For Heaven's Sake

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - February 2019

The Principal's Corner

60 years of Catholic Education


Since the beginning of the current school year we have focused on teaching our students an appreciation for the gift that OLQH school is to our community. It has been a great deal of fun for me as I have learned much about the school’s history, and I hope you have as well. We will continue to teach our students about the rich tradition of a quality educational program rooted in our Catholic faith is a legacy of excellence.


I would like to thank all those who attended our annual auction in support of this legacy of educational excellence at OLQHS. A special note of thanks to all those who graciously gave up their time and talents to serve on our various auction committees; Beth Melancon, Jennifer Garcille, Kelli Wimberly, Erin Howle, Laura Beth Prejean, Marcie Harper, Amy Dufrene, Emily Irwin, April Morton, Lori Sansivirini, Emily Irwin, Katie Thompson, Suzanne McCann, Angel Thompson-Broussard, Molly LeCronier, Lindsey Caraway, Emily Stine and Erin Shamburger. As you can tell, it takes a lot of dedicated people to make an event of such a magnitude a success. It was an incredible night and we all owe you all such a debt of gratitude.


These efforts to support our school will enable us to continue to serve our Lord by living and sharing his message of love and gratitude with our next generation of leaders. My prayer for all moving forward is that we all allow our light to continue to shine.


Peace,

Trevor Donnelly

Principal -OLQHS

What's Happening at OLQHS

Important Dates!

February 13: February BDay Tshirt Day


February 14: All School Mass 9:00 am (Raffle Drawing)


February 22: Returning Student Registration Ends


February 25-27: 3rd Grade Louisiana Days


February 28: Kindergarten Mardi Gras Parade 10:00 am

* Noon Dismissal


March 1 - March 5: Mardi Gras Holiday No School

NO SCHOOL - Dates

February 28: Noon Dismissal


March 1 - March 5: Mardi Gras Holiday


March 25: Grades PK - 3rd NO SCHOOL for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Join us for Mass

February 14: All School Mass

9:00 am OLQH Church

Raffle Drawing


February 21: Elementary Mass (K - 4 grades)

8:30 am OLQH Church


February 22: Middle School Mass (5-8 grades)

9:00 am OLQH Church


March 6: Ash Wednesday Mass

9:00 am OLQH Church

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: moquin@olqhs.org to purchase your calendar!

2019-2020 Enrollment

Registration:


  • Returning student registration will last until February 22nd. Please log on to ParentsWeb to re-enroll for 2019-2020.
  • Registrations received after February 22 will pay the increased enrollment fee of $300 at the time the packet is submitted.
  • If you have questions, please contact moquin@olqhs.org


Invoices:


  • 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 pgooodwin@olqhs.org.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 60th Anniversary Soiree Auction! We truly appreciate the time and talent of all of our volunteers and the donations from our many supporters. Together we raised over $110,000 for our school! Thank you for helping us celebrate our 60th year with such an amazing event!

Catholic Schools Week

We had a wonderful Catholic Schools Week! Thank you, again to all of our parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, alumni and clergy who support our school on a daily basis. We are grateful for all you do to help OLQHS provide the highest quality Catholic education for our students.

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Yearbook Orders & Ads

The final date for yearbook orders is March 22. Ads for the 2018-2019 yearbook are now available for purchase. Order forms can be found in the front offices or email kbabineaux@olqhs.org for more information. Photos can be uploaded or a hard copy can be submitted. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Babineaux kbabineaux@olqhs.org.

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 marty.berry@lcdiocese.org.


EDGE

Food, fun, fellowship and faith formation! EDGE meets each Tuesday after school until 6:10.

PRAYING PARENTS

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.

UNLOCKED

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.

Americanism Contest

The VFW Post 2130 and its Auxiliary hosted the Americanism Contest again this year. We would like to congratulate the winners!

