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PRE-K through 8TH GRADE
Gingerbread men from around the country arrived at Queen of Apostles School throughout the months of December and January. The first graders and their teacher anxiously awaited each one and could not wait to learn about where the gingerbread man had traveled from and the stories of its creators.
Mrs. Anna Rodriguez, the first grade teacher, at Queen of Apostles heard about this gingerbread man exchange online and soon the first graders were busy creating gingerbread men on their own. At the end of the exchange, she learned that nearly 300 schools had participated. Students created everything from scientist gingerbread men, to Sharks hockey gingerbread men, to Princess Leia and Darth Vader gingerbread men, each of these representing something special about the Bay Area. They also wrote accompanying letters to tell first graders across the country, who would be receiving these, what makes the Bay Area unique.
Not only did the students learn the geography of the United States of America, but they also learned how vastly diverse a country, it is. They were surprised to learn about schools with less than ten children per class and about schools where they could see cows from their classroom windows. As each letter was received, the accompanying gingerbread man was attached to the classroom map.
For the first batch of letters, the first graders enjoyed cookies and milk and heard about other first graders, who as one first grader put it, “Are just like us!”
Back to School Night at Queen of Apostles was a great night for parents to meet with their child’s teacher, and get acquainted and reacquainted with other Q of A parents.
Principal Marty Chargin kicked off the evening with brief updates about key improvements in the school’s curriculum and facilities. He then introduced all of the staff, including those parents may not interact with daily such as the science, music, art, math, and Spanish teachers. The parent leaders of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) were also introduced by PAC President Christy Choate. Her sincere request that parents reach out to the PAC with their ideas and suggestions was no doubt furthered by the opportunity to put faces with the various chair positions the PAC includes.
The most exciting part of the night was spending time with the teachers in the classrooms. The teachers used the opportunity to explain processes such as homework, field trips, and volunteer opportunities. Weekly schedules were reviewed, as were the expectations about using the school’s iPads for classwork. The calm, adult only environment was also the ideal opportunity for parents to ask the teacher any questions about the upcoming school year.
By the end of the evening, relationships had been built, everyone’s questions were answered, and the school’s community of parents, teachers, and staff were united in creating a great 2016-2017 year for all.
Being a Boy Scout is a fun and educational part of many boys’ lives in elementary and middle schools. This involves several milestones that denote progression and dot the journey of a boy from being a Cub Scout to being an Eagle Scout. They utilize this time to attempt their hand at various new things and gain knowledge in different skills along the way. One such milestone was a community project accomplished by Roshan Dominic, alum of Queen of Apostles Catholic School, current Archbishop Mitty High School student, and member of Troop 476 in Cupertino, CA.
For this project Roshan chose to build two raised garden beds for a homeless shelter called Casa de Clara Catholic Worker. Casa de Clara is an organization on a mission to help less fortunate families, women, and children in the local San Jose community. These garden beds were built along the walls in the backyard of the shelter, which allowed further space to grow a variety of vegetables and flowers. These provide the shelter with a reliable and fresh source of vegetables thereby, off-setting costs of going to a traditional grocery store, as the center only relies on donations and support from charitable donors.
Says a proud Roshan, “In this project, I was not handed money by the beneficiary. Instead, I had to raise money through people in my community. My close family and friends helped make this possible, and I am very grateful to them. They helped me make a difference in an organization whose workers gave up their traditional lives to live in a Christ-like manner and work to help the less fortunate every day. The project took months of planning, getting approvals, and purchasing materials. By doing this for them, I feel very happy and blessed to have been part of their mission through the project. Overall, this Eagle Project was a unique experience of learning, leading, and serving others. In the end, the officials at the shelter were pleased with the project. I was very happy as well, because the project came out better than I expected. Doing this has made me realize that more can be done in my community, and I hope to continue to serve others in my life.”
A commendable effort by Roshan Dominic is a testament to how much can be achieved through the Scouts program in schools. It instills the beauty and satisfaction of being able to give back to our communities in whatever ways we can. But what is more important is that this sets the path for future leaders and doers of tomorrow by allowing them to mark their journeys with a sense of meaningful achievements along the way.
With a myriad of authentic historical sites, accessible museums, and magnificent architecture, Washington D.C. is a well-known spot for school and leisure trips alike. In fact, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the architect and engineer who laid out the design for the city, named the streets in alphabetical and numerical order so it would be easy for people to find their way around. This internationally renowned district, full of people from all over world, is an area of distinctive flavor and constant buzzing energy. The seventh and eighth graders from Queen of Apostles school had the privilege of touring here with parents and teachers, seeing things only mentioned in textbooks and pictures face-to-face.
