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Queen of Apostles School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Queen of Apostles School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

February 2014

Queen of Apostles School (San Jose) celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a special Parish/School Mass; Associate Pastor Father Angelo David presided with Pastor Father Thuc Si Ho in the assembly.
Students wore school uniforms to demonstrate school pride and solidarity and served as greeters, ushers, readers, and by singing in the choir. Students also wrote the prayers offered during the Mass which was well attended by parishioners and students.
The school’s Authors and Artists’ Faire and Open House were also held. The Author and Artists Faire is a showcase of student artwork in several media from models to pastels and sculptures.
Original written work is also showcased and includes poetry, essays and short stories. The work is framed/bound and labeled and presented in “art gallery” fashion in the Father Mifsud gym. Over 1,000 original pieces were on display.

Queen of Apostles students engage in community service projects

Queen of Apostles students engage in community service projects

January 2014

Queen of Apostles students are involved in community service projects throughout the school year as they demonstrate commitment to being caring Christians. In association with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, they participate in a school-wide food drive which was started by late pastor Father Jim Mifsud.
During November, students and families bring donations of food and supplies to be distributed to people in need.
Students are encouraged to donate items purchased with their own money or work to earn money to provide donations. Families are encouraged to model the spirit of giving with their children. Over 100 families in need were assisted by the food drive during Thanksgiving.

Queen of Apostles school celebrates grandparents

Queen of Apostles school celebrates grandparents

December 2013

At Queen of Apostles School (San Jose), students, grandparents and “special persons” joined in Mass concelebrated by pastor Father Thuc Si Ho and parochial vicar Father Angelo David.
The Mass was dedicated to those special people who are part of a youth support system–grandparents, and teachers, caregivers, friends and confidants. After Mass, the children spent the morning with their special person.
Second graders shared favorite books; sixth graders discovered what life was like for their grandparents, when they were in sixth grade. The day concluded with lunch. A sixth grader said it made her feel special to be able to share her day with her grandparents. “I found out things I didn’t know about them.”

Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th anniversary

Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th anniversary

October 2013

Queen of Apostles School is celebrating 50 years of Catholic education with several activities throughout this school year. The school was founded under direction of Father Elwood Geary, first Pastor of Queen of Apostles Parish.
The first three grades opened in September 1964. Each year thereafter another grade was added. The school presently offers preschool through 8th grade.
Former staff recall that during those early days the uniform included red ties for the boys. The school was staffed by Religious of The Sacred Heart of Mary until 1972, when a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was appointed principal. The staff has been lay since 1976.
In 1985, the Marianist community of priests and Brothers took over pastoral care and administration of the parish. Marianist’ dedication to education and devotion to Mary have since defined the charism of Queen of Apostles School.
The late Father Jim Mifsud, SM, pastor from 1989-2007, provided both spiritual inspiration and financial support for the school. In 2007, the Diocese of San Jose took on parochial administration and appointed Father Michael Carson as pastor. In 2013, Father Thuc Si Ho was appointed pastor.
Former Principal Mariana Willis recalls: “Several improvements have been made throughout the years. In the old days students had to balance their lunches on their laps; now there are designated lunch benches for each grade. “Back then the home-room teacher taught every subject. Now there are specialty teachers for subjects such as Science, Spanish, Music, Math, Art and Religion.”
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The school has undergone many changes in 50 years but the underlying sense of community and dedication to education instilled by its founders has never changed. The “Never Give Up” spirit – motto of Father Jim Mifsud — is alive and well at Queen of Apostles School, according to parishioner Barbara Richmond.

Queen of Apostles students usher in new school year prayerfully

Queen of Apostles students usher in new school year prayerfully

October 2013

The first school Mass of the 2013-2014 year at Queen of Apostles School, San Jose, took place Sept. 13, celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath with new pastor Father Thuc Si Ho, themed to “Together We Walk In Jesus’ Footsteps.”
Representatives from each class presented their promises to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. This year celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary. This year’s Student Council was commissioned during the Mass.
The Student Council Vice President asked students to pray to Jesus to show one another how to live faithfully, hope joyfully and love courageously, and that Jesus open their minds and hearts to all that is good, true and beautiful.
The Student Council Treasurer asked for God’s guidance for the Student Council as they lead and model the school-wide Learning Expectations. Readings for the Mass reminded students to care for one another and to act as friends of Jesus.

