Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

April 19, 2018

Dear Parents,


This is the time of year that we all wonder how we got here so fast. We are in the final seven weeks of school and the days in May and June are action packed! Please continue to refer to the calendar and newsletters throughout the coming weeks. Also, continue to monitor your child's study habits to ensure their continued success. Many special events are happening but the teachers will continue to teach and our students will continue to learn. It is challenging to stay focused at the end of the year. Let us work together to help our students stay the course and finish strong!


Happenings at school this week:

  • A huge thank you to all of the families who have returned their Race for Education labels to school and sponsored their children for the walk. Please join us for the race which will take place on Friday, May 11 at Warminster Park. All parents are welcome to attend. All funds raised will be used for safety and security enhancements. All faculty and staff will be attending a Safe and Sound Schools training session next week to begin this process.
  • Please note that the Summer uniform goes into effect on Monday, April 30th.
  • Good Luck to Mrs. Hofner and our 3rd Grade class who will be participating in the National Catholic Religion Bowl next week!! They have been working very hard in school getting prepared to put their knowledge of Religion to the test!
  • On Thursday, April 26, out Student Council will be sponsoring an Earth Day Celebration! There are many wonderful activities planned for the day. Students may wear their gym uniforms to school that day and are asked to bring a beach towel as we will be eating lunch outdoors.


Thank you for your constant support and prayers for our school. I encourage you to continue to support our work as we advance our mission to provide a transformative education steeped in academics and faith to our deserving students. There is no greater investment for forming our future saints than a Catholic education!


Please carefully review this week's newsletter for many reminders and updates. We thank you for entrusting your children to us and for the sacrifices you make each day to send your child(ren) to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.


God's Peace,


Mrs. Barbara Riley

Principal

OLGC Spring Open Houses 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 10, 2018- 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Bishop's Tuition Transfer Grant Program

Our Lady of Good Counsel School is excited to announce that we are offering Tuition Transfer Grants for the 2018-2019 school year. The Tuition Transfer Grant Program is available to those students in grades 2 through 7 who wish to transfer to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School from a public or non-Catholic school. All eligible students will receive $1000 off of their first year's tuition & $500 off of their second year. Please share this information with anyone who would be interested in this program. Thank you!

BLOCS

The Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools is an independent charitable organization that distributes designated and undesignated funds donated by businesses under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Applicants must fall within prescribed income levels to be eligible to receive funds. Those who wish to apply can submit an application for review for qualifications and the results are then forwarded to BLOCS organization as well as schools. Funds are available for grades Kindergarten through 8. For more information about BLOCS, please see their website, www.blocs.org. For 2018-2019, applications must be submitted online through FACTS, Inc.


Please use this link to begin your application: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid


A completed Federal Income Tax Return will be required to be submitted as evidence to complete this application.

Race for Education & How to Donate

On Friday, May 11, 2018, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School will be conducting our first Race for Education. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise $20,000 to be used towards security enhancements and facility updates for our school.


Every child was sent home with a sheet of labels. We are offering prizes for labels that students bring back into school. We will then send out mailers to those addresses we have received. The last day to bring in labels will be Tuesday, May 1st.


If you wish to donate directly online, here is our race site link: http://www.race4ed.com/olgc/. Simply type in the name of the student you wish to sponsor & donate. We encourage all students to have at least one sponsor. Please feel free to share this link with anyone you wish. The link will also be provided on our mailers which will be sent out to possible donors in the coming weeks.

P.I.E. (Partners In Education) Weekly Update

Clothing Drive - LAST DAY THIS SATURDAY 4/21!!!

We raise $$ per pound of clothing collected, so clean out those closets...help us beat last year's total of $1,456.60!


Bring bagged clothes for dropoff this Saturday 4/21 from 9 AM - 1 PM, in school parking lot


NOTE: We can no longer accept HARD TOYS or HARD ITEMS such as house gear, lamps, baby items, etc.

CALL FOR CLOTHING DRIVE VOLUNTEERS!

2 people still needed for this Saturday 4/21

Please consider donating 2 hours of your time to help unload/load clothing bags into the truck. Sign up for a time slot here:


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e49acaa2aa4fd0-clothing

Box Tops!

Any student who collects 100 Box Tops will earn a FREE dress down day!


Once your family reaches 100 Box Tops - please send them to school in a Ziploc bag, clearly labeled with your child's name, homeroom, and the number of Box Tops collected. Please be sure to separate out all expired Box Tops.


April winners will be announced at the April Community Homeroom.

End of Year Picnic @ Maplewood Swim Club

SAVE THE DATE!

