Back to School letter

Queens Collegiate: A College Board School 
167-01 Gothic Drive, Jamaica, NY 11432
718.658.4016 telephone
Jaime Dubei, Principal
Robert McMahon, Assistant Principal
Camille Jacobs, Assistant Principal IA
Roger Erskine, Parent Coordinator

September 2, 2012

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!  We are very excited to have you and your children as part of the Queens Collegiate Family.  Every staff member has worked hard to prepare for the return of our wonderful students.  We have set very high expectations and made plans to aid every student in finding success this year.

Student academic success is the main goal of every staff member at QC.  We believe that every student will learn to their highest level and we prepare to offer more time and support to every student that needs it.  I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school every single day; encouraging your child to read at least 30 minutes every evening, in every grade; monitoring your child’s homework and grades on JupiterGrades; and attending our monthly PTA meetings. We genuinely need your support to better educate our children.

Academically, the NYC Department of Education is making a number of instructional shifts.  We are aligning our curriculum to the Common Core State Standards, which are a body of national standards in English, Math, Science and Social Studies.  In this shift, students will need to think deeper, working more to understand and solve complex problems– and not simply memorizing facts and details.  They will need to read more, especially non-fiction materials.  Please keep them stocked with engaging non-fiction materials from the library or online.   Regents and state exams are beginning to shift to judge students more on their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, and it is essential we work together to make this happen so your child is career and college ready.

We know that your child is unique, and we want to meet their every academic and social need.  This school year we are working to include more project-based learning, blended learning, and mastery-based learning to create individualized learning plans for our students.   Some classes will have students creating work, similar to that done in offices and careers in the real world.  We call this project-based learning, where students learn skills and content through a project where they will be the expert for a specific purpose with an audience.  Some classes will have students using the computers and iPads extensively to personalize instruction.  Your child may need to complete CastleLearning, Aventa, PowerSpeak or Discovery assignments at home.  So if they ask to use the computer for homework– they may really have an assignment due.  Other classes are using mastery based learning, where your child is getting specific feedback to better help them meet the standards for their grade.  This type of class may a different grading system, to provide better feedback to you and the student on their progress.

As you can see, we are very excited about the start of the new school year and continuing these initiatives.  We will have Parent Orientation on Tuesday, September 11 at 6PM, followed by our monthly PTA meeting.  We ask parents of all students to attend the PTA meeting each month on the 2nd Tuesday, beginning at 6:30PM.  This will assist us in building a relationship with you, and supporting your child more fully throughout the year.

Parents of the Class of 2013 Seniors should plan to attend a Senior Meeting on September 11, at 6:00PM.  We will discuss senior dues, senior events, college applications, and other matters of importance prior to the PTA meeting. 

School starts Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8:00AM and ends for most students at 2:50PM.   We dismiss on Wednesdays for all students at 1:45PM.  Please plan to have your child picked up then.

Our dress code remains the same:

 Breakfast is served daily beginning at 7:30AM, when our doors open for students.  We welcome every child, regardless of lunch status, to have a free breakfast in the morning in our cafeteria.  Class begins at 8AM.

Please give your child sufficient time to get through scanning, and up the stairs to QC, so they are on time.  If you choose to drop your child off by car in the morning, please do not double park on Gothic Drive.  It is tight in the mornings, especially with the buses coming to drop off students.  All students will dismiss on the West side of the school, through the doors to the front at 2:50PM or 1:45PM on Wednesdays.

Lunch is between 10AM-11AM daily for Queens Collegiate students.  Students may choose to bring a sack lunch, or they may purchase a school lunch.  School lunch is $1.50 per day, unless you are entitled to free or reduced price lunch, as determined by your lunch form.   You may fill out the lunch form online at www.applyforlunch.comIf you are entitled to free or reduced price lunch, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to fill out the lunch form ASAP.  Failure to fill out a lunch application will mean that you need to pay, until the form is completed and scanned.  Filling it out electronically processes it immediately, whereas pen and paper takes a few days to process.

Families who need to pay for lunch may now replenish their child’s account online at  You will need your child’s OSIS number which is found on the ID card, any report card, program or any official DOE communication.

