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OLMC Family Handbook

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our family handbook. It contains vital information about nearly every aspect of your student’s tenure at OLMC, and the answers to most if not all of the questions you may have about the school can be found in its pages.

School Hours

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Regular Day 7:30 - 2:30
Delayed Opening 9:30 - 2:30
Early Dismissal 7:30 - 11:45


Contact Information

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Phone Number: 973-334-1017

Address: 205 Oak Street, Boonton

Email: school@olmcboonton.org


Uniforms

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The uniform is one of the hallmarks of good Catholic education, and, indeed, of Classical education. It helps to knit together the learning community, creates a visible token of unity and solidarity, establishes a tone of academic seriousness for the classroom, and provides a diverse student body with a uniformly attractive self-presentation. The uniform does not suppress individuality—rather, in this increasingly shallow age, it suppresses superficiality and invites students to distinguish themselves on matters of substance.

For this reason, maintaining the school uniform in class is imperative. All students must be in uniform every day, unless an explicit exception is made (there will be out-of-uniform days during the course of the school year). If there is a time when the prescribed uniform cannot for some legitimate reason be worn, a note from the parent/guardian must be written to the headmaster. Students who are out of uniform without this explanation may not be permitted to attend class. Students who repeatedly violate the uniform guidelines may be required to serve Detention.

Our uniform vendor is French Toast. Click HERE for our school-specific page, which outlines uniform pieces by grade. Where applicable (in the case of clothing without the school logo/crest or uniform plaid), parents are invited to select generic attire from other vendors as long as they match the color and style of the official school uniform.

The following are OLMC’s uniform guidelines as outlined in the Family Handbook.

+ Boys Uniform, Pre-Primary

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Flat front khaki pants or shorts (no cargo shorts/pants)
  • White or Black sneakers, monochrome
  • White crew socks
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Solid Leather Shoes, Black or Brown, *OPTIONAL

+ Girls Uniform, Pre-Primary

Option 1:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Khaki kick pleat scooter

Option 2:

  • Navy 2-in-1 Pleated Dress

To wear with both options:

  • White or Black Sneakers, Monochrome
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest)
  • Solid navy knee-high socks or tights
  • Solid navy headband or bow *OPTIONAL
  • Solid leather shoes, black or brown *OPTIONAL

+ Boys Uniform, Grades K-3

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Flat front khaki pants or shorts (no cargo shorts/pants)
  • White or Black sneakers, monochrome
  • White crew socks
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Solid Leather Shoes, Black or Brown, *OPTIONAL

+ Girls Uniform, Grades K-3

Option 1:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Khaki kick pleat scooter

Option 2:

  • White short or long sleeve Oxford blouse with princess seams
  • Plaid Round Neck Jumper

To wear with both options:

  • White or Black Sneakers, Monochrome
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest)
  • Solid navy knee-high socks or tights
  • Solid navy headband or bow *OPTIONAL
  • Solid Leather Shoes, Black or Brown, *OPTIONAL

+ Boys Uniform, Grades 4-5

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Flat front khaki pants or shorts (no cargo shorts/pants)
  • White or Black sneakers, monochrome
  • White crew socks
  • Black or brown belt that matches shoes
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Solid Leather Shoes, Black or Brown, *OPTIONAL

+ Girls Uniform, Grades 4-5

Option 1:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Plaid two-tab scooter

Option 2:

  • White short or long sleeve Oxford blouse with princess seams
  • Plaid Round Neck Jumper

Option 3:

  • White short or long sleeve Oxford blouse with princess seams
  • Navy V-neck sweater vest or cardigan sweater (with OLMC Crest)
  • Plaid two-tab scooter

To wear with all options:

  • White or Black Sneakers, Monochrome
  • Solid navy knee-high socks or tights
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Solid navy headband or bow *OPTIONAL
  • Solid Leather Shoes, Black or Brown, *OPTIONAL

+ Boys Uniform, Grades 6-8

Option 1:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Flat front khaki pants or shorts (no cargo shorts/pants)
  • White crew socks

Option 2:

  • White short or long-sleeve Oxford shirt
  • Flat front khaki pants or shorts (no cargo shorts/pants)
  • White crew socks

To wear with all options:

  • Solid leather shoes, black or brown
  • Black or brown belt, to match shoes
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Navy tie *OPTIONAL
  • Navy classic school blazer *OPTIONAl FOR MASS DAYS

+ Girls Uniform, Grades 6-8

Option 1:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Plaid pleated skirt
  • Solid navy knee-high socks or tights

Option 2:

  • Navy or white short or long sleeve pique polo shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Navy or khaki flat-front pants
  • White crew socks

Option 3:

  • White short or long sleeve Oxford blouse with princess seams
  • Navy V-neck sweater vest or cardigan sweater (with OLMC Crest)
  • Navy or khaki flat-front pants
  • White crew socks

Option 4:

  • White short or long-sleeve Oxford blouse with princess seams
  • Navy V-neck sweater vest or cardigan sweater (with OLMC Crest)
  • Plaid pleated skirt
  • Solid navy knee-high socks or tights

To wear with all options:

  • Solid leather shoes, black or brown
  • Navy anti-pill v-neck cardigan (with OLMC crest) *OPTIONAL
  • Solid navy headband or bow *OPTIONAL

+ Gym Uniform

The gym uniform is mandatory for grades 6-8 and optional for grades 4-5. For students in Pre-Primary through 3rd grade, this will only be worn on field days

  • Gold heavy cotton tee shirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Navy mesh gym shorts (with OLMC crest)
  • Navy heavy cotton crewneck sweatshirt (with OLMC crest)
  • Navy heavyweight closed bottom sweatpant (with OLMC crest)
  • Navy cadet collar sweatshirt (with OLMC crest)

N.B. - No outerwear (coats, jackets, scarves, sweatshirts, etc.), may be worn in school during the school day except during recess or other appropriate activity.

