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.

Newsletter

PTO Chatter 1/17/19

I hope this finds you all having enjoyed this weekend's snow. There is nothing quite like the quiet of falling snow outside and sleeping kids inside.

Thanks to Sarah Kodrowski for volunteering to run the March 1st Talent Show! If you have questions or want to help, you can contact her at wildcatsgottalent@gmail.com.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

New Next Used Uniform Sale - Monday, January 28th Please join us for our next Used Uniform Sale scheduled for Monday, January 28th from 7:30 to 8:15 in the gym lobby. Each piece is $3 each (cash or check, made out to OLGC, accepted only). And remember that we also have donated OLGC spirit wear items for sale. As always, we thank those who donate their used uniforms and spirit wear items as they help raise funds for our school. To donate any items, please utilize the blue bin in OLGC's main lobby. If you have any questions olgcuseduniforms@verizon.net - See you on the 28th!

Snow Tubing at Boulder Ridge Returns! Join OLGC friends for a day of snow tubing at Liberty on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm. OLGC has 11:30am dismissal. Click on this link to register.

Friday, February 1st is OLGC PTO Family Bingo Night, 6:15 - 9 PM in the Counsel Room! OLGC PTO Family Bingo Night, Friday, February 1st from 6:15 - 9 PM in the Counsel Room. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase until 8:30. $10 for a whole pizza, $2 per slice of pizza, and $1 for drinks, snacks and desserts. Games begin at 7 PM. Costs: $5 for regular Bingo, $5 for Special Bingo, $5 for Door prize drawings. Pay in advance through Faith Direct or RSVP here and pay at the door (cash,check or credit card).

The Wildcat Fund for OLGC School - A Foundation for Annual Giving at OLGC School 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? Contact Amy Schlanger, Director of Development, at 703-896-7424 for more information.

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Auction Donation Deadlines: The deadline for auction donations is February 1st. If you have an item or experience to donate, please get that to us as soon as possible. We are still accepting sponsorships and program advertisements, both of which have a deadline of February 1st. You may donate directly online at www.bidpal.net/called or by contacting the auction office at auction@olgcva.org.

Auction baskets should be returned to St. Joseph Center on Sunday, February 10th between 8:00am-12:30pm. Baskets should be unwrapped and accompanied by a completed basket donation form. Please contact our auction basket chairs at olgcauctionbaskets3@gmail.com with any questions.

New 3rd/4th grade girls and boys - OLGC House League Volleyball registration OPEN Click here to register your 3rd/4th grade daughter/son Registration is OPEN for our 2nd season of OLGC House League co-ed Volleyball. This would be a good way to get our OLGC and CCF students interested in the sport before their opportunity to join CYO volleyball in the NVJCYO league when they are 5th graders. Registration deadline is March 1, 2019.

Season expected to begin in mid- to late-March (after house league / CYO basketball playoffs are completed). Practice, games, and clinics will be held at OLGC. Last season, games were held on Saturday evening to avoid conflict with other spring sports our kids are involved in (soccer, baseball, softball, track, etc)

Coaches Needed --- We will also need volunteers to coach the teams. For first-time coaches or those who want a refresher on volleyball to coach our girls/boys, we plan on having a clinic to share knowledge. Please contact Chris Reyes if you are interested in coaching a team. We also accept high school student coaches who would be paired with adult volunteers who have completed the required background check and VIRTUS training session.

New OLGC Open Mic Night, Saturday, February 2, from 7 pm until 10 pm in DeSales Hall. Whether the ground hog sees his shadow or not, the OLGC Open Mic Night goes on. Come and perform or just sit back, relax, and listen. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Spaghetti Supper Annual OLGC Spaghetti Dinner - Sun., February 10 - 2 Seating: 4:30pm or 6:30pm
Join us for a homemade spaghetti dinner with meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert, wine & other beverages. Tickets are sold for the 2 separate seatings. The cost is $8.00 for adults; $4.00 children (12 years of age or younger). For the same cost, you can also purchase Take-out meals for pickup the evening of the event. 3-ways to purchase tickets for this traditionally Sold Out event: 1) at the February 3rd Donut Social; 2) on-line at olgcva.org or 3) in the Admin. Building Office or call 703-896-7402. To volunteer contact Anna Somers at 703-577-7414.

VBS Coordinator Needed! We are currently seeking a coordinator to organize and run Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2019. If we are unable to find a coordinator by February 1st, we will not be able to host VBS this summer. VBS had a great response last year and we are hoping to keep this experience going this coming year, but we need a coordinator and volunteers to make this happen! Please consider today whether you might be able to assist us in this ministry. Please contact Amy Winkler 703.896.7414 if you have questions or would like to sign up!

MARCH FOR LIFE Join us again this year to attend the annual March in Washington D.C. on Friday Jan. 18th, 2019. We will celebrate a special Mass for Life here at OLGC at 11:00am and a bus will be leaving OLGC at 11:45am and returning at approximately 4 p.m. Any questions please contact Betsy Argauer at 703-255-3744 or betstim@gmail.com

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

Sign up for the Offertory - Assist with the Mass Volunteer to assist in our liturgy by bringing up the gifts at Mass. Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, special day, or just choose a day! When filling out the form make sure to submit it at least by the Wednesday prior to the date requested. https://goo.gl/HJPkwB

Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR LIVE JESUS! 2019 Join us on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for the 16th Annual Live Jesus! event, a Lenten morning of spiritual reflection at St. John Neumann. The theme this year is Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North. First, the Rev. Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, a gifted teacher of Salesian Spirituality and senior member of the Oblates, provides the wisdom of knowledge and experience. Second, Joseph McDaniel, OSFS, a gifted Oblate Seminarian, brings the enthusiasm and optimism of youth to the Salesian perspective. Indeed, this is a unique opportunity for practical solutions to use Salesian Spirituality in our daily lives. Prior to the program, please join us for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM.

COMMUNITY

New PowerU Summer Camp - Where kids enjoy athletic activity, free play with friends, and learn leadership themes: At PowerU, we focus on three fundamental principles: We recognize how important it is to keep kids physically active; We recognize how important it is for kids to have free play; We recognize how important it is to practice leadership traits.
PowerU is designed to allow children the freedom to develop their creativity, imagination, and dexterity, while implementing a program to aid in growing their physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. https://www.powerukids.com/summer-camp

Intelligent Lives - Film Screening – 2/20 at 7pm Film Screening of "Intelligent Lives" - Bishop O'Connell High School is happy to host a FREE viewing of Dan Habib's new film, INTELLIGENT LIVES on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The 70-minute film will be shown in the Bishop O'Connell auditorium, located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington, and will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is open to the public. For questions, please contact Susan Rinaldi, Director of Expanded Services at Bishop O'Connell High School