June 8th Newsletter

June 8, 2017

Dear OLG Families,
Thank you so much for the wonderful celebration last Friday! I was so touched by the thoughtful cards, kind words, and opportunity to celebrate with so many of you who have made my time here so special, rewarding and memorable. I will think of you fondly whenever I use my wheelbarrow and garden tools; what an amazing gift. I will treasure the wheelbarrow, decorated with thumbprint art and will get lots done this summer with the new garden tools. (I am inspired by the 7th grade garden!) Thank you!


Sign up for a FACTS account by June 13th!

Our new tuition management system is here for 2017-2018!  Thank you to the 30 families that have already signed up!  Starting July 1st, 2017, all tuition and school fees will be paid through FACTS.

You have a choice of 3 Payment Plans:
  • Full Payment – one annual payment by September 5th, 2017 ($20 enrollment fee)
  • Semi-Annual Payment – 2 installments due by July 5th, 2017 and January 5, 2018 ($20 enrollment fee)
  • Monthly Payments – 12 monthly payments due the 5th of each month July 2017 to June 2018 ($46 enrollment fee)
Once you have signed up your student(s) and selected a payment plan, the school will finalize your agreement and enter any charges or credits. After the agreement is finalized by the school, a FACTS Confirmation Letter will be sent to you with your current balance.
It is important that your account is current by June 13th.  Any outstanding balances will be carried over to FACTS and may incur late fees.

2017-2018 At-a-Glance Calendar
Download the OLG 2017-2018 Calendar!
OLG Summer Camps!
Summer camps begin next week June 14-16 and June 19-23.  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up your child, you can register here.  Find out more about OLG Summer Camps on our website.  Contact Laura Wong with questions.
The parish also offers Vacation Bible Camp June 26-30 Pre-K to 5th grade. Junior High and Senior High “Crew Leaders” needed as well as family donations – see flyer for details.
Lost and Found

Be sure to check Lost and Found!  There are items waiting for their owners on a table in the school lobby as well as the cubby by Shelley’s desk.  Inventory is done periodically, but please come by and see if there’s anything you can claim.

Middle School Science Position
Michael Stein-Ross has been offered and accepted a position with Highline School District. He will be training high school students as environmental camp leaders, and we have to admit that it is a perfect fit. He will be missed here! We have begun accepting applications, and I have been in communication with new OLG principal, Anton Kramer, about the position and the search process.

Congratulations, Class of 2017!
It’s that bittersweet time of year! We sent off our amazing Class of 2017 yesterday, and they will be missed, but we are confident that they will each make their own, unique and positive impact in the world. They’re always welcome back at OLG.

Congratulations to all of our graduates! You have made your mark at OLG in academics, service, leadership, and through your strong spirit of community. We wish you all the best! Thanks to our teachers and staff for all of your caring, committed and professional work preparing these students for the next steps in their educational journey.

Several special awards and scholarships were presented at graduation:

Holy Names Academy’s Acceptance with Honors – Emma C. and
Trustees’ Scholarship – Grace C.

Seattle Prep’s St. Ignatius of Loyola Merit Award – Emily A.

CYO Scholar Athlete Award – Mason B. and Grace C.

Knights of Columbus Hands of Jesus Service Award – Emily A.

Special thanks to JC Santos, for planning the graduation ceremony and the morning Light of Leadership Mass, and to Ann Sager for music.

Thanks to our 7th grade families, led by Nancy Standifer, for planning the post-graduation reception. You know how to throw a party! The Walmesley Center looked beautiful, and everyone really lingered and had a great time.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Congratulations to our Fourth Graders!
Fourth graders read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Moved to action, they led OLG to raise $287.02 for leukemia research, donated to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.

