A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
January 13, 2021
Dear OLMC Parents,

Now that the Christmas season has concluded, we have entered into the first week of Ordinary Time.  We look forward to all of the graces the Lord will send us during this season as we strive to grow in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.  Our next significant event at OLMC School will be Catholic Schools Week, and it is fast approaching.  This festive week will take place the first week of February, and members of the PTO and Catholic Identity Committee are working diligently to finalize this schedule.  I am happy to share that Friday, February 5 will be designated as Teacher Appreciation Day, and OLMC School will be having a planned 2-hour delay that morning to give teachers more time to catch up on their work. Teaching during a pandemic year has been quite a challenge for our educators, and this 2 hour delay will provide our devoted teachers with more time to plan, grade, and take care of our students in quarantine who are learning virtually. Please mark your calendars for this planned 2-hour late start on February 5.  More details about this celebratory week will be forthcoming,

Last Friday marked the end of the second quarter, and report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, January 20.  The students are finishing up the winter NWEA MAP tests at this time; these assessments are formative and mark the growth of students since the first quarter. 2nd quarter report cards will be sent home on Wednesday. MAP scores will be sent home at a later date.

Reflecting back on this current year, there have been many school events/activities that needed to take a pause due to the current pandemic.  The lunch program, field trips, and socials first come to mind.  OLMC School, however, will never postpone activities that touch the very heart of our school mission.  Sacramental opportunities are still available to our children.  Gratefully, the second grade will be receiving the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, January 23.  Students in grades 1-8 are still participating in an 8 am Mass once a week and faithfully adoring the Lord on each first Friday of the month.  I am thankful that our school is still able to fulfill Christ’s tender request to “Let the children come to me.” (Mt 19:14)

Each year, our teachers and School Council collaborate with the administration to create a School Improvement Plan.  Our 2020-21 plan is well underway, and I am delighted to say that COVID-19 has not paused its development!  Thanks to the generous assistance of our School Council, our OLMC strategic plan is currently being finalized.  Even in a pandemic, we remain committed to finding ways to continue to improve so we can better live out our school mission on a daily basis.  The administration is planning to schedule a time in February to present our plan to you, our parents, so we can share with you our future goals and vision for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.  These are exciting times, and we are always moving forward in God’s grace and wisdom.  More details will be released regarding our strategic plan and goal-setting in the future.

I hope and pray that you enjoy this long weekend as a family.  May we continue to pray that the peace of Christ permeate the hearts of us all.  God bless you!

In His Peace,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
January
19-24 ClusterTruck Dining Fundraising Week (see below for details)
20 Q2 Report Cards Sent Home
23 2nd Grade First Reconciliation 10am CH

February
1-5 Catholic Schools Week
5 2 hour late start - 9:45am tardy bell

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

Save the Date:
February 5
New 2 hour late start day just added to February calendar!
No morning Kindergarten that day.

9:15-9:45am drop off
9:45am tardy bell
lunch/recess times remain the same
3:05pm dismissal

This late start is scheduled on the Friday of Catholic Schools Week to give our teachers extra planning/grading as a Staff Appreciation Day.
COVID Precautions:
We are grateful for everything that families are doing to help keep our school population healthy. Every family dynamic is unique so everyone's patience and cooperation is much appreciated as we navigate each situation. This really is a team effort between parents, students, teachers, nurse & the school office!

A few reminders we would like to highlight:
  • The best way for us to control the spread, is to keep all of your children home if anyone (parent, sibling, grandparent that lives with you, etc) in your household is symptomatic and there is reasonable concern that he/she might have Covid-19, Similarly, if a household member is being tested because he/she is symptomatic (not just for travel purposes, etc.), please keep your children home.

  • Healthy children who are quarantined because they are close contacts are expected to complete their work and submit it on a daily basis. Please contact the teachers to determine their expectations and due dates for student work. 

  • If your quarantined child becomes symptomatic and is too sick to complete their work, please notify the teacher(s) and the school office so assignment due dates and attendance codes can be adjusted.

Other Reminders:
  • As always, we ask that your family monitors for symptoms each morning before you send your students to school. Here is a link to a screening tool for parents: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/20_Parent%20screening%2010-22-20.pdf
  • If a student has a fever or has diarrhea/vomiting, he/she has to wait to return to school until the child is fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication or has not had diarrhea/vomiting for 72 hours. 
  • Please call or email the administration or front office if you need guidance of whether or not to send your children to school.
  • OLMC School will continue to maintain 14-day quarantines for close contacts. We will not be using the shortened quarantined guidelines allowed by the CDC. A negative result on a Covid-19 test will not decrease the period of quarantine for a close contact.
  • If you have any children who have been identified as close contacts while on break and will need to be absent from school next week, please notify the office at attendance@olmc1.org. Thank you!
COVID-19 Updates:
Congratulations on helping us reach the end of 1st semester of in-person learning. The administration has updated the School Reopening plan for 2nd semester. The updates to the original Fall plan are in red. Click here to read now.

We have had 1 new positive case since last week. You are always welcome to check our school numbers on the Indiana Covid-19 Dashboard and Map. Click on the school tab. OLMC School updates our numbers each week.

