A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
August 19, 2020
Dear OLMC Families,

One week of school is officially behind us-- we made it! We realize that every day we can be learning in school is a gift to us. While we clearly don’t have the power or foresight to predict when everything can “go back to normal again,” we trust that the Lord sends us His wisdom and grace each day to guide us through any challenges we face. The OLMC administrative team has always been grateful for the dynamic parent partnership we possess, but especially at this time when parents are taking time out of their busy schedules to pre-screen children daily and keep children home when they are not sure if they should send them to school. I am in touch with the Hamilton County Health Department every day, and I bring parent questions to them so everyone can receive clear direction on how to proceed. If at any time your doctor or medical provider recommends that your children should not be engaging in in-person learning because it could possibly endanger the health and well-being of your child or family, OLMC School requests that you please follow the directives of your medical provider and seek out a virtual option for your children. The 3rd pillar of our school mission statement focuses on meeting the needs of the whole child; our commitment extends to our families, as well, and we desire the safety and continued health of all of our OLMC families.

Here are some updates for the week:

Student Cleaning: Given the increased cleaning and disinfecting taking place in the school, we are going to have students begin to help with the cleaning next week. Teachers will still be in charge of the cleaning, but students will resume cleaning in the cafeteria and in their classrooms. Students will be using Clorox wipes or using towels/rags to wipe down the school cleaning solution that teachers will be spraying on their desks, chairs, lunch tables, and other classroom items throughout the day. If you do not want your child to participate in the classroom cleaning, please email the office before 3 pm on Friday, August 21.

Parent Volunteer Help Needed after School Masses: We will resume our school Masses on Friday, August 21. To spread out the classes, the students will only go to Mass once per week. On Mondays, grades 1, 4, and 6 will attend Mass; on Wednesdays, K, 2, and 5th grade will attend Mass; on Fridays, grades 3, 7, and 8 grade will be going to Mass. We need parent volunteers to help disinfect the pews the students have used for seating. The Church is providing the cleaner, but we ask for parents who are willing to help clean to bring their own rags/towels, etc. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Cloran at clorane@olmc1.org. Thank you in advance for your help!

Pre-screening Clarifications:
  • If your children wake up with a runny/stuffy nose and that is the only symptom they exhibit, they can still come to school. If they have another Covid-19 symptom like fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, headache,etc., please keep your child home and call your pediatrician. Your child will receive an excused absence during this time of waiting and consultation. Click here for a list of Covid-19 symptoms.
  • If your child is awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, please keep the child home for that time of waiting. 
  • If your child is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and you think there could be another reason for these symptoms, please consult with a medical provider. If this provider believes that the symptoms are not Covid-related (ie. allergies, etc.), then we ask that he/she write a note to the school that it is safe for the child to return to school. This note from a medical provider can be emailed, faxed, or dropped off at the front office, and once the school has this note, the child can return immediately.
  • If you have a situation in which you are unsure of whether or not you should send your children to school, please keep your children home and email the school for clarification. If a staff member cannot answer your question, she will check with the local health department about your situation and get back to you.

Forgotten Lunches/Water Bottles: There have been a number of students who have been forgetting their water bottles each day. Please remind your children that they need to come to school with a water bottle. If a child forgets a lunch or water bottle, parents will either get an email or phone call from the office asking them to bring these items into school. Parents can enter the school to drop off forgotten lunches and water bottles as long as they have pre-screened for Covid-19, do not have Covid-like symptoms, and do not live with a household member who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 14 days. The same is true for picking up books/homework from the atrium. Masks are required to be worn while in the building.

Meet the Teacher Nights: This year, our parent orientations will all be virtual. Teachers will be sending out videos to parents with important information about their class expectations instead of delivering an in-person presentation like they used to do in years past. Please check your email tomorrow for the Junior High Orientation videos, and then again on next Thursday, August 27 for the Grades 1-6 Meet the Teacher Night.

Thank you once again for the patience, understanding, and flexibility you have shown throughout this past week. We are learning together, and I am grateful for your honesty, openness, and continued partnership with us as we navigate these times with the help of God’s grace.

Blessings on your week!
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
20 Jr High Virtual Parent Orientation - videos to be emailed.
26 Sisters' Pantry Shower - more information next week!
27 Picture Day (new date!)
27 Grades 1-6 Virtual Meet the Teacher Event - videos to be emailed

**please keep in mind that the effects of the pandemic shifts rapidly which make planning for certain events challenging. All dates and times are subject to change. We will communicate details as soon as possible.

or call 317-846-1118

Please remember to notify the school office (not just the teacher) for the following situations:
  • If you child will be absent due to illness. Please notify of each day of a consecutive absence.
  • If you child will be absent for all or part of a day for any other reason
  • If your child is going to be late due to an appointment
  • If you will be picking up your child early for an appointment or other reason.

Homework can be requested on the 2nd of an absence and must be requested by 9am. Jr. High students are able to get their assignments in google classroom.

Picture Day Is Next Week!
***Thursday, August 27***
New date!! Due to scheduling conflicts our date has been moved up to next Thursday.

Don't panic...Students should come to school dressed in the school uniform as we have done in the past. So no shopping for a special outfit! Easy, peasy!
We are using Inter-State Studio & Publishing again this year. All orders and viewing of proofs will be done electronically this year. Proof copies of your child's picture will be emailed to you about 14 days after picture day. We will be providing a list of parent emails to Inter-State Studio & Publishing for this purpose. They do not sell or share their contact lists outside of their company.

