Principal's Letter
Dear OLG Families,

Tomorrow is our tremendous Jog-a-thon... May the 4th be With us all as we run, jog, and make our way around the field. I know how excited students are, I am too! Don't forget the prize for costumes, but please leave lightsabers and blasters at home. If students have a mask for their costume, they will be asked to take it off while running for safety reasons. Weather force-cast looks good, and we are going to have an excellent time outside tomorrow!

May is also the month that we have many changes come forth. Christ is Risen, flowers bloom, babies are born, and teachers make their next 18-months decisions. In recent weeks I have updated you on our enrollment figures and newly open positions in the Early Learning Center. Rest assured, I'm not going anywhere! But this is the most difficult time of year as staff make decisions and we announce comings and goings. The good news is that by announcing early in May, we are ahead of the game and have time to find the best folks to come to Guadalupe. We are blessed to have excellent staff because of you, the supportive families and students who make OLG the strongest school around. Here is a totality of all our staffing changes as we look toward next school year:
  • Congratulations to our newest Guad: Samuel Hoch Cushman. More details and another cute pic below. Mrs. Hoch is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to her return this fall on a part -time basis.
  • Welcome returning Mrs. Zbaracki. She is currently leading our 2nd grade class during Mrs. Hoch's leave, and will also be job sharing with Mrs. Hoch all throughout next year! We are blessed to have such professionals and great consistency and teamwork with our 2nd graders next year.
  • Ms. Ellis has announced her return to Maui at the end of this school year to continue her work with whales and education on the islands. We have been blessed with her excellent work shaping the middle school science curriculum. By announcing this opening now, we are excited to be ahead of the public school postings and have plenty of time to find an excellent replacement for such a dedicated teacher. We will miss you Ms. Ellis. Position is posted.
  • Unfortunately, Mrs. Heiger is also leaving OLG at the end of this year. She is much loved and will be missed, but due to family circumstances she is finding it is also her time to say goodbye to OLG. We will miss you Mrs. Heiger! Middle school families, I have sent you a separate email with more info direct from Mrs. Heiger.
  • I'm please to announce Ms. Hobbs will be looping with her current 5th grade class up into middle school. This will provide stability in the middle school as she will be the new 7th grade homeroom and Middle School Social Studies expert. Ms. Hobbs is an excellent teacher, gifted in Social Studies, who has already been working with Student Council for years and will make for a very smooth transition. This will leave a vacancy in the 5th grade. Position is posted.
  • And last but not least, another addition to our staff comes from one of our very dedicated volunteers in our building, Mrs. Bridget Lawler. I'm pleased to announce that she has agreed to join our staff next year as a Math Support Specialist, providing continued and increased support for math in our K-5 classrooms, as well as teaming with Ms. Savio on school-wide math endeavors.

We are also hiring to fill our expanding Early Learning program, and immediately a temporary/leave replacement for EDC. Click here for all job postings at this time, including the two newly posted teacher positions. I know how difficult these sort of announcements are, both cheerful and sad. It is always full of emotions that we wish our staff well on their journeys. But we aren't saying our goodbyes completely... we still have many weeks ahead of us! Staff are all dedicated to carrying out the rest of this year with full force and resolution to uphold our high standards of learning! Again, it is with the joy of the risen Christ that the springtime brings us new life, new energy, and fantastic new opportunities. Rest assured we will find fabulous staff to fill our vacancies! I know from the reception I have received this year, we as a community do truly live out our beliefs, to be welcoming to all!

In the spirit of new life, this first weekend in May, the month of Mary, I invite you to a special Family Faith Sunday blessing and crowning of Mary ( Sunday, May 6th). I welcome you all to come in community together. More info here. May we continue to be blessed with the strength of our community, and the joy of our companionship.
Yours in Christ,

Anton Kramer
Important Dates
Friday, May 4th
Jog-A-Thon and Noon Dismissal
EDC open until 6:00 PM.
May the 4th be with you...

