A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
March 3, 2021
Dear OLMC Parents,

In this second week of Lent, we are grateful for the opportunity for our students to receive the Sacrament of Penance tomorrow.  This is the perfect time to examine our consciences and cleanse our souls from any sins that are drawing away from Our Lord so that we will be spiritually ready to rejoice with the Risen Christ at Easter.

Gratefully, our school is still faring well regarding Covid cases.  I am especially pleased to announce that as of today, our county is now in the blue category, the lowest color it could be assigned according to the county metrics.  Thank you for partnering with us for the last 8 months in following our safety protocols.  I hope and pray the number of positive Covid cases continues to decline in the following weeks.  The Hamilton County Health Department has been an immense support to me as a principal; this department faithfully sends me weekly updates and has always been available to answer my questions.  Recently, representatives of the health department have met with administrators and requested that we ask our school community to carefully consider their travel plans for Spring Break.  There is a chance that the number of Covid cases might increase significantly after Spring Break due to the prevalence of family travel.  Unfortunately, a surge of Covid positive cases could adversely affect the school’s plans for the spring, and I do not want to be placed in a position where I would have to cancel or postpone traditional spring events that are beloved by students, parents, and teachers alike.  If families are planning to get away for break, please keep in mind that local travel is definitely safer at this time than international travel.  Last year, I was so disheartened when we had so many iconic events and celebrations that needed to be either canceled or drastically modified; I pray that our celebrations this year will proceed as planned.  Thank you so much for your support in this area.  I appreciate it!

Here are some travel recommendations from the CDC, if you are interested in learning more:

Travel Recommendations by Destination:

Travel During Covid-19:

Blessings on your week!
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
March
4 School Lenten Confessions
8-19 Virtual Book Fair
8 Back to School Registration Opens (see below)
11 2nd grade enrollment Mass
11 - 17 Used Book & Game Drive
12 2-hour delay (Teacher professional development)
16 City BBQ Dining Event
16 3rd Quarter - last day
17 Feast of St. Patrick
19 Back to School Registration closes
19 No School - Teacher professional development

April
1 2 Hour Early Dismissal at 1:05pm (previously published as a 1 hour dismissal)

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


Raider Pride:
Congratulations to Nathan Cabacungan (5A) for winning the school Geography Bee! He will have the opportunity to compete at the state level for Indiana.
The runner up is Nolan Werth (7C).


Hats off to all twenty-eight OLMC entrants who competed at the CYO Music Contest. 
The CYO Music Contest was held on February 13th at Bishop Chatard High School. The contest was open to students in grades 4-12. All OLMC students who entered received a gold medal for their performance. Congratulations to the six OLMC students and one OLMC alumni student who not only received a gold medal but won the Most Outstanding Performance Awards in their categories. 

The Most Outstanding Performance Award winners are:
Weston Twilla - 3rd Grade guitar solo
Katherine Kibler - 4th Grade piano solo
Luke Shrift - 5th Grade piano solo
Isabella Spierdowis - 5th Grade vocal solo
Jeremiah Richardson and Luke Shrift - 5th Grade instrument duet
Kathryn Tiplick (alumni) - 9th Grade flute solo

What a delightful high note for the OLMC music students to begin 2021!
Reminders:
Masks: Please make sure your children have 2 masks with them at school each day. We have many children coming to the school nurse & office each morning because they have forgotten their masks at home. Every child should have a 2nd mask in their book bag in case the one they are wearing gets dirty or lost.

Outside recess: The weather in Indiana can change very quickly. All grades go outside for recess every day as long as the temperature is 15 degrees or warmer. Please make sure your children dress appropriately for the weather each day.
State of the School Address
Thank you to everyone for your input for our first State of School Parent Meeting on February 25.

Feel free to contact Sr. Maria Benedicta O.P. or Mr. Fletcher if you have any questions about the presentation.

COVID-19 Updates:
We have only had 1 new reported cases of Covid in the school community.

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.
Nurses Notes:
Allergy season is upon us now. If your child takes Claritin or Zyrtec, I would recommend starting now. God is giving us some great weather as we proceed through Lent.

We do still have the common cold and stomach bugs. Please remember that if your child has a fever (100 degrees or higher) or vomiting/diarrhea
our current school policy is for students to remain home from school until they are 72 hours symptom free.
Uniform Updates:
As many of you learned during the virtual parent meeting last Thursday, the administration has granted 1 more year of amnesty for the old logo on the school uniform.

The retired logo may be worn one final year during the 2021-2022 school year.
Back To School Registration Opens Monday, March 8:
Due Thursday March 18
(the school office will be closed March 19)
Watch your email on Monday afternoon (March 8) for a link to complete the Back-to-School Registration forms for the 2021-2022 school year.

The email will be from olmcschool@olmc1.org but may go to your SPAM since it is being sent to a large volume of recipients.

If your family or a child will not be returning to OLMC for the 2021-22 school year, please email Sr. Maria Benedicta at olmcprincipal@olmc1.org or the school office at olmcschool@olmc1.org. We have several grades with waiting lists.

