A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
October 23, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

I   hope you all enjoyed your time with your family during Fall Break.  God blessed us with such magnificent autumn weather, and these temperate days certainly afforded us many opportunities to spend quality time with our loved ones outdoors.  

Speaking of the outdoors, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School firmly believes that elementary-aged children need sunshine, fresh air, and exercise each day as weather permits, and so the teachers and administration heartily affirm that recess is an integral time to enhance the well-being of our students.  

Right now, however, we are in a bit of a dilemma, because we do not have a sufficient number of recess monitors to cover our recesses on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Our school must have adequate supervision so the children can play outside in the fresh air.  I ask that you prayerfully discern if you could serve OLMC School as a recess monitor on Tuesdays and/or Fridays.  It is possible that you could even partner up with another parent or parents who would rotate this duty with you so you would only end up providing recess coverage once or twice a month.  Recess duty takes place from 10:55 -- 12:20 pm, and recess monitors get paid $15/day. If you discern you are not called to be a regular recess monitor, then please consider serving as a substitute monitor who fills in for the regular monitor when he/she  is sick. If you are interested in assisting our school in this capacity, please contact the school office at olmcschool@olmc1.org.  

Next Wednesday, all students will be coming home with their first quarter report cards and their fall NWEA MAP test results.  I have the pleasure of walking through the halls of the school building each day, and so I can assure you that our students have been engaged in creative learning experiences since the beginning of the school year.  The students’ hard work and focus will certainly be reflected on their report cards. Thank you in advance for supporting your children in their formation and education. Not all students will come home with a straight “A” report card, and that is okay.  As long as each child is investing his best effort into his work, it truly does not matter what grades the children obtain. Children need to be convicted of the truth that regardless of what their grades may be, they are always worthy of receiving their parents’ unconditional love.  In these last two weeks of Respect Life month, may we all be more aware of the diverse needs of others and make sure that our children know they are loved for who they are and not for what they can do.

Blessings on your week!

In Her Immaculate Heart,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
October
23 Freddy's Steakburger Spirit Day
24 Picture Retake Day
30 Report Cards & MAP Scores sent home
30 Fall Parties
31 No School - Parent/Teacher conferences

November
1 Solemnity of All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)
1 4th grade Saint Parade (immediately following 8am Mass)
3 Daylight Savings Time Ends
8 PTO Board Meeting 9am
30 Second Half of Book Bill Payment due
Please click below to view some changes to the menu for next week.

Attention families with food allergies!
Click here for ingredient and allergen information for school lunches. Please bookmark this link for future reference.
Anti-Bully Presentation:
This morning, Kindergarten - 6th grade participated in a fantastic Anti-Bullying presentation. The presentation was fun, entertaining and interactive, but also explained what a Bully, Victim and Bystander is.
The presentation went on to explain that we all should:
              * Stand up
              * Step In
              * Speak Out and Say Stop
              * You Win
Please continue the Anti-Bullying conversation at home.
Freddy's Spirit Day is Today!
Please join us at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for our Spirit Day today, October 23rd, in support of our school. Swing through after carpool for a custard or take the family out for dinner! Every little bit helps our school!

Click here to print the flyer or show from your phone and Freddy's will generously donate 20% of total sales to our school. Thank you for your support in our dining fundraiser! 
Picture Retake Day Tomorrow:
Thursday, Oct 24
If for any reason, you are not happy with the pictures you received or the proof copy:
  • Have your child bring the picture package or proof with them to school on October 24.
  • Tell their teacher they will having a picture re-take
  • When their class is called for re-takes, your child will give the picture package or proof to the photographer and have their picture re-taken.
  • New pictures or proof will be sent home in November.

Parent Teacher Conferences - What to Expect:
Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday, Oct 31.
There is no school that day.
  • Use your best judgement on whether or not a babysitter is needed or if your child(ren) are capable of sitting quietly in the hallway while you meet with the teacher(s)
  • Park and enter the school through the main door
  • You do not need to sign in or use visitor stickers on this day
  • Please be on time, conferences are scheduled every 15 minutes

K-4 Parents: Conference times were selected on Meet the Teacher Night in August. If you do not remember your conference time, please email your child's teacher or call the school office.

5-8 Parents: It is possible that you may not have a conference. If your child's teacher feels the need to have a conference with you, they contacted you earlier in October to schedule one.

Parents are always welcome, any time of year, to email their child's teacher with any questions or concerns. Click here for our staff directory. Teacher names and emails are also listed in DirectorySpot .

If you have any questions about this day, please contact the school office, olmcschool@olmc1.org or 317-846-1118.
8th Grade Poinsettia Sales:
Orders due by October 31
OLMC 8 th  Grade is selling Poinsettias as a fundraiser to raise money for our 8 th grade trip to Washington D.C. in May 2020.

You have a choice of 8" Red, 8" White and 10" Red.

Order forms are available in the school atrium.

Completed forms can be placed in the collection basket during mass this weekend or turned into the school or parish office. All orders must be received by Oct. 31st. Payment is due at the time of the order and must be paid via check or cash.
 
Contact Tina Fletcher, 2019 Poinsettia Coordinator, at  olmcsports@olmc1.org with questions.


SCRIP News:
  • 24-hour flash bonuses going on now until October 25
  • $5 and $10 gift cards available online (not in stock at carpool)
  Visit shopwithscrip.com for details and participating retailers

Cold & Flu season is upon us - buy Walgreens & CVS SCRIP to buy all of your over the counter or prescription medications.

SCRIP sales every Thursday at The Rock (weather permitting) In the event of rain, we will move inside to the atrium. 

Order forms can be found in the school atrium or on the website at: https://school.olmc1.org/scrip (scroll to bottom of the page).

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lesher, stephrufe@yahoo.com .
Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment is not due this year until Nov 30.  Historically, it has been due the day of Parent/Teacher conferences. This date was changed to Nov. 30 last year.

Of course, we will always accept payments early. Please check your records to check the balance of what your family owes toward your Book Bill Payment. 
Children at Mass:
Fr. Richard had a very nice letter in the Pastor's Corner of the Oct 20 Church Bulletin about ways to keep our young children engaged during Mass.

He has invited the Celtic Cross Bookstore to be at all Masses this weekend, Oct 26-27. They will have kid friendly religious toys & books for sale. You can create a "Mass Bag" that is filled with quiet, ideally religious-based toys/books that they only see during Mass.

coat
Coat Drive Donations & Help:
There is a box in the school atrium for new & gently used clean coats. As you are preparing for coat season, please donate coats that no longer fit your family or keep your eye out for great deals while coat shopping! All sizes from infant to Men's XXXL are needed!

The Merciful H.E.L.P. Center works in conjunction with Hamilton County's Coats for Kids to distribute warm coats to many families in need during the winter months.

They are also in need of leadership in the coat area. We need a leader to handle coat collections in the school and in the church. (This could be a high schooler looking to gain experience leading.) Fran Pawlowski is willing to train who ever helps in this area.

We also need people to run coat donations over to our partners at Hamilton County Kids Coats to get them ready for giveaways at the HCKC giveaways, at the Merciful HELP Center and at Tools for School.
Most importantly we need workers to set up the coat giveaway at the MHC, work on the various days and to help break it down.
If this work is on your heart, please sign up! If you want to lead, please email slatonj@olmc1.org !

Lost & Found
Check the picture to see if anything belongs to your family.
New this week
  • one white glove, Northface jacket, Addidas jacket, several lunch boxes, uniform sweatshrits/fleece...

Please note that there is also a lost & found bin outside of the gym area as well as one in the Jr. High & 6th grade pod areas. If you are missing an item that is not pictured here, encourage your child to check these other locations.

All lost & found will be combined and available or review next Thursday during Parent/Teacher conferences. Make sure to look though it when you are here.

Items are kept for several weeks and then donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.
MHC Garage Sale!
Tomorrow morning 7:45am-12:30pm
Support the MHC by shopping at their garage sale (probably the last one this year!). Stop by after morning carpool.

  • All items inside are only $1
  • Furniture and larger items are all negotiable
  • Lots of new inventory!

The Merciful H.E.L.P. Center has many volunteer opportunities coming up for Thanksgiving basket, coat drive, etc. Click here to learn more.
Moms of Our Lady Prayer Group:
We are a drop-in prayer group each Friday at 9:30, hosted in the home of an OLMC mom. All are welcome to join us - just show up! 
 
October 25 Praying for Kindergarten, Sr. Maria Benedicta, Mr. Fletcher & the Priests - location TBD 
         
Each week we pray for our own intentions, our families, one specific OLMC grade and group of staff members, plus any prayer intentions submitted through the link below. A great way to try it out, is to come on a Friday when we pray for a grade in which you have a child!  
 
Contact JacquelyneFagan@gmail.com with questions. 
Used Uniforms
If you are in need of used uniforms, please email Haley Church at sunlily55@yahoo.com or text at 317.514.4569. Orders will be filled by the 15th of each month. 

Please continue to turn in old uniforms to the bin marked Used Uniforms in the school Atrium. 
Volleyball Grades 4-8:
Volleyball Grades 4-8:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is proud to host a CYO Volleyball for girls and boys entering 4th-8th grades.  CYO Volleyball has grown to one of our largest sports! Registration is open through November 19th for the 2020 winter season. If you are interested in coaching volleyball this coming season please contact our commish  Sean Dunlavy . Register at www.orgsonline.com . (Visit https://www.olmc1.org/registration for directions)

Girl's Information
Upcoming Volleyball Deadlines:
Girl's- 4th-8th Grades: Registration is open through Nov. 19th

Evaluations:
Friday, Nov. 15th @OLMC Gym
  • 4th graders; 3:45-5pm
  • 5th graders; 5-6:30pm
Sunday, November 17th @OLMC Gym
  • 6th graders; 12-1:30pm
  • 7th graders; 1:30-3pm
  • 8th graders; 3-4:30pm

Boy's Information:
  • Volleyball Registration is open through November 19th (4th-8th grades)
  • No Evaluations- teams done by grade level
Merciful H.E.L.P. Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive
It’s Turkey Time!    This weekend and next, we will be handing out Turkey Tags for the Thanksgiving Basket Drive after all masses.  We need your help!  We need volunteers (adults and students) to hand out tags. 

 If you and your family can help, just visit: www.mercifulhelpcenter.org and click on the Volunteer tab, then just click on the link beside the turkey.  
Can’t hand out tags but still want to help?  There are many great volunteer opportunities.  Just visit the website and sign up!

Thank you in advance for your help!!
Guerin Catholic News:
THIS WEEK:
GUERIN CATHOLIC FINE ARTS PRESENTS . . . 
DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Thursday, October 24, 7 pm
Friday, October 25, 7 pm
Saturday, October 26, 2 pm Matinee and 7 pm
Reserved tickets are SOLD OUT! Limited amount of walk-in tickets available at the door. Admission is a free will offering.

GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1 PM - 3:30 PM
All families and grades welcome! 
Join us at our Open House this Sunday! Kickoff program is in the gym at 1 pm, followed by student or parent-led tours through our classrooms, Grotto, cafeteria, chapel, outdoor courtyard and more! Meet teachers and administrators while getting a first-hand look at our 72-acre campus. Observe GC students in action in the science lab or fine arts studios, and check out our many athletic, student life, and campus ministry opportunities.   Avoid the lines - Pre register at GuerinCatholic.org
 
NEXT WEEK:
BOYS BASKETBALL PRESEASON CLINIC WITH COACH BOB ALLEN
ONE SESSION LEFT! MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 6:45 - 7:45 pm
$15 for one session
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Contact Coach Allen at  ballen@guerincatholic.org  for more information. 

BOYS LACROSSE PROSPECT DAY FOR GRADES 7 AND 8
REGISTER BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29!
Saturday, November 2 9 am - 12 pm
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Contact Coach Barry at  cbarry@guerincatholic.org  for more information.