Wednesday, August 13, 2014

15 August 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and during these summer months you have been able to enjoy some relaxing days. This letter in the mailbox always signals that the days of summer are fast coming to an end.

As in the past there will be an opening parent meeting on the day before school begins: Wednesday-----September 3, 2014

The times for the meetings are:

PreK-1 and PreK-2 5:00 PM

Grades Kindergarten – 4th grade 6:00 PM

Grades 5-8 – 7:00 PM

The meeting will begin in the school auditorium with me and then you will proceed to the classrooms to meet with your child’s teacher.

As these meetings are planned for Parents and Teachers you are asked to arrange for child care so that there will not be any disruptions during the meeting.

School will begin on Thursday September 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM for all students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. School will dismiss at 3:00 PM and the After School Program will begin the same day for those who have been enrolled.


PreK students are to arrive at 9:00 AM on Thursday, September 4th and they also will be dismissed at 3:00 PM. The After School Program will also begin that day for those that have been enrolled.

In order to be of any assistance the school office is open daily from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will also be open on Labor Day from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The teachers have posted their supply lists on the school blog of www.olqmnyc.blogspot.com.
Students in grades 2, 3 & 4 need to check all three teachers supply list and students in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 need to check all four teachers supply list.

Parents wishing to enroll their child for the After School Program will be able to do so on the night of the parent meeting with Mr. Marcial, the program director.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and looking forward to meeting with you on September 3rd.

Sincerely,
Andrew G. Woods

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Week of June 23, 2014 Announcements



Report Card Distribution and Tuition
Some parents had requested an extension to June 20th for tuition/and or fund raising. Those monies are now past due. A reminder that your child will not receive their report card nor records transferred unless all money owed the school is paid before Wednesday June 25th.

Summer School
Students who failed one or more subjects for the year as reflected on their report card will be required to attend Summer School.
Also students who attend Ms. Levine's class will be required to attend the Title I Summer School in Reading and Mathematics.
Students in grades 1-6 may attend the FREE Title I Summer School if the registration form was returned in April.
Students in Grades 7 & 8 will be required to attend OLQM Summer School and will need to register on Thursday June 26th or June 27th.
A letter will be attached to the report card and the report card will have it mentioned in the comment section for Quarter 4.
Students who do not attend Summer School will be required to repeat the grade as listed in the Parents Handbook.
Students who fail 3 or more subjects on their report card will be required to repeat the grade level.

Summer Hours
The school office will be opened Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM every day during the summer.
Mr. Woods will be supervising the PreK Summer Program, The Title I Summer Program and OLQM Summer School during the Summer so parents who may want to see him should schedule an appointment with Alba. Mr. Woods will not be in the school office on Fridays or Sundays during the Summer but instead will be working in the Greenhouse.

Smart Tuition changes for the 2014-2015 school year--Please read these carefully.
In the hope of avoiding the unfortunate situation where children were removed from classrooms this year the following changes will be made to Smart Tuition:
1. All payments will be due on the 10th of each month beginning August 10, 2014.
2. After the second failed payment of a credit card or checking account that credit card etc. will not be able to be used to process any further transactions in Smart Tuition.
3. There will be no further Tuition cards in the office for payment of fund raising candy bars. Instead that payment must be made to Smart Tuition - or the parent may pay in the office and will be issued a receipt whereupon the payment will be made from the office to Smart Tuition.
4. Parents in need of Verification letters from the office will again need to print out the Smart Tuition statement to verify the person paying the tuition is listed with Smart Tuition.
5. Parents who request an extension on their tuition will be granted that extension by Mr. Woods with the following stipulation. If the due date for the extension is not met then the late fees that were waived, in good faith, will be reinstated for the months the parent was granted the extension.
6. In reviewing the catastrophic issues that parents caused themselves, their children and the school office upon reflection it is recommended that payments are made from a checking account on a regular basis- this avoids fees for credit card payments etc. Should parents need a different date for the funds to be drawn from their checking account-----that can be arranged through the office so that late fees will be avoided.
7. Mr. Woods is shocked by how many parents paid $350.00 or in most cases more in late fees, bounced checks etc. to Smart Tuition when a simple meeting on a Sunday with Mr. Woods could have avoided all that before the payment was due. None of that money comes to the school instead it goes to Smart Tuition for the phone calls and e-mails they send to parents to remind them of late payments.
8. As Mr. Woods works with Smart Tuition and the Regional Board further changes may be made. Mr. Woods formally complained to the Board of Directors regarding Smart Tuition and during the Summer meetings are being arranged to address these issues.

