FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE
Our Lady Queen of Heaven School :: January 15th, 2014
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Dear Parents and Members of the OLQHS Community
The faculty and staff would like to thank the entire Our Lady Queen of Heaven Community for its generous gifts and thoughtfulness during the Christmas season. We all enjoyed the many wonderful sweets, family cards and kind gifts.
This year we will be using the Aspire Test (by ACT) to test our 3rd through 7th grade students. The test will be an online test. There will be 3 computer labs working to achieve this. The testing schedule will look very different than past years. The testing will start on March 28 and continue through April 16. You will receive a schedule of your child’s testing times as we approach the dates. The 1st and 2nd grades will take the SATs and the Otis-Lennon Ability Test. These tests no longer exist for the 3rd through 7th grade. The testing results will look different. First of all the results will be online and they will be available much more quickly. The new format will give us a different picture of where the students are performing. These tests are never used to place a student or to move them along to the next grade. OLQHS uses standardized test just to improve our teaching and learning.
This is new to all of us so pray that everything goes as well as it can. I am sure after using Success Maker the students will be ready for online testing.
OLQHS is an incredible place to be.
“Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.“ (Luke 2:19)
Important Messages From Our School
- Open House – Monday, January 27 at 6:00 in school cafeteria.
- Happy Catholic Schools Week – January 26 – January 31.
- St. Louis Catholic 2014 – 2015 School Year Registration Dates: Incoming Freshmen Registration begins Monday, January 13, 2014 and continues until Friday, January 24, 2014. $500 Registration Fee; Returning Student Online Registration begins Monday, February 3, 2014 and ends Friday, February 14, 2014. $500 Registration Fee with processing fee; New Student Registration (10th – 12th) begins Monday, February 10, 2014 and ends Wednesday, February 19, 2014. $500 Registration Fee. Students must be registered in order to schedule for the new school year. www.slchs.org
- Grandparents Day for St. Louis Catholic grandparents is Friday, January 31, 2014. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Guests park in the 7th street gym lot.
- The 2014-2015 Registration Packets will be going out on 1/23/14. All accounts need to be current to receive next year’s registration packet. All registration fees will be drafted through FACTS on March 27, 2014. If paying by check, or if you do not receive your registration packet, you must see Pam Goodwin in the accounting office.
- Please contact Pam Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-7349 if you need a Tax report for educational expenses for 2013. It’s best to email me and I can email you back the report for you to give to your tax preparer. I can also mail a copy or send one home with your child.
An OLQH family is looking for one-on-one teacher for their autistic child. Private school setting, approximately 20 hours per week, good pay. No specific education required, however, certified teachers are welcomed. Training will be provided. Please call 540-1493
End child nagging & negotiating with just three simple words
When it comes to persistence, few things compare to a child nagging and negotiating to try and get what he wants. And few people know that better than a parent who has given that child an answer they don’t want to hear.
From the famed “Are we there yet?” to this morning’s “Can I have ice cream for breakfast?” to this afternoon’s “Can I have ice cream for dinner?” kids are notorious for their one-track minds, and they will ask…and ask…and ask…just in case you’ve changed your mind in the last minute.
Child nagging is a learned behavior that children of any age can pick up. They might continue to use it because once, in a moment of weakness, you caved and let them stay up an extra half hour after they asked for the eighth time.
But like any learned behavior, child nagging can be unlearned. The solution comes from Lynn Lott, co-author of the Positive Discipline series of books, and it works on kids as young as two or three, all the way through their teens.
It only takes three simple words: “Asked and Answered.”
The concept is simple. When seven-year-old Daniel begs to dig a giant hole in the front yard and gets “no” for an answer, chances are he’ll be back in five minutes asking again – this time with a “pleeeeeeaase” just so you know he really, really wants to dig the hole.
Instead of repeating yourself or jumping in to a lecture, avoid child nagging by getting eye to eye and follow the process below:
Step One: Ask, “Have you ever heard of ‘Asked and Answered’?” (He’ll probably say no.)
Step Two: Ask, “Did you ask me a question about digging a hole?” (He’ll say yes.)
Step Three: Ask, “Did I answer it?” (He’ll probably say, “Yes, but, I really ….”)
Step Four: Ask, “Do I look like the kind of mom/dad/teacher who will change her/his mind if you ask me the same thing over and over?” (Chances are Daniel will walk away, maybe with a frustrated grunt, and engage in something else.)
Step Five: If Daniel asks again, simply say, “Asked and Answered.” (No other words are necessary!) Once this technique has been established, these are the only words you should need to say to address nagging questions.
Consistency is key! Once you decide to use “Asked and Answered” with your nagging child, be sure to stick to it. If 14-year-old Emma is particularly determined to keep asking to get her eyebrow pierced, stay strong. Answering her question again – or worse yet, changing your answer – will reinforce to her that her nagging works. Although it’ll take some patience, your child will eventually connect the dots and you’ll see results!
Make “Asked and Answered” a joint effort with your spouse, and consider including any family or friends who may have to deal with child nagging and negotiating from your child. When Daniel and Emma realize that they won’t get a “yes,” even after they’ve asked twelve times, they’ll get the hint and retire this tactic.
