Mayor Muldoon Visits OLQA Second Grade

Written By: Feng V - May• 18•17

Our second graders have been learning about civics and government this year.  To help them put all the classroom knowledge in real-life perspective, Mrs. Swanson invited Newport Beach’s Mayor Muldoon for a visit with all the second grade students.

The mayor shared with the children his personal stories, things in his life that inspired him to be a public servant.  He also engaged in a very active discussion with the students by answering questions such as the highlights and the most challenging part of his job.

Thank you Mayor for being a great role model for our children, and the inspiration for them to grow up to be good citizens!

Mother-Son Bowling

Written By: Feng V - May• 17•17

Many of the OLQA mothers and their sons enjoyed a special bonding time at Irvine Lanes at our first Mother/Son Bowling outing.  Who knew we had such talent among us?  We think a re-match is due soon!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Written By: Feng V - Apr• 24•17

The OLQA School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a special mass in the morning presided by Father Kerry.  Green-dressing students and faculty then enjoyed windpipe performance and music chair competition.  The Cocchi family generously donated delicious gelato for all to enjoy – what a treat!  Thank you to PSA Spirit Chair Jenny Bartz for planning and organizing this magical day of celebration!

0CE6469164014009A68EBCA5793AD242 1C626F03DEE64DCCB62DE23D5B96B65C 1F308700AB2B42848F08945B0C6A636A 6BB4EB7F1F134D37B6363CEDE4B9E8B6 8972068145854B348E13D0562283B782 C16EE50779CB421CA0B6D5FE4DCCAEBC E9F199D0AA2F421996180900C2F0B0E0 FB479FB466494834AABA5B3626530838 P1540226 P1540245 P1540248 P1540270

2017 Spirit Run

Written By: Feng V - Apr• 24•17

For the very first time, OLQA School participated in the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run.  Enthusiastic students and their families showed up bright and early in the morning and participated in various races and the family/pet 5k walks.  They also got to enjoy the many free recreational activities afterwards.  A portion of the registration fees went to benefit our school.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We looked forward to seeing you there again next year!

FullSizeRender FullSizeRender1 FullSizeRender2 IMG_2824 IMG_2833 IMG_2859 IMG_2887 IMG_2942 IMG_3038 IMG_3045

Second Grade Retreat

Written By: Feng V - Apr• 24•17

On March 15th, our second graders embarked on a field trip to the Sacred Heart Retreat Center.  The sisters at the center explained the vocation of serving God to the children and shared their life stories in doing so.  They enjoyed some outdoor time playing sports and worked on arts & crafts together.  Thank you to Father Brandon for saying the mass.  It was a beautiful day and a special 1FullSizeRender FullSizeRender IMG_3240 IMG_3265 IMG_3270 IMG_3275 IMG_3286 IMG_3317 IMG_3321 IMG_3333experience!


Academic Decathalon

Written By: Feng V - Mar• 24•17

This year’s event was held at Santa Margarita High School on Saturday, March 4.  The OLQA team was received a special blessing from Father Kerry before the competition.  Thank you to all that represented our school, and congratulations to winners in the individual subjects: Kate Stagman (Literature) , Lexie Previti (Current Events) , Ryan Joshi (Math), and Kristen Pang (English).  We are all so proud of you!

DSC_0716IMG_1753IMG_1774 IMG_1781

Variety Show

Written By: Feng V - Mar• 15•17

Smashing performances were showcased in this year’s talent show on February 17 inside of the Parish Hall.  Directed by Mrs. Custer and Ms. Dillon, our students shared many of their talents including dancing, singing, piano-playing, hula-hooping and stand-up comedy.  Bravo to all the performers!

IMG_0804IMG_1043 IMG_0825 IMG_0821 IMG_0817IMG_0830IMG_0831 IMG_0799

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!

thumbnail_IMG_0697[1] thumbnail_IMG_0709[1] thumbnail_IMG_0696[1]IMG_1749[1] IMG_1764[1] IMG_1745[1]IMG_1781[1] IMG_1776[1]IMG_1898[1] IMG_1892[1] IMG_1887[1] IMG_1882[1] IMG_1320[1] IMG_1302[1]

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!











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!

img_05161 img_0444 img_05761

img_05431 img_05651

img_0430 img_05771 img_05741 img_05561