Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Week of May 25, 2015 Announcements



May Procession and Crowning of an Image of Mary
The annual May Procession will take place on Friday May 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Students who received sacraments this year should wear their Communion outfits and Confirmation gowns. All students should have a pair of rosary beads for the procession and parents are welcome to attend.Students may bring a change of clothes to change into after the May Procession.

New York State Science Test
The New York State Science Performance Test will be administered to students in grades 4 and 8 and Thursday May 28th. Students will be administered the written section next week.

Tuition Suspension Day June 1st.
Letters will be sent home this week regarding the last tuition suspension day on June 1st. Students will not be able to attend class unless all the tuition for the year is up to date. The last payment was due on May 20th.

Wednesday May 27th
Students should be gathering together their notes for the upcoming end of year exams.

Thursday May 28th

Science Performance Test Grades 4 and 8

Friday May 29th
May Procession 9:00 AM Parents welcome.

Sunday May 31st

Biology Class 9:00 AM
Mass for all students 1:00 PM
Meetings regarding tuition 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week of May 18, 2015 Announcements



Progress Reports
Progress Reports will be sent home this Friday May 22nd with ALL students. The progress reports gives a glimpse of progress made since the last report card in April. Parents must remember that during the two weeks of NYS tests that there may be a gap in recorded marks for their child. As of this writing there are 24 school days remaining and students who are experiencing academic difficulties should be focused only on school work.

Tuition Suspension Day - June 1st
As a reminder the last payment for this school is May 20th. Mr. Woods was in the school office on Sunday May 17th until 6:00 PM meeting with parents regarding their balances. As a reminder graduation, final exams etc. will not be administered to students where there is a balance on the tuition account.

Ideal Uniform Company
The uniform company will be here on Thursday May 21st from 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon for parents who wish to order uniforms for September,2015.

End of Year Exams
End of Year Exams will be administered the week of June 15th. Review material will be posted on each teacher's blog on June 1st as the exams will cover material from September to June. The exams will count as 15% of the overall report card grade as per the directives of the Superintendent's Office for the Archdiocese of New York.

June reminders:
During the month of June:

School is closed Friday June 5th and Friday June 12th. There is be a 12:00 noon dismissal on Friday June 19th.
Moving Up Ceremonies and Graduations
PreK-1 moving up - June 16th at 11:00 AM
PreK-2 moving up - June 17th at 11:00 AM
Kindergarten graduation - June 18th at 11:00 AM
Last Day of After School Program - June 22nd
8th grade Graduation Mass and Graduation ceremony- June 23rd 10:00 AM
Last Day of school - June 23rd dismissal at 1:00 PM
PreK/K Summer Program - June 22nd - 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Monday May 18, 2015
CCSS Unit VI begins
Final day for make up tests for ITBS and NYSESLAT

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Students should have rosary beads for the May Procession on Friday May 29th. The supply room on the 2nd floor will have rosary beads beginning Friday May 22nd.
Students who received sacraments this year will lead the May Procession and should come dressed in their Communion clothes, Confirmation gowns along with students from the Reconciliation Class and the newly baptized students.

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Map A Month Due

Thursday May 21, 2015

Students in Grades 5-8 will attend Water Resources Art Award Ceremony with Mrs. Ramsey. Students received notification that their project is being recognized.

Friday May 22, 2015
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting - scoring of NYSESLAT exam
Progress Reports sent home with all students.

Sunday May 24, 2015
Holiday weekend. No classes. Students may attend Mass with their parents.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Week of May 9, 2015 Announcements



Tuition Reminders--Last Tuition Suspension Day June 1, 2015
A reminder that all tuition must be paid by the end of May. The tenth month cycle beginning in August of 2014 has the last payment due at the end of May thereby guaranteeing that all tuition and fees would be paid by June 1st. Therefore there will be tuition suspension day on June 1st wherein students will not be able to attend class until the balance for the year is paid. Please plan accordingly. Parents with questions should see Mrs. Resto or Alan in the tuition office.

