"Our Lady of Guadalupe School fosters Gospel values, inspires academic excellence, and develops service and leadership. We face this as a sacramental community united and empowered by the Holy Spirit."
July 26th Summer Newsletter
July 26, 2017
Dear OLG Families,
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings we live in here! Besides getting out a few times this summer with my family, I have also been busy finding my way around the Guadalupe parish and school offices, getting to know our high quality staff, and meeting as many of you as I can. If I haven’t had the chance to meet you yet, I hope to see you at church or around our campus soon. Speaking of church, Fr. Jack has asked me to give the reflection at the three masseson the weekend of August 19th and 20th. I hope to see many of you there!
I had the pleasure last week of working with several staff to interview and hire our new 6th grade teacher. We were all impressed by his 17 years of teaching experience, his creativity, and his passion for science and his faith. Please read his letter of introduction below as well as all the other great summer news from OLG in this newsletter!
Yours in Christ,
Welcome letter from our new 6th Grade Teacher & Middle School Science specialist:
Hello Guadalupe families,
Prior to becoming a teacher, I lived life on the wild side, working as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Even in remote wilderness the teaching bug found me however, and I took my first teaching position as a high school science teacher in 2000. Since then, I have worked to grow as an educator; teaching a wide range of students and developing curriculum for many unique hands-on courses. One such innovative course was a zoology class which conducted field studies in cooperation with a local wildlife refuge. Throughout my years of teaching, I have developed a reputation for hands-on science and a contagious love of learning; but also a commitment to students who struggle. This led me to become an academic resource teacher at Eastside Catholic and for a cognitive learning center in Redmond for the past few years
I live in the hills preceding the Carnation Valley with my wife, whom I met and married while in college. We were recently adopted by “Missy”, a clever young Miniature Australian Shepherd whose job is to keep us on our toes. We also share our home with “Darwin”, an elderly tabby cat with green eyes who likes to have his tummy rubbed. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and pooch, fishing (or attempting to), hiking, reading and gardening.
I am very pleased to join Our Lady of Guadalupe School and look forward to getting to know all of you!
School Supply Drop Off!: August 30th 5:30-6:30 PM
Stop by to connect with other OLG families, greet your child’s teachers, and drop off school supplies and registration forms. Parent Org will be providing popsicles! And the Uniform Exchange will be open. Please bring your child’s outgrown uniforms for exchange. Get ready for the 2017-2018 school year now! Have these tasks and forms completed by August 30th!
The school office is currently running on our summer schedule which means staff are periodically checking messages, but doors are open by appointment only. You are welcome to contact us via email but please note that we may not be able to respond right away. We will return to more regular operating hours on August 21st.
Safe Environment Class / VIRTUS
Is your family new to OLG this year? Do you plan to volunteer on field trips or in the classroom? Then you will need to sign-up for the Safe Environment / VIRTUS program required by the Archdiocese for all volunteers working with children. If you are new to the school, you will need to take the “Protecting God’s Children”class in order to be eligible to volunteer. For a class list and to register for class, check the VIRTUS website.
OLG will be using a hot lunch program by Blue Plate. Some of the factors considered were: ease of ordering and flexibility for families; selection of food offered and varied portion sizes; and their streamlined delivery system that will work well with the school’s lunchroom routines. Thank you to our committee of OLG parents: Megan Zetlmaier, Robyn Campbell, and Laura Ross.
Milk will continue to be available to purchase separately for the school year.
EDC Before/After School Assistant Needed
We are looking for a new assistant for EDC as Lucy has moved away from Seattle. If you are interested, or if you know anyone that would be interested in working with our before school and after school care, please contact Anton Kramer.
Our new tuition management system has been working great! It’s easy to use, works on multiple mobile devices, and gives families a central, clear picture of their account. Thank you for your participation and helping our school be more efficient so we can concentrate more on our student needs. FACTS has customer service available 24/7. And our school administrators are also available to help at the office 206-935-0651.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
2016-2017 First Grade Salmon Chant
The first grade performed a wonderful salmon chant in the last few days of school. Check out this video of all their salmon studies…
The Spectacular Study of Salmon 2016-2017
The garden is REALLY growing! Thank you to Ben Woodhouse and his family for delivering produce from the 7th grade garden to the West Seattle Food Bank. Ben also volunteered to water and care for the garden over the summer and will be sharing all of this experience as part of his Juan Diego project. Way to go Ben!
Do you want to be a part of something amazing? Do you have ideas you want to share? There are important roles on the Parent Org Board that need to be filled for this next year. If you have been thinking about getting more involved, now is your chance. OLG needs you!
Works directly with the Auction Chair (Alder Kuhn) and the auction committees in all aspects of Auction planning, marketing, execution, and follow up; assists PO Chair with tracking budget and income; works with the Auction Chair to fill Auction committee positions as needed; and perform other auction-related duties that may be delegated to him/her.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School & Parish acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.