October 26th Newsletter

October 26th, 2017

Dear OLG Families, 
 Halloween Grams were a hit!
October is moving so fast!  If you haven’t heard from your teacher confirming your conference times, go ahead and reach out directly to them.
 As we head towards our Carnival of Hallowed-eve this Saturday, I also wanted to share some preparations for All Saints Day celebrations on November 1st.
This week 3rd graders did an amazing job of presenting their chosen saints to their classmates and parents.  Our Hands and Feet have been busy!  Come to 9am Mass on Nov. 1st to see all these saints, LIVE!
3rd Grade Saint presentations

I look forward to seeing you all at the Halloween Carnival this Saturday, or at Mass, book sale, or conferences next week!
      Yours in Christ,
       Anton Kramer



Fall 2017 Conferences
November 2nd & 3rd
You will receive an email from your child’s teacher with a confirmation of your family’s conference time.
We ask that students in grades 1 through 8 accompany their parents to the conference. Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, & Kindergarten children do not attend.


Mid-trimester reports go home Friday, October 27th.
The Secret Garden Book Fair is next week!

Preview Oct. 30th & 31st,  

Sales Nov. 1st thru Nov. 5th, 
Our annual book fair is scheduled during the week of fall conferences.  As you come to the school to learn more about the learning adventure in store for your child this year, remember to plan a little extra time in your schedule to peruse the selection of books available for purchase. Sales will begin on Wednesday, November 1st directly following All Saints Day Mass (around 10am).  Help your child select a book for their enjoyment and consider purchasing a gift for the classroom or library. All proceeds from the book fair go directly to the OLG library for the purchase of new or replacement titles. 
Volunteers are welcome to help with book selection or cashier duties.  Click here to sign up for a time.  Thank you in advance for your generous support.
Librarian and Technology Teacher
Spirit Wear Orders are Here!
Your orders for Spirit Gear will be distributed on Monday, Oct. 30th!

The next Spirit Day is Thursday, November 9th.  Give the gift of School Spirit this Christmas!  Order by November 10th.  Questions? Contact Vanessa Cabiao


Fulcrum Scholarships
The Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Program’s online application for the 2018-2019 school year is open until January 5, 2018.  The application is available in both English and Spanish. Click here to start your application.  If you have questions, please contact Carrie Morrissey for assistance.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Celebrating The Day Of The Dead 
at Our Lady of Guadalupe School 
with Señora Brodahl
The Day of the Dead is sometimes explained as a Mexican or Latin American version of Halloween, but it really is not. El Día de los Muertos is celebrated two days from November 1st to November 2nd.
It is a time when people remember their loved ones who have passed away. It is believed that on those days the souls of the dead return to visit. We honor them and welcome them back by creating ofrendas, altars, on which offerings of their favorite foods, photos, belongings and other items are set out for their return. In Mexico and other countries that commemorate this time, it is customary to also visit and clean the graves of loved ones. Some people also play music in the cemetery. The Day of the Dead is also a time when death is recognized, and even celebrated, as a natural part of the cycle of life, a reminder that the dead are still with us, and that death is not something to be feared but to celebrate.

This month is my favorite time of the year to share with the students at OLG this beautiful celebration that is so special to the Latin American culture. The students will be reading books watching documentaries, singing and creating different crafts for each grade level. We will be making marigold flowers with tissue paper, candles with card stock paper, decorating skeletons and skulls, creating books, cemeteries, making sugar skulls, and trying Pan de Muerto and chocolate caliente.  All the student’s activities will be put on an altar in the hallway.
I invite you to see our beautiful altar during November 1st and 2nd.  And your child’s great art of El Día de los Muertos will be displayed until the end of November.

All School Mass
All Saint’s Day
Planned by 3rd Grade
Wednesday, November 1st
9:00 AM
Seattle Prep High School Play
October 26th-29th
Next weekend is the Seattle Prep fall play, A Pocket Full of Truffles, a slap-stick comedy, where the kids improvised the script in the tradition of Italian street comedy. 
OLG alums will be onstage (Cyrus Berger, Jessica Sommerville) in supporting roles, and backstage doing tech (Sam Sommerville, Emily Amesquita)!

It’s Finally Here!

The annual OLG Halloween Carnival is on Saturday night from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the school, and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you.  Our weekend weather forecast looks spectacular! 


A few new features on tap this year:

  • Calling dancers big and small: DJ Noe will be spinning a mix of festive tunes in the school hall all night long! Smoke machine, glow sticks for sale…need we say more?
  • Our first Trunk-or-Treat event will open to trick-or-treaters between 4-5 p.m. Walk through, marvel at the vintage tractor, classic cars, and fun, festively decorated rides, and pick up some candy to snack on or take home!
  • You’ll find your favorite Carnival games in the gym, along with the Cake Walk! Every bracelet and ticket pack comes with a punch card. Get 10 game punches, turn your punch card into the office, and earn free dress on Nov. 8th!
  • Get your face painted by a professional airbrush artist, then pose for pictures in front of our photo booth backdrop, stocked with lots of fun props. Could be your family’s Christmas Card photo this year! Don’t forget to use #olgseattlecarnival on social media.
  • Show off your creative genius alongside the lovely ladies of West Seattle Art Nest at our Craft Corner!
  • Lots of DELICIOUS, hearty food and snacks will be available for purchase from our two spooky cafes, located in the gym and school hall (gluten-free options available)! Support our eighth graders and plan on having dinner at the Carnival!
  • Pie Raffle: And don’t even think about leaving until the end. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the ticket booth all night long (1/$2, 3/$5). Put your ticket in the basket of the teacher/staff member you’d most like to pie in the face: Mr. Kramer, Mr. Santos (we hear he’s up for multiple draws), Mr. E, one of our Carnival co-chairs – maybe even a surprise guest! At 6:30 p.m., we will draw from each basket and watch with glee! 
Forgot to pre-order your bracelet/tickets? No worries. All-inclusive bracelets will be sold on-site for $20 ($18 for 2+), and tickets are still 2/$1 (12/$5).
Thank you for your Halloween Gram/pre-order support of our Carnival! We can’t wait to celebrate the season with you!
Shauna Fredrickson and Hilary Reeves
P.S.  For something really scary, come back on Sunday for your flu shot


