A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
October 30, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of October with first quarter squarely behind us.  Now that we are securely into the second quarter of the year, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet together to deepen their educational partnership.  Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place tomorrow, and we warmly welcome OLMC parents who have scheduled conferences with their children’s teachers. I pray that your conferences will be entirely blessed, and that they will serve to strengthen the partnership that exists between you and your children’s teachers.

This Friday is the illustrious solemnity of All Saints Day.  It is a holy day of obligation for all Catholics, and I invite you all to join the school for Mass at 8 am.  Our fourth graders have been working diligently on researching saints young and old, and they will be having a Saints Day parade and procession after 8 am Mass.  The costumes reflect both cleverness and creativity, and I am confident that you will enjoy this extended celebration Friday morning. Hope to see you there!

In Mary, Queen of All Saints,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
October
30 Report Cards & MAP Scores sent home
30 Fall Parties
31 No School - Parent/Teacher conferences

November
1 Solemnity of All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)
1 4th grade Saint Parade (immediately following 8am Mass)
3 Daylight Savings Time Ends- Fall Back
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
30 Second Half of Book Bill Payment due
Honor Roll List
The Honor Roll List for First Quarter will be posted here next Wednesday, Nov 6.
Please click below to view some changes to the menu for next week.

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 3 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:
Nov 1, 8 & 22

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Fall Back 1 Hour
Don't forget to change your clocks when you go to beD Saturday night. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!
Parent Teacher Conferences - What to Expect:
Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday, Oct 31.
There is no school that day.
  • Use your best judgement on whether or not a babysitter is needed or if your child(ren) are capable of sitting quietly in the hallway while you meet with the teacher(s)
  • Park and enter the school through the main door
  • You do not need to sign in or use visitor stickers on this day
  • Please be on time, conferences are scheduled every 15 minutes

K-4 Parents: Conference times were selected on Meet the Teacher Night in August. If you do not remember your conference time, please email your child's teacher or call the school office.

5-8 Parents: It is possible that you may not have a conference. If your child's teacher feels the need to have a conference with you, they contacted you earlier in October to schedule one.

Parents are always welcome, any time of year, to email their child's teacher with any questions or concerns. Click here for our staff directory. Teacher names and emails are also listed in DirectorySpot .

If you have any questions about this day, please contact the school office, olmcschool@olmc1.org or 317-846-1118.
8th Grade Poinsettia Sales:
Orders due by October 31
OLMC 8 th  Grade is selling Poinsettias as a fundraiser to raise money for our 8 th grade trip to Washington D.C. in May 2020.

You have a choice of 8" Red, 8" White and 10" Red.

Order forms are available in the school atrium.

Completed forms can be placed in the collection basket during mass this weekend or turned into the school or parish office. All orders must be received by Oct. 31st. Payment is due at the time of the order and must be paid via check or cash.
 
Contact Tina Fletcher, 2019 Poinsettia Coordinator, at  olmcsports@olmc1.org with questions.


SCRIP News:
  • 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 .
Raider gear...Shop for the holidays! 


Online store open now and closes Nov 10 at midnight. 
All orders will be delivered to the school the week of Dec 2. 
Merciful H.E.L.P. Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive
Thanksgiving Basket Drive needs school parents!!
The Merciful Help Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is in full swing and we would love for you and your family to get involved. There are several ways to help:
  1. Turkey tags are available in the narthex this week. Stop by and pick one up and shop for the item on the tag. Then just drop it off at the MHC donation room.
  2. Volunteer! We are in great need of school parents to help us with traffic control on Friday, November 15 from 12:30-3:00. 

To volunteer, go to  www.MercifulHelpCenter.org  and click Volunteer. Look for the annual opportunity section with the turkey logo and click on the link. If you are accessing it from your cell phone, click on this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4eafad2da5f94-ourlady

During this time, students will be moving the food for the Thanksgiving Baskets from the Merciful Help Center to the Parish Hall in wagons.  We need school parents to volunteer to assure that they are safe as they cross the street from MHC to the school and that they move safely into the Parish Hall.  We also have great opportunities for students and parents to work together. Whether you help collect and sort food over the next two weekends or sign up to assemble baskets on November 15 or deliver baskets on November 16, these opportunities are great ways to teach students to be grateful for our many blessings. To volunteer, go to  www.MercifulHelpCenter.org  and click Volunteer. Look for the annual opportunity section with the turkey logo and click on the link. If you are accessing it from your cell phone, click on this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4eafad2da5f94-ourlady

Through your generous support, we will make Thanksgiving brighter for 500 families in our community. God Bless You for you help!
Our next Spirit Day dining fundraiser is coming up in 2 weeks!!
Tuesday, Nov 12
We invite you to 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!  

