Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

November 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi. Our school families have been so generous with donations for our Thanksgiving baskets! Thank you to all of our parents who signed up to donate an item to the classroom Thanksgiving basket. The students may purchase feathers to decorate their class turkey for $1. All money raised will be used to purchase turkeys and gift cards for the baskets. The classroom with the most money raised will be treated to a pizza party. Donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th.

Please join us for our special "Veterans Day Assembly" at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 14th as we celebrate with gratitude all that they have sacrificed. We have over 20 veterans joining us. Most are relatives of our school students. If you would like to invite a veteran, please email me their name and branch of service by Monday, November 12th.

It is our hope that this winter season does not bring us the amount of school cancellations as last year. In an effort to decrease the amount of lost instructional time, this year we will be adding a 3 hr. delay to our schedule. This will be in addition to the 2 hr. delay. There are times when waiting another hour will eliminate the need to cancel school for the day. More details will follow as the need arises.

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


Re-Registration 2019-2020 School Year

Thank you for choosing Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School and Catholic Education for your children! Re-registration of current school families for the 2019-2020 School Year has officially begun.

Registration of new families will begin on December 1, 2018.

In order to re-register, families must be up to date on current tuition payments. We ask that you please fill out the Re-registration Form accordingly and return it to school along with payment in an envelope marked “Re-registration.” Please know that forms will not be accepted and students will not be considered registered unless payment is included.

If you have any questions or need to discuss current tuition circumstances, please feel free to contact the Principal or Business Manager. Once again, we thank you for the continued sacrifices you make to send your children to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.

Click to download & print a Re-Registration Form for your child(ren):
Re-Registration Form 2019-2020

Thanksgiving Baskets 2018

This year for Thanksgiving OLGC students, lead by our Student Leadership team, are asking that each class collect Thanksgiving Baskets complete with "all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal." The attached flyer will be hung outside of each classroom. In order to make the Thanksgiving Day deadline, all donations must be brought into school by Friday, November 16th. Thank you in advance for your support of this service project!

Day of Giving 2019 - Save The Date

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2019 Spring Fling Auction Night

Our 2019 Spring Fling Auction Night is set for March 30th at Brookside Manor. Come join us for Dinner, Drinks & Dancing, a Live Auction, a Silent Auction, Raffle Baskets & so much more! All proceeds from this event benefit the students of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School. On behalf of OLGC & our P.I.E. Organization, we hope to see you there to "Party with a Purpose!"

You could bid on the following prizes/Raffle Baskets...

Money Tree donated by the Burke and Zaccario Families - NEW!

Beer Tower and Snacks donated by the Bussetti Family - NEW!

A four pack of tickets to the Garden State Discovery Museum donated by the O’Driscoll Family - NEW!


Thank you so much to our donors & if you would like to donate a Raffle Basket or prize, please complete the Auction Donation Form, below, or email our P.I.E. Organization at Stay tuned for more updates on donations, tickets & more!

Auction Donation Form

P.I.E. is about 25% of the way toward our goal of 50 basket donations for our Spring Fling Auction Night.

Parents - if you know local business owners who would donate a gift card, product or service, please reach out to them, and complete the Auction Donation Form so P.I.E. can count it in.

Individual gift card donations, or basket donations from groups of families ($20 - $30 each) could also make for some really great prizes.

Thank you for your support in making this event a success! We can't do it without all of you!

Important Flyers & Information

November Book Club with Mrs. Chirico

Our November meeting of Book Club with Mrs. Chirico will be Monday, November 19th. This club is open to those students in Grades K through 2. Please come join us for good books & company! For those interested, please see the attached flyer & return it back to school before the November meeting.

To view this flyer on our school website, please click HERE.

OLGC Lunch Program - December Menu

Below is our December 2018 Lunch Menu for families & students to start making your December selections for lunch. All menus & payments are due back to school by Tuesday, November 27th. Our menus can also be found on school website, HERE. Thank you!
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Phanatic About Reading Contest Grades PreSchool - 8

At our last Community Homeroom, we announced that we will be participating in the Phillies Phanatic About Reading Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage our students to read not only in school but at least 15 minutes a day at home.

The Phantic About Reading Program sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies is also a contest whereby depending on the amount of our reading minutes, we may qualify to win a visit from the actual Phiilie Phantaic in the Spring!

Students will be asked to keep track of their daily reading by completing their Phanatic Reading Log. Pre-schoolers are invited to participate as well. Please complete the log anytime you or a family member reads to your child.

A supply of reading logs and a Phantaic bookmark will be distributed to all students tomorrow. We will be tracking all of the reading minutes during our special events and at home. Once the log is complete, please send it back to your teacher in order to update our school's progress.

Students in Grades K - 8 will be be able to check out books from our Digital Learning Commons Library during their Media Class starting tomorrow.

Stay tuned for more updates because OLGC IS PHANATIC ABOUT READING!

OLGC Scholastic Book Fair 2018

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. The Book Fair will be take place in the CARES Room - Room 2A on Monday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 13th. Please see the schedule below to see what day your child(ren) is scheduled to attend. Special instructions for our Pre-K families were sent home today.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. Please support our Book Fair and help shape your child's reading habits. All proceeds benefit OLGC School.

This year we are offering a new online payment method called eWallet. This method will allow your child to purchase books without having to bring money into school. Please click on the link on our Scholastic homepage to set up an account. Cash and checks are also accepted.

To view OLGC's Scholastic Book Fair homepage, please click here HERE.

Book Fair Schedule

Monday, November 12, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 – Grade 1

9:00 – 9:30 – Grade 5

9:30 - 10:00 – Pre-K 3

10:00 – 10:30 – Pre-K 4

10:30 – 11:00 – Pre-K 4

11:00 – 11:30 – Kindergarten

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 – Grade 2

9:00 – 9:30 – Grade 2

9:30 – 10:00 – Grade 8

10:00 – 10:30 – Grade 7

10:30 – 11:00 – Grade 7

11:00 – 11:30 – Grade 6

11:30 – 12:00 – Grade 3

1:00 – 1:30 – Grade 4

PAC 2018 Fall Show "Rockin' Through the Ages"

The 2018 Fall PAC Show "Rockin' Through the Ages" will be held next Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 PM. Stay tuned for information regarding tickets, raffle baskets and more. We hope to see you there for a "rockin'" good time!

Santa Shoppe 2018

Our 2018 Santa Shoppe is fast approaching! This year's Santa Shoppe will be held on Monday, December 3rd. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this special day for our students.

To sign-up to volunteer for our 2018 Santa Shoppe, please click HERE.

Important Dates to Remember

11/9: Kids Quizzo - 7:00 PM

11/12: Field Trip Grades 2, 3, and 4; Book Fair

11/13: Book Fair

11/14: Book Fair; 8th Grade Mass; Veterans Day Special Assembly

11/17: PAC Fall Show - "Rockin' Through the Ages"

11/19: Field Trip Grades 5 and 6

11/21: 7th Grade Mass 11:45 AM Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break - NO PM CARES

11/22 - 11/26: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

11/27: Classes Resume

11/28: 6th Grade Mass

11/29: Dress Down Day - $1

11/30: Community Homeroom - 8:45 AM; End of 1st Trimester

12/3: 2nd Trimester Begins; Santa Shoppe; OLGC Barnes and Noble Night

12/5: 5th Grade Mass

12/6: Field Trip Grade 8

12/7: NO SCHOOL - Faculty Inservice Day; Snowball Dance - Grades 6, 7 & 8

12/10: Report Card Distribution

12/11: Picture retakes - 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."