A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
November 20, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

As we approach the feast of Thanksgiving, I would like to extend my gratitude particularly to David Koch, Tom Dooley, and the rest of the committee members who worked tirelessly to organize the Sapphire and Gold Gala on November 8. This event was a huge success, and I am thankful that the Gala raised thousands of dollars to purchase new gym curtains for the school. Now that sufficient funds have been procured, our brand-new curtains are expected to be installed this coming January. I attended the Gala that evening, and I am well aware that there were donors who bid money towards our gym curtains who do not even have children or grand-children who attend OLMC School. Needless to say, I was truly touched by the selflessness and spirit of generosity that motivated these kind people to donate to our school. Thank you, OLMC parish!

Back in September, I wrote to you regarding the challenges the school was facing in terms of our lunch program. After much reflection and analysis, the OLMC administration has determined that we will no longer be partnering with Aladdin Food Services. Last month, a few PTO mothers researched other lunch programs with whom we could possibly partner, and we have chosen to utilize a company called Campus Cuisine. This food service provider has been serving schools for over 20 years, and they work with nearby vendors that would deliver food to the school. We hope to work with Campus Cuisine starting some time next semester unless something unanticipated happens between now and then. We will keep you updated on new developments involving our new lunch program in future Messages from the Mount. The OLMC school administration also plans on hosting an informative meeting for our parents some time in December or early January, and we are committed to assisting you in making the transition to our new lunch program go as smoothly as possible.  

In this Thanksgiving season, may our hearts swell with a spirit of gratitude so that we may all accurately see the immensity of blessings with which the Lord bestows upon us each and every day.

In the goodness of God,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
November
20 A.L.I.C.E. Drill 2-2:15pm
21 1st Grade Thanksgiving Feast
25 5th Grade Biztown
26
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 .   Applications will be accepted through December 9.

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.
Gratitude:
Many thanks to the OLMC school staff, students and parents who assisted with the Merciful HELP Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive program this year. We appreciate all of your efforts to make this ministry a success. With your kind and generous support, we provided 500 families with food and other necessities to help them enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!! Thank you!!
Raider Pride:
Basketball:
Congratulations to both the 56B & 56C Girls' Basketball team for placing runner ups in their respective City Championship Games this past weekend!

56B Team Members:
Lillian Behrle, Caroline Ford, Anna Maynard, Lilly Outzs, Christina Sawyer, Tori Tigges, Kara Van Woerkom, Brinna Wolf and Sydney Woodward.

56C Team Members:
Arlynn Edwin, Gia Ferrettie, Vera Griffin, Mary Catherine Koscal, Chikanma Ohale, London Payne, Abigail Quigley, Rowen Walbridge and Ruari Walbridge.
Robotics:
The OLMC “Raider Builders” competed in the Indianapolis tournament and earned the Core Values Award for demonstrating teamwork, gracious professionalism, and an inspiring spirit.   They were selected as one of three teams to advance to the First LEGO League Southern Indiana State competition.

The Raider Builders FLL team:
Nathan Jan Cabacungan, Bryan Guerrero-Vazquez, Kiernan Harrington, Colin Harrington, Evan Meier, Sophia Meier, Chioma Ohale, Hailey Steffen, Michael Steffen
 
The OLMC “Raider Fixin8tors” competed in the Kokomo tournament and received the Champions Award for overall performance in the Innovation Project, Robot Game and Core Values.  The team also earned the First Place Robot Performance Award.  The Raider Fixin8tors’ Innovation Project was nominated for the Global Innovation Award.  They were selected as one of four teams to advance to the Northern Indiana State competition.

The Raider Fixin8tors FLL team: 
Ashton Burch, Peter Harrington , Alex McMinn, Jacob Meier, Robert Nies, Elizabeth Nies, Madeline Nies, Shane Ohale, Nicholas Staub

The OLMC VEX IQ Robotics Team, the Awesome Androids, won the Heritage Christian Tournament.

