"Our Lady of Guadalupe School fosters Gospel values, inspires academic excellence, and develops service and leadership. We face this as a sacramental community united and empowered by the Holy Spirit."
April 23, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
Tomorrow morning, I will be heading up to Camp Hamilton with Fr. Jack, for our 6th graders’ last morning at camp. I look forward to hearing about the outdoor education, community building and personal growth that will undoubtedly have been a part of this special week away together in nature.
This morning, we missed the 6th grade as we celebrated together at our school Mass. Our 5th graders really stepped up as leaders in working with the first grade to plan this liturgy focused on the sacraments. Thank you, Ms. Hobbs, Mrs. Gazewood, and Ms. Sager, for your work and leadership!
Please keep the second graders and everyone making their First Communion on Saturday, May 2nd at the 5:30 pm Mass in your prayers! It has been a joy to watch them grow in readiness and anticipation!
A special opportunity for students in grades 5-8, sponsored by this year’s School Fund Drive:
Tell stories. Design a game. Make art.
LEARN TO CODE!
Ever played a video game and thought, “I could make this so much better”? Wondered how a DJ creates beats or a technician generates sound effects for a movie? Join the OLG Coding Club and learn to use a laptop to tell stories, make art and animation, write music, create video games or design clothing. We’ll use Google CS First activities to explore how technology helps us do what we love.
Who’s eligible: 5th-8th graders. No previous experience necessary.
When: Mondays and Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m., May 4-28. You can come one day a week, or both.
Where: The OLG Langen Library.
Why: Because coding is fun! and this will be, too.
Brought to you by the 2014-15 School Fund Drive; thank you, donors!
Mr. Santos and the OLG 8th grade class have been selected to be interactive presenters at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teen Action Fair this Saturday with their Juan Diego Graduation Projects. The Teen Action Fair is a youth-led celebration showcasing young leaders who are inspiring positive change. This event is FREE and open to the public! Learn more and RSVP (RSVP not required).
Saturday, April 25th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bill & Melinda Gates Visitor Center
440 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Bingo – Cancelled for this Saturday, April 25th
The Parent Org Bingo Night that was planned for this Saturday, April 26th, has been cancelled. The fall Bingo Night was a very fun event; however feedback has been that there is already enough going on this month in the school, parish, and in the lives of our OLG families! Watch for an opportunity to come together for an evening of Bingo and/or other games in the fall!
A school-wide donation drive for WestSide Baby begins next week! For two weeks only, we are asking all OLG families to consider donating diapers and wipes. Other gently used items, such as clothes, baby equipment, and toys, will also be appreciated! The donations will pile high in the 3rd grade classroom and be delivered following the collection! Thank you for your generosity and start cleaning out those closets!
Thank you from Kimberly LaRiviere:
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the OLG and Sacred Heart homeless women’s shelters to help make a difference in the women’s lives by doing what we can to make their lives easier and by sharing our love. A lot of wonderful items have come in so far and are almost ready to be donated. Like many of you, I have donated many supplies such as toothpaste, many soap bars, and dish soap. I am so honored to be working with WHEEL, because we come together as a community to help those in need and those who are suffering. Remember, we are still taking donations if anyone is able to help by April 30th. Thank you, and have a nice day!
Tuesday, May 12th – Our last Parent Org Meeting of the school year begins at 6:30 pm in the school math lab (located across from the front desk on the main floor). Everyone welcome! This is a great platform for the Parent Org Committee to share with you the latest happenings and also hear your thoughts and opinions. Please join us!
Our Final Big Fundraiser, the Top-It Jog-a-thon, is next Friday!
Motivate your runner! Inspire! Donate! Each runner has been given a lap challenge listed on each child’s pledge form. It is one additional lap over what they ran last year…challenge them to Top It!
Volunteer! Please visit volunteer spot to sign up or contact Sarah Housknecht. Count laps, provide oranges, set-up and earn hours toward next year!
Website! Use this website for flat donations, and to pay all invoices at the end of the event. This is the same website used for the auction. Log in, search by last name and make a donation! (All donations are considered 100% tax deductible and receipts will be mailed.) Out of town relatives, friends and neighbors can easily support the Jog-a-thon this way!
May 1: Jog-a-thon! Pledge forms due before 9:00am (Runners must have form turned in before running to qualify for prizes.)
May 15: Pledge money due
“I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger!”
Spring is springing! Wonderful fragrances hang in the air. Lawns are green and lush. Trees are leafing out as rhodies and azaleas burst with color. Days are longer, and sunshine seems to be more frequent.
Spring also signifies the school year slowly winding down. This is marked by final activities and events. Sixth Grade is off to Camp Hamilton. Students gear up for the Jog-a-thon. Second Grade is soon to receive First Communion. Seventh Grade steps into a leadership role as they direct Field Day & Picnic activities. Our spring concert in the church, the Eighth Grade Musical, and our nearly world famous Talent Show ALL highlight exciting and creative student talents! And, Eighth Graders present their Juan Diego projects while preparing for graduation.
There is also one other student activity, with which I’ve been closely connected. In the stairwells of our school, fish (salmon to be precise) have slowly been making their way upstream! The fish mural is the result of art workshops I attended several summers ago. What better way to share my experience with the school than to create together. The mural runs up both floors, of both stairwells, on both sides of the stairs. Quite a project! But OLG is a green school, monitoring waterways near by, learning about the salmon life cycle, singing about salmon, and caring for the fish tank full of salmon at our school entrance. The mural is a continuation of this focus…
Guiding students as they paint, I witness their excitement. They carefully choose a fish silhouette on the wall, decide on paint colors, and off they go. Initially it was hard for some to believe they were allowed to paint directly on the wall. But they have all come to understand that their individual contribution is part of a wonderful communal creation! I asked several middle school students what they thought of the mural. “It’s cool Ms. Heidi, because we are able to be very different in how we do our fish, but we’re all working on the same project.”
If you haven’t walked up the school stairwells lately, take a minute to do so. There are new fish being painted each day. The goal is to complete the mural by the end of this school year. Guess we better “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….”
St. Mary’s- Seattle would like to invite high school youth to join their week-long summer mission trip. Every year, 20 youth travel to the farms in the Skagit Valley to help migrant farm workers who are living in poverty, struggling and marginalized. Youth ages 14 to 18 are welcome to apply. Adults are welcome to come help lead. Applications are available online.
Help Welcome the Passionist Volunteers
For the past few years, we have welcomed Passionist Volunteers from all over the country who come to Seattle to do a week of service in our city. They stay in our gym and use OLG as a home base as they head out each day to serve at a variety of sites. While they’re here, they always spend some time on our campus helping with maintenance and building projects. This year, they’ll be helping to get our Peace Garden ready for the upcoming growing season. While they’re here helping others, we’d love to provide them some treats to keep them energized. You can drop off fruit, snacks, cookies or any other treats at the parish office April 27th-May 1st. The PVs have also extended a dinner invitation to our community so feel free to stop by the Walmesley Center Monday-Thursday around 7pm to say “hi” and break bread together. If you plan on joining them, please let Jill know in advance so they can prepare enough food. Click here to learn more about the PVs.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School & Parish acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.