Advent Continues...
Dear OLG Families,

We are well into the Advent season, yet so much else is also happening in our school. This advent we are sending out family prayers you can use at home that tie in with the Sunday liturgy and our school prayers. This morning we also offered a reconciliation opportunity to all 3rd through 8th grade students, and tomorrow we have Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 9am. Our special festivities continue next week with  Dec. 12th Feast of Our Lady  at 9am (led by Student Council), and our all-school sing-a-long on  Dec 13th  at 1:30. You're welcome to any and all of these events! I'll keep it short this week to leave room for all the notes below. Blessings to you this Advent Season.
Yours in Christ,

Anton Kramer
School Happenings
Santa's Coming to Town!
Wednesday, Dec. 13th

Come to school wearing your most festive red and green holiday attire! Santa will be making a special appearance to take pictures with students and their classmates.

Grades Pre-school to 2nd grade: Individual photo with Santa!

Grades 3rd to 8th: Class photo with Santa!

Cost: $1
 Advent Canned Food and Dollar Drive
Now until Dec. 13th

Prizes will be awarded to the class that contributes the most! 

5th and 6th grade are in the lead!

750+ items collected so far
-- 2000 is our goal!

Find a list of the most needed items   here
Important Dates
Friday, Dec. 8th
All-School Mass
9:00 AM - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
All students in full uniform.

Sunday, Dec. 10th
2nd Sunday of Advent
8:30 AM and 11:00 AM
11:00 AM Mass features a full choir, led by Ann Sager.

Monday, Dec. 11th
8:35-8:45 AM - Advent 2 Prayer in School Hallways

Tuesday, Dec. 12th
All-School Mass
9:00 AM - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
All students in full uniform. Mass led by OLG's Student Council. Plus, OLG band performs.
Wednesday, Dec. 13th
Santa's Coming to Town!
Wear festive red and green holiday attire! Bring $1 for a picture with Santa. All-School Caroling at 1:30PM

Wednesday, Dec. 13th
7:00 PM - Advent Reconciliation Service
Friday, Dec. 15th
8:35 Advent 3 prayer
Noon Dismissal
EDC open until 6:00 PM

Christmas Mass Schedule , plus more Advent Events on the Parish Calendar!

Friday, Dec. 18th to Jan 1st
No School
Enjoy Christmas break!
See you Tuesday, Jan. 2nd
Development & Marketing Our School
What does the Development office do, anyway?
“Development” is one of those amorphous words that can (and does) mean just about anything. Am I building things? Do I make copies of photographs? What do I DO with my time at work, anyway? Allow me to clarify a bit for you!

The primary role the Development office serves is fundraising. During the 20 hours a week that I work at OLG School, the main focus of my time is to grow our School Fund Drive through donations. These gifts come largely from our school families, but we are supported well by parishioners, alumni, grandparents, extended family, corporate matching, friends, religious organizations and just about anyone else who believes in Catholic education. I also work on grant proposals to outside organizations. So far this year we have applied for two separate grants and hope to hear good news from them in early 2018.

Marketing is another major focus of my time and includes advertising, social media, enrollment and publicity. Marketing by word of mouth always has the strongest returns. If you have any great ideas and/or time to share, I’d love your support!

In addition to money-earning and marketing, I also work on major events for the school including Special Persons’ Day, our Open House, and others. This year I’m getting to work with the Auction team as well, and I love it! There is something so satisfying about watching a community work together to pull off such a large event, and I am enjoying getting to know people more closely through this involvement.

In general, I’m in the office Monday-Thursday 9:00-2:00. If you ever find yourself in the school during those times, come say hi to me! I would love to have the opportunity to work more closely with you and to get to know you on an individual basis. I can also be reached via email if you have any questions about your School Fund Drive pledge, marketing or anything else. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll do my best to find it for you.

I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful school community, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Director of Development and Marketing 
Classroom News
Spanish with Senora Brodahl
Hello Parents from OLG,

It’s December - Feliz Navidad! It is always a pleasure to teach Spanish at OLG. I feel very blessed to be part of this community and I love teaching Spanish to your children. This month is such a beautiful month for OLG as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Students in Pre-K to Eighth grade will be learning how Mexico, Spain and Latin America celebrate Christmas with Las Posadas and other activities. The Spanish classes will be very festive and students will how important Navidad is for the Spanish community. 

