Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

February 15, 2018

Dear Parents,


Yesterday, we entered a solemn and holy time...Lent. Lent is a beautiful time of the year in which we reflect upon our Lord Jesus Christ's passion and suffering. Pope Francis states, "Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew." It is my hope that by all of us taking time from our busy schedules to develop our relationship with God, we can use the Lenten season to develop a greater appreciation of the life God is calling each of us to lead.


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

Vote OLGC "Best of Bucks" 2018!

OLGC is extremely excited that we have been nominated for the 2018 Bucks Happenings "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 on Facebook every day until voting ends. We appreciate any & all support!


2018 "Best of Bucks" Voting link: http://bucks.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2018-everything-bucks-elementary-school/

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

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

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE BY 3/9

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!

Last call for March 1 deadline! Send them 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! Winners will be announced at the February 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

Host Families Needed

On May 1st, the 8th graders of Our Lady of Good Counsel School will participate in a retreat day led by a team of missionaries from NET ministries. OLGC needs HOST FAMILIES for these missionaries. It is for a two night stay (Monday, April 30, 2018 and Tuesday, May 1, 2018). The missionaries need to stay in teams of at least two (of the same gender) in a home. Please contact the school office if you have any available room and would be willing to host at least two of the missionaries. All host families will be invited to a dinner with the NET ministries team on Monday, April 30.

OLGC School Lunch Survey & March Menu


Our OLGC School Lunch Program wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes & complete our new "OLGC School Lunch Survey." All responses must be submitted by Friday, February 23rd. We look forward to hearing from you!


To take the survey, please click HERE.



Also attached, please find the lunch menu for March 2018. Please make your selections & return your menus along with payment back to school no later than Tuesday, February 20th. Thank you!

PAC Spring Musical: Shrek Jr.

Due to school being closed for the Eagles Victory parade, there will be some changes to the PAC Spring Musical schedule.


Please see the changes below:

2/15- Thursday- Auditions for grades 5-8

2/20- Tuesday- NO PAC

2/22- Thursday- All PAC members report for role reveal and first group practice


Thank you!

CYO Spring Sports Registration

Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register for OLGC CYO Spring sports. Registrations must be received by TOMORROW, February 16th in order for your child or children to participate.

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of February is courage. Courage is the ability to show bravery when facing difficulties. Courage enables you to do what is right even when you are afraid of the consequences. It is the ability to overcome our fear and stand up for what is right in the eyes of God. If you see someone displaying the virtue of courage, 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

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

2/20: 7th Grade Mass

2/21: 6th Grade Mass

2/22: 5th Grade Mass

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

3/2: First Friday Mass - 9:00 AM; Stations of the Cross Grades 3, 4, and 5

3/9: "Cross and Light" Field Trip; End of the Second Trimester

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

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

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

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."