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Queen of Apostles School Spreads Positivity Year Around

Queen of Apostles School Spreads Positivity Year Around

November 2018

 
This year, Queen of Apostles School opted for a school theme that revolves around positivity and aptly called it “Think Positive, Be Positive!” It was unveiled in the form of bright, yellow cheerful bees displayed on a prominent school board. These bees acknowledge students and staff members who show a positive spirit. Each student or teacher reflecting a positive attitude in the form of sportsmanship, generosity, or being respectful to their peers earns a bee in their name on the school board. They will also be doing various activities throughout the year to promote the theme.

With an intent to be inspirational and have each story encourage others within the school to be more considerate, thankful and supportive of each other at every turn, the school theme hopes to inculcate positive and healthy relationship skills among the students while at the same time forming responsible and enduring societal values. As Mrs. Weinstein, the first grade homeroom teacher puts it, “the kids are motivated to exceed their own expectations of what a good deed may be. They aspire to reach out to more people around them each time they think they can extend a hand or just say a kind word. The students are making an effort to go above and beyond their own classmates and spread positivity among the whole school.”

Besides the annual school theme, Queen of Apostles also has the school-wide learning expectations that form the corner stone of its mission. These include being caring Christians, active learners, healthy individuals and self confident and responsible individuals. Coupled with the school theme of thinking and being positive always, the thought they would like to leave the students with is to ultimately develop an appreciation for their blessings in the form of school, community and family, and take responsibility for their actions and never give up on their Catholic values.

Queen of Apostles School Aides Tonga Students

Queen of Apostles School Aides Tonga Students

May 2018

 

Queen of Apostles School has collected school supplies for Talafo’ou Middle School in Tonga, a school affected by cyclone Gita. We hope that people helping with the repairs of Talafo’ou Middle School will display our Never Give Up attitude. The supplies will be delivered by the school’s 4th/5th grade instructional aide as she travels to help with the recovery. Pictured are the 5th graders who helped to lead the drive.

Queen of Apostles Students Color For Kindness

Queen of Apostles Students Color For Kindness

March 2018

 
On March 14, the students of Queen of Apostles joined schools around the country in the National Walkout. In light of the school theme for this year, “Practice Kindness” the students marked 17 minutes of their day in honor of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida by coloring various images related to kindness and ways to express them. With the purpose of unanimously participating in the National Walkout and to observe the time in a meaningful and age appropriate way, the students said a prayer and were given a different coloring page that centered around the theme of Practicing Kindness. These ranged from sayings like ‘Be Kind’ and ‘The Right Time to be Kind is all The Time’. These colored pages are now displayed around the whole school with an intention to serve as a reminder that we should at all times practice kindness and live our lives in the image of Christ. To reiterate what Bishop McGrath quoted from the bible, ‘Every life is precious in the eyes of the Lord and every person is made in the likeness of God’ and the students of Queen of Apostles have imbibing this principle in a solemn and meaningful way through the year.

Catholic School’s Week/Mass

Queen of Apostles School Catholic School’s Week and Mass

January/February 2018

 

Our theme this year was “Catholic Schools Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”. Catholic School’s Week was held during the week of January 28 through February 3. The week began with a Mass at 9:00a.m. in the Church. ‘Student Appreciation Day” was celebrated on Wednesday with fun events in the classrooms and treats for the students. “Parent Appreciation Day” was celebrated on Thursday with Café Carrello once again providing morning beverages. A special thank you video featuring our students was produced for their families. We are blessed to have such a supportive group of parents at our school! We thank them for all of their time, talent, and energy in supporting the students and the school. “Teacher Appreciation Day” was held on Friday. A marvelous lunch was held in the Fr. Jim Mifsud Community Center along with a raffle and gift cards given out to the teachers. Catholic Schools week was a success at Queen of Apostles School!

Queen of Apostles Community Dinner 2017, Welcomes All!

Queen of Apostles Community Dinner 2017, Welcomes All!

September 2017

 
It was a great turnout with 185 families and plenty of volunteers who made this annual casual meet, greet, & eat, another success!

Many returning families anticipate this annual gathering to catch up with friends from school and also welcome families that are new to the Queen of Apostles School community. As from previous years, it is always a nice, simple buffet set up of delicious food, open seating, and, most importantly, warm smiles all around.

As expected, during large gatherings with food involved, lines do form but, having experienced this personally, our family welcomes this state of (short) wait–a great opportunity to spark conversation with the quiet friendly couple before us, or share the anticipation of having dinner with the rambunctious family behind ours. It’s truly a terrific setting of ease and family for all to have a nice evening together.

Special appreciation to the Zanotto family and other contributors for the delicious spread, to the staff and volunteers for helping with this very special event, and also for Charles Dilisio for capturing moments throughout the night.

