November 12th Newsletter

November 12, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
Special thanks to Mrs. Wilson and our fourth graders for planning and leading such a meaningful Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday. They shared the history of the day, prayers for veterans and their families, for world leaders, and for peace, and sent us off with a deeper understanding of yesterday’s holiday. Ms. Sager and the chorus added a spirited rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and the middle school choir started us off with the National Anthem. Matt Croft, National Guard Sergeant and OLG parent of Grace and Rachel, and husband of Brenda, shared about his experience serving our country. His talk was informative, engaging and thought-provoking. To conclude, eighth graders, Nathan, Claire and MacKenzie played “Taps” as the fourth graders retired the flag.We have quite a bit of information this week in our Parent Org section. Please consider the opportunities listed there to volunteer for our annual “Light Up the Night” event. The Starry Crowns will be singing, and refreshments and Christmas cheer will warm up the night as we light our way into the Christmas season!

We also hope to see you next Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the School Hall for our Parent Org Family Math Night. This year’s event is geared to Pre-K through 5th grade, and there are still a few spots remaining for middle school volunteers.

Check out the West Seattle Blog post about OLG 6th graders and their service project at Fauntleroy Creek. As Judy Pickens from the Watershed Council told them when she came to visit the classroom, they are doing real world science that is valuable to our community. She also commended them on their outstanding teamwork.

Please read the post about updating your parish stewardship commitment for 2016. Take care of it today, and take a moment to check that you are on track to fulfill this year’s commitment! Your support is vital to the ongoing ministries of our parish.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair

OLG Family Math Night (for Pre-K – 5th) is next Tuesday, November 17th!
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. Please join us! A few middle school volunteers are still needed. Contact Mrs. Ramos.
MixedBags Orders
The orders have been shipped and will arrive at the school (or your home, 5.2014 Mixed Bag if you qualified for free home address shipping) before Thanksgiving Break. Our Fall Fundraiser chairs will sort and distribute everyone orders that come to the school, so they can be enjoyed over the holiday. Thank you for your patience. If you have further questions, please contact Susie Stanley-Jones or Mindy Ursino.
Next Parent Org Meeting: Tuesday, December 8th @ 6:30 PM. All are welcome!
Volunteers Needed for Light Up the Night Event (December 4, 2015)!
Help string lights – Please contact Mrs. Ramos by November 20th if you’re able to help.

Post event flyers
Available to post now. Please contact Mrs. Ramos

Post flyers throughout West Seattle and beyond at various locations (libraries, cafes, grocery stores, community centers, other schools, etc)

Please contact Minerva Del Rosario (206-334-8719) or Yen Del Rosario (206 708 6869) if you’re able to volunteer for the following positions:
Pass out candy canes after Mass on November 28 & 29
Need families after the following masses to pass out candy canes.
  • Saturday, November 28th after 5:30 pm Mass
  • Sunday, November 29th after 8:30 am Mass
  • Sunday, November 30th after 11:00 am Mass
Night of the Event – Friday December 4th
Gym Set-Up (6:10 – 7:00 pm)
  • Need 10 volunteers to organize cookie donations, set up arts and crafts area and assist Knights of Columbus to set up tables and chairs at the gym. Bring wooden sleigh to the gym.
  • Shift starts at 6:10 pm (1 hour)
Arts and Crafts (7:45 – 9:45 pm)
  • Need 15 volunteers to assist children with crafts
  • VIRTUS Safe Environment class or online renewal required

Recycling Managers (7:45 – 9:45 pm)

  • 2 Recycling Managers the night of the event. This is to ensure everyone is putting things where they’re supposed to go (i.e. recycling, trash and compost).
  • Volunteers can switch off
Clean up (9:30 – 10:30 pm)
  • Need 10 volunteers
  • Put up away chairs and tables
  • Dry sweep and spot clean gym floor
  • Help the Knights of Columbus put away left over cookies if any
  • May need to help St. Vincent de Paul volunteers load up canned goods donations onto their vehicle.
  • Help put away sleigh and other boxes/containers
Welcome to the 44th Annual OLG School Auction & Gala! 
You are invited to spend An Evening in Paris on Saturday, February 27, 2016! Find out more…

