Saturday, December 27, 2008

Week of January 5th Announcements

Monday- School Resumes
Calendar for January will be distributed
to students.
Map of the Month will be distributed
to students in grades 4-8.

Tuesday- Review Material for Mid Year Exams
will be posted on each teacher's blog.

Wednesday - Reading First Walk Through
for Grades K-3

Thursday - Meeting for Parents of
children receiving Baptism
with Fr. Almonte in Library
7:00 PM

Mid-Year Exams Grades 1-8
Religion and Reading

Friday - Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Faculty Meeting
Mid-Year Exams Grades 1-8
English Language Arts (ELA)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Week of December 15th Announcements

Monday-8 ft. Christmas Stocking raffle begins.

Winner must be present in school

on Friday December 19th.

Tuesday- Christmas Play Grades 5 & 6 - 5:00PM

Only 5th and 6th grades will be

dismissed at 11:30 AM

Wednesday- Christmas Play Grades 7 & 8 - 5:00 PM

Only 7th and 8th grades will be

dismssed at 11:30 AM

Thursday - Lessons & Carols all grades

10:00 AM in Church. Parents Welcome.

Jesse Tree winner will be announced

for Pizza Party.

Friday - Christmas Card distribution all classes.

11:30 AM dismissal.

No Lunch Served

No After School Program.

Christmas Recess begins after dismissal.

School resumes January 5th

As a reminder to parents mid-year exams
will begin the week of January 12th.
A little studying should be done during the
Christmas break as the exams will cover material
from September 2008-January 2009.
Also, New York State exams in
English Language Arts for students in grades
4, 6, & 8 will take place and review materials are available
on the

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Week of December 8th Announcements

Monday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Holyday
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 5th grade.
1:00 PM Beekeeper and Bees will be presented
to 2nd grade class for their Title IId project.

- NRG ( Natural Resource Group) Grade 8
Test Paper distribution for students in grades
1-4 by Mr. Woods. Papers should be signed and
returned to teacher.
Students of Grades 5 & 6 will attend Mass and then
participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday- Test Paper distribution for students in grades 5-8
Students of 4th grade will attend Mass and then
participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

- Students of Grades 7 and 8 will attend Mass and
then participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Title IId grant projects will be worked on in
grades 2, 3, & 4.

Friday- Full Moon. Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday- Reconciliation Class 12:00 noon
Grade 2 and all students in upper grades
receiving Reconciliation for the first time.
Mass for all students 1:00 PM

Parent note- All children in grades 1-8 will
write 5 Christmas cards in the next week.
This activity is intended to teach the proper
procedure in writing out a card to someone else
along with addressing an envelope correctly.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week of December 1st Announcements

Monday - AIDS Awareness Day
Sponsor's Certificates due for Confirmation Class
Title IId staff (technology) will work with students in
Grades 2, 3 and 4.
December calendars will be sent home with students today.

Tuesday - Nick Curriculum Meeting 6PM
7th & 8th grade parents and students
Dinner will be served.

Wednesday - Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Thursday - Feast of St. John Damascene
Tuition Suspension Letters will be
sent home today.

Friday- Dismissal at 2:30 PM
Topic for History Day should be finalized today
for students in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8.
Title IId (technology) staff will be working
with students today in grades 2, 3, & 4

Saturday- Feast of St. Nicholas

Sunday - Mass Attendance 1:00 PM
Confirmation Class 12:0 Noon
Saint Report due
Tuition Meetings 9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Week of November 24th Announcements

Monday - Canned Food Drive Contest Ends
As of Friday 11/21 - 8th grade was winning.

Tuesday-Report Card Day - 11:30 AM Dismissal
8:30 AM Grades 5-8
9:00 AM Grades 2-4
9:30 AM Kindergarten & First Grade
11:30 AM Dismissal
Parent Teacher Meetings
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grades 2-8 in auditorium all other classes
in classrooms.

4th Grade Parents-
Meeting at 8:30 AM in Library with Ms. Seda.

Wednesday - Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students
of the 8th grade.
11:30 AM dismissal
Distribution of canned food and turkeys to the
poor of the parish by 7th and 8th grade students.

