Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

September 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure seeing so many of our parents at Back to School Night last night for our K through 4th grade. We are so thankful for all of the many wonderful comments about our new Digital Learning Commons and Kindergarten classroom! We look forward to welcoming our 5th through 8th grade parents this evening!

There is one very important piece of information that I am sharing at each Back to School Night. Our Lady of Good Counsel School is accredited through the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. That accreditation is set to expire next year. During this school year, the 2018-2019 school year, OLGC will begin seeking re- accreditation by conducting a very vigorous and intensive self study. This will allow us to carry out a review of our current procedures, assess ourselves against the standards of our peers, and put in place an action plan for future improvement. Seeking this accreditation is a two year process that will culminate in a visit by a team of external evaluators. There are criteria and benchmarks that must be met in order for us to receive this accreditation.

In approximately three weeks, I will be releasing a survey to parents to aid in this self study process. You will be able to access this survey through a link embedded in the Principal's Newsletter. This survey will be active for a two week period. We will also be looking for a few parent volunteers to serve on subcommittees alongside our faculty. Please keep an eye out for more information over the coming weeks.

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


Important Flyers & Information

Rosary Club with Mrs. Chirico

Our new First Grade teacher Mrs. Chirico is looking for members of our brand new Rosary Club. This club is open to those students in Grades 1 through 8. Please come join us in prayer & friendship! For those interested, please see the attached flyer & return it back to school before the first club meeting on Monday, October 1st.

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

OLGC Lunch Program - October Menu

Below is our October 2018 Lunch Menu for families & students to start making your October selections for lunch. All menus & payments are due back to school by Tuesday, September 25th. Our menus can also be found on school website, HERE. Thank you!
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2018 Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

OLGC's P.I.E. Organization will be sponsoring a clothing drive the weekend of October 6th, October 7th & again on October 13th. Please see the attached "Save The Date" for more details.

To sign-up for parents/families to volunteer to man the donation area or help load the truck, please visit this link:

Thank you for your support!

Trunk or Treat sponsored by P.I.E.

Trunk or Treat sponsored by our P.I.E. Organization is set for Saturday, October 20th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

The cost of this event is $20 per car. Please see the "Save The Date" above for more details or email P.I.E. at with questions.

Amazon Smile

Did you know: When you purchase ANYTHING from Amazon you can use AmazonSmile & select Our Lady of Good Counsel Partners in Education (P.I.E.) from the list.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support OLGC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to OLGC. Then you can bookmark the link for future use!

Box Tops for Education

Contest Details

Our Box Top contest for this year will be unveiled at September's Community Homeroom. As a reminder, in order to qualify for the contest your child's box tops must be glued to a collection sheet and not contain expired box tops. The General Mills Corporation that organizes the Box Top Program has processing guidelines that need to be followed in order to receive monetary credit. Use of collection sheets greatly aides us in the processing task. However, we do not want to discourage the submission of loose box tops. If you do not want to participate in the contest, please continue to collect and send the box tops in a plastic bag or envelope.

Each box top is worth ten cents. Our school received over $1600.00 from Box Tops last year. Thank you for supporting this very important fundraiser!

Collection Sheets

Each sheet is worth 25 box tops. In order to receive credit for Box Tops that your child(ren) want to bring back into school, your child’s name, grade & homeroom needs to be visibly written on the Box Tops sheet. There are times when BONUS points or certificates are issued. Please affix those on a separate sheet of paper and don’t forget to write your child’s name on the sheet.

To view all of the various Box Tops collection sheets please visit this link: Box Tops for Education Collection Sheets

Here are a few examples of Collection Sheets:
Example #1 of a Box Top Collection Sheet
Example #2 of a Box Top Collection Sheet
Example #3 of a Box Top Collection Sheet

Annual Knights of Columbus Car Show

Important Dates to Remember

9/20: Back to School Night Grades 5 - 8 – 7:00 PM

9/26: 6th Grade Mass

9/27: Dress Down Day - $1.00

9/28: Community Homeroom - 8:45 AM

10/2: Kelly's Classroom with Fox 29 & Bob Kelly - 9:00 AM

10/3: 5th Grade Mass

10/4: Fire Prevention Day PreK -4

10/5: First Friday Mass & Student Council Installation - 9:00 AM; Pre-K trip to Shady Brook Farm

10/6: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

10/7: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

10/10: 4th Grade Mass

10/12: National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony - 1:00 PM

10/13: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

10/14: Fall Open House - 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

10/17: 3rd Grade Mass

10/19: Harvest Dance - Grades 6, 7 & 8 - 7:00 PM

10/20: Trunk or Treat

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."