Friday, October 24, 2014

A message from the Manhattan Catholic School Regional Office

Dear Families,
Now that there is the first confirmed case of an adult with Ebola in NYC, I want to review the guidelines provided by the NYC DOH regarding the transmission of ebola. Our school receives constant health alerts from NYS & NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Archdiocese of New York. Schools in the Archdiocese follow all advisory and directive instructions from these organizations.
I thought it would be helpful to share some information that I have received this week from the NYC Department of Health and the NYC Department of Education regarding the growing concern over Ebola:
The NYCDOE and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are working together to ensure that you have the most up-to-date guidance. The facts below are important to help parents and staff understand how low the risk of Ebola exposure is:
• Ebola is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. You cannot be infected simply by being near someone who has Ebola.
• The Ebola outbreak is concentrated in only three countries – Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
• If someone has traveled to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone in the past 21 days but does not have any symptoms, they cannot infect anyone else with Ebola. New York City is collaborating closely with its state and federal partners to protect New Yorkers.

The Department of Health, and I, want to reassure you that school officials and all medical care providers in NYC have been prepared by the Health Department to look for signs of Ebola and take immediate steps to respond and isolate people who may be infected. You can acquire accurate information about Ebola from the Department of Health's site
I will provide any further information as necessary. As always, please feel free to contact me by email or phone with your concerns or questions. Please keep those affected by Ebola, directly and indirectly, in our thoughts and prayers.

Andrew G. Woods, principal

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week of October 20, 2014 Announcements

Interim Assessment Number 1
The Interim Assessment for Unit One material will be administered this week in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
The assessments will be given Tuesday and Thursday. Makeups for any child who is sick will be given upon their return to school.

Safe Environment Curriculum Week - October 20th - October 24th.
Letter from the Superintendent of Schools Office

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),
The safety and well-being of all our children in our parish and school communities are our highest priorities. To serve the goal of creating a safe environment, every year in our schools and religious education programs, the children receive lessons in personal safety, as required by the Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was adopted by the U.S. Bishops in 2002.
This year, our Safe Environment lesson plans have been fully revised to better address each grade level, with a lesson which is age-appropriate, user-friendly, and consistent with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. These lessons are designed to promote respect for the dignity of the human person and virtuous living. Our goal in revising the curriculum was to equip teachers, parents/guardians, and students with knowledge that can help keep children and young people safe, while providing this instruction in a way that fosters the formation of Christian virtues. These revised lessons were developed by the Safe Environment Office of the Archdiocese, in consultation with professional educators and child safety experts.
The full lesson plans for each grade level can be reviewed online at These lessons will cover such topics as internet safety, how to develop good boundaries in relationships, how to deal with uncomfortable or threatening situations, and how to get help from a trusted adult. Each year, parents/guardians will receive a short overview of the lesson that your child will receive during their Safe Environment instruction class period. This will enable you to reinforce the lessons your children have received, and to assure them of your support in their safety. Resources will also be available at the website noted above, to help parents/guardians further educate themselves and their children in this important area.
If you have any questions about the material presented in your child's Safe Environment lesson plan, please feel free to contact Mr. Woods.
We thank you for the sacred trust you have given us in the care and protection of your children. May the collective vigilance and efforts of the entire Catholic community renew trust and confidence. We must trust Christ's promise: "for God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).

Candy Bars
Please remember that candy bars are available in the tuition office to assist parents in their fund raising requirements. Payments for the bars may be made through Smart Tuition or through the school office.

School Evaluation

The school evaluation that was scheduled for this last week was cancelled and will instead take place Tuesday, December 9th.

Monday - October 20, 2014
Feast of St. Paul of the Cross
Common Core State Standards Unit Two begins
Safe environment curriculum covered this week.

Tuesday - October 21, 2014

Feast of St. Hilarion
Interim Assessment Number 1 - English Language Arts
Safe environment curriculum covered this week.

