Sunday, September 27, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

 Dear Parents,

The health and safety of students and staff of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs are our top priority. We are committed to ensuring school communities have the information they need on COVID-19 (coronavirus). 


It would a violation of privacy laws to provide information about specific individuals and their circumstances; we will provide information on school operations as well as, coronavirus related guidance from government agencies.


We are writing to inform you that a parent of a student of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School  self-reported a positive test result for COVID-19. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness.  The day of last exposure was Thursday, September 24th , CDC advises that any symptoms of Corona virus appear between 2 and 14 days from the date of exposure.  At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear, rumor, innuendo, or social media. I would encourage you to visit the CDC website  and NYC DOHMH  for additional factual information and resources.

Students of the affected class have been informed that they will have remote classes until

 October 13, 2020 as per the guidelines.

 We are following protocols from the CDC and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. If you were at the school on Thursday, September 24th , you will be notified by the contact tracers from NYS Department of Health or the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene if you were exposed to the infected member and need to quarantine.

 We contract with qualified, licensed cleaning professionals who regularly conduct deep cleaning and sanitization following CDC Guidelines using approved disinfectants and completed another cleaning today.

We will continue to deliver as much information as possible in a timely manner. During times like this, the safety and well-being of our Catholic schools families and staff, as well as those in the broader community around us, are our primary concern. Please continue to ask the intercession of Our Lady, to protect, bring healing, and watch over the staff and children of our school, parish and community.

  • NYS Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

       Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

        Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

        Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit and look for "FAQ about Face Coverings."

        Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Woods.

Week of September 28, 2020


School Mass

Tuesday September 29th 9:00 AM 

Parents Welcome

Students will be socially distanced in church. 

Parents are requested to sit in back of church on chairs. 

Income Surveys

Income surveys will be sent home with students on Monday. These surveys enabled us this past year to obtain 4 new Smartboards in the First, 4th, 6th, 7th grades along with a number of new chrome books.

Please return the surveys by Thursday October 1st. 

Homework Posting 

Homework posting will be posted on 

Google Classroom for each teacher.

Parents in Grades 2-8 must check the different Google Classroom accounts that their child has for each of their teachers.

As an example students in second grade have four teachers:

Mr. Mattsson - ELA/Social Studies

Ms. Wong- Mathematics

Ms. Alma - Religion and Music

Mr. Montas - Science

each of those Google classroom accounts that have been set up by the teachers have to be checked daily. 

Every child has a Google Classroom account and it is important to check the Google Classroom account daily.

The teachers along with Mrs. DeLuna have been working with the second grade class  to assist them in learning keyboard skills of a computer. Parents may assist by having their child use the on-line program of

Remote Learning Reminders

1. Students should be sitting up at a desk/table looking at screen.

2. Students should have on a polo shirt while remotely learning -- NOT THEIR PAJAMAS.

3. Students should have their microphone muted.

4. Students should not share the Zoom invitation with students or friends who do not attend OLQM. They will be left in the Zoom waiting room.

5. Beginning Monday September 28th  students who are remotely learning will be graded daily on their effort and conduct during class.

Conduct will include the rules above- if they are in their bed, not wearing a polo shirt, not sitting at a table the teacher will mark the student with a D in Conduct for not following the rules of remote learning.  


Educate Parent Access

Beginning October 5th parent access to the online gradebook for students in grades 1-8 will be available to parents.  Parents will need to send an e-mail to     Mr. Woods at for an access code and password.                                   Parents are reminded that they are not permitted in the building to have their password changed. 

          Mr. Guzman and Ms. McGarry will conduct a Zoom meeting on   ednesday October 7th at 3:30 PM for parents who are having difficulty in understanding how to access their child's gradebook. The information for the Zoom meeting will be posted on the blog next week. The parent's name must appear on the Zoom call to be admitted to the meeting.

Textbook Pickup Time

Textbook pickup times are Mondays to Fridays 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM or 

Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Monday September 28, 2020  - Income surveys will be sent home with students.  

 Tuesday September 29, 2020 -- Feast of the Archangels                                                                    Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.                  Mass at 9:00 AM. 

Wednesday September 30, 2020                                                  Instructional Coach will work with teachers and students via Zoom.

Thursday October 1, 2020 - Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux      Income Surveys due .

