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provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
September 25, 2019
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  Today the students will be bringing home a collection of tithing envelopes they can drop in the offertory basket on Sunday Masses throughout the year.  The distribution of these Church envelopes lends itself to a meaningful family discussion about how children can be good stewards by giving of their time, talent, and treasure.  During these conversations, the children will not only grow in skills involving financial management, but they will also learn the importance of supporting the Church through tithing.  This week would also be the perfect time for parents to explain to their children how their Catholic education is supported largely through the tithes of parishioners. I believe that when the children place their envelopes in the offertory basket during Mass, they will feel like real contributors to the Church’s varied ministries.

Every time I bring up the topic of children’s offertory envelopes, I am hearkened back to an experience I had as a 5th grade teacher at OLMC.   Years ago when I was in the classroom, I remember how impressed I was when some of my students shared with me how their parents taught them how to manage the financial gifts the children received.  These fifth-graders were taught to divide their cash into three categories: spending money, saving money, and tithing money. When these students received an allowance or were given money for birthday gifts, they would set aside one-third of the money to go in their Church envelope, one-third would to the bank and be deposited in their savings account, and the other third would be added to their spending money.  It is my hope that these children’s envelopes will ignite a constructive discussion in your family about the responsible way to deal with money, and at the same time, highlight our duties as Catholic Christians to use our gifts to help the poor. 

On a different topic, I just wanted to share with you that Lands’ End has been running a 40% sale on uniforms for the last week, and the sale will end tonight.  This type of hefty discount will not come around again any time soon, so I would encourage you to take advantage of this sale. This would be a great time to check your children’s uniforms against the policy guide so you could purchase new uniforms at a discounted rate if you need to do so.  Recently I have noticed that there are a number of girls’ skirts that are too short (the skirts must fall at or below the knee) and boys’ pants that are also too short. The children are certainly growing, and it is a wonderful thing! I appreciate you taking the time to check your children’s uniforms, and hope that you can take advantage of this grand sale while it lasts.

Lastly, I would just want to remind you that Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will be having a 2-hour delay on Friday, September 27.  The school will open at 9:15 am, so please do not drop your children off earlier as there will be no supervision for them. The tardy bell will ring at 9:45 am, and classes will begin at 10 am.  I hope that our students will enjoy the later rise and receive some extra rest on this day.

God bless your week!

In the light of Christ,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
26 Last Day for Book Fair
26 Open House with Book Fair & SCRIP sale 6-7pm PH
27 2 Hour Late Start (doors open at 9:15, tardy bell rings at 9:45am)
30 Disability Awareness Week begins

1-4 Disability Awareness Week continued
7 Mothers' Mass & Brunch
11 5th Grade Lock-in 3-5pm gym

Attention families with food allergies!
Click here for ingredient and allergen information for school lunches. Please bookmark this link for future reference.
We Want Your Feedback!
In order to better improve our school lunch program we would appreciate if you could please take the time to answer the following questions. If you have not read the Letter from the Principal above, it will provide more information about this.

Your participation in this survey will greatly benefit the school lunch program. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Open House Grades K-5 Tomorrow: 
Sep 26 from 6-7pm.  
The annual school Open House is for grades K-5. The classrooms are open for parents/family to visit with their children. This is an opportunity for yo ur child to take you on an informal tour of their classroom. Teachers will not be in the rooms.

  • The book fair will be open for shopping
  • SCRIP will be for sale
Book Fair - Ends Tomorrow!
We have a new Book Fair vendor this fall, Blue Ribbon Book Fairs.

A note about purchasing books with a check: If you send in a check with your child, please know that cash change will be provided to your child. For example, if your spending limit is $10, you may write a check for $10 to the OLMC PTO and then if
your child spends only $7, they will be given $3 back in change.

  • Classes will visit at a scheduled time (Tuesday, September 24-Thursday, September 26)
  • Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to OLMC PTO) or make a wish list during their visit time.
  • Credit cards will be accepted for parents who wish to use this option when visiting the fair themselves.
  • The fair will be open on Thursday night during the Open House. All
are welcome to stop by anytime that the fair is open.

A note about purchasing books with a check: If you send in a check with your child, please know that cash change will be provided to your child. For example, if your spending limit is $10, you may write a check for $10 to the OLMC PTO and then if your child spends only $7, they will be given $3 back in change.

