Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

May 3, 2018

Dear Parents,


Please join us this coming Sunday for our Open House from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM and again on Thursday, May 10th from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM for Open House, as well as the Art Show and Band Concert. Come see all the wonderful things taking place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.


Here are some happenings this week:

  • Congratulations to our 5th grade students who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming Monday. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
  • We had the pleasure of welcoming the NET Ministries Team this week for our 8th grade retreat. What a wonderful experience it was for all involved. A huge thank you to the Cole family who hosted our team!!!
  • We are in the midst of establishing the faculty and staff assignments for the 2018-2019 school year. Families will be made aware of the faculty and staff assignments in the May 31st newsletter.
  • Final examinations will begin this month. Performance Assessments are required for all students across all grade levels. These assessments occur over multiple days and will be administered over the month of May. The only required objective assessment is Religion. This will be administered on the first day of scheduled testing. All other objective assessments are at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
  • We are excited to announce the implementation of new programs in the areas of Math and Science for Grades 3-8 for the 2018-2019 school year. The new HMH Science Dimensions series will be introduced. This is a student driven initiative which seeks to elevate science literacy by creating a high level of student engagement. The Go Math series engages students with both a textbook and online learning applications. These two new programs will move our students forward in becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Our Race for Education is one week away. Students will be bringing home permission forms on Monday. Congratulations to our 1st graders who were awarded the class prize for bringing in the most labels. And congratulations to our individual winners as well. Between online donations and donations made directly to school, we have already raised over $5,000 to be used for security enhancements.
  • The 2018-2019 tentative calendar can now be found on the school website.


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

Next 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.


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 this week.

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

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*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

Flynn & O'Hara Uniform Sale

Don't miss this special promotion for the month of May! Get your new OLGC uniforms this month online, in store or over the phone & save!
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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.

OLGC CYO Sports Banquet

Preparations are now being made for the annual OLGC CYO Sports Banquet. The ceremony is set for Saturday, June 2nd & will begin with the 5:15 PM Mass in the Lower Church followed by the Awards Presentation also in the Lower Church.


Dinner, DJ and Fun will follow the Awards Presentation in the school gymnasium until 9:00 PM. The cost is $8 per Adult & $8 per CYO participant (grades 3 – 8). Children in grades 2 and below are free & there is a family maximum of $40. Please complete the form and return no later than Monday, May 21, 2018. Please return through the OLGC School Office if at all possible & please address the envelopes to “OLGC CYO Awards Banquet."

Spirit Day 2018

Spirit Day 2018 will be held on Tuesday, June 5th. Please see the letter below from our Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Gerri Taylor, as well as the 2018 Spirit Day Volunteer Form if you wish to help out with the activities of the day. We hope to see you there!

"Shrek Jr." Presented by OLGC PAC

OLGC Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets

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"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of May is Fairness. Fairness is the ability to treat everyone with kindness and respect that they deserve. Fairness includes sharing and taking turns, playing by the rules, being honest, compromising, including others, not blaming others, admitting when you are wrong, and keeping an open mind about different opinions. If you see someone displaying the virtue of fairness, fill out a virtue slip for them today. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

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

5/4: First Friday Mass and May Procession- 10:15 AM

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

5/16: Field Trip- Grades K-3

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

5/24: Final Exams Begin for 8th Grade; 4th Grade Field Trip

5/25: SCHOOL IN SESSION

5/28: Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

5/30: Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4 Closing- 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM

5/31: Kindergarten Closing- 10:00 AM

6/1: 8th Grade Picnic; Hello Goodbye Dance- 7:00 PM

6/4: Classroom Parties;6th Grade Field Trip

6/5: Spirit Day

6/6: School Student Day of Service

6/7: Grades 1-7 Awards Ceremony- 1:00 PM; Graduation- 5:30 PM

6/8: Last Day of School; Mass- 9:00 AM; Dismissal- 10:30 AM

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."