Sunday, September 30, 2018

St. Francis of Assisi Mass 

Thursday October 4th 9:00 AM 
Blessing of domestic animals.  
Dogs and cats must return home after Mass with a parent due to allergies of some students. 
Parents welcome to attend.
Mass will be led by the students of the 6th grade.

Poetry Day Contest 
October 4th --- 1:30 PM
Grades 3-8
Parents Welcome

Parents are remided that the last week for registration for the Sacramental Program will be Sunday October 14th.
Parents who wish their child to 
receive the sacraments of:
First Holy Communion 
must register on Sundays from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Students must attend Mass each Sunday at 1:00 PM with Mr. Woods.

 Hispanic Heritage Celebrations
Parents Welcome 

PreK-1 and PreK-2 
Mrs. Fundora and Mrs. Rodriguez's Classes 
 Tuesday October 9th - 9:00 AM

PreK For All Presentations
Mrs. Gonzalez, Ms. McGarry and Mrs. Serbones Classes
Tuesday October 9th  9:30 AM 

Grades 4-8
October 11th  9:00 AM 

Grades K-3
October 12th 9:00 AM  

            Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and  Limited Screen Time
At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time were tied to higher mental test scores.

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Monday October 1, 2018 
Calendars will be sent home with students today.

Tuesday October 2, 2018 - Feast of Guardian Angels

Wednesday October 3, 2018 
PreK For All Coaches will work with teachers and students.

Thursday October 4, 2018 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 6th grade.
Blessing of domestic animals at this Mass.
Parents Welcome

National Poetry Day Contest Grades 3-8 1:30 PM 
Parents Welcome

Friday  October 5, 2018
Tuition Due to Smart Tuition 
Please remember to see Mr. Guzman if you are having an issue with Smart Tuition.

Sunday October 7, 2018- Holiday Weekend
Students attend Mass with their parents.
School Office Closed 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week of September 24, 2018 Announcements

Tuesday September 25, 2018 
Religion Conference Day 
Teachers and Staff 

Candy Bars - Fund Raising
Candy Bars are available in the supply room from Mrs. Resto to assist parents in their fund raising. Letters were sent home last Monday with all students.

Testing Schedule 
Wednesday September 26, 2018
Reading Grades 2,3,4 and 5

Thursday September 27, 2018
Language Arts Grades 3-5
Kindergarten - Mathematics

Friday September 28,2018
Kindergarten Reading 

Students who are sick will be administered the tests upon their return.
Health Examination Form and Immunizations 
A reminder that an updated Health Examination form is due in your child's folder in the office.
This is due under 
New York City Department of Health Article 43 regulations.
Updated Immunizations and the flu vaccine should be listed on the form as required under new Health Department regulations.
Should you have any questions please see Alba or Mr. Guzman in the school office. Inspections by the New York City Department of Health are random and if your child's file is not updated they may be excluded from class. 

A lockdown drill will be held this week 
as per new regulations instituted by the FDNY. 

Freckle Education - on line 
Accounts have been set up for all students in grades K-8 in Mathematics and in grades 3-8 in science.
This program enables students to work at their own pace at home on a variety of academic skills that they may be struggling.
Students were given their login and passwords and parents should reach out to their child's teachers if their child "lost" the information.

Parents have access to the on-line grading system and should monitor their child's progress on a weekly basis.
Parents who want login information should call or see Mr. Guzman in the office.
Parents will need to login to
for access to their child's gradebook.

Monday September 24, 2018   Full Moon.
Emergency Cards and Medical Forms are due to the classroom teacher.

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Wednesday September 26, 2018 - Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian 
MAP Reading Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5 
Educatonal Coach will be working with teachers and students today.
Emergency Cards and Medical Forms are due to the classroom teacher.

Thursday September 27, 2018 - Feast of St. Vincent de Paul 
MAP Language Arts Grades 3-5
MAP Kindergarten Mathematics
Emergency Cards and Medical Forms are due to the classroom teacher.

Friday September 28, 2018 - Feast of St. Wenceslaus
Emergency Cards and Medical Forms are due to the classroom teacher.

Sunday September 30, 2018
Living Environment Class 10:00 AM
Sacramental Class attends Mass with Mr. Woods at 1:00 PM 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week of September 17, 2018 Announcements

Early Dismissal Day
Monday September 17, 2018 
12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting 
After School Program in session.
PreK For All Dismissal at 3:15 PM 

Emergency Cards
A reminder that 2 emergency cards along with other parent papers were due to the classroom teacher last week.

Parent Access and Passwords
Passwords will be sent out this week to parents who requested them through e-mail.
The Educate system was undergoing some updates by the Superintendent of School office this week and we have been informed all updates should be completed by Wednesday September 19th.