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. 
coat
Coat Drive Donations & Help:
There is a box in the school atrium for new & gently used clean coats. As you are preparing for coat season, please donate coats that no longer fit your family or keep your eye out for great deals while coat shopping! All sizes from infant to Men's XXXL are needed!

The Merciful H.E.L.P. Center works in conjunction with Hamilton County's Coats for Kids to distribute warm coats to many families in need during the winter months.

They are also in need of leadership in the coat area. We need a leader to handle coat collections in the school and in the church. (This could be a high schooler looking to gain experience leading.) Fran Pawlowski is willing to train who ever helps in this area.

We also need people to run coat donations over to our partners at Hamilton County Kids Coats to get them ready for giveaways at the HCKC giveaways, at the Merciful HELP Center and at Tools for School.
Most importantly we need workers to set up the coat giveaway at the MHC, work on the various days and to help break it down.
If this work is on your heart, please sign up! If you want to lead, please email slatonj@olmc1.org !

Lost & Found
Check the picture to see if anything belongs to your family.
Come check out the lost & found while you are here for Parent/Teacher conferences!






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 1 Praying for 1st grade, Mrs. Durbin & Mrs. Seaman
Location: Jacquelyne Fagan's home (delayed time this date only - start at 10am)
         
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. 
Football Equipment Turn-In
Where: OLMC Gym - Equipment loft - upstairs
When: This Sunday, November 3rd, 4pm to 5pm only
How:     Please return; 1 helmet, 1 shoulder pad, 1 game pants, 1 game jersey, 1 practice jersey, 1 belt (5-6 only) 
Fees:   

 After 30 days for missing items- Helmet $230, Pads $45, Game Jersey $65, Practice Jersey $45, Game Pants $25

Parents must WASH all items before returning, and kindly remove all stickers from all helmets prior to Sunday.

If you borrowed practice pants from the bin at the beginning of the season, please wash and return them so another player can borrow them next year.

Call or email with any questions, please make all efforts to return the equipment at the date and time listed.

Thanks,
James DiBlasio
317-385-1692 j.diblasio@yahoo.com
Band is Finally Starting!!
Miss Rancourt is excited to announce that it is time to get the band program up and running again! 

For all returning Raider band members, rehearsals will begin next Tuesday, November 5th.
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays after school: 3:20-4:15

There will be a call out meeting later in Novermber for new members. Watch here for more information next week!
Expectations:
Band members are required to: 
  • Practice at home daily
  • Attend all performances and rehearsals
  • Have and maintain a good quality instrument 
There will be NO supervision after 4:15. Parents are expected to make arrangements for their child to be picked up from school at this time.  
All returning Raider Band members should have a copy of Essential Elements for Band, Bk. 1. If a student has lost their copy, they will be required to purchase a replacement.

Volleyball Grades 4-8:
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
Guerin Catholic News:
Thank you to the families who joined us for our annual Open House on October 27th!  
(Or copy and paste the following:  https://vimeo.com/369179008 )
 

For parents: Want to visit during the school day? Our next  Prospective Parent Breakfast  is Thursday, November 7th from 8-10 am. Register at  GuerinCatholic.org .
 
For 8th Graders:  Join us for a  Shadow Day !
Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more information and to register. Dates are filling up fast!
 
FALL 2019 High School Placement Test Dates
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am - 12 pm 
Saturday, December 7, 8:30 am - 12 pm 
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
 
APPLY NOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2024!
Financial Aid Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Apply online at GuerinCatholic.org

BOYS LACROSSE PROSPECT DAY FOR GRADES 7 AND 8
Saturday, November 2
9 am - 12 pm
See the attached flyer for more details! Register at GuerinCatholic.org
Contact Coach Barry at  cbarry@guerincatholic.org  for more information.