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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Wildcat Weekly 1/24/19

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility with all of the winter weather schedule changes. As always, we continue to do the very best we can to keep our children and staff safe throughout the winter months. Please know that these decisions are never easy and we try to minimize the schedule impacts on their education.

Regardless of prior experiences or adjustments, moving forward, the entire OLGC campus (school and parish) will follow the Diocesan policy. We will follow Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) regarding weather- related announcements. Fairfax County Public Schools makes decisions based on a variety of factors after they review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions and FCPS school personnel go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots and bus lanes. While not everything FCPS faces applies to us directly, such as buses, we do have many families who do walk to school and many of our faculty do not live in the Vienna area. They encounter travel issues which those in the vicinity of our school may not face.

OLGC School and Parish will consistently follow the FCPS decision on inclement weather which eliminates the need for parents, staff, and parishioners to wait for a specific decision from the OLGC. The decision to always follow FCPS was given serious consideration by the OLGC School and Parish administration, including the review of past decisions and experiences.

Please note that on days when Fairfax County is not in session and inclement weather occurs, the OLGC School and Parish administration, in conjunction with our neighboring Catholic schools, will make the decision on whether to open school. In those cases, you will be notified by email and an announcement will be posted on our website. Since FCPS is closed tomorrow, January 25, IF we encounter inclement weather tomorrow morning, then OLGC will make the decision. As always, we appreciate your understanding and support, and please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

We celebrated the feast of St. Francis de Sales today. Thank you to all who joined us for Mass and the reception. Let's try to remember to live by his example, trying to make people joyful and confident, as we all strive to become closer to God.

We look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week beginning with our school Open House this Sunday and a week of fun-filled activities. Please refer to the schedule sent out last week for the out of uniform days and fun events. Thank you for choosing to send your children to Catholic Schools and being part of the Our Lady of Good Counsel community!

Adrianne Jewett, Principal

Catholic Schools Week Schedule 2019 January 27 - February 1

Sunday January 27th Open House for Prospective Families from 10:30am – 1:00pm

Monday January 28th – Celebrate Vocations - Students may wear jerseys, shirts or sweatshirts supporting their favorite teams for an out of uniform day. Jeans, khakis, or sweatpants are ok.

Tuesday January 29th – Celebrate the Nation – Students should wear patriotic colors for the day with students in grades K, 3, 5, and 7 wearing red, students in grades 1, 2, 4, and 6 wearing white, and our 8th graders wearing blue. Parents and family members may join their student(s) for lunch at their regular lunch period. (Middle School lunch 11:15, Gr 2 & 4 lunch 11:40, K & Gr 3 lunch 12:10 and Gr 1 & 5 lunch 12:40. Tuesday we are participating in the National Day of Giving as we promote donations to our Wildcat Fund.

Wednesday January 30th – Celebrate your Students – No classes today as we will celebrate an all-day retreat for the students in grades K – 8 after Mass that morning. We are looking forward to a wonderful day of celebration together. Students will not need their backpacks or lunchboxes, and they will dress in OLGC spirit wear for the day to celebrate our community. Ledo's pizza will be provided for lunch.

Thursday January 31st – Celebrate Your Community – Students will have an OLGC Wildcat Spirit Day to support the 8th graders as they take on the faculty in the annual volleyball game beginning at 1:30 in the gym. Parents are welcome to join us for the game.

Friday February 1st – Celebrate Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers – Pajama day for everyone.

Re-register for 2019-20 Now! No paperwork! Just go into your Faith Direct account (https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/2447) and pay a $500 tuition deposit per child.

Kindergarten Siblings for 2019-20: Register now! Go to https://www.olgcschool.org/admissions for the paperwork or stop by the office to pick up forms. New kindergarten screening will be held February 4 and 5 by appointment.

Not Returning for 2019-20? If your student(s) is not returning to OLGC in the fall, please contact Mrs. Colson asap.

Calling all OLGC Science Fair Judges: Our school Science Fair is Tuesday February 12. If you are working, or have worked, in a technical, science, engineering, or math field and are interested in judging our 7th graders' projects, please contact Yvette Luketic (yluketic@olgcschool.org). Project categories include: Behavioral and Social Science, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Space Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology. We realize that your time is limited and precious, but ask that you spend the morning of February 12 from about 8:15 am to noon judging projects. We will treat you to lunch to thank you for your time and service. In your response, please include your email, phone number, and categories you would like to judge. Thank you.

After School Opportunities

Winter Science Class: Winter Science Class (K-3): Students grades K-3 are invited to join a class of science excitements. This class will focus on the amazing chemistry of mixtures. Every kid wants to experience the baking soda and vinegar explosion. What about the other amazing experiments where things fizzle and show a reaction. The classes will cost $125 for the 5 Monday classes, January 28, February 4, 11, 25, and March 4 from 3-4pm in the Science Lab. Please email Mrs. Danielli, sdanielli@olgcschool.org by January 26 to register.

Music and Movement on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm - 8 Weeks- January 29 to March 19. Open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Classes will include the basic elements of ballet and jazz as well as the concepts of body awareness, space, rhythm, and shape. Free expression, imagination and self‐esteem will be encouraged and strengthened through dance. For information, please contact Nikki Stezin at nikkistezin@yahoo.com.