For Heaven's Sake
Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - October 2018
The Principal's Corner
I would like to start by thanking our PTC, and in particular to Erin Nickel and Casey Thompson who chaired our annual fall carnival. Also a special thank you to Jerry and Bridget Kingery who still after all these years continue to offer themselves selflessly to our school by helping to organize the carnival. What an awesome day it was! I was inspired by the number of parents, teachers, and volunteers who also helped to make it such a successful event. We are truly thankful for all of those who demonstrated their dedication to OLQHS.
Now that we have entered the routine of the second quarter, we will turn our focus to the long term direction of our school. In the next few weeks we will be working with a number of stakeholder groups to formulate a long range vision for the development of our institution. We will begin hosting small group coffee sessions designed to hear from parents how they envision our school as we move toward 2020. Look forward to that announcement to come soon.
If you would like the opportunity to become involved in the direction of the school, and are willing to express ideas in a collaborative environment I would encourage you to attend one of these sessions, or contact me directly. Parental involvement in setting forth the vision for the future of our school is critical. I look forward to working with you to help better serve the needs of our students.
What's Happening at OLQHS
November 5 - 9: Canned Food Drive
November 7: All school t-shirt day
November 12: Veteran's Day Tribute 2:15 pm FLCC Gym
November 12 - 16: Operation Christmas Child Collection
November 14: November BDay T-shirt Day
November 15: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast 10:30 am FLCC Gym
November 16: Thanksgiving Mass 9:00 am
- Calendar Raffle Drawing
November 19 - 23: Thanksgiving Break! No School
November 24: Eucharistic Procession Civic Center 8:15 am
Join us for Mass
Thursday, November 8: Elementary School Mass (grades PK - 4th)
9:00 am OLQH Church
Friday, November 9: Middle School Mass (grades 5 - 8)
9:00 am OLQH Church
Friday, November 16: All School Mass
9:00 am at OLQH Church
Thursday, November 29: Elementary School Mass (grades K - 4th)
9:00 am OLQH Church
Friday, November 30: Middle School Mass (grades 5-8)
9:00 am OLQH Church
60th Anniversary Events!
60's dress up day!
60th Anniversary Calendar!
The calendar runs August 2018-December 2019 and has all major school events listed.
With your purchase, you will be entered into a monthly raffle drawing beginning in October.
Each month you will have a chance to win $100. If you win you will have the choice of taking the $100 or putting your ticket back into the pot for a chance to win $1,000 at the final drawing in May.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your calendar!
The FACTS and Renweb companies have merged! They are now calling all of their programs FACTS. All of our systems and apps will be the same - you just will start seeing the FACTS name instead of Renweb. It will take us a while to get used to calling them all the same thing! :)
Also - Instructions on how to access your FACTS invoices are located in Renweb (FACTS) under “Resource Documents”. If you need assistance with this or the financial side of FACTS, please contact Pam Goodwin email@example.com.
The OLQH Barons football team finished an undefeated season 7-0. Great job by the boys and coaches. Coaches were Coach Dietz, Jeff Armentor, Bentley Berlin, and Andrew Dietz.
The OLQHS girls volleyball teams had a great season as well! The 8th grade girls won first place at the CCAL final tournament!
We are so proud of the heart and soul our students and coaches poured into these seasons! GO BARONS!
Mike and Dawn Williamson
DeRosier Law Firm
Center for Orthopaedics – Dr. J. Trappey
Charlie Thompson Family
Drs. Carl and Mary Churchman
Dubois Sheet Metal
In Memory of Dale Billeaudeaux
Dr. Luke and Alicia Williams
Abell & Son, Inc.
Drs. Jason and Jacquelyn Braud
Children’s Clinic of SWLA
District Attorney’s Community Assistance Foundation
Drs. Chad and Tammy Fairchild
Dr. Jude Fairchild & Dr. Alan Perry – Lake Charles Orthodontics
Jason and Jennifer Garcille
J. William Groves, Jr. MD, LLC
Lake Area Marine
Lake Area Pediatric Dental Specialists
Thad and Brandi Primeaux
Tee Doan-Robichaux, Agent State Farm
Sanders Pediatric Dentistry
Baron Band playing at the Carnival
Holy Water Fonts
She will make a presentation on Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 am at OLQH Church. OLQH middle school students and our parent community are invited to attend.
