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Queen of Apostles supports empowerment of girls

Queen of Apostles supports empowerment of girls

June 2014

In May, a group of Queen of Apostles students from third through fifth grades ran alongside their Principal Martin Chargin in a 5K, sponsored by “Girls On The Run,” a program that uses experience-based curriculum to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
The program integrates running, which is in line with the school’s learning expectations to be healthy individuals. Students trained for two months using lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. They explored and discussed their own beliefs about experiences and challenges girls face at this age and they explored how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
“This program is not only about running, it’s about teaching girls to have positive body images, how to handle peer pressure and how to stand up to bullies,” said Allison Fox, school parent and event organizer.

New ‘face’ of Queen of Apostles School

New ‘face’ of Queen of Apostles School

May 2014

Queen of Apostles School, San Jose, continues to celebrate 50 years of Catholic education this year by giving their school logo a new look. “The new logo which replaces the Eagle (the school’s sport mascot) is a better representation of the school and Church’s doctrine,” explained Martin Chargin, principal.
The logo is entitled “The Shield of Faith.” Its four main components include the image of a shield (against evil) encasing a cross (what each person carries for the intentions of the Heavenly Father) and 12 stars (12 Apostles, teachers in Christ). The shield is topped by a crown representing Mother Mary.
The Shield of Faith logo will be transitioned into the school uniform beginning school year 2014-2015.

Queen of Apostles alumni ‘pay it forward’

Queen of Apostles alumni ‘pay it forward’

April 2014

The strong sense of community originally inspired by the late Father Jim Mifsud through his leadership and guidance is the glue that keeps families coming back to Queen of Apostles, explained parishioner Barbara Richmond.
That sense of community brings back alumni as teachers including Mrs. Amicarelli, kindergarten teacher, Ms. Nicoletti, fourth grade teacher, and Ms. Usispre, pre-school aide.
Alumni also “pay it forward” by providing volunteer assistance to teachers and coaches. Former students on campus are a common sight. Jonathan Sandau, senior at St. Francis High School, Mtn. View, fixes computers and installs software programs.
Shayna Crawford, freshman at San Jose State University, volunteers to coach eighth grade volleyball. Weekly, several Mitty High School students volunteer as aides in Spanish, second and third grades. Teachers are then able to split the classes into smaller groups as alumni lead one of the smaller groups. This ensures a better grasp of material for the students, according to Richmond.
Mrs. Battiato, third grade teacher, said, “Students are excited to learn from these experienced alumni, and look up to them. It allows me to identify where students need further instruction. We are blessed to have such a strong community.”

Queen of Apostles School launches SLEagles group

Queen of Apostles School launches SLEagles group

March 2014

At Queen of Apostles School, SLEagles are selected annually by their homeroom teacher and consist of two student representatives from second through eighth grade.
Students are selected based on their embodiment of the School-Wide Learning Expectations (SLE’s) to be “Caring Christians,” “Active Learners,” “Self-Confident, Responsible and Healthy Individuals.”
A recent SLEagle event included a book drive in which book donations were delivered to Sacred Heart Community Center’s after-school program. Skits illustrating the SLE’s are presented weekly to the entire school at Wednesday prayer services.
Mrs. Maria James, fifth grade teacher and Mr. Brian Yocke, seventh grade teacher, serve as co-moderators for the group. Yocke said, “It has been a blast! We think the kids are really enjoying themselves while learning how to be good Christians.”

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.”