A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
August 28, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for your participation in our parent orientations in the past month. The Meet the Teacher Night last evening marked our last official orientation of the year. Your attendance at these events is so edifying for the administration and staff at Our Lady because it shows us that you are committed to working together as we educate your children. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, we firmly believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. God has blessed you all with this exalted vocation of forming your children and has given you all of the graces you need to assist you in this noble pursuit. If you have any concerns this year about your children, I ask that you please keep the lines of communication open and email your child’s teacher. You are always welcome to email Mr. Fletcher or me. We are both honored to serve your families, as we strive each day to build up the Kingdom of God, one child at a time.

Just for your information, those children who have turned in signed forms from the Blood Drive on August 18 will have an Out of Uniform Day on Thursday, August 29. Our school’s partnership with the Knights of Columbus went very well this year; one hundred units of blood were collected, and thankfully, this generous amount will benefit over 300 people in need.  

Lastly, I pray that your Labor Day weekend will afford your families a much-needed rest and extra time to appreciate the gift of each other, grateful for all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

In Christ,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
August
28- Sep 3 Lands' End 25% Off School Uniforms
29 Blood Drive participant - out of uniform day (see below)

September
2 No School - Labor Day
4 OLMC School 63rd Birthday - Spirit Wear Day!
8 OLMC Art showcased in the World's Smallest Children's Art Gallery in Carmel
10 Yogurtz - OLMC Spirit Day
Gratitude
Thank you to everyone that supported the 8th grade Car Wash this past Sunday. You helped them raise $3777.08 toward their Washington D.C. class trip in May!
Raider Pride
Tiffany Dickerson (3 rd Grade) received her 1 st Degree Junior Blackbelt from Adamson’s karate studio after 5 years of preparation and training.

Alexander Dickerson (5 th Grade) received his 2 nd Degree Junior Blackbelt from Adamson’s karate studio after 7 years of preparation and training.
Carpool Reminders:
The safety of your children is very important to our teachers & staff. Carpool procedures are in place to help ensure the safety of all children. Please review the Daily Arrival & Dismissal and Carpool Procedures in the Family Policy Guide pgs 15-16 and the carpool traffic flow maps for the proper procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 317-846-1118 or olmcschool@olmc1.org. Here are a few helpful reminders.

Morning Carpool:
  • All children should be dropped off using one of the two carpool lanes: One line is behind the school and one line is in front of church.
  • Each line should be a single line in the morning. Do not pull around the car in front of you.
  • Pull all the way forward until traffic stops. The front of both lines is the intersection in parking lot where the two lines meet at the crosswalk from the playground.
  • Do not stop short - this creates a shorter line and fewer children exiting cars leading to delays for those behind you. This is especially a problem in the line behind the school as parents want to drop their children closest to the Kindergarten & Parish Hall entrances.
  • Wait for the teacher on duty (7:30-7:45am) to wave the line forward.
  • Do not pull around the car in front of you. It is dangerous for children to be exiting cars when other cars are moving around them.
  • Children should not be entering the school through the front doors unless prior arrangements have been approved by the school administration.

Afternoon Carpool:
  • Families should be using the carpool lanes either in back of school or in front of church.
  • No one should be parked in the neighborhoods next to the school (Hamp Ct, Bennett Rd, etc).
  • There should not be any children on the playground or surrounding areas during afternoon carpool. This includes siblings who do not attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School.
  • If you leave your car to meet your child, please turn off your car. It is a safety concern for an unattended car to be left running. There are many cars which creates a lot of exhaust everyone breathes in.
Blood Drive - Out of Uniform Pass
Tomorrow - Aug 29
For those children that turned in a confirmation sheet that they had a relative/family friend donate blood at the blood drive on August 18 may us their "Out of Uniform" pass tomorrow, Aug 29.

  • Children may wear jeans, khakis or other clean, casual type slacks with appropriate tops. No sweat pants, shorts, or athletic pants may be worn. (Boys navy blue uniform shorts are the only acceptable shorts.)
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. may be worn, but they must be appropriate to the Catholic environment of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School.
  • It is permissible for girls to wear a casual skirt on out of uniform days, as long as the skirt follows the guidelines for uniform skirts and the hem touches the top of the knee or longer.
  • Girls may also wear Capri pants (mid-calf).

Out of Uniform Spirit Day - OLMC Birthday!
Wednesday, Sep 4 is OLMC School's 63rd Birthday!  To celebrate we will be serving birthday cake during lunch periods. Thank you to the PTO for organizing this birthday celebration! 

