Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

August 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

I am excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! Hopefully, the summer has provided you with memorable opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends and we now move forward with the promise of another exciting school year! It is an honor and privilege to serve as the principal of such a wonderful school and family!

The faculty and staff of Our Lady of Good Counsel School are committed to providing academic excellence and pathways to Christ in a safe and welcoming school environment. The following staff changes have taken place over the summer. We say farewell to Mrs. Donna Marchetti and Mr. William Augustin, thanking them for their years of service and wishing them well in their new endeavors. We launch the new school year with a very talented and dedicated teaching staff. New to our team this year are Mrs. Terri Chirico in Grade 1, Mrs. Esme Artz-Thomas in Grade 4, and Mr. Evan Mascione and Mrs. Kristen Dempsey in Grade 7. In next week’s newsletter, I will announce the hiring of our new Spanish teacher and Media Specialist.

We have spent the summer working hard to strengthen and enrich our academic program and fortify our identity as a Catholic school. As of today, the current enrollment at Our Lady of Good Counsel School stands at 265. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs are close to capacity and there are now two second grades and two full time Pre-K 4 classrooms. With a large graduating class last year, this is very exciting news!

There are several new academic enhancements this year. Among these are a new Science program in Grades 3-8 allowing for more continuity across grade levels and student driven learning. We are also implementing a middle school ELA curriculum rich in literature through the use of individual trade books that students will be able to analyze more deeply focusing on the student as learner, reader, and writer. This summer we have also been very busy with many building and security improvements. These will all be outlined in the first Principal’s Newsletter which will be sent out next week, as well as daily operating procedures and information.

Our Lady of Good Counsel School will open its doors for students in Grades 1-8 on Tuesday, August 28th. School begins promptly at 8:15 AM each day. Upon arrival, students will be greeted by their teachers and welcomed to their classrooms. Please know that our CARES program will be up and running on Tuesday should any parent need this service.

Every parent will be emailed my newsletter every Thursday If you are not receiving the email, please notify the school office. You can always access all newsletters on our school website which I encourage you to visit regularly along with your child’s teacher’s webpage.

Please enjoy these remaining days of summer as we eagerly anticipate another fulfilling year! Let us ask God to steady us for the journey of a new school year and give us peace knowing that we never walk alone.

God’s Peace,

Mrs. Barbara Riley



Some of our local school districts may not have transportation rosters until the end of next week. Please do not call the school district. As we receive the roster we will forward the schedules to you. Centennial School District rosters were sent to those families today. If you do not see your student's name please email the School Office. Once you receive the roster and you have an issue regarding your stops and/or times, please contact the school transportation office directly.

School Supplies

Your children do not have to bring all of the required supplies to school on the first day. The teachers will be flexible the first week to bring in supplies a little at a time. Please consult our school website for the complete supply list for each grade.


Please consult the school website regarding the required uniform for Pre-K through 8. All Pre-K and Kindergarten students are required to wear the gym uniform this year. Flynn and O'Hara is the ONLY supplier of our official school uniform.

Important Dates to Remember

8/27: Faculty Organizational Day; First Trimester Begins

8/28: Opening Day for Grades 1-8; Kindergarten Orientation – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

8/29: Full Day Grades K-8; Pre-K 4 Orientation – 10:00 AM

8/30: Full Day Grades K-8; Pre-K 3 Orientation – 10:00 AM



9/4: Full Day Grades PreK-8

9/6: Band Instrumental Program Assembly

9/7: School Mass – 9:00 AM; Ice Cream Social 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

9/10: Co-curricular classes begin

9/12: 8th Grade Mass; Confessions Grades 3-8

9/19: 7th Grade Mass; Back to School Night Grades K-4 – 7:00 PM

9/20: Back to School Night Grades 5-8 – 7:00 PM

9/26: 6th Grade Mass

9/28: Community Homeroom - 8:45 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."