OLG Newsletter – April 30th

April 30, 2015

Dear OLG Families,

It looks like we will have a beautiful Jog-a-thon day; excitement is building here at school. See the Parent Org Updates for more details!

From OLG 8th Grade Teacher, JC Santos:

Last weekend, four OLG 8th graders accompanied me to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor’s Center to represent the Juan Diego Project at their annual Teen Action Fair. We were one of about twenty local groups that were on hand to share with the general public about how we engage teenagers in service and social justice. Anna spoke about her work to help build a local children’s hospice care facility – something very rare in our country – and Dominic F. discussed his outreach with Westside Baby. Eleanor highlighted her experience at Food Lifeline, and Isabel shared her stories of removing invasive plants with Earth Corps. We were in the midst of some very powerful projects, from groups that worked to end human trafficking here in Seattle and beyond, to groups that promoted racial equality, to groups that supported education in impoverished communities in India, and so many others. The one common thread we all shared was a belief that youth have the ability to make the world a better place now. I felt inspired to see so many young people, just like all of our students at OLG, building their foundation of service at such an early age. It was such an honor for us to be a part of a day that celebrated youth activism and to have a platform such as the Gates Foundation to amplify our messages. Thank you to the students, their parents, and especially Mrs. Wilson for also speaking about the school and the Juan Diego Project.

Band News:  “Take NOTE!”

It’s Spring and it’s Concert Time!

Catch the band in action!

Band Festival  

May 13TH  7pm – Goodwin Gym

Kennedy Catholic High School

Band Parents: Please look for the permission slip from your child.  This involves all band students (gr.5-8).

Keep the music alive during the summertime!  

Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Camp:  July 6 – 10

12:15 – 2p.m.  Tuition is $25.00!  Sibling discount!  Check our website. Join the fun making music with Miss McKamey!  Look for hard copies with details as well!

Summer Learning and Fun!

There is still space in our Summer Extra-Curricular programs, as well as in the OLG Parish Vacation Bible Camp. Sign up now for fun and enriching summer opportunities!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

Save the Date

Tuesday, May 12th – Our last Parent Org Meeting of the school year begins at 6:30 pm in the school math lab (located across from the front desk on the main floor).  Everyone welcome! This is a great platform for the Parent Org Committee to share with you the latest happenings and also hear your thoughts and opinions. Please join us!

Top-It Jog-A-Thon

Tomorrow, May 1st

It’s time for our final fundraiser of the year!

“I am stronger than this challenge!”


Challenge your student to top laps run last year!

Return the pledge sheets in the FCE, or with your student. List all pledges on the pledge form including online donations. Any pledges received by 9:00am on Friday will be included in your total. (Runners must turn in a pledge form to qualify for prizes.)
Remember to use the website for flat donations and to pay invoices after the event. This is also a great way for out-of-town relatives to support the jog-a-thon.
  • Clothing – FREE Dress Day! Please wear clothes appropriate for running. Wear bright colors! Crazy socks! Have some fun. Be sure to wear RUNNING shoes and to bring extra clothing! (Rain is always a possibility in Seattle but the show must go on.) Layering your clothing is the best option.
  • If it is sunny, please put on sunscreen before coming to school. You can also wear hats and sunglasses.
  • Bring a water bottle with your name on it to the field.
  • Canine friends should remain off the field and away from the runners during this event.
  • If you have volunteered for the event, you will receive a separate email from the chairs.

Pre-K through 4th Grade students run from 9:05-10:05 am

5th Grade through 8th Grade students run from 10:30-11:30 am

Motivate your runner! Inspire! Donate!

Sarah Housknect and Linda O’Keefe

Jog-a-Thon Co-Chairs

Uniform Exchange
Please consider sending in the OLG uniforms that you no longer need. We are very low on plaids for the younger grades as well as sweatshirts.  Simply put them in a bag labeled “Uniform Exchange” and leave them at Ms. Clare’s desk.   You can send them in with your child or bring them in yourself.
There will be bins labeled “UNIFORM EXCHANGE” on the last few days of school located at the front and back doors of the school where you can just drop off your used uniforms.
From Annie O’Neill, Uniform Exchange Chair:
If you are interested in getting your Volunteer Hours through the Uniform Exchange, let me know!  I am the parent of an 8th grader in September, so I would love to give someone else the opportunity to take on this rewarding service. There is enough work for 2-3 people on this project as it involves laundry, sorting, mending and distribution.  Uniforms are stored at OLG and the ones that are no longer useful are dropped off at WestSide Baby.
If you do have a uniform request or questions, please contact Annie O’Neill with your child’s name, grade and size, as well as the items needed.

