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PTO Chatter 11/29/18

Dear OLGC Families,

I hope this finds you all having had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Thank you to everyone who contributed to and worked to support our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. Special thanks go to Meg Gillespie for again organizing this effort. We provided meals to over a 100 families in beautiful baskets that reflected our many Thanksgiving traditions. Lots of time and treasure went into shopping for and preparing the dinner baskets, sorting them as they arrived at school on Tuesday morning, transporting them to Clearview, and distributing them to our Clearview families. Gratitude and giving are great ways to celebrate this season.

Thank you as well to everyone who has contributed to the Piggy Bank Fund, our project for providing Christmas bonuses to our OLGC School faculty and staff. As you know, our goal grew to $21,000 this year with the addition of our preschool. As of Tuesday morning, we were over one third of the way to our goal. Our fundraising drive for the Piggy Bank Fund runs through tomorrow, November 30th.

This will also be our last Piggy Bank Fund Drive. Today you will receive a letter from the Steering Committee of our new school annual fund, the Wildcat Fund. Last year, we celebrated our School's 60th anniversary. As we build for our next 60 years, it is time to rationalize and regularize the way we support our School, and this is the purpose of the Wildcat Fund.

Please look for the letter coming home today which details the rationale for and aims of the Wildcat Fund. Steering Committee members will be at each Mass this Sunday to answer any questions that you might have, and Steering Committee members will be reaching out personally to every OLGC School family over the next few weeks to explain and ask for your assistance with the Wildcat Fund.

As always, thank you for all you do to support our School and please let me know if you have any questions.

Peace to you and your family as we embark on our new liturgical year and Advent, our season that promises light in the darkness,

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

New CAN YOU HELP WITH SUNDAY'S DONUT SOCIAL? OLGC students are invited to help serve donuts at this Sunday's donut social, which will be hosted by the Wildcat Fund. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944ada828a46-h...

New MIX MAJOR RE-SCHEDULED: Mix Major assemblies will now be December 6th!

New The Wildcat Fund for OLGC School - A Foundation for Annual Giving at OLGC School
"The Lord delights in every little step you take." - St. Francis de Sales
As a community, we are each called to offer our time, talent, and treasure in many ways. We now invite you to reflect on the impact that OLGC has had on your life, whether as a student, parent, alumni, or community partner, and support a new investment in the mission of our school. What steps will you take to answer that call? How will you give back?

Cultivating faith while achieving academic excellence is a tradition at OLGC. Teachers challenge students to become confident, faith-filled, life-long learners, transforming them into the leaders of tomorrow.
The Wildcat Fund will:
- Recruit, recognize, and retain faculty and staff
- Advance technology & innovative classrooms
- Address the needs of our growing campus
- Deliver need-based tuition assistance
Contact Amy Schlanger, Director of Development, at 703-896-7424 for more information.

Gift Ideas - OLGC Christmas Ornament - OLGC Christmas ornaments are on sale at the school and church office for $20. Ornaments are also available at the welcome desk after Sunday morning Masses.

Are you giving gift cards this year? Consider ordering them from Divine Dollars! Follow this link: https://www.olgcschool.org/support/fundraising/divine-dollars

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Vienna Choral Society – Sounds of the Season: Wonder – 12/15 at 7:30 at Providence Presbyterian Church (9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031). The repertoire ranges from the iconic medieval "Twelve Days of Christmas" to the modern "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" from the hit Broadway show, Elf!. We will share the stage with several youth accompanists. Families and young children are welcome! Tickets and more information at www.viennachoralsociety.org.

New Open MIC Night - December 1, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, DeSales Hall Come and share your talents or just relax and listen. It's not too early for Christmas music. Refreshments will be served. Open to all ages.

New Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and his Elves!
The OLGC Eighth Grade Girl Scout Troop (Troop 805) is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 8 am - 10 am at OLGC in DeSales Hall. In addition to breakfast and a visit with Santa (and photo), we will also have holiday crafts and games. All families, boys and girls are welcomed! Cost is $15 per child and $5 per adult. To register, please contact Mrs. Roby (robylo@verizon.net) to let her know how many children and adults are planning on attending. The deadline to register is December 6th. Payment can be made at the door on Saturday. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Roby – 571.241.7200. Thank you for supporting the OLGC Girl Scouts.

New BASKETS NEEDED! It's that time of year again...time to prepare auction baskets for distribution in January! If you won a basket at last year's auction gala and would like to return your basket, please do so! Return all baskets to the Administration Building by Sunday, December 23rd.

New SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019!

The Annual Boy Scout Wreath Sale - OLGC's Boy Scout troop 976 will be selling festive Christmas wreaths at all Masses beginning Nov. 24. Our beautiful greenery is fresh from a Virginia farm for $22. Stop by our sales booth, say "hi" to our scouts and take home a Christmas tradition! Wreaths sell out fast, so be sure to get yours by pre-ordering! Send an email to wreaths@olgc976.org

Make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate than yourself! Adopt-a-Family Christmas 2018
You can adopt a family by yourself, or team up with friends, co-workers or parish groups. If you are too busy to shop, individual donations are welcome using the Faith Direct One Time Gift method or by writing a check. Each of these two donation methods should be marked as 2018 Adopt-a-Family. Please open your hearts and help others to experience the joy of the season! Call Karen Booze at 703-919-9653, Fran Davenport at 703-242-7440, or email at olgcadoptfamily@gmail.com.

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Christmas Mass Schedule - New times this year

Our Christmas Mass Schedule is December 24th: 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and Midnight. December 25th at 9:00am and 11am en español. The 4pm, 5:30pm, and the 7pm Masses require signup. They are open to the whole parish, but because of the large demand to attend these Masses, signup is required for every person, since the church has a limited capacity. Signup is on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be no overflow Masses. The week of November 26th all parishioners should have received an email from us verifying your email address. If you did not, please contact Irene Zaso communications@olgcva.org or Gerard Hall liturgy@olgcva.org. This will ensure you will receive an email regarding the process for Christmas Eve Mass signup.

New Our Call to Holiness – Now What - Salesian Advent Morning of Reflection December 15, 2018 9:00am - 12:00noon St. Francis De Sales called all men and women to pursue holiness in accordance with their state in life and vocation. He understood that holiness can look different, depending upon that state in life and vocation. However, all holy people all look like Jesus, because Jesus begins to live His very life in and through them. He also emphasized that growing in holiness requires our continual and free cooperation with the grace of God. Join together with other members of the OLGC Community in De Sales Hall to explore through prayer and presentations, how our lives can reflect the holiness to which we are all called.

COMMUNITY

Middle School Night at PVI – 11/30 - All 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families are invited for food, fun, friends and varsity basketball. Middle School students and their families are invited to Middle School Night in the PAC at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax. Join us at 6:00PM on Friday, November 30 for pizza, tee shirts, games and tons of prizes. All are invited to join the VI Man cheering on our varsity basketball team at their home opener. Coaches from all teams and members of our Fine Arts Department will be present to meet with your family. Free to all and no reservations are needed. Email: ehanley@pvipanther.net with questions