Wednesday, Sep 4 will also be a Spirit day. Students will be able to show their school spirit. The children are welcome to wear jeans or khakis along with a Spiritwear shirt, Blue Ribbon shirt, or a yellow/blue shirt that reflect our school colors.  No shorts please (boys navy uniform shorts are the only acceptable shorts).   Click here for the Family Policy Guide pg 32 if you have questions.
Lost & Found
Check the picture to the left to see if aything belongs to your family. (Lands' End belt size 10, Fila shoes size 8, sparkly ruler, musical giraffe, etc).

There are bins for lost & found items in the Parish Hall and outside the gym. Items that are labeled with a name are returned to the child's homeroom teacher. We highly encourage you to label all items, especially lunchboxes, water bottles, uniform items, hats, gloves, etc. These are the most common items that end up in the lost & found.

Items are kept for several weeks and then donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.

SCRIP NEWS:
SCRIP sales begin during afternoon carpool, at The Rock (weather permitting), this Thursday, August 22 . We will plan to be there each Thursday, until we have to move inside to the atrium due to weather. 

We will also be selling Scrip during Meet the Teacher, next Tuesday, August 27.   
 
We also want to encourage everyone to take advantage of MyScripWallet this year.  MyScripWallet allows you to purchase Scrip online 24/7, and have the Scrip you purchase available to use via your cell phones. It significantly improves the convenience of utilizing Scrip. 

Please give it a try. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lesher, stephrufe@yahoo.com .
Yogurtz Day is Coming in 2 weeks!
We invite you to join us at Yogurtz (12561 N. Meridian St., Carmel) for our spirit day on Tuesday, September 10 , in support of our school.  Come out and enjoy a cool treat and catch up with a friend, invite your co-workers for an after lunch dessert, or swing by after school or after dinner!  Every little bit counts!  

Be sure to tell the cashier that you are there to support OLMC and Yogutz will generously donate 15% of the total sales to our school.  Thank you for your support in this fundraiser!  

We appreciate every thing each of you do to help make OLMC a fantastic school for our kids!
Sisters' Pantry Shower
If you forgot to bring your donations last week or last night, you may still bring them to the school atrium through Friday.
 
  • A-G: Please bring dishwasher powder, toothpaste, toilet paper (septic safe), healthy cereals, protein bars, Olive Oil or Oxiclean powder.
  • H-N: Please bring HE laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, coffee, black tea, almonds, pecans, canned tuna, or Real mayonnaise.
  • O-S: Please bring HE laundry detergent, tissues, toilet paper (septic safe), olive oil, pasta sauce (26 oz), aluminum foil or Ziploc freezer bags.
  • T-Z: Please bring soap bars (Dove), liquid hand soap refill, sandwich or quart size Ziploc bags, canned tomatoes (whole, diced, sauce, paste), peanut butter, ketchup, or granola bars.
        
Thank you for considering a gift to our Sisters and for supporting them through your generosity. What a great way to be Stewards for Christ! Any questions call Maria Bedford at 317-691-6544 or mariabedford11@gmail.com .
Meals for the Sisters
Once again Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School families will be “hosting" Wednesday Meals for the Sisters during the school year. To help show our support, love and appreciation for all that the Sisters do for our school community, children and families, we have created a sign up genius for families to volunteer to prepare a meal to bring to the Sisters at the Convent each Wednesday throughout the school year. There are 6 Sisters residing at the convent and one of the Sisters has a corn allergy. Please make sure meals do not contain corn of any kind.
 
Please click on the link below if you would like to volunteer to provide a meal. We ask that you start with only one or two volunteer slots to allow many of our new families the opportunity to sign up. If, after a few weeks, there are additional spots still open, please then feel free to sign up for more spots. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Bedford at  mariabedford11@gmail.com or  317-691-6544. Thank you so much for your generosity!

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
 
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
 
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/HRGNHyO
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
 
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
 
New Online BoxTops - No More Clipping!
It's the new way to earn!

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy.
 
Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

Use the new app to scan your receipts and earn Box Tops cash for your school.

Spirit Wear
The online shop is open through Sep 2.
Orders will be delivered to your child at school during the week of Sept 16-20.

Shop in person for in stock merchandise - stock is limited:

August 27 - 5:30-7 PM during Meet the Teacher Night grades 1-6
Save the Date! Sep 8
Did you know that Carmel, Indiana is home to the World's Smallest Children's Art Gallery? It is on Main Street in downtown Carmel.

