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Holiday Gift Fair This weekend!

Create your own Advent Wreath

Sunday 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Principal's Letter

Good afternoon, Families, 

A few quick announcements prior to my newsletter today. 

  • Tuition Assistance communication will be going out next week. Note that for returning families, the deadline to apply for tuition assistance through Fulcrum and OLG is firm: December 31st. No exceptions. If you believe you may need assistance, please complete FACTS Grant & Aid. More details to come next week. 
  • Next week is Thanksgiving week. Wednesday is a ½ day and there is no aftercare ELC or EDC. Thank you for understanding. 
  • Please see the calendar and the sections below for further details.

Yesterday I was reading my prayer book, which focuses on Ignatian Spirituality. The passage was talking about Achilles, from the Iliad, who hungered for fame so much that he was willing to die for glory, sacrificing all else, including love and happiness, simply to be recognized, seen as great, seen as special, the most important, etc. Nothing else, no one else mattered, only him and his hunger and thirst for fame, and satisfying his needs above all else. The passage went on to reflect on what Ignatius would have thought about Achilles, but the last line struck me, and I keep finding myself returning to it. The line was this: “You are not special. At the center of all things is love, not you.” 

You are not special? Did God not make us all unique and in his own image and likeness? Are we not all very special and precious to God and to the world? Is “You are Special” not one of the tiles of a children’s book sitting right next to me on my bookshelf as we speak? As I thought about this statement, what I believe the real message is, is not “you are not special”, but simply-- you are not more special than anyone else. You are not the center of the universe, as Achilles thought himself to be. Love is. God is. And so, we must center ourselves here, in love, in our faith and in God. We must find balance. And if God and love are not at the center, our world is distorted. 

As human beings we all have needs. We all have challenges. We all have lives outside of our communities, outside of our professions, outside of our families. As human beings, we all have mental health, and sometimes our mental health is good, and sometimes it is tested, or downright poor. Many factors impact our state of being-- families, life, economy, jobs, friendships, the list is long. At the end of the day, we are human. Teachers are no exception to this. Our timing may not be succinct with others’ timing, it may not line up for our professions, or the needs and demands of others. We are human. We are not AI, we are not robotic. We do not get programmed and contrived. The world does not revolve around us. God’s time is not our time. We do with it what we will, and try to use our time to the best of our ability. Often, that requires sacrifice, frequently that requires challenge. Sometimes it impacts others, and may even rock the boat. So how do we stay centered in love, and not centered in “how does this impact me”? This, so often, is difficult to do as humans, and the best way is often to do it together. 

This week, my boat was rocked, as was the boat at OLG. Ms. Fuchs’, our excellent fourth grade teacher, and beloved and respected member of our community, submitted her resignation, effective December 14th, for personal reasons, leaving the entire profession, not just OLG. One aspect that was shared was that the extreme demands of the profession, and that the center of her life (and many teachers’ lives), had become work. There was no balance, only increasing demand. As I communicated with 4th grade families this morning, and to the kids as well, this takes a toll, and impacts everyone. When there is no balance, it impacts our well being, and we are people, with human timing and human needs. As a community, we respect and care for Ms. Fuchs. We will continue to do so, and will continue to care and support the fourth grade students with love and compassion, and modeling of kindness, and respect. Going back to what was shared in my prayer book, “At the center of all things is love”. 

Further communication about next steps has been shared with 4th grade families. We are actively seeking a long term substitute and I know that as a community of families, staff and faculty, we will work together to be a foundation for the students. As a community we are called to help bring people to the center, grounded in love. This will not be the sole task for the new teacher alone, but one we must do together. We ARE special, when we are grounded in love. But if we believe that we are greater than another, then all is lost. 

Thank you for being a support to Ms. Fuchs. I know that her departure is one of great discernment and sadness, but also one that is deeply personal. If you have questions, please reach out. For now, let us stay centered and grounded in love, and love alone.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us.

