Sept. 17th Newsletter

September 17, 2015
Dear OLG Families,
Our School Fund Drive Benefit Dinner is just around the corner! See below for information about this campaign and the essential support it provides for our school!
OLG “Window of Opportunity” School Fund Drive! 

For 15 years, the School Fund Drive has supported our school’s mission by funding four areas of school life: tuition assistance; teacher professional development and enrichment; a contribution to the school endowment; and a facilities or programming project.


Did you know?
The School Fund Drive provides continuing education to all OLG School staff, as well as an annual $3,500 travel award for teaching excellence. OLG values our outstanding teachers and ensures they’ll be up-to-date on things like Common Core standards and making the most of iPads. Last year’s teaching excellence award sent 7th grade teacher, Shannon Hieger, to the Holy Land, where she followed the steps of Jesus and experienced first-hand the majesty of Jerusalem. As Mrs. Hieger said:

I had the incredible opportunity to tour Israel and immerse myself in the historical, cultural, and spiritual complexities of the region and expand my understanding of its significance to our faith and on the world stage.  This eye-opening trip through the Holy Land brought biblical stories to life and has equipped me to teach the seventh grade religion curriculum and Catholic Social Teachings with greater relevance and intensity.  From the ancient ruins of Caesarea and Masada, to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to Old Town Jerusalem, it has reinvigorated my love of learning, fascination with human history, and cultural awareness and understanding.  Beyond measure, this experience has re-affirmed the emphasis I place on educating for multiple perspectives and critical thinking in a global society.

Help our school meet its “window of opportunity” by making a donation to the School Fund Drive. OLG depends on support from every school family for the Fund Drive, especially this year as we continue retrofitting the building with new windows and blinds.  Two grant makers have said they’re interested in helping us, but they need to see significant community buy-in first.
Please prayerfully consider what you can afford.   Pledge cards and invitations to our Oct. 10th Benefit Dinner are arriving in mailboxes. And no matter what you can afford, do give!   Every gift makes a difference, and the higher our participation, the more likely a grant maker will help us.Questions? Contact Carrie Morrissey, OLG School Director of Development and Marketing, (206) 935-0651 ext. 124.

Need to contact the school office?
New Email Address
Shelley Bradley, Administrative Assistant
Band Update
A sincere thank you for the many parents who attended the instrument rental meeting!  Your enthusiasm, support and patience were deeply appreciated! 

A parent’s love is beyond words!

With gratitude,

Miss McKamey

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair
There is still time to join the Parent Org!
Don’t miss out on a great opportunity! We are looking for one or two people to organize our community’s annual Christmas Lighting and Caroling event on December 4th. This is a free community event that has become a beloved tradition over the years and a great way to kick-start the spirit of the Season! If interested, contact Erin Stampe
for more information.
Next Parent Org Meeting: Tuesday, October 13th @ 6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Logging Volunteer/Commitment Hours
Commitment hours accrue from May 1st through April 30th. To log your volunteer hours, click HERE!
Questions? Email Laura Campbell for answers.
Fall Fundraising Is Here
Mixed Bag Designs and Fall Bulbs are helping Our Lady of Guadalupe reach our fundraising goals this year. Seller packets went home in last Thursday’s FCE – make sure to check those backpacks if you haven’t seen it!  We’re offering colorful totes, accessories, kitchenware, flower bulbs and gift wrap; there’s something for everyone in these catalogs. The Fall Fundraiser goes through Friday, September 25th, so there is plenty of time to share the catalogues with family and friends. Don’t forget you can also shop MixedBags online (Fundraiser ID is: 105319). Happy shopping! Contact Susie Stanley-Jones or Mindy Ursino with questions, or if you are still in need of a packet!
Used Uniforms
Need uniforms? Click here to contact this year’s Uniform Exchange coordinator, Erin Pedras!
OLG Parent Org Halloween Carnival is Coming Soon!! 
Save the date:  Saturday, October 24th, 4-8 pm
This year’s carnival promises to bring all the games, attractions, good eats, & treats your family loves. Please add to your calendar this year’s FUN-raising event.
Each Class Needs:  8-10 cakes and 2-3 Volunteers per Shift. Shifts are: SET-UP (Fri. evening or Sat. before noon), 1st Shift (3:45-6:00 pm Sat.), 2nd Shift (5:45-8:00 pm Sat.), Clean-Up (7:45-9:00 pm). The volunteer sign-up link is organized by class & listed below. Families with more than one classroom may be needed to work multiple shifts.
Which area is each class responsible for?
  • Pre-school & Pre-Kindergarten – Duck Pond/Games & Pumpkin fishing
  • Kindergarten-Ice Cream & Mirror -Mirror
  • 1st Grade – Games
  • 2nd Grade – Games
  • 3rd Grade – Cake Walk
  • 4th Grade – Photos
  • 5th Grade – Prizes
  • 6th Grade – Haunted Hall ** *
  • 7th Grade – Tickets & Mirror-Mirror
  • 8th Grade – Food & Drinks ** *
 (**Please Note:  6th Grade & 8th Grade  do not have a sign-up available yet. Look for an additional & separate sign-up invitation for these classes soon. *Cakes not requested)
Reluctant to commit? David & Moses were also reluctant to answer the call. This will be easy & Youir Spirit is Needed. Halloween Carnival volunteer sign up Directions and Link:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Coming Soon – Advance purchase savings & the all-inclusive games, vomitron & all bouncy wristband.

Pastoral Assistant for Outreach
Join OLG’s Chicken Soup Brigade Team: A few hours a month can change lives! 
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.  OLG has a small team of volunteers who pick up the food and deliver it to people in need in West Seattle/White Center.  We could use some additional drivers and volunteers to help with the Thursday afternoon route.  It’s an approximately 2 hour commitment every 3-4 weeks.  Working in a team provides some great flexibility and a chance to build community with others.   Interested?  Contact Jennifer Ibach at (206) 935-0358 ext. 120.

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Important Info May 2012


Parent Org Fall Fundraiser “Mixed Bags & Bulbs” 
September 10-28, 2015
Staff Inservice
September 25, 2015
All-School Mass
led by 8th grade
October 1, 2015
9:00 am
Archdiocesan Teacher Excellence Day
October 2, 2015
School Fund Drive
“Windows of Opportunity” Benefit Dinner
October 10, 2015
6:00 pm
MAP Testing 
1st – 8th grades
October 12-23, 2015
Regional Catholic High School Info Night at OLG
October 12, 2015
7:00 pm
Staff Inservice
October 16, 2015
Photo Re-takes
Mid-trimester Reports
October 23, 2015
Halloween Carnival
October 24, 2015
Fall Conference Prep
October 28, 2015
Fall Conferences
October 29 & 30, 2015
Thursday & Friday

For the Joe family, EDC staff. Mrs. Joe’s mother passed away last week.