Friday October 2, 2020 - Feast of the Guardian Angels 


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Week of September 21, 2020 Announcements


Week of September 21, 2020 Announcements

Dismissal at 12:00 noon

Faculty Meeting

PreK for All Program Dismissal at 3:00 PM 

New Check In Point of Entry 

As begun last Thursday there will be three temperature check in points for students:
Grades 2-8 - Sherman Avenue Door -- marked with 73
Ms. McGarry, Mrs. Schiller's and Ms. Ocasio's  classes
Auditorium Door
All other PreK classes and First Grade 
Church doors.

As a reminder if it is raining then ALL students/parents should go into the Church and     Mr. Woods or Mr. Guzman will call for them to be screened prior to entrance into the building. 

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

As mentioned on the Zoom meetings held in August the Breakfast  and Lunch 
menus may change due to delivery of materials.
If parents would like a copy of the Breakfast and Lunch menus 
please e-mail Mr. Woods at
 and both menus will be forwarded in PDF format.

School Office Closed 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The school office is closed daily Monday to Friday from 
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
 Please keep that in mind if calling the office.

Flu Vaccine 

All students in PreK classes and Kindergarten are required under New York State Health Law to receive a flu vaccine. 
This must be completed before dismissal in December as students who do not have the flu vaccine will be excluded from class after the Christmas Recess.

Mr. Guzman is requesting that all parents in the 
3K or PreK For All Program bring in all the necessary forms/paperwork by Friday September 25, 2020.
The annual census is due October 1, 2020 and he must load all necessary information before then.
If you have questions please call Mr. Guzman at 

Parent Communication with 
Mr. Woods 
Mr. Woods is available every Sunday (except holiday weekends) from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM to see 
and answer parent questions or  concerns.
 There is no need for an appointment on Sundays.
Parents may also e-mail Mr. Woods at

Monday September 21, 2020 Feast of St. Matthew, evangelist
School Open regular school day 

Tuesday September 22, 2020
School Open regular school day 

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina
School Open regular school day 

Thursday September 24, 2020
School Open regular school day 

Friday September 25, 2020
Early Dismissal Day 12:00 Noon
PreK For All and 3K dismissal at 3:00 PM 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Week of September 14, 2020 Announcements


Week of September 14th-18th Announcements 

Grades 2-8

7:45 AM 

Sherman Avenue Doors -- 71 on Door

Temperature will be taken at entrance way.

A classroom aide will be present with Eric to assist if students are bringing packages.

All PreK Classes, 

Kindergarten and Grade 1 

7:45 AM  - Church Doors

Mrs. Deluna and Aaron will be scanning student's temperature.

3:00 PM Dismissal 

PreK-1- Mrs. Fundora - main office door.
PreK-2- Mrs. Rodriguez Sherman Avenue Door
PreK-3 - Mrs. Gonzalez Sherman Avenue Door
PreK-4 - Ms. McGarry Auditorium Door 
PreK-5 - Mrs. Schiller- Church Doors
PreK-6 -Ms. Sanchez- Sherman Avenue 
PreK-7 Ms. Gonzalez Church Doors
Kindergarten - will be dismissed from emergency door.

3:15 PM Dismissal 

First Grade - Sherman Avenue Door
Second Grade Church Steps
Third Grade - Church Steps
Fourth Grade - Church Steps
Fifth Grade - Sherman venue Doors
Sixth Grade- Sherman Avenue Doors
7th Grade - Church Steps
8th grade - Church Steps 

Classroom teachers are sending home a number of forms which must be returned to the classroom teacher. 

Please have all forms to the classroom teacher by Friday September 18th.

Daily Walk

Mr. Bonilla and Eric will be taking students out for a daily walk as students are not able to participate in gym classes at the present time. Students may bring a bottle of water with them. All students will remain in school uniform during the walk and they will get a mask break for a few minutes while they are outside.

PreK Students will be in the backyard of the school for a little air and exercise daily also as part of their need for gross-motor activities.

Monday September 14, 2020 --Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

If your child is remotely learning they should be signed into zoom at 8:00 AM 

Parents who are having difficulty may call the office and let Alba know. They should leave a telephone number where the teacher may reach them to assist them or the teacher will set up a Zoom call to assist them.

Tuesday September 15, 2020 - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday September 16, 2020 - Feast of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian. 

