April 27th Newsletter

April 27, 2017

Dear OLG Families,
Congratulations to Rita Gazewood, this year’s Distinguished books-apple-sm.jpg Teacher/Staff Excellence Award recipient.
Among our many deserving staff members and nominees, Rita Gazewood was selected as this year’s recipient of the Teacher/Staff Excellence Award. She and her family will be heading to the southwest to explore the geological wonders of three national parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion. This trip was inspired by her own third grade teacher who shared about this area and instilled a lifelong interest in rock formations and in celebrating God’s creation. She will follow in that teacher’s footsteps, bringing back curriculum materials and photos to enhance her Pebbles, Sand and Silt unit. Thanks to everyone who nominated a teacher or staff member!
cartoon-sneakers.jpg We’re hoping that today’s beautiful weather holds for the jog-a-thon next Friday. See the Parent Org section for details about pledges and volunteer opportunities. Thank you for helping to make this event a success!
6th Graders Return from Camp Hamilton
Tomorrow, Fr. Jack and I will spend the last morning at camp with our 6th grade class. Fr. Jack will celebrate Mass with the campers, and we look forward to hearing stories about their week of learning and community building. Thanks to Michael Stein-Ross and our generous chaperones.
Are you curious about the Catholic Church and/or are considering becoming Catholic? 
Are you someone who was baptized Catholic but haven’t celebrated your First Communion?  RCIA Information Night on Tuesday, May 9th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in Pastoral Center. This night is for you to learn more about the RCIA process and ask questions with no strings attached!  Information, Helen Oesterle.
Rice Bowls
Thank you to all the students and families who participated in filling the Rice Bowls this Lenten season to help those in need around the world! If you haven’t already turned your rice bowl in at church or in the office, please bring in to the school office by Friday, May, 5th.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair
Cinco de Mayo Jog-a-thon
The Cinco de Mayo Jog-a-thon, is just one week away, next Friday, May 5th. We need your help to meet or exceed our goal of $30,000 this year!
Thirty thousand is a big goal, but that breaks down to an average of $176 per OLG School family, or $125 per child, preschool – 8th grade. We can do it! Top pledge earners will be eligible for special jog-a-thon prizes. All pledges need to be turned into the school before the event on Friday in order to be eligible for prizes.

Take advantage of our event website to make your 100% tax-deductible donation. Be sure to forward the link on to family, friends and neighbors and ask for their support.
You can sign up to help by following this volunteer link. There are still cartoon-sneakers.jpg plenty of spots available in each class. Please help by counting laps, slicing oranges, setting or cleaning up. This is always a fun volunteer opportunity.
Remember, the Cinco de Mayo jog-a-thon is a free dress day. We are encouraging “fiesta wear.” Prizes awarded for the best outfits in each class! Maracas, sombreros, serapes and zapatos de correr encouraged!
Any questions, contact Sarah Housknecht or Linda O’Keefe.
Open Positions for the Parent Organization for 2017-18
There are some exciting opportunities to become more involved in OLG school activities, fundraising, and fun-raising by being a member of the Parent Organization Board! Open positions for next academic year are listed below with the number of commitment hours received. For more information regarding the role/responsibility of the positions, or to volunteer in one of the positions please contact Christa Callanan, PO Chair.
PO Co-Chair (shadow to become PO Chair)  50 hours
PO Treasurer 50 hours
Halloween Carnival Chair and Co-Chair (without these positions filled there WILL NOT BE a Halloween Carnival) 50 hours each
Auction Co-Chair 50 hours
Various Auction roles with hours that vary according to role
Thank you for considering filling one of these positions! Your help is invaluable!

Next Parent Org Meeting 

May 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Math Lab; all are welcome!