Each year they showcase artwork from different schools in Carmel and OLMC is one of them! Mrs. Hinshaw prepares a display that includes artwork of each student in the school that have art class (grades 1-8). Mark you calendars now to attend the opening reception on Sep 8. Hours to be
announced!
Armata Bianca
Beginning Sept. 10, the Armata Bianca children’s prayer group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. We will meet and pray the rosary immediately after school until 4:30, pickup will be by the flagpoles at the church. Please email Wendy Pottratz w.pottratz@gmail.com or Marla Richardson 5richardsons@sbcglobal.net to register your children, or with any questions.
Choir News
St. Augustine wrote: “He who sings well, prays twice!” Of course, ALL of us should sing in prayer at Mass, but participating in our Children’s Liturgical Choirs is fun, rewarding, and helps our children take Catholic liturgical music to the next level. We have two parish choirs specifically for children; a child may join either – or BOTH! These do not in any way conflict with OLMC School choirs, and we can work around sports seasons if necessary.
 
“School-ah Schola” Weekday Liturgical Choir: for grades 3-8 at OLMC School. Sing for MWF 8:00 am school Masses. Rehearsals: every Monday, 3:30-4:30 PM in the church music room. You are welcome to join any time.
Pueri Cantores Children’s Choir: for grades 2-8 from any school. Sing for Saturday evening Mass once a month. Rehearsals: every Tuesday, 4:15-5:15 pm in church music room. You are welcome to join any time.
 
Enrollment forms for both choirs are linked below. For questions, contact Rex Rund at rundr@olmc1.org or 317-663-4007.


CYO Volleyball Day
CYO is hosting the 5th Annual CYO Volleyball day on September 29 at Capitol Sports Center! This day is open to players of all ability levels. All participants will be provided pizza for lunch and a CYO Volleyball Day t-shirt. The cost is $50.

Guerin Catholic News:

THIS WEEK!
Girls Volleyball Pack the House/Youth Night
Guerin Catholic vs. Bishop Chatard
Thursday, August 29
6 pm JV, 7 pm Varsity
All students wearing their school's spirit wear get free admission!
 
BLOOD DRIVE
Friday, August 30, 4-7 pm
Donors must be 17 years old (16 with signed parent permission), meet eligibility requirements, be in good general health and present a photo ID at registration. Question may be directed to Beth Wagoner at  bwagoner@guerincatholic.org .
 
DAD'S DAY BREAKFAST WITH TONY TRENT
OPEN TO PARTNER SCHOOL FAMILIES!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019, 6:15 am - 7:30 am
The 2019-20 Dad’s Day series begins this year on September 6th, when we welcome Mr. Tony Trent. Mr. Trent is the father of Tyler Trent, a Purdue student who lost his valiant battle to cancer last year. Tyler became known to the public for his huge support of Purdue football and his courage and determination in fighting cancer. You can learn more about Tyler and his book,  The Upset , on the website,  www.tylertrentbook.com . Register at  GuerinCatholic.org
 
Guerin Catholic's Dad's Days are a great way for dads, moms, grandparents and caregivers to spend an hour with their child before school.
 
ADMISSIONS NEWS
Now accepting applications for 2020-21.  Apply online at  GuerinCatholic.org .
 
Prospective Parent Breakfast
Tuesday, September 17
8-10 am
Middle school parents: do you have questions about Guerin Catholic? Join Kelli Wilson, our Director of Admissions, to learn more about our admissions process and tour the school while class is in session! 
 
Golden Eagle for a Day
Spend the day experiencing high school life at Guerin Catholic through our Golden Eagle for a Day shadow program. Select dates available from September – January. Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
 
FALL 2019 High School Placement Test Dates
Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday, December 7, 8:30 am - Noon
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
 
SAVE THE DATE
OLMC PARISH TAILGATE
Friday, October 4
Guerin Catholic vs. Notre Dame Prep
5:30 pm Tailgate, 7 pm Kickoff
Carmel Public Safety Day
September 21 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Carmel St. Vincent Hospital - Back parking lot
13500 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032

Safe Sitter Classes - sponsored by Carmel Fire Department

Register for a 1 day class. Choose from:
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7
Classes are from 9 am - 3:30 pm
Carmel Fire Dept Headquarters
2 Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032
Pre-registration is required. Fee is $60. Students should bring a sack lunch.
Call 317-571-4245
email kfreer@carmel.in.gov