For Heaven's Sake

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - September 2018

The Principal's Corner

Why do Catholic schools exist? When you look at this from a student’s view, there are two clear goals: First, preparation for high school and college, and secondly, preparation for Heaven. While we hope that students realize these goals in this order, Heaven is ultimately the more important of the two. Catholic schools strive to put students firmly on the path to holiness that one day they may attain Heaven. Catholic schools introduce students to Jesus and invite them to form a relationship with Him so they may discern His call for their lives, strive for holiness, and attain Heaven.


In a recent conference of Catholic educators, Pope Francis offered three criteria in order for Catholic schools to be effective. Identity, quality, and care for the common good which, he said, are essential to the Catholic educator’s task. Schools need to be consistent and show continuity between their foundational mission and the Church’s mission of evangelization. By focusing on the quality of their education and the common good, educators can help all understand that we belong to one human family.


Pope Francis went on to say, “To fulfill our mission, therefore, we must lay its foundations in a way consistent with our Christian identity.” In this context, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School teaches students by forming their whole being: body, mind, and soul so they may fulfill their God-given potential to become the people God is calling them to be and in so doing, serve their neighbors, contribute to their communities, and find joy in their lives.


All of these are skills necessary for further education and success in employment, participation in a global economy, and contributing to one’s community. Every day, I am thankful for the community we have here at OLQH who are comprised of educators and parents committed to developing children who will be committed to their faith as future leaders of our community. What a gift!


Peace,

Trevor Donnelly

What's Happening at OLQHS

60th Anniversary Events!

This month we are officially kicking off the Anniversary celebrations! We will have the following events:
  • Each week of October the sixth graders will present Fun Facts about the early beginnings of OLQHS and the evolution of the Carnival.
  • Students & Faculty 60's Dress Up Day! Thursday, October 11th students and faculty are invited to dress in 60's attire!
  • 60th Anniversary Mass: Friday, October 12th 9:00 am
  • Calendar Raffle Drawing: We will draw the first raffle ticket after Mass on October 12th
  • Past Principal's Panel: Friday, October 12th 1:30 pm (middle school only)

Important Dates!

September 26 - October 5

  • Book Fair: Open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


Wednesday, October 3

  • Orange & Blue Spirit Day! Help us celebrate St. Louis Catholic High School's Homecoming week by wearing a St. Louis t-shirt or an orange or blue shirt with uniform bottoms or jeans.
  • SLCHS Homecoming Parade: 5:30 pm


Monday, October 8

  • Diocesan Teacher In Service: NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, October 10

  • October BDay T-Shirt Day All students with birthdays in the month of October can wear an OLQHS t-shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms.


Thursday, October 11

  • 60's Dress Day! Students and teachers are invited to celebrate the 60th anniversary, by dressing in 60s attire!


Friday, October 12

  • 60th Anniversary Mass 9:00 am OLQH Church


Monday, October 15

  • Teacher Retreat: NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, October 17

  • All School Pep Rally 2:15 pm FLCC Gym


Friday, October 19

  • Monsignor Torres' Birthday Mass 9:00 am OLQH Church


Wednesday, October 24

  • Living Rosary 9:00 am FLCC Gym
  • Carnival Pep Rally 2:15 pm (all students attend)


Sunday, October 28

  • School Carnival! 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Monday, October 29

  • Conference Day: NO SCHOOL for students PK - 3rd grade


Thursday, November 1

  • All Saints Day: NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL - Dates

OLQHS will have 2 teacher in-service days in October. Grades PK - 3rd will also have a conference day. Please make note of these dates on your calendar. See dates in listing above!

Join us for Mass

Thursday, October 4: Elementary Mass (grades K - 4)

9:00 am OLQH Church


Friday, October 5: Middle School Mass (grades 5 - 8)

9:00 am OLQH Church


Friday, October 12: All School Mass 9:00 am at OLQH Church

  • This liturgy will celebrate the school's 60th anniversary
  • The first calendar raffle drawing will be held after Mass!


Friday, October 19: All School Mass 9:00 am at OLQH Church
  • This liturgy will celebrate Monsignor Danny Torres' Birthday!


Wednesday, October 24: Living Rosary

9:00 am FLCC Gym


Friday, November 2: Middle School Mass (grades 5 - 8)

9:00 am OLQH Church

Baron Sports!

