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.


Dear OLGC Community,

November certainly marks a time for us to all be grateful for the many blessings in our lives.  Some days those are easier to identify than others, but I am extremely grateful for our OLGC community and everything we are able to accomplish together.  One of our favorite traditions is the Thanksgiving Basket Drive to help those in need in our local community.  It is always such an impressive sight to see the outpouring of love and meals we provide.  I look forward to seeing this tradition back in action on November 23rd, so please don't forget to sign up.  The students will also be participating in some version of our annual Turkey Shoot competition in gym class, so stay tuned for more details.  Things may still look a bit different these days but we are definitely moving forward, and it is so exciting to see!

If you have not signed up for your conference with the teacher at this point, we ask that you do so before 3:00 pm tomorrow in order for our teachers to properly prepare for those conferences.  This is a great time to get to know our teachers a bit better, and discuss ways that we can work together to help our students be most successful.

Now that the weather is changing and it is getting colder, please make sure that students are coming to school properly dressed for the weather, as we do like to send them outside for recess as much as possible.  I know it is so tempting to stay in bed a bit longer now too, as it is darker in the morning and those covers feel so warm, but please do try to get to school on time.  We seem to be slipping back a bit later and later in our morning carpool line, and it is so important for children to start the day off on the right foot.  That begins with all students arriving early enough to join us for prayer and pledge in the morning.

Preschool parents please do not forget to join us tomorrow for the Cars and Coffee on the sidewalk in front of DeSales Hall.  Dress warm, the coffee will be hot and the conversation inviting, but the temperatures might be a bit brisk.  Finally, in celebration of the Book Fair and the revamped Multi-Media Center (MMC), students are invited to come to school dressed up as their favorite book character from a book or movie on Monday, October 8.  Student costumes must follow the student handbook.  Students are encouraged to bring the book their character is based on to school.  School spirit coins will be raffled off as prizes throughout the day.  #ReadingCanTakeYouAnywhere 

Have a great rest of the week, and a relaxing weekend!





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:  Thank you for making our event a “Hole-in-One!” OLGC appreciates our 18 Tee Box Sponsors and 58 Golf Cart Sponsors including Jones Family Dentistry, Skintelligence, Forge Group LLC, Bishop Ireton HS, My Florist, Paul VI, FlynnO’Hara, Bishop O’Connell, Evolution Basketball Training, Playa Bowls, The Heartfelt Workshop, VA Tire and Auto, Ben & Jerry’s, Gonzaga, Georgetown Visitation, Luke Strong (The McGuire Family), The Millradt Family, Marianne Palen, Helen McNally, Prashanti Bedaputi, Jocelyne Dao, Card My Yard Fairfax, OLGC Co-Ed Softball, Atlantic Flooring, Vienna Sports, Adrenaline, Plaka, The Sandwich Shop, and VLL.

The 20th Annual OLGC Golf Classic--Volunteer Opportunities!:  After the challenges of the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce the return of OLGC Catholic Community’s Golf Classic.  In its 20th year, the Golf Classic will be hosted at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, on Monday, 11/08/21.  Sign up here to volunteer.

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.   

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:  Visit the in-person and online book fair from 11/8- 11/12 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: Monday, 11/8 from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Tuesday, 11/9 through 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!  Link for the online book fair will come to you soon!

The Fall Book Fair Needs Volunteers!  After online only book fairs, we are able to have an in-person Book Fair at OLGC School!  Many hands make light work, and if you are able to volunteer, we would love to have you!  No prior book fair experience is needed, we will train you.  Please use this link to sign up for book fair volunteers:  Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up.  All book fair volunteers must have attended VIRTUS training and have successfully passed the background check before volunteering.  Masks are required inside the school building.

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. 

Georgetown Visitation Esprit de Noel:  Please join the Georgetown Visitation community for our annual Christmas market, Esprit de Noel, Friday, November 5, 1 - 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Come stroll around a music-filled Christmas wonderland on our beautiful 23-acre campus in the heart of Georgetown, get an early start on your shopping at 60 boutiques and our Festival of Trees, enjoy homemade baked goods, taste fare from some of DC's favorite food trucks, and enter our car raffle for a chance to win a new 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L, generously donated by Sheehy Auto Stores.  Esprit is free and open to the public, and provides free on-campus parking.  All proceeds help support Georgetown Visitation.  Please note masks are required in all Visitation buildings.

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.  Nov. 6th Girls Basketball Clinic (open to 6th-8th graders).  Click here to register for our middle school clinics and workshops!  

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



November 8-12:         Fall Book Fair!  (Monday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

November 11:            Veteran’s Day—No School for Students; Parent Teacher Conferences 7:30 a.m.-3:30 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