August 28th Newsletter

August 28, 2015
Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!
It was great to see so many of you on Wednesday evening for classroom visits, ice cream, and music by the Starry Crowns. Our staff is gearing up and excited for the new year! Please see below for some important information and updates.
Office Staff Transition
Many Thanks and a Loving Farewell to Miss Clare
After 17 years of loving service to our OLG School community, Miss Clare is moving on from her role as administrative assistant. She will be very greatly missed, and OLG is better off for her kindness, caring attention to recess injuries and stomach aches, gracious ability to maintain a smooth-running office, and much, much more. Through the years, she has helped new families apply and make the transition to OLG, assisted OLG families with applying for Fulcrum tuition assistance, kept accurate records of attendance and meeting minutes, assisted with accreditation every six years, ordered books and supplies, maintained student files, provided expert logistical help and warm hospitality for special events, answered thousands of phone calls and questions, kept communication flowing between school and home, and provided many small touches that have brightened our day and work space – from flowers by the Mary statue in the office to helping teachers with many day-to-day tasks. She has brought a loving spirit and care for each of your children to her work every day!
We wish Clare wonderful times with her lovely family, relaxing days in the garden, and fulfilling and enjoyable new adventures! We are grateful for her time at OLG School. We will be collecting cards at the school office to put together a surprise basket for her. Please send them in during the first two weeks of school. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for her!
Welcome to OLG’s New Administrative Assistant, Shelley Bradley
Shelley Bradley has graciously accepted the position of administrative assistant, starting September 1st. Many of you know Shelley as parent of Wyatt (5th) and Garrett (1st), along with her husband, Jeff. Shelley stood out as someone who will carry on the tradition of gracious welcoming and OLG spirit in the front office and will be calmly and efficiently able to juggle the many demands of a busy school office. In addition to raising two wonderful children and volunteering at OLG, Shelley brings a background in marketing and finance – as well as experience as an OLG recess monitor! Welcome, Shelley!
Farewell to Erika Morin
In addition, Erika Morin will be leaving her position as Pre-K instructional assistant to devote more time to working with her husband, Jon, in their family construction business, West Seattle Design Build. Erika has worked closely with Janet McClelland to welcome many three- and four-year-olds to their first school experience. Her ability to work with Pre-K students with calmness, humor, and positive consistency will be missed, as will her willingness to dive in and lend a hand when needed around the school. We wish her all the best and look forward to her continued involvement in OLG School as a parent of Maali (6th) and 2015 graduate, Matthew.
Jeanine Morley Moving to Pre-K
Jeanine Morley will be moving from the role she has held as kindergarten instructional assistant back to Pre-K, where she started her career in education. Jeanine has been helping in Pre-K from 2:15 – 3:00 pm each Wednesday in recent years. She will bring great skill and experience working with young children and a first-hand experience of the kindergarten program and readiness expectations, further enhancing an already smooth transition upstairs for students! We are currently seeking and considering candidates to fill her shoes in the kindergarten instructional assistant position and are confident that we will find the perfect fit! In the meantime, Kathleen Dedon – one of our wonderful OLG substitutes – will be assisting in kindergarten for the first couple of weeks. She has worked closely with Ms. Zbaracki in the past and is very familiar with the kindergarten classroom and school routines.
School Lunch
OLG’s new lunch program , “No Junk,” will be available starting Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, 2015.  Register here and find out how to order lunches. Only pre-ordered lunches (by midnight the night before) will be delivered to the school.
Ordering Milk – NEW

Milk will be available for order separately (white milk only, 1%). The first day that milk is served will be Tuesday, September 8th (2nd week of school). This year, we are taking orders for milk for the entire school year. The cost will be $60, which can be paid by check when placing the order or billed to your account in October. Students who purchase milk will have milk available to them every full day of the school year, starting September 8th. There will be no refunds for sick days, etc. Please send your order to the school office using this

Milk Order Form, ideally by Sept. 8th.
For those of you with balances with Queen Ann Catering, please email Ann Wenzel between Sept. 1st and Sept. 30th, 2015 to get a full refund. This offer is only good during the month of September!
Curriculum Nights
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Thursday September 3rd, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


The program will start in the School Hall for K – 5 families, followed by classroom presentations.


Preschool/Pre-K and 6th – 8th Grades
Thursday, September 10th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Preschool/Pre-K families will meet in the School Hall, in the basement of the main school building – enter off of 34th Ave. SW.
  • Middle School families (6th – 8th grades) will enter through the main doors of the school and meet upstairs in the classrooms, starting in your child’s homeroom.
Logo Sweatshirt & Vest Orders
To order OLG logo sweatshirts and vests, please fill out the order form and return it to the school office, along with payment. Orders will be placed on Friday, September 11th, unless we have the requested items in our inventory.
New Safe Environment Program – VIRTUS
Please read the information about the new Safe Environment program for the Archdiocese, VIRTUS.
Emergency Kits
Please remember to send in your child’s Emergency Kit during the first week of school. Thank you!
We’re looking forward to a terrific year. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

First Day of School Social
Join us in the Walmesley Center after 9:00 Mass on the first day of school for coffee, refreshments, and a chance to reconnect!
Logging Volunteer/Commitment Hours
Remember, commitment hours accrue from May 1st through April 30th. So, if you worked at Jog-A-Thon, Field Day, New Family Night or have done anything else since May 1st that qualifies for commitment hours, make sure to log your hours using our NEW “Commitment Hours Form.”
It’s easy! Just follow the prompts to answer the questions, enter your hours, and you are done!
We are no longer using VolunteerSpot to record and log hours. So, if you have signed up through VolunteerSpot to work an event from May 1, 2015 on, you still need to log your hours using the new form, which can be found on the school website both on the homepage and also under the “PARENTS/Commitment Hours and Volunteering” section. VolunteerSpot may still be used at the discretion and preference of an event chair for organizing volunteers only. VolunteerSpot will no longer track hours.
To log your volunteer hours, click HERE !
Questions? Email Erin Stampe, Parent Org Chair, or Laura Campbell, Commitment Hours Chair, for answers.

Important Info May 2012

First Day of School for 2015-2016
September 1, 2015
9:00 Mass
Social after Mass in the Walmesley Center
NOON DismissalK-5 Curriculum Night
September 3, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 pm
School Hall

Friday before Labor Day
September 4, 2015
NOON Dismissal

Labor Day
September 7, 2015
NO School

Preschool/Pre-K & Middle School Curriculum Night
September 10, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Band Instrument Rental
September 12, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
School Hall

Parent Org Meeting
September 15, 2015
6:30 – 7:30 pm
OLG School
All are welcome!

We pray for God’s grace and love to touch the lives of those new to OLG, our returning staff and families, and those who are moving on from our community.