Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

February 1, 2018

Dear Parents,


Happy Catholic Schools' Week!! This past Sunday and Monday, Our Lady of Good Counsel School held two incredibly successful Open House sessions! Thank you to Ms. McCann, Mrs. Matysik, the faculty and staff and the countless number of people who helped in the organization and running of this event. Our Parent and Student Ambassadors truly represented our school so proudly. Our students clearly demonstrated the mission of our school!! During our Open House event, we were able to shine and share all that is great about Our Lady of Good Counsel School. As a result we had many new registrations and our Preschool classes are close to full! If you have not done so, please make sure you register your child soon. Thank you for supporting Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School!


As always, many great things continue to happen!


  • Our Day of Giving was a tremendous success!! Thank you to all those who donated any amount on this day. These much needed funds will be used to turn our current Media Center into a state of the art Digital Learning Commons! The total amount raised on the Day of Giving was over $15,000! It is not too late to contribute if you missed the 24 hour period. You can do so by calling the school office. Thank you for all you do to continue to help advance the mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel School!
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel School is proud to announce that we have been accepted into the Bishop's Tuition Transfer Grant Program. We competed with over 45 schools within the Archdiocese and were one of 20 selected. This program will provide tuition assistance of $1000 for the first year and $500 for the second year to eligible families transferring into Grades 2-7. We will also receive a $1000 grant to begin to market this program!
  • As we begin to reinvent what our classrooms look like, we will begin the process of replacing the Smartboards and projectors with the newest technology. Smartpanels do not require a projector mounted in the ceiling. They also have the ability to connect with the chromebooks students are using in the classroom. In order to assist us in this project, we have received an anonymous donation in the amount of $10,000! We are incredibly grateful to our donor for affording us the opportunity to accelerate our plans to have this project completed for next school year.
  • As we continue to make our way through the cold and flu season, be assured that we are taking all necessary precautions here at school to keep our students healthy. Each classroom is equipped with Lysol wipes, Lysol spray and food handling gloves. Desks, doorknobs, light switches, etc. are being wiped down at the end of each day. Students are being asked to bring water bottles to school as we are not allowing anyone to use the water fountains. Keep stressing the importance of proper hand washing at home with your children and we will do the same at school.
  • The school calendar for the remainder of the school year has been updated. Please pay careful attention to the attached copy below.


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

Vote OLGC "Best of Bucks" 2018!

OLGC is extremely excited that we have been nominated for the 2018 Bucks Happenings "Best of Bucks" List!


*We need ALL & EVERYONE to vote for us!*


Voting is NOW OPEN & will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. The elementary school with the most votes will be named the winner!


Please share this with everyone you know & continue to vote for OLGC by using different emails! We will post voting reminders on Facebook every day until voting ends. We appreciate any & all support!


2018 "Best of Bucks" Voting link: http://bucks.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2018-everything-bucks-elementary-school/

New Student Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! Thank you to the incredible number of current school families who re-registered their children for next year during this past month. Open enrollment has now begun and we encourage all those who wish to register to do so or schedule a tour and come see our school. Forms can be found on our school website: school.olgc.org

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.

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

Upcoming Winter Events

St. Patrick’s Day Social @OLGC

Beef & beer with live Irish music & DJ

Saturday 3/17, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$40 per person

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE BY 3/9

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM**

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

Important Flyers & Information

PAC Spring Musical: Shrek Jr.


OLGC Performing Arts Club’s 2018 Spring Musical is “Shrek Jr”, with performances on Friday, May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2018. Registration is required for all students interested in participating in the Spring Musical.

Please return the registration form & fee to PAC/Attn: April Henrysen & Terri Trainor

by Monday, February 5, 2018.

Registrations are needed for all children that so that the Directors have a complete list for casting.


Click HERE for the 2018 PAC Spring Musical Registration Forms.

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of February is courage. Courage is the ability to show bravery when facing difficulties. Courage enables you to do what is right even when you are afraid of the consequences. It is the ability to overcome our fear and stand up for what is right in the eyes of God. If you see someone displaying the virtue of courage, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Dining Around Town

Our third Dining Around Town event will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at Steam Pub. We encourage all families to come out and show your support for our school by having a delicious meal. Just tell your server you are from OLGC & a portion of the proceeds are donated back to us! This is a great way for families to get together, socialize & enjoy! Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Winter is here and with that comes the cold and flu! ​ ​If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. Hand washing and the flu shot are the best ways to avoid the cold and flu. 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

2/2: Faculty Appreciation Day; First Friday Liturgy- 9:00 AM

2/7: 4th Grade Mass

2/9: Sweetheart Dance- 7:00 PM

2/14: Ash Wednesday Liturgy- 10:30 AM

2/15: 8th Grade Mass

2/16: Faculty Meeting- NO SCHOOL

2/19: President's Day- NO SCHOOL

2/20: PIE General Meeting- 7:00 PM; 7th Grade Mass

2/21: 6th Grade Mass

2/22: 5th Grade Mass

2/23: Dress Down Day- $1 & Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Stations of the Cross Grades 6, 7, and 8 at 1:30 PM

3/2: First Friday Mass - 9:00 AM

3/9: "Cross and Light" Field Trip; End of the Second 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."