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All parents of Bishop O'Connell students, as well as faculty, are automatically members of the PTO. The mission of Bishop O’Connell High School is to provide students an education rooted in the life of Christ and to foster the pursuit of excellence in the whole person. The PTO assists the school in this mission by uniting the parents and faculty through various community, family, spiritual, and service opportunities.

The September General PTO meeting is held with the full membership on Back to School Night in the auditorium. The PTO Board usually meets the first Monday of the month during the school year. Check the PTO Calendar for the specific time and place. We welcome any parent or faculty member to join us at our monthly PTO Board meetings.

Bishop O'Connell is more than a school, it is a family, and everyone's unique talents and gifts make this our community. If you are a new family, we welcome you! Please CLICK HERE for upcoming PTO events and tips to get connected!

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NEW! Regional Communities

Communities Map

Our school families are geographically diverse. We aim to build up our larger community by creating smaller "regional communities." The main purpose of these regional community groups are:

  • Gathering SOCIALLY
  • SUPPORTING each other - parents, students, faculty, and staff
  • SERVING together - our school and the greater community

We encourage all families to participate in Bishop Denis J. O'Connell Regional Community events:

Region "B" - Arlington, McLean, Great Falls, Washington DC north of the Anacostia River, and Montgomery County.

Region "D" - Alexandria, Ft. Belvoir, Washington DC south of the Anacostia River (20019, 20020, 20032), and Prince George's and Charles Counties.

Region "J" - Fairfax County south of I-66, Falls Church south, Prince William and Stafford Counties.

Region "O" - Falls Church north (22043, 22046), Fairfax County north of I-66 and south of Route 7, and Loudoun County.

Please refer to the Friday Blitz and school calendar for upcoming events

NEW! DJO Dads Club

Fathers Club

Dads play an important part in the Bishop O'Connell community, in the lives of our children who attend the school, and those children who will attend in the future.


Spiritual Life

All parents are invited to join the Spiritual Life Committee, which prays for the O’Connell students, faculty and families, and helps provide opportunities for parents to strengthen and grow their faith. Participation at every level is welcome. Contact

Prayer Connection

Parents, faculty and staff are invited to become members of the Bishop O’Connell Knights Intercessor Prayer Connection. The PTO worked with the Chaplain's office to create this email group dedicated to praying for the intentions of the entire DJO community and their loved ones. Prayer requests are sent to the coordinator via email and then shared with members of the Prayer Connection along with suggested prayers for each intention. Prayer requests are assembled into a single weekly Wednesday email unless a more urgent request requires more timely prayers. If you have a prayer request, or if you would like to join this prayer chain, please send an email to

Used Book & Uniform Sale

The Used Book and Uniform Sale (UBS) is a fundraiser for the PTO and a service to all O'Connell families. The Used Book and Uniform Sale is offered each summer prior to the start of the school year.

More detailed information can be found on the UBS webpage:

PTO Calendar

PTO Calendar of Events

The following is a list of events, activities and meetins currently scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year. Some of these events offer opportunities to volunteer a little or a lot of your time. Others are chances to grow in community and with fellow parents and our faculty and Staff. Please watch the Friday Blitz, too, for more announcements.


PTO Meetings - First Monday of the month in the Library, October to June.

Fine Arts Boosters - First Wednesday of the month in the Library, with exceptions in November and May.

Athletics Boosters - Second Monday of the month in the Library. Meeting in October is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and no meeting in December.

Spiritual Life Committee - All meetings are at 7 p.m. in Cafe Vaticano (Entrance #5) on the following dates: Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 23, Mar. 28, Apr. 17, May 16.

Dad's Club - Sign up for the Dads Club at You will receive more information about meetings at that time

PTO Events and Traditions

Mothers Tea

Mothers and guardians of freshman and transfer students and invited to an afternoon tea each fall. We have an opportunity to share a few hours enjoying light refreshments while reflecting on the importance of our role in the life of our children. This is a lovely event to get to know one another, to share our experiences and build community in support of our children during their high school years.

