PTO Chatter 3/21/19

Dear Families,

Welcome to Spring, a season full of PTO activities, including:

  • Celebrate Calm! Come hear Kirk and Casey Martin present their strategies for calm, confident parenting next Tuesday, March 26th at 7 PM in DeSales Hall or Wednesday, March 27th at 9:30 AM in the Counsel Room. Check them out at and invite family and friends.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 6th. Stayed tuned for information on a week of special activities, culminating in our first Spring Carnival on Friday, May 10th from 1 PM – 4 PM.
  • Our last PTO General Meeting of the year will be Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM in the Library. We'll hear from Father Matt and Mrs. Jewett, and we'll introduce the members of the Board for 2019-2020.

Yes, that means we will be looking for three new members of the Board for next year: our Vice President, our Corresponding Secretary, and a Member-at-Large. I'll highlight each of these positions over the next few weeks, but please let me or anyone on the Board know if you think you might be interested in serving on the Board next year.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Wildcat Fund and to everyone who helped make last week's Day of Giving an incredible success, especially to JoAnne Kinyon, Laureen and Nick Matta, and Tina and Grace Wickham for all their hard work on a cold Tuesday morning.

I hope to see everyone at Friday's Fish Fry, Saturday's Auction, and next Week's Celebrate Calm.

Peace, Beth


New Congratulations, OLGC Family and Friends! You answered the call during our first-ever Wildcat Day of Giving in support of The Wildcat Fund for OLGC School and made a significant impact! In 24 hours, the School received over $40,000 in donations! These gifts will advance our School's mission to ensure we continue to provide big opportunities for our teachers and students. THANK YOU for supporting our School!! Go Wildcats!

New OPENING DAY Hot Dog Lunch on March 26, 2019 – Deadline is TOMORROW Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 26, and place your orders for a Hot Dog Lunch in celebration of Baseball Season! The 8th Grade is serving up a hot dog lunch for their auction project. Please fill out an Order Form . All orders must be placed by Friday, March 22. Students will enjoy Nathans All Beef Hot Dogs, applesauce, popcorn, and ice cream. Cost is $6.50 for a one dog meal or $7.50 for a two dog meal. For an additional dollar, students may wear a baseball jersey.

New PRETZELS, PRETZELS, PRETZELS! In celebration of National Pretzel Day (April 26th), the 6th grade will be selling big pretzels at all school lunches. This project will run from April 3 to April 12 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $2 for a big pretzel. OLGC Alumni might recall the days of school lunches when lunch ladies walked around selling cold pretzels from brown bags. This project is a throwback to the good ole days...yes these pretzels will be warm!

Celebrate Calm: Come learn about calm, confident parenting from Kirk Martin of Celebrate Calm on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 PM in DeSales Hall or Wednesday, March 27th at 9:30 AM in the Counsel Room. Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey, will provide parents and teachers with a dozen strategies that will eliminate defiance, disrespect, yelling, bullying, sibling fights and more that characterize our homes and classrooms. Kirk provides concrete, practical strategies that work with kids any age in everyday situations to:
• Get your kids to listen the first time.
• Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
• Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
• Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
• Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.

Digital Cameras Needed - Drop off your donation - OLGC Middle School needs your old digital cameras for photography class. If you have any used digital cameras, please consider donating them to OLGC. You can bring your camera to the welcome desk on Sundays or deliver to the school receptionist during the week.


New OLGC Advocates for Church & Transparency (OLGC ACT) invites you to come to their next meeting on Thursday, 3/28/19 at 7:30 pm in the school library. OLGC ACT has mobilized to educate and engage our community to call for an ongoing and transparent response to sexual abuse within the Church, and invites you to come and be part of this growing voice within our parish! If you are interested to know more, email

New Holy Rosary Prayer Service OLGC Advocates for Church & Transparency (OLGC ACT) invites all parishioners to please join us in the Chapel on March 30th at 4:15 PM to pray the Holy Rosary together. We will have Rosary prayer guides and extra rosaries at the entrance of the Chapel. Bring your children and pray the Rosary together. Please contact Luis Carvallo at for more information

New Honor those who served – Memorial Day Flowers at Arlington Cemetery Join us on Sunday May 26th, 2019 for a special event to distribute flowers at Arlington National Cemetery. Last year 1000 volunteers placed over 200,000 flowers at the headstones. This is the 9th year that OLGC Troop 976 and Pack 976 will participate. Every dollar puts a flower at a headstone - help us reach 240,000 headstones this year. Please sign up online to volunteer or contribute: Questions? Please contact Abe Bacarra:

Save The Date For An April In Paris Themed Father (or Favorite Adult) Daughter Dance The Girl Scouts of OLGC invite all OLGC Girls to dance the night away with their father or favorite adult on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 in the Counsel Room. Dessert and refreshments will be served.

OLGC Open MIC Night, Saturday, April 6, 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, DeSales Hall Don't be "fooled" the open mic night is still on. Come and perform or just sit and relax. Open to all ages. Refreshments will be served.

The Women of OLGC celebrate Women's History Month. Visit the website to learn about how they support the parish with Comfort and Hospitality, Outreach, Faith, Prayer, Creativity, and Community. If you would like to learn more or share your gifts, please contact the Women of OLGC team at:

Do you want to make a difference and help save our planet? - Wildcats Upcycling Art Contest On Friday, May 17th from 5:30-7:30pm, 4th Grade Girl Scout Troop 1673 is hosting a recycled/unused materials art contest in the school library where students can display their own masterpieces. Students/parishioners can purchase tickets to vote for their favorite piece and the winner will receive a $50 gift card to Target AND a Dress Down Day! Please support Girl Scout Troop 1673 and make this event a success! Questions? Email: troop1673gsnc@gmail.com