"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 5th Newsletter
October 5th, 2017
Dear OLG Families,
What an amazing wrap-up of our product sales. These last two weeks the students have been SO excited, and that has transformed our sale into one of the most successful in our history! Thank you all so much for your support, especially Vanessa Cabiao who took the leadership of this sale. Our many hands make light work. Here are a few pics of the exciting finale today.
The piggies race!
The crowd cheers!
Our staff inservice tomorrow is a direct result of your support. Our teachers will be deepening their own faith and increasing their ability to catechize (teach) our students about the faith. They will be exploring four Mysteries of our faith: the Trinity, the Paschal Mystery, the Incarnation, and the Eucharist.
Last week I told a little story around the Paschal Mystery. This week I felt a bit of the mystery of the Incarnation at work.
Most of us think of the Incarnation as the birth of Jesus (i.e. Christmas)… but how do we recognize the Incarnation in our daily life? It is through our own humanity that we bring Christ alive in our world today. When we are living out the best of our humanity, we are the closest to our divine self. One young student started this week with big challenges in his own behavior; hitting others, big distractions. As the week went on, he found ways to direct his energy to be helpful, putting his hands at work to help the class, instead of balled-up in fists harming others. Parents, teachers, a whole community around him are helping him learn.
The parish “Parenting Strategies” class on Saturday is another vivd example of how we can be our best self. We are the Hands and Feet of Christ when we are the best of our own humanity = the Mystery of the Incarnation.
Yours in Christ,
Important! Emergency Alerts
We will be emailing a test message to you through our Swift emergency notification system tomorrow (Friday). Your email address & a text to your cell phone will be pulled from our student information system (PowerSchool). In the event of a school closure or other emergency, a Swift alert will be emailed and a message posted on our website homepage.
If you do not receive an alert on Friday, check your junk box and make sure your email filters allow email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to locate the test message, notify the school office (Shelley Bradley or Laura Wong).
Wednesday Tutoring begins Oct. 11th
Next Wednesday, Oct. 11th will be the initial start date of after-school tutoring from 2:15-3:00 PM. If your child has been recommended by their teacher to participate, you should have already received a permission slip. Heather Owens will contact students confirmed to start on October 11th via email.
Students can be picked up in the 8th grade classroom after 3:00 PM. If you cannot pick up your child by 3:10 PM, your child will be escorted to EDC (Extended Day Care) in the School Hall.
Fall 2017 Extracurricular Programs
Art and Chess Wizards are well underway. Dance class starts in 2 weeks – sign up here! Give your child the gift of creating his/her own holiday gifts on December 7th. Read more here! Contact Laura Wong with questions.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Extended Day Care (EDC)
If you use EDC before and after school care, you can see your children are very busy! The air hockey table and ping pong games are a popular new feature. As well as the traditional blocks, perler beads, bay blades, homework, and more!
Here are some fundamentals for families, especially if you are new to EDC.
Child Pick Up
If someone new is picking up your child, or your child is going home with another parent, please give EDC a note for release. You can write a note while you are at EDC, or email Kimmy Fulton.
Coach Pick up for CYO sports
If your child is in a CYO sport, you can ask the coach to pick up your child at EDC. If the coach is available to pick up your child, make sure you communicate with the coach and give EDC a note of release.
EDC Phone: 206-223-3487
If you are running late or need to contact us after 3:30 PM, please call the EDC phone rather than the school.
Annual Registration is $30 per year per family. The rate is $5 per hour, per child. There is a minimum one-hour charge per visit. After the first hour, time is broken down into 30-minute increments with a five-minute grace period, for example:
3:00 – 3:45 = 1 hour
3:00 – 4:30 – 1.5 hours
3:00 – 5:05 = 2 hours
There is no charge on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:00 PM.
Hours are billed from around the 20th of the past month to around the 20th of the current month. Invoices are emailed around the 25th of the month and are due the following month via FACTS.
EDC is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
EDC is open on half days, but closed during full days off from school.
EDC will follow the schedule for late start in the event of inclement weather.
If you have any questions / concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.
It’s here! It’s here! Help us make this year’s OLG Halloween Carnival the best party of the year (for our kids, of course) by signing up for a shift (or two)! Click here!
