Catholic School’s Week – Special Person’s Day & Gizmo Guys!

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 22•16

Special Person’s Day

As part of Catholic Schools Week, Special Person’s Day is when students celebrate a special person in their life. It is a tradition at OLQA to invite a “special person” to join us for Mass and lunch. Each student brought a lunch for themselves and a “special person” and enjoyed it together somewhere on the school grounds. After lunch, the student and special person took a tour of their classroom.  Later that day, students enjoyed a performance from the amazing juggling duo, Gizmo Guys!

 

Gizmo Guys – Object in Motion

Performing as the Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world.  Sure, they’ve made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools.  But what makes their act so appealing is their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor.  The performance contains elements which link juggling, math and science.  Other obvious links with curriculum include theater, physical education, music and teamwork/cooperation.  The Gizmo Guys’ rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 22•16

Catholic Schools Week is a joint effort of the National Catholic Education Association, NCEA, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Over the last few years, Catholic schools across our nation have focused on making a world of difference. Together with more than 2.6 million other students across the nation, we wish to extend our appreciation to the parents, students, faculty and staff, and our parish for helping to make our school so special.

The PSA sincerely thanks Keri O’Melveny and Amy Ivey (Co-Chairpersons of Catholic Schools Week) for all the planning and hard work that went into this week long celebration.

Sunday, Jan. 31st – OPEN HOUSE

DAY 1 Monday Feb. 1st – STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY

On this day students had an out of uniform day and were greeted with a heart shaped note from their parents and a treat waiting on their desks when they arrived at school. Students enjoyed a fun filled activity with hula-hoops called      “Hoop-la”.  Thanks go to Trina Saeedi and Kristi Johnson, Enrichment Chairs, for bringing “Hoop-la” to our school. 

DAY 2 Tuesday Feb. 2nd  – PRIESTS/ADMINISTRATION/DIOCESAN APPRECIATION DAY

On this day a special presentation was made to our School Administrators and Priests at the morning assembly and a thank you letter was sent by the PSA Board on behalf of our school to our Diocesan Staff office along with a donation in their name to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Mater Dei visited showcasing their Performing Arts Department.

DAY 3 Wednesday Feb. 3rd – PARENT APPRECIATION DAY

On this day parents were celebrated as students decorated crosses to take home to their parents and show their appreciation.

DAY 4 Thursday Feb. 4th – SPECIAL PERSON’S DAY & GIZMO GUYS

On this day students celebrated a special person in their life. It is a tradition at OLQA to invite a “special person” to join us for Mass and lunch. Each student brought a lunch for themselves and a “special person” and enjoyed it together somewhere on the school grounds. After lunch, the student and special person took a tour of their classroom.  Later that day, students enjoyed a performance from the amazing juggling duo, Gizmo Guys!

 

DAY 5 Friday Feb. 5th – TEACHER AND FACULTY APPRECIATION DAY 

Each morning the PSA delivered breakfast and snack items to the faculty lounge for the administration, and staff to enjoy.

On this day students brought in special THANK YOU notes, cards, and pictures to their teachers and coaches.  Teachers and staff also enjoyed a lovely lunch and were each presented with a special gift. PSA Board Members took over morning carpool duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Auction Fun

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 05•16
Our enthusiastic students helped with the auction excitement by participating in a special “Children’s Auction” at school on the Thursday before the big event.  Our wonderful volunteer committee organized 47 different raffle items.  Each student was given 10 free tickets to take a chance on the items of their choice.  The energy was contagious!

 

Auction Puppies Meet Their New Families!

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 04•16

The live auction featured two adorable puppies looking for their forever families!  The precious Maltipoo was adopted by the Nguyen family and the beautiful black labrador was on his way to surprise the children in the Burns family.  What lucky pups!

OLQA School Auction a Success!

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 03•16

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The OLQA School Auction, “Trailblazing….Forging a path for our children’s future”, was a grand success and an evening to be remembered by all!   Our 2016 Auction Co-Chairs,  Leslie Boyd & Dana Strader, did an outstanding job spearheading the event and the effort from the team of tireless volunteers was tremendous.  Many thanks also goes to the entire Trailblazing team, the underwriters, donors,  faculty, staff & administration, and all of the volunteers and guests who supported this event.  It could not have been done without you!  Our students and our school will benefit significantly.  

5th Grade Walks Through the American Revolution

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 03•16

Our 5th grade students participated in the much anticipated Walk Through The American Revolution interactive learning event.  Each student portrayed a historic character from this time in our country’s history.

Open House 2016

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 03•16

As the official kick off for Catholic Schools Week, our school Open House was held Sunday, January 30th.  All school families were invited to attend the 8:30 am Mass where students proudly wore their uniforms and 8th graders served as Ambassadors.  Immediately following Mass, coffee and donuts were served in the school Jr. High Courtyard and families were welcome to tour Open House.  Open House allows the students to show their families all the outstanding work that is being done in their classrooms as well as gives prospective families a chance to look at what our school offers.

 

6th Grade Science Camp

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 03•16

On the morning of January 20th,  our 6th grade students waived goodbye to their parents as they departed for their 4-day Outdoor Science Camp in the San Bernadino mountains.  Students learned about ecology, botany, animals, and astronomy while enjoying the outdoors and having fun.  6th grade teachers,  Mr. Landero and Ms. Szeibert accompanied the students.  A tradition at OLQA School is for these campers to receive a warm homecoming from the OLQA student body and faculty – and that they did!

 

A Healthy Holiday Luncheon

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 02•16

The OLQA School and Parish Staff were treated to a special Christmas luncheon on behalf of the Orange County Diocese and PSA Hospitality Board.  While listening to beautiful Christmas songs being played on the OLQA grand piano, Carol Noya prepared the most wonderful lunch!  She demonstrated how to prepare a delicious holiday meal while incorporating healthy ingredients and offering a variety of options.  Tricia Davey, a personal chef,  assisted Carol in this scrumptious feast!  

We are so grateful to the DiNapoli and Glessing families for the wonderful centerpieces they made for this luncheon.  We also would like to thank the Bartz, Fatholloki and O’Keefe moms for making the room look beautiful and festive for all the guests. Thank you also goes out to Dawn Cunningham for all the work she did on the booklets, recipe cards and beautiful Christmas menus!We are all so blessed at OLQA for all our Teachers, Staff and Parish Administration do to make our community so wonderful!! 

We look forward to many more delicious luncheons as just one way of expressing our gratitude!  We will be reaching out to all our families to join us in a variety of ways at these luncheons.
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Game On!

Written By: Feng V - Feb• 02•16

Boys and Girls Basketball seasons are in full swing and OLQA has seven teams this winter. Our student-athletes are blessed with great coaches this year that include: Coach Donovan and Coach Simon (6th Grade Boys) Coach Nguyen and Coach Landero (8th Grade Boys) Coach Liedtke (7th Grade Girls) Coach Keating (6th Grade Girls) Coach Wright (5th Grade Boys)  and Coach Mercer (5th Grade Girls and 7th Grade Boys).   The highlight of the season so far has been the 8th grade boys’ team and their impressive 4th place performance in the Large School PAL Tournament this past weekend at Mater Dei High School. The boys made it to the semifinals of the tournament before failing to a strong St.  Jeanne squad. Please come out and support our teams!  See our 5th Grade Girls Team below:

5thGrade Girls BBall