Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

January 25, 2018

Dear Parents,

In a recent article from Pope Francis, he lists twelve ways to make the most out of 2018. I think they are wonderful ways to live life to the fullest and to reflect upon as we enter into Catholic Schools Week. Please share them with your children so we may all work together to make the world a better place.

  1. Build bridges, not walls.
  2. Let yourself be moved by suffering..and then do something.
  3. Don't be afraid to be ashamed of yourself and recognize when you've done wrong.
  4. Dream of love.
  5. Avoid attachment to riches.
  6. Pray daily for your health and that of your loved ones.
  7. Be strong in faith so as to overcome division.
  8. Work hard for your dignity and that of your family.
  9. Don't let yourself be robbed of hope.
  10. Remember that God never abandons us.
  11. Find happiness by creating harmony.
  12. Know that you are loved so that you can give love and forgiveness.

The following is the agenda for Community Homeroom which will be held tomorrow at 8:45 in the gym.

  • Birthdays
  • Principal's Choice
  • Virtue of the Month
  • First in Math
  • Archbishop Wood Writing Contest Winner
  • Uniform Preview - This will be an initial preview. The uniform choices will be on display all of Catholic Schools Week. A catalog of the choices and a link to cast your vote will be sent out in early February.

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


Vote OLGC "Best of Bucks" 2018!

OLGC is extremely excited that we have been nominated for the 2018 Bucks Happenings "Best of Bucks" List!

*We need ALL & EVERYONE to vote for us!*

Voting is NOW OPEN & will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. The elementary school with the most votes will be named the winner!

Please share this with everyone you know & continue to vote for OLGC by using different emails! We will post voting reminders on Facebook every day until voting ends. We appreciate any & all support!

2018 "Best of Bucks" Voting link:

Open House Lawn Signs

Here is what our Lawn Signs look like! Please stop into school to pick up one or a few! They will need to be returned after January 29th.

Catholic Schools Week 2018

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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 has our own designated giving page for this day.

*Here is the link to our donation page*:

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

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.*

Important Flyers & Information

CYO Spring Sports Registration

Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register for OLGC CYO Spring sports. Registrations must be received by February 16, 2018 in order for your child or children to participate.

"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.

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

1/26: 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 AM

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

2/7: 4th Grade Mass

2/9: Sweetheart Dance- 7:00 PM

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

2/15: 8th Grade Mass

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

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

2/21: 6th Grade Mass

2/22: 5th Grade Mass

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