A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
May 26, 2021
Dear OLMC Families,

Congratulations on finishing yet another school year at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School!  Needless to say, this year has certainly not been like any other year in the history of the school.  We have several successes to celebrate at this time as a community, and there are victories that would never have been accomplished without the faithful partnership of students, parents, staff, and the administration.  No one could ever have imagined in years past the abundance of measures that we needed to take in order to enjoy the privilege of maintaining in-person learning in the classroom.  The masks, extra cleaning, distancing, and quarantining were certainly novel to us as educators and families, and yet we have overcome these challenges in solidarity with each other, completely dependent and trusting in the grace of God.  In this last week of school, I thank you for your patience, support, and perseverance throughout this difficult year.  This is a year we will certainly never forget, and I hope that this is a year we will never have to repeat.  With God’s help, we did it!

Lastly, I want to thank you for all of your support of me as a teacher and as an administrator for the last nine years.  My time in Carmel has passed so quickly, and I feel truly honored to have been part of this faith-filled community for so many years.  On a personal level, I will certainly miss you all but promise to keep you in my prayers.  As OLMC School moves forward to next year, I can assure you that you will be abundantly blessed under the leadership of Mr. Fletcher and Sister Peter Marie.  They are both committed to the mission of the school because they are wholly committed to Christ.  The Holy Spirit will surely work in and through them in these coming years, and I look forward to hearing how Our Lady of Mount Carmel School students grow to become the holy and happy young men and women God has created them to be.  God’s blessings to you now and always!

With much gratitude and prayers,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
May
27 8th Grade Graduation 7PM
27 Kindy 500 (KG Field Day)
28 Early Dismissal at 2:05pm Last Day of School
28 Field Day Grades 1-7 12:15 - 2:00pm


Our Final COVID-19 Update:
We have had 0 cases of Covid in the school community this 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.
Last Day of School Schedule
Field Day: Grades 1-7
Friday, May 28
Shorts to mid-thigh are allowed on this day.
All School Mass - 8:00 AM. At the end of Mass, the Priest will give a teacher/student blessing for the summer.
Moving Up Ceremony (grades 1-7) - immediately after Mass in the church.
 
Lunch(altered schedule)
10:45-11:10 am: 7th (eat at Sports Field), 5th & 6th (cafeteria)
11:15- 11:40 am: KFD (please eat outside or in classrooms), 1st & 2nd (cafeteria)
11:45- 12:05 pm: 3rd & 4th (cafeteria)

Field Day: 12:15 - 2:00 PM
Dismissal of students at 2:05 PM 
Raider Pride:
Thank you to everyone that attended the Jr. High Awards Ceremony last Friday.




Scrip in the Summer! 
Yes, Scrip is available for purchase and will support OLMC School 12 months out of the year. 

Physical gift cards are available if you select "Ship to Home" at checkout and of course ScripNow is available 24/7 for your convenience. Just as a reminder, your OLMC Scrip team does not deliver physical gift cards over the summer, so please select "Ship to Home" when making a purchase. 

The OLMC fiscal year begins on July 1, so that is when we start tracking family Scrip rebates for the 2021-2022 school year. Please consider purchasing Lands End ScripNow for your new uniform purchases, as you get ready for the next school year. 

Please also keep Scrip in mind for your summer vacations--many hotels, rental car companies, airlines, gas stations and restaurants participate in Scrip. 

The Scrip team THANKS YOU for your support during this memorable school year! Your participation will ensure that the OLMC PTO can continue to fund school enhancements and help make our school the best it can be! Go Raiders!
Applications for School Council:  
School Council is accepting applications for next school year. If you feel called to serve school as we address the strategic plan for the future of our school, consider applying for School Council. To learn more about Council and to access the 2021-22 Application, visit the School Council website -  
 

Please send applications to Tim Fletcher at fletchert@olmc1.org by June 4
Raider Reporter:
The Raider Reporter is the school newspaper run by 7th & 8th grade students taking the newspaper as one of their electives in the Jr. High.    
 
Specials thanks to the Jr. High students and Mrs. Cloran for all their hard work and for sharing their talents! This newspaper has always been a wonderful tribute to faith in action.

Pre-Order School Supplies:
Why shop in-line when you can shop online?
Order by May 31

1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the RISK of shopping in person in stores. Supplies will be delivered to your home free of charge in early August.