Debbie Powell

P.E. News

All classes have been preparing for the Jog-a-thon by learning how to pace themselves, cooling down, hydrating and stretching. They are ready! We are hoping for a dry, not too sunny day, perfect for running.
Here’s what classes have been doing:

Preschool and Pre-K
Classes are always working on throwing, under and overhand, and catching. Those who can throw and catch their throw and can throw in succession, begin throwing and catching with a partner. Students use small rubber balls, tennis balls, bean bags, scarves, ghosts (tennis balls covered in fabric) and catch balls (they look like jacks and are made of soft rubber). They have also been jumping with both feet in preparation for jump roping; some can already jump rope. All have worked on jumping from a height, landing upright with both feet and also side jumps, both right and left. This group always enjoy the hula hoops and any kind of ball. Everyone is always up for a challenge and learning something new!

K – 2nd Grades
They have been hard at work on individual jump roping. Classes have learned how to pick the right length of rope, arm positioning for turning the rope, safety for jumping, stationary jumping, single jumps, double jumps and some tricks. As they progress, they work on low, soft jumps, speed, flow and continuous movement. Second grade has begun long rope jumping; learning how to be a turner, watermelon, running in and out of a turned rope, and jumping in and out. Next skills will be jumping in the front door and back, and jumping with a partner or partners. They will also design a routine of 3 different tricks, 5 to 8 reps of each trick with an ending pose.

3rd and 4th Grades
They are jump rope kings and queens! Classes have accomplished stationary and movement jump roping, practiced speed, flow and continuous jumping and are working on double dutch. They will begin a group skill routine with 3 to 4 tricks, each done in 5 to 8 repetitions with an ending pose. They do this together as a group and to music if they choose. Can’t wait to see their routines!

5th Grade
They have been playing partner games and multi-team games. We have been focusing on working cooperatively as a team, being a supportive team member, sharing team positions and duties and being an active listener. They have also been practicing individual and long rope jumping skills.

6th – 8th Grades
Volleyball has been the main activity, classes play King/Queen of the Court and team games. Classes are divided into 4 teams and teams play games of   3 1/2 to 4 minute rounds. One team stays on the court for two rounds then rotates out. We can usually do 4 to 6 games per P.E. time. They also did jump roping and favorite games every once in a while.

Next, classes will be playing Field Day games in preparation for May 15th. We also have a hockey unit, First Tee, frisbee and flag football to do before summer break. Classes will alternate in indoor and outdoor P.E. as the weather permits.

Thank you for your support!


Jennifer Ibach

Pastoral Assistant for Outreach

Youth Migrant Project: July 19th – 24th

Youth Migrant Project: July 19th – 24th
St. Mary’s- Seattle would like to invite high school youth to join their week-long summer mission trip. Every year, 20 youth travel to the farms in the Skagit Valley to help migrant farm workers who are living in poverty, struggling and marginalized. The teens work in the food bank, hold a fiesta in the camp, help care for children and may even do some work in the fields.  Youth ages 14 to 18 are welcome to apply and adults are welcome to come help lead.   The cost for the week is $200.  For more information, attend the Information Night at St. Mary’s (611 20th Ave S – Seattle 98144) on May 7th at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  You can also contact Michelle (206-302-9154).

Applications are available online.

Family Faith Formation/Pastoral Care
Click below to learn more about upcoming Faith Formation programs:

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Important Info May 2012

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

Spring 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
7:00 pm in the gym
Talent Show
May 29, 2015
Light of Leadership Mass & Graduation
June 3, 2015
Last Day of School
June 12, 2015

Please pray for Lisa Booth, OLG parent, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is optimistically undergoing treatment. The Booth family appreciate the support and prayers of our OLG community.
Lisa’s sister has set up the following website which shows how folks can specifically help and also gives details on Lisa’s cancer, treatment plan, etc.