MAP Testing Begins
Grades K-8
MAP testing will enable teachers to work on areas of strength and weaknesses during the year and gauge growth throughout the year.
Reports will be sent home in early October after the window of testing has ended.
This Week:
Tuesday September 18th - Grades 5-8 Math 
Tuesday September 18th - Grade 1 Reading 

Wednesday September 19th - Grades 2-4 Math 
Wednesday September 20th-Grades 6-8 Language Arts

Thursday September 20th- Grade 1 Math 
Thursday September 20th - Grades 6-8 Reading 

If a child is absent for any of the tests it will be made up upon their return to school.

Anti-Bullying Curriculum Begins
A 10 month anti-bullying curriculum will begin in Religion classes this Wednesday September 19, 2018.

School Kitchen

This past Thursday the Department of Buildings along with project supervisor from the Archdiocese of New York were here for the second inspection regarding the analysis of the blueprints etc.
There are two more inspections that must be completed before the gas is turned back on:
1. The FDNY must come and inspect the gas lines with the contractor.
2. The NYC Department of Health along with the NYC Department of Buildings must then approve the work.
After both those inspections Con Edison will be notified to turn the gas back on in the school kitchen.
Mr. Woods was told that in approximately 3 weeks time all things should be up and running.

A number of parents have still expressed their  upset to the kitchen staff  over the time line of the construction.
One only has to look at the catastrophe that occurred in Massachusetts this week where homes were destroyed because of the improper installation of gas lines and realize that all things must be checked carefully by all involved parties. 

September 25, 2018 
Religion Conference Day 

Monday September 17, 2018 
Feast of St. John Bellarmine
Constitution Day 
Early Dismissal 12:00 Noon
After School Program in Session
PreK For All Dismissal at 3:15 PM 

Tuesday September 18, 2018
MAP Testing Grades 1, 5, 6, 7, & 8 - 
KIDS in the Game begin in the After School Program

Wednesday September 19, 2018 
MAP testing Grades 2, 3, 4 6, 7, & 8 
Anti-bullying curriculum will be covered today in Religion Class 

Thursday September 20, 2018 
MAP testing Grades 1, 6, 7, & 8 

Friday September 21, 2018 - Feast of St. Matthew 
Opening School Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 7th and 8th grades.
Parents are welcome to attend.

Sunday September 23, 2018
Living Environment Regents Class 10:00 AM
Registration for Sacramental Classes 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Parents must have copy of Baptismal certificate for registration.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week of September 10, 2018 Announcements

Parent Signature Pages and Emergency Cards
Parent Signature pages and emergency cards are due to the classroom teacher this week.
Please do not bring them to the office as the teacher must coorleate all the papers.  

Birthday Party Policy 
Parents are permitted to celebrate their child's birthday in school. The regulations are that the party MUST only be during the regularly scheduled lunch period so as to not interrupt classroom learning time.
Parents MUST be aware that there are students who have peanut allergies and therefore no peanut products should be brought into parties.
Pizza, cupcakes etc are standard fares of celebration and parents should check with the classroom teacher so that each child celebrates their classmates party and no one is excluded. 
Please let Freddy the custodian along with the classroom teacher know that you are planning to have a party.
Lunch Periods
PreK For All   10:30 - 11:00 AM
PreK-1, PreK-2, Kinderagarten and First Grade 
11:15- 12:00 noon 
Grades 2-8
12:00 noon - 12:45 PM

Immunization Requirements
Mr. Woods reeceived two further e-mails regarding the policy that he mentioned at the opening parent meeting.
Please review your child's immunization records with your doctor and make sure they are up to date
Dear Principal/Director:

We would like to make you aware of changes to child care and school immunization requirements in effect for the 2018-19 school year in New York City (NYC). Highlights of the changes are as follows:

• Students entering grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required to have 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Grades 4 and 10 were added to these requirements. One dose of varicella vaccine is required for all other grades.
• Students entering grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required to have 4 doses of polio vaccine, unless the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older, in which case only 3 doses are required. Grades 4 and 10 were added to these requirements. Three doses of polio vaccine are required for all other grades.
Students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 are required to have 1 dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). Grade 9 was added to this requirement. In addition, students entering grade 12 are required to have received 2 doses of MenACWY; if the 1st dose of MenACWY was received at age 16 years of age or older, only 1 dose is required. If two doses of MenACWY were administered before age 16 years, then a third dose given on or after age 16 years is required.
Influenza vaccine: Children 6 months through 59 months in a NYC-regulated childcare programs, including Head Start, Nursey, or Pre-K and 3-K, must receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

After School Program
The After School Program begins Monday September 10th.
KIDS in the Game will be working with students on Tuesdays, and Thursdays for sports/chess etc. from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
All payments for the After School Program must be done through Smart Tuition.
Should you have questions regarding 
Smart Tuition please see Mr. Guzman between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Educate Parent Access 
Educate is the on-line grading system used by teachers to record your child's progress. Parents have the ability to keep up with their child's progress on classwork, tests, projects and homework by viewing their child's account.
Passwords may be obtained from Mr. Guzman either by e-mailing at or coming to see him in the office.  No parent password will be sent home with child.

