Our Lady Queen of Heaven School :: December 10th, 2014

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Dear Parents and Members of the OLQHS Community

The faculty and staff would like to thank the entire Our Lady Queen of Community for its generous gifts and thoughtfulness during the Christmas season. We all enjoyed the many wonderful sweets, family cards and kind gifts.

The Technology Department at OLQHS has been working hard to launch our new Chromebook program for our 8th graders. We have written a handbook establishing requirements, we have purchased insurance, covers, teachers have been receiving training and we are planning the parent meetings. All parents will be required to attend a meeting before their child receives their Chromebook. The teachers are excited and nervous about using the Chromebooks. At first, we will all be experimenting with the wide capabilities of the books. Of course, we worry about keeping the uses of the Chromebook for educational purposes only. As we navigate the 21st century, excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. This is the wave of the future and OLQHS must ride the wave.

As we commemorate Catholic Schools Week, January 25 – 30, we will celebrate various members of our community. Our Alumni Mass will honor the classes of 1968 and 1990. The Mass will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 9:00. The 8th Grade/Faculty Volleyball will be Wednesday, January 28. The 8th Grade Mass will be on Wednesday at the Cathedral at 9:30. On Sunday, January 25, we encourage our students and staff to wear their uniforms to Church. If a student or staff member wears their uniform to church, they may have a jean day on Monday, January 26.

The faculty and staff are putting the final touches on our SACS/AdvancEd evaluation. It has been an eye opener for all of us. I love to realize all the wonderful aspects of OLQHS but I also can see there are areas that need improvement. It is exciting to begin to work on these areas because learning is fun. Change can be a challenge but if our children are better served, it must be accomplished.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.“

(Psalm 51:10)

OLQHS is an in creditable place to be!

Ms. JoAnn Wallwork

New Family Tours

Invite new families to join our OLQHS community! Tours will be held Tuesday, January 20 & February 3 & 10 at 8:30 am, as well as at Open House on January 26 at 6:00 pm. For more information on new family tours or registration contact Megan O’Quin at


Open House – Monday, January 26 at 6:00 in school cafeteria.

  • New Families go to library

Our Open House this January is for all current parents and well as prospective parents. If you know of a family that is interested in becoming a part of the OLQHS community, please encourage them to attend. There will be tours and registration information available. For more information on open house, tours or new family registration please contact Megan O’Quin:

OLQHS Upcoming Events

  • Catholic Schools Week – January 25 – January 30
  • Come ROLL with us! Support OLQHS by riding with your friends at a special ROLL indoor cycling class – just for us! All proceeds benefit OLQHS. Sign-up forms will be in the front office. Saturday, January 24

10:00 am & 11:00 am (when first class fills)

$20/person not to exceed $60/family

  • The 2015-2016 Registration Packets will be going out on 2/04/15. All accounts need to be current to receive next year’s registration packet. All registration fees will be drafted through FACTS on March 27, 2015. If paying by check, or if you do not receive your registration packet, you must see Pam Goodwin in the accounting office.

Instant Wisdom

Homework Routines

Tasks are easiest to accomplish when tied to specific routines. By establishing daily routines for homework completion, you will not only make homework go more smoothly, but you will also be fostering a sense of order your child can apply to later life, including college and work.

Step 1. Find a location in the house where homework will be done. The right location will depend on your child and the culture of your family. Some children do best at a desk in their bedroom. It is a quiet location, away from the hubbub of family noise. Other children become too distracted by the things they keep in their bedroom and do better at a place removed from those distractions, like the dining room table. Some children need to work by themselves. Others need to have parents nearby to help keep them on task and to answer questions when problems arise. Ask your child where the best place is to work. Both you and your child need to discuss pros and cons of different settings to arrive at a mutually agreed upon location.