Other important COVID-19 resources may be found on the Indiana Department of Health website.
Kindergarten Openings:
We still have a few openings in our Kindergarten for next school year.
If you know of anyone interested, now is the time to apply!

You can access the application on the school website.


SCRIP News:
Happy New Year from your OLMC Scrip Team!
  • Reminder: Each year the expectation is that every school family will contribute $100 to our PTO for school enhancements. This can be accomplished by taking advantage of the Scrip program and the rebate back to the school for gift cards that you purchase or by simply making a one-time contribution with a $100 check to OLMC PTO. Donations can be dropped off at the school office marked "Attention: Scrip Donation."
  • Reveal: 1-day bonuses every Wednesday in January! Earn more on a surprise brand that provides stay-at-home staples. Check out the bonuses on the RaiseRight mobile app. Today's bonus: Earn 13% on loungeware at Macy's and DSW.
  • Remember: Families can now get 250+ gift cards shipped directly to you when ordering from the RaiseRight app.

As always, please feel free to contact Stephanie Lesher with Scrip questions or to get the OLMC Scrip enrollment code. stephrufe@yahoo.com
Lights for Life:
January 21
On the vigil of the Roe v. Wade decision, we are encouraging families to display luminarias in the shape of a cross on your driveway or front yard. Click here for more information about free supplies.


Januray 23: Mass for Life
5:30 p.m. Church
Join us for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.
ClusterTruck dining fundraiser starts Monday, January 19!
For one week, January 19th – January 24th, you can order from ClusterTruck and they will generously donate 33% of your purchase back to OLMC!

ClusterTruck is a delivery-only restaurant that offers 40+ menu options, cooks everything fresh, and delivers curbside with no delivery fees! 
How to Order:
1. Go to www.clustertruck.com or download the mobile app.
2. Enter your address. If you're not in the delivery zone, you can set your address to OLMC Athletic Fields across from the church or anywhere within the delivery zone, and meet your delivery driver at the parking lot. Be sure to include your vehicle description in the delivery instructions.
3. Select what you'd like to eat and click "Checkout"
4. Select your delivery time, confirm your address, and enter the promo code OLMC33
5. Your order will start cooking shortly! You'll receive a text when it is en route, as well as be able to track the order on the site or app.
6. Please meet your driver at their vehicle, as we deliver curbside. This helps our drivers make more deliveries per hour, resulting in faster, fresher food!
If you have any questions or issues, please reach out to their live Customer Experience team at help@clustertruck.com or text them at (317) 689-0294.


Thank you all so much for your continued support in our dining fundraisers!!
Volunteer Spotlight:
Our spotlight this week is on

We are blessed to have so many caring volunteers who dedicate their time each day to help our school and community be the amazing faith-filled place it is! We would like to spend some time highlighting our volunteers as a small way to say THANK YOU to all that they do! 

We are asking for your help to nominate the volunteers who give their time and talents to our school and community. Here is the link to the nomination form: https://forms.gle/a9behPhxsezrQxVt6
CFD 2021 Safe Sitter Winter Classes:
Jan 23, Feb 13, Mar 6, Apr 17, or May 15. 
Noon – 5:30pm, $65 per student
Monon Community Center at 1195 Center Park Drive West in Carmel, IN 46032
 
This is the Safe Sitter® Essentials (1-Day Course with CPR). Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.
For sign-up more information contact: Keith Freer at 317-571-4245.
Lands’ End is the official provider of the OLMC School Uniform.
school code: 900134263

P.E. Uniforms will not be required for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
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!
Register online at https://stjosephretreat.org
Register online at https://stjosephretreat.org
Register online at https://stjosephretreat.org
GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
ADMISSIONS NEWS
For 8th Graders: 
SHADOW SHOWCASE
Eighth graders - do you want to visit us during the school day?
Limited Shadow Showcase dates are available for the month of January and February. Visit GuerinCatholic.org for more information and to register.

TUESDAY TOURS
January 19, 26 and February 2
9-10 am
Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to spend a school-day morning getting to know Guerin Catholic. Our Admissions staff will answer your application questions while leading building tours and observing classroom interactions. Tours begin at 9 am and last approximately 1 hour. Your student is invited to attend as well! Visit GuerinCatholic.org for more information and to register.

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! 

APPLY NOW FOR THE 2021-211 SCHOOL YEAR
Applications are still being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. Apply at GuerinCatholic.org.

WINTER STRENGTH & SPEED CLINIC FOR GRADES 5-8
Visit GuerinCatholic.org for more info and to register
Boys & Girls Strength & Speed Clinic
Grades 5-8 
Monday, February 22, 7-8 pm
Monday, March 1, 7-8 pm
Monday, March 8, 7-8 pm
Monday, March 15, 7-8 pm
Cost: $15 per session or $50 for all 4
Coach Jaime Waymouth, Certified Strength and Conditioning Head Coach, will lead athletes in preparation for any sport and physical endurance.  This camp will work on speed development and agility.  Along with speed and agility, each training session will help to improve an athlete in areas of strength, acceleration and flexibility.  Athletes will assess progress through weekly video, laser time drills.  A final revaluation of progress will be given at the end of camp.