Weekly OLL News: January 22, 2020
Dear OLL Families, 

This Friday, the Fulcrum Foundation holds its annual Celebration of Light event to raise support for its mission to strengthen Catholic schools in our Archdiocese (always superbly organized by OLL parent and Fulcrum events manager, Nicole Gummow ). OLL will be there to represent our full support, and this year we have special reason to show our appreciation for Fulcrum: We’re excited to announce we’ve been awarded a $20,000 School Partnership Grant from Fulcrum. 

This grant is specifically designated towards building an age-appropriate playground for our youngest students (preschool/pre-K). As you know, we're working towards our state licensing certification for our pre-K/Kids Club. Part of those requirements relate to having opportunities for our kids to play outside in an approved space. This grant gives us a huge step forward towards enhancing that space. Our thanks to Fulcrum! 

Today I joined our three teacher-leaders (Erica Pierson, Caroline Gaskill, and Julie Baricevic ) at an Archdiocesan planning meeting to explore the best ways to use our faculty time in our professional learning communities (PLC teams). Exciting work is underway:  

  • Our middle school team is planning to pilot students taking the Winter MAP testing (week of Feb. 3) to see if we can identify growth in targeted academic areas, and make adjustments as needed. 

  • Grades 3-5 are focusing on providing support and enrichment opportunities in math, with a goal of creating common formative assessments used across grade levels. 

  • And grades K-2 are zeroing in on the specifics of phonological awareness (the ability to recognize and work with sounds in spoken language) and how it impacts reading. 

  • Our specialists and other staff are exploring the PBIS system (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) to provide a common language and explicitly taught expectations for students and ways to celebrate positive behavior. 

We are very fortunate to have these teacher-leaders and our whole teaching team and staff be so collaborative and dedicated to continually seeking ways to improve student growth and learning. 

Finally, we all look forward to seeing you and your children this weekend at our all-school Catholic Schools Week Kick-off Mass at 9:30am this Sunday, Jan. 26. Our Open House follows the Mass. As we have said times before, your spreading the news by word-of-mouth about the mission-based Catholic education here at OLL makes all the difference to families considering where to enroll their children. Please let your friends, neighbors, and co-workers know they are invited to Sunday’s Open House to learn more about OLL and our whole school and parish community.

Thank you and see you Sunday - looking forward to a fun Catholic Schools Week!

Daniel P. Mullen 
Upcoming Events/Important Dates  
January 26 - Catholic Schools Week Mass: 9:30am followed by all school Open House
January 28 Panda Express  12513 Lake City Way NE - ALL DAY - See flyer to use and share
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 - PS - 8th Father/Daughter Dance: 6:30pm OLL Event Center
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

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

CSW Popcorn and Bake Sale - January 27 and 28
During the Grades K - 8 students lunch time. Items will be $.50 and $1. Students may purchase a maximum of $2 in items per day. See flyer .

CSW OLL Skate Night
Please join us for a Catholic Schools Week community event at Lynnwood Bowl and Skate on January 30 from 6pm - 8pm . This is on no homework night! See flyer for all the details.

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.

Illness Policy from the Handbook
Children who are ill must be kept home until they have recovered sufficiently to return to the regular school routine. General guidelines for keeping children at home would include:
  • Student should not return to school until the student has been treated with antibiotics as needed for 24 hours.
  • The student's temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication.
  • The student’s vomiting / diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours.
  • The student is exhibiting symptoms that require ongoing treatment, staff intervention and/or personal discomfort greater than what is typically dealt with by students /staff on a regular school day.

If your student is feeling ill, please keep them home so as to avoid spreading the illness to others in the school. Even if s/he is not exhibiting a fever, a student’s illness may make for an uncomfortable school day that could be best remedied by an absence from school.
Thank you for following the school policies.

3rd Quarter Thursday Hot Lunch Forms - Due January 30
Attached are the 3rd quarter forms , they can also be found here . Please don't print them back to back.

Save the Date - State of the School - February 20, 2020 at 7pm (Jubilee Hall)
Please save the date for our annual look back at school highlights and what's ahead for OLL. Please plan to attend! We will be distributing registration packets for re-enrollment and this year we are focusing on interactive presentations at "stations" around Jubilee Hall, and a chance to connect with fellow OLL parents and community members over refreshments and snacks.

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. Webpage for book fair:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ourladyofthelakesch
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 brought home a flyer to send back with your RSVP and payment. Please sign up here to help with planning. Volunteers still needed.

STEAM Museum was a hit! Thank you to our Parents Club for sponsoring the fun experience for our students and the many parents who volunteered their time last Friday. See the pictures at the top of this newsletter to get a glimpse of our students in action at the museum!

Dinner for Dollars
January 28 - Panda Express 12513 Lake City Way NE - ALL DAY - See flyer to use and share
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.
Thank you for your support of Scrip! Simply return your order on the paper form sent home or go to www.ShopWithScrip.com . Click here for online instructions. 
Shrek the Musical Jr.

Casting Call - LAST CHANCE
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 this  Friday, January 24th . Space is limited.

CYO News
You can always see what is happening in CYO athletics on our website .
Parish News
OneOLL Catholic Social Teaching Stories Project Encourages Drawings, Paintings and Poems in addition to Written Personal Stories!
We are inviting all parishioners and students at and not at OLL School to write 500 word personal stories. We’re also inviting all the young and older in our parish and in our parish School to create a drawing, painting or poem based on one element of our Statement of Commitment and Action to Living Catholic Social Teaching. These will be added to our Jubilee Hall binder. Find the text of the Statement on cards on the tables in church and from Principal Daniel Mullen at the School. Submit your art, poem or 500 word personal story on one of the eleven elements of the Statement to  parishadmin@ollseattle.org  and we will add it to the binder. 

Once monthly at all the Masses a writer, poet or artist will be featured. Make sure to indicate which element you are focusing on. Give at least your first name at the bottom and on a separate sheet give your full name and contact number and email.

Our goal is 100 OLL submissions. We invite you to read those recently submitted, including stories from eleven OLL School seventh graders and a few more from parishioners.
Please see the attached flyer for the latest Blanchet news and a link to their summer activities for grades K - 9.

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/

NE Seattle Little League
Registration is taking place now for ages 4 and up. Visit their website here .
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.