Sunday, January 31, 2021

Week of February 1, 2021 Announcements

8th Grade News
We are happy to announce that the following students from the 8th grade were awarded scholarships based on their academic score on the TACHS test:
Amanda Valerio- $6,500.00 - St. Vincent Ferrer HS
$4,500 - St. Jean Baptiste High School

Geraldine Manan - $10,500.00 - St. Vincent Ferrer HS
$4,500 - St. Jean Baptiste High School 
$5,000.00 - Notre Dame High School 

Ella Tejeda - $4,500.00  - St. Vincent Ferrer HS

Angel Madera - $9,500.00 - Fordham Prep 

Diego Munoz -  $2,000.00 All Hallows High School


Report Card Day
Thursday February 4, 2021
Students who are in person will receive their report card along with the parent report for the NWEA MASP tests.
Remote students report card will be mailed along with the 
NWEA MAP tests.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday February 5, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Last Zoom appointment will be at 5:45 PM
A reminder that tuition must be up to date to receive the report card and participate in Zoom parent teacher conference.

February 2021 Dates 
February 5, 2021
Early Dismissal -- All Classes 
12:00 NOON
Parent Teacher Conferences 1PM - 6PM
February 11, 2021 
School Closed Professional Development Day
PreK For All will be open
February 12, 2021
All Classes Closed
PreK For All Professional Development Day 
February 15, 2021
President's Day 
All Classes Closed
February 22, 2021
Early Dismissal 12:00 noon 
Faculty Meeting 
PreK For All Dismissal at 3:00 PM

Zoom Virtual Tours 

Touring Tuesdays

In order to assist parents who may wish to tour the school for registration for the 2021-2022 school year.

Zoom Virtual Tours will be arranged.

Parents are requested to call the school office at 212-567-3190 and either speak to Alba or Ms. McGarry regarding a Zoom Tour.

You will need to have an email address so that the Zoom information may be sent to you.

Parents will be able to visit the classroom(s) they are interested in for 5 minutes and be taken by an I-pad or Chrome book to other areas of the school. Student ambassadors from the 7th and 8th grade along with an office staff member will be assisting parents.



Reminder that Chocolate Bars are  available in the school office to assist parents with their fund-raising.  Please speak to Mr. Guzman regarding the fund raising requirements on 
Smart Tuition. 
Parents in the PreK For All Program are invited to assist the school with this fund raising program but are not required.
Candy Bars may only be picked up during the morning drop off (7:45 AM - 8:00 AM) 


Tuition and Fees 2021-2022

Education carries many costs – technology upgrades, resource materials, personnel, building maintenance, utilities – all with increasing price tags.  Tuition is significantly lower than the actual cost to educate each child due to the commitment of the Archdiocese and His Eminence Cardinal Dolan to Catholic education.   Teachers, administrators and staff work together to ensure that our schools are Christ-centered, academically excellent, and welcoming communities, preparing students to be life-long learners and leaders energized by fidelity to Christ, the Church, and one another. 

 

Tuition (K-8)

The annual tuition for 2021-2022 is $5,300.00. The Archdiocesan Family Grant is $ 675.00 per eligible child. 

 

Please refer to the table below to identify your family’s annual tuition obligation.

# of Children (K-8)

2021-2022 Tuition Rate

Archdiocesan Family Grant (1)

Annual Tuition Obligation (2)

1

$5,300.00

n/a

$5,300.00

2

$10,600.00

($1,350.00)

$9,250.00

3

$15,900.00

($2,025.00)

$13,875.00

4

$21,200.00

($2,700.00)

$18,500.00

 

 

 

 

Tuition (Pre-K)

 

 

 

 

Pre-K 5 Full Days

$5,600.00

Eligible to receive with older siblings in school

 

Additional Fees

Registration Fee:                                 $ 250.00 per child; incentive rate of $ 150.00 per child if registration is completed by April 15, 2021

SMART Tuition Admin Fee:                 $40 per family (payable in the first month of billing)

Family Fundraising Fee:                      $200 (Payable in December)

Graduation Fee (Pre-K grade):           $100 (Payable in May)

Graduation Fee (grade K):                  $100 (Payable in May)

Graduation Fee (8th grade):                $270 (Payable in April)

                                               

The annual tuition and fees are billed over 10 months from August to May.  Your SMART tuition account can only be activated when enrollment in TADS is completed and the registration fees are paid for all children attending. (Late enrollment will shorten the payment period available, increasing the monthly payment.) Tuition and fees must be paid directly to SMART Tuition by the designated due date.  Payments cannot be accepted at the school.

