Catholic Schools Week

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 14•17

Each year, beginning with the last Sunday in January, we celebrate the Catholic education during the National Catholic Schools Week.  It’s a tradition here at OLQA School that the festivities begin with the school Open House on Sunday morning.  This year, we celebrated all of our students on Monday with loving notes from their parents, as well as a keepsake flashlight to tie into the “flashlight reading program.”  Tuesday was the Priests, Diocese and Administration Appreciation Day.  As a special treat, students enjoyed the Rockets and Robots assembly with Captain Bob.  Parents received specially decorated prayer rocks from their children on Wednesday.  Thursday was the Special Person Day, students and families attended mass and enjoyed a picnic lunch together.  The week culminated with Teacher Appreciation Day on Friday.  Students showered their teachers with cards and gifts, the PSA moms took over carpool duties in the morning to give the teachers a chance to relax, and a Super Bowl themed teacher/staff appreciation luncheon was sponsored by the sixth grade families.

CSW is a unique time for us to reflect on and cherish the Catholic education.  PSA wishes to extend its deep appreciation to Amy Ivey and Keri O’Melveny for their tremendous efforts in making this a success!

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Annual All-School Christmas Program

Written By: Feng V - Jan• 09•17

On the evening of December 15, the entire school celebrated Jesus’ birth at the OLQA Church.  Students were dressed in their “Christmas best” for this festive occasion.  The performance began with a procession of all grades while everyone singing O Come, All Ye Faithful.  Each grade then performed a traditional Christmas song following the reading of a story by the 8th graders.  The concert closed with the beautiful verses of Angels We Have Heard on High.  An absolutely heartfelt celebration of the Christmas season with our students’ graceful voices!

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When Hearts Listen, Angels Sing

Written By: Feng V - Jan• 09•17

“When Hearts Listen, Angels Sing” was the title of this year’s Christmas luncheon, held in the Parish Hall on December 6, 2016.  The luncheon is a revered tradition at OLQA School.  Over 300 parents and family members enjoyed the beautiful singing of carols by students in grades K-4.  Thank you to our students for all their efforts.  Thank you to Mrs. Sawyers and Mrs. Hoppe for orchestrating this wonderful performance.  And thank you to the two amazing women, PSA VP of Programs, Kay Carolan and Karla Stagman, for making this possible!

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Fall Harvest Celebration

Written By: Feng V - Dec• 12•16

The month of November was filled with the spirit of giving at OLQA.  An online silent auction featuring many community-building items ran for the entire month.  Families got to bid on activities such as principal for a day, free dress, directory cover design, buy-in parties and holiday celebrations with teachers.

This spirit culminated with the Fall Harvest Celebration held at the Balboa Pavilion on November 12th.  “Eat, Drink and Be Giving” was the theme of the evening.  Taking on a new format, this event was magical with scrumptious food, live auction, fundraising games, live music and lots of cheer!

Thank you to all who came to this wonderful celebration and all that donated to benefit our children’s education.  Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the many tireless volunteers for making this event a success, in particular the auction co-chairs Amy Denoon, Amy Macedo and Amy Williams.  Your creativity, enthusiasm, and devotion made the evening one to remember!

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Veterans’ Day Celebration

Written By: Feng V - Dec• 07•16

On November 11th, the OLQA school paid tribute to those who have served in our country’s armed forces.  The day started with an all-school assembly of prayers for all the servicemen and servicewomen.  We had the honor of having Captain Sharkey, Corporal Games and Lieutenant Pulice speak to our children about their experiences.  They each were then presented with an all-American apple pie!  Kindergarteners blessed us with their sweet renditions of the patriotic songs.

Specials thanks to the PSA Catholic Programs co-chairs, Keri O’Melveny and Amy Ivey, for planning and organizing this beautiful celebration!

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Scholastic Book Fair

Written By: Feng V - Dec• 07•16

The book fair was held in the parish hall during the week of Nov. 7th.  Each class had the opportunity to visit the book fair during a designated time.  We also spotted many enthusiastic little readers both before and after school at the fair perusing through their favorite books and gifts.  The fair was an opportunity for families to help fulfill each teacher’s wish list for their classrooms as well!  Thanks to our librarian, Ms. Burnett, and the many volunteers who made this event an enjoyable and successful experience for all!

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Fourth Grade Retreat

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 07•16

On October 11, our fourth grade students spent a day at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Santa Ana to learn about the vocation of serving God.  They heard the Sisters’ personal stories of finding and responding to God’s call.  Father Brandon gave a service during which he shared his own journey of coming to serve God.  Students also played sports with the Sisters and participated in arts & crafts activities.  It was a beautiful experience enjoyed by all.

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Fall Harvest Luncheon for Teachers and Staff

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 07•16

Each month, the PSA organizes an appreciation luncheon for our wonderful OLQA teachers and staff.  This effort is led by its hospitality chairs Valerie Clark and Lisa Marie Costa.  The October luncheon had a fall harvest theme, with the room set up in beautiful fall decor.  All 2nd grade families helped in shopping for food, making personalized treats and serving the lunch.  This is just one way to show our sincere appreciation for all the hard work by our devoted teachers and staff!

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Red Ribbon Week

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 07•16

The Red Ribbon Week was from October 24 to October 28:

Monday: I Pledge to Be Drug Free.

Tuesday: Hats Off to A Drug Free School.  Students were encouraged to wear a hat to school.

Wednesday: Team Up Against Drugs.  Students wore their favorite team jerseys over the school uniform.

Thursday: Crazy Glasses, to help the student see their way to a drug free day.

Friday: Crazy Hair Day.  Students (and parents!) were creative and rocked out different hair styles to cap off the Red Ribbon Week.

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Skate Party & Great Wolf Lodge Social

Written By: Feng V - Nov• 07•16

Families took advantage of the two minimum days in October to have some fun outside of the school!  Over 140 students and parents joined a skate party at the Fountain Valley Skate Center earlier in the month.  Another gathering was at Great Wolf Lodge where over 70 OLQA students indulged themselves in overnight water park fun.  Special thanks go to Jen Awad for planning both events for families to enjoy some bonding time.  A great time was had by all!

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