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  • Papal Visit Shines a Light On Partnership Schools

    December 25, 2015
    OLQA is usually abuzz when our students’ energy fills the halls at the beginning of the school year, but this year there was extra excitement with Pope Francis’ visit to New York City. The fact that he was visiting our school only added to the thrill. When all was said and done, Pope Francis’ time at OLQA on September 25th was one of the most unique, upbeat moments of his trip to the United States.

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  • Spotlight on Pre-K 3 Teacher Diomara Perez

    December 25, 2015
    “Amazing.” “Holy.” These are words PreK-3 teacher Diomara Perez uses to describe what she felt when she learned her classroom was chosen to host Pope Francis’ visit to OLQA.

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  • Returning Angels: OLQA Alums in Action

    December 25, 2015
    As a freshman at Laguardia Community College, Malik Hyatt spends most of his time writing papers, attending classes, and adjusting to college life.

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  • The “Pope Kids” reflect on the Papal Visit

    December 25, 2015
    We estimate that the six OLQA kids who met Pope Francis did close to 40 interviews leading up to his visit! Although these are 8 and 9 year olds, they have become experts at giving
    interviews and are delighted to reflect on their experience meeting the Holy Father.

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  • New Classrooms for the New School Year

    December 25, 2015
    When our doors opened for the school year this September, students barely recognized their old classrooms. Thanks to funding from the Louis Calder Foundation, a long-time Partnership supporter, Our Lady Queen of Angels and the other five Partnership schools were dramatically transformed over the summer.

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  • Partnership welcomes Director of High School Placement

    December 25, 2015
    OLQA’s mission is to provide students with a great education and also to set them up for success after they graduate. Recognizing that high school is an extremely important next step for students, the Partnership Schools is strengthening its high school placement program.

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  • Student Council at OLQA

    December 25, 2015
    For the first time in recent school history, OLQA students participated in the democratic process of electing six class representatives and a president. Led by Academic Dean, Will Beller, these students will have the opportunity to serve the school community through service events and taking leadership opportunities within the school.

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  • Principal’s Letter

    December 25, 2015

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  • Principal’s Letter

    July 24, 2015
    Dear Friends, The end of the school year marks a time of celebration and contemplation. We celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have successfully completed a year’s instruction and are now ready to tackle the next year of learning. We also celebrate the dedication of our students’ parents and OLQA’s teachers, who have kept these students as their number one priority and supported their learning with heartfelt dedication.

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  • Pope to Visit OLQA in Fall

    July 24, 2015
    On September 25th, OLQA will be welcoming a special visitor. Pope Francis has chosen Our Lady Queen of Angels as the one school he will be visiting during his historic US tour. We are overjoyed and humbled to be singled out during his brief visit. Orchestrated by the Vatican, His Holiness will visit OLQA to meet some of our students and teachers, and to learn about the work that Catholic education and organizations such as Catholic Charities are doing on behalf of the families in our East Harlem neighborhood.

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  • Congratulations Class of 2015!

    July 24, 2015
    This June, OLQA graduated 30 intelligent, compassionate young men and women who have very bright futures. All students in the 8th grade class applied to and were accepted into a Catholic high school, many to one of their top three choices. These schools include Xavier, St. Jean Baptiste, Loyola, Cardinal Hayes, and Cristo Rey.

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  • Students Have a Ball at 1st Network Field Day

    July 24, 2015
    “You can do it Tanasia! Keep going!” yelled 6th grader Christopher to his teammate. It was the final round of the hurdle race and their team was about to win. Tanasia swiftly jumped over the final hurdle, passing the baton to Christopher and ensuring a win for their team.

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  • Science Comes Alive at OLQA

    July 24, 2015
    This year OLQA launched an exciting new partnership with the New York Hall of Science. The Hall of Science provides instruction, materials and special programming, all supplementing OLQA’s science curriculum both during the day and after-school. Science Program Instructors visit the school twice a week to work with students and teachers, adding to students’ understanding of science with various experiments.