Kindergarten (Coloring the Flag):

  • 1st Place: Lillian Nester
  • 2nd Place: Christian Robichaux
  • 3rd Place: Mary Wallace

1st & 2nd Grade (Hand Drawn Flag):

  • 1st Place: Layla Ivey

5th Grade (Essays):

  • 1st Place: Cara Henry
  • 2nd Place: Cristina Guidry
  • 3rd Place: Gabriel Mallett

Baron Basketball

Congratulations to our 8th grade girls basketball team! They were undefeated for the second year in a row and won the CCAL Championship game last night! The CCAL boys tournament begins February 11-15 at ICCS. The 8th boys basketball team is also undefeated in their CCAL League play and just won the ICCS tournament defeating Oakdale in the finals. Go Barons!

Classroom FUN

Guest Teachers!

For our 60th anniversary year, we had some special teachers, who served OLQHS for over 20 years, come back and teach some lessons in the classroom! Some included, Mrs. Sandy Hudson, Mrs. Diane Jackson, Mrs. Gretchen Benoit and Mrs. Pam Fontenot! Take a look at some of the fun activities they planned - they certainly haven't lost their touch!

AR Goals!

These students exceeded their AR goals for the 2nd quarter by 400%!!

Congratulations to our elementary students: Jack, Sylvia, Madelyn, Griffin, Caroline, James and Andrew!

Congratulations to our middle school students: Maggie and Lily

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Pre-K

It was P...P...Pajama Day in Pre-K this Friday! We loved seeing all of their fun PJ's for the letter P!

Kindergarten

Kindergartners just sent off their class books to be published! We cannot wait to see the finished product at their Author Day this spring! They also had some fun for the 100th day of school! The cutest 100 year olds around!

1st Grade

The first grade team would like to thank each and every one of you for all the reading at home. First Grade is such an amazing time to watch your child blossom as a reader and writer. Kuddos to your children who continue give their very best to get this far!! BE ON THE LOOKOUT for future AUTHORS!!!


We also have been enjoying learning about animals and their environments. We will be ready to explore the zoo on February 12th.

2nd Grade

2nd Grade had their annual Famous Americans presentations and they were wonderful! We look forward to seeing history come to life on this day!

3rd Grade

3rd Grade has been working hard on FRACTIONS...AND having a little fun while learning about positive and negative charges.
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4th Grade

The 4th graders enjoyed their annual field trip to our State Capitol in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum!

5th Grade

Fifth graders enjoyed their annual Mining Lab field trip! Mrs. Carol Rabb from Baton Rouge has made her 11th visit to our school traveling in her gem mining bus. She travels from school to school sharing her expertise of rocks and minerals and natural resources. Students went into the mobile gem mine where they sluiced the ore in water flumes to discover their very own gem collection. They gathered over 14 different kinds of genuine minerals such as rose quartz, hematite, pyrite, garnet, fluorite, tiger's eye, agates and several kinds of quartz crystals to name a few. To add to the experience, students created a graph of their minerals and then used the data to do additional math! Fifth graders also researched info about a specific mineral. Minerals are used in many of the products we use every day. They found out the products that are made with their mineral and created a commercial about it. They had to use persuasion to sell their product along with the physical properties of their mineral. Some students made videos while others created power point presentations.

6th Grade

In November our 6th grade took their annual trip to the Sinai Jewish Temple in Lake Charles. Recently, 6th grade teacher, Dawn Courville, received notice that the Temple was placing a brick in their courtyard in honor of her and the 6th grade for their "efforts in promoting tolerance and understanding." We are so proud of Mrs. Courville and her many field trips to the Temple as part of her teaching on world history and religion.

7th Grade

Mrs. Trahan is so proud of ALL her 7th grade math students. They celebrated everyone making A's and B's on their test!!

8th Grade

8th graders are working to construct their volcanoes! They will use them in an experiment to create an eruption with their 2nd grade buddies. Each volcano will be judged and entered into a running for Grand Champion!

