Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

November 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe that this is the final newsletter before our Thanksgiving break! There is much to share:

  • What a wonderful Veteran's Day Celebration we had here at school. It was humbling to meet the many heroes of our school community and to be able to express our appreciation for all of their sacrifices.
  • OLGC will be holding its 2nd annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, January 29th. Below you will find the "Save the Date." Last year, $16,000 was raised from our generous donors. We were able to completely renovate and open a brand new Digital Learning Commons. This year our goal is $20,000. All monies raised will be used to purchase brand new iPads for students in Grades 1-4, as well as additional HD Smartpanels. We are in the process of replacing the old Smartboards and projectors with new Smartpanels that no longer require a projector. The cost of each Smartpanel is $3500. We have been able to purchase 4 and are looking to purchase 7 more. Please spread the word about this 24-hour donation event. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
  • Our OLGC School Choir has submitted its entry song in the 2018 101.1 More FM Christmas Choir Competition!! We will find out next week if they qualify as a semi-finalist. Below you will find the audio file of the choir singing their entry song titled, "Christmas Songs of Joy." It is absolutely beautiful and we are so very proud of them. Students who are still interested in joining the choir may reach out to Mr. Elmarakby.
  • Our PAC students Fall performance, "Rockin' Through the Ages" will take place this Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 PM. BREAK A LEG to all of our performers!!
  • Re-registration for the 2019-2020 school year is well underway! Thank you to the many families that have already re-registered their children. There are two weeks left to re-register your child and take advantage of the discounted registration fee. This promotion will end on Friday, November 30th.
  • OLGC will be holding "Our Little Angels Christmas Social" for current and prospective parents and students in Pre-K, K and Grade 1 on Wednesday, December 12th. Please mark your calendars and look for more information in the coming weeks.
  • This Friday, November 16th is the final day to send in any donations for our Thanksgiving Basket Drive. We have already raised almost $1000 which will purchase supermarket gift cards to complete the baskets. Baskets will then be donated to families in need.
  • Our Kids Stuff Book Sale has concluded. If you decided not to purchase the coupon book that was sent home please return it by Monday. If you plan to purchase it please send in payment or make your payment on line.



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


2018 OLGC School Choir

"Christmas Songs of Joy"

OLGC Marketing Department

OLGC 2018 Choir: Christmas Songs of Joy by OLGC Marketing Department

Re-Registration 2019-2020 School Year

Thank you for choosing Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School and Catholic Education for your children! Re-registration of current school families for the 2019-2020 School Year has officially begun.

Registration of new families will begin on December 1, 2018.

In order to re-register, families must be up to date on current tuition payments. We ask that you please fill out the Re-registration Form accordingly and return it to school along with payment in an envelope marked “Re-registration.” Please know that forms will not be accepted and students will not be considered registered unless payment is included.

If you have any questions or need to discuss current tuition circumstances, please feel free to contact the Principal or Business Manager. Once again, we thank you for the continued sacrifices you make to send your children to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.

Click to download & print a Re-Registration Form for your child(ren):
Re-Registration Form 2019-2020

Day of Giving 2019 - Save The Date

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2019 Spring Fling Auction Night

Our 2019 Spring Fling Auction Night is set for March 30th at Brookside Manor. Come join us for Dinner, Drinks & Dancing, a Live Auction, a Silent Auction, Raffle Baskets & so much more! All proceeds from this event benefit the students of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School. On behalf of OLGC & our P.I.E. Organization, we hope to see you there to "Party with a Purpose!"

You could bid on the following prizes/Raffle Baskets...

A Scentsy Basket donated by the Gentile Family - NEW!

A 4-night, 5-day stay at a cozy 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo (sleeps 4) with a pool in North Wildwood. Mutually agreed upon Monday thru Friday dates in 2019 donated by the Greenleaf Family - NEW!


Thank you so much to our donors & if you would like to donate a Raffle Basket or prize, please complete the Auction Donation Form on our school website or email our P.I.E. Organization at Stay tuned for more updates on donations, tickets & more!

