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20-23 disAbility Awareness week

23 Pep Rally 2:15-3pm Gym & Out of Uniform Day (see below for more info)

24 E-Learning Day

27-31 No School - Spring Break!


3 School resumes

5 8th Grade Living Stations of the Cross 2pm (amended time) Church

5 Q3 Report cards sent home (grades 5-8 also email)

6 2 hour Early Dismissal - Holy Thursday

7 No School - Good Friday

10 No School - Easter Monday

Click here for the 2023-2024 Calendar

This week, we are celebrating Disability Awareness Week.

The Saint of the week is St. Margaret of Castello.

Each grade level will have guest speakers and classroom activities throughout the week.

Make sure to ask your children what they are learning about!

Here are a few pictures from this week so far.

Anna Schneider, a Junior at Guerin Catholic High School spoke about Spina Bifida.

Tommy Hartley, a senior at John Paul the Great Catholic University spoke about Autism.

Matthew Mitchel spoke about being deaf, reading lips and being paralyzed from the waist down.

Out of Uniform Day - tomorrow, March 23

In support of the Guerin Catholic Boys Basketball team playing in the IHSAA State Championship game this Saturday, we are having a Purple and Gold Out of Uniform day tomorrow!

Even though we know that not all of our students will attend Guerin after graduation, we want to join in supporting our diocesan high school. 

Out of Uniform Days - Children may wear loose fitting jeans, athletic p ants, khakis or other clean, casual type slacks with appropriate tops. (In this case purple and/or gold if you have it - if not, wear Raider gear/Blue & Gold to show your support for OLMC at our Pep Rally at 2:15 in the gym). For full details about Out of Uniform attire - please see the Family Policy Guide page 50.

Band members may wear their band t-shirt.

The game is March 25, 2023 at 6pm vs. Northwood at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Find details here.

OLMC Pep Rally 2:15 - 3pm in the Gym

The day before Fall & Spring breaks we have a pep rally in the gym

to celebrate our school community.

Band members should wear their band t-shirt for the pep rally.

If you plan to pick your children up early from school tomorrow,

March 23, please do so before 2pm.

The school office appreciates your cooperation as the gym gets quite noisy and

trying to locate children for dismissal during the pep rally can be tricky.


Parents are welcome to attend but must enter the school through the front door

and sign in at the office.

Plan to pick your children in carpool - you are not allowed to take them

directly from the Pep Rally.


It's Time For Spring Cleaning!

Trash Bag Sale: March 10 - April 3

The last day to turn in your order is the Monday we return from Spring Break so don't wait!

The OLMC Sports Program is sponsoring a trash bag sale to raise funds for the sports program.

Sale starts 3/10/23 and will go through 4/3/23

with pick up at the gym from 2-4pm on Tuesday, April 11th in the gym.

Each roll of bags is $13 per roll with a discount if you buy a case.

Order forms went home with your youngest child last Friday so please check your child’s backpack.

All orders will be collected on paper order forms and payment may be made via cash or check made out to OLMC Sports.

Checks/cash must accompany your order form and

all order forms must be turned in to the school office by 4/3/23

(the day we return from Spring Break).

Any questions, please contact Colleen Sherman at [email protected] or (630) 229-8831.

We will also need volunteers to help sort and fill the orders once they arrive so here is the Sign-Up Genius for helping.

This week, our school has been celebrating disABILITY Awareness Week with many fun activities, interesting speakers, and thoughtful discussions. Please keep these discussions going at home by asking your kids what they have learned about the dignity of ALL human life this week. A tremendous thank you to Caroline Dury, Karen Semler, and Kelly Maynard for all the work they put into making this week so great!

We need you! It’s that time of year where we start looking for people to serve on the PTO board for next year.

There are THREE OPEN POSITIONS available to any parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled at OLMC:

• Vice President

• Assistant Treasurer

• Corresponding Secretary

This can be a self-nominating process or you can nominate another individual.

He/She will be contacted and must agree to the nomination to be considered.

Please prayerfully consider if this is for you or someone you know.

This school is so incredible thanks in huge part to all of the volunteers!

I can say without a doubt that my time on the board has been a truly unique experience

and one that I feel very blessed to have had. Please do not hesitate

to reach out to myself or any of the other board members if you have questions!

Click on the link below to learn more AND to fill out a nomination form. Nominations are due by April 15th.

Click here for PTO Nomination Information

We are also looking for people to help welcome newcomers into the school. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please let me know😊


Current Volunteer Opportunities

PTO Google Doc

OLMC PTO Volunteer Signup 2022/2023 (


School Bakers

Friday Bakers: Friday Bakers (


Library Volunteers (Updated SPRING sign-up)

OLMC School Library Volunteers 


Office Helpers

Office Helpers: Thursday Office Helpers (


Recess Monitors (contact Angie Nalley)


School Lunch Committee (contact Megan Morton)


God Bless,

Kate Vespa

PTO President

Music News:

Talent Show

Auditions for the talent show will be April 5th after school. 

