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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

Dear OLGC Community,

Thank you for continuing to partner with us around your child(ren)'s faith-filled education here at Our Lady of Good Counsel School.  We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to conference with our teachers about your child's unique path, so we can work collaboratively to help them on their journey.  We hope you found your conference time informative and helpful.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to your teachers or administrators should you have any further questions or concerns.

If you have not already signed up for the Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Drive I ask that you consider whether you or your family are able to participate.  This is a long-standing, lovely tradition here at OLGC, where we work together to provide a Thanksgiving Dinner to so many families in need in our local area.  We are blessed in numerous ways, and this is a great opportunity for us to work together to help others.  If you cannot make a contribution as an individual family, please consider working with other families or groups to support the cause.  It brings so much joy to all involved in this outreach project, and is a great way to help our children learn to give to others.

November is also a wonderful time to express our Thanksgiving and appreciation for many.  Thank you to our PTO for organizing the Aviat Award process again this year.  Please take a moment to nominate a teacher or two for this beautiful award in memory of a former teacher, Miss Elizabeth White, if you have not already done so using this link.

Just a reminder that we have an 11:15 dismissal for preschoolers and an 11:30 dismissal tomorrow for students in Grades K - 8 to allow more time for our parent-teacher conferences.  Thank you to the PTO for their generosity and kindness in providing lunch for the teachers today and tomorrow!

Finally, please spread the word about our Open House this Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm for prospective new students.  We love to see OLGC continue to grow!

Have a wonderful rest of your week and weekend.

Adrianne Jewett, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

The Wildcat Fund--Moving Forward, Rising Higher:  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!

OLGC Catholic Community’s 20th Annual Golf Classic:  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!!!

Picture Ordering:  Our students were photographed at school picture day.  To view and order pictures, please follow this link:  https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875120.  Once there, you will be prompted to enter an online code.  This is your student's ID number.  If you do not have that number, please contact Mrs. Sharon Hallahan at shallahan@olgcva.org, and she will provide you with a code for each of your students.  Please do not contact the picture company for your student code.  

Makeup Photo Day:  For any students that were not photographed in October, or who are not happy with their pictures, please note that photographers will be at school on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am.  Please email your child’s homeroom teacher and Mrs. Carolyn Holden at cholden@olgcva.org if your child will be taking pictures on the 16th

New Wildcat Spirit Wear!: What you've been waiting for! Purchase newly-designed shirts & hoodies for Spirit Days, showing Wildcat Pride around town, or lounging at home.  Youth and adult sizes available.  All orders must be submitted by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/23. No late orders can be accepted.  A portion of every item sold will help fund the Pawsitive Spirit Store.  ORDER HERE  If you have any questions please email Raelene Sok at rsok@olgcschool.org.

Altar Servers Sign-up & Training Grades 3-5:  All young men and women, Grades 3 through 5 are invited to become an altar server.  Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities, and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence.  They should have already received First Holy Communion, and usually receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.  Altar Servers assist the priest, lead the Opening and Closing Processions, assist with the Ritual Binder, and prepare the vessels and altar at School and weekend Masses.  Servers are also needed at funerals and weddings.  The role of server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass.  Servers are prepared for this ministry through initial training and on-going formation offered in the parish.  Training will take place on Monday, November 15 at 3:30 pm, and on Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 am in the Church.  Only one session is required, and at least one parent must attend.  Please register as a server at https://tinyurl.com/OLGCaltarserver and sign up for a training session at www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044EA8A72EA7FC1-altar. Contact is Gerard Hall ghall@olgcva.org, 703-896-7411, if you have any questions.  Please note that Middle School students will have separate training sessions through Mrs. Bishop.   

Deadline to Enroll in ECAP for 2nd Trimester:  The 1st Trimester is almost over, and it is time to decide if you will need ECAP during the 2nd Trimester.  Those currently enrolled in ECAP who only signed up for the 1st Trimester, as well as families who would like to join ECAP this time around, need to sign up.  If your initial registration was for the entire year please confirm with Mrs. Sudduth, as there would be no need to reregister.  The 2nd Trimester ECAP session begins on Monday, November 29, 2021 and ends on March 11, 2022.  The deadline to sign up for the 2nd Trimester ECAP is November 12, 2021.  No ECAP enrollments will be taken after this date.  For more information and to register, please go to the ECAP website.  Please contact Mrs. Carrie Sudduth at csudduth@olgcschool.org with any questions.

5th Grade and 6th Grade Battle of the Books Club (BoB):  Librarian Ms. Marilyn Savich is holding OLGC's Battle of the Books (BoB) Club for all Fifth and Sixth Grade students after school once a month in the new Multi-Media Center. BoB is a Diocese of Arlington reading initiative in which students from other schools compete with each other in an "It's Academic" like setting, answering questions about the books in a team-setting with six students representing their school. This club is a great opportunity for all students to read highly recommended and timely books, and participate in a competition pandemic or not. The club will meet on the following dates: Friday, 11/19, 12/17, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 4/29, 5/6, and Tuesday 5/17, Diocese of Arlington BoB Competition Day. The Battle of the Books Planning Committee is still working out the logistics of how teams will meet, in-person or virtual. In the meantime, please fill out the following interest form here:  BoB Form.  Looking forward to a fun time of book talks, book trivia, discussions, and games! Please email Ms. Savich with any questions and/or comments: Msavich@olgcschool.org

"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: Thursday 11/11 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Friday, 11/12 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  The Online Book Fair is now live and will 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

Recess Volunteers Needed!  OLGC School needs parent volunteers to help make our recess times safe and enjoyable for our students.  All volunteers must have attended VIRTUS training and have successfully passed the background check before volunteering.  For more information or to sign up, please use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA4A72EA7FB6-olgc1  Please note that all volunteers must bring and wear a mask when in close proximity to children for extended periods of time.

PVI Sip and Shop 11/17:  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!

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.

Gonzaga Open House:  Gonzaga College High School will be having an Open House on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more information, please see the Gonzaga Open House Flyer or go to https://www.gonzaga.org/admissions

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Upcoming Events:  2022-2023 Applications Open!  Click here to apply!   Shadow a Wolf!  Click here to sign-up.  Please contact admissions@jpthegreat.org for further information.  

OLGC School Messages:  If you would like to receive OLGC messages via text, in addition to email, please text “Y” to 67587.

IMPORTANT DATES:

November 8-12:         Fall Book Fair!  Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

November 12:            Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (K-8), 11:15 a.m. (Preschool) for Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 

November 14:            Open House for Prospective Families 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

November 16:            Make-ups & Retakes for School Photos

November 23:            Trimester 1 Ends

November 24-26:       Thanksgiving Break—School and Offices are Closed

November 29:            School Resumes—Trimester 2 Begins