"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 23rd Newsletter
November 23, 2016
Dear OLG Families,
I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! All of us on staff are grateful to have such an amazing community of families and children here at OLG. We give thanks for you! I hope you’re able to relax and enjoy some family time over this holiday weekend.
Next week, we will send out out first weekly family Advent prayer/reflection. Ideally, these prayers would happen around an Advent wreath so you can light the candles (Christ’s light) each week. We look forward to journeying through this holy season together, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.
In other news, five of our 8th grade girls (and two OLG parent coaches) won 3rd place in the city-wide Parks and Recreation Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. Congratulations!
A quick reminder from the Auction Committee…our procurement deadline is next week, Friday, Dec. 2nd!
In third grade, we had the opportunity to visit the sisters who reside at The Mount on 35th street. Many memories were made and laughs were had! A very special thanks to all of the OLG families who came with us, the sisters, and the employees at The Mount.
The third graders did a project earlier this month where they researched and dressed up as a saint. At the Mount the third graders wore their saint outfits and started the visit with a “Saint Parade” around the room to the tune of, When the Saints Go Marching In. Afterwards each student sat down with the sisters and shared all the information they learned about the saint that they chose. Many of the sisters attempted to guess the student’s saint, and many of them guessed correctly!
Having this opportunity to visit the Mount was really exciting, and really a wonderful experience for everyone who was able to come. The students really enjoyed the chance to do some learning outside of the classroom, as well as demonstrating their ‘saintly’ knowledge. Our trip to the Mount was something none of us will forget!
A Musical Note from the Band
Our young musicians are hard at work! School Band members (gr. 6-8) are rehearsing Christmas music for their performance next month. The eager fifth graders in Beginning Band are exploring the world of instrumental music. They are now in the method book, and many exciting adventures await them!
All band members are asked to report their home practice efforts each week. Reviewing at home, being on time for class and being prepared by having their instrument, music and stand with them twice a week is vital to their progress.
Parents: On band days, please make sure they have their equipment with them when they get in the car for home. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Orders are now being accepted for the Dec. 2nd deadline for delivery before Christmas break! Order OLG Gear here! (paper copies only this time)
Upcoming Parent Org Events:
Light Up the Night – Dec. 2nd 7:00 pm
Parent Org Meeting – Dec. 13th 6:30 pm
Auction Committee Meeting – Dec. 14th 6:30 pm
Parent Org Meeting – Jan. 10th 6:30 pm
Auction Committee Meeting – Jan. 11th 6:30 pm
Trivia Night – Jan. 14th 5:00 pm
Christmas Eve Gospel Pageant: Welcome all Shepherds, Angels and stable animals to our Christmas Eve Children’ Mass!
Our Lady of Guadalupe parish has a wonderful tradition of inviting all children who want to participate in our Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, December 24th at 3:00 p.m. We have wonderful costumes so that all children who want to participate in the reenactment of the Christmas Story may do so. If your child wants to be part of this special tradition in our community, here is what they need to do:
1. Attend a mandatory rehearsal on Wednesday, December 21st, in the church from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Costume assignments will be made at the rehearsal to give time to make sure children have what they want in terms of costume fittings. We will rehearse the telling of the Gospel story and to make sure that the children are familiar with the pageant format. We will need older children who do not want to be in the pageant as readers and greeters, so there are lots of opportunities for anyone who wants to participate.
2. We will have a second walk-through rehearsal on December 24th at 2:00 p.m., which is also mandatory, so that we can give as much support to the children as needed, enabling them to tell the greatest story ever told in a prayerful and meaningful way.
3. Please note, that any additional children who may come during the Christmas Eve Mass and have not participated in the two required rehearsals, will have an opportunity to be part of the procession to the crèche with Fr. Jack carrying battery operated votive candles which will represent their light and gift to baby Jesus. Often friends and family have relatives who come to the special family Mass, and it is our desire to welcome all children who have not had an opportunity to attend the two rehearsals to share in the joy and excitement of this wonderful tradition.
4. We will need parents and guardians to volunteer and sign-up sheets will be in the church as it takes many people to assist the children into their costumes, hand out activities to occupy the children and to assist with a small protein snack.
If you should have any questions about our Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 3:00 pm, please feel free to contact Marion Kari at (206) 935-0358, ext. 113 or by email.
The Life, Justice & Peace Commission has taken 2016 to focus on Mental Health. Based on significant interest in this ministry within our community, we would like to explore forming a new Mental Health Ministry at OLG! If you are interested, please attend an informal meeting on Sunday, December 11th at 9:30am in the Pastoral Center (parish offices). Look forward to seeing you there! Email for more information!
Giving Tree Tags Are Here!
As the Advent season begins (Nov. 26th/27th), OLG’s Giving Tree is filled with tags for children at Sanislo Elementary, Treehouse, and Catholic Housing Services’ Santa Teresita housing program. Through the Giving Tree, students in need at Sanislo Elementary in Delridge will get a gift this holiday season and parents at Santa Teresita will receive gift cards for their children, offering them the joy of picking out the perfect gift. The Treehouse tags have suggested items that will go to foster children of all ages. The collected donations stock Treehouse’s Wearhouse, where foster families are able to ‘shop’ free-of-charge for their child. Santa Teresita cards go in the marked box in the church and are due by December 18th, while Treehouse and Sanislo gifts go unwrapped in the collection barrel in the narthex by Dec. 11th. Thank you for your generosity!
Please keep Chantille Henry in your prayers. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery on Monday, Dec. 28th, with follow-up treatment soon after.
We also pray for the grandmother of OLG teacher, JC Santos, who passed away last week. May her extended family feel surrounded by God’s love and peace at this difficult time. Her funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00 am at St. Benedict Church in Wallingford.
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.