Sunday, September 29, 2019

Week of September 30, 2019 Annoncements

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 
Friday ---- October 4, 2019 
Annual Blessing of Domestic Animals
9:00 AM Mass 
Students and parents are encouraged to bring their pets to be blessed at this annual blessing commemorating the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi.
Dogs and Cats will have to return home after Mass due to allergic conditions of some students.

Friday October 4, 2019 
12:00 noon
Faculty Meeting
Mental Health Training for Faculty
PreK For All dismissal at 3:15 PM 
After School Program will be in session today.

Absence from School 
If your child is going to be absent from school due to sickness please call Alba in the school office 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
Your child should return to school with a note. 
 It is NOT necessary to obtain a doctor's letter for a one or two day absence - a simple letter from a parent stating the reason for the absence will suffice.
If your child is absent more than 3 days then a doctor's letter is in order clearing your child to return to school.
If a child does not have a note (parent or doctor) then the absence is recorded as being illegal as per NYS Education law.
Please remember to read the attendance policy of the regional schools regarding excessive absences in the Parent Handbook.

Tuition Due October 5, 2019 

Reminder that Chocolate Bars are available in the school office or supply room to assist parents with their fund-raising.

A Parent's Guide to the Next Generation Learning Standards

 To help prepare for the transition to the Next Generation Learning Standards, NYSED collaborated with multiple partners, including parents, to develop a resource that facilitates and promotes involvement and engagement. This parent brochure provides a description of the instructional cycle and the role of learning standards in the cycle, an FAQ for the Next Generation Learning Standards, and links to resources to support classroom learning at home.
The parent brochure will be sent home with your child on 
Monday with the October 2019 calendar.
Parents may also right click the link below to open the link in a new window.

Class Picture Day 
October 8, 2019 

Monday September 30, 2019 - Feast of St. Jerome
October Calendars will be sent home 
A Parents Guide to the NYS Next Generation 
ELA & Math Learning Standards
 will also be sent home with students.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 -
Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Wednesday October 2, 2019 - Feast of Guardian Angels 
PreK For All Coaches will be working with teachers and students today.

Thursday October 3, 2019 
Regional coach will be working with teachers and students in grades 1-6 today.

Friday October 4, 2019 
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Mass at 9:00 AM - Blessing of Animals - Parents welcome 
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 Noon 
PreK For All Dismissal at 3:15 PM 

Sunday October 6, 2019 
Students in sacramental program attend 
Mass with Mr. Woods at 1:00 PM 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September 23, 2019 
12:00 noon 
After School Program in Session 

PreK For All
Dismissal at 3:15 PM 

NWEA MAP testing will and continue until September 26th.
The testing will be administered for all students in 
grades K-8.
The on-line testing will measure student's strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and in grades 3-8 Language Arts (Grammar).
Parent reports will be sent home the first week in October.
The dates of administration for this week are listed below.

First Quarter Report Card Distribution 
November 22, 2019
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
After School Program will end at 
6:00 PM on this day.

September 25, 2019
Grades K-5
The NYCDOH will be testing vision for students in grades 
K-5 on Wednesday.  
Results will be sent home after the screening. 

Updated Medical Forms Due
A reminder that updated medical forms with updated immunizations are due to the office by October 1st.
This is especially important for all students ages 3-6.

Monday September 23, 2019
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 noon 
After School Program in Session
PreK For All Dismissal at 3:15 PM 

Tuesday September 24, 2019  National Punctuation Day 
MAP Testing Grade 1 - Mathematics
Living Environment Classes begin 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Wednesday September 25, 2019
NYCDOH Vision Testing Grades K-5
MAP testing Grade 1 - Reading 

Thursday September 26, 2019 Feast of Sts. Cosmos and Damian 
Please make an appointment with your child's pediatrician to update their medical form.

Friday September 27, 2019 - Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday September 29, 2019
Registration for the Sacramental Program 
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Week of September 16, 2019 Announcements

Parent Signature Pages
At the opening parent meeting the teachers handed out packets of forms that needed to be completed.
Please have them to your child's teacher on 
Monday September 16th. Do not drop them off at the office. The classroom teacher must organize 
them for each child's file.

NWEA MAP testing will begin this week and continue until September 26th.
The testing will be administered for all students in 
grades K-8.
The on-line testing will measure student's strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and in grades 3-8 Language Arts (Grammar).
Parent reports will be sent home the first week in October.
The dates of administration for this week are listed below.

A parent report of their child's scores in Mathematics and ELA will be sent home in the next couple of weeks. 
Mr. Woods is waiting for the LHRIC (the company that scores all state tests for the Archdiocese) to mail the parent reports to him.  If parents want to know their child's scores they may see Mr. Woods on any Sunday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

After School Program
Kids in the Game will work with students beginning 
Tuesday September 17th.
They will be be doing sports activities with all the classes.
Parents are reminded to check with Eric about the time they are in the sports program. Students get upset if parents arrive early and they are involved with playing a game.

The Student Information System, formerly known as Cornerstone, is now called Educate.
Parents will be able to view their child's grade book beginning September 23rd.
If Parents want to receive the login and password for their child's grade book they are requested to e-mail Mr. Woods at
Logins and passwords will be e-mailed back on
 Sundays by Brianna.
Please do not come to the office during the week for the login and password as Brianna is not here during the week.
Students in grades 4-8 will also receive access to their accounts -- giving them responsibility in monitoring their grades.

