Newsletter: Did You Know FFT Funds Medical Supplies?


Principal’s Corner – October 16, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

First semester conferences will take place November 2-4th. Each of those days is a half day for the students. Next week, students will bring home conference sign-up slips. Please fill this form out as soon as possible and return it to your child’s teacher. Confirmation of your conference will come home on Thursday, October 27th.

Report cards will be sent via e-mail on Thursday, October 20th. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

I wish you all a restful and safe long weekend.


Bruce Hermie
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School

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.

vision-4How FFT Helps Our School: Medical Supplies

There is nothing more important at OLMC than the health and safety of our students. Each year, the OLMC FFT program funds our health office with supplies, teaching aides, and durable equipment to ensure that each student is treated in the event of an injury or illness.  Read More>>

vote burkhardtVote for Burkhardt!

Don’t forget to vote for Mr. Burkhardt for this year’s STEM Day projects!

Vote Here>>

To complete the voting process, please click the link in the email confirmation you will receive after you vote. If you don’t find the email in your inbox, please check your spam filter or bulk email folder.

Please vote every day through October 31st, and encourage friends and family to vote as well! You may vote once per email address, per day. Every vote counts! Thank you for your support!

Falcon Catering1November through January Lunch Menus Now Available

Have a lunch emergency? Nothing in the fridge? Same day lunch service is available through Falcon Catering for $6.00 cash.

Falcon Catering offers you the convenience of never having to pack lunch, with nutritious and delicious hot lunch options your child is sure to enjoy. Our lunch program is getting rave reviews and gives our families one less thing to do amid the busy morning rush.

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

Also, the deadline to order lunches is now 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.

adobe-sparkFFT Christmas Club Countdown

Create your own Christmas Club!

Buy $10 a week of scrip from your favorite holiday shopping stores, and by Christmas you will have $100.00!

Buy $20 = $200.00
Buy $30 = $300.00
Buy $50 = $500.00

September Donation Totals

This year, the student council made spirit sticks to recognize the classes with the most donations to our Works of Mercy campaign drives each month. The gold spirit stick is awarded to the class that collects the most in supply donations, and the silver spirit stick is awarded to the class with the most mission jar donations.

For the month of September, Mrs. Arnold’s 2B classroom is the proud recipient of the silver spirit stick, having donated almost $80.00 toward the $163.30 school total, benefiting Friends of Orphans.

Mrs. Bowers’ 5B classroom was awarded the gold spirit stick for September donations, having contributed 23 tubes of toothpaste to St. Vincent de Paul out of the 150-item school total.

We’d like to thank everyone for their generous contributions. For more information on our school-wide spiritual life, visit our website.

The Faces of St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Vincent de Paul provides services to those most in need in our community. Please view the video above to learn more about the services they provide and get to know the type of people and families your donations help support. Thank your for your generosity and for contributing to our Works of Mercy campaign.

dominos-pizzaDomino’s Still Available

We still have an overabundance of Domino’s gift cards in the FFT office. Domino’s comes in $10.00 denominations and offers 8% profit. Thank you for your help moving this inventory.


Use Scrip for Everyday Spending

Fall is in the air, and it’s time to kick fundraising into high gear. Get a head start on your annual earning by ordering ShopwithScrip for all your everyday shopping. Macy’s
Barnes & Noble
Outback Steakhouse
Bath & Body Works Panera Bread
Best Buy
Red Lobster
Chipotle Starbucks
 CVS Pharmacy Subway
The Home Depot
iTunes Toys “R” Us
JCPenny Walgreens
 Lowe’s Walmart

Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, to sign up for ShopwithScrip.

sportsWinter Sports at OLMC

Winter sports signups will begin the week of October 3rd. Parents of students in grades 5-8 interested in girls softball or boys basketball should contact Mr. Sanders to register them for the winter sports season. No tryouts necessary. Cost is $40.00 per sport. The season runs through January.

Read More>>

no-schoolNo School – Oct. 17-18th

There is no school for fall break October 17th and 18th. If you have questions, please contact our school office.



FFT NewsFFT Extended Hours

FFT will be available the Wednesday after fall break (October 19th) before school only. If you have any questions, contact the FFT office at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


olmc-logoFirst Quarter Report Cards – Oct. 20th

Report cards go out Thursday, October 20th at the end of the day via e-mail. Please contact the school office if you do not receive your child’s report card by October 21st. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

sees-lollypopsSee’s Lollypops Now on Sale

Food for Thought is selling See’s Lollypops. Cost is $1.00 each at 60% profit. Flavors include chocolate and butterscotch. Also for sale, $17.00 gift certificates to See’s Candy (14.7% profit).

Popcorn Sale

Student Council will be selling popcorn Friday, October 21st after school. Cost is $0.75 with proceeds benefiting student council.

Want to know more about student council? Check out our website.

frysCommunity Rewards Statement Due

In order to receive a tuition rebate on your Fry’s purchases, please bring a copy of your Fry’s account statement that reflects the amount of your donation. You may drop a printed copy off at the office, send it in with your child, or e-mail it to by October 21, 2016. You may also drop off your statement
at the FFT table at weekend Masses.

Read More>>

date-nightDate Night Preschool Fundraiser

OLMC Preschool is having a Date Night fundraiser

Friday, October 21, 2016
from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
in the preschool

Date night is a great opportunity for parents to drop off their children (ages 1 year-10 years) and enjoy a night out child-free. The children will enjoy recreational activities including arts and crafts, movies, face painting, and games. Pizza will be served, and supervision is provided by OLMC Preschool staff. Cost is $25.00 per child or $60.00 per family. Proceeds will benefit the preschool scholarship fund and campus improvements. Please contact Monica Ferrance, our preschool director, for more information.

