February 23rd Newsletter

February 23, 2017

Dear OLG Families,
We are so excited for our Kentucky Derby Auction! Doors open at 5:00 pm at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. Thank you to our tremendous volunteers and incredible auction chairs! This year’s fund-a-need will support two important school initiatives by:
  • providing funding for more robust internet infrastructure and technology enhancements. Auction funds will support federal e-rate grants to enable us to get much faster service and to invest in critical upgrades recommended by our tech committee.
  • beginning the licensing process and make facilities upgrades and curriculum enhancements to launch a full-day early learning program with a target opening date of September 2018. This will enable us to better meet the needs of working parents and to expand our current preschool/pre-k program and curriculum.
We’re excited about the possibilities that each of these initiatives will provide for our students, families and staff. I look forward to seeing you at the auction!
On Wednesday, March 8th, we will hold our annual State of the School Meeting in the School Hall, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Don’t miss this important event to participate in sharing with other OLG parents/guardians and stakeholders, learn about priorities for the next school year, hear a budget overview, and celebrate highlights of the current school year. This evening also launches the re-enrollment process for the 2017-18 school year.
Thanks to Jessica Milanese and the Middle School Choir for singing at last Friday’s potluck with our neighbors from the High Point Mosque. If you missed it, you can read about this wonderful community event here!
The city is planning to put in new play equipment at High Point Play Area and has invited our community to give input. Take a moment to weigh in by completing their survey here.
If your child is missing a clothing item, lunch box, water bottle, or other item, please check the Lost and Found. Many winter coats have found their way there in the past week.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair 
We could still use your to volunteer for the 2017 OLG School Auction & Gala, A Night at the Kentucky Derby! This is a very fun way to earn your commitment hours!
Pizza Friday
Box Tops and Labels for Education
Time to turn in Box Tops!  Please drop off labels from Box Tops and Labels for Education products at the school office or by the church library this month. To learn more, visit our webpage.  Thank you OLG families!  We appreciate your time and participation!

Library and Technology Specialist
Library/Technology News
Primary students are continuing to hear stories and complete activities for books nominated for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. Students will be voting for their favorite book at the end of March and the winner will be announced in late April. Fourth graders are learning about genres of books and how to use text features to locate information within a book.  Fifth graders are learning about the Big 6 Research Process, including: finding sources of information, identifying primary source bias, and applying the research process to classroom research projects.  The middle school students are learning about Digital Citizenship with a focus on copyright, plagiarism, and creative commons licensing.
In the world of technology there is a lot happening. Kindergarten is learning to use Kidspiration software to draw and label pictures. First graders are transforming pattern 1 sentences into pattern 2 sentences, while learning to use the copy and paste feature. Second graders are busy researching the country of Japan, while learning to use Seattle Public Library resource databases like Culture Grams and Encyclopedia Britannica to build knowledge on new topics. Third and fourth graders are practicing typing skills and 4th graders are preparing to complete the publishing process with their most recent piece of writing. Fifth graders are learning to use Microsoft Excel to create tables in spreadsheets, sort data, and create bar or pie graphs. Middle school students continue to use technology for assignments, research, notes, multimedia presentations and videos documenting concepts they have learned.

Fifth Grade and Student Council
Student Council has teamed up with Mrs. Powell and the PE program, as well as the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart Drive for this month’s fundraiser. All proceeds go directly to the American Heart Association.
What you need to know:
  • The drive goes all month!
  • The process to raise money is similar to Jog-a-thon where students collect pledges, just in “flat rate” form.
  • Pledges and donations are all turned in at once, at the end of the month.
  • Envelopes and money are due by Friday, February 24th!
  • Turn cash into checks, please.
  • All prizes will be awarded at the end of the drive!
  • When your student has received his/her first $5 pledge, fill out and tear off the pledge card at the bottom of the envelope and send it in with your child. They will receive their lanyard!
Would you rather do it online? Visit the American Heart Association website and create an online profile for your child!
If everyone in the entire school donates $5 or more, we will exceed our $1,500 goal. Thank you for your support!

Parish Outreach
Encounter Lent
Join our faith community-and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Pick up your CRS
Rice Bowl in the church on Ash Wednesday or any weekend.   If you are a student in the school, you will get one there.  Remember to download the CRS Rice Bowl app!  May these 40 days better prepare us to 
encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

Pastoral Associate
Lenten RSVP Series (Ritual, Sharing, Verse and Prayer) 
Lent is less than a month away, and we are offering a six-week, parish-wide series based on the Washington State Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on poverty, “Who Is My Neighbor?” and the weekly Lenten Gospel. RSVP is designed to build closer relationships and foster a deeper spirituality in our parish community. It is a great way to get to know people and grow in your faith.  Small groups gather in parishioners’ homes or at the parish to pray and reflect on the readings for the upcoming Sunday’s Mass. If you are new to the program, please fill out the form in the back of church or in this week’s bulletin. You can return it to the office or place it in the collection basket. You can also register online. There are a variety of options for meeting times to accommodate your schedule. For more information, please contact Helen Oesterle (206) 935-0358 ext. 108.

Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG!
Save the Date!
The OLG/CYO Golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 am at West Seattle Golf Course.  Lunch, awards, and a prize raffle will immediately follow the golf.  Further information, along with sign-up sheets and sponsorship forms, will be available soon.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Colberg at (206) 618-1361.

Important Info May 2012


OLG Kentucky Derby Auction
Saturday, Feb. 25th
Brockey Center
Ash Wednesday
School attends 
9:00 am Mass
Wednesday, March 1st
Annual State of the School Meeting
Wednesday, March 8th
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Archdiocesan Regional Inservice Day
NO School
Friday, March 10th

Please keep the Pedras family in your prayers, as they grieve the loss of Marianne Carroll, beloved mother of Erin Pedras and grandmother of Anna, Sophia and Maria. Marianne was an active member of OLG parish and was a regular participant at school events with her gracious presence and kindness.