A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
March 11, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

I am pleased to announce that tomorrow, the majority of our students will be able to prepare their hearts for the Resurrection of the Lord by making a sacramental confession. Hopefully, the children will return home tomorrow afternoon with a genuine desire to live virtuously and feel motivated to cultivate habits that draw them closer to God. 

I would just like to issue a reminder that there will be no school this Friday due to a staff retreat. This event has been planned for many months, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to provide our staff with time of reflection and extra prayer.

Next Monday, March 16, marks the official end of the 3rd quarter, and report cards will be sent home on March 25. March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. The students will not receive any written homework on that day because of the celebratory nature of a solemnity. In addition, OLMC students will have an out-of-uniform day (athletic pants can be worn) and our students will be encouraged to wear red to school. Why red? Red is the color traditionally associated with the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day. Since the students will have no written homework, I hope many families will be able to join the parish community for the St. Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Feast in the Parish Hall from 6:30 -- 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us for some fun and fellowship, please RSVP at olmc1.org/stjosephfeast. Hope to see you there!

Lastly, I would like to share some safety updates/reminders from our OLMC Assistant Principal, Mr. Fletcher:

1. We successfully completed our bi-annual tornado drill this week. The students performed amazingly! I would recommend that each family revisit their "home plan" for natural disasters. Spring is a higher risk time of the year for dangerous weather conditions.

2. We are continuing to monitor and plan for the effects of a possible community spread of COVID-19 virus. The school is reading and implementing the recommendations from the CDC and Indiana Health Department each day. We are also in discussions with our deanery principals and diocesan leadership. We do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community. We ask that parents continue to communicate with us any changes in health status within their families and follow the recommendations that have been published by the school and government agencies .

Here are a few recommendations from the US Department of Education:

Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:
  • If you are sick, stay home from school. 
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Consult the U.S. Department of Education’s website for further guidance.

3. I will be attending a Hamilton County Safety commission meeting next Monday. This is our regular meeting but I'm sure the topic COVID-19 will be at the forefront of the conversation. I will pass along any new information I learn.
May Jesus, our Healer, continue to grant the blessing of good health to all of our OLMC families. May God bless you all!

In Mary, Queen of peace,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
11 Noble Roman's Spirit Day for OLMC
12 School Lenten Confessions 10am-12noon
13 No School - Teacher Professional Development
16 3rd Quarter Ends
16-April 3 IRead3 Test Window
17 Feast of St. Patrick - green accessories with uniform
19 Solemnity of St. Joseph - out of uniform with red shirt
20 3rd Grade Wax Museum 9:15-10:30am PH
20 Math Bee 1:45pm PH

PayForIt.net account refund checks
were mailed Friday, March 6.
Please direct questions to Val Alvarez (Parish Bookeeper) at alvarezv@olmc1.org.
Raider Pride:
Christianna Dunasky qualified for the Indiana State Swim Meet at Divisionals Sunday by Swimming a 1:06.59 in the 100 Backstroke - Congratulations Christianna!!  She's going to State!!

Joseph Dunasky took 1st Place in the CYO City Meet Sunday at Roncalli High School for the second year in a row, winning the 77 pound Division. Joseph pinned all his opponents on the way to the Championship! Congratulations Joseph!!
Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub Spirit Day is Today !!
March 11, 2020
Please join us today at Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub in Carmel! Come support our school anytime between 5pm-9pm and enjoy some great pizza! Noble Roman's will generously donate 15% of the total proceeds to our school! Please be sure to show the flyer or mention you are with OLMC. Thank you all for your support in our school!
OLMC Volunteer Spotlight: Valorie Hahn
Our spotlight this week is on Valorie Hahn.   Click here to learn about Valorie.

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
Lost & Found:
Claim your items by next Wed, March 18
All items from the gym lost & found have been brought to the Parish Hall. The bins are overflowing!

Anything left on Thursday, March 19 will be donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.
Please keep Scrip in mind with Easter & Spring Break fast approaching.

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 .

