October 13th Newsletter

October 13, 2016

Dear OLG Families,
This morning at Mass, classes shared their Class Covenants, and it was inspiring to hear the ways in which they are committing to work together this year. The thought and care for our school community that went into each of these was evident! Thanks to Ms. Hobbs and the 5th grade for planning such a lovely Mass – and to Ms. Sager and the Chorus for leading us in exuberant song!
Blue Friday tomorrow!
Students may wear their Seahawks gear or other Free Dress for our hal day tomorrow. Remember – it’s a staff work day/half day!
Help Needed!
Please consider helping us get this year’s After-School Tutoring Program off the ground for 2016-17. We are looking for a new coordinator. This rewarding position involves recruiting, training, coordinating and overseeing middle school and adult tutors, as well as gathering information from the classroom teachers about skills to be reviewed and practiced. The coordinator assembles all materials and monitors the tutoring on Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:00 pm in the upstairs school classrooms. Excellent notes, forms from previous years, and a treasure trove of resources are on hand. Additionally, the new coordinator will have training and support to help him or her be very successful! This is a part-time, paid position, approximately 8 hours per week. Please contact Donna Ramos for more information or to apply!
Weather-related Alerts!
In the event of a school closure due to a power outage or other emergency, a Constant Contact email alert will be sent out and a message posted on our website homepage.
Extended Day Care
Please complete our EDC Survey to give us valuable information about how well our program is meeting the needs of our students and families! The survey closes on Sunday, October 23rd. Thank you!

Coffee and Donuts
Thank you to our K and 8th grade families (with some helpers!) who put on a wonderful Coffee and Donuts after Sunday Masses last weekend! Seventh grade families, contact Deirdre O’Day to volunteer on Sunday, Nov. 13th!
School Fund Drive Needs YOU! 
We can meet our goal of $100,000 with 100% participation! Have you made your 2016-17 pledge yet? If not, now is the time. Click here to find out more and donate here.
Thank you for supporting our amazing school!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Kindergarten News
The first few weeks have been a whirlwind of firsts.  First day of kindergarten, first full day of school, first time eating in the lunchroom!  Yes, many firsts, but everyone has weathered the beginning of kindergarten well.
We have also begun our morning reading groups.  Students work in groups with Lisa Wadsack, Lauren Thorp and with me.  Each reading session includes sight words/decoding work and reading fluency/comprehension.  We meet four times per week.
Our math focus continues to be naming numbers and mastering the counting sequence from 1 – 5.  Dice games and card games (see photos) are an excellent and fun way to reinforce these skills.
We continued the kindergarten tradition of a fall field trip to Remlinger’s Farm this week.  The students and I enjoyed experiencing this educational farm tour and also picking out pumpkins to bring home!

Parent Org Chair
OLG Uniform & Recreational Apparel and Gear Sale!
You may have seen the great new items on display case by the main office. The Apparel and Gear Sale has launched! Orders are due to school by October 21st and will be filled within approximately 2 weeks. Stock up on OLG gear for the whole family! Orders can also be placed online. Please note which items are approved for PE use in middle school. In addition, you can order Uniform Sweatshirts & Vests; sweatshirts and vests are in stock in most sizes. Questions? Contact your Parent Org Fall Fundraiser Chair!
OLG Halloween Carnival (10/29/16, 4-8 PM) 

Update: 50 Volunteers  & 50 Cakes Needed

Look for Advance Purchase forms on the way: pricing is $2 off wristband & tickets 10/$5. Tickets & wristbands purchased in advance will be available at the event “Will Call” in the gym. Buy Advance Purchase tickets here!

Help is Needed for 1st & 2nd Shift & clean-up. Sign up for 1st shift 3:45-6:00 pm & 2nd shift 5:45-8:00 pm. Cakes are needed, too! There are still 50 spots available for cake donations. Less than 2 full weeks of school left until the really big event!
This year’s Haunted Hall will be a spooky version of Laser Tag.
Middle school students & alumni are welcome to volunteer! (Special thanks to the Sutton family for years of thrills and scares in the Haunted Hallway!)
Commitment Hours
Still working on your commitment hours? Wondering how many hours you have left to complete? You were emailed an update on your volunteer hours last week by our Commitment Hour chairs Marnie Foust & Paul van Zwalenburg. Check your email (or spam) for your balance. If you haven’t received an update, or if you have questions, please contact Marnie or Paul. To enter hours completed, log them here .
PO Meeting Minutes
Curious as to what was discussed during the past Parent Organization meetings? Check out the minutes here! Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Box Tops for Education
Time to turn in Box Tops! Please drop off labels from Box Tops products at the school office or by the church library. Clean out your stash in the month of October so we can meet our next deadline!  To learn more about participating products, visit our Fundraising page, or contact Laura Wong. Thank you, OLG families!  We appreciate your time and participation!