Forms must be completed online by March 18 for each child planning to attend OLMC School for the 2021-22 school year.

For families with returning students in grades K-8: If you do not receive your email, just Log into your Parent Powerschool account & click on the Registration Icon (all the way at bottom in left hand column). You should be able to register all of your currently enrolled students in K-8.

For all incoming Kindergarten students: you will need the email with link & your child's specific snapcode. If you do not receive your email, please check your SPAM and then contact the school office.

A $50 per family fee is also required and due by March 18.
  • Make checks payable to OLMC.
  • Write registration fee in the memo line.
  • Please bring or mail checks to the school office:
OLMC School
Attn: Registration
14596 Oak Ridge Rd
Carmel, IN 46032

The $50 family fee is not included in the $200 deposit for Full Day Kindergarten.
Our Spring Book Fair is going VIRTUAL this year. 
We are partnering with Blue Ribbon Book Fair Company to offer excellent STEM and fiction books. The Book Fair begins on Monday, March 8 but you can preview the collection at:  https://read-ola.com/OLMC.

Thank you for supporting our book fair and helping us grow our school library!

Used Game and Book Drive:
We will be collecting gently used games and books Thursday March 11-Wednesday March 17. The OLMC teachers will have an opportunity to look through the items for use in their classrooms. On March 18 all books and games will be delivered to the Catholic Center for distribution to Indianapolis Catholic schools for use in classrooms and after school programs. There will be a collection box in the school atrium. (Please tape games shut so we don’t loose pieces in transit.). Contact Megan O’Connor with any questions, mkbritto@yahoo.com.
Lost & Found:
Spring brings fluctuating temperatures which leads to an increase in sweatshirts and jackets in the lost & found. The Lost & Found table is located in the Parish Hall and parents are welcome to come check it for lost items, just check in at the school office when you come.

Unclaimed items will be donated to the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center on March 31. We do look for names on items before donating them.
Smaller lost items are kept in the school office. If anything in this picture looks familiar, please come claim it!
GET READY FOR STATE TESTING:
ILEARN (grades 3-8) April 19- May 14
ILEARN is the State of Indiana’s standardized assessment that measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards for grades 3 – 8. The assessments will be the weeks of April 19 – May 14.  Your child’s teacher will let you know the days/dates your child will be testing. Attendance during these days is very important. Please make every attempt to schedule doctor and dentist appointments around the test dates. 
Here are just a few tips for a good testing day:
  • Make sure students get a good night’s sleep. This is important every night!!!!
  • A good morning at home makes for a good morning at school.
  • Make sure your children eat a good healthy breakfast.
  • Talk to your children about the test. Remind them to give their best effort. This test is important, but too much stress can be a problem also.
  • Encourage your child to listen to the teacher for directions.
  • Encourage your child to think positively – they can do this!!!!
  • Smile and tell a funny joke – laughing is good for everyone.

IREAD3 (3rd Grade) March 8 - March 12:
The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) assessment measures foundational reading standards to grade 3 students each spring. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367. This assessment will be administered March 8 – March 12. Your child’ teacher will let you know the times your child will be testing. Attendance during these days is very important. Please make every attempt to schedule doctor and dentist appointments around these test dates.
Register online at https://www.orgsonline.com/. Our school code is 172OLMC-IN
The St. Joseph Retreat and Conference Center offers many great opportunities for retreats. These retreats are affordable and only a short driving distance away! Click here for a list of 2021 options.
GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC FOR GRADES 1-6
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders: 3:30-5 pm
4th, 5th, 6th graders: 5-6:30 pm
Cost: $20 per player
Guerin Catholic High School Gymnasium
Visit GuerinCatholic.org or see attached flyer for more info and to register

2021 CAMP PURPLE - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Guerin Catholic is excited to welcome campers in grades K-8 back to campus through a variety of fun, safe and small group camps in June and July.  Descriptions, fees and registration are now available at GuerinCatholic.org

ADMISSIONS NEWS
FOR CURRENT 7TH GRADERS:

HSPT SUMMER PREP COURSE
June 14-18 or July 12-16
Morning (9 am - 12 pm) and afternoon (1-4 pm) sessions available during both weeks.
Cost: $95
Register at GuerinCatholic.org

PROSPECTIVE PARENT BREAKFAST 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 8:15-9:30 AM
Parents of current 7th grade students -- join us to meet our Admissions staff and learn about the admissions process, hear from members of our administration and from current students, and tour our building. It’s a great way to see what Guerin Catholic is all about and have all of your questions answered before next Fall. A light breakfast and refreshments will be served. Space is limited. 
Register at GuerinCatholic.org

PERSONAL TOUR-BY-APPOINTMENT
Interested in seeing Guerin Catholic during the school day but can't make the breakfast? Contact our Admissions team at admissions@guerincatholic.org and schedule a tour time convenient for you.