The OLMA Overview -- April 5, 2019

At OLMA we talk a lot about the importance of building self-confidence and learning to like ourselves for who we are -- for the people God intended us to be. When it comes to self-image, I believe we are all perfectly imperfect. It's those perfect imperfections that make each of us each unique and special. That's certainly the case here at OLMA.

We want our students to understand and embrace what's special about them -- and to use whatever that is to achieve success. While it may seem easier said than done, I see it happening here every day. While the academic, leadership and extracurricular programming we provide play an important role, it's the addition of our all-girls environment that gives OLMA students the edge. It seems that we are in good company as research commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools found that the majority of girls' school grads report higher self-confidence than their coed peers. While we continue to build upon all that we offer our students, we are grateful and proud to be all girls. In and out of the classroom, our students are building their self-confidence and thriving.

Our spring athletes are evidence of this. The Crew Team opened its season last weekend and Track and Field, Softball and Lacrosse began competition this week. The heart and passion within our players and coaches are incredible. Their fans are pretty great too. Despite the cold and windy weather we had on Tuesday afternoon, the Softball Team had a great cheering section. Your support means the world to our athletes!

I am blessed to be part of the OLMA family and I hope you feel the same. I wish you all a beautiful spring weekend. Cherish it and each other. -- Mrs. Coyle
Showing Compassion to Four-Legged Friends
The OLMA Compassion Quest Mini-Mester crew was at it again last Saturday. They met at OLMA to make snuffle mats and pull toys and then headed over to the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter. Once there, they were put to work doing anything that needed doing. They walked dogs, fed cats, raked leaves, pulled weeds, folded laundry, filed paperwork, and more. It was an amazing day!

This weekend, the team's focus will be on our veterans. Watch for additional information and photos on social media.
A quick group shot upon arrival at the animal shelter.
The girls made snuffle mats and pull toys for dogs and cats.
Lucia and Maddie took this young girl on a walk outside.
Jess and Kami fold laundry.
Raking and picking up leaves were among the chores on our list.
Weeds were no match for our team.
Lucia makes friends with one of the shelter dogs who loves to play.
Kimmy and Ariana watch as one of the cats discovers a special treat.
Meet Madge! She had an awesome time finding hidden treats in one of new snuffle mats we made.
Help Us Help
Coming up are two opportunities to help make a difference. The first is a food drive that's being held in conjunction with an upcoming Compassion Quest project. A free dress down day awaits students who help their homeroom class bring in at least 100 items. Please see the flyer on the left for specific requests. Thank you!
The second service opportunity involves lacing up your sneakers and joining us for a day on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on May 11. Both OLMA and St. Augustine Prep will have teams of student volunteers and walkers/runners for the Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk. Students and families are welcome to join in the fun. Please email Mrs. Kinkade at mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org by April 29 if you are interested. Thanks.
OLMA Athletics Parent Meetings
OLMA Cheer: Parent Meeting on April 9 from 6:30-7:45 PM. Incoming freshmen are welcome to attend.

All Fall Sports: There will be a mandatory Fall Sports Parents Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM in Carew Hall Gymnasium. All of the pertinent information and forms will be presented. Any young lady interested in playing a fall sport, including incoming freshman, should attend. Short team meetings with coaches will follow to discuss summer and season schedules.
Summer Series Is Back!
If you know of a middle-school girl who is looking for some fun this summer send her our way. The Summer at OLMA Series of Academic and Athletic Camps is back and better than ever. With 12 camps to choose from, fun is forecast for every day.

Academic Camps include Math and Writing Enrichment (for OLMA incoming freshmen), Robotics, and Choosing Courage: Bravery and Leadership for Girls. This summer's athletics camps include Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Tennis, and Swim.

All the details are available on our website. Click on the button below or go to Summer at OLMA Series on OLMANJ.ORG to find out more and register.
PROM Tickets On Sale
Say Yes and Bring In the Dress
The OLMA Interact Club is collecting gently worn PROM dresses for donation to Becca's Closet . This organization is named for Becca, a 16 year old cheerleader, honor student, and caring young woman, who passed away in a tragic automobile accident on August 20, 2003. Today, her family and friends not only remember Becca for her great love and friendship, but also for her contributions to the community, which included a prom dress drive. Today, the drive she began continues in her name. You can help by donating long or short dresses that you no longer wear. The will be given to high school girls who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Please see Rachel Donahue or Mrs. Kinkade with questions.
Sign Up By April 12!
Please stop by the Guidance office to register!
It Only Takes One To Win!
Upcoming Events



Designer Bag BINGO -- April 6; 6 PM (SOLD OUT)

Compassion Quest Veteran's Project - - April 7, 2019

Mindful Monday YOGA -- April 8
6 PM



OLMA Cheer Parent Meeting -- April 9; 6:30-7:45 PM

Mass -- April 11; 10 AM

Sisterhood Day/Noon Dismissal -- April 17

Easter Break -- April 18-26

Freshmen & Sophomores to Participate in CAP Training for Teens -- Late April

OLMA Prom -- May 2

Spring Fest -- May 4

Accepted Student's Saturday -- May 4

Fall Sports Parent Meeting -- May 15

We hope you enjoy the OLMA Overview. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Mrs. Kinkade at 856.697.2008, ext. 140, or email her at: mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org