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.



Room 11: Mrs. Iannone Bio
Mrs. Borkoski Etter

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go." William Shakespeare

“Grammar is the greatest joy in life, don't you find?”
Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

“I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.”
Gertrude Stein, Lectures in America

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“If Language is a Flower then without Grammar it will not smell.”
Purushottam Muley

“Diagramming made language seem friendly, like a dog who doesn't bark, but, instead, trots over to greet you, wagging its tail.”
Kitty Burns Florey, Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

“Grammar is to a writer what anatomy is to a sculptor or the scales to a musician. You may loathe it, it may bore you, but nothing will replace it, and once mastered it will support you like a rock.”
B.J. Chute

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The goals of studying English are:

  • Acquire writing skills and techniques that present clear arguments supported by appropriate evidence
  • Study and apply standard English grammar in speaking and writing
  • Develop a strong and varied vocabulary through spelling
  • Foster oral communication skills
  • Use a variety of technology applications for research and writing

Curriculum Highlights