OLG Newsletter – Jan. 8th

January 8, 2015

Dear OLG Families,

Thanks for helping to make it a smooth transition back to school this week! We’re celebrating tomorrow with a Seahawks’ Blue and Green Free Dress Day (or other favorite team’s colors)!

Our salmon eggs arrived yesterday, and the first few are just beginning to hatch, according to the eager first graders who have been keeping a close watch and are beginning to record their observations in their Salmon Journals. The first and sixth grade classes gathered around the tank as the eggs were gently slipped in.

Read more about it in the West Seattle Blog!

Many of you likely receive the Archdiocesan magazine, Northwest Catholic, at home. If so, you’ve probably already seen the terrific

article about OLG 8th grade teacher, JC Santos, entitled “JC Santos Guides his Eighth-Graders to be Servant Leaders Now.” As we approach Catholic Schools’ Week, I’m aware of what a far-reaching impact Catholic school educators have – and I am especially grateful for the phenomenally talented and dedicated faculty and staff we have here at OLG. It’s great when we get to see one of them recognized beyond our community! In the article, JC says that he wants to convey the following to his students: “You have to understand who you are if you’re going to have a sense of how you’re going to make an impact in the world,” and, “I never want you to forget that in some facet of your life, you need to contribute to the betterment of your community or your society. That’s what we’re here for.” The service rooted in faith that is so much a part of an OLG education, leading to the student-selected Juan Diego Graduation Project, prepares them to do just that!

A schedule for Catholic Schools’ Week came was sent home in today’s FCE. We’re gearing up for a celebratory week. Please note the earlier start time for Special Persons’ Day on Thursday, January 29th. Also, we hope to see everyone at CSW Mass and the Open House on Sunday, January 25th. (Students who wear their OLG uniform to any of our Masses that weekend will have free dress on February 12th!) Please invite anyone you know who is considering a Catholic school education to come for a tour between 9 am and 1 pm during our Open House.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

January Parent Org Meeting

Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30 PM in the school math lab (located across from the front desk on the main floor). Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

Catholic Schools’ Week

The Parent Org is preparing for Catholic Schools’ Week, which kicks off on Sunday, January 25th with the 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. VolunteerSpot sign-ups are coming soon!


Facebook page! Are you looking for a way to stay connected to all the things the Parent Org is doing?  We are excited to announce the OLG Parent Org Facebook page!  We will have updates and announcements throughout the year on this page.  We are launching it with the focus being the auction to begin with, but will use it throughout the year for fundraising activities, parent education nights, and social events LIKE us here: OLG Parent Org.

January Update for PreK-5th and 7th Grade Spanish ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! 2015 (Happy New Year 2015!)

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing winter break.

What will the Preschool/Pre-K class learn this month in Spanish?

The preschool/pre-k classes will be learning songs related to winter and playing games with vocabulary words related to the winter season. New vocabulary words: hace frio, hace nieve, llevo bufanda, llevo gorro.

What will the Kindergarteners learn this month in Spanish?

The kindergarteners will be learning new vocabulary for winter and learning a new song/video called Pingüino. The students will learn the vocabulary words from the song and create a book. Stay tuned for the libros coming home and your children singing Pingüino.

What will the First Graders learn this month in Spanish?

The first graders will be learning new vocabulary words for winter and what to wear for the season. New vocabulary words: Cuando hace frio llevo: (When it is cold I wear 🙂 bufanda, sueter chaqueta, gorro, y guantes. We also play a memory game with the new vocabulary words and create a book with the new words and learn new songs related to winter.

What are the Second Graders learning this month in Spanish?

This month, the second graders will be learning the month of the year and what to wear for when it is cold and what activities you can do when it is cold. New vocabulary learned: bola de nieve, copos de nieve, chocolate caliente, hombre de nieve, botas, sueter, chaqueta, hace frio, mitones, bufanda pantalones.

What will the Third Graders learn this month in Spanish?

This month the third graders will be reviewing vocabulary related to the weather with the sentence: Cuando hace frio llevo… (When it’s cold I wear…) They will create a little person wearing clothing related to the weather. They will decorate the Spanish bulletin board in the hallway with five different Spanish words with the little person. We will also continue working with numbers and simple conversations. ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? When is your birthday?

What will the Fourth Graders learn this month in Spanish?

This month, the fourth graders will be having a fun activity that will keep them very busy. They will be creating flashcards with classroom objects. The objective for this activity is for the fourth graders to visit first through fifth Grade classrooms and post the flashcards in Spanish. All of the classrooms will learn and practice classroom objects in Spanish.

What will the Fifth Graders learn this month in Spanish?

The fifth graders will be reviewing the month of the year and clothing. They will have fun activities and will learn songs and view videos of weather and clothing. Then their task is to create a similar video like the one learned. Stay tuned for these videos created by your children this month.

What are the Seventh Graders learning in Spanish this month?

This month, the seventh graders are creating a book about a Spanish speaking country. The objective of creating these books with short simple sentences is for the seventh graders to be able to collaborate with the first grade class and read them their fun books. We are also continuing with unit 5 ¡Aventura!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!


Señora Brodahl

Spanish Teacher

Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunity: January 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 with setup (9:45am), food service and visiting 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. Thanks for supporting OLG and the West Seattle Community.

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.

Pastoral Associate

Parish Peace Garden

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and we are beginning to make plans for gearing up our landscaping garden beds for the spring planting. If you have any extra bulbs or are dividing some of your perennials (that are easy to care for) and would like to share with OLG, please contact Helen at 206-935-0358.

Free Roses

There are several potted roses that need good homes. They were previously in one of our landscaping beds. If you would like to “adopt” one or more of them, please contact Helen at 206-935-0358.

New on Our Parish Website

Check out the recent photos from our Christmas and Epiphany celebrations in our photo album on the home page.

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Important Info May 2012


Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
NO School
January 19, 2015
Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
January 25, 2015
SundayOLG Winter Concert
January 28. 2015
7 pm in the church

Special Persons’ Day
Classroom Visit for Light Breakfast, followed by Mass
January 29, 2015
8:20 – 10:15 am

Mid-Trimester Reports sent home
January 29, 2015
NOON Dismissal
for Staff Accreditation Work
Pajama/Movie Day
January 30, 2015

Student Council “Dollar and Food Drive” for St. Vincent de Paul
January 26-30, 2015

From “Miss Clare”: “In thanksgiving for prayers for my successful surgery and the expectation of a speedy recovery. I truly am blessed.”

Please pray for Valentina and Simon, friends of the Vornbrocks. They lost their newborn infant daughter, Agatha, in December. May Agatha find peace in Heaven as Valentina and Simon find peace on Earth.


Please pray for Jerry Mitchell, family friend of the Leiningers. Jerry recently went to Heaven. May his family find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

For Ken van der Hagen, Emily Amesquita’s grandpa.