Our Lady Queen of Heaven School :: May 17th, 2013

Dear Parents and Members of the OLQHS Community

The OLQHS community hopes that you have a wonderful, fun and restful summer. We all hope to see you in August for 2013 – 2014 school year. It will be an exciting year with the construction of the new building. We can all watch the progress together.

OLQHS is an incredible place to be.

Ms. JoAnn

Important Messages From Our School

  • Michael Beverung, former OLQH student has been accepted into St. Joseph's seminary in Covington.

  • Annual Uniform Sale

There will be a used uniform sale on Wednesday May 22nd. It will be in Room 9. OLQHS is accepting old uniforms for the sell. Please do not bring any girls’ skirts that are no longer regulation, only the box pleated skirt sold by Parker is acceptable. 8th grade parents we would love to have all their used uniforms. Anyone wishing to donate please just drop off at room 9 before that Wednesday.

The office staff would like to thank the 8th grade students and parents for the great lunch that was provided to us on Friday. We will miss all of you!

  • OLQH STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE “Layers of Legacy” Courtyard!

First graders Isabella Tassin and Sammy Kennison presented a check to Monsignor James Gaddy, at a celebration Mass on Friday, May 10th .The whole school and staff were present at the Mass. The check consists of monies collected and earned by the students toward the purchase of the first bricks to be placed in the new “Layers of Legacy Courtyard” in the new Middle School Building. This is the students’ contribution to the OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL Cornerstone Capital Campaign. Every grade level will be represented with a brick, valued at $100 to $1000, for the 2012-2013 school year. Included in this amount are also the donations from the following clubs: Culinary Club, Student Council, Beta, SWAG, Athletic Department and Cheerleaders. (The check amount is for $10, 871.47)

“The Lord is good: his kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations” (Psalm 100:5)

Year of Faith

Pope Benedict XVI has set aside a special year for Catholics throughout the world to rediscover, and share with others, the precious gift of Faith entrusted to the Church and the personal gift of faith that we have each received from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Pope Benedict has chosen to open the Year of Faith on the 11 October 2012 because that date is the anniversary of two important events in the life of the Catholic Church:

The 11th of October is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (11 October 1962 - 8 December 1965).

The 11th October is also the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Blessed John Paul II.

The Year of Faith will close on 24 November 2013, the Solemn Feast of Christ the King throughout the world.

Pope Benedict explains that though the Second Vatican Council occurred half a century ago it remains ‘the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century’ that is ‘ a sure compass by which to take our bearings in the century now beginning.’

The Holy Father is also convinced that the Second Vatican Council, if interpreted and implemented according to the mind of the Church stretching back to the Apostles,’ can be and can become increasingly powerful for the ever necessary renewal of the Church’. (Porta Fidei, 5).

This is why an important component of the Year of Faith will be reflection and rediscovery of the riches contained in the texts of Vatican II.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith that enables the faithful to know the full symphony of Faith. In the Catechism ‘ we see the wealth of teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.’ (Porta Fidei, 11).

Blessed John Paul II declared that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is ‘a sure norm for teaching the faith’. It was his hope that it would ‘serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God, the Body of Christ, on her pilgrimage to the undiminished light of the Kingdom!’

Pope Benedict XVI sees the Catechism as ’a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council’. (Porta Fidei, 11).

This is why an important component of the Year of Faith will involve a ‘concerted effort by every Catholic to rediscover and study the fundamental content of the faith that receives its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church’.

“Instant Wisdom”

12 Places Kids Should See Before They Grow Up

  1. A Disney Theme Park Disney Theme Park
  2. US Space and Rocket Center
  3. The Boston Freedom Trail
  4. Mt. Rushmore Boston Freedom Trail
  5. The Mighty Mississippi
  6. Hawaii Volcano National Park
  7. The National Mall
  8. Niagara Falls
  9. The Grand Canyon
  10. The Statue of Liberty
  11. Carlsbad Caverns
  12. The San Diego Zoo

For a child, there’s nothing quite like a trip to Disney World for the first time, nor is there anything like a hike through the Grand Canyon’s natural wonders. Your children will one day look back and appreciate the opportunity to have seen these amazing sites, and perhaps even be inspired to take their own children there, too.

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

All the students who helped with the Carnival.

Adam and Luke Mere for helping cleanup after the Fish Tournament.

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.


Sophie Stine, a 5th grade student at OLQHS, has been selected as the third place winner in the Family & Youth Family Festival Art Contest. She will be honored at the Annual Board Meeting Awards Celebration on July 29, 2013.

PTC is looking forward to our 2013-2014 school year. We would like to thank Nicole Monk for all the hard work and time she gave this year as the PTC President.

