"Our Lady of Guadalupe School fosters Gospel values, inspires academic excellence, and develops service and leadership. We face this as a sacramental community united and empowered by the Holy Spirit."
September 28th Newsletter
September 28th, 2017
Dear OLG Families,
Another beautiful week has passed us by. Since I’ve written last I’ve experienced a principals retreat, directed our first fire drill, our first student council elections, attended my first Parent Org meeting and first Auction meeting. What amazing families we have! Each day I seem to give out more piggy pals to the students for their sales in the Charleston Wrap (final weekend…ends Monday, Oct 2nd), and its because of you and your support. Thank you! The Parent Org and Auction meetings were full of parents who are working hard to make OLG the best it can be! If your hands and feet are still sitting still then read below, call the office, or talk to a friend who can help you find a place where your talents can be best utilized.
This past week I was on retreat with all the other principals in the Archdiocese of Western Washington. We reflected on four Mysteries of our faith: the Trinity, thePaschal Mystery, the Incarnation, and the Eucharist. I’ll be sharing this experience with all our staff on next Friday’s (10/6) inservice day. Today I share with you a moment of our school that echoes the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Christ.
The school year is full of these moments that teach us about dying and rising. You may wonder why this is a picture of student council members giving their speeches, but the old student council is gone, and here we see the new student council rising to life.
We were fortunate to have thirteen fantastic student leaders from grades 6, 7, and 8, who ran for five different offices. Each student wrote and presented well-rehearsed, informative and, at times, entertaining speeches as to what made them an ideal candidate for the position that they were running for. It is with admiration for these candidates that we share the results with the Guadalupe community today. Congratulations to all!
President: Max V. (8)
Vice President: Isabel R. (8)
Secretary: Josephine “JoJo” S. (7)
Publicity: Ivy M. (6)
Community Service Coordinator: Marc C. (7)
Maali M. (8)
Shanti D. (7)
Kaitlyn K. (7)
Matthew H. (7)
Henry V. (7)
Grace M. (6)
Owen O. (6)
Lily S. (6)
Special thanks to Lauren Hobbs who really led the work with these folks in preparation for the election and will mentor them through a fabulous year of leadership.
Yours in Christ,
Family Communications Envelope (FCE)
Our first FCE envelope of the year…the FCE was sent home with your youngest child today. Please remember to clear out the contents and return the envelope tomorrow (Friday).
The school handbook is available on our web site. Please take the time to review the policies with your family. There has been some updates since last year. Once your family has reviewed the policies, please sign and return the gold handbook agreement included in the FCE. If you have questions, contact Shelley Bradley or Laura Wong.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Do you know if your FACTS account is set up to auto-pay incidental expenses (band, EDC, milk, etc)?
When you set up your account in FACTS, you had the option to select auto-pay for incidental expenses. If you did NOT set up your account to auto-pay incidental expenses, the expense will NOT be automatically paid when due (like tuition). You will need to authorize payment for each incidental expense invoice before the due date or you will be assessed a late fee. Sorry, there is no grace period.
Please check your FACTS setup and make sure you are aware how your account is set up to pay incidentals. Incidental expenses are now being billed in FACTS – invoices will be emailed. You can also log in to your FACTS account.
To make a payment, log in to FACTS and choose Make a Payment. Or, call FACTS 24/7 at 1-866-441-4637 with your FACTS customer number.
To enroll in auto-pay for incidental invoices, log in to your FACTS account. Choose the Action button next to Incidental Expenses and choose Enroll in Auto Pay. To agree to the auto pay option, click Enroll.
Here is an example of incidental expenses sent recently with their scheduled due date.
Monthly (Oct* 2017 to May 2018)
5th of month
Classroom auction fee $15 per child
10/23/17 (if you have not paid yet)
10/5/17 (if you ordered)
EDC (Extended Day Care) $5 / hour
16th of month
EDC Registration $30 per family
10/16/17 (if you have not paid and are using EDC)
*October and November band fees will be billed in November 2017
Any balance remaining unpaid after the due date shall incur a late fee of $25 per month.
Payment returned by your financial institution will be assessed a $30 FACTS returned payment fee.
Keep up the great work, families! While The Charleston Wrap Fundraiser is available to purchase from all year round, the competition portion of the fundraiser will end onMonday October 2nd. Please make sure all paper order forms and checks are turned into the main office by 3:00 p.m. on Monday. We are asking that EVERY FAMILY please promote this fundraiser in emails and/or on your Facebook page! Here is the link! As of Monday the 25th we have reached about $6,000 in on-line sales. Bring in your paper order forms Friday (tomorrow) or Monday, October 2nd. Keep working to BEAT our GOAL!!!
OLG COMMITMENT HOURS OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for ways to gain your commitment hours? Here are some ideas. Contact Christa if you are interested or have questions!
SERVE as CO-CHAIR FOR THE AUCTION- Get 50 automatic hours! We are in desperate need of an auction co-chair and won’t stop asking until we get one!! Please come work with our current chair, Sandra Watson, to make this event a night to remember!
Procurement Chair – Auction committee – You will work with a team of parent volunteers to procure fun and exciting items for the OLG auction in addition to procuring sponsorships from local businesses to support the auction.
Various Auction roles.
THANK YOU to Danielle VenHuizen, Kindergarten parent, and Rita Lynch who have volunteered to be Scrip Co-Chairs! You will learn more about how you can use scrip to earn money for OLG even when buying groceries, uniform pieces, or dining-out on a Friday night!
Parenting a child is an awesome responsibility. It can also be an amazing gift for one’s faith. How can you effectively share your faith with your children? Join us for an informative and affirming interactive workshop where you will explore practical ways to live faith as a family, and meet others who are trying to do the same. Parenting Strategies Flyer
All ushers, including those who periodically help out, are asked to attend a very important meeting to review emergency procedures for the church and to learn more about some changes in procedures for the offertory collection. There are two meeting options: Sunday, October 22, 9:45-10:45 AM or Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-7:30 PM.
Wanted: More Ushers! We are in need of more ushers to assist in providing hospitality and safety to our parish liturgies. It is a great ministry for families and is open to everyone. If interested, please plan on attending one of the usher’s meetings listed above (10/22 or 10/24). For more information contact Helen Oesterle 206-935-0358.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School & Parish acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.