Newsletter: The Season of Advent

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fr-johnFrom Our Pastor – December 4, 2016

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is grateful to have a devoted pastor leading our school and parish in the ways of the Catholic faith. We invite you to read Fr. John’s thoughts on Catholic education on the Pastor page of our website. Thank you for supporting Catholic education.


CalendarHappening this Week:

Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:

You can access our full, interactive calendar on our website or print off our 2016-17 PDF calendar.


This Week On Campus – The 1st Week of Advent

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Advent has begun, and it shows all around campus. Thanks goes out to our Home & School board and faith formation committee, who decorated the school in the festive spirit of the season. Our kindergarten made Advent chains to count down the days until Christmas, and the cafeteria saw the return of a certain elf on the shelf.

Our girl scout troops also had the opportunity to participate in Tempe’s Fantasy of Lights Parade sponsored by Wells Fargo. Troop 1473 went Christmas caroling and met with residents at Friendship Village, a local senior living facility.

We’d also like to thank all those who attended Grand Canyon University‘s Catholic Schools Night. It was a great way to celebrate the community spirit of Catholic schools in the diocese. Don’t forget to turn in your ticket stubs to your homeroom teacher to qualify for a spirit dress day December 16th.

And finally, the student council capped off our week with a delicious donut sale. What a sweet reward to end our first week of Advent. We wish you all a very joyous Advent season.


adventAdvent Prayer Before School

Parents are welcome to join us before school each morning in the prayer garden for student-led prayer and the lighting of our school Advent wreath. We wish all of our families a peaceful Advent season.


Happy BirthdayDecember Staff Birthdays

We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:

Mrs. Carmody 12/2
Mrs. Gass 12/2
Mr. Hermie 12/25


green-house-1Gardening Club Starts December 5th

The OLMC Gardening Club starts Monday, December 5th. Open to students in the 4th through 8th grades, the gardening club meets Mondays after school. For more information, please contact Ms. Lazaro or Mrs. Gabreski.


SpiritUpcoming Spirit Days

As a thank you for those who brought canned food for our Thanksgiving St. Vincent de Paul drive, there is a spirit day scheduled for Dec. 9th for all classes. Students may wear jeans with an OLMC branded shirt.

Thank you to all who attended GCU’s Men’s basketball game last Friday. Don’t forget to submit your ticket stubs to your teachers for another spirit day Dec. 16th.


Holiday_hoursFFT Holiday Sales Hours

FFT will be available for purchase:

  • Every day December 12th-20th before and after school
  • December 11th and 18th at the 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Masses
  • Before and after the Christmas program December 19th

Stock up on gift cards for all of your last minute shopping. Want to see our full inventory? Visit our order site. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


From the Falcon’s Nest: Tempe Center for the Arts

This week our first graders visited Tempe Center for the Arts to see A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday, a Childsplay production. The musical play, based on The Three Little Pigs, centered around three javelinas at Christmastime and a holiday surprise that includes a very tricky coyote.

On behalf of the students, we’d like to thank all those who participate in the FFT program for bringing art and culture to life by making learning experiences like this one possible.


Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting Date Change

The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
at 5:30 p.m.
at Devil’s Advocate Sports Grill
955 E. Universtity Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

This date has changed from our usual 2nd Monday of the month meeting time. All OLMC dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and others are welcome. Come for a night of camaraderie as we focus on school improvements, plan upcoming events, and talk about ways to build up our community. We’ll be discussing our upcoming Casino Night. Please see the flyer for more information.

If you’d like to know more about the Dad’s Club, visit our website or contact our Dad’s Club president, Junior Becerra.


teachersChristmas Gifts for Teachers

Letters from OLMC’s Home & School board went home with the students that include a form for donations toward FFT gift cards for the teachers and staff as Christmas gifts. This is a convenient way to honor your children’s teachers with a gift card of their choosing.

