Jan. 7th Newsletter

January 7, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
Welcome back!
It’s so good to see everyone after Christmas break. We celebrated Epiphany together today at our school Mass (led by our staff), causing me to reflect on the many wonderful gifts that each of our students, staff, family members and parishioners bring to our school community. We are so blessed by each and every one of you!
A Few Important School Announcements…
“No Junk” Hot Lunch 
This year, we have been working with a new school lunch vendor, “No Junk.” While understanding that this fall was a transition time, they apple-sm.jpg were hoping for higher numbers of orders on a regular basis, in order for it to be profitable for them to provide lunch at OLG. Our numbers are even lower this first week back. Today, we received notice from “No Junk” that tomorrow will be our last day to receive lunches through the program. We have been in communication with them to find out how families will receive refunds on their account balances and will be exploring other lunch program options.
Commitment Hour Statements
Today, you should have received a volunteer commitment hour statement in your FCE envelope. If you have not yet logged all of your hours, you can catch up here. Contact Laura Campbell, our wonderful commitment hour coordinator, here, with questions.
NOON Dismissal on Friday, January 29 and Catholic Schools’ Week Overview

Please note that Friday, January 29th is a noon dismissal day for staff professional development.

Check the “Important Dates” sidebar for a few Catholic Schools’ Week highlights. More information will come home next week!
Parent Org Game Night is Just Around the Corner! 
See the “Parent Org” section for details. Don’t miss this OLG fun-raiser for all ages!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair
January 23, 2016   6-9 pm
Walmesley Center
Game Night is getting close and it’s free fun. Get your team ready to win big prizes and reserve a table today
  • Teams 6-8 people; all ages welcome!
  • Don’t have a team, but still want in, sign up to be on a house team.
  • Food and beverages will be available onsite for purchase.
  • Want to play but your kids aren’t interested, let them hang out in the kid zone with other fun activities.
There are no excuses to not have fun, submit team or individual names to Cassie Jenkins today!

Middle School Science and Spanish
The salmon have arrived! On January 6th, 150 coho salmon eggs were delivered to the OLG fish tank. First and sixth grade watched as Judy Pickens delivered the eggs and we put them in the fish tank. Over the next five months the sixth grade will feed the fry and monitor tank temperature, pH, ammonia, and nitrite levels.  In mid-May we will make a trip to Fauntleroy Creek to release the salmon fry as the culminating event of our class stewardship project.
The middle school science fair is coming up on Sunday, January 31st of Catholic Schools Week! Sixth graders will be presenting a controlled experiment that they have performed over the past month. Seventh graders will be showcasing solar powered kinetic-art inspired by famous artists. Eight graders will be creating windmills for electricity generation and powering a small-scale community powered by wind power. I would greatly appreciate a science fair coordinator to help coordinate judges and students. Judges are also needed; please sign-up here.

Spanish Teacher
January update for PreK-5th and 7th Grade
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! 2016 (Happy New Year 2016!)
I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.  I am so happy and blessed to be teaching at OLG for my second year with your children.  Gracias, gracias y mil gracias!
What will the PreK class learn this month in Spanish?
The PreK class will be learning songs related to winter and play games with vocabulary words related to the winter season. New vocabulary words: Hace frio, hay nieve, llevo bufanda, and llevo gorro. Song: Pingüino.
What will the Kindergarteners learn this month in Spanish?
We will be learning new vocabulary for winter and a learn a new song/video called Pingüino. They will learn the vocabulary words from the song and make a penguin. Stay tuned when the pingüinos come home your children singing Pingüino.
What will the First Graders learn this month in Spanish?
We will be learning new vocabulary words for winter and what to wear for the season. New vocabulary words: Cuando hace trio llevo (When it’s cold I wear): bufanda, sueter chaqueta, gorro, y guantes. We will also create a book of pingüino and its parts and color. Learn act and sing the songs related to a pinguin.
What are the Second Graders learning this month in Spanish?
This month the second graders will continue reviewing the months of the year and what to wear when it is cold in the winter (invierno) and what activities you can do when it is cold. New vocabulary learned: bola de nieve, copos de nieve, chocolate caliente, hombre de nieve, botas, sueter, chaqueta, hace frio, mitones, bufanda pantalones. They will also create a book of the four seasons and will learn a song.
What will the Third Graders learn this month in Spanish?
This month the third graders will be reviewing vocabulary related to the weather with the sentence Cuando hace frio llevo… (When it’s cold I wear…) They will create a little person wearing clothing related to the weather. They will decorate the Spanish bulletin board in the hallway with five different Spanish words with their little person. We will also continue working with winter activities creating a book. Stay tuned for those books!
What will the Fourth Graders learn this month in Spanish?
This month the fourth graders will have a fun activity creating a book of the four seasons and will also be learning a song from Rockalingua (Las Cuatro Estaciones).
What will the Fifth Graders learn this month in Spanish?
The Fifth Graders will be reviewing the month of the year, weather, seasons and clothing. Therefore, their task is to create a similar video like the one they did last time. Stay tuned for these videos created by your children this month.
What are the Seventh Graders learning in Spanish this month?
This month the seventh graders will be creating a book of a Spanish speaking countries. The objective of creating these books with short simple sentences is so the seventh graders can collaborate with the second grade class and read them their fun books. We are also continuing with unit 5 ¡Aventura!

Pastoral Asst. for Outreach
Catholic Advocacy Day: Register by January 18
Proclaim Justice and Life for All
Join OLG staff and parishioners, and thousands of Catholics from across the state on Monday, February 8th as we take a message of compassion and justice to Olympia.  The day will include Mass, legislative briefings and meetings with legislators.  Our advocacy will include a variety of legislative priorities, based on Catholic Teaching and the current bills before the legislature.  Possible issues include: economic justice, housing, mental health services, immigrant and refugee services, and the death penalty.  Advocacy can be intimidating but it’s an important part of living out our faith and this is a well-organized event designed to help first-time advocates learn the ropes!   For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Ibach at 206-935-0358 x.120.  Registration is required by January 18th!


CYO volleyball registration is open.  Click on the CYO website for the link or contact Erin Pedras.  We also need volunteer coaches!
And, check out the website for a list of all home basketball games. Come support your school team!
Click here to learn more!

Important Info May 2012

January 23, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm
NOON Dismissal
Staff Professional Development
January 29, 2016
12:00 pm
Catholic Schools’
 Week Open House
January 31, 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Students please wear uniforms to Mass!
Winter Concert
February 3, 2016
7:00 pm
Special Persons’ Day
February 4, 2016
Visit to Classrooms
 8:30 am
Mass at 9:15 am
Student Appreciation Day
Pajama Day & Staff/8th Grade Volleyball Game
February 5, 2016

Please pray for Theresa Perales, cousin of Karen Fitton, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
For the O’Keefe family – Linda, Conner, and Lauren, as they grieve the loss of their husband and father, Tony O’Keefe. May they find peace and comfort and be wrapped in the love of their OLG community.