Friday, May 4th
OLG Night at the Mariners

Saturday, May 5th
2nd Grade First Communion 5:30 PM

Sunday, May 6th
Family Faith Sunday 9:30 - 10:45 AM at Walmesley Center
Celebrate our last family faith Sunday of the year

Monday, May 7th
MAPS Testing begins
Student attendance and rest very important the next 3 weeks!

Tuesday, May 8th
Honor Band Performance at OLG 1:00 PM

Friday, May 11th
Salmon release
1st and 6th grades
Saturday, May 12th
11th Annual CYO Golf Tournament

 Tuesday, May 15th
Parent Org Meeting 6:30 PM Math Lab
This is our last meeting of the school year. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, May 16th
Band Festival at Kennedy Catholic High School
Performance 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 17th
All School Mass 9:00 AM
Planned by 2nd Grade
Students in full uniform

Thursday, May 17th
New Family Night 7:00 PM at the Math Lab
For incoming new families

Saturday, May 19th
Volunteer Appreciation after 5:30 Mass

Wednesday, May 23rd
OLG Spring Concert at the church
Performance 7:00 PM
Westside Baby Drive

Tomorrow is the last day to bring in:

  • Diapers in any size, especially sizes 5 and 6
  • Baby wipes
  • diaper cream
  • baby shampoo, wash, lotion
  • baby and child sized toothbrushes and toothpaste

The class that brings in the most items wins a free dress day! Presented by the 3rd Grade, Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool classes.
Now Hiring!
3 positions are available at OLG. Please consider someone who may be a good fit - maybe it's you!

Temporary/part-time May-June 2018

Begins fall 2018

Begins fall 2018
Lost and Found
If you can't make it into the office, click below for an inventory. Please pick up your lost items in the front lobby. Any items not picked up will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.

This is a big time of year for lost jackets/sweatshirts. Make sure your child's name is on jackets, sweatshirts, hats, water bottles, etc!
Special Annoucement

Welcome baby Samuel Hoch Cushman!
Born at 10:31pm on April 21st, 7 lbs.7 oz. and 19 in. long. We are so grateful for all the prayers and support the OLG community has shared with us over the past months. We feel incredibly blessed to part of such an amazing community and we can't wait for you to meet Samuel! 

Blessings and joy to you, 
Rachel, Ken, Naomi, and Samuel
Band Update

Band students have been practicing for many upcoming events! (Please note there is combined rehearsal tomorrow, May 4th for grades 5-8).

  • BAND FESTIVAL - May 16th 7:00 pm at Kennedy Catholic High School Gym - Required and graded performance. ALL permission slips should now be in!
  • OLG SPRING CONCERT - May 23rd 7:00 pm. - Required and graded performance
  • 2018 Honor Band members have their concert schedule information.
  • Honor Band Performance at OLG - May 8th 1:00 pm
  • 4th Grade Band Recruit Assembly - May 25th 10:30-11 am
  • Kennedy Catholic Elementary SUMMER BAND CAMP July 9-13th 12:15 - 2:00 pm. Tuition: $25.00. Discount for siblings available! One year experience required. Held in the Music Room of Kennedy Catholic High School.  Online registration only. Miss McKamey wants to see YOU there!!

Other dates to note:
  • May 4th - Combined practice grades 5-8 9:30-10:15 am
  • May 11th - No band practice
  • May 14th - Combined practice grades 5-8 2-2:30pm
  • May 16th - No 5th grade practice (Grades 6-8 at Kennedy Catholic)
  • May 21st - Combined practice grades 5-8
  • May 23rd - Combined practice grades 5-8
  • May 25th - 4th grade band recruit assembly and final class for grades 6-8.
Classroom News

Hello Parents from OLG,

Wow it is already May. Time is flying by!! 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. 

