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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You guys…I have gone down the rabbit hole of Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” movies.  It’s totally the “where are they now” of 90’s Teen Beat stars.  I have been IMDbing actors…I’m in deep y’all.  I have no idea why I keep watching, as if the endings will ever be different!  But here I stand after wasting hours of my life, finding myself wanting more Candice Cameron Bure…

I know that’s not the real world, but sometimes we need a mental escape.  Taking mental breaks is especially important right now.  Ok...so maybe pick something more constructive, but be sure to do it for yourself every day.  Things will only get busier, so take that moment!

It’s gonna be a week, y’all!  We will miss out on hot lunch this week because of the holiday, BUT maybe instead treat a local vet to a hot lunch!  Please find a way to honor our country’s veterans.

Also, don’t forget the many ways listed below to support our community and those in need this holiday season.  Thanksgiving Dinner Drive & Joy of Christmas Giving are around the corner, so get to signing up!

Lastly, Pizza!  Pizza!  Check out the dining for dollars for this month.  My kid will most likely get pizza both days and maybe in her lunchbox the following week.  Win!  Win!

Have a great week…and stay away from the Hallmark Channel, y’all!  Trust me!

Be well,

Celeste

Celeste Flores, PTO President

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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

  • NEW  The Aviat Award:  To celebrate the memory of Elizabeth White and her love for OLGC, we are pleased to announce that the Aviat Award this year will follow a new process.  Two teachers will be selected as award winners based upon nominations from the entire Our Lady of Good Counsel community.   To nominate a teacher, please visit  www.olgcschool.org/support/aviat-award and complete a form on their behalf.  Nominations must be received by Friday, November 19th.  The PTO Board will review and award selected winners.  The award winners will receive a generous monetary award to celebrate the Season of Thanksgiving in a way that will make a difference to them and their families.  Thank you to all of our amazing faculty and staff for the gifts they continue to share with the OLGC Community each and every day.
     
  • NEW  Dining for Dollars at Paisano's 11/19-20:  We are thrilled to announce two days of Dining for Dollars this month!  On Friday, 11/19 and Saturday, 11/20, we have partnered with Paisano's Pizza.  The location is at 312 Maple Avenue W. Vienna, VA.  A percentage from CARRY-OUT/CURBSIDE & DINE-IN orders will contribute to our cause.  Be sure to mention OLGC when ordering and enjoy!
     
  • REMINDER  "Reading Can Take You Anywhere" Book Fair 11/8-11/12:  Visit the in-person and online book fair in the new Multi-Media Center, and look at our selection of locally selected, quality books!  Visit the Book Fair for a cheery display of good-quality books in the new school Multi-Media Center!  Local vendors are Bookworm Central and Usborne Books.  Book Fair times are as follows: Tuesday, 11/9 - Thursday 11/11 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday, 11/12 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  The Online Book Fair will go live on Monday, 11/8, and last through the 2021-2022 school year!  Access the Reading Can Take You Anywhere Online Book Fair now!  Click on the following online fair links below: 

Bookworm Central Online Fair

Usborne Online Book Fair

  • REMINDER  The Wildcat Fund--Moving Forward, Rising Higher 11/30:  Please consider a gift to The Wildcat Fund, the annual giving opportunity at OLGC: click here.  With the help of The Wildcat Fund, OLGC meets each child where they are in their own journey and provides support, enrichment, and differentiation to educate and advance each student at their individual level.  Each year, The Wildcat Fund works to: recruit, recognize, and retain faculty and staff, advance curriculum, technology, and innovative classrooms, address the needs of our growing campus, and deliver need-based scholarship opportunities.  When we embrace our journey forward, we discover the limitless potential that will propel our school for generations to come.  As we invest in our mission, our students, and our teachers, we collaborate, cultivate, and celebrate rising higher, in academics and in Christ.  As we embrace November, please consider the Wildcat Fund as you prepare for #GivingTuesday on November 30th!
  • Purchase with a Purpose opportunities to support your PTO!
    • Boon Supply Co: Get a head start on holiday shopping with the OLGC PTO. We are again partnering with Boon Supply to offer hundreds of eco-friendly, waste-free products to purchase for your own use or to give as gifts.  From kitchen gadgets to electronics accessories, and candles to eco-friendly cleaning products, there is something for everyone on your list.  OLGC PTO will receive an amazing 40% of the profits from items sold.  Check out the direct link to the OLGC online catalog right here. Happy shopping!
       
