Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week of February 1st- February 5th 2010

This is Catholic Schools Week
The theme for this year is:
Catholic Schools - Dividends for Life:
Faith, Moral, Knowledge, Discipline.

All students will be writing letters to the
New York State Assemblyman and New York State
Senator in regards to the letter I posted on this
blog entitled Cuts to Catholic Schools.

Monday - History Fair 2:00 PM
Parents Invited
Open House 9:00AM -11:00 AM
Parents may visit classrooms
to see the teaching/learning that goes on daily.
February Calendars will be sent home today.

Tuesday - Class Picture Day -
All students should be in full uniform
Feast of the Presentation of
the Child Jesus in the Temple.

Wednesday - Feast of St. Blaise
Blessing of Throats 2:30 PM in Church
Honors Assembly following Prayer Service
Parents Invited
New Moon

- Report Card Day
Fr. Antonio will be distributing
Report Cards to students in classrooms.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday - Individual Picture Day begins at 8:00 AM
Each student will have their picture taken
so that it may be uploaded to the SIS system.
Students may wear fancy dress down clothes.
No jeans!!!
Open House 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Parents Invited
Speech Contest 11:00 AM
Dismissal at 2:30 PM

Sunday - 12:00 noon Confirmation Class
1:00 PM Mass for all students.

Parent Letter - Cuts to Catholic Schools

Dear Parents,

Over the last several years, state lawmakers have failed to reimburse our schools for the costs we incur in complying with state-imposed mandates and participating in state programs. This reimbursement is critical to controlling the cost of tuition. To make matters worse, state lawmakers imposed a new "payroll" tax to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which serves the 12 counties in and around New York City.

As a result of these actions, state lawmakers and agency officials have cost religious and independent schools approximately $243 million - an amount equivalent to approximately $500.00 per student.

Although we are fighting hard for the money owed to our Catholic schools, we may be forced to pass this cost off to families. Therefore, please help us to avoid any such step and join in our fight for these funds.

Specifically, we urge you to:
1) Call each of the following elected officials by March 9, 2010
demanding 100% reimbursement to Catholic
Schools for Mandated Services and the MTA Payroll Tax.

Govenor David Paterson - 518-474-8390

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - 212-312-1420

Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson 718-649-7653

2) Join the Catholic Advocacy Netwrok by visiting and clicking on "Join the Network,"
and respond to the automatic Action Alerts you receive.

Again, we are disappointed with our state lawmakers and understand if you
share our frustration. However, it is essential that we direct these feelings into action aimed at the officials in Albany responsible for the problem. I am confident we can prevail- but only if you join us in our fight.

Rev. Antonio Almonte, pastor
Andrew G. Woods, principal

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week of January 25, 2010

Monday - Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Tuition Suspension Day
End of the 2nd Quarter

- Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus

Wednesday- Feast of St. Angela Merici

Thursday- Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday - Dismissal at 2:30 PM

Sunday - Reconciliation Class 12:00 noon
Mass for all students at 1:00 PM
Catholic Schools Week Begins
Theme: Dividends for Life: Faith, Morals, Knowledge, Discipline

Some reminders -
Class picture day is Tuesday February 2nd
All students must be school uniform.

All children will have their picture taken so that is can be posted
on the SIS (Student Information System.

Individual picture day is Friday February 5th
(for individual pictures students may wear dress down clothes)
Parents should return picture money envelope to the tuition office by
Monday, February 1st.

Report Card Day is Thursday February 4th.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Week of January 18th Announcements

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves. St. Francis de Sales

Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
School Closed

Tuesday - Parent Meeting 7:00 PM
regarding SIS (Student Information System)
Parents will be given an overview of the
SIS system along with their login information
and password.

Wednesday - Mass for Peace and Justice at 9:00 AM led
by the second grade.
Mid Year Exam in Science grades 1-8
Tuition Suspension letters will be sent home today.

- Mid Year Exam in Reading grades 1-8

Friday - Dismissal at 2:30 PM

- 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM or
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meetings with parents regarding
tuition suspension day.

Sunday - 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Meetings with parents regarding
tuition suspension day.
12:00 noon Communion Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week of January 11, 2009

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? ~Erich Fromm

Monday 1/11- Tuition Payment for February due.

Tuesday 1/12
- Social Studies Exam Grades 1-8
Nick Meeting for 8th Grade students
and their parents.
Sign up for YHMA
54 Nagle Avenue
Free Family Literacy Program
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Flyer was sent home last week.
Workshops for parents and students to
improve Reading Skills.
Dinner will be served each night of
For more information call
Angela @ 212-569-6200 Extension 250

Wednesday 1/13- ELA (English Language Arts) Exam
Grades 1-8
Sign up for YMHA Free Literacy Workshops
see above.

Thursday 1/14
- Religion Exam Grades 1-8

Friday 1/15 - New Moon
Mathematics Exam Grades 1-8
Dismissal at 2:30 PM

Sunday 1/17 - Mass for all students at 1:00 PM

Reminder - SIS (Student Information System) Meeting
Tuesday January 19th at 7:00 PM
Parents will be shown how to access system
and be given their login and password information.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Week of January 5, 2010

Happy New Year
...may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.
Judges 5:31

Tuesday (1/5/2010) - School Opens
Feast of St. John Neuman
Swine Flu Vaccine Stage II administered
The New York City Health Department will be
administering the 2nd vaccine for the H1N1 Flu.
Only those students who received the 1st vaccine here
at school will be receiving the 2nd dose.
Parents who wish to be present should sit
outside the school library on the third floor
after the arrival of the students.

Ms. Pamela Placido will be in lunchroom in the
morning to update telephone numbers on emergency cards.

Wednesday (1/06/2010)
Please look for the review notes for mid-year exams
that begin January 13th.
Ms. Pamela Placido will be in lunchroom in the
morning to update telephone numbers on emergency cards.

Thursday (1/07/2010)
The IRIS (Immediate Response Information System) will
be used today to remind all parents that dismissal on Friday
is at 12:00 noon. If you do not receive a message it indicates
that the telephone number listed on the emergency card is
incorrect and you should call the office or see Alba.
Also, you should have dropped off your e-mail address as
announcements will also be sent by e-mail. As of today
only 13 parents gave Alba their e-mail address.
You can also e-mail it to Mr. Woods at

Friday - Dismissal at 12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting