A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
July 1, 2020
Dear OLMC Families,

Good afternoon!  I hope you are thoroughly enjoying these summer days.  On this first day of July, I wanted to inform you of some recent OLMC updates:

  • Teacher Positions: I am excited to announce to you that we have hired Mrs. Stephanie Schroeder to be the 2nd full-day kindergarten teacher and Mrs. Nicole Scherer to be our 1B teacher for next year.  Mrs. Mattingly will be teaching 1C, and Sister Cecilia will be serving as the teacher in 2A.  We warmly welcome these new additions to our OLMC team!

  • Reopening Plan: We have been participating in multiple meetings to create our final plan for reopening school next fall.  As of today, OLMC is planning to open its doors on Wednesday, August 12 and follow the established 2020-21 calendar for the next school year.  The finalized reopening plan will be communicated on July 24.  I know there are many questions about wearing masks at school, and I can share that students and staff may be required to wear masks at times.  

  • Preparing for Next Year:  Just as OLMC School is now directing its focus on constructing our reopening plan, I highly recommend that every family take time during the summer to create their own Family Contingency Plan for child care.  We anticipate that there is a possibility that your children will be out of school for more days than in past years due to the quarantine measures developed by the Indiana State Department of Health.  Even if we faithfully follow the recommended guidelines as best we can, anyone could still become a close contact of a Covid-infected person or develop Covid-like symptoms.  Such persons, regardless of age, will need to quarantine up to 14 days.  OLMC School will do everything we can on our part to assist the children’s learning from home due to that quarantine, but I advise each family to have a plan set for child care during that time.  I strongly believe that it is prudent to start this conversation about child care now so each family will be prepared to provide quarantine for any of their members if it becomes necessary during the school year.


I pray that your upcoming summer days are filled with the joy and peace of Christ, Our Lord.  God bless you!

Blessings on your summer,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
July
13 Used Uniform Sale - 4-6pm Gym
15 Book Bill Payment or Full Day KG (full or half) Due
31 - Aug 2 Shoe Carnival 30% off sale (in-store sales only at Village Park Plaza Carmel)

August
9 Raider Roundup (details still being determined)
10 Kindergarten Parent Meeting 6:15 - 7pm PH
10 New Family Parent Meeting 7pm PH
11 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (details still being determined for daytime event)
11 8th Grade Mandatory Retreat 2-6pm PH
12 First Day of School 7:45-3:05pm

**please keep in mind that the effects of the pandemic shifts rapidly which make planning for certain events challenging. All dates and times are subject to change. We will communicate details as soon as possible.


Cleaning & Safety Supplies for Next Year:
The supply lists are posted on the school website at the link below. Supply lists were finalized in February (pre-Covid19).

We are anticipating an increased need for Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer (at least 60% isopropyl alcohol) and paper towels. Knowing that these items are still in short supply and only able to purchase limited quantities at a time, we are asking families to keep an eye out for these products and purchase as you can throughout the summer. We also anticipate the need for these supplies to be replenished throughout the school year. I have started to see these in stores but they disappear fast so first thing when stores open for the day seems to be the best time to buy.

We do not anticipate children wearing masks all day but there will be times throughout the day that masks may be required. Please make sure your child has at least 2 cloth masks (labeled with their name) to start the year. Masks can be any color/design as long as they are appropriate to the Catholic School environment.

Book Bill or KFD Tuition Payment:
Families of Full-Day Kindergarten (KFD):

Families with children in KAM, KPM and grades 1-8:
  • Book Bills were mailed last week.
  • Book Bills are printed one per family so this will be included in the envelope with your youngest child's report card if they have an older sibling.
  • Payment for the first half (or full amount, if you choose) of the book bill is due by July 15, 2020.  
  • If payment has not been received by the due date, and no communication of hardship has been expressed to the business manager, then you will forfeit your child(ren's) spot(s) in the school for this school year.
  • If not paid in full, the second half payment will be due by November 30, 2020.
  • Kindergarten Vision Screening Form is due by first day of school.
 
Please make checks payable to OLMC. They can be delivered to the church office or mailed to:
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Attn: Book Fee or KFD tuition
14598 Oak Ridge Rd 
Carmel, IN 46032 
 
If you have a financial hardship that prevents you from paying these fees on time, please contact our business manager, Glen Ritchey, at  ritcheyg@olmc1.org  before the payment due date. Thank you.
Tools for Schools
Tools for School:
Help Needed!
The Merciful H.E.L.P. Center provides school supplies to many families in Hamilton County every July. The sign up genius has tabs at the top so you can pick the day you would like to help to search for openings. This is a great opportunity for OLMC & GCHS students to volunteer at!

Rest assured that protocols are in place so that this huge project will be done in the safest way possible with very little human contact and safe social distancing. All of our guests being helped will be staying in their vehicles. 

Sign up here:
Used Uniform Sale:
There will be a Used Uniform Sale on July 13 from 4-6 PM in the Gym.    
 
What can I expect? 
  • Social Distancing Guidelines will be followed. More details soon!
  • Used School Uniforms for sale. Most items are just $5 each.
  • Limited Selection of used Spirit Wear.
  • Spirit Wear orders will only be available online.
  • A space for trying on clothes is still to be determined. If you plan to bring your children please be prepared to have them try on clothes over the clothes they are wearing.

Shoe Carnival Sale:
July 31 - Aug 2 30% off sale (in-store sales only)
Village Park Plaza
2009 E Greyhound Pass
Carmel, IN 46032

Make sure you tell them you belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. This sale is for the whole family and any/all shoes your family needs - not just school shoes.
Families of Rising 7th & 8th Graders:
The 2020-2021 Family Policy Guide has not been published yet but we wanted to make you aware of a change. The dress shoe requirement for 7th & 8th graders has been removed. All students in grades K-8 may wear an athletic shoe that is either all white or all black (including the sole). An all black dress shoe is still optional.

PTO News:
Your OLMC Parent Teacher Organization is already planning for next school year 2020/2021. 
Almost all the events are supported by parent volunteers from classroom events, socials, faith rally to community outreach programs. Anytime there is an event outside the classroom the PTO probably has a part in planning. 

To support these special events for your children we need your help! Please find attached a Google Form link below to get involved. Many events can be planned at home or simply sending in donations.  it is a great way to network with other parents and make new friends! I know I have formed many special relationships with parents and staff at OLMC.  Please note that your name will be forwarded to the chair of every committee you volunteer for so please only check the ones that you want to serve on.
 

Many Hands Make Light Work - THANK YOU so much for helping our students have an amazing school year! You are greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jane Ann Gaskill, jamg2395@gmail.com