The OLMA Overview -- November 17, 2017
I'm still getting used to the shorter days and can't believe that it's almost Thanksgiving, but here we are! Thanks to the Eaise Family we also got a jump start on our outdoor Christmas decorations. They are beautiful and will put us right into the Christmas spirit as we return from Thanksgiving and begin our Advent Angel tradition. It's a favorite, for sure.

I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help at last week's Open House. It was incredibly successful, with nearly 90 families onsite to explore all that OLMA has to offer. The feedback we've received so far was very positive -- and applications for the Class of 2022 are pouring in!

While they still have two shows to go, the cast and crew of Footloose The Musical have outdone themselves. They had a great opening night on Wednesday and hope to perform to sell-out crowds tonight and tomorrow. Both shows begin at 7 PM. Please come out and support our student actors.

It's safe to say that come Monday our halls will be buzzing in anticipation of OLMA's Semi-Formal set for Tuesday, as well as for Thanksgiving break. The Semi will be held at Adelphia's in Deptford and promises to be an enchanting evening set to the theme of Beauty and the Beast .

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. May we all enjoy this special time with family and friends and remain thankful for God's many blessings. -- Mrs. Coyle

Student Spotlight
Madison Rudolph, Class of 2019
If there's one thing Madison Rudolph understands, it's family. While she has only one sibling (Mia, Class of 2020) her extended family is large -- especially when you add in the many friends who have become like family to the Rudolphs. "There are always lots of people in my house," said Madison. "My parents always make everyone feel welcome and right at home."

It's that same love of home and family that first attracted Madison to OLMA when she shadowed in 8th grade. "I came from The Ellison School, which was small, so the atmosphere at OLMA felt very much the same," said Madison. "I liked the fact that everyone was close and very accepting and that I could be myself."

While here, Madison has discovered quite a bit about herself. She's a student athlete and able to handle the rigors of school and sports. While lacrosse is her favorite, Madison also plays volleyball and was on the soccer team during her first two years at OLMA. Madison also likes helping others and does it both in and out of school. Her parents, Gina and Mark Rudolph, are the founders of The Dream Foundation -- an organization that assists families with children who are ill and in need of financial resources. Madison has helped with fundraisers, as well with collecting tons of toys each Christmas that help put smiles on the faces of children who spend the holidays in the hospital. At school, Madison is an active member of Interact.

Looking ahead, Madison is considering a career in physical therapy. "I love Mrs. Donovan's Exercise Science class," she said. "It relates a lot to what I hope to do and makes me more aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making good choices."

Top of mind at the moment for Madision, is Junior Ring Mass -- a tradition and right of passage at OLMA. "I can't wait," she said. "I'm also excited for lacrosse season and my very first prom." We are excited for you too, Madison. Keep up the good work!

Footloose and Fancy Free
No one was standing still at Wednesday night's performance of Footloose The Musical ! Opening night of the annual musical, presented by OLMA and St. Augustine Prep, went off without a hitch to the delight of a great crowd.

Couldn't make it on Wednesday? No problem! The show runs again tonight and tomorrow night at 7 PM in Carew Hall. It's a blast, so make a night of it in support of this great group of student actors and musicians.
A Veterans Day Tribute
The members of OLMA's Vocal Performance class, under the direction of Mrs. Blackshear, treated students to special tribute to America's veterans. The provided some history of each branch of the U.S. Military and sang songs from each. Here's their rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. Simply gorgeous.
In an Instant!
Life can change in an instant and for the OLMA seniors who participated in Instant Decision and Interview Day last week, that's exactly what happened. OLMA was visited by representatives from 10 colleges and universities. Students had the opportunity to follow up on their applications with an interview and told -- on the spot -- if they got in! Students also had the option of interviewing with colleges that were brand new to them so as to get a feel for the schools, as well as some extra practice. The day yielded 44 interviews, 30 acceptances and lots of cheers and smiles.
Chocolate Sale Wraps on November 27
When it comes to holiday hostess gifts, decadent desserts for your table, or a special treat for the mail carrier, Gertrude Hawk has you covered. Right now, all OLMA students are armed with catalogs and ready to help! The best part is that 40% of the proceeds will go directly back into your daughter's account. It will remain there under lock and key until her senior trip to Disney rolls around. It’s never too soon to start saving, so break out those catalogs over the weekend and ramp up your sales. The deadline for orders is November 27!
Like to Luau?
You may not be able to get to Hawaii in February, but we can bring it to you -- well, almost! On Saturday, February 24, the OLMA Parents Society will hold the Annual 50-50 Drawing Party -- the school's largest fundraiser of the year. This year's theme is -- you guessed it -- a Luau Party!

We hope you will join us. Raffle tickets are available at a cost of $100 each and include dinner for two at the drawing party and the chance to win up to $10,000. We also hope you will consider lending your support in the form of an item for our Tricky Tray Auction and/or a cash donation. Any and all support is greatly appreciated.

Find out more and reserve your winning ticket today!
Me and My Shadow
Have You Ordered SCRIP Yet?
Thanks to the volunteer efforts of freshmen parent, Mikilyn Hiles, the SCRIP program at OLMA has a new spring in its step! Never heard of it before? No worries! SCRIP is a great way to earn extra cash for OLMA and for your daughter. All you need to do is purchase gift cards for the places where you shop through the SCRIP program. You pay face value and the school gets a percentage back. That percentage (varies by retailer) is split between OLMA and your family. Complete packets of information were sent home with your daughters last week. Orders are placed each Friday and vouchers will be sent home monthly! For more information, please call or text Mrs. Hiles at 609-675-6706.
Calendar Reminders

OLMA/Prep Musical (Footloose!) -- November 17 & 18

Parent/Student Q2 Progress Check -- November 21

OLMA Semiformal @ Adelphia's -- November 21

Noon Dismissal -- November 21

Thanksgiving Break -- November 22-26

Junior Ring Mass -- December 8 @ 8:30 AM
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