Shopping online with 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Clorox. So, with all the uncertainty this summer will bring, why not check school supply shopping off your list. Get started by clicking the link below:


The 2021-2022 School Supply lists are published on the school website here.
Yearbook Information:
If you ordered a 2019-2020 Yearbook: Inter-State Studios experienced a lengthy shutdown which has caused long delays in processing. The plan is to have the 2019-20 yearbooks(along with the 2020-21 yearbooks) avaiilable for pickup at Raider Roundup on August 8 from 6:30-7:30pm. Thank you for your patience!

To order a 2020-2021 yearbook: Order online by June 18, 2021.
Cost: $17.50
Use code 58881R
Click here to order: https://inter-state.com/yearbook
Thursday, May 27: Graduation (8th grade)
  • 8:00 am student breakfast (Parish Hall); graduation rehearsal
  • (Students don't need to arrive until 8:00, but may arrive starting at 7:15; if they arrive before 7:30 they should go to the gym as they have been doing, then at 7:30 can move to the Parish Hall.)
  • 10:15 am: students dismissed and picked up from church
  • 6:40 pm: students gather in lower level of church (or outside, weather permitting)
  • 7:00 pm Graduation Mass in Church (we will not have the traditional reception after graduation this year)
  • Mass and the Graduation Ceremony will be live streamed; access via the Church Facebook site

Friday, May 28: Kings Island (8th grade):
  • Be at school at 8:30 am, leave for park by 9:00 am
  • Return to school between 8:00-10:00 pm (Mr. Fletcher will email parents once we leave Kings Island with a definite time of arrival at OLMC). 
Getting to Know Our New Teachers:
Typically, our school newspaper elective crew, The Raider Reporter, would have interviewed our new staff during 1st quarter. Since we have not been able to return to having this elective, a few students have volunteered to do mini-interviews for us.

Getting to Know Mrs. Jane Ann Gaskill:
Mrs. Gaskill, the new librarian, is very happy to be here. Her favorite part about being a teacher is, getting to know the students and sharing a love of reading. Mrs. Gaskill loves our community and says “We are very blessed with our community”. She wanted to be a teacher to share her love of books with others. Mrs. Gaskill used to work as a counselor in California before she came to Indiana. Her favorite grade to teach is kindergarten. This is her first year working in an elementary school.
Written by - Ava Klinker
Library Birthday Book Club

Happy Birthday to the newest members of the Birthday Book Club: Ava Bedford, Catherine Burton, Alex Dickerson, Tiffany Dickerson, Emma Eisberg, Claire Farrell, Carter Kutch, Luca Nalley, Marcus Nalley, Milania Nalley, Quinn Morton, Jay Parker, Vivian Rooney, Lila Sprunger, and Owen Vespa. 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.

THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in the birthday book club this year. Thanks to your generosity, our school library was able to grow with lots of new reads! 
Lost and Found:
Unclaimed items in the Lost & Found will be donated to the Used Uniform Committee or the Merciful HELP Center on June1.

There is an abundance of school sweatshirts right now if your family is missing any. You are welcome to come look M-F between 7:30am - 4pm.
End of the Year Celebration Camp!
…with Mrs. Cronkhite and Mrs. Downey!
Who: Students in K – 3rd grade
What: Two separate camp sessions at two separate parks to welcome summer!
Session 1: Wednesday, May 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Freedom Trail Park (new location) (meet at the playground for check-in). Address: 500 Deer Walk Trace Westfield, IN 46074
Session 2: Friday, June 4 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at Central Park near the Monon Center (meet at the playground for check-in). Address: 1235 Central Park E. Carmel, IN 46032. We will be doing water activities, so your child is welcome to wear a swimsuit under his/her play clothes!
Cost: $35 per session. Cash, check, or Venmo – (Jennifer-Downey-39) *please make checks out to Jenny Downey

Volunteers Needed:
The Merciful HELP Center is always in need of volunteers to work in the food pantry, deliver and pick up furniture (great for father-son teams), work in Housewares and the Gabriel Baby Pantry, or to help with Good Stewards! 

Our volunteers are our most precious resource. You are the future and the reason people are loved and assisted at the Merciful HELP Center. Join our team!
MERCIFUL HELP CENTER NEXT TRAINING DATES!
GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

If you have any questions during the summer, please call the Admissions office at 317-582-0120, ext. 279, or email admissions@guerincatholic.org. Beginning June 7, summer hours for the school office are 8 am - 12 pm, Monday-Friday.

Online application for the 2022-23 school year, and registration for Fall 2021 admissions events, including the Fall High School Placement Tests and Shadow Showcase days, will be available at GuerinCatholic.org starting July 15, 2021.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Summer Prep Course
June 14 - 18 or July 12 - 16, Morning or afternoon sessions
(Please note the June 14-18 AM session is FULL)
Register at GuerinCatholic.org