Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

March 9, 2018

Dear Parents,


It may be difficult to see today, but signs of the changing season and new life will soon be all around us, from green buds on trees to daffodils coloring the landscape. We will soon welcome signs of new life after the dormant winter months.


As we turn our clocks forward this weekend, we also move forward into the final trimester of the school year. There is much to accomplish in these final months of school and much to continue to share with you.


  • We had our first experience with Virtual Learning over the past two days and I had the opportunity to seek the input of many students, teachers, and parents in school this morning. The feedback was very positive and students were eager to share their honest thoughts with me. I want to thank the teachers for embracing this new method of instruction and for their efforts in moving forward. I know that there may have been students impacted by loss of power and teachers will take that into consideration.
  • I am looking for four parents or high school aged siblings of our students to participate in the washing of the feet at Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper. If you are interested, please call the school office.
  • Our 7th and 8th grade students recently participated in the National Catholic School IHM Math Competition. 775 students participated in the 7th grade and 996 students participated in the 8th grade nationwide. From those participants 121 finalists were chosen from the 7th grade to move onto the finals and 100 students were chosen from the 8th grade. I am extremely happy to announce that Our Lady of Good Counsel School has a 7th and an 8th grader moving onto the finals!! The names of these students will be unveiled at the March Community Homeroom.
  • A new uniform survey will be sent out this Monday, March 12. The last day to vote will be Friday, March 30.


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

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!

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: school.olgc.org

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

**THIS SATURDAY** St. Patrick’s Day Social @OLGC

See everyone this Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm in the gym for live Irish music, Irish dance performances and DJ, raffle baskets, beef and beer! Feel free to bring your own drink of choice, appetizers and desserts.


Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM**

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.

Box Tops!

Send Box Tops to school in a bag labeled with your child's name and the number of Box Tops collected.


Any student who collects 100 Box Tops will earn a FREE dress down day! March winners will be announced at the April Community Homeroom.

*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

OLGC Logo Apparel Sale

OLGC Logo Apparel is here! We are running an apparel sale with Kampus Klothes & have many different offerings & items for you to purchase! We are also offering both youth & adult sizes & every item features our new school logo! The sale has now begun & will run until Sunday, March 18th.


Please visit this link to view all the items & to place your orders:

https://olgcwintersale18.itemorder.com/sale

March Madness Bracket Fundraiser

It's time for the 11th Annual OLGC Technology "March Madness" Bracket Fundraiser! You are invited to join OLGC's online NCAA "March Madness" bracket group & have some fun determining who is the best "bracketologist" at OLGC! If interested, please go to www.olgc2008.mayhem.cbssports.com & join the “OLGC March Madness 2018” group by using the password (olgc) OR you can print a bracket out & have your child deliver it to the School Office. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you think would be interested! For any additional questions, please email Mr. Ken Woodring at kjwoodring@yahoo.com. Special thanks to Mr. Woodring for his continued support of OLGC & all of his hard work, it is much appreciated!

OLGC Carnival 2018 Save The Date

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"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

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

3/12: Third Trimester Begins

3/14: Universal High School Visitation Day- Grade 7; Confessions Grades 3-8 1:30 PM

3/15: First Penance 7:00 PM

3/16: Terra Nova begins Grades 2-7; stations of the Cross Grades 1 and 2

3/17: St. Patrick's Day Social

3/19: Report Cards

3/20: First Communion Retreat 11:30 AM

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

3/26: 4th Grade Field Trip

3/27: Community Homeroom - 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00

3/28: School in Session - Dismissal 11:45 AM - Bus Transportation; NO PM CARES

3/29 - 4/2: NO SCHOOL

4/3: Classes Resume

4/6: First Friday Mass 9:00 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."