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  • OLQA School Board Raises Funds and Spirits

    July 24, 2015
    OLQA is blessed to have a community of engaged leaders on the School Board who provide support for the direction our school is moving. Chaired by Charles Durkin, a supporter of OLQA for more than 10 years, the Board has continued to provide OLQA with invaluable guidance this year. Upon learning about OLQA’s increasing need for scholarship funding, the Board quickly took action to fundraise $30,000 for need-based tuition assistance.

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  • Spotlight on: Speech Bee

    July 24, 2015
    Congratulations to 6th grader Asha L., who claimed a 1st place trophy for OLQA at the District Speech Bee. Schools in the Archdiocese of New York participate in the annual competition that celebrates public speaking. This year, students were tasked with writing about a landmark of their choosing, describing the history of the landmark and noting the cultural significance that makes it so special.

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  • Shakespeare Arrives at OLQA

    July 24, 2015
    “But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” Alex, an OLQA 8th grader, proclaims on stage. He recites Shakespeare’s famous line in front of a group of 30 of his peers in the audience. This spring, OLQA debuted an exciting new literacy program, thanks to the Partnership for Inner-City Education, in which students study Shakespeare’s works.

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  • After-school Enriches Students

    December 19, 2014
    “Yes! I’m going to After-school today!” Kindergartner Mauricio R. exclaimed one afternoon after hearing he would be joining the program that day. “My friends are in After-school, and we have fun,” he explained while pumping his hands up in the air. OLQA’s After-school program has expanded this school year to include more specialized enrichment activities. It’s no wonder Mauricio is so enthusiastic.

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  • Physical Education Works Up A Sweat

    December 19, 2014
    OLQA students are working up a sweat! Starting this year, students participate in bi-weekly physical education classes as part of a school focus on health and wellness. East Harlem is known for having high obesity and asthma rates, and OLQA’s gym program is helping to ensure that our students to do not add to those statistics.

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  • Grant Renovates Kindergarten Classroom

    December 19, 2014
    OLQA’s Kindergarten underwent a transformation this past summer thanks to a special grant that renovated the space. The Partnership for Inner-City Education was awarded nearly $50,000 from the Louis Calder Foundation. The Foundation assists faith-based schools by funding capital projects that create more effective learning environments.

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  • Volunteers Bring New Life to Library

    December 19, 2014
    We understand that closing the education gap is not just about providing an excellent education in the classroom, but also exposure and experiences outside the classroom. With the help of the Partnership, we are developing a volunteer base made of men and women who want a hands-on experience with OLQA and our students, and we would love for you to join. Volunteering is entirely up to you – we will work with you to figure out what makes the most sense for both you and our students.

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  • Principal’s Letter

    December 19, 2014
    Dear Friends, The 2014-2015 academic year at OLQA, our second year as a member school of the Partnership Network, is well under way. Everyone in the building shares an exciting sense of momentum and high expectations. Second grade students are engaging in deep conversations about Ancient Greece. Fourth graders are going home teaching their parents to use decomposition to quickly multiply three digit numbers.

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  • Coming Home to The Partnership

    December 19, 2014
    Our Lady Queen of Angels is thrilled to welcome the Partnership for Inner-City Education’s new Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Kathleen Porter-Magee. Since joining the Partnership in August, Ms. Porter-Magee has been working with Ms. Walsh, our teachers and the other network principals to bolster student achievement at all six Partnership schools. Ms. Porter-Magee has more than 17 years of experience in education and policy.

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  • Third Grader Wins National Art Competition

    December 19, 2014
    Every year over 10,000 Catholic students across the country in grades K-8 are invited by the National Missionary Childhood Association to create an artistic scene depicting the Good News of Jesus’ birth and only 24 students are chosen as winners. This year, Our Lady Queen of Angels third grader Lucero Alvarez was selected as a contest winner.

