A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
April 15, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

Happy Easter! He is risen; He is risen indeed! It has been a joy to be able to partner with you in such an extraordinary way during the last few weeks. I am so grateful for the positive feedback you have been providing for us, especially for all of the compliments you have showered upon our amazing team of teachers. It would be an understatement to say that our teachers and staff are working overtime and rising to the occasion in a heroic way. Also, the input you provided through parent surveys has helped the administration to better understand the most pressing concerns and questions that you have. Last evening, Mr. Fletcher and I hosted our first Zoom parent meeting in which over 70 parents attended. We delivered a brief presentation that covered such topics as the schedule for e-Learning days through May, as well as the final determination of our 2019-20 school calendar. We will have another optional parent Zoom meeting tonight and tomorrow in which Mr. Fletcher and I will be sharing the same PowerPoint presentation. These slides will be posted in the next edition of the Messages from the Mount on April 22.

Moving forward, we will continue with e-Learning lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week throughout April and May. After meeting with our diocesan superintendent and other Catholic school principals in Hamilton County, OLMC School determined that our last day of school will take place on Friday, May 29. This day will be the only Friday in which OLMC will have an e-Learning Day. The decision to end on May 29 was based on Governor Holcomb’s executive order which stated that schools could officially close for the summer after completing 160 instructional days of school. While following a 3-day school schedule for the remainder of the year, this last day falls on May 29.

During this octave of Easter celebration, I pray that we will all be able to take time to focus on the most important things of life-- our Catholic faith, our family, and our loved ones. May we open ourselves up to the extraordinary graces the Lord is offering to us, graces which flow freely from the victory of His resurrection. I will specially pray for you and your families next Sunday on the solemnity of Divine Mercy. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His mercy endures forever” (Ps 136:1).

In His Merciful and Sacred Heart,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
April
15 E-Learning Day
15 Parent Zoom Meeting 6:30pm watch email for link, see details below
16 E-Learning Day
16 Parent Zoom Meeting 6:30pm watch email for link, see details below

21 E-Learning Day
22 E-Learning Day
23 E-Learning Day

28 E-Learning Day
29 E-Learning Day
30 E-Learning Day

Virtue of the Month for April
Justice - Being fair and giving each his due.

Examples for us: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Katharine Drexel and
St. Thomas More
Raider Pride:
Vocabulary Bowl
Our 7th graders have been competing online each month in a Vocabulary Bowl. Every month, thousands of schools across the US and Canada compete. The March 2020 results of the  Vocabulary Bowl  have just been released. We're excited to announce that  Our Lady of Mount Carmel School  earned the following achievements:


Winning these awards is quite an achievement. Keep up the good work!

The Indiana Mathematics League
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Jr. High students recently competed in the Indiana Mathematics League Contest.
  • 7th Graders placed 3rd in the Central IN Region
  • 8th Graders placed 2nd in the Central IN Region & 4th in the whole state of Indiana

Way to go Jr. High Raiders! Keep up the good work!
Parent Zoom Meetings
Topic: E-Learning Days

  • 2 more Meeting Dates- approx. 100 participants allowed per meeting
  • April 15 & 16
  • All three meetings will be approximately the same (no need to attend all three)

If it is helpful to parents, we will offer future meetings


Timeline:
6:20pm- Zoom Meeting will open
6:30pm- Meeting will begin
6:40pm- Zoom Meeting will be locked (no one will be able to enter the meeting after 6:40pm-Safety Feature)
7:15pm- Zoom Meeting will conclude

Format:
Opening Prayer
Short presentation about the how the school will operate during April/May
Address submitted Topics
Address submitted Questions
Concluding Prayer

The Zoom invitation will be emailed to parents at 6pm the day of each meeting.  

Here is a link to a Google form that parents can use to submit their E-Learning Day questions. We will address these questions/concerns during the meetings as time permits.
SCRIP NEWS:
Don't let social isolation keep you from buying SCRIP.
Use www.shopwithscrip.com to buy SCRIP online. If you are new to Scrip and would like the OLMC enrollment code, please contact Stephanie Lesher at  stephrufe@yahoo.com .