If you have any questions, please email Ann Heilman at lifeisgood94@att.net

The class visit schedule and volunteer sign up are posted here:
Trash Bag Sale - Support OLMC Sports!
Deadline Extended - Due Friday!

Feel free to stock up for the year. Paper order forms are going home Thursday with your youngest child. Click here to print one. All checks/orders should be put in an envelope marked trash bags (checks payable to OLMC Sports) and dropped off at the school office.

Orders will be delivered to school. Due to the heavy nature of the bags, they are not sent home with children. Watch here for an announcement on what day to pick up your order after carpool!

Any questions, email Gina Snyder at  egsnyder@sbcglobal.net .
On behalf of OLMC Sports, we'd like to thank you in advance for your support . 
Uniform Reminder:    
As of October 1, students may no longer wear shorts (boys) or skorts/plaid split skirts (girls).  
Girls from October 1-April 30: 
K-3: Plaid jumper or Lands’ End navy blue dress slacks.
4 – 8: Plaid skirt or Lands’ End navy blue dress slacks.
All skirts & jumpers will be worn at or below the knee.
Girls may wear white, navy blue or black leggings under the skirt/jumper for warmth.
Boys from October 1-April 30:
K-8:  Lands’ End Navy blue dress slacks.
Last Weekend!
Student Artwork on Display in Carmel
Friday & Saturday between 5-7pm is the last chances to view OLMC student artwork at The W orld's Smallest Childrens Art Gallery (WSCAG) located in downtown Carmel.  The address is 40 W Main St Carmel, IN 46032.
SCRIP NEWS: Special Sale Thursday Night during Open House 6-7pm

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 .
2019 Mothers' Mass & Brunch
Monday, October 7
8:00 am Mass
9:00 am Brunch and Shopping at the Ritz Charles - Enter through the front doors.
RSVP by 9/30/19
The invitations were sent out electronically from Greenvelope. You may need to check your spam/trash folder. You will register online and pay with a credit card.
This event starts with a special 8am Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is followed by shopping, fellowship, and brunch at the Ritz Charles. Our very own, Maria Bedford, inspiring OLMC Mom, will be speaking.
  • The cost is $28 per person (financial assistance available please contact Jayne Slaton at slatonj@olmc1.org)
  • Limited babysitting available.
  • 8th Grade Moms: the electronic invitation gives you the option of requesting to sit at an 8th Grade Moms Table.
  • Newcomers: We will have a newcomer’s table and you can register for that on the invitation. 
  • Guests should bring cash for the raffle tickets. We will have a lot of great raffle prizes! 
Any additional questions regarding the event can be directed to Dawn Hein ( dawn.hein@gmail.com). 
Lost & Found
Check the picture above to see if anything belongs to your family.
  • Many of the same item from last week.
  • New this week - a lone religious earring (pic at left) found in the Parish Hall.

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!
I-Learn Results - Grades 4-8

Your child’s ILEARN reports went home last Thursday with your child. 

Guerin Catholic News:

NEXT WEEK! Friday, October 4
Guerin Catholic vs. Notre Dame Prep (MI)
5:30 pm Tailgate, 7 pm Kickoff
OLMC families are invited to join us for a tailgate prior to Guerin Catholic vs. Notre Dame Prep football game on Friday, October 4. All students in grades K-8 will receive free admission to the game! Dinner will be available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and advanced registration  is required  at  GuerinCatholic.org   by  8 am on Wednesday, October 2 CYO football players and cheerleaders are encouraged to wear their uniforms and will be introduced at halftime! Go Golden Eagles!   Visit  GuerinCatholic.org  for more info.
"In the Footsteps of Mother Guerin" Adult Retreat
Friday, October 4
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Cost: $60, includes breakfast, lunch and transportation
6:45 am departure from Guerin Catholic, 4:30 pm return
Register at GuerinCatholic.org
See attached flyer for more details-All are welcome!
8TH GRADERS - APPLY NOW! Now accepting applications for 2020-21. 
Apply online 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
Youth Night/Senior Night: Saturday, September 28, 4 pm (JV), 6 pm (Varsity)
Guerin Catholic vs. Penn High School  
Youth receive free admittance to the game!
Pack the House/ Senior Night: Tuesday, October 1,  5:30 pm
Guerin Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic