The OLMA Overview -- October 5, 2019
I cannot wait to see you all tomorrow for our Communion Breakfast and Sisterhood Ceremony. We are expecting a crowd of more than 300 people for Mass and breakfast, which is fantastic and speaks volumes about our combined commitment to celebrating our faith and spirit of sisterhood.

Behind the Communion Breakfast and every special event we have at OLMA is a committee of parents. Many thanks to those of you who joined me for wine and cheese on Wednesday night to learn more about our Parents Society and how to help. We could not do it without you.

By now, I hope you have have seen the new and improved OLMA OUTFITTERS online store. This was a huge undertaking, but well worth the effort to be able to provide such professionally branded merchandise. Watch for special promotions at least twice a month. If you have suggestions that you'd like to pass along, please reach out to Mrs. Kinkade. Additional items will be added over time.

Next week marks the first official Sisterhood Day of the school year. Student Government, under the direction of Mrs. Donovan has worked very hard to make this day extra special. I look forward to 100% attendance for this unique celebration of the OLMA Sisterhood.

Congratulations to the OLMA Cheer squad. You were amazing last night! See you all tomorrow. -- Mrs. Coyle
Student Spotlight: Meet Emily Torrence,
Class of 2020
Every so often, a student transfers to OLMA as an upperclassmen and fits in so well that in no time at all it's hard to remember that she hasn't been here since day one. That is Emily Torrence. Now a senior, Emily transferred to OLMA as a junior -- on the first day of school. Of course, we knew right away that she was exactly the type of young woman that OLMA was made for. We were thrilled to have her and in true OLMA fashion, her new sisters welcomed her with open arms.

Emily jumped right in. She joined Chorus and Select Chorus. She missed tryouts for the musical, but performed along with other OLMA students in the St. Augustine Cabaret. She sang at Junior Ring Mass and took an active role in the Interact Club. Emily also excelled academically and was inducted into the National Honor Society. This year, Emily is helping to manage Chorus, is a member of Select Chorus and will play "Wednesday" in the Adams Family musical set for November. But that's not all.

Tonight, Emily will compete in a local prelim to the Miss America pageant with hopes of moving on to become Miss New Jersey. As a contestant, she is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network and for the Miss America Scholarship Fund. Her personal platform, though is what excites her the most. "I love environmental and marine science and am passionate about keeping our waterways clean and safe ," she said. "That's why I chose 'Keep the Seas Plastic Free' as my personal platform. I'm working on educating people about how the use of plastic affects the environment." It was this same passion that inspired Emily to choose Ms. Coppinger's Biodiversity Mini-Mester last spring. She and a group of other students traveled to Cedar Key, FL. In addition to snorkeling with manatees and kayaking down the Swanee River, Emily helped make a television commercial about the need to reduce the use of plastic. It later aired on local channels.

Not surprisingly, Emily hopes to study Marine Biology and Law in college with the goal of pursuing a career in Environmental Law. She has applied to 11 colleges. Her top three include the University of Miami, Pepperdine and Eckerd College. "My top choice is University of Miami, but I love Eckerd too," she said. "When I visited it gave me OLMA vibes, so that's also a top contender." While Emily is a self-proclaimed Math and Science girl, she does quite well on the Language Arts front too. Last year she took AP Language Arts and scored a very impressive 5 on the AP test. Can you say, WOW?

Emily has it all, which is why we know she will shine at tonight's pageant. Congratulations and go get 'em, Emily!
OLMA OUTFITTERS: NOW OPEN

OLMA OUTFITTERS is back and better than before! You now have tees, sweats, bags, hats, mugs and hundreds of other OLMA branded merchandise for sale through our new online store. Online purchases typically ship within 24 hours, and there will always be an opportunity to redeem a discount on your order, or a free item. Check out the new site and sign up to receive emails on promotions.

Speaking of promotions, you can now enjoy Grand Opening savings of 25% off all tees until October 18. Shop today and get your OLMA spirit in high gear!
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!
SIGN UP TO DONATE BLOOD

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.
We Challenge You to a Duel!
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!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
A Taste of Mexico
"Hoy las chicas presentan México en la clase de español. ¡Qué rico está todo!"

In other words: The girls are presenting Mexico in Spanish Class. Everything is delicious!

Upcoming Events


Communion Breakfast and Sisterhood Ceremony -- October 6, 10 AM

Academic Awards Ceremony -- October 8, 10 AM

Junior Parent College Planning Meeting -- October 8, 6:30 PM

Sisterhood Day -- October 11; 12 PM Dismissal

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)



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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