Sunday, September 30, 2012

“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”
― Thérèse de Lisieux

During this month of the Holy Rosary
we should reflect on the importance of
Mary in our lives.

This month the teachers will focus
their lessons on the value of poverty and
simplicity as reflected in the Beatitudes.

ITBS/Cogat Schedule
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills along with the CoGat
tests will be administered October 10th-19th.
These tests are NEW and will reflect the new
Common Core State Standards that are being
implemented nationally.
Students should go to be early the night before
a test. SHOULD NOT BE STRESSED by their parent(s) and
eat a good breakfast by coming to school early.
The mad early rush should be avoided by having
morning things prepared before going to bed.
The results of the tests will not be available
until December, 2012.

Sacramental Program
The sacramental program began Sunday September 30th.
Calendars were distributed to all students that were
Parents may register their child for the
sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation,
First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
All students are REQUIRED to attend the 1:00 PM
Mass together as a group.
Parents who have questions should see Mr. Woods.

October Calendar
The October calendar will not be ready until
Thursday or Friday of this week. The office
xerox machine is broken and we are waiting
for the arrival of a part for the machine.

Vision and Hearing Screening
Students in Kindergarten and First Grade will be
screened by the New York City Department of Health
on Friday, October 12th. Reports of their screening
will be sent home with your child.

Monday October 1st-
Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (de Lisieux)

Tuesday October 2nd
Feast of Guardian Angels

Wednesday October 3rd
Candy bars are available in the
tuition office to assist you in your
fund raising.

Thursday October 4th
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the 5th grade
and parents are welcome.
Students may bring animals to Mass for
a special blessing.
Dogs and cats must return home after Mass.

Friday - October 5th
Feast of St.Faustina Kowalska

Saturday - October 6th
Feast of St. Bruno

Sunday- October 7th
Students in sacramental program are
to attend Mass with their parents.
Fr. Antonio will collect attendance cards
after the 1:00 PM Mass.
The school office will be closed today
as Mr. Woods' family is gathering for a
memorial for his mother who died last year.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Do not be afraid of undertaking too much
of what you can do without coming and going;
but fear only the thought of doing more
than you are doing and more than
God is giving you the means to do.
St. Vincent dePaul

Common Core State Standards
Parents are reminded to review materials

to view materials regarding the new curriculum
shift in education.
Materials are being updated regularly at these
websites. Parents may also view a PowerPoint
presentation by the New York State Education Department at:

Vision and Values
A number of parents will be invited to join
a number of faculty members in outlining the
vision and values important as a school community
here at OLQM. The meeting will be held here
on Sunday September 30th at 2:15 PM after the
1:00 PM Mass. The results of that meting will be
posted on this blog.

Mon. September 24th
National Punctuation Day

Tues. September 25th
Reminder candy bars are available in the
tuition office.

Weds. September 26th
Feast of Sts. Cosmos and Damien

Thurs. Sept. 27th
Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Friday September 28th
Common Core Conference Day for

Saturday- September 29th
Feast of the Archangels Michael,
Gabriel, and Raphael
Harvest Moon

Sunday - September 30th
Last Day for registration for sacramental
program 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon.
1:00 PM - Mass for all students in sacramental program
2:15 PM - Vision and Values meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September, 2012

Dear Catholic School Parents,

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, I want to take the opportunity to share with you several dynamic changes underway in our Catholic schools and how they will positively impact your family.

As you may know, we are in the midst of implementing Pathways to Excellence, our multi-year strategic plan to strengthen schools in the Archdiocese of New York and ensure they remain available, accessible and affordable for every family desiring a Catholic education for their child(ren).

Currently, we are in a phase called "Regionalization." As its name implies, Regionalization involves the coming together of parish elementary schools into geographic "regions." This way, every parish will be responsible for, contribute to and have a voice in Catholic education in the archdiocese.

As Cardinal Dolan stated recently, "Simply put, Regionalization is about everybody doing their part, sharing responsibilities and working together to ensure a vibrant future for our schools."