Thursday & Friday - SCHOOL CLOSED
Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday- First Sunday of Advent
Mass Attendance with parents.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Week of November 17th - 21st Announcements

Monday- A reminder that canned foods are being collected                                                                    for the poor of the parish that will be                                                                                             distributed for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday- NRG 9 natural Resource Group Grade 8 in Inwood Hill Park

Wednesday-Scoring of New York State Social Studies Exam Grade 5                                                                             Results of exam will be listed on the report card that will be distributed 
                          on November 25th.

Thursday-Head Start will be having an assembly in the school lunchroom in the morning.

Friday- Dismissal at 2:30 PM Map a Month Due
                Letters regarding tuition will be sent home today.
                As a reminder all tuition must be up to date for students to receive
                their report card.

Sunday- Communion Class (3rd Grade) 12:00 noon class followed by Mass 
                  1:00 PM Mass for all students in sacramental program.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Week of November 10th-14th Announcements

Tuesday - Veteran's Day School Closed
After School Program Open

Wednesday - New York State Social Studies Test Grade 5 Part I
Test Paper Distribution Grades 1-4

Thursday - New York State Social Studies Test Grade 5 Part II

Friday - Dismissal at 2:30 PM
Tuition Payment Due
Test Paper Distribution Grades 5-8

Sunday - Students in Sacramental Program are to attend Mass with their parents.
Students are to hand in attendance slip to Fr. Almonte or Fr. Jean-Paul after Mass.

Calendar Correction - Classes will be in session for 6th Grade students on November 19th. The yearly calendar is incorrect.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Week of November 3, 2008 Announcements

A reminder that November is canned food month
to feed the poor of the parish on Thanksgiving.

Monday - Feast of St. Martin de Porres

Tuesday - Election Day School is Open
Feast of St. Charles Borromeo

- 8th Grade NRG @ Inwood Hill Park

Friday - 11:30 dismissal Faculty Meeting
end of the first quarter

Sunday - 12:00 noon
Reconciliation Class followed by
Mass at 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Week of October 27, 2008 Announcements

Monday October 27th
6th Grade trip to Museum of the City of New York to see exhibit of Catholics in New York.

Tuesday October 28th
Nick Meeting 6:00 PM for 7th and 8th grade parents and students.
Dinner will be served.

Thursday October 30th
Halloween Cake Sale 8th Grade
Calendar for November will be sent home.

Friday October 31st Halloween
Dismissal at 2:30 PM

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week Of October 20, 2008 Announcements

Monday October 20th
Safe Environment Curriculum will be covered this week. Please see Letter to Parents.
National Chemistry Week

Tuesday October 21st

Happy Birthday Alba!
NRG - National Resource Group
8th Grade students will continue with
planting of trees at Inwood Hill Park.

Thursday October 23rd
School Spelling Bee for students in grades 5-8.
Parents are welcome to attend.
Fr. Jean-Paul will be caller.

Friday October 24th
11:30 AM dismissal
Title IId grant Workshop for teachers

Saturday October 25th
Science Test for Specialized High Schools

Sunday October 26th

Mass attendance for all students in sacramental program at 1:00 PM.
Students are to sit together in with the whole class.

Safe Environment Curriculum - Letter to Parents

October 19, 2008
Dear Parents,
Our Catholic tradition has always affirmed the dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God. Every person with whom we come in contact deserves to be seen by us with the eyes of God. We know that ministry with children and youth, in particular, is a sacred trust. We, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School are committed to preserve, at all times and in all places, this sacred trust which is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ.
In 2003, the United States Bishops approved The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in an effort to protect children and youth from sexual abuse at all levels of church life and to restore trust in a Church scarred by the scandal of clergy and sexual abuse. Article 12 of the charter directs all dioceses to create programs and processes to teach children and youth about sexual abuse and its prevention. In the Archdiocese of New York, this training will be integrated this week October 20th - October 24th into the religious education program in our school.
We thank you for your support and interest as we partner to give our children the safest possible environment to grow in faith, in our parish, school and in our homes.
Rev. Antonio Almonte, pastor
Mr. Andrew G. Woods,principal

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Week of October 15, 2008 Announcements

Monday - Columbus Day. School will be closed.

The students of the After School Program will be having a trip with the teachers.

