"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."
November 10th Newsletter
November 10, 2016
Dear OLG Families,
Today, the student body prepared to celebrate tomorrow’s holiday in honor of veterans with an assembly led by 4th grade. Read more about it in next week’s newsletter!
Family Math Night
Next Monday evening, November 14th, it will be Family Math Night, sponsored by Parent Org (6:30 – 8:00 pm in the School Hall; Middle School volunteers, please arrive at 6:00 pm). This fun event brings our whole community together for an evening of learning and fun. Middle school students will be serving as “math experts,” teaching the games at each station to our younger students. Popcorn and juice will be served. Don’t miss it! This event was a big hit last year. Thanks to Lisa Booth for organizing!
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Monday, Nov. 21st
Students who wear glasses should have them with them for screening!
Thank you to Jen Stoll and volunteers for making this happen.
Adult volunteers are needed for our after-school tutoring program. Tutors work with 1-2 students in grades 1-5 on reading, math, and/or writing. The program meets Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:00 pm from November to May. There is a strong need for math tutors for 4th and 5th grades willing to learn the Singapore math system used in our Math in Focus program, as well as other grades and subjects. Tutors need to be up to date with VIRTUS Safe Environment training and have a current, clear background check. If you are not interested in tutoring but would still like to help, we could use a few adult volunteers to be available for monitoring classrooms while the middle school students tutor. This will allow me to assist tutors and roam all the classrooms as needed. Safe Environment training and background check is still required. If interested, please contact Heather Owens.
At this point, we have 89% of school families participating in the School Fund Drive. Thank you!!! Your support makes such a difference It’s not too late to help us reach our goal of 100%.
Best Wishes to Julie Salvador
Julie Salvador, our wonderful EDC staff person, has just accepted a preschool teacher position at the Y. She is excited to be working in a classroom, to be closer to home, and to have a job that works with her own children’s schedules. She will be wrapping up at OLG in the next couple of weeks and will be greatly missed! We are happy for her with this new opportunity. We are currently conducting a search for a new staff person in EDC.
We are grateful for your input on our EDC survey and will be reporting out about the results and new ideas that we will be trying in the program later this fall. We are easing Kim Fulton into her dual roles as EDC Director and School Bookkeeper.
We have a newEDC email address, to contact any EDC staff person. To reach Kim about a billing question, please email herhere.
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step. Likewise a story of a million moments and a hundred tales begins with just one word. Long ago, in a land far away my ancestors walked through fields of clover, worked along cobblestone streets and sang songs and stories by the sea. They fought for their faith and for lives well-lived, and set out to grow as a country before immigrating to the land of opportunity. The land that they loved and called home was Ireland. This past summer, I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the land of my ancestors and discover what truly created the backbone of my family, our Catholic faith and my heritage. Thanks to the generous support from the Fund Drive, I was the recipient of the Teacher Excellence Award, and used the grant to explore my heritage, the Irish culture (political, social and religious), and the impact of our Catholic faith on Ireland, and throughout the world. Along my journey of more than two-thousand miles, the story I have to share is far greater than what could be summed up in a few small paragraphs, and is more than could be captured in four thousand photographs. An adventure of a thousand miles may begin with just one step, but the impact it had on my soul is far greater than could ever be put into words, but rather experienced with the heart. Read more…
As the new Librarian, I have been busy getting things organized for students in the library. I began with creating an Early Reader section where beginning readers can easily find short chapter books to help boost their reading confidence. I have also started “weeding” the shelves by pulling old, damaged or duplicate books that are not being circulated as often,
to make room for new books. Thanks to your generous support during the Secret Garden Book Fair, I was able to add some new selections that I believe the kids will really enjoy.
As the Technology Specialist, I work with students from kindergarten up through eighth grade. One new addition this year is students have access to not only Google accounts (including email grades 5-8) but also Office 365 tools. Students have been learning technology basics: Digital Citizenship, logging in, creating and editing files, using spell check and formatting features. They are also learning how to use databases to search for books in our library as well as in the Seattle Public Library (SPL). Students in grades 5-8 have begun to look at additional database tools available from SPL to assist with research projects. So I would like to include a gentle reminder for parents who have not yet helped their child get a Seattle Public Library card that we have been, and will be, using SPL resources throughout the year and it would be very helpful if every student K-8 had their own SPL card and account. Thank you all for the support and warm welcome to the staff at OLG.
OLG Alum Concert
OLG alum, Grammy-winning composer, and uncle of Katie Messina (3rd grade) is playing his 19th annual benefit concert on November 18th at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. It’s called “THE PAGEANT” and this one will be something you’ve never seen before! Mateo and his team will be pioneering something new in the symphony hall this year, a musical/concert/live film about a little boy who desperately wants to be part of a holiday pageant, but he doesn’t speak so well. It’s a lot of fun and is filled with heart and it will put you in the holiday spirit.
This concert will raise money for patients & their families going through treatment and this groundbreaking research to conquer pediatric cancers. The current clinical trial at Dr. Jensen’s lab has a 92% success rate healing kids with Leukemia.
