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November 13, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  The wintry weather that settled this week has really kept us on our toes.  The Lord certainly loves to surprise us! At this time, I’d like to share with you once again our inclement weather policy.  Parents will receive a communication through School Messenger in the early morning if I decide the school would be on a delayed schedule or closed altogether.  If the administration decides that the school will be having an E-Learning Day, the teachers will post their lessons that morning on Edmodo by 9 am. If I do not make a decision to schedule a delay or close the school and you feel that driving your children to school would compromise the safety of your family, please keep your children home; your children’s absences will be excused.  I never want any OLMC parents to feel pressured to bring their children to school when they judge that the roads are treacherous. My guiding principle is always safety first.

On another note, we have many events occurring at Our Lady at the end of this week.  On Thursday, we look forward to the Guerin Catholic Day of Service and then on Friday, our students will be partnering with the Merciful Help Center to participate in the annual setup of Thanksgiving baskets.  Sixth graders will assemble Thanksgiving boxes on Friday morning so the families’ food donations can be delivered by generous parishioners on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, fourth and fifth graders will be braving the chilly weather as they use shopping carts to transport food items back and forth from the Merciful Help Center to the school.  Today I specifically ask 4th and 5th grade parents who are protocoled to please consider taking some time on this Friday afternoon to monitor these students’ trips from the school over to the Merciful Help Center. Assisting with the Thanksgiving baskets is certainly worth your time. Serving our neighbors in need is truly a privilege, and what more entertaining way is there to actualize your love for the poor than by working together with excited children who are driving shopping carts?   I warn you, though, that you might get a little glimpse of your child’s driving abilities and find yourself immensely grateful to God that your child has a good five to six more years before he will be driving the family car! Needless to say, our students always have so much fun during the Thanksgiving Basket setup day. If you are a 4th or 5th grade parent and have some time to donate from 12:30- 3:00 pm, please sign up using this link. I know Jayne Slayton and the Merciful Help Center will be very appreciative!


Blessings on your week!
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
November
15 2nd Quarter Midterm grade cutoff
15 Thanksgiving Basket Setup in PH all day
20 A.L.I.C.E. Drill 2-2:15pm
21 1st Grade Thanksgiving Feast
25 5th Grade Biztown
27-29 No School - Thanksgiving Break
30 Second Half of Book Bill Payment due (see below for more information)

December
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
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 .   

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.
Important Lunch News for Friday, Nov 15
Due to the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center using the Parish Hall for the Thanksgiving Basket set-up on Friday, Nov 15 - the students will eat lunch in the classrooms that day.

Lunch will be a sub-sack deli sandwich that day or PB&J sandwich.
Milk, water & ala carte items will be available.

If you have plans to join your child for lunch Friday, you may want to consider an alternate day as there is not as much space in the classrooms for parents to join for lunch.
Weather Closings/Delays & Outside Recess:
In the event of school needs to be delayed or closed due to weather, power outage, etc:
  • The decision to delay, cancel or have an e-Learning day ordinarily will be made by 6:00 am.
  • You will receive an automated telephone call & email.
  • Closings & delays are also published on the local TV stations: ABC/RTV6, WTHR/TV 13, WISH/TV 8 & FOX/TV 59.
  • OLMC School does not necessarily follow Carmel Clay Schools or Guerin Catholic. Please check for OLMC School specifically.

Outdoor Recess - please make sure your children wear coats, hats & gloves:
  • Students in grades 1-6 go outside for recess daily.
  • Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for the weather.
  • We have outdoor recess if the temperature is 15 degrees or higher (including wind chill) and there is little or no precipitation or ice on the blacktop.

The complete policy for weather closings/delay & E-Learning days can be found in the Family Policy Guide on pg 21. The complete policy for Recess can be found on pg 33.
MHC Garage Sale:
November 14 & 15, 8 a.m. - Noon; Old Convent (115 W. 146th St.)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! And we have a lot of treasures from hundreds of family donations. Bikes, bar stools, dining room tables, games, clothes, and more. Most items are $1. All proceeds will go to the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center. Please park in the MHC parking lot or behind the OLMC School gym. You can enter anytime from the back or the garage.
A.L.I.C.E. Drill
On Wednesday, November 20th Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School will perform an A.L.I.C.E. safety drill. The school will go into "lockdown" mode from 2-2:15pm. During this drill, students and staff members will practice our lockdown procedures. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tim Fletcher- fletchert@olmc1.org
 

SCRIP News:
The local Granite City has closed. If you have a Granite City gift card, please email them at GiftCardOrders@gcfb.net to request a refund. Please provide the gift card numbers on the back of the card. Please also provide your address so they can mail you the refund.