Please stay up to date with the football and volleyball game schedules by visiting the RenWeb calendar or our website by clicking here.


The OLQH football team is off to a 3-0 start to the season. The Barons have wins over OLI, St. Margarets, and ICCS. Go Barons!

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!

Baron Sponsors - Thank You!

Thank you to all of our Baron Sponsors for this year! We truly appreciate your support of each of our fundraising events!


Diamond Level

Center for Orthopaedics – Dr. J. Trappey

Charlie Thompson Family

Silver Level

Drs. Carl and Mary Churchman

Dubois Sheet Metal

Morgan Stanley

Dr. Luke and Alicia Williams

Bronze Level

Abell & Son, LLC

Drs. Jason and Jacquelyn Braud

Children’s Clinic of SWLA

Crawford Orthodontics

District Attorney’s Community Assistance Foundation

Drs. Chad and Tammy Fairchild

Dr. Jude Fairchild & Dr. Alan Perry – Lake Charles Orthodontics

Jason and Jennifer Garcille

J. William Groves, Jr. MD, LLC

In Memory of Dale Billeaudeaux

Lake Area Marine

Lake Area Pediatric Dental Specialists

Lefort Orthodontics

Thad and Brandi Primeaux

Tee Doan-Robichaux, Agent State Farm

Sanders Pediatric Dentistry

Heavenly Fish Fest

Thank you to ALL who came out to the Heavenly Fish Fest! Despite the rain it was FUN and we loved seeing all of our families and their fish!

Special thanks to all of our event sponsors!


Sailfish

Southern Drifter

Queenfish

Scalisi, Myers & White

Sennur Weber / Lake Area Orthopaedics Hand Surgery

Jackfish

Drs. Darin and Mandy Doumite

Richard Plumbing 4G

Angelfish

Casey Drost Interiors

Corey McCann ANP/Lake Area Orthopaedics Hand Surgery

Sabine Pools

Westlake Ducks Unlimited

LAST Skate night!

Thank you to all who came to our FINAL skate night! It was wonderful to see so many of our families there to say a final farewell to Skate City! Thank you to the Guillory family for your continued support of OLQHS and so many wonderful memories!
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PINK OUT!

Thank you to all who supported the BETA Club's PINK OUT day in support of cancer awareness. Funds raised from this day will go to support the work of the American Cancer Society.

BOOK FAIR!

Come visit the BOOK FAIR! It will run through October 5th, weekdays 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. You can also shop our fair online by clicking here!

Student Council Class Representatives

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council class representatives:

8th grade Class Representatives: Aubrey Gilbert, Jake Larocca, George Trappey

7th grade Class Representatives: Elizabeth Caraway, Brooks Drost, Charlie Kuehn

6th grade Class Representatives: Kyndal Goodwin, Emily Queenan, Edie Stickell

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Carnival Volunteer Shifts!

Click HERE to sign up for your volunteer shift. We need parents to work a 1 hour shift for your child's homeroom class. Shift assignments are listed by time, and class. If you have questions, contact moquin@olqhs.org.


BETA students: May work at class booths or the booths that are listed as BETA students. They MUST be working with a parent. If you have questions on this, contact Megan O'Quin moquin@olqhs.org or Dawn Courville dcourville@olqhs.org.

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Immaculee Ilibagiza is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book: Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan genocide.


She will make a presentation on Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 am at OLQH Church. OLQH middle school students and our parent community are invited to attend.

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Operation Christmas Child!

We will begin our annual Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection on November 5th! Please be on the lookout for more information to come! Click here to learn more about the Operation Christmas Child program.
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Yearbook News

You can now order your yearbook for the 2018 -2019 school year. They are $40. Order forms were sent out via email, and can also be found on ParentsWeb under Resource Documents. The deadline for ordering a yearbook is March 22, 2019. If you have questions, please email kbabineaux@olqhs.org or pbeverung@olqhs.org.

Upcoming Choir Events

October 10 - Elem Honor Chorus Auditions

October 20 - Jr. High Honor Chorus Auditions

November 12 - Veteran's Day Program

December 7 - OLQHS Choirs sing with the Lake Charles Community Band

December 19 - OLQHS Choirs & Handbells Christmas Concert

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.