Don't forget to purchase Lands' End SCRIP to purchase uniform items for next school year. Also, remember that only items with the new logo may be worn starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

Stephanie Lesher is available to answer your Scrip questions via email or text (317-446-1977).

Please note: We are not processing orders for any new physical gift cards until school is back in session.
End of Year Teacher/Staff Contribution:
It is hard to believe that we are already thinking about the end of this school year.
PTO set up a teacher gift fun on the Parish online giving website. This fund is for parents who want to give a gift to our school teachers. These gifts will be pooled together and each teacher will get their individual gift in SCRIP cards!
 
The donation includes all of the following Specials Teachers & Staff: Spanish, Art, Music, PE, Computer, Library, Resource, Enrichment, Front Office Staff including Principal and Assistant Principal, Nurse, Counselor, and Maintenance.

This link will be open through May 28, 2020. Click here to contribute now.

  • If you already have an online giving account, enter your Username & Password under "Existing Giver".
  • If you do not already have an account, there is an option to make a one-time payment.
  • If you create a new account, you can easily set up online giving if you wish to do so.
OLMC Volunteer Spotlight:
Our spotlight this week is on Meghan Durkee. Click here to learn about Meghan.

We are blessed to have so many caring volunteers who dedicate their time each day to help our school and community be the amazing faith-filled place it is! We would like to spend some time highlighting our volunteers as a small way to say THANK YOU to all that they do! We are asking for your help to nominate the volunteers who give their time and talents to our school and community. Here is the link to the nomination form:   https://forms.gle/T31h7EDwU7nfKXQ7A
Pre-Order School Supply Kits for 2020-2021
We know that it is hard to think about school supply shopping, especially right now. During this time of much uncertainty, there is one thing we do know. Regardless of what it looks like, there will be a 1st day of school next year.

That is why we are excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!

This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the RISK of shopping in person in stores. Supplies will be delivered to school for pick-up in early August.

Shopping online with 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Clorox. So, with all the uncertainty this summer will bring, why not check school supply shopping off your list. Get started by clicking the link below:

 You may have noticed new images for boxtops on the items you buy. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

You can even earn money for our school when purchasing groceries online. Click here to learn more!

Many of you are already signed up! Thank you for your support. If you haven't done so, click here to learn more. It is so easy to download the app & choose our school.

Then no more clipping! Just scan your receipt and they automatically credit the funds to our school!

What if I still have boxtops I cut at home? Our school can still submit them through the end of the year. Please hold onto them for now. When the school re-opens, we will remind you to send them in.
It's PTO Board Nomination Time!
The OLMC PTO will soon be electing officers for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please fill out the PTO Nomination Form by April 15th. Thank you so much for considering and taking the time to support OLMC!
 
There are THREE OPEN POSITIONS available to any parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled at OLMC:

• Vice President
• Assistant Treasurer
• Corresponding Secretary

This can be a self-nominating process or you can nominate another individual. He/She will be contacted and must agree to the nomination to be considered. Please prayerfully consider if this is for you or someone you know. Brief job descriptions are listed below. Feel free to contact any PTO Board Member with questions you may have.

Vice President: A three-year commitment. Will serve as the next President and culminates as Past President. The Vice President will primarily shadow the President (Jane Ann Gaskill) to prepare for the following year.

Assistant Treasurer: A two -year commitment. Will serve as the next Treasurer. Assistant treasurer will primarily shadow the Treasurer (Katie Rigg) to prepare for the following year.

Corresponding Secretary: A two-year commitment. First year, responsible to send out PTO correspondence (cards, thank you notes and letters) directed by the Board. This position also shadows the Recording secretary (Aimee Flemming) to take on that role the following year.

Spring Sports Update:
Click here for the most recent Raider Weekly which includes important information about the plan spring sports.