A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
August 14, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

Happy first day of school!  Our brand-new school year has begun, and we are ready for fresh new graces to descend upon us in these next ten months.  On a personal level, it has been so delightful for me to see so many smiling faces this morning as the children were able to meet their new teachers and join up once again with old friends.  Their energy was positive and certainly contagious!

I would like to thank the PTO for hosting the annual parent reception down in the lower level of the Church this morning.  This event was set up beautifully and was well-attended. I hope all families, especially the new ones, feel welcomed into our school and parish community and know that the school looks forward to working with them and supporting them this year.  

I pray that your family’s transition back to school will continue to be peaceful, and I invite you to join us tomorrow at 8 am Mass in the Church as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This day is a holy day of obligation for Catholics, and so we will join together to commemorate the day when Our Lady ended her life on earth and was assumed into heaven, body and soul. I hope to see you there!

With prayers for a blessed year,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
August
14  All School Mass 2 p.m. church
15 Solemnity of the Assumption - students attend 8am Mass
16 PTO Board Meeting 9am HFR
20 Jr. High Parent Orientation Night 7p.m. - 9p.m. PH & classrooms
25 8th Grade CarWash 8:45a.m.-2p.m. Athletic Field Parking Lot - fundraiser for 8th
Grade class trip
27 Meet the Teacher Night grades 1-6 (see details below)
Family Policy Guide Signoff Form Due Aug 21
The PDF version of the FPG was emailed on August 1 but you can also access on the school website here: https://d2wldr9tsuuj1b.cloudfront.net/18071/documents/2019/8/FPG%202019-20.pdf
 
A bright yellow Family Policy Guide Sign-off Form is being sent home with your youngest child today. Please take some time as a family to go over the Family Policy Guide with your children, sign the form & return it to the school office by Wednesday, Aug 21.

Lunch Information

Click here to visit the Lunchroom-Dining page of the school website. The current lunch menu, pricing, food allergy information & safe snack guide are always posted!

The link to PayForIt.net & the parent lunch server schedule is posted here as well!
Feast Day Cookies Tomorrow!
Cookies at lunch:  Our lunch program provider, Aladdin, is offering cookies for sale to celebrate Catholic feast days. Each cookie is $0.50, and the maximum purchase is two cookies per sale. Please reinforce the practice that children cannot buy cookies for other children; they can only buy them for themselves. 

Payment for cookies will be made through the children's Pay For It lunch accounts (see below for more information about Pay For It accounts).

The first cookie sale will take place this Thursday for the Solemnity of the Assumption (8/15) and the last sale in August will be on Friday, August 23.

Lunch Accounts
The school cafeteria uses an online system called PayForIt.net. They are not able to accept cash payments. Your student must have a lunch account through PayForIt.net in order for them to make purchases.

New Families & Full Day Kindergarten parents were sent an email August 9 with instructions on how to create a new account. You will need your child's student ID number in order to create their account or add them to an existing family account.

Returning Families should update their account:
  • Add/Remove students: click on the add/view students tab
  • Add money to student accounts
  • Update auto-replenish - check the end date for new school year

*Please note that if you have a positive balance for a student that is no longer attending OLMC, please email Val Alvarez in the church office at alvarezv@olmc1.org. She can send you a refund or transfer the balance to another student.


All parents are expected to help serve lunch at least 3 times per year.

For ease of scheduling, we have assigned dates to you. Please click here to check the calendar for your families assigned date(s) and mark your calendar. If you are unable to fulfill your assigned date it is your responsibility to trade with another family. The online school directory on the Directory Spot App is a good tool to find contact information for a family assigned to dates that work better for you. Read more about Directory Spot below.
Recess Helpers Needed
Are you interested in earning a little extra spending money? We are looking for Playground Monitors to supervise the students during their recess time. The hours are from 11:00am to 12:25pm each day paid at $15.00 per day. Two Monitors are required each day (in addition to the classroom teachers that are assigned recess duty). We are currently in need of additional help on Monday, Tuesday & Friday.

