November 29-December 3, 2021

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Principal's Message

Advent marks the beginning of our liturgical year and we welcome the opportunity to prepare for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, with wonder and delight. Our hearts are filled with anticipation and JOY. The season of Advent provides us with many opportunities to reflect on God’s LOVE and mercy, grow in our FAITH and share HOPE through prayer and service.

We look forward to the many Advent traditions at Mary Our Queen School. The activities, events and sacraments experienced over the next few weeks help us to prepare and live Advent to the fullest. Needless to say, it is a busy time of year and we want to make sure we keep our hearts and minds focused on Jesus.

  • Each morning during announcements we will reflect on “Names of Jesus” and build a special display in the school lobby.

  • We set up the nativity creche in the school lobby – symbolizing the Advent journey and anticipating the joy the birth of Jesus will bring.

  • Advent wreaths can be found in every classroom – each wreath with four candles representing a gift of Advent – hope, faith, joy and peace.

  • The Jr. High Houses are organizing the Advent service project to support the Mary Our Queen Family Christmas Project.

  • Students in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

  • Our second graders receive their first Reconciliation on Dec. 6.

  • We celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6 with a special surprise.

  • Our all school Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception honor our patron saint – Mary.

  • Students are very busy rehearsing for the Christmas Cantata - filling our school with beautiful music.

As Advent progresses and the number of days to Christmas decreases, we pray that our students and families have the opportunity to experience Advent and Christmas through eyes of mercy and eyes of faith.

MOQ COVID Weekly Update

Here are today's COVID statistics:

  • We have 1 positive case in the MOQ School community.

  • There is 2 students in quarantine due to close contact.

  • There are currently 10 individuals identified as close contacts who are monitoring for symptoms and are able to remain in school due to masking.

COVID-19 health reminders:

  1. Keep sick children home. This is our best way to prevent the spread of any illness.

  2. Call the school office if you have any questions about a COVID exposure, pending test, or test result.

  3. Please remind students to bring a clean mask and a water bottle each day.

  4. Thanks to all who have been in communication with the school office about COVID exposures and test results. Please continue to update us if you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19.

Click HERE for COVID-19 test sites. The Nomi testing site has been recommended for its availability of rapid testing, long clinic hours, and free tests.

Click HERE for a schedule of DCHD Free Vaccine Clinics for anyone 5 years and older. Click HERE to view the schedule in Spanish.

Donation Dress Day - December 1

Wednesday, December 1, students are invited to bring a donation and dress casually to support our Advent service project. Funds raised will be used to purchase Christmas gifts and food for six children ages 3-15. Our Jr. High Houses will coordinate the purchases and wrap the gifts for distribution on December 17. Special thanks to Mrs. Mary Parizek and the MOQ Human Needs Committee for providing our students with this wonderful service opportunity.

Students who choose to participate in this Donation Dress Day may dress casually on Wednesday, December 1. All participating students must follow the Free Dress Day guidelines in the MOQ Family Handbook. (A link to the Family Handbook is in the memo below.)

Kindergarten Roundup

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Art Class Request

Please keep an oversized paint shirt or apron in your child's backpack! We want to be creative with paint and other materials while keeping uniforms tidy.

Christmas Cantata 2021

We are very excited to gather together for the 2021 Christmas Cantata - Spreading the Good News. While we are back together for an in-person show this year, we are making some accommodations to ensure the safety of our community. The program and grades will be divided into two nights. The program will be in the school gym and begin at 6:30 PM each night.

Wednesday, December 8: Grades Kindergarten, 1, 2 and 6

Thursday, December 9: Grades 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8

Cantata Dress Guidelines: Cantata is a special "dress up" performance. Students should wear holiday or church attire. No "ugly" Christmas sweaters, shirts with writing, or neon colors. (Students in 3rd grade and 8th grade will receive specific dress instructions for their performances.)

This year, we are not able to provide a daytime dress rehearsal performance option for our community. However, both evening programs will be live streamed. A link to the live streams will be shared in next week's Mustang Memo.

Cafeteria Notes

Reminder--Wednesday, December 1, is pizza day! If you child wants to purchase an extra slice, please send your payment tomorrow.

There are still many volunteer opportunities for December. Click HERE if you would like to volunteer. For more information about how to volunteer, please click HERE. Volunteers must be Safe Environment certified. Click Here for Safe Environment training:

If you have any questions in regard to the Mary Our Queen lunch program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michelle Zaleski

Cafeteria Director

Mary Our Queen School

(402) 333-8231 x1412

Extended Care

Thank you for filling out the December Calendar. If you need to add or delete dates, please email

With the weather turning cooler, please be sure to send jackets/hats/gloves. We will be going outdoors even when it is cold. All students need to be prepared for the conditions.

If you are clearing out old toys and making room for Santa's delivery, we are in need of Barbie clothes, Barbies, action figures, etc., and a toy garage for our cars. We are also looking for clean dry, baby food jars with lids and spaghetti sauce size jars with lids to be used for crafts at Summer Care.

Break Care is a fun option for the kids when school is out! We make Slime, take walking field trips and play all day! We have a good time, and the kids make great memories! We have several dates in December for break care. Please click HERE for a chart of break care dates and the last sign-up date to ensure the lowest rate.

Looking Ahead:

December Calendar

January Calendar

Mrs. Culjat and Miss Rosenthal

Extended Care Directors

Shop With Scrip

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's that time of year to shop with Scrip! By purchasing gift cards through the Scrip Program, you can save time on your Christmas shopping and raise money for the MOQ Home & School Association.

Order forms will be sent home with students today. You can also download the order from HERE. Orders are due no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, December 3. Orders will be available for pickup at the school office on Friday, December 10, and Monday, December 13.


We are beginning the underwriting for MARQUEE. Our donors are the key to the parish’s success. Your support makes it possible for us to continue our mission. The funds from this year's MARQUEE event will be focused particularly on updating our school’s 50-year-old heating and air conditioning, technology enhancements, and ongoing operational needs. Please consider donating. The QR code will take you to the MARQUEE underwriting website page.

Thank you in advance for your support of Mary Our Queen’s MARQUEE 2022. Every donation helps! Please contact us if you have any questions!

We hope you can attend the event on February 26, 2022.

Jodi (94’) & Brian Farley

Denise & Tim Salzbrenner (90’)

Underwriting Co-Chairs

Caroling with the Girl Scouts

Join the MOQ Girl Scouts for Christmas Carols and hot cocoa on Friday, December 10, from 6:45-7:45 PM, in front of MOQ Church.

Christmas with the Cougars

Dux Esto Drama presents Elf the Musical Jr. on December 5th at 2:00 PM in the Gross Catholic Auditorium. Tickets are $10. Stay for hot chocolate, cookies and photos with St. Nicholas following the musical. Reserve your tickets at

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 1: Donation Dress Day for Christmas Families

Wednesday, December 1: Gr. 3-8 Reconciliation

Monday, December 6: Gr. 2 First Reconciliation, 6:30 PM

2021-2022 MOQ COVID-19 Resource Page







Families who qualify for this program should complete the application. Many grant funding opportunities for our school are based on the Free/Reduced percentage. An accurate count is important whether or not you choose to use the program.