Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

January 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I expected to share that greeting with you last week! Hopefully, our weather warms up a bit! A new year always ushers in the sense of renewal – a renewal of purpose and a collective commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, faith formation and service. January is always about fresh beginnings and positive change. I love the promise of the New Year and all the possibilities that exist for our students here at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

  • Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 28th. We will hold an Open House on that day from 11:00-1:30. Come tour our school to see all that we have to offer and visit our brand new, state of the art TV Production Studio. On display that day will also be the choices for the school uniform for next year! Come get a sneak peek and cast your vote! On Tuesday, January 30, OLGC will be participating in a "Day of Giving." This is an opportunity to give a monetary donation that will assist in supporting the updates needed to ensure that our school moves successfully into the future! Our goal for this year's Day of Giving is $20,000. Funds raised on this day will be used for the renovation of our Media Center transforming it into an innovative and cutting edge Digital Learning Commons. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting venture!! Check out more detailed information on CSW below.
  • To assist in promoting our Open House, we have purchased lawn signs advertising this event. We are asking school families to sign out a lawn sign and place it at your home or business. If you are interested and can do this, please contact the school office.
  • To provide our students with the most up-to-date classroom environment, we are beginning to reinvent what our classrooms look like which is critical in affecting student morale and learning. The first phase of this will be our Kindergarten classroom. In order to accomplish this goal, we have received an anonymous donation in the amount of $15,000! We are incredibly grateful to our donor which has afforded us the opportunity to accelerate our plans to have this project completed for next school year. Stay tuned for photos as we go through this process.
  • Please be aware of a new policy beginning on Tuesday, January 16. We will no longer be heating students' lunches brought from home. Please understand that this is a safety issue should a student get burned. We do not know if things are heated to the right temperatures. Please inform your children of this policy, as we do not want to be put in a position to tell a student that we can not heat their lunch.
  • The Sweetheart Dance will take place on Friday, February 9th. Please note that absolutely NO tickets will be sold at the door and ONLY OLGC students may attend. This is a dance intended for fathers and daughters. If a father can not attend, another family member, friend, or special person may attend.
  • Please be aware that those students who had ordered from the lunch menu will be given credit for the two snow days on next month's menu. Please carefully look for the credited days on the new menu, circle them, and you will not need to remit payment for those two days.

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


Open House Lawn Signs

Here is what our Lawn Signs will look like when our school families come to sign them out!
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NCEA Day of Giving

Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools will take place from 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 30th through 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 31st. The National Day of Giving is a new opportunity to partner with NCEA to support Catholic schools nationwide, especially during National Catholic Schools Week. Our Lady of Good Counsel will have our own designated giving page & we will send out the link to our page in the coming weeks. This is an opportunity to give a monetary donation that will assist in supporting the updates needed to ensure that our school moves successfully into the future! Our goal for this year's Day of Giving is $20,000.

New Student Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

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:

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

Upcoming Winter Events

Mother/Son Bowling Event

Saturday 1/20, 12 pm – 3 pm

Pike Lanes on Second Street Pike


Sweetheart Dance (Father/Daughter Event)

Friday 2/9, 7 pm – 10 pm

More details and ticket information to follow

St. Patrick’s Day Social @OLGC

Beef & beer with live Irish music & DJ

Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person



*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.*

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of January is perseverance. Perseverance pushes you to work through challenges. Having perseverance means when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and body to overcome it. Perseverance means you are able to wait and work through difficulties even when you want to quit. If you see someone displaying the virtue of perseverance, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Heating Up Lunches

We will no longer be heating up student lunches during lunchtime. Our school microwave is reserved only for the use of our Optional Lunch Program. If a student brings in a microwavable item, that student must heat the item at home & then bring it into school for lunch. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this!

Like Us on Facebook!

If you haven't done so already, please like our School Facebook page! We update it almost every day with news, pictures, flyers & much more! We are trying to get 700 friends to 'like' us, so please share our page with your family & friends to show support for OLGC.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Winter 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

1/15: Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL

1/19: Social Media Presentation Grades 5-8 10:30

1/26: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM

1/28: Catholic School's Week Open House- 11:00 AM-1:30 PM

1/29: Parent Appreciation Day & Open House 8:00-9:30

1/30: OLGC Day of Giving/Day of Service

1/31: Volunteer Appreciation Day

1/31: Sacramental Talk for Parents (Grades 2, 3 & 5)- 7:00 PM

2/1: Student Appreciation Day; Free Dress Down Day; Game Show

2/2: Faculty Appreciation Day; First Friday Liturgy- 9:00 AM

2/9: Sweetheart Dance- 7:00 PM

2/14: Ash Wednesday Liturgy- 10:30 AM

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

2/20: PIE General Meeting- 7:00 PM

2/23: Dress Down Day- $1 & Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Stations of the Cross Grades 6, 7, and 8 at 1:30

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."