Sisters' Pantry Shower: Aug 20-27
On Tuesday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 27, during Junior High Orientation and “Meet The Teacher Night” we will once again sponsor the annual “Sisters’ Pantry Shower” to benefit our own Dominican Sisters.  On your way in to Orientation and/or  “Meet The Teacher” drop off your family’s donation in the school atrium. SCRIP from Meijer & Walmart will also be available for sale in the atrium, and make excellent gifts for the Sisters so don’t forget your checkbook or wallet. Boxes will be available for donations of non-perishable food items, paper products, etc. If your last name starts with:
 
  • A-G: Please bring dishwasher powder, toothpaste, toilet paper (septic safe), healthy cereals, protein bars, Olive Oil or Oxiclean powder.
  • H-N: Please bring HE laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, coffee, black tea, almonds, pecans, canned tuna, or Real mayonnaise.
  • O-S: Please bring HE laundry detergent, tissues, toilet paper (septic safe), olive oil, pasta sauce (26 oz), aluminum foil or Ziploc freezer bags.
  • T-Z: Please bring soap bars (Dove), liquid hand soap refill, sandwich or quart size Ziploc bags, canned tomatoes (whole, diced, sauce, paste), peanut butter, ketchup, or granola bars.
        
Thank you for considering a gift to our Sisters and for supporting them through your generosity. What a great way to be Stewards for Christ! Any questions call Maria Bedford at 317-691-6544 or mariabedford11@gmail.com .
Get Involved In Our School
Here is your chance to get involved and continue to make OLMC a wonderful community!

As we all know, MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK! These activities truly help create a stronger community with fun and fulfilling activities for our students, parents and families. Thank you for taking the time to make our next school year a success. Provide your contact information and the grades of your children and mark where you would like to get involved and volunteer!!!

Thank you in advance and many blessings to you for all you do!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Gould, eelgould@gmail.com

Directory Spot

Directory Spot is the program for our electronic school family directory. 

You can access Directory Spot from any computer at www.DirectorySpot.net or search the app/play stores for Directory Spot (by Taydan Enterprises - icon looks like pic to the right) for your mobile devices.
 
An email with instructions was sent on August 7. Your email address is your username. If you had an account last year and have not changed your email, you should have the same password. Click on the password reset button to create a new account or to re-set an existing/forgotten password.
 
Please log into your account to make sure your family contact information is accurate.
 
If you have children attending Guerin Catholic High School - they use Directory Spot also. As long as you use the same email address as your username for both accounts, they will automatically link for you! Look for the "Schools" option in the lower right corner of the app on your phone.
Safe & Sacred/Protocol Training
Will you be volunteering in your child's classroom? Do you plan to chaperone a field trip? If so, make sure your Safe & Sacred Online training is current. This training must be done every 3 years.

Everyone who works with young people and/or vulnerable adults shares the responsibility of creating safe environments. We are all charged with treating life with the respect and dignity given to each of us by our God.Our policy at OLMC Parish & School, is for any adult working with children in any capacity at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School before, during or after the school day (including driving of the students to sporting events, girl scouts, boy scouts, etc.) is required to first complete "Safe & Sacred," the online safe environment training.

Car Wash Fundraiser!
Eighth Grade Car Wash
August 25th
8:45am-2:00pm
Please come support the 8th Grade trip to Washington D.C. All donations go directly to helping the 8th grade class afford their class trip to Washington D.C. in the spring!
Spirit Wear
The online shop is open through Sep 2.
Orders will be delivered to your child at school during the week of Sept 16-20.

Shop in person for in stock merchandise - stock is limited:
August 11 - 6:30 - 8 PM during Raider Roundup
August 27 - 5:30-7 PM during Meet the Teacher Night grades 1-6
Little Flowers Girls' Club
Attention parents of all K-3 girls   Are you looking for a fun, faith-focused club for your daughter? The  Little Flowers Girls’ Club  is a Catholic club in which girls learn about Catholic virtues through fun-filled activities that highlight the lives of the saints. 

