Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

December 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

Advent is a time for preparation - preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus. It is also a time of waiting. While waiting challenges us, waiting develops patience and provides time to reflect. Advent offers the opportunity to spend some time waiting in prayer with the Lord for Christmas Day. This week, during your waits at red lights, in store lines, and for dinner to be ready, value the pause and spend time in quiet with the Lord.

There are so many exciting happenings at Our Lady of Good Counsel School!

  • The National Junior Honor Society Installation will take place tomorrow at 1:30 in the school gymnasium. We will gather to formally recognize those students who met the standards of excellence of one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition programs. Please join me in congratulating these students and their families for such an outstanding accomplishment.
  • Our new TV Production Studio is almost complete and will be ready to be unveiled upon our return from the Christmas break. The TV staff and crew have been hard at work planning and preparing for their first broadcast. This broadcast will be posted on the school website for all to view. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the new studio during Catholic Schools Week.
  • Our new Optional Lunch Program is up and running and set for expansion upon our return from Christmas break. Please take a look at the new Lunch Menu for January embedded in this newsletter. All orders will be due back by Monday, December 18.
  • We are now into our first week of the second trimester. Report Cards will be distributed on Monday, December 11.
  • We will have our first major school fundraiser of the school year! Tuesday, January 30 will be a Day of Giving for Our Lady of Good Counsel School! You can read more about this below and you will soon be seeing this Day of Giving advertised in our community.

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



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:

The deadline for 2018-2019 for FACTS application is 12/31/17. A completed Federal Income Tax Return will be required to be submitted as evidence to complete this application.

NCEA Day of Giving

In honor of this year's Catholic School's Week, there will be a National Day of Giving. The National Day of Giving is a new opportunity to partner with NCEA to support Catholic schools nationwide, especially during National Catholic Schools Week. 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. Our Lady of Good Counsel will have our own designated giving page & we will send out the link to our page in the coming weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity for all to assist in the future of our school, our students & our community.

P.I.E. (Partners In Education) Weekly Update

Upcoming Winter Events

Santa Social @OLGC [This Saturday!]

Sign up with registration form below - or pay at the door, walk-ups welcome.

Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and create a Christmas photo memory!

Saturday 12/9, 1 pm – 3 pm in Trinity Center

$5 per child ($20 max for a family)


Mother/Son Bowling Event

Saturday 1/20, 12 pm – 3 pm

Pike Lanes on Second Street Pike


Sweetheart Dance (Father/Daughter Event)

Friday 2/9, 7 pm – 10 pm

More details and ticket information to follow

St. Patrick’s Day Party @OLGC

Beef & beer with live Irish music & DJ

Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person

Ticket sales open in January. More details to follow

*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.*

Cafeteria Volunteers

Our January 2018 Lunch Menu is now available! Please pick your choices & return all menus to school by Monday, December 18th. Lunch Menus & Letters are also available on our school website.

Please click HERE to view & print the January 2018 Lunch Menu.

Please click HERE to view & print the Lunch Update Letter to Parents.

We are also in need of lunch volunteers for the month of January! We are looking for 2 helpers per day to assist at lunchtime. We have created a Sign-Up Genius for those who are interested in helping out.

Please click HERE to sign-up to be a Cafeteria Volunteer at Lunch.

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of December is honesty. Honesty means telling the truth no matter what consequences you may face. An honest person does what he says he is going to do and never lies, cheats or steals. Honesty means more than not lying. Honesty means you don't say things about people that aren't true. Being honest means you admit to your actions, even if you'll get in trouble. If you see someone displaying the virtue of honesty, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Fall 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

12/8:​ Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Mass-10:30 AM; NJHS Installation-1:30 PM

12/9: PIE Santa Social

12/11: Report Card Distribution; Kindergarten Christmas Pageant- 7:00 PM Lower Church

12/12: Band Concert- 7:00 PM

12/13: Pre-K 4 Christmas Pageant- 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM; 3rd Grade Mass; Confessions Grades 3-8 at 1:30

12/15: Christmas Concert (Kindergarten-8th)- 1:00 PM

12/20: Grade 2 Mass

12/21: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day; Christmas Parties- 12:00 PM

12/22 - 1/2: NO SCHOOL

1/3: Class Resume

1/4: Social Media Assembly Grades 6-8

1/5: First Friday Liturgy- 9:00 AM

1/9: Graduation Pictures

1/10: 1st Grade Mass

1/15: Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL

1/26: 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."