Note from Principal Ramos – June 18, 2014

Dear OLG Families,

As the dust settles after a busy end to the school year, this final 2013-14 newsletter gives an opportunity to reflect back on some of the highlights, through the highlights and memories from each of our classes and Ann Manning’s Parent Org re-cap. Thank you, Ann, for all that you did to make this year a smooth one. I know that I have appreciated your positive energy and organization, your wisdom and insights, and your historical perspective about all of our OLG traditions! What a full year it has been, and each of your contributions and participation mattered. Thank you for being such a wonderful parent community and for all that you do for our students and in support of our staff.

Speaking of staff, although a well-deserved break is in order, this week most of us are at a three-day Leadership Institute (“Further Implementing the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts with Diverse Learners in Mind”) at Seattle University, co-sponsored by the Office for Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese and the School of Education at Seattle University. On Friday, we’ll be having a math training at OLG. Both will provide food for thought and curriculum planning over the summer, mixed in with some refreshing time outdoors, traveling, and with family and friends! You’ll be hearing more about our spring/summer research and plans in the area of math early next fall; we’ve been busy! It’s exciting to have the financial resources from our auction “March Mathness” fund-a-need; thank you for your generosity and support!

At OLG, we are very blessed to have an anonymous donor who provides a generous travel and enrichment stipend for a teacher or staff member to gain experiences that are both personally enriching and can be brought back into the school to enrich our whole community the following year. Last year’s recipient was Ms. Heidi Ehrenberg; she traveled to Whidbey Island to participate in several week-long art workshops. Heidi will continue working with our students to create “rivers of salmon” up both stairways in the school. Outside of school, Heidi also has two art shows of her own lined up for the fall! If you’ve seen her work at our auction, you know how beautiful her work is!

This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Teacher/Staff Award is Mrs. Janet McClelland. Congratulations to Janet! She will be embarking on an in-depth, summer exploration of Washington State – learning about the history and geography, and preparing a multi-media instructional unit about our diverse and beautiful state. Have a wonderful trip, and we look forward to having it shared with us next year!

This summer at school, work will begin in our Langen Library and Learning Lab to make it a more up-to-date and flexible space for a variety of learning, exploration, and research activities. We are able to embark on this project, thanks to our community’s generosity in last year’s School Annual Fund Drive.

I have truly enjoyed my first year at Our Lady of Guadalupe. I’m so grateful for this special community, the high value placed on academic excellence, service, faith development, and the arts. I wish you and your family a fun and restful summer and some good family time, and I’m looking forward to next year!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!