OLG Newsletter – Oct. 2nd

October 2, 2014

Dear OLG Families,

It’s hard to believe that October is already here! Gretchen Hill, Chloe Nichols, and their fabulous volunteers are preparing for our Halloween Carnival later this month. Conferences are just around the corner, and Wednesday early dismissals (2:15 pm) and After-School Tutoring begin next week. This week, students met in their Faith Family groups for the first time this year, and in the classrooms they’re adjusting well to the expectations of their new grade level! I hope they enjoy the three-day weekend while our teachers present and participate in workshops and meet with other teachers at their grade levels across the archdiocese to have professional conversations about writing instruction.

Today, I was so impressed with our students, as each of this year’s Student Council candidates spoke to the student body. Their speeches reflected the gifts of leadership that they bring:  humor, organization, commitment, passion, school spirit, a spirit of listening and service, and much more! All students who run for Student Council offices are invited to serve on the Council, and I hope they will. Their teamwork, ideas and initiative will definitely make for a great school year. After hearing from this strong group of candidates, two students were heard saying, “I had no idea it would be so hard to decide who to vote for.”

Thank you to the following candidates for stepping forward:

For Publicity:  Cyrus B., Emma C., Mackenzie D., and Mariana S.

For Treasurer:  Emily A., Mason B., Kellen C., and Carson M.

For Secretary:  Cristian E.-T. and Mikee R.

For Vice President:  Daniel C. and Isabel W.

For President:  Dominic F., Anna H., Matthew M., and Dorothy S.

Our 2014-15 Student Council Officers are:
Publicity:  Cyrus B.

Treasurer:  Mason B.

Secretary:  Mikee R.

Vice President:  Daniel C.

President:  Matthew M.

Congratulations and thank you for your service to our school!

On October 17th, the OLG school staff will participate in a solar energy education in-service, as part of the grant that enabled Our Lady of Guadalupe to bring solar panels to the campus. The in-service will provide teachers with scientific knowledge, hands-on materials, and lesson plans about solar energy. Mr. Franck has been a part of a group of educators meeting throughout the past year to create related curriculum materials. Read the NW Catholic article about OLG’s new arrays of solar panels and other green initiatives. A portion of the 2012 School Fund Drive revenue helped to fund this project. Thank you!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

School Fund Drive

The 2014-2015 School Fund Drive Campaign is well underway, and we are currently half way to our goal of $100,000!  Thank you to those who have pledged to this important campaign.

Please take the time to pledge this important Fund.  Pledges may be paid all at once or over time.  Lost your pledge card? Contact Chantille Henry to request another or to make a pledge.  To donate online,

Did you know …….

The School Fund Drive provided the funding necessary to launch one of our most treasured foundations, the classroom Stewardship Projects?

The School Fund Drive provided the funding necessary to launch the Middle School Spanish Program?

The School Fund Drive provided the funding necessary to create a dedicated Music Room and Preschool Room?

The School Fund Drive provides funding each year for Teacher Enrichment, Tuition Assistance, and the Endowment, building resources for the future!

Last year’s special project, an upgrade to our Langen Library and Learning Lab, is almost complete!

Library Upgrade Fall 2014

Congratulations to the following people who were the daily winners during our three-day Email Campaign!

September 29th – Parishioner, William Ward

September 30th – Parishioners and School Family, Tina and Ben Capestany

October 1st – Parishioners and School Family, Peter Eastey and Lorena Toledo-Eastey

Pledge now! Every contribution makes a difference!

Erin Stampe

Parent Org Chair

VolunteerSpot Questions and Answers

Do you have questions about our new commitment hours tracking system? Click here to find your answers!

Save the Date

Tuesday, October 14th – Parent Org Meeting at 6:30 PM in the school math lab (located across from the front desk on the main floor).  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!

Thursday, October 16 – Math-In-Focus Parent Information Night

Saturday, October 25th – OLG Halloween Carnival

Thank You

I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Rita Rich for organizing a terrific BINGO event last Saturday. We had a good turn-out, the food was great, the volunteers were wonderful and a fun time was had by all! We’re looking forward to the next BINGO event in April. Thank you Rita!

Halloween Carnival: Calling all Volunteers & Bakers & Shoppers!

Cakes – This year, we are asking each class to provide 11 cakes (homemade or store bought) to share. You can sign-up for as many as 2 cakes (each counts as 1 hour volunteer time) or 24 cupcakes, or a combination of the two. If you decide on making cupcakes, please package in groups of 6.

Volunteers – Thank you to all those who have signed up to volunteer at the Carnival over the past few weeks. We need more help! There are still various shifts, set-up and clean-up spots available for each class, so please contact your PO class representative, Gretchen Hill or  Chloe Nichols to sign-up today.

We are in need of:

  • Bags of Halloween Candy (or any large bag of individually wrapped candy will do)
  • Goldfish crackers in large quantities bulk or giant bag.