Students in Grades 7 & 8 along with Mr. Montas, the science teacher, will test the waters of the 
Hudson River and the Harlem River and log the results to the America's Clean Water Foundation website.

Gym Schedule

PreK-1 Mrs. Fundora’s Class – Wednesdays 
PreK-2 Mrs. Rodriguez’s Class – Fridays 
Kindergarten – Mondays and Wednesdays 
First Grade – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 
2nd  Grade – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 
3rd  Grade – Mondays and  Thursdays 
4th Grade – Mondays and Tuesdays 
5th  Grade – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 
6th Grade – Wednesdays and Fridays 
7th Grade – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 

8th Grade – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

Monday September 16, 2019 
Parent Signature Pages and Emergency cards are due to the classroom teacher today.

Tuesday September 17, 2019  Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine
NWEA MAP Testing Grades 2-8 Mathematics

Wednesday September 18, 2019
NWEA MAP testing Grades 2-8 Reading 
World Water Monitoring Day 

Thursday September 19, 2019 Feast of St. Januarius
NWEA MAP Testing Grades 3-8 - Language Arts (Grammar)

Friday September 20, 2019
Registration for Sacrament Program is 
Sunday from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM 
Baptism, Penance, First Holy Communion, Confirmation 
Registration requires Baptism Certificate for Penance, First Holy Communion and Coinfirmation

Sunday September 22, 2019 
Manhattan High School Fair @ Xavier High School
Registration for Sacramental Program 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Week of September 9, 2019

Opening School Mass 
Thursday September 12, 2019 
9:00 AM 
Parents Welcome 
led by the students of the 8th grade
Enrollment Ends 
Tuesday September 10, 2019
Parents wishing to enroll their child/ren for the After School Program must do so by
 Tuesday September 10th.
All enrollments must be entered into the Smart Tuition System before students may begin the program.
Applications are available in the school office.
PreK For All parents must enroll with Mr. Guzman.

Adults in Student's Bathrooms
At the opening faculty meeting a number of teachers brought up the fact that parents have been trying to use the bathroom when students are present.
Parents are reminded that they should NOT be in a bathroom while students are present.
There is an employee bathroom on the bottom floor of the school which parents may feel free to use.

The Success Maker Summer 
assignment hours are due by
Friday September 13th.
A number of parents are being hoodwinked by their child that the program doesn't load, the amount of time that they have spent is not being accurately recorded etc. 
Mr. Woods in looking over the report on Sunday saw that there a number of students who have completed 10, 12, 13 and 16 hours of work in the same class as students who have only completed a 1/2 hour. If it is working for a majority of the class then it should be working for all students. 
Ms. Alma and Mr. Bonilla will be working with students this week to get them where they need to be before Friday.
The Success Maker program like MAP testing is a online platform that is able to judge when a student is not engaged in their work - through scrolling answering a question in a standard amount of time for a student in that grade level etc. etc.--- Success Maker then shuts down and erases the child's work for that session.
A number of children who worked with Ms. Coello and 
Mr. Montas this summer were able to see that in action and many of them are the ones who skyrocketed in their hours completed along with the number of questions that they accurately answered.
Yes, they cannot get up to get cookies and milk and let the program run. The student must close down so that their work is saved and then resume.

All PreK Classes
PreK parents may drop off their child with one of the classroom aides beginning at 
7:00 AM when the school doors open.
The classroom aide will assist in getting the child breakfast.
A reminder that classroom teachers are contractually not required to be in the classroom until 7:40 AM.

Monday September 9, 2019
Full day of school for all students.
After School Program sign up must be completed by Tuesday.
Happy Birthday
Victoria Cerda & Mathias Dominguez

Tuesday September 10, 2019
Last Day for After School Enrollment for the month of September.
Happy Birthday
Scarlett Vela

Wednesday September 11, 2019 Patriots Day 
After School Program begins at dismissal

Thursday September 12, 2019
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary 
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 8th grade.
Parents Welcome

Friday September 13, 2019
Feast of St. John Chrysostom

Saturday September 14, 2019  
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
Happy Birthday Eduardo Vilcara 

Sunday September 15, 2019
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Patron of the Parish of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Please see parish bulletin regarding activities.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Parent Meeting September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 

5:00 PM--
PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora's class (3 year olds)
PreK-2 - Ms. Rodriguez's class (4 year olds)   please see note below

5:30 PM --     Grades K and 1

 6:00  PM -- Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

Please remember that these meetings are for parents and teachers and that child care should be arranged. 
Parents may bring supplies to the meeting so as to avoid bringing all materials on Thursday.

The supply room will be open beginning at 4:00 PM for parents who need to purchase supplies.

Students should remain home so that the conversation in the classroom will remain focused between teacher and parent.

Mrs. Rodriguez's Class - PreK -2
Mrs. Rodriguez's mother in law passed away on Tuesday morning.  She will be absent for the parent meeting tonight. Mrs. DeLuna will coordinate the meeting with parents and will be in the classroom with Ms. Alma and 
Ms. Perez until Mrs. Rodriguez returns.

Success Maker Summer Program
Students will have until Friday September 13th to complete the 8 hours of required Summer work. The Success Maker program replaced summer reading and other assignments and the completed work will be reflected as a child's first mark for the school year.