"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."
March 23rd Newsletter
March 23, 2017
Dear OLG Families,
Thanks to everyone who has submitted the online registration and related forms for 2017-18! Forms and the registration link can be accessed through our website “Admissions Documents” page. The Family Income Survey is new this year and will enable us to work with the Office for Catholic Schools and our local public school districts to ensure that OLG is accessing all of the federal funding for which the school is eligible. OLG utilizes federal Title IA funds combined with OLG School funds to run our exemplary Sound Partners tutoring program. This program makes a measurable difference in the development of our students’ foundational reading skills. Additional funds would allow us to expand our academic support services by increasing the number of Sound Partners sessions or adding new programs. If you need any help with the re-registration process, contact any of us in the school office (206) 935-0651 or email Laura Wong.
As discussed at the State of the School Meeting, OLG will be contracting with FACTS Tuition Management, starting with the 2017-18 school year. We are excited about the user-friendly features, clear and streamlined invoicing, flexible options for families, 24/7 customer service, and more! We are finalizing the agreement details with FACTS this week, then they will begin setting up our platform. After Easter break, we will send out information about setting up your account. We will use this system for band, extracurriculars, field trips, milk, and other incidental billing from the school.
A big thank you to the group of parents who stepped up to explore hot lunch program ideas and present them at an upcoming Parent Org meeting. This came up several times as a “wish” at the State of the School meeting, and I am so grateful for the generous response of volunteers willing to look into it. If you have ideas or are interested in being involved, let us know!
We’re excited about the new and returning extracurricular programs for this spring and summer. Click the registration link to learn more and sign your child up!
The ever-popular OLG Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, May 26th in the afternoon (exact start time TBD, once the acts are approved and program length determined). Find the Talent Show Permission Slip here! Due date: Friday, April 14th!
Academic Honors at Seattle Prep
Periodically, the high schools send us news of academic honors our alumni have earned. Following up on similar “good news” shared at the State of the School, Seattle Prep just sent us a list of OLG graduates achieving high academic success during the first semester:
Please help the Preschool/Pre-K and 3rd grade classes support West Side Baby! The drive will run from March 27th thru April 7th.
The class that brings in the most will win a Free Dress
Day. This drive is for diapers and hygiene products only. Diapers in all sizes – even loose diapers are ok. Baby shampoo and wash, baby brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc., are also needed!
Cinco de Mayo Jog-a-thon
Estamos listos para correr, chicos y chicas?
Put on your “zapatos de correr y corre! corre! corre!”
The Cinco de Mayo Jog-a-thon is on Friday, May 5th! It’s going to be a Mexican fiesta! Please save the date! We can’t do this final fundraiser of
the year without your help. Count laps! Cut oranges! And most importantly, get pledges!
Look for Pledge Forms to come home in the FCE on Thursday, April 6th. Ask parents, friends, families and grandparents to pledge a per-lap challenge or flat dollar amount for your runner. All pledges are 100% tax deductable. Challenge your runner to beat last year’s laps (we will give them the number) – one year older, one year stronger! We will be utilizing the OLG events webpage for donations and payments this year. The website will be live on April 7th. Pledge forms will be due the morning of the jog-a-thon, Friday, May 5th.
Maracas, sombreros, serapes and zapatos de correr encouraged!
Ready to climb over walls, crawl through mud, and test your mettle on a host of exciting challenges? Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is inviting YOU to Loop the ‘Lupe, a fun new event featuring an obstacle course, a fun run/walk 5K, plus special events for seniors and young kids. Loop the ‘Lupe will be held June 4, 2017 at Walt Hundley Playfield in West Seattle (just across the street from OLG). Loop the ‘Lupe is a fundraiser for debt reduction and ongoing maintenance of OLG’s gym facility, the Walmesley Center. The Center is a very important part of the West Seattle community, serving more than 8,000 kids and families per year with free community meals, athletic events, social outreach functions, blood drives, and more! Please register now to get an early registration discount, and/or donate to our GoFundMe site!
“Who is my Neighbor?” RSVP At-Home Lenten Reflection Series: Week 4
RSVP Lenten small groups are in full swing! The group reflections are centered on the Sunday gospels and the Washington State Catholic Bishops’ new pastoral letter on poverty, “Who is my Neighbor?”. We know not everyone can join a group so we created an at-home series as well! This week, we invite you to spend some time with the two-page insert in this bulletin. For the weekly challenge, consider how you’re using your purchasing power. Visit Catholic Relief Services’ new Ethical Trade website to learn more about fair trade, including a shopping guide for a variety of items. How could you “Fair Trade” your Easter celebration this year? For more information, visit our RSVP website.
Did you know that OLG is in the process of forming an immigration committee (name TBD)? Our next meeting is tomorrow, Friday, March 24 at 9:00 am. If you’re interested in joining our efforts or learning more, please contact Jennifer at (206) 935-0358 x120.
CRS Rice Bowl: Encounter Community
We encounter Maria in Mexico, where a community of hardworking women share joys, sorrows and fellowship while growing economic opportunity at a greenhouse. How have your communities helped you encounter Christ anew this Lent? Visit the CRS Rice Bowl website. You’ll find Stories of Hope from each of the featured countries as well as various reflections and activities. Also, consider joining us in community at the Lenten Fish Fry at 6pm on Friday, March 24 in the Walmesley Center. A portion of the proceeds go to CRS Rice Bowl.
Friday Night Stations of the Cross
During Lent we are invited to walk more thoughtfully and closely with Christ. One wonderful way to do that is by following the pathway of the Cross. Join us for some quiet on Friday nights as we meditate on the self-giving love of Christ and seek to pattern our own lifestyle on His love. Guided Friday evening Stations of the Cross will take place on March 24th and April 7th at 7:00 pm in the church (the same nights as the Knights of Columbus fish fries!). The meditations of the Stations will focus on a different theme each time: March 24th will be The Migrant’s Way of the Cross and April 7th will be Praying the Stations with Pope Francis. Praying the Stations takes between 30 and 40 minutes. Can’t join us in person? Check out this online stations experience provided by Catholic Relief Services.
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.