Wednesday - October 22, 2014
Feast of St. John Paul II
Yearly Asbestos Inspection

Thursday - October 23, 2014

Feast of St. John Capistrano
Interim Assessment # 1 - Mathematics
Safe environment curriculum covered this week.

Friday - October 24, 2014

Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret
Safe environment quiz will be given today.

Sunday - October 26, 2014

Communion Class 12:00 noon
Mass for all students 1:00 PM
Biology Class 3:00 PM

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week of October 13, 2014 Announcements

Interim Assessment
The first Interim Assessment conducted by the Superintendent of Schools office for all students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade will be administered next week. It will cover all the material for Unit I of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The second Interim Assessment will be administered during the first week in February.

Cornerstone Student Information System
Parents are able to keep up with their child's grades by reviewing the Cornerstone Student Information System. Parents who need login and passwords for the system should send Mr. Woods an e-mail at
The next face to face training with Alan will be Friday November 14th from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM during report card distribution.

Gym Schedule
The gym schedule was revised in late September in order to accommodate the return of Ms. Alma the music teacher. The following is a list of grades and days of gym classes in order to avoid confusion:
PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora's class - Fridays
PreK-2 - Ms. Rodriguez's class - Thursdays
Kindergarten - Tuesdays
Grade 1 - Tuesdays
Grade 2 - Wednesdays
Grade 3 - Mondays and Wednesdays
Grade 4 - Mondays
Grade 5- Thursdays
Grade 6 - Thursdays
Grade 7 - Tuesdays
Grade 8 - Tuesdays

World's Finest Candy Bars/Yankee Candles
Parents are reminded that candy bars are available in the office to assist parents in fund raising requirements. There will be a Yankee Candle Sale in November to assist parents who are experiencing difficulty in selling the candy bars.

School Evaluation
The school evaluation that was scheduled for Thursday October 16th has been postponed by the regional office due to some staff changes. When it has been rescheduled Mr. Woods will inform parents and students on this blog.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Thank You
A thank you to the parents who assisted with the Hispanic Heritage Celebration that was held on Friday October 10th.

This is Earth Science and Biology Week

Monday - October 13th School Closed - Columbus Day

Tuesday- October 14th
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered by teachers today.

Wednesday - October 15th
Do You need Candy Bars?? - the office only has 30 boxes left!

Thursday- October 16th

Friday - October 17th
Map A Month Due

Saturday October 18th - Feast of St. Luke the evangelist

Sunday October 19th
12:00 Noon - Reconciliation Class
1:00 PM Mass for all students
3:00 PM - Biology Class Lab

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Week of October 5, 2014 Announcements

Progress Reports
Progress Reports were sent home on Friday with ALL students. There is a line for parent signature at the bottom of the report. Please sign and return with your child so that the classroom teacher may ascertain that a parent reviewed the report. It will be returned home on Monday afternoon.
This report shows your child's progress for the first month of school and indicates to parents that their child may need assistance in some specific area.
Report Cards will be distributed on November 14th -- therefore there is ample time for students to improve in grades that may not be satisfactory at this time.
Parents are also reminded that they should be reviewing their child's Cornerstone SIS (Student Information System) once a week with their child.
Parents should call Alba at 212-567-03190 to schedule an appointment to see the child's teacher. Please remember that some teachers have family responsibilities or attend school at night. Parents who wish to see Mr. Woods regarding a student's grades should see him on Sundays from 10:00 AM - 11:30 am - NO APPPOINTMENT NEEDED.

IRIS -Immediate Response Information System.
We believe that IRIS is finally working. If you did not receive a message on Friday night and again on Sunday please see Alba in the office or send Mr. Woods an e-mail. Also, if you change your telephone number please let the office staff know so that the system may be updated.

SMART Tuition
On Wednesday - Alan and Mr. Woods will be meeting with SMART tuition along with the other principals of the Catholic School Region. As of today no one has expressed any major concerns to Mr. Woods regarding Smart Tuition. If you have any concerns please let Mr. Woods know before Wednesday.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
October 15th marks the end of Hispanic Heritage month. On Friday October 10th there will be school celebration in the lunchroom from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
Parents are welcome to attend.

