A Christ-centered community,
provides excellence in education
to meet the needs of the whole child.
November 18, 2020
Dear OLMC Parents,

In this month devoted to the virtue of gratitude, I still cannot thank all of our parents, staff, and teachers enough for all of the sacrifices they have made to keep our school open during this pandemic. Parents have been so transparent and honest as they work with OLMC to discern each family’s unique situation. Thank you, parents, for your patience, flexibility, and willingness to embrace many inconveniences and disruptions to your schedule as we work together to keep our school families as safe as possible. The front office staff and our school nurse have been literally devoting hours each day to discern the health cases that are presented to us. Of course, our teachers have been as heroic as ever with habitual, routine cleaning and disinfecting as they labor to keep their quarantined students caught up with their school work. Virtue among the OLMC community is certainly abounding!

With the recent rise of Covid-positive cases in our county, we are still committed to maintaining our safety procedures so we can keep our doors open to in-person learning as long as we can. Therefore, we are going to be even stricter with our policy regarding when a student can return to school. If a household member has a fever, we are asking that the children stay home until the family receives a negative test result. Similarly, if a household member is being tested out of reasonable concern for possible infection, I ask that the children stay home from school, as well. Thank you for your continued support!

We are particularly thankful at this time that the Hamilton County Health Department is allowing us to continue our in-person learning. I wish I could promise you that OLMC School would never receive the mandate to go virtual, but I honestly cannot do so. There is a substantial concern within the health community about families significantly relaxing Covid-precautions during the holiday seasons. Therefore, I ask all families to please continue to be vigilant and take reasonable precautions as family members and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. I ask that you be prudent in your decisions over the holidays, keeping in mind that there is always a chance that our county schools could also be mandated to operate solely online for a period of time. I understand that it takes a lot of personal sacrifice to keep everyone safe, but I know our community appreciates all of these sacrifices that are made for the common good. We are all in this together! Links to the CDC recommendations for travel and holiday celebrations are listed further down in the Messages. Thank you!

On a completely different topic, the blue OLMC School commitment forms were sent home on Monday. We decided to send them home with the youngest child earlier than we normally do so we can get a headstart in planning ahead for the 2021-22 academic year. This way, we can begin receiving applications of new students earlier and inform new families in a timely fashion if their children would have a spot for next year or would be wait-listed at OLMC School. Please return your forms by Friday, November 20 to reserve a spot for your children. 

Lastly, our diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana is going through an accreditation process in spring 2021. During this time, a survey for parents in our diocesan schools is sent out; the feedback from the school community is an integral part of this review. I ask that you please take a few minutes to fill out this survey for the Office of Catholic Schools. Thank you in advance for your time!  
I pray that your family will have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday together. May our hearts swell with gratitude for all of the blessings we have received throughout this year, even in the sacrifices and sufferings. I know that I will be thanking God for allowing us to open in-person in August and to stay open through November. Not all schools have been as fortunate as we have been. Stay safe and healthy!

Gratefully, in Christ,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
18 Panera Dining Fundraising Event
20 Q2 Midterm Cutoff
25-27 No School - Thanksgiving Break
30 2nd Half Book Bill Payment Due

4 Spelling Bee 1:45pm (participants only-we are hoping to livestream this event - stay tuned)

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 both of our 5/6B girls basketball teams. Coach Schmidt's team (in blue) placed 1st in the CYO City Championship. Coach VanWoerkom's team (in white) are the runner ups. It was a close game and both teams represented OLMC well!
Reilly Rueschhoff is our teacher's aide assisting Mrs. Balcer while Katie McCain is on maternity leave.

Reilly is an OLMC Alum who recently graduated from Purdue. She is working toward a Masters degree in School Counseling.
COVID-19 Updates:
Click here to read the Nov 12 update from Sr. Maria Benedicta, O.P.
There have not been any new developments since this email.

In addition to COVID-19, we realize the normal seasonal bugs are still around. One of the common ones this time of year is Norovirus. Norovirus is a leading cause of outbreaks of diarhea and vomiting. These two symptoms can also be attributed to COVID-19. If you child is experiencing these symptoms, please keep your child home. We recommend you reach out to your family health care provider. We are asking you to keep children with these symptoms home until they are 72 hours symptom free.

