Principal Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Riley

March 1, 2018

Dear Parents,


It is March already! It feels like just yesterday I arrived here at Our Lady of Good Counsel School and now there are only three months left in the school year! Time is flying by!


As we continue through our Lenten journey, let us continue to keep focused. God sent his only Son, the Blessed Mother endured the passion and death of Jesus, and the apostles hid in fear after their friend had been put to death. They did this all so that we could enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no greater love than that given to us by God.


I see so much of this sacrificial love within the community of Our Lady of Good Counsel School. It is evidenced in the parents who work hard to send their children to a school where values and standards are shared and respected. It is evidenced in our teachers who show the love they have for their students through their preparation, recognition of student needs and celebration of their successes. It is this love that is given away that most closely resembles God's love for us.


As we continue through this school year, here are just some things to keep in mind:


  • Please keep your children home from school until they are free from fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea for 24 hours and keeping food down. The school nurse will be contacting parents to pick up their children if these criteria are not met. This is instrumental in keeping the incidence of illness low.
  • We encourage everyone to complete the BLOCS application online through FACTS management. OLGC School will reimburse the $35 application fee to any family who is found not eligible.
  • Thank you for all the incredible support we received for the Best of Bucks competition!! We will not know the results until the spring. Your support is essential to our continued success!
  • We continue to see an increase in our enrollment numbers...great news! On Monday, we welcome a new student to our 7th grade class. We also have had 4 additional students who will be taking advantage of the Bishop's Tuition Transfer Grant Program and joining our OLGC family next school year. These students will be joining the current 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Please spread the word about this program to those you may know.
  • Please be aware of an important packet coming home with your children today containing three items: a Low Income Survey, a letter regarding a change in the grade level students will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the Pretzel Order Forms for the 3rd Trimester.


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!

The 2018 Bucks Happening "Best of Bucks" Contest has now ENDED!


As we await the results, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their unending support during this contest. We are extremely grateful for all of the good wishes, votes & kind words of encouragement we received from the beginning of the contest until the very end. Stay tuned to see who will be named the "Best Elementary School in Bucks County."


Thank you for helping us to spread the word about our school's bright future & to show all that OLGC is the place to be!

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

OLGC Logo Apparel Sale

OLGC Logo Apparel is here! We are running an apparel sale with Kampus Klothes & have many different offerings & items for you to purchase! We are also offering both youth & adult sizes & every item features our new school logo! The sale has now begun & will run until Sunday, March 18th.


Please visit this link to view all the items & to place your orders:

https://olgcwintersale18.itemorder.com/sale

NJHS Peer Tutoring

The OLGC National Junior Honor Society is starting a peer tutoring program in which the NJHS members will provide help in designated subjects. A peer tutor will meet with your child’s teacher for specific instructions on material to be covered. All sessions will take place during lunch. If you are interested please fill out the form & return to school ATTN: NJHS Tutoring.


Click HERE for a printable form.

April Lunch Menu

Here is the lunch menu for April 2018. Please make your selections & return your menus along with payment back to school no later than Monday, March 19th. Thank you!


Click HERE for a printable menu.

Dining Around Town- STEAM PUB

Our fourth Dining Around Town event will be held on Tuesday, March 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!

"Virtue of the Month"

Congratulations to our "Virtue of the Month" winners for the month of February:

Angelina C.

Mia V.

Lucas H.

Yasmina R.

Mrs. Hofner


The virtue for the month of March is Cooperation. Cooperation is the ability to work together for the good of everyone. It is a willingness to respect others and to follow rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Cooperation is being helpful to one another and sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone. If you see someone displaying the virtue of cooperation, 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

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; March Madness- 6 PM to 11 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 9:00 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."