Auditorium Ceiling
As parents see the auditorium is in a state of flux. The drop ceiling was removed through the generosity of the school alumni exposing the original wooden Cathedral ceiling underneath. Many would not know that it was the intention of Monsignor Ryder, the foundling pastor of OLQM, to build an upper church in the present auditorium in 1932. Unfortunately, the Great Depression overwhelmed the finances of the church at the time and the construction was halted.
The next step is to replace the lighting in the auditorium - raising it to the rafters of the wooden ceiling and putting in ceiling fans for circulation. Construction takes time and patience and we will keep you up to date when the next phase begins.

Monday - October 6, 2014
Progress Reports due to classroom teacher.

Tuesday- October 7, 2014

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Wednesday- October 8, 2014
8th grade parent meeting regarding High School enrollment 7:00 PM in library

Thursday - October 9, 2014
Candy Bars available in office to assist parents in Fund Raising.

Friday - October 10, 2014
Early Dismissal Day at 12:00 noon
Hispanic Heritage Celebration in auditorium 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents Welcome

Sunday - October 12, 2014
Mass at 1:00 PM for students in sacramental program
No classes.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week of September 28, 2014 Announcements

Welcome Back Miss Alma
Ms. Alma has returned to OLQM to teach music to students in grades PreK, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3.
She will be here on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning this week.

Cornerstone Students Information System
Parents wishing to have login and password information regarding the Student Information System may request the information by sending an e-mail to Mr. Woods at
Last week only 32 parents showed up for information. The next time that Alan will be available to assist parents one to one will be on Report Card night which is November 14th from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Progress Reports
The first Progress Report will be sent home this Friday October 3rd with your child. Please look at it carefully and if you have questions please call Alba to schedule an appointment to see your child's teacher(s). The best way for you as a parent to keep up with your child's progress is to monitor the SIS (Student Information System) weekly.

IRIS - Immediate Information Response System.
The IRIS system will be tested today - Sunday September 28th. If you did not receive a recorded message please inform Alba or Alan so that your information may be verified.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi-October 3rd --9:00 AM Mass
The annual blessing of domesticated animals will take place on Friday October 3rd at the 9:00 AM Mass. Students may bring their animals from home to be blessed. Due to allergies dogs and cats will have to return home after Mass--please make arrangements for them to return home.

Smart Tuition
Mr. Woods and Alan will be attending a meeting between the Superintendent of Schools Office, the regional principals and Smart Tuition on October 8th. Parents who are experiencing problems should e-mail Mr. Woods at so that it may be addressed at this general meeting.

Interim Assessment #1
The first Interim Assessment will be administered to students in grades Kindergarten - 8th grade the week of October 20th. It will cover all the material that has been covered by teachers in Unit I of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Monday September 29, 2014
Reminder Candy Bars are in the office to assist parents in fund raising.

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Feast of St. Jerome
October calendars will be sent home today.

Wednesday October 1, 2014
Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Thursday October 2, 2014
Feast of Guardian Angels

Friday October 3, 2014
Mass in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 9:00 AM
Parents Welcome.
Animals Welcome!!
led by the students of the 7th grade.

Saturday October 4, 2014
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday October 5, 2014
First Day of Sacramental Program
All students MUST attend Mass here at 1:00 PM
They must sit in the front of Church with Mr. Woods.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week of September 21, 2014 Announcements

