Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week of September 18, 2017

MAP Testing 
MAP testing begins this week for all students in grades K-8. 
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing will be administered three times within the school year. Now, in January and then again in May. These tests will enable parents and teachers to access their child's academic growth throughout the school year. 
All tests are computer generated and scores will be available with 48 hours of testing.  Parent reports will be sent home with students at the end of each cycle of testing.  The report will indicate the child's strengths and also the areas in need of remediation or added instruction. 
The two data days that are listed on the yearly calendar will address strategies that can be incorporated to assist teachers in raising the bar for student success. Parents who have questions regarding the MAP testing may address their concerns to the classroom teacher or see Mr. Woods on Sundays.

After School Program 
The final day for registration for the After School Program is 
Monday September 18th. 
Staffing of the program must be submitted to the regional board of directors. Parents who wish to use the program for half days do not need to formally register. A reminder that the price for a 
half day use of the After School Program is $20.00.

Chocolate Bars 
Chocolate Bars are available in the office to assist parents in their fund raising requirements. Each box contains 60 bars and the money for each box (money order/check preferred) should be returned to Mrs. Resto in the tuition office. Parents who do not wish to sell candy bars may pay Smart Tuition directly through their account. 
Parents need to remember that this is an either/or decision. 
Either parents sell candy bars OR they pay Smart Tuition the fund raising fee. 
The programming of Smart Tuition this year does not permit a split decision as was done in year's past.

Parent Signature Page Packet 
Parents will be contacted this week regarding the return of the Parent Signature Packet that they received at the opening meeting or was sent home with your child on the first day of school. In order to receive funding for text books/blended learning/classroom coaches/chrome books we are in need of all the materials to be returned.

 Registration for Sacramental Program
Registration for the sacramental program will be held on Sunday September 24th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
The program is open for students who have not received Baptism, students in 2nd grade for the sacrament of Reconciliation, students in 3rd grade for First Holy Communion and students in 7th and 8th grades for the sacrament of Confirmation. 
Requirement of the program is attendance at the 1:00 PM Mass with Mr. Woods. Any questions regarding the program may be directed to Mr. Woods on Sundays.

EDUCATE - Student Information System
Parent access for the Educate Student information System will be opened on Tuesday.  Parents may request access for the system by emailing Mr. Woods at
Parents may also come in on Sundays and see Brianna and she will give them their login and password information.  
No passwords etc. will be given out during the week only via e-mail or on Sundays.
Students in grades 4-8 will also be given their own login and password during this week.
It is important that parents keep abreast of their child's progress on a weekly basis regarding completion of homework/projects and test scores. Should parents see a problem then an appointment should be made with the teacher of that subject.
Parents should not wait until Report Card Night to say 
"Wow...I didn't know my child was failing?"

New York State Tests Results
Students who were enrolled here at OLQM last year in grades 5-8 will be receiving a copy of their NYS tests results in Mathematics. ELA (English Language Arts) and Science. 
Should parents have concerns regarding the results they should see their child's teacher or may see Mr. Woods in the office. As a reminder NYS tests are one facet of your child's academic ability. These tests coupled with your child's everyday academic progression along with MAP results will assist the teacher and you the parent in improving long term academic success. 

Monday September 18, 2017
Last Day for Registration for the After School Program 
MAP Testing Mathematics Grades 1, 5, 6, 7, & 8 
Building Blocks Coach will work with students in the 
PreK For All Program.

Tuesday September 19, 2017 
School is Closed - 
Archdiocese of New York Conference Day for teachers.

Wednesday September 20, 2017 
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered by teachers during Religion class.
MAP testing Grades 5 & 6 - ELA
MAP Testing Grades 1,2 & 3 - Reading 

Thursday September 21, 2017                                                        Feast of St. Matthew, the evangelist 
MAP testing - Kindergarten Reading 
Map Testing Grades 2, 3 & 4 - Mathematics

Friday September 22, 2017 - Autumn begins 
Class Picture Day - students are to be in full dress uniform. 
MAP testing Grades 4 & 5 - Reading 
PreK For All Social Worker will be working with students today. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week of September 11, 2017 Announcements

Lunch Program 
     The New York City Department of Buildings was here
             this last week regarding the gas problem in the  
                                         school lunch room.
  They are requiring that the venting system for the kitchen be replaced before the gas can be turned on.
This will result in a longer time frame for the re-introduction of hot lunch. Until further notice students will be served sandwiches etc. for lunch as provided by the Archdiocesan Child Nutrition Program. Again, parents are welcome to send lunch in with students. 

Candy Bars - Fund Raising 
World's Finest Candy bars will be arriving Wednesday.  Parents who wish to use candy bar sales to assist them in fund raising as part of the tuition requirements may pick them up from 
Mrs. Resto in the office area.
Parents are reminded that if they want to drop off the money for candy bars in the office it must be               in the form of a money order or check.                 No cash in the office.  