Click here for concert information and online ticket purchase. Tickets range from $45 to $81. If you’d like to join us, please let us know, or go online for tickets or call (206) 215-4747.
Those of you that have attended in the past know that is always a fun and very unique night! We hope you can join us, and of course, feel free to invite others – make them “in-the-know” like you about this a one-of-a-kind annual event!
Get in “The Loop!”
Our Lady of Guadalupe is getting ready for a new, exciting event in a few months: “Loop the ‘Lupe,” a 5k fun run/walk and obstacle course, which will take place June 4, 2017 at Hundley Playfields across the street from OLG on 34th Avenue! Loop the ‘Lupe is a fundraiser that will provide ongoing support for the athletic programs and social outreach work OLG does from the Walmesley Center. The event features a 1k “loop” around the park, where participants will crawl around and over obstacles, run through a gauntlet of squirtgun-shooting kids, and more! The event will also feature a “Senior Saunter” and “Youth Dash” on a quarter-mile loop without obstacles. There’s something for everyone! This is a major event, and we NEED YOUR HELP in organizing, logistics, and fundraising. Information: Brian Callanan (206) 459-4292
Our first Pizza Friday was a big success! The next one will be Friday, November 18th. Families may pre-purchase a lunch including a slice a pizza, fruit, and a treat for $4 ($6 for two slices). A gluten-free option is available for a small additional cost.
Mark Your Calendars: November 14th is the OLG Family Math Night for K-5, sponsored by Parent Org! 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Come join other OLG families to explore fun and engaging games that you can play with your kids to develop your kid’s competence and confidence in math. This fun event will introduce your family to everyday games that are not only fun to play, but help your kids develop core math skills. Thank you to Lisa Booth for organizing this fun and important event for our OLG community. Lisa is looking for some extra help! Do you like math? Do you love games? Are you looking for a fun way to earn commitment hours? If so, this is the job for you (6th -8th grade students encouraged to help)! If you are interested in helping Lisa coordinate, or to volunteer for Math Night please click here!
Volunteers Needed for Light Up the Night (December 2nd)!
December is just around the corner, and our Light Up The Night team is working hard to make this year’s event a sight to behold! As always, this will be a festive and joyous community experience, but we can’t do it without your help. This is a great way to earn commitment hours for the school year! Please contact our Light Up the Night chairs, Minerva Del Rosario or Yen Del Rosario , and sign-up to help! A full list of opportunities will be coming soon.
Help Make Our 2017 Kentucky Derby Auction a Success!
February 25, 2017
Brockey Center, South Seattle College
Procurement – Look for the Auction procurement forms in your FCE envelope. Donated auction items are due no later than Friday December 2nd. Your Auction Procurement Chair, Monica Dirks
Volunteer Coordinator Needed – Fulfill all of your volunteer commitment hours & have fun connecting with other OLG families! To find out more, contact your Auction Chairs, Alder Kuhn & Fabiola Prechtel
Apparel and Gear and Uniform Sale Update
OLG Apparel and Gear and Uniform Sweatshirts and Vests from the Oct. 21st order are currently scheduled to arrive shortly before Thanksgiving.
Upcoming Parent Org Events:
Coffee and Donuts after Mass (7th grades) – November 13th after both Masses
Math Night in the School Hall – November 14th 6:30 pm
It is that time of year where we create “Shoeboxes of Joy” for the variety of people served by CCS’ Volunteer Chore Services. You can find the complete list on our parish website or in the pamphlet rack in the back of church. Bring your donations in a shoe box that is wrapped with Christmas paper to mass on the weekend of November 26th and 27th. They will be blessed by Fr. Jack at the 11:00 Mass. CCS tells us that OLG donates the most shoe boxes; let’s keep it going again this year! Information, Helen Oesterle, (206) 935-0358.
OLG’s annual Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale is on Sunday, November 20th from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Walmesley Center. Why shop Fair Trade? We live in an era of unprecedented economic interdependence. The decisions we make about what we buy affect the lives of people we may never meet. Fair Trade seeks to change the ways in which conventional trade often leaves behind the most vulnerable people. By buying Fair Trade, you support the efforts of skilled farmers and artisans who are working to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger communities. Join us to intentionally use your purchasing power to support Fair Trade efforts around the globe. At the sale, you’ll find unique gift items, including chocolates, Advent calendars, nativities, crosses, jewelry, holiday and home décor, scarves, ornaments, baskets, and much more. In addition to Fair Trade items, you’ll find: holiday cards from Noel House (a Catholic Community Services shelter for homeless women), knitted goods from the Young Ladies’ Institute, tasty treats sold by the Pre-K and 3rd grade classes to benefit Westside Baby, Tanzanian rosaries and batiks items from Maryknoll, and a new vendor…Catholic Balm (beard and lip balms, lotion bars)! Our goods sell fast so be sure to come early for the best shopping! While you browse, be sure to sample free Fair Trade coffee provided by Pura Vida. Proceeds go to Catholic Relief Services and OLG’s efforts to bring Fair Trade coffee and tea to our events. Information: Jennifer (206) 935-0358 ext. 120
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.