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April 29, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

In this last week of April, we thank God for the successful accomplishment of one full month of e-Learning lessons.  May is already upon us, and we look forward to wrapping up our school year after the completion of four more weeks of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday lessons.  As Catholics, we know that the month of May is dedicated to Our Lady.  This season of devotion to Our Lady seems to arrive at the perfect time this year because we can turn to Her in this time of pandemic and ask for Her intercession on our behalf before the throne of Her Son.  Mary is the best of mothers, and she will certainly ask her Son to give us the strength to help us finish up this year strong and bless the months ahead.

Normally each year, we start the OLMC registration process in June.  This year, however, we are going to start registration a month earlier, and we plan on sending out the registration link before the end of this week.  Mrs. Seaman will be sending out the registration link soon, so please keep an eye out for this email.  We look forward to partnering with you again next year.

At this time, teachers are working together to brainstorm creative ideas of ways the students can receive a sense of closure to this unusual year.  On Thursday, May 21, the junior high teachers will be hosting the annual awards ceremony for the 7th and 8th grade students.  More details about this event will be forthcoming.  Additional end-of-the-year events are still being discussed, and we are waiting to see how and when our restrictions will be lifted and gatherings will be permitted once again.

OLMC School is pleased to announce that we are offering two scholarships for our 8th graders who will be attending Guerin Catholic next year.  Information about how to apply for these scholarships was sent to parents of 8th graders last Friday.  The students need to use their parents’ email to ask two teachers for a recommendation, one of which must be from a current teacher.  Just to clarify, these recommendations for which the students request is not an official letter of recommendation.  The teachers have been given a form to fill out for each student.  Once completed, these recommendations will come directly to me. Just a friendly reminder that these scholarship applications are due Thursday, May 7.

May is also the month in which homeroom teachers work hard to construct class lists for the next year.  They take a considerable amount of time to carefully place each student individually in a class that would help to ensure his/her success for the next academic year and ensure that each child has a friend in next year's class.  Because of the attention that has been given to the arrangement of these class lists, I kindly request that you do not ask for a change of homeroom for your children once school is out. If you currently have a difficult situation that might merit a change or a separation from a student or two, then please let me know as soon as possible through email.  The reason for a switch must be urgent and would not consist in a mere preference for a particular teacher.  All of our teachers are quality educators; they care for their students and deliver instruction in a professional manner.   If you do have a request, I ask that you please put it in writing and email it to me before the end of the day on Wednesday, May 6.  I cannot guarantee that the switch will happen, but I will certainly share your concern with the child's teacher.  Please note that I cannot change students from one class to another during the summer months.  In doing so, I run the risk of unintentionally switching another child into a class that would not best meet his/her overall needs.  I firmly believe that the teachers know best regarding the placement of each child given the class dynamics, and my preference as an administrator is to leave the classes as they were originally designed by the teachers.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.  Let us pray particularly this weekend for the four priests who serve us at Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Fr. Richard, Fr. Paternoster, Fr. Hurley, and Fr. DeCarlo. As good shepherds, they continually pour themselves out selflessly for us, their flock. By their preaching and example, they teach us the meaning of Christ’s words found in Sunday’s Gospel, “ I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10).  May we live more deeply rooted in Christ Jesus and enjoy the abundant life that He offers us each day.

In Christ, our life,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
April
29 E-Learning Day
30 E-Learning Day

May
E-Learning Days each T,W,Th
21 Jr. High Awards Ceremony - watch for more details soon!
Friday, May 29 Last Day of School for all K-8!

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
Back To School Registration is Coming!
Watch your email later this week for a link to complete the Back-to-School Registration forms for the 2020-2021 school year.

Forms must be completed online for each child planning to attend OLMC School for the 2020-2021 school year.

A $50 per family fee is also required.
  • Make checks payable to OLMC.
  • Write registration fee in the memo line.
  • Please mail checks to the school office:
OLMC School
Attn: Registration
14596 Oak Ridge Rd
Carmel, IN 46032

If you are registering a child for Full Day Kindergarten, this $50 fee was part of your deposit so no further payment is due for your family at this time.
Scholarship Info for GCHS:
This year OLMC School is so blessed to be able to offer two scholarship opportunities for our 8th grade students who are planning on attending Guerin Catholic High School next year. 


  • The All Saints Scholarship, awards a male 8th grade student and a female 8th grade student $2,500 each to go towards their freshman year tuition at Guerin Catholic. 

Here are some guidelines for both scholarships:

1. All work must be completed by the student.

2. Students must use their parents' email to ask two teachers for a recommendation. One of those teachers must be a current teacher.

3. There will be an application and an essay to complete. All of these materials must be submitted to Sr. Maria Benedicta (attached to  one  email) and sent to  olmcprincipal@olmc1.org . The due date for this submission is Thursday, May 7.

Click on the name of the scholoarship above for more information about each and directions about how to apply.
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 fund 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 Haley Church. Click here to learn about Haley.

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
SCRIP NEWS:
Just a gentle reminder that school families have the option of making a $100 donation to PTO in lieu of participating in our Scrip program, with funds being used for school enhancements. We currently have 44% of families participating in our Scrip program. Please make donation checks out to "OLMC PTO" and mark checks as "Scrip donation" and mailed to OLMC Church 14598 Oak Ridge Rd Carmel, IN 46032.

Current bonus rebates:
Bath & Body Works 17% (normally 12%)
Outback Steakhouse 16% (normally 8%)
Buy Buy Baby 8% (normally 7%)

These bonus rebates are all available via ScripNow. For a full list of current bonuses, please visit ShopWithScrip.com or MyScripWallet.com .

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

Please note: We are not processing orders for any new physical gift cards until school is back in session.
Pre-Order School Supply Kits for 2020-2021
Why shop in-line when you can shop online?

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:

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.

Quarantine Trivia Night:
Learn about the OLMC priests and sisters

May 1, 7 p.m.; Webex / Facebook

Do you know which OLMC priest or sister has won a limbo contest? Tune in to learn the answer to this question and many other fun facts about the OLMC religious!

Throughout the night, we will ask our viewers at home questions for chances to win prizes. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of your own. The event will also be streamed live on  Facebook  for those who simply want to watch.

GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

CLASS OF 2020
Guerin Catholic High School is pleased to announce Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners and school alumnae  Faith Goodin as one of the seven Class of 2020 Valedictorians, and  Audrey Darland as Salutatorian.  Congratulations to each of these students as well as their families on this wonderful achievement!

Visit our Class of 2020 Senior Tribute page at  GuerinCatholic.org/seniors to read more about our graduating Golden Eagles and many OLMC alumni!

CAMP PURPLE 2020
Guerin Catholic's Camp Purple for grades K-8 remains scheduled for July. Most of our June camps have been moved to July and a revised schedule of athletic and enrichment camps is available on our website at  GuerinCatholic.org .  Please contact Mrs. Jill Folstrom at  camps@guerincatholic.org for more information.

ADMISSIONS NEWS
Our campus may be closed, but the Virtual Admissions Center is always open! Visit GuerinCatholic.org t o chat with our Admissions staff or schedule a zoom call. Admissions staff are available to answer your questions anytime during the extended school closing. Applications for 2020-21 are still being accepted at GuerinCatholic.org

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Summer Prep Course
At this time, Guerin Catholic’s High School Placement Test Summer Prep course will only be offered the week of July 13th -17th. Register now via the GC Website to reserve your spot! Morning and afternoon sessions are still open and payment will not be collected until it is confirmed that the class will take place. Please contact Mrs. Kenya Cobb at  kcobb@guerincatholic.org  for more information.