Earth Science Week

Tuesday -Full Moon . Welcome to Mrs. Ana Sanchez Kindergarten Teacher

Wednesday -Robotics Workshop for students involved with Robotics Program

Thursday- Test Paper Distribution by Mr. Woods to students in grades 1-8. Parents are requested to return the test papers signed back to the classroom/subject teacher.

Friday - Dismissal at 4:00 PM

Map A Month Due for students in Grades 4-8

Week of October 6, 2008 Announcements

Thursday - Teachers Institute School will be closed

Friday - Hearing and Vision Testing for students in grades Kindergarten and First Grade. The testing will be conducted by the New York City Board of Health and they will send home the results by the end of next week.
Dismissal ----4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Week of September 28, 2008 Announcements

Monday - 8th Grade will take a trip to Catholics in New York exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Tuesday - 8th Grade will work with NRG (Natural Resource Group) in Inwood Hill Park.
Nick Curriculum Meeting at 6:00 PM for students and parents of 7th and 8th grade.

Wednesday- October 2008 calendar will be distributed to students. Extra calendars are available
near the tuition office.

Thursday- Feast of Guardian Angels

Friday - 9:00 AM Mass led by the students of third grade. This Mass will commemorate the Feast
of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Students may bring in their pets from
home to be blessed at this Mass. A reminder that dogs and cats must return home after
Mass so as to avoid problems of students who may be allergic to dog or cat dander.

Sunday - Students who are receiving any sacrament this year whether it be Baptism,

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week of September 22, 2008 Announcements

1. This is P.A.C.K. (Pack Assorted Colors for Kids) Week to encourage you and your children to "pack" more fruits and veggies in their snack boxes.
Monday is PACK Purple Day - Plums, Blueberries and Raisins.
Tuesday is PACK White Day- Cauliflower florets, Bananas, Pears.
Wednesday is PACK Red Day - Red Pepper Slices, Dried Cherries, Red Apples, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes
Thursday is PACK Yellow/Orange Day- Oranges, Dried Apricots, Pineapple chunks.
Friday is PACK Green Day - Celery, Green Apple, Broccoli florets, Peas

2. Dismissal on Friday is at 2:30 PM.

3. Sacramental Program Sign up is Sunday September 28, 2008 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. A letter will go home with all students regarding the program ---- students who are not baptized, students in grades 2, 3 and 8 and any student in grades 4-8 that have not received First Holy Communion/Reconciliation.

4. Please check Mrs. Ramsey's and Mr. Badia's blog this week regarding the results of the World Water Monitoring Day regarding the testing of the waters of the Hudson and East Rivers. This global educational project can be viewed at

5. Your children will be calculating their carbon footprint with their science teachers. Please ask them their score and take the test yourself to see how you can reduce the amount of carbon that you and your family are adding to the atmosphere.

6. After School Program - There is still time to register your child for the after school program. The program runs from dismissal until 7:00 PM. The after school program offers homework assistance, tutoring and and art program for all students in grades PreK through 8th grade. If you have questions please see Mr. Marcial or Mr. Woods.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Announcements for the Week of September 15,2008

Beginning Monday September 15th the childen will move from the lunchroom to the classroom beginning at 7:45 AM. Children who are playing in the backyard will be called to come into the school building at 7:45 AM. The teachers will be in the classroom making arrangements to begin the school day.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 2008 Calendar

September 2008
19+2 school days

Welcome Back
Bienvenidos a la Escuela

Welcome to all parents and students who are new to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. A monthly calendar like this one is given out at the beginning of each month. The front page in large letters will list early dismissals and days the school is closed. Also in the school auditorium there is an announcement board which will list the activities of that week. Please make sure that you keep up with the activities involved in your child’s education by reading the monthly calendar each month.

