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.
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.
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!
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!!
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:
Our school family celebrated the birth of our Savior at the annual OLQA School Christmas Program on Thursday, December 17th. This beautiful concert presented by our students was heartwarming and memorable. Each grade level from K through 8 and our School Cantor Ensemble performed a Christmas song in a lessons and carols format which included readings of the Christmas Story by 8th graders.
The concert began with everyone singing O Come, All Ye Faithful, accompanied by Dr. Patricia Lamb at the organ, and closed with the traditional verses of Angels We Have Heard on High.
This year’s Student Council presented their annual Christmas Play for their fellow students on Friday, December 18th in the school hall. The Student Council created, wrote, produced and starred in the production – it was creative, fun and heartwarming. Christmas carols were sung by each grade after the performance sending the students off to a happy Christmas break!!!
The PSA Annual Christmas Luncheon was held on Wednesday, December 9th in the hall. It was a joyous occasion watching our littlest Angels, Kindergarten-4th graders sing beautiful Christmas Carols while the 8th grade students served refreshments. Thank you to Mrs. Landis, Dr. Lamb, and Mrs. Hoppe for all the effort that went into those well-trained voices. Special thanks to Kay Carolan and Karla Stagman, PSA VPs of Programs for hosting a lovely, holiday afternoon with festive décor and delicious food, and to the countless volunteers that helped make this event special. Thank you to Mrs. Van, Mrs. Donovan, and the 8th Graders for their excellent service at the luncheon.
At morning assembly on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, the entire school honored our Veterans with prayer and the singing of America the Beautiful. It was a wonderful way to begin the day by recognizing all the brave men and women who have served our country. Many thanks to Mrs. Landis and Mrs. Hoppe for providing the music for this special occasion. Students wrote letters of gratitude which were sent to the soldiers.
Mrs. O’Melveny and Mrs. Ivey, PSA Catholic Programs Co-chairs, were instrumental in coordinating this memorable day for our school. The Student Council sponsored a Cake Walk where students could buy raffle tickets to win a sweet treat. Over $1,000 was raised and sent to the Wounded Warriors Program. Thank you Student Council.
Cake Walk & Winners!