September 10th Newsletter

September 10, 2015
Dear OLG Families,

There’s so much great beginning-of-the-year energy in the air at school this week! Students are really starting to settle in to their new classes and routines, and there’s a buzz in the air as soccer and cross country start up after school! Please see Heidi Ehrenberg’s article with tips for helping your child(ren) transition successfully into the school year! Thank you for entrusting them to us; we’re looking forward to a great year!We’ll see preschool and pre-k parents/guardians (in the School Hall) and middle school parents/guardians (upstairs in the classrooms) tonight at 6:30 for Curriculum Night. It was great to have such a terrific turnout last week for our K-5 night!

Emergency Kits
If you haven’t already sent in this year’s emergency kit for your child, please return it by Monday, Sept. 14th! Thank you!
Extra-Curricular Programs for Fall 2015

Sign up here for art*, tennis, photography, chess, science, or holiday gift-making! (*art starts next week, on 9/16!) Participants should bring a snack to eat prior to the after-school classes.

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; a contribution to the school endowment; and a facilities project or curriculum initiative. 
Did you know?
  • Last year, we helped 35 students with tuition.
  • Over the past decade, approximately 15% of school families have received tuition assistance at any one time — sometimes higher (during the worst part of the Great Recession), sometimes lower.
  • All families who receive assistance are evaluated through an archdiocesan application process that includes submitting IRS forms and other information about income and assets.
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. At $15,000 per classroom, upgrading windows and window coverings is expensive. Two grant makers have said they’re interested in helping us, but they need to see significant community buy-in first.   We would love to get at least three classrooms completed this school year — ideally more.
Help our school meet its “window of opportunity” by making a donation to the Fund Drive. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford. Pledge cards and invitations to our Oct. 10th Benefit Dinner will be arriving in your mailbox soon.
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 be to help us.
Questions? Contact Carrie Morrissey, OLG School Director of Development and Marketing, 206-935-0651 ext. 124.
Adult Tutors Needed on Wednesdays After School
Adult volunteers are needed for OLG School’s after-school tutoring program.
Tutors work with 1-2 students in grades 1-5 on reading, math, and/or writing, Wednesdays from 2:15-3:00 from early October to May.
Strong need for math tutors willing to learn Singapore math system in grades 4 and 5, as well as other grades and subjects.
Previous experience helpful but not required.  Training is provided.
Called to Protect and background check are both required and provided by the Seattle Archdiocese.
For more information please contact Vicki Forte, After School Tutoring Coordinator, 206-935-0651.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Parent Org Chair
First Parent Org Meeting of the School Year
September 15th – 6:30 pm at the school
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.
There is still time to join the Parent Org Team for this coming school year! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity! Visit the Parent Org webpage on the school website for more details.
Fall Fundraiser Seller Packets are Coming Home Today…
Hi Our Lady of Guadalupe Parents, Friends & Family! It’s fundraising time again! Mixed Bag Designs and Fall Bulbs will help Our Lady of Guadalupe reach our fundraising goals this year. Seller packets are going home in today’s FCE; make sure to check those backpacks if you don’t see it! We’re offering colorful totes, accessories, kitchenware, flower bulbs and gift wrap. There’s something for everyone in these catalogs. – Susie Stanley-Jones
Used Uniforms
Need uniforms? Click here to contact this year’s Uniform Exchange coordinator, Erin Pedras!

School Counselor
Welcome back OLG families, and welcome new families! I hope summer was a time of rest, fun, and rejuvenation! Read more…
Beginning the school year on a positive note can impact children’s attitude, confidence, and performance both socially and academically.

Pastoral Assistant for Outreach
Catholic Relief Services Supports Syrian Refugees
Catholic Relief Services is on the ground working to provide humanitarian relief to refugees coming into Europe.  To learn more about their response or to make a donation towards their work, visit their website. CRS’ Catholics Confront Global Poverty advocacy network is also asking Congress to do more to help refugees from Syria and Iraq.  Consider taking action using their easy, pre-written and editable alert.

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Important Info May 2012


Curriculum Night 
Pre-K – School Hall
6th-8th – Classrooms
September 10, 2015
6:30 pm
Parent Org Fall Fundraiser “Mixed Bags & Bulbs” 
September 10-28, 2015
Parent Org Meeting
September 15, 2015
6:30 pm
Individual School Photos 
Free Dress
Pre-K & K-8 – Wed., 9/16
Preschool – Thurs., 9/17
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 our OLG students, families, and staff, as we begin a new year together!
For those whose lives have been impacted by the forest fires in Eastern WA.
For the Joe family, EDC staff. Mrs. Joe’s mother passed away this week.