Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

October 24, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that it is Conference time already! This is a reminder that dismissal is 11:45 am tomorrow, Thursday, October 25. Bus transportation will be provided for those students that are regular bus riders. There is NO PM CARES. School will be closed on Friday.

We ask that you enter and exit the building for your conference at the gym doors. Please be mindful of the time set for your conference so that we may remain on schedule. If you need additional time, you may schedule another conference any time during the school year. Please email the teacher for an appointment.

We are excited and humbled by the opportunity to be profiled by Suburban Life magazine!! There are many great things happening at Our Lady of Good Counsel School and this certainly gets the word out to the community. We are certainly moving forward with a bright future ahead! The magazine is being distributed to select zip codes. Coming home today with your child is a copy of the magazine, along with Picture Day forms. Picture Day is this coming Monday, October 29.

On Monday, October 29, we will begin the Re-registation process for next year. Conducting the registration process early, as we did last year, enables us to adequately plan for classroom size, additions, etc. We are again offering a 50% discount on the registration fee for the month of November. All current tuition payments must be up to date in order to re-register your child.

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


Thanksgiving Baskets 2018

This year for Thanksgiving OLGC students, lead by our Student Leadership team, are asking that each class collect Thanksgiving Baskets complete with "all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal." The attached flyer will be hung outside of each classroom during Parent/Teacher Conferences and we ask that you please sign-up for donations during that time. In order to make the Thanksgiving Day deadline, all donations must be brought into school by Friday, November 16th. Thank you in advance for your support of this service project!

MSA Standards for Schools: Parent Survey

Please click the embedded link below to be redirected to the Middle States Association Standards for Schools Parent Survey via Survey Monkey.

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 long weekend stay at a 2-bedroom, 2-full bath open concept condo in beautiful Anna Maria Island, Florida with a private screened-in veranda, 2 parking spaces, washer/dryer, cable and WiFi. Your choice of any long weekend after April 2019 - NEW!

4 hours of free handyman service from Home Works, donated by OLGC parishioner and parent Brian Nolan - 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, below, or email our P.I.E. Organization at Stay tuned for more updates on donations, tickets & more!

Auction Donation Form

P.I.E. is about 20% of the way toward our goal of 50 baskets worth $150 - $200 in value for our Spring Fling Auction Night.

Parents - if you know local business owners who would donate a gift card, product or service, please reach out to them, and complete the Auction Donation Form so P.I.E. can count it in.

Individual gift card donations, or basket donations from groups of families ($20 - $30 each) could also make for some really great prizes.

Thank you for your support in making this event a success! We can't do it without all of you!

Important Flyers & Information

Calendar Change

Please note there has been a change of date with both Kids Quizzo & OLGC's "Spike-tacular."

Kids Quizzo will now take place on Friday, November 9th at 7:00 PM in the School Gym.

OLGC's "Spike-tacular" Volleyball Event will now take place on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 PM in the School Gym.

All School Calendars have been updated with these new date changes. Thank you!

KidStuff Books Sale

KidsStuff Books sale is now in progress. If you are not interested in purchasing a Kids Stuff book please return it to school by November 9th. if you plan on purchasing the book or additional books please follow the ordering guideline sbelow.

2. There are two methods to pay for your book:

1. Instructions for online ordering were included with your book. Log on to the KidsStuff Book portal and pay with a debit or credit card. See link below.

2. Payment envelopes were also included in your packet. Cash and checks made out to OLGC School are accepted.

3. Earn a free book or OLGC Spirit wear T-Shirt or Hoodie when you sell additional books. Please refer to the incentive flyer located in the envelope for more details. Additional books are available in the School Office. Once your order is received the additional books will be sent home immediately. See below as to how to share your family's online link to promote the selling of additional books to earn prizes.

Online Ordering and Selling Link

Go to Enter School Code "OUR891007" Create your family portal.

Share your Seller Link to sell books in the Online Store and receive credit towards your family's sale. Please make sure that you share the link that shows the school code and your family code.Purchasers can pay a small shipping fee to ship to an address or purchasers can choose "Pick Up from Seller." The School Office will send the additional books home with your child.

Kitchen Wizards

Kitchen Wizards is back at OLGC and this time it will be a 6 week after school program themed to "Traditional and International Christmas Cookies." Please see the attached flyer for more details or if your child(ren) would like to sign up.

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

November Rosary Club with Mrs. Chirico

Our November Rosary Club meeting will be held on Monday, November 5th. 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 November club meeting.

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

OLGC Kids Quizzo

OLGC Kids Quizzo, open to students in 5th through 8th Grade, is scheduled for Friday, November 9th at 7:00 PM. Please see the attached flyer for more details & form your team today!

PAC 2018 Fall Show "Rockin' Through the Ages"

The 2018 Fall PAC Show "Rockin' Through the Ages" is fast approaching! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for information regarding tickets, raffle baskets and more!

Picture Day

School Picture Day will be held on Monday, October 29th. We will begin at 9 AM in the Gym. All students will have their picture taken even if you do not wish to purchase a picture package. The picture will serve as their yearbook picture.

Eighth Grade students may purchase a school picture package however their yearbook picture will be the graduation cap and gown picture. Graduation pictures will be taken some time in January. Information regarding that process will be sent at that time.

Picture package forms went home today in a yellow envelope. Please return the picture form on Monday in your school folder not the envelope. Students will hand the form directly to the photographer. Please return the large yellow envelope to school on Monday. It will be used again for future mailings.

Students may dress in regular clothes for School Picture Day or they may wear their school uniform.

If you forget to send in your form on Picure Day your student's picture will still be taken. Please send in payment the following day.

Important Dates to Remember

10/26: NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

10/29: School Picture Day

10/31: Dress Down Day - $1; Classroom Parties

11/1: All Saints Mass - 10:30 AM; Parade of Saints

11/2: First Friday Mass

11/7: 1st Grade Mass

11/9: Kids Quizzo - 7:00 PM

11/12: Field Trip Grades 2, 3, and 4

11/13: Book Fair

11/14: Book Fair

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

11/21: 11:45 AM Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break - NO PM CARES

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

11/29: Dress Down Day - $1

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

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."