Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

April 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

"April showers bring May flowers." One of life's most important lessons can be learned from this simple phrase..the value and importance of having patience. Even the unpleasant rains that April often brings can be seen as the promise of flowers in May. Many of life's greatest things come only to those who wait. If we wait patiently and rely on our faith in God, we can endure whatever clouds come our way. As we plant our seeds in spring to grow our future gardens, let's remember to plant them with faith, hope, and love.

Here are some happenings at OLGC:

  • The PIE Clothing Drive will begin this weekend. They are still in need of several volunteers who are willing and able to help out. We know that it is a busy time of year, however, if you could spare an hour it would be most appreciated.
  • As a part of our Spring Open House, on Thursday, May 10th we will hold an Art Show and Band Concert. Mrs. Mitchell is in need of volunteers for the Art Show. If you have any time that you could assist, please email Mrs. Mitchell directly.
  • Please be aware of a new provision related specifically to 529 plan accounts, beginning with the 2018 tax year. Account owners can use assets to pay for qualified K-12 tuition expenses up to $10,000 per year, per student.

  • Our Race for Education will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018. A separate school message will be sent out today with very important information regarding the race and students will be coming home today with a label sheet to be used. All funds raised will be used for security upgrades and enhancements.

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


OLGC Spring Open Houses 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 10, 2018- 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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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!


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, For 2018-2019, applications must be submitted online through FACTS, Inc.

Please use this link to begin your application:

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

Clothing Drive - STARTS THIS WEEKEND!!!

We raise $$ per pound of clothing collected, so clean out those 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.


4 people still needed for 4/14 and 4/15, 6 people needed for 4/21

Please consider donating 2 hours of your time on any of the three Clothing Drive days in April, to help unload/load clothing bags into the truck. Sign up for a time slot here:

Box Tops!

Any student who collects 100 Box Tops will earn a FREE dress down day!

Once your family reaches 100 Box Tops - please send them to school in a Ziploc bag, clearly labeled with your child's name, homeroom, and the number of Box Tops collected. Please be sure to separate out all expired Box Tops.

April winners will be announced at the April Community Homeroom.

End of Year Picnic @ Maplewood Swim Club


Friday 6/8, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Signup form coming soon

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

Important Flyers & Information

May/June Lunch Menu

Here is our lunch menu for the month of May & the first day of June. Please make your selections & send in your menus along with payment no later than Friday, April 20th. Menus cannot be accepted after Wednesday, April 25th. Thank you!

Click HERE for a printable May/June Lunch Menu.

OLGC CYO Night at the Phillies

OLGC CYO is sponsoring a Night at the Phillies on Friday, June 29th. First pitch is at 7:05 PM with fireworks following the game. For those interested, all RSVP’s are due back no later than Friday, May 18th. Please send in your form along with payment to the School Office. We hope to see you there for a night of fun!

Summer Programs at Archbishop Wood High School

For those students in 6th & 7th grade, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is offering a variety of summer programs. If you are interested, please visit our school website under "OLGC Events & Flyers" where we have information posted. Thank you!

"Shrek Jr." Presented by OLGC PAC

"Virtue of the Month"

The virtue for the month of April is Courtesy. Courtesy is the ability to show polite behavior that reflects good manners and respect and kindness to others. Courtesy includes learning to say please and thank you at the appropriate times, sharing and taking turns, talking respectfully to others, and apologizing for wrong or hurtful behavior. If you see someone displaying the virtue of courtesy, fill out a virtue slip for them. The winners will be announced at our next Community Homeroom.

Healthy​ ​Hands/Healthy​ ​Heart

Spring is here and with that comes allergies & other sickness. If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​please​ ​keep them ​home.​ ​Please remind your child to always wash their hands. 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

4/13: Minute To Win It!- Grades K to 4th- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

4/14 - 4/15: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

4/20: Earth Day Tree Seminar; Spring Fling Dance- Grades 6, 7 & 8- 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

4/21: Clothing Drive sponsored by P.I.E.

4/24: 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip

4/26: Earth Day Celebration

4/27: Community Homeroom- 8:45 AM; Dress Down Day $1.00; 5th Grade Field Trip

4/28: First Holy Communion- 9:30 AM

4/30: Spring Uniform begins

5/1: 8th Grade Retreat

5/4: First Friday Mass and May Procession

5/6: Spring Open House- 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM


5/7: Confirmation Day Grade 5- 4:30 PM

5/9: Confessions Grades 2-8 - 1:30

5/10: Solemnity of the Ascension- Mass at 10:30 AM; Open House/Art Show/Band Concert - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

5/11: Race for Education

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."