Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

May 24, 2018

Dear Parents,


I can't believe the school year is coming to an end! The faculty and staff are taking the time to reflect on how blessed we are to be taking part in the ministry of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School. Next Wednesday and Thursday we hold the closing ceremonies for both our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. I will certainly miss the active learning, laughter, and love that fills the A Level floor of our building! I wish them and their families a safe and fun filled summer!


**Next week the final Principal's Newsletter will be sent out. This newsletter will reflect on all we have accomplished this year, as well as the many goals that we have for the 2018-2019 school year. Also listed in the newsletter will be the teacher placements for next year.


**Terra Nova results are now in and are being sent home with students in Grades 2-7 today.


**Class Pictures will also be sent home today.


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

Tuition Prepayment Discount

It's not too late to take advantage of our tuition discounts for the 2018-2019 school year! Families who pay their tuition in full on or before June 1, 2018 will receive a 2% discount. Please deduct any outstanding SCRIP credits. Payments may be sent to the School Office beginning Monday, May 21, 2018 through Friday, June 1, 2018. SCRIP credits that are earned from now until the end of November will be refunded on or before December 15th.

New Tax Code Allows 529 Plan to be used to pay for K-12 Private Education

Please be advised that changes to the tax code were passed this year which now allows you to use your 529 college saving plan for Private School tuition for Grades K - 12. There are tax advantages in setting up a 529 plan that can then be used to pay your tuition. Please call the School Office if you have additional questions.


Please refer to the following information link to learn more: https://www.pa529.com/news-events/

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!

Race for Education: Not Too Late to Donate

On behalf of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, we would like to thank all of our "Race for Education" sponsors thus far & all those who came to our Race on Friday, May 11th. What a great day!


We are currently over HALF WAY to our goal & have raised $15,000 as we continue to aim for our ultimate goal of $20,000 heading into the summer months.


It is still not too late to donate! Please visit our Race site https://www.race4ed.com/olgc/ to make your donation. If you wish to donate via cash or check, please mail your donation to:

611 Knowles Avenue Southampton, PA 18966 C/O Race for Education.

We will be accepting donations through the summer months as well.


We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Important Flyers & Information

End of the Year Celebration

Join us on Friday, June 8th for OLGC's End of the Year celebration at Maplewood Swim Club!

Please complete the signup form and return to school with payment by Wednesday, May 30th. We hope to see you there!

Carnival Help Needed

Please consider donating 2-2 1/2 hours of your time to man the Clown Toss and Bean Bag games at this year's OLGC Carnival. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to volunteer with a parent as well. Sign up here!

OLGC Carnival Tuition Raffle

Our Annual Parish Carnival is fast approaching! OLGC School will be contributing a Raffle to our Parish Carnival where families can have a chance to win 3 great prizes geared toward our school families.


1st Prize: One year of tuition for one child

2nd Prize: One month of our Optional Lunch Program for one child

3rd Prize: A $50.00 gift card to Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms


Raffle tickets are $30.00 each or $50.00 for 2 tickets. You can send in your forms along with payment to the School Office or you can wait until the OLGC Carnival to purchase. Tickets will be sold at all three nights of the Carnival, June 14, 15 & 16.

*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.*

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!


*You DO NOT need a Promo Code. All items have already been marked down 10%.*

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Box Tops for Education

OLGC is excited to reintroduce our Box Tops for Education Program that now includes a mobile app that will provide another vehicle to raise free money for our school. There are some changes to how we will be managing the Box Tops for the next school year. We will continue to accept all loose Box Tops however, if students wish to participate in a contest, Box Tops must be glued to one of the Box Tops for Education collection sheets. This will greatly help us in the labor intensive Box Top submission process. We want to encourage everyone to participate, as this has been a very profitable program raising several thousand dollars over the years for our school. Remember each Box Top is worth 10 cents!


Contest Details
The contests for next year have not been determined as of yet but please continue or begin to collect & paste your Box Tops to collection sheets in preparation of the new school year & impending contests. Who knows what you could win by bringing them in!

Instead of sending in your Box Tops loosely & in plastic bags, we ask that you please have your child(ren) cut out your Tops & glue them onto one of the various Box Tops themed collection sheets. Please check to ensure that they are not expired. Each sheet is worth 25 box tops. In order to receive credit for Box Tops that your child(ren) want to bring back into school, your child’s name, grade & homeroom needs to be visibly written on the Box Tops sheet & each Box Top should be glued to the collection sheet in a corresponding square. There are times when BONUS points or certificates are issued. Please affix those on a separate sheet of paper and don't forget to write your child's name on the sheet.


Please note that this new way of affixing Box Tops to the Box Tops for Education sheet is the ONLY way we will be accepting Box Tops for our school contests starting next school year. Those Box Tops that are not brought in affixed to the Box Tops sheets will not count toward any contest however, we will still accept and process them to earn free money for our school.


Collection Sheets
To view all of the various Box Tops collection sheets please visit this link: Box Tops for Education Collection Sheets


*Please see the examples below of a Box Tops for Education Collection Sheet.*


All Box Tops must be affixed to a collection sheet in order to be in the running for one of our Box Tops contests. We will accept all Box Tops however, if students wish to participate in a contest, Box Tops must be glued to one of the Box Tops for Education collection sheets.


Mobile App
There is also a Mobile App that you can use to help OLGC receive Box Tops credits. Simply snap a picture of your receipts & upload it to the app to help our school receive free money. The link to the Mobile App can be found here: Box Tops for Education Mobile App


Digital Coupons
As an added bonus for our parents, Box Tops for Education offers parents various digital coupons to be used at various locations. For a list of retailers, please visit this link: List of Box Tops for Education Retailers

Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Symposium

Sunday, June 3, 2018, the OLGC Knights of Columbus will hold their first Pro-Life Symposium from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the School Gym. This is a free event & is open to anyone interested in learning more about the pro-life ministries in our area.

BBQ Fundraiser for Africa

Bring the whole family to a barbecue on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Lorimer Park, Huntingdon Valley anytime from 2:00 PM to 5: 00 PM. Bring a fold up chair and enjoy games & food. Baskets will also be raffled off to help the poor in Africa purchase much needed school supplies. Please RSVP to fromdublin3@gmail.com or for further information.

Community Events & Summer Enrichment Programs

Please be sure to check our school website, CLICK HERE, for upcoming Community Events & Summer Enrichment camps or programs. We will be updating this section of the website throughout the summer months so be sure to check it periodically for events & summer happenings!

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

5/24: 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."