Spanish Specialist
What a great year of Spanish it has been!  I can’t believe summer time is here!
It was a pleasure teaching all of my OLG students Spanish, and I really enjoyed the early-morning class with the seventh graders. I want to acknowledge them for being so responsible all year long and getting up early in the morning to learnspañol.  They did a fantastic job going to the taco truck at the end of May for a field trip and ordering in Spanish.  I was very impressed in their confidence when ordering.  This proved they have the abilities to use what they learned in the Spanish class to go out in the world and converse with a Spanish speaking person. KUDOS, seventh graders!
Pre-K through 5th Grade
It’s been a pleasure teaching all of your children Spanish.  I am truly blessed, and love what I do, especially with OLG School.  Throughout the year, I always looked forward to teach all my classes. I love all the smiles and interest your children would show when I would come into their classrooms to teach them Spanish.
The Pre-K students love singing and dancing with Basho and Friends Spanish songs.  By listening to these songs the Pre-K students can identify and use color words, greetings, parts of the body, animals, and counting 1-10. They can continue to listen to these song this summer; just go online and check out the songs.
The Kindergarten class, what an energetic and great group of children, always ready to learn!  This year we continued listening and learning with Basho and Friends.  We also did some activities creating vocabulary books and simple worksheets.  They can also practice their Spanish in the summer!
The first, second and third graders had a fantastic year learning and building a strong vocabulary foundation.  They learned: colors, days of the week, weather, numbers 1-20 (1st) grade) to 30 (2nd grade) and to 50 (3rd grade), animals and farm animals, seasons, the parts of the body, and the foods.  First and second grade can also practice their Spanish over the summer with Basho and Friends.
The fourth and fifth graders had a great year!  The fourth graders are so energetic and fast learners. I am very impressed with how well they all work together as a class and how they help each other when learning. It was fun to teach them Spanish! The fifth graders had a great year.  I was very pleased with how well they presented themselves in an interview in Spanish.  I can guarantee that they can have a small conversation with a Spanish-speaking person by asking questions about their favorite music, books, and food.  Kudos, fifth graders! I encourage the 4th and 5th graders to use their Gmail account from school to sign up to Duolingo to practice their Spanish over the summer.
Have a wonderful summer break, see you in the fall for another fun year of Spanish!  If you have any questions please contact me.
Hasta pronto,
Señora Brodahl

Preschool and Pre-K

The Preschool and Pre-K students are celebrating a successful year of learning and getting ready to head off for the summer!

Pre-K Goodbye for Summer!
Pre-K Goodbye for Summer!

Parent Org Chair
OLG Parent Org Field Day Picnic and Farewell Celebration Thank-you!

We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to everyone who made the Field Day Picnic and the Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Ramos and Mr. Stein-Ross a success! We are grateful for your help setting up, serving food, cleaning up, and donating food items.

Pizza Fridays

Tomorrow is the last Pizza Friday of 2016-17. Special thanks to Jennifer Dempsey for launching this program and coordinating volunteers.


Volunteer Positions Open for 2017-18:

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 next year. If you have been thinking about getting more involved, now is your chance. OLG needs you!

Find those roles here!

PO Co-Chair (shadow to become PO Chair) 50 automatic hours

Attend monthly PO Meetings; assist in developing monthly meeting agendas; coordinates Coffee & Donuts with class reps and parish; works with Chair to fill PO openings as needed; act as aide to the Chair; perform the duties of the Chair in the absence or inability of that officer to serve.

Auction Co-Chair 50 automatic hours
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.
Important Dates:
June 9th – Pizza Friday

Parish Outreach
Dialogue on Immigration 
Do you know someone who is conflicted, confused, or concerned about immigration? Perhaps they just don’t know who to believe? Maybe they hear one thing, but experience another? Encourage them to attend a Dialogue on Immigration where they will be able to discuss immigration without fear of being shut down by either ardent supporters or detractors of immigration. On Monday, June 12th, St. James Cathedral will host a Dialogue on Immigration at the Archdiocese (Isaac Orr Center, 910 Marion Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  The Dialogue will be an opportunity for people to share their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings about immigration today in a structured, respectful setting.  They will also reflect on immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching.  A moderator will lead the evening, and questions will guide small group discussion.  The dialogue will not be a debate about government policies, nor prescribe specific positions or actions. This is an opportunity for people to talk through their concerns and opinions in a respectful and supportive setting.   The evening is about building understanding and among each other and respect for persons, no matter their positions or opinions.  This is a free event, but space is limited. Registration is required. Email Patrick Barredo.
Interested in ESL Tutoring for Refugees and Immigrants?  
This is the Training for You!
St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance and the Archdiocese’s Immigrant and Refugee Ministry is hosting a training for on Saturday, June 17th from 10 am – 4 pm for people who would like to tutor English for refugees and immigrants.  Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to Chris Koehler.  The training will be at Cathedral Place, Room 1EW at 803 Terry Ave (on the corner of Terry and Columbia).
Disaster Skills Workshop
When a large disaster happens, first responders and other city services will be overwhelmed.  Transportation will be disrupted and communication will be difficult.  It is vital that city residents are prepared to be self-sufficient during these times.  Having knowledge of some key disaster skills is a crucial part of that preparedness effort.  On Tuesday, June 27th, from 6-8 pm at High Point Community Center (6920 34th Ave SW), the City of Seattle will host a workshop to teach some of the key skills needed after a disaster and more in-depth instruction on key actions.  Topics to be covered include: Fire Extinguisher Use, Utility Control, Water Storage & Purification, and Emergency Sanitation. Register online.

Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG!

Important Info May 2012

Pizza Friday
June 9th
Last Day of School
Noon Dismissal
June 13th

For a safe, fun, and refreshing summer for all of our students, staff and families

For a smooth transition in leadership at OLG, and for Mr. Kramer, as he begins his principalship here in July