"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."
October 22nd Newsletter
October 22, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
The Halloween Carnival is upon us, and a few volunteer spots still remain. Sign up now to help out with this wonderful OLG community event! See details below.
Even with the excitement of Halloween in the air, impressive learning and teaching is happening throughout the school each day. Read below to find out about science and service in the Mrs. Gazewood’s first grade class and Mr. Franck’s recent environmental workshop incorporating real-world science, art, and journaling.
The Student Council is extending its drive for the Humane Society through next Wednesday. Funds are being collected to support this organization, and pet food and supplies are also welcome.
Secret Garden Book Fair
Mrs. Kramer is looking for helpers to help setup for the Secret Garden book fair on October 26th. Setup will occur right after the morning bell, and shouldn’t take more than thirty minutes. If you can help, please contact Mrs. Kramer. This book fair, which promotes reading, supports our school’s Langen Library and helps us to build our collection. Books will be available for purchase during conference days!
School Fund Drive
We are so grateful to all of the OLG households that have accepted the challenge to raise your School Fund Drive Pledge for 2015-16. I’ve had a number of families ask if it is too late to give; it’s not, and every dollar makes a difference!
Halloween Carnival: This Saturday, 10/24 4:00-8:00 pm
Last Call for Volunteers, + Tickets & Cakes & Parking
The carnival is this Saturday! Volunteers are still needed. Spots are open for most classes & beyond. The Carnival’s success depends on your help. Your PO class representative will be emailing specific requests – Please say “YES!”
Set-up can start as early as 3:30 pm on Friday & must be completed before 12:00 pm on Saturday.
1st shift for most attractions begins at 3:45 pm. Volunteers, please check-in with Gretchen Hill or Chloe Nichols (wearing a red Super Mario mushroom hat) before your shift.
1st shift for Haunted Hall starts at 4:30 pm. These jobs are open to all classes.
2nd Shift begins at 5:45 pm. Go to your assigned area or check in with Gretchen or Chloe.
Clean up can start on some jobs before 8:00 pm & will be completed around 9:00 pm.
Volunteer now to make sure YOUR class is well represented. Together, we can make this a continued tradition & a memorable, fun night for our kids!
Please be prepared for limited parking. The South Lot will be reserved for Mass attendees ONLY & the North Lot will be closed for bouncy houses.
Tickets & Will Call
Tickets & wristbands will be available for purchase at the Carnival, both in the Gym & downstairs in the School Hall. Wristbands will be $15 & tickets are $0.50. All neighbors, family, & friends are welcome to attend. Advance Purchase Tickets & Wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Gym Concessions Pantry, marked WILL CALL ONLY.
We need more CAKES! Thank you to all who have signed up to bring a sweet treat! CUPCAKES are GREAT in groups of 6 is best. 12 cupcakes =1 cake=1 hour volunteer time. Where & when do I donate the cakes? Bring your cakes to the downstairs School Hall (SW 34th & Myrtle) before noon on Saturday, the day of the carnival. If the door is locked, we will be right back. Please leave your cakes in the drop-box provided.
Welcome to the 44th Annual OLG School Auction & Gala!
You are invited to spend AN EVENING IN PARIS on Saturday, February 27, 2016!
But first we must create the auction! The largest Parent Org. fundraiser of the year! Your family commitment is to provide at least a $125 donation of cash, item or procured item of value. Used items are not accepted. The donation deadline is Friday, Dec. 4th!
Procurement forms will be in this week’s FCE. Visit the auction webpage for all the links to additional procurement and business request forms. Donations can be sent to the front office through mail, delivery or via the FCE.
AUCTION DONATION CONTEST: The first class to have 100% participation, all family donations in, before the procurement deadline of Dec. 4th will win an Ice Cream Sundae Party! Only one class will win!
Help our school purchase library books and recess equipment! Drop off labels from Box Tops and Labels for Education products in the big Campbell’s soup can located by the church library. To learn more about participating products, visit the fundraising section of the school website, or contact Natalie Trius at (206) 767-4236 or Laura Wong at ()206) 777-3000. Thank you for your help!
Next Parent Org Meeting: Tuesday, November 10th @ 6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Logging Volunteer/Commitment Hours
Commitment hours accrue from May 1st through April 30th. To log your volunteer hours, click HERE! Questions? Email Laura Campbell for answers.
Learning is Active! First grade is busy, busy, busy!
In science we are quickly learning the 3 R’s of good science. “Research! Record! Report” We love to explore and are natural scientists at heart. We use guiding questions to lead our exploration of rocks. Recently we worked in teams to create a method for sorting river rocks by size using screens. Looking through magnifying glasses we discovered that sand is really just tiny rock. Our discovery continues.
In religion we are active participants in our faith, too! We explore the upcoming Sunday Gospel each week through our “Promise” activity. As we listen to the readings we learn and practice our Mass responses. Through activities we go deeper into the Word. Last week in Mark (10: 35-45) we heard Jesus explain that in order to great in God’s eyes we must rethink what being great means. “…But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant…” We are called to serve and serve we do! First graders have been hard at work making cards for the residents of Providence Mount St. Vincent’s as part of our year-long service project. Through our service project we are initiated into the Catholic Social Teaching themes of Solidarity and Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. In September we made birthday cards to cheer. In October we made Halloween we cards to spook. Who knew serving could be so fun?
I had the pleasure of participating in a two day educator retreat and workshop with Project Learning Tree and Project WILD on October 5th and 6th. The workshop’s objectives were bringing art and science together through journaling; planning and implementing Next Generation Science Standards aligned units; and integrating the natural environment and field investigations into science curriculum.
I’ve already begun working with the 6th graders on their nature journaling skills and can’t wait to apply my learning about outdoor investigations to enhance the Fauntleroy Creek and Salmon Stewardship project his year! This was a great opportunity to enhance the middle school science program through more rigorous scientific investigations in the outdoors!
Day of Service Save the Date
April 16, 2016
Mark your calendars! The 2016 Day of Service will be held on Saturday April 16, 2016. This is an opportunity for the OLG community to participate in one of several service projects helping others in our community. Stay tuned for more details. If you have any questions, contact Karen Fitton or Jennifer Ibach.
Stewardship Renewal for 2015-16
You should have received information about making your annual parish stewardship commitment. Please take time to complete this for the upcoming year. Ongoing support from all of our families is essential to keep our parish and its programs thriving and is a prerequisite for registering as a parishioner in the school.
Our next Family Faith Sunday will be November 1, 2015 “All Saint’s Day.” All Saint’s Day is a solemnity celebrated on November 1st by parts of Western Christianity. All Souls Day on November 2nd commemorates the faithful departed.
We will also be celebrating the Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos.” November 2nd is the official Day of the Dead, and we will have a fun project that families can work on together commemorating this festival.
So we look forward to having you join us for a fun-filled morning celebrating our faith along with activities that will help us celebrate All Saint’s Day and Day of the Dead.
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.