Our LAdy Queen of Heaven School

Dear Parents and Members of the OLQHS Community

I went for my first time with OLQHS on their annual 8th grade trip to Washington. I had a great time. I had never been to Gettysburg before. It was awesome. The students were just wonderful. Many people spoke to the parents and the sponsors about our students’ wonderful behavior. I was extremely proud of them. It is a fast paced trip and you are very tired when you return but all worth it.

We have entered the last quarter of the school year. This year has just gone by so very quickly. But, this is the most important time academically for the students. Of course, we all have Spring fever because this winter was very gloomy but we need to keep them focus. There will also be some important events before school closes such as the ground breaking, the Carnival, the Fishing Tournament, Run for Others and all the closing activities.

OLQHS is an incredible place to be.

Ms. JoAnn

Important Messages From Our School

  • The Family Life Center is not an entrance to Our Lady Queen of Heaven School.

  • For safety reasons, no student will be given a walking pass to walk to the church parking lot.

  • The Bishop’s Scholarship applications for Tuition Assistance are now available in the accounting office.
  • Catholic Charities is in need of food to fill their pantry. OLQHS has been asked to help out. Each month there will be one designated item that Catholic Charities is going to ask us to contribute. That item will be “Rice” this month. There will be a box in the lobby that you may place your donation in. Thank you for donating.
  • OLQH Run for Others

5K & 1K Fun Run

Saturday, April 27, 2013

“This man God raised (on) the third day” (Acts 10:40)

Year of Faith

Easter Triduum
The Easter Triduum begins on Holy Thursday with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the passion of the Lord on Holy Saturday, reaches its high point in the Easter vigil, and concludes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
The Season of Lent ends on Thursday of Holy Week. Then the Church remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum. These three days are the most important time of the Church year.

Mass of the Lord's Supper
On Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper and that Jesus gave himself in the Eucharist. We recall that Jesus chose his apostles to serve and lead the Church. Remembering that Jesus washed their feet at the Last Supper, the priest washes the feet of members of the congregation. Holy Thursday is a special day for all priests since it is a day to mark the beginning of the ordained priesthood.
The evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday is a beautiful and joyful celebration. During the singing of the Gloria, the church bells are rung and then remain silent until the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday night. Because Holy Thursday is a feast day of the Blessed Sacrament, there is a procession of the Eucharist after the Mass to an altar of repose set up for the occasion. Then the main altar is stripped bare.

Good Friday
On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus. According to an ancient custom, Mass is not celebrated on this day or before the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The celebration of the Lord's passion and death takes place in the afternoon. There are three parts to the liturgy of the day: the Liturgy of the Word; the Veneration of the Cross; and Holy Communion with Hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday.

Easter Vigil
On Holy Saturday the Church meditates on the suffering and death of Jesus. Then the Church gathers to celebrate the Easter Vigil. The celebration of the Easter Vigil should take place at night, beginning after nightfall or ending before the dawn of Sunday.


Question of the Week: Test your knowledge. Answer will be in the next FHS

List the 4 main parts of the Order of the Mass
Answer to last week’s question. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

“Instant Wisdom”

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.


  • · The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades.
  • · Research—both short, focused projects (such as those commonly required in the workplace) and longer term in depth research —is emphasized throughout the standards but most prominently in the writing strand since a written analysis and presentation of findings is so often critical.
  • · Annotated samples of student writing accompany the standards and help establish adequate performance levels in writing arguments, informational/explanatory texts, and narratives in the various grades.

Speaking and Listening

  • · The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media.
  • · An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings. Formal presentations are one important way such talk occurs, but so is the more informal discussion that takes place as students collaborate to answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems.

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

The members of the Middle School Band for their outstanding performance at this year’s Festival. You all represented OLQHS very well. We are proud of you!!!

Will Groves, Ashlyn Theriot, Madeline Stine and Julie Vincent for speaking about OLQHS at the Masses the weekend of March 17, 2013. Great job!!

The members of the Middle School Choir and the 4th and 5th Grade Choir for their superior performance at this year’s Festival. Both choirs qualified to go to the State Festival. Super job!!! Good Luck!!

Cornerstone Capital Campaign

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School kicks off the next aspect of its campaign: “Layers of Legacy” Courtyard. In the new middle school building, there will be a brick courtyard with the opportunity to commemorate people, classes, grade levels, graduation classes, etc. Bricks may be purchased in increments of $100.00, $250.00, $500.00 and $1000.00. Anyone who would like to be a part of this historic opportunity can call the school’s office at 477-7349. The official kick-off for this brick campaign is Wednesday, January 30, 2013, during Catholic Schools Week. OLQH School community will gather for Mass at 9:00 am to celebrate the Good News of Catholic Education and honor its alumni from the Classes of 1966, 1988 and 2003. As with any legacy, our school community leads by example. The students of OLQH School are very enthusiastic about this new venue and are raising money to actively participate in the courtyard. Make plans now to join in this celebration.


