Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

November 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! It is the time of year to dust off your Advent wreaths as we prepare to light the first candle this coming weekend. We have many exciting events in store as we prepare to celebrate the season of Advent. Each class will present their Advent wreaths for a blessing during Mass on Friday, December 1st. Carols ring in the hallways as our students prepare for the Annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 15th. Our littlest of students are preparing to celebrate the coming of our Lord at their annual Christmas Pageant which will be held on Monday, December 11th. Our 8th grade students went shopping at the Santa Shoppe with our preschool students and were complimented for how well they supported their buddies. May Christ dwell within your heart as you prepare for Advent!

An enormous thank you to the families who took advantage of the discounted re-registration fee and are now registered for the 2018-2019 school year. The number of students we now have re-registered has enormously exceeded our expectations! It is so uplifting to hear all of the positive feedback from parents about all the wonderful happenings here at Our Lady of Good Counsel School!

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



Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! Thank you to the incredible number of current school families who re-registered their children for next year during this past month. Open enrollment has now begun and we encourage all those who wish to register to do so or schedule a tour and come see our school. Forms can be found on our school website:


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, For 2018-2019, applications must be submitted online through FACTS, Inc.

Please use this link to begin your application:

The deadline for 2018-2019 for FACTS application is 12/31/17. A completed Federal Income Tax Return will be required to be submitted as evidence to complete this application.

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

Santa Shoppe 2017 was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success. We could not do it without you. Special thanks to Mrs. Albin for making the special ornaments! See you all next year!

Upcoming Winter Events

Santa Social @OLGC

Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and create a Christmas photo memory!

Saturday 12/9, 1 pm – 3 pm in Trinity Center

$5 per child ($20 max for a family)


Mother/Son Bowling Event

Saturday 1/20, 12 pm – 3 pm

Pike Lanes on Second Street Pike

More details and ticket information to follow

Sweetheart Dance (Father/Daughter Event)

Friday 2/9, 7 pm – 10 pm

More details and ticket information to follow

St. Patrick’s Day Party @OLGC

Beef & beer with live Irish music & DJ

Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person

Ticket sales open in January. More details to follow

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

Cafeteria Volunteers

We are in need of lunch volunteers for the month of January! We are looking for 2 helpers per day to assist at lunchtime. We have created a Sign-Up Genius for those who are interested in helping out.

Please click HERE to sign-up to be a Cafeteria Volunteer at Lunch!

Dining Around Town

Our first Dining Around Town event will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at Steam Pub. We encourage all families to come out and show your support for our school by having a delicious meal. Just tell your server you are from OLGC & a portion of the proceeds are donated back to us! This is a great way for families to get together, socialize & enjoy! Thank you in advance for all of your support!

"Virtue of the Month"

Congratulations to our "Virtue of the Month" winners for November:

Sadie A. Pre-K 4

Cece O. Grade 2

Grace K. Grade 4

Emily H. Grade 7

Tess F. Grade 8.

The virtue for the month of December is honesty. Honesty means telling the truth no matter what consequences you may face. An honest person does what he says he is going to do and never lies, cheats or steals. Honesty means more than not lying. Honesty means

you don't say things about people that aren't true. Being honest means you admit to your actions, even if you'll get in trouble. If you see someone displaying the virtue of honesty, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Fall is here and with that comes the cold and flu! ​ ​If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. Hand washing and the flu shot are the best ways to avoid the cold and flu. 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

12/1:​ End of the First Trimester; First Friday Mass; Snowball Dance

12/4:​ Second Trimester Begins; 8th Grade Trip to New York

12/5: Picture Retake Day; Dining Around Town Night at STEAM Pub

12/6:​ 4th Grade Mass

12/7:​ Archbishop Wood Play Grades 4-8

12/8:​ Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Mass-10:30 AM; NJHS Installation-1:30 PM

12/9: PIE Santa Social

12/11: Report Card Distribution; Kindergarten Christmas Pageant- 7:00 PM Lower Church

12/12: Band Concert- 7:00 PM

12/13: Pre-K 4 Christmas Pageant- 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM; 3rd Grade Mass; Confessions Grades 3-8 at 1:30

12/15: Christmas Concert (Kindergarten-8th)- 1:00 PM

12/20: Grade 2 Mass

12/21: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day-$1- Christmas Parties- 12:00 PM

12/22: NO SCHOOL- Christmas & New Year's Break

1/3: Class Resume

1/5: First Friday Liturgy- 9:00 AM

1/9: Graduation Pictures

1/10: 1st Grade Mass

1/15: Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL

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."