Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

April 26, 2018

Dear Parents,


As stated in previous newsletters, on May 11, 2018, Our Lady of Good Counsel School will hold its Race for Education. All proceeds raised will be used to assess school safety and security measures, make any necessary security upgrades and enhancements, as well as provide security training for our faculty and staff. Yesterday, our faculty and staff participated in the first of those sessions. We attended professional development training for several hours after school from the organization "Safe and Sound Schools." The presenter was Mr. Jin Kim, a former FBI active shooter expert who witnessed first hand the devastating events at Sandy Hook Elementary School and shared with us best practices and techniques that can be applied at our school. This year our goal is to raise $20,000 and thanks to generous donations made online and in person we are one quarter of the way there! Please look for more details on the race and how you can help below.


Happenings this week at school:


  • Congratulations to our 3rd grade students as they celebrate their First Holy Communion this Saturday! Please keep them and their families in your prayers as they are welcomed to the table of the Lord.
  • Please join us tomorrow morning at 8:45 for our April Community Homeroom.
  • Spring Uniforms will begin this Monday, April 30.


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

OLGC Spring Open Houses 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 10, 2018- 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Bishop's Tuition Transfer Grant Program

Our Lady of Good Counsel School is excited to announce that we are offering Tuition Transfer Grants for the 2018-2019 school year. The Tuition Transfer Grant Program is available to those students in grades 2 through 7 who wish to transfer to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School from a public or non-Catholic school. All eligible students will receive $1000 off of their first year's tuition & $500 off of their second year. Please share this information with anyone who would be interested in this program. Thank you!

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.

Race for Education & How to Donate

On Friday, May 11, 2018, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School will be conducting our first Race for Education. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise $20,000 to be used towards security enhancements and facility updates for our school.


Every child was sent home with a sheet of labels. We are offering prizes for labels that students bring back into school. We will then send out mailers to those addresses we have received. The last day to bring in labels will be Tuesday, May 1st.


If you wish to donate directly online, here is our race site link: http://www.race4ed.com/olgc/. Simply type in the name of the student you wish to sponsor & donate. We encourage all students to have at least one sponsor. Please feel free to share this link with anyone you wish. The link will also be provided on our mailers which will be sent out to possible donors in the coming weeks.

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

End of Year Picnic @ Maplewood Swim Club

SAVE THE DATE!

Friday 6/8, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Signup form coming soon

*If you are unable to print out any forms – a written note with the necessary information from the forms, along with payment, can be sent into school instead.*

Important Flyers & Information

Yearbook Order Form

The OLGC 2018 Yearbook is ready to order. Yearbooks are available for purchase at $27.00 each. Cash or Checks made payable to OLGC School are due by Friday, May 18th. You may also write one check for multiple yearbooks. Please fill out all the information and send your order, along with payment, to the School Office. Please mark YEARBOOK and make sure your child’s name and room number are on the envelope. Thank you!


Click HERE for a printable Yearbook Order Form.

OLGC CYO Night at the Phillies

OLGC CYO is sponsoring a Night at the Phillies on Friday, June 29th. First pitch is at 7:05 PM with fireworks following the game. For those interested, all RSVP’s are due back no later than Friday, May 18th. Please send in your form along with payment to the School Office. We hope to see you there for a night of fun!

Summer Programs at Archbishop Wood High School

For those students in 6th & 7th grade, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is offering a variety of summer programs. If you are interested, please visit our school website under "OLGC Events & Flyers" where we have information posted. Thank you!

"Shrek Jr." Presented by OLGC PAC

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of April is Courtesy. Courtesy is the ability to show polite behavior that reflects good manners and respect and kindness to others. Courtesy includes learning to say please and thank you at the appropriate times, sharing and taking turns, talking respectfully to others, and apologizing for wrong or hurtful behavior. If you see someone displaying the virtue of courtesy, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Spring is here and with that comes allergies & other sickness. If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. 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

4/24: 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip

4/26: Earth Day Celebration

4/27: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00; 5th Grade Field Trip

4/28: First Holy Communion- 9:30 AM

4/30: Spring Uniform begins

5/1: 8th Grade Retreat

5/4: First Friday Mass and May Procession- 10:15 AM

5/6: Spring Open House- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

5/7: SCHOOL IN SESSION

5/7: Confirmation Day Grade 5- 4:30 PM

5/9: Confessions Grades 2-8 - 1:30

5/10: Solemnity of the Ascension- Mass at 10:30 AM; Open House/Art Show/Band Concert - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

5/11: Race for Education

5/18: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00

5/18: Spring Musical Production "Shrek Jr."- 7:30 PM

5/19: Spring Musical Production "Shrek Jr."- 7:30 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."