Regents Biology Class
Congratulations to:
Jack Valderabanno, Lance Garcia, Lourdes Toribio, Alexander DeJesus Castillo, Arelisse Munoz and Jayden Torres who were administered the Living Environment Regents Exam on Tuesday June 17th. They all passed the exam.
This class was set up with financial backing of the Moglia Family Foundation for iPads, books and high school science equipment.
The students in 8th grade will carry this Regents credit with them to High School and will not need to take this exam in High School.
The Moglia Family also decided that the students may keep their iPad as a gift as a reward for their academic success as he will be increasing the funding for this class.

Monday June 23, 2014 - CLEAN OUT YOUR DESK DAY.
NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM THIS WEEK
Students will clean out their desks and fix their classrooms.
Students may wear shorts for the day and should bring shopping bags if they have hoards of material in their desks/seat sacks.
PreK Summer Program begins at 7:30 AM

Tuesday June 24, 2014 - 8th grade Graduation Day
FULL DRESS UNIFOM DAY.
Dismissal at 1:00 PM
End of Year Mass and Graduation Exercises at 11:00 AM
Parents who are available from Grades 1-7 should make an attempt to be at graduation.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanlon along with Mr. Kelly will be here to be part of the graduation exercises. Mr. & Mrs. Hanlon along with Mr. Kelly raised thousands of dollars for OLQM scholarships this year and their hard work should be recognized not only by the students but also by the parents. Just a simple thank you after the Mass by a parent shows a donor that parents appreciate their dedication to assisting them through scholarships.

Wednesday June 25, 2014
Dress Up Day - no uniform needed but nice dress up clothes.
End of Year Classroom party - 8:30 AM
Awards Day - 11:00 AM in auditorium
Dismissal at 1:00 PM.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 and Friday June 27, 2014 - Registration for Summer School in office
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8:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Mr. Woods will not be in office on Thursday but instead at a meting at the Archdiocese of New York.
Mr. Woods will be in the office on Friday all day.

Monday June 30th - OLQM Summer School Begins

Monday July 7, 2014 - Title I Summer School Begins
Parents with questions should see Mrs. Ramsey.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Week of June 16, 2014 Announcements




Graduation Gowns
Graduation gowns for students in Kindergarten and 8th grade are in the tuition office.
They may be picked up when there is a ZERO balance on the Smart Tuition Account. Parents who pay by credit card must wait for 5 days for the credit card to be processed by Smart tuition. It is better if you have a balance to bring in cash or money order to Mrs. Resto in the tuition office and we will forwarded the money electronically to Smart Tuition.

Tuition and Final Exams and Graduations
A reprint from the blog posting of May 19, 2014

Students may not take final exams in June;
Students may not participate in PreK or Kindergarten graduation ceremonies;
Students may not participate in 8th grade graduation ceremonies
unless all tuition is paid.


Monday June 16, 2014
Review Day for Final Exams Grades 1-8
Kindergarten End of Year Assessments

Tuesday June 17, 2014
PreK -1 - Mrs. Fundora's Moving Up ceremony 11:00 AM in lunchroom.
Students are to arrive at 10:30 AM and report to classroom.
Parent luncheon following ceremony.
Kindergarten End of Year Assessments

End of Year Exams Grades 1-8 in Mathematics and Social Studies
Biology Regents 1:30 PM

Wednesday June 18, 2014
PreK-2 - Ms. Rodriguez's class Moving Up ceremony 11:00 AM in lunchroom.
Students are to arrive at 10:30 AM and report to classroom.
Parent luncheon following ceremony
End of Year Exams in Reading and Language Arts

Thursday June 19, 2014
Kindergarten Graduation at 11:00 AM in lunchroom.
Students are to arrive at 10:30 AM and report to the classroom.
Parent luncheon following ceremony.
8th grade class trip 10:00 AM--Students may not attend trip unless all tuition is paid and there is a zero balance on account.