Let’s see what your kiddos did for Cultural night -- a big Gracias to Maria Gonzales-Bravo for another year organizing Cultural Night for OLG. She asked me to help her by making cultural art projects from some of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries. I was able to work with all the grade levels to make fun art projects that every student enjoyed making and learned a little about the culture of the project... Continue Reading
Summer Events
Please consider these summer options.

OLG Summer Camps June 18-22nd - Taught by our own OLG staff. All grades.

OLG Vacation Bible Camp June 25-29th - Preschool to 5th Grade

Kennedy Summer Band Camp July 9 - 13th - One year experience required.

Other Summer Program Options
Parent Org Updates
A few reminders for tomorrow’s fun rebellion run:

  • Tomorrow is a free dress day. We challenge runners to dress in their galactic best! Wear Jedi attire or dress as a member of the Dark Side….Just be sure the runner can run. Please leave all lightsabers/blasters at home.
  • Wear RUNNING shoes.
  • Bring a water bottle with your name on it to the field.
  • While not in the forecast, rain is always a possibility in Seattle. Layering clothing is a good option or bring extra clothes. 
  • If the sun is out, please put sunscreen on before coming to school. You may also wear hats and sunglasses.
  • Turn in pledge sheets (both white and yellow copies) to teacher before the run! No pledge sheet, no prizes.
An urgent plea from the Rebellion!
The May the 4th Be With You Jog-A-Thon is tomorrow and volunteers slots are still empty. Get a jump start on hours for the 2018-19 school year. Volunteer here
Help the Rebellion by getting those pledges! The Galaxy is large so spread the word far and wide to help your runner meet the end goal of $150 in flat donations or $7 total per lap. Donate here
Showcase your talent at our Art Walk!
Are you a photographer, painter, sculptor, jewelry artist or textile designer? Showcase your talent and original creations at the inaugural Art Walk hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe School in West Seattle. We are currently seeking submissions for our September 29th event: A Visual Harvest – A Special Evening of Inspiration, Imagery and Inclusion.

Calling all OLG Students! -- Earn commitment hours!

Thank you to those of you who have registered for EScrip! Scrip is a simple way to earn extra dollars for the Parent Org and our School! Join EScrip today!

SCRIP Gift Card Update!
Please note... if you like to use paper checks and paper order forms, in April, we will take SCRIP orders until the second Friday of the month. Please email Danielle with questions.

Can't wait for paper and mailed cards?  EScrip is active! Sign up for an account that links you to Scrip so you can order conveniently from home anytime, recharge current scrip cards, or download scrip directly to your phone or printer! Our school enrollment code is  C5687EF41L6L2. It takes a few steps to get it going, but once you're up and running you can be standing in the cashier line and download the scrip directly to your phone to make your purchase count... no extra cost to you!

NEW! – Fred Meyer Rewards – easy way to earn cash for the school!
You can earn cash for OLG school just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Ask neighbors, friends and family to sign up to help OLG. It’s easy!

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to OLG School at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 84215.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Our Lady of Guadalupe School earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  •  If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
2018-19 Auction –
The theme of “Masquerade” has been decided for the 2018-19 OLG school auction. Thanks to all of those who participated in the survey and on the auction committee/event this past year! We certainly couldn’t have done it without all your hard work!
Save the Date
Jog-A-Thon - May 4th

Next PO Meeting Tuesday, May 15th (date change!) 6:30 pm in the Math Lab. All are welcome to attend! This will be our last meeting of the school year. Please come and celebrate your hard work!