Audition forms are in the Music Room.

If you want to audition but can't be there on April 5th contact Mrs. Richardt or Ms. Gruett.


Grandparents Night/Fine Arts Night

Grandparents Night/ Fine Arts Night will be April 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

The band will play and well as ukulele and recorder groups.

There will be opportunities for solos and ensembles to perform. 

More information will be available after spring break.

Reusable water bottles

Did you know that reusable water bottles can carry more bacteria than a toilet seat? 


A recent study found that “Reusable water bottles hold 40,000 times more bacteria than do toilet seats. After swabbing several different reusable water bottles (and different parts of the bottles), researchers found two types of bacteria present — gram-negative rods and bacillus. Gram-negative rods are commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections and are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics, the study noted.”. 

Good news is that if you clean your water bottle daily, you can significantly reduce the amount of bacteria. The best way to ensure that a water bottle is getting a good cleaning is to clean by using dish soap and warm water. So be sure to bring a clean water bottle to school each day!

March is National Sleep Awareness Month

Another good way to stay healthy is to get good sleep. The month of March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Getting enough sleep is critical for each person, regardless of age, but this is especially true for students in order to facilitate their health, well-being, and ability to learn.


Recommended Sleep requirements by age are:

  • Children: Preschoolers (3-5 years) 10 to 13 hours
  • School-age kids (6-13 years) 9 to 11 hours 
  • Teenagers: (14-17 years) 8 to 10 hours 

To learn more about healthy sleep habits and tips, click here:

School Lost and Found:

Remember - if you label it, we will get it back to you!

The school lost & found table is located in the Parish Hall/Cafeteria. Items like jewelry & electronics are kept in the office. Parents are welcome to come check lost & found during the day.

Attention Current Kindergarten thru 7th grade girls.

Back by Popular Demand


OLMC Spring 2023 Cheer Camp


This year we added a 1-day camp for Kindergarten and 1st graders. Please join us for a fun filled afternoon learning about cheer and experiencing what cheer is all about at OLMC. This is for both new cheerleaders and girls who have cheered in the past.


Current K-1st Graders     1 Day Camp

April 12th- 3:15 - 5:15 pm.

Price: $15 and they will receive an OLMC cheer tee shirt


Current 2nd and 3rd graders    2 Day Camp

April 12th - 3:15 - 5 pm and April 13th 3:15 - 5:15pm.

Price: $25 and they will receive an OLMC cheer tee shirt.


Current 4th grade thru 7th graders    2 Day Camp

April 13th and April 14th 3:15 - 5:15 pm

Price: $25 and they will receive an OLMC cheer tee shirt.


Guerin Catholic Cheerleaders and Coach will help teach cheers and dances.


Follow your daughters current grade year when signing up.


Please sign up through the sports link below by April 1st (Code: 172OLMC-IN)


Questions? Please contact: Stephanie Zorger

Cell: 773-844-7884 or email: [email protected]

VBS: Vacation Bible School

When: June 12-16 from 9 AM - Noon

Where: At OLMC’s 2023 Summer “Stellar” VBS 


Shine a light on Jesus’ love! More information and the link can be found on our website! Click the button below.

More Information

OLMC Maintenance Position

Our Lady of Mount Carmel has an opening for a full-time maintenance position to assist our Director of Maintenance in the servicing, renovation, and upkeep of the church, school, parish buildings, and grounds. Candidates should have some basic skills and understanding of plumbing, painting, wall repair and HVAC.

To apply please send your resume to Jody Dalton at [email protected]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lenten Fish Dinner

Dine-in and Drive Thru

March 24 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM

OLMC School Parish Hall for Dine-in, Behind Parish Hall for Drive Thru

Fried Fish, Baked Fish, Cheese Pizza

Coleslaw, Applesauce, Desserts

Adults 13 and older $13 / Children 6-12 $7.50 / 5 and under free Credit Cards accepted

Please consider volunteering to help with the fish dinners. You can signup at:

Jason Evert will be speaking at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

for a double-featured event (on chastity and gender).

Tickets are only $30.

It's an event for parents with their 13+ year old teenage children!

Monday April 10th from 6-9:30PM


Jason Evert is one of the main writers of the Theology of the Body books we use in 6th-7th grade. He is a dynamic speaker, and has been presenting to teens around the world for years!

He invites young people to live chastity as a means to finding and giving love.

It looks like he will also be speaking about Gender and sexual identity.



Join us at our summer camp program for grades K-8!

From cookie decorating to musical arts, basketball to soccer, Camp Purple is your destination for summer fun!  Descriptions, fees and registration for our summer athletic and enrichment camps for students in grades K-8 are now available at GuerinCatholic.orgNew enrichment camps this year include a Mad Scientist Camp, Gardens Galore Camp, Camp Chaos and Space Camp! We can't wait to see you this summer in The Nest!

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