 

(1)   Archdiocesan Family Grant: Tuition reduction for families who have two or more siblings residing at the same address, and enrolled full time at this school (does not include UPK students).

(2)   Annual Tuition Obligation: This amount will be lower if you are eligible to apply for and receive financial aid, or are the recipient of a legacy or transfer grant.

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION AND TUITION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION

Our enrollment/registration process will begin on February 8, 2021. We will be using the TADS system for enrollment/registration again this year.  When you complete the enrollment process for each student, and pay the registration fee, your student will be guaranteed enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

·         A separate email (sent from support@tads.com) will be issued for each student currently attending our school.

§  Please use the link in your email and log in into TADS with the account information you used for 2020-2021 school year to view and confirm the correct info for the 2021-2022 school year.

·         Payment will be required for each student enrolling.

·         An incentive rate is being offered for those who register on or before April 15, 2021

§  You must complete this process no later than April 15th to receive the reduced rate.

·         If you need assistance with the enrollment process, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at 212-567-3190 or our Parent Call Center at (646) 794-2885.

 

TUITION/FEES

We make every effort to keep tuition and fees as affordable as possible.  We also understand the financial sacrifice that parents make to send their children to Catholic school. The school must operate in a financially sound manner in order to provide a top quality Catholic education for each and every one of our students.  

Attached you will find the 2021-2022 Tuition and Fees Schedule.  Please note the following:

·         You will receive your first tuition bill for the 2021-2022 school year in July 2021 (the first payment is due in August).

·         All families who has two or more siblings residing at the same address, and are enrolled full-time at this school (Pre-K-8) are eligible for Archdiocesean Family Grants.

·         Student-specific financial aid, scholarships, legacy or transfer grants are not listed on this schedule.

 

The 2021-2022 Tuition and Fees Policy is also attached for your review.  You will be asked to electronically sign the 2021-2022 Tuition and Fees policy in TADS as part of the enrollment/registration process.  The policy will also be available in the Parent/Student Handbook distributed in September 2021.

 

FINANCIAL AID

If your family is eligible to apply for financial aid, you will receive a message to your TADS primary email address with the financial aid application link and access code.  You will be able to apply for all eligible students in your household using one financial aid application. 

·         Financial aid or scholarships will be awarded when the online application is completed and all of your supporting documents have been submitted to and reviewed by TADS.  Instructions on which documents you need to submit, and where to send those documents, are provided in the online TADS financial aid application.

·         Please be advised that all RETURNING families MUST submit their initial financial aid application by APRIL 15 in order to remain eligible for financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year.

·         If your family is receiving a scholarship from the Children’s Scholarship Fund, you will receive separate instructions about requalifying for 2021-2022 directly from that organization.

LEGACY/TRANSFER GRANTS

If your child was the recipient of a legacy or transfer grant in 2020-2021 and continues to be eligible to receive it, it will be added to the tuition bill you receive in July 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions on your eligibility for a legacy or transfer grant, please reach out to your Director of Enrollment or school Principal for confirmation.

 

If your family is not planning to re-enroll for the 2021-2022 school year, we ask that you notify the school in writing that your child(ren) will not be attending. 

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


We make every effort to keep tuition and fees as affordable as possible. We also understand the financial sacrifice that parents make to send their children to Catholic school. The majority of the school’s funding is derived from tuition and fees. The school must operate in a financially sound manner in order to provide a top quality Catholic education for each and every one of our students.

The school’s expectation at the time of registration is that all tuition and fees will be paid on time. Tuition is an annual charge that may be paid in monthly installments. Tuition must be paid directly to Smart Tuition by each month’s designated due date.