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  • Students Find Buddies with Columbia’s College Mentors For Kids

    December 19, 2014
    This semester marks the first of what will surely become a school staple: College Mentors for Kids at OLQA. Twenty-seven OLQA 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are participating in this exciting new program in which they are buddied one-to-one with Columbia undergraduate students. College Mentors for Kids (College Mentors) is a national non-profit that pairs undergraduates with elementary school students with the goal of helping the “little buddies” understand the importance of education, of showing them the benefits to cultural understanding, and of teaching them how to contribute to their communities.

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  • Spotlight On Soccer Club

    December 19, 2014
    For our oldest students, Saturday mornings are no longer spent just watching cartoons. The start of the weekend means getting off the couch and heading to OLQA for Soccer Club. Over 30 6th-8th grade students scrimmage every Saturday, eager to play their favorite sport. Mr. Fava, 7th grade homeroom teacher and 6th-8th grade Math teacher, leads students through warm-ups, stretches, drills, and games. “It was a dream of mine to be a Math teacher and a soccer coach,” says Mr. Fava. “At OLQA I get to be both.” And students get their dream of becoming soccer stars, at least for the day. “Maybe I’ll play soccer professionally,” says 7th grader Angeline C. “But I definitely want to play in high school.”

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  • Discovering Fire With Lauren DelFavero, Director of Math Achievement

    December 19, 2014
    Selected by Kathleen Porter-Magee to join the Partnership’s academic team, Lauren DelFavero serves as the Director of Math Achievement. Ms. DelFavero comes to the Partnership from Success Academy Charter Schools. Last year, 100% of her 5th graders passed the NY State Math test with 96% of students scoring “fours” – the highest level. Ms. DelFavero looks forward to achieving the same results for all 2,113 students in the network.

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  • Career Day Speakers Impart Life Lessons

    July 16, 2014
    How many years of school did you need to become a doctor? What are the chemical compounds in make-up? Does a lawyer need a lawyer? These are a few of the many questions our inquisitive 6th-8th graders asked during OLQA’s 2nd Annual Career Day. Professionals in a variety of fields ranging from real estate to graphic design visited OLQA that sunny May day and gave students a morning to remember.

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  • Career Day Speakers Impart Life Lessons

    July 16, 2014
    How many years of school did you need to become a doctor? What are the chemical compounds in make-up? Does a lawyer need a lawyer? These are a few of the many questions our inquisitive 6th-8th graders asked during OLQA’s 2nd Annual Career Day. Professionals in a variety of fields ranging from real estate to graphic design visited OLQA that sunny May day and gave students a morning to remember.

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  • Donors Raise a Glass in Support of OLQA

    July 16, 2014
    Many a glass was raised the evening of May 13th to toast OLQA. The Spring Benefit and Wine Tasting at Moore Brothers Wine Company is an annual celebration in honor of OLQA’s dedicated community of donors, volunteers, and instructors. Over forty guests mixed and mingled throughout the night, enjoying conversations with student ambassadors and meeting fellow friends of the school.

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  • Donors Raise a Glass in Support of OLQA

    July 16, 2014
    Many a glass was raised the evening of May 13th to toast OLQA. The Spring Benefit and Wine Tasting at Moore Brothers Wine Company is an annual celebration in honor of OLQA’s dedicated community of donors, volunteers, and instructors. Over forty guests mixed and mingled throughout the night, enjoying conversations with student ambassadors and meeting fellow friends of the school.

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  • Class of 2014 Excels

    July 16, 2014
    The class of 2014 has much to look forward to as they embark upon their journey in high school. Students will be attending New York City’s finest schools, including, to name a few, Regis, Marymount, Xavier, Cardinal Hayes, St. Jean Baptiste, and All Hallows, and, as a class, have been offered more than $720,000 in merit scholarship for the next four years of schooling. We are incredibly proud of this graduating class.

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  • Principal’s Letter

    July 16, 2014
    Dear Friends, It is hard to believe that the 2013-2014 school year has come to a close! Looking back on this year’s accomplishments, I am affirmed by the hard work and dedication of all who make Our Lady Queen of Angels School such a special place.

