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February 12, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  With this 4-day weekend upon us, I hope that your family can enjoy some days together that are restful and rejuvenating.  Tomorrow, we will be having a Charity Dollar Day; the proceeds will go to the O’Connor House. The students will be able to wear jeans or khakis with a red or pink shirt in honor of St. Valentine’s Day.  The younger students will also be having Valentine’s parties tomorrow, and I thank all of those room parents and other volunteers who have graciously given of their time to prepare for these festivities.

It is hard to believe that our new lunch program has been operating now for almost a month, and I would like to thank our Lead Lunch Volunteers for dedicating many hours of their time to make sure our children are well-fed.  We do need one or two more Lead Lunch Volunteers to help this program run most efficiently. Please email the office at olmcschool@olmc1.org if you could serve our students in this capacity.  Remember that if you volunteer as one of these lunch leaders, you can skip the afternoon carpool line and instead pick up your children in the atrium on the day that you serve.

The following is an update about our lunch program from Mrs. Aimee Fleming and Mrs. Katie Rigg, two of our Lead Lunch Volunteers members of our PTO:

"We are in week 4 of our new lunch program, and we thank you for your patience, support and kindness during the launch.  Since fellow parents are volunteering to oversee the lunch program, we appreciate all of the positive comments and feedback!  
Attached are a few procedural updates :
*  If your child(ren) pack(s) a lunch, please be sure to add utensils and napkins.  We only have utensils provided from the vendors for the children that order lunches.  If you would like to donate unopened boxes of sporks, Dixie cups and/or napkins, we will gladly accept them as extras.
* After placing an order, please check that you have received a confirmation for your order. It usually arrives by email in less than a minute. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your order was never fully processed. Also, it is helpful to just check your confirmation to ensure you ordered for the correct dates and to verify you ordered the correct items. 
*  If your child is sick, you can reach out to Campus Cuisine before 8:00am to cancel your order ( info@campuscuisine.net 404-406-4017 - leave a message if office is closed) If you do not cancel the order, you are welcome to contact the office before 10:30am to make arrangements to pick up the lunch; otherwise, all unclaimed lunches are donated to the priests, custodians and school staff at 12:40pm.
*  If your child does not want their lunch, it will also be donated to the above individuals (we don’t want to give them a lunch if they are eating a packed lunch only to have it thrown in the trash).
*  Water and milk: We will try to remind students to grab their drinks; however, if they do not want it, we will return it to the refrigerator.
*  If a student does not have a lunch ordered and forgets their lunch box, the office will make an effort to contact you in the morning; otherwise, the student will receive an alternate lunch in the cafeteria (Uncrustable and/or Lunchable).

*  We are volunteers and *may* make mistakes, but we will find a back-up plan. Everyone WILL have a lunch!  Thank you for being understanding of those small human errors...they are going to happen.  
Lastly, we can’t thank all of the volunteers that are present for lunch duty on their assigned day because you are VITAL!  If you are interested in being a lunch lead, we would love to add you to the team.  
Thank you again, and please feel free to reach out to Aimee Fleming with feedback, including solutions, at aimeemfleming@hotmail.com.  
God bless,
Your Lunch Lead Team"
12 Last Day for Applications for priority placement in KG for 2020-2021 school year
13 St. Valentine Parties & Charity Dollar Jeans Day - Wear Red or Pink!
14 No School - Destination Jesus Retreat Weekend
17 No School - President's Day
18 Shelter In Place drill
20 Coffee &. Conversation with GCHS 8am PH
21 Jr. High Social 6-8pm PH
25-27 Book Fair
26 Ash Wednesday
27 Fine Arts Night
28 2 hour late start - 9:45am

13 No School - Professional Development

Raider Pride:
Charlotte Van Dyke placed 2nd in the district for the Veteran's of Foreign War's Patriot’s Pen essay contest. She attended the District Award Banquet today in Terre Haute last week.
Shelter In Place Drill:
On Tuesday February 18th we will hold our annual shelter-in-place drill. The drill will take place directly after morning announcements and prayers. 

I've attached two documents that outline the drill procedures and a map of where homerooms sit during the drill. 
Charity Dollar Jeans Day & Valentine Parties Tomorrow:
We will have a Charity Dollar Jeans Day to benefit the O'Connor House tomorrow. Students may wear a RED or PINK shirt with jeans/khakis. Please bring in a $1 donation. The complete out-of-uniform guidelines may be found here .

In the event we have a weather delay - the Valentine Parties will happen as scheduled. If school is cancelled, students will exchange valentines on Tuesday, Feb 18 but the parties & dollar jeans day will not be re-scheduled.
Please keep Scrip in mind with Valentine's Day fast approaching. Many restuarants & movie tickets for date night! Buy a special treat for your Valentine at Market District, Target, Kohl's, etc.

Stephanie will be selling Scrip in the atrium each Thursday during carpool, 2:30-3:15.  

If you are new to Scrip and would like the OLMC enrollment code, please contact Stephanie Lesher at  stephrufe@yahoo.com .

