.” They don’t just say, “That’s a teapot.” They say, “Oh, look, a teapot! Let’s have a tea party! There’s Raggedy Ann – do you think she wants to come to our tea party? Does she like sugar in her tea?” These parents ask their children a lot of questions (“Is that a ducky on your shirt?”) and have fun answering children’s “Why?” questions. There’s also a difference in the ratio of statements from parents that are affirming and positive (“Yes, it is a bunny!”) versus corrective and critical (“Stop that!”) – 32 to 5 per hour in professional homes, 12 to 7 in working-class homes, and 5 to 11 in low-income homes.

As Mr. Woods noted last week one of the prime deficiencies that OLQM children have in interim testing is vocabulary. To address this the teachers will now list the week's vocabulary words on the opening page of their blog with the definition. In this way parents may assist in developing vocabulary skills which leads to better reading skills.

Report Cards - February 4, 2015
Dismissal at 12:00 noon -- After School Program Available until 7:00 PM

Report Cards will be distributed by Fr. Antonio to students on Wednesday February 4th. The report cards will only be distributed to students whose tuition balance is up to date.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in the school auditorium for students in grades 1-8 from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. PreK and Kindergarten classes will be in their designated classrooms.
On this report card the warning of Summer School School or Retention in the grade will be noted so that parents are aware that their child is failing as of today and that there is ample time for the child to improve.
A list of students who are failing one or more subjects will be sent to the regional Superintendent at the end of the week.

Fund Raising - Candy Money
A reminder that fund raising candy money is due to the tuition office. Final date is April 15, 2015

Re-Registration and Tuition rates for 2015-2016 school year.

Mr. Woods will be meeting with the regional board on Thursday February 5, 2015 regarding the tuition rates for the 2015 school year.
Re-Registration forms will then be available on Monday February 9th in the tuition office. Parents who have decided not to return to OLQM in September are requested to inform Mrs. Resto in the tuition office during re-registration. Re-Registration will close on Friday February 27, 2015.

Monday - February 2, 2015
Common Core State Standards Unit IV begins
ELA coach will be working with students today.
Calendars will be sent home today.

Tuesday - February 3, 2015 - Feast of St. Blaise
Interim Assessment # 2 ELA 8:30 AM Grades K-8
Blessing of Throats at 11:00 AM. Parents are invited to join the school community.

Wednesday - February 4, 2015 - Report Card Day
Dismissal at 12:00 noon. After School Program available.
Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Interim Assessment # 2 Mathematics Grades K-8

Thursday - February 5, 2015
Memorial of St. Agatha

Friday - February 6, 2015
Height and Weight of students will begin to be loaded on to Cornerstone Student Information System.

Sunday - February 8, 2015
9:00 AM - Biology Class
12:00 noon - Communion Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week of January 26, 2015 - Catholic Schools Week

Catholic School Week - January 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30th.

Tuesday - Open House & Touring Tuesday. Parents may visit their child's classroom and sit in on classes from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Wednesday - Mass at 11:00 AM celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart - sisters who founded OLQM School.
Grade 4 will lead Mass and all parents are welcome as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week and the Year of Consecrated Life.

Friday- Speech Contest 9:00 AM Grades 5-8.Parents Welcome.

School Evaluation - January 29th has been cancelled.
will be rescheduled by the Manhattan Catholic School Regional Board

National Handwriting Day Winners

“Now we just need your John Hancock.”

That phrase you often hear when you have to sign a document is a celebration of one of history’s most famous signatures.
And last Friday January 23rd, National Handwriting Day, commemorates the birthday of Mr. Hancock (1737), the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
(As president of the Continental Congress, he got first dibs.)
With a blank space, he made sure to make his name large, legible and ornate. It stands out among the 56 signatures.
Hancock apparently did it as a defiant message to the British king, and so that British ministers could read his name “without spectacles.”
The prominence he achieved for just a few moments’ work may be a reminder for us to dot our I’s, cross our T’s and make proper loops.
At least for today, anyway.
The following students won the Handwriting Contest for their grade and will receive a nice gift certificate for their hard work in making sure we can read what they write:
Grade 3-Ashley Smith
Grade 4-Joseph Alvarado
Grade 5-Chelsea Rivera
Grade 6-Angelica Arias
Grade 7-Nelsy Concepcion
Grade 8-Ambar Rosario

Interim Assessment #2

On Tuesday and Wednesday February 2nd and 3rd children in grades K-8 will be administered the second Interim Assessment coordinated by the Archdiocese of New York in ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics.
The skills that are tested will show strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming New York State Tests in April based on the Common Core Standards. In this way the teachers may plan lessons based on the results.
Next week Mr. Woods will copy an article onto this blog for parent review on how parents may assist their child be a more successful student merely by engaging them in conversation beginning at birth.
Vocabulary weakness at present is the common thread that many students at OLQM are deficient. Beginning next week the teachers will be posting on their opening blog page the vocabulary for the week along with the definitions so that parents may take an active part with the teachers in assisting their child to be a successful reader.

