OLG Newsletter – Oct. 30th

October 30, 2014

Dear OLG Families,
Thank you for being such an active part of your children’s school lives this past week – volunteering at the carnival, putting on Halloween parties and helping with the costume parade, driving on field trips, partnering with our teachers and your children to celebrate success and set goals at conferences, volunteering with the book fair, and much more. We appreciate you!
On Tuesday evening, OLG was represented at the West Seattle Education Fair. Special thanks to Chantille Henry for coordinating OLG’s presence at this event, and to Brian Callanan and Tina Capestany for joining us to speak about OLG from a parent perspective! We were also proud to have this year’s Student Council President, Matthew M., there to answer questions; he was articulate, knowledgable and an enthusiastic student representative. See the article in the West Seattle Blog.
We invite you to extend your celebration of All Saints’ Day by joining us at 9:00 on Thursday, November 6th, for our all-school Mass, sponsored by the third graders who have been busy learning about saints!
Our fourth grade class is planning a Veterans’ Day assembly for the school on Friday at 11:00 am. To spark reflection, the fourth grade is sponsoring a poster contest for students in every grade, with the theme, “What does Patriotism or being Patriotic look like to you?” Entries are due on Monday, November 3rd.
Please consider supporting Dominic Martin, OLG 8th grader, in his efforts to gather medical supplies and soccer balls for children in St. Rose of Lima Orphanage in Amukura, Kenya. Read more about his project here. Items are being collected in the 8th grade classroom through Friday, November 14th.
Happy Halloween!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL:  Another great year !! Thank you for your help and support.

Dear OLG Parents, Students, Staff and Teachers,

We are extremely grateful for all those who volunteered their time, goods and services for the Halloween Carnival. It was heartwarming to watch our community work together to create such a special event for our students and community. Thank you!

Thank you to those who jumped in to help. All of you who carried the workload and stayed late into the night without complaint, thank you for your gifts. Thank you Elizabeth, Michelle, Lucille, Natalie, Ann, Rita, Jeannie, Julia, Shelley, Steve, David, Sean, Adam, Brigid, Chantille, Albert, and Nanette. We are all truly blessed to be part of such a giving community. If you volunteered & still need to log your hours, you can do so under miscellaneous, noting Halloween Carnival in details.

Special thanks to the 8th grade class, Mr. Santos, and the Family Groups for helping with decorations. Thanks again to Ms. Ramos and The Parent Organization.

And, thank you to all who attended the Halloween Carnival. We hope the laughter, games and fun made up for the rain and wind. Your support is truly appreciated.

The Halloween Carnival was a wonderful success again this year and could not have been possible without all of the hearts and hands of all who attended. God bless.

Your Halloween Carnival co-chairs,

Gretchen and Chloe


Heidi Ehrenberg

School Counselor

Trick or Treat!

The OLG Halloween Carnival kicked things off beautifully, sending out a sense of fun, adventure, scariness and silliness! Halloween is a time for both kids and adults to play and pretend, and to share in this. Every student I’ve talked to, from very young to older middle school, ALL have a plan, an activity, and most often a costume to tell me about. The assortment and descriptions are amazing.  “Ms. Heidi, I’m gonna be a zombie football player…” “I’m going to be a banana!” I’ve heard that there will also be cats and fairy princesses, Spider Man, Buzz Lightyear, and a pumpkin queen. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from Frozen will certainly appear.  Ninja Warriors will march together. Dorothy & Toto, skeletons, pirates, ghosts, vampires, clowns, mummies and more, on the move. And always, when possible, a little zombie-ness thrown in!

I remember Trick or Treating in Spokane, when the streets were wall to wall kids. My mom would help us create amazing costumes. My brother Chris however, insisted on being the Green Lantern 4 years in a row! There were Elvis sightings, and the Lone Ranger and Tonto were side by side. Witches, ghosts, and Superman appeared here and there.  Houses were decorated with carved pumpkins, skeletons, spiders and webs!  We all had pillowcases ready to receive pounds of candy.

My fondest memories are of my brothers and I getting ready to go trick or treating. It was as if we were prepping for battle! I remember my mother putting witch make-up on me, and pulling on my scary costume. But as we headed out the door and into the rain, she threw a coat around me… Arrrgh! No one could see my cool costume! After hours of roaming the neighborhoods with pillowcases slung over our shoulders, we dumped our candy on the living room floor. My mom and dad scoured through all of it, saying they were doing “a safety inspection.” Funny how many of the bite-sized Snickers disappeared, along with scores of pop-corn balls…

Creating these kinds of memories with your kids – amazing, and priceless… It’s such a loving gift to them, such a wonderful gift for you.

