"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 29th Newsletter
October 29, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
It has been great to see many of you today during our fall conferences to celebrate the great work that your children have done so far this fall, support them in working toward their growth goals, and deepen our home-school partnership in helping each of our students thrive!
Please take time to prayerfully complete your annual parish stewardship commitment card for the upcoming year and make sure that you are up to date in fulfilling your pledge for the current year. Yes, it’s that time already! OLG Parish counts on your support to provide such an incredible array of ministries. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the parish office at (206) 935-0358.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! – to Chloe Nichols and Gretchen Hill for organizing another fabulous Halloween Carnival! You two outdid yourselves this year and a great time was had by all. We are so fortunate and grateful to have had your talents, knowledge and experience for one last year to make this carnival the best one yet! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and your problem solving. You both make it work, no matter what obstacles you face from logistics to nasty weather. You handle it all in stride with a can-do attitude! You both should feel so proud, as you have done amazing things with this much-loved community tradition! It has been a privilege to work with and learn from you both of you these past couple of years.
I would like to welcome our new Halloween Carnival Chair, Katie Miller, who joined our Carnival Team this year as a shadow and will be taking the reins in 2016! We are very excited to have Katie join our Parent Org family and we are eager to see what Katie’s enthusiasm and creativity will bring to next year’s Carnival! Katie is in the process of building her Carnival Team, so if you are interested in Co-Chairing the event with Katie, please contact Erin Stampe.
Finally, thank you to all the families who volunteered their time and talents baking, setting-up, staffing the attractions, and amazingly transforming everything back to the way it was found at the end of the evening. This fun event would not be possible without your help – it truly takes a community to make this a success and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves. Well done, OLG! On behalf of the Parent Org, thank you all for your helping hands.
Did you volunteer at the Halloween Carnival? Don’t forget to log your hours!
Remember VolunteerSpot does not track your volunteer hours. If you signed up to work at the carnival through the VolunteerSpot link, you still need to log your hours using our Commitment Hours Form which can be found on the school website. Or you can click here to log your hours right now! Commitment hours accrue from May 1st through April 30th. Questions? Email Laura Campbell for answers.
Next Parent Org Meeting: Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Mark Your Calendars: November 17th is the OLG Family Math Night for K-5, sponsored by Parent Org!
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! If you are interested in helping Lisa coordinate Math Night please click here.
From our Halloween Carnival Co-Chairs:
Halloween Carnival: Another great year! Thank you for your help and support.
Dear OLG Parents, Students, Staff and Teachers,
We are extremely grateful for all those who volunteered their time, goods and services for the Halloween Carnival. It was heartwarming to watch our OLG community work together to create such a special event for our students and community. Thank you.
Thank you to those who jumped into help. All of you, who carried the workload and worked late into the night without complaint, thank you for your gifts.
Thanks to Ms. Ramos and The Parent Organization for their unwavering support. Thanks to the 8th grade class, Mr. Santos, and the Family Groups, the Sutton Family and all those who helped with the Haunted Hall.
We are all truly blessed to be part of such a giving community.
Thank you to all who attended the Halloween Carnival. Your support is truly appreciated and we hope you had a great time.
The Halloween Carnival was a wonderful success again this year and could not have been possible without all of the hearts and hands of all who attended.
Your Halloween Carnival co-chairs,
Gretchen and Chloe
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!
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!
The Fifth Grade class is off to a wonderful, active start this school year, and they have done so much in the past six weeks! From ancient civilizations and early migration across the Bering Strait in history, to landforms and erosion with stream tables in science class, the students have learned a great deal about the people, places and naturally occurring events that started the shaping of modern day America. Maps, models and diagrams fill our classroom’s empty spaces. Hatchet end of unit projects and terms cover up the rest, as we focus in on a modern day realistic fiction story of adventure, survival, courage and a will to give one’s very best in the face of adversity; never giving up, even when times are hard. Like Brian in Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, the fifth grade students bring their desire to learn new things, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to give their best effort to their studies, friendships and developing leadership skills. As our class evolves over the course of the next few months, students will develop the skills that they need and will form the mark that they want to make and leave behind, as they venture into middle school. They too will be like the civilizations of old, the Maya, Inca and Aztecs: a class with wonderful talents and gifts, with an impact left behind. Stop by anytime, and venture into the world of fifth grade!
Don’t be surprised If you are hearing Christmas music coming from the School Band (gr. 6-8)! Yes, preparations are underway for our December sing-along! (Hopefully parents are hearing those same carols at home!)
Beginning Band is working on their warm and fuzzy note and rhythms! Music stands are now needed and the method book should be waiting in the wings!
Parents: Please make sure your child brings and takes home their instrument each band day! Thank you!
Over at Kennedy Catholic:
So proud to see OLG Class of 2015 Aurora Cato, Daniel Cavazos, Emily LaRiviere and CHRISTY NGUYEN in the Kennedy Catholic Band!
Welcome to our new high school instrumental director, Daniel Fischer! A marvelous addition the the Music Department!
Congratulations to longtime music director at Kennedy Catholic, Jim Paynton, for receiving the Sr. Mary Taylor Award for service to the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools! A well deserving tribute! Mr. Paynton and his wife are enjoying retirement immensely!
Thank you parents for supporting music in the schools!
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.
Each week you will find information and resources to help individuals, families and our parish engage in Pope Francis’ invitation to be more loving, more merciful, and more engaged in works of mercy, including caring for the environment, during this holy Jubilee Year. Check out our parish website, bulletin, and table in the back of church for information and updates.
This Week’s Focus: Why is a Jubilee Year so important (continued)?
The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness. With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the merciful God who invites all people to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.
Shoeboxes of Joy
It is that time of year when we create “Shoeboxes of Joy” for the variety of people served by Catholic Community Services’ Volunteer Chore Services. You can find the complete list on our parish website or contact the parish office. Bring your donations in a shoebox that is wrapped with Christmas paper to Mass the 1st Sunday of Advent. They will be blessed by Fr. Jack at the 11:00 am Mass. OLG has been one of the most generous parishes in recent years; let’s keep it going again this year! For information, contact Helen Oesterle (206) 935-0358.
Needed: Empty Wrapped Shoeboxes
We would like to supply “wrapped” shoeboxes for parishioners to fill with the needed items to donate to CCS. If you can help out, please bring your wrapped boxes to the Parish Office. We also have some unwrapped shoeboxes that need wrapping.
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.
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.