OLG Newsletter – Nov. 13th

November 13, 2014

Dear OLG Families,

We started the day today with a Cancer Awareness Assembly, planned and led by this year’s Student Council, under the direction of Ms. Hobbs. What impressive leadership and public speaking skills they demonstrated! The gym was a sea of pink, white, and orange, to raise awareness about breast cancer, lung cancer, and leukemia. The assembly began with the flag salute and a prayer for those dealing with cancer, including 2014 OLG graduate, Brianna Nelson, and for their families and for researchers. Student council members then talked about: what cancer is, dispelling some rumors; treatment options; and what happens with the money that is donated to support the Ben Towne Foundation’s research for a cure. So far, more than $425 has been raised! The collection will continue through Monday!

A message from this year’s Yearbook Staff:
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.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
*Go to the Memory Books 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 (especially Halloween Carnival photos)! The last day to submit photos is 04/01/2015.

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

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

Yearbook Adviser and the 2015 Yearbook Staff

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

Give OLG FREE Money! (Scrip Gift Card Sales November 17th through December 12th)

Don’t just think of Scrip gift cards as easy gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays (although they are useful for that purpose). Please consider buying cards for the stores that YOU shop. Instead of using your credit or debit card, use Scrip gift cards to make your purchases and earn money for OLG at the same time! There is no door-to-door selling; no need to ask family and friends for their support. It’s easy! Just do your shopping with Scrip cards and the school earns money.

Here’s how it works: you buy the gift cards through OLG at face value. OLG purchases the cards from Scrip at 1-13% less than face value (varies by retailer). OLG earns the 1-13% difference. Think about it; you are going to spend the money anyway, but if you spend it using Scrip gift cards you support our school at the same time. There are hundreds of retailers offered through Scrip and your cards can be used in-store or online, and many of them are reloadable. Do you shop at Safeway? PCC? Buy a Safeway gift card through OLG Scrip and use it for your next grocery trip, or buy a re-loadable PCC gift card. Use the cards for grocery runs, home improvements, or to budget for that Starbuck’s addiction. Are you a last minute Christmas shopper who relies on that Amazon Prime account to get you free 2-day shipping? Buy a handful of Amazon gift cards and still get those items in the nick-of-time. Are you sprucing up the house before family comes to visit for the holidays? Buy Home Depot cards and get the supplies you need. And don’t forget those iTunes gift cards for the stockings, or for you. (After all, some people can only listen to Warm 106.9 over the holiday season for so long before a break is necessary)!

There are so many ways to use these cards! Order forms are coming home this week in the FCE. Look through all your options and place your orders. We promise FAST turn-around; it is possible to place an order for grocery store cards and be able to shop just a few days later. Place orders as often as you like (weekly, bi-weekly, every couple of days…). Let’s get the most we can from this great program!

Contact Janet McClelland or Marisa Lewis with questions.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale is THIS weekend (November 14th through November 16th)

Are you looking for some bargains just before the holidays? Just Between Friends is a terrific sale with huge savings of 50%-90% off gently used children’s and maternity items. The sale is located in Renton and is sure to have great finds. The OLG Parent Org sent home orange coupons last week in the FCE which will earn you free admission into the sale. Show the coupon again at check-out and the OLG earns back 5% of your purchase. Remember, it’s easy to spread the love and the savings – if you have friends or family that would like to attend the sale, please feel free to make copies of your coupon and share the free admission opportunity! Click here to visit the Just Between Friends Sale website for more information.

Upcoming Parent Education Night (December 4th)

The Parent Org is hosting a Parent Education Night at 6:30pm in the School Hall. Our evening will focus on Internet Safety with an eye-opening presentation from Stefanie Thomas with the Seattle Police Department. Ms. Thomas will cover pertinent safety information for every parent, whether you have a middle school student, a preschool student, or a high school student. This information helps us all, even computer savvy adults, to be aware and alert to the dangers and vulnerabilities the internet can pose. Please join us on December 4th and learn how to protect your children and even yourself when taking advantage of the many opportunities and tools the internet provides. Everyone is welcome; there is no charge to attend. RSVP invitations will be sent via email in the next couple weeks. Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Laura Vornbrock & Laurie Robbins

2014-15 Sparkle! Auction Co-Chairs


Procurement Contest Update!

So far 84 families have turned in their auction donation.  Thank you so MUCH!  The class that currently has the top amount of family donations turned in is KINDERGARTEN!  KINDERGARTEN is the current leader for the third week in a row for the Ice Cream Sundae party!  Right behind them, in second place is THIRD GRADE!  Who will be in the lead next week??

