Queen of Apostles

A Catholic Education - Emphasizing Academics & Community

Queen of Apostles Cub Scout Pack 328 Annual Water Rocket Derby

Queen of Apostles Cub Scout Pack 328 Annual Water Rocket Derby

October 2015

 
Queen of Apostles Cub Scout Pack 328 recently held its annual Water Rocket Derby. What a “blast”! Thirteen Cub Scouts, boys in the 1st – 5th grade, made their rockets out of empty soda bottles and cardboard tubes. Parent volunteer Denver Lewis helped the boys learn how fins help guide their rockets, and how water and compressed air act as an engine.
Other parents helped by timing each rocket’s flight. The rocket that stayed in the air the longest (average of three flights) won the coveted hang time award. Several design awards were also presented for best paint job, fastest looking, funniest, most creative, and best overall design. After a day filled with fun and learning, the Q of A scouts are looking forward to hosting the water rocket booth at the Silicon Valley Monterrey Bay Council’s Scout o Rama next May.
I have to thank Christy Choate for her help writing this, and for the photo.

Queen of Apostles School Community Dinner

Queen of Apostles School Community Dinner

September 2015

 

On Thursday, September 10th over two hundred moms, dads, students, siblings, alumni, grandparents, and friends enjoyed a great meal and great company at the year’s first Community Dinner. A delicious menu of tri-tip, baked chicken, pasta with red sauce, steamed veggies, salad, and bread filled everyone’s plates (and tummies!) The meal was topped off with pink lemonade, wine, and delicious cookies. Many guests lingered long after they had finished their meal, catching up with old friends and meeting new friends. Heartfelt thanks go to Debbie Fieber and all the volunteers who prepared and served the food; the fourth grade class for setting up the tables and chairs; and everyone else who helped in making the evening a great success.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations at Queen of Apostles School

Schoolwide Learning Expecations at Queen of Apostles School

September 2015

 

The new school year is all set to begin and students all around are gearing up to face a fresh beginning to a new year. While students are anticipating the usual challenges of math, science, and reading along with the fun of PE, art, and music, the students of Queen of Apostles Elementary School are also expected to meet the Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) based on the school’s mission. These expectations consist of being a Caring Christian, an Active Learner, a Self Confident and Responsible Individual, and a Healthy Individual. A Caring Christian is someone who is actively involved in his/her community. An Active Learner takes pride in all of his/her work and gives his/her best through his/her education. A Self-Confident and Responsible Individual is someone who takes responsibility for his/her actions and displays a “Never Give Up” mentality. A Healthy Individual aims at being healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

While on one hand, these expectations instill qualities of sharing and community involvement, they also motivate the students to aim higher and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The entire team at Queen of Apostles inculcates these expectations among its students and indulges in various ways to ensure it is embedded in the very fabric of the school. The younger students receive ‘SLE C.A.S.H.’ when they embody the SLEs; they turn this in at the office and are rewarded with a prize. Some other classes keep a SLE chart in the classroom and note when students have been Caring Christians, Active Learners, etc. The older students complete a culminating project in which they reflect how they have embodied and instilled the SLEs in their lives. These are represented in various creative ways like painting posters, making videos, or giving a slideshow presentation. Emma, a graduating student at Queen of Apostles School says, “Putting these projects together required a lot of time, effort, and passion”. The most interesting part about this assignment was watching people reflect on their past years in happiness, but also in sorrow, because now they are leaving it all behind for a new adventure.” …Of course, armed with a solid foundation of these Schoolwide Learning Expectations that holistically prepare them to take on the next chapter of their lives.

The Bible – The Foundation of Learning at Queen of Apostles

The Bible – The Foundation of Learning at Queen of Apostles

May 2015

 

Queen of Apostles school believes that the Bible has a special place in the academic curriculum of its students. The school has established the bible as a key component of its religious program and uses its guiding principles to mould the children into mature and honest Catholic individuals. Says Marijane Lovell, Vice Principal, “having their own Bibles throughout their Queen of Apostles careers allows the students to grow in love and understanding of God’s word. They use them in class and each week as they prepare for the readings of the coming Sunday. It is a pleasure to see the delighted faces of the fourth graders and the pride in the fifth graders when the Bibles are presented.”

Leading the way, fifth graders prepared a special bookmark for each fourth grader’s Bible. The Bibles were blessed in the church and the teachers presented it to them in a solemn ceremony emphasizing its sacredness and utility for the rest of their time at Queen of Apostles. The fifth grade students taught the new owners how to navigate the bible and cherish it for the beauty and knowledge that it imparts. Studying the Sacraments of the Church will be their first lesson from their new bibles.

