Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week of November 30,2015 Announcements

December Calendar 2015
The December calendar will be distributed to students on Monday November 30th. Parents are requested to read it carefully.

Tuition Suspension Day - Monday December 7th
There will be a tuition suspension day on Monday December 7th. Students will not be able to attend class if their tuition balance has not been taken care of by their parents. Tuition Suspension letters will be sent home with students on Thursday December 3rd.
Parents who wish to speak to Mr. Woods regarding the outstanding balance may see him on Sunday December 6th from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Parents should come with a plan of action to pay off the balance and with some sort of payment towards the balance.

IRIS - Immediate Response Information System
The lady who calls you regularly should be updated with telephone numbers as well as emergency numbers. Please leave any updated information with Alba.

St. Patrick's Nursing Home
We collected 1259 cans of food and raised enough money from generous parents and dress down Fridays to purchase 30 turkeys. The Confirmation Class along with Mr. Placido and Ms. Serewko delivered the food to St. Patrick's Nursing Home in the Bronx.
Pictures of the event will be posted next week for all parents to see.

Monday November 30, 2015 - Feast of St. Andrew
CCSS Module 2B Week 3
December calendar and Map A Month distributed to students.

Tuesday December 1, 2015
Please check your tuition balance with Smart Tuition Company.
As a reminder there are candy bars in the school office to assist parents in their fund raising requirements.

Wednesday December 2, 2015
Anti bullying curriculum will be covered.
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 and 4

Thursday December 3, 2015 - Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Tuition Suspension letters will be sent home.

Friday December 4, 2015
Parents should check Cornerstone SIS (Student Information System) this weekend to watch their child's progress.

Sunday December 6, 2015 - Second Sunday of Advent
Biology Class 9:00 AM
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students in sacramental program
Meetings regarding Tuition with Mr. Woods 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monday December 7, 2015
Tuition Suspension Day

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Week of November 23, 2015 Announcements

Cornerstone Student Information System
The Cornerstone Information System will be available for parents on Monday. It is important that parents use the system to keep up to date with their child's grades. Report Card distribution should not be the first time that a parent becomes aware that their child may not be doing well academically.
Cornerstone login and passwords are available from Alan in the office from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Parents may also send Mr. Woods an e-mail at requesting their child's login and password.

IXL and Achieve 3000
A reminder to parents that both these programs are being used in school and should be also used at home. They reinforce skills covered in school and will especially assist students who are struggling academically.

After School Program - Wednesday November 25, 2015
There will be no After School Program on Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving.

Canned Food and Turkey Drive
The annual canned food and turkey drive to assist the home bound that are part of the St. Patrick's Nursing Home will be ending this week. We are grateful to many parents who have generously contributed either through their canned food donations or by giving money for the purchase of turkeys. As of today we expect to purchase 20 turkeys which will be delivered by the students of the Confirmation Program.

Thanksgiving Show
Students of all the PreK class along with students of grades 5-8 will be singing on stage on Tuesday November 24th. They will be led by The show will begin at 9:00 AM and parents are welcome.
We are grateful to the teachers and Ms. Alma for their assistance in organizing this event.

Monday November 23, 2015 - Feast of St. Clement I
ELA coach will work with students in grades 2, 3 and 4

Tuesday - November 24, 2015 Feast of St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
Thanksgiving Assembly - PreK students and students in gradses 5-8.

