Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

May 17, 2018

Dear Parents,


A HUGE thank you to all who participated in any way in our Race for Education. What a beautiful day and amazing turnout we had! We successfully sent out over 1100 mailers to family and friends of our students all over the country! To date we have raised over $12,000. What generous support of our school from these wonderful donors! Please know that it is never too late to send in a donation. The mailer can be mailed back to school through the summer months.


Tomorrow will be our last Community Homeroom of the 2018-2019 school year! These have been some of my favorite days this year as we meet to pray and celebrate the amazing things happening here at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. It has been so uplifting to see the number of parents who join us each month! We certainly appreciate your support in all that we do. The following is a list of what will be included in tomorrow's gathering:


  • Prayer/Pledge of Allegiance
  • Birthdays for May, June, and July
  • Principal's Choice for the month of May
  • Virtue of the Month
  • Art Show Award Presentation
  • First in Math winners

All are welcome to join us for this final celebration of the year!


Just a reminder that the tentative calendar for the 2018-2019 school year is now posted 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

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 about HALF WAY to our goal & have raised $11,000 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

Shrek The Musical Jr.

Don't miss OLGC's PAC Spring Show "Shrek The Musical Jr." tomorrow Friday, May 18th & Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 PM. Please see the flyers below & we hope to see you at the performances!

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.

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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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 TOMORROW 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."

"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

5/18: 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."