Weekly OLL News: November 6, 2019
Dear OLL Families, 

During conferences last week, a recurring theme of questions that came up were around technology and specifically how parents can ensure their child’s safety and appropriate use of technology. The tech landscape is changing so fast, although our “digital native” children may not even realize how far it has evolved - or its impact on their social-emotional health. 

To help provide you with an expert’s take on this issue, we’re tremendously excited to welcome Tammy Fisher, PhD, to OLL on Nov. 14 at 6:30pm for a parent education talk on “Calm Clarity: Strategies to Support Your Child's Social/Emotional Well-Being in the Screen Age.” You are all warmly invited and we hope you bring your friends. Our first Open House event follows the talk for any families interested in joining the OLL school community. You as parents are always our best “advertisers” for our school - please spread the word and “like” or share social media posts!

In the meantime, you may be interested in these related articles about keeping your child safe online and setting up a Family Media Use Plan from the American Academy of Pediatrics. One quote from the first article suggests that parents “Set up appropriate boundaries for your children and a system for monitoring them.” That vigilance around cell phone use and other technology can help ensure our kids make good choices in this rapidly shifting area that is incredibly important and complex. 

Finally, we are very interested in any and all feedback about conferences last week. Please provide feedback via this conference survey .

Thank you for all you do for your child’s education - just two and a half weeks until the end of the first trimester.

Daniel P. Mullen 

Upcoming Events/Important Dates  
November 7 - Pride Wear
November 8 - Musical Reveal Party - 7:00pm
November 11 - Veteran's Day - No School and Xcare closed
November 12 - "Dinner for Dollars" - MOD Pizza - Lake Forest Park - All Day
November 14 - Open House & Parent Education Speaker - All Grades - 6:30pm (RSVP here. Walk-ins OK!)
November 15 - 70/90 Celebration RSVP due - email Patty Corum
November 17 - Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar - 10:30am - 1pm - OLL Event Center
From the Office

XCare Calendar for November
  • Closed on Monday, November 11
  • Open until 6pm on Wednesday, November 27
  • Closed November 28 and 29

Annual OLL Food Drive - school goal 3000 items
We will be holding our annual food drive to benefit the parish food bank - St. Vincent de Paul from November 4 - November 22. Students will bring home a grocery bag on Monday, November 4. Please see attached flyer with more information and items that are in great need. Thank you for your support.

Open House & Educational Speaker - November 14, 6:30pm
We are very excited to welcome an educational and counseling expert to OLL for an interactive talk to kick off our Open House on how we can help our children balance social-emotional health with healthy technology use. Tammy Fisher, PhD, will present on " Calm Clarity: Strategies to Support Your Child's Social/Emotional Well-Being in the Screen Age."

This is an exciting opportunity for our whole school community, and those interested in joining our community, to learn about a topic that is top-of-mind for many parents and educators. Dr. Fisher will present at the start of our Open House evening on November 14 from 6:30 - 7pm . All parents - OLL and prospective parents interested in learning about our school - are warmly invited, so please spread the word and feel free to invite your friends. Save the date and RSVP here!
"Movember" Beard Growing
How would you like to support a worthy cause (tuition assistance at OLL) just by throwing away your razor for the month of November? A group of parents are looking to raise funds and have fun in the process by growing beards the next 30 days. If you're interested in finding out more, email Nick Bennett for all the details.
Parent Club
Chinook Books
The physical books are $25 per book and the App is $15. You may may purchase them using this  form . Books will be sent home with your student on Tuesdays.

Dinner for Dollars
November 12  - Mod Pizza - Lake Forest Park - all day - see flyer
February 25  - Mod Pizza - Lake Forest Park - all day

Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar

Please join us on Sunday, November 17 from 10:30am - 1:00pm. We will be combining with Parish Life for pancakes and holiday shopping in the OLL Event Center.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please follow this link ( https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DAEA82FA75-2019 )
CYO News
Congratulations to the 8th grade girls soccer team who was combined with St. Catherine and won the CYO championship last Saturday!

Parish News
90/70 Anniversary Celebration - November 23, 2019
Seattle Prep Gen-Z Middle School Conference: Due to a conflict with some Catholic high school entrance testing, Seattle Prep is postponing its Gen-Z Middle School Conference (previously scheduled for Nov. 16) until later in the school year. They will notify us of the new date and send apologies for any inconvenience.

OLL Alum Making a Difference: Claire Mattingly
According to Holy Names Academy, OLL alum Claire Mattingly is one of eight students, representing the HNA Social Justice Committee, who will travel to Rome during Thanksgiving week to participate in the Design for Change I Can Children’s Global Summit. They will have an audience with Pope Francis, give presentations about their social justice projects, and celebrate social activism with over 400 other youths from around the world. Congrats to Claire!

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.