Wednesday - November 24, 2015 Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandra
Mass at 9:00 AM - led by students of grades 7 & 8
Honors Assembly following Mass
Parents Welcome
Dismissal at 3:00 PM
No After School Program

Sunday - November 29, 2015- First Sunday of Advent
Reconciliation Class 12:00 noon in computer room
Mass for all students at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Report Card Distribution - Friday November 20, 2015
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A reminder that report cards will be distributed to students on
Friday, November 20th.
Father Antonio will distribute the report cards at the following assemblies:
9:00 AM - Grades 5-8
9:30 AM - Grades 1-4
Parents are welcome to attend the assemblies.
All students will receive their report cards whose tuition is up to date.
AIS (Academic Intervention Services) forms will be attached to the report card for some students. One copy should be signed by the parent and returned to the classroom teacher.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grades 5-8 - First Floor - Parent Conference Room - near the main office
Grades 1-4 - Computer Room - First Floor - across from the main office
PreK-1, PreK-2, PreK-3, PreK-4, PreK-5 and Kindergarten will meet with parents in their classrooms.
Mr. Woods will be in the school library. Parents of students in the Biology Regents class may meet with him in the library - a separte report will be generated for Regents students.
Alan will also be in the library.
The school representative from Achieve 3000 will be in Alan's office to assist parents in understanding how they may assist their child in using the program.

Monday - November 16, 2015
Please check your tuition balance with Alan before report card day.

Tuesday - November 17, 2015
Canned foods are being collected for distribution by the Confirmation class. Thank you to the parents who have generously assisted in donating money for the purchase of turkeys to go along with the canned foods.

Wednesday November 18, 2015
ELA Coach will work with students and teachers in grades 2, 3 and 4

Thursday November 18, 2015
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered today by teachers.

Friday November 20, 2015 Report Card Day
Dismissal at 12:00 noon for all students.
9:00 AM - Distribution of report card to students in grades 5-8
9:30 AM - distribution of report cards to students in grades 1-4
Parents welcome to the assemblies. Fr. Antonio will be distributing the report cards.
Students in PreK-1, PreK-2 and Kindergarten will have their report cards distributed to them by Fr. Antonio in the classroom.

Sunday - November 22, 2015
Biology Class - 9:00 AM
Mass for all students in sacramental program at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Week of November 9, 2015 Announcements

School is Closed - Wednesday November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day

November - Canned Food Month
During the month of November canned food is collected to be distributed to the home bound elderly.
The confirmation class delivers turkeys and the canned food to St. Patrick's Nursing Home where it is distributed to the home bound associated with the home.
During the month also dress down day on Fridays - the money collected is used to purchase the turkeys for the distribution. Parents wishing to donate a little extra are asked to leave it off with either Alba or Mrs. Resto. Last year we collected enough money to purchase 17 turkeys.

Report Card Day and Tuition
Report Card Day is Friday November 20, 2015. Students will not receive report card unless the tuition is up to date. Parents will receive letters from the office on Thursday indicating the balance due as reported by Smart Tuition to the Regional Board of Trustees.
Parents may see Mr. Woods on Sunday November 15th from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the office to address issues regarding tuition.

Report Card Day - Friday November 20th
Report Cards will be distributed on Friday November 20th by Fr. Antonio during assemblies in the lunch room.
Students who do not receive report cards may not be doing as well as can bee expected and lparents of those students are required to pick up the report card from the teachers.
Parents in the PreK classes are requested to come and see the teachers for individual conferences.
AIS (Academic Intervention Services) forms will also be distributed with report cards. This is a mandatory NYS Education Department form indicating the assistance students will be given who did not pass the NYS tests administered last Spring.

Monday - November 9th
Mr. Woods is in Albany at the non-public school administrators conference.

Tuesday- November 10th
Feast of St. Leo the Great
Mr. Woods is in Albany.
Module 1 tests Grades K-8 Math & Social Studies

Wednesday- November 11th - Veterans Day

Thursday - November 12th
Feast of St. Josaphat
Module 1 tests Grades K-8 Religion & Science
Map A Month Due
Tuition letters will be sent home.

Friday- November 13th
Feast of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini
Class Picture Day - students are to be in full uniform
Module 1 tests Grades K-8 Reading & ELA

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week of November 2, 2015 Announcements

Halloween Thank You
A thank you to all the parents who joined us on Halloween and made the annual parade a good time for the students of PreK and Kindergarten.