Parent Sign Off Sheets
A number of papers along with emergency cards were sent home with your child if you did not attend the parent meeting on Wednesday.  Please have them returned to your child's teacher by Thursday as some of them must be scanned and sent into the regional office.  As a reminder BOTH Emergency cards should be returned to the classroom teacher.

Monday September 11th - Patriots Day 
Parent Signature Pages due this week.

Tuesday September 12th - Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
Mass at 9:00 AM - Parents Welcome 

Wednesday September 13th - Feast of St. John Chrysostom
Candy Bars will be delivered
Fire Drill Today 
Sacramental Program letters will be sent home to parents 

Thursday September 14th - Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
Parent Signature Pages are due along with Emergency Cards

Friday September 15th - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Hispanic Heritage Month Begins 
7th and 8th grade students will have a presentation by Row New York regarding rowing lessons.

Sunday September 17th 
St. Vincent de Paul Flea Market --if you are a hoarder it is perfect time to clean out and donate things to the St. Vincent de Paul Society here at OLQM Chruch. 

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Sacramental Registration for 
Baptism (any grade), 
Reconciliation (2nd grade and above), 
First Holy Communion (for those students who received Reconciliation last year), 
Confirmation (7th & 8th Grades). 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Week of September 4, 2017 Announcements

Parent Meetings
Wednesday September 6, 2017 
9:00 AM PreK 
Mrs. Fundora and Ms. Rodriguez's Class

5:00 PM Grades K & 1
Ms. Ocasio & Ms. Coello 
Ms. Wong & Ms. Saville 

5:30 PM Grades 2-8
Ms. Bagley Grade 2
Mr. Badia Grade 3
Ms. Larios Grade 4
Mrs. Ramsey Grade 5
Ms. Serewko Grades 6 & 7 
Mr. Placido Grade 8

The meetings will begin in the school auditorium. 
The school supply room will be open during those meetings.

Thursday September 7, 2017 
First Day of School 
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM 
Breakfast & Lunch Programs begin 
After School Program begins - students MUST be registered to attend the After School Program.

Friday September 8, 2017 
Regular School Day 
8:00 Am - 3:15 PM 
Departmental Classes begin - students should have their school supplies for each of their classes. 

Sunday September 10, 2017 
Parish Festival 

Friday, August 25, 2017

School Calendar Posted

Mr. Woods apologizes for the delay.
The school calendar has been posted on the school website of

It is listed in the updates tab at the top of the website.
Should you have any difficulty please call the school office.

FYI - Cornerstone/Educate ---Student Information System has been updated to a new address so you may want to delete the old one in your computer/phone etc.   The new address will be posted here along with instructions about parent access in the middle of September after all files have been checked.  

Harry Connick Jr. Concert for Manhattan Catholic Schools

Dear Parents,
     I hope that you are enjoying the remaining days of summer!

     As you will notice from the prior post I am trying to garner your interest and enlist your support for an upcoming event benefiting the Manhattan Catholic elementary schools.

    On Monday, September 25th, the Manhattan Catholic School region of Manhattan is hosting a benefit concert, Songs for Students, at the World Famous Apollo Theater!  It will feature Harry Connick Jr. and proceeds will support a number of regional initiatives for our schools and students.

    We are calling on our parents to help spread the word amongst their families and friends. The success of this event directly impacts the well-being of all of our beloved Catholic elementary schools throughout Manhattan -- and we know our parents can help ensure it's a night to remember for years to come.

   Tickets can be purchase at Songs for using offer code MANHATTAN.

    Should you have any questions please reach out to the office staff or see me.


Andrew G. Woods, principal 

Concert for Manhattan Schools

The Catholic School Region of Manhattan

invites you to join us for

Songs For Students A Benefit Concert


Harry Connick Jr.

Monday, September 25, 2017


The World Famous Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street New York, NY

To purchase tickets, please visit

For more information, please contact Alyson Vetter at or (646) 794-3330

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kindergarten & First Grade

Kindergarten & First Grade Teachers

K-1 - Ms. Ocasio
K-2 Ms. Coello 

1-1 - Ms. Wong
1-2- Ms. Saville 

As mentioned on the blog previously parent will have the ability to choose their child's teacher for September 2017 ---
by August 1, 2017 at midnight.

This choice will only be given to parent who have paid September's tuition by August 1st.
Smart Tuition will be mailing out invoices in the next week.
Parents who pay by August first should send Mr. Woods an e-mail at indicating:
             1. their child's name
             2. the teacher they are requesting
             3. the date of payment to Smart Tuition.

if the payment bounces back because of insufficient funds etc.---- then the request becomes invalid. 

Each of the classes will have 20 students in each to ensure even distribution.

On August 2nd the classes will be set up in Cornerstone and there will be no change after children have been set up in classes.