    • Mabel’s Labels!  We have even created a special uniform logo pack that has our OLGC wildcat image on it.  Mabel’s Labels are high quality labels that are laundry, dishwasher, and microwave safe.  The PTO will receive a portion of all profits when you purchase ANY types of labels from the website. Purchase some for gifts, for camps, for sports, and of course, to label those quarter-zip fleeces that seem to always go missing!  Please visit the link provided here or go to the Mabel’s Labels website and be sure to click on the “Support a Fundraiser” tab and enter Our Lady of Good Counsel School (Vienna).  Our Wildcat “LOGO label pack” can be found under “Combo Label Packs”.  Site will be available for the entire school year. Happy labeling!
       
    • Box Tops for Education:  How to earn-BOX TOPS makes it easy.  All you need is your phone!  Download the app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.  The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online.  Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever OLGC needs!  Click here.

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PARISH ACTIVITIES:

  • NEW  OLGC Troop 976 Christmas Wreath Sale:  OLGC’s Boy Scout Troop 976 will be selling festive Christmas wreaths before and after all Masses on 12/4 & 12/5.  Our beautiful greenery is fresh from a Maryland farm and the proceeds help keep dues accessible for many boys.  Wreaths are $28 each.  We will be offering online orders and contactless delivery by a Scout if you live in the OLGC area (~ 5 mile radius surrounding OLGC) for pre-orders again this year.  Wreaths usually sell out, so don’t delay!  If you order ahead, you can pick up your wreath at our stand in the parking lot before or after Masses on 12/4 or 12/5.  For more information about ordering, please visit our web page here.
     
  • REMINDER OLGC’S 8th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive 11/23: This month's outreach drive is the 8th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive.  In these unprecedented times, our dedication to these local families is greatly appreciated.  Last year, with the extraordinary generosity of the OLGC community, we provided 252 Thanksgiving Dinners. Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, we will continue to be supporting 4 local Fairfax County Public Schools and OLGC's Society of St. Vincent DePaul. What makes the dinner drive so special is that each basket is unique to the family that creates the box.  Please use this SignUpGenius link to signup to provide a dinner and for details of what should be in the basket. Drop off date for dinners will be Tuesday, 11/23.  Details will be sent to those who signup.
  • REMINDER  Scouting for Food Neighborhood Food Collection 11/13:  The annual Scouting for Food collection is looking for your help feeding hungry people. Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 976 and Cub Scout Pack 976 will leave sticky notes on front doors in neighborhoods on 11/6 with details about how to donate and then collect the food at houses on Saturday morning, 11/13. Donations must be non-perishable and non-glass.  Low-sugar, low-salt, and high-fiber foods are especially welcome for area food banks and pantries, such as Capital Area Food bank and Food for Others.  Scouting for Food is one of the largest food drives in the metropolitan area and aims to draw 1 million pounds of sustenance for needy people.  OLGC Scouts have collected more than 2,000 pounds of food in past years.  Please do your part to help the less fortunate.  For more information, send an email here.
  • OLGC Catholic Community’s 20th Annual Golf Classic:
    • NEW  Wonderful Sponsors, Fore Sure!  OLGC thanks our Family Flag Sponsors:  Bernhard Family, Kinyon Family, Flanigan Family, (Tom & Rachel) McCarthy Family, Plombon Family, Wiley Family, Desmarais Family, Jopp Family, Antonino Family, Robb Family, Matta Family, Dinn Family, Anonymous for The Jewett Family, Flores-Hernandez Family, Partridge Family, McVey Family, Dragisich Family, Anonymous for The Williams Family, and Anonymous for The Bliven Family.  Your support is amazing!!!

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DIOCESAN ACTIVITIES:

  • NEW  PVI Sip and Shop 11/7:  Please join us at St. Paul VI Catholic High School for our fifth annual Sip and Shop on Wednesday, 11/17 from 6-8 p.m. hosted by our PPO.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with vendors featuring hand-made crafts, jewelry, and cookies to your favorites Pampered Chef, Discovery Toys and 31 bags. Advent wreaths and White House Ornaments will be available. Please join us for an evening of fellowship, shopping and supporting local businesses!
  • NEW  Bishop O'Connell Theatre presents "Radium Girls" – Nov. 19-21:  Live theatre is back!  Bishop O'Connell Theatre presents "Radium Girls," on stage Nov. 19-21.  Showtimes are Friday, 11/19 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, 11/20 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday, 11/21 at 2:00 PM.  For ticket information and more visit bishopoconnell.org/theatre.  Bishop O'Connell is located at 6600 Little Falls Rd. in Arlington.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly. ~Henry David Thoreau