What is Las Posadas?
Posadas are an important part of Mexico and Latin America traditions. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16th to the 24th. The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" in Spanish, and in this tradition, Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem … Continue Reading and see more pictures!
Lost and Found
Missing a warm coat, lunch box, Seahawks or OLG gear,...?
Anything look familiar? Please pick up your lost items by the front desk. Any items not picked up will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.
Parent Org Updates
Light up the Night - Thank you!
Thank you to Yen del Rosario and Minerva del Rosario for making Light up the Night such a special event!

We hope you enjoyed this festive start to the holiday season. Appreciation also to those who volunteered and provided cookies for the event!
Shop Scrip for Holiday Gifts!

Looking to purchase gift cards for holiday gifts (teachers, friends, service providers, family, etc.) ?

Shopping at one of our scrip accepted stores or sites??

Order your cards to give or shop and help the school earn money! Don’t forget scrip order forms are due every Thursday in the school office! Learn more about ordering scrip and how these simple purchases gives us money towards our annual goal! Get your order forms heregreat ideas for holiday hostess gifts or for that special person on your list!!
Auction - Family Procurement
Did you forget?
Auction Procurement was due on Friday December 1 st 

We are still accepting auction procurement donations. Please drop them at the school office.

Not sure what to donate to the auction this year? That’s ok – we will take cash and take care of it for you, or, check out our OLG auction “wishlist” at Amazon! Families can also combine their donations for larger or more expensive items! Need more ideas? Email the Auction Team!
Trivia Night
Saturday, Jan 20th, 2018
5:00-8:00 PM
Get your Team READY!!! This fun evening of friendly competition includes dinner and a drink. There is a chaperoned kids area, too! Pay in advance here or cash at the door. $20 entry fee per adult/$5 per child. Team of 8 maximum people - - hurry and reserve your team a spot! Read More
Save the Date

Next PO Meeting & Auction Meeting: Tuesday January 9th @ 6:15 p.m. (time change!!) in the Math Lab (P.O.) Auction meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

TRIVIA NIGHT IS BACK! – January 20 th

COFFEE & DONUTS after the Masses – 6 th and 1st grades – January 20 and 21st

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK & OPEN HOUSE – January 28 th – February 3rd

OLG School Auction- “Roaring 20’s theme” – March 3 rd
OLG Parish News

Help Create the 2018 Day of Service
Come help plan OLG's 2018 Day of Service Our Friday, December 8 at 11:30am in the Pastoral Center. For information , contact Jennifer
Share the Journey: OLG Immigration Ministry
Join OLG's Immigration Ministry supporting Pope Francis's “Share the Journey: Love Your Neighbor” initiative Friday, December 15 at 9:30am in the Pastoral Center . Share the Journey

OLG Giving Tree
OLG’s Giving Tree is back and filled with tags for children at Sanislo Elementary and Catholic Housing Services’ Santa Teresita apartments. Runs through  December 17th...  Read More

Join the OLG Shelter Planning Team
Are you concerned about the rising cost of living in Seattle and the growing number of people without homes? Do you want to be part of the solution? OLG will be partnering with Mary’s Place to provide shelter for women and children 2-4 weeks/year as part of their rotating shelter program. Our first host week will be March 6-13 and we are busy making preparations. Join us for our next Shelter Team meeting on Monday, December 18 
Fulcrum Scholarships
The Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Program's online application for the 2018-2019 school year is open until January 5, 2018.  The application is available in both English and Spanish. 

If you have questions, contact 
School Fund Drive Pledges Due
Did you know that you can make a pledge to the School Fund Drive today and that you have until June to pay? That’s right! With Christmas just around the corner we realize that you have other ways to spend your money, so contact Carrie Morrissey to make your pledge and take your time paying it. 

Thank you to everyone that has already made a pledge this year! You are the reason we have excellent programs. Our pledges are over $37,000, inching closer toward our goal of $80,000. The School Fund Drive makes a huge difference in our ability to provide quality programs, accessible to all, beyond what tuition dollars provide. Make your donation today to keep our doors open and welcoming to all!

Look for a separate email soon with more School Fund Drive updates. Having 100% of our families and staff pledging support is our main goal here in school. Participation can be at any level. Spread the good news of what OLG School is doing!

If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider what amount makes sense for your family and pledge accordingly.

Our Lady of Guadalupe,  Pray for Us!

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