As we resume our 2017-2018 school year, we would also like to give a very special thanks to the whole staff and Fr. Thuc for the support and prayers for our community, during our first school mass, a couple of days before the community dinner.

Queen of Apostles Student Council Commissioned

Queen of Apostles Student Council Commissioned

September 2017

 

As the new academic year begins, the Queen of Apostles School student council for year 2017-2018 was ceremoniously commissioned by Principal Marty Chargin at the opening school mass held on September 5, 2017. The student council consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Commissioner of Religion, Spirit & Ecology Representative, and a Sports Representative. They pledged to lead, serve, and represent the student body throughout the academic year.

Additionally, the school wide theme of ‘Practice Kindness’ was announced during this mass. The pastor, Father Thuc asked the students to absorb the parable of the Good Samaritan into their lives and treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. While each class put forth its own views about expressing kindness by sharing, showing support, spreading joy, and putting others before themselves, Father Thuc expressed three things that display kindness encouraging the school community to speak kind words, express kind deeds, and live a kindness-filled life.

Queen of Apostles Students Emulate Inspirational People

Queen of Apostles Students Emulate Inspirational People

May 2017

 
Bill Gates, Roald Dahl, Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, Frida Kahlo, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sacagawea. These are some of the many famous people who were imitated accurately by the Queen of Apostles’ 5th graders on May 5, 2017, in The Fr. Jim Mifsud Community Center. Parents, grandparents and friends were allowed in and they were able to ask the dressed up students about their chosen person’s life stories. These personalities all have something in common: they are inspiring people in these students’ eyes and have made quite an impression in the fields of science, industry, education, art, literature, freedom, or sports. The folks were asking questions written on small flash cards the students made in class. The project is an assignment in the Queen of Apostles 5th grade class taught by Mrs. Maria James.

Authors’ & Artists’ Faire at Queen of Apostles

Authors’ & Artists’ Faire at Queen of Apostles School

February 2017

 

“Catholic Schools Week was celebrated at Queen of Apostles School starting January 29, 2017. The highlight was the school’s Authors’ and Artists’ Faire which displayed more than a thousand pieces of the student artwork from this academic year. Various paintings including water colors and pastels, as well as models and sculptures were on display. The various pieces of artwork came from the dedicated effort of each student through the year under the patient guidance of the Queen of Apostles Art teacher, Mrs. Theresa Knight. This wide range of work also included recreations of history lessons while some others depicted interesting aspects of stories read in class. The James and the Giant Peach projects from the fourth-grade students was a real treat for the viewers!

Apart from the work created in the school’s art program, original pieces were also showcased, which included essays, short stories, and poetry. These were all proudly framed, labeled and displayed in the Father Jim Mifsud Community Center over the course of the Catholic Schools Week celebrations for the community to view.

Queen Of Apostles Girls Prepare For A 5K Marathon

Queen Of Apostles Girls Prepare For A 5K Marathon

February 2017

 
Overheard at a practice session from one of the participants of Girls-on-the-Run on the Queen of Apostles School grounds, “Now…I know I can!” This was in response to whether the hesitating student thought she could accomplish the 5K run that is hosted by Girls On The Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The purpose of this run is in fact a means to an end, a much bigger picture that encompasses the molding and nurturing of girls into self-confident, independent and ultimately, healthy individuals.”
Queen of Apostles has been participating in this enriching program in the past and is continuing this tradition this year. This year they have 15 participants from grades 3rd to 5th forming two teams. Coaches consist of both teachers and parents who volunteer their time in helping these girls embrace confidence, and inculcate faith in themselves to achieve whatever their hearts are set on. Says Karolyn Hill, one of the coaches and the fourth grade teacher, “Girls on the Run is a life-changing after school program for girls where they learn life skills such as healthy decision-making, teamwork and confidence while simultaneously training to complete a 5K.” Meeting twice a week, the 20-lesson curriculum combines training for a 3.1 miles running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.
With Mother Mary as their patron Saint, Queen of Apostles strongly believes in being a self-confident, responsible and healthy individual. These values are nurtured among the girls when they participate in the Girls-on-the-Run program. They are taught to be responsible for their actions, respect their environment, and display a “Never Give Up” attitude. The training and discipline that goes towards this 5k run and the tangible goal attainment of having run that race teaches them to respect themselves, in mind, body, and spirit, and honor the value of teamwork and sportsmanship .
We wish the Queen of Apostles teams the very best as they prepare to not only run the 5K run but prepare to be confident young women who Never Give Up!

Queen of Apostles School 1st Grade Gingerbread Exchange Lesson

Queen of Apostles School 1st Grade Gingerbread Exchange Lesson

January 2017

 

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!”