OLMC School Weekly News

OLMC School Weekly News

August 26

Dear 6th grade parents:

Each year, area churches are involved in a Family Fun Day at the Herrin City Park in support of the Herrin House of Hope.  This year, along with our youth selling soda, we'd like to have as many of our 5th/6th grade students we can get to perform one song "Jesus Rocks."  Miss Christy has been working on it with them in music class.  They'd just need to be at the park a little after noon on Sunday, Sept. 10.  They will be free to go after they sing their song around 12:30 p.m.

Please let me know if your child is able to attend, so we can practice with those students especially.

Peace and blessings,


Ms. Faye Myatt

August 25

Dear OLMC School Family,

We made it through our second week of school, and everyone seems to be adjusting to their new schedules.  We have one more week of 2 p.m. dismissals.  We will begin regular 3 p.m. dismissal on Sept. 5.

I want to remind everyone to please return the agreement page of your 2017-2018 Parent/Student Handbook.  Everyone should have received a handbook in their family envelope at orientation.  For those of you who ordered yearbooks, they would have been in that envelope.  If you did not receive a handbook, please pick one up in the office.

Please note in the handbook that students must turn off their phones upon arrival to school.  Students may wear watches, including Apple watches, or Fitbits, but they cannot be connected to a phone while at school.  If you need to get a message to your child during the school day, you must call the school office.

We have begun collecting plastic lids from soda or water bottles.  Please send them to school or bring them to church. If we collect enough, our school can get a free bench made from recycled plastic.

We have about 20 T-shirts left over from last weekend.  They are gray and feature the new school logo in blue.  We only have children’s sizes left:  S, M, L, but if you are interested, they are $10 and available in the office.  Students may wear them on spirit days or free dress days.  In September, free dress day is Sept. 11, and Spirit Day is Sept. 21.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this amazing weather!  Good luck to our Lady Crusaders at their softball tourney in Galatia tomorrow!

Peace and blessings,

Ms. Faye Myatt


August 18

Dear OLMC School Family,

Our first all school mass this morning was wonderful.  It was so great to hear all the singing voices of the children again, and it was nice to see some parents and grandparents in the back to celebrate with us.

Our pre-solar eclipse party will be held this Sunday from 5-8 p.m. on the parking lot.  We have sold 190 dinner tickets, so we should have a nice turnout.  Your dinner includes a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses (for Monday) a bratwurst or a hotdog, baked beans and chips, and a soda or a water. Beer will be on sale for those 21 and older.  There will be a D.J. playing music from 5-7 p.m.  Remember to wear your event T-shirt, if you purchased one.  If you didn't, and would like one, we have a few extras that will be sold that day. Students may wear them to school on spirit days or free dress days. We also have bottles of OLMC new school labeled wine. Bottles are $20, with $10 going back to the new school.  We will also sell any left-over eclipse glasses we have that day.

I'm hoping to get some more volunteers to show up this afternoon/evening to spread the last pile of mulch.  If we can get it all spread out, the children can play on it during the eclipse party.  Please bring a rake or a shovel if you can.  A big thanks to our students and parents who have helped the last two days.  It is no small feat!

For our new parents, and also as a reminder to everyone, there are two reserved parking spots in front of the yellow bar on the corner of Cherry Street and 17th St.  There is a sign that says "Reserved for Auction Winner."  If you are not the auction winner, please do not block these spots. 

Finally, I know everyone is still getting back into the school routine.  Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats breakfast before coming to school. 

If I don't see you at church or at the pre-eclipse party, enjoy Monday's total solar eclipse, and be safe!

Peace and blessings,

Ms. Faye Myatt


August 16

Dear OLMC School Family,

Welcome back!  It is so great to have children in the building again!  I wanted to let you know that I went around to the classes today and spoke to the children about a couple of our students.

One of our students in third grade has alopecia.  Her hair falls out periodically in patches, and so she has some bald spots at the moment.  I just told the students to please not stare or ask questions or make fun of her in any way.

For our new families, we also have a student in junior high who has undergone cancer treatment and has also lost her hair.  We are so happy she is able to join us for school this year when she feels well.  I told the students that the same holds true for her.  Please don't stare or ask questions. These two beautiful girls are just like the rest of them.  We are all the same, made of the same spirit, in God's image.  If you could reiterate this at home with your children, we would appreciate it.

Peace and blessings,


Ms. Faye Myatt

August 8

Dear OLMC School Family,

We are coming up on the beginning of a new school year, and I’m so excited to welcome 16 new families and 25 new students to our K-8 classes.  Here’s the breakdown of new students per class:  K=2 (who were not in our PK); 1st = 5; 2nd = 2; 3rd = 4; 4th = 4; 5th = 2; 6th = 4; 7 = 2.  Please make an effort to meet these new families at orientation and to welcome them to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.

Speaking of orientation/open house, I hope everyone in K-8 will be able to attend Tuesday, Aug. 15.  (Pre-K has a separate orientation on Aug. 16 between 8:10-11 a.m.)  We will start promptly at 6 p.m. in the church.  After a brief meeting, you will be released to the classrooms to meet the teachers and drop off any school supplies you want to bring that night.  We also ask that every family makes it over to the Holy Family Room (after the meeting in church) to pick up your family’s handbook.  If you ordered yearbooks, they will be there, too.  We also will have solar eclipse party event tickets and t-shirts for sale (or for pick-up, if you already ordered).  In addition, you will receive information about the new uniform policy that will take effect next school year.

We will lock up at 8 p.m. sharp, so everyone can get to bed early and be ready for school Wednesday, Aug. 16.  Extended Care will be available on the first day of school (bring a sack lunch).  It will be an 11 a.m. dismissal, and students should wear uniforms.

The online refresher course for child protection is up!  After receiving the initial training, you MUST complete this refresher course every year if you are a coach, faculty or staff, or a volunteer.  Go to: https://safeandsacred-diobelle.org/login/index.php.  Email your certificate of completion to pmaeser@hotmail.com or fmyatt@olmcschool.net .  If you have not attended an initial training, do not try to do the online training!  New coaches, faculty or staff, or volunteers must attend the initial training class.  The next one at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. in Cabrini Hall.  Call the school office to register for this class.

If you shop at Kroger and have a shopper’s card, please take a minute to register it to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Committee.  Just go to Kroger.com and choose organization 10318 under Community Rewards Program.  This brings in between $8,000-10,000 yearly for our school, with no effort on your part, besides linking your card to our school.  If everyone would do this, we could bring in even more!

Another no work money-maker for the school is available on Amazon.com.  If you go to smile.amazon.com, you can choose Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Mary’s Education Foundation as your charity.  Then, every time you shop, a portion goes to our school foundation.

Finally, 18th Street is officially closed between Cherry Street and Monroe Street.  When you drop off students in the morning on Cherry St., please turn left (south) down 18th St. to exit.  We ask that you avoid continuing to 19th St., to avoid construction on the new school.

Peace and blessings!

Ms. Faye Myatt