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Queen of Apostles School Alum Earns Eagle Scout Honors

Queen of Apostles School Alum Earns Eagle Scout Honors

Aug 2016

 

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.

Queen of Apostles’ 7th and 8th Graders Visit Washington DC

Queen of Apostles’ 7th and 8th Graders Visit Washington DC

June 2016

 

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

Queen of Apostles School Participates in the Annual Archbishop Mitty Track Meet

Queen of Apostles School Participates in the Annual Archbishop Mitty Track Meet

June 2016

 

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!

Queen of Apostles School Annual Student Council Elections

Queen of Apostles School Annual Student Council Elections

May 2016

 

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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.

Queen of Apostles Honors the Queen All Year Round

Queen of Apostles Honors the Queen All Year Round

February 2016

 

“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.

Queen of Apostles School Annual Authors and Artists’ Faire

Queen of Apostles School Annual Authors and Artists’ Faire

January 2016

 

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.

Queen of Apostles School Unveils A New, Innovative Science Lab

Queen of Apostles School Unveils A New, Innovative Science Lab

December 2015

 

Science has always been an integral part of the academic fabric of Queen of Apostles School. As part of an all rounded education, the importance of keen observation, methodical evaluations and critical judgment has been emphasized. In keeping with this, Queen of Apostles School unveiled a new primary science class with its own exclusive science lab devoted to the classes Kindergarten through third grade. The lab was created to enhance the already the already in place fourth through eighth grade program.

In the new, primary lab students are introduced to different scientific concepts and process that information through hands-on experiments and daily activities. A former Queen of Apostles student herself who graduated with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State, Mrs. Christine Usis, the new Science teacher emphasizes various methods of observation and experimentation to encourage her students to come to their own scientific conclusions. She believes that in order to develop a logical mind, students should be able to see, feel and figure out the ‘science’ behind various facts themselves with her gentle nudge in the right direction.

Following this path she has had her young students ‘engineer’ their names on a nametag; create vertebrates from construction materials; and use their senses to get a better understanding of what each sense does. Kindergartners made their own paper plate musical instruments to shake loudly or softly and quickly or slowly. First graders have taken a listening walk outside and then discussed and recorded what they learned. Second graders have studied states of matter and then used Fruit Loops cereal to show how molecules would look as those states of matter. They also intensively worked on concepts of density by engineering their own canoes and getting them to float. Third graders are focusing on habitats and what it takes to make suitable habitats.

The excitement and enthusiasm among the young students is reflective of the successful approach that Mrs. Christine Usis adopts. When not teaching, Mrs. Usis travels extensively around the globe. But even when she does that, she meets with the local schools, students and professors and comes back with a load of stories about different cultures and different approaches towards science in various parts of the world. This surely makes for a very interesting class experience for her students in Queen of Apostles School.

Christmas Performances Showcase Students’ Musical Talents

Christmas Performances Showcase Students’ Musical Talents

December 2015

 

On Tuesday December 15th, all the students from Queen of Apostles School performed a magnificent Christmas concert to a standing room only audience in the church. The fifth grade class set the bar high, opening the concert with a beautiful rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The second grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade classes followed with “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” respectively. The orderly way that each group of students entered and exited the stage suggested careful rehearsing, and each class’s narrators expertly introduced their songs to the large crowd.

Midway through the show, the pre-school students took the stage in white clothes and halos to perform “Angels We Have Heard On High” with the most enthusiastic possible “Gloria” refrains. The Kindergartners proceeded in next to perform “Do You Hear What I Hear,” followed by the fourth graders “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” first graders “Star Shine Bright,” and the third graders “We Three Kings.” The final class to perform was the eighth grade, singing “Joy to the World.”

The best was yet to come though. For the finale, the entire student body filled the aisles of the church and performed a complex arrangement of “Christmastime.” The performances really showcased the musical talents of the students as well as the Q of A staff and teachers. When it was finished, the audience leapt to their feet to show appreciation for the wonderful concert. Afterward the Community Center was filled with smiling faces enjoying some post concert Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, courtesy of Zanotto’s markets. Special thanks to music instructor Donna Vehawn and pianist Daniel Oh for their huge contributions in making the evening a complete success!

Queen of Apostles’ Eighth Grade Class Holds Successful Halloween Carnival

Queen of Apostles’ Eighth Grade Class Holds Successful Halloween Carnival

November 2015

 

Congratulations to Queen of Apostles’ eighth grade class on a very successful Halloween carnival October 30th! The day began with a costume parade throughout campus. Afterward the entire student body enjoyed a variety of different game booths including Candy Count Guess, Treasure Chest, spin art, face painting, and a haunted house, each created and staffed by the eighth graders. The cake walk booth was especially popular – fortunately 200 plates of sweets were donated so the prizes lasted all morning.

The fifth and sixth grade students also contributed to the success of the day. Each “big kid” helped a younger grade buddy play the games, manage their tickets, and get lunch. By not just enjoying the carnival but also contributing, students develop a keen sense of commitment to its success. A current eighth grader observed, “It felt pretty good, knowing that we were able to run a Carnival that had been so important to us through the years here at Queen of Apostles.”

Planning for the event began in early September, and the eighth grade class organized weekly bake sales to raise money for game supplies, prizes, and clean up expenses. The day of the event, all 33 8th graders, at least one parent volunteer for each student, and the entire teaching staff worked together to ensure success. Asked about the biggest challenge hosting the carnival, the eighth grade homeroom teacher Brian Yocke reported, “There weren’t any major challenges because the eighth graders and their parents were so supportive.”

Kindergarten Mom’s Night Out

Kindergarten Mom’s Night Out

November 2015

 

Mix together guacamole, a dozen babysitting Dads, some vino, and what do you get? Kindergarten Mom’s night out! Organized by Room Moms Karolyn Hill and Amanda Flynn, the evening was a chance for our new Kindergarteners’ Moms to get better acquainted.

“This was a great opportunity to meet some of the other Moms without the distractions a room full of five-year-olds usually brings,” said first time Q of A Mom Erin Mannas. She continued, “My son will learn and grow with these classmates for the next nine years, and this is the beginning of my experience doing the same thing with their Moms.”

Much fun was had by all the Moms, and the next get together is eagerly anticipated!