Principal’s Message

September 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

      On behalf of the faculty and staff at Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy, I am excited to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you in order to ensure our children can achieve their individual academic best.  It is vital that in order for students of Queen of the Rosary to be successful in school, we must ensure that there is a strong support system that permeates from both the home and school.  We know that this vibrant relationship will build a strong and unified bridge that will allow for our childrens success.  We will do our very best by providing an academic environment that is enriching, challenging, and rewarding.  We ask that you guide and support your childs academic endeavors and goals by ensuring that he/she:

  1. Completes all written assignments given by the educators
  2. Arrives to school daily and in a timely manner
  3. Reads each day in order to develop stronger literacy skills
  4. Informs you of any needed support in order to gain the skills to meet challenges
  5. Shares school experiences with you
  6. Knows that you expect them to work to the best of his/her abilities

      Here is a list of some of the great things that will be happening this month at Queen of the Rosary:

  1.  Implementation of Mathletics, Reading Plus, iProgress Monitor, 3-D Printing, and Fluent Citys Spanish program.
  2.  Students from Grades 2-8 will be assessed by using Reading Plus this Friday, September 15, 2017. Their individual reading abilities will be discovered after analyzing the data from their performance on this assessment.
  3.  Home Academy Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6PM.
  4.  Our 3-D Printer is networked and ready for printing.
  5.  Google Classroom and Mathletics training for students will be done on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  
  6.  Our new Student Council will be chosen this month. The names of students from Grades 5-8 have been sent to the office and elections will be held.
  7.  Our Home Academy Election for the Vice-Presidential Representative will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.  If you are interested in being nominated, please see me, so I can introduce you at the upcoming Home Academy Meeting.

      Last year, Mathletics was an important tool used by the students in grades 3-8.  Now, the entire school from K-8 will utilize Mathletics.  Last year we had reached a total of 887 total certificates.  The highlights of last year included: Ms. Aime was our Champion Teacher, three students were rated as the top students in our school, eighth grade and second grade were ranked second and sixth, respectively during the Mathletics Math Bowl as well as being the tope classes in their specific grade, and our school took the Platinum School Award for being the top school in our region within all of the Diocesan schools.   All of this was accomplished in only one year, and in our first year using the program.  

      Thus, our two new programs are in the beginning stages of implementation: Reading Plus and Fluent City. I am looking forward to both seeing how our students reading scores improve over the course of the year as well as their Spanish language skills.

      As always, I look forward to a productive and wonderful year.  Our collaboration and partnership is stronger than ever and continues to fuel excitement throughout the entire school community.

a.       Please LIKE our Facebook page by visiting: Facebook.com/queenoftherosarycatholicacademy

b.       Seats are available in our PreK for All Program. If you know anyone interested, refer them as soon as possible.

c.       Future Principals Letters will be posted via the website and Facebook page and sent electronically.

Sincerely,

 

James A. Daino

Principal

                                                                               

Principal’s Monthly Newsletter

June 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

The end of the year is approaching, and I must say that this year has been extremely rewarding. Although my first year as an administrator is coming to a close, I am reminded of the quickness of time. With each passing minute, our students, your children, are getting older, and learning and developing more into their unique selves. Although time is quick, it is more important to note that time is precious. Each passing minute is an opportunity to ensure the success of our students’ entire selves (spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical). However, as a community, we recognize that our efforts would not be tangible or attainable without the collaborative spirit of the administration, faculty, staff, and parents. It is our strong community that lays the foundation for our success.

This month, we say, “Good luck! Congratulations! Farewell!” to our Eighth Graders. Although this is my first year, I was a teacher for 10 years, and the Eighth Grade was my homeroom. Therefore, I had the privilege of seeing ten Eighth Grade classes graduate, and had nothing but the best experiences with each of those classes. However, I must say that this year has been particularly special. To be welcomed graciously by our current graduating class, has made this an extremely memorable year for me. I wish all of the Eighth grade nothing but the best in all of your future endeavors. I will remember each one of you with pure fondness as you were the first graduating class of my administrative career. I know that the future is bold and vibrant. Just remember to continue working towards reaching your full potential. Even when you think you have reached your maximum potential continue raising the bar. Never settle for mediocrity for you are too great for the word, “ordinary.” Learning is continuous and should be contagious. Never stop learning, and never stop the desire to continue learning. Also, along the way, remember to take pride in yourself, take pride in your family, take pride in your heritage, and know that you can accomplish anything that you set out to do. I speak on behalf of the entire community when I say that we are proud of you.

