Queen of Apostles

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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.

Queen of Apostles students ‘give back’

Queen of Apostles students ‘give back’

December 2012

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Each class at Queen of Apostles School demonstrates its community spirit by performing service projects throughout the year. Kindergarten and first grade students make holiday cards and decorations for the Marianist Center in Cupertino.
Second graders provide schools in need with basic classroom supplies as well as provide Easter decorations to Dolores Mission in Los Angeles. This month the school is organizing a novena during which specific items will be brought each day.
Third graders participate in the Loaves and Fishes program by making 150 lunches once a month. Fourth and sixth graders work at Sacred Heart Community Service once a month, sorting clothes and food to be donated to people in need.
Fifth graders assist adult members of the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose, and seventh graders provide warmth to InnVision patrons by coordinating a school-wide coat, jacket and sweater drive.
Eighth graders provide example to younger grades by performing a variety of service projects throughout the year including helping in extended care at the school, working in animal shelters, and visiting residents of convalescent facilities.
They also coordinate the Survival Sack project which provides filled backpacks distributed by Sacred Heart Community Service. Eighth graders each complete a total of 12 service hours a year. After each trimester, students write a reflection of their experiences.

Queen of Apostles honors late pastor

Queen of Apostles honors late pastor

November 2012

Recently a Mass was celebrated at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose, in honor of the late Father Jim Mifsud, former pastor. The Mass marked the second anniversary of his death. Preschool, elementary and junior high students were among those in attendance.The Mass honored the life and legacy of Father Jim, according to present pastor Father Michael Carson. Fathers Carson and Noel Sanvicente spoke about Father Jim’s devotion to prayer and his example as a pastor and priest.The children spoke about their favorite memories of Father Jim and about how he taught them to pray and have compassion for others. His strongest message was “Never Give Up.”The Mass concluded with the children reciting a version of “How Deep Is The Ocean,” which they recalled Father Jim routinely singing.
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November 13, 2012 was a great day for the Queen of Apostles Robotics Teams!

November 13, 2012 was a great day for the Queen of Apostles Robotics Teams!

Team Eagle Droids received the Overall Championship trophy in all categories and moved ahead to the District Level Competition.The team was judged in Robotic Design , Project and Core Values as well as the various Robotics Challenges among some 20 teams to come first overall.We stood third in the Robotic Challenges , this is the part where the kids run the various Robotics missions.Credit to the hard work by the kids and guided by chief coach Mike Koken and his assistant.Team Eagle Bots – our rookie team moved onto the next round of the competition. Terrific achievement for the kids who have just entered the Robotics arena. The coach for this was Shridhar.

 

Queen of Apostles School new pre-school

Queen of Apostles School new pre-school

April 2012

Queen of Apostles School held an Open House, Jan. 31 which included a preview of the pre-school opening in August for the 2012-2013 school year. (Call (408) 252-3659 for information) Licensing and pre-school allocation are underway. As part of the Queen of Apostles family, preschoolers will have exposure to spiritual, cognitive, social/emotional and physical development in a caring environment.Existing buildings are being creatively redesigned in order to safely and adequately accommodate incoming pre-schoolers.

Queen of Apostles elementary, middle school students tell story of Birth of Jesus through song

Queen of Apostles elementary, middle school students tell story of Birth of Jesus through song

February 2012

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Queen of Apostles School (San Jose) families gathered as students from kindergarten through eighth grade processed into the parish church for the Christmas program directed and orchestrated by Mrs. Kristie Manning and Mrs. Donna Vehawn.The story began as the Angel Gabriel paid a visit to Mary telling her she would bear a son. The first song is an imagined conversation between Mary and God in which Mary asks God to send an angel to speak to Joseph on her behalf.To reflect the imagined details of this conversation, seventh and eighth grade girls sang “His Name Is Joseph.” This was followed by the sixth grade class singing “Emmanuel,” representing the fulfilled prophesy. As a group of “shepherds” approached to witness this, the kindergarten class sang “While By My Sheep.” The birth of Jesus was celebrated as the fifth grade class sang “Welcome To Our World.”   To reflect what Joseph may have been feeling throughout this blessed event, seventh and eighth grade boys sang “Joseph’s Song.”   As their finale, students processed into the church and invited all the families to join them in a rendition of “Joy To The World.”

Queen of Apostles students ‘giving back’

Queen of Apostles students ‘giving back’

January 2012

Queen of Apostles Elementary and Middle School students in all grades volunteer their time and talents to help people in need, not only during the “season of giving,” but throughout the year.The annual Thanksgiving food drive, spearheaded by the Student Council, is the largest service project for the whole school. Students collect and donate food and supplies for over 150 needy families.This year, kindergarten and first grade students made Thanksgiving cards and decorations for residents of the Marianist Center in Cupertino. The retired Fathers and Brothers there demonstrated their gratitude by writing “thank you” notes to the students.Another group of students conducted a beach clean-up day. One student stated that they are “trying to make improvements to our coast and together help care for our fragile marine environment.”Older students go to animal shelters and assist in the training and care of animals in order to make them more adoptable. Others volunteer at food banks by sorting and distributing food and supplies and others help out at church functions by assisting with set-up and clean-up.