Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

September 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are coming to the end of our first full week of school and everyone has settled in nicely. We welcome all of our parents to next week's Back to School Nights. BTSN for Grades K-4 will take place on Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th for Grades 5-8. Both evenings will begin at 7:00 PM in the gym. There will be introductions and brief presentations by P.I.E. and CYO. Parents will then be invited to their child's classroom for presentations by individual teachers. Before concluding each evening, parents will be invited to tour our new Digital Learning Commons, Kindergarten classroom and CARES room. We hope to see all of our parents on these two special evenings!

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


Pre-K Morning Drop-Off

Just a reminder to all of our Pre-K families, Pre-K Morning Drop-off does not begin until 8:15 AM. If you arrive before this time, we ask that you please wait with your child in your vehicle. Once all of our other students are inside the building & are finished with Morning Prayers, then our Pre-K students may enter and will be escorted to their classrooms. We thank you for your assistance with this procedure & for ensuring that all students arrive to school safely.


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

Just a reminder that all Handbook Agreement Forms are due back to school. We ask that you please read this handbook with your child & review our policies and procedures and please print, read and sign our Handbook Agreement Form found within the Handbook. This form also serves as our Photo Release Form & is very important.

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

Safe Arrival

Just a reminder to all families, if your child is going to be absent, a parent/guardian must call our OLGC Safe Arrival line at 215-357-1300, ext. 286 by 8:15 AM. Do not email a child’s teacher to report an absence. If an absence has not been phoned in, a call from the school will be made to verify the child’s absence. Upon return to school, a student must present a signed and dated note to the homeroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence.

Amazon Smile

Did you know: When you purchase ANYTHING from Amazon you can use AmazonSmile & select Our Lady of Good Counsel Partners in Education (P.I.E.) from the list.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support OLGC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to OLGC. Then you can bookmark the link for future use!

Box Tops for Education

OLGC is excited to reintroduce our Box Tops for Education Program that now includes a mobile app that will provide another vehicle to raise free money for our school. There are some changes to how we will be managing the Box Tops for the next school year. We will continue to accept all loose Box Tops however, if students wish to participate in a contest, Box Tops must be glued to one of the Box Tops for Education collection sheets. This will greatly help us in the labor intensive Box Top submission process. We want to encourage everyone to participate, as this has been a very profitable program raising several thousand dollars over the years for our school. Remember each Box Top is worth 10 cents!

Contest Details
The contests for next year have not been determined as of yet but please continue or begin to collect & paste your Box Tops to collection sheets in preparation of the new school year & impending contests. Who knows what you could win by bringing them in!

Instead of sending in your Box Tops loosely & in plastic bags, we ask that you please have your child(ren) cut out your Tops & glue them onto one of the various Box Tops themed collection sheets. Please check to ensure that they are not expired. Each sheet is worth 25 box tops. In order to receive credit for Box Tops that your child(ren) want to bring back into school, your child’s name, grade & homeroom needs to be visibly written on the Box Tops sheet & each Box Top should be glued to the collection sheet in a corresponding square. There are times when BONUS points or certificates are issued. Please affix those on a separate sheet of paper and don’t forget to write your child’s name on the sheet.

Please note that this new way of affixing Box Tops to the Box Tops for Education sheet is the ONLY way we will be accepting Box Tops for our school contests starting next school year. Those Box Tops that are not brought in affixed to the Box Tops sheets will not count toward any contest however, we will still accept and process them to earn free money for our school.

Collection Sheets
To view all of the various Box Tops collection sheets please visit this link: Box Tops for Education Collection Sheets

Here are a few examples of Collection Sheets:
Example #1 of a Box Top Collection Sheet
Example #2 of a Box Top Collection Sheet
Example #3 of a Box Top Collection Sheet

All Box Tops must be affixed to a collection sheet in order to be in the running for one of our Box Tops contests. We will accept all Box Tops however, if students wish to participate in a contest, Box Tops must be glued to one of the Box Tops for Education collection sheets.

Mobile App
There is also a Mobile App that you can use to help OLGC receive Box Tops credits. Simply snap a picture of your receipts & upload it to the app to help our school receive free money. The link to the Mobile App can be found here: Box Tops for Education Mobile App

Digital Coupons
As an added bonus for our parents, Box Tops for Education offers parents various digital coupons to be used at various locations. For a list of retailers, please visit this link: List of Box Tops for Education Retailers

OLGC Lunch Program - October Menu

Below is our October 2018 Lunch Menu for families & students to start making your October selections for lunch. All menus & payments are due back to school by Tuesday, September 25th. Our menus can also be found on school website, HERE. Thank you!
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OLGC Band 2018-2019

Here at Our Lady of Good Counsel, we proudly offer instrumental lessons after school. Lessons are offered for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade for percussion and strings with Mr. Mike Dettra.

For more information and/or questions, please see the attached flyer or visit the Band Section of our school website at

2018 Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

OLGC's P.I.E. Organization will be sponsoring a clothing drive the weekend of October 6th, October 7th & again on October 13th. Please see the attached "Save The Date" for more details.

To sign-up for parents/families to volunteer to man the donation area or help load the truck, please visit this link:

Thank you for your support!

Annual Knights of Columbus Car Show

Important Dates to Remember

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

10/4: Fire Prevention Day PreK -4

10/5: First Friday Mass & Student Council Installation - 9:00 AM; Pre-K trip to Shady Brook Farm

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

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

10/10: 4th Grade Mass

10/12: National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony - 1:00 PM

10/13: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

10/14: Fall Open House - 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

10/17: 3rd Grade Mass

10/19: Harvest Dance - Grades 6, 7 & 8 - 7:00 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."