Principal Newsletter 9.20.21


Following the Core Four

The health and safety of our students and staff is our utmost concern. As you saw from an earlier email, we had our first confirmed case of Covid-19. It is important that we continue to follow the Core Four: mask wearing, maintaining a safe distance, practicing healthy hand hygiene, and staying home if your child is sick. If your child is a sick, a doctor’s note is required for safe return to school. If you decide to keep your child home, please inform the office by calling 718-793-2086 or emailing Ms. Hinkson at

Please mark your calendars for Monday, September 27th at 6:30pm for a follow-up meeting to review the re-opening plan and provide you with any necessary updates related to our response to Covid-19. Topics included: teacher and student vaccination, travel policy, and quarantine procedures will be much of the meeting. A revised re-opening plan will also be sent in advance of the meeting.

A Zoom link will be emailed on Friday, September 24, 2021. 

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe.


I am excited to share that our Kindergarten through 8th grade is continuing to implement Mathematics and Reading program called i-Ready. Students in Grades K-8 will begin to take their diagnostic exams at the end of this week. Our Kindergarten students will take their diagnostic exam in early October.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic that students will begin to take next week (Week of September 20th) is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

  •   Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast each day 
  •   Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
  •   Try not to worry about questions to which they do not know the answers—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.
  •   Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us as a school identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. I look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting


OLMCA Monthly Family Masses (Grades K-8)


OLMCA is excited to share that Family Masses have returned. Masses for the first Sundays in October 2021 – June 2022 at the 10:30am Mass. Each grade will host a Mass throughout the school year. More information to follow this week.

FACTS Student Information System

We’re excited to announce our new school management system – FACTS SIS (Student Information System). We have now set up the FACTS Family Portal – a private and secure online platform that will allow you to see academic information specific to your children while protecting their information from others. All you need is an internet-capable device to view information such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Transcripts, Discipline Issues, School calendar, and Tuition Accounts. This replaces OptionC. Please have patience with us as we learn the system.

Please note that the Family Portal is needed to see your child’s academic information in Grades K-8. For any questions, please contact Ms. Hinkson at