Congratulations to our newest AR Stars: Ava Garry, Juliana Broussard, and Molly Piatt, 5th grade; Mitchell Oviedo, 6th grade; Zachary Tassin, Anna Woods, and Luke Queenan, 7th grade; and Bethany Soileau and William Heinen, 8th grade. Monday, May 6 is the last day to become an AR Star.

Friday is the final day of the Spring Book Fair. Thanks to all who were able to participate in this important library fundraiser. Special thanks to all the volunteers for their help: Ricky Buck, Kristine Hilliard, Evelyn McGee, Anna Reyes, and Margaret Wright.


Congratulations to the two students who have entered the Artsonia Hall of Fame, Fifth Grader, Davis Meche, and Seventh Grader, Elizabeth Broussard. Good Job!

Kindergarteners are busily working on their “Cracked Easter Egg Families”, while First Graders are making “New” covers for “Old” Caldecott Award Winning Books. Second Graders have learned to weave making a woven Easter Egg Placemat for the holidays. Third Graders are finishing their Maracas and will perform with them in an upcoming Mass. Fourth Graders are Thinking Picasso and will make their own Picasso Portrait. Fifth Graders are hard at work on their Indian Gourd Masks.

Seventh Graders are working on very colorful self portraits. The Seventh and Eighth Graders made Abstracts in the Style of Mr. Jay Bowdon, a local artist that came to talk to the students about his style of artwork. He came in this weekend and spent 3 ½ hours critiquing their work, which will be printed online at Artsonia. Thank you, Mr. Bowdon.

Thank you also to Mrs. Gloria C. Hebert for coming into the 5th Grade classes to drill holes for feathers, earrings, and beards.

The 8th Grade Art Enrichment class is the first class to use the new Wacom Tablets that were donated to Our Lady Queen of Heaven. They are doing a picture of themselves around age two. They are using the tablets to paint on computers and they will be displayed in the Fine Arts Building and well as online with Artsonia.

Exciting things are happening in OLQH Art Classes. Remember we are creating, making messes, and having fun!

Brenda Foshee, Art Teacher

Spanish Connection

¡Saludos del mes de marzo! The elementary classes had fun learning the Spanish names for different animals and the 4th-5th graders are now visiting the country Argentina! What a coincidence that we are studying the country of origin for our new Pope.

The 6th grade enrichment Spanish culture class explored many Spanish speaking countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico. We experienced the music, culture, arts, and of course, food! Now, the students are presenting their very own country studies like professionals. It is amazing to see the creativity and team work.

Our 8th grade Spanish I class is learning about the cuisine in Peru and will be visiting an authentic restaurant soon. However, there’s a catch…only Spanish may be spoken during the meal and counts as a regular lesson. I am sure that hunger will help out with conversations in Spanish.

Estudiantes de la semana
(mes)/ Students of the week (month)

  • 1st grades: Ramzey Neas, Gavin Bijeaux, James Thompson, Lauren Ledet, Luke Fruge, Grant Mathieu, Gray Guillory, Gregory Radde, Samuel Adams, Nicolas Guidry, and Jenna McNamara.
  • 2nd grades: Evan Broussard, Kevin Guth, Robert Hebert, Kenny Golla, Gabriella Ragusa, Carl Davies, Ida Hoover, Collin Medlin, Abigail Guillory, Caroline Ritchie, William Lounsberry, and Gavin Phillips.
  • 3rd grades: Allie Clophus, Sadie Guillory, Jayson Manuel, Seth Mabile, Christopher Tassin, Nadia Morrero Maring, Emma Babin, Chase Marshburn, Kallen Stough, Nathan Hotard, and Hailey Williams.

Tengan unas buenas vacaciones de Las Pascuas (La Semana Santa)

Sra. Smith

ECC News

The Early Childhood Center is taking part-time employment applications.
Please call 477-8438 for more information.


Registration packets for Summer Care 2013 are now available in the cafeteria after school.
For more information please contact:
Meris Courville at 477 8438 or

Mission Fundraiser

The Abrazando Cristo Mission Program is having its annual Big Cash Giveaway Fundraiser. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100.00 a ticket. First Prize is $5000; Second Prize is $1000; and Third Prize is $500. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing work of the missions in Nicaragua. To purchase a ticket, please mail your check payable to The Abrazando Cristo Mission Program Attn: Monsignor Torres 414 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Drawing will be June 16 at St. Henry Community Center. For more information, please call 337-439-7400.

The Johnnie Thibodeaux Memorial Golf Tournament

The annual Johnnie Thibodeaux Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Mallard Cove in Lake Charles. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit several of the projects of the Abrazando Cristo Mission Program in Nicaragua. For more information, please contact Johnnie and Susan Thibodeaux at 337-478-4095.

About Our School

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School

Lake Charles, LA 70605

Phone: 337.477.7349

Fax: 337.477.7384