PreK and Kindergarten Summer Program
As a reminder the program is nearly full and there are two programs this year - a 4:00 PM pick up and a 7:00 PM pickup. Parents are reminded that if they sign up for the 4:00 PM pickup and they pick their child up late the fee for the late pickup is $20.00 per day as stated in the Parents Handbook.



The annual North Manhattan Catholic Schools Science Fair will be held this Wednesday May 13th at 6:00 PM. Students of the six North Manhattan Catholic Schools will compete by grade level using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) strategies. This year's theme is Life Science with Data Collection.

Monday May 11, 2015
ITBS Grades K, 1, and 2 - math computation

Tuesday May 12, 2015
Anti-bullying curriculum will be taught.
ITBS Grades K, 1, 2

Wednesday May 13, 2015
ITBS Grades K, 1, and 2
District Science Fair at 4:00 PM

Thursday - May 14, 2015 Ascension Thursday
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the first grade.
ITBS Grades K, 1 and 2

Friday - May 15, 2015
NYSESLAT Session 3

Sunday May 17, 2015
Biology Class 9:00 AM
Mass for all students 1:00 PM


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Week of May 4, 2015 Announcements



PreK/Kindergarten Summer Program
At the request of a number of parents the PreK Summer Program hours of operation will change. The program's hours will now be 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM to accommodate parents who are working. A new enrollment sheet will be sent home on Monday May 4, 2015. As of Friday May 1st there were 16 enrolled students. Please inform Mrs. Resto this week if you plan to have your child in the program. This program is open only to students who are registered or re-registered for September 2015 here at OLQM.

ITBS - Iowa Test of Basic Skills
The ITBS will be administered to students in grades Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grades 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Students will need two or three #2 pencils and should not be late for school as the test will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. The remaining part of the ITBS will be administered next week.Students should get a fullnights sleep and breakfast each morning of the test.

NYESLAT
The NYSESLAT Speaking, Listening and Writing tests will be completed this week.

Summer Uniform
The summer uniform should be worn if parents opt to have their child wear the uniform. The uniform is a polo shirt with the logo, blue dress shorts and black sneakers. Parents will be called if the uniform is incorrect. The polo shirt MUST HAVE the school logo on it. Weekly conduct marks will reflect the fact if students are in complete uniform as defined in the Parents Handbook or has been defined on this blog for the last 2 months.

Sacramental Program
Soooooo the sacraments are over and 9 students missed Mass on Sunday May 3rd---hmmm just like Father Antonio said during his homily during both ceremonies. Parents are reminded that the program ends June 14th when Father Antonio distributes certificates of completion.

Monday May 4, 2015
May calendars will be distributed along with Map a Month

Tuesday - May 5, 2015
Cinco de Mayo
ITBS Grades Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2
Lip Sync Contest - Tickets will be sold at the door - $5.00 Each adult or child



Wednesday - May 6, 2015
Price Waterhouse Cooper will work with students in grades 3-8
ITBS - K, 1 and 2

Thursday - May 7, 2015
8th grade Graduation Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral 10:00 AM
NYSESLAT Listening

Friday - May 8, 2015
NYSESLAT Writing



Sunday - Mother's Day

Students may and should attend Mass with their Mom - students may attend any Mass that Mom wants to attend and do not have to attend the 1:00 PM Mass.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Week of APRIL 27, 2015 Announcements



School Evaluation - April 30, 2015
The regional office will be evaluating the school on Thursday April 30, 2015. Sister June Clare Tracy, OP the regional superintendent will be here to sit in on classes, interview parents, students, teachers and Fr. Antonio.

NYSESLAT - New York State English as a Second Language Test
This test will be administered in parts over the next month. The results will be available next September to parents along with the ELA and Math tests that were just administered.

Summer Uniform
Beginning May 1st the summer uniform may be worn by students. The uniform consists of navy blue shorts and school polo shirt with school logo. Black sneakers may also be worn.

Fund Raising and Smart Tuition
A reminder that parents that you should have seen Mrs. Resto or Alan regarding the fact that you are not selling candy bars to meet your fund raising requirements.

