A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
December 9-10, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

Good afternoon!  This week has been quite a busy one for all of us here at OLMC School.  Amidst the busyness, however, it is truly a joy to share with you that the saving message of the Gospel has still remained at the heart of our week.  On Tuesday, all of the students at OLMC School were able to participate safely in the Mass for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  Every student from K-8th grade was able to actively participate in the liturgy as the Mass was live-streamed into the classrooms.  The students were able to receive the Holy Eucharist during Mass with the help of teachers who serve as Eucharistic Ministers.  I heard a number of staff testimonials who shared how moved they were to see the children remain so reverent during the Mass and during the reception of Holy Communion.  Then on Wednesday, the students were able to go to confession and cleanse their soul in preparation for the solemnity of Christmas.  Sacramental graces were certainly abounding for our students this week, and for this, I am entirely grateful.

As many of you know, last week the CDC released a few new guidelines regarding quarantine measures for close contacts who are asymptomatic.  After thoroughly reviewing all of this new information, OLMC School has decided to follow the preference of the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health and will thus maintain our 14 day quarantine period for close contacts.  We remain committed to providing in-person learning for our children in the safest way possible, and following our previous policy of a 14 day quarantine will help us to achieve this noble task.  I have attached some helpful resources released recently from the Indiana Department of Health for you to read, if you are interested.  I hope these updates will help everyone to better understand Covid-19 in general and the precautions that we are taking as we discern the time when individual students can return to school.

Lastly, today we are releasing the first draft of our 2021-22 academic calendar.  As always, these calendar dates are subject to change.  I know many of you are eager to know the dates of the first/last days of school as well as the school vacation dates so you can plan ahead.  Hopefully, travel in 2021 will be safer and a more “vacation-friendly” year overall. 2021-22 OLMC School Calendar

I pray that as we approach the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we will experience a true spirit of rejoicing-- the coming of the Christ-Child is near. Come, Lord Jesus!

In His love,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
15 Blaze Pizza OLMC Night
18 2 hour Early Dismissal at 1:05pm
19 - Jan 3 Christmas Break

4 School resumes
8 End of 1st Quarter

Student 8 a.m. Mass Schedule: (students leave the classroom at 7:50am)
Mondays: Grades 1, 4, 6
Wednesdays: Grades 2, 5 (KFD1 & 2 will join at some point later in the year)
Fridays: Grades 3, 7, 8

St. Nick Shop- Virtual:
Online shop closes this Friday!

Click the link below to shop:

We invite you to join us at Blaze Pizza for our Spirit Day on December 15th from 11AM – 9PM in support of our school. Come out and enjoy a pizza that’s built on their made-from-scratch dough. You decide what goes on the pizza and 180 seconds later it’s fast fire’d and ready to eat! You will need to present the flyer either on paper or on your phone, and Blaze will generously donate 25% of the total sales to our school. Thank you for your support in this fundraiser. We appreciate everything each of you do to make OLMC a fantastic school for our kids!
Outside Recess:
Students in grades K-6 go outside for recess daily. Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for the weather. If there is little to no precipitation and the temperature is 15 degrees or higher (including the wind chill), the students will go outside for recess. Any temperature/wind chill below 15 degrees will result in indoor recess.

Please make sure you label all coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. The commonly end up in the lost and found. If we find a name, we get it to your family. If it is not labeled, unclaimed items are donated to the Merciful HELP Center.
Mask Reminders:
  • Please make sure your child(ren) remember to wear a mask to school daily.
  • Masks should be washed frequently.
  • A spare mask should be in your child's backpack in case the need arises during the day for a new one (sneezes, breakage, etc)
  • The school office does a supply of masks if a child needs a new one during the day but we have been seeing an increase in the number of students arriving to school without a mask or a backup.
COVID-19 Updates:
Since last week, we have had 1 report of a positive cases.

CDC's Recommendations for the Thanksgiving Celebration:

State by state CDC guidelines may be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100klast7days

The CDC is encouraging people to obtain flu shots this year. Click here for more information.
Raider Pride:
The OLMC School Spelling Bee was held last Friday.
  • The winner is Cora O'Connor (7th grade)
  • The runner up is Claire Casavant (8th grade)

Congratulations to all of our participants. Everyone did a great job!
Admissions News-Applications for 2021-2022:
Do you have an incoming Kindergartner or know someone that is interested in OLMC School? Our application process is happening sooner this year!

