OLG Mariners Newsletter
January 2022
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Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School



Happy New Year Mariners!


Starting the New Year with a New Face in 4th Grade 

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Patti Biggs as our new 4th Grade homeroom teacher.  When Ms. Madsen informed us that she would be moving to Corpus at the end of December, our prayers for a new teacher were answered with Ms. Biggs who has been in education for 27 years. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 37 years and have three grown children and 2 grandchildren (with another on the way).  Her hobbies are reading, gardening, and cooking.  She retired from teaching in 2015 and became very active at our local food pantry.  She is returning to the classroom because she missed the kids and feels God is calling her to our school.
 All 3rd & 4th grade parents are invited to come meet Ms. Biggs on Sunday, January 9th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the 4th grade homeroom.   She spent the Christmas break preparing for the students' return and is looking forward to meeting the parents to answer any questions and to set up meetings to get to know her classroom families better.  
So please join us in welcoming Ms. Biggs to our Mariner family! God answered our prayers in a "Biggs" way (sorry but we just couldn't pass that pun up).
Covid Protocols
Adjustments to the Covid quarantine practices for students and faculty testing positive and for exposure cases has been updated to more closely align with the CCISD new protocols.  The primary change is the new "Test-to-stay" practice that will allow students and faculty to remain in school even if a member of their household contracts Covid.  Please go to our school website for details about these new protocols.

We had hoped to start the new year with lifting the church mask requirements and having elementary students eat lunch together, but because of the current surge in cases due to Omicron, we will keep our pre-Christmas practices until this wave has passed.  The Covid Task Force Team will continue to monitor the cases in Calhoun County and hopes to remove these restrictions soon.  During the classroom day, masks are optional for all students and faculty under normal circumstances.
Christmas Pageant 2021
Christmas is Coming...Let the Church Bells Ring!
Another OLG Original Performance featuring Bells, Drummers, Santa, Dancers, Pipers, Lords and Maid, Swans, French Hens, Turtle Doves and other assorted fowl.  But most importantly the Manger and  Holy Family - always the Center of any OLG Pageant.

The Christmas Parade

The Bronze Mariners Bell Choir played on the float in the Christmas Parade, ringing in the season and helping to bring the message of hope and joy in the Incarnation.



REMINDER: The HSA is conducting the Catholic Life Raffle to raise funds for our school. These funds support academic programs and special projects such as the OLG Playground Equipment coming in the spring of 2022! For every book of Tickets Sold:
  • Adults get 1 Service Hour Credit
  • Top WEEKLY Student Seller gets a Free Dress Pass each week. 
  • STUDENT who is the Top Seller will be Principal for a Day during Catholic Schools Week in January.
  • Top Class will earn a Mardi Gras Party with their Homeroom Teacher on Fat Tuesday!

A School Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God,
Creator of body and mind and heart;
you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge
to guide your people in all their ways.

As we begin this new year,
bless and protect our students, teachers,
staff, and their families.

Expand the horizons of our minds,
and deepen our commitment to seek
the truth of Your ways.

Enliven our faith to reach out to those in need,
particularly those isolated and lonely.

Help us to trust in the love of your Son Jesus,
our Divine Teacher, who is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.


School Advisory Council

We are most grateful for the SAC members, who meet monthly to ensure that we can continue to provide a faith-based education to every child whose family so desires. 
Covid Task Force

We are also grateful for Covid Task Force members, whose guidance has been invaluable for the past two years.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors.

Your generosity makes it possible for our school to
provide a loving and productive environment
in which students can grow in the Light of Christ.

Thank you to our donors:
Joe & Patricia Brett
Ishmael & Dorothy Torres

An OLG graduate who wished to remain anonymous gave a generous donation, saying:
"OLG had a huge impact on my life and our hope is to help others have the same experience."

A BIG Mariner thank you to our
2021 Pageant Elves
Costumes & Props
Lindsey & Howard Huang - Dasia Autry
Kylie Gaines - Jennifer Wright
Stage Decorations
Ana Olachia - Juanita Doty
Nikki Hill - Maraina Lozano
Tarah Sublett
Guest Musician - Nelson Largos
Alumni Bell Choir
OLG Class of 2018
Madelyn C., Krystal G.,
Abigail H., Joseline M.
OLG Class of 2021
Sloan G., Iliana L., Cassidy M.,
Julia S., Bethany W.



This newsletter is periodically distributed to connect the Mariners with their families and community partners. For more information about our school, please go to our website:
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301 S. San Antonio St.
Port Lavaca, Tx 77979

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