Family Groups prepare for OLG Feast Day
Students create cards for OLG Feast Day
Principal's Letter
Dear OLG Families,

Happy Second Week of Advent, when we've lit the candle of PEACE! With a full moon today, plus a fine OLG Feast Day Mass for the whole school, we hope you find peace as we round out our week that at times have not-so-peaceful moments. HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE: we focus weekly on one of these four during our Advent preparations. Many more resources for your family also live here on the parish site:

As we continue in the theme of peace this week, I've heard several misconceptions regarding a parish initiative that you may or may not have heard about yet, that of the Safe Parking plans that are beginning to take shape. Some families have heard at recent weekend Masses and in the parish bulletin, facebook, and this newsletter of this program. As news unfolds I'm working to share that with all school families as well. I wanted to reassure school families that I have been involved in planning stages from the get go. There are restricted hours for participants to be allowed on campus, they must have background checks, monitoring by staff, and follow a code of conduct. Many of these details have come together, but we do not have a set start date yet. We do know we will start with only two or three participants to begin. This parish has a long history of working with folks in need, and as a parent myself I know we must balance the safety of our children with the willingness to serve those who are living on the margins. The Safe Parking program has a dinner & information night on Dec 18th that all are invited to. If you are unable to attend that night, you can read some basic information here and I welcome your continued thoughts and prayers for all those working on this project!

Speaking of need, our Saint Vincent dePaul Dollar & Item drive is well under way. With a shorter advent timeline than usual, we'll need to step on the accelerator a little. Our first "count of the sleigh" took place with our student council counting out our first report of over 500 items and dollars are in. Last year we ended Advent with 2500 items, so with only one week to go we'll need to pick-up-the pace if we want to beat that number!

Finally, I thought I'd take a moment to share a moment in school today. During Mass, we received a beautiful basket of hand-made rosaries from Fr. Kevin's old parish, Mary Queen of Peace, one for every child in the school and parish. Fr. Kevin blessed these at Mass, and at the end of today as these were distributed for students to take home, one child turned to me and said, "Mr. Kramer, this is what Mary taught us with the story of Juan Diego... that even the smallest of us can give to others."
Yours in Christ,

Anton Kramer
Important Dates
Dec 18th  Christmas Free Dress and Santa pictures . Wear red and green holiday attire . Bring $1 to have picture taken with Santa.
  • Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Gospel Pageant 6:30-7:30 pm A special tradition for you and your child. Details
  • Safe Parking Community Meeting 6:00 pm School Hall Details
Dec 19th  – Last day for  Item and Dollar Drive for St. Vincent de Paul
  • K-8 Report cards coming home
Dec 20th  -  NOON Dismissal for all grades  1/2 Day
School Happenings
Advent Preparations
During the season of Advent, our school is preparing for Christ’s birth as a community each week. Each Monday, we start the day with school-wide prayers in the School Hall, and on Wednesdays the 8th grade students lead prayers at our hallway Advent wreaths. 
Please join us for our message of JOY this next week.
Keep those donations coming!

Food: We are 15% to our goal. Thank you for the more than 435 items donated so far! Help us reach our goal of 3,000 items -- free dress next Friday if we reach it! Approximately 1.6 items per student have been collected so far -- our goal is 12 items per student!
Dollars: We have raised $60.55 so far. Thank you for all your donations!
One Week Left to Seek Help for Tuition Assistance
There is one week remaining if you need help from the school office to complete your application for the Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant program. The school office is available to assist until noon Dec 20th .

All families must apply each year through FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment to qualify for a grant — all awards are made based on financial need. Thank you to those who have already completed your application for the 2020-2021 school year.

Application Due Date: 1/8/2020 **
** Please allow ample time to gather/upload necessary documents
and to complete the application process.
Register Now for Winter After School Classes
Lots of fun choices for after school classes this January, like:
  • Lego: Intro to STEM
  • Chess Club
  • Dance Blast
  • The Properties of Pastels: Discovering Oil and Chalk

