A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
November 6, 2019
Dear Parents,

As I reflect on the myriad activities that took place last week, I cannot help but express my gratitude to parents who assisted at the fall parties, gathered together for our costume parade, and celebrated All Saints Day by attending 8 am Mass with the entire school community. What an amazing faith-filled community we are blessed to have! The OLMC teachers and staff were so thankful for the PTO mothers who arranged for a delightful luncheon last Thursday; the decorations were so tastefully and creatively done and the warm, delicious meal was the perfect fit for such a cool autumn day. Also, I am thankful for all of our mothers and fathers who attended the Parent/Teacher Conferences. Those meetings always bear much fruit and unite teachers and parents in the common good of each child. Thank you for being active participants in your children’s education and for intentionally partnering with us as we all strive to meet the needs of each child.

Blessings on your week!
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
8 PTO Board Meeting 9am
12 Blaze Pizza OLMC Spirit Day
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
30 Second Half of Book Bill Payment due (see below for more information)
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.
Feast Day Cookie Days:
There are 2 more days this month in which students can purchase Feast Day Cookies. Cookies are 50¢ each with a maximum of 2 cookies per student. Please make sure you have enough funds in your students lunch accounts to cover all of their lunches and cookies during the month of November.

Cookie Days:
8 & 22

Raider gear...Shop for the holidays! 
Online store closes this Sunday, Nov 10!
This is the last chance to order before Christmas - get your holiday shopping done now!

All orders will be delivered to the school the week of Dec 2. 
Our next Spirit Day dining fundraiser is next Tuesday!!
Tuesday, Nov 12
Please join us at Blaze Pizza for our Spirit Day on Tuesday, November 12th in support of our school. Come out and enjoy pizza that's built on their made-from-scratch dough. You pick what goes on the pizza, it gets fast fire'd, then it's ready to eat! Blaze will generously donate 20% of the total sales to our school.

You  MUST  present the flyer either on paper or your phone.

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser. We appreciate everything you do to make OLMC a fantastic school for our kids!

Important Lunch News for Next 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 that 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.
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

  • 24-hour flash bonuses going on now until October 25
  • $5 and $10 gift cards available online (not in stock at carpool)
  Visit shopwithscrip.com for details and participating retailers

Cold & Flu season is upon us - buy Walgreens & CVS SCRIP to buy all of your over the counter or prescription medications.

SCRIP sales every Thursday 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 .
  • Don't forget to drop off your donations at the Merciful HELP Center this week. 
  • All donations should be in no later than Sunday, November 10. 
  • We are still in need of cash donations to purchase turkeys, produce, eggs, and milk. 
  • We also desperately need drivers to deliver food to families on Saturday, November 16. There are multiple time slots throughout the morning and the whole process from pickup to delivery to family should take about 1 hour. 
  • We currently have over 100 volunteer spots available for drivers!!! 

Through your generous support, we will make Thanksgiving brighter for 500 families in our community. God Bless You for you help!
Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment is not due this year until Nov 30.  Historically, it has been due the day of Parent/Teacher conferences. This date was changed to Nov. 30 last year.

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.
Nurses Notes:

Prevention is the best medicine. Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, wash your hands, cover your cough and keep your hands away from your face.

If your child is going to be absent from school, please email attendance@olmc1.org by 9am. Please refer to page 25 of the Family Policy Guide for reasons to keep your child home from school due to illness. Page 11 outlines the Make Up Work guidelines for each grade level.

Box Top Update:
Our fall submission for box tops earned the school $221.60.

Make sure you download the new BoxTops for Education App on your phone. The new system allows you to just take a picture of your receipt and it will calculate how many Box Top items you purchased. No more cutting!

Lost & Found
Check the picture to see if anything belongs to your family.
Lots of new items this week. 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 8 Praying for 2nd grade and the resource staff
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. 
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

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.  

  • 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.  

$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:
Financial Aid Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Apply online at GuerinCatholic.org

Upcoming Prospective Parent Breakfasts
Come see us during the school day!
This week! Thursday, November 7th, 8-10 am
Thursday, December 5th, 8-10 am 
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org
FALL 2019 High School Placement Test Dates
One remaining!   Saturday, December 7, 8:30 am - 12 pm 
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Trivia Night 
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Doors open at 6 pm
Trivia Starts at 7 pm
Over 21 event
Join us for Guerin Catholic High School Parent Guild's Annual Trivia Night!
Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more information. Registration ends November 12!