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.

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PTO Chatter 1/24/19

BRRR! I hope this finds you warming up after a very cold weekend. Happy almost-Catholic Schools Week! I am looking forward to all the wonderful events our School faculty and administration have planned to celebrate.

As a member of the PTO Board and the Wildcat Fund Steering Committee, I'd like to call your attention to one part of Catholic Schools Week: the NCEA's, the National Catholic Education Association's, Day of Giving. As you know, our parish launched the Wildcat Fund, our new School Annual Fund to support teacher development and retention, need-based scholarships, and special School projects, in December. From 12 noon, Tuesday, January 29th until 12 noon, Wednesday January 30th, any gift given to OLGC through the NCEA website will benefit the Wildcat Fund. If you are considering a gift to the Wildcat Fund, we encourage you to give during the Day of Giving, either through then NCEA website or through the OLGC website.

Our fundraising campaign runs until mid-March, and the Steering Committee is reaching out to every School family in an effort to get 100% participation in the Fund. If you have not been contacted and would like to be, or if you have any questions about the Fund and its purpose, please do not hesitate to contact me. We have made great progress—almost $90,000--toward our goal of $150,000, and we look forward to getting the rest of the way there with your help by March 15th.

Peace,

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

New PTO Meeting: Please join us in DeSales Hall on Tuesday February 12th for our next PTO meeting in conjunction with the Middle School Science Fair. We have a social beginning at 6:30, a brief meeting at 7 PM, and then hear from science faculty at O'Connell and Paul VI high schools about preparing students for high school science and beyond.

New Dining for Dollars - Vienna Inn: The OLGC Vienna Inn Dining for Dollars is on Monday, January 28. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Vienna Inn (120 Maple Ave East) and OLGC will benefit! Simply put your receipt in the OLGC Bin at the register and a portion of all sales will be donated to the school. Upcoming Dining for Dollars: February 20th at Panera Bread in Vienna.

New Order Now House League Hoodies and Long Sleeved T-ShirtsWe are so excited to offer two new apparel choices this year! Please purchase this year's basketball hoodie ($30) or long sleeved t-shirt ($20) and support the 4th grade Auction project. All sales will be done online through the Dress Code's Website. The online store will close February 6th and will be delivered after February 13th. Items will be available for pick up at school. House League apparel can be worn on Spirit Days!

Navy Heavy Cotton L/S Shirt https://www.tdcviennava.com/products/2019-olgc-house-league-navy-l-s-cotton-shirt

Navy Heavy Blend Sweatshirt https://www.tdcviennava.com/products/2019-olgc-house-league-navy-heavy-blend-sweatshirt

Next Used Uniform Sale - Monday, January 28th 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

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.

Family Bingo - Friday, February 1st, 6:15 - 9 PM in the Counsel Room. RSVP here https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/2624. We need lots of adult and middle school help. Please sign up to help at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944ada828a46-help7. Pay in advance through Faith Direct or 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. How will you give back? Contact Amy Schlanger at 703-896-7424.

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Seeking RCIA Sponsors - Inquire Today! Our Rite of Christian Initiations for Adults (RCIA) is currently seeking sponsors to journey with those who are preparing for baptism and full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA meets on Wednesday nights from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm and partakes in prayer, faith sharing, and exploration of the Catholic Faith. It is a beautiful experience to journey with someone as they prepare to receive the sacraments! Please prayerfully consider whether or not the Holy Spirit may be calling you join in this RCIA journey. For more information, please call or email Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414/dre@olgcva.org. Thank you!

New SVDP Resource Available - Are you affected by the recent shutdown? We recognize many of our parishioners are going through difficult times with the current federal government furlough for both government employees and contractors. SVDP in our parish is a resource which may be able to provide assistance. Our helpline is (703) 938-3210 and our email is svdepaul@olgcva.org.

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.

3rd/4th grade girls and boys – OLGC Volleyball registration OPEN Click here to register your 3rd/4th grade daughter/son for the OLGC House League co-ed Volleyball by March 1, 2019. 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.

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. Purchase tickets 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 click here.

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

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. Prior to the program, please join us for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM.

COMMUNITY

PowerU Summer Camp - Where kids enjoy athletic activity, free play with friends, and learn leadership themes.
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.

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. 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.

BioEthics Seminars for Adults – Called to Happiness New Sister Terese at John Paul the Great Catholic High School will be hosting a 6-session overview of the course "Called to Happiness" (the second course in the JP Bioethics Curriculum). Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, starting January 29th thru March 5th. Please come, and invite your friends! For registration click here