OLG Newsletter – April 16th

April 16, 2015

Dear OLG Families,

I hope you’re able to enjoy these beautiful, sunny days. We’re gearing up to head into the busy month of May. Amidst all of the learning happening in our classrooms, we’re looking forward to some special OLG events and traditions!


Consider joining other OLG families for Bingo in the School Hall on Saturday, April 25th, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm! (If you’d like to volunteer, Bingo hours count toward this school year – deadline April 30, 2015.)

2015 Top-It Jog-a-thon

See the article in the West Seattle Blog about yesterday’s Top-It Jog-a-thon assembly with OLG graduate and six-time “American Ninja Warrior” contestant, James McGrath! Students were encouraged and inspired to top their previous lap count and do their personal best in this year’s May 1st Jog-a-thon! Find more details, information about the website, and volunteer needs in the Parent Org section of this week’s newsletter!

Hope for Homeless Women

Hello, my name is Kimberly LaRiviere and I am an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. As an eighth grade tradition each year, students do a leadership project called the “Juan Diego Project,” in which we volunteer for organizations that make a difference in the lives of other people. For my project, I am helping WHEEL, which has a homeless women’s shelter located in our Parish Life Center that allows women to stay overnight. While I was researching I found out the women at our shelter and at Sacred Heart urgently need supplies. Please consider donating any of these items. They will be collected at the main office of OLG School through April 30th. Thank you for your time, and have a nice day.

List of Items Needed:



Lounge Pants/Shorts (Nightwear)

Wash Cloths*

Small Perfumes

Face Creams/Lotions

Body Powders

Feminine Items*

Laundry Soap

Coffee Cups*

* = Items urgently needed!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair


OLG Bingo Night

Come enjoy a fun family Bingo evening on Saturday, April 25th, from 6:30 – 9:00 in the School Hall!

2015 OLG Sparkle Auction & Gala Follow-Up
The auction numbers are in!
The Parent Org goal was $105,000…and we raised $106, 392 in net profit, including our successful Fund-a-Need to launch the school’s window replacement project!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first ever parish consortium, the first ever online auction and the amazing night at the Brockey Center, as well as all the volunteers who helped to make it happen!  The auction team truly appreciates all your efforts and we look forward to seeing you again next year on February 27, 2016!

Top-It Jog-a-thon

Our final big fundraiser, the Top-It Jog-a-thon, is 2 weeks away!

Motivate your runner! Inspire! Donate! Each runner has been given a lap challenge, listed on each child’s pledge form. It is one additional lap over what they ran last year…challenge them to Top It!

At the jog-a-thon assembly Wednesday, we had OLG graduate and 6-time American Ninja Warrior, James McGrath, speak to the kids. It was truly inspirational to hear the story of the fierce determination it took for him to achieve his dream of becoming an American Ninja Warrior. Despite broken bones, injuries and failures, he pushed harder and trained harder. James will make another appearance on American Ninja Warrior May 25th on NBC.

Prizes! Runners must turn in a pledge form to qualify for prizes.

  • “I am stronger than this challenge” bracelet – 1 per runner
  • Most laps over challenge – American Ninja Warrior T-shirt -1 per class
  • Most laps run – $50 West Seattle Runner Gift Certificate (top boy & girl)
  • Most pledge money collected – $25 Gift Card
  • Top 2 students per class who TOP their challenge – Pizza & Ice Cream party in the gym.
  • If every student in the class TOPs the challenge – Extra PE!

Website!  Use this website for flat donations, and to pay all invoices at the end of the event. This is the same website used for the auction. Log in, search by last name and make a donation! (All donations are considered 100% tax deductible and receipts will be mailed.)  Out of town relatives, friends and neighbors can easily support the Jog-a-thon this way!

Volunteer! Please visit volunteer spot to sign up. Help count laps and earn hours toward next year!

May 1: Jog-a-thon! Pledge forms due before 9:00am (Runners must have form turned in before running to qualify for prizes.)

May 15: Pledge money due

“I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger!”

Sarah Housknect and Linda O’Keefe

Jog-a-Thon Co-Chairs

Art News: Pre-K – 8th Grade

Debbie Bellia

I hope all of you had a glorious Easter and a fun and restful Easter break last week. The students returned today filled with joy and energy and it is great for all of us to be back at school.