The “Seasons of Love” Spring Show and Walk-A-Thon were huge successes. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for the events and to Ms. Theresa Jampol, Ms. Nilsa Torres, and the Home Academy Association for organizing the Walk-A-Thon. At this time, I would to thank and congratulate the top 3 students who brought in the most sponsor money and who have won the prizes. The first, second, and third place students are as follows: Michael Padilla in Grade Kindergarten, Lorenzo Pennolino in Grade Three, and Gaetano Mancini in Grade Four. Congratulations to you! Parents, at your earliest convenience, please come to the office to retrieve the prizes.

Our school was awarded the Platinum School Award from the Mathletics Team. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the students. This was an award that was rewarded to my previous school. Because of the students’ hard work, the Platinum School Award has followed me to Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy. Students have been motivated by the program Mathletics, and their enthusiasm for this academic area has increased dramatically. Our students have received 758 Bronze Certificates, 117 Silver Certificates, and 7 Gold Certificates since the beginning of the year. Also, Congratulations! to our Top 3 Students: Domenika Garibaldi, Nicolas Torres, and Gaetano Mancini and our Champion Teacher, Ms. Pascale Aime for all your diligence while using the program this year.

Here are the results of the survey that you completed with regards to the After-School Mandarin Program through the China Institute:

  1. Are you interested in having your child participate in an After-School Mandarin Program?

61.90% said, Yes, I would be interested in having my child participate in an After-School Mandarin Program.

38.10% said, No, I would not be interested in having my child participate in an After-School Mandarin

Program.

  1. If you checked YES under number 1, please check any that applies to you.

37.50% said, I would be interested in one day per week for 1 hour and 30 minutes at $55.00 per session.

25.00% said, I would be interested in one day per week for 1 hour and 30 minutes but feel that $55.00 per?session is too costly.

18.75% said, I would be interested in one or two days per month for 1 hour and 30 minutes per session at

$55.00 per session.

12.50% said, I would be interested in one or two days per month for 1 hour and 30 minutes per session but feel?$55.00 per session is too costly even if my child does not participate once per week.

6.25% said, I would be interested in having my child participate more than one session per week.

  1. If you checked YES under number 1, please check any that applies to you.

26.92% said, I want my child(ren) to explore Chinese language and culture for now and will decide whether?he/she will study the language seriously in the future.

30.77% said, I want my child(ren) to start studying Mandarin Chinese at a young age and to be fluent in the?future.

42.31% said, Besides Mandarin Chinese language learning, I would welcome classes introducing Chinese culture?and art (e.g. calligraphy, brush painting, Taichi, etc.)

I will be addressing the results of the survey with The China Institute and will be speaking with the representative about the program. Thank you for completing the survey. Hopefully, this After-School program will be an option for next year. If the program is being offered, details will be distributed before the end of the year.

Visit Facebook and LIKE our page. The location of our page is:

Facebook.com/QueenOfTheRosaryCatholicAcademy. Our page contains many great pictures and news about what is happening in the school. Please SHARE our Facebook with your friends, so that they know all about our wonderful Academy.

As always, your opinions are vital to the school community. Therefore, I hope that you know that even if you cannot attend the Home Academy Meetings that you are still a member of the community.

Sincerely,

 

James A. Daino

Principal

Principal’s Monthly Newsletter

May 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

I do not know about you, but I cannot believe that the month of May has arrived.  It seems like only yesterday we began this journey together, and my first year at Queen of the Rosary began.  Thus far, it has been an unbelievable and unforgettable year.  This has been due to the diligence and collaboration of the administration, parents, teachers, and students.  Our collaboration has ensured a solid foundation that will promote and foster our strong community.  This strong community would not be possible without the strong presence and collaboration of our Home Academy Association.

First, CONGRATULATIONS to our 8th graders for successfully competing in the Diocesan-Wide Math Bowl that was held from April 2 through April 9.  Representatives from Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) and DeSales Media will be here on May 10, 2017 to honor the 8th grade with a class trophy, class certificate, individual student certificates, and a pizza party.  Second, CONGRATULATIONS to our 2nd graders and 8th graders for finishing as the top 2nd and 8th graders in the entire Diocesan of Brooklyn out of over 900 classes that competed.  Great job!

This month we have much to look forward to.

  1. Teacher Appreciation– Thank you for your generosity. The teachers had a wonderful experience on May 2nd.  The Home Academy Association worked extremely hard to ensure that the funds raised maximized their experience.  The teachers were overwhelmed with elation.  Thank you again!
  2. Home Academy Association meeting is Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:00PM.
  3. Registration is ongoing so register to ensure your seat at Queen of the Rosary for the 2017-2018 Academic year.
  4. PreK for All Registration for those who received a Round 1 offer is underway. You have to be registered to hold your seat by May 9, 2017.  Therefore, if you received an offer, please set up an appointment before May 9.
  5. Seasons of Love Spring Show– May 12, 2017 is our Spring Show. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
  6. Walk-A-Thon– May 18, 2017 is our 3rd Annual Walk-A-Thon.  I want to thank all of you for working hard to bring those sponsors into our school and being generous.
  7. The new 3-D printer has arrived. Some features of the printer include its ability to scan existing items and print those items as well as its wireless capabilities to print, remotely, from the classrooms.
  8. Choral Risers have arrived and are being prepared for the Spring Show.

