A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

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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.

Library

Paws enjoying a book in our library!

Librarian: Mrs Holden


New This Year--Automated Library Notices!

Overdue notices are now automated! Parents will receive an email about any books your child has checked out that are overdue by 7 or more days.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Holden at cholden@olgcschool.org.


Web Links and Resources:

OLGC School Summer Reading Lists:

Students who will be in grades 4 through 8 during the 2018-2019 school year have summer reading assignments. All younger students are encouraged to read a variety of books that appeal to their interests during the summer.

Please click on the links below for the Summer Reading Assignments for rising 4th through 8th Graders:

Rising 4th Grade

Rising 5th Grade

Rising 6th to 8th Grade Middle School




Summer Reading at Fairfax County Public Library:

This summer go to a Fairfax County Public Library branch near your home and help keep your child reading all summer! Their Summer Reading Adventure 2018--Reading Takes You Everywhere runs from June 15 to September 1. Click here for more information.

OLGC Library Resources:

Here are some links to some of our most used OLGC Library resources:

OLGC Library Online Catalog: Look for books we have in the OLGC Library for fun or for a report.

To find online resources for student use:

  • click on Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • click on Catalog
  • click on Webpath Express

Fairfax County Library: Explore what is available on the Fairfax County Public Library website.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder: AR Bookfinder is a great way to look for books of interest. Do an advanced search, and use your Lexile Score to find the perfect book!

5th Grade International Day Project Information

Curriculum Overview:

We are fortunate to have a beautiful library with over 14,000 books! Our library program is designed to foster a love of reading,and also equip our students with library and research skills that they will use in their academic lives and beyond.

In addition to the books in our library, students may also take advantage of magazines, online databases, and the 18 computer stations in our library media center. We also have a state of the art ActivPanel, an interactive board used for library lessons.

Students can use the Accelerated Reader program to test their knowledge of the books they have read. Students login from the library computers and take quizzes during their regular library class time. Quizzes are available for a wide variety of ages, interests, and reading levels. Ask Mrs. Holden for more information!

Library News:

Library Newsletters:

October 2017

Elementary: It is mystery month in the library! Kindergarten through 5th grade are learning all about the special elements of a mystery story, including vocabulary, plot, and characters.

Middle School: 7th Grade reinforced their research skills while performing research for their Explorers & Conquistadors Report for Social Studies.

November 2017

3rd, 4th, & 5th grades are studying the different informational parts of books. The students are learning all about the Table of Contents, Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Title Page, and Copyright Page to name a few, and what information you can find by using them.

6th Grade is honing their research skills as they work on their River Valley Civilizations Reports for Social Studies during Study Hall.

A special thank you to the students, parents, and teachers who attended the Fall Book Fair! It was a big success in raising funds for new library books and materials.

December 2017

The library has focused on the use of Accelerated Reader for our students during the month of December.

3rd-8th Grades are learning the ins and outs of using AR to test their understanding of books they read on their own. Additionally, Middle School has also used AR to test the understanding of books they have read in their English classes.

Our youngest readers are using AR collaboratively to test their knowledge of books we read together during Library class. 2nd Grade will soon be ready to take quizzes on their own!

January 2018

3rd and 4th grades utilized some of our new library makerspace tools. In a makerspace, students work collaboratively to design, create, and/or build using a variety of materials. This month the students were able to choose from different Lego building sets. Working together, groups of two or more students followed the set directions to make some amazing buildings!


February 2018

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders began working on Accelerated Reader this month. Students read a book together as a class and then independently took their quizzes. By the end of the month, all 2nd graders will be able to take AR tests on their own!

3rd & 4th Grade: The monthly makerspace theme was paper crafts. Students used their reading, engineering, problem solving & cooperation skills to make awesome origami animal, paper airplane & valentine creations!

5th Grade: The 5th grade students are engaged in the study of Spanish speaking countries, and are using book and web-based research to find information. They are working in groups during Computers, Library, and Spanish class to make PowerPoint slideshows to be presented on International Day. Collaborative learning at its best!

March 2018

Spring Book Fair News: Although the weather didn't cooperate, not even two snow days could keep our loyal students and parents from attending our Spring Book Fair! We raised over $1000 in books and funds for our school library. Thanks so much to the parents who helped to coordinate the sale, assisted buyers, and helped to set up and pack up the books. There would be no book fair with out our wonderful volunteers!

Library Awards: During the Spring Book Fair, several of our students were awarded gift certificates for their achievements in our Accelerated Reader program. The top two students in each category (Elementary/Grades 3-5 & Middle School/Grades 6-8) each won a certificate for a book of their choice. Congratulations to all!

April 2018

It was all about the Book Fair last month! Although the weather didn't cooperate, not even two snow days could keep our loyal students and parents from attending our Spring Book Fair! We raised over $1000 in books and funds for our school library.
During the Spring Book Fair, several of our students were awarded gift certificates for their achievements in our Accelerated Reader program. The top two students in each category (Elementary/Grades 3-5 and Middle School/Grades 6-8) each won a certificate for a book of their choice. Congratulations to all the students who participated in our Accelerated Reader program!

May 2018

  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade students explored the use of reference materials in the library. Students learned how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journal articles in both book and online form to find useful and fun information.
  • School is winding down, and students are busy finishing the books we have been reading as a class together!

June 2018

During the last month of school, students played games like Jeopardy and I Have, Who Has to review library skills learned this year. Students worked hard to find those library books hidden in lockers and cubbies for the end of the school year, and all books have been turned in! Summer reading lists for rising 4th to 8th Grades are on this web-page. Younger students can take advantage of the Fairfax County Public Library and all their resources, including their summer reading program linked on this webpage.

Thank you for a wonderful year in the OLGC Library! Have a great summer, and keep reading! Mrs. Holden

Book Fairs: The OLGC Library hosts a book fair in the fall and spring of each year. Proceeds from the books sold help support our library programs by raising funds to purchase books and other library materials. Dates for the 2017-2018 school year are:

Fall 2017 Book Fair: November 6-10

Spring 2018 Book Fair: March 19-23