This past month we have been work on many painting projects in art, some of which are hanging out in the hallways. The pre-k, kindergarten and first grades are working on drawing large flowers using black Sharpie and watercolor. Drawing large encourages big bold line work and filing the space. After some drawing instruction the students drew one large, beautiful flower with a stem and some leaves. They painted the flowers using bright, blended watercolor. In the next class we will be discussing symmetry and the students will be drawing two butterflies that will also be painted in watercolor. The butterflies will be cut and glued as raised shapes on top of their flowers. The flower phase of the project resulted in an incredible array of bright shapes, each unique and expressive. I can’t wait to see their finished work.

The second grade class is working on creating a Japanese Kimono using fine point Sharpie to draw authentic floral designs on a kimono shape. The designs are being colored in colored Sharpie and in the coming class the backgrounds will be water colored to look like silk. The kimonos will be mounted on a bamboo rod on dark paper. The students will then be drawing 2 butterflies and coloring them. They will cut out the butterflies and add them to the kimono. The students are doing an amazing job on their kimono designs. The completed work will join their koi pond painting in the hallway as part of their study of Japan.

The 3rd, 5th and 8th grades are working on watercolor flower studies using actual flower subjects and references to do the drawing phase of their paintings. They are drawing in fine point Sharpie to show all the delicate details of each flower and leaf they chose. They will then use blended watercolor to add color to their work. They are off to a great start!

The 4th grade is working on an op art marker project that involves drawing a basic shape and outlining it multiple times to grow the shape to the boarder of the page.   The students then add straight, wavy or zigzag lines over the original work. Then they color the entire design in alternating black/white pattern (like a checkerboard). The white spaces will be colored in a color scheme of their choice to create a piece of art that is like an optical illusion. This is a very math based project in that it requires a lot of sequenced patterning. The patterns the students have created so far are very unique.

The 6th, and 7th grades are also working on watercolor paintings. They are painting sea turtles swimming underwater. The objective is to create a highly detailed study of a sea turtle showing all of its textures and color. They have done an amazing job on both. The 6th grade will begin a watercolor study for their endangered species project in the next class.

The students drawing skills, that are part of every project they create, are improving to an amazing degree as the school year progresses. The most remarkable observation is that each and every student’s work is absolutely unique. This is the main goal in art, that each and every student creates the way they see the world. Each of their works demonstrate that they are the creative, confident and outside the box learners God created them to be. They are a gift to all of us.

Jennifer Ibach

Pastoral Assistant for Outreach

Make a Difference in West Seattle – Tutor Children in Need!
Catholic Community Services’ Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) is seeking volunteer tutors for their High Point site.   The program serves students in grades 1 -12 and provides high quality tutoring twice a week in a safe and loving community space.  Students are matched one-on-one with a volunteer tutor.  Orientation and training are provided so volunteers have the tools to make a difference in a student’s life! All sites are managed by on-site supervisors, so volunteers always have the guidance they need. Volunteers sign up for two hours per week, and are asked to commit to volunteering for six months. The minimum volunteer age is 14.  High School students are encouraged to volunteer!  To learn more about our program or to get started, please click on “Learn More About Volunteering.” For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: (206)328-5659.
A RICE BOWL Thank You!
Our community changed lives this Lent, and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU!!!  Remember, if you haven’t yet turned in your CRS Rice Bowl, it’s not too late.  You can give online (click on the “Donate” button) or drop a check in the Sunday collection (make sure to write “Rice Bowl” in the memo line).  Thank you for your incredible generosity!

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Important Info May 2012


Class Photos
Full Dress Uniform

April 17, 2015

Glee Struck! after-school camp begins
(gr. 1-5)
April 20, 2015
Percussion after-school class begins
(gr. K-5)
April 21, 2015
6th Grade to Camp Hamilton
April 21-24, 2015
Bingo Night
April 25, 2015
6:30-9:00 pm
School Hall
All-School Mass
Grades 5 & 1 planning
Full Dress Uniform
April 23, 2015
Talent Show Permission Slips Due
April 24, 2015
May 1, 2015
Noon Dismissal
First Communion
May 2, 2015
5:30 pm Mass
MAP Testing
May 4-15, 2015
Kennedy Honor Band Assembly
May 5, 2015
1:30 pm
Band Festival at Kennedy Catholic HS
May 13, 2015
Field Day & Picnic
May 15, 2015
noonSpring Concert
May 20, 2015
7:00 pm in the Church

Professional Development Day
No School
May 22, 2015
Memorial Day Holiday
No School
May 25, 2015
8th Grade Musical
May 28, 2015
Talent Show
May 29, 2015
Light of Leadership Mass & Graduation
June 3, 2015
Last Day of School
June 12, 2015

Please keep Wyatt Henry’s cousin, Rick Shilling, in your prayers. Rick’s leukemia has returned.
Please pray for comfort and peace for Bart Stephens, nephew of Ms. Clare.