For Heaven's Sake

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - August 2018

The Principal's Corner

Welcome Back!

Often times as we transition back into August from the lazy days of summer, we wonder how we can possibly accomplish everything we have on our agenda. Back to school time, combined with a busy work schedule and family life, can lead to stress and anxiety as we become overwhelmed. For adults, the day to day responsibilities are all part of our mission. Psalm 46:1-3 reads, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” We know that God gives us no more than we can handle.

In many cases children may find their responsibilities overwhelming, especially when coupled with other stresses ranging from social identity issues to homework loads. The reality of today’s school world is that expectations that are placed on children far exceed those from generations passed. Students today are required to handle much more school work at a much earlier age. When we add in a host of social factors, today’s children have what they may perceive as an insurmountable hurdle.

Our school’s priority is to provide a dynamic education based upon a positive, Christ centered, and nurturing environment for our children. I would encourage you to talk to your children and to remind them that no issue is too great or too insignificant.

Our pledge to you is that we will remain vigilant to ensure that your children are placed in a safe environment where they will be encouraged to use their God given gifts and talents in order to honor Him. If you have any concerns, please contact the school so that we may be of assistance. We have a terrific group of teachers and support personnel that will be happy to assist your child to fulfill their calling.

I pray that all of our family’s experience all of God’s graces and understand that he calls us with a mission to serve him through all things, and that he never gives us more than we can handle!


Trevor Donnelly

What's Happening at OLQHS

60th Anniversary Year!

This year, OLQH School is celebrating its 60th anniversary! We look forward to celebrating this year with you as we remember our past and look forward to our future. We have some wonderful events and activities planned to help us mark this significant milestone!

As we journey together through this year, we will keep present our theme for 2018-2019: Let Your Light Shine. The light of Christ has been burning brightly in the hearts and minds of OLQHS students, teachers, family and friends for the past 60 years. Help us continue to celebrate the light of Christ in each of us and let it always shine brightly!

Important Dates!

Monday, September 3 - LABOR DAY

No School

Wednesday, September 5 - TSHIRT DAY

Students can wear an OLQHS tshirt with jeans or uniforms shorts or pants.

Friday, September 7 - OPENING SCHOOL LITURGY

All school mass for grades PK - 8

9:00 am at OLQH Church

Wednesday, September 19 - SCHOOL PICTURES

All students will take their picture for the yearbook.

Football and Baronettes will take group pictures.

Monday, September 24 - SKATE NIGHT

6:00 - 8:00 pm at Skate City


OLQHS will have 2 teacher in-service days in October. Grades PK - 3rd will also have a conference day. Please make note of these dates on your calendar.

Monday, October 8th - NO SCHOOL (teacher in-service)

Monday, October 15 - NO SCHOOL (teacher in-service for OLQHS only, other Diocesan schools will be in session)

Monday, October 29 - PK - 3rd grade conference day NO SCHOOL for grades PK - 3rd

Join us for Mass

Friday, September 7th: Opening School Liturgy 9:00 am OLQH Church

Thursday, September 13th: Elementary Mass (grades PK - 4th) 9:00 am OLQH Church

Friday, September 14th: Middle School Mass (grades 5-8) 9:00 am OLQH Church

Thursday, September 20th: Elementary Mass (grades K - 4th) 8:30 am OLQH Church

Friday, September 21st: Middle School Mass (grades 5-8) 9:00 am OLQH Church

Thursday, September 27th: Elementary Mass (grades K - 4th) 9:00 am OLQH Church

Friday, September 28th: Middle School Mass (grades 5-8) 9:00 am OLQH Church

Baron Sports!

The football and volleyball teams kick off their seasons in September! Please stay up to date with the game schedules by visiting the RenWeb calendar or our website by clicking here.

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.

Heavenly Fish Fest

Join us Saturday, September 22 for our annual family fishing tournament!

Fish from boat, pier or land beginning at 6:00 am and come weigh in your catch from 11:00 - 1:00 pm at Calcasieu Point Landing! We will have prizes for all students weighing in! Click here for more information about the weigh-in.

We will have pizza, courtesy of Henderson Hunt Brother Pizza Community Care-A-Van and snow cones from Kona Ice for all to enjoy!

Click here to register or purchase an event t-shirt!

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Yearbook News

The 2017-2018 SPIRIT yearbooks have been distributed. We have a few extras if you missed out and would like to purchase one.

They are $40. Please send an email to or

Order forms for the 2018-2019 yearbooks will be sent out via email by mid-September.


OLQH Church has a new system for dispersing church parish information. Please sign up with flocknote to receive email or text updates on happenings at the parish!

To sign up: visit OR text olqhlc to 84576

Student Council Officers 2018-2019

Congratulations to our Student Council Officers!

Hannah Williams---Commissioner General

Ali Myers----Assistant Commissioner General

William Bright---Commissioner of Records and Correspondence

Gabbie Link----Commissioner of Finance

James Reina---Commissioner of School Spirit

Stef Santacoloma---Commissioner of Special Affairs

Josh Gillett---Commissioner-at-large

Grace Link---Commissioner-at-large

Mary Claire Groves---Commissioner-at-large

Donovan LaSalle---Commissioner-at-large

Mia Hanks----Commissioner-at-large

Ethan Posch---Commissioner-at-large

Class Representative elections will be held in September.

BETA Officers 2018-2019

Congratulations to our BETA Officers!