Children should not bring the following items through scanning: 

  • Electronic devices, per the Chancellor’s Regulations.  We are instructed to confiscate them from your child and only return them to you.  Please do not bring in iPods, cell phones or other electronics devices.
  • Open bottles or any glass bottles
  • Coffee cups or other hot beverages

Advisor contacts:  Every child is assigned an advisor, and they meet with that advisor daily for 35 minutes.  The advisor ensures they are on track academically, socially, and organizationally.  If you would like to speak with their advisor, please make an appointment via phone or email with them.  All staff members have an email, with the first part being either Mr_______ or

When children go to gym: They will have two lockers.  One is a gym locker in the gym locker rooms.  This locker must have a QC purchased lock for your child’s safety, as it is more durable to protect against theft, and it has a key back that we can open, should an incident occur.  This lock costs $10, but when you return it, you will receive $5 back.

They will not change for gym during the first week of school.  When they begin changing, they will need a QC T-shirt ($10, purchased from Ms. Josie during lunch), blue shorts or pants, sneakers, socks, and any health products (deodorant, etc).  They must lock up all items in a locker, with a QC lock, while they are at gym.  Do not leave items in a locker without a lock.

They will change at the end of gym back into their school clothes, unless they have gym last period of the day, and they may opt to wear their workout clothes home, if it is weather appropriate.

On the first day of school, September 6th at 8AM: 

Ms. Louis will be handing out schedules at the flagpole beginning at 7:30AM.  Please see her if you have not yet received your schedule.  We will also hand them out on Wednesday, Sept. 5th from 10AM-12noon in 210C.

All students will go through scanning and head straight up to their first period class.  Due to our responsibility to our children, we will not be meeting with any parents aside from at entry.  We must ensure that our students are in class and safe, and additional traffic on the first day divides our attention from the children.

Any parents who are enrolling their child at QC and need to drop off paperwork should do so after 9AM on Thursday, September 6 or Friday, September 7.  All students will dismiss out of the western exit in front at 2:50PM, unless they are a HS student who has a 9th period class until 3:50PM.

Over the summer, our school has undergone a few major construction projects and we are proud to soon open the doors to students again.

  • Our main office has moved to room 210C.  When you come in through the front doors, turn left.  Go through the swinging doors, and make another left.  Go up stairs #2/3 to the 2nd floor, and the main office is right there on your left.  Ms. Downes & Ms. Robinson, our new bilingual secretary, will be available to serve your needs.
  • QC’s High School is now entirely on the 3rd floor.  All HS classes will be on the 3rd floor, except swimming, dance, gym, and music.
  •  QC’s Middle School is now entirely on the 2nd floor, west wing.  Grades 6, 7, & 8 will have all classes, except PE, dance, swim (in 8th grade), and music on the 2nd floor.
  • We have hired another Assistant Principal, Ms. Jacobs, to help our school grow, and better meet student, teacher, and parent needs.  Ms. Jacobs will focus on ensuring the school runs smoothly, and she is the Assistant Principal of the Middle School grades 6, 7, & 8.
  • With the addition of Ms. Jacobs, Mr. McMahon’s role has shifted slightly.  Mr. McMahon will focus on academic and instructional needs within the entire school, and he is the Assistant Principal of the High School grades 9- 12.
  • As always, Mr. Erskine and Mr. Alexis are available to meet any parent or student needs throughout the day.
  • Ms. Louis and Ms. Bender are returning to run our dean’s office.  Ms. Louis is our all-school dean, and she handles any issue with HS students, and some MS issues.  Ms. Bender is our MS dean, and she will manage all issues in the middle school.
  • Ms. Bello and Ms. Macaluso are returning as our guidance counselors.  Their roles have been redefined slightly.  Ms. Macaluso will serve all students in grades 6, 7, 11 & 12, including follow up on the college application process for all seniors.  Ms. Bello will serve all students in grades 8, 9 & 10, including the HS application process for 8th & 9th grade students.

Again, we look forward to meeting you and your child this year and working for success.

Warmest regards,

Jaime Dubei, Principal

Ways you can support the children @ QC: 

If you are already shopping at Target, web searching, using General Mills products, drinking milk, or making purchases online, you can benefit Queens Collegiate.  We are registered with the following companies to receive funds from them in appreciation for your business.  Visit  for links.

For an easily printable version of this letter, please go here:

Back to School letter Sept 2012

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