Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

September 6, 2018

Dear Parents,


Summer is certainly hanging on outside but inside our school has already jumped headfirst into a new academic year! Our preschool students joined us this week and it finally feels like our entire family has returned home!


This week in school our 3rd through 8th grade students began utilizing a new Science tool to meet our curriculum guidelines. Dimensions is a high impact learning experience where students learn through exploration, analysis, and application. The lessons are activity driven and are aimed at equipping our students in the STEM and engineering fields. On Monday, our co-curricular classes begin. We are excited to launch a new foreign language program. All students in Pre-K 3 through Grade 8 will have weekly Spanish classes. Please join me in welcoming our new Spanish teacher, Señora Debora Kellander. We are thrilled to have Señora Kellander as a part of our team!


Our Lady of Good Counsel School is truly excited to announce that we will be featured on Fox 29's Kelly's Classroom!! Bob Kelly will be here with a TV crew filming live on Tuesday, October 2, as we unveil our new Digital Learning Commons and Kindergarten classroom. Please be sure to watch Fox 29 live on Tuesday, 10/2 from 9 AM to 10 AM! Parents will have an opportunity at Back to School Night to view these 2 new features.


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

CATCH US LIVE ON FOX 29!!!

We are extremely excited to announce that on Tuesday, October 2nd, OLGC will be featured LIVE on an episode of "Kelly's Classroom" with Mr. Bob Kelly & Fox 29! Mr. Kelly will be on hand to help us unveil our new Digital Learning Commons & Kindergarten classroom. Be sure to tune in to Fox 29 on Tuesday, October 2nd between 9:00 AM & 10:00 AM to see us live on TV!
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Important Flyers & Information

OLGC Parent-Student Handbook 2018-2019

Our OLGC Parent-Student Handbook for 2018-2019 School Year is now on our school website. We ask that you please read this handbook with your child & review our policies and procedures. We also ask that you please print, read & sign our Handbook Agreement Form found within the Handbook & return it to school no later than Friday, September 7th. This form also serves as our Photo Release Form & is very important. It is important that this form is returned promptly.


To view our OLGC Parent-Student Handbook, please click HERE.

Arrival & Dismissal (Pre-K through 8)

In the AM, all car rider vehicles enter through Knowles Avenue only and exit out 2nd Street Pike.


Children arriving at school with be greeted off of the bus by OLGC staff & directed to enter the building through the Gym doors. Students then report directly to their classrooms. This process is the same for those students who are car riders as well.


Buses dismiss from OLGC between 3:00 PM & 3:10 PM. Car Pickup is at 3:00 PM at the Gym Doors. Cars must exit the parking lot via Knowles Avenue only.


*PRE-K STUDENTS: All Pre-K students are to be dropped off & picked up at the doors located by the Gym Entrance. In the morning, parents should drive up to the Gym Entrance where our Faculty & a group of 8th Graders will be waiting to escort your child to his or her classroom. For those children that are half-day, your child's teacher or aide will escort your child to those same Gym doors at 11:45 AM for half-day pickup. Regular full-day Car Pickup follows this same procedure. Children are escorted to the Gym doors at 2:30 PM & then released to their parents. Please exit the parking lot via Knowles Avenue only.*

Football Mania sponsored by P.I.E.

Just a reminder that all a tickets for Football Mania sponsored by our P.I.E. Organization are due by tomorrow, Friday, September 7th. Thank you to those who have already supported this fundraiser!

OLGC Band 2018-2019

Here at Our Lady of Good Counsel, we proudly offer instrumental lessons after school in all ways, shapes, and forms - everything in the brass, woodwinds, percussion, and string department.


We perform two concerts throughout the year, as well as various other events such as at our monthly Community Homerooms. We hope to create a more substantial ensemble in the upcoming years in order to eventually provide an OLGC concert and pep band.


Lessons are offered for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade for percussion and strings with Mr. Mike Dettra. Please help us to keep music in the schools alive and continue to make joyous sounds to the Lord!


For more information and/or questions, please see the attached flyer or visit the Band Section of our school website at http://school.olgc.org/music/.

Uniforms

Please consult the school website regarding the required uniform for Pre-K through 8. All Pre-K and Kindergarten students are required to wear the gym uniform. Flynn and O'Hara is the ONLY supplier of our official school uniform.


*Reminder: NO athletic socks with logos are to worn with the Spring & Winter uniforms. Girls wearing a jumper or skort MUST wear knee socks and school uniform shoes.*

Important Dates to Remember

9/7: School Mass – 9:00 AM; Ice Cream Social 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

9/10: Co-curricular classes begin

9/12: 8th Grade Mass; Confessions Grades 3 - 8

9/19: 7th Grade Mass; Back to School Night Grades K - 4 – 7:00 PM

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

10/5: First Friday Mass & Student Council Installation - 9:00 AM

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

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

10/10: 4th Grade Mass

10/11: Fire Prevention Day - Pre-K 3 - Grade 4

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."