December 6-10, 2021

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Principal's Message

You are the light of the world ... let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

This week we light the second candle of our Advent wreath which symbolizes Faith. The the "Bethlehem Candle" reminds us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

Our Advent journey continues this week with many wonderful events that certainly light our Advent journey.

  • St. Nicholas visited our school today! A special treat was left in the students' shoes and shouts of joy could be heard throughout the building.

  • Second grade students receive their First Reconciliation tonight. They have prepared well and we will keep them in our prayers as they celebrate this beautiful sacrament.

  • Christmas Cantata is this week!

  • The “Names of Jesus” presentations continue. Our lobby display is growing.

  • The Advent service project “wraps'' up this week as our Jr. High students shop and wrap the gifts for our two Christmas families.

We are so blessed to share this Advent journey with our students, families and parish community. Thank you for your generous support of our mission. I pray your Advent journey continues to be guided by the light of hope, faith, peace and joy.

God bless,


MOQ COVID Weekly Update

Here are today's COVID statistics:

  • We have 1 positive case in the MOQ School community.

  • There is 5 students in quarantine due to close contact.

  • There are currently 56 individuals identified as close contacts who are monitoring for symptoms and are able to remain in school due to masking.

COVID-19 health reminders:

  1. Keep sick children home. This is our best way to prevent the spread of any illness.

  2. Call the school office if you have any questions about a COVID exposure, pending test, or test result.

  3. Please remind students to bring a clean mask and a water bottle each day.

  4. Thanks to all who have been in communication with the school office about COVID exposures and test results. Please continue to update us if you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19.

Click HERE for COVID-19 test sites. The Nomi testing site has been recommended for its availability of rapid testing, long clinic hours, and free tests.

Click HERE for a schedule of DCHD Free Vaccine Clinics for anyone 5 years and older. Click HERE to view the schedule in Spanish.

Christmas Cantata 2021

The sounds of Christmas are in the air and our students are ready to share! This week we are excited to gather for Christmas Cantata 2021. Performances are divided into two programs to enable us to safely gather in person in the school gym. Masks will be required. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 PM: Grades Kindergarten, 1, 2 and 6

Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 PM: Grades 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8

Both performances will be live streamed. Please share the links below with friends and family who will like to join us online.

Live stream link for Wednesday, December 8:

Live stream link for Thursday, December 9:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Strong volunteers are needed to help set up the stage on Wednesday morning, December 8, after morning drop-off. Volunteers will also be needed Friday morning, December 10, after drop-off to take down the stage and move it to the parish garages. Please call the school office to reserve your volunteer spot. Thank you!

Virtues in Practice: Generosity

Each month, students learn about a different virtue and focus on putting it into practice. December's virtue is generosity - giving without counting the cost.

We are blessed to witness so many wonderful acts of generosity each day.

  • Thank you to our many wonderful volunteers for giving generously of their time so that so many of our staff could support Ms. Laura Vranes. Thanks to the volunteers, the teachers were able to attend the funeral and gather at the luncheon to support Laura and each other through this difficult time. What wonderful examples of the virtue of generosity!

  • Last Wednesday’s Dress Down Donation Day raised $2,318.98 for our Advent Service Project. The funds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts and food certificates for the parish Human Needs Christmas Families Project.

  • Thank you to our Home & School Association for the Wonderful Wednesday treats and constant support.

  • Thank you to our parents for their daily support of our school's mission - forming students of faith to pursue academic excellence and live in Christian service.
  • Thank you to our cafeteria volunteers, classroom volunteers, and library volunteers for their generous donation of time and talent.

Inclement Weather

We are enjoying a very beautiful Fall, but Nebraskans know that the weather can change in an instant. This is a good time to review and prepare for weather we know is on its way.

As noted in the Family Handbook:

In the event of inclement weather, Mary Our Queen School will follow the directions of the Catholic School Office. The decision to cancel school is determined by the Superintendent. If the weather becomes bad after school is in session, our intentions are to complete the school day. However, it is the parents’ decision to take children home prior to the regular dismissal time. Parents may not take children other than their own unless the school office has written or oral permission for them to do so.

School closings will be shared with families via email and text. Additionally, the announcement will be shared on our social media sites, as well as local TV/radio stations.

Discipline With Purpose

During the month of November, we focused on the following Discipline With Purpose (DWP) skills:

K-2: Asking Questions

3-5: Understanding the Reason for Rules

6-8: Resolving Mutual Problems

Congratulations to the following students who were “caught” using their self-discipline skills during November: Declan O., Baylee F., Chloe W., Olivia S., Cora H., Michael S., Maggie M., Erin R., Charlotte S., Adalynn D., Arthur C., Kayla V., Zoe B., Zander B., Charlie E., Caleb R., Liam K., Alyssa D., Marly M., Bert N., Evelyn C., and Gavin T.

