Queen of Apostles

A Catholic Education - Emphasizing Academics & Community

SLE 8th grade reflections

SLE 8th grade reflections

June 2019

 
Near the end of the school year, each of the 8th graders reflects on the Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) that have guided them throughout their school years at Queen of Apostles School and their lives. There is some laughter and some tears as they share their memories. Students often appear in each other’s pictures and reflections of their activities, even as far back as kindergarten, both at school and outside of school. They’ve matured and can express their changing views of the expectations. Often there is a basic view of being a Caring Christian and knowing they should take care of each other when they can as they start school. But this grows into a deeper understanding that they should seek opportunities to be caring and helpful. As Active Learners throughout their time at school and in their daily lives they develop the ability to learn all kinds of information and the ability to seek out learning experiences. They learn that being Self-Confident and Responsible Individuals is more than just the ability to do small things on their own, but also for example to be able to pack and take care of themselves when they are away on extended overnight field trips and be mature while doing so. And finally, the expectation of being a Healthy Individual grows from eating right to encompass exercise and having a strong mind and spirit (being strong mentally and physically). They know they are doing all these things for others and for themselves and that it is forming them into the people they are now and are going to be in the future.

Often these reflections are about starting and continuing in school to the 8th grade and looking ahead a bit to high school, but many have ingrained these values and formed lifelong virtues that shape their outlook on life. Parents who are fortunate enough to get to see the presentation are often moved to tears along with the teachers who are there to see and support the presenters. Each student’s personal growth and readiness to move on to the next part of their education is shining.

Queen of Apostles Students Bring History to Life

Queen of Apostles Students Bring History to Life

May 2019

 
The fifth grade class at Queen of Apostles School brought history to life during their recent Living Museum class activity. Students each read a biography or autobiography about a person of their choice. After reading the books and learning about the life of the individual, they created posters and “became” the person. Parents and the fourth grade class were invited to the living museum where they asked the fifth graders questions. The fifth graders then answered as the individual would have.

Queen of Apostles Teacher Serving Worldwide

Queen of Apostles Teacher Serving Worldwide

April 2019

 
Queen of Apostles School third grade teacher, Mrs. Christine Usis, volunteered a week in January to support schools and children in Cambodia. Christine described her mission and goals: “ I am traveling with the non-profit organization, Jordan International, to aid in humanitarian relief. I have been presented with a life-changing opportunity, to establish temporary schools in the floating village of Siem Reap. It is my goal to serve this community by teaching children how to do basic math, learn letters, and arts and crafts. More than education, I want to give my time to these children to give them hope for the future. I have realized that if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change a community, and if you can change enough communities, you can change the world.”

When she arrived, she was able to accomplish her goals of serving and teaching. She led the hygiene education station, where she taught approximately 60-80 children/day. The main goal of teaching this topic was to educate children on the importance of washing hands in order to prevent common illness and disease. She taught the basic procedures, while making personal connections with each child.

Queen of Apostles Students Experience the Academy of Sciences

Queen of Apostles Students Experience the Academy of Sciences

March 2019

 
One of Queen of Apostles School’s Schoolwide Learning Expectations is being an Active Learner who demonstrates pride and responsibility for learning and communicates information through reading, writing and speaking. The third-grade class exemplified being true representatives of Queen of Apostles’ Active Learners when they all boarded a bus to the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. A busy day was planned ahead for them. They arrived at the Academy of Sciences early at 9:30 a.m. and checked in. There they saw some very interesting animals and got to explore the tide pools by touching starfish, shark eggs, and kelp.

Through the aquarium, they learned about the connection between water and life. They saw jellyfish, python, pipefish, snapping turtles, fresh water fish and seahorses. The most interesting meeting was with Claude, the albino alligator. The students learned that while Claude appeared to be all white, it was actually a complete lack of pigmentation that made him look that way.

Next, the third graders attended a Planetarium show called “Expedition Reef” where they were introduced to the endangered marine ecosystems. They watched how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth.

After the show, thanks to beautiful weather that day, they had lunch by the fountains and enjoyed exchanging notes on all that they saw. The final destination was an incredible earthquake simulator and a visit to a dome with a neo-tropical rainforest around them. They met sun beetles, leafcutter ants and an Amazonian tree boa!

Thrilled and satisfied, the students thanked their chaperones and headed back to school excited to write about what they saw, reflect about everything they learned, and ask all the questions they still had.

Queen of Apostles Students Attend Spanish Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph

Queen of Apostles Students Attend Spanish Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph

January 2019

 

The eighth graders along with their Spanish Teacher Señora Colpo from Queen of Apostles School participated in a Spanish Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph on October 28.

Two of the students were given an extraordinary opportunity to bring up the gifts to the priest. The school has made it a tradition to go every year, which has taught them more about their community. Before attending, students reviewed the order of the Mass. In addition, they also analyzed the Spanish readings in class prior to the Mass. Everyone at the Mass showed the students amazing hospitality and Father Hector announced their names.

After the Mass, students viewed the Días de la Muertos festivities.

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.

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.