Weekly OLL News: January 15, 2020
Dear OLL Families, 

Thank you for your understanding as we’ve needed to modify the schedule due to weather conditions this week, and who knows if more to come. It’s a disruption to family work/home schedules and morning routines, not to mention loss of educational time in the classroom. Here’s some quick context to how they are made. The decisions are rarely “slam dunks” or easy to make, but we do our best to make the right call. 

What factors go into them? These include conditions on the OLL campus (whether the parking lots and sidewalks are safe for students, teachers/staff, and parents); whether teachers/staff and families can safely travel to school from their homes; and the decision by Seattle Public Schools and neighboring suburban school systems after their analyses. First, of course, is that the overall priority is to ensure safety for all to get here and home, and it’s not only our local roads around OLL but outer-lying areas. We have teachers/staff coming from Snohomish County, Bothell, Edmonds, all the way to Queen Anne/Magnolia/West Seattle, plus we are expanding our footprint of where our students live - including Everett, Woodinville, Bothell, and elsewhere outside Seattle. We can't run without essential teachers/staff. So we need to take a fairly broad view, and the geographical consideration that, generally speaking, we’re a region full of hills that can translate to complex snow/ice conditions varying widely by neighborhood. 

So, we appreciate your flexibility in navigating all this with us. We know changes can be frustrating, so please know these decisions are never made lightly, but with as much info available and as quickly as possible. Thank you. And I want to particularly thank Vickie and Jennifer Kush who make the extra effort to come in early to be here for those families utilizing Xcare in the midst of these events.

Looking ahead, please join us for the all-school Catholic Schools Week kick-off Mass at 9:30am on January 26, with our Open House and coffee/refreshments to follow in the school foyer. We believe Catholic education is a tremendous investment in the future of each of our students, and this Mass is a perfect way to start that week-long celebration. 

Finally - please note: We will be conducting our next monthly emergency preparedness drill on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to practice our Lockdown procedure. This means you will receive a text message announcing the drill has started and another when it ends. No action is needed on your part. 

Go Lakers! 

Daniel P. Mullen
Upcoming Events/Important Dates  
January 16 - Free Dress
January 20 - No School - MLK Day - Xcare closed
January 26 - Catholic Schools Week Mass: 9:30am followed by all school Open House
January 30 - OLL Skate Night - Lynnwood Skate 6pm - 8pm
January 31 - Green and Gold Staff vs Students volleyball game - 1:15pm
February 6 - Pride Wear
February 8 - Father/Daughter Dance: 6:30pm OLL Event Ctr
February 14 - No School - Teacher In-Service/Professional Development Day
February 17-18 - No School - Winter Break
February 20 - Free Dress
February 20 - State of the School: 7pm in Jubilee Hall
From the Office

Mass for Intentions of Shane Mullins: January 24
All in the OLL community are invited to join a celebration of Mass for the intentions of Shane Mullins, OLL graduate who passed away on December 26. The Mass will be held at 9am on January 24 at St. Bridget's Church.

Xcare Closed On January 20 for MLK Day

Catholic Schools Week 2020 - January 26 - 31
Please see the attached schedule for the week's activities.

OLL Skate Night
Please join us for a Catholic Schools Week community event at Lynnwood Bowl and Skate on January 30 from 6pm - 8pm . See flyer for all the details.

Save the Date - State of the School - February 20, 2020 at 7pm
Please save the date for our annual look back at school highlights and what's ahead for OLL.
Grades 5-8 book Fair - Tuesday, January 28 -Thursday, January 30
Sales open during recess/lunches and after school for 30 minutes in the school foyer.
You can sign your student up for the "ewallet" from this page before the fair.
Parent Club

Father/ Daughter Dance - February 8 at 6:30pm
Please mark your calendars for this fun event. RSVP here . Your daughter will be bringing home a flyer tomorrow to send back with your RSVP and payment.
Please sign up here to help with planning. Volunteers still needed.

STEAM Museum
The STEAM Museum is coming to OLL on Friday, January 17. Take a look at what this fun event is here. We need volunteers to help with the rotation of stations, please sign up here. Volunteers still needed.

Dinner for Dollars
January 28 - Panda Express 12513 Lake City Way NE - ALL DAY
February 25 - Mod Pizza Lake Forest - ALL DAY
March 26 - Veggie Grill University Village - ALL DAY
April 21 - Ram University Village - 5pm- close
May 19 - Mio Posto - 5pm-close
June 9 - Mod Pizza Lake Forest Park - ALL DAY
Are you thinking procurement? Each family has an obligation to procure $250 towards the Auction. You can write a check and drop it in the front office. You can also check out our Amazon Wish List for items for the Auction! You can purchase an item directly from the website and have them sent to the school and fulfill your procurement.
We are back on regular schedule. Scrip folders come home on Mondays and order go home on Thursdays. Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com . Click here for online instructions. 
Shrek the Musical Jr.

Casting Call
Our production is looking for Kindergarten through Fifth graders to be in our show for a special appearance. We need Kindergarten - Third Graders to play the role of flowers in a musical number of their own, and will be incorporated into a musical number with our middle schoolers. Our Fourth and Fifth graders have the unique opportunity to help out with House Management AND be on stage as trees. New this year is the opportunity for our young performers to get a Shrek t-shirt. For more information and pricing please follow the below links. Deadline to signup is Friday, January 24th. Space is limited.

CYO News
  • 4th - 8th Volleyball Registration is now open, and closes this Friday, January 17th. Please see the flyer for more information.
  • 3rd grade Boys Basketball registration is also open and closes this Friday, January 17th. 3rd grade plays 3 on 3 halfcourt! Please register here. If you are interested in coaching please email Jennifer. Remember registration is not complete until payment has been made. Late registrations are not guaranteed a spot on a team and will incur a $25.00 late fee. (3rd-grade girls will start up in March!)
Assumption Saint Bridget Theater presents - The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Thursday, January 30th @ 7:00
  • Friday, January 31st @ 7:00
  • Saturday, February 1st @ 7:00
  • Sunday, February 2nd @ 2:30pm
All performances will take place at Nathan Hale High School - The ticket link is below, please note that there is no www.   https://narnia-asb.brownpapertickets.com/
Our Mission:
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School is a welcoming and inclusive community committed to a tradition of excellence by nurturing hearts, inspiring minds, and igniting spirits.