The Awesome Androids team:
Sam Denault, Tiffany Dickerson, Ben Durkee, Arlynn Ratchanya Edwin, Ayden Fehr, Oliver Morse,
Eze Ohale, Rhea Princy, Aramis Zawadski

The Force Masters and the Raider Jedis participated in the IndySouth FLL Jr Expo. this year at Center Grove Middle School. The Force Masters team won Most Creative Model and t he Raider Jedis Team won Best Model Design.
 
Force Masters Team Members are:
Owen Drapp, Braydon Fisher, Luke Keller, Calvin Quinn, Casey Quinn, Tess Ristic, Brendan Stutey,
Connor Stutey, Weston Twilla and Nick Warn.
 
Raider Jedis Team Members are:
Lincoln Chaffin, John Collins, Jonah Dennison, Luca Dennison, Nathan Durkee, George Hauser,
Luke Meier, Gabe Morse, Jay Parker and Alex Vasquez
A.L.I.C.E. Drill
Today, we had our A.L.I.C.E. safety drill. The school went into "lockdown" mode from 2-2:15pm. During this drill, students and staff members practiced our lockdown procedures. Our students and staff did a fantastic job in following the expectations for the drill. Safety is always an important part of our culture here at OLMC , and we sincerely thank you for your continued support of our safety procedures and drills. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tim Fletcher- fletchert@olmc1.org
 
Volleyball Grades 4-8- Did you miss evaluations?
Girls VB makeup evaluation date: tomorrow , November 21 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the OLMC gym.

Boys VB - No Evaluations- teams done by grade level
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.
Charity Dollar Jeans Day:
Tuesday, Nov 26
The Student Council is sponsoring a Charity Dollar Jeans Day.

Students may wear jeans or khakis & Spirit Wear (OLMC/Raider shirt, blue or yellow shirt) if they bring in a dollar to donate. Donations will go to the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.  
 
Please refer to the Family Policy Guide pg. 32 regarding Out of Uniform guidelines for Spirit Days. 
Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment is due Nov 30 which falls during Thanksgiving break.

Send check into school office by Tuesday, Nov 26 or mail to OLMC Attn: Book Bill Payment 14598 Oak Ridge Rd Carmel, IN 46032.


Please check your records to check the balance of what your family owes toward your Book Bill Payment.

Email Jennifer Seaman at seamanj@olmc1.org or Val Alvarez in the church office at alvarezv@olmc1.org if you need your balance due.

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 .
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 22 Praying for 4th grade and the Computer & Library staff
Location: Maria Myers' home

December 6 Praying for 5thd grade and the Phys. Ed teachers & Athletic Directors
Location TBD
         
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. 
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 High School News:
ADMISSIONS NEWS
ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS!
Application deadlines are quickly approaching!  
Submit your online application and supporting documents by Sunday, December 15.
 
FINANCIAL AID
Guerin Catholic has expanded their financial aid offerings and we invite you to apply now or reach out to Andy Cowen, Tuition & Financial Aid Specialist, at acowen@guerincatholic.org , or 317-582-0120 x 207, with your specific questions.
 
THIS WEEKEND!
Guerin Gathering
Sunday, November 24 6:30-8 pm
Join us at a casual in-home Guerin Gathering to learn more about Guerin Catholic! Hosted in the home of Dan and Denise Thompson, current Guerin Catholic and Our Lady of Grace parents.   Register at GuerinCatholic.org
 
SAVE THE DATE!
FUTURE GOLDEN EAGLE ATHLETICS INFO NIGHT
Friday, December 6
5:30 pm - Qdoba Dinner
6-6:45 pm - Program
7:30 pm - Tip Off Boys Basketball Guerin Catholic vs. Roncalli
Want to learn more about the athletic opportunities at Guerin Catholic? Join Athletic Director Ryan Davis, coaches and student athletes for a casual, information night for prospective families to learn more about what it means to be a Golden Eagle athlete.  Registration coming soon at GuerinCatholic.org
 
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST
Saturday, December 7  Final testing opportunity!
8:30 am - 12 pm
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
Stop the Bleed Class:
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Health Department
18030 Foundation Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060
SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This is a FREE Course!
To Register click on the link below.