Classroom FUN

Pre-K

Pre-K has been having a fun month settling into their routines. They learned all about Community Helpers for the letter C. They were able to dress up as their own community helper and even had some visits from the SWAT team and the Fire Department!

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is having fun! As part of their science lesson they made mazes for marbles with playdough. And we can't leave out SILLY SOCK day!

1st Grade - Communities!

First Grade has been busy reading! Blending words and writing sentences have been super great! We also discovered that our COMMUNITY is where we live, work, and play! We had so much fun constructing our OWN community!

1st & 2nd Grade Assessments

The first and second grade students recently completed the first round of 3-Minute Assessments. We administer this test in the fall, winter, and spring. The assessment tracks the student’s fluency (words correct per minute i.e. WCPM) and listening comprehension. This data is valuable for monitoring progress throughout the year as well as for grouping and identifying students who need reading intervention.


The fluency target range for the 2nd grade on the first round is 60-100 words per minute. The average score for our 2nd graders was 88 WCPM with 85% of our students falling within the target range.


The fluency target range on the first round for 1st graders is 10-40 words per minute.The average score for the 1st grade students was 17 WCPM with 50% of the first graders falling within the target range.Great job kids!

2nd Grade Accomplishments!

3rd Grade

Third grade is reviewing ACTION verbs and having fun with a few SUPER HERO actions!

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4th Grade

4th grade made pinwheels after their lesson on wind energy as a renewable resource!

5th Grade Rally!

5th graders from across the Diocese gathered for the annual 5th grade rally on September 25th at the FLCC Gym. We loved having all the school together at OLQHS!

6th Grade Science

6th grade has been having fun in the lab! They did a skittles lab to practice using the steps of the scientific method.

8th Grade Rally

8th graders from all the Diocesan schools gathered at St. Louis High School on September 18th for a rally! It was a great day for all!

The Art World

Believe it or not, we already have a winner of Artsonia's Hall of Fame--Gabe Walker in Mrs. Posch's 2nd Grade Class. Congratulations, Gabe!! Remember to get in the Hall of Fame your child must have at least three pictures published, five members of their Fan Club, and five approved comments on their artwork. It's easy.


Both the Kindergarten and First Grade classes are entering the Americanism Art Contest sponsored by our Women's Veteran Organization. Kindergarten learned all about the American Flag and had to color it with crayons. The First Graders had to draw the American Flag (no small feat) and color it with crayons. The Veterans Organization will judge the pictures and select winners which would then go to state. Winners get monetary prizes. Good luck Kindergarten and First Grade!!


Second Graders are learning to draw a REAL tree--not a tongue depressor with fluff on top. They are doing a great job. They will add the environment and color with pencil colors. You are going to love them. Third Graders are learning how to properly draw an insect (or snail) and color it with pencil colors.


Fourth Graders are having a great time turning their names into an Alien from the Planet Zorn. The imaginations are kicking in nicely. They will outline with Sharpies and color with markers. They will be displayed in the Fine Arts Building hallway.


Seventh Grade Band/Chorus Art Students are making an optical illusion with rulers, pencils, and pencil colors. They really look nice. Eighth Grade Fine Arts Survey just finished study Illuminated Manuscripts and will begin to make an Illuminated page of their own. They are starting with their favorite Bible verse, then learning to draw Celtic Knots, and then learning to draw the Celtic Alphabet. They will be judged later by a team of judges and the winner's picture will be the cover for the school's Advent Card. They will be magnificent!


If you have not signed up for Artsonia (it's free) for each and every one of your children, please do so. I have way too many Kindergarten and First Grade Parents that have not signed up. Please do so as soon as possible. If you are having problems, email me bfoshee@olqhs.org and I will assist you.


Remember we are busy creating, making messes, and having FUN!

Brenda Foshee, Art

Spanish!

Already praying in Spanish! Students are practicing and know the Sign of the Cross and the Blessing in Spanish. Ask them to pray in Spanish at home before meals. Congratulations to Mrs. Piatt's (1st grade), Mrs. Barger's (2nd grade) and Mrs. Phelp's (4th grade) class for practicing their second language even when I am not there. Thank you Mrs. Posch's class (2nd grade) for incorporating Spanish vocabulary into their reading lessons. Spanish is all around us more and more now, help your student recognize the language in everyday situations. Hint: Home Depot aisles are the best! Kroger has a whole aisle dedicated to Hispanic cuisine and culture.

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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