Following the model of our namesake, St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower”, the girls learn how to practice virtuous works of kindness and charity to grow in their love for Jesus! 

Meetings will be held after school one Friday each month, September-May  from 3:20-4:45  in the lower level of the church.  Monthly meetings consist of snacks, games, crafts, music & occasional guest speakers; yearly activities include our Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mother-Daughter Tea.   

Registration will be completed at the Welcome Night this year, where the girls will meet their leaders, enjoy some pizza and complete a craft. Parents can come to mingle, get questions answered and complete registration.  Welcome Night is  on August 16th from 6-8pm  and we look forward to seeing you there!    Questions about registration and/or club information? Contact Haley Clark  hamounce@yahoo.com or Tammye Ballance  mrssvb@yahoo.com
Girls Volleyball-Register by Sunday, Aug 18
Calling all 2nd and 3rd grade girls!! The OLMC 2/3 volleyball league is about to begin. There is still time to sign up and participate. All are welcome. Please email Tim and Tina at  olmcsports@olmc1.org  if you would be willing to coach a team this year. Thank you! Go Raiders.........

2019 Season--Open
Registration is open through August 18, 2019. Register at www.orgsonline.com
(Directions for new families:  https://www.olmc1.org/registration )
  • Coach's Call-Out Meeting August 19th at 6:30pm in the school (meet in the atrium)
  • Practices begin the week of August 26th
  • Games: 2019 Games will begin on Saturday September 7th.
Football-Register by Aug 19
OLMC Football has a long standing tradition of excellence. All of our teams are coached by volunteers that dedicate their time and talent all for the Glory of God.

We offer flag football for children entering KG-2nd grade. If enough 2nd graders sign up, then we will create an all 2nd grade league.


2019 Football Season
Registration open through August 19, 2019



Dear OLMC Flag Football Families,
We are excited to get our league up and running. Below are a few dates to help with planning. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and if you are willing to help coach a team this season. This year we will be playing teams from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Louis De Montfort and St. John Vianney.  

Registration Closes: August 20th ( www.orgsonline.com to register)
(Directions for new families:  https://www.olmc1.org/registration )
Coach's Call-Out Meeting: August 19th 6:30 pm in the school (email us if you are willing to coach!)
  • 1st Practices: Week of August 19th (coaches determine practice day/time)- All practices take place at OLMC. 
  • Games are typically scheduled at 2 pm each Saturday and will be played at OLMC, EAS and St. John Vianney this season.
  • Each player will be provided with a team shirt and a set of flags. Players will need a mouthpiece, shorts and a positive attitude!
Flag Football - Register by Aug 20
Dear OLMC Flag Football Families,
We are excited to get our league up and running. Below are a few dates to help with planning. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and if you are willing to help coach a team this season. This year we will be playing teams from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Louis De Montfort and St. John Vianney.  

Registration Closes: August 20th ( www.orgsonline.com to register)
(Directions for new families:  https://www.olmc1.org/registration )
Coach's Call-Out Meeting: August 19th 6:30 pm in the school (email us if you are willing to coach!)
  • 1st Practices: Week of August 19th (coaches determine practice day/time)- All practices take place at OLMC. 
  • Games are typically scheduled at 2 pm each Saturday and will be played at OLMC, EAS and St. John Vianney this season.
  • Each player will be provided with a team shirt and a set of flags. Players will need a mouthpiece, shorts and a positive attitude!
K of C Blood Drive Aug 18
Once again, the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a blood drive at OLMC.   As an incentive for the students to encourage parents, relatives and neighbors to sign up Sr. Maria Benedicta has once again, agreed to an "out of uniform day" for students who have these individuals bring the attached form to the blood drive on August 18. Plan on donating blood next Sunday!