November is Canned Food Collection Month
Canned Foods will be collected during November for distribution for the home-bound. OLQM partners with St. Patrick's Nursing Home to assist those who are home-bound during Thanksgiving.

Module I Assessments
The New York State CCSS Module I ends this week. Teachers will be administering end of Module assessments to students during the week of November 9th. Please make sure that your child has gathered all their materials together for the module so that they may be well prepared for the assessments next week.

Achieve 3000
Mr. Woods was sent a preview of student engagement on Achieve 3000 during their class time and after school and on weekends. Many students are not using the program on the weekends or after school to assist them in raisking their Lexile Level. Parents who may need assistance in directing their child though Achieve 3000 may see the Acheive 3000 coach during Report Card distribution on November 20th.

Smart Tuition
A reminder that tuition payments are due on the 15th of each month. Parents needing an extension should see Mr. Woods on Sundays from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM or see Alan during the day from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Tuition must be up to date for a child to receive their report card on November 20th. Mr. Woods will be meeting with parents who have an outstanding balance on Sunday November 15th so that he may prepare a report for the new Board of Trustees for the Manhattan Regional Schools.

Monday November 2, 2015 All Souls Day
CCSS Module I Week 8
November calendars will be sent home today.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 Election Day

Wednesday November 4, 2015
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered today. As mentioned in Dr. McNiff's newsletter sent home last week parents may view the anti-bullying curriculum on the Build Bold Futures website.

Thursday November 5, 2015
Have you checked you child's notebooks and the teacher's blog this week?

Friday November 6, 2015
Early Dismissal Day- 12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting
Achieve 3000 staff will meet with teachers today to review students progress.
TACHS test for 98th grade students.

Sunday November 8, 2015
Mass at 1:00 PM for all students
School office will be closed today.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week of October 26, 2015 Announcements

New York State ELA and Mathematics Parent Reports
The parent reports will be distributed to students in grades 4-8 on Monday. There is a complete description of your child's strengths and weakness on the test that was administered last Spring. If parents have questions please feel free to see the classroom teacher or Mr. Woods.

Income Survey Forms
Income Survey forms have been or will be distributed by the classroom teacher on Monday. This form enables us to continue to fight for more money for textbooks and technology. Please return the form to your child's teacher as soon as possible. The form says September 16th but was just made available and is due October 30th.

Superintendent's Newsletter
A Superintendent's newsletter will be sent home on Monday with your child.Please read it carefully as it discuss the educational objectives of The Superintendent of Schools office.

New York City Board of Health
All newly enrolled students at OLQM are required to have, in the school office, a physical exam with up to date immunizations posted on the form. The New York City Department of Health was here on Thursday for a review of the physical plant. In 3 weeks the inspector will be back to review records of students and staff. If your child does not have the physical exam on file they may be excluded from class until it is completed and in their file. A few years ago a number of students were excluded from class and parents were upset as they had to take off from work to have the physical done with their child and the immunizations updated.

Progress Reports
Progress Reports were distributed by Fr. Antonio on Thursday. The report is on bright orange paper in case your are looking in your child's book bag. All children received a report. Please remember that report cards will be distributed on Friday November 20th between the hours of 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

New Board of Trustees
Mr. Woods met with the new director for the Board of Trustees for the Manhattan Regionalized Schools on Friday. In the next few weeks members from the board of trustees will be visiting classrooms and meeting with teachers. At one point in the year they plan on also meeting with a group of parents. Mr. Woods will keep you abreast of their visits.

Halloween 2015

As a reminder to parents that schools in the United States have a no violence policy in regards to children having toy guns etc.
Students therefore should not have Halloween costumes that reflect violent modes of thinking.
There should be no guns, swords etc. brought to school or be part of their costume.
The teachers will ask the student to hand in the gun or sword or whatever other reflection of violence that may be displayed to be picked up by you their parent.

Monday October 26, 2015
Superintendent's newsletter distributed.

