A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
January 6, 2021
Dear OLMC Parents,

What a blessing it has been, once again, to see the children in school after break.  I hope your Christmas break was a restful and joy-filled time for your family.  I recognize that many people were more than ready to put 2020 behind them and welcomed 2021 with a spirit of eagerness and joy.  As a new year is ushered in, new year’s resolutions routinely follow.  My observations have been that these resolutions can take many different forms, but most of them seem to involve breaking bad habits.  Just this week, I was thinking about making a different kind of new year’s resolution that involves taking time away from the daily stressors of life and devoting more time to God.  I recently came across an advertisement for inexpensive, day-long retreats that are offered by our diocese.   St. Joseph Retreat Center in Tipton has been a popular place of retreat for our diocesan principals for the last few years, and now they are offering day-long retreats as well as overnight retreats for any interested persons throughout the year.  If you are not familiar with the retreat center, it has been recently renovated, the grounds outside are beautiful, and I can truly attest that the overall environment is quiet, prayerful, and peaceful.  Fr. David Huemmer, a faithful priest who served at Our Lady a few years ago, leads the majority of these retreats.  So, if you want to start off this new year by reviving your spiritual life and treating yourself with a day away from your normal busy routine, I encourage you to check out the variety of retreats that this retreat center offers.  The basic “Get Away for a Day” retreats for men and women run from 9-3 pm and just cost $20.  You can learn more about these opportunities to grow spiritually here.  New Year’s Resolutions are great, but I am not aware of many resolutions that can fill your heart with His peace like a day spent away with the Lord who loves you.  

As we conclude the Christmas season this Sunday with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, may we continue to give thanks for the gift of in-person learning and for the good health with which He has blessed us.  Let us “give thanks to the Lord for His mercy endures forever” (Ps 136:24).

Blessings on your new year,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
8 End of 1st Quarter
19-24 ClusterTruck Dining Fundraising Week (see below for details)
20 Q2 Report Cards Sent Home
23 2nd Grade First Reconciliation 10am CH

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

Kindergarten Applications due Friday!
Currently enrolled students moving up to next grade level do not need to re-apply.

Incoming Kindergartners to start in August must complete the online application. You can access the application on the school website.

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

New Lunch Duty Calendar
Attached is the January through May master schedule for serving lunch, along with the lunch duty instructions. Please check your assigned date and mark your calendar! The scheduled time to serve lunch is 10:45am-12:45PM. All families will be scheduled to serve lunch 3 times during the school year. If you only have a child in half-day kindergarten, you will not be assigned this duty. 

If for some reason you cannot work your assigned day, it is your responsibility to find someone to take your place. Your help in assisting our cafeteria program is very important as our volunteers help us keep a safe and clean eating environment. 

COVID-19 Updates:
Congratulations on helping us reach the end of 1st semester of in-person learning. It truly is a partnership between the families and the school staff. Working together to follow our policies has greatly contributed to keeping our school doors open for your children.

With school being closed for the holiday, we have zero reports of new positive Covid-19 school cases. 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.

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
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
ClusterTruck dining fundraiser starts Monday, January 19!
For one week, January 19 – January 24, 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!!
Library Book Club:
Happy Birthday to the newest members of the Birthday Book Club: Benjamin Durkee, Max Hoffman, Abigail Meier, Caitlyn Mcllvenna, Aven Payne, Griffin Payne, Eileen Perras, Mary Grace Preston and Veronica Schmidt. 

Thank you for your donation to our library! Your names have been placed inside of a new book for everyone to read and you will be receiving a bookmark and pencil during library special this week. Plus you're up on our Library Book Club wall!

For those with a January birthday, your invitations to join are being sent home this week. Thank you.
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 will be closed from December 21- January 1, with classes resuming on Monday, January 4. We wish everyone a blessed Christmas and healthy 2021!

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-22 school year.  Apply at GuerinCatholic.org. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour in January, please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@guerincatholic.org.

Boys & Girls Strength & Speed Clinic - POSTPONED
The Boys & Girls Strength & Speed Clinic scheduled for December has been postponed until January/February. Stay tuned for more details in the new year!

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!)
See attached flyer for details

Baseball Winter Camp - CANCELLED
The Baseball Winter Camp scheduled for December 27 and 29 has been cancelled.