Leak in Ms. Larios class--grade 5
Many parents have expressed concern over the "leak" that resulted in part of the ceiling collapse near the windows of Ms. Larios class. It was recently found to be due to a broken steam pipe in the wall, behind the Smartboard, that resulted in condensation build up in the ceiling and wall behind the Smartboard. This past weekend Ransel was instructed to break the wall near the windowsill to permit the whole area to dry out. It will take a couple of weeks for the repair of the classroom to be completed as it is being covered by the school's insurance policy. There is no danger to students and when the construction begins the students in grades 5-8 will be sent to the science room like they were when the ceiling was initially leaking.

Monday April 27, 2015
Makeup day for students who missed Part III of the Mathematics exam.

Tuesday April 28, 2015

NYSESLAT speaking will continue today

Wednesday April 29, 2015 Feast of St. Catherine of Sienna
Mass at 9:00 AM led n y the students of the 2nd grade.

Thursday April 30, 2015
School evaluation

Friday May 1, 2015
Summer Uniform may be worn today.

Sunday May 3, 2015
Biology Class 10:00 AM
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students in sacramental program

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week of April 20, 2015 Announcements



Report Card Day Friday April 24, 2015
The third quarter report card will be distributed to students on Friday April 24, 2015. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the auditorium. On this report card parents will be notified if their child will be required to attend summer school or be retained due to poor academic progress. There is still time to reverse the poor grade(s) from April to June.
Students in grades 5-8 who are in danger of retention in the grade will be REQUIRED to attend extended day classes from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM with Mr. Placido beginning April 27th. This program is for students failing 3 or more subjects in grades 5-8. Classes will be Monday to Thursday each week until the end of the 4th quarter in June. In this way the school has taken a proactive response to poor academic performance.



Mr. Woods was notified Friday that there are 17 regional scholarships that will be awarded based on income. The scholarship will be pro rated up to $2,900.00 a year based on the tax returns for 2014 for:
1. Students entering Kindergarten from Ms. Rodriguez's class;
2. Students in Kindergarten who are entering first grade and students in grades 1-6 entering from public/charter schools.
There are a limited number of scholarships and you should bring in your tax forms to Alba this week to apply for a scholarship. This is not a manana moment project - it is a now project as there will be no further scholarships after the 17 are exhausted.
3. As a reminder any family already receiving a scholarship are not entitled for a second scholarship under this program.


The New York State Mathematics Tests will be administered to students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.
Congratulations to parents for not opting out with the hysterical momentum that swept schools of not having children take New York State tests. The questions were never asked then when do we give students tests to gauge their knowledge? Every parent would want their child to become a doctor, an accountant, an actuary, a teacher and on and on -- each one of those professions require rigorous license testing. If students are not prepared at an early age that testing is part and parcel of the life experience of working when then are they to be trained without the panic? The New York Times this past week had an article on the fact that more and more corporations are requiring their new employees to take tests measuring their skills --yet parents are not training their children to be prepared for life's ups and downs if they have their child opt out of testing. Parents must understand that a one day test is not a full measure of their child's knowledge and that the results of the tests will assist them and their child's school determine what areas are in need of improvement.
Again, congratulations to parents!

Summer Uniform
Ideal Uniform Company will be here on Friday during the parent teacher conferences to measure students for the summer uniform which may be worn beginning May 1st. Navy blue shorts and school polo shirt with school logo. Black sneakers may also be worn.

NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language) Testing
NYSESLAT testing will begin this week with the speaking component of the test for students who did not master the test in previous administrations. Parents were notified in November on the AIS (Academic Intervention Services) form that was distributed with the first report card.


ENROLLMENT ENDS APRIL 24th
UPK- Universal PreK for All
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School will now offer a free UPK program for students who were born in 2011. The program from the NYC Department of Education will be coordinated by Mr. Woods, the Regional Board and the Superintendent of Schools Office for the Archdiocese of New York. Parents interested in the program should fill out a form on line at www.nyc.gov/prek. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs site # is 06MAFQ. This is a new code number please call Alba if you registered and did not use this code.You may obtain information from Alba or Mr. Woods. As a reminder this program is for 4 year old students only born in 2011.