Want to know more about our preschool faculty? Check out our website.

assemblyAll-School Assembly – Oct. 25th

The student council will be hosting our first all-school assembly for the school year on October 25th at 2:00 p.m. in McCready Hall. Stay tuned for more details!



Next month, Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund (APESF) is hosting its first open house as an opportunity to meet and mingle with those who want to know more about what they do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
at the APESF Office
6909 E. Greenway Parkway, Ste. 240
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Attendees may come and go at their leisure. Whether you’re a family supporting private education, an individual with an Arizona tax liability, an administrator at a valley private school, or a community member who wants to give back, this event is for you!

You’ll be able to ask questions, gather resources, watch testimonial videos and interact one-on-one with our staff. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a special giveaway! Contact Jacqueline at APESF for more information. Please see the APESF website for more details.

SetonSeton Catholic Preparatory Open House – Nov. 5th & 9th

Seton Catholic Prepatory is holding two open houses.

Saturday, November 5, 2016
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come see what makes Seton exceptional! Spanish-speaking tours available. Please RSVP on the Seton website.

A Taste of Kindergarten & Preschool Open House – Nov. 11th


Know a family looking to enroll at our school? OLMC Catholic School is having our annual:

Taste of Kindergarten & Preschool Open House
November 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Incoming preschoolers and kindergartners for fall 2017 and their parents are encouraged to come. This open house is an opportunity for children to experience a mini day of school. While the children are having fun in the classroom, parents may attend a presentation to learn more about Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, meet the administration, find out about our curriculum, discover how a Catholic education is affordable, and answer their questions.

All children must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2017 to attend the kindergarten open house and 3 years of age by September 1, 2017 to attend the preschool open house. Limited space is available. To reserve a space please visit our website or contact us at or 480-967-5567.

Know someone who’d like to visit our school? Refer them to our Visit Our School or Request Info pages on our website.

cupsOLMC Hot/Cold Cups Sale

Home & School is selling hot/cold cups at the Food for Thought desk in the school office. Cups are $20.00  and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

We’re also happy to announce that 20% of your purchase goes back to your FFT minimum or rebate. They’re perfect for the upcoming crisp fall mornings, and they make great gifts. Stop by today to pick one up.

#Food for ThoughtFFT Tips from the Pros

Making the most of your FFT use not only pads your tuition rebate, it also makes it possible for students to participate in new learning experiences that would not have been possible without FFT funds.

We make it a practice to share the tips and tricks our families are using to take full advantage of this fundraising program, that is of no additional cost to our families. Here’s the Wiertek Family’s top five tips>>

Do you have a FFT tip that works for your family? Let us know at

casino-nightComing in January: Casino Night

The OLMC Dad’s Club will host their annual Casino Night on

January 21, 2017
Check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Gaming begins: 6:30 p.m.
Raffle & Auction: 9:30 p.m.
in McCready Hall

Proceeds raised will fund needed school improvements. Please see the flyer for registration information and more details. For more information, contact Freddy Lozano at 480-612-3169.

Are you interested in supporting this event? Know a company or organization looking to give back to the community? Please see our sponsorship letter to learn more.


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!

Planning Ahead for Christmas?

christmasIt may only be October, but it’s never too soon to start your Christmas gift shopping and giving! For those of you who like to plan ahead and are thinking about purchasing gifts for the OLMC staff and faculty members, please consider contributing toward a classroom FFT fund.

Each year, the Home & School Board arranges for the office to collect funds that go toward a classroom total in which teachers can purchase the FFT gift cards of their choice. In keeping with tradition, this collection is strictly voluntary.

Parents may give a specific amount to individual teachers by indicating it on the form in the office, or they may specify to distribute their donation between more than one individual. Just complete the form in the office, pay with cash or check (made payable to OLMC), and return it to the school office by December 16th.

We realize that you can’t always give as much as your heart desires, but combined, OLMC families can provide generous gifts for the hardworking professionals who give so much to our students day in and day out. Questions? please contact our Home & School Vice President, Dana Terrazas or the front office at 480-967-5567. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Catholic Schools Night at GCU & Win $10,000 for OLMC


Grand Canyon University is one of the largest tax credit partners for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. Please join us in expressing our thanks by helping GCU fill their arena at the NCAA Division I men’s basketball game

GCU vs. Coppin State
Friday, November 25, 2016
Tailgate Party on the Arena Lawn: 5:00 p.m.
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

There will be free pizza for the first 500 people in attendance, as well as discounted food and drinks, kids rides, games, and fun for the entire family! Game admission is free. As an incentive for your attendance and support, the elementary school with the most attendance will receive $10,000. The Runner-Up will receive $5,000! Come enjoy the electric, game-day atmosphere as Coach “Thunder” Dan Majerle leads the Lopes to victory! See the flyer for details.

Go online and reserve your tickets now>>

From the Falcon’s Nest: Superstition Farm

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Thanks to Food for Thought purchases, OLMC School receives a number of enriching rewards, namely our cultural arts program which oversees the field trips for our students. Recently, our kindergarteners and 7th grade buddies visited Superstition Farm in Mesa, Arizona. The students learned about life on a functioning dairy farm. The farm features a petting zoo, where students can hand feed and interact with rescue animals, guided hayrides, and a milk bar, where attendees can taste a glass of milk from the farm.

Its all thanks to your faithful participation in the Food for Thought Program. If you haven’t participated, now’s a great time to start.  Every dollar you spend, a percentage goes toward programs, services, and supplies for our students, just like these. Thank you, falcon families!