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PTO Chatter 12/13/18

Happy Second Week of Advent!

Thank you to Tina Wickham for again organizing our school's Giving Tree and Adopt-A-Family programs. The middle school's Adopt-a-Family program again benefits the Arlington Diocese's Migration and Refugee Services. I am always deeply touched by the stories of these families, who like the Holy Family, have fled their homelands for a safe haven, and who we now have the opportunity to help. My daughter's home room has been asked to assist a young Afghan widow, whose husband lost his life fighting with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. She is now here, safe, finishing high school at 22, and looking forward to college and perhaps a career in nursing. I imagine her strength and sadness in leaving all she has known, and I pray that she finds here a bright future of peace, joy, and the love of a supportive community.

If your students enjoyed the Mix Major Assembly last week and you'd like to learn more about music technology and music technology education, here is a link to Eric Jao's you tube channel for music technology education: .

Eric was very impressed by our students; especially how supportive they were of each other. That's always nice to hear!

Enjoy this time of preparation for Christmas!

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

Deadline Tomorrow - Giving Tree - Preschool - 5th Grade - If you'd like to participate in the Giving Tree program, please send in a gift appropriate for your youngest child by tomorrow, Friday, December 14. Gifts may be wrapped or unwrapped. If you choose to wrap your gift, please label it clearly with gender and age expectations. Thank you for supporting needy children in our community! Questions? - twickham96@gmai.com

Adopt-a-Family - Middle School - If you'd like to participate in the Middle School Adopt-a-Family program, please sign up on the Sign-up Genius for your child's homeroom teacher. Items are due by next Friday, December 14. Please label your donation with the correct MRS # and do not wrap. Thank you for your support of this program! Questions? - twickham96@gmai.com

Dining for Dollars at Chipotle! 12/18 from 4 – 8pm: Your Holiday Time Saver is Here--Dining for Dollars at Chipotle on December 18! Feeling overwhelmed with all your holiday to-do's? Save time while supporting OLGC's 8th grade by visiting Chipotle for dinner. Simply bring in this flyer or show it on your phone and 33% of your bill will go towards the Class of 2019's gift to OLGC. Easier holidays for a great cause are sure to put you on Santa's Nice List this year!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: See it, Clip it! Don't forget that OLGC School participates in the Box Tops for Education program! Please collect Box Tops and send them in with your student to the collection drawer located in the school's main hallway. Your collected Box Tops will be sorted and processed and OLGC will receive free money back!

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.

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 Knights of Columbus 2019 Free Throw Contest - Calling all shooters! The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring the annual Basketball Free Throw Competition at OLGC on Sunday, January 6th 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The event will take place in the OLGC gymnasium. All boys and girls ages 9-14 are eligible to enter. Winners will go on to the State Championship in Richmond ! No advance registration necessary. Come to the OLGC School Gym ready to shoot ! For more information contact AndrewZaso@gmail.com

New December Service and Social - Join us for the December Service and Social! Join us in De Sales Hall for the December Service and Social immediately after the 8:30 AM Mass. This month we will be preparing the 2019 Auction Gala Invitations for mailing in early 2019. Many hands make light work, so come even if you have only an hour to give! Questions? Email auction@olgcva.org.

VBS Coordinator Needed! Might the Holy Spirit be calling you? We are currently seeking a coordinator to organize and run Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2019. 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 email Amy Winkler at dre@olgcva.org or call her at 703.896.7414 if you have questions, would like to explore this opportunity more in depth, or would like to sign up! Thank you for your consideration!

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.

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

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 OLGC Advent Candle Lighting: We are looking for families and individuals to light the Advent Candle at each of our Weekend Masses. This is an opportunity for you and/or your family to help us celebrate Advent. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0848a4aa2bab9-olgc2

Tuesday Morning Bible Study - Wisdom-God's Vision for Life The Tuesday morning Bible Study will be beginning a new study starting Tuesday, January 8th and will meet on Tuesday mornings for 8 weeks to cover Wisdom: God's Vision for Life. In this study, Jeff Cavins provides an introduction to scriptural wisdom. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible, Jeff sets the stage for finding God's wisdom and applying it to our lives. Sessions will be held in St. Joseph Center, Brisson Room, from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. For any questions, please contact Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414 or at dre@olgcva.org.

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

Youth Music Festival Saturday, January 5 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 6th through 8th grade students are invited to participate in a full day of music clinics and performances. This event is free, but registration is required. Participants will get to learn from many different clinicians and work with our students as well. Click Here to register.

Youth Day for Basketball We will be hosting Youth Day for any students K-8th grade. Students are invited to attend a Boys' and Girls' basketball game. Students who register in advance will receive a bag, water bottle, and free ticket to the game. You can register for the event here: http://www.bishopoconnell.org/admissions/how-when-to-visit

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