OLG Newsletter – Oct. 23rd

October 23, 2014

Dear OLG Families,
The excitement is building for this Saturday’s OLG Halloween Carnival! Gretchen Hill and Chloe Nichols, Carnival Chairs, have been working hard with their fabulous and creative team to bring back traditional carnival favorites and add some creative new activities, food options, and spooky surprises! I look forward to seeing you there. This is really a community-wide “fun”-raiser, and it takes all of us to make it a success. If you haven’t yet volunteered, we still need you:
Calling volunteers from ALL classes for the Halloween Carnival – the Haunted Hall, Petting Zoo, and Batting Cage all need additional shift coverage. These positions are not assigned to any class, but still need your help. Volunteer here.
Please see the letter from Fr. Jack under “Important Info,” along with the In-Parish Tuition Policy. The intent of this policy, with its revised timelines, is to ensure that all OLG parishioners, including school families, are on the same schedule for making their annual offertory   commitment. This will save valuable staff time for parish and school staff by completing this process before the end of the calendar year – and well ahead of our school re-registration period. Thank you for your assistance with this and for prayerfully and promptly making your parish financial commitment for 2015 and discerning how you will be involved in the life of the OLG community in the coming year. We are so blessed to have a thriving parish/school community, and one that values the ministry of a Catholic parish school.
The Secret Garden Book Fair is coming to OLG next week! Come early or stay late after your conference(s) to browse the tables of books in the main school hallway. Proceeds enable us to expand our collection in the Langen Library and Learning Lab!
See below for Debbie Powell’s article about PE at OLG and a recent math/PE integration workshop that she attended, as well as an update about the WHEEL shelter at OLG and news about class leaders in our Auction Procurement Contest. It’s already that time!Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Halloween Carnival:  

This Saturday!  October 25th 4-8pm!  

Important Last Call 

Volunteers, Parking +Tickets and Cakes

The carnival is this Saturday! WE STILL NEED HELP. Spots are open for most classes & beyond. The Carnival’s success depends on your help. Don’t leave your friends stranded. Your PO class representative will be emailing specific requests – Please say “yes!!”


Pitch in a little or a lot. Any help at all is greatly appreciated. Using the Carnival link ensures your hours will be counted toward your family’s yearly volunteer commitment.   Volunteer here. Set-up can start as early as 3:30pm on Friday & must be completed before 12pm on Saturday.

  • 1st shift for most attractions begins at 3:45.
  • 2nd Shift begins at 5:45.
  • Clean up can start on some jobs before 8 pm & will be completed before 10 pm.
  • 1st shift for Haunted Hall starts at 4:30 pm & the Zoo at 5:00 pm. These jobs are open to all classes.
  • Batting case needs additional shift coverage.

Volunteer now to make sure YOUR school is well represented. Together, we can make this a continued tradition & a memorable, fun night for our kids!


Please be prepared for limited parking. The South Lot  is reserved for Mass attendees ONLY & the North Lot will be closed for bouncy houses.

Tickets and Will Call

Tickets & wristbands will be available for purchase at the Carnival, both in the Gym & downstairs in Parish Hall. Wristbands will be $15 & tickets are $0.50. All neighbors, family, & friends are welcome to attend. Advance Purchase Tickets & Wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Carnival Ticket Booth marked WILL CALL ONLY.


We need more cakes! Thank you to all who have signed-up to bring a sweet treat, but we still need way MORE! CUPCAKES  in groups of 6 is best. 12 cupcakes =1 cake=1 hour volunteer time. Where & when do I donate the cakes? Bring your cakes to the downstairs School Hall (SW 34th & Myrtle) before noon on Saturday, the day of the carnival.

P.E. News

Debbie Powell

At the beginning of the school year I participated in a Math in P.E. webinar. The program showed different ways to incorporate math skills, strategies and terminology into the P.E. curriculum with little change to the current program. The training was for grade levels K through middle school.

