A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

Be who you are and be that well

Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School which has a long standing reputation for academic excellence and a caring environment which facilitates learning and spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Student Life

In our efforts to develop the whole child, OLGC School not only provides an excellent academic program but also offers after school clubs and extra-curricular activities to further enrich our students' experience. We also offer after school classes taught by vendors who contract with our school.

Band

Band

Participates in the Diocesan Band Program and is available for grades 4-8. Lessons are given on a rotating basis during school hours. Full band practice is held after school for one hour each week. There is a separate fee charged for this program and is independently managed by the instructor. For more information contact, the school office.


Choir

Choir

The choir is a yearlong commitment with rehearsals and performances. For more information see the Music webpage or contact Dr. Lee.

Community Service - Our Faith In Action

Community Service-Faith In Action

Community Service is one way our students put their faith into action. Our service projects vary from year to year based upon the needs of our local community and availability of projects with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales both nationally and internationally. We incorporate community service into some of our school events, like the collection of

canned food at our Halloween Trunk or Treat night, as well as Out of Uniform Day donations and direct participation in projects such as Share-A-Meal. Projects we have completed thus far in this school year include:

  • Share-A-Meal Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes for Clearview ES
  • Christmas Giving Tree sponsored by grades K - 5
  • Christmas Adopt-a-Family sponsored by Middle School grades
  • Donation to American Cancer
  • Society
  • Halloween candy for the military
  • Donation to Children's
  • Hospital Medical Center
  • Collection of canned food for local food banks at Trunk or Treat
  • Participation in the Food for Others Power Packs program for FCPS students

Examples of Past Community Service Projects:

  • Sponsor students at Ecole Modern School in Haiti http://www.lahaiti.org
  • Philippine Typhoon Relief
  • Collection of Books for Nativity Prep
  • Donations to SuperStorm Sandy Victims
  • Adopt-a-Family Program for NY families whose houses were destroyed on Long Island
  • Baby Bottle Drive to provide funds for the Alexandria Pregnancy Help Center (Sanctity of Life Ministries) to be used for the training of staff, the purchase of ultrasound equipment, and renovations to the clinic as needed.
  • Support of the Banica Mission
  • Heavenly Hats Foundation

Computer Club

Computer Club

Starting in the second semester, the Computer Club is open to middle school students who want to extend their learning and exploration of computer-oriented activities and topics to include programming, computer science, computer applications, gaming, and other independent projects. In past years we have explored special features of Google Earth, such as the interactive tours and the aviator mode; conducted video conferences to far away places; created animations using our own voices and choreography; programmed games and other projects using Scratch, Kodu, Code Academy, Khan Academy; shared some of our favorite gaming websites; and more! Tentatively, the club will meet on Mondays, from 3-3:45pm in the computer lab from December through June.

Lego League

OLGC is creating a Lego Robotics Team comprised of 2nd through 4th graders. The team will develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through the use of motorized Lego robotics. Meetings will be held after school once per week for one hour. The students will be given a challenge and will work together to build a Lego machine to solve the problem. The OLGC team will compete against local clubs in building and problem-solving challenges. No previous experience is necessary. All Legos, motorized components and iPads for controlling the robots will be provided by the team. The team will be coached by Tom Flanigan and managed by Jeff Zures.

Newspaper

Newspaper

The Wildcat Tales is Our Lady of Good Counsel's student newspaper. The paper is currently published two or three times during the school year.

Science Club

Science Club is a unique opportunity for students to explore their interest in the sciences outside of the classroom. Science Club focuses on energy conservation, environmental stewardship, various other topics and surprising experiments that will excite any student.

For two consecutive years the club has won the Virginia School of the Year - Elementary Division and Outstanding School Energy Efficiency Project at the National level through a competition with the NEED Project. The project can be viewed at http://www.need.org/virginia

Science Club is offered for grades 3-5 . It meets on Thursdays from 3-3:45pm. A calendar of meeting dates will be given to club members.

The sponsor of Science Club is Miss Forbes.

Yearbook Club

Yearbook

The Yearbook Club is open to 7th & 8th graders.

  • Students are involved with photography, proofreading, sales, layout and other items that go into creating a yearbook.
  • Students are trained on the Jostens' yearbook software and receive some basic photography instruction.
  • The Yearbook Club meets on an as-needed basis with email dialogue between meetings. Staffer assignments will include both in school and at home activities.
  • Application Form to join the Staff
  • Link to UPLOAD PHOTOS for Yearbook or send photos to OLGCYearbook@aol.com

Vendor Sponsored After School Activities

Chess Club

Chess Club

Participants include students in grades K-8. Chess Club meets every Wednesday after school in the library loft from 3-4pm. There are two sessions each year, fall and winter. A separate fee is charged for this program which is independently managed by Silver Knights Chess.

Dance & Movement

Dance

Two after school dance classes are offered:

Music & movement classes are available for high-energy students in kindergarten - 3rd grade depending upon the session. Students will learn the fundamentals of dance styles, focusing on rhythm & coordination. Classes will include the basic elements of ballet and jazz as well as the concepts of body awareness, space, rhythm, and shape. Contact Nikki Stezin for more information.

Current dance trends and styles are offered to students in grades 4-8. Go to Adrenaline Dance Studio for more information.

There is a separate fee charged for dance programs.

Technology

After school classes are offered in Coding and Robotics. Typically these classes are held one day per week from 3-4 pm. Vendors may vary from year to year.