The deadline to contribute is December 16th, and contribution envelopes are located in the office. Donations are completely voluntary, but always appreciated. On behalf of Home & School, thank you for giving back to our teachers and staff!


donut-1761520_1920Donut Sale – Dec. 16th

Student council will be selling donuts before school December 16th. Donuts are $1.00 each and proceeds benefit our Works of Mercy Campaign.


maryanne-pattersonOLMC People of Interest: Kids Club

At OLMC, we’re blessed to have an after-school program like no other. Our Kids Club is staffed with a team of caring individuals who provide helpful homework support, delicious snacks, fun activities, and a safe place for our falcons to socialize after school hours.

Read more about Maryanne Patterson, head of our after-care program, and our team of qualified young adults committed to serving our school>>


yearbookYearbook Messages & Pre-order Deadline

Show your 8th grader some love by sending a personal message in the 2016-17 yearbook.

  • Up to 30 words per message
  • Attach a scanable picture and include student name and class on the back
  • You may also e-mail a high resolution jpg file to our yearbook coordinator, Dana Terrazas
  • Cost is $20.00 per picture message

Please submit payment in cash or check, made out to OLMC, with “Yearbook” in the memo section to the school office by February 1, 2017. Labeled photos will be returned to students. Please print message and order information clearly, and include an e-mail address so we can contact you.

Remember, prices for yearbooks go up after Christmas break! Get your pre-orders in by Dec. 20th!


Falcon Catering1

Lunch Menus Available

The lunch menus for  December & January are now available on the Falcon Catering website. Please note that lunch is not offered on school holidays or half days.

Note: Please ensure checks are payable to Casey Productions LLC. You may write one check for all students ordering lunch.

Also, the deadline to order lunches is Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for the following week. In addition, you have the option to order for the entire month (or months) at a time. Please visit the website for ordering information.


FFT NewsEnd of the Year Tax Deductions:
Donate Your FFT Minimum

Interested in reaching your $175.00 FFT profit minimum quickly? Consider donating the remainder of your minimum, and begin earning your tuition rebate instantly.

Direct FFT profit minimum donations are tax-deductible, and can be made to the FFT desk in the school office. The deadline for contributions for the 2016 tax year is December 16, 2016.

We encourage all of our families to use the FFT program even after their minimums are met. FFT funds vital services, programs, and tools for OLMC. The more we use it, the greater the benefit to the school and the students. Thank you for your participation.

Looking for more ways to make a tax-deductible donation? Visit our Support page where you can learn more ways to support our school. You can donate by clicking the Donate Now button at the top of our website. Read More about donating to Catholic Education Arizona>>


FFT Has Your Stocking Stuffers Covered

Need some stocking stuffer ideas? FFT has everything from lollypops, to Harkins cups, to candy, and hot/cold tumblers!

Lollypops: $1.00 @ 60% Profit
Harkins cups: $5.50 @ 18% Profit
Popcorn shirts: $25.00 @ 20% Profit
Mini Candy Boxes/Peanut Brittle: $6.00 @ 41% Profit
Hot/Cold Tumblers: $20.00 @ 20% Profit

Need more ideas? Check out our full inventory of gift cards for all of your Christmas needs.


hoodie

Suit up for Cooler Temps!

As the weather cools, stop by our online spirit store. There you’ll find zip and pull-over hoodies authorized for wearing in the classroom. Spirit store items are fully-customizable and delivered right to your home. Order one today, and beat the cold weather rush.

Did you know you can use prepaid Visa cards through FFT for spirit store purchases? Just visit https://www.myprepaidcenter.com/ to register your card!


