A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
March 4, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  I would like to thank all of those parents who attended our Fine Arts Night last Thursday.  The night was certainly a success. The students’ artwork was so beautifully showcased, and the Raider Band and Choir shared their God-given musical talents with us.  In particular, I would like to thank Miss Rancourt, Mrs. Hinshaw, Mrs. Amy Quinn, and Mrs. Cortnie Twilla who so generously dedicated a great deal of their time to this evening.

Now that February is over, we are hoping that the incidence of colds, flu, and stomach viruses will decrease.  Mrs. Wignot’s office has been frequented often by many ill students; many of those students are children who had been out sick the day before.  On behalf of Mrs. Wignot, I humbly ask that if students are not feeling well in the morning and have been sick the day before, please keep them home for an extra day.  We want to maintain good health for the rest of the students in our classrooms, and our desire is for our sick students to have an extra day to rest so they can recover fully.  Also, if a child has a fever, it is our policy that he/she cannot return to school until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without being on any medications that reduce fevers.  The same is true for vomiting; even if a child vomits early in the morning on one day and is fine for the rest of the day, that child cannot return to school the day after, even if the child has a field trip, a class party, or a sporting event that he/she doesn’t want to miss.  Thank you for your support and understanding!

We are all aware that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been highlighted daily in the news.  Thankfully, we have had no confirmed or suspected cases of this particular virus in our school.  However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have encouraged schools to take adequate measures to prepare for potential disruptions due to the possible spread of this virus.  OLMC School will continue to work closely with local and state health organizations to do what we can to keep our students safe and healthy. If we would have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow the directives of these organizations and communicate to our parents the next steps we would take.  We are fortunate that we have had past experience with instituting E-Learning Days, and that students and teachers alike are comfortable utilizing these days for off-campus instruction.

Our maintenance and custodial staff continue to be attentive to cleaning and sanitizing areas and spaces that are shared among many people, such as doorknobs, counters, desks, chairs, bathroom fixtures, etc.  Our teachers and staff are working together to disinfect classrooms and are reminding students to practice proper hygiene.

If you would like more information on COVID-19, here are a few resources that you might be interested in:

Indiana State Department of Health: https://www.in.gov/isdh/
Tips for keeping students germ-free at school: click here

During this Lenten season, we pray for those people, young and old, who are suffering from debilitating illness.  May their spirits be raised and may they receive a complete restoration of their health soon. 

In Mary, health of the sick,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
6 Movie Night Grades 3 & 4 Grade 5:45-8PM PH
8 Daylight Savings Time begins
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
20 3rd Grade Wax Museum 9:15-10:30am PH
20 Math Bee 1:45pm PH

Geography Bee :
Congratulations to Jude Hubner, 8th grade, who qualified for the Indiana State Geographic Bee based on his performance on the qualifying test, which put him in the top 100 in the state. This is the third time that Jude will represent OLMC in the State Bee. Way to go Jude--we are very proud of you. The State Bee will be held on Friday, March 27 on the IUPUI campus.
OLMC Volunteer Spotlight
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

Our spotlight this week is on Stephanie Lesher.  Click here to learn about Stephanie.
A HEARTFELT thank you to all the students in kindergarten through 5 th grade who participated in this years Jump Rope for Heart event! Mrs. King and Mrs. Gardener love sharing this program with the kids which so beautifully teaches them how to take care of their heart! The number one emphasis is KINDNESS, followed by 60 minutes of daily exercise, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, avoiding tobacco/vaping, and decreasing sodium in their diet.

Beyond the educational component of the program, is the option to participate in the service opportunity and fundraise for the American Heart Association. 

This year, our top fundraisers were the Outzs sisters! Lily (5th) raised $500, Cate (2nd) and Tess (K) each raised $500! Teddy Rigg (2 nd) raised $250. The following students all raised $100 or more: Nicholas Hruskocy (2 nd), Megan Gater (2 nd), Jameson Michaud (3 rd), Gianna Bedford and John Collins (both 2 nd graders).

Last Chance! Free T-Shirts!
We Need To Know Size(s) today!!
During Catholic Schools Week, the children were asked to submit ideas for a school wide t-shirt. We had many wonderful ideas turned in. The winning slogan is "LEARN, PRAY, TRUST, OLMC" submitted by Chika Ohale & Katie Wendt. Every child (K-8) will be receiving a free t-shirt with the slogan to wear one day the week before ILearn testing starts. ILearn testing starts April 20 for grades 3-8. Please provide a shirt size for each of your children (K-8) child below. If you have more than one child, please complete this form for each child.

Please keep Scrip in mind with Easter & Spring Break fast approaching.

Attn Junior High: March 1 is the last day for Scrip purchases (7th and 8th grade families)to be applied to the DC trip. That means...

  • Thursday, February 27 is the last carpool sale before the deadline.
  • Friday, February 28 is the last day to order physical cards online (will be delivered on Wednesday March 4).
  • Sunday, March 1 is the last day to order ScripNow for credit for the DC trip.

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.
Support Our Raiders!
Tonight at 7:15pm
It is the last game of the season for the 8 th  Grade Blue team-Girl's Volleyball in the OLMC GYM.

We would love to have everyone come to cheer them on!
Movie Night for 3rd and 4th Grade: March 6! 5:45-8PM PH
Come in your PJ’s or cozy clothes to enjoy watching “Night at the Museum” with your friends! Pizza, candy, popcorn, snack and drinks included. Doors open at 5:45pm and pick up is at 8pm. 

Please sign up at the link below and send in $5 to the school office to save your spot!

E-mail Sarah Sansone at sarahsansone@gmail.com  if you have any questions.

Notes from the Nurse:
We are still seeing several different viral illnesses, including influenza A & B, going throughout the school. If your child is too ill to come to school in the morning, we respectfully request that you keep them home all day.

Please click here for an important recall notice for some popular Contigo water bottles.
Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub Spirit Day is Wednesday, March 11th!!
Our next dining fundraiser is coming fast! On March 11th, join us 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 schooll.
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 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. 
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
Thursday-Saturday 7pm
March 12-14, 19-21
Tickets on sale starting March 6 at  GuerinCatholic.org
*If a member of your party has a Nest Pass to use, please contact Caroline Van Atter at  cvanatter@guerincatholic.org .

From cookie decorating to performing arts, basketball to soccer, Camp Purple is your destination for summer fun! 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

Tuesday, March 17, 8-10 am
Parents are invited to a school day Open House where they will hear from students, administrators and our Guidance Department, take a tour and visit classrooms of their choice from engineering, theology, history, sports marketing and more! 
Register 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