"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 3rd Newsletter
November 3, 2016
Dear OLG Families,
OLG Celebrates All Saints’ Day!
Third Graders Help OLG Celebrate All Saints’ Day!
On Tuesday, we celebrated All Saints’ Day at the 9:00 am parish Mass. Thanks to Kysa Sedivy and her third grade class for bringing the rich tradition of the saints alive through their reverent portrayal of so many saints and their spirit-filled reading and leadership at Mass.
Our 4th/5th grade chorus was fantastic as well. Thank you, Ann Sager!
Thank You for a Great Carnival!
A good time was had by all at Saturday’s Halloween Carnival! Gretchen Hill and Natalie Trius put in so much time and care making it a fun and festive event! We are so grateful for their leadership and for all of our wonderful parents and family members, students, alumni and friends who volunteered!
Veteran’s Day Assembly on Nov. 10th & School Holiday on Nov. 11th
All are welcome at our OLG School Veteran’s Day Assembly, Thursday, November 10th at 8:45 am in the School Hall, planned and led by our 4th grade.
What a fun weekend I had, catching up with some former OLG students! On Friday, I watched Seattle Prep’s production of Frankenstein which featured Cyrus (’16) and Gabe (’13) Berger, Jessica (’15) and Sam (’14) Sommerville, and Sam Hiatt (’13) as the creature. Also in the photograph is Robin Hendricks (’79). I do not embellish when I say that the performance of each was stellar, from stage acting to lighting and sound. Also in the audience were alumni Marie Abel, Delaney Carr and Omri Forte of the class of 2014, and Kellen Carr (’16). Then on Saturday, I met Chantille Henry to watch the O’Dea Freshmen take on the West Seattle Wildcats. After the game, I caught up with Wyatt Henry, Kalei Glinsman and Nico Velasquez from the class of 2016. All was smiles and positive sentiments from our graduates, the biggest smile coming from me, proud of the accomplishments of these students I once had the joy of teaching.
One More Day to Help Us Reach Our School Fund Drive Goal!
Make a pledge by November 4th to help us reach our goal of $100,000.
80% participation = Class Party
90% participation = Class Party and Free Dress
100% participation = Class Party, Free Dress and No Homework
Eighth graders are busy tackling the complexities of the U.S. Constitution. In order to understand its origin and necessity, students participated in a simulation of space colonization. Representing 27 different modern-day nations and professions, eighth graders collaborated to plan and launch a successful settlement on Mars. As issues within the group arose, they responded in character, leading to the establishment written set of ‘rules’ for all future issues in regards to leadership, due process, and protection of basic colonists’ rights. Viola, the Constitution. Check out the following videos for a quick recruitment and tour of the United People of Mars.
Would using hand gestures help you study? How about teaching your content to someone younger, would that help you learn? Or what about writing it into a song or putting it to music? Seventh graders are optimizing their potential through an exploration of their personal learning styles. After studying the input of visual information through their science work with eyes, and being introduced to the other main learning styles, they are independently researching their strongest intelligences. Using the research cycle to question, plan, acquire, and organize information, their findings will then be synthesized in an explanatory essay. This will explain how their brains best learn, and suggest study skills and strategies to they use in the upcoming years for maximum efficiency, enjoyment, and impact.
Ask any sixth grader how to determine if a website is suitable for academic research and you will get an earful! They’ve been navigating the rough, and sometimes misleading waters of the internet: all its fascinating content and all its garbage. They are newly experts on domain names and in particular the pitfalls of dot-coms and wikis! We are using critical analysis skills to evaluate sites based on publishing information, appearance, homepages, and links. And we’ve been highly entertained with the abundance of hoaxes to avoid, Northwest Tree Octopus, anyone? Next stop in our assessment of credibility and accuracy of source: Seattle Public Library databases.
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
Thank you so much to our fabulous carnival chairs, Gretchen Hill andNatalie Trius! Gretchen and Natalie, you areamazing, and our whole community benefitted from such a fun event! Thank you for managing volunteers and activities and continuing to add fresh ideas to the carnival each year! Thanks, also, to the Lindholms and our 8th grade families for providing a warm and yummy dinner.
Our first Pizza Friday is set for November 4th. 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
Light Up the Night – December 2nd
Math Night in the School Hall – November 14th 6:30 pm
CYO Italian Dinner
It’s not too late! Reserve your tickets and we’ll fill your plate!
Tickets are still available for CYO’s annual Italian Dinner on Saturday, November 12th!
Prices are $45 per person/$35 for 65 and over
Ticket includes: appetizer, meal, dessert, and beverages (including wine and beer)
Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30, Dance Floor opens at 8:30 with music provided by DJ Nail.
To make your reservations, please contact the CYO Board or purchase tickets after Masses this weekend.
Dinner and Dancing is covered, but we’ve got even more. Here’s a sneak peak to what the night has in store:
Wine Grab: $15 for 1 bottle, $25 for 2 bottles
Raffle: $10 for 40 tickets (raffle items include: Mariners tickets, $150 gift certificate to West Seattle Runner, $300 gift certificate to Brooks Running)
Can’t make it to the dinner, but don’t want to miss the fun? Come volunteer with us and get your commitment hours done! All volunteers will receive dinner, 20 raffle tickets, and wine/beer once duties are complete.
As you are preparing to vote visit our parish website to explore how you can love your neighbors by advocating as a faithful citizen on behalf of those who are poor and vulnerable. And remember to pray, asking God to guide your decisions, and to guide the decisions of our country so we may elect leaders and vote for initiatives that serve the common good.
Remembering Those Who Have Died
During the month of November, beginning with the Feast of All Souls, we remember all those who have died, including parishioners from this past year. We invite you to bring a picture of your loved one and place it on the Memorial Table near our All Souls Banners. You can also write their names in our special Book of Prayer. We will keep all of them in our prayers. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
Shoeboxes of Joy
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.