Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

August 24, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are in the final stages of preparing our school! On behalf of the faculty & staff, we are very excited to begin our new school year! Everything you need to know concerning the first day of school can be found within this newsletter.

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


Arrival & Dismissal (K through 8)

Please ensure that your child is aware of their AM & PM bus numbers. Bus numbers do change from year to year. Please do not assume that your bus number will be the same. Any problems with stops or times must be directed to your school district's transportation department.

If you child is a car rider or CARES students, please send a note to your teacher indicating that you are not a bus rider.

In the AM, all car rider vehicles enter through Knowles Avenue only and exit out 2nd Street Pike.

Children arriving at school with be greeted off of the bus by OLGC staff & directed to enter the building through the Gym doors. Students then report directly to their classrooms. This process is the same for those students who are car riders as well.

Buses dismiss from OLGC between 3:00 PM & 3:10 PM. Car Pick up is at 3:00 PM at the Gym Doors. Cars mst exit the parking lot via Knowles Avenue only.

*For our 2nd & 7th grade students, you will be directed by Mrs. Riley on Tuesday, August 28th to your designated homeroom & teacher.*

Art Fee

As a reminder, all students are required to pay a $10.00 Art Fee. This fee is per student & not per family. In order to properly record you child's fee, please provide separate payments to each child's homeroom. Thank you so much!


CARES will be available the first day of school. If you have not registered for the program, please complete the registration below and send on the first day that your child will be attending CARES. Once the registration is completed, a CARES payment booklet will be provided. For the the first week of school, please send in a note with your child's CARES schedule for the week.

Below is information on OLGC's Before & After School Program - CARES

OLGC CARES AM Hours: 6:45 AM – 8:15 AM

OLGC CARES PM Hours: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Pre-K CARES begin at 2:30 PM)

AM Fees: $7.00 per child *Regardless of drop-off time

$10.00 per family *Regardless of PM drop-off time

PM Fees: $7.00 per hour (1 child)

$10.00 per hour, per family

$21.00 per day max

$31.00 per day max (2 or more children)

If your family will be using our CARES Program, you will need to:

1. Read our CARES Handbook & sign the Handbook Response Form found within the Handbook. This form is to be handed in to the CARES Director.

2. Fill out the 2018-2019 CARES Registration Form. This form is to be handed in to the CARES Director.

3. Finish the registration process by handing in the registration fee of $50.00 to the CARES Director.

Click HERE for our 2018-2019 CARES Program Handbook.

Click HERE for our 2018-2019 CARES Registration Form.

Please email any questions directly to our CARES Director, Mrs. Maryann Rockenbach at Thank you.

Pretzel Ordering

Philly soft pretzels will be available for students during snack time. Only those in grades K through 8 may order. We will begin ordering on Tuesday, September 4th. Order forms will be sent home on Tuesday, August 28th. Pretzels are ordered on a Trimester basis.

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.

*Reminder: NO athletic socks are to worn with the Spring & Winter uniforms. Athletic socks may only be worn for Gym.*

OLGC Lunch Program

Please see the letter below from our Lunch Coordinator, Kristine Egan, regarding OLGC's Optional Lunch Program. We have also included our September Menu below for families to start making their selections for lunch. All menus & payments are due by Tuesday, September 4th. Our menus can also be found on school website, HERE. Thank you!
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2018 Ice Cream Social

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Giant A+ Rewards

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year and another year of Giant A+ rewards! Beginning September 7th through March 16th, OLGC School has the opportunity to earn cash through the Giant A+ School Rewards program.

Simply log on to to designate our school (ID #23575) using your Giant Bonus Card. You may also use the paper form and drop it off at OLGC School, the Trinity Center, or in the collection basket and we will update the system for you!

Once your Giant Bonus Card is registered, just shop as usual. No need to re-register your card, either! OLGC School will earn points at the same time you earn your own reward points. So if you spend $100, you earn 100 reward points and OLGC School also earns 100 reward points.

The funds raised from this effort will continue to support the enrichment of the OLGC School students. Our OLGC School children thank you for your continued support.

To get started with Giant A+ Rewards, please click HERE.

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."