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On Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM, parents of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are invited to Good Counsel to learn about the admissions process, GC's academic programs including STEM, Ryken, and the AP/IB programs, and tuition assistance.

The presentation will take place in the Good Counsel Performing Arts Center. No preregistration is required. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 240.283.3367 or admissions@olgchs.org.

Katie Rictor | Director of the Fund for Good Counsel
Friday, September 14, 2017

We are passionate about Good Counsel. As members of this community, we are thrilled when our team wins, when the musical is a success, or when records are broken. We gather in prayer and support those who may need some extra care. We are all a part of building Good Counsel's success. This community is like no other and this year will not be like any other year.

Last year, thanks to our generous parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends we made history. Together, we raised over $879,000, the largest annual fundraising amount in school history, through the Fund for Good Counsel. As a community, you came together to provide our Falcons the opportunities to explore their dreams and develop their own passions this year as our faculty and staff inspire them to excel, serve, and love.

Many programs at Good Counsel make our community unique and it is important that you can support those areas that matter the most to you and your family! That is why I am thrilled to introduce The Fund for Good Counsel: Family of Funds. This new model allows you to designate your unrestricted Fund for Good Counsel gift to any of the following priority areas: Arts, Athletics, Service, Faculty Development, Financial Assistance, Endowment, and Area of Greatest Need.

With your support in these seven impact areas, we can look forward to greater growth and more opportunities for our Falcons. At Good Counsel, we are reliant on private fundraising and tuition to fund operations for our school. Very simply, our success happens within the framework of a strong and thriving school community and campus. The Fund for Good Counsel ensures a strong Good Counsel for all of your children. Our goal this year is to raise a total of $885,000 across the seven areas.

We hope you will give because you believe in the mission of Good Counsel. We hope you will give because you are inspired to see today's students transformed into tomorrow's leaders. We hope you'll give because you are passionate about Catholic education. Most of all, we hope you will give because you are proud to be counted among this community and know that it is only in moving together that we can make the greatest impact. We can't do it alone.

Join us in writing the next chapter of Good Counsel's story. To make your gift or learn more about the Family of Funds, visit www.olgchs.org/giving

The Good Counsel Girls Soccer program enters its 30th season this year. Jim Bruno has been at the helm for since the beginning, guiding the program with a steady hand and inspiring his athletes to excellence both on and off the field. In that time, he has won 11 WCAC championships and has been named the National Private School Girls Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Washington Post's All Met Coach of the Year.

Under Jim's leadership, Good Counsel has made the NSCAA's national top 25 teams 14 of last 18 years holding down the #1 spot in 2000, 2011 and 2012. Jim is very proud to have at least one first team Washington Post All Met (19) in the past 21 years and had the Post's player of the year in 1994 (Corey Hewitt), 1997 (Katie Moore), 1998 (Valerie Lawrence), 2005 (Vicki Anagnostopoulos), 2009 (Crystal Koczot), 2011-2012 (Midge Purce) and 2013 (Imani Dorsey).

On Tuesday, Jim added another impressive notch to his resume. With a 5-2 win over Winters Mill High School, GC Girls Soccer earned the program's 450th win, an impressive feat that makes Jim one of the winningest coaches in WCAC history.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is holding its annual food drive to support Olney HELP. From now until Friday, September 22, nonperishable food items can be dropped off in the bins outside the Main Office. Gift cards to local grocery stores and money in labeled containers can also be donated but should be brought into the Main Office.

Olney HELP especially needs peanut butter & jelly, canned pasta, canned chili, canned chicken, bottled juice, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper, instant potatoes, boxed spaghetti, juice boxes for kids, and baked beans. The organization has been providing food and financial assistance to local families since 1969. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Olney HELP provides short-term emergency food and financial assistance to individuals and families in Olney, Sandy Spring, Ashton, Brinklow, and Brookeville, Maryland.

GC would like to thank everyone in the community for their continued support! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Blanco: ablanco@olgchs.org

During Easter Break 2018, Good Counsel is traveling to Ireland on a custom tour. Students will be visiting the cities of Dublin, Killarney, Galway, Dingle and more.

Those interested in joining this tour must sign up quickly since there are only few spots remaining. To view the itinerary, price, and enroll online, visit http://www.eftours.com/1928351AU.

This is one of 10+ international opportunities that GC is offering this students this year. Don't miss a chance to see another part of the world and immerse yourself in their culture and history. Please direct any questions about the Ireland exploration to Patti Perfetto pperfetto@olgchs.org.

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