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 3/7/19

Dear OLGC Families,

I'd like to invite you all to a special PTO gathering. On March 26th, Celebrate Calm https://www.celebratecalm.com/ will be at OLGC. Celebrate Calm helps parents, teachers, and students address our everyday challenges calmly. During the day, Casey Martin will hold assemblies with the lower and upper schools, and Kirk Martin will meet with parents at 7:00 PM in DeSales Hall. Kirk has presented his strategies to stop yelling, defiance, and power struggles with over 60,000 parents and teachers in 19 countries. Please attend. Friends and families who are not OLGC parents are welcome as well, so please feel free to invite anyone you think might enjoy the evening. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope to see everyone at our first community Fish Fry this Friday!

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

Calling all Runners – Registration is OPEN for Spring Track! Practices will be March 18 and 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29. May 6, 13. The meet will be on Saturday 5/18 at DJO. 6th/7th/8th in the morning and 3rd/4th/5th in the afternoon. $10 for those who ran in the fall. $20 for new runners or anyone who needs a new T-shirt. Register by March 20. https://www.olgcva.org/fellowship/athletics/track-field

Day of Giving – 3/13 - It's almost here! We're in the final days of the Wildcat Fund Drive. March 13, 2019 is THE WILDCAT DAY OF GIVING and every step you take makes a difference for our school. We'll be serving up Rita's Italian Ice for our students if we meet our goal. Details to follow. Questions: Amy Schlanger - development@olgcva.org

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.

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Auction RSVP Deadline for Early Ticket Price is TOMORROW! The deadline to purchase your Auction Gala tickets at the early price ($125 per ticket) is TOMORROW, March 8th! After that, the price increases to $150 per ticket. Can't attend the Auction Gala this year? Please consider becoming a dinner ticket sponsor for our Clergy, School Faculty, and Staff. You can sponsor a dinner ticket by mailing in your check or online at www.bidpal.net/called.

New 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: olgcwomen@gmail.com

New Scout Sunday - A Mass for all scouts! March 17th 11:15am - Scout Sunday is a Mass for all scouts! All girls Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniform to Mass. After the Mass on that Sunday, those scouts who have completed the Religious Emblem program will receive their medals.

New Do you want to make a difference and help save our planet? - Wildcats Upcycling Art Contest Does your child want to turn unused or disposable items into ART? 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! Contest Rules: 1) Nothing can be purchased to create the masterpiece. 2) 50% of the artwork must include items to be recycled or disposed (e.g. cans, plastic bottles, paint, glue sticks, bottle caps, pieces of wood, unused art/craft materials, etc.). 3) Students may submit family or individual entries. Start saving your recycled items and disposables! The troop will be selling handmade upcycled nightlight votives, mug warmers and magnets. They will also sell earth friendly items such as reusable straws. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the troop's chosen charity. Please support Girl Scout Troop 1673 and make this event a success! Questions? Email: troop1673gsnc@gmail.com

Annual All Parish Car Raffle - Take a chance, win big prizes! The tickets for the annual 5 Car Raffle have been mailed. This is the same raffle that we have participated in for the last number of years. You will notice one change, the ticket returns are being processed at All Saints again this year. This is a new requirement by the Department of Charitable Gaming. The raffle continues to benefit our parish and many other charitable causes throughout the diocese, as it has in the past. Your participation directly benefits OLGC. We are grateful for your support! Good luck and win big!

"Power Pack" Donations Needed due by 3/16 https://www.olgcva.org/news-post/~post/power-packs

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible - Tuesday Scripture Study https://ascensionpress.com/studies/34824/registrations/new

Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR LIVE JESUS! 2019 http://events.oblates.org/live-jesus/

CHESS TOURNAMENT:

Calling all chess players!! On Sunday March 31 St. Rita School (3801 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA) will be hosting the fifth annual Catholic Schools Chess Tournament from 1PM-5PM; check-in begins at 12:30PM. All students in grades K-8 who play chess and have achieved a check mate against a similarly talented player are welcome to participate and play for the Our Lady of Good Counsel Team. Students do not need to be in the Chess Club or be USCF members. All students will play four rounds of chess against players of a similar age. Trophies will be awarded to individual players and to teams in each age group. To register go here. (https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Alexandria/CatholicSchoolsChessTournament?remMeAttempt=) If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Greiner, 58donahue@cua.edu or 703-931-0149.