A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
May 13, 2020
Dear OLMC Families,

Happy feast of Our Lady of Fatima! As the end of the year approaches, I have many announcements to share:

  • Retirement: Mrs. Pliley and Mrs. Pitcock are retiring this year after so many years of dedicated service to Our Lady. Mrs. Pliley has served as a Catholic school teacher for 35 years, and Mrs. Pitcock for 25 years. We are so grateful for the thousands of hours they devoted to providing a well-rounded education for countless students, especially in the area of literacy. We wish them a most blessed time of retirement! 

  • Mrs. Steckler, one of our first grade teachers, will be moving to Maryland this summer. Her husband was accepted into graduate school and now Mrs. Steckler will bring her teaching gifts to another classroom next year. Mrs. Steckler, we are so grateful for your two years of service at Our Lady, and we wish you the best with your third grade class next year!

  • Full-Day Kindergarten: I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our full-day kindergarten program for next year. OLMC School will be offering two full-day classes as well as a morning and afternoon kindergarten class. Mrs. Pike will continue to teach the half-day classes, and Mrs. McCain will teach one of the full-day classes. Presently, we are looking to hire another person to be the lead teacher for the other full-day class. Mrs. Balcer, Mrs. Powers, and Mrs. Gould will continue to assist our kindergarten teachers as aides.  

  • Last Day of School: Friday, May 29. There will be 3 events offered to students on this day.  

  • OLMC Talent Show: Miss Malone, Miss Rancourt, Mrs. Hinshaw, and the Fine Arts Committee have spent a great deal of time organizing for a virtual Talent Show. Links to that show will be sent to all school families before the show. The exact times will be determined.

  • Final Class Zoom: Teachers will host a final half-our Zoom activity to say good-bye.

  • Last Day of School Carpool (optional):  May 29 @ 2:45-3:30 pm. OLMC School intends to follow our long-standing tradition of celebrating the last day of school with a festive carpool line. However, we will need to take the proper precautions such as social distancing in order to do so. All families, therefore, will stay in their cars and drive slowly down the carpool line and wave good-bye to the teachers who will be lining the way. Carpool would end up looking more like a parade. We will also open up the sports field parking lot at this time to allow for parents to drop off used uniforms and to turn in textbooks and library books that students took home with them in March. There will also be a station where PTO representatives will be handing out the students’ T-shirts. More details about this event will be forthcoming. Only two more weeks of school; we can do this!

  • Registration: Lastly, a link for registration was sent out to all families last week. Please remember to follow that link and register your children before the end of the week. We want to keep a spot for all of our OLMC students next year before we open up spots to new families; the deadline is Friday, May 15. Blessings on your week!

In Mary, queen of families,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
May
13-14 E-Learning Days
19-21 E-Learning Days
21 Jr. High Awards Ceremony - watch for more details soon!
26-28 E-Leaning Days
29 Last Day of School for all K-8!

Virtue of the Month for May
Zeal: Being driven by an intense love for God

Examples for us: St. Paul, St. Dominic & St. Francis Xavier
Back To School Registration Due Friday!
Due this Friday, May 15
Thank you to the 56% that have completed Back-to-school Registration for your returning students.

An email went out May 6 with a link to complete the Back-to-School Registration forms for the 2020-2021 school year. The email is from noreplyregistration@powerschool.com.

If your family or a child will not be returning to OLMC for the 2020-2021 school year, please email Sr. Maria Benedicta at olmcprincipal@olmc1.org or the school office at olmcschool@olmc1.org. We have several grades with waiting lists.

Forms must be completed online by May 15 for each child planning to attend OLMC School for the 2020-2021 school year.

For families with returning students in grades1-8: If you do not receive your email, just Log into your Parent Powerschool account & click on the Registration 2020-2021 Icon (all the way at bottom in left hand column). You should be able to register all of your currently enrolled students in K-8.

For families with a returning Kindergarten (rising 1st grader) that do not have older siblings in the school: you will need your email with link & your child's snapcode.

For all incoming Kindergarten students: you will need the email with link & your child's snapcode.

A $50 per family fee is also required and due (or postmarked) by May 15.
  • Make checks payable to OLMC.
  • Write registration fee in the memo line.
  • Please mail checks to the school office:
OLMC School
Attn: Registration
14596 Oak Ridge Rd
Carmel, IN 46032

If you are registering a child for Full Day Kindergarten, this $50 fee was part of your deposit so no further payment is due for your family at this time.
Celebrating OLMC's 8th Grade Class of 2020!
Please join us over the next several weeks as we recognize our students on our Facebook school page! Click here to go to Facebook. We will recognize and highlight five 8th grade students each week day from now until the end of the school year.

