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Music Class During a Pandemic

May 09, 2021
By Melissa Cary

What do you do in Music Class during a Pandemic when you can't sing?  Contrary to popular belief, Music Class is not all about singing, there are so many things children can experience through Music Class, and important lessons to be learned that will carry them through life.

For little ones, exploring music through a variety of ways and learning to listen quietly is an important lesson.  Our Early Childhood and Primary students listen to a piece of classical music with their eyes closed and then draw what they saw in their mind.  We called this Musical Sketching and they loved it!  Their favorite game also involved listening as they would have to close their eyes and guess which instrument was missing in a group of instruments all being played at the same time.  Very rarely in a typical day do we have time to simply sit and listen to the world around us, but the benefits are great!

3rd Graders worked on composing Music for Video Game concepts they created!  The creativity the students have is amazing, and when they are able to tape into that in a way that interests them, their passion grows!

4th & 5th graders were able to learn Bucket Drumming this year!  This new unit began as a way to be able to safely play an instrument in class this year, but will become a new tradition as the kids loved it so much!  Not only did this allow them to learn about Beat, Rhythm, and Rhythm Patterns, but they also composed their own bucket groove and competed in a friendly "Battle of the Bands" to end the unit.  You can see the 4th grade Battle of the Bands Video HERE

Middle School worked on Music Technology this year.  They created and composed songs using a variety of Music Apps.  They also learned about different genres of Music and researched bands such as The Beetles.

Music builds confidence, and it was so great to see students growing in their confidence this year through the Arts!

A special thanks to Menards for the donation of buckets!

 

Cow in the Classroom - Experiencing a Dairy Farm

April 19, 2021
By Melissa Cary

Why have a class pet when you can adopt a 1,500 pound dairy cow?  Maybe that was what Ms. Roloff was thinking when she signed the entire 4th grade unit up for the “Adopt a Cow” program sponsored by Discover Dairy, an organization that raises awareness about farming and where we get our food from. The program matches classrooms with local dairy farms, and the class "adopts" the cow. 

Our 4th graders got matched up with ‘Dorito’.  Every few weeks they receive updates about Dorito and how much she's growing. The host farm family provides the class with pictures, videos and slides to keep them learning about their “adopted” cow Dorito. Ms. Roloff has taken the information they send and has created social studies lessons for the students. They have even learned about how a dairy farm works! Students have also included ‘Dorito’ in their writing lessons, as they were able to write letters through the site's online portal, to the family farm that Dorito lives on. 

‘Moo Monday’, as the the 4th graders call it, are Monday’s when Ms. Roloff incorporates Dorito and the Discover Dairy curriculum into her lessons.  “It is interesting to see how milk is made and how cows live” said one 4th grader.  “I never knew that milk comes out of the cow hot!” said another student. Living in Wisconsin, the Dairy State, it’s important for our students to understand the state in which they live.

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Teachers Nominated for National Award

February 23, 2021
By Melissa Cary

Our Lady Queen of Peace School was ecstatic to learn that not one - but two - of their teachers had been nominated this year for a National Education Award through Catholic Financial Life.  

 

Carly Cooper, K4 teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, was nominated by a parent of one of her current students.  Her nomination letter said in part, “To say that she was born to do this job would be an understatement.  Miss Cooper has an incredible way of connecting with the littlest learners, helping them to feel both heard and understood.  Her positive energy is palpable from the moment you set foot in the classroom (or, more recently, her Google classroom)!  Whether in person or virtually, Miss Cooper consistently keeps her students engaged — they realize the importance of being a good person, a kind friend, and respectful of all.  Students gain an immense amount of confidence both in their learning and in themselves.”  

 

Courtney Leuzinger, 1st Grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, was also nominated by a parent of one of her current students.  “My greatest reward is most definitely my students.  I love watching their ah-ha moments” says Leuzinger.  Mary Jo Vitale, principal at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, echoes praise about her.  “I noticed right away she had a passion for learning and teaching.  She is passionate about meeting the needs of each student, and understanding that what works for one student, doesn't always work for another. Her faith guides her belief that a classroom needs to be a balance of faith and friendship.”  

 

The national contest run by Catholic Financial Life, occurred during Catholic Schools Week.  Both teachers finished in the top 10 in the Nation and were humbled by the outpouring of love and support shown by the Queen of Peace Parish and School Community!

Choosing the Right School for your Child

January 20, 2021
By Melissa Cary

All schools share many things in common. So how do you distinguish among them all and make a choice? As a parent, you need a plan to follow when you begin looking into schools for your child. The following “To-Do” List will help you navigate the process of selecting the best school for your child.

Ask Questions and Listen

Ask friends, neighbors, and family for recommendations and then ask why they chose that particular school. Things to consider may be the school’s educational philosophy, religious affiliation, culture, mission, excellent teachers, school community, learning environment, or volunteer opportunities.

Do Your Research

Check out each school website to discern more about individual schools, especially their mission, educational philosophy, and admission information pages. Learn about curriculum, religious education, and after school activities. Ask yourself, “What do I value in my child’s education?” and “How does this school fit our family values?”

Do the Footwork

Explore the school as best you can. Attend Open Houses and Admission Tours so you can “experience the everyday.” Due to Covid, many schools are limiting in-person tours and events, but most schools are continuing to offer virtual options and/or private in-person tours.  Be attentive to the school culture and community as you meet the administrators, teachers, and students. Ask about teacher qualifications and retention. Ask about curriculum, including the arts, world languages, and technology. What areas are important to you? Get details about those. Find out how the school communicates with parents. Ask about parent roles in school life. Try to imagine your child in this setting, then imagine your family at the school.

Study the Options

Make a list of your values and priorities and compare the choices. Points to consider:  Educational philosophy, calendar/schedules, safety, religious education, and before and after school care. Then think through the following: What are your needs? What are your child’s needs? Are you making a short-term decision or a longer-term commitment?

Make the Match

You know your child best. Ultimately, the choice of a school has to meet the unique needs of only one child—yours!

Do you want to discover the possibilities at Our Lady Queen of Peace School?

Our school is a community. From K4 through the 8th grade our students are challenged and supported by a caring group of educators, friends, and parents. Queen of Peace School is a place that celebrates the individualism of the child in a nurturing community with a well-rounded program. From amazing arts to competitive athletics, interactive technology, strong academics, and an inclusive faith life, our students explore their creativity and curiosity and become confident young adults. Students at QP discover who they are through a program of excellence, integrated curriculum, personalized attention, and a faith that guides us to serve others along the way. It is no coincidence that our graduating students cite their service work and caring community as two of the most important aspects of their time here. Our children are encouraged to be curious and that comes alive through creativity, critical thinking, faith-based character development, and collaboration.

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