Fourth Grade
Fourth Grade Leads OLG in Celebrating Veterans
On Tuesday fourth graders were proud to lead the school community in our Veterans Day Assembly.  We gave a special blessing to veteran grandpa David Tullis.  OLG parent Sergeant Matt Croft shared his experiences serving in the National Guard.  Students prayed for peace and saluted the flag with reverence.  The school hall was decorated with posters from the fourth grade sponsored Patriotic Poster Contest.  These posters will be displayed and given to the residence in the Seattle VA Medical Center, long-term care facility later this month.
Fourth graders sure do love our country.  This is evident in essays they recently wrote and entered in our local VFW essay contest.  To read excepts from these entries go to our fourth grade webpage.
Fourth grade strives to support veterans and active duty service men and women.  This year we will write letters to those overseas, contribute to care packages and will visit our local VA hospital.  Thank you to all who serve.

Spanish – PreK-5 & 7th Grade
Wow!  It is November already. The year is flying by.  During the last two weeks of October, OLG students did a fantastic job learning and creating beautiful activities for the special day celebrated in Mexico, The Day of the Dead.  This celebration is an opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed away and make festive art for them.  OLG students made many special items to remember loved ones on this celebration: marigolds, papel picado, books, altars, candles, sugar skulls, and they decorated their skeletons and skull masks.  The hallway bulletin board in the front of the school looked beautiful with all the students’ activities.Read more about Spanish with Senora Brodahl at each grade level…


Pastoral Associate
OLG Parish Feast Day Celebration – Dec. 4th – 6th
You are invited to celebrate our parish feast day with singing, praying, dancing, and eating! This OLG celebration will begin with “Light Up the Night” on Friday, Dec. 4th beginning at 7:00 pm with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, as we count down to the moment when we turn on the lights around our church. Then on Sunday, Dec. 6th during the 11:00 am Mass, the Guadalupe story will be dramatically retold by our OLG School Student Council, followed by the St. Anthony Guadalupe dancers leading us out in procession to the Walmesley Center where we will enjoy a fiesta hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Bring your family, friends and neighbors as we celebrate our parish community at this special time of the year.
“Cultivating a Jubilee Year of Mercy” 
This Week’s Focus: Excerpts from Pope Francis’ announcement about the Year of Mercy:  “My thoughts also turn to those incarcerated, whose freedom is limited. The Jubilee Year has always constituted an opportunity for great amnesty, which is intended to include the many people who, despite deserving punishment, have become conscious of the injustice they worked and sincerely wish to re-enter society and make their honest contribution to it. May they all be touched in a tangible way by the mercy of the Father who wants to be close to those who have the greatest need of his forgiveness…because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom”
Click here to learn more about:
  • Thanksgiving Mass at OLG
  • Shoeboxes of Joy
  • Signs of Abundance in Our Lives

Jennifer Ibach
Parish Outreach 
Fair Trade Advent Sale
This holiday season, choose gifts that change lives! Shop our sale on  Sunday, November 22nd for beautiful Fair Trade items made by artisans and farmers from over 18 countries. Read more…

Save The Date And Book Your Babysitter!
Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Important Info May 2012

Parent Org sponsored Family Math Night
Math Games for Pre-K through 5th Grade with Middle School Volunteers
November 17, 2015
6:30 pm
School Hall
NOON Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break
November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Break
November 26 & 27, 2015
Thursday & Friday
Internet Safety Presentation for Parents & Guardians
November 30, 2015
6:30 – 7:30 pm
School HallLight Up the Night
December 4, 2015

For a safe, educational, and faith-filled trip to the Holy Land for Fr. Jack and the OLG parishioners traveling with him.For all those who are sick or suffering in some way, that they may find peace, comfort, and a speedy return to health.For all veterans and the service they have given. For peace and an end to conflict worldwide and on a local level.In Thanksgiving for our strong OLG community and the generous and kind spirit found here.