Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

January 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is well and getting back into the swing of things. There are so many positive, peaceful, and productive things happening at Our Lady of Good Counsel School everyday! January is an very busy month with many exciting things happening!

  • Our TV Production Studio will officially open and be unveiled tomorrow at 9:00 with a Blessing by Father Suskey. The first broadcast by our Film Club will be on Monday, 1/22. Every broadcast will be shared on the school website. Please feel free to stop in at our Open House during Catholic Schools Week and take a tour of this new addition!
  • Students in Grades 5-8 and teachers in Grades 2-8 will be given a Social Media Presentation at 10:30 tomorrow morning. Mr. Matthew Reiman, the Instructional Technology Specialist from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, will be at school sharing a very powerful presentation titled "Your Digital Tatoo." This presentation will be posted on the school website. I encourage all of our families to have a discussion with your children about this very important topic.
  • Our Eagles Pep Rally will be held tomorrow at 1:45. This is also a benefit for the Eagles Eye Mobile which delivers free vision screenings to uninsured students in the Greater Philadelphia area. We are asking for a $2 donation for this "Dress Down in Eagles Green Day." The Bucks County Courier Times will be at school for this exciting event!
  • Please continue to spread the word that Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been nominated for "Best in Bucks!" Please encourage your friends and family to cast their vote for OLGC! The link can be found on our school website and facebook page. As of today, we are in first place!
  • Please note the schedule for Catholic Schools Week below. There are many exciting events planned for the entire week. Among those are the OLGC Day of Giving. The link has been listed below and will be posted on the school website. This is a 24 hour period of giving to our school to help support the advancement of our mission. Our goal for this day is $20,000. Funds raised will be to support the renovation of our Media Center into a new Digital Learning Commons.

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


Vote OLGC "Best of Bucks" 2018!

OLGC is extremely excited to announce that we have been nominated for the 2018 Bucks Happening's "Best of Bucks" List!

*We need ALL & EVERYONE to vote for us!*

Voting is NOW OPEN & will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. The elementary school with the most votes will be named the winner!

Please share this with everyone you know & continue to vote for OLGC by using different emails! We will post voting reminders to Facebook every day until voting ends. We appreciate any & all support!

2018 "Best of Bucks" Voting link:

Open House Lawn Signs

Here is what our Lawn Signs will look like when our school families come to sign them out! Please stop into school to pick up one or a few!

Catholic School's Week 2018

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NCEA Day of Giving

Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools will take place from 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 30th through 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 31st. The National Day of Giving is a new opportunity to partner with NCEA to support Catholic schools nationwide, especially during National Catholic Schools Week. Our Lady of Good Counsel has our own designated giving page for this day.

*Here is the link to our donation page*:

This is an opportunity to give a monetary donation that will assist in supporting the updates needed to ensure that our school moves successfully into the future! Our goal for this year's Day of Giving is $20,000.

Eagles Pep Rally

OLGC will be holding an Eagles Pep Rally tomorrow, January 19th at 1:45 PM in the Gym. Students will be permitted to dress down in their Eagles attire and/or green attire ONLY. The cost for this Dress Down Day is $2.00 or a donation of your choice. All monies raised will go directly to one of the charities supported by the Philadelphia Eagles- the Eagles Eye Mobile. The Eagles Eye Mobile travels to a different school each day to make free comprehensive vision care accessible to underinsured and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area. Please help us support this worthy cause & cheer on the home team at the same time! The Bucks County Courier Times will be joining us for this event & we are also going to submit videos to 6 ABC, NBC 10 & Fox 29. Please also remember to check our Facebook page for tons of photos & videos of our Pep Rally!


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:


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, For 2018-2019, applications must be submitted online through FACTS, Inc.

Please use this link to begin your application:

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

Upcoming Winter Events

Mother/Son Bowling Event - THIS SATURDAY!!

Saturday 1/20, 12 pm – 3 pm

Pike Lanes on Second Street Pike


St. Patrick’s Day Social @OLGC

Beef & beer with live Irish music & DJ

Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person



*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

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of January is perseverance. Perseverance pushes you to work through challenges. Having perseverance means when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and body to overcome it. Perseverance means you are able to wait and work through difficulties even when you want to quit. If you see someone displaying the virtue of perseverance, 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

1/19: TV Studio Blessing 9 AM; Social Media Presentation Grades 5-8 10:30 AM; Eagles Pep Rally 1:45 PM

1/24: 6th Grade Mass

1/26: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM

1/28: Catholic School's Week Open House- 11:00 AM-1:30 PM

1/29: Parent Appreciation Day & Open House 8:00-9:30 AM

1/30: OLGC Day of Giving/Day of Service

1/31: Volunteer Appreciation Day

1/31: Sacramental Talk for Parents (Grades 2, 3 & 5)- 7:00 PM

2/1: Student Appreciation Day; Free Dress Down Day; Game Show

2/2: Faculty Appreciation Day; First Friday Liturgy- 9:00 AM

2/7: 4th Grade Mass

2/9: Sweetheart Dance- 7:00 PM

2/14: Ash Wednesday Liturgy- 10:30 AM

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

2/20: PIE General Meeting- 7:00 PM

2/23: Dress Down Day- $1 & Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Stations of the Cross Grades 6, 7, and 8 at 1:30 PM

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."