Attention Musicians!
Join the OLMC Arts Council  on March 24th at 6pm as we perform for the residents at Woodland Terrace nursing home in Carmel. Each student may select a piece of music of their choosing. Previous examples include piano, guitar, and violin, but any instrument is welcome.

Contact Cortnie Twilla at  cortniel@yahoo.com  or Amy Quinn at  amyquinn27@gmail.com  for more information.
Touch of Green
Students may wear green accessories   with their school uniform   (no jeans) Tuesday, March 17 , in celebration of the feast of St. Patrick. Accessories include socks, pins, necklaces, etc. No fingernail polish, wigs or hair color please.  
Red for St. Joseph
Thursday, March 19, is an out of uniform day. Jeans, khakis or a thletic pants can be worn and our students will be encouraged to wear red to school. Leggings should not be worn as pants but are acceptable under a skirt or dress.
From the Library: 
Congratulations and thank you to the recent members of the Library Birthday Book Club. 

 They are: Mary Hoffman, Liam Hughs, Jameson Michaud, Elena Montero, William Nagel, Xavier Novak, Ellie Owen, Aven Payne, Griffin Payne, Maren Ritter, Sophia Senger, Olivia Tolin, Gianna Vale, and Charlie Walker. Happy Birthday! The books you donated are great!
Donate Flowers & Join Us for St. Joseph Feast:
March 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Parish Hall
This celebration is open to all families and the community at no charge, though there will be a free-will offering. One part of the rich history of this feast is to have a beautifully decorated alter. For that, we will need your support again this year. 

We would appreciate any donation of flowers to decorate our tables and alter. We will be collecting these flowers in the atrium on Wednesday, March 18 th and Thursday morning. Buckets with water will be there for loose bouquets, and if your arrangement has a vase, it can be set on the table next to them. Please do not donate vases that you would like back, as these flowers are generally taken to nursing homes when we are finished with them. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Behrle at Ryanlaura.behrle@yahoo.com
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! 

March 13: Praying for 7th grade & Lunch Volunteers
March 20: Praying for 8th grade & Maintenance/Custodial 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. 
Play Tennis:
All girls grades 6-8 who are interested in playing tennis this spring please contact Melissa Kolb at  midwestroots@gmail.com  or
Registration for sports is done through Orgsonline.com . Use code 172OLMC-IN to create your family account. For more informatoin visit the OLMC Sports webpage at: https://www.olmc1.org/registration
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
Tuesday, March 17, 8-10 am
Come see us during a school day Open House! Learn more about our Fine Arts and Atheltics opportunities, meet our Guidance Department, take small group tours to visit classrooms of choice from engineering, theology, history, math and more!  
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org

March 12-14, 19-21 7 pm
$12/adults, $7/students
Tickets on sale at GuerinCatholic.org. 
*If a member of your party has a Nest Pass to use, please contact Caroline Van Atter at  cvanatter@guerincatholic.org .

Descriptions, fees and registration for our summer athletic and enrichment camps, and Camp Invention® are now available. Campers receive an exclusive Nest Pass for free admission to our 2020-21 Athletic and Fine Arts events. Register today at  GuerinCatholic.org .

Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-21 school year. 
Apply at  GuerinCatholic.org

This one-week HSPT summer prep course prepares students for test taking, including study tips and techniques and good habits. Students will take an actual HSPT on Friday of the course. This test will fulfill the HSPT requirement for application to Guerin Catholic and other schools using the HSPT. Students will benefit from spending time on our 72-acre campus, all while meeting staff and current students who will share thoughts on what it takes to be a successful high school student.

Cost: $95
June 15-19 or July 13-17
Morning (9 am - 12 pm) and afternoon (1-4 pm) sessions available during both weeks.
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org
Stop the Bleed -Free Course:
Wednesday, April 1 6-7:30 PM
Trinity Free Clinic (In the Matthew 25 Center)
This course teaches how to pack wounds, apply pressure and use tourniquets.

Space is Limited - Reservation Required