Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Applause for everyone who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week a success. Special thanks to Tina Wickham and Dagny Shiells for planning the details and involving our community to help celebrate the cause.
Please give another round of applause and help me congratulate Elizabeth Reback, who won the PTO’s 8th grade essay contest and earned a $1,000.00 scholarship to a Catholic High School. The topic of the essay was in line with the liturgical theme of the year: In Christ, Stronger Together. Participants were asked to describe a recent incident or a personal experience that helped them feel connected to the community, while being socially distant.
Today, we had our final PTO board member meeting of the year. I’d like to recognize and make a few announcements on some changes for the following school year. Thank you to all the current board members who made the PTO a success while serving their term. Celeste Flores will be moving from Vice-President to President, Babette Fernandez will be moving from Corresponding Secretary to Recording Secretary and Heather Tully will remain on the board as Member-at-Large.
Amy Degano will be retiring from her role as Treasurer after serving 3 years. Cara Dinn has also reached the end of her term after serving on the board in both Corresponding and Recording Secretary roles for 2 years and Lissa Assaly, who was instrumental in planning our social events (pre-pandemic) will also be stepping down after serving for 2 years.
Celeste, Babs, and Heather will be joined by 4 new members in the fall. Please take a moment and get to know your future board members:
Maura Roll, Vice-President
My name is Maura Roll and I am thrilled to be joining OLGC School’s PTO. My family and I are relatively new to the OLGC community, as my daughter Rebecca is just concluding her first year of school here as a kindergartener. I attended Catholic School as a child and I appreciate the unique experience that a Catholic education provides for a child. OLGC has been such a positive experience for our family that I was encouraged to take on a more vital and active role. Professionally, I am a therapist with The Ross Center in Vienna and Friendship Heights, DC. I specialize in working with children, teens, and their families. I hope that my expertise will help me provide a unique perspective on the great work done by the PTO. OLGC has such a tremendous foundation to build on. School leadership, Parish leadership, and the energy of the students and families together provide a strong base for excellence. I am excited to be part of this continuing journey. As PTO Vice President, I hope to be part of the process of charting a path toward our new post-pandemic normal.
Darren Robb, Treasurer
My name is Darren Robb and next year our family will have two students at OLGC, one in second grade and another in first grade. We have been parishioners of OLGC since moving to the area in 2013 and two of our three boys were baptized at OLGC, including our youngest during the challenges of 2020. Like some of you, we were blessed enough to join the OLGC School community for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year to give our young children an opportunity to have an in-person learning experience. Like others, we have learned why you have selected OLGC year after year for your children’s education. We have been absolutely amazed at the dedication, resilience, and leadership from the teachers, staff, and administration! Everyone has worked tirelessly to deliver our students a quality education in a safe environment, navigating what we all hope will be the most challenging year of school we ever have to face. I have been inspired by the leadership and commitment of the OLGC community to volunteer my time and talent to serve as the PTO Treasurer as a chance to give back to the school and the OLGC parish. I have had a progressive career in accounting, finance, and information technology working in public accounting and for a Fortune 500 company and I am currently a member of the leadership team of a real estate company with an extensive portfolio of hotels across the United States. My professional experience will bring continued stewardship of the funds that each of the OLGC families expect, allowing opportunities for our OLGC community to provide an outstanding and well-rounded education for our children. My hope is to be an active part of our community that makes OLGC a great place for our families to learn, live, love, and serve!
Kathy Wolper, Corresponding Secretary
My name is Kathy Wolper and I am honored to be elected as this year’s Corresponding Secretary. I am currently a stay-at-home Mom. I have 15 years experience of being a Human Resources Professional. I am a native Virginian having spent most of my life in Vienna and part of the OLGC community. I have one child who is currently in Kindergarten and was in the first Preschool class. I am excited to work together with this year’s PTO board and make 2021-2022 the best year for our students, faculty, and families. Thank you and I look forward to serving the school in this capacity. God Bless.
Joe Wawrzaszek, Member-at-Large
My name is Joe Wawrzaszek and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve as a PTO Board member. My family and I became Catholic during Easter vigil in 2019 and joined the OLGC community when our son Evan transferred from another parish shortly before the pandemic started. He will be a rising fifth grader. I was born and raised in Kansas where I met my wife Karen; we’ll celebrate our 23rd anniversary this August. I earned a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Washington and have worked primarily for the federal government since 2003 in a range of analytic positions where I have led teams and projects. I am currently on a rotational assignment as an instructor for our leadership and management program to help develop our next generation of managers and analysts and most recently completed Georgetown University’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching. Like you, I have been amazed by what OLGC has been able to accomplish this year for our children through the bold leadership and tireless compassion of the school’s leadership, faculty, and pastor, and feel called to follow their example by becoming more involved to help serve our community. I look forward to getting to know you.
Thank you to our new PTO Board Members who have answered the call to serve!