Save the Date!  The Book Fair is coming February 25-27!
It's almost time for the Spring Book Fair!  
 This spring we will be using the same vendor as we did in the fall....Blue Ribbon Book Fairs.  Watch for more upcoming details and thank you all for your support of the fair!
Fine Arts Night is Coming!!
Come one, come all to the annual Fine Arts Night on February 27, from 6-8pm.

Musical performances will be held in the Parish Hall. Artwork from all students will be displayed throughout the school.

Students have been busy prepping their artwork and getting it ready to be displayed in beautiful matted frames courtesy of Artome.

You will be able to purchase your child's framed artwork for $25 the night of the show or $30 until March 4. A percentage of each sale comes back to the art room so we can create more fabulous art! If you have any questions please feel free to check out their website  Artome  or email Mrs. Hinshaw at  hinshawd@olmc1.org. Click here for more information.

From the Nurse:
Please remember, the peak of cold and flu season is also upon us and we want to provide you with important tips on how to protect your child and family from these illnesses.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues away in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Seek assistance from your doctor or a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.
  • Any student with a fever should remain at home until they are fever free without medicine for 24 hours.
  • Any student with vomiting/diarhea should remain at home until they are symptom free without medicine for 24 hours.

Additional tips on how to keep kids germ-free at school can be found  here .
Trying to decide when to keep your child home? Consult this fun poster (click here) by the Hamilton County Health Department.
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! 

February 14 Praying for 4th grade and the Computer/IT & Library teachers
February 21 Praying for 5th grade, Phys. Ed & Athletic Directors
March 6. Praying for 6th grade, Counseling & Nursing staff

Locations are To Be Determined - check with Jacquelyn Fagan via the email below.

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. 
Spring Sports - register online at www.orgsonline.com
Cadet Baseball (7th & 8th grades) Deadline is this Saturday, Feb 15!
Volunteers Needed!
Destination Jesus Retreat for High Schoolers is still in need of parent volunteers during the overnight hours.

Please consider investing JUST 3 HOURS of your time during one either Friday (2/14) or Saturday (2/15) evening between the hours of 10:30 pm and 7:30 am.    

We call this volunteer role “Guardian Angels”.  Why? During those three hour shifts, you will ensure that the youth don’t leave the sleeping areas that they are assigned to, and you will be there to help if any of the youth have a personal need.   To be quite honest, based on many years of volunteering, this is an absolutely beautiful time to support this amazing retreat, but is also a great opportunity to spend just 3 hours reading, praying and having personal reflection time.
To make it really easy for you, here is the link to the volunteer site – don’t hesitate to go sign up now…
Who's Coming to Dinner?
February 22, 6:45 - 9 pm
Meet other parishioners in an intimate setting: someone’s house! Join the OLMC family on February 22 for dinner, and make new friends along the way. Be sure to register by February 11!

Be a Host Family
We need parishioners to host the dinner portion of the event. All ingredients and wine* provided. Host families do not pay the registration fee!

*we will have gluten free and alcohol free homes*
Encounter - Equip - Engage
Jim Beckman will be speaking on March 23-25
7 pm each night
Free Will Donation

The life of a disciple has three stages that
are continuously being renewed. We need
to ENCOUNTER Jesus everyday. We
EQUIP ourselves as we grow in the faith.
We ENGAGE the world around us by
sharing the love of God. Each night of our
missio n we’ll explore how we can move
through these stages and become engaged disciples of Jesus.

Jim Beckman serves as the executive director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Jim also is the executive director of ImpactCenter, a nonprofit dedicated to leadership development in the Catholic Church and serves as an adjunct professor for the Augustine Institute, teaching on leadership and discipleship. He and his wife, Meg, live in Oklahoma City with their five children.
Guerin Catholic High School News
Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-21 school year. 
Families may apply at  GuerinCatholic.org.

Opening Night - Thursday, February 13, 5-7 pm
F uture Golden Eagle artists - are you curious about high school visual arts? Artwork/portfolios of IB Art students will be displayed at the Indiana Design Center (200 South Rangeline Rd, 2nd Floor) from Feb 13-17. All are welcome to join us for Opening Night on Thursday, February 13 from 5-7 pm.

Monday, February 17, 7-8 pm
Monday, February 24, 7-8 pm
Monday, March 2, 7-8 pm
Monday, March 9, 7-8 pm
$10 for one session or $30 for all four
See the attached flyer for more details! Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Contact Coach Waymoth at  jwaymouth@guerincatholic.org  for more information.

Thursday, February 20 8 am
OLMC Parish Hall
Join us for a casual coffee and conversation at Our Lady of Mt Carmel with President Dr. John Atha and Admissions Director Kelli Wilson about Guerin Catholic High School, our admission process and affordability initiatives.  Open to school families with children of any age.  Can't make the OLMC conversation? See the attached flyer for dates and times at all the Carmel Deanery schools.

Saturday, February 29
1-4:30 pm
4:30 pm: Family Mass - parents and siblings welcome!
Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to a Sports Camp with former Indianapolis Colt Joe Reitz at Guerin Catholic High School.
Camp will focus on one-on-one football and basketball skill development, fun activity stations, and remarks from Joe.
Cost is $30 ($20 per additional sibling, $50 max per family), and includes a camp t-shirt and an autographed photo of Joe Reitz! 
Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  to register.