Updates from St. Martin de Porres Marianist School

April 13, 2020
Dear SMMS Families,
I hope you had a beautiful Easter and the children are enjoying their Easter vacation!
As we get ready to begin the 3rd trimester on April 20, 2020, with long distance learning, we would like you to review the following information:
  • The teachers will be using Google Class Pages. Parents and students should view the class page on the school website each day for assignments, homework and Zoom Meetings.
  • Academic Days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Wednesday’s will be Enrichment Day- Art, Music, Physical Education and will include Mrs. Kenney’s Reading Class.
  • All students in grades Pre-k – 6 will be receiving a book called Top Student. The books will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Commons from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Students in grade 6, 7, and 8 will be receiving a novel for Literature that will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Commons from 8:00 am- 4:00 pm.
  • The assignments that are given by the teacher will be collected via email.
  • The students should wear their school uniform while they are in a ZOOM meeting.
  • Please have your child sit at a desk or table while doing their schoolwork.
  • The schedules for grades 4-8 are located on the Assignments page.
We look forward to beginning the 3rd trimester with our best foot forward. We have a lot to look forward to and hope to return to normal as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself. I will be in the office on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Mr. John Holian
April 7, 2020
Dear Parents,
I hope you and your family are doing well. We miss all of our St. Martin families very much and hope to be reunited soon! My colleagues and I at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School would like to thank all of our families, especially our mothers, for their untiring efforts in keeping the family together during this difficult time.
Many thanks to all of our SMMS family members who are health care workers, first responders, and all those who are working in jobs that continue to provide for our everyday needs. We are praying for your safety as you selflessly serve others.
Palm Sunday began the Holiest Week of the Liturgical Year. May you continue to grow in Holiness as we approach our Easter celebration.
Today your child’s 2nd trimester report card was mailed. The report card provides you with an evaluation of your child’s achievement for the second trimester up to March 12, 2020.
If you have any concerns regarding the report card please contact your child’s teacher.
As you are aware, Governor Cuomo has announced that he will keep all New York Schools closed through April 29, 2020. SMMS will resume our distance learning on April 20, 2020. Please check your email early next week with our plan and schedules regarding our distance learning.
Wishing you and your family a glorious Easter season that brings you the peace and joy of the Risen Lord!
Mr. John Holian



March 27, 2020

Dear Parents,
We have just received notice that the Governor of New York State has officially closed all schools until Easter. This means that the earliest we would return to school is Monday, April 20, 2020.
Students in Grades Pre-k- 5:
The students in grades Pre-kindergarten -5 should continue what they have been doing at home.
Students in grades 6-8:
The Jr. High Teachers will be offering review sessions for the upcoming 2nd Trimester Exams. The sessions can be viewed through ZOOM. Each class is given twice a day. Students can participate in one or both of the classes. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, please check their class page to receive an invite to each ZOOM session.
Grade 6
Monday, March 30, 2020, AND Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 9:00 – 9:30 am             Science
10:00 – 10:30 am          Literature
11:00 – 11:30 am           Social Studies
12:30 – 1:00 pm            Social Studies
 1:30 – 2:00 pm           Literature
 2:30 –  3:00 pm            Science
Tuesday, March 31,2020 AND Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 –  9:30 am              Language Arts
10:00 – 10:30 am           Math
11:00 – 11:30 am           Religion
12:30 – 1:00 pm             Religion
 1:30 – 2:00 pm              Math
 2:30 –  3:00 pm             Language Arts
Grade 7
Monday, March 30, 2020 AND Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 9:00 – 9:30 am               Religion
10:00 – 10:30 am           Science
11:00 – 11:30 am           Literature
12:30 – 1:00 pm              Literature
 1:30 – 2:00 pm             Religion
 3:30-    4:00 pm             Science
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, AND Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 –  9:30 am              Social Studies
10:00 – 10:30 am           Language Arts
11:00 – 11:30 am           Math
12:30 – 1:00 pm              Math
 1:30 – 2:00 pm              Social Studies
 3:30 –  4:00 pm              Language Arts
Grade 8
Monday, March 30, 2020 AND Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 9:00 – 9:30 am               Math
10:00 – 10:30 am           Religion
11:00 – 11:30 am           Science
1:30 –  2:00 pm              Religion
 2:30-    3:00 pm              Math
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, AND Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 –  9:30 am              Literature
10:00 – 10:30 am           Social Studies
11:00 – 11:30 am           Language Arts
11:00 – 11:30 am            Science*
12:30 – 1:00 pm              Language Arts
 1:30 – 2:00 pm              Social Studies
 2:30 –  3:00 pm              Literature
*Mr. Edzards is available on all four days – Monday through Thursday at 11:00 to 11:30 am.
During the 2nd Trimester Exams, the teachers will be available through ZOOM on the days of their exams.
FRIDAY – April 3, 2020
9:00 –  9:45 am               Mr. Hickey         Grade 6
10:00 – 10:45 am            Mr. Hickey         Grade 7
11:00 – 11:45 am            Brother James  Grade 8
1:00 –   1:45 pm              Mr. Lucchesi     Grade 6
2:00 –   2:45 pm              Mr. Lucchesi      Grade 7
3:00 –  3:45 pm              Mr. Edzards       Grade 8
Monday – April 6, 2020
9:00 –  9:45 am               Mrs. Crocitto     Grade 6
10:00 – 10:45 am            Mrs. Crocitto     Grade 7
11:00 – 11:45 am            Mrs. Crocitto     Grade 8
1:00 –   1:45 pm              Mr. Morris         Grade 6
2:00 –   2:45 pm              Mr. Morris         Grade 7
3:00 –  3:45 pm              Mr. Morris         Grade 8
Tuesday – April 7, 2020
Language Arts
9:00 –  9:45 am               Miss Philips        Grade 6
10:00 – 10:45 am            Miss Philips        Grade 7
11:00 – 11:45 am            Miss Philips        Grade 8
Social Studies
1:00 –   1:45 pm              Brother Jean     Grade 6
2:00 –   2:45 pm              Mr. Holian          Grade 7
3:00 –  3:45 pm              Mr. Hickey         Grade 8

