Catholic Schools Week

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 07•18

The week beginning with the last Sunday of each January is Catholic Schools Week, when Catholic education is celebrated nation wide.  It’s a tradition here at OLQA School that we kick off the week with our Open House.  We welcome perspective students and their families to discover the value of an enriching catholic education.  Current students get to bring their families into the classroom and show off their hard work and creative projects.  Each day of the week has a different theme, such as, student appreciation, administration appreciation, parent appreciation, special person, and faculty/staff appreciation.

Many thanks to PSA Catholic Program co-chairs, Trina Saeedi and Mariel Burke, for your organization to make the week special!

Winter Sports & Cheerleading

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 07•18

Following fall football and volleyball, OLQA Athletic Director leads our 5th-8th grade boys in basketball during the moths of December through February.  There are two teams in each of the divisions (5th-6th & 7th-8th) that compete within the Parochial Athletic League.  And for the very first time, OLQA has its own cheering squad on the sidelines!  Thank you to all the student athletes and cheerleaders for your hard training to represent our school.  Go Angels!

 

Christmas Luncheon & All-school Christmas Program

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 07•18

Highlighting each year’s Christmas celebrations are the two exciting programs held in December: the K-4th luncheon and the all-school evening program.  We thank our music teachers, Mrs. Hoppe and Mrs. Sawyers, for bringing out the students’ most beautiful voices  year after year.

This year’s K-4th luncheon, titled Hope Lights Our Way, was once again served by our 8th graders.  PSA VP of Programs, Debbie Eldridge and Stephanie Lowe, set the stage where the sweet voices of our children remind us of the reason for the season.  These are the memories that the families will treasure forever!  Also as a tradition is the presentation of his/her framed art by the school directory cover art designer to Ms. Ryan.  This year’s designer is Andrew Vogt.

The all-school evening program is an important tradition for OLQA families where we gather to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  It is organized in a lessons-and-carols format, the kindergarten through 7th graders’ musical presentations are interspersed with 8th grade students reading scriptures that tell the Christmas story.  The OLQA Centor Ensemble performed a special piece for this occasion.

2017 School Auction – Havana Nights

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 07•18

Each year, the school comes together at the annual auction to raise funds and benefit our students’ education while connecting with each other in a fun setting.  This year’s event was held at the Newport Tennis Club under the theme of Havana Nights.  Guests participated in live auction for items including luxury trips, a beautiful pearl/diamond necklace, an adorable maltipoo puppy and the much sought-after special parking spots.  Afterwards, they enjoyed authentic Cuban food, live music and a cigar bar.  A great time was had by all!

On behalf of the entire school, we thank Dana Strader and Sandra Naughton in leading the efforts that made this event possible and successful.  Our heartfelt appreciation for all the participation and the financial contributions!

 

Halloween Parade and Celebration

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 10•17

We loved all the creative and fun costumes on campus today!  Kudos to the students that participated in the pumpkin, art and poem pageantry.  Thank you PSA School Spirit Co-chairs, Jenny Bartz and Maura Rufenbarger, for all your efforts in planning a fun and safe Halloween celebration!

National Red Ribbon Week

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 10•17

The red ribbon campaign  is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31 each year.  Our OLQA students kicked off the week by wearing some creative, crazy socks to school.  Other activities included crazy hats, wearing all red, receiving a visit from the Newport Beach police officers, and styling crazy hair.  Say NO to drugs!

First Grade Field Trip to Tanaka Farms

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 10•17

In the spirit of the season, our first graders endeavored on a field trip to Tanaka Farms.  The children started the tour riding around the farms in a hay wagon.  Then, they visited with the goats in the petting farm, found their way through a giant corn maze, and picked fresh vegetables from the field.  After enjoying the lunches, they even got to select a pumpkin to take home so long as they could carry it themselves.  Oh what fun!  Thank you to our first grade teachers, their assistants, and all of the parents volunteers for making this trip a success!

OLQA Sports Teams

Written By: Feng V - Oct• 02•17

New school year, new sports season!  For Fall 2017, the OLQA sports teams are being led by our new Athletic Director, Coach B.  Boys flag football and girls volleyball teams compete in the toughest divisions of the Parochial Athletic League.  Thank you athletes and coaches for all your hard work to represent OLQA!

Hope to see more of our “fans” at the games to cheer on our athletes, both home and away!

Save the Date for Havana Nights

Written By: Feng V - Oct• 02•17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s auction will be held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club on Saturday, November 11 with a Cuban flare.  This is our school’s primary fundraiser produced by parents, administration, faculty and volunteers, to raise money for our school programs.

Go to http://olqaschool.org/support/annual-auction/ for all the details and the underwriting opportunities!

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Written By: Feng V - Oct• 02•17

Virgin Mary’s birthday is celebrated on September 8th each year.  It’s a tradition here at OLQA School that children bring in flowers from their gardens to be made into beautiful bouquets to pay tribute on this occasion.  This year, the PSA Catholic Program co-chairs, Trina Melancon-Saeedi and Mariel Burke, took the lead of the celebration.

Blessed Mother Mary is a source of strength and comfort for all of us.  Our hope is that our students have a close relationship with Mary.  She is always there for them!