FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School :: March 6th, 2015

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Dear Parents and Members of the OLQHS Community

Mrs. Jane Piraro and Mrs. Marguerite LeDoux will be retiring at the end of this school year. These two wonderful women have given so much of themselves to make OLQHS such a great place for our students to learn and to feel safe. They have put in many years at our school. Over the years, they have changed positions and subjects they have taught. Both have always given their all to further the development of their students. Needless to say, they will be difficult to replace not just because of their skills but for who they are. Jane and Marguerite are both looking forward to their well deserved retirements. I hope their lives with be full of good health and enjoyable activities. The activities they have put aside in their devotion to Our Lady Queen of Heaven School.

Mrs. Len Pousson will not return next year as the Kindergarten aide. She saw a need at OLQHS this year and was willing to help fill the void. I thank her so much for thoughtfulness and her dedication to our school. She has been an excellent aide and friend.

Therefore, the school is looking for someone to become the Middle School Coordinator and the 8th grade ELA teacher. If you are interested, please contact the office for an application.


Reminder that Registration Fees will be drafted on March 27th of $250.00


This is the day that the Lord has made Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 118:24)


OLQHS is an in creditable place to be!

Ms. JoAnn Wallwork

1st Grade to Abraham's Tent

During the season of Lent, it is often very difficult for young children to successfully "give up" something. We approach the season of Lent as a time to show love and kindness to others. First graders have earned money for doing chores and completed a chore sheet for helping others. With the money earned students went to purchase can goods at Albertson's for Abraham's Tent. What a great experience it was to show our love for God and others the Lenten season.
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Our Faith

THE WAY OF THE CROSS

In the Christian West few pious practices are as loved as the Way of the Cross, a devotion which recalls with mindful affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his earthly life: from when he and his disciples, « after psalms had been sung, left for the Mount of Olives» (Mk 14, 26), until the Lord was taken to the « place called Golgotha, The Skull » (Mk 15, 22), to be crucified and then buried in a garden nearby, in a new tomb hewn out of the rock.


A way traced by the Spirit

The life of Jesus is a journey traced by the Spirit: at the beginning of the mission the Spirit leads him into the desert (cf. Lk 4, 1); and then, as a divine fire burning in his breast, drives him to walk the way to Calvary (cf. Lk 12, 49-50).

The last stage of the journey is unspeakably hard and painful. The evangelists lingered, although with moderation, over the description of the Way of the Cross which the Son of God and Son of man walked out of love for the Father and for humanity. Each step of Jesus is one step closer to the accomplishment of the plan of salvation: to the hour of universal forgiveness (cf. Lk 23, 34), the pierced Heart – the opening of an inextinguishable fountain of grace - (cf. Jn 19, 34), the immolation of the true Paschal Lamb, of whom not one bone will be broken (cf. Jn 19, 36), the gift of the Mother (cf. Jn 19, 26-27) and of the Spirit (cf. Mt 27, 50). Every new suffering of Jesus is a seed of future joy for humanity, every jeer, a premise of glory. Along that way of suffering Jesus' every meeting - with friends, with enemies, with the indifferent - is a chance for one final lesson, one last look, one supreme offer of reconciliation and peace.

New Family Registration

Please invite new families to come visit our school and see all the wonderful programs we have to offer! New family registration begins Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 am. To receive registration information or to schedule a tour of OLQHS, please contact Megan O’Quin at moquin@olqhs.org or contact the school office – 477-7349.

OLQH School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality or ethnic origin.

PTC Family Fun Night

Mark your calendars for a fun night of pizza and BINGO! There will also be hotdogs, door prizes, music and the Baron Mascot. Come out and join us for a fun filled night!!

Thursday, March 12 5:30 at the FLCC Gym

AUCTION TIME!

The annual school auction is coming up on Friday, April 24th!

The theme this year is Spring is in the Air! It’s going to be a great event – please plan to join us!

You will receive information on tickets soon!

Also, be on the lookout for information and emails about helping with item donation, sponsorship, theme baskets, sweet shop, parties and more! If you would like to volunteer to help for this event, please contact Beth Melancon: bethmelancon@hotmail.com. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Instant Wisdom

Bullying Definition

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

· An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

· Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Caught You Being Good this week at OLQHS!! Let’s Celebrate!