Queen of Apostles School 5th Grade Dissection Lab

Queen of Apostles School 5th Grade Dissection Lab

April 2015

 

Queen of Apostles School has always emphasized the successful impact of a hands-on-approach towards education. With this in mind, the 5th grade students dissected a sheep’s heart! One of the most looked forward to science activities all year, the students got to experience what it means to look at and feel a real sheep’s heart.
The 5th grade has been studying the heart as part of their science curriculum and today was an opportunity for them to learn first hand what they had been studying the past couple of days. They were divided into groups, each one led by a parent volunteer to assist. These parents were briefed and well prepared by Mrs. Rehbock, the science teacher. The students, in turn got to explain to the adult in their group what they expected to see and therefore, review the information they had previously gathered from the lessons and chapters. Everyone conducting the procedure was equipped with rubber gloves, safety goggles, etc. The vena cava and pulmonary artery were marked with blue and red straws and the students explored the interior of both sections. They weighed the heart, discussed why some were larger than others and noticed that some were more fatty. They made two cuts to expose the right and left atrium and ventricles. All students were asked to record their observations.
While each student had an expression of wonder mixed with curiosity, their reaction of “This is so cool” and “Wow” said it all!

First Grade Library Field Trip

First Grade Library Field Trip

March 2015

 

The 1st grade class of Queen of Apostles School honored Martin Luther King, Jr. by visiting the library named for him in downtown San Jose. They took a tour of the library, learned about the strategically placed butterflies on each floor of the library, and also learned how to obtain a library card and borrow books. They also saw and learned about the reconstructed Redwood tree trunk that now serves as a series of columns in the library building. The first graders had a wonderful day learning about this wonderful treasure of their city of San Jose!

Queen of Apostles Celebrates Epiphany

Queen of Apostles Celebrates Epiphany

February 2015

 
Students at Queen of Apostles School returned from Christmas vacation ready to begin a new year. Each class reflected on the coming of the Magi and celebrated Jesus’ revelation to the Gentiles. Father Thuc Si Ho, pastor, brought the Epiphany blessing to each classroom, the main office, the library, and all entrances to the school. He is pictured blessing the second grade classroom.
The message above each door (20+C+M+B+15) is a reminder that Queen of Apostles is a welcoming community, dedicated to spreading God’s word.

The 6th Grade Class at Queen of Apostles School Helps United Way Brighten Someone’s Day

The 6th Grade Class at Queen of Apostles School Helps United Way Brighten Someone’s Day

January 2015

Each year United Way of Silicon Valley provides a select number of low income elementary school students with a holiday gift from their wish list as well as a book to advance their reading skills.
With volunteer support, United Way is able to add a personalized Christmas card, making the gift much more special for the students. This year, 6th grade students from Queen of Apostles School had the honor to assist United Way by making personalized Christmas cards. In total, the students made 88 cards to go with the gifts. They decorated their cards with colorful drawings, words of encouragement and compliments.
“It’s amazing how a small gesture can be very impactful,” stated Alicia Silva, 6th grade mom volunteer. “I want to thank the students and Mr. Weinstein (6th grade teacher) for coming together to help our surrounding communities.” Says Mrs. Silva.

Queen of Apostles Students get involved in their Community

Queen of Apostles Students get involved in their Community

November 2014

The 7th grade students at Queen of Apostles School spent the day helping out at Hope Services.
The mission of Hope Services is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Students rolled up their sleeves alongside the participating Hope members and provided assistance with production services such as labeling, packaging, sorting, assembling and metering.
Students also found that there are similarities between themselves and the participating members. As they chatted with the members, some discovered a common love of Starbucks frapuccinos and animé characters.
One student stated that as he worked making boxes, he and one of the participating members discussed the merits of animé Sailor Moon.
“The opportunity the students are afforded by volunteering at Hope Services is an experience you can’t re-create within a classroom setting. They experience patience, teamwork, and a deeper appreciation for the world around them and their ability to be a vital role in it!” Stated 7th grade teacher Brian Yocke.

Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th Anniversary

Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th Anniversary

September 2014

August 23 wasn’t just an ordinary day at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose. The campus was bustling with excitement and festivities. Parishioners, alumni and current students and their families came together to celebrate 50 years of quality Catholic education at their beloved school.
The day began with Mass presided by Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. Fathers Thuc Si Ho and Reynaldo Sarmiento were also in attendance. Principal Marty Chargin introduced the liturgy and former principal Marianna Willis proclaimed the first reading. Parent Advisory Council President Bea Scott led the assembly in the responsorial psalm. Deacon Steven Herrera recounted his memories of the school and mentioned pastors who had supported the school. He made special mention of Father Jim Mifsud whose unrelenting support for the school helped shape it into what it is today, a community of caring Christians. Alumni students, Max Amicarelli, Jake Amicarelli, Eric Matsumoto and Lana Talaich read prayers. Students demonstrated their respect and connection with the school by wearing their uniforms to Mass.

The celebration continued immediately following Mass. Guests were invited to lunch in the courtyard where there was a DJ playing music selections past and present. There were entertaining activities for the children throughout the campus. With more than 300 guests in attendance, old and new stories were recounted and discovered. New friends were made and old friendships rekindled.
As Father Thuc recovered from his adventure on one of the Astro Jump slides, he stated “What a way to celebrate and unite people. We should do this every year!”