Family Newsletter: Nov. 17th, 2023

Upcoming Events

Nov. 21-22 – St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanksgiving Pie Collection. See below for more details.

Nov. 22-26 – No school. Thanksgiving Break.

Nov. 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM – Service Event. See below for Sign-Up Sheet.

Nov. 27 – Classes resume for all grades.

Dec. 2 – OMC Bag Bingo. Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade. See below for more details on both events.

Dec. 3 – Breakfast with Santa at Chestnut Hill College. See below for more details.

Google Calendar

Principal’s Corner

Please remember to exit left at the “exit” sign at the bottom of the circle. Drive around the fields to exit left, at the Germantown Avenue entrance.

OMC Eighth Graders are beginning a new art project with Ms. Abby! As we continue our effort to rebuild OMC, our Eighth Graders are working hard to construct a cardboard version of our school in time for the art show this winter!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Your partner in education,

Dr. Sheetz

Alumni Update!

Congratulations to Emily Kellmeyer from the class of 2020!

Last week, Emily took part in National Signing Day at Merion Mercy Academy, committing to row for George Washington University starting in the fall.

Being recruited to play a varsity sport in college is no easy feat. In fact, only about 7% of high school athletes make it to the next level, and less than 2% go on to play at NCAA Division I schools.

In addition to being a dedicated rower, Emily holds a variety of leadership positions at Merion Mercy, including serving on the Ministry Team’s core team and as the Ministry Team advisor. She is vice president of the Catherine McAuley chapter of the National Honor Society, and student leader of Blue Key Society’s leadership team and Mercy Mission Corps. She is service director of the Environmental Club and a member of Rho Kappa Honor Society.

Congratulations, Emily! OMC is proud to have been your academic home!

OMC Community Events

OMC Bag Bingo, December 2nd!

Join us for 10 rounds of bingo for a chance to win a designer handbag and other exciting prizes!

Doors open at 6:30 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (815 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia)!

Desserts will be available and players are encouraged to bring their own dinner, drinks, and snacks to share with their table.

Tickets are $35/person or $350 for a table of 10. Don’t forget to add your extra bingo cards and raffle tickets for more chances to win big!

All profits from the night will benefit OMC and the rebuilding of our school!

Buy Your Ticket!

St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanksgiving Pie Collection, Nov. 21st-22nd

OMC Community Service, Nov. 22nd, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM!

Join fellow OMC families in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, November 22nd to help stock two Germantown Fridge locations with sandwiches and messages of thanks.

We will also collect non-perishable items to donate to a local charity. If you can’t make it but would like to drop off a donation, we will be in the hall from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Please review the needed items in the Sign-Up Sheet below and volunteer to join us. Email Aileen Harbour ( for more information.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

Thanksgiving Sign-Up Sheet
OMC #iGiveCatholic Campaign has begun! We have started to raise funds to further strengthen our Fire Recovery Fund and will continue to do so until Giving Tuesday, November 28.

Throughout the Thanksgiving season, we invite all members of the OMC community to share our donation link and what you believe makes OMC such a special place for you and your child with friends and family on social media or in person.

Donations can be made electronically at our donation page linked at the bottom of this section. Donors can give via cash or check mailed to the attention of Shane Sprandio at OMC’s Parish Office located at 9 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. If you choose to give via cash or check, please be sure that your gift is labelled “I give Catholic.”

We also invite donors to review and share our Matching Gift Program to see if your employer can double your impact on our school community. Please be aware that certain exclusions may apply. Check with your employer to learn more about their gift matching program.

We look forward to this campaign celebrating Catholic education at OMC while we strengthen its future together.


Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade, December 2!

Join OMC for Chestnut Hill’s Annual Holiday Parade on December 2! Each year OMC students and Cub Scout Pack 1855 march in the parade to represent our school community.

All members of the OMC community are encouraged to join the parade! The parade lines up at OMC Parish School. Be there by 8:45 AM!

We hope to see you there!

