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.


Trevor Donnelly


What's Happening at OLQHS

Important Dates!

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


We will be out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 19 - 23!

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!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 60th Anniversary Mass on October 12th! It was a wonderful kickoff to our anniversary year! We were honored to have five past principals, and countless former faculty members, join us for the celebration! After the liturgy, a special presentation was made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who oversaw the administration of our school from the beginning until 1983. Here are some pictures below from our anniversary liturgy as well as our fun 60's dress up day!

60's dress up day!

60th Anniversary Calendar!

Purchase a special edition 60th anniversary calendar for $30!

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: 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

Baron Champions!

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!

Living Rosary

Thank you to all who participated in our Living Rosary on October 24th. It was a wonderful time of prayer together!

Carnival FUN!

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to the Carnival last Sunday! The weather was beautiful and we know the kids had an amazing time!! We want to thank each and every one of our parents, teachers and friends who worked this event. Very special thanks to Erin Nickel, the Carnival Chair and her committee members, as well as all of the wonderful cooks! Thank you!

Carnival Sponsors:


Mike and Dawn Williamson

Strong Man

Billy Navarre

DeRosier Law Firm

Nederland Jewelers

Baron Sponsors

Diamond Level

Center for Orthopaedics – Dr. J. Trappey

Charlie Thompson Family

Silver Level

Drs. Carl and Mary Churchman

Dubois Sheet Metal

In Memory of Dale Billeaudeaux

Lefort Orthodontics

Morgan Stanley

Dr. Luke and Alicia Williams

Bronze Level

Abell & Son, Inc.

Drs. Jason and Jacquelyn Braud

Children’s Clinic of SWLA

Crawford Orthodontics

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

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Holy Water Fonts

We will be placing holy water fonts into each classroom. We would like to thank Bart and JoAnn Pickett and their children David Pickett, Donna Pickett Landry and Kevin Pickett for donating half of the holy water fonts needed. We are truly grateful for this generous and thoughtful gift!
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Immaculee Ilibagiza is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book: Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan genocide.

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.

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Operation Christmas Child!

We will begin our annual Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection on November 5th - 16th! Please be on the lookout for more information to come! Click here to learn more about the Operation Christmas Child program.
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Yearbook News

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 or

OLQH Youth Ministry

OLQH Youth Ministry has several activities for students in grades 6-8. If you would like more information on the activities listed below, click here or contact Marty Berry


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.

Classroom FUN


Pre-K has been learning so much! They covered the letter S and had fun with SILLY SOCK and SUNGLASSES day. They also have loved having the 5th grade come and read Halloween books to them!


Kindergarten is having fun! They had Pajama Day for the letter P and have been learning some spooky Halloween songs with Mrs. Tanner! They are looking forward to their Thanksgiving Feast in November!

1st Grade

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!

Our 2nd and 8th grade buddies got together this week and made pumpkin prayers! They love spending time together!

2nd & 3rd Grade AR Goals!

2nd and 3rd graders are working hard and reading like crazy! Here are just a few ways we are celebrating AR goals!

3rd & 2nd Grade Kagan Strategies

3rd and 2nd grades have had fun putting into practice Kagan learning strategies! 3rd grade used “Swap Talk” (a KAGAN classbuilder) to share one thing they will do over the long weekend!2nd graders had to find their match for standard and expanded form by asking each other questions about numbers.

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!!

6th Grade

6th graders had so much fun learning about chemistry at the Chem Expo at the Civic Center! They have also been busy learning about Ancient Egypt. They wrote their name in hieroglyphics on a cartouche! Egyptian mummies, death masks, pyramids and more will be coming soon to the 6th grade hallway!

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!

Library News

The following student have already become AR STARS:

2nd grade - Sylvia Armentor

6th grade - Thomas Bebee, Lily Buckles, Natalia Reyes

Thanks to the parents and teachers for a very successful BOOK Fair in October!

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.

Choir News

Upcoming Events:

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!


Morgan Churchman

Ariana Cormier

Reese Dufrene

Camille Hanley

Alayna Lefort

Gianna Lewis

Gabriel Mallett

Caroline Melancon

Aidan Ritchie

Abbie Snider

Lillian Thibodeaux

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!!!

Adley Ardoin
Meredith Hotard
Maggie Nickel
Jamilyn Oro
Kate Sanders
Millie Thompson

Adrienne Ward
Colin Tanner
Phillip Abshire
Gavin Bijeaux

Jack Ortego

Yearbook Staff

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.

asbestos statement

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.

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School

3908 Creole Street

Lake Charles, LA 70605

(337) 477-7349 - Main Office

(337) 564-5376 - Middle School

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