Step 2. Set up a homework center. Once you and your child have identified a location, fix it up as a home office/homework center. Make sure there is a clear workspace large enough to set out all the materials necessary for completing assignments. Outfit the homework center with the kinds of supplies your child is most likely to need, such as pencils, pens, colored markers, rulers, scissors, a dictionary and thesaurus, graph paper, construction paper, glue and cellophane tape, lined paper, a calculator, spell checker, and, depending on the age and needs of your child, a computer or laptop. If the homework center is a place that will be used for other things (such as the dining room table), then your child can keep the supplies in a portable crate or bin. If possible, the homework center should include a bulletin board that can hold a monthly calendar on which your child can keep track of long term assignments. Allowing children some leeway in decorating the homework center can help them feel at home there, but you should be careful that it does not become too cluttered with distracting materials.

Step 3. Establish a homework time. Your child should get in the habit of doing homework at the same time every day. The time may vary depending on the individual child. Some children need a break right after school to get some exercise and have a snack. Others need to start homework while they are still in a school mode (i.e., right after school when there is still some momentum left from getting through the day). In general, it may be best to get homework done either before dinner or as early in the evening as the child can tolerate. The later it gets, the more tired the child becomes and the more slowly the homework gets done.

Step 4. Establish a daily homework schedule. In general, at least into middle school, the homework session should begin with your sitting down with your child and drawing up a homework schedule. You should review all the assignments and make sure your child understands them and has all the necessary materials. Ask your child to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment. Then ask when each assignment will get started. If your child needs help with any assignment, then this should be determined at the beginning so that the start times can take into account parent availability. A Daily Homework Planner is included at the end of this handout and contains a place for identifying when breaks may be taken and what rewards may be earned.

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

  • Congratulations to all the wonderful singers and musicians who performed at our Christmas Mass. You did an awesome job!!!
  • Christopher Fontenot and Griffin Morein helped Mrs. Stokeld all day in the concession stand at the Beta Convention.

Pope Francis

When Pope Francis met before Christmas with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. The list sounded remarkably like suggestions for New Year’s resolutions:

– “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

– “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

– “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

– “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

– “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”

– “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”

– “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”

– “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”

– “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”

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.

OLQHS Annual "Run for Others"

Saturday, Feb. 28th, 7am

3908 Creole St

Lake Charles, LA

At 9:00am this year as opposed to 7:00am in previous years.

Money for Sponsors AND Runners is due Jan 30th!

There will be a t-shirt day sometime in March for 2015 RFO's t-shirts.

SHIRTS ONLY are available for order for those who are not interested in the race, but would like a shirt.

Revised Fluency Targets for OLQHS 1st Graders

To measure students' oral reading speed and accuracy, researchers have developed a simple and very brief procedure that uses regular classroom texts to determine the number of words that students can read correctly in one minute. To obtain a words-correct-per-minute (WCPM) score, students are assessed individually as they read aloud for one minute from an unpracticed passage of text. For the last four years we have used the 3-Minute Reading Assessments developed by Dr. Timothy V. Rasinski, who by the way is the same person who developed the Fast Start program we use in the Pre K and K. We administer these assessments three times a year to our first and second graders.

An analysis of the last four years fluency data has led us to the conclusion that we need to raise the target reading rates for our 1st graders. Based on the testing data of 235 OLQHS students over a period of four years (2011-2014), we have come up with these new, higher targets as shown on the chart below. As the final row indicates, the average fluency rate of OLQHS 1st grade students over the course of the last four years is well above the older expected levels. We have great students and teachers! A similar target revision is planned for our 2nd graders as well.

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Special congratulations to Double AR Star, Colby Rapp, 6th grade.

Congratulations also to AR Stars Emma Matt, 7th grade; and April Wang, 4th grade.

The Art World

Well, we had a tremendous number of students earn their way into the Artsonia Hall of Fame this month. In Kindergarten we have Jacob Celestine and Luca Genius. In First Grade we have Asa Listi and Miles Ragusa. Second Graders added to the Hall of Fame are Briggs Hebert, Thomas Bebee, and Finn Gage. Third Grade additions are Christian Vidrine, Maddie Sonnier, and Ethan Posch. Gabbie Link-Gabbard, Gabriella Ragusa, and Grace Link-Gabbard are the new Fourth Graders. Fifth Grade additions are Shreve Gage and Jason Shamsie. I am so proud that this month we have 6th Graders in the Hall of Fame (our first) Kayden Vidrine, Andrew Landry, and Luke Mitchell.

