A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
December 18, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

What a beautiful winter wonderland the Lord has given us this week! I was particularly grateful for the two delays on Monday and Tuesday which gave staff and students alike an opportunity to get more sleep in one of the busiest seasons of the year. These cold, snowy days of December seem to elicit a spirit of gratitude in us for all of the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us-- simple amenities like food, shelter, warmth, and loved ones to brighten up these darkened days. Personally, I am so grateful to the OLMC PTO and the team of volunteers who work so diligently behind the scenes each way to manage our SCRIP program. Thanks to the PTO Board, the SCRIP team, and parents like you, the decision was made that $18,000 worth of last year’s SCRIP money will go towards new technology in Computer Lab 1. The computers in this lab are among the oldest in the building and can be unreliable in their day-to-day-functioning. New Chromebooks will be purchased to replace the old computers, and they are scheduled to be installed after Christmas. With these new Chromebooks, Miss Malone will be able to teach her Computer classes with fewer technological issues popping up during class time, and students will be able to take their state assessments on a more reliable device. Thank you, parents, for purchasing SCRIP and for supporting this OLMC fundraiser throughout the year. I appreciate it!

Two years ago, the sanctuary of the Church was renovated to provide parishioners with a more august worship space. Starting early January, the ceiling of the sanctuary will be painted to complete that project. I have seen a picture of the final rendition with gold stars from Mary’s crown depicted against a dark blue background, and it truly looks stunning. As a result of this painting, the main Church will be unable to host the daily Masses that are offered each day. The daily Masses, therefore, will take place down in the St. Thomas Aquinas Room in the lower level. Unfortunately, not all of our student body can fit in that room, so the 8 am Wednesday and Friday Masses will be held in the Parish Hall. Half of our students will attend the 8 am Mass on Wednesdays and the other half on Fridays. The main Church is slated to reopen for daily Mass in time for Holy Week, and it will be available to host Ash Wednesday Masses on Feb. 26. The OLMC School community is so grateful for all of the sacramental graces we were able to receive by frequenting weekday Masses three times a week in the past, and we eagerly anticipate the Easter season when we can once again receive the privilege to receive our Eucharistic Lord so often. As always, you are welcome to join us in the Parish Hall for our 8 am Wednesday and Friday Masses through March.

At this time, I would like to share some significant calendar dates for the 2020-21 academic year so you can start your planning for next year. This calendar displays the first and last days of school, the date for Parent/Teacher Conferences, and the dates for holiday breaks. A more extended version will be released later on in the year. Click here to view.

I would also like to issue a reminder that Friday is the deadline for you to request a refund from your Pay For It lunch account. Please email olmcschool@olmc1.org by 1 pm on Friday, Dec. 20 if you would like to be reimbursed for the remainder of your lunch balance. If the school does not receive an email notice by that time, the remaining funds will be donated to the parish. Mr. Fletcher will be holding two meetings in January to help parents set up a Campus Cuisine account for your family. These meetings are optional, but they will be highly informative. The first optional meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, January 8 at 7 pm. If you cannot attend that meeting, another meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 7 pm. Parents will be able to create an account on their iPhones or on the school Chromebooks that will be made available during those meetings.

Lastly, I pray that you and your family have a restful and restorative Christmas break. During this holy season, may you receive the deep peace that only the Christ Child can give. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In His inexhaustible love,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
December
19 Christmas Music Program (grades 5 & 6) 2pm & 7pm PH
20 2 hour Early Dismissal at 1:05pm
Attention families with food allergies!
Click here for ingredient and allergen information for school lunches. Please bookmark this link for future reference.
New Lunch Program Highlights:
  • Last Day for Aladdin is Friday, Dec 20.
  • Last Day for PayForIt.net is Friday, Dec 20.
  • If you have a positive balance on Dec 20 and would like a refund, email olmcschool@olmc1.org by 1pm Dec 20.
  • If we do not receive an email, the funds will be donated to the Parish.
  • First Day for Campus Cuisine begins Tuesday, Jan 21.
  • Jan 6 – Jan 17: students must pack a lunch from home (milk & water will be available for purchase – more information on this soon)
  • Campus Cuisine operates by partnering with local restaurant vendors who deliver food to the school. Chick-fil-A, Jimmy John’s, McAllisters, Jet’s Pizza, and Papa Johns (more to come) will be the vendors delivering food to OLMC on a rotating basis.
  • Parent Night in January – attend either Wed, Jan 8 or Thurs, Jan 9 at 7pm in the PH

Lunchroom volunteers:
  • Parent Leaders needed – email olmcschool@olmc1.org if interested
  • 2 lead parents per day from 10:15am-12:45pm
  • These can be different parents each day but committed to working same day each week for the semester.