Our DWP focus for December will be:

K-2: Sharing - Time, Space, People and Things

3-5: Independently Completing a Task

6-8: Taking the Initiative in Problem Solving

Click HERE for a link to the DWP skills definitions.

Kindergarten Roundup

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Clase de Español

It has been a whirlwind in the Spanish classroom since the beginning of the school year. I’m inspired by my students’ curiosity about the language and culture. It makes my day when we walk past each other and they initiate a greeting exchange in Spanish.

As we enter the Advent season, I would like to share with you what different groups are doing in their respective classes:

  • Preschool students are working on following directions in Spanish, coloring patterns, and learning movement songs.

  • K and first grade students are learning about the miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe, as well as the traditions around her feast day.

  • Grades 2-5 are working on drawing and labeling “El Nacimiento = The Nativity.” Ask your students to tell you about them! We will be watching short videos and looking at pictures of nativity scenes from Spain, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Mexico.

  • Middle School students will work on a Christmas Choice Board to complete activities using their Spanish skills. They will also watch ads from Spain and discuss similarities and differences in terms of product, practice and perspective.

I remind students of how important it is to work consistently, noticing and making connections. For example, when we draw and label the nativity, we notice that the word for angel in Spanish is “ángel.” and if we draw more than one “ángel” in our nativity, then we have “los ángeles.” They also learn that in Spanish we refer to Baby Jesus as “el Niño Jesús.”

Muchas gracias for your continued support of our Spanish program and may you have a blessed Christmas season.

Maestra Indy Engel


Thank you for all of the recycled donations for the STEAM lab! We have filled our shelves to capacity for the time being. Please keep an eye out for the next time we are looking for recycled home goods.

Click HERE to see what's happening in STEM class this week.

Cafeteria Notes

There are still many volunteer opportunities for December. Click HERE if you would like to volunteer. For more information about how to volunteer, please click HERE. Volunteers must be Safe Environment certified. Click Here for Safe Environment training:

If you have any questions in regard to the Mary Our Queen lunch program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michelle Zaleski

Cafeteria Director

Mary Our Queen School

(402) 333-8231 x1412

Extended Care

Thank you for filling out the December Calendar. If you need to add or delete dates, please email

Are you in need of some extra holiday shopping time and need the kiddos out of the house? Break Care is always a fun option! We make Slime, take walking field trips and play all day! We have a good time, and the kids make great memories! We have several dates in December for break care. Please click HERE for a chart of break care dates and the last sign-up date to ensure the lowest rate.

With the weather turning cooler, please be sure to send jackets/hats/gloves. We will be going outdoors even when it is cold. All students need to be prepared for the conditions.

If you are clearing out old toys and making room for Santa's delivery, we are in need of Barbie clothes, Barbies, action figures, etc., and a toy garage for our cars. We are also looking for clean dry, baby food jars with lids and spaghetti sauce size jars with lids to be used for crafts at Summer Care.

Looking Ahead:

January Calendar

Mrs. Culjat and Miss Rosenthal

Extended Care Directors

Spring Soccer

MOQ Soccer Sign-up for Spring 2022 is now open. Would your son or daughter like to play in the Catholic Youth Soccer League (CYSL) for Mary Our Queen? To register, visit the MOQ Sports website at or click HERE.

Registration is open in December for K-8th grade. The sooner you register your son or daughter the easier it is for the committee to make teams!

Registration for Micro Soccer will open in mid-February. More information about Micro soccer will be in upcoming Mustang Memos!


We are beginning the underwriting for MARQUEE. Our donors are the key to the parish’s success. Your support makes it possible for us to continue our mission. The funds from this year's MARQUEE event will be focused particularly on updating our school’s 50-year-old heating and air conditioning, technology enhancements, and ongoing operational needs. Please consider donating. The QR code will take you to the MARQUEE underwriting website page.

Thank you in advance for your support of Mary Our Queen’s MARQUEE 2022. Every donation helps! Please contact us if you have any questions!

We hope you can attend the event on February 26, 2022.

Jodi (94’) & Brian Farley

Denise & Tim Salzbrenner (90’)

Underwriting Co-Chairs

Looking Ahead

Monday, December 6: Gr. 2 First Reconciliation, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Wednesday, December 8: Christmas Cantata (Gr. K-2 and 6), 6:30 PM; Link -

Thursday, December 9: Christmas Cantata (Gr. 3-5, 7-8), 6:30 PM; Link -

Friday, December 10: Scrip Order Pick-up Day

Sunday, December 12-Tuesday, December 14: Parish Mission, 7:00 PM

Monday, December 13: Scrip Order Pick-up Day

Tuesday, December 14: Christmas Dress Day

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