To Parents - An eye opening article from the Wall Street Journal

Fighting the Internet Invasion of Childhood

When I heard my daughter's screams from Web deprivation, I knew I was onto something.
Sept. 9, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET
From inside the fortress of her bedroom, my 10-year-old daughter launches guerrilla warfare. Her weapon: piercing screams. She is angry with me because she has discovered that her iPad cannot get online. Last night I managed to selectively program our wireless modem so that specific devices connect to the Web only one hour a day, compared with the four or five hours that she and her 9-year-old brother had recently been spending online. Now I can finally limit their surfing time without constant personal involvement.
American children need 60 minutes of moderate to intense activity a day, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. One could only hope to meet that standard. Returning from work every evening, I would find two zombies—the cliché never gets old, because it is accurate—in front of the computer. In a catatonic state, the children would respond to my greeting with an unintelligible mumble. After turning the computer off, I would try to talk them into riding the bicycle or going to the park.
Failing that, I'd make them to do chores or homework, often musing how much easier it would be to haul an elephant up a mountain. At dinner, if asked what they had learned at school—the kind of conversation I used to have with my parents—my annoyed children would respond "nothing," absently looking into the distance, longing to tether themselves online as soon as I turned my back.

My daughter's screams and sobs are an eye opener, indicating the real extent of their electronic addiction. As a professor in a four-year undergraduate university, I meet young people just as they emerge from the public-school pipeline, and from years of excessive electronic stimulation. Differences among these entering students are profound, in physical health, in skill level, in social and academic engagement, and ultimately in their chances for success. Many of these students have urgent needs: Some don't understand their own nutrition, how to form a coherent and complete sentence, how to focus long enough to read one chapter of a book, or how to talk and collaborate with one another or with the teacher.
I help as much as I can, and often my students become engaged with their academic and social environment. An earlier intervention—fewer videogames, more activities outdoors and more guided reading, for instance—could have saved those who give up. And no, l don't buy the fantasy that failing students will be "successful" dropouts like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Statistics predict that most people without a postsecondary education will be low-wage earners.
I shudder at the idea of my own children becoming like these vulnerable youth. During my children's childhood, the quality of which is my absolute responsibility, I don't want TV, videogames, Internet, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or any other kind of poison or addiction to wreck their development. When videogames were restricted to PlayStations, Xboxes or the Wii, it was easy: I just didn't purchase any of these. We went once a week to the arcade at the mall.
But as my children grew older, their relationship with the Internet posed a bigger challenge. Before hacking my modem, I considered quitting my job or reducing my hours so that I could be back at home in the afternoon. That wasn't feasible. Neither was pulling the entire household off the grid forever.
Fade to black and fast forward. It has now been several months since I imposed stiff electronic rations. Like fish returning to a river that had been polluted for decades, my children have radically altered their habits, behaving in ways that seemed extinct. If they get bored, they now find things to do, playing with marbles if necessary. They complain occasionally, but tough luck. They are once again avid readers, and, just as significantly, avid talkers.
When we watch TV shows together as a family—not to fill the day but because the day is done—we discuss what the story taught us. Keeping the parasitic electronic stimulation at bay, for now I have managed to emulate for them the simpler, less invasive environment of my own childhood. I dwell in the temporary truce, knowing that new parental challenges will keep me on my toes. This is a long war that can never be won—only tied perhaps—until they grow up and leave home. Soldier on.
Mr. Kutnowski, a pianist and composer, is the director of the fine arts program at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Cornerstone Student Information System Training
Cornerstone training for parents to access their child's grades will be provided this week by Alan in the school library.
Parents are urged to bring a laptop or iPad for easy setup.
Training will be:
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday 7:00 AM -10:00 AM

Classroom Inc Program
Classroom Inc begins this week for students in grades 5 and 8.
Students who have laptops and are able to bring them to school every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays should do so for the program.
DO NOT BUY A LAPTOP if students have one and they are responsible enough to bring it to school that will make the program run smoothly.
iPads do not work with Classroom Inc.
Ms. Serewko and Mr. Placido will post more information on their blog entries.

Sacramental Program Registration
Sunday September 28th is the LAST Sunday for registration.
All students in the sacramental program will begin by attending Mass as a group on October 5th at 1:00 PM.
Parents may register on Sunday September 28th from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM.

IRIS - Immediate Response Information System.
Due to flaws with the Cornerstone system this week the IRIS system was not able to be set up.
We should be testing the system this week and you will be notified of the posting of the blog, half days and if need be closing due to snow through this system.