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  • Boy’s Mentorship Program Sparks Conversation

    July 16, 2014
    A group of five OLQA 5th graders are enjoying working with their new mentor, an artist and friend of the school Mr. John van Rens. The mentorship program began in late March 2014 and will run for 3 years with the same handful of students working directly with Mr. van Rens. This program was started by the Partnership for Inner-City Education’s Cee Greene and Jill Kafka. They, with the support of Principal Walsh, turned to Mr. van Rens in an effort to provide students with a role model from outside the students’ immediate environment to support them.

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  • Students’ Educational Summer Adventures

    December 16, 2013
    Learning does not stop at OLQA when classes end for the summer. This past July and August, three exciting programs took place for the students of Our Lady Queen of Angels. A generous grant from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund allowed 30 students to visit Rye Nature Center. Each day for one week, OLQA 2nd through 6th graders travelled by bus to Westchester where they explored the Center’s 47-acre forest, attended classes to learn what they would find in the woods, and formed lasting memories with friends.

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  • Students Make a Racket at SPORTIME

    December 16, 2013
    Ask any child when their favorite time is, and they will answer “playtime!” The students of OLQA, however, will answer “SPORTIME!” This year, the 1st and 2nd graders are taking tennis classes through the McEnroe
    Tennis Academy at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island. Tennis legend John McEnroe launched the academy in 2010.

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  • Academic Excellence in the 8th Grade

    December 16, 2013
    These talented OLQA scholars have a true love of learning and are involved in academic programs that push them to new intellectual heights. Cesar, Angel, Amanda, Uziel, and Yeric have sacrificed weekends and summers in pursuit of higher learning. Read more to learn about the stellar achievements of these 8th graders.

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  • Parents Plan Community Building Events

    December 16, 2013
    Our school is blessed to have an engaged community of students, parents, teachers and friends who strengthen OLQA. Parents recently coordinated two community-building events: the Fall Festival and Family Bingo Night. The Fall Festival is an OLQA tradition spearheaded by parents who generously donate food, drinks, and their time to make this celebration a success. This year, the Pre-K through 4th grade students were overjoyed to find the gym transformed into a play land.

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  • Teacher Spotlight on Mr. Beller

    December 16, 2013
    Mr. Beller is the 8th grade homeroom teacher and teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Grammar and Composition, Social Studies, and Religion. Outside school, he is a sports aficionado and history buff. He has run the Chicago marathon and is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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  • OLQA Joins the Partnership Network

    December 16, 2013
    OLQA is thrilled to be one of six Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx that is part of the recently launched Partnership for Inner-City Education network. These six schools are being managed by the Partnership, an organization that has been integral to our school for many years, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of New York.

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  • Principal’s Letter

    December 16, 2013
    Dear Friends, The 2013-14 school year is off to a great start! First and foremost, the Partnership for Inner-City Education has become an integral part of the school community. This expanded relationship promises to be one that strengthens our ability to serve our children and families. OLQA continues to embrace opportunities that enhance the school experience of our students.

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  • OLQA Receives a Facelift

    December 16, 2013
    The front entrance of OLQA underwent a transformation over the summer and students, parents and faculty were joyfully surprised to witness the changes on that first day of school. We removed the dark, steel doors from the entrance and replaced the dim lights. A bright entry area now greets all who come to the school.

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  • Fourth Graders Meet Famous Authors

    December 16, 2013
    In late September, the 4th grade took a class trip to the main branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street where they were one of two schools in the city selected to learn about children’s literature and meet famous authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle.

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  • 1950’s Style Spring Musical!

    April 4, 2013
    OLQA’s after-school Drama Club put on a 1950’s-style musical in April 2013.

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  • Rainbow Team Match Dancing Classrooms Competition

    March 14, 2013
    OLQA is hosting the Rainbow Team Match Competition on March 14th! Come by to support our talented dancers and cheer them on as they take the stage.

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  • Weekly Tennis Lessons

    January 1, 2013
    As of January 2013, OLQA’s first grade is now participating in weekly lessons at John McEnroe’s Sportime Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island. Thank you, Sportime!

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