Operation Christmas Child!
You can now order your yearbook for the 2018 -2019 school year. They are $40. Order forms were sent out via email, and can also be found on ParentsWeb under Resource Documents. The deadline for ordering a yearbook is March 22, 2019. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
OLQH Youth Ministry
Food, fun, fellowship and faith formation! EDGE meets each Tuesday after school until 6:10.
Parents are invited to the Youth House each Tuesday morning after drop off for coffee and to pray for the youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and their educators.
3:15 - 4:15 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. 7th and 8th grade students may come to the Youth House and make it their own, hang out, enjoy their friends, work together on homework, play. We will also have opportunities that will help the youth unlock the mysteries, traditions and works of our faith, unlocking the disciple they are called to be and begin "bridging" to High School Youth Ministry.
First Graders have been working hard blending words and reading sentences. We are learning new strategies of how to add and subtract. If you need help with “doubles” ask a FIRST GRADER!!
2nd & 8th Grade Buddies!
2nd & 3rd Grade AR Goals!
3rd & 2nd Grade Kagan Strategies
4th Grade Pep Rally Fun!
5th Grade MONSTER!
Fifth graders enjoyed the task of putting together the traditional Halloween Monster. With Lots of brainstorming creativity, teamwork and perseverance, the monster with all of its 50 parts was finally put together this week. All of his body part descriptions came to us from various schools around the world who described a particular part of the monster.
Our part was the Xbox. Come by and check him out. He’ll be up another week or so. For more information about this activity log on to global monster project. We’ll be voting for the best monster in a few days! Currently were deliberating the perfect name for him ! Thank you parents for all the cardboard and tape that it took to put him together! He is Spooktacular!!
7th & 8th Grade Math
The 7th and 8th grade students have been working really hard researching and sharing about their Catholic mathematician or scientist of their choice. We have all learned so much!
The Algebra students have been learning about slope. We have discovered all of the ways to graph a linear equation and find equations of lines from a graph.
8th Grade SHARK TANK
The 8th graders are currently nearing the end of a unit on economics in Louisiana. They have studied various economics terms and theories including supply and demand, needs and wants, and consumers and producers. After learning about economics generally, we applied it to Louisiana. The culmination of this unit was the Shark Tank Project. Students were placed in groups and asked to come up with a new idea: a new product or service.that relates in some way to Louisiana. We had various "Sharks" (teachers and administrators) come see the presentations the students made to sell us their products. They did an amazing job!
The Art World
Well, we have had an explosion of students making it into the Artsonia Hall of Fame. There are twenty five new members which I will list. Kindergarten--Aubrey Acord, Braedon Rodriguez, Marian McNally, and Rosalie Darbonne. First Grade-- Emmanuel Mouton, Mia Sookdial, Raylee Walker, Andrew Penfield, Kamryn Orndoff, Aria Sookdial, Whitten Wilder, Strason Istre, and Ellis Eskew. Second Grade-- Bentley Soileau Third Grade--Aubrey Feldes, Hudson Savant, Addison Acord, Remi Fontenot, Samuel Bebee, Braylee Devillier, Jonathan Braud, Colt Leger, and Grace Smith Fourth Grade--Nacey Guillory and Greyson Snow. Good job, students!!
Kindergartners are beginning their Thanksgiving Turkeys next week. They color the turkey body and cut it out. Then they trace their hands on fall colored construction paper and cut them out (not so easy!) These will be the tail feathers for their turkey. First Graders are taking a different approach. They color their turkey body (he's wearing sunglasses--he's "cool") and cut it out. Then they take off their shoes and trace each others feet (their favorite part!) and then decorate these to be used as tail feathers. There will be lots of little gobblers running around by the time Thanksgiving arrives.