Reimbursement is available for your purchases with receipt.

Coming Soon – Volunteer invitations by email for each class. Even if you’ve already signed up, please confirm that you were added in the position you requested. Watch your FCE envelope in the coming weeks for more information on advance purchase wristbands and tickets.

Check out the display case by Miss Clare for a sneak peak at posters & prizes.

September Spanish Update K-5 & 7th Grade

The Kindergarten class has been learning how to introduce themselves and learning how to say, “What is your name?” (¿Comó te llamas?).  They have also been singing songs to help learn vocabulary.  We have been learning the days of the week, colors, numbers, and greetings. I am looking forward to continuing introduction of the new language to the Kindergartners. Here are some great songs you can practice with your children online at home: search for Basho and Friends and you will see all the fun songs your kindergarteners have been singing in class.

The First Graders have been reviewing the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, the weather and greeting each other.  We learned the classroom objects.  Here are some words you can practice with them:  lapiz (pencil), libro (book), papel (paper), tijeras (scissors), silla (chair), borrador (eraser) and mesa (table).

The Second Graders have been spending time reviewing colors, numbers and greetings in Spanish.  This month we learned ¿Qué hay en la clase? (What’s in the classroom?).  We played bingo to reinforce the classroom objects in an active way.

The Third Graders have been spending time making a book about themselves of what their favorite color, animal, food and book. (Mi favorito color es, mi animal, mi comida y mi libro favorito es). We have also been learning the weather.

The Fourth Graders are very participatory and energetic students.  This month we have been reviewing numbers, letters, the days of week and classroom objects. This year the Fourth graders will be given Spanish homework that will be helpful for them to review what we are learning in class.

The Fifth Graders are a pleasure to teach this year.  They are a fun and engaged group of students.  This month we have mostly been reviewing vocabulary and numbers, nouns and the use of the in Spanish (el y la). The fifth graders will be given Spanish homework once a week through out the year.  This will help them review what we are learning in class.

The Seventh Graders are a joy to teach so early in the morning. They are a very engaged and enthusiastic group.  This month we have been reviewing the family and conjugating verbs and talking about what they like to do, (A mi me gusta nadar).  I’m looking forward to a great year of teaching them Spanish.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Señora Brodahl

Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach Coordinator

Mass of Remembrance: For Children Who Have Died and the People Who Love Them

You are invited to join together in community to pray for children who have died and for those who mourn them. At this Mass on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm, we remember those who died before we had a chance to meet them, especially those lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.  We also remember and honor our sons and daughters who died too young.  All are welcome to join us for this reflective evening of remembrance, healing and prayer, lifting us toward God’s promise of hope and eternal life.

Cornerstone Catholic Conference

The Washington State Catholic Conference, the Public Policy Voice of the WA State Bishops, is hosting a major, statewide gathering on October 24th and 25th called “Cornerstone Catholic Conference: Building a Culture of Life”.  The conference will feature a variety of speakers, including the Washington State bishops, Bishop McElroy from San Francisco, Immaculee Ilibagiza from Rwanda, Annapatrice Clarke, and Abby Johnson.  Topics will include Human Trafficking, Building a Church for the Poor, a Personal Story of Faith, Forgiveness and Healing and much more!   For more information or to register, visit the website or call 206-301-0556.

Helen Oesterle

Pastoral Associate

Altar Server Training  

Are you interested in being an altar server?  Children 4th grade and older, and adults are invited to attend one of the two upcoming trainings: Tuesday, October 21, 3:15-4:15 pm, or Saturday, October 25, 10:00-11:00 am, in the church.  This is a great opportunity for families to serve together.  Information, Helen Oesterle, 206-935-0358, ext. 108.

Are You Curious About Pope Francis and His Message of Joy and Mercy? Would You Like to Learn More About the Catholic Christian Faith?   

You are invited to come to an ongoing inquiry group that meets on Wednesday evenings to ask questions and learn more about Catholicism (no strings attached!)  For more information, please contact Helen Oesterle at 206-935-0358, ext. 108. You can also find more information at our parish website.

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
Parent Org Updates
Specialist Share!
Parish Outreach
Parish News
CYO News
Important Information
Important Dates
Prayers for the Community
Classroom News

Important Info May 2012

Archdiocesan Teacher Excellence In-service
October 3, 2014

Wednesday Early Dismissal Begins
October 8, 2014
2:15 pm

All-School Mass
October 9, 2014
4th grade leads
Math In Focus Parent Information Night
October 16, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm
School Hall
Childcare provided
October 17, 2014
Staff Solar Energy Education Training
OLG Halloween Carnival
October 25, 2014
NOON Dismissal
October 29, 2014
Conference Prep.
October 30 & 31, 2014

Please pray for Dolores Chapman, former recess supervisor, for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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.