Early Dismissal Days
September 3rd – 11:30 AM
September 4th – 11:30 AM
September 5th – 11:30 AM

Extended Day School Hours
Begins Monday September 8th
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

September 12th – 2:30 PM
September 19th – 2:30 PM
September 26th – 2:30 PM

SCHOOL CLOSED September 17th
Manhattan Conference Day

School Blog
As explained at the parent meeting on September 2nd there is a school blog that will enable the parents to keep abreast of their child’s classwork/homework/tests etc.
All parents need to do is to go online to and then click on their child’s teacher’s name on the right side of the screen. On the blog will be listed daily homework, tests, assignments etc. along with the material that is being covered for the week in the classroom. For those parents who do not have access to a computer Mr. Marcial will be in the computer room each day from 7:45 AM – 8:00AM to assist parents in reviewing the school blog.
After School Program
As explained in the mailing that went out in August the After School Program will now become an extension of the academic program of the school. The After School Program will run from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will offer as part of the program homework assistance, tutoring, availability of computer classes and art classes. Parents who are interested may enroll in the school office with Alba and/or Mr. Marcial.

Parent/Student Handbook
Parents are reminded that the 2008/2009 Parent signature pages are due on September 12th. They are the Parent Signature Page; the Phot/Video Release page; the Internet Usage page; the Parent’s Pledge and the Academic Contact.

Dismissal of PreK & Kindergarten Classes

– Mrs. Fundora’s class will dismiss from the bottom floor of the school near the offices.
PreK-2- Ms. Payano’s class will dismiss from her classroom. Parents/grandparents/babysitter are to enter through the Church’s stairs and go to the classroom to sign them out.
PreK-3 Ms. Vargas' class will dismiss from her classroom. Kindergarten – will also dismiss from the classroom.

Children who attend the After School Program will be picked up from the class by a staff member of the After School Program

Emergency Cards
Parents will receive 2 emergency cards to fill out with information for us to reach you or a friend/relative in the event of an emergency. All children should know by memory their home telephone number and a number to reach you. If your telephone number changes please call the office and let Alba know along with your child’s teacher.

Sacramental Program
Registration for Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be on Sunday September 21st and September 28th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Further information will be sent home.

Breakfast & Lunch Program
The Breakfast and Lunch Program will begin Monday September 8th. Forms will be sent home by the staff of the lunchroom. If the form is not returned your child may be denied lunch. Breakfast begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 7:45 AM with line up in the backyard of the school. Research again and again has shown that children do better academically if they have breakfast. Please get your child to school early so that breakfast will have time to digest before school begins. Many a child has vomited because the parent is rushing the child to school, rushing breakfast down their throat and the stress has caused the food to erupt right back out of the child’s throat.

After School Program 2008

After School Program Registration
Hours of Operation
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The after School Program for the 2008-2009 school year will begin on Monday, September 8th and registrations are currently being accepted in the school office.

Program Information
This program is open to children in Grades Pre-K through 8th grade that attend Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. The program will be held Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will include holidays such as Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day. On early release days the program will be in session from the onset of
dismissal until 7:00 PM.
The monthly calendar that is distributed each month will indicate days that the program may not be available.
Prior to the start of each program day there will be an attendance call followed by a snack. Parents may provide a snack if their child is a picky eater. Then there will be quiet time for the children to complete daily homework. Tutoring opportunities are also available free of charge for anyone interested. A note sent to Mr. Woods or a call to the office will make sure that tutoring is made available. This may happen at any time of the year and a parent should feel free to call the office after they have noticed a decline in academic performance. Homeroom/Departmental teachers will also make recommendations to Mr. Woods regarding tutoring.

Payment Information
The monthly fee for one child is $135.00 which is based on $33.75/week.
The monthly fee for two children is $240.00 per day.
Those parents only wishing to participate in the after school program on early dismissal days whether it is at 11:30 AM or 2:30 PM the fee for the daily rate is $20.00 per day per child.
All payments are to be made in the school tuition office and will be recorded on the school’s regular tuition card. Parents will be charged a late fee whenever they are late in picking up their child, as we need to pay the staff members who are required to work late. Anyone who is 5-10 minutes late will be charged $5.00; then $1.00 per minute after that.

Program Rules
Since the program is an extension of the school all rules of behavior, deportment and respect for each other are clearly delineated in the Parents Handbook of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School.

After School Program Registration Form
Please Print All Information

Child’s Name __________________________________

Date of Birth_______________Grade ___________

Mother’s Name__________________________________________

Father’s Name___________________________________________

e-mail address___________________________________________

Phone Numbers: - all spaces MUST be filled in!

