"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."
OLG Newsletter – Jan. 15th
January 15, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
This afternoon, we gathered in Faith Family Groups to participate in a student-led activity inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was proud of our middle school leaders who designed and led the activity and inspired by the dreams and hopes of our students for the kind of world they want for all people!
On Monday of Catholic Schools’ Week, January 26th, the Pacific Science Center’s Mathfinder Program on Wheels will be at OLG all day with fun and thought-provoking mathematical learning opportunities for all grade levels, beginning with a school-wide assembly. Help is needed with set-up, clean-up, and interacting with students during their exploration of the exhibits. See the Volunteer Spot Sign-Up!
Important CSW Dates and Times
Please note the different Special Persons’ Day schedule this year for Thursday, January 29th. Special guests are invited to come to school with their student, arriving between 8:20 and 8:30 am. Breakfast snacks will be provided (students do not need to pack them) as they visit the classroom. Mass will be at 9:15 with a blessing for our special guests, before students head to recess and class for the day. Please remind your child’s special person that our Winter Concert will be the night before – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28th in the church! Remember to send in your Family Activity, depicting how OLG School impacts your family as a “Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” by Friday, January 20th.
Please see the flyer below for our March 7th OLG Day of Service. There are new opportunities this year, as well as some of the same service projects as last year. This is a great way to come together with other parishioners and make a difference in the wider community! Sign-ups have already begun. Find out more about the 2015 OLG Day of Service!
Last week’s newsletter included the link to the NW Catholic article about OLG 8th grade teacher, JC Santos. We recently learned that a radio interview will be aired on Sacred Heart Radio AM 1050 during the week of January 16th – 21st (Sunday at 8:00 am, Monday at 11:00 am, Thursday at 6:30 pm, and Saturday at 3:00 pm.) Click here for the schedule.
Have you received your Sparkle! Auction & Gala invitation yet? Spread the word about this fun evening in support of OLG School!
We know that there will be lots of Seahawks’ excitement tomorrow and are having a Free Dress Day in support of the team!
The Parent Org is preparing for Catholic Schools Week which kicks off on Sunday, January 25th with OLG’s annual open house. We are planning a wonderful week with our usual traditions that bring our school community together and celebrate Catholic education. There will be many opportunities to get involved and volunteer to help during the week. Watch for more information!
Facebook page!!! Have you “Liked” the OLG Parent Org page yet? It is the best way to stay up to date on the Auction, and in coming weeks the Facebook page will have sneak peeks on items that are going to be at the auction.
Invitations are in the mail! Keep your eyes open for your invitation to the Sparkle! Auction and Gala! This year, we have on line registration to purchase your tickets for the big event. You can access your account and purchase tickets here.
Art News: Pre-K-8th Grade
I hope all of you had a beautiful Christmas and that the New Year brings lots of blessings to all of you. It is great to be back after the two-week Christmas break. The students returned to school with renewed energy, and they are putting their whole heart into the works of art they are creating.
The preschool, pre-k, k, and 1st grades have been working on drawing and painting a myriad of subjects. We worked on drawing baby owls, baby penguins on ice blocks, and sea life. They all do a great job following basic directions, and their work is very well done. Currently, they are working on drawing and painting sea stars and seaweed using blended color to create a background for the fish they drew and water colored. They will be adding a blue painted background and their cut-out fish will be added to the work in the next class. The beauty I see is that each student’s work is different, meaning they truly create in their own style. This is very important, as it shows confidence and creative thinking.
The 2nd grade is working on creating Peruvian worry dolls as part of their study of South America. They have stuffed, drawn faces, and added hair to their dolls during the first class. This week, they will be adding the clothing typical of Peruvian culture. They are doing a terrific job, and the finished work will be displayed in hallway. They will also be drawing and painting plants and animals from the tropical rain forest to go on a large painted mural they will be creating to go along with their studies of the South American continent.
The 3rd grade is working on Chinese fans as part of their study of China. They are drawing images typically seen on Chinese fans and using blended colored pencil to create bright, bold details. They are folding the completed drawing into a fan and we will be adding handles and tassels. They have done a great job on all aspects of the project. The completed fans will hang outside their classroom.
The 4th grade is working on Northwest Coast Native American button blankets as part of their study of Native Americans and the Oregon Trail. They are creating the blanket details out of red, white and black paper, using authentic images and symbols. When they are done with all the paper design, they will be gluing white buttons to the completed works that will be displayed in the hallway outside their classroom. The images that they have created are very well drawn, and the details are coming along well.
The 5th-7th grades are working on a printmaking project using foam blocks to replicate wood block printing. The 5th and 6th grades are drawing sea life subjects and the 7th grade animal subjects. All the drawings have a tremendous amount of detail that will then be embossed into sheets of foam. The completed foam blocks will be inked in blended color using block printing ink and printed on colored paper. The students are learning about reverse image in the process and how to make multiple pieces of artwork from one printing block. They are doing a great job with the whole process.
The 8th grade is completing an abstract colored pencil piece using leaves as a main subject mixed with a background that is broken up into spaces filled with color and texture marks. The works will become part of their Green Apps project. They will begin a block-printing project using linoleum cutters on blocks of soft rubber. They will learn the deductive process and reverse image as they cut away areas of the rubber block surface to create a beautiful print. This will be a new process for them and will present a fair amount of challenge. I have no doubts that they will do a great job.
The students are doing such a really well during art class. They ask questions that show higher order thinking and creativity, and their work is an honest reflection of who they are inside. They work hard and with great care and it is a privilege to teach them. Thank you for sharing them by sending them to OLG. We have a great community of learners and great parents supporting them.
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Meal
Did you resolve to get more involved in your community this year or to volunteer somewhere? We invite you to check out the Community Meal, taking place this month on Sunday, January 25th. The Community Meal happens each month at OLG and aims to provide a free meal for anyone in the greater community who wishes to attend. We are looking for volunteers who can help visit with our guests (12:30pm) or cleanup (2pm). You do not need to volunteer all day-only during your shift! If you’re not able to volunteer but want to be involved, we are also in need of homemade or store-bought desserts to share with our guests (drop off any time after 9:45am). The Community Meal consistently comes together because of all of you who generously offer what you can. If you’re available to help out in any capacity, please contact Colleen, our Volunteer Coordinator.
Mass and March for Life
On Tuesday, January 20th, Catholics from around the Archdiocese will gather to celebrate the annual Mass for Life and honor the sacredness of all human life, especially in its most vulnerable forms. The Mass starts at 9:30am in the Marcus Pavilion at St. Martin’s University in Lacey. After Mass, all are encouraged to attend the annual March for Life at the Capitol Building in Olympia and to schedule a time to meet with their legislators. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey is generously offering overflow parking as well as a complimentary lunch provided by their Knights of Columbus. For more details about the Mass, call the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office at 206-382-4878 . Click here for information about the March for Life.
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.