OLG Newsletter – Feb. 26th

February 26, 2015

Dear OLG Families,

We started the day today with a rousing rendition of Mary Poppins by the students in our after-school winter drama camp. What enthusiasm and joyful voices they brought to the stage! It was infectious. Thanks to our successful 2014-15 School Fund Drive, we will be investing in portable stage lighting for upcoming extracurricular and school-wide performances. Check the Important Information sidebar for the extracurricular flyers with information about upcoming spring classes. The “Designer for a Day” class on March 13th is full, but the others still have a few spaces.  We’re finalizing plans for summer camp activities for incoming K-6 students for the weeks of July 6th and July 13th this week.

Our Accreditation Visiting Team (six educators from the Seattle Archdiocese and the chairperson from the Diocese of San Jose) came for an initial visit this Tuesday. The staff met with them for introductions and an overview of the process. Some OLG students led them on tours and did an impressive job! We will welcome the team back for three days March 24th – 26th. Meanwhile, they will be reading our Self Study. The main body of OLG’s completed Self Study document is posted on our website homepage, and the full document with appendices is available for review at the school office! Highlights will be presented at our State of the School meeting next Wednesday, March 4th. Thanks to the 8th grade for providing childcare!

We are taking time to begin our Lenten weeks gathered in prayer at 8:35 on Mondays in the school hallways. This year, we are learning about and praying the rosary. Thank you to Mrs. Hoch for planning these school-wide prayer services. Ms. Hobbs and the Student Council are coordinating a Lenten Food Drive to fill the St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Thank you for your generosity now and throughout the year! Please see the flyer for Saturday morning’s Dialogue for Justice advocacy training, rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Middle school students and OLG families are encouraged to attend. Thank you, Mrs. Wilson, for your involvement in the Life, Peace, and Social Justice Commission, bringing this event to OLG.

Looking forward to a fun and successful OLG Auction this Saturday evening!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

SPARKLE! Auction

Need Volunteer hours?  The Auction needs you!  We are still in need of volunteers for a few key positions at the auction.

Use this link to sign up. Key Positions we need include: Greeter, Recorder, Spotter

Thank you for making the online auction such a success!  From bidders to purchasers, you helped make it shine!  We kick started the auction with over $5000 raised in the online auction; thank you so much!  Winning bidders will be contacted via email with details on picking up items and certificates the week of March 2nd.

Dear Parent or Student,

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school and community events, we’d like to see them. Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have. We especially need candid sports photos from fall and winter sports, and any pictures from Special Persons’ Day.

Here is how you can submit photos online:

* Go to the yearbook website.

* If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 401854948

* Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

* Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.

* Click “Save Details”.

It’s that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/01/2015.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!


Yearbook Adviser and the 2015 Yearbook Staff

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

Art News: Pre-K – 8th grade

Debbie Bellia

With the school year more than halfway through, the students at OLG continue to put forth their best effort during art classes. They use their instruction and practice time well and show a high level of excitement and passion in the beautiful works they create.

We have been working on many different projects that are displayed outside each of the classrooms. The pre-k and first grades completed their underwater sea life paintings by gluing their watercolor fish and tempera painted sea stars to their painted seaweed backgrounds. They are bright, colorful and playful and demonstrate the ability to follow a lot of steps and techniques. They did a great job and seemed to enjoy the process. The pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade also drew in brown crayon, added a chalk pastel background and painted in white tempera to create very peaceful winter trees with fallen snow on them. Currently they are working on drawing polar bear cubs with chalk and oil pastels and creating a background of torn white paper for snow and chalk pastel northern lights.

The kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade also did shape pastel drawings adding color, shadow and highlights to show how to make a shape appear as a solid form on a flat sheet of paper. This lesson integrated in the 2nd grade as part of the study of liquids and solids.

The 3rd, 5th and 6th grades have been working on block prints. They drew fish and sea life subjects and pressed their drawings into a sheet of foam. The completed foam was printed in blended colored block printing ink to create beautiful prints. They have done a great job creating very detailed prints using a lot of varied line work. The 3rd grade will begin making African masks in their next class as part of their study of Africa.

The 4th grade just completed their button blanket designs as part of their study of Northwest Coast Native Americans. They did a great job designing their blankets using traditional white, black and red colors and shapes. They outlined their work in white buttons typical of the blankets created by this culture.

The 7th grade also completed a block-printing project on a larger scale. They created detailed drawings of animal subjects and pressed them into a foam sheet. The completed foam was printed in blended color using block printing ink on black paper. Their work is very creative and shows a wide variety of expression. In the next class they will be working on one-point perspective drawings.

The 8th grade is also working on a block-printing project. Theirs is a bit more challenging as they are creating detailed drawings and are cutting them into a block of rubber using linoleum-cutting tools. They are creating artist proof prints in black and white, assessing their work, adding revisions and then printing in blended color. Their work should be completed in the next 2 classes. They are doing a fantastic job with the project so far!

The students at OLG are so life giving in their happy nature and willingness to take on new challenges as they make their art. They bravely are themselves and express their ideas as true individuals as they fearlessly create. Each and every piece they make is truly unique and demonstrates outside the box thinking and creativity. Truly as an art teacher I feel so blessed by their work, their intelligence and their joy in the process.

Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach Coordinator

Catholic Advocacy Day: Register by March 5

The 2015 Washington Legislative Session will make crucial decisions on funding education, housing, mental health, and programs for the most vulnerable.  Join OLG staff and parishioners, and thousands of Catholics from across the state on Thursday, March 26th as we take a message of compassion and justice to Olympia.  The day will include Mass, legislative briefings and meetings with legislators.  Our advocacy will include a variety of legislative priorities, based on Catholic Teaching and the current bills before the legislature.  Possible issues include: economic justice, housing, mental health and chemical dependency services, immigrant and refugee services, and the death penalty.  We know advocacy can be intimidating but it’s an important part of living out our faith, and this is a well-organized event designed to help first-time advocates learn the ropes!   For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Ibach at 206-935-0358 x.120.  Registration is required by March 5th!

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Important Info May 2012


OLG Sparkle! Auction
February 28, 2015
Brockey Center
South Seattle College
State of the School Meeting
March 4, 2015
6:30 pm
School Hall
A day of Free Dress will be given for students whose parents attend!
Childcare provided!
OLG Day of Service
March 7, 2015
Various sites

In gratitude for the school family members who generously helped out so that our staff could attend
the funeral of Mrs. Powell’s son, Dylan, last Friday. We are so grateful.