  • There is a new Hallmark store next to Shoe Carnival in Village Park Plaza! Scrip carries Hallmark cards in both physical cards and e-gift cards. A great place for holiday shopping!
  • Whether you are planning holiday travel or thinking about your spring break adventure, please know that Southwest and American Airlines offer Scrip cards. Many hotels (including airbnb) participate in the Scrip program. Disney and Carnival Cruises also participate in Scrip!!
  • We have Sears cards in stock, so if you will be shopping at Sears online this holiday season, please consider purchasing the 4 $25 cards that we have in stock.
  • With Star Wars and Frozen II out in theaters soon, you know you'll be heading to the movies! Regal single tickets (we have 5 in stock) and $25 gift cards are available in stock at carpool/atrium sales. You can purchase Fandango cards as well (we have 3 $25 cards in stock)
  • We will have carpool/atrium sales each Tuesday and Thursday in December to assist you with your Christmas shopping needs! 

SCRIP sales every Thursday in November at The Rock (weather permitting) In the event of rain, we will move inside to the atrium. 

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 .
Knock One Off of Your To-Do List for the Holidays:     
Due November 26
The PTO would like to make giving our teachers & staff Christmas gifts easy for you again this year. 
 
We will be collecting money to purchase each teacher their favorite SCRIP cards. All you need to do is fill out the Contribution Form sent home with your youngest child today or click here to print one.
 
Make checks payable to OLMC PTO and return in an envelope marked "Teacher Contribution" to the school office by Nov 26.
Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment is due Nov 30.

Of course, we will always accept payments early. Please check your records to check the balance of what your family owes toward your Book Bill Payment.

Email Val in the church office at alvarezv@olmc1.org if you need your balance due.
Lost & Found
Check the picture to see if anything belongs to your family.

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! 
 
November 15 Praying for 3rd grade and the Spanish, Music & Art teachers
Location: TBD

November 22 Praying for 4th grade and the Computer & Library staff
Location: Maria Myers' home
         
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. 
Volleyball Grades 4-8:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is proud to host a CYO Volleyball for girls and boys entering 4th-8th grades.  CYO Volleyball has grown to one of our largest sports! Registration is open through November 19th for the 2020 winter season. If you are interested in coaching volleyball this coming season please contact our commish  Sean Dunlavy . Register at www.orgsonline.com . (Visit https://www.olmc1.org/registration for directions)

Girl's Information
Upcoming Volleyball Deadlines:
Girl's- 4th-8th Grades: Registration is open through Nov. 19th

Evaluations:
Friday, Nov. 15th @OLMC Gym
  • 4th graders; 3:45-5pm
  • 5th graders; 5-6:30pm
Sunday, November 17th @OLMC Gym
  • 6th graders; 12-1:30pm
  • 7th graders; 1:30-3pm
  • 8th graders; 3-4:30pm

Boy's Information:
  • Volleyball Registration is open through November 19th (4th-8th grades)
  • No Evaluations- teams done by grade level
Beginning Band is Finally Starting!!
Miss Rancourt is very excited to announce that it is time to get the band program up and running again! 

For all Beginning Band members:
  • Call-Out Meeting is November 19, from 5-7pm in the music room.
  • Paige’s Music representatives will be present to do mouthpiece testing and help the students choose an instrument. 
  • While students are being matched with instruments, Miss Rancourt will be speaking with parents about how the program works, expectations, etc. and will be available for questions.  

Rehearsal Schedule
Mondays & Wednesdays after school: 3:20-4:00

*Students do not have to choose between Band & Mr. Rund’s choir. They can do both! Students will go straight from band and join in the rehearsal with Mr. Rund. Mr. Rund & Miss Rancourt will continue to be in communication to ensure this is a smooth transition for any students this affects.  

Expectations:
  • Band members are required to: 
  • Practice at home daily
  • Attend all performances and rehearsals
  • Have and maintain a good quality instrument 
  • Purchase Essential Elements for Band, Book 1. Students renting from Paige’s will receive this in their starter packs.  

There will be NO supervision after 4:00. Parents are expected to make arrangements for their child to be picked up from school at this time.  

Cost:   
$200 for the year. This fee covers: tuition, sheet music, band t-shirt, contest fees. This does not cover instrument repair, instrument parts, or bus fees.  
All checks should be made out to: OLMC School with “Band Fee” in the memo line and sent to the front office. 

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 News:
ADMISSIONS NEWS
ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS! Application deadlines are quickly approaching!  
Financial Aid Application deadline - Sunday, December 1
Priority Placement Application deadline -  Sunday, December 15
All supporting application documents are due by December 15th. 
Apply online at  GuerinCatholic.org .

GOLDEN EAGLE FOR A DAY SHADOW OPPORTUNITY
Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more information and to register.
December and January dates are filling up fast!

PROSPECTIVE PARENT BREAKFAST
Thursday, December 5, 8-10 am
Parents  are invited to spend a morning getting to know Guerin Catholic. 
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST
Saturday, December 7  Final testing opportunity!
8:30 am - 12 pm
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .

PROSPECTIVE PARENT TUESDAY TOUR
Tuesday, December 10
Arrive anytime between 8-9 am for a tour. 
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .