Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

February 22, 2018

Dear Parents,


During the month of February, our students have been practicing the virtue of courage. Courage enables us to do what is right even when we are afraid of the consequences. During these forty days of Lent, the Church remembers Jesus's forty days of temptation in the wilderness. May we look to Christ as our source of courage to walk in His way.


Here are some of the happenings at school this week:


  • Our National Junior Honor Society will begin a peer tutoring program. The NJHS students will be offering a free tutoring service to all students in any subject area needed. This service will be available during the lunch hour. Please look for more information and a form that can be submitted in next week's newsletter.
  • Our Race for Education is set for Friday, May 11, 2018. Students will be walking around a designated area as many times as they can for one hour. Sponsors will be asked to make a tax deductible donation. The goal this year is set at $20,000. All funds raised will be used towards establishing an upgraded card access and intercom security system, an enhanced gym entrance, as well as upgrades to all school access points. Please be on the lookout for our Kickoff Letter which will go out in early April.
  • Please consider joining us tomorrow at 8:45 for our monthly Community Homeroom. We will be announcing birthdays, Principal's Choice, Virtue of the Month, First in Math, Box Tops, Scholarships and other awards, as well as an introduction of the cast of our upcoming spring musical - Shrek Jr.!


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!


*THERE ARE ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE*


Voting will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 28th. 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 appreciate any and all support & are excited to find out the results!


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

Bishop's Tuition Transfer Grant Program

Our Lady of Good Counsel School is excited to announce that we are offering Tuition Transfer Grants for the 2018-2019 school year. The Tuition Transfer Grant Program is available to those students in grades 2 through 7 who wish to transfer to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School from a public or non-Catholic school. All eligible students will receive $1000 off of their first year's tuition & $500 off of their second year. Please share this information with anyone who would be interested in this program. Thank you!

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

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**

Clothing Drive

We raise $$ per pound of clothing collected, so clean out those closets...help us beat last year's total of $1,456.60!


Bring bagged clothes for dropoff on three dates in April:


  • Saturday 4/14 from 11 AM - 3 PM, in school parking lot AND after 5:15 PM mass
  • Sunday 4/15 after all masses
  • Saturday 4/21 from 9 AM - 1 PM, in school parking lot


NOTE: We can no longer accept HARD TOYS or HARD ITEMS such as house gear, lamps, baby items, etc.

Box Tops!

Last call for March 1 deadline! Send them to school in a bag labeled with your child's name and the number of Box Tops collected.


Any student who collects 100 Box Tops will earn a FREE dress down day! Winners will be announced at the February Community Homeroom.

*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

Minute To Win It

OLGC Student Council is sponsoring "Minute To Win It" a fun gaming competition on Friday, March 2nd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This event is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 4th. Tickets are $10 each. Please fill out the attached form & send it back to school, along with payment, Attn: Mrs. Acker no later than Monday, February 26th. Thank you!


Click HERE for a printable form.

Host Families Needed

On May 1st, the 8th graders of Our Lady of Good Counsel School will participate in a retreat day led by a team of missionaries from NET ministries. OLGC needs HOST FAMILIES for these missionaries. It is for a two night stay (Monday, April 30, 2018 and Tuesday, May 1, 2018). The missionaries need to stay in teams of at least two (of the same gender) in a home. Please contact the school office if you have any available room and would be willing to host at least two of the missionaries. All host families will be invited to a dinner with the NET ministries team on Monday, April 30.

OLGC School Lunch Survey

Our OLGC School Lunch Program wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes & complete our new "OLGC School Lunch Survey." All responses must be submitted by tomorrow, Friday, February 23rd. We look forward to hearing from you!


To take the survey, please click HERE.

"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.

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

2/23: 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; Stations of the Cross Grades 3, 4, and 5; Minute to Win It

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

3/12: Third Trimester Begins

3/14: Universal High School Visitation Day- Grade 7; Confessions Grades 3-8 1:30 PM

3/15: First Penance 7:00 PM

3/16: Terra Nova begins Grades 2-7; stations of the Cross Grades 1 and 2

3/17: St. Patrick's Day Social

3/19: Report Cards

3/20: First Communion Retreat 11:30 AM

3/23: Terra Nova Ends; Living Stations Grades 1-8 1:30 PM

3/27: Community Homeroom - 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00

3/28: School in Session - Dismissal 11:45 AM - Bus Transportation; NO PM CARES

3/29 - 4/2: NO SCHOOL

4/3: Classes Resume

4/6: First Friday Mass 9 AM

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."