PTO Chatter 3/28/19

It was wonderful to see so many of you at "Celebrate Calm" on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon Casey Martin spoke at two school assemblies about how to de-escalate conflict at home (have a code word like "chips and salsa" when it looks like yelling is going to start, take a break from each other to calm down, and then sit down together and discuss the issue perhaps over chips and salsa), why we should reach out to new kids at school, and how to handle anxiety (everyone has it!). On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Kirk Martin gave two thought provoking presentations on how through respecting ourselves and modeling self-control in posture, tone, and word choice parents can achieve a calmer, happier home life and help our kids become stronger, happier people. At root, both Casey and Kirk stressed that each of us is the most powerful person in our own lives because only we can control our own behavior. If you missed Kirk (or want to hear him again) he is in the area this next week. You can check out his schedule at

As promised last week, it's time to start thinking about next year's PTO Board. The first available position is that of PTO Vice President. The Vice President serves one year as Vice President and then moves into the role of President the following year. All Board members participate in a monthly Board meeting as well as the three annual PTO general meetings and support whenever possible PTO activities. In addition, the Vice President coordinates dining-for-dollars events and maintains and coordinates volunteer positions. The PTO President writes the weekly Chatter letter, sets the agenda and runs the monthly PTO Board meetings, attends monthly Parish Council meetings, presides over three annual PTO general meetings, and supports all PTO events. The Vice Presidency requires a few hours a week of your time and, yes, the Presidency can be time consuming. But as Vice President you will get to work closely with next year's President, Alona Fayer, and that will be a wonderful experience. As President, you will get involved in our school and parish on a new level, you can impact the activities of the PTO in a meaningful way, and the challenges and rewards will be great. So please consider serving a next year's Vice President.

Enjoy the warm weather coming our way and peace,



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!

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 The Funeral Luncheon Committee is Looking For You! Are you looking to become involved in a vital ministry at OLGC? The Women of OLGC Funeral Luncheon Committee is looking for you! As a service to the parish family, volunteers provide and serve a luncheon in DeSales Hall following a funeral. Funeral luncheons are provided for free and give the family of the deceased some peace of mind at a time of distress. The committee is looking for help in setting up (putting out tablecloths, food, etc.); serving the food; and cleaning up. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ann Streb at

New Auction Sign-Up Party Spots - We still have a few spots available for auction sign-up parties! Annual Auction Gala: Did you miss the auction gala or forget to sign up for a sign-up party? We have slots available for the following parties:
Posh Pedi Party – to be held on Sunday, May 5th from 3:30-6:00 pm. $75 per person for pedis, cocktails, food, and fun. Consider it Sunday Funday for the ladies!
Holiday Crafting and Cocktails – to be held on Thursday, November 7th from 7:00-9:00. Make a fun holiday craft while socializing with friends and enjoying cocktails and yummy food. No crafting experience needed! Just come craft – sip – eat- repeat! Contact the Auction Office via email to reserve your spot now. Spots will be filled in order request is received.

OLGC Advocates for Church & Transparency (OLGC ACT) invites you to come to their next meeting on 4/4 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

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

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. To celebrate Women's History month, the Women of OLGC (WOLGC) share their creativity in quilting, bake with love for Harvest Marketplace, and foster community with annual breakfast. Read all that they do & join them at their next meeting on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Center. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you at a future event!

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


Marshall Girls Basketball Camp-fun and fundamentals! Mike Trivisonno and Duane Knauf, longtime OLGC CYO coaches, commissioners, and parishioners, are camp directors at the Marshall Girls High School basketball camp on June 24-27, 2019 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Girls ages 8-15 are invited to have fun learning fundamental basketball skills- ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defensive principles. Contact Mike Trivisonno at for further information.

St. Paul VI High School presents Brigadoon PVI Players & ITS Present Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon. St Paul VI Catholic High School 110675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax VA 22030. April 5: 7 p.m., April 6: 7 p.m., & April 7: 2 p.m. Adults $15, Seniors/Students $10, *Family Pricing Available.* Purchase Your Tickets Online at