  • Brady Monlezun in 2nd grade was caught holding the door opened for his Mom one morning. Good job, Brady!!!
  • James Reina for helping a friend learn vocabulary in Spanish class.
  • Hagen David, Matthew Houston, Travis Hinton, Bryce Reed, Sam Drouilhet, and Austin Mulrine for their great participation in Mass last week.
  • Thanks to Stephen Ayers for staying after school to help load all the beads for the Autism Society. Mr. Mel Lazo and Mr. Tyrone also pitched in to help out.
  • Charlie Kuehn and Jenna McNamara are wonderful examples of being the “Light of Christ” to others. They always go out of their way to help their classmates and always make sure no one is alone at recess.
  • Maddie Sonnier and Mia Medlin have been gracious helpers to their team. They always make sure their partners have written their notes and packed their supplies at the end of the day. They have even written their partners work several times! Thank you, girls, for being great role models!
  • All of you who brought in your Mardi Gras Beads to help the Society, Great job!! The two women that showed up to collect the beads were over-whelmed and extremely grateful!!

Reluctant Reader Remedies

Charles Swindoll began a blog post on contradictory truths with the following:

Tom Landry, the late head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was once quoted as saying something like this:


"I have a job to do that is not very complicated, but it is often difficult: to get a group of men to do what they don't want to do so they can achieve the one thing they have wanted all their lives."

Coach Landry, in that seemingly contradictory statement, described what discipline is all about . . . doing what we don't want to do so we can accomplish what we've always wanted. ("Contradictory Truths, Part One." Insight for Living, July 31, 2009)


For a variety of reasons, attaining the discipline of reading can be painful for our most reluctant readers. They may tell us they don’t really care about reading, but if we could wave a magic wand and make them accurate, fluent, expressive, comprehending readers, not one of them would turn us down. But there isn’t such a wand, and we know that they will never become enthusiastic readers if they don’t read. So how can we get them to do what they don’t want to do in order to help them become what they must?

According to the Kids and Family Reading Report, the most likely reason our reluctant readers avoid reading is that they have trouble finding books they want to read.

Whether we work with 5-year-olds or 15-year-olds, we can help our reluctant readers by,

  1. making sure we have high-interest books at their reading level;
  2. providing as much choice as possible;
  3. buying, begging for, and borrowing books that match their personal interests;
  4. reading as many books as we can that match our students’ reading levels;
  5. staying up on the newest books, current trends, and must-have titles;
  6. giving weekly book talks to pique interest and promote titles; and
  7. reading the first chapter of a book we know they’ll love, and then handing it over.


Our hardest job, and highest calling, may very well be that of matchmaker, helping our most reluctant readers fall in love . . . with books.

Grade Level Information

4th Grade

Mrs. Adrienne’s 4th Grade reading class is reading a suspenseful novel about the Nazi invasion. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is set in Denmark during World War II as the entire Jewish population is being smuggled into Sweden. There they will be free. Anneleigh Johansen and her family have discovered that sometimes ordinary people are called upon to be braver than they ever thought they could be as Denmark is called to be “bodyguards” for the Jews in their country. This book has been a classroom favorite for years.


5th Grade

Some of our 5th grade students will be participating in the Mighty Mu Competition on Saturday, March 14 at Barbe High School.


One of my fifth grade social studies students Emma Cobb won the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) contest for our region, and her essay has also been selected to compete at the state level!

Heather Broussard


5th Grade is tracking the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska

Ms. Racca’s 5th grade class will be reading the novel Woodsong by three-time Newberry honor author Gary Paulsen. In this book, Paulsen remembers and shares many of his amazing experiences as he gets his first team of sled dogs and later begins training for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. The Iditarod is considered to be “The Last Great Race on Earth”, and the official start of the race is Sunday, March 8nd. In addition to reading the novel, students will be assigned a musher in the actual race to research and document daily progress as they make the journey from Anchorage to Nome. Students will be responsible for various other assignments like, completing a scavenger hunt to learn about the history of the Iditarod, time conversions from Alaskan time to Central time, writing a newspaper article about the upcoming race, and writing a biography about their musher.


6th Grade

The 6th grade BETA club sponsored a wonderful service project to begin the Lenten season. Our school collected over 35,000 Mardi Gras beads for the Autism Society! This is the Autism Society’s biggest fundraiser. They sort the beads and sell them the following year. Congratulations to Mrs. Courville’s homeroom for winning the pizza party! They collected 7116 beads! Second place was Mrs. Cobb’s class with 3531 beads, and third place was Mrs. Lindsey’s class with 3498 beads! A big THANK YOU to all who donated to this very worthy cause!


7th Grade

Seventh grade is working on a research project. Each student has a different topic and they will present their research to the class next week.