Monday- September 22nd

Autumn begins today at 10:29 PM

Tuesday September 23rd
Classroom Inc begins. Students in grades 5 & 8 laptops
Cornerstone training for parents 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM in library.
Special Gym Classes - Kindergarten, Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8

Wednesday September 24th
Classroom Inc Grades 5 & 8
National Punctuation Day
Cornerstone training 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Library

Thursday September 25th
Cornerstone training for parents 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM in library
Special Gym Classes
Grades PreK -2 (Ms. Rodriguez) 5, 6, 7 & 8

Friday September 26th
Cornerstone training for parents 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM in library.
Special Gym Classes
Grades PreK -1; Grades 3, 4 and 8

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week of September 15, 2014 Announcements

Friday - September 19, 2014 - Dismissal at 12:00 noon
As mentioned on the monthly calendar - Friday September 19th dismissal will be at 12:00 noon so that the faculty may meet together with Mr. Woods.
Parents who are need of child care for their child may see Mr. Marcial for a special rate on half days.

Parent Sign Off Sheets
On Friday September 12th parent signature pages for the school handbook, emergency cards, free lunch etc. were due to the classroom teacher.
A number of parents forgot to hand in the papers and your child may be denied the free breakfast & lunch unless we have an income sheet handed into the office.
Parents are requested to make sure the papers are handed in this week to the classroom teacher.

Extended Day Math Classes
Students in grades 5-8 will attend school until 5:00 PM once a week
to prepare them for the upcoming Interim Assessments in October along
with New York State Preparation.
Grade 6 will be dismissed on Mondays at 5:00 PM
Grade 5 will be dismissed on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM
Grade 8 will be dismissed on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
Grade 7 will be dismissed on Thursdays at 5:00 PM

Title I Classes
Title I classes will again be offered to students this year who did not meet the standards in ELA and Math on the most recent NYS tests. Classes will also be offered to students in Kindergarten. Letters will be sent home in the next week for a parent signature and parents are free to see the Title I teachers should they have questions. This is a voluntary program and parents have the right to request that their child not attend these classes.

Smart Tuition
A reminder that payments are due to Smart Tuition by the 20th of each month. If not paid in time there is a $35.00 late fee charged. If a parent needs an extension they are requested to see Mr. Woods or send an email to (Mr. Woods' e-mail.) Last year Smart Tuition collected $6,930.00 in late fees and NONE OF THAT MONEY CAME BACK TO THE SCHOOL. Parents who request an extension before the 18th of the month are granted the extension without incurring the late fee.
Parents who have questions regarding the billing cycle etc. may call Alan in the school office at 212-567-3190.
Alan is in the office:
Mondays 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesdays 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursdays 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fridays 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Teacher e-mails
All e-mail communication to teachers must be sent to wherein Mr. Woods will forward the e-mail to the requested teacher. This policy enables Mr. Woods to screen the communication between parents and teachers and ensure that all communication is appropriate.

Appointments with teachers/Mr. Woods
Parents who wish to meet with their child's teacher are requested to call Alba to schedule an appointment. Many teachers have family commitments or attend graduate school after dismissal and Alba will be able to coordinate meeting times for parents. Parents wishing to see Mr. Woods may see him on any Sunday (except holiday weekends)from 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon without an appointment. Should parents be unable to meet at this time then parents may schedule an appointment with Alba. Weekday appointments are made from 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM before school begins for the day.

Monday - September 15, 2014 Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Tuesday - September 16, 2014

Candy bars will be available in the tuition office to assist parents in their fund raising. Candy money may be paid to Smart Tuition or may be paid at the tuition office and we will forward the payment to Smart Tuition.

Wednesday- September 17,2014
Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine

Thursday - September 18, 2014
Special Gym Classes - Grade PreK-2; Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Friday - September 19, 2014
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 Noon

Sunday - September 21, 2014
Registration for Sacraments 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM
First Holy Communion