Friday 6/8, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Signup form coming soon

*If you are unable to print out any forms – a written note with the necessary information from the forms, along with payment, can be sent into school instead.*

Important Flyers & Information

Yearbook Order Form

The OLGC 2018 Yearbook is ready to order. Yearbooks are available for purchase at $27.00 each. Cash or Checks made payable to OLGC School are due by Friday, May 18th. You may also write one check for multiple yearbooks. Please fill out all the information and send your order, along with payment, to the School Office. Please mark YEARBOOK and make sure your child’s name and room number are on the envelope. Thank you!


Click HERE for a printable Yearbook Order Form.

Archbishop Wood $1000 Tuition Raffle/Monaghan Scholarship Concert

Archbishop Wood High School generously offered a $1000 tuition raffle. Raffles are $10.00 each. You do not have to attend the concert on April 21st to participate. However, raffle ticket orders are due by the end of the school day on Friday, April 20th. You may also purchase a raffle at the Scrip office by 10:00 AM Saturday morning. Please send your raffle ticket order and payment to the School Office. Raffle tickets will be sent back home on Friday. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. Thank you for your support!

May/June Lunch Menu

Here is our lunch menu for the month of May & the first day of June. Please make your selections & send in your menus along with payment no later than Friday, April 20th. Menus cannot be accepted after Wednesday, April 25th. Thank you!


Click HERE for a printable May/June Lunch Menu.

OLGC CYO Spring Sports Mass

OLGC CYO will be holding a Spring Sports Mass to celebrate the upcoming Spring Sports seasons. The Mass will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM. All Spring CYO participants & their families are invited to attend. OLGC CYO will also be collecting used baseball items for "Pitch In For Baseball" at the rear of OLGC Church after the Mass. Please consider donating if you can, thank you!

Summer Programs at Archbishop Wood High School

For those students in 6th & 7th grade, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is offering a variety of summer programs. If you are interested, please visit our school website under "OLGC Events & Flyers" where we have information posted. Thank you!

"Shrek Jr." Presented by OLGC PAC

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of April is Courtesy. Courtesy is the ability to show polite behavior that reflects good manners and respect and kindness to others. Courtesy includes learning to say please and thank you at the appropriate times, sharing and taking turns, talking respectfully to others, and apologizing for wrong or hurtful behavior. If you see someone displaying the virtue of courtesy, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Spring is here and with that comes allergies & other sickness. If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a healthy diet to keep their immune systems strong and help avoid these illnesses.

School Safety & Security

The​ ​safety​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students​ ​is​ ​our​ ​top​ ​priority.​ ​No​ ​visitor​ ​or​ ​volunteer​ ​may​ ​go​ ​to​ ​any​ ​area of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​without​ ​first​ ​signing​ ​in​ ​at​ ​the​ ​office​ ​and​ ​receiving​ ​a​ ​visitor’s​ ​badge.​ ​​Visitors or​ ​volunteers​ ​are​ ​not​ ​permitted​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​a​ ​classroom​ ​to​ ​visit,​ ​confer​ ​with​ ​a​ ​teacher without​​ an​​ appointment,​​ or​​ visit​​ any​​ child​​ in​​ class, ​​at​​ lunch,​​ or ​​in​​ the​​ schoolyard.​​​​ If parents​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​arrange​ ​a​ ​conference​ ​with​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​or​ ​the​ ​principal,​ ​they​ ​should​ ​call​ ​the school​ ​office first.

Important Dates to Remember

4/20: Earth Day Tree Seminar; Spring Fling Dance- Grades 6, 7 & 8- 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

4/21: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

4/24: 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip

4/26: Earth Day Celebration

4/27: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00; 5th Grade Field Trip

4/28: First Holy Communion- 9:30 AM

4/30: Spring Uniform begins

5/1: 8th Grade Retreat

5/4: First Friday Mass and May Procession

5/6: Spring Open House- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

5/7: SCHOOL IN SESSION

5/7: Confirmation Day Grade 5- 4:30 PM

5/9: Confessions Grades 2-8 - 1:30

5/10: Solemnity of the Ascension- Mass at 10:30 AM; Open House/Art Show/Band Concert - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

5/11: Race for Education

5/18: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00

5/18: Spring Musical Production "Shrek Jr."- 7:30 PM

5/19: Spring Musical Production "Shrek Jr."- 7:30 PM

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School

Mission Statement

"Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, under the guidance of Mary, seeks to empower students to commit to Christian service, dedicate their lives to Gospel values, and lead with academic excellence."