February 9, 2024
From the Principal
Hello MQSCA Families-
We are asking that parents remind their children that hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform policy. This includes wearing hooded sweatshirts under a uniform shirt. Many parents ask why they cannot be worn, and the basic answer is the overwhelmingly majority of students put their hoods up and heads go down. It brings in un-needed redirections from the teachers and interrupts their teaching and thus loss of learning for the whole class.
The beginning of the Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14th. Since this is a day of fasting and sacrifice in the Catholic church, MQSCA and all other Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese have been asked to observe Valentines Day either before or after Wednesday. It has been decided that we will have our Valentines Day parties on Friday, to also coincide with the Valentines Day Dance.
The Lenten Season is a very important time of the year for preparation for the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, dying on the cross. Jesus' ultimate sacrifice is a great model of what a sacrifice can do for us. Giving something up or adding a new routine to our day, as a sacrifice, is meant to build a transformation through you, just like Jesus dying transformed our salvation in Him. Giving up candy, diet coke, or reading the daily readings, everyday of Lent, can lead to a transformation in you. It can create a change in yourself that you did not think was possible. I ask that we take some time leading up to our Lenten Season to discern what you would like to transform, within yourself!
Tardies at MQSCA
Student Tardiness is becoming a problem at MQS. This is a reminder that students are considered tardy at 7:50am. The last few weeks we have averaged 10% tardy rate, meaning 16 students a day are entering that classroom late.
We offer morning breakfast from 7:15-7:35 in the cafeteria. We are asking parents to make an effort to drop you children off prior to 7:35 if they need a breakfast.
Winter Conferences February 21st and 22nd
Winter Conferences are coming up soon. This is a great time for teachers and parents to come together to ensure that the rest of the school year is as successful as the first half.
Conference Book Fair
MQSCA is partnering with Scholastic to offer a book fair during conferences. The book fair will not be open during the school day to discourage students from bringing money to school, however will be open before school and after school, along with during conferences.
Tuesday, February 20th: 3:15-4:00
Wednesday, February 21st: 7:15-7:45 and during conferences
Thursday, February 22nd:7:15-7:45 and during conferences
MQSCA SOAR Award
This months SOAR award is Relationships:
Students that are kind and caring to all.
3rd-8th SOAR Award winner Kristopher Castro 7th Grade
Kristopher was nominated by his teacher and she shared that he is one of the most respectful students she has ever taught. He treats his friends, teachers, and peers with the upmost respect and empathy. Multiple teachers who don't teach him have said he is such a respectful and what a kind student he is! While new to the MQS community this year, he has made great friendships with his peers, is a hardworking student and brings positivity to our school community.
K3-2nd Grade SOAR Award Winner: Nathan Fields 2nd Grade
Nathan was nominated by his teachers for his kind and thoughtful acts. He uses kind words with others and notices when one of his classmates needs help. He solves problems by listening well and showing others he cares.
Sip and Support MQSCA Celebrating 20 Years!
The 2nd annual Sip and Support will be on March 9th. "Cheers to 20 Years" as MQSCA is in its 20th school year! Tickets for the event will be going on sale soon! We expect this to be a big celebration!
Volunteers will get tickets from the office the week prior to the event.
Scan the QR code on the flyer to purchase tickets.
We are also looking for donations to the Silent Auction and baskets for the raffle. Please contact the office for more information on donations.
MQSCA Spring Sports Sign Up (Last Call)
MQSCA is excited to offer two sports for the spring, track and futsal. Registration for the two sports closes February 16th. Please note, rosters get finalized very quickly after the deadline. Once rosters are finalized, new students cannot be added. In addition, if you sign up for a sport, and your child is on the roster, you will be charged the sports fee even if your child decides to quite. MQSCA was stuck with many league fees for children that quit after rosters were set.
Yearbooks are available to be ordered through Lifetouch!
Just click the link below and enter the yearbook ID code to order.
Yearbook ID Code: 14840724
The order deadline is April 14
Help MQSCA get known! Like our page on Facebook!
Want to help spread the word of our school? Take these four easy steps:
1. Like our Facebook page.
2. Share our postings.
3. Write a positive review of why our school is great.
4. Continue liking and sharing our posts in the future.
These simply actions help our school more than you know!
Seton Value: Transformation
Saint of the Week: St Cyril and Methodious
Virtue of the Week: Conscience
Feast Day: February 8th
Scripture of the Week:
For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. I Corinthians 4:4
Prayer of the Week:
Saint Isidore, you used your education and knowledge to great effect to evangelize a people. Help all who seek your intercession to unite their learning with zeal for the good of the Church and the many peoples it serves.
Safe Enviroment Training
In order to be involved in any school activities, including chaperoning a field trip, coaching a sport, or volunteering in a classroom, you have to be safe environment trained. Below is the link to register for a training. No exceptions will be made, it is an archdiocesan mandate. If you plan to volunteer now, or in the future in any way, you MUST have attended a safe environment training. Please reach out to Simone Gaspar if you have questions about safe environment training, if you need to be trained, or if a new background check needs to be conducted. If you think you have been in safe environment training in the past, but are unsure, please double check.
Drop off and Pick up Procedures
Please see the maps below for visual.
- Drop off traffic is one way, moving from the north to the south. Use 117th St to travel north.
- Speed limit in parking lot is 5MPH!
- Express lane is for drop off only, parents do not get out of your vehicle.
- If you need to help your children out of the car, please park in a space.
- In the morning, 117th and Madison is an Exit Only or teacher parking entrance. No families should enter through that space.
Seton Family of School Parent Meeting
Thank you for being a part of the Seton Family of Catholic Schools. There will be one more opportunity for you to have a conversation with members of the Seton Catholic Schools leadership team and members of our Board of Directors. Spanish translation will be provided. Attendance is not mandatory. Please click on the link below to register for the meeting.
- March 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace School, 2733 W. Euclid Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53215, Register here
2/6/24 2nd Grade Leads Mass
2/9/24 100th Day of School (new date from snow days)
2/14/24 Ash Wednesday Mass/8th Grade Leads
2/15/24 All School Rosary
2/16/24 Valentines Day Dance
2/20/24 7th Grade Leads Mass
2/22/24 12:30 Release/Conferences/No after School Camp
2/23/24 No School
2/27/24 6th Grade Leads Mass
3/5/24 5th Grade Leads Mass
MQSCA Mission Statement:
We, the Christian Community of Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy, in collaboration with the Catholic parishes of West Allis and West Milwaukee, are called to integrate the Teachings of Jesus Christ into the spiritual, academic, and social development of each individual