OLG Newsletter – May 7th

May 7, 2015

Dear OLG Families,

What a wonderful celebration we had on Saturday for First Communion. It was very special to see the joyful excitement and reverence with which the children approached this sacrament and to experience the wholehearted “Welcome to the Table” of this community. The thoughtful and prayerful reflection and preparation that led up to this day was evident; we are so grateful for the guidance of our wonderful parents and OLG catechists. Special thanks to Rachel Hoch, 2nd grade teacher, for her role in Sacramental Preparation leadership in partnership with parish staff members, Helen Oesterle and Marion Kari, and volunteer catechists, Mia Sazon and David Meza!

This week, we had many opportunities to experience the arts here at OLG. It reminded me how grateful I am to be part of a school community that values and supports the arts! On Tuesday, the Honor Band, led by Frances McKamey and consisting of musicians from the local Catholic elementary schools that participate in the Kennedy Catholic High School Band Program, went on tour, including a performance at OLG. The 90-member band filled the Walmesley Center with music and was very impressive! We were so proud of our OLG Honor Band members!

On Wednesday, the Seattle Opera came to OLG! Mrs. Milanese, Middle School Choir Director sings with the opera and was part of the
Rushing Upriver piece about salmon, which is the second part of a trilogy. Our choir students sang and acted out the part of the river beautifully! It was a testament to the incredible work Jessica Milanese does with these students and the strong foundation in music and love of singing that our students get from an early age with Ann Sager! It was fun to watch the faces of our students, some experiencing their first opera. This event was brought to our students through funding from the School Fund Drive; thank you, donors!
From our Jog-a-thon Co-chairs:
Sunshine, happy faces and runners, runners, runners…pushing hard to Top It! And Top It they did! The kids were so enthusiastic and gave it their all…we are very proud of each and every runner. 
Thank you Coach Daren Monroe for being the best emcee ever and always being a great coach and motivator. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for tirelessly counting the laps, setting and cleaning up and for cheering on all the runners. And a huge thank you to all of our teachers for getting your runners ready for this event. 
OLG runners raised over $27,000 for our school! Way to go kids! You topped it!
Parents, if your runner submitted a pledge form, you will receive an invoice in the FCE for total amount due. Money is due by May 16th. Please use the website to pay invoices. 
Should you have any questions, please contact Sarah Housknecht or Linda O’Keefe.
“We are stronger than this challenge and this challenge made us stronger!”
Many thanks to Sarah and Linda for such a fun, successful, and well-organized event!
Special wishes to all of the mothers in our OLG community for a wonderful Mothers’ Day. You are appreciated every day!


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

School Picnic & Field Day – Friday, May 15th

The Parent Org is proud to host OLG’s Annual School Picnic and Field Day, which takes place one week from tomorrow on May 15th. Thank you to Shelley Bradley (4th grade Parent Org Rep), Tovee Delallana (5th grade Parent Org Rep), Jeannie Carlsen (6th grade Parent Org Co-Rep) and Lucille van der Hagen (6th grade Parent Org Co-Rep) for organizing this year’s event!

Hot dogs, buns, condiments, fruit & veggies, Goldfish Crackers and juice boxes will be provided by the Parent Org, while 4th, 5th & 6th grade families are generously providing dessert items. We are looking forward to a warm, sunny day and hope you can join us! As always, family members are welcome to join us for lunch and to watch the Field Day activities!

As with any event, we need VOLUNTEERS to make it all happen! We need helpers for set-up, serving and clean-up. This is a fun event with fun people in the kitchen and fun kids to serve! So, come be a part of it all and get a jump start on those commitment hours for next year!

Sign-up to volunteer here!

Thank You to the Jog-A-Thon Co-Chairs!

A huge thanks to Sarah Housknecht and Linda O’Keefe for organizing and putting on such a great Jog-A-Thon event last Friday! We had wonderful weather and happy, happy kids!!! You two did an amazing job motivating all the students and bringing them up to the challenge of Topping It! The bracelets and popsicles were a huge hit and a great time was had by all. Thank you both for your attention to detail and making our last, big fundraiser of the school year a successful, memorable event!

Save the Date

Tuesday, May 12th – Our last Parent Org Meeting of the school year begins at 6:30 PM in the school.  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!

Family Faith Formation/Pastoral Care

Middle school, high school, and adult volunteers are needed to make Vacation Bible School a success! Please see the flyer

for details, including training times! This is a fun and rewarding way to spend a summer week.

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.

Help Deliver Meals to Neighbors in Need

Did you know that OLG has been a meal drop-off site for Chicken Soup Brigade for the past 8 years? This program helps our homebound, aged, and chronically ill neighbors to get groceries and nutritious meals. Food delivery is currently being done by the organization’s staff, so we are looking for some drivers and volunteers who can help them expand their reach in West Seattle. Would you be able to pick up groceries/meals at their distribution center in Georgetown on a Thursday afternoon?  Could you be at OLG between 4-5pm on Thursdays to hand out meals to the 5 local clients?  Would you have an hour or two on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon or a Saturday morning to deliver food to 4-7 homebound or ill neighbors?  We are looking to form a team so that pick up and delivery could rotate, making it possible to serve just once a month.  Interested?  Contact Jennifer Ibach at 206-935-0358 x.120.

Our Global Problem: Human Trafficking from a Philippine Perspective

On Monday, May 18th Seattle University is hosting keynote speaker Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB at 6:00pm in the Campion Ballroom.  There will also be a panel of local leaders helping to address the reality of human trafficking.  For more information, email or call 206-220-8270.

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Important Info May 2012

Summer 2015 Extra-Curriculars– still time to sign up!***

MAP Testing
May 4-15, 2015
Band Festival at Kennedy Catholic HS
May 13, 2015
7:00 pm
Catholic Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Haggerty visiting OLG 
May 14, 2015
Field Day & Picnic
May 15, 2015
Salmon Release Day
May 20, 2015

1st and 6th grades

Spring Concert
May 20, 2015
7:00 pm in the Church

All-School Mass
May 21, 2015
sponsored by 6th & 2nd grades
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 Judy Fowler, mother of Chantille Henry and grandmother of Wyatt Henry. Judy is experiencing health challenges, and prayers are appreciated!
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.