With Gratitude, 

Ms. Lauren Hobbs
Lauren Hobbs

Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School

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Nov 18-19 - OLG Holiday Gift Fair OLG gym

  • Saturday 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Sunday 9:30am-2:00 pm (includes Advent Wreath Making)

Nov 20 - LAST DAY to order Wreaths & Garland

Nov 22 - NOON Dismissal (No EDC or ELC care)

Nov 23-24 - Thanksgiving Break

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Nov 28 - Christmas Wreath/Garland Pick up 2:30-6:00pm

Dec 1 - Family Auction Procurement Deadline

  • Light up the Night 7:00 pm

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Family Procurement Auction Deadline 

December 1, 2023

Each OLG family is required to make either a cash donation of $200 OR donate an item/service valued at least $200 to make the OLG ROCKS! auction really SING! Make your $200 cash donation here today OR complete your intent to donate an item or service here.

More details in the PO section below and on the web site...

Light up the Night

December 1, 2023

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and earn volunteer hours!

Apply for Financial Aid

A Reminder to Complete Tuition Assistance Application by Christmas Break. 

Keep in mind the school office is closed over break and we want to help, so Dec 15th is our internal deadline to assist you. Re-enrolling families need to re-apply each year. Tuition Assistance will NOT be available for applications received after the deadline - Dec 31st is the HARD deadline

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OLG Wreath and Garland Sale

Closes Monday, Nov 20th

Deck your halls and doors with wreaths and garland while also supporting OLG! Order online or bring cash/check to the school office with the order form that came home in last week's FCE. Pick-up will be at OLG on Tuesday, Nov 28th 2:30-6:00 pm.

VOLUNTEER! Volunteer to take wreath orders after mass, at the upcoming OLG Gift Fair and help organize/distribute on 11/28.

2024 OLG ROCKS! Auction is well underway!

Family Procurement Auction Deadline December 1, 2023

Each OLG family is required to make either a cash donation of $200 OR donate an item/service valued at least $200 to make the OLG ROCKS! auction really SING! Make your $200 cash donation here today OR complete your intent to donate an item or service here.

Looking for ideas for what you can donate to the Auction? Are you a season ticket holder for the Seahawks, the Kraken or to the Paramount Theater? Would you consider donating a pair of tickets? Tickets to a concert, to the theater or to a local sporting event are always super popular!

Your Dollars and Donations can help us TOP THE CHARTS!

Many volunteer opportunities exist (both large and small and many that can be done from home!) - email auction co-chairs Heather Fernandez & Courtney Armitstead at [email protected] with any questions or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Counselor Corner

ADHD is one of the most common childhood mental health challenges. This free webinar, led by seasoned ADHD and mental health experts, aims to empower parents with the knowledge to:

  • Identify signs of inattention and hyperactivity across different age groups
  • Establish effective daily routines and strategies for home and school
  • Help parents understand when professional intervention may be necessary and how to get kids appropriate support

If the time/day doesn't work for you, these webinars are typically recorded and a link is sent to all registrants a few days after the live event. 

Register by following this link: How to Help Kids Focus

Kim Brunskill, School Counselor

School Fund Drive

Your donations will fuel every aspect of the OLG student experience and will help ensure many students can continue being part of OLG.

We cannot make this happen without the support of our community.

Donate to the OLG Annual School Fund

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Upcoming November/December Events

We are heading into a very busy season including here at OLG. This not only includes our liturgies for Advent, Thanksgiving and Christmas but also such parish traditions as the Holiday Gift Fair and Light Up the Night. November/December Events

Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday, Nov 23rd 10:00 am

Please bring donated food for our St. Vincent de Paul. Also, you are invited to bring any item for your special dinner to be blessed by Fr. Kevin and enjoyed later that day.

Looking for volunteer hours?

Our parish needs a few more camera operators for our Masses and other events. You can volunteer once a month or more often. The system is easy to operate (especially if you like playing video games!) Contact Helen 206-935-0358.

We Need Altar Servers!

Children 3 rd grade and older, and adults are invited to help serve at our Masses. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together and you get extra credit in heaven! Training can be coordinated with your schedule. Contact Helen 206-935-0358.

The Synod on Synodality publishes Final Report

In addition, you will find a variety of resources responding to the recent Synod gathering, including reflections from the delegates themselves, information about next steps, and a wonderful video tribute to the "Women of the Synod". It is very inspiring and hopeful!

Read the Full Report

How will Parishes stay updated on what's next?

Parish-specific information will appear in the weekly newsletter to parish and school staff. Additionally, everyone who signs up for the Partners of the Gospel Update newsletter will receive updates. We encourage all to sign up. 

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