 

WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS

Considerable effort and expense is expended throughout the registration period and continues during the summer months as we plan and prepare for your child’s inclusion in our school community. We understand that plans and circumstances sometimes change. Should you decide to withdraw your child, the following policy applies:

 

·         If written notice of withdrawal is received by the school on or before August 15, the entire tuition obligation will be waived, and any payments made will be refunded upon written request to the school.

·         If written notice of withdrawal is received by the school after August 15 and the student does NOT attend, 90% of the annual tuition will be forgiven. You, the family, are obligated to pay the remaining balance of 10% of the annual tuition as billed. If payments were made in excess of 10% of the annual tuition, a refund for that amount will be issued upon written request to the school.

·         In the case where a school requires a tuition deposit to complete enrollment, that tuition deposit is not refundable, regardless of withdrawal date.

·         If you, the family, choose to withdraw your child(ren) from the school once they begin attending, the family tuition obligation will be calculated as follows:

 

Withdrawal Date

Annual Tuition Obligation

September

80% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 20%

October

70% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 30%

November

60% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 40%

December

50% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 50%

January

40% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 60%

February

30% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 70%

March

20% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 80%

April

10% of tuition forgiven; family obligation 90%

May

No adjustment; family obligation 100%

June

No adjustment; family obligation 100%

 

·         Calculations will be based on the last month in which the child(ren) attended one or more days of school. If payment has been made in excess of the family obligation, a refund will be granted upon written request to the school.

·         Student records can only be provided to the child’s new school upon satisfaction of the tuition obligation.

 

 DELINQUENCIES

Failure to keep current with the tuition obligation jeopardizes the family’s child(ren)’s placement in school. If tuition and fees cannot be paid on time, families must communicate with school administration in writing to prevent enforcement of delinquent tuition procedures.

·         Families whose tuition payment is delinquent (late) will receive a letter from Smart Tuition immediately following the due date.

·         Families whose tuition payment is delinquent 60 days will receive a second letter; this letter will come from their principal. If a parent/guardian does not contact the principal within two weeks of receiving this letter, the child(ren) may not be permitted to attend classes.

·         Failure to address the delinquent tuition payment/s as agreed with the principal may result in the child(ren)’s suspension.

·         Records and report cards cannot be transmitted for students with delinquent tuition payments, and financial aid/scholarships provided will be at risk and may be rescinded.

·         Families with delinquent tuition payments may be ineligible to re-register or apply for financial aid for the following school year.

·         Students with delinquent tuition payments may not participate in school activities and graduation ceremonies.

·         Three or more failed payments within a month will result in a change of payment terms.

 

FEES

·         Families are charged an annual $40 Smart Tuition administrative fee upon activation of their account.

·         Accounts with late payments will be assessed a late fee of $40 for each late payment.

·         Checks and electronic payments that fail (i.e., do not clear the bank) will result in a $30 fee per occurrence.

·         Families may be charged for other fees in addition to tuition (i.e. after school programs, meal programs, graduation, technology or other general fees).

·         Fees are not refundable. This includes the Registration Fee paid through TADS.

·         Families with accounts requiring collection action will be responsible for paying all associated collection fees, attorney’s fees and costs.

 ACCEPTANCE OF THIS TUITION AND FEES POLICY

SCHOOL YEAR: 2021-2022

 When completing the registration/re-registration process in TADs, a digital copy of this policy is available for review, and your electronic acceptance will be requested to successfully complete enrollment. Your electronic acceptance confirms the following:

 I have read this policy and agree to the following:

·         I understand my obligation to make timely tuition payments.

·         I understand that Smart Tuition will charge a $40 administration fee for its service.

·         I understand that my account will be assessed a $40 late fee for each late payment.

·         I understand that I will be charged a $30 fee for returned or rejected checks and failed electronic payments.

·         I understand that I have a tuition obligation if withdrawal notice is given after August 15th even if my child does not attend school.

 

Monday February 1, 2021  - School Closed - Snow Day 

No Remote Classes 

Tuesday February 2, 2021 - Candlemas Day 

Please check your tuition account and call Mr. Guzman with any questions.

