Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

WE WON!

The results are in & IT'S OFFICIAL: Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School has WON for the Best Elementary School in Bucks County for 2018! Thank you to all those who took the time to vote & supported us in this contest. OLGC is the place to be!
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March 23, 2018

Dear Parents,


We enter the most holy of weeks in the Church calendar. As we prepare for the rising of our Lord on Easter Sunday, Holy Week concludes the forty days of Lent where we prepared for our Lord's coming with almsgiving, fasting, and prayer. Easter Sunday celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord in which he conquered sin and we received redemption.

Our students will begin their Easter break on Wednesday at 11:45. Take the time to pause, reflect, and experience the importance of Easter in our lives. On behalf of our pastor, Father Suskey, our faculty and staff, I wish you all many blessings and joy during this Easter season.


Happenings at school this week:

  • We will continue with Terra Nova testing today and next Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume as usual after testing each day is complete.
  • Thanks to funds raised during our Day of Giving, work has now begun on our new Digital Learning Commons. Students will continue to have Media classes each week. We are thrilled to be able to offer this new and innovative learning area to our students beginning next year.
  • I continue to encourage all of our families to apply for BLOCS grants through FACTS mgmt. Families will be reimbursed the application fee if they are found not eligible. There is substantial money available for tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 school year.


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

Important Schedule Changes

  1. School will now be in session on Friday, May 25th. This is in combination with our Virtual Learning and the forgiveness of two days from the Archdiocese.
  2. A reminder that school is also in session now on Wednesday, March 28th until 11:45 AM. There will be bus transportation available but there will be NO PM CARES.
  3. Living Stations will now be held on Tuesday, March 27th at 1:30 PM.
  4. Community Homeroom and Dress Down Day have been moved to Wednesday, March 28th.

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.

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

Clothing Drive

We raise $$ per pound of clothing collected, so clean out those closets...help us beat last year's total of $1,456.60!


Bring bagged clothes for dropoff on three dates in April:


  • Saturday 4/14 from 11 AM - 3 PM, in school parking lot AND after 5:15 PM mass
  • Sunday 4/15 after all masses
  • Saturday 4/21 from 9 AM - 1 PM, in school parking lot


NOTE: We can no longer accept HARD TOYS or HARD ITEMS such as house gear, lamps, baby items, etc.

CLOTHING DRIVE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please consider donating 2 hours of your time on any of the three Clothing Drive days in April, to help unload/load clothing bags into the truck. Sign up for a time slot here:


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e49acaa2aa4fd0-clothing

Box Tops!

Any student who collects 100 Box Tops will earn a FREE dress down day!


Once your family reaches 100 Box Tops - please send them to school in a Ziploc bag, clearly labeled with your child's name, homeroom, and the number of Box Tops collected. Please be sure to separate out all expired Box Tops.


March winners will be announced at the March Community Homeroom.

*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

Coming Soon... A NEW LOOK!

It is time to vote for OLGC's new uniforms! Please read our new uniform flyer carefully & follow the link to vote for the pieces you want to see be included in our new look.


New Uniform Flyer: https://www.smore.com/4wmqj


Voting is now open & will end on Friday, March 30th. The winning pieces will be announced at our April Community Homeroom. Thank you!

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of March is Cooperation. Cooperation is the ability to work together for the good of everyone. It is a willingness to respect others and to follow rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Cooperation is being helpful to one another and sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone. If you see someone displaying the virtue of cooperation, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Spring is here and with that comes allergies & other sickness. If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. 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

3/23: Terra Nova Ends; Living Stations Grades 1-8 1:30 PM; March Madness- 6: 00 PM to 11:00 PM

3/26: 4th Grade Field Trip

3/27: Living Stations 1:30

3/28: School in Session - Dismissal 11:45 AM - Bus Transportation; NO PM CARES; Community Homeroom; Dress Down Day

3/29 - 4/2: NO SCHOOL

4/3: Classes Resume

4/6: First Friday Mass 9:00 AM

4/13: Minute To Win It!- Grades K to 4th- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

4/14 - 4/15: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

4/20: Spring Fling Dance- Grades 6, 7 & 8- 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

4/21: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

4/24: 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip

4/27: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00

4/28: First Holy Communion- 9:30 AM

4/30: Spring Uniform begins

5/1: 8th Grade Retreat

5/4: First Friday Mass and May Procession

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."