Tuesday October 27, 2015
PreK-3 - Ms. Sanchez's class Parent meeting 8:30 AM in Parent Meeting Room - first floor
Weekly quiz day - Mathematics and Social Studies

Wednesday October 28, 2015
Feast of Sts. Simon & Jude
PreK-4 Parent Meeting - Ms. McGarry's Class 8:30 AM in Parent Meeting Room - First floor
Weekly quiz day - Religion and Science

Thursday October 29, 2015

PreK-5 parent meeting Mrs. Reyes' Class 8:30 AM in Parent Meeting Room - first floor

Friday October 30, 2015

Halloween Parade 9:00 AM - Parents Welcome
8th grade cake sale following parade in school lunchroom.

Saturday October 31, 2015 - Halloween
Turn clocks back one hour before going to bed. Daylight Savings Time ends.

Sunday November 1, 2015

Biology Class 9:00 AM
Mass for all students 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week of October 19, 2015 Announcements

Interim Assessment Week
Students in Grades Kindergarten-8 will be administered Interim Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts this week.Students in Grades K-2 will be administered the assessment in paper and pencil mode. Students in grades 3-8 will be administered the assessment on line.
These assessments assist the faculty in understanding the strengths and weakness of each student at this mid point before the first report card. Teachers will have the results of the Interim Assessment by the time report cards are distributed on November 20th.

Picture Day- Friday October 23rd
Individual picture day is Friday October 23rd. Students may wear dress up clothes or their school uniform for picture day. Picture money envelopes are due to the tuition office.

PreK Parent Meetings
As listed on the monthly calendar there will be PreK Parent Meetings during October. These meetings will enable the teachers to explain the curriculum and other topics.
The meetings will be held in the Parent Conference Room on the first floor near the main office.
The meetings are:
Tuesday October 20th - PreK - 1 Mrs. Fundora's class 8:30 AM
Wednesday October 21st - 8:30 AM - PreK 2 Ms.Rodriguez's Class

Tuesday October 27th 8:30 AM - PreK 3 Ms. Sanchez's class
Wednesday October 28th 8:30 AM -PreK 4 - Ms. McGarry's class
Thursday October 29th 8:30 AM - PreK 5 - Mrs. Reyes class

Parents are urged to attend if possible.

Progress Reports- Thursday October 22nd
Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Thursday October 22nd.
The progress report is a half way mark indicator of how well a student is progressing. Progress Reports are a wake up call as to student's progress before marks become final on the report card.
Parents are reminded that the best way to keep a day to day monitoring of their child's work is by the parent portal of the Student Information System where you can view your child's grades every day of the week - if need be.

Tuition and Cornerstone Information System
Parents are reminded that Alan is in the office from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM to assist parents with Smart Tuition issues or Cornerstone (Student Information System) issues.
Parents are reminded that no child will receive a report card on November 20th unless the tuition is paid and up to date.

Candy Bars- Fund Raising
A new order of candy bars was delivered this last week to assist parents in their fund raising requirements. Please see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office if you have questions regarding the candy bars.

Monday October 19, 2015
CCSS Module 1 Week 6

Tuesday October 20, 2015
8:30 AM - PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora's Class Parent Meeting - Parent Conference Room - Office Area
Interim Assessment in Mathematics
Town Hall meeting with Sr. June Clare Tracy, OP Regional Superintendent - Parents of Jayden Eddings and Mia Espinal will represent OLQM at this meeting 6:30 PM - St. Joseph of Yorkville School.

Wednesday October 21, 2015
8:30 AM PreK-2 - Ms. Rodriguez's class Parent Meeting
Interim Assessment in ELA

Thursday October 22, 2015
Article 43 NYC Health Department Inspection - PreK and Kindergarten Classrooms
Progress Reports will be distributed by Fr. Antonio to students

Friday October 23, 2015
Individual Picture Day

Sunday October 25, 2015
Biology Class 9:00 AM
Reconciliation Class 12:00 noon.
Mass for all students 1:00 PM