Mother @ Home_________________________________________

Mother @ Work _________________________________________

Mother’s Cell Number ____________________________________

Father @ home__________________________________________

Father @ work__________________________________________

Father’s Cell Number_____________________________________

Emergency Contact person (other than parent)


Phone Number___________________________________________

Cell Number____________________________________________

Please list the name(s) of any other persons who may pick your child up from the program:
The parent is responsible to let the program know beforehand that the person(s) listed below will be picking up the child




Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome Back Letter 2008-2009

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that August is here and the summer of 2008 is coming to a close.

Improvements have been completed in keeping with the retrofitting of the school building initiated by Fr. Antonio, the pastor for the 75th anniversary. The auditorium floor has been replaced, six classrooms have been painted and by the time of your arrival in September the sidewalk in front of the building will be overhauled.

New teachers have also joined us this year and they will be introduced at the opening meeting in September. The roster of teachers for the 2008-2009 school year are:

PreK-1 –Mrs. Fundora; PreK-2 – Mrs. Payano

Kindergarten – Ms. Lagano

First Grade – Ms. Wong

Departmental Grades 2, 3, & 4
Second Grade – Ms. Saville; Third Grade – Mrs. Larios
Fourth Grade – Mr. Badia

Departmental Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8
Fifth Grade – Mr. Montero Sixth Grade – Mrs. Ramsey
Seventh Grade – Ms. Sturman Eighth Grade – Mr. Placido

Gym/Computer Class – Mr. Marcial

The label at the bottom of this letter indicates the classroom your child has been enrolled for beginning in September.

Another change that will occur in September is that the After School Program will become an extension of the academic program of the school directed by the school administration. The After School Program hours will run until 7:00 P.M. with an emphasis on homework assistance, tutoring and with the goal of improving academic achievement through the use of technology. The program will be staffed by teachers to assist your child with their homework and to offer academic assistance. Registration for the After School Program will be done in the office with Alba, the school secretary and Mr. Marcial.

I have enclosed am application so that you may review it and if you have questions please feel free to contact the school office.

The parent meetings for this year will be on

Tuesday September 2nd
All PreK parents – 5:00 PM
Grades K-4 – 6:00 PM
Grades 5-8 – 7:00 PM

Parents are requested to make arrangements for child care for the meetings so that the teachers may talk adult to adult regarding the expectations for the 2008-2009 school year. The meetings will begin in the school auditorium.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.


Andrew G. Woods

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mission Statement
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School bears witness to the Gospel Message of Jesus. As educators, and Ministers of the Good News, we believe that our vocation is to follow the directive to Teach As Jesus Did and nurture our students’ God-given talents in an atmosphere of hope, love and trust. As professionals from different backgrounds and experiences, we rely on one another for support and join in creating this family-like environment, to which parents, administrator, clergy and staff all contribute.Educational policies follow the guidelines set by the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, as outlined in the Administrative Manual, and are influenced by state and national goals. Local school policies are developed and implemented by the Pastor, administrator and faculty and are illustrated in the Parents’ and Teachers’ Manuals, which are updated and published annually.We believe that our curriculum reflects the spiral structure of wisdom and skills, from the essential to the advanced and from the concrete to the abstract, and integrates all subjects and learning experiences. Christian values are maintained as academic excellence is achieved.Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School recognizes parents as our partners in instruction. They are expected to honor and support our philosophy and to reinforce it in the home. Parent-teacherOur Lady Queen of Martyrs School Parent/Student Handbookrelationships are strengthened by pre-season and mid-year Open House days, quarterly parent-teacher conferences, an annual science fair and informal encounters.Our school is a community of God’s people. We work to establish the relationship between God and the students through formal instruction. Daily prayer, Celebration of the Eucharist, Liturgical songs, study of the Bible, and other forms of spiritual experience such as Stations of the Cross, enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Catholic faith; thus celebration of the Good News of Jesus Christ is established within the walls of our Church and classrooms.Through our actions and words, the staff model and emphasize respect of and appreciation for each individual’s self-worth. We provide opportunities for students to serve their families, other students, the school, the parish and the surrounding community. We strive to broaden the students’ understanding of global, national and local issues, so as to foster a commitment to the virtues of nonviolence, peace and service to others.Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School offers a program of instruction that stresses intellectual, social, personal, and physical development from grade to grade.