Queen of Apostles students visit autism center

Queen of Apostles students visit autism center

June 2013

Fifth grade students at Queen of Apostles School, San Jose, visited adult participants at the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose whose mission is to help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities maximize their potential.
Students assist adult autism participants in developing their social skills. On a monthly basis, they exchange pleasantries, introductions and personal anecdotes while creating art and playing games such as basketball and chess.
One fifth grade parent commented, “The autism participants are not the only ones who benefit. Each student gets a better understanding of what it means to be autistic and a new-found respect for people who are different from them. The students also develop a sense of compassion that they would not otherwise have without this interaction.”

Queen of Apostles School, Parish provide survival sacks to people in need

Queen of Apostles School, Parish provide survival sacks to people in need

May 2013

Queen of Apostles 8th grade students with survival sacks.

Spearheaded by the eighth grade class and their teacher Mrs. Trela, Queen of Apostles School (San Jose) students in grades K – 8 helped families in need in the local community with a “survival sack” program, initiated by the parish and administered in collaboration with the school.
“Survival Sacks” are backpacks filled with basic items including socks, underwear, soap, toothbrushes and food.
Father Michael Carson, pastor, said, “A very important function of Lent is to build our emotional connections to those who are less fortunate. Queen of Apostles School has accomplished this important mission making life more bearable for those who are homeless. “All of the Queen of Apostles Parish community recognizes their hard work and dedication to make life easier for others,” he said.

The school filled 73 survival sacks and the parish contributed a total of $1,300 to Sacred Heart Community Service. The sacks were presented to the church where they were placed at the altar at the Offertory during Sunday Mass.
Mrs. Lovell, Vice Principal, said, “This project is an example of living our school-wide Learning Expectations, especially the mandate to live as Caring Christians.”

iPad implementation begins at Queen of Apostles School

iPad implementation begins at Queen of Apostles School

February 2013

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Queen of Apostles School eighth graders hard at work on their iPads.

Queen of Apostles School, San Jose, has rolled out iPad usage for educational enrichment in its eighth grade class. Current usage includes note-taking, research and presentations. Students have also utilized the iPads to create videos and do other projects.The school has also deployed a smaller mobile cart that is shared by kindergarten through seventh grades. These iPads are loaded with applications that are grade specific and are used by each class for one hour a week.

Primary use for the shared iPads is for fine-tuning of math skills, research for projects and assistance in presentations.
Students in the younger grades (K-3) use the iPads to practice letter formation, spelling, and math facts. One eighth grader said, “iPads make learning fun. We are learning the same things but in an exciting new way.”

Queen of Apostles ‘Eagle Droids’ win robotics competition

Queen of Apostles ‘Eagle Droids’ win robotics competition

February 2013

Queen of Apostles School robotics team, “Eagle Droids,” recently received first place among 20 teams in the overall Robotics championship in San Jose. This allowed the Droids to move ahead to the district level competition.
The Droids were judged in Robotic Design, Project and Core Values as well as various Robotics Challenges. Additionally, the school’s rookie robotics team, “Eagle Bots,” received a high enough score to move on to the next round of the competition.

Queen of Apostles celebrates Advent of Giving

Queen of Apostles celebrates Advent of Giving

January 2013

Queen of Apostles Church, San Jose, prepares for nine days (“novena”) with special prayer and sacrifice in anticipation of a great feast or holy day. In the same spirit, Queen of Apostles School collects items to donate to charitable organizations. In December they collected:

  • Gloves, beanies/scarves for Sacred Heart Community Center.
  • Items for infants for the Bill Wilson Center.
  • Blankets for St. Justin Parish.
  • Paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissues for DJ Meyer Elementary School.
  • School supplies for St. Patrick Elementary School, San Jose.

Each morning, students gathered in church for prayer, giving and song.