Many ideas were so easy to incorporate in all areas of the class. Simple things such as rolling dice to determine how many sit-ups to do (number bonds), doing warm-up runs in hundreds, tens and ones (and being in order) and counting plank holds by 2’s or 5’s are a few examples. Patterning and problem solving are also easy add-ins to P.E. It helps that I am in 1st and 2nd classes during their math time, keeping me up to date on what they are learning. I can then incorporate the skill, terminology or both into my classes.

I enjoy my time helping in the classrooms, getting to know the students on a different level and helping our superb teachers. Thank you parents for your support!

Classes are full of energy and enthusiasm! It was an easy transition from summertime fun to school routines.The first weeks were spent reviewing rules and emergency procedures, getting reacquainted with each other and playing familiar games.

Pre-K has been getting use to sharing equipment, learning warm-up routines and following directions. Shapes and colors are identified in the gym and with the equipment we use. Throwing/catching skills have been introduced and they have practiced with beanbags, scarves, yarn balls and ghosts (fabric covered tennis balls). We have just started over/underhand throws. They are enthusiastic and eager to try and learn new skills.

Grades K – 3 are working on listening and following directions; individually and as well as part of a team, using good sportsmanship and transitioning quickly from moving and talking to being still and listening. Activities such as Steal the Bacon, relays and line to line listening drills help classes practice these skills. Third graders also did the sit-up test and will be doing the flexibility test soon. Kindergarten has learned how to do relays (taking turns and working together) and some tag games.

Grades 4 through 8 are working on team games; following the rules of the game and using good sportsmanship. Some classes are dividing up into teams on their own, making the teams fair, dividing as a group and not using the “captain” method. Classes have also done the sit-up and modified pull-up tests. Most have done a retest on sit-ups just to see what gains have been made in 5 or 6 weeks. They will set a goal for another retest in March.

Sparkle Auction & Gala

Saturday Feb 28, 2015

Procurement Contest Update!

So far 26 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 THIRD GRADE!   THIRD GRADE is the current leader for the Ice Cream Sundae party.  The KINDERGARTENERS are chasing them in second place, and just two donations behind!  Who will be in the lead next week?  Check the newsletter for weekly updates.

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.  Contest ends Friday, November 14th!


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 are interested please contact Auction Chairs, Laura Vornbrock and Laurie Robbins.

Procurement Wish List

Looking for idea’s on items for your family donation?  Here are some great ideas that we would love to have at the Auction!

Canlis and the Herbfarm have great matching programs!  Please see the information on their websites for their programs.  Consider going together with a few families to make a larger donation which these restaurants will match!

Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach Coordinator

WHEEL Shelter Meeting and Update     

As Fr. Jack announced a few weeks ago, we have invited the women of WHEEL to seek shelter here at OLG.  Several staff members recently met with some of the leadership team to determine a timeline and next steps.  Right now, we anticipate a start date in mid-to-late November.  As part of our preparation, we will be notifying neighbors within a two-block radius and inviting them to a meeting in the church on Sunday, November 9th at 1pm.  All are welcome to attend this meeting to meet some of the women, ask questions, and learn more about the shelter.

Pastoral Associate
Youth Lectors for Family Faith Sunday Masses
If you are 4th grade or older and interested in being a youth lector for our Family Faith Sunday masses and other liturgies during the year, please contact Helen Oesterle, 206-935-0358.  Training will be provided.

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
Important Events
Classroom News
Parent Org News
Parish Outreach
Parish News
CYO News
Important Information
Important Dates
Prayers for the Community
Classroom News

Important Info May 2012

Mid-Trimester Reports Sent Home
October 24, 2014
OLG Halloween Carnival
October 25, 2014
4:00 – 8:00 pm
OLG at West Seattle Education Fair 
October 28, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Seattle Lutheran High School
NOON Dismissal
October 29, 2014
Conference Prep.
October 30 & 31, 2014

Please pray for Dolores Chapman, former OLG recess monitor, for healing from surgery and medical complications.

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.