For Heaven's Sake

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - December 2020

From the Principal's Desk

Dear OLQHS families,


The transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas break may be just a few short weeks, but we are blessed to be able to have some of our traditional Advent activities on our calendar. Our 4th grade class has beautifully prepared the Festival of Lights and Wreaths, and our Choir and Band have been rehearsing for their annual Christmas Concert. This year we will be presenting these performances virtually due to the pandemic, but they are no less important as they showcase our student’s talents and demonstrate the student’s love of Christ. Each of these activities have an immense impact on the student's social and spiritual development, which is one of the hallmarks of our school and why we believe it is so important to educate the “total child.”


Additionally, we are holding Reconciliation services for our students, school Masses, a school visit from Bishop Provost, Christmas basket collections to support St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, and amidst all this, we are kicking off basketball season. In a year where our activities have been limited, we are truly grateful for each one of these simple events. We are grateful for our families’ and staff’s vigilance as we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 world. The health of our students, families and staff is paramount and we are grateful for your partnership as we move through this time together.


As we enter this Advent season, I ask that you continue to keep all members of the OLQHS community who are ill or suffering in your prayers. Finally, as we prepare for the coming of our New Born Savior, on behalf of the staff and administration of Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, I would like to wish all of our families a blessed and safe Advent season, and a very Merry Christmas.


In Christ,

Trevor Donnelly

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 8


  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Mass for grades 3-5 (mass attire required)
  • Mass for grades 6-8 (mass attire required)



Wednesday, December 9

  • T-Shirt Day for students and staff with December BDays


Thursday, December 10:

  • Reconciliation Services for grades 3-5 (mass attire required)
  • Bishop Provost visits OLQHS


Friday, December 11:

  • Reconciliation Services for grades 6-8 (mass attire required)


Wednesday, December 16:

  • Students may wear Christmas themed/colored t-shirts with jeans or uniform bottoms and Christmas accessories (bows, socks, etc.)


Thursday, December 17:

  • Parish Penance Night


Monday, December 21:

  • Elementary Mass for grades 1-4
  • Mass attire required


Tuesday, December 22:

  • Elementary Mass for grades 5-8
  • Mass attire required
  • Noon Dismissal

Calendar Changes

Click here to see a listing of calendar updates for the 2020-2021 school year.

COVID-19 Notification Procedure

Below you will find a flow chart we created to better help you understand our notification process when we have a reported COVID-19 case at the school. In every case we are required to notify the school community, and the flow chart details the audience and method by which the community will be notified. The chart also represents the levels of seriousness of the reported case, from green (low risk of exposure) through red (higher risk of exposure.) We hope this chart helps to clarify our procedure. As always please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


In cases where your family has a member that tests positive for COVID-19, please call and notify the front office and we will inform you of the proper procedures you need to take for your child. (Elementary Office: 337-477-7349 / Middle School Office: 337-564-5376). Thank you for your continued partnership and diligence as we work together to keep our community safe!

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Yearbook Orders for 2020-2021

Order your 2020-2021 OLQH yearbook today!

Access Order Forms -> Click http://www.olqhs.org/student-life/yearbook.cfm or pick up a copy in both school offices.


Order deadline: March 20, 2021.


More information will be given out about the ads at a later date.


The cost of each yearbook is $40.00 (optional mailing fee $8.00)

FACTS account can be charged for this purchase or you may use cash or check.

Yearbook Image Share

The OLQHS yearbook needs YOU!

Download the Balfour Image Share app to upload all your pictures to be possibly presented in this school year’s yearbook.

Login using our school’s

Project number: 102811 and the Passcode: barons


Document the title of the photos and names involved. With so many life changing events happening to our area, this is a great opportunity to see everyone’s perspective and document our school’s journey throughout the year. Here are some topics for photos to help you get started:

  • Online schooling amidst the Hurricane Laura Recovery

  • Hurricane Laura Recovery

  • Starting of school with Covid 19 precautions

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Family / Community events

  • Church

  • Friends

  • Creative ways of functioning day to day

  • School functions and activities

  • Sports

  • Prayer time

  • Our OLQHS students and families in action.


There are so many pictures out there and this is the place we can put them all to help document such historical events and perseverance of our viable community and school.


Any questions or concerns with the app or uploading pictures, email to Sra. Smith at msmith@olqhs.org. Yearbook on in 2021!

Registration & FACTS balances

Reenrollment for our current families will begin on January 13 and end January 29.