8th Grade

Friendly aliens are invading the 8th grade. Mrs. Fagan’s science classes will be following their journey to Earth through each of the atmospheric layers. Once they are on our planet they must be very careful of our natural weather forces so our students also will spend time learning about Earth’s weather and the forces that could harm our new friends. In Mrs. LeDoux’s class our students will read a fabulous literary piece about our new alien friends time on Earth.

The Art World

There are many new members of the Artsonia Hall of Fame this month. They are 7th Graders Emily LaBiche, Jillian Sedano, and Adam Courville; 5th Graders Luke Courville, Gavin Bell, and Lauren Louiviere; 2nd Graders Reece Furman and Jack Ortego; 1st Graders Aidan Ritchie and Weston Walker; and Kindergartener Nacey Guillory. Congratulations to you all!

As usual, we are very busy this time of year in Art Class. The Eighth Graders are beginning to paint their Tiger/Cat wildly grown long handle gourds (with wildly curving tails). Seventh Graders are painting their Indian Prayer Bowls. Fifth Graders are in the middle of two projects; first, they are finishing their designs for their Indian (or Day of the Dead) Masks; second, they are working on copying the Great Masters by copying (and coloring in pencil colors) a Western scene from the artist Albert Bierstadt. They REALLY are busy!

Fourth Graders are beginning their very famous Picasso-style portraits. It is hard work, but the pictures are crazy and bright. It is usually a favorite of the parents. Thirds graders are finishing their portraits of Mary of Guadalupe in cray pas (oil pastels). They will soon be on display (another parental favorite). Second graders are learning to weave by making an Egg place mat for Easter. First Graders are making a “new” cover for an “old” Caldecott. Caldecott Award Winning Books have won the award for their illustrations. Using the design and style of their artist, the first graders are making a new cover.

Now, Kindergarten is really having fun! We are making our own “Cracked Easter Egg Family” with an egg shaped creature representing each member of the family, including pets. They will use their coloring skills, their cutting skills (to cut out each member of the family), and their imaginations. They will have each egg member of their family glued to a big sheet of paper and they will have to draw a beautiful Spring day all around them. They will also use their writing skills because they have to write, “My Cracked Easter Egg Family” across the top, and that is a lot of writing for Kindergarten!

Please remember to check your child’s artwork on Artsonia and make comments. They love to hear that you appreciate their work. Remember, we are busy creating, making messes, but most of all, having FUN!

Brenda Foshee, Art

Elementary Technology

Students in 2nd – 5th grade have been learning how to do research on the internet. Second graders are working with a partner to find information on different animals. Third and fourth graders chose different states to research and are working in groups to use this information to create Powerpoint presentations. Fifth graders chose a famous person to research and they are also creating Powerpoint presentations

Spanish

Great work all of 4th grade. They are spreading the good news in Spanish by applying what they learned in class and saying their Blessing in Spanish before they go to lunch!

6th grade: Made Paper Mache Piñatas as well as learned the song and history behind the tradition.

Spanish I 8th grade: Made Guatemalan worry dolls, Ojo de Dios, and huipiles from Guatemala. They are about to have a fashion show with their own traditional wear representing Guatemala in Spanish.

OLQHS Golf Classic – March 13th

The OLQHS Golf Classic is Next Week, Friday March 13th!

If you are still interested in playing, please contact Megan O’Quin at moquin@olqhs.org. The tournament will be held at the Lake Charles Country Club, with lunch at 11:00 and tee off at noon. Special thanks to our event committee: Mark Lundy, Ric Sanders, Billy Gage, Randy Billedeaux and Brad Trevino!

Run for Others

The special education and resource teachers would like to thank Mrs.Wallwork, Mr. Crosby, Mrs. Piraro, Mrs. Posch, Mrs. Pam Goodwin, Mrs.Cutrera, Mrs. Stokeld, Mrs. O'Quin, Sra. Smith, Mr. Rivero, and Mr. Tyrone for coming out and weathering the cold to help us out with the Run for Others! We would also like to give a big thank you to Lake Area Runners for donating their time and energy, to Ainsley's Angels for coming out in full force, to all of our generous sponsors, and to all of our runners who came out a participated in both the 'Fun Run' and 5k. We are so appreciative of each one of you!!


Thank you to all the sponsors, this would not happen without your support!!!

Knight of Columbus

J. William Groves Jr. MD

Mark, Lillian, Thomas, and Isabella Lundy; Emma Grace & Cooper Gregory; Harlow Lawn Mower Sales; Maggie Bruchhaus; RBB Implants; Lake Area Marine; Gill, Bright Animal Hospital; Randy M. Goodloe AIA APAC; Gulf Coast Rubber and Gasket; Chad and Michelle Mudd Family; Michael B. Williamson D.D.S.