The online application will be available on the school website starting Monday, Dec. 7.

Who needs to apply?
Existing school family with a child ready to start Kindergarten in Aug 2021:
  • Only complete the application for the child entering Kindergarten
  • Do not complete an application for children already enrolled - the Blue Family Commitment form reserved their spot(s) to return next year

Family with a child currently on a waiting list:
  • Complete a new application for the 2021-2022 school year to remain on the waiting list.
  • We currently have waiting lists for rising grades 4 & 7

New Family with children entering grades K-8:
  • Complete an application for each child

Christmas Program - Covid Style!
We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a virtual OLMC School Christmas Celebration on using the FlipGrid platform. With spirits in need of lifting, we thought this would be an exceptional way to spread Christmas cheer! 

Similar to last year’s virtual talent show, we would love to see your creativity with Christmas carols, cooking, or even comedy!

The Christmas Video Submission Guidelines include the following:
  • School Appropriate
  • Only one submission per student
  • Video Submitted by Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Video needs to be recorded / uploaded on FlipGrid using student Google account via link provided: https://flipgrid.com/61c9942e 
  • Flipgrid Code: 61c9942e 

Directions for uploading video here: 

By students opting to submit a video for the show, you as the legal guardian are giving parental consent for the video performance to be shown to the school community.

Please have your video submissions uploaded by Monday December 14, 2020

We are looking forward to seeing your Christmas Spirit! If you have any questions, please email Miss Malone at malonep@olmc1.org with “ Christmas Show” in the subject line of the email. 
This is the best time to place your order for Christmas gifts:
FREE Ship to home via the RaiseRight app!!!
Surprise Mystery Bonuses: join the app or follow Shop With Scrip on social media to get the daily announcements of the bonuses
* In addition to the Mystery Bonuses, there will be two weeks of bonus, including Starbucks, Shutterfly, Zappos, Home Depot, McAlister's, Topgolf and many, many more!

$5 and $10 cards available through December 28 (including Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target and more!). Check out full list at shopwithscrip.com.  

***Please remember that we are not carrying stock this year or having carpool sales, so please plan ahead and place orders early. Scrip is warning of potential shipping delays this season.
Unclaimed Property:
Thank you to the people that brought the teachers & staff delicious treats on the dishes shown in this picture. We would love to get your dishes back to you but they do not have names on them. If one of these belongs to you, please come pick it up from the office.
NEW OLMC Car decals for sale: Only $5.00 each
  • 6" diameter circle
  • Cash or exact cash only
  • Please send payment to school with your child in an envelope marked “car decal” & the quantity of decals you are purchasing.
  • The decal(s) will be sent home with your child.

Show your OLMC School pride!

Apply online at GuerinCatholic.org
All supporting application documents are due by December 15th. 
If you have questions about your application, please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@guerincatholic.org.

Guerin Catholic is an open-enrollment school committed to serving all who seek a faith-based education for their children. We strive to manage available resources to ensure that Guerin Catholic is accessibleaffordable, and available to all.  Guerin Catholic will make every effort to assist families with a demonstrated financial need. Our goal is to meet 100% of the calculated financial need of our families. Understanding that each family situation is unique, Guerin Catholic uses an individualized approach for each family.  Please contact Andy Cowen at acowen@guerincatholic.org to learn more about Tuition Assistance.

Virtual Visit
Visit the Virtual Admissions Center at GuerinCatholic.org and take a virtual tour of our 72-acre campus, including classrooms, grotto, music wing, athletic fields and more! 

WINTER SPORTS CAMPS - See attached PDF or visit GuerinCatholic.org for more info and to register
Boys & Girls Strength & Speed Clinic
Grades 5-8 
Monday, December 21, 1-2 pm
Wednesday, December 23, 1-2 pm
Monday, December 28, 1-2 pm
Wednesday, December 30, 1-2 pm
Cost: $15 per session or $40 for all 4

Girls Volleyball Winter Camp
Grades 6-8 
Monday, December 21, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 22, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 for both days (includes t-shirt if registered by December 17th!)

Baseball Winter Camp
Grades 5-8 
Session 1: Sunday, December 27, 12 - 3 pm
Session 2: Sunday, December 27, 4 - 7 pm
Session 3: Tuesday, December 29, 12 - 3 pm
Cost: $30 each (includes t-shirt if registered by December 22nd!)