The Art World

Congratulations to our new Artsonia Hall of Fame students. We have two new Kindergarten students in the Hall of Fame--Beau and Relic. Ella in Second Grade is new to the Hall of Fame. It is very exciting to have two new members from the 8th Grade Fine Arts Survey--Alana and Gabriella. Great work, everyone!


In the Elementary School we are all about winter and snow. Kindergarten made some adorable penguins chatting with the snow falling around them. They made fabulous Mardi Gras masks with their own design (and glitter!). Check out Artsonia to see their work. We are now working very hard on Valentine's for some we love. In First Grade we are doing a study in perspective. They drew their pictures with a white pencil color on black construction paper. In the foreground (big) they drew a snowman and in the background they drew a house (small). Why? The farther away an object is from YOUR eye, the smaller it looks. They are coloring with cray pas. You can see them on Artsonia and in the Fine Arts Building Hallway.


The Second Grade is also using cray pas (oil pastels) to color their Emperor Penguins floating on an ice floe with two icebergs and a sunrise/sunset in the background. They are beautiful. Soon we will begin our wearable Mardi Gras Masks for the Kindergarten Mardi Gras Parade. Third Graders have been drawing "real" animals, etc. They have drawn insects (or snails), turkeys, and now are drawing penguins or seals with pencil colors. They are doing a great job!


Fourth Graders, who are praying for snow, hand cut some gorgeous snowflakes. We turned some of the snowflakes into crosses. They are now designing, decorating, coloring, glittering, and feathering their own wearable Mardi Gras Masks. There will be lots of candy thrown in their direction with these great masks.

The Seventh Grade Art Rotation class created marvelous Zentangled Mardi Gras Masks. We had Mr. Jay Bowdon, a local artist, come and show the students how to make an Abstract in his style. Each student is making their own Abstract. Mr. Bowdon will return when they are through to critique their work in the Comment section of Artsonia.


The 8th Grade Fine Arts Survey has been learning wonderful things!. They participated in an 8th Grade wide study of the great artist, Michelangelo and learned so many things about this profoundly religious genius. We also had a very special guest speaker, Mr. Jay Penfield, who spoke to the students about Theater. Mr Penfield is an Assistant Lighting Director who is now in New York working on "Kiss Me Kate". He taught the students how to analyze a script and then design either the costumes or the scenery for a play. Half of the class is doing "Hansel and Gretel" and the other half is doing "Jack and the Beanstalk". The costume designs and scenery designs will be displayed in the Fine Arts Building, as well as appearing on Artsonia.


Remember, art class is busy creating, making messes, and having FUN!!

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Mardi Gras,

Brenda Foshee, Art

Choir News

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OLQHS DISTRICT V HONOR CHORUS PARTICIPANTS!!


They have worked so hard and represented our school extremely well at the performance on Feb. 2 at the F. G. Bulber Auditorium.

Participants were:

5th Grade: Arianna Cormier, Reese Dufrene, Gianna Lewis, Gabriel Mallett, Caroline Melancon, Aidan Ritchie & Lillian Thibodeaux

6th Grade: Phillip Abshire, Meredith Hotard, Maggie Nickel, Jamilyn Oro, Jack Ortego, Kate Sanders, Colin Tanner, Millie Thompson & Adrienne Ward

7th Grade: Adley Ardoin & Gavin Bijeaux


We would also like to recognize our amazing Choir Director, Colette Tanner! She received the Teacher of the Year award for our region at the Honor Choir performance on Saturday, February 2nd. We are so proud of our choir and of you, Mrs. Tanner!

Band Events

Kemah permission slips for Band students grade 6-8 are due no later than February 28.

Upcoming events:

Grades 6-8 February 28 OLQH Mardi Gras parade 10:00 am

Grades 7-8 March 12 or 13 District V Band Assessment (adjudication festival)

Grades 6-8 March 28 Kemah Boardwalk performance 11:30 am

Grades 5-8 Spring Concert and Awards Bulber Auditorium 6:30 pm

Sowela Field Trip

Some of our 8th grade students enjoyed Career Day at Sowela!

4-H News

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

www.olqhs.org

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