A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
October 2, 2019
Dear OLMC Families,
 
It is hard to believe that we have already entered into the month of October. With a month and a half of school behind us, we are now looking forward to events that this first full month of fall will bring us. I know the school community is eagerly anticipating a much deserved fall break from October 17-18. Our first planned E-Learning Day will take place the day before on October 16, and the lessons for this day will be posted on October 15 at 3:30 pm. Please review the policy guide for the directives and expectations for planned E-Learning Days which can be found on page 22. Fall parties for the younger grades will take place on October 30, and parent/teacher conferences will take place the day after on October 31.
 
For the Catholic Church in the U.S., the month of October has been traditionally designated as Respect Life month. It is a time that we set aside to reflect on the immense gift of life that our heavenly Father has bestowed upon us. I always seem to be struck with a spirit of gratitude when I take time to reflect on the gift of my own life. The truth of the matter is that God did not need to create me at all. My personal existence is not the least bit of a necessity; the sun would still rise and set without me-- that matter is certain! But God in His generosity decided to create me anyway, and He did so out of pure, gratuitous love. Now that I exist, I will never not exist because God has endowed me with an immortal soul that will live forever. The same is true for you and for all of your loved ones. Our Father thought of you from all eternity, and He loved the very idea of you. He loved you into existence and desires for you to delight in the exquisite beauty of the earth for the span of a lifetime and then to live with Him for all eternity. He has made us His children through His son, Jesus Christ; through this adoption, we have become heirs of a kingdom of everlasting happiness. What a tremendous gift our lives are!
 
It is so opportune, therefore, that in this first week of Respect Life month, we are celebrating DisAbilities Awareness Week. The students have been attending various presentations which highlight how important it is to keep our focus on everyone’s abilities and gifts. We are part of the family of God, and He has created each and every person unique and unrepeatable, worthy of dignity and respect. I am grateful to Kim Bremer and the Joseph Maley Foundation for providing our school community with such meaningful activities that help us all to break any lingering barriers or misunderstandings we may unconsciously harbor towards persons with disabilities.
 
Finally, tomorrow, October 3, the OLMC parish community will be hosting another Family Food Truck Festival from 5:30 -- 9:00 pm. All are welcome to come for food, games, and live music. On Saturday, October 5, OLMC will be hosting a morning of reflection in the main Church entitled “From Womb to Tomb” following the 8 am Mass. Both the Food Truck Festival and the Saturday Respect Life presentation are both community-building events that join us together in our Catholic faith. I hope you are able to attend one or both of these events. God bless your week!
 
In Christ, our life,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
October
1-4 Disability Awareness Week continued
4 Food Truck Festival & KofC Soccer Challenge
7 Mothers' Mass & Brunch
11 5th Grade Lock-in 3-5pm gym
12 Trinity Free Clinic - Annual Run for Wellness
14 3rd Grade Retreat Day (8:50-11:30am)
15 1st Quarter Ends
15 2nd Grade Donuts with Dads 7-9am PH
15 Pep Rally - whole school 2:15-3pm Gym
16 E-Learning Day
17-18 No School - Fall Break

Attention families with food allergies!
Click here for ingredient and allergen information for school lunches. Please bookmark this link for future reference.
Spirit Day - Out of Uniform Oct 15:    
Tuesday, Oct 15 is an Out of Uniform - Spirit Wear day. On Spirit Days students are encouraged to show their school pride. Students should follow the out of uniform dress code but they must wear an Our Lady of Mount Carmel or Raider shirt of some kind. They may also choose to wear a blue or yellow shirt, the school colors. Students may wear jeans or khaki pants (no shorts).
E-Learning Day October 16:
E-Learning days at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School afford our students a unique opportunity to learn from home using the technology skills we practice at school. Students and parents will use our Learning Management System (Edmodo) to access their assignments and collaborate in the learning process.
 
E-Learning days at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School will be designed as a review of already taught skills and applications. Parents are not expected to teach new concepts to their children. Student assignments and materials will be posted on Edmodo and any needed hard copies will be sent home in advance. Students are not expected to sit at a computer or on another electronic device all day.
 
Please see page 22 of the Family Policy Guide for more information regarding planned E-Learning Days.
A.L.I.C.E. Safety Update
Toward the end of October we will perform an ALICE drill.

Students have been presented to about A.L.I.C.E. and will be prepared to perform the drill.

Parents are welcome to contact Tim Fletcher, fletchert@olmc1.org, if they would like more information about A.L.I.C.E. or the drill.
From the Nurse:  
We are starting to see an increase in illnesses. The best way to prevent illness is to follow very simple hygiene such as covering your cough and proper handwashing.

Exclusion from School Due to Illness:
According to the Indiana Department of Education a student should be temporarily excluded from school for:
  • A temperature of 100 degrees or higher (fever should be gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before the student returns to school).
  • Most inflammatory eye conditions, such as pink eye.
  • Rashes that are known to be contagious or infectious.
  • Head cold of any consequence, especially with a persistent cough and excessive drainage.
  • Sore or inflamed throat -- if strep throat is diagnosed, the student needs to be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Discharge from the ears.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting (must be symptom free for 24 hours).
 
If your child is sent home ill with a possible contagious condition during the day, he/she will not be permitted to return to school that same day. Students that were sent home, or have been absent during the school day, may not participate in extra-curricular events that day or evening.

Click on the links below for more information:
Box Tops News:
Check out the new App!
No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.


BoxTop for Education will still accept printed BoxTops through the expiration dates printed on them so send in any printed ones you have at home. Our first submission is due at the beginning of November so send them in by Oct 30!