Important Flyers & Information

Holton's Heroes - OLGC Christmas Service Project

OLGC's Student Leadership Team is proud to announce that we will be taking part in the 4th Annual Holton's Heroes Toy Drive as our 2018 Christmas Service Project. This drive is for hospitalized children around the tri-state area, including those patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. OLGC will be collecting toys for these children from now until Wednesday, December 12th. We are setting up two collection boxes, one on B Level & one on C Level, and ask that you please bring in new, unwrapped toys of gift cards as donations. For more information on this Service Project, please see the attached flyer or view it on our school website HERE.

November Book Club with Mrs. Chirico

Our November meeting of Book Club with Mrs. Chirico will be Monday, November 19th. This club is open to those students in Grades K through 2. Please come join us for good books & company! For those interested, please see the attached flyer & return it back to school before the November meeting.

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

OLGC Barnes & Noble Night 12/3

SAVE THE DATE! OLGC will be sponsoring a "Barnes & Noble Night" on Monday, December 3rd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Willow Grove Barnes & Noble. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the entire family to shop for books, socialize with our school community and hear our fabulous teachers read stories! More information about this special event will follow in the coming weeks but be sure to mark it on your calendars!

OLGC Lunch Program - December Menu

Below is our December 2018 Lunch Menu for families & students to start making your December selections for lunch. All menus & payments are due back to school by Tuesday, November 27th. Our menus can also be found on school website, HERE. Thank you!

*Due to today’s inclement weather (11/15/18), our regularly scheduled Chick-fil-A lunch was canceled. All children who ordered hot lunch were given a hotdog lunch today. There is no charge for today’s lunch (11/15/18). Since many December menus have already been returned, please deduct $6 from your JANUARY menu as a credit for today’s lunch (11/15/18) if it was ordered.*

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Phanatic About Reading Contest

Our "Phantaic About Reading" Contest is well underway! Thank you to those who have completed & returned Reading Logs. A supply of reading logs was distributed to all students last week. If you would like to print your own reading log, please click HERE.

We will be tracking all of the reading minutes during our special events and at home. Once the log is complete, please send it back to your teacher in order to update our school's progress.

Stay tuned for more updates because OLGC IS PHANATIC ABOUT READING!

PAC 2018 Fall Show "Rockin' Through the Ages"

Good luck to all of our students who will be performing in this weekend's upcoming 2018 Fall PAC Show "Rockin' Through the Ages." The show will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 PM. Thank you to the dedicated members of our PAC Program for all of their hard work & shared talents in helping to form this show. We hope to see you there for a "rockin'" good time!

Santa Shoppe 2018

Our 2018 Santa Shoppe is fast approaching! This year's Santa Shoppe will be held on Monday, December 3rd. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this special day for our students.

To sign-up to volunteer for our 2018 Santa Shoppe, please click HERE.

Important Dates to Remember

11/17: PAC Fall Show - "Rockin' Through the Ages"

11/19: Field Trip Grades 5 and 6

11/21: 7th Grade Mass 11:45 AM Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break - NO PM CARES

11/22 - 11/26: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

11/27: Classes Resume

11/28: 6th Grade Mass

11/29: Dress Down Day - $1

11/30: Community Homeroom - 8:45 AM; End of 1st Trimester

12/3: 2nd Trimester Begins; Santa Shoppe; OLGC Barnes & Noble Night

12/5: 5th Grade Mass

12/6: Field Trip Grade 8

12/7: NO SCHOOL - Faculty Inservice Day; Snowball Dance - Grades 6, 7 & 8

12/10: Report Card Distribution; Band Concert - 7:00 PM

12/11: Picture retakes - 9:00 AM

12:12: "Our Little Angels Christmas Social" - Pre-K, K & Grade 1 - 9:00 AM; 4th Grade Mass

12/13: Christmas Concert Practice

12/14: Christmas Concert

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."