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December 4, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  In this first week of Advent, OLMC School is brimming with events.  I am so grateful to our parish and diocesan priests for offering our students an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance tomorrow.  This sacramental grace will help to fulfill our Advent mission of preparing our souls for the coming of the Messiah. On Friday, St. Nicholas will be visiting OLMC.  During this highly anticipated visit, our younger students will learn more about the true story about this patron saint of children and of the kind deeds he performed which led him to the heights of sanctity.  Our students from 1st grade and up will be attending Mass on Friday morning as a household, and then they will join together to create Advent wreaths after Mass. On Monday, December 9, we will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  This feast is normally celebrated on December 8 each year, but because this day falls on a Sunday, it has been transferred to Monday. The Immaculate Conception is celebrated at the level of a solemnity, so the students will not be assigned any written homework on Monday night and therefore will be more free to spend quality time “praying and playing” with their families.  I hope you all enjoy this no-homework night next week! 

At this time, I would like to officially announce that Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will be discontinuing our current food service and will be partnering with a new company, Campus Cuisine, beginning in January 2020.  Aladdin Food Service and OLMC have always held a positive relationship, and I thank our kitchen manager, Gretchen Capo, and her staff for devoting themselves so totally to the OLMC School lunch program. Personally, I have been quite impressed with Mrs. Capo’s commitment to providing our students with healthy and well-planned lunches.  There have been many mornings that I have walked into school before 6:30 am, and Mrs. Capo was already busy at work in our school preparing for that day’s meal. Her work ethic is simply exceptional, and I thank Aladdin for the 2 ½ years that we worked together to provide a wholesome hot lunch for our students. Our contract with Aladdin will end on December 20, and we plan on initiating our new Campus Cuisine program in January.  The school will be hosting a parent night to explain more about how our lunches will operate under Campus Cuisine, and the administration will be present to answer questions that will inevitably arise during this transition. I will send you another update next week with more explicit information about our new lunch program in the Messages.

As we prepare for the noble Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, I pray that our Blessed Mother will intercede for us in this season of Advent so that our hearts will be pure to receive her baby boy on Christmas morning.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

Blessings on your week,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
3-5 St. Nicholas Workshop
4 City BBQ Spirit Day
5 Student Advent Confessions (grades 3-8) 10am - 12 noon
6 St. Nicholas Visit grades K-2
6 Spelling Bee 1:45pm PH
9 Feast Day Cookie Day & No Homework night - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
12 Feast Day Cookie Day - Our Lady of Guadalupe
16 Parish Penance Service 6:45pm CH
19 Christmas Music Program (grades 5 & 6) 2pm & 7pm PH
20 2 hour Early Dismissal at 1:05pm
Employment Opportunity:
OLMC Catholic School is seeking a  full-time administrative assistant  whose primary responsibilities would include performing various secretarial duties, greeting visitors to the school, and fostering a positive and hospitable school environment.  
All interested candidates are asked to submit an application and resume to Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 14596 Oak Ridge Rd., Carmel, IN 46032,  olmcprincipal@olmc1.org .   Applications will be accepted through December 9 .

The application can be found on the school website  https://school.olmc1.org/school-employment-opportunities
Attention families with food allergies!
Click here for ingredient and allergen information for school lunches. Please bookmark this link for future reference.
The January - June Lunch Server Schedule is now available!
Click on the link below & put your dates on your calendar now. Please click here to log into your Safe & Sacred account and make sure your Protecting Children in the 21st Century Course does not expire before your lunch duty dates. You can only re-take the course when you are within 30 days from your expiration date. You are supposed to receive an email reminder when it is time to renew but we recommend creating your own reminder!
Raider Pride:
Amelia Denault placed second in intermediate equitation at an Interscholastic Equine Association show in Corydon prior to Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to 6C Girls' Basketball team for winning the City Championship for their division before Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girl's Basketball team for winning the City Championship before Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th Grade Boy's Basketball teams for winning the 2019 Deanery Showcase in their respective grade levels.
City Barbeque Spirit Day is TODAY, December 4th!
Join us TODAY at City Barbeque for spirit day! Enjoy lunch or dinner with a bold taste of craft barbeque. Please show the flyer (or picture with barcode on your phone) in order for OLMC to get 25% back for your meal! Thank you for your continued support for our school, we appreciate it!!

St. Nicholas Shop Dec.3 thru Dec.5
Volunteers Needed!
The K-5 teachers have signed up for a time slot. We will be sending home a flyer the afternoon before your child's class is scheduled to shop. There is also a link to the flyer below so you can print it out if it's lost. Please be on the lookout for this and fill it out and return it with your child the following day with money so we don't have to encounter broken hearts.
There will be shopping available during lunch periods for all grades. 
We need a lot of help to keep the shop running smoothly and ensure the kids have a great experience!   Please pick a time slot or several if your schedule permits. Please remember to try not to pick a time slot when your children's class will be shopping, as they want their gifts to be a surprise! The class times are noted in the SignUp Genius via the link below. Also the younger grades need the most help. Your help is invaluable and so appreciated! Please let me know if you have questions; Shelly Preston at shelmail1@yahoo.com .

Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment was last Saturday, Nov 30.

If you have not already done so, please send check into school office or mail to OLMC Attn: Book Bill Payment 14598 Oak Ridge Rd Carmel, IN 46032 as soon as possible.

Email our business manager, Glen Ritchey, at ritcheyg@olmc1.org if you need to communicate a hardship.

Email Jennifer Seaman at seamanj@olmc1.org or Val Alvarez in the church office at alvarezv@olmc1.org if you need your balance due.
OLMC PTO Christmas Generosity Project
Contributing to the Merciful Help Center’s parish wide,  Community Care Day January 2020

Parents: It's that giving time of year. This year our OLMC families have been   asked to help our neighbors in Anderson, Indiana. 2 weeks ago, we sent donation requests through your classrooms along with a GREEN BAG.  Through your generous donations we hope to supply hats & mittens for 750 kids and necessary cleaning supplies & toiletries, not covered by food stamps for 260 struggling families!

OUR DONATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH!  Our students will be sorting and boxing the items next week.
As always, participation is voluntary. Monetary donations are also very welcome to fill in any gaps in need for CommUnity Care Day!

Please contact Amy Supernaw or Natalie Catton, with any questions. 
From the Library:
A very Happy Birthday and thank you to the most recent members of the Library Birthday Book Club.  

They are:
Emma Bedford, Rachel Broach, Sophia Heredia DeLaCruz, Amelia Griffin, Nicolas Guerrero, George Hauser, Anna Hein, Will Hoffman, Fiona O'Connor, Ally Parenteau, Sophia Riester, Conor Rinka, Gabriela Tovar, Maren Yonkman, William Yonkman, and Luca Vespa. 

The new books are great additions to our library.
Music Room Donations:
The music teacher would be appreciative of donations of paper towels and kleenex for her classroom. These may be sent to school with your child to bring with them to music class. Thank you for supporting Miss Rancourt.
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.

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.
Last day to place online orders for delivery before Christmas is Friday, December 13.

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 .
Lost & Found
Check the pictures to see if anything belongs to your family. The glasses were found in the girl's lockeroom in the gym last weekend. The fitbit was found outside near the playground.

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 6 Praying for 5th grade and the Phys. Ed teachers & Athletic Directors
Location TBD

December 13 Praying for 6th grade and the Counseling & Nursing staff
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. 
Wrestling Clinic at SMG:
Join Bryan Bailey: 2X IHSAA State Champion Head Coach and Owner of the Indiana Outlaws Wrestling Program.
When: Sunday, Dec 8 1:30 - 4:30pm
Where: SMG Gym 17102 Spring Mill Rd Westfield, IN 46074
Who: Grades K-8 All levels welcome even if you have never wrestled before!
Cost: $40 - includes clinic t-shirt if registered by Nov 16

Register online at www.orgsonline.com. OLMC Families will need to request a dual school in order to be able to register for both OLMC & SMG sports. If you have questions, contact Mike Rodgers at mrodgers2323@gmail.com.

Guerin Catholic High School News:
Priority Placement Applications due for the Class of 2024 on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
All supporting application documents are due by December 15th. Apply online at  GuerinCatholic.org.  If you have questions about your application, please contact our Admissions Office at  admissions@guerincatholic.org .
Thursday, December 5th, 8-10 am
Parents  are invited to spend a morning getting to know Guerin Catholic. 
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
Friday, December 6
5:30 pm - Qdoba Dinner
6-6:45 pm - Program
7:30 pm - Tip Off Boys Basketball Guerin Catholic vs. Roncalli
Want to learn more about the athletic opportunities at Guerin Catholic? Join Athletic Director Ryan Davis, coaches and student athletes for a casual, information night for prospective families to learn more about what it means to be a Golden Eagle athlete. Students are invited to sit in reserved seating behind the Guerin Catholic bench during the Boys Basketball game vs. Roncalli at 7:30 pm!
See the attached flyer for more details.
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Saturday, December 7  Final testing opportunity!
8:30 am - 12 pm
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
Tuesday, December 10
Arrive anytime between 8-9 am for a tour.  
St. John's Christkindl Village
Dec 12-15
All are welcome! Admission is free and open to the public. Activities are indoors or inside heated tents, come out and enjoy authentic Christmas traditions December 12-15 in Downtown Indy at St. John’s Christkindl Village!
Dec 12 & 13 5-9pm
Dec 14 11am - 10pm
Dec 15 11am - 6pm
Stop the Bleed Class:
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Health Department
18030 Foundation Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060

This is a FREE Course!
To Register click on the link below.