**8th grade parents special note: pages are being posted based on the order in which your permission, for the school to share your students page, was received. If you have not already granted permission for your 8th grader, please click here for the link . Go Raiders!
May Online "Carpool" Rosary:
Today at 3:15
Each Wednesday in May at 3:15PM

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."

The power of the rosary is present here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel more than ever and a special May devotion is a beautiful way to invite Mary's continued love into our homes. 

Would you and your children be part of this power by connecting with us at the end of our school day, this Wednesday, and praying the "online" carpool rosary from your own homes? 

You will not need to bring anything because all rosary prayers and the link to the online community will be found and will be visible on your screen as you participate with the rosary.  

See you at 3:15pm for roughly 15-20 minutes this and each Wednesday during this special month of May.

ZOOM Rosary Links:
OLMC Online Rosary #2 : May 13, 2020 03:15 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 771 2839 1566
Password: Rosary

OLMC Online Rosary #3 : May 20, 2020 03:15 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 758 0755 7853
Password: Rosary

OLMC Online Rosary #4 : May 27, 2020 03:15 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 770 8638 3538
Password: Rosary
Virtual Variety Show
Do you have any questions about the Talent Show OR want to see the features of using FlipGrid for your performances? Join us on the Zoom call on Friday at 1:00pm. Submit this  Google Form if interested in attending the Zoom Call. 

PTO News:
Your OLMC Parent Teacher Organization is already planning for next school year 2020/2021. 
Almost all the events are supported by parent volunteers from classroom events, socials, faith rally to community outreach programs. Anytime there is an event outside the classroom the PTO probably has a part in planning. 

To support these special events for your children we need your help! Please find attached a Google Form link below to get involved. Many events can be planned at home or simply sending in donations.  it is a great way to network with other parents and make new friends! I know I have formed many special relationships with parents and staff at OLMC.  Please note that your name will be forwarded to the chair of every committee you volunteer for so please only check the ones that you want to serve on.
 

Many Hands Make Light Work - THANK YOU so much for helping our students have an amazing school year! You are greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jane Ann Gaskill, jamg2395@gmail.com
SCRIP NEWS:
IMPORTANT SCRIP NEWS
With the last day of school now being earlier than originally planned,  our last day to earn your $25 book bill credit for the 2020-2021 school year is now Wednesday, May 27.    In order to receive this credit, your family must have accumulated $100 in Scrip rebates since July 1, 2019. This only applies to families with children in K-6. 7th & 8th grade families earn credit toward their 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.

Please contact Stephanie Lesher with any Scrip questions. Thank you for supporting OLMC School via Scrip purchases!

stephrufe@yahoo.com or text (317-446-1977).

Please note: We are not processing orders for any new physical gift cards until school is back in session.

OLMC Volunteer Spotlight:
Our spotlight this week is on Stephanie Zorger. Click here to learn about Stephanie.

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
Pre-Order School Supply Kits for 2020-2021
Why shop in-line when you can shop online?

This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the RISK of shopping in person in stores. Supplies will be delivered to school for pick-up in early August.

Shopping online with 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Clorox. So, with all the uncertainty this summer will bring, why not check school supply shopping off your list. Get started by clicking the link below:

End of Year Teacher/Staff Contribution:
It is hard to believe that we are already thinking about the end of this school year.
PTO set up a teacher gift fund on the Parish online giving website. This fund is for parents who want to give a gift to our school teachers. These gifts will be pooled together and each teacher will get their individual gift in SCRIP cards!
 
The donation includes all of the following Specials Teachers & Staff: Spanish, Art, Music, PE, Computer, Library, Resource, Enrichment, Front Office Staff including Principal and Assistant Principal, Nurse, Counselor, and Maintenance.

This link will be open through May 28, 2020. Click here to contribute now.

  • If you already have an online giving account, enter your Username & Password under "Existing Giver".
  • If you do not already have an account, there is an option to make a one-time payment.
  • If you create a new account, you can easily set up online giving if you wish to do so.
GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

CLASS OF 2020
The 176 members of the Class of 2020 have been accepted to over 160 colleges and universities and awarded over $22 million in scholarship awards.  Visit our Class of 2020 Senior Tribute page at  GuerinCatholic.org/seniors   to read more about this year's class of graduating Golden Eagles!  

ADMISSIONS NEWS
Applications for 2020-21 are still being accepted at  GuerinCatholic.org.  

NEXT WEEK: Prospective Family Webinar Series – Parent & Student Insights
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7-8 pm
Join Guerin Catholic students and parents for a straightforward discussion about what it means to be a Golden Eagle! Parents and students will share about their Guerin Catholic experience, why they chose GC, and how the Mission of the school has formed them. Register at GuerinCatholic.org.

Virtual Admissions Center
Our campus may be closed, but the Virtual Admissions Center is always open! 
Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  to chat with our Admissions staff or schedule a zoom call. Admissions staff are available to answer your questions anytime during the extended school closing.