  • Jan 6-17: if you are assigned lunch duty we still need you! Please plan to work your scheduled shift from 10:45-12:45pm.
  • Jan 21 – June 3: lunch duty time is 10:30am-12:45pm
Gratitude:
From the PTO President:
The PTO would like to pass along some exciting news! The computer lab at our school is in dire need of replacing. Thanks to all of the parents who bought SCRIP, the PTO was able to step up and use those funds for a new computer lab. Over Christmas break, the technology department will be replacing the outdated desktops in the lab with 30 new chrome books. Our technology instructor, Miss Pam Malone, wrote this thank you:

Community Care Day:
Our Christmas Generosity Project was a huge success! Due to your generosity of treasure and (talent!), all 260 boxes were completed on Thursday afternoon. 
 
A special thank you to the moms and 22 students who helped with the after school last push!
 
Because of you, 260 families will enjoy the dignity of cleanliness for themselves and their families and homes, without the burden of the exorbitant costs of these supplies. There are also nearly 750 sets of hats & mittens that will be distributed to Anderson kids in January.
 
Along with the other mom volunteers, we want to acknowledge how PROUD WE ARE OF OUR SCHOOL- we interacted with nearly every child in this school and there were no bad attitudes or rudeness, only manners and an eagerness to help. We really do have a special community here at OLMC. God bless you all this Christmas!
 
~Amy Supernaw & Natalie Catton, co-chairs
Raider Pride:
The OLMC “Raider Fixin8tors” competed with 48 teams in the Northern Indiana State championship.  Each of these teams had advanced through a qualifying tournament to reach the state-level competition.  The Raiders received the First Place Robot Performance Award for a top scoring robot and the Champion’s Award.   The Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Design, and the Innovation Project.   The OLMC Raiders were also honored as one of three Global Innovation Award finalists for the State of Indiana.  
The Champion’s Award sends the Raiders to the FLL World Championship in Detroit.  Only two teams from the state of Indiana advance each year to compete in Worlds.  In recent years winners at the Detroit competition have come from Lithuania, Japan and Pennsylvania.   This will truly be a world stage for the Raiders.   

The Raider Fixin8tors FLL team: 
Ashton Burch, Peter Harrington , Alex McMinn, Jacob Meier, Robert Nies, Elizabeth Nies, Madeline Nies, Shane Ohale, Nicholas Staub
Christmas Musical:
Tomorrow, December 18
2pm & 7pm in the Parish Hall
Please join us for a Good Old Fashioned Christmas Play performed by the 5th & 6th grades.

All are welcome! The show will last about 45-60 minutes.
From the Nurse-New Immunization Requirement:
Starting with the 2020-2021 school year - Hepatitis A will be required for all grades K-12 next year. Please check with your healtcare provider to make sure all of your children are up to date on all vaccinations required for school. Please see the link below for the new requirements.


SCRIP News:
We will have $5 Starbucks in stock for carpool sales beginning this week. Other low denomination cards are available to order. Please see www.shopwithscrip.com for details.
 
We will be selling Scrip during carpool (2:30-3:15) every Tuesday and Thursday in December.
 
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 .
Outside Recess:
Students in Grade 1 through Grade 6 go outside for recess daily. Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for the weather. If there is little to no precipitation and the temperature feels like 15 degrees or higher (including wind chill), the students will go outside for recess. Any temperature/wind chill below 15 degrees will result in indoor recess.

Please make sure to label hats, coats & gloves. We tend to see many of these in lost & found!
Lost & Found
This dainty cross was found end of last week in the girl's lockerroom in the gym.

We still have many sweatshirts (new logo) and other uniform items along with hats,gloves, etc.

We strongly recommend putting names in all uniform clothing, water bottles, coats, hats, etc. Even if it is just a family last name - we do check and return items that are labeled!

Items are kept for several weeks and then donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.
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! 
 
December 13 Praying for 6th grade and the Counseling & Nursing staff
Location To Be Determined

December 20 Praying for 7th grade and the Kitchen staff
Location To Be Determined

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. 
Cassock Classic - Priests vs Seminarians:
Correct date is January 3, 2020 at Guerin Catholic High School
5pm doors open 6:15 pm Tipoff
$5 per person / $20 per family
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Guerin Catholic High School News:
ADMISSIONS NEWS
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-21 school year.  Apply at  GuerinCatholic.org . If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact our Admissions Office at  admissions@guerincatholic.org .
 
Golden Eagle for A Day Shadow Days
Limited days in January are available for 8th graders to shadow a current Guerin Catholic student. Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more information and to register. 
 
THIS WEEK!
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm
Guerin Catholic gymnasium
Features Guerin Catholic Concert Band, String Orchestra, Choirs, and Ukulele and Guitar Ensemble
Free admission
 
SWIMMING & DIVING PACK THE POOL NIGHT
Thursday, December 19, 5:30 pm
Hamilton Heights High School
25802 State Rte 19, Arcadia, IN
Cheer on the Guerin Catholic Swimming & Diving teams in their meet against Hamilton Heights and Liberty Christian.
 
BOYS BASKETBALL YOUTH NIGHT
Guerin Catholic vs. Heritage Christian
Friday, December 20
JV - 6 pm; Varsity - 7:30 pm Tip-off
Students in all grades are invited to join us in "The Nest" to pack the gym for the Boys Basketball Youth Night!  Players wearing their team jersey will get in free!