Monday, September 26, 2011

Week of September 26, 2011 Announcements

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

~Willa Cather

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul
of Mrs. Teolinda Vallejo's mom who died in
Ecuador on Saturday.

The NYSESLAT exam results were sent home with
your child last week. If you have any questions
please see Mr. Woods

The New York State Health Department is requiring
that all immunization records be recorded online with them. Should your child not have all required vaccinations the NYS Health Department will restrict your child from attending school.
Please see Alba or Alana if you have any questions or to be sure
bring in an updated immunization history.

Many people today will be sent letters from the tuition company
indicating that they are being charged a late fee for not
requesting an extension from Mr. Woods.
Monthly payments are due by the 25th of each month.
As a reminder if you need an extension you MUST e-mail or see
Mr. Woods.
Parents are to e-mail Mr. Woods at and indicate
in the subject line - Tuition extension or parent of.........
All After School Program Tuition, school fees, fund raising
must be paid in the Tuition office with Mrs. Resto.
Candy Bars are available in the tuition office to assist parent in
their fund-raising responsibilities.
This year there will be no catalog orders - only candy bars.

Monday 26 - Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Mathematics Conference Day - School Closed

Tuesday-27 - New Moon

Wednesday -28 - Hands on Science Day

Thursday- 29-

Friday-30 -

Sunday - October 2nd
Registration for Sacramental Program
10:00 AM - 12:00 noon

SIS - Student Information System passwords
distributed in office 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

1:00 PM
Mass for all students in sacramental program

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Week of September 12, 2011 Announcements

To arrive at the simplest truth requires years of contemplation.
Isaac Newton

Monday - 09/12
Full Moon

Tuesday - 09/13

Wednesday - 09/14
Feast of the Triump of the Cross

Thursday -09/15
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 8th grade
Parents Welcome
Hispanic Heritage Month begins today.

Friday- 09/16
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting

U. S. Constitution Day

Sunday- 09/18
Parish Feast 1PM - 6PM
Registration for Sacramental Program
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 2, 2011

Dear Parents:

First, let me again thank you for the privilege of getting to participate in the education of your child[ren]. Your commitment to Catholic education is much appreciated.

I write today concerning a matter that impacts our school, our teachers and you as a supporter of our school and as a tuition paying parent. As you may be aware, the collective bargaining agreement with the Federation of Catholic Teachers (the "Federation"), the union that represents the teachers in our school, expired on August 31, 2011.

Unfortunately, after four months of negotiations with the Federation, we have been unable to reach an agreement. Not surprising in these extremely trying economic times, the key issue is wages and the corresponding salary cost/expense for the schools. While the proposal made by the schools is somewhat complex due to the various components that go into a teacher's salary – a Step component (or sometimes referred to as a longevity increase – a built-in increase based on years of service); a Parity component and an across-the-board increase – the fact is that under the school's proposal an average teacher's wages will increase by approximately 2.7% for the 2011/2012 school year and 3.7% for the 2012/2013 school year.

While I wish we could pay more, I think you will agree with me that in these economically trying times increases of 2.7% and 3.7% are extremely generous. I know that many of you are not receiving these levels of increases at your job. I can also share that all other Archdiocese employees have been subject to wage freeze for 2011/2012.

I know that many of you cannot afford increases in tuition that will be necessary to pay for increases of this level – let alone the increases that would be necessary based on the additional 2% to 2.25% the union is asking for on top of what we have offered.

In closing, please know that I will do everything I can to ensure that a new collective bargaining agreement is reached – but not at the expense of seeing additional schools forced to close and/or seeing more children forced out of Catholic education to pay for unrealistic salary increases.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Timothy McNiff

Superintendent of Schools

Archdiocese of New York

Letter sent home with students in grades 2, 3, 4, 7 & 8
regarding the Sacramental Program

September 8, 2011

Dear Parents,

As mentioned at the opening meeting there will be registration of students for the Sacraments of

· Baptism (if they have not been baptized before)

· Reconciliation (Grade 2 students)

· First Holy Communion (Grade 3 students)

· Confirmation (7th and 8th grade students – a two year program)

Registration will take place Sunday September 11th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and Sunday September 25th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Anyone who wishes to enroll their child in one of the sacramental programs here at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs must understand that the child is required to attend the 1:00 PM Mass with their fellow classmates here at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church.

Registration will require you to bring your child’s Baptismal certificate. No one can register for a sacrament unless they present the child’s Baptismal certificate.

Third Grade students who will be enrolled for First Holy Communion must have already received the sacrament of Reconciliation in second grade. If they did not they must sign up for The Sacrament of Reconciliation this year and then receive First Holy Communion next year in 4th grade.

Classes for all students receiving the sacraments will begin in October and are listed on the yearly calendar. The yearly calendar has been posted on the blog for your convenience.

Should you have any questions you may address them to me on Sunday when you register your child. Please remember that you must bring your child’s baptismal certificate with you. If you believe that we already have a copy then call the office to have your child’s file checked. Unfortunately, many parents never brought the certificate in with them at the original registration which may have been when your child was enrolling for PreK.


Andrew G. Woods

XC. Rev. Antonio Almonte, pastor

Ms. Dulce Saville, religion teacher

Mr. Roberto Placido, religion teacher