Breakfast with Santa, December 3!

Join us at the Rotunda on December 3 at 9:30 AM in St. Joseph Hall at Chestnut Hill College for breakfast and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Tickets for the breakfast are $20/adult and $10/child for children ages 2-12. All children under 2 can enter at no cost.

For directions to St. Joseph Hall, please refer to the college’s Campus Map. St. Joseph Hall is labelled #8.

Click the button below for tickets!

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

2023-2024 Academic Year

OMC CYO Basketball Registration Open!

OMC CYO Basketball is now open for all students in 3rd-8th Grade! Registration costs $150 per player. Practices are usually 75 minutes long and games are typically scheduled for Saturdays.

There will be separate teams for Boys and Girls in 3rd and 4th Grades. There will be two practices per week for these teams starting in December. Games will begin in January and run through February. There are no cuts for 3rd and 4th Grade teams.

5th-8th graders will play on four separate teams: 5th/6th Girls, 7th/8th Boys, 5th/6th Girls, and 7th/8th Girls. Two practices per week will begin in November for these teams. Practices will shift to once or twice per week in December with one game per week. Any players that are cut will receive a full refund of their registration fees.

If we have too many players for one team at a given level we will try to accommodate everyone by forming multiple teams if gym space and coaches are available.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to be added to the basketball email list, please contact Kelly Morano (, OMC CYO Athletic Director.

3rd and 4th Grade Registration
5th-8th Grade Registration

Financial Aid for 2024-2025

FACTS Application Open

The application for financial aid for 2024-2025 from FACTS is now open.

Please complete the application at the link below.

FACTS Application

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

CSFP is now accepting financial aid applications for students in grades K-8 for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The application will remain open until March 1st, 2024.

If you’d like to apply, fill in the application linked below and the form for FACTS.

If you have any questions about CSFP, please reach out to OMC’s Program Ambassador Kamesha Callands (

Apply for CSFP


Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) provides financial aid to qualifying OMC families through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.

To learn more about BLOCS, including their eligibility requirements for families, check their FAQ. If you’d like to apply for financial aid from BLOCS, complete the FACTS application.

Become a Donor

The EITC and OSTC programs allow businesses and individuals who pay taxes in the state of Pennsylvania to redirect their tax bill to financial aid for OMC students and receive up to a 90% tax credit for a two-year commitment.

Donating to OMC through these programs helps to ensure that Catholic education remains accessible to all our families.

If you’d like to learn more about this giving opportunity, contact Shane Sprandio (

High School Information

High School Admissions Events

Martin Saints Classical

Shadow Days: Oct. 2nd-May 24th. Schedule your student’s here.

Saint Joseph’s Prep

Click here for more information on St. Joseph’s Prep admission events.

Villa Victoria

Shadow Day: Dec. 15th. Click here top schedule a tour or shadow day.

Application Deadline: Nov. 30th Application Deadline.

Volunteer for OMC

All new OMC volunteers need to pass background checks. More information on these checks with links to the services that provide them can be found on our Volunteer for OMC Page.

Volunteers will also need to register for and complete the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Child and Youth Protection training Protecting God’s Children.

To check the schedule and register for a session, click the button below. To find new sessions in the Philadelphia area, click the scroll down menu and navigate to “Philadelphia, PA (Archdiocese).”

Schedule and Registration

OMC Board of Limited Jurisdiction

The purpose of OMC’s Board of Limited Jurisdiction (BLJ), in collaboration with the Principal and Pastor, is to foster the highest possible standards of academic and Catholic religious education for all students. Board Members are:
Madeline Franze, SSJ, Chair

Alexis Abate

Bernadine Ahonkai, Ed. D.

Peter Amuso, Esq.

Kathleen Boyle, SSJ

Pat Cunningham

Margaret Crofton

Brendan Dwyer

Stewart Graham, Esq.

Sue Oleszewski, O. D.

Mary Osirim, Ph. D.

Uniform Resources