The city’s many attractions that were visited – including but definitely not limited to the U.S. Capitol Building, the Holocaust Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery – were fascinating. Aside from the inspiring and influential effect of seeing these historical places in person, they provided a hands-on experience which a textbook simply can’t provide. However, not only did this trip appeal to the subject of history, but also categories such as religion and the arts.
Visiting the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and attending a performance at the Kennedy Center provided a well-rounded aspect to the take away value this memorable experience provided. Personally, as an eighth grader seeing the nation’s capital for the first time, this trip taught me a larger lesson. It taught me that no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from, you can make a difference.
Hearing stories of men and women sacrificing so much for their country and learning about how patriots, the unlikely victors during the Revolutionary War, stood by their beliefs when the odds were stacked against them filled me with an overwhelming feeling to have influence on my future. An orphan from the Caribbean wrote our financial system. The son of a reverend from a middle class black family showed America how to love one another regardless of race. Even our nation’s motto, “E pluribus unum” (Out of many, one) tells us we can take a stand. It tells us to be a part of that many. To be a part of that huge, collective force affecting the country, yet stand out as one. This special visit was not only a chance to see the country as it was and is, but also the opportunity to show us how it will be, and what we can do to impact that.
Written by a Class of 2016 alumna
On a beautiful Sunday in May, 32 Queen of Apostles 5th through 8th graders participated in the Archbishop Mitty Annual Track Meet. Competing against elementary and middle schoolers from seven other Catholic schools, each athlete could choose one field event and two running events to compete in. The running events varied from 50m to the quarter mile, and Queen of Apostles School fielded several 4 x 100 relay teams.
To prepare for the track and field events, students attended practice twice a week for a month leading up to the meet. Their hard work paid off. By the end of the event, the volunteer coaches Herschel Lelaind, Christian Benvenuti, and Lawrence Harlan had lost count of how many medals the Queen of Apostles team won! Along with their great performances, our team enjoyed a celebratory atmosphere at the event. Several families brought popup tents and others contributed to a spontaneous group picnic that was enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations team on your very successful day!
Ahead of all the state and national voting this year, Queen of Apostles students held student council campaigns and voting. Each student running for office had a campaign manager who is a close friend or sibling to speak about him or her.
Some candidates admitted to being nervous to speak in front of the school. Principal Marty Chargin said, “I salute all students who had the courage to seek a spot on the student council. Speaking in front of your peers can be terrifying, and all students who participated did an outstanding job of expressing themselves, and their ideas.”
Their desire to lead was only surpassed by their desire to serve their fellow students. Some current student council members enjoyed their experience so much that they ran for another position for next school year. This led to heartfelt speeches about wanting to return to the student council in the next year delivered along with examples of saving money by those running for treasurer or sports involvement for the sports position.
This year’s election was spirited yet cordial, competitive yet supportive. The seven positions were filled by incoming 7th and 8th grade students. We can be proud of our students and the young leaders that they are becoming.
“Bring flowers of the rarest,
Bring blossoms the fairest,
From garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.”
Mother Mary is the patron saint of Queen of Apostles School. This school year, as their theme for the year, they have chosen to honor her and her mercy. Each class has been allotted a month wherein they bring in a generous amount of flowers in bouquets and vases to display and decorate the grotto in the school courtyard. It is a sight to behold when the students walk in the morning, hands laden with a multitude of colorful flowers, heading to Mary’s statue in the courtyard, with a smile on their lips, seeking her blessings before the day begins. Their class teacher helps the students arrange the flowers in vases and sets them at the Blessed Virgin’s feet. In addition, each student draws a defining image of Mary as he or she pictures her in his or her heart. These pictures and paintings are displayed in the courtyard and school office. Each class also teaches the student body about Mary during a Wednesday morning school prayer. Mother Mary’s statue overlooks the school courtyard where the students eat their daily lunch. Invoked as their advocate, helper, benefactress and Mediatrix during school masses, the Blessed Virgin looks upon her students at Queen of Apostles School with much benevolence and mercy.
Sunday January 31st, the creative talents of all of Queen of Apostles' students were on display for the entire community to admire. Held in the Father Jim Mifsud Community Center, the annual Author and Artists' Faire put over 1000 pieces of art on display!
Even more impressive than the quantity though, was the quality of the work. Even the 3 year old and 4 year old preschoolers proudly covered one wall with their caterpillars, seahorses, hand-print turkeys, and popsicle stick ladders. The large crowd in attendance enjoyed the colorful and diverse selections presented by each class. Clearly Queen of Apostles' art teacher, Theresa Knight, is doing an amazing job helping each student connect with their inner artist.
In addition to the artwork covering every wall in the Community Center, a variety of sculpture, writing, and other art was presented in the middle of the room. The Robotics club was also on hand with a demonstration of autonomous Legos they built and programmed – a big hit with many of the children in attendance.
Congratulations to the staff and parents who helped stage the Faire, and especially to all the Q of A students for producing such fine work.