Elena Guidry—President

Alana Arrendondo—Vice President

Lauren Ledet---Secretary

Preston Radde--Treasure

Grace Burr/Julia Fontenot—Reporter

Maddie Sonnier-Chaplain

OLQH Cheer

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Cheerleaders! They participated in the Diocesan cheer camp over the summer and did an amazing job representing our school. Several placed in individual competitions at camp: Ali Myers placed first in the tumble off. Isabella Lundy, Ali Myers, Hannah Williams, Mia Hanks and Grace Link were named All American Cheerleader. We are so proud of all our cheerleaders!

2018-2019 Cheerleaders pictured below (L to R): Elena Guidry, Mary Claire Groves, Avery Heinen, Mia Hanks, Jenna-Kathryn Bruno, Ali Myers, Isabella Lundy, Ida Hoover, Hannah Williams, Madison Blanchette, Kyndal Kohnke, Aubrey Gilbert and Grace Link

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Pre-K Family Pot Luck!

Thanks to all of our Pre-K families who came out to the Pot Luck Dinner Thursday night! We hope you all are loving OLQHS! Welcome to our wonderful school family!

Classroom FUN


Pre-K students worked hard building their own versions of Noah's Ark and had FUN with a kinesthetic learning exercise with shaving cream!

Kindergarten STEAM

The kindergarten classes are having fun with their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities. They are working hard and expanding their beautiful minds!

1st Grade - Reading!

It has been a great start in First Grade. We have learned that every word has to have a vowel! YAY! We reviewed number words and color words and started partner reading, which allows for each student to take a turn reading & provide each other with feedback. We are continuing to discoverthe awesomeness of God's creation every day. Look out.... our learning continues!!

2nd Grade & 8th Grade Buddies!

The second graders enjoyed meeting their eighth grade buddies for the first time! We cannot wait to see all the wonderful things these buddies will do together this year!

3rd Grade

The 3rd graders have been busy!!

Students in Mrs. Thibodeaux’s third grade class were assigned numbers 200 through 2,000 and it only took them 45 seconds to order themselves from least to greatest without talking!!

Some of the 3rd graders went on a nature walk to explore God's creation in our every day life!

And they enjoyed working with teams to sort the different types of maps as a review for their test.

4th Grade - Electric Circuits

Our 4th graders had fun this week working together and creating their own models of electric circuits!

5th Grade - Egg Drop

The fifth graders have been using their creativity as part of the egg drop experiment. They are working together in groups to make safe containers for the eggs, so they will survive a significant drop!

6th Grade - Map Skills

6th graders had a “Map Skills Boot Camp” to practice reading many different kinds of maps!

7th & 8th Grade Kahoot!

The 7th and 8th graders are so excited to start the school year with their new chrome books. They are using their chrome books in Mrs. Trahan’s math class to use an app called Kahoot! It allows them to competitively assess their knowledge on particular skills. Everyone wants to get the first place prize!

7th Grade

7th grade is off to a great start!

students have been in a “writing workshop” this past week. The assignment was to write a narrative story to continue Where the Red Fern Grows. They wrote rough drafts, peer edited, and are now typing the final drafts using their chrome books.

Students in 7th grade Social Studies are learning about geography. We have worked on using maps and globes, using latitude and longitude to find absolute location, and reviewed types of land forms, as well as the continents and oceans. We have also learned about how geographers organize the study of geography into categories known as the 5 Themes of Geography and the 6 Essential Elements of Geography. For the past few days, the 7th graders have been applying this knowledge of geography to create their own maps. Each student has created a map that shows how they get from school to home. They had to include the streets they use and the distances traveled, and a compass rose, as well as any landmarks or physical geographic features they pass on the way home.

The Art World

We are getting off to a wonderful start. There are already 66 pictures on Artsonia. Go and check them out. Kindergarten and First Grade Parents need to sign their children up for Artsonia. It's free. Our online museum (Artsonia) gives family members, wherever they are, the opportunity to participate in their loved one's growth as a student of the arts. The families are emailed each time a piece of their child's art is uploaded. There is a section where families and friends can comment and encourage the student, therefore boosting the child's confidence and "can do" spirit. Kids just love to see their work online. Please sign up as soon as possible.

In Kindergarten we are studying lines. We learned to make a spider web and then draw a spider to cut out and glue to the web. First graders are doing their own self portrait, learning how to draw a person and learning hair and eye colors. Second graders are studying the six basic shapes and finding them in the "real" world. They must draw something with a circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, and diamond. Check out their artwork at

I read the third graders their first AR Art/Music Biography, "Camille and the Sunflowers" (about the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh), and most of them took the test. They receive stickers, a piece of candy, bonus points on their grade, and are in the running for a big prize at the end of the year. Truly a win-win situation for all. This week, in third grade, we studied the composition of a picture. Most are formal, informal, or radial and I showed them examples of famous pictures in each category. Using the six basic shapes, the students showed an example of one of the three--formal, informal, or radial.

In fourth grade the students learned to do Blind Contour and Real Drawings. The first week we drew our hands and the second week we took off our shoe and drew it. These two items are challenging to draw. Check out their achievements on Artsonia. Fourth graders are also participating in the AR Art/Music Biography Reading.

We have started the new year with an exciting new class, the 8th Grade Fine Arts Survey (for High School Credit). We are learning the vocabulary of Art so that we can discuss the great works of Art and critique them. Our first project is to make a cover for their notebooks. The students are making zentangles for the covers. They are the best looking notebook covers on campus! The 7th Grade Band/Chorus Art students are also making a zentangle in either an oval or circle. They are looking great!

Remember in Art class we are being creative, making messes, and having FUN,

Brenda Foshee, Art

Baron Band

The Baron Band has been getting ready! The 5th grade band just started playing together for the first time and the 6-8 graders are reviewing their pieces from last year. We love our Baron Band and can't wait to hear them perform at the pep rallies!

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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