New Family Night - May 17th 7:00 pm

Parent Organization & Parish Volunteer Appreciation event – Saturday May 19 th 6:30 pm at the Walmesley Center
CYO News
11 th  Annual OLG Golf Tournament – May 12th
Sign up today to play in the 11 th annual OLG Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 12 th at West Seattle Golf Course. Share a great round of golf in a fun scramble format with friends, family, and parishioners as we raise money for OLG CYO sports activities and the In-Parish Help Fund.
Win a Pizza Party!
The OLG class with the most players (parents or other family members) will win a Pizza Party for their class. So reach out to other OLG parents and put your foursome together!
Contact our tournament chairperson Jason Standifer or 206-931-0268.
Ready to sign up?
Call Jason Standifer at 206-931-0268 to register by phone, or complete the  Golf Tournament Entry Form and submit it to the OLG Parish Office along with your payment.
Guadalupe Men's and Women's Adult Softball
OLG has an Adult CYO Men’s and Women’s 21 years and older softball team. We are looking for experienced players to join us for our 8-game season. Games are played at St. Bernadette’s Field in Burien on Monday nights at 6:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., starting in June thru July and a one-day Saturday elimination tournament the second week of August. Please contact Justin Shaw at 206-898-3141 for more information. There is a $50/person fee and all the proceeds go to CYO sports. We play other local Catholic parishes and are divided into North and South consisting of 10 teams each.  Sign up here
OLG Parish News
Attention Young Adults!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5th with dinner at a local restaurant after the 5:30 pm Mass. It will be a great opportunity to meet new people and talk about future activities. You are also welcome to invite your friends. Meet in the narthex of the church after Mass to find out where the group is having dinner. If you aren’t able to attend but would like to know about future events, please contact Helen.

Come Celebrate The Blessed Virgin Mary Family Faith Sunday Learning Center!
On May 6th, from 9:30 am to 10:45 am, we wish to invite all families to come and participate in our last Family Faith Sunday for this year. We will meet in the Walmesley Center Gym, where families will have lots of opportunities to participate in fun learning centers that will help us to know Mary better and learn to live more like her.

Saturday, May 12th , 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. High School Youth are invited to an evening of food, friends and fun. We will meet after the 5:30 pm in the Walmesley Center. After dinner we will head over to the church for a Scavenger Hunt. Invite your friends and join us.

Immigration 101
St. Joseph’s Parish in Seattle invites you to a presentation and panel discussion to learn more about Immigration on Monday, May 7 from 7-9pm in their Parish Center (732 18 th Ave E., Seattle). Senior Attorney Meghan Casey from the NW Immigrant Rights Project will be the keynote speaker. Panelists include John McKay from the SU School of Law, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Nicky Smith the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee, and Zach Carstensen the Director of Outreach and Engagement for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.  Steve Wodzanowski 206-965-1646 
Looking for Gifts for Mother’s Day, First Communion, Confirmation? Check out CRS Ethical Trade!
As you search for the perfect gift for your mother this year or look for a meaningful present for someone receiving one of the Sacraments, try Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade gifts. By purchasing ethically made gifts from CRS partners, your impact is doubled! From clothing and jewelry to coffee, tea, candles, and shea butter products, there are many gifts from around the world to pamper your mom. You can also find beautiful crosses, necklaces, rosaries, and religious statues to share with those being baptized, confirmed and/or receiving their First Communion.  Learn more
IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP for Loop the ‘Lupe! This excitement-filled obstacle course and family fun run/walk is on Saturday, June 2 nd at Walt Hundley Playfield! We’re excited to put on this event again to support the debt reduction and ongoing maintenance of the Walmesley Center. Last year, we had 300 people participating and raised more than $11,000. This year, we’re going to BREAK THOSE RECORDS! You can register for the 5K Obstacle Course, the 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Youth Dash (8 and under, once around the course), or the older-and-wiser Senior Saunter! Check out the event at and sign up before April 30 th to get a registration discount!

We have reached our goal of $80,000 in pledges
to the School Fund Drive. 

Thank you to all the families, friends and supporters of our community that have made this possible! Of the $80,000 pledged so far, we still have roughly $16,000 that remains to be collected. Don’t forget that you have until June 30 to make payments on your pledges. If you have any questions or would like to check your unpaid balance, please contact Carrie Morrissey


Our Lady of Guadalupe,  Pray for Us!

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