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.
Panera Spirit Day - Today is the Day!
Please support OLMC by eating at Panera (2001 East Greyhound Pass) from 4-8PM!

Panera will generously donate 20% of your meal when you show our flyer. Thank you so much for your support in this fundraiser!

OLMC School will again participate in Community Care Day by collecting much needed household items, personal hygiene products and children’s hats and mittens.

This was such a success last year!  We were able to fill boxes full of those items for 285 families!  And provided nearly 670 children with warm hats and mittens.

The under-served need our help in 2020, now more than ever.  Please consider participating!

Forms, angel tags and green bags will be coming home with your child(ren), next Monday!
Art Room Donations:
The Art teacher is accepting donations of yarn (all colors and textures), plastic wrap, aluminum foil, light & clean fabric or t-shirts (cotton or muslin), stuffing or plastic bags. Donated items may be brought to art class or dropped off in the atrium. Please bring in donated items by Friday, Nov 20!
Book Bill Payments:
The second half of the book bill payment is due on or before Nov 30.

Checks should be made payable to OLMC and can be sent to school office, directly to church office or mailed to:
OLMC School
14596 Oak Ridge Rd
Carmel, IN 46032

Please check your records to determine the balance due for your family Book Bill Fees.

Email Val Schoch in the church office at schochv@olmc1.org if you need your balance due.
New brands available that are close to OLMC:
  • Freddy's
  • Top Golf
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • McAlister's Deli
  • Five Below
  • Sonic
  • Happy Moments---one card, 7 brands!
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Red Lobster
  • Macy's
  • Regal Cinamas
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Sephora
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
$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.

Thankscripting Days coming up this week!  November 19 & 20. 120+ bonuses, earnings up to 20%! See shopwithscrip.com for details.

ith orders placed by Fridays available for pick up in the school office the following Wednesday afternoon. Please contact Stephanie Lesher (stephrufe@yahoo.com) with questions.
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
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!
Our school code is 900134263
Winter Sports Registration Now OPEN:
Register at www.orgsonline.com
Use OLMC Code: 172OLMC-IN

Registration openings:
CYO Boys and Girls Volleyball (grades 4-8)
1st/2nd/3rd Grade Boys and Girls Basketball

Girls Volleyball Evaluations: OLMC Gym:
Friday, November 20
4th Graders: 3:45pm-4:45pm
5th Graders: 5pm-6pm

Sunday, November 22
6th Graders: 1-2pm
7th Graders: 2:15-3:15pm
8th Graders: 3:30-4:30pm

Boys Volleyball Evaluations: Times will be posted after the CYO basketball schedule is released.
Support CYO:
Just like all not-for-profit agencies across the country, CYO has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of having no spring sports or spring camp activities, in addition to no summer camp in June or July, CYO has lost over $800,000 in revenue since March. This, coupled with an average loss in agency funding of $150,000 per year over the past few years, has put CYO in a profound financial bind. One of our Board Members recently emphasized that we need to get this message out there, so that no one might end up saying, “Gosh, if only I had known.”

Please find in the links below our one page “CYO Story” which includes some interesting facts you may not know about CYO. You will also find a short video featuring one former and two current Indianapolis Colts players who share their connections to CYO and the valuable role this played in their development as professional athletes and as Catholic men.  I am confident you will recognize these Colts players, and will be inspired by their messages!

Finally, please forward this email with the links below to everyone you know who might have a connection to our Catholic faith, to CYO, or to CYO Camp. Please help us make sure that no one is left saying, “Gosh, if only I had known.”

May you stay safe and healthy, and may God bless you and those you love always in all ways!

Bruce Scifres
CYO Executive Director

Speaker, Ugochi Ohale is a Neurofeedback Trainer and Coach. She is a wife, mother of 6, sister, and colleague. Her passion for Neurofeedback and the urge to bring it to Hamilton County came from her clinical and personal experiences.

She has a Master’s of Art degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Master’s of Art degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a Licensed Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Virginia.


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Financial Aid Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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