A reminder to everyone: ARTSONIA T-SHIRT DAY IS FEBRUARY 20TH (a Friday). You can wear any Artsonia T-shirt with your artwork or another classmate’s artwork on it and jeans. If you are too shy to wear your own artwork, consider using one of the 7th Graders’ Angel of Peace or Mr. Jay Bowdon’s original abstracts (which are on our website—JABO3). You can also use one of Mrs. Piraro’s Angels or Marilyn Monroe (JAPI2), Mrs. Oden’s Einstein carrying a sign saying, “Love is the Answer” (DIOD2), or one of my works Zentangles using the letter K, D, A, C, J, B, or M—or my painted peacocks with I LOVE ART at the top (MRSFO1).

Teachers, consider getting an Artsonia T-Shirt and wear it that day to show your support for the program. Anyone purchasing an Artsonia T-Shirt may wear it on ANY T-Shirt Day throughout the year. The Fine Arts Department gets 20% of every sale.

Kindergarten, First and Second Graders will be doing pictures portraying winter. Third Graders will complete their Mary of Guadalupe pictures, 4th Graders will learn to make tessellations, and Fifth Graders will begin their Indian Masks. The 7th and 8th Grade classes begin their two nine weeks of Art on January 6. We will do abstracts, gourds, and use our technology tablets to create Art. We will have a fabulous time!

Remember in Art we are creating, making messes, and, of course, having FUN!

Brenda Foshee, Art

Calling all Alumni!!!

Come and celebrate with us at our Catholic School’s Week Alumni Mass on Thursday, January 29th at 9:00 am. There will be a reception for all alumni following mass in the school library.

OLQHS Golf Classic – March 13th

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Golf Classic, held at the LC Country Club on Friday, March 13th. If you are interested helping with this event or being a sponsor, contact Megan O’Quin at

OLQHS New Science Laboratory


Congratulations and best of luck to the students representing OLQHS at the District V Vocal Music Teachers HONOR CHORUS. The performance, on February 7 at 11am, is free to the public and will be held at the F. G. Bulber Auditorium on the MSU Campus.

Participants are:

5th Grade: Christopher Abrahams, Addyson Caswell, Emily Cobb, Haley Curol, Allyson Hinton, Hallie Marie Kleckley, Brianna Lavan, Mazie Marceaux & Alyssa Morton

6th Grade: Allison DeBarge, Allison Johnson, Emily Monk, Taylor Myers, Sophia Snider, Lay'Sha Turner, Mary Katherine Burr, Kristin Guillory, Megan McGee, Molly Ortego & Parris Reale

7th Grade: Emma Matt, Ana-Clare Perkins, Jillian Sedano, Juilana Broussard & Allison O'Quain

8th Grade: Lauren Godeaux & Benjamin Tanner

Jr. Beta Club

These students were winners at the Regional Beta Convention which was held at McNeese on January 9, 2015. Congratulations to all who participated. All of these students will proceed to the State Competition.

Poster-2nd place-Layla Morton, Sophie Stine, Sadie Belaire, Grace Theriot

Tower of Power-1st place-Daniel Labove, Will Gage, JT Peloquin, Andrew Kilpatrick, and Bryce Ritchie

T-shirt ---2nd place-Emma Faul, Olivia Moncrief

Living Literature-1st Place—Anne Helms, Gabriel Little, Madeline Stickell, Claire Basone, Ava Garry, Alivia Mudd, and Jace Peloquin

Villa Maria

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Box Tops

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the box tops collection. We received our first check in the amount of $2,899.30 for this school year. We will receive another check in May for our next collection.


Also, would like to thank Amy Veuleman for all of the hard work sending the box tops off for us!

OLQHS Tax Forms

If a tax form is needed for 2014 school tuition please email Pam Goodwin at or call the school at

477-7349 with students name(s). The report can be emailed or sent home with your student.



About Our School

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School

Lake Charles, LA 70605

Phone: 337.477.7349

Fax: 337.477.7384