  • The registration fee of $250 will be charged on March 15th.
  • If you register after the January 27 deadline, a fee of $300 will be charged at the time the packet is submitted.


Please check your FACTS balance for any past due invoices by clicking on the finance tab in the family portal. Past due invoices need to be paid prior to registering for the upcoming school year. You will receive a letter if you still have outstanding invoices with the payment amount needed in order to register.


According to school policy, No child will be accepted for the upcoming school year if tuition is not current, or if satisfactory arrangements have not been made with the principal. (page 42 of student handbook).


Thank you for making prompt payments and as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year, know that we are continually grateful for the dedication of our parent community.

Give TOday!

The Heavenly Fund is OLQH School's annual campaign in which we ask you to join us in stewardship. The goal of the Heavenly Fund is to raise money for special projects, help families in need and secure the schools' financial stability.


Last year, we raised over $70,000 for this fund. Help us to reach that goal again by making your contribution TODAY! Click HERE to give now.


If you are an OLQHS parent and would like to give through your FACTS account, click here.


If each OLQHS family gives $100 - 100 x 500 = $50,000 for our school! Please prayerfully consider a gift!


Click here for more information about the Heavenly Fund.

Thank you - Baron Sponsors!

Thank you to all who signed up to be a Baron Sponsor for the 2020-2021 school year! We appreciate your generous support of our school!


Silver Level

In Memory of Dale Billeaudeaux

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

Morgan Stanley

George J. Trappey IV, M.D. - Center for Orthopaedics


Bronze Level

Avail

Children's Clinic of SWLA

Crawford Orthodontics

Lake Area Marine

Lake Area Pediatric Dental Specialists

Bobby and Connie Miller - P2P Directional Drilling

Dr. Thad Primeaux and Dr. Brandi Kelly Primeaux

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Thank You!

Thank you to all the parents who gave money for our PTC "Thinking of You" program. The response was amazing! We appreciate you!


We also want to thank OLQHS parent, Donnie Shetler and Gatti's Pizza for providing lunch for our teachers in November.


Our teachers work so hard and they are truly grateful for your generosity!

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you for all who participated in Operation Christmas Child this year. We collected 213 packed boxes and 74 boxes packed online....so 287 total! Thank you!

Christmas Food Basket Drive


December 7th - 11th

In an effort to help the needy of our parish, we will collect canned goods and dry goods the week of December 7 - 11 to be used to pack Christmas Food Baskets. This project is in conjunction with the St. Vincent dePaul Society. We would appreciate all of the support and help you can give in order to enrich the holiday season for these members of our community. Remember the call of the Gospel which reminds us to share freely with the poor what we have been freely given.


Examples of items to bring for the food drive are: potted meat, peanut butter, dried beans, rice, pasta products, instant potatoes, Vienna sausage, sugar, flour, canned tuna, canned soup, macaroni & cheese, pork & beans, grits, oatmeal, canned or powdered milk, kool-aid mixes, canned vegetables, canned tomato products, canned fruit, and baby food.


THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU CONTINUOUS GENEROSITY AT THIS TIME. REMEMBER THAT ANY GIFT IS A BLESSING AND IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

shop and help OLQHS!

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Community Coffee Cash Program

Thank you all so much for turning in your Community Coffee labels! So far, we have earned $582! This is great and it is only the end of September! Please continue saving those labels and turning them in to the front office!


The Community Cash For Schools® program supports participating schools that collect Proofs of Purchase from Community® products. These product Proofs of Purchase can be redeemed for cash that each school can spend to improve their school and fund the things they need. Schools can choose to allocate the money toward new textbooks, computers or even events. For decades, Community Cash for Schools has helped participating schools generate millions of dollars within the program.

Box Tops

Help earn money for our school by collecting Box Tops. You can continue to cut out the box tops or download the app and do it from your phone! It is SO easy now with the New Box Tops App! Click here for more information.

Amazon Smile

Did you know shopping on Amazon can help OLQHS? If you go through the Amazon Smile site: https://smile.amazon.com/ When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice - you just have to select Our Lady Queen of Heaven School - so easy!

Classroom Fun

Pre - K

Our friends in Pre-K learned how to write a thank you letter and why it is important! They have been having fun with the letter T and the letter S!

Kindergarten

Kindergarten had a great time at their annual Thanksgiving Feast!