You can order online at https://inter-state.com/order before Picture Day or after your proofs are received via email. Our picture day code is 52009VA. Click here for the picture day flyer.

Class composites are not being offered at this time. There may be an opportunity to purchase later in the spring.

Picture re-take day will be Oct 15 if your child happens to be sick or otherwise absent on this day.
Recess Helpers Needed: Wed, Thurs & Fri
Recess is a very important part of the day at an elementary school. We desperately need 1 additional parent (in addition to the classroom teachers that are assigned recess duty) on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday! The children do go outside every day unless it is raining or temps are below 15 degrees so it is not recommended that younger siblings tag along. The hours are from 11:00am to 12:25pm each day paid at $15.00 per day.

Meals Sign Up for the Sisters:
We are pleased to share that Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School families will be “hosting" Wednesday Meals for the Sisters during the school year again this year. To help show our support, love and appreciation for all that the Sisters do for our school community, children and families, we have created a sign up genius for families to volunteer to prepare a meal to bring to the Sisters at the Convent each Wednesday throughout the school year. 

There are 6 Sisters residing at the convent and there are NO food allergies. Meals should be brought warm and ready to eat and should be delivered to the Convent between 4:30 and 4:45 each Wednesday. 

Please click on the link below if you would like to volunteer to provide a meal. We ask that you start with only one or two volunteer slots to allow many of our new families the opportunity to sign up. If, after a few weeks, there are additional spots still open, please then feel free to sign up for more spots. 

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Bedford at mariabedford11@gmail.com or 317-691-6544. Wendy Pottratz at w.pottratz@gmail.com or 317-508-1725. 

Thank you so much for your generosity!

God bless you,
Maria and Wendy 

We're using SignUp.com. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp here: https://signup.com/go/HRGNHyO
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Library Corner:
  • Library Special is coming to your classrooms this year. A pink letter went home explaining the library process. The letter can be found HERE (LINK)
  • Notices have gone home if you still have a book checked out from last year. Please return the book(s) as soon as possible. If you no longer have the book, please contact Jane Ann at gaskillj@olmc1.org.
  • We are starting a Reader's Wall and want YOUR students to be on it. Please send in a 4x6 picture of your student reading a book. 
  • Our annual Birthday Club is in full swing. Happy Birthday to Faye Dorsel, Brigg Jaynes, Madeline Doyle, Crosby Lemberger, Caius Mahan, and Rocco Sansone! Thank you for your donation to our library! Your name will be placed inside of a new book for everyone to read. 
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
PTO News:
Welcome back to school! 
We are SO blessed to have so many awesome volunteers. We'd like to take a moment to thank the following volunteers. Our many programs would not happen without you!

  • Haley Church and Allison Koscal for all of their work with the Newcomer Families (Buddy Family Program, Ongoing communications, New Family Orientation)
  • Haley Church and Jessica Niccum for chairing the Used Uniform Sales
  • Meghan Perry for chairing and all the volunteers who contributed to the Back to School Teacher/Staff Luncheon
  • Melissa Kolb for chairing the Back to School Muffins & Prayer cards for parents
  • Erin Gould for coordinating our annual spirit wear sales
  • If you'd like to volunteer, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/gSDyJVfKPke3inhn8  or contact Jane Ann Gaskill (jamg2395@gmail.com).
OLMC Preferred School code is 900134263

Don't forget that you can purchase Lands' End SCRIP online
through ShopWithSCRIP.
When you use SCRIP to purchase uniforms (or any other items) from Lands' End, the school gets a 15% rebate from SCRIP.
when you shop using our school code 900134263, the school gets another percentage back directly from Lands' End!

Double bonus!!

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

We will be working to update the online directory by August 26. We will let you know when it is ready.

In the meantime, you can find teacher/staff emails on the school website here: https://school.olmc1.org/directory-1
Re-Opening Plan & FAQs:
Click here to read the full re-opening plan communicated on July 24, 2020.

CYO Girls Basketball Registration
Registration for CYO Girls Basketball will close this coming Sunday August 23rd. 

Please register via www.orgsonline.com. Late registration makes it extremely difficult to meet the CYO deadlines.

If you are a new user to www.orgsonline.com please refer to the instructions here: https://www.olmc1.org/registration
Cub Scouts:
Tonight! 6:30-7:30pm Church Parking Lot near playground
If you have a son or daughter in grades K-5th and are interested in joining the OLMC Cub Scout Pack 125, we're having our Join Night Wednesday, August 19th from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

Bring the family as Hedgehog Hannah will be there while you fill out registration forms and learn about changes to this year's popcorn fundraiser. This event is for new AND current Cub Scouts! Reach out to Kariane O’Keefe, our Committee Chair and she’ll get you in touch with your child’s leader if you have questions. We are in need of a Lions Den Leader (Kindergarten) and if any young ladies wish to join, we are in need of Den Leaders in all levels except Webelos I (4th grade). We have on average, 1 Pack event per month and each den will meet twice a month.
See you Tonight!

Meghan Durkee: meghan.c.durkee@gmail.com
Kariane O'Keefe: okeefe.kariane.2010@gmail.com
Vivianne Morse: vivianne.morse@gmail.com
Veronica Werth: veronica@oco.net