Mrs. Kolding and Mrs. Thrall on the first day of school with this year's theme of "Year of the Family"
A beautiful morning at the south door entry screening
Principal's Letter
Dear OLG Families,

The first days of school are in the books! Families, please join us through our parish livestream link for our first All School Mass this Tuesday, Sept 7th 9:00 am. Students will be attending in-person, safely distanced, masked, and in their class cohorts throughout this gathering as we celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit with Fr. Kevin. Also note that beginning September 12th, our parish's regular Sunday, 8:30 am Masses will re-open to the public. Livestreaming will continue at the 8:30 am services for those who are not yet able to attend in person. We are blessed in our classrooms and also in the church with large, well ventilated facilities and well-practiced protocols that allow us to gather in safety and securely during this pandemic.

This year our entire school and parish education programs are centered on a theme of The Year of the Family. We recognize that our OLG community is a family of faith and learning. Through out the school year we will be reflecting on how we nurture and support each other, how we are connected by our experiences, rooted in service, and empowered by the Spirit to be beacons of light for each other and our community. One way we grow together is in thoughts and prayers, but we also live as a family, caring for each other and the community around us through our actions.

On that note, a few safety reminders and actions we can take:
  • Before School: Families, please don't leave your children unattended on campus before 8am. While many eager students waiting at the door is certainly a joyful way to begin the day for us, please don't leave the carpool area until you see the staff are ready!
  • Vehicles: Remember to slow dow in the 20mph school zones! The City of Seattle has installed cameras at many schools in the area including new ones at OLG on 35th Ave SW! More info here and here!
  • Pedestrians: -- After school especially be careful at the intersection of Myrtle and 34th. We ask you be a good example and use crosswalks, and note this is NOT a 4 way stop sign intersection... keep your children close and look out for folks trying to avoid the speed cameras on 35th!
  • Also... a reminder that 34th Ave SW is also our PS/PreK pickup area so please use extra caution when walking or driving here for the sake of our youngest students.

This is a bit longer newsletter than normal, but we have a lot of great things happening and we want you to know it! One important information is welcoming new members into our family community:
  • Joanne Simpson, Classroom Aide & Early Learning Assistant
  • Sue Hyder, 2nd grade Co-Teacher
  • Marie Fuchs, 4th grade Teacher
  • Vivette Nofrietta, Spanish Teacher
  • And we welcome back Nat Herridge as our Art teacher!
  • We also welcome Zerrita, temporary facilities assistant, to our staff while Alana stays home with her brand new member of the Guad Squad, Baby Zephyr

We continue to seek growth in our family through enrollment and staffing. We are in process to fill our School Counselor position, our Development Director, and also welcome additional recess monitors and aides and EDC staff or substitutes to our rolls. If you or someone in your family is interested in joining our staff, please see our job's page here or send a letter and resume directly to me.

Finally, a few words on technology... You may have noticed in these first few days of school our teachers have been prioritizing their classroom relationships and in-person work. Your child has not been on technology in the classroom in order to emphasize the relationships within their class families. While we do recognize and utilize many of the benefits that technology can bring, we are well aware of the imbalance that the past 18 months has had. We will begin phasing in technology soon into the classroom, but are committed to the emphasis on the interpersonal relationships that are the hallmark of our community. Our 5th-8th grade families will receive an additional note this weekend regarding our tech plans, while K-5 families this next Thursday will hear more at Curriculum Night. While we would also like to be fully in-person for Curriculum Night, we are staying in a zoom format these next two weeks. Our teachers are preparing their websites and presentations to help you see our classrooms and know what to expect this year in your children's grades. Interested in Band, Choir, zero period Spanish, or other electives? Continue to read on for more information!
Yours in Christ,

Anton Kramer
Important Dates
Sept 6th - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Sept 7th - First All School Mass 9am - Students in full uniform. Families, please Livestream
Sept 9th - Curriculum Night K-5th - via zoom
Sept 10th - First day of Band Grades 6-8th
Sept 11th - Band Instrument Rental 10am
Sept 14th - Parent Org Meeting 6:30 click for calendar & link
Back to School Essentials
BAND IS BACK!  
Please read the introductory letter. All band members are asked to register by using the correct link:


Be assured that all safety protocols will be in place! Looking forward to working with your children!