New Regional Superintendent 
The new regional superintendet for Manhattan is Mr. Joseph Tweed who was appointed in 

Candy Bars for Fund Raising 
Candy bars will be available in the office beginning Monday September 17th. as mentioned on your tuition account you may sell $350.00 in candy bars or pay $175.00 in cash --per family.
Should you have questions please speak to any of the office staff.

Kitchen Update 
The air exchanger now required for school kitchens was completed on Monday Labor Day at 7:00 PM.
The first inspection by the NYC Department of Buildings took place on Tuesday, September 4th at 8:00 AM 
The second inspection took place on 
Thursday, September 6th at 10:00 AM by the NYC Department of Engineering.
Two more inspections - one by the FDNY will take place sometime this week followed by 
Con Edison after which the gas will be turned on for the school kitchen and hot lunch will resume. 
Mr. Woods thanks students and parents for their patience during this very ardous installation.
Parents are welcome to look into the kitchen and see the extensive work that was done in the kitchen which extends through the rectory and exits on the roof of the rectory.

Monday September 10, 2018
After School Program Begins - your child must be registered to be part of the After School Program 

Tuesday September 11, 2018 - Patriots Day 
Living Environment Regents Class begins 3:30 PM 
Kids in the Game begins in the After School Program 

Wednesday September 12, 2018
Feasy of the Holy Name of Mary 

Thursday September 13, 2018
Feast of St. John Chrysostom

Friday September 14, 2018 
Feast of the Triump of the Cross

Saturday September 15, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows- Patron of OLQM parish

Sunday September 16, 2018
Parish Feast 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration for Sacramental Program
Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Commion, Confirmation 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in school office. 


Monday, September 3, 2018

Week of September 3, 2018

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer and 
everyone is ready for school to start this week.
The summer has been busy here at OLQM.
The repairs to the kitchen have been completed with the new venting system and will undergo inspection this coming Wednesday.
All exit signs were also replaced this summer and the security cameras were updated also during July.
We are welcoming to the teaching staff Ms. Francis Sanchez who as many know was the classroom aid in Mrs. Serbones class for the past three years.
We also are welcoming Mr. Montas who will be teaching grades 3-8 science this year.
Hopefully you have had time to preview the yearly calendar on the school website as decribed on this blog a few weeks ago and have viewed the blog for your child's teacher concerning supplies.
This week for your child will be an adjustment week and I ask that you make sure they are in bed early today and the rest of the week so that thei bodies will adjust to waking up early.
Please remember to read this blog each week to keep up to date with things that will be undertaken this year and changes that inevitably occur.
Looking for to seeing you this week.

Monday September 3, 2018 Labor Day 
Feast of St. Gregory the Great 

Tuesday September 4, 2018
10:00 AM - PreK For All Parent Meeting
Parents of students in:
PreK -3 Mrs. Gonzalez's Class
PreK-4 - Ms. McGarry's Class
PreK -5 Mrs. Serbones Class 
Registration for After School Program will 

Wednesday September 5, 2018 
PreK For All Classes 
 Student Transition 
9:00 AM - 12:00 noon  

Parent Meeting with teachers 5:00 PM 
Meeting will begin the school auditorium.
These are parent meetings and child care should be arranged so that adult conversation will not be interrupted.
Grade 2 - Ms. Coello 
Grade 3 - Ms. Wong
Grade 4 - Mrs. Toscano
Grade 5 - Ms. Serewko
Grade 6 - Mr. Montas 
Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Placido
Parents may sign up for the After School Program at these meetings 

Parent Meeting with teachers 5:30 PM
Meeting will begin the school auditorium. 
These are parent meetings and child care should be arranged so that adult conversation will not be interrupted.
PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora's class
PreK-2 - Mrs. Rodriguez's Class
K-1 - Ms. Ocasio's Class
K-2 - Ms. Sanchez's Class
First Grade - Ms. Saville's Class
Parents may sign up for the After School Program at these meetings 

Thursday September 6, 2018 
PreK For All Transition Class 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon 

First Day of School for students 
in PreK-1, PreK 2 and K-8 
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM 
No After School Program 

Friday September 7, 2018 
All students report to class.
Early Drop off program begins 7:00 AM
Dismissal for all students 3:15 PM 
No After School Program 

Sunday September 9, 2018
Mr. Woods will be available in school office
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM for parents - 
no appointment necessary