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Curriculum Presentation 2020-2021 Notes


Dear First Grade Families,

I wonder. “Why OLG?”

As longtime parishioner, teacher, and parent of 2020 OLG graduate I regularly reflect on this question. Undoubtedly we all have different answers but at the core I imagine there is a unified response, community. These unprecedented times call us to live our faith and embrace our community in new and different ways. How we live into this challenge will make us or break us. Thankfully we are poised to embrace this challenge. We recognize that grace is “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”. It is a gift that flows through us as well.

I intend to make “extend grace” my motto for the year. I will extend grace to you, to your child, to the community, and even myself. I will assume that we, each in our unique and often unseen situations, are doing the absolute best we can. When in doubt, I invite you to extend grace!

Recently someone likened a healthy, supportive community to a choir employing staggered breathing.

Staggered breathing is a technique in which musicians rotate turns taking a breath so together they can create a continuous sound effect without clear breaks. Instead of simply cheering one another along, perhaps we can allow people to catch their breath through moments of grace. Clearly this is a marathon, not a sprint.

With that in mind, welcome to the wonderful world of first grade!

This will be a year filled with growth and learning. Together we can make it a year of JOY and GRACE!

Put on your running shoes, take a deep breath, and let our journey together begin.

Rita Gazewood

P.S. I’ve highlighted some basic classroom information below that addresses FAQs. Be sure to check out my “Remote Learning”  page for more details on our remote learning model and tools.  Access my “Learning in Action!” page in the future for exciting learning updates. If you have any questions feel free to contact me right away.

Daily Schedule:

Take a peek at our daily schedule for a preview of your child’s day.


Physical Education 

P.E. will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on Wednesdays. P.E.LIVE classes will be on Fridays.

“Get ready to move, shake out some wiggles, be silly and have FUN.  Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothing they can easily move in and appropriate shoes for support (please, no boots, flats, backless or heeled shoes). Students will need a little open space to move freely and have a water bottle handy. We will be focusing on basic body movements by using games and short circuit workouts. Our main goals are to learn to move our bodies safely and have FUN!!”


Spanish will be on Mondays and Fridays. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on Mondays. Spanish LIVE classes will be on Fridays.


Music will be on Tuesdays and Thursday. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on one day and enjoy Music LIVE classes on the other.


I can be reached at my email rgazewood@guadalupe-school.org, through Seesaw Family messaging, or at 206-935-0651 ext# 105. If calling during school hours please dial extension #101 and leave a message at the front desk. Once the school day begins I am often unable to check messages until the end of the day as I am usually with the children.