Friday June 20, 2014--Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon
Shorts Day for Haiti - as of now we have raised $648.00 ---our goal is $1,000.00.
Sister Valorie Lordi, OP on Saturday June 14th picked up $537.84 worth of medications from Mr. Woods.
It is hoped that we will not disappoint her and the Haiti mission scheduled to leave Monday June 30th.
LAST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Week of June 9, 2014 Announcements



Tuition
This past Monday June 2nd ----47 children sat in the lunchroom because tuition was not paid. Presently 15 of those children have not returned due to non-payment of tuition.
A reminder to all parents that no child will take end of year exams beginning June 16th unless all tuition has been paid for the year and they will be excluded from class.
Smart Tuition issued new statements to all parents on Friday June 6th indicating the fund raising that was not paid.
Please check your Smart Tuition account statement whether you get in on-line or in the mail as soon as it comes.
A reminder to PreK parents to check their statements so that your child may participate in the graduation ceremony.
Letters will be sent home this week with your child indicating the balance due and there will be no extensions on tuition since it is the end of the academic school year.

Graduation Gowns
Graduation gowns for students in Kindergarten and 8th grade are in the tuition office.
They may be picked up when there is a ZERO balance on the Smart Tuition Account. Parents who pay by credit card must wait for 5 days for the credit card to be processed by Smart tuition. It is better if you have a balance to bring in cash or money order to Mrs. Resto in the tuition office and we will forwarded the money electronically to Smart Tuition.

Blackstone Financial Group Community Service Project - Wednesday June 11th
The Blackstone global investment firm will be sending 42 volunteers on Wednesday June 11th to paint the stairs, bathrooms and organize the school library. Some students from the 7th and 8th grade will be working with them as they extend their hand to help us here at OLQM.

Prep for Prep
Prep for Prep is a leadership program for middle school students who excel academically and have the potential to enter prestigious High Schools. We congratulate Joshua Capellan of the 5th grade for being accepted to this program which will entail him attending Summer School and an after school program twice a week while he is in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
He joins Alexander Castillo, of the 7th grade, who was accepted into the Teak Program last year - a similar program for students who excel academically in school.

Progress Reports
Progress Reports were distributed on Friday May 30th by Fr. Antonio.
If there was a white sticker on the report parents should make an appointment to see their child's teacher so that a plan of action may be drawn up before final exams.
As a reminder if your child fails a subject for the year they must attend Summer School at OLQM.
Students failing 3 or more subjects will be retained as stated in the Parents Handbook.
For students in grades 1-6 there is the free Title I Summer Program that parents were urged to apply for last month (92 students are presently enrolled) - Registration is now closed.
All students attending Ms. Levine's class are required to attend Summer School.
For students in grades 7 & 8 parents will need to register for Summer School in the tuition office on June 26th or 27th. The fee for each subject is $200.00.
Parents should refer to the Parents Handbook should they have questions as to the policy on Summer School or Retention.
Parents should see Mr. Woods any Sunday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday June 8th;
Sunday June 15th;
Sunday June 22nd
and NOT wait until the last day of school if they have questions.
Parents may also e-mail Mr. Woods at olqm1@aol.com

Monday June 9th
Graduation gowns available at Tuition office.
Study Guides were sent home for the end of the year exams by all teachers - is your child using them to study?

Tuesday June 10th
Mrs. Resto will be in office from 7:30 AM - 12:00 noon for parents with tuition questions.
Study Guides were sent home for the end of the year exams by all teachers - is your child using them to study?

Wednesday June 11th
Blackstone Financial Investment Group Community Service Project
Study Guides were sent home for the end of the year exams by all teachers - is your child using them to study?

Thursday June 12th
Math Coach will work with students
Study Guides were sent home for the end of the year exams by all teachers - is your child using them to study?

Friday June 13th - Feast of St. Anthony of Padua
Early Dismissal Day -- Dismissal at 12:00 NOON

After School Program in session.
Study Guides were sent home for the end of the year exams by all teachers - is your child using them to study?