Library & Technology
Library Book Awards Season!
Students in PreK through third grade have listen to the stories, and completing activities related to the books nominated for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA). Each class voted for their favorite book and the class totals were submitted to the state committee. The students will be informed of the winner next week during their library class but as a parent you get to know in advance that the winning book is The Mummy Cat! The Young Readers Choice Award(middle school novels)should be announced by the end of next week.
MAPs testing is just around the corner, but that won’t stop us from using technology. We will use this time for activities we can do without the use of the internet. Fifth graders will begin a robotics unit, learning to build and program Lego EV3 robots. Second and third graders will be retelling stories and participating in Reader’s Theater. They will learn to use the iPad apps to create audio recording and/or digital stories. Kindergarten and first grade will continue to use Kidspirations software, focusing on gaining independence with opening applications, creating images, writing words and sentences, and saving files. Eighth graders will be experimenting with SketchUp 3D design software, while 6th and seventh graders will learn about hidden features in Word. For instance, did you know you there was a citation creator within word? Our next research paper’s bibliography will be a snap!
(Elephant robot built and programmed by Mrs. Sommerville!)


Pastoral Associate
Are you curious about the Catholic Church and/or are considering becoming Catholic?
Are you someone who was baptized Catholic but haven’t celebrated your First Communion?  RCIA Information Night on Tuesday, May 9th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in Pastoral Center. This night is for you to learn more about the RCIA process and ask questions with no strings attached!  Information, Helen Oesterle.
Driftwood Needed  
The Parish Peace Garden is in need of a couple of large pieces of driftwood (4′-5′) for a rockery near our newly paved paths built by Chris Manning for his Eagle Scout Project.  Contact Helen Oesterle at (206) 935-0358.

OLG Night with the Mariners  
Friday, June 2, 7:05 pm against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Join other Guads and friends in cheering on the Mariners, eating hotdogs and popcorn, and playing the hydro races! You can order your tickets by going to our parish website or pick up an order form in the back of church or at the parish office.  $14 per person.  Accessible seating is available. For information, contact Helen at (206) 935-0358.

Parish Outreach
Youth Migrant Project: Summer Mission Trip for Teens

The Youth Migrant Project is back!  Once again we’ll be teaming up with St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s for a fun and life-changing week.  Jennifer Ibach and JC Santos will help lead the trip, which is open to all graduating 8th graders (or 14+ years old) through graduating high school seniors.  We stay at St. Charles in Burlington and work in a variety of migrant ministries in the Skagit Valley, including distributing food and clothing, creating a fiesta for the children in a camp, and attending Mass in a camp.  In addition to serving, we will learn about migrant life and reflect on our faith in light of these realities.  There are two mandatory preparation meetings on May 21st and June 11th, both at 5:00 pm at St. Mary’s.  The cost of the trip is $200 but partial scholarships are available.  Because there are three parishes participating, space is very limited.  If you are interested in attending or have questions, contact Jennifer Ibach at (206) 935-0358 ext. 120.  Applications are available in the parish office and online and are due Monday, May 8th.

Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG!

Important Info May 2012


Pizza Friday
April 28th
MAP Testing
May 1st-19th
Parent Org Meeting
May 2nd
6:30 pm
Math Lab
School Commission
May 3rd
6:00 pm
Math Lab
Salmon Release
May 4th
1st & 6th grades
Cinco de Mayo 
May 5th
Noon Dismissal
First Communion
May 6th
5:30 pm Mass
Pizza Friday
May 12th
8th Grade Lion King Musical
May 16th
2:00 & 7:00 pm
Band Festival at Kennedy Catholic HS
May 17th
7:00 pm
New Family Info Night
May 18th
6:30 pm
Spring Concert
May 24th
7:00 pm
Pizza Friday
May 26th
All-School Mass
led by 2nd & 6th
May 25th
9:00 am
Talent Show
May 26th
Field Day/Hotdog Lunch
June 2nd
Light of Leadership Mass
9:00 am
8th Grade Graduation
7:00 pm
June 7th
Pizza Friday
June 9th
Last Day of School
Noon Dismissal
June 13th

For loved ones who are suffering and in need of prayers
That we will be bearers of peace and kindness in our world