#Food for ThoughtTips from the FFT Pros: Holiday Edition

Having trouble meeting your FFT minimum this year? The holidays are the perfect time to catch up. Just listen to how our pros use FFT to make the season bright:

I think of Christmas year round. My advice is to know where you always shop and start buying an extra card or two every month throughout the year. Come Christmastime, rather than being hit with a much larger than usual credit card bill, you can spend the scrip you’ve been accumulating throughout the year.
The Demian Family

I made my Christmas list of gift cards and places I will shop for the holidays, and I purchased them during registration and credit card week, when we were able to use our credit cards. I also asked my family to do the same thing, so I was able to buy for them, too.” –The Sullivan Family

We’re remodeling our house, so I used FFT to purchase new cabinets.
The Angulo Family

I have the ShopwithScrip app on my phone and I met my minimum in the first three months of the school year. Now everything I buy via scrip goes straight to my tuition.“-The Kirchhardt Family

For me the easy option is the ShopwithScrip app. It make it so easy to rack up the points. I literally pick my activities using what is available with ScripNow or reloadables. If I decide I want to go to Texas Roadhouse tonight, I don’t have to plan and estimate a total. I simply go to the restaurant, and at check out, I go to my app and purchase the amount I need for immediate use. You just can’t get easier than that.” –The Marshall Family

I think my most favorite tool is the ShopwithScrip program. It’s such an easy way to always have scrip at my fingertips, even if I forget to order it from school. Plus it includes many national retailers so, as we approach the holiday season, I’ll be able to purchase gift cards for our family in Buffalo, as well. I’ve already used it to e-mail a graduation gift card directly to our cousin. I highly recommend registering. Once you do that, subscribe to their e-mails, as well. They also offer special percentage increases periodically.” –The Ende Family

Have a FFT helpful hint? Send it our way at news@olmctempe.com.


business-giftsNeed Business Gift Ideas?

It’s the time of year to spread some holiday cheer to employees, customers, and business associates! ShopwithScrip gift cards are a great way to say “Thank You!” Check out just some of our vendors:

Amazon.com American Express
Best Buy
The Cheesecake Factory
See’s Candies
The Honeybaked Ham Company
L.L. Bean
Hyatt
Omaha Steaks
Outback Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Staples

Sign up for ShopwithScrip today! It takes 5-7 business days for account set up. No need to wait for the next FFT day. Once you’re signed-up buying scrip is fast, simple, and convenient. Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, for questions or to sign up.


christmas

Bright Ideas from FFT:
‘Tis the Season

In search of the perfect gift for Christmas? Let FFT help! Check out these affordable gift card ideas for fun little surprises this holiday season.

Can’t see what you’re looking for? Check out our full FFT inventory at our order site. Merry Christmas and happy new year from FFT!


thank-you-1428147_1280Thanks, from the Teachers

On behalf of the school and parish staff, a big thank you goes out to the Home & School board members who put on the staff’s annual Christmas breakfast. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Would you like to join the Home & School ranks next year? Contact our Vice President, Dana Terrazas, to learn more about Home & School.


COMING UPComing Up:

You can access our full, interactive calendar on our website or print off our 2016-17 PDF calendar.


Put your AZ tax dollars to work. Contribute to Catholic Education Arizona!


This Week on Campus – The 1st Week of Advent

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Advent has begun, and it shows all around campus. Thanks goes out to our Home & School board and faith formation committee, who decorated the school in the festive spirit of the season. Our kindergarten made Advent chains to count down the days until Christmas, and the cafeteria saw the return of a certain elf on the shelf.

Our girl scout troops also had the opportunity to participate in Tempe’s Fantasy of Lights Parade sponsored by Wells Fargo. Troop 1473 went Christmas caroling and met with residents at Friendship Village, a local senior living facility.

We’d also like to thank all those who attended Grand Canyon University‘s Catholic Schools Night. It was a great way to celebrate the community spirit of Catholic schools in the diocese. Don’t forget to turn in your ticket stubs to your homeroom teacher to qualify for a spirit dress day December 16th.

And finally, the student council capped off our week with a delicious donut sale. What a sweet reward to end our first week of Advent. We wish you all a very joyous Advent season.

From the Falcon’s Nest: Tempe Center for the Arts

This week our first graders visited Tempe Center for the Arts to see A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday, a Childsplay production. The musical play, based on The Three Little Pigs, centered around three javelinas at Christmastime and a holiday surprise that includes a very tricky coyote.

On behalf of the students, we’d like to thank all those who participate in the FFT program for bringing art and culture to life by making learning experiences like this one possible.