School Evaluation - April 30, 2015

The regional office will be evaluationg the school on Thursday April 30, 2015. Sister June Clare Tracy, OP the regional superintendent will be here to sit in on classes, interview parents, students, teachers and Fr. Antonio.

Monday April 20, 2015
NYSESLAT Speaking begins today

Tuesday April 21, 2015
Parents should have notified Mrs. Resto or Alan if they are not selling chocolate by today so that it may be corrected on Smart Tuition.
Also, as a reminder parents who need extensions on tuition - the extension must be requested before the due date. Recently, parents have come in requesting that late fees be waived from September which cannot be done. Look back on the blog to September and October and the policy is clearly stated.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 - EARTH DAY
New York State Math Tests Grades 3-8

Thursday April 23, 2015
NYS Math Tests Grades 3-8

Friday April 24, 2015 Arbor Day
Report Card Day. Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon.
After School Program will be in session.
Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM in auditorium. Mr. Woods will be n the school library. Alan will also be here to assist parents with Cornerstone or to review their Smart Tuition account.

Sunday April 25, 2015
Confirmation Ceremony 1:00 PM in church.
Mr. Woods will be in the office from 2:00 P< - 6:00 PM

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week of April 13, 2015 Announcements


UPK- Universal PreK for All
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School will now offer a free UPK program for students who were born in 2011. The program from the NYC Department of Education will be coordinated by Mr. Woods, the Regional Board and the Superintendent of Schools Office for the Archdiocese of New York. Parents interested in the program should fill out a form on line at www.nyc.gov/prek. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs site # is 06MAFQ. This is a new code number please call Alba if you registered and did not use this code.You may obtain information from Alba or Mr. Woods. As a reminder this program is for 4 year old students only born in 2011.

Lenten Alms Giving--St. Patrick's Home
The Confirmation Class visited St. Patrick's Home just before the Easter recess to deliver 25 Smoked Hams and canned food. Mr. Woods will post a thank you note on the bulletin board on Tuesday from St. Patrick's Home. Thank you to everyone who gave to this Lenten drive.

Report Cards - April 24, 2015
The third quarter ends Monday April 13, 2015. Report cards will be distributed on Friday April 24th. Please arrange your schedule to allow time for you to see your child's teacher. This report card will state that Summer School or Retention in the grade is a strong possibility if students are not doing well academically. A list of students who are not academically succeeding will be submitted to the Regional Superintendent's office after the distribution of report cards. Mr. Woods will also schedule a series of meetings between parents and students according to grade level to address academic concerns. Further information will be sent with the report card.

Scholarships for 2015-2016
Information will be released from the Superintendent of Schools office this week concerning scholarships for new students entering OLQM. Please check the blog next week for qualifications.

Fund Raising - Candy Money due
Candy money is due to the Tuition Office by April 15th. If you decided not to sell candy bars but instead plan to pay the $150.00 to Smart Tuition please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office so that you account may be adjusted.



Monday April 13, 2015 - Feast of St. Martin I
School resumes after Easter Recess
Calendars for April will be sent home with students today.
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center Neighborhood Grant Program visits OLQM

Tuesday April 14, 2015
New York ELA (English Language Arts) Test Grades 3-8-- all students should have 4 or 5 #2 pencils for the tests.

Wednesday April 15, 2015
New York ELA (English Language Arts) Test Grades 3-8-- all students should have 4 or 5 #2 pencils for the tests.
Fund Raising money due to tuition office.

Thursday April 16, 2015

New York ELA (English Language Arts) Test Grades 3-8-- all students should have 4 or 5 #2 pencils for the tests.

Friday - April 17, 2015
Early Dismissal Day - 12:00 Noon
Faculty Meeting
After School Program available.

Sunday - April 19, 2015
First Holy Communion 1:00 PM
Students should be dropped off with Mr. Woods at 12:00 noon in the office area.