Happy Halloween! Be safe and enjoy!


I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our Halloween Carnival Co-Chairs, Gretchen Hill and Chloe Nichols!!! What an awesome Halloween party you both threw for us this year! This community is fortunate and grateful to have two incredibly positive and focused ladies orchestrating this important OLG tradition. We had a great combination of new, fun attractions mixed in with our traditional favorites, great prizes, yummy food and treats, and wonderful, cheerful volunteers! The weather was nasty, but OLG knows how to party in the rain – we are Seattleites, after all! Thank you to all the families who volunteered their time and talents baking, setting-up, manning the attractions, and amazingly transforming everything back to the way it was found at the end of the evening. This fun evening would not be possible without your help – it truly takes a community to make this a success! Well done, everyone!

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale coming up November 14th through November 16th!

If you are looking for a bargain, then look no further! Just Between Friends is a terrific sale with huge savings of 50%-90% off on gently used children’s and maternity items. This fall, the sale is being held in Renton and is sure to have great finds, which is always nice right before the Holidays! Usually patrons have to pay to get in the doors of this event, but the OLG Parent Org is offering coupons that will earn you free admission. Simply present your coupon at the door and then again when checking out and the school gets back 5% of your purchase. So, not only is this sale a great way to save money close to the Holidays, it’s also a great way to support our school! Please keep an eye out for your orange coupon coming home in the November 6th FCE. Click to visit the Just Between Friends Sale website for more information.

Save the Date

Tuesday, November 4th – Parent Org Meeting 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!

November 14th through November 16th –  Just Between Friends Sale (Renton). Coupons coming home 11/6 in FCE.

November 17th through December 12th – Scrip Gift Card Sales – moreinformation coming!

Procurement Contest Update!

So far 62 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 Ice Cream Sundae party. There is a tie for second place with Ms. Janet’s Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten classes and Third Grade.  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 Laura Vornbrock or Laurie Robbins.

Procurement Wish List

Hawaiian Airlines

Are you, or a friend/family member a Hawaiian airlines employee?  Hawaiian airlines will entertain donation requests if an employee submits them.  Just think what a great donation some warm sun will be in February!
Season Ticket Holders

Are you a season ticket holder for local sports or the arts?  Consider donating your tickets for an event to make a great package for the auction!  In addition, most of the local performing arts venues give preference to donation requests from season ticket holders (ballet, opera, 5th Avenue theater etc.), so consider asking for a donation for your Procured item!


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


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.

Theme Box Ideas:

Emergency Preparedness

~ Flashlight

~ Batteries

~ Small First Aid Kit

~ Non-perishable foods

(easy to open)

~ Whistle to signal help

~ Moist Towelettes

Specialty Food Items  (non-perishable & in original packaging)

~ Spiced Teas and

Flavored Coffees

~ Canned or instant soup

~ Packaged baked goods

~ Cheeses

~ Hot Chocolate and Cider

~ Pickled Vegetables

~ Canned Tuna, Chicken or Salmon

~ Mixed Nuts

 Man’s Box

~ Pair of white/dark socks

~ Deodorant

~ Shaving Cream

~ Nail Care Kit

~ Inexpensive games (crosswords,

word puzzles)

~ Washcloth / Towel

~ Novels

~ Pack of playing cards

Woman’ s Box

~ Lotions

~ Powders

~ Perfume Soaps

~ Warm Socks

~ Inexpensive games (crosswords,

word puzzles)

~ Stationary / Cards

Warmth Box

~ Lap Blanket

~ Scarf

~ Gloves

~ Hot Teas

~ Winter Socks (non-slip soles)

Grocery Gift Cards, Pre-paid Phone Cards and Postage Stamps are also greatly appreciated

Bring box(es) to Mass  on November 29-30.

They will be blessed at the 11:00 Mass!


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

Important Info May 2012

Secret Garden Book Fair
Thursday & Friday
October 30 & 31, 2014
“Over 65” Dinner
Hosted by 5th Grade
November 2, 2014
3:00 – 5:00 pm
School Hall
Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Program Application Available
November 3, 2014
More information coming next week
Parent Org Meeting
November 4, 2014
6:30 pm
Math Lab
Individual Photo 
November 5, 2014
All-School Mass
Hosted by Grade 3
November 6, 2014
9:00 am
Veterans’ Day Assembly
November 7, 2014
11:00 am
School Hall
Accreditation Work 
November 7, 2014
Auction Committee Meeting
November 9, 2014
7:00 pm
Veterans’ Day
November 11, 2014
Vision & Hearing Screening
November 14, 2014
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

Please pray for Marianne Carroll, “Baba”, for continued health and healing as she goes through treatment for cancer.

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.