Karen An, PTO President
- THIS WEEK PTO Dining For Dollars At Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream! Ready for a frosty treat to beat the heat?! I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!!!! We are partnering with Ben and Jerry's Vienna on Thursday, May 13th. Get your tasty treats and 20% of orders come back to OLGC! Be sure to mention “OLGC” at the register. Hours valid: 3pm to 9pm. Only exclusions: gift cards and On Demand-Ubereats, 3rd party delivery. Address: 136C Maple Ave W, Vienna.
- REGISTER NOW OLGC Summer Fun Camp: OLGC Summer Fun Camp is back for another year of fun and engaging activities led by OLGC teachers here on campus. We would like to gauge potential interest in our OLGC Summer Fun Camp. Summer Fun Camp will be a week and a half of guided classes, crafts, and activities here on our OLGC campus. Fun Camp is ONLY open to rising OLGC first through fifth graders. Sessions are June 16-18 and June 21-25. Please email if your family might be interested; space will be limited due to COVID protocols so please reach out quickly.
- PTO General Meeting (Zoom) – Town Hall with Mrs. Jewett on May 18 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. All school families are welcome to attend our final general meeting. We will discuss plans for the upcoming school year. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Please submit them in advance to: Karen An
- THIS WEEK Yellow Ribbon Fund (“YRF”): Help us honor our wounded military heroes by supporting OLGC’s May Outreach Drive for the Yellow Ribbon Fund (“YRF”) with a donation of VISA or Gas Station gift cards, cash or checks (payable to Yellow Ribbon Fund). This veteran service organization is dedicated to serving severely wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers by enabling families to stay together during the critical recuperation phase. Four hundred (400) of the over 1700 military families who receive assistance from YRF live right here in the DMV and your donation will be earmarked for these local military families. School families may drop off/send in their donations through the school the week of May 10th – 14th or at the church after all Masses the weekend of May 15th & 16th. http://weblink.donorperfect.com/olgc
- Recess Volunteers Needed: Please consider volunteering for recess duty. Sign up here. Each time you volunteer you must complete the Health Survey prior to arriving on campus. The link to the survey is here. All volunteers must have attended VIRTUS training and have successfully passed the background check before volunteering. To review the volunteer requirements, please click here. If you have any non-urgent questions, please email Rachelle Robinson (parent volunteer).
- Gift cards: the PTO has gift cards for purchase - please stop by the Parish Admin office to purchase with cash or checks made payable to OLGC PTO.
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- THIS WEEK Care for Our Common Home: Interested in participating in a Creation Care team at OLGC? Next month is the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical, “Laudato Si,” which addresses care for our common home. A Catholic Conference on Creation Care is being hosted Saturday, May 15, from 12pm - 4pm on Zoom. A 30 minute virtual chat to meet with other interested parishioners before the conference will be hosted Wednesday, May 12th, at 7:00 PM Care for our Common Home at OLGC.
- NEW Sound Ministry: We are looking for volunteers to join the Sound Ministry. These ministers would be responsible for monitoring the sound system for each Mass, making sure levels are correct and adjusting when necessary, to provide for the maximum sound experience for our worship. Training will be provided by the company who is installing our sound system. If you are interested, have more questions, or want to volunteer, please contact Gerard Hall.
- NEW Live Stream Ministry: We are looking for volunteer to join the Live Stream Ministry. Fr. Matt has said that we will continue to Live-streaming one Mass a weekend, even post pandemic. This will enable parishioners who are homebound, unable to come to Mass for any reason the opportunity to stay connected to the OLGC Community’s celebration of Mass. In addition, we will continue to provide Live streaming for our larger Sacramental celebrations (Confirmation and 1st Eucharist), Weddings and funerals for that those who cannot travel can still participate in the celebration. These ministers operate the camera for the “production” of the Mass. If you are interested, have more questions, or want to volunteer, please contact Gerard Hall at or Irene Zaso.
- NEW Faith: The Next Generation. Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before! We are looking for Catechists, Aides, Room monitors (virtual or on-site), Health professionals to be on-site (including RNs, EMTs). Please note that we hope to be able to offer on-site and virtual options for CCF in some capacity this Fall and need your help to make this a reality. On-site CCF will be dependent on the number of volunteers signed up as well as parish, Diocesan, State and CDC guidelines. Contact Amy MacKinnon for additional information.
- Heaven, the final frontier
- These are the voyages of the OLGC Parish
- Its eternal mission:
- To explore strange new catechetical terms
- To seek out new students
- And new catechists
- To boldly go where all saints have gone before
- Live Jesus. Teach the Faith.
- The Chosen 1st Season Showing: Join us for a showing of the first season of The Chosen! For the first time ever, the greatest story ever told is being presented as a multi-season show. Digging deeper into the backstories and context of the people and the events of the gospels, Season One of the #1 highest crowd-funded media project of all time introduces you to people such as Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Mathew, and of course Jesus in a way never before seen on film. Our showing will take place on Tuesday evenings starting April 27th from 7 pm to 8:30pm and running 8 consecutive weeks. Our last episode will take place on June 15th. We will watch the series and have time for reflection via Zoom. The Zoom link be emailed to all who have signed up on Friday, April 23rd. Join us for any or all episodes. Please sign up here; contact Amy de Bernardo (703-896-7414) with questions.
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