For more information please contact

All-Night Grad Party

The All-Night Grad Party is a wonderful tradition for our seniors each year. The planning for this event starts early in the school year and needs many hands to provide a safe and fun event! Parents of students from all grades are invited to volunteer.

Visit the All-Night Grad Party page for all the details...

Baccalaureate Breakfast

The Baccalaureate Mass and Breakfast is a wonderful tradition for seniors and their parents/guardians. This event is generally held the third Sunday in May and is a faith filled celebration for all seniors. The morning begins with a Mass held at Bishop O’Connell. After Mass, families travel to an outside venue for a delicious plated breakfast. A speaker, often a Bishop O’Connell alum, delivers an inspiring and thoughtful message during the breakfast. The Waterford Reception Center is an example of a venue selected to host the breakfast portion of the morning providing a delicious meal and a lovely location to be in community during this exciting time.

The PTO is honored to host and organize the breakfast on behalf of our seniors. As host, the PTO creates the invitations, the menu, and coordinates with the school and venue to ensure all logistics are well managed for our families. The PTO seeks volunteers each year that are not parents of seniors to coordinate the event. It does not require much volunteer effort to support this wonderful tradition. The PTO pays for seniors who choose to attend, and collects the breakfast costs for parents. PTO volunteers are welcome and needed each year to help with this lovely tradition!

Feel free to contact for more information.


Fine Arts Boosters

The Fine Arts Booster organization is run and supported by parents and faculty Bishop O’Connell fine arts students, offering many opportunities for the community to enjoy music and the visual arts each year including concerts, art exhibitions, theater productions, jazz performances , and community events. They also travel each spring to participate in regional or national music festivals.

All families are encouraged to attend the many performances available throughout the year to enjoy the talent of these students! The Fine Arts Boosters offer volunteer opportunities in support of the students.

For more information, visit the FINE ARTS BOOSTERS webpage.

Athletics Boosters

The Athletics Boosters is run and supported by parents and faculty. There are many opportunities for the community to enjoy Bishop O’Connell’s many athletic events and associated activities.

All families are encouraged to learn more about the boosters and opportunities to support the school and all athletes.

For more information, visit the ATHLETICS BOOSTERS webpage.


As many of you know, we usually receive more through volunteering than we give! Volunteering is another way to build community with small gifts of time and service. During the process, we building and nurture connections with other parents, students and the school community during the four short years of our children's high school experience!

Many events need just a small amount of time to provide a big impact for our students. There are wonderful opportunities to meet other parents, faculty or share a talent with others that can benefit our community. There are other opportunities to offer more of your time... chairing or supporting an event, joining the PTO Board etc. All contributions of time are opportunities to connect, with one another and are appreciated!

Please consider assisting on one or more of the following PTO committees using the signup link below. Thank you!

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Stay Updated!

Please refer to the PTO webpages, the Friday Blitz, the school calendar and news feeds for the latest information and upcoming events!

PTO Newsletter(s)

DOWNLOAD Spring 2018 PTO Newsletter

PTO Meetings

The PTO meets monthly during the school year, September through June.. Meetings are typically held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school library Please refer to the calendar each month for meeting specifics. Upcoming meetings and other PTO sponsored events will also be announced in the Blitz each Friday. Please join us. All are welcome!

PTO Meeting Minutes

Approved minutes are available to Bishop O’Connell families. You will need your MyDJO credentials for access.


Quarterly Newsletter

Coming soon!

PTO Contacts

2019-2020 Contacts

Ann Brinkmann

Vice President 
Diane Black

Barb McGowan

Wendy Noe

Spiritual Life Committee
Karen Sheehan

Suzanne Campbell and Laura Hales

Dads Club
Stephen Krill

Used Book Sale
Melody Ballesteros

Volunteer Coordinator
Kirstin Lawler

Erin Turner

All-Night Grad Party
Melody Ballesteros and Tina Simington

Regional Communities
Katina Davis

Athletics Boosters
Dave McGraw

Fine Arts Boosters
Joe Hodges