1st Grade

First Grade finished their lesson on Communities and they even constructed their VERY own community in their classroom!
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2nd Grade

Second graders wrote letters to Jesus as they prepare their hearts this Advent season. There are also some pictures below of the 2nd graders taking on the Thanksgiving reading challenge at home!

3rd Grade

Third graders have enjoyed the start of their Advent season! They are also excited to learn new skills like multiplication, cursive writing and researching!

4th Grade

4th Grade has been preparing in a very different way for our Festival of Lights and Wreaths. The program was recorded this year and you can view it on our OLQH School Facebook page. We are so proud of our 4th graders and the way they have helped us prepare for this Advent season!

5th Grade

5th grade planted their garden! We cannot wait to watch it grow and get ready for their harvest in the coming months.


They also did an interesting lab where they dissected owl pellets. Owls swallow their food whole and do not digest the bones, teeth or hair of its prey. They had some great discoveries of what owls eat.

6th Grade

6th grade has been having fun building molecules and practicing unit rate on google classroom.

The Art World

Students in grades K-4 have been busy celebrating Advent and preparing for the Christmas season! Kindergarten artists used their knowledge of shapes to create a Nativity collage.

After learning the meaning of Nativity first grade artists drew a special picture showing Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in the manger.

Second grade artists are learning how to shade with oil pastels. Their Christmas tree drawings are being brought to life with highlights and shadows.

Third grade students applied their knowledge of color families to create a beautiful faux stained glass window of the Star of Bethlehem shining on baby Jesus.

Fourth graders worked their creativity muscles to design their own snow globe!

Sixth grade artists are creating an Autobiography Map. Each map has at least ten places that represent something special in the artist's life (Mom Mountain, Pizza Peninsula, and Mickey Mouse Marsh are just a few), a compass rose and a map key. They will use pencil colors and watercolor to complete their artwork.

Seventh grade artists just completed a parody drawing of Grant Wood's painting, American Gothic. Each drawing must include two figures that relate to each other in some way, one of the figures must be holding an object and the gothic window must be visible. I am really blown away by their creativity and humor!

Fine Art Survey students completed a charcoal drawing of someone they admire. Artists used the grid method to enlarge their image as they drew.

Music

Mrs. Tanner and Mr. Young are working with the Band and Choir to prepare for a virtual Christmas concert. We look forward to hearing and seeing these talented students perform!

Spanish I

Sra. Smith’s Spanish 1 class interviewed a veteran on Veterans Day to discuss how learning and knowing Spanish has helped him and others in his military career.

Student Council 2020-2021

Congratulations to our Student Council members for this year!


Commissioner General: Kyndal Goodwin

Assistant Commissioner General: Charlie Trappey

Commissioner of Records and Correspondence: Emily Queenan

Commissioner of Finance: Lily Buckles

Commissioner of School Spirit: Millie Thompson

Commissioner of Special Affairs: Kullen Miller

Commissioners-At-Large: Finn Gage, Grace Jester, Katie Billedeaux, Brylee Williams, Christian Williams, Grant Habetz and Brit Vick


8th grade Class Representative: Aubree Bolton, Maggie Nickel, Edie Stickell

7th grade Class Representative: Lizzy Mundy, Marianna Santacoloma. Stewart Whitley

6th grade Class Representative: Luke Houssiere, Ike Irwin, Campbell Louviere

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BETA Officers

Congratulations to our newly elected BETA club officers! We are so proud of these student leaders.


Avery Karam -- President

Alayna Eisner, Adrienne Ward -- Vice President

Olivia Tassin -- Secretary/Treasurer

Megan Sanders -- Reporter

Mason Stewart -- Chaplain

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Totus Tuus Youth Group begins next Tuesday, November 10th for Middle School! We've waited a long time for this moment. I hope all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade kiddos are excited to come.


We'll play some sweet games and have snacks. Then we'll hear a lesson about living out charity in our daily lives.


All middle schoolers welcome! 3:30-5:30pm. Not all schools dismiss at the same time, so arrive whenever it is convenient. For now we will be in the Family Life Center Activity Room instead of the youth house.


Please wear a mask - social distancing will be observed and hand sanitizer will be used.


If you have questions, contact hannah.guth@lcdiocese.org


- Hannah Guth, Youth Director OLQH

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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

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.

Donate Now

Donations can be made to: General Fund, Guardian Angel Fund, OLQHS Trust, Capital Campaign, or to an area of your choice.