March 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

Our most important job as parents is to care for and lead our children to heaven. During this Lenten Season, our spiritual development is so essential. May we all use this opportunity to grow as a Holy Family. Our school website has wonderful spiritual resources available for you and your family. The spiritual resources can be found under the virtual links tab on our school website. I hope these spiritual resources enable you and your family to share your faith and become closer to Christ during this Lenten Season.

Important information regarding 2nd trimester grades and exams:

  • All 2nd trimester grades will reflect the work your child has completed from January 6- March 12, 2020.
  • The 2nd trimester exams will not be counted towards your child’s 2nd trimester grades.
  • The students in grades 2-8 will take the 2nd trimester exams on April 3rd, 6th, and 7th. If SMMS has reopened the students will take the exams at school these days. If SMMS has not reopened the students will take the exams through Google docs on their class page.
  • The students will be responsible for all of the material that has been assigned to them by the teachers. This material will be on the Comprehensive Exams in June.
  • It is very important that the students do their best to finish the work that is assigned to them by their teachers by April 20, 2020. These grades will be reflected on the 3rd trimester report card.

Our teachers have been working very diligently and will continue to prepare for whatever circumstances come our way. We realize that each family dynamic is different and has its own rhythm. We all do the best we can do. Most importantly remain a Holy Family. Please continue to stay in contact with the teachers and do not hesitate to call us with any questions. We look forward to the day we can all be together!

Please continue to pray, work, and trust in God’s merciful goodness!

Mr. John Holian

March 18, 2020
Dear Parents,
Please join the Marianist Community for the live streaming (Kellenberg.org) of the Mass of the Solemnity of St. Joseph and to pray the Rosary at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 19th. The Mass and the Rosary can be viewed on Kellenberg Memorial’s website at any time.
I hope you are beginning to adjust to the current situation of school being closed. As you are well aware, New York State has mandated that schools remain closed through April 1, 2020, with the possibility of extending this date. I want to thank you for your support and encouragement during these challenging times.
Our faculty have been diligently preparing assignments for your children and updating their class page on our school website. We are fully aware that most families are under a lot of pressure with this new adjustment. More importantly than the academic work is that we continue to grow as a Holy Family during this Lenten Season. Please have your children continue to pray:
  • Our morning prayer to our Blessed Mother
  • Noon Angelus
  • The Three O’Clock Prayer
These prayers can be found on our website under the assignments for the week of March 16-22. These prayers will remain on that page each week.
We are extremely confident in the education that your child has received and continues to receive here at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School. Therefore, all we ask is that you and your child do the best you can with the work that is assigned. We realize each family dynamic is different. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher through email or class Remind (which you will be able to sign up for very soon).
Our teachers are very excited to take this opportunity to be creative. They will be communicating with your child through their class site/webchats which can be found on our school website. We are collaboratively working as a school to continue to provide our families with competent and creative instruction and to continue to educate the hearts and minds of our students.
The Marianist Mission at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School continues to grow and blossom through these times of opportunity. We look forward to continue to serve your family.
May our Blessed Mother continue to wrap us in Her mantle of love!
Mr. John Holian
March 16, 2020
Dear Parents of St. Martin de Porres Marianist School,
As you are well aware Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has announced that all schools must be closed until March 27, 2020.
These are very confusing times with schools being closed, Masses being canceled, and social gatherings being prohibited. As committed educators, not being able to serve our families has left a hole in our hearts. The human relationship has always been most important to us at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School.
That being said, our teachers have worked very diligently to prepare work for this week. The work can be found here on our school website at 5:00 pm today. The teachers will update the work throughout the week.
In addition to the 21st-century learning that will be provided by our school website, the teachers have created packets for each child. These packets will be available for pick up in the Sacred Heart Commons only on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. At this time junior high students will be permitted to go to their lockers.
The assignments being provided by the teachers is recommended work to sharpen your child’s skills. Please encourage your child daily to complete the assignments.
We will continue to keep you updated on the situation so please check your school emails.
Mr. John Holian
March 13, 2020
Dear Parents of St. Martin de Porres Marianist School,
This letter is to further advise you of St. Martin’s response to the spread of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).
In conjunction with Kellenberg Memorial High School, Chaminade High School and all the Diocesan Catholic Schools, St. Martin de Porres Marianist School will be closed for the week of March 16 through March 22, 2020. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and community are our greatest priority.
Academic work will be available on our website for the students by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020. The Main Office will be open if you have any questions.
Please know the reopening of the school building will be continuously evaluated as the situation unfolds. We will be in contact with you on or before Friday, March 20th with a future update.
Please be assured of our continued prayers for the safety and health of your families.
Mr. John Holian