Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

February 9, 2018

Dear Parents,


I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to make our Catholic Schools Week a memorable success! From the Open House at the beginning of the week to the beautiful liturgy last Friday, and all of the wheel spinning activities in between, it was truly a wonderful week! A special thank you to the faculty, staff, and students for all of the time and effort they put forth in preparing for all of the special events. Our teachers and staff work hard, and our students work even harder! It is my hope that you were able to see evidence of that as you visited the classrooms and walked the school hallways.


We continue to move forward, one step at a time, ever mindful of how blessed we are for all that we have and for who we are - a faith filled Catholic community.


  • Please note this important change in the school calendar. School will now be in session on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. This day will be an 11:45 dismissal with bus transportation. There will be no PM CARES.
  • Another thank you to all the donors who continue to contribute to our Day of Giving. After the 24 period ending, we received many donations from those who missed the window..bringing our total amount raised to $16,500! Our goal is $20,000. Donations can still be made to meet our goal for the new Digital Learning Commons. Please place your donation in an envelope marked " Day of Giving" and send to the School Office.
  • Our school community will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a liturgy at 10:30. Our PreK students will once again join us with their 8th grade buddies. Please join us as well if your schedule permits.


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

Upcoming Winter Events

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**

*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

March 2018 Lunch Menu

Here is 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:

2/8- Thursday- School closed- NO PAC

2/13- Tuesday- Audition workshop for grades 5-8

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 February 16, 2018 in order for your child or children to participate.

Donut Day

To celebrate "Fat Tuesday," our Student Council will be selling donuts on Tuesday, February 13th. The cost of each donut is $1.00. Yum!

"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

2/9: Sweetheart Dance- 7:00 PM

2/14: Ash Wednesday Liturgy- 10:30 AM

2/15: 8th Grade Mass

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

2/20: PIE General Meeting- 7:00 PM; 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

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

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."