Registration for Spring and Summer classes coming soon! Check our web site for updates.
Congratulations to fourth graders Alison Nojaim, Ella Ward and Esme Reeves and fifth grader Evolette La Blanc for winning entries in the VFW Patriotism Essay Contest.  I know our local VFW representatives are very grateful for your children’s thoughtfulness (see 4th graders here visiting with veterans). I am so pleased with our fourth grade participation and strong parent support .. Read More
Parent Org News
The Scrip promotion is in full swing! This  Sunday Dec 15th , is the last day to place orders for hard-copy gift cards and get them in time for Christmas! Remember, you can order hard-copy cards through the website (physical gift card) or the paper order form available at the front desk or click here . They make great gifts for girl and guy friends, siblings, parents, nephews/nieces, teachers, letter carriers, hair stylists, dog walkers, babysitters, and so on! And of course,   also allows you to order e-cards (ScripNow) or reload existing cards, which arrive almost instantly and still count toward the competition totals that will be tallied at the end of the month. The 3rd grade has the lead for Scrip purchases, but the 6th and 5th grade are still in the running. So Shop with Scrip and support OLG, for no extra cost!  

Save the Date!
Family Game Night will be on Saturday, Jan 11th . Start the New Year off with some fun family time. More info to come.  
Spring Fling Auction Tickets on Sale Now
  While you'll receive your official invitation in early January tickets are now available at Looking for potential gifts for family, friends or co-workers? Think about giving a ticket to our dinner and auction and help us fill the room in support of OLG.  
Community Events
Buy your tree from Holy Rosary Tree Lot and SAVE
The Holy Rosary tree lot will be open to Dec 21st
Show the cashier this  $5 off coupon or mention the $5 CYO discount. Holy Rosary's tree lot has been in operation for nearly 30 years. You'll be supporting a West Seattle Catholic School as well as three local charities (Salvation Army Hickman House, West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline).
Parent Education Series by Forest Ridge, The Center for Girls
For a list of upcoming parent education programs in the area, click here. Examples:
  • Creating Healthy Conflict: Moving from Drama to Empowerment
  • Enough as She Is
  • Girls and Feedback
  • Girl Drama: Supporting Your Daughter Through the Ups and Downs
OLG Parish News
  • Christmas Eve: 3:00 pm (with gospel pageant)
  • Christmas Eve: 5:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day: 10:00 am  
Christmas Cards for Fr. Jack can be brought or mailed to the Parish Office. We will make sure he gets them.
Volunteers needed to help decorate our church for Christmas
Sunday, Dec 22 after the 11:00 Mass. Many hands make light work (and help people get home to watch the Seahawk game!) Lunch will be provided

Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have
welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.      -Hebrews 13:2
Ever since WHEEL Women’s Shelter closed at OLG, we have been hoping to find another way to provide shelter on our campus. We are excited to announce we are making plans to partner with Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to host several overnight Safe Parking spots in our gravel lot. This will continue our tradition of offering shelter to those in need in our community, just in time for colder weather! Please join us for dinner on Wednesday, Dec 18 at 6:00pm in the School Hall to learn more about this program.   

Help Plan the 2020 Day of Service
Planning is underway for the 2020 Day of Service, coming up on March 28. Join our team to help pick volunteer sites and get the word out to the community! Our next meeting is Friday, Dec 13 at 8:30am in the Pastoral Center. Want to help but can’t make the meeting? We need people to research agencies, organize data, market, shop, and manage signups.   Karen    

Giving Tree Gifts due by Dec 15
Didn’t get a tag? Consider a Gift of Hope tag through Catholic Relief Services. You can buy mosquito nets, educational supplies, food, and more to support programs around the world!   Thank you for your generosity! 

Loop the 'Lupe Needs You!
We're less than six months away from Loop the 'Lupe, the obstacle course 5K fundraiser OLG holds each summer. The date of the upcoming event is Saturday, June 6th, 2020. "The Loop" raised more than $12,000 in 2019 to go towards maintenance costs for the Walmesley Center, but to continue our success, we need a lot of volunteers! Please join us for a brief meeting in the narthex of the church after all the Masses on Dec 14 and 15 . Holiday snacks will be provided, and we'll keep it short! Contact Brian Callanan  or call 206-459-4292 to learn more. 
Caring for God's Creation
A recent survey found that 40% of all online clothing purchases are returned, and those returns have a large environmental cost. Even though buying clothes online can be convenient, the environmental cost exists on the highways of the world, where trucks shuttle the goods to and from our houses, polluting the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Three ways to reduce these impacts are: (1) know your size; (2) group your packages; and (3) buy fewer clothes!

Our Lady of Guadalupe,  Pray for Us!

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