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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.

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.