This September, three pilot regions have become operational: Staten Island, Rockland and Northwest South Bronx. Each of these new regions will be governed by a Board, made up of outstanding and talented individuals committed to the mission of Catholic education- both laity and clergy. For schools, this means that they will now be able to benefit from this new wealth of knowledge and expertise, to include finance, marketing and, of course, education. The remaining seven regions in the archdiocese will follow the same process and become operational in September 2013. During this process, however, we recognize that some difficult decisions will have to be made, including the very real possibility of additional school closings at the end of the current school year. For the vast majority of schools, the end result will be a revitalized and stronger system.

What does regionalization mean for you and your child(ren)? On the surface, you probably won't notice much of a change in the day-to-day operations at your school. However, by adopting a regional approach in which individual schools, true to their Catholic mission, cooperate as members of a larger faith community and share resources, regionalization is expected to result in:

• Sustainable, fiscally sound schools providing an excellent Catholic education
• An infusion of additional talent through the increased role of the laity in school governance
• Community-based decision-making that more fully addresses the goals and needs of schools on the local level
• More funds available for academic enhancements, scholarships and parish religious education programs

All of this translates into better schools and brighter futures for those who matter most: our children.

For regular updates on Regionalization, please visit the Superintendent of Schools' website: My prayers and best wishes for a successful school year ahead!

Timothy J. McNiff, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Week of September 17th - September 23rd

There is the Music of Heaven in all things
and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.
St. Hildegard of Bingen

Common Core
Parents are reminded that they should
keep up with the changes in education known as the
Common Core. Besides Common Core parents
should also join Any questions may be
directed to Mr. Woods regarding these changes
and the implementation of the Common Core here at
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

Thank You
Thanks to the parents of Briana Bonilla,
Ayana Horsford and Joel & Jailyn Castillo
for attending the meeting last Wednesday with
Dr. McNiff, the Superintendent of Schools.
Parents requesting to know information
regarding that meeting should speak to those

Book Fair
There will be a Book Fair this week on the
second floor of the school to assist the
PreK classes. As a reminder students should
be reading more non-fiction books that are based
on real life experiences.

Candy Bars
Candy Bars have arrived in the tuition office to
assist you in your fund-raising requirements.
Letters will go home this week.
Parents are reminded that fund raising monies
must be paid in the tuition office.

Smart Tuition
A reminder that all tuition, after school program,
general fees etc. are due to Smart Tuition.
Parents that have questions may call the
company 24hours a day 7 days a week. Alana
is in the school office on Saturdays and
Sundays to assist parents with any concerns.

Monday September 17th
Unit I Week II
Book Fair

Tuesday September 18th
Book Fair

Wednesday September 19th
Feast of St. Janarius
Book Fair

Thursday September 20th
Book Fair

Friday September 21st
Feast of St. Matthew, the evangelist

Saturday September 22nd
Office open 10AM - 4PM
Autumn begins

Sunday September 23rd
Registration for the Sacramental Program
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week of September 9-16, 2012

“Happiness can only be achieved by looking
inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has
and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
― St. John Chrysostom

Common Core State Standards

This week each parent should view
there are a number of videos and resources to
assist parents in the changes that are
occurring in education.

Meeting with Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Woods is looking for 4 to 6 parents
to attend a meeting with Dr. McNiff, the
Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese.
The meeting is Wednesday September 12th at 6:30 PM.
If you are able to attend please see Mr. Woods.
The meeting will be held on the upper East Side.

Monday September 10th
Regular Class schedule
Dismissal at 3:00 PM
Basketball team begins for students
in grades 5-8 with Mr. Guzman.

Tuesday September 11th Patriot Day

Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of
the 8th grade. Parents Welcome.

Wednesday September 12th
Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
Parent meeting with Dr. McNiff - see note above.
Bible Classes begin in Spanish 8:00 PM -10:00 PM
please see Fr. Antonio if you are interested.

Thursday September 13th
Feast of St. John Chrysostom

Friday September 14th
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Faculty Meeting
Parents in need of after school care
should see Mrs. Resto in the tuition office.

Saturday September 15th

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
New Moon
Hispanic Heritage Month begins
SIS passwords and Smart Tuition issues
can be addressed to Alana in school office
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday September 16th

Parish Feast 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Book Fair on 2nd floor of school
Plant Sale