For further information about the uniform requirements concerning shoes, hair, cosmetics, jewelry, winter accommodations, and neatness, please consult pages 33 and following of the Family Handbook.


Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

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All students will enter and depart from school at normal arrival and dismissal times through the Gym doors (the doors in the courtyard and on Oak St. and Birch St. are not to be used by students at the beginning and end of the school day). Parents driving students to school enter the parking area from Green St. and exit onto Oak St. Students will be received and supervised by OLMC School staff outside in the dedicated receiving space (weather perming) or the Gym during inclement weather. Parents may either park and escort their children to the dedicated receiving space or drop them off in the travel lane.

Parents who are parking are asked to pull as far forward in the parking lot to park as possible in order to make room for parents who arrive later. Please do not park to the left of the through lane (closer to the school).

With few explicit exceptions, parking in the school parking lot is not permitted between 8:00 and 2:15 to allow for use of the parking lot for outdoor recreation, recess, physical education classes, and other instructional activities. Students arriving to school late or leaving early should be enter and exit ONLY through the Oak St. doors and must be signed in by parents. Parents who attend 8:00 am Mass or otherwise plan to be on campus after 8:00 am should plan to park in the Church parking lot or on the surrounding streets.

The school day begins at 7:30 am when students may enter the building. (Early Drop Off is available at 7:15 am.) In inclement or cold weather, students will be admitted to the school gym after 7:15 am. The school day ends at 2:30 pm; students must be picked up from campus by 2:40 pm.

Parents are expected to ensure that their children arrive to school and are picked up on me, escorting them as necessary and appropriate. Caution, courtesy, and charity on the part of all families and drivers in the parking lot and in the vicinity of the school is, of course, expected. Parents are reminded to drive very slowly and with caution in the school parking area during Pick Up and Drop Off. It is strongly recommended that cell phones not be used at this me. It is imperative that parents follow the directions of the school staff on supervisory duty. Failure to follow directions of school staff may result in not being permitted to drive on school grounds.

After the school day, elementary-school teachers will accompany their students to the parking area for pick up. In the event of inclement weather, students may wait in the Gym for their parents. Parents must notify the school if they wish their children to leave campus with anyone other than the parent.

It is the responsibility of the parent to contact car-pool members and after-school care agencies when a child is absent, leaves school early, or requires other transportation arrangements.

Students who are not picked up by 2:40 pm will be supervised by AfterCare staff.

Inclement Weather: On inclement weather days, when the conditions do not lend themselves to outdoor pick up, students will be dismissed from the Gym. Continuing school operations do not allow for parents to wait for children in the reception area. Parents may enter the Gym through the exterior Gym doors to pick up students at 2:30 (2:20 for Preprimary students).


After Care

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All students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School must be under direct supervision. During the school day (7:30 am - 2:30 pm), students will be supervised by teachers. Any student lingering after school will be supervised by the sponsor of an extracurricular activity or will be enrolled in AfterCare. AfterCare is available each full school day until 6:00 pm.

All students must be supervised when on campus. Students who are not picked up by 2:40 pm will be supervised by AfterCare staff; families will be billed for AfterCare supervision.

Parents who will require AfterCare supervision must make arrangements with the school. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are available.

AfterCare has a dedicated mobile phone number, which is able to receive both voice and text messages: 201.572.8819.


Homework Club

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OLMC is committed to the academic success of our students. Teachers are available to provide occasional tutoring support and an after-school Homework Club is available by advance appointment Tuesday - Thursday, from 2:40 - 4:00 pm for academic support and to provide a time for quiet study.

Homework Club is not an alternative to AfterCare. Students in grades 4 -8 may enroll in Homework Club by appointment with a teacher. No student will be permitted in Homework Club except by advance (24 hrs.) appointment.

All students enrolled in Homework Club must be engaged in active study, either with a teacher or on their own. Students who are not engaged in active study will be released from Homework Club and enrolled in AfterCare.

Parents are responsible for picking up students who attend Homework Club. Students who have permission to walk home must coordinate their schedules with their parents. Students who are not picked up by 4:00 pm will be enrolled in AfterCare.


Illness Policy

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Students should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Accordingly, students who are sent home during the school day with a fever are not permitted to return to school the next day. To report a child’s absence, please call the school at 973-334-2777 before 9:00 a.m.

As a rule, students who are absent due to illness will be granted one day for each day of absence to complete missed assignments, quizzes, or tests. Exceptions to this rule may be made when appropriate.

When a student is absent for three or more days due to illness, a parent may call the school office before 10:00 AM to arrange for homework assignments to be sent home. Homework assignments may be picked up at the school office between 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm.



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