Report Card Day - February 4, 2015
The mid year report card will be distributed by Fr. Antonio to students on Wednesday February 4th. Parent Teacher conferences will be held from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the school auditorium.
The new uniform company (Ideal) will be present in the lunchroom with a display of uniforms - the style remains the same.
A reminder that students will not receive a report card if there is a balance due on the tuition -0 as of this writing --today Sunday January 25th the outstanding balance of past due tuition is $147,026.93
It will be on this report card that the indication will be noted that your child may not be meeting standards for promotion as listed in the Parents Handbook. There is ample time for your child to improve their academic skills and study in order to avoid Summer School or Retention.
At the Parent Teacher Conferences the recently administered mid-terms will be available for your review. They will be kept in your child's file until the end of the year wherein you will receive the hard copy.
The Honors Assembly for this report card will be held in church following the school Mass for Ash Wednesday on February 18th at 11:00 AM- parents are welcome.

Monday - January 26, 2015 Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus
Second Quarter Ends
School Choice Week scarves will be given to students today.
Reading coach will work with students today.

Tuesday- January 27, 2015 Feast of St. Angela Merici

Open House and Touring Tuesday
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Wednesday January 28, 2015 Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

11:00 AM --Mass in Celebration of Catholic Schools Week and the Year of Consecrated Life
Celebration will also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart arriving in America.
The Franciscan Sisters would open OLQM school in 1932.

Thursday January 29, 2015
Mid Term - Biology Regents Class

Friday - January 30, 2015
Speech Contest 9:00 AM Grades 5-8

Sunday February 2nd--Super Bowl Sunday
12:00 noon Reconciliation Class
1:00 PM Mass for all students

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week of January 18, 2015 Announcements

Updates on Article 43 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Classes
Students in PreK and Kindergarten have been assigned a cubby outside the classroom for their coat and book bag. Parents when dropping off their child should look at the names printed at the bottom of the cubby in order to have their child's coat placed on the proper hook. The book bags are to left outside the classroom also and the children will retrieve their belongings after school has started for the day. In this way they will learn the skill of self-reliance.

Also a number of parents have complained to the teachers that the children have been brought outside for 5 (five) minutes daily for fresh air and then return to the auditorium for gross motor play. As per Article 43 and ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale) the children are to receive outdoor gross motor play each and every day excluding inclement weather (rain and snow). The temperature guidelines are 25 degrees to 90 degrees. Five minutes with their coats, scarves and gloves for children to run will not harm a child but may assist in developing a healthy lifestyle - a constant conversation that is happening concerning childhood growth.
The students return to the lunchroom after the five minutes and then engage in hoola hoops, ball throwing etc as recommended by ECERS-R.
Parents who have any questions may see Mr. Woods and he will explain regulations that guide the curriculum along with the social, physical environment that is part of early education.

School Evaluation
The school evaluation by the Catholic School Regional Board has been scheduled for Thursday January 29, 2015. Sister June Clare Tracy, OP the regional superintendent will be here to visit classrooms, talk to parents and teachers and make recommendations.

Report Cards - February 4, 2015
Report Cards will be distributed to students by Father Antonio on Wednesday February 4, 2015. Parent- teacher conferences will be held from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. The new uniform company IDEAL will also be here with a display.
A reminder that tuition must be up to date for students to receive their report card.

Catholic School Week - January 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30th.
Tuesday - Open House & Turing Tuesday. Parents may visit the classroom and sit in on classes from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday - Mass at 11:00 AM celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart - sisters who founded OLQM School.
Thursday - School Evaluation
Friday- Speech Contest 9:00 AM Grades 5-8.

Auditorium Renovations
The auditorium continues to move forward with the renovations to the ceiling. New lights should start to be installed this week which may cause a disruption to breakfast. Parents are requested to be patient as we move forward in opening up the auditorium space for gym classes.

Tuesday January 20th
Math coach will work with students

Wednesday January 21st - Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia
Mid-Term exams in Mathematics and Science

Thursday January 22nd

Mid Term exams Reading and Religion

Friday January 23rd
Mid Term Exams Social Studies and ELA
National Handwriting Day - contest will be judged by Mr. Woods

Sunday January 25th
1:00 PM Mass for all students
No Classes.