Sunday- June 15th - Father's Day
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students in sacramental program.
Certificates of completion will be distributed after Mass.



Saturday, May 31, 2014

Week of June 2, 2014 Announcements



Progress Reports
Progress Reports were distributed on Friday May 30th by Fr. Antonio.
If there was a white sticker on the report parents should make an appointment to see their child's teacher so that a plan of action may be drawn up before final exams.
As a reminder if your child fails a subject for the year they must attend Summer School at OLQM.
Students failing 3 or more subjects will be retained as stated in the Parents Handbook.
For students in grades 1-6 there is the free Title I Summer Program that parents were urged to apply for last month (92 students are presently enrolled) - Registration is now closed.
All students attending Ms. Levine's class are required to attend Summer School.
For students in grades 7 & 8 parents will need to register for Summer School in the tuition office on June 26th or 27th. The fee for each subject is $200.00.
Parents should refer to the Parents Handbook should they have questions as to the policy on Summer School or Retention.
Parents should see Mr. Woods any Sunday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday June 1st;
Sunday June 8th;
Sunday June 15th;
Sunday June 22nd
and NOT wait until the last day of school if they have questions.
Parents may also e-mail Mr. Woods at olqm1@aol.com

Fund Raising - Candy Sales
All fund raising was due on April 15, 2014 to Mrs. Resto in the school office. Any money not paid before June 1st will be added to a child's Smart Tuition account beginning on June 2, 2014.
Please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office if you have questions.

End of Year Exams
End of Year exams will be administered to students in Grades 1-8 the week of June 16, 17, 18 and 19th.
The end of year exams will cover material from September to the present as per the direction of the Superintendent of Schools office. The score on the exam will be placed on the report card and will count as 15% of the total grade for the year as calculated by the Student Information System.
A study guide will be available for parents in PRINT this year and will be distributed June 4th. The study guide will outline the important topics in the six units of study that have been taught this year that should be studied. Parents are urged to work with their children using the guides as a tool for success.

Pre-K Summer Program
Parents who have not notified Mrs. Resto that they are interested in the PreK Summer Program should do so as soon as possible.

June 2014 Calendar
The June calendar will be distributed on Monday June 2nd.

Monday June 2, 2014
Unit VI Week 6

Tuesday June 3, 2014
New York State Science Test Grades 4 & 8 Written Section

Wednesday June 4, 2014
Archdiocese of New York Religion Exam Grades 3-8

Thursday June 5, 2014
New York State Mathematics Field Test Grade 3

Friday - June 6, 2014 - Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon
After School Program will be in session.
Faculty Meeting - scoring of Religion Exam

Sunday - June 8, 2014 Pentecost Sunday
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students in sacramental program.
No classes.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Week of May 27, 2014 Announcements



June 2014 Calendar - Please Read Carefully
A reminder that the June calendar needed to be altered due to the snow days taken this year.
1. All Fridays in June ---school will be opened.
June 6th - 12:00 noon dismissal scoring of Archdiocesan Religion Exam
June 13th - 12:00 noon dismissal planning meeting
June 20th - 12:00 noon dismissal Rating Day for End of the Year Exams
2. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 25th.
3. Graduation/ moving up ceremonies Dates
a. PreK-1 moving up ceremony - Mrs. Fundora's class - Tuesday June 17th at 11:00 AM
b. PreK-2 moving up ceremony - Ms. Rodriguez's class - Wednesday June 18th at 11:00 AM
c. Kindergarten graduation ceremony - Ms. Ocasio's class - Thursday June 19th at 11:00 AM
d. 8th grade graduation - Tuesday June 24th at 11:00 AM
A reminder that no child will be able to participate in any moving up or graduation ceremonies unless all tuition/fund raising is up to date and paid.

Fund Raising - Candy Sales
All fund raising was due on April 15, 2014 to Mrs. Resto in the school office. Any money not paid before June 1st will be added to a child's Smart Tuition account beginning on June 1, 2014.
Please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office if you have questions.

End of Year Exams
End of Year exams will be administered to students in Grades 1-8 the week of June 16, 17, 18 and 19th.