Mathletics has really been motivating students by increasing their enthusiasm for this academic area.  Our students have received 696 Bronze Certificates, 98 Silver Certificates, and 6 Gold Certificate since the beginning of the year.

Visit Facebook and LIKE our page.  The location of our page is: Facebook.com/QueenOfTheRosaryCatholicAcademy.  Our page contains many great pictures and news about what is happening in the school.  Please SHARE our Facebook with your friends, so that they know all about our wonderful Academy.

As always, know that your opinions are vital to the school community.  Therefore, I hope that you know that even if you cannot attend the Home Academy Meetings that you are still a member of the community.  If you cannot come to the Home Academy Association meeting, please come to enjoy some Coffee, Cake, and Conversation at 8AM in the Board Room on May 9, 2017.

Sincerely,

 

James A. Daino

Principal

Inclement Weather: School Closed

Mayor De Blasio has closed schools. Therefore, we will be closed tomorrow on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Everyone stay safe and please stay off the roads. Notifications will be posted via Facebook, the website, and through our Parent Alert System.

Snow Closing

Due to the reports of inclement weather, Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy will be closed on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Everyone be safe tomorrow.  Have a great evening!

Principal’s Monthly Newsletter

February 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

The middle of the school year has arrived.  I cannot believe how quickly the time is moving.  However, there is a saying that relates to the quickness of time.  That saying is, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  We (the Home Academy Association, Student Council, and I) truly are having a wonderful time preparing events for the kids.  The hard work, dedication, and cooperation of the parents, teachers, administrative office, and students are vital to our stability and important if we are to reach community goals.  The Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna had the opportunity to witness our strong community and partnership.  She was very pleased with her time here, and we enjoyed hosting her.

This month we have much to look forward to.

  1. Catholic Schools Week has been a wonderful time for students to work together towards strengthening our community.
  2. The Home Academy Association’s meeting will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:00p.m. All are invited to attend.  If you cannot attend, know that your input is vitally important, so all ideas are welcome.
  3. To Shoparoo and Box Tops for Education, we have added Stop & Shop A+ Rewards. A notice was distributed about how you can earn money for the school by shopping at Stop & Shop.
  4. Coding: Grades Five through Eight will begin using the innovative and state of the art program through Code.org in order to learn how to code. Coding for Grades Kindergarten through Four will begin during this month as material continues to arrive.
  5. Registration is underway. At this time, priority registration will continue until Friday, February 3, 2017.  I have received many inquiries from prospective families.  Please submit your re-registration forms as soon as possible.  In addition, please be advised that you should visit futuresineducation.org as soon as possible to complete a scholarship application.  Awards will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis, so I encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible.
  6. Kindergarten Open House will be on Friday, February 10, 2017. Please call the office to RSVP.  Coffee and cake will be served.
  7. Valentine’s activities for N-8 will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017. Notices have been distributed.

Mathletics has really been motivating students by increasing their enthusiasm for this academic area.  Our students have received 313 Bronze Certificates and 31 Silver Certificates since the beginning of the year.  Keep up the great work!

Visit Facebook and LIKE our page.  The location of our page is: Facebook.com/QueenOfTheRosaryCatholicAcademy.  Our page contains many great pictures and news about what is happening in the school.  Please SHARE our Facebook with your friends, so that they know all about our wonderful Academy.

Round 1 registration for our PreK for All program will continue until February 24, 2017.  Pre-K Directories are in the office.

I have some very important news about our eighth grade.  First, I want to congratulate the eighth graders who received a scholarship and/or grant to attend a Catholic High School.  These students received a total of $182,000 in scholarships over the next four years.  In addition, our graduating class will be receiving their rings on Friday, February 17, 2017, which is a big step towards going to high school.  Following their Ring Ceremony, students and two guests from their family will be invited to join them for a lunch honoring this moment.  Let’s offer our eighth graders well during this journey and offer them an enthusiastic, “Congratulations!”

Sincerely,

James A. Daino

Principal

A+ Rewards Stop and Shop

Aplus rewards letter

 

Queen of the Rosary is now participating in A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through our local Stop & Shop!  This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time you shop at any Stop & Shop Store.  Please help our school and register your Stop & Shop Card to our SCHOOL ID# 40546

 

Here’s How You Can Help Beginning January 20, 2017: 

  • Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and select register your card, which is located in the red box on the right for customers.  Follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number.
  • OR…call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-Ask-Aplus (1-877-275-2758) they can register your card for you! You will need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number.

 

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR Stop & Shop Card NUMBER CALL 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1