Second graders are still coloring their Fall Tree Pictures with pencil colors. They are marvelous and can soon be seen decorating the hall of the Fine Arts Building. Third Graders had to draw a "real" turkey, bring in a color picture of a turkey and color their drawing to match (in pencil colors so they can blend).
There is much excitement in 4th Grade. Mrs. Gloria C. Hebert came in and told the students,"Everything they ever wanted to know about Gourds, but were afraid to ask". The kids were so well behaved with our guest. The students have selected their gourds, drawn and colored their designs, and we will now select our paint colors. The students will paint their Christmas Gourd with acrylic paint, outline with Sharpies, and seal with a polyurethane. They will be a glorious addition to your family Christmas Tree!
A new nine weeks begins with a new class--the 6th Grade Art Rotation. We are starting off by drawing and coloring a Skull for the Day of the Dead in the beginning of November. They are Zentangling their Skulls. There is nothing that cheers me up like rows of colorful skulls celebrating the lives of our ancestors. Come by and see them!
My 8th Graders in Fine Arts Survey are working so hard to meet their deadline. They must complete their Illuminated Manuscripts by Nov.26 to compete in the contest for the School/Church Advent Card. Nine judges will be selecting the winners. Their Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts include saints, angels, fantastical beasts, Celtic Knots, their favorite Bible verse, spirals, and tendrils--all hand drawn by the students. After coloring with Prismacolor Pencil Colors they will paint in the "illumination" with acrylic gold paint. After the Thanksgiving holidays, it would be worth your time to come by the Fine Arts Building and check out these magnificent pictures.
Again, we are busy creating, making messes, and having FUN!!
Brenda Foshee, Art
Spanish 1 students would like to explain what exactly is "El Día de Los Muertos":
Emma Bright: Día de Los Muertos is a Spanish holiday celebrating the dead. Once a year Mexican families come together and make an altar for their deceased loved ones. They put on the altar decorations consisting of flowers, decorative paper, pictures, candles, and all of their favorite food. In Mexico, dying is the start of the next phase of your life, not the end of it. That is why it is celebrated and talked about, instead of mourning it. It is a beautiful celebration of life.
Kevin Guth: Día de Los Muertos is also known as Day of the Dead. It is a Mexican holiday celebrated from October 31 - November 2. This holiday is celebrated with colorful skull, skeletons, and food.
Gabriella Ragusa: Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Spanish holiday/tradition that celebrates the passing on of souls into the afterlife. The citizens of Mexico create altars dedicated to family members who are deceased. This celebration last for three days and includes parades, music, food, and much more.
The 4th graders created masks representing an ancestor and shared their life experiences / stories with the class. 5th graders colored "Calacas," funny skeletons that are used as decorations in Mexico. All classes discuss the movie Coco and share pictures and special stories about their ancestors with the class.
This holiday is in reference to the well known "All Saints/Soul's Day" observed by the church. Families remember their loved ones who have passed on by putting pictures, foods, music, and tell stories to younger generations. Share a special story to your child about your family members lives' and what special qualities they have given to your family now.
November 12 - Veteran's Day Program
December 14 - OLQHS Choirs sing with the Lake Charles Community Band
December 19 - OLQHS Choirs & Handbells Christmas Concert
Congratulations to our Honor Chorus Members!
ELEMENTARY HONOR CHORUS (5th grade)
JR. HIGH HONOR CHORUS MEMBERS SELECTED (6th-8th grade)
These students were selected from the 5 parish municipal parish area to represent OLQHS at the District V VOCAL MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION Honor Choir Program in February! AWESOME JOB!!!
The eighth grade yearbook staff members are busy working on grade level snap pages, while the seventh grade group learns the ins and outs of photography through the online FuelEd course. Pictured are the eighth grade staff members serving as judges for the ECC Pumpkin decorating contest.
Each year parents must be informed that the school has complied with all national standards regarding asbestos on campus. Certain vinyl floors and the panels that are below the quad windows will have to be handled appropriately if ever replaced. Our report indicates that existing asbestos is in good condition and we have the highest rating given. You are welcome to examine the asbestos file in the office if desired.