Math Night!
Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
School Hall
Our annual Math Night, coordinated by parent Lisa Booth and middle school math teacher, Ms. Savio, is a fun event for parents and kids to play math-related games that align with the math concepts our children are learning!  This free, Parent Org sponsored event uses “Meeples” math games that are exciting and informative. We hope you will come hang out with your OLG friends and spend some educational time with your kiddos!  Popcorn, juice and water will be provided.
Auction Family Procurement Due Dec. 1st
Our Auction Family Procurement deadline is fast approaching…..Friday, December 1st.

We understand finding time and inspiration for items to procure can be challenging.  So, we’ve created an Auction Wish List on Amazon.  Item procurement is easy using Amazon Smile!  Feel like something is missing?  Please email your suggestions. 

Save the Date!
Halloween Carnival 
Saturday, Oct. 28th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM


Coffee and Donuts after Mass sponsored by 7th grade 
Sunday Nov. 12th after both masses in the Walmesley Center (Gym)


Next PO & Auction Meeting
Tuesday Nov. 14th 6:15 PM (time change!) in the Math lab.  Auction meeting begins at 7:00 PM.


Auction Family Procurement Deadline
December 1st
$200 item or cash donation
Light Up the Night 
Christmas caroling and grounds lighting
Friday, December 1st
OLG School Auction – “Roaring 20’s” theme
March 3rd, 2018

CYO’s Annual OLG Italian Dinner tickets on sale now!
Saturday, November 11th.  Doors open 6:00 PM
Dinner, raffles, dancing, wine grab, great prizes!  Read more


Click here for CYO Athletics news and schedules.
Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG.
Go Bulldogs!

Help Put on the October Community Meal
New to OLG?  Looking for a way to plug in with your family?  Like food?  The Community Meal happens each month at OLG and strives to provide a free meal for anyone in the greater community who wishes to attend.  This month’s Community Meal is Sunday, October 29th in the Walmelsey Center/Gym and we need your help to make it happen!  Can you help clean up around 2:30pm? We are also in need of homemade or store-bought desserts to share with our guests (drop off any time after 9:45 AM).  If you’re able to help, please contact Jennifer (206) 935-0358 x120.   
FREE Seattle/King County Health Clinic
The community is coming together to put on the Seattle/King County Clinic Oct. 26th – 29th in KeyArena at Seattle Center. This giant health clinic offers a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region.  The effort, involving months of preparation and thousands of volunteers, transforms KeyArena into the largest clinic of its kind in Washington State. As many as 4,000 patients are served by over 1600 professional healthcare and general support volunteers, providing more than $2.5 million in healthcare services.  Read more about accessing services or volunteering.

Understanding Mark’s Gospel: Five Things to Look For

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 4th, 9:30-11:00 AM when Fr. Mike Raschko gives us a preview of what to look for during the year of Mark (which begins the first Sunday of Advent).  Join our liturgical ministers for a morning of formation, conversation and prayer in preparation for the new liturgical year.  Note: Liturgical ministers will gather from 11:00-11:30 AM for additional training and updates.
How do we live the Beatitudes as Families?  
“The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching.  They take up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham.  The Beatitudes fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1716).

Family Faith Sunday
November 5, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Walmesley Gym
Come and participate with your children in fun stations and activities that deepen our response to the invitation to live out the meaning of the beatitudes in our lives.  Hospitality is part of our program where you can meet families in our community.  All families are welcome!  Also last chance at the school Book Fair!

Important Info May 2012




Picture Retakes
Friday, Oct. 27th


Halloween Carnival
Saturday, Oct. 28th
4:00 – 7:00 PM


Community Meal
Sunday, Oct. 29th
1:00-2:30 PM
see Parish News section
School Book Fair
Oct. 30th – Nov. 3rd


All-School Mass 
Planned by 3rd grade
All students full uniform
Wednesday, Nov. 1st
9:00 AM

Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, Nov 1st
No School / 
Fall Conferences 
Thurs-Fri, Nov. 2nd-3rd


Set Back Your Clocks!
Day Light Savings
Sunday, Nov. 5th


Faith Family Sunday
Nov. 5th
9:30 – 10:45 AM
Walmesley Gym
Math Night
Tuesday, Nov. 7th
6:30 PM School Hall
Spirit Wear
Thursday, Nov. 9th

Veterans Assembly Planned by 4th Grade
Thursday, Nov. 9th
9:30 -10:00 AM
No School
Friday, Nov. 10th


CYO Italian Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 11th
6:00 PM
Walmesley Center
Coffee and Donuts 
By 7th grade
Sunday, Nov. 12th
School Hall
Parent Org & Auction Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 14th
6:15 PM (time change!)
Math Lab


Auction Family Procurement Deadline
Friday, Dec. 1st

Open our hearts to meet our student’s needs during Conferences


Pray for safe and enjoyable Halloween celebrations