Parent Organization (PO) News
Get Involved!
Parent Org is in need of your support and talent!  
Click here for how you can help

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Our Biggest Fundraisers of the Year!
We need all families to participate to make our biggest fundraisers of the year a success!


Sept 24th

Be ready to help your student reach out to family/friends for sponsorship!



March 5, 2022
 
In honor of our 50th Golden year, we will be embracing all things DISCO!! And, we will be IN-PERSON, groovy!
 
Would you like to help us to bring the FUN into funky and create a Boogie Wonderland? Join the Auction team. Meetings held virtually on the 1st Tuesday of the Month (link in school calendar).
 
Interested in becoming a sponsor? With packages starting at $500, there is something for everyone. 

Reach out to the auction team at olg.auction.chair@gmail.com with your questions and for more information.
 
Your Dollars and Donations can help us to make OLG spell GOLD!

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Save the Date
The next Parent Org Meeting is Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm via zoom.  Simply being a parent or OLG family, you are automatically a part of the Parent Org! Please join us!

CYO (Sports) News
Cross country is back LIVE!
Well, kinda sorta. The meets will be virtual but Coaches Dan Womac and Paul Sax will be having two weekly practices (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm) down at Lincoln Park. Practices start this week! We'll even throw in a Bulldog t-shirt for all those competing. If you have not signed up yet, that's okay, registration is still open. Just head here: https://www.teamsideline.com/sites/seattlecyo/home

Big 5 has offered special 20% OLG coupons for all your kids sporting needs. The coupons are at the front desk so stop on by!
OLG Parish News
Resuming Our Regular Mass Schedule After Labor Day
Beginning September 12th, the Sunday, 8:30 am Mass will be open to the public. Livestreaming will continue at the 8:30 am Mass for those who are not yet able to attend mass in person. 

Preparing Children for 1st Communion
Families with children at about age 7 (1st Grade) can begin their preparation. In conjunction with the Archdiocesan guidelines, preparation is a two-year process which includes preparation for First Reconciliation and culminates in the First Communion celebration during the Easter season. We have a comprehensive preparation program that includes family activities at home and in the parish, sessions with parents/guardians, and classes for the children. 
  • Orientation Meeting for Families with Children in Year One (1st grade students) Sunday, Sept 19, 9:30-10:15 am by Zoom
  • Orientation Meeting for Families with Children in Year Two (2nd grade students who attended Sac Pre Year One classes or were in 1st Grade at OLG last year) Sunday, Sept 12, 9:30-10:30 am by Zoom
  • Questions? Helen Oesterle, 206-935-0358, x108 or Parish website

Confirmation Program for Youth
This year, 2021-2022, the parish program will be for all 7th & 8th graders, and next year will only be 7th graders. An Information Meeting for parents, guardians and students is scheduled for Sunday, Sept 26, 9:45-10:45 am. Schedules and FAQ’s on the Parish web site or Sarah Riggio

Vaccine Clinic and Food Drive
For those who received their first Pfizer or Moderna COVID shot at Loop the ‘Lupe, we will be offering a follow-up clinic on Sunday, Sept 26 from 9:30am-2pm on the patio outside the Walmesley Center. Immunocompromised people can also get a booster shot. If boosters are approved for the general public by then, we will be able to offer those on the 26th too so stay tuned!   In addition, we’re hoping to get a flu vaccine clinic set up for the same day so continue watching announcements. 

Whether you come for a vaccine or not, stop by with some donations to help stock our St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. Most needed items include cleaning supplies (laundry pods, spray cleaner, paper towels), hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap), and non-perishable foods (pb, jam, canned meals, pasta, and instant oatmeal, etc.). If you’d like to help with the pantry collection, contact Wendi. Thank you! 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us!

Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic School
3401 SW Myrtle St. Seattle, WA 98126
office 206-935-0651