October Update

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

The below notice will go home tomorrow.  Please note that Picture Day is Tuesday, Oct 16.  Students may Dress for Success (no uniform required).

If you have not yet received the picture day form from your child, please make sure they go to Ms. Josie in room 205A for a form.


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Queens Community House After-School Registration– Tues & Wed!

UPDATE: Forms are attached.  QCH-Queens Collegiate-Registration & Medical-SY 1213 (FINAL)  Please bring the forms to register.

September 29, 2012

Dear Parents/ Guardian:

We are pleased to announce that Queens Collegiate in partnership with Queens Community House will be offering a free comprehensive afterschool program for 6th, 7th and 8th graders for the 2012-2013 school year.  Queens Community House (QCH) will provide daily enrichment afterschool activities for students enrolled in Queens Collegiate’s 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  The program has limited slots and will enroll on a first come first serve basis.

QCH will engage students in fun activities to assist with the development of leadership and critical thinking skills by providing quality academic, creative and recreational activities beyond the school day in order to enhance the learning experience of our students while creating a fun and safe environment.

Queens Community House is a multiservice agency that has provided youth development programming to schools in District #28 for more than 20 years. They have been providing services at Jamaica Campus for the past seven years.  QCH has been successful in providing a supportive environment that promotes student achievement and parent involvement by keeping in close communication with parents and informing them of their child’s progress.

I urge you to come to QC on Oct 2 or 3 from 8:30-9:30AM or 2:30-5:30PM in room C3 .

REGISTRATION & INFORMATION DAYS: Enrollment into the program is based on first come, first serve and accurate completion of the forms.

October 2nd and 3rd Times: 8:30AM-9:30AM and 2:30PM-5:30PM in Room C3

The After School Program will begin October 9, 2012-June 14, 2013

Days of Operation: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday 3:00PM-5:15PM & Wednesday 1:45PM-5:15PM

**A Holiday Camp will be offered & Summer Camp based on attendance and participation requirements

Forms and questions regarding the afterschool program can be directed and returned to:

Ms. Marsha Ormejuste, Director of Queens Community House at Jamaica Campus ROOM C3;  Cell: (917) 600-3811 ; Office Hours: 10AM-6PM                                    


Ms. Jaime Dubei


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Open Houses for incoming 6th & 9th grade students

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

Every year in October we hold a series of open houses for parents of potential 6th & 9th grade students for September 2013.  Our open house dates are as follows:

  • Incoming grade 6– Tuesday, 10/9 & Wednesday, 10/10 at 7PM
  • Incoming grade 9– Tuesday, 10/16 & Thursday, 10/18 at 7PM

Look below for the flyers.  We hope to see you there!

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Road to College

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Parenting a junior or senior in high school can be overwhelming at times.  From the senior events, to college application fees, SAT/ACT, early decision/early action, etc– it’s a lot!

Here’s an event at John Bowne HS for parents of HS students in Queens to help navigate the process.   See the flyer here.

Save The Date October 27, 2012 For “The Road To College”!

An informational A to Z Presentation for Parents and Students about what you need to know in High School to Prepare for College.

Some of the workshop topics are:
• What to consider when picking a college
• SATs and ACTs…What is the difference and why do you need these
• FASFA and other financial information to know and consider
• What is the college essay and why is it important
• CUNY and what you need to know to apply and be admitted
• College Board presentation
• You’re accepted to college…Now What?
and much much more!

There will be many SAT vendors and learning center companies to talk and sign up with.

WHEN: Saturday, October 27th, 2012 From 9:00AM-2:00PM
(Light Breakfast served)
WHERE: John Bowne High School 63-25 Main Street, Flushing, NY

This event is put on by the Queens High Schools President’s Council, comprised of PTA Presidents from all Queens HS’s.

Save the date!
–Ms. Dubei

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Last week in our weekly assembly, I challenged our students to think of ways that they could go above and beyond within the school, in their community and in the world. Peter Reynolds made a movie about a child that took an ordinary assignment, and turned it into something ordinary (see here). I challenge you to help your child think of new and innovative ways that they can accomplish their work. Sometimes the “old fashioned” way is best, but in a world where the careers our children will hold are not even created yet– we need to think differently.

Today in our weekly assembly, I showed our students a video by Peter Reynolds called “The Dot.” What are ways that our students can support each other? How can we help others to find their inner creativity?

Two students who thought differently, and went above and beyond have been selected to represent all students on the School Leadership Team. It is my pleasure to announce the selection of Claressa Lesley and Courtney Lall as Student Representatives to the School Leadership Team. They were chosen by parents and members of the school team based upon their application and history of service and leadership. They are the student voice on the School Leadership Team, so students, please do not hesitate to reach out to them, so they can effectively represent you.

Additionally, I want to thank families for supporting us in maintaining the uniform dress code at Queens Collegiate. It is largely thanks to your efforts, along with those of our deans and assistant principals, to ensure that our students are in uniform clothing daily. It makes such a different to our school culture and community, to see the QC pride showing through.

As the weather gets colder, it is critical that our students have adequate warm clothing in dress code colors (navy, white or royal). Wearing a black, red or striped hoody is not uniform and will lead to phone calls and parent meetings.

For ease, we have expanded the uniform to include denim blue button down shirts, and button down khaki tan shirts. As always– shirts must a have a collar and be in white, navy, royal, denim or khaki tan.

Pants and skirts must be in navy or khaki, unless it is Friday. Collared uniform shirts are required everyday. Friday is not a dress down day.

This Friday, we will have a school Movie Night. It is a free event that begins at 3PM for grades 6-8, and permission slips are required. The HS event will begin at 4PM and is free also.

Remember, next Wednesday, September 26 is Yom Kippur, and thus no school.

Lastly, please remember to turn in your lunch forms and blue cards if you have not done so already.

All the best,
Ms. Dubei

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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 mylunchmoney.com.  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 @QueensCollegiate.org email, with the first part being either Mr_______ @QueensCollegiate.org or Ms________@QueensCollegiate.org.

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 QueensCollegiate.wordpress.com/giving-to-QC  for links.

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

Back to School letter Sept 2012

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Student Orientation

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, 

Just a friendly reminder that our new student orientation is this week.  6th grade (and any new students in grades 7 & 8) should come on Tuesday morning, August 28, from 10AM-12noon.  9th grade students (and any new HS transfer students) should come on Wednesday, August 29 from 10AM-12noon.  

We’ll have programs for students at this time.  We’ll also be surveying middle school students for their choice of electives, which will not yet be programmed.  

Any continuing QC student can pick up their program on Friday, August 31, from 10AM-12noon.  

The first day of school is Thursday, September 6, and classes begin at 8AM.  

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ms. Dubei

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