Save the date for our 2017 Kentucky Derby auction
February 25, 2017, Brockey Center, South Seattle College

We still have a number of positions open (below). Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this wonderful team!

Volunteer Opportunities for the Auction:
 Computer Manager/Bank
Transport/Clean up
Decorations Chair
Bank Chair/Cashiering
Networking Chair (Auction night)
Volunteer Coordinator

Your auction co-chairs, Alder Kuhn & Fabiola Prechtel

Upcoming Events:
  • Next PO meeting: Nov. 8th 6:30 pm in Math Lab – all are encouraged to attend!
  • Coffee and Donuts after Mass (7th grades) 11/13/16 after both Masses

Pastoral Assistant for Outreach
Hurricane Matthew: Emergency Relief through Catholic Relief Services
Haiti is reeling from Hurricane Matthew, which crashed ashore on October 4, bringing 145 mph winds, storm surges and up to 40 inches of rainfall.  The storm has caused massive devastation and flooding in Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and which has yet to fully recover from the catastrophic earthquake in 2010.  Catholic Relief Services and local partners are responding now in some of the most affected areas.  Their priorities are emergency shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and living supplies.  CRS is also working in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica.  To donate to emergency relief, visit the CRS website, call 1-877-HELP-CRS or send a check to Catholic Relief Services at P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD, 21203-7090.Community Meal: Help Serve!
Come help us put on a fabulous meal for the community!  The Community Meal happens each month at OLG and aims to provide a free meal for anyone in the greater community who wishes to attend.  We are looking for people who can help on October 30th in the Walmesley Center with setup (9:45 am-11ish), serving (12:30 pm-2ish), and cleanup (2:00 pm-3:30ish). If you are not able to stay that day, you can participate by dropping off a homemade or store-bought dessert for our guests (any time after 9:45 am).  If you’re able to help, please contact Colleen. Thank you for serving our OLG and West Seattle communities!

Pastoral Associate
Are You Interested in Being a Eucharistic Minister?
Ordinary ministers of communion are the bishop, priest and deacon. However, due to the pastoral needs of providing communion to all the faithful, the Church authorizes special ministers who will be able to distribute communion at Mass and to persons who are sick and/or homebound. Eucharistic Ministers must be fully initiated into the Church, having celebrated baptism, confirmation and First Communion. In addition, this is an appointed position of the Pastor and will need his approval. Two training opportunities are scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm or Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG!
The Ciao Down Italian Dinner is just around the corner!

Important Info May 2012


NOON Dismissal
Staff In-service
Friday, Oct. 14th
Mid-trimester Reports go home
Friday, Sept. 21st
NOON Dismissal
Conference Prep
Wednesday, Oct. 26th
Fall Conferences
No School
Thursday & Friday,
Oct. 27th & 28th
All-School Mass
planned by 3rd grade & parish
All Saints’ Day
Tuesday, Nov. 1st
9:00 am
Parent Org Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 8th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Math Lab
Auction Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, Nov. 9th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Math Lab
Veteran’s Day Assembly
planned by 4th grade
Thursday, Nov. 10th
8:45 am
Coffee & Donuts
sponsored by 7th Grade
Sunday, Nov. 13th
Walmesley Center
Parent Org Family Math Night
Monday, Nov. 14th
School Hall
6:30 pm
Over 65 Dinner 
5th grade
Sunday, Nov. 20th
School Hall
Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving break
Wednesday, Nov. 23rd
NO School
Thursday, Nov. 24th
Friday, Nov. 25th
All-School Mass
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration
Student Council & K
Wednesday, Dec. 14th
9:00 am
Auction Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, Dec. 14th
6:30 – 7:30
Math Lab
NOON Dismissal for Christmas break
Friday, Dec. 16th
First Day back in 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 3rd
Trivia Night
Saturday, Jan. 14th
5:00 pm
Walmesley Center

For those suffering from the impact of Hurricane Matthew, we pray.