We are also excited to introduce a NEW OLG tradition: the Trunk-or-Treat! We are asking a family or group from each grade to decorate a car (bonus points for a vintage ride), fill the trunk with candy, and park in a festive row for little Trick-or-Treaters to enjoy! It is a competition, and the winner gets a $50 gift card! Represent your grade via a sign-up at this link!
Are you looking for other ways to help? Sign up to donate a cake! We’re also looking for someone with a large truck to help us move hay bales the evening of Oct. 15th, and again on Oct. 27th or 28th. Contact Hilary Reeves if you can help.
Thank you, OLG families, for helping to make Pizza Fridays successful this fall! This is a friendly reminder that we cannot accept late orders (after 5pm on Wednesday) for any reason. Pizza Fridays will continue on October 13th.
The fall Charleston Wrap prize window has “wrapped up”, but products continue to be available to purchase all year round. Our fall sales were over $20,000, netting the Parent Org somewhere around $8,000. Final figures will be reported out at upcoming Parent Org meetings. Great job everyone!
OLG COMMITMENT HOURS OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for ways to gain your commitment hours? Here are some ideas. Contact Christa if you are interested or have questions!
SERVE as CO-CHAIR FOR THE AUCTION- Get 50 automatic hours! We are in desperate need of an auction co-chair and won’t stop asking until we get one!! Please come work with our current team to make this event a night to remember!
Procurement Chair – Auction committee – You will work with a team of parent volunteers to procure fun and exciting items for the OLG auction in addition to procuring sponsorships from local businesses to support the auction.
For other Auction roles, or to find out more, join us the first Tuesday of each month, right after the start of each P.O. meeting.
Time to turn in Box Tops! Please drop off labels from Box Tops products at the school office or by the church library this month. To learn more, visit ourweb page, or contact Erin Pedras. Thank you OLG families! We appreciate your time and participation!
Save the Date
Coffee and Donuts after Mass sponsored by 8th grade and Preschool/Pre-K – Sunday October 8th after both masses in the Walmesley Center (Gym)
Next PO & Auction Meeting – Tuesday October 10th, 6:30 PM in the Math lab
Halloween Carnival – Saturday, October 28th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
OLG School Auction – “Roaring 20’s theme” March 3rd, 2018
BASKETBALL REGISTRATION is now open until for grades 4th to 8th.
Anyone interested in getting paid to work CYO Basketball games should attend the Referee Training on Sunday, October 15th from 6:00-7:30PM at the Our Lady of the Lake Gym (3520 NE 89th St, Seattle, WA 98115). The season is 8 weekends starting November 18th. It can be a great way to earn cash!
Click here for CYO Athletics news and schedules. Click here to learn more about CYO sports at OLG. Go Bulldogs!
Parenting a child is an awesome responsibility. It can also be an amazing gift for one’s faith. How can you effectively share your faith with your children? Join us for an informative and affirming interactive workshop where you will explore practical ways to live faith as a family, and meet others who are trying to do the same. Parenting Strategies Flyer
Did you miss Jeff Renner’s talk at OLG? You can watch it now on our website!
This September during the Season of Creation, Jeff Renner gave a wonderful talk at OLG entitled “Laudato Si’: A Faithful Response to Climate Change”. Go to the Parish homepage to access a recording of the event.
Respect Life Month: Be Not Afraid
Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond when our efforts seem small in the face of the culture of death? Each October, the Church celebrates Respect Life Month. This week we focus on How to Build a Culture of Life. Read More
World Day Against the Death Penalty (Oct. 10th)
As Catholics as we are called to have a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, and marginalized people living in our midst are often disproportionately affected by the arbitrary and unfair nature of the death penalty. Working in collaboration with The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, we can lift up the important call to end the use of the death penalty in our state and in our country. For more information, visit Catholic Mobilizing Network.
Thanks to all who gave fresh produce to the West Seattle Food Bank over the summer through our “Lettuce Pray” program. Thanks especially to the Fitton Family who faithfully collected and delivered the bounty. Lettuce Pray is over for the season and will start again next summer.
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.