As a reminder, your family commitment is to provide at least a $125 donation of cash, or item donation worth $125. Please remember, we cannot accept used items. Donations can be sent now to the front office through mail, delivery or via the FCE.

Procurement Wish List

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Alderbrook Resort and Spa will donate an overnight stay, valued at $285 with a purchase of a $300 gift card!  This is a great item for a few families wanting to go in together on a procurement donation!  Please see the attached form.

Help us with donations that have already been made!

We have some great donations coming in, a Florida Villa, Sun Mountain Lodge, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  We are looking for items to package with these…

  • Hotel stay or house rental stay in Ashland Oregon
  • Activities for Winthrop, WA
  • Activities and Park passes for Orlando, FL.

Do you love desserts and the art of display? 

We are looking for a parent volunteer who is interested in coordinating the Dessert Dash with Dani Flanagan!  This is a super fun event and we will walk you through all the details.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Vornbrock or Laurie Robbins.

SAVE THE DATE — OLG Day of Service — March 7, 2015

Please save the date for our 2nd OLG Day of Service.   Watch for sign-ups in early January!

If you are interested in helping out with some coordination and communication efforts before the event, please contact Karen Fitton or Jennifer Ibach, OLG Outreach Coordinator at the Parish office.


Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach Coordinator

Coming Soon: CRS Fair Trade Sale at OLG

OLG’s annual Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale is coming up on Sunday, November 23rd from 9:30am – 1:00pm in the Walmesley Center. Why shop Fair Trade? We live in an era of unprecedented economic interdependence. The decisions we make about what we buy affect the lives of people we may never meet. Fair Trade seeks to change the ways in which conventional trade often leaves behind the most vulnerable people. By buying Fair Trade, you support the efforts of skilled farmers and artisans who are working to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger communities.  Join us to intentionally use your purchasing power to support Fair Trade efforts around the globe. At the sale, you’ll find unique gift items including chocolates, Advent calendars, jewelry, holiday and home décor, scarves, ornaments, baskets, and much more. Holiday cards will also be sold to support Noel House, a Catholic Community Services shelter for homeless women.  The Young Ladies’ Institute will be selling their knitted goods, and the Pre-K and 3rd grade classes will be offering tasty treats to benefit Westside Baby. Our goods sell fast so be sure to come early for the best shopping!  For more information, contact Jennifer Ibach 

at 206-935-0358 x 120.

Pastoral Associate


Below we have included a sample of possible theme boxes that would be very enjoyable and useful for our elders. Please don’t feel limited to stick to the items below. Feel free to make up your own theme; however please keep in mind the individuals that we serve. Be creative! Make a Man’s Game box, or a Woman’s Warmth Box, or an Emergency Box!  Place all items in a wrapped shoe box (with Christmas paper), with the lid separately attached.  This enables CCS Volunteer Chore Services to match items with each client.  Please keep in mind the following rules:

  • New items only. (Please do not add hotel samples.)
  • Many clients are diabetic. Please limit the amount of sugary items in your box or consider sugar free items and healthy snacks.
  • Our clients come from many different faiths, out of respect for their personal beliefs, we ask that you do not include holiday or religious items.


Click here to Find out the latest CYO News and more information about the CYO ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – November 15, 2014.

Note from Principal Ramos
Parent Org Updates
Important Events
Save the Date
Parish Outreach
Parish News
CYO News
Important Information
Important Dates
Prayers for the Community
Classroom News

Important Info May 2012


Vision & Hearing Screening
November 14 & 21, 2014
CYO Italian Dinner
November 15, 2014
Walmesley Center
6:30 – 11:00 pm
Westside Baby Drive
Sponsored by Preschool/Pre-K and 3rd Grade
November 17-23, 2014
School Commission Meeting
November 19, 2014
6:00 pm
Math Lab
for Thanksgiving Break
November 26, 2014
Thanksgiving Break
Thursday & Friday
November 27 & 28, 2014
Internet Safety Presentation for Parents
December 4, 2014
School Hall
6:30 pm
“Light Up the Night”
Caroling, Lights, Cocoa
December 5, 2014
OLG Grounds/Walmesley Center
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass
December 12. 2014
9:00 am
Auction Procurement Forms Due
December 12, 2014
NOON DISMISSAL for Christmas Break
December 19, 2014

Please pray for the Larsen family. May Chuck Larsen – Brad’s father, Emily and Allie’s grandfather, and long-time tutor at OLG School – be at peace.

Please continue to keep Brianna Nelson, 2014 OLG graduate, and her family, in your prayers. Brianna has been diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital. We pray for speedy healing for Brianna and strength and comfort for her family at this difficult time.