Wednesday - February 3, 2021 - Feast of St. Blase 

Thursday February 4, 2021 - Report Card Day -- see above

Friday February 5, 2021 - Feast of St. Agnes

Early Dismissal Day for All Students --12:00 noon

Parent Teacher Conferences on Zoom 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 





Sunday, January 24, 2021

Week of January 25, 2021 Announcements

 


Positive COVID-19 Case in 3K classroom.

January 24, 2021

Dear Parents of Our Lady of Martyrs School,

The health and safety of students and staff of the Our Lady of Martyrs School is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring that our school community has the information they need on COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together. 

Today we are writing to inform you that a member of the Our Lady of Martyrs School community self-reported a positive test result for COVID-19. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness. Since 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.

The day of last exposure was Friday, January 22, 2021. The CDC advises that any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) appear between 2 and 14 days from the date of exposure.  If you were at the school on or two days before Friday, January 22, 2021, and need to quarantine as determined by the NYC Department of Health for 10 days, you will be notified in a separate communication.  In addition, you may be contacted by contact tracers from NYS Department of Health or the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. 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 www.CDC.gov  and NYC DOHMH https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page  for additional factual information and resources.

I assure you that we are taking all appropriate action and following rigorous protocols developed by the CDC and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. We contract with qualified, licensed cleaning professionals who regularly conduct deep cleaning and sanitization following CDC Guidelines using approved disinfectants who will complete another cleaning tonight beginning at 3:00 PM.

While we have all been diligent in fighting the spread of the virus, COVID-19 is still active in our communities. Here are the critical steps you can take to continue to protect yourself, our school community, and our community at large: 

        Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

       Practice social/physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people.

       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 nyc.gov/health/coronavirus 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.

       NYC & NYS now recommend testing for everyone. For information about testing, call your child’s medical provider, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest. Testing is free at many sites and available regardless of immigration status. For information about types of test please visit https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-testing-basics

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

       NYC Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-866-692-3641

We will continue to deliver as much information as possible in a timely manner and as necessary proactively update you on any measures we are taking as we closely follow directions from public health experts.

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.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Andrew G. Woods, principal


Zoom Virtual Tours 

Touring Tuesdays

Begin January 26th and every Tuesday thereafter.

In order to assist parents who may wish to tour the school for registration for the 2021-2022 school year.

Zoom Virtual Tours will be arranged.

Parents are requested to call the school office at 212-567-3190 and either speak to Alba or Ms. McGarry regarding a Zoom Tour.

You will need to have an email address so that the Zoom information may be sent to you.

Parents will be able to visit the classroom(s) they are interested in for 5 minutes and be taken by an I-pad or Chrome book to other areas of the school. Student ambassadors from the 7th and 8th grade along with an office staff member will be assisting parents.



The end of the 2nd quarter is January 29th.
Report Cards will be distributed to students/or mailed on February 4th.
The Parent Teacher Conference Day is 
Friday February 5, 2021.
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Teachers will be setting up appointments for Zoom meeting - please check the teacher's blog about signing up.


Tuition Assistance is available for parents who have been impacted by 
Covid-19.
Mr. Guzman will be outreaching to parents this week - or parents may call him at 212-567-3190.  
Please not that the final application date is January 31st.



Reminder that Chocolate Bars are  available in the school office to assist parents with their fund-raising.  Please speak to Mr. Guzman regarding the fund raising requirements on 
Smart Tuition. 
Parents in the PreK For All Program are invited to assist the school with this fund raising program but are not required.
Candy Bars may only be picked up during the morning drop off (7:45 AM - 8:00 AM) 
 
Monday January 25, 2021
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Mr. Taraza's class is closed students may return on 
February 2nd.
Parent access to Educate will be turned off today.

Tuesday January 26, 2021
Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus 

Wednesday January 27, 2021
National Chocolate Cake Day.
Students will receive an individualized piece of chocolate cake in celebration of this day.
Teachers will work with coach today Grades K-8

Thursday January 28, 2021
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
Please sign up for Zoom Report Card meeting with your child's teacher.

Friday January 29, 2021
End of the 2nd quarter.

Report Card Day - Early Dismissal - All Students 
Friday February 5, 2021 -- 12:00 noon