The OLMA Overview -- October 11, 2019
While Sisterhood is an everyday thing at OLMA, it was way over the top this morning. More than 200 of us in all, split into eight color-coded families and had a blast on the first Sisterhood Day of the new school year. While the day was most definitely fun, it was so much more than that. It was young women stepping out of their comfort zones doing some pretty wacky things for the good of their families. It was about students emerging as leaders in unexpected ways. It was about girls being themselves -- so comfortable in their own skin that they felt invincible.

While the competition was fierce, it divided no one. In fact, it brought the entire student body closer together than ever before. Many thanks to Mrs. Donovan and Student Government for planning the day. Just when I think Sisterhood Day can't get any better, it does. That's OLMA.

On Wednesday I joined Ms. Valore, Mrs. Szawlewicz, Ms. Farnoly, and Mr. Lenguadoro in recognizing our students for both academic and leadership accomplishments. Each year at this assembly, we also recognize an outstanding OLMA educator, one who is instrumental not just in the academic life of a student, but who also demonstrates constant care about the whole student. This year's "Faculty on Fire" award went to Beth Hopman. I hope you will take the time to read some of what her students had to say about her later in this issue of the Overview.

While we're on the topic of greatness, have you been watching our fall athletes? They are fantastic on all fronts and are surprising even the toughest of competitors. A-MAZING job so far this season.

Thank you for the privilege of knowing your daughters. It's days like today that remind me of how fortunate I am to be here. Have a wonderful long weekend. -- Mrs. Coyle

P.S. -- Last week's Communion Breakfast and Sisterhood Ceremony was awesome! It was so great to see such a packed house. Below are some video highlights and a link to photos taken by Eddie Torres of Jet Images. Feel free to download any of the images. There are some great ones here. Enjoy.
Student Spotlight: Meet Emma Hess,
Class of 2022
When it came to choosing a high school, Emma Hess could have gone anywhere. She decided to follow in her sister's footsteps and attend OLMA. "I actually chose OLMA because it was all girls," she said. "I know that might sound strange to an 8th grader who is looking at high schools, but it's true. Academics are important to me and I didn't want any distractions. Plus, OLMA has a family atmosphere that you don't see other places. We are all extremely close and care about each other."

Emma said the family feel extends to OLMA's sports teams. "I play midfield on the soccer team and we are all so open," she said. " We've all made goals this season, so our team has a great sense of equality. We are teammates and want to see each other do well." OLMA Soccer is doing that and then some this season as they just clinched the CAL's United Division Championship

In addition to sports and her studies, Emma is also involved in service. "I was in Interact last year and will be joining the club again in January once Driver's Ed is finished," she said. "I really enjoy it." As a freshman, Emma spent her Mini-Mester week at St. John of God working with disabled teenagers. "I was so afraid at first and worried that they wouldn't like me," said Emma. "I was worried for no reason, because the kids were so sweet and caring and loved having us there. They never let their disabilities keep them from being happy."

This year, Emma is excited to travel to New Orleans for her Mini-Mester. "I can't wait to learn about the history and visit such an interesting place," she said. "I'm also looking forward to the Powder Puff game next month, as well as everything else that's coming up this year."

Looking ahead, Emma's love for all things sports is steering her toward a career in Physical Therapy. "I am really into sports, which has made me very attune to my body and the stress it's under when I'm playing," she said. "I want to help people with injuries, especially those related to sports, to get better and back to doing what they love."

Sounds like a plan, Emma. In the meantime, enjoy sophomore year!
And the "Faculty on Fire" Award Goes to:
...Ms. Hopman! During the fall Student Recognition ceremony each year, Mrs. Coyle also recognizes a faculty member who goes and above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to caring for her students. Here is some of what Ms. Hopman's students had to say:

  • She is willing to stay after school, give up her lunch, or work with you at break. 
  • She treats each of us as if we are her own daughter. 
  • She Is best teacher anyone could ever ask for. Not only does she teach the material clearly, but she makes the lessons fun and easy to understand. She doesn't just come into OLMA everyday to teach; she comes as a friend and a mentor.
  • Her quick wit and humor never fails to make our class laugh 
  • She is one of those teachers that you bond so easily with right from when you walk into her classroom.
  • She makes every single person that enters the classroom feel at home and at ease instantly. 
  • She is always there to listen to your problems and provide advice if needed.
  • She truly deserves all the positive recognition in the world, as a wonderful teacher and person
  • She is willing to put the time in so you feel comfortable with the topic. 
  • Ms. Hopman is special because she loves us like a mom, and is always willing to help us with anything. Additionally, she is really funny in and out of the classroom.
  • Not only can you go to her for help with school, but she is always there whenever you’ve had a rough day or just need advice. She is waiting with open arms and listening ears.
  • Ms. Hopman is one of the most loving, caring, patient, and, amazing teachers I have ever had.
  • Mrs. Hopman is a beautiful, brilliant, understanding teacher, but most importantly she is a nurturing and caring friend who will always come to our aid whenever we ask for her assistance. She gives me a reason to look forward to each day and to never give up.

Congratulations, Ms. Hop!
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OLMA OPEN HOUSE -- OCTOBER 27
Help us spread the word about our upcoming OPEN HOUSE! It's set for Sunday, October 27, from 2-5 PM. We have a great afternoon planned. We will be showcasing all that OLMA has to offer with the help of faculty, staff, students, families, and alumnae. Prospective students and families can register by visiting our website , or calling us at 856-697-2008. For more information, contact Mrs. Kinkade in OLMA Admissions at mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org. It's going to be a great day!
OLMA Adds Bowling to Winter Sports Lineup!
A Duel AND $100 Up for Grabs!
Every event ticket will earn its owner a chance to win a raffle worth $100 at the new OLMA OUTFITTERS online store or the OLMA Cafe! The more tickets you sell, the more chances you get!

Join us for an evening of Dueling Pianos on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7-11 PM. There will be music by The Philly Keys, the tri-state area's best dueling pianos band. The event will also feature auction items and raffle baskets. Ice, dessert, water, and coffee will be provided. BYOEE -- Bring Your Own Everything Else! This event is sponsored by the Green & Gold Club in support of OLMA Athletics. Click here to get tickets!

NOTE: NEW reduced price for table of 8!
DONATE BLOOD and Save Lives

An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood or platelets, but of those, less than 10 percent actually donate each year. If you are healthy and eligible, please come out to donate on November 12 at OLMA. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of our effort to save lives. If you are not sure if you're eligible to donate, come on over and find out. We will have cookies waiting either way!

Drive Details:
November 12, 2019
8:30 AM--1:30 PM AND 2:00 PM--8:00 PM
Carew Hall

Make your appointment today. Go to REDCROSS.ORG and sign up using sponsor code: OLMA.
THIS IS SISTERHOOD
Sisterhood Day was as good as it gets. From team cheers and banners, to breast cancer awareness pumpkin and door creations, to hula hoops, canoe races, Jeopardy, rock-paper-scissors, and more, it was one for the record books. The girls gave their all for their team -- their sisters. Watch for photos and video to come next week! Great job, girls. Your spirit and love for one another is beyond compare.
Upcoming Events


Columbus Day; NO School -- October 14

PSATs -- October 16; 1 PM Dismissal (Seniors off)

Daughters of Mercy Pasta Dinner -- October 20

OLMA on Broadway -- October 23

Parent-Teacher Conferences -- October 24; 6 PM; 12 PM Dismissal

OPEN HOUSE -- October 27; 2-5 PM (Student and Parent Volunteers Needed)

GROUP Shadow Day -- November 7


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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