SCRIP News:
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).



  • Scrip rewards for 2019-20: Earn $100 in rebates and receive $25 credit on your 2020-21 book bill
  • 7th grade families: Everything earned above $50 in profit (rebates) will go toward your 8th grade D.C. trip. *Note: you will not receive the book bill credit in addition to this.
  • 8th grade families: Everything earned above $25 in profit (rebates) will go toward your D.C. trip. Deadline for purchasing Scrip (to fund D.C. trip) is March 1, 2020. *Note: you will not receive the book bill credit in addition to this.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lesher, stephrufe@yahoo.com .
From the Library:
Welcome and Happy Birthday to the newest members of the Library Birthday Club for this school year. They are: Nora Armie, Liza Clark, Faye Dorsel, Maddie Doyle, Lucy Ford, Charlie Haugh, Jonathan Hruskocy, Ellie Mahan, Leah Meadors, Lillian Meadors, Madeline Merenda, Eze Ohale, Luke Pacilio, Calvin Quinn, Nicole Remien, Abram Rund, Teddy Rigg, Leo Schwartz, Gigi Senger, Luke Shrift, Isabella Spierdowis, and Vivien Thomas. 

Thank you for the great books for the library!
Campus Conversation with Guerin Catholic:
Attention all parents of K-8
Wed, Oct 9 7:45-8:15am Parish Hall
After morning Dropoff
From Tithing to Tuition: How to plan for High School

Lost & Found
Check the picture to see if anything belongs to your family.
  • New this week - Youth Large uniform sweatshirt (new logo), Youth Large navy PE shorts, navy uniform pants, Star Wars sweatshirt, several new water bottles....

It is strongly recommended that names are put on items, especially uniforms, jackets, lunchboxes & water bottles. These are the most common items in the Lost & Found. If we find a name we return it to the owner!

Items are kept for several weeks and then donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center.

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. 
Earn Extra Credit for P.E. Class!
Trinity Free Clinic Run For Wellness
It’s time to get warmed up for the annual Trinity Free Clinic Run for Wellness!  

This year’s race takes place on Saturday, October 12 at 9 a.m. Participants can choose from 5K, 10K, or 15K, distances, and we want YOU to run with us this year! 

This family-friendly event includes age-group prizes, disposable chip timing, TECH shirt, custom finisher medal, generous post-race refreshments, a pre-race stretch, and indoor waiting. Family activities such as jugglers, face painting, balloon twisting, and crafts make this an event the whole family will enjoy! Best of all, proceeds from the race help Trinity Free Clinic provide free medical, dental, and vision care for families in need right here on the OLMC Campus.
 
P.E. Extra Credit!  Any students in Mrs. Gardner’s class who bring their race bib in can also receive extra credit for P.E.
 
Service Hours! There are numerous opportunities for service hours related with the race for middle school and high school students. Many volunteer positions allow participants to receive free race registration as well. All volunteers receive a free tech shirt and refreshments during your shift. This is a great way to earn service hours while having FUN! 
 
To register, volunteer, or sponsor this year’s race, visit www.TrinityRun.org . Early registration discount ends 9/13/19 – REGISTER TODAY!
Guerin Catholic News:

OLMC PARISH TAILGATE
This Friday, October 4
Guerin Catholic vs. Notre Dame Prep (MI)
5:30 pm Tailgate, 7 pm Kickoff
Food registration closed as of 8 am on Wednesday, October 2.   
All OLMC students/parishioners in grades K-8 will get free admission to the game!  CYO football players and cheerleaders are encouraged to wear their uniforms, come meet the cheerleaders at 6:15 pm and will be introduced at halftime!
 Go Golden Eagles!   Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more info.
 
HALLOWEEN FUN @ THE 7TH ANNUAL GUERIN SCARIN' HAUNTED TRAILS
Wednesday, October 16
Walk in the woods through our Guerin Scarin' Haunted Trails on Wednesday, October 16 from 6-9pm. Friendly Hours are 6-7pm. Presented by Guerin Catholic Student Council. Donations accepted. All proceeds will benefit the O'Connor House and other local pro-life organizations. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
 
ADMISSIONS NEWS
8TH GRADERS - APPLY NOW! Now accepting applications for 2020-21. 
Apply online at  GuerinCatholic.org .
 
Prospective Parent Breakfast
Tuesday, October 8th
8-10 am
Middle school parents: do you have questions about Guerin Catholic? Join Kelli Wilson, our Director of Admissions, to learn more about our admissions process and tour the school while class is in session!  Register at  GuerinCatholic.org.
 
Golden Eagle for a Day
Spend the day experiencing high school life at Guerin Catholic through our Golden Eagle for a Day shadow program. Select dates available from September – January. Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
 
FALL 2019 High School Placement Test Dates
Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday, December 7, 8:30 am - Noon
Register at  GuerinCatholic.org
 
Open House
All grades and families welcome!
Sunday, October 27
1-3:30 pm
 
ATHLETICS NEWS
BOYS LACROSSE PROSPECT DAY
GRADES 7 AND 8
Saturday, November 2
9 am - 12 pm
See the attached flyer for more details! Register at GuerinCatholic.org
 
BOYS BASKETBALL PRESEASON TRAINING FOR GRADES 6-8
October 14, 21, 28 (Mondays)
6:45 - 7:45 pm
$15 for one session/$30 for all three sessions
Online registration coming soon! Contact Coach Allen at ballen@guerincatholic.org for more information.