The following PTC positions need to be filled for the upcoming school year:

PTC President Elect


Volunteer Coordinator

Auction Chair/Co-Chair

If you are interested in one of these positions or need any information about them, please call Debbie at 477-7349 or email at You can also call Jennifer Tassin, 2013-2014 PTC President at 304-0448. Please let us know as soon as you can, so we can start working on next year’s activities.

We appreciate all of our volunteers who have given up their time to make our school an incredible place to be.

Have a Great Summer!


Special AR congratulations to Pratchi Roy, Four Star; Katherine Jester, Triple Star; Tatum Comeaux, Double Star.

Congratulations also to our final AR Stars of the year:
Lauren Gayle, 8th grade.
Robert Rigmaiden, Isabelle Byrnes-Bartell, and Greyson Fruge, 7th grade
Sam Drouilhet and Katherine Weise, 6th grade
Maggie Bruchhaus and Olivia Moncrief, 5th

Grade; and Ashleigh Tassin, 4th grade.

We have a record number of 67 Stars this year, including five teachers! All Stars will be recognized for their achievement at awards ceremonies.

Information on summer reading requirements for students entering grades 4-8, will be sent home in report cards. Lists and testing dates will also be posted on Edline.

Happy Summer Reading from the library!

olqhs & st. louis sports

St. Louis Catholic high School boys Basketball Camp

Improve your basketball skills, leadership, and confidence and take your game to a higher level. Coach Lebato and his staff are committed to helping campers improve their individual basketball skills in all areas of the game. Open to all boys entering 5th grade thru 9th grade. Camp runs June 17th – 20th, 8:30 to 11:39 at St. Louis Catholic High School. Registration will be the morning of June 17th. Cost is $75.00.
For additional information contact Mile Ieyoub at 515-1131.

Athletic Department

Doug and Kim would like to thank our 2013 OLQH track coaches. Brent Fusilier, Jim Christman, Robert Rigmaiden, Duane Witherwax, Bryan Vincent, Todd Theriot, Maria Faul, Jami Williams, Josh Solieau, and Coach Dietz.
Thank you for your time and efforts with the track athletes.


The one new member of the Artsonia Hall of Fame this time is Mia Hanks in Second Grade. Congratulations!

Well…everyone is finishing up the great projects that we have been working on for months—3rd Grade Mary of Guadalupes, 4th Grade Picasso Portraits, 5th Grade Indian Gourd Masks, 6th Grade Abstracts, and 7th Grade Grid Pictures.

The 8th Graders have completed their work and are just having fun! Today we did Jackson Pollock Style Pictures. We were seen by many out on the playground throwing paint at canvases. They had a blast!! Tomorrow we will make marbleized paper with shaving cream and watercolor paint. I will truly miss this group of 8th Graders. I’ve had them in my class for 3 nine weeks and traveled to Washington and New Orleans with them. They are great students and I have really enjoyed teaching and being with them. Good luck, you guys!

Parents, if you are looking for a great graduation gift, the Abstracts and Pollocks would look great on t-shirts, luggage tags, or greeting cards through Artsonia. Check it out.

As always, we are creating, making messes (big messes), and having FUN!!

Brenda Foshee, Art

Spanish Connection

All 8th graders who took the Spanish I Credit Exam to be eligible to enroll in Spanish II for High School passed! Over half of the students received scores reaching the Spanish level II and two of those students are eligible to test out of Spanish II to enroll directly into Spanish III for High School, bypassing Spanish levels 1 & II.

Congratulations to the students and Señora Smith!! Great job!!

OLQHS Jr. Beta Club

Jr. Beta Club is going to State Convention!
The Jr. Beta Club Quiz Bowl Team passed the preliminary rounds at District Convention in January and is now heading to State to compete with other top performing clubs. The following members of Quiz Bowl will compete in the Louisiana Junior Beta State Convention on May 2, 2013, and May 3, 2013: Gregory Laborde, Sam Bruchhaus, Matthew Ieyoub, Grant Tassin, and Cameron Fontenot. The Jr. Beta Club also placed in the Poster contest at District Convention and will be competing at State. The following members will participate in the Poster contest: Taylor Tran, Maria Santacoloma, Andie Ottenweller, and Madeline Stine. This year at State, schools will enter Subject Competition to compete with other schools in Academics. The following members of Jr. Beta Club will compete in the Subject Competitions: Alex Ieyoub – Science, Will Groves – Spelling, Ashlyn Theriot – English, Anna Bushnell – Math, and Brogan McNease – Social Studies. The Jr. Beta Club would like to wish their members luck as they compete at State!


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

About Our School

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School

Lake Charles, LA 70605

Phone: 337.477.7349

Fax: 337.477.7384