Speech and Language Pathologist, Stacy Pulley, reports this technique works well for children with communication challenges, particularly those with Autism. She suggests bringing a notebook or a chalk/dry erase board into the mix and writing down a question once they’ve asked it more than once, keeping in mind their reading level. Or, draw a picture. Then, when your child asks again, point to the board or notebook to remind them that they’ve asked, and you’ve answered. Be sure to use as few words as possible and stay consistent in your language to help them understand the connection as they learn to listen to and respect your answers.
Adding this tool to your parenting toolbox is a positive step toward ending the child nagging and negotiating that can wear on even the most resolute of parents. Then, be sure to follow through and stay consistent – and before you know it, 20 questions will be a fun game once again, and no longer a negotiation tactic!
Caught You Being Good this week at OLQHS!!! Let’s Celebrate!!!
Congratulations to all the wonderful singers and musicians who performed at our Christmas Mass. You did an awesome job!!!
Cornerstone Capital Campaign
We are getting closer and closer to our goal! We are now at 96% of our goal and the building is looking great! Thank you for all of your support! Together we can reach our goal of $3.5 million! For information on making a donation contact, Megan O’Quin: email@example.com
Thank you to all who purchased bricks for the new middle school courtyard! We truly appreciate your generous support! If you still have brick forms that need to be turned in – please bring them to the Front Office by Friday, January 17th. If you have questions concerning your brick, please contact Megan O’Quin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rivero sent out yearbook order forms and yearbook ad forms via email before the Christmas break. The deadline for orders and ads is March 21, 2014. If you have any questions about yearbook orders, contact email@example.com. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about ads? Contact email@example.com
CALLING All SEWING QUEENS
OLQH Kindergarten is in need of someone to donate their time and talent. The Kindergarten needs someone to sew 2 child size Mardi Gras capes for the Mardi Gras Parade. OLQH Kindergarten will provide the fabric and thread. If interested, please call Missy Ogea (Kindergarten teacher) at 884-0744
The Art World
ARTSONIA T-SHIRT DAY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014.
WEAR ANY ARTSONIA T-SHIRT & JEANS.
These Artsonia T-shirts may be worn for ANY T-shirt day throughout the year and the Art Department gets 20% of the sale. If you bought one last year, you may wear it again.
There are four new members of the Artsonia Hall of Fame: First Grader, Briggs Hebert; Second Graders, Maddie Sonnier and Carter Kramer; and Fifth Grader, Parris Reale. Good Job, students!!
I would like all parents of 3rd through 5th graders to encourage their students to read the Art and Music Biographies in the Library. They are short, easy, and full of colorful pictures. This is a relatively painless way to learn about the great artists and musicians throughout history. They get a sticker, a piece of candy, and points on their Art grade, and possibly, the prize at the end of the year. It is a definite WIN-WIN for everyone.
Kindergarteners and First Graders are learning about perspective. Second Graders are finishing their fabulous Fall Trees which will be on display in the Fine Arts Building. Third Graders are beginning their Mary of Guadalupe while Fourth Graders are finishing their pictures for the Catholic Daughters of America Art Contest. Fifth Graders are beginning their Indian or Day of the Dead Masks. Seventh Graders are beginning a new nine weeks. Eighth Graders are beginning their Jay Bowdon Abstracts.
We are busy being CREATIVE, making MESSES, and having FUN!
THANK YOU from the MUSIC DEPARTMENT!
Thank you to all who generously made donations to the music department at the Christmas Concert. In that one night we were able to raise over $500! Thank you for your support – the music department is one of our great strengths here at OLQHS and makes us truly unique! If you would still like to make a contribution to the music department, please contact Megan O’Quin at firstname.lastname@example.org
OLQHS Jr. Beta Club
Students are preparing for the regional competition which will be held on January 25, 2014 at S. J. Welsh.
SAVE THE DATE – 2014 OLQHS GOLF CLASSIC!
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 14, 2014 for the annual OLQHS Golf Classic. It will be held at the Lake Charles Country Club, beginning at 11:00 am. If you would like to sponsor the tournament or enter a team, please visit the school website for information. For questions concerning sponsorship or participation, please contact Megan O’Quin: email@example.com
INVITE NEW FAMILIES TO OPEN HOUSE – January 27th 6:00 pm
Our open house this January is for all current parents as well as prospective parents. If you know of a family that is interested in becoming a part of the OLQHS community, please encourage them to attend. There will be tours and registration information available. For more information on open house, tours or new family registration please contact Megan O’Quin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Lady Queen of Heaven School Kindergarteners share their thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions:
What is a new year’s resolution?
Ally Johnson: “A resolution is doing something good”
Rylee Keating: “To do something different, like grown-ups want to lose their pounds”
“It’s still new years and I’m excited cause of the countdowns and all of that”
What are some of your new year’s resolutions?
Christian Williams: “Going to church with my family”
Ally Johnson: “To watch the news with my puppy Rosie”
Abbie Snider: “To play every day with my cousin, Katie Elizabeth, after school”
Abbie Snider: “To spend time with my family”
Drake Hinton: “Trying to do your homework all by myself”
Drake Hinton: “To watch tv with my dogs and hiding in tents”
Drake Hinton: “Being nice and playing with friends in my class”
Rylee Keating: “To play with my friend Emerson after school”
From all the students at OLQHS – we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!
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.