David and Jennifer Bushnell

Stine Home and Yard

Chamberlain Properties LLC

Chamberlain Construction LLC

Kaden and Kolt Styron

ENT & Allergy Clinic, Dr. Brad Lebert

Sanders Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Clinic of SWLA

Crawford Orthodontics

Maverick Demolle at Autoplex 2000 in Sulphur; Stuart G. Landry, MD; Mike and Kathy Heinen; HAP; Lake Charles Filtration, LLC; La-Tex Rubber and Specialties; My Team Triumph- Ainsley's Angels of Southwest Louisiana; AXIALL Dan Flavin; Billy Navarre Chevrolet

Bolton Construction

Chris Armentor from Lake Area Runners


Kelly Demolle, Intervention 6 - 8

Blair Arceneaux, Intervention 3 - 5

Adrienne Link, Intervention pre-k - 2

Cheryl LeBlanc, Speech

OLQHS at Work :: NASA HOUSTON

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Music/Choir

CONGRATULATIONS to the following VOCAL SOLO & ENSEMBLE Participants at the District Festival on February 28. They represented our school very well and we are very proud of them.


Ensembles:

5th Grade Ensemble ::: Excellent

6th Grade Ensemble #1 (Simple Gifts) ::: Excellent

Jr. High Ensemble #1 (Da Pacem Domine) ::: Superior

Jr. High Ensemble #2 (Dona Nobis Pacem) ::: Excellent

Trio #1 (At the Foot of Yonder Mountain) ::: Excellent

Duet #1 (Skye Boat Song) ::: Superior


Solos:

Megan McGee ::: Excellent

Jane Claire Radde :::: Superior

Claire Basone ::: Superior

Sophie Stine ::: Superior

Allie Snider ::: Superior

Aly Clouse ::: Superior


***THE DISTRICT CHOIR & BAND FESTIVALS IS QUICKLY APPROACHING! THE FESTIVALS WILL BE HELD MARCH 24-26. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INFORMATION WILL BE COMING SOON ABOUT PERFORMANCE TIMES.

Culinary Club

6th grade Culinary students visited CiCi’s Pizza. They learned how to make pizzas and were able to make their own pizza. 7th grade Culinary Club visited the different restaurants at L’Auberge. They were able to watch the chefs make different foods like fruit sushi, fried macaroni and cheese, pasta, beef sliders, hot tamales, and even watched a chef create a sugar sculpture. Then they enjoyed a delicious assorted pasta meal. Thank you to James English at CiCi’s and Stephanie Miller at L’Auberge for an awesome trip.

Basketball

The 2014-15 Basketball season has recently finished. The 7th grade girls went undefeated in League play and the 8th girls finished second. Our 7th grade girls, 8th grade girls and 8th grade boys all reached the CCAL League tournament finals. Congratulations! We would like to thank all our volunteer basketball coaches: Stephen LaFrague, John Henning, Brent Fusilier, David Courville, Dean Tassin, Alicia Williams, Dawn Hinton, Mark Medlin, Talmidge Bryant, David Bruchhaus, Brad Hanks, Emily Doumite, and Benard Chatters. Go Barons! Golf and track practices are on the way with the track meets scheduled for March 28th (7th-8th), April 18th (5th-6th), and April 25th (CCAL).

Yearbook News

The yearbook staff is busy designing panel and snap shot pages and preparing for yearbook deadlines. The last day to order a yearbook and to purchase ads is Friday, March 20th. If you have questions about yearbook orders, email kbabineaux@olqhs.org. or pbeverung@olqhs.org. If you questions about ads, email ctanner@olqhs.org. ctanner@olqhs.org

TAX FORMS 2014

If a tax form is needed for 2014 school tuition please email Pam Goodwin at pgoodwin@olqhs.org. or call the school at 477-7349 with student’s name(s). The report can be emailed or sent one home with your student.

OLQHS is a Cell Phone Free Zone

Please when driving through carline; remember that school zones are cell phone free zones. The crossing guards as well as duty teachers have noticed that there are quite a few people who are on their cell phones while picking up their children. When the Louisiana legislature voted the cell phone free zones into law, I am sure they were concerned with the safety of the children of Louisiana.

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.

About Our School

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School

Lake Charles, LA 70605

Phone: 337.477.7349

Fax: 337.477.7384