Some of the teachers will be working with the instructional coach to develop strategies regarding remote/in-person teaching. Mrs. DeLuna will be watching the classes during this time.

Thursday September 17, 2020 - Feast of St. Robert           Constitution Day                                                                                                                                              Students will be practicing Fire Drill routines with their teachers today.  

Bronx High School Fair at Cardinal Hayes High School 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Friday September 18, 2020

Parent Signature pages due, emergency cards due etc.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

School Opens September 9, 2020


School Opens 
Wednesday September 9, 2020 

Students attending in Person
7:45 AM Church doors opens
There will be a table to check in before going up the staircase.
Social Distancing must be practiced as walking up the stairs.
Children are to be left off at the door.
No parents/guardians are permitted past the door.

Students will have their temperature taken by either
 Eric or Mrs. DeLuna.

ALL PreK students are to arrive at 9:00 AM

Students remotely attending.
Students are to be on Zoom as instructed by teachers through their Google Classroom beginning at 8:00 AM.
Attendance will be taken at 8:00 AM
Students are to be wearing a polo shirt and sitting upright at a table or desk .
Students must remain on Zoom for the day from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Teachers will instruct students at home when there will be a break where they can move away from their computer for lunch etc.
Parents will be called when students are not following protocol during the day.

Times and Locations
A reminder that parents are not permitted to come into school early to pick up their child.
Parents are also not permitted into building after dismissal.
If student has appointment then the child should stay home and log onto Zoom for the day.
Students will be lined up on stairs or outside the building. Parents are to wait until the teacher calls them to retrieve their child.

3:00 PM Dismissal 
PreK-1- Mrs. Fundora - main office door.
PreK-2- Mrs. Rodriguez Sherman Avenue Door
PreK-3 - Mrs. Gonzalez Sherman Avenue Door
PreK-4 - Ms. McGarry Auditorium Door 
PreK-5 - Mrs. Schiller- Church Doors
PreK-6 -Ms. Sanchez- Sherman Avenue 
PreK-7 Ms. Gonzalez Church Doors
Kindergarten - will be dismissed from emergency door.

3:15 PM Dismissal 

First Grade - Sherman Avenue Door
Second Grade Church Steps
Third Grade - Church Steps
Fourth Grade - Church Steps
Fifth Grade - Sherman venue Doors
Sixth Grade- Sherman Avenue Doors
7th Grade - Church Steps
8th grade - Church Steps 

Thursday, September 3, 2020


Week of  September 7, 2020

September 9, 2020
School Opens
Grades K-8 doors above Church open at 7:45 AM 

Pre-K Students arrive at 9:00 AM 

September 10, 2020 
Church door opens at 7:45 AM
for Grades K-8

PreK Students arrive at 9:00 AM 

September 11, 2020
School Closed 
Faculty Meeting regarding opening strategies.
PreK for All students in school.
Please check with your child's teacher.

September 13, 2020
Supply room of School open for PARENTS 
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Please enter through Church doors.

There will be NO monthly calendar published until the school year launches and is in place for a couple of weeks.
Announcements will be placed on the blog weekly about the calendar.

Tuition Due
A reminder that tuition is due before students will be able to attend in school or by Zoom.
Google Classroom accounts will be suspended beginning 
Tuesday September 12th.
Questions about tuition -- Call Smart Tuition
or call Mr. Guzman in the school office.

Teachers and Staff 
PreK-1 - Mrs. Fundora & Mrs. Rosa
PreK-2 - Mrs Rodriguez and Ms. Perez
PreK-3 - Mrs. Gozalez and Mrs. Taveras
PreK-4- Ms. McGarry & Mrs. Madera 
Pre-5 - Ms. Schiller & Mrs. Molina
PreK -6 Ms. Sanchez & Mrs. Manan 
PreK-7 - Ms. Gonzalez & Mrs. Jimenez
Kindergarten - Ms. Ocasio
First Grade - Ms. Saville
2nd Grade - Mr. Mattsson
3rd Grade - Ms. Wong 
4th Grade - Mr. Bonilla
5th Grade- Ms. Alma 
6th Grade - Mr. Montas
7th Grade - Mrs. Toscano
8th Grade -Mr. Placido 

Health & Safety Aides
Mr. Eric Crispin
Mrs. Magaly Perez
Mrs. Silvia Vasquez
Mrs. Maria DeLuna