The end of year exams will cover material from September to the present as per the direction of the Superintendent of Schools office. The score on the exam will be placed on the report card and will count as 15% of the total grade for the year as calculated by the Student Information System.
A study guide will be available for parents in PRINT this year and will be distributed June 4th. The study guide will outline the important topics in the six units of study that have been taught this year that should be studied. Parents are urged to work with their children using the guides as a tool for success.

Pre-K Summer Program
Parents who have not notified Mrs. Resto that they are interested in the PreK Summer Program should do so as soon as possible.

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Price Waterhouse Cooper will work with students in grades 3-8 on the topic of Taxes

Wednesday May 28, 2014 - new moon
New York State Performance Test Grades 4 & 8 in Science

Thursday - May 29, 2014 - Feast of the Ascension
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the Kindergarten Class
Project Leap

Friday - May 30th
Progress Reports will be sent home today.
Mr. Woods will be in the office on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM for parents who wish to discuss Progress Reports.

Saturday - May 31st - Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sacrament of Confirmation 3:30 PM
Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, Vicar General will be the main celebrant.
All students in sacramental are required to be at Confirmation ceremony in DRESS clothes.
Students do not need to attend Mass on Sunday.

Sunday - June 1, 2014
Mr. Woods in office 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Biology Class 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week of May 19, 2014 Announcements



June 2014 Calendar
A reminder that the June calendar needed to be altered due to the snow days taken this year.
1. All Fridays in June ---school will be opened .
2. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 25th.
3. Graduation/ moving up ceremonies Dates
a. PreK-1 moving up ceremony - Mrs. Fundora's class - Tuesday June 17th at 11:00 AM
b. PreK-2 moving up ceremony - Ms. Rodriguez's class - Wednesday June 18th at 11:00 AM
c. Kindergarten graduation ceremony - Ms. Ocasio's class - Thursday June 19th at 11:00 AM
d. 8th grade graduation - Tuesday June 24th at 11:00 AM
A reminder that no child will be able to participate in any moving up or graduation ceremonies unless all tuition/fund raising is up to date and paid.

Fund Raising - Candy Sales
All fund raising was due on April 15, 2014 to Mrs. Resto in the school office. Any money not paid before June 1st will be added to a child's Smart Tuition account beginning on June 1, 2014.
Please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office if you have questions.

Rowland Reading Testing Program - Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2
This past week children in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 were administered the second battery of tests designed by Rowland Reading.
There were two separate tests given last week and your child will be bringing home the results of those tests on Wednesday, May 21st.
Should parents have questions regarding the test results they may see their child's teacher and/or Mr. Woods.
As a reminder any testing program is only one measure of a student's progress. Classroom participation, homework, teacher-made tests, daily and weekly assessments are all part of the academic progress that a child experiences.

Student Information System - SIS
As we approach the end of the year it is important that parents keep abreast of their child's academic progress by checking the student information system regularly and scheduling an appointment with the child's teacher(s) if necessary so there is no heartbreak in June.
Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday May 30, 2014.

End of Year Exams
End of Year exams will be administered to students in Grades 1-8 the week of June 16, 17, 18 and 19th.
The end of year exams will cover material from September to the present as per the direction of the Superintendent of Schools office. The score on the exam will be placed on the report card and will count as 15% of the total grade for the year as calculated by the Student Information System.
A study guide will be available for parents in PRINT this year and will be distributed June 4th. The study guide will outline the important topics in the six units of study that have been taught this year that should be studied. Parents are urged to work with their children using the guides as a tool for success.

Pre-K Summer Program
Parents who have not notified Mrs. Resto that they are interested in the PreK Summer Program should do so as soon as possible.

Monday May 19, 2014--Tuition Suspension Day
Unit VI Week 4
Mathematics coach will work with students today.

Tuesday May 20, 2014
Mrs. Resto will be in office to answer questions regarding fund raising.

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Rowland Reading Testing results will be sent home to parents in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2.

Thursday May 22, 2014
Project LEAP - Grades 1, 2, 3, 7 & 8.

Friday-- May 23, 2014 - EARLY DISMISSAL DAY 11:00 AM
Faculty Meeting - scoring of NYSESLAT test

Sunday - May 25, 2014
No Classes
No 1:00 PM Mass - children are to attend Mass with their parents.

Monday - May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED