Summer Newsletter: July 10, 2016


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Thank you to all those who completed our newsletter/blog feedback survey. Your opinions are important to us, and we strive to provide the most efficient communication methods to meet the needs of our community.

Find out what is changing this year.>>

View the video tour below to see all the new features of the news site.


Photo Cred: Dafne Cholet

Important Dates to Remember

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

*Note: The first day of school is an all school Mass day, so please ensure your child is wearing Mass attire. Dress code guidelines are located in our Parent Handbook.

**Note: This Training is a foundation class for those who have never taken safe environment training before. If you have taken the training before, please visit the safe environment website to complete your online renewal for the year.

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

FFT NewsCheck Out Our New FFT Pages!

New to OLMC? Wanting to know more about FFT and all of its sub-programs? Look no further just peruse our new FFT pages at the top of your screen.

Learn more about FFT, ShopwithScrip, TRIP, Fry’s Community Rewards, Ultratainment, and our ink and toner recycle program.

Want to check in on what’s new, learn ways to order FFT now that the school office is closed, or view our most current Bonus/Overstock items list?
It’s all right here on the news page>>

SummerBright Ideas From FFT: Summer BBQs & Shopping

July is the month for family BBQs and summer fun. Working hard in the summer?

Why not try out these ideas to make your summer work for you!

volunteer opportunitiesGet Involved with the 2016-17 School Year!

OLMC would not be what it is today without our dedicated parent volunteers. We’re grateful that so many of our families roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help our community succeed. We have some coordinating positions still available for the year on our brand new Get Involved page.

We’re happy to accept all the help we can get. In the interest of providing committee heads with willing volunteers sooner, we’ve automated our volunteer form this year, and it is now available on our website.

Please make sure you visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to see descriptions of our various opportunities and fill out the form for the 2016-17 school year.

Note: This form is part of your back-to-school paperwork for the 2016-17 school year. Each parent/volunteer should complete a separate form. All volunteers must be Safe Environment certified. Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Ashley Hall. Thank you for your continued support!

VBSVacation Bible School 2016: Cave Quest

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church is hosting our annual Vacation Bible School entitled, Cave Quest:

July 18-22, 2016
from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

At Cave Quest, children aged 3 years to incoming 5th graders will experience the steadfast love of Jesus Christ through exciting games, activities, songs and more. Gear up for an over-the top underground adventure. Ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that lights our way, even through life’s dark times. Cost is $40.00. Stewardship families are free.

For more information about registration, contact

dennisDennis Uniform Event

FFT will be at Dennis’ brand new location for a special OLMC only uniform shopping event!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3645 E. Indian School Rd. Suite #1
Phoenix, AZ 85018

FFT representatives will have their full stock of gift cards with them. Buy Dennis scrip right before uniform purchase! Please see the flyer for more details.

5 percent backShop at Office Max to Benefit OLMC!

Did you know that if you do your back-to-school shopping at Office Max or Office Depot OLMC gets 5% back? Just bring your School Supply List to any location and give them OLMC’s School ID number (70004945) at check out. It’s that easy! Multiply the benefit by using Office Max FFT gift cards!

See the flyer for more details.

fry's rewardsTime to Re-Enroll in the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Beginning August 1, 2016, families must re-enroll in the Fry’s Community Rewards Program for the 2016-17 school year. You can find instructions on how to do so on our Fry’s Community Rewards page.

If you’re new to OLMC School, visit the rewards page to learn about how linking your Fry’s VIP card to OLMC can benefit the school and build toward a tuition rebate for your child.

You need not be a parent to participate. We encourage you to have family members and friends link their VIP cards, as well, to contribute to your TRIP rebate. Questions? Contact the FFT office at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.

Back to SchoolWhat to Expect at Orientation

Our annual orientation events are scheduled for August 8, 2016. We’re handling orientation a bit differently this year by separating the school into two groups: Meet the Teacher Day for K-6th grade and Back to School Night for 7th and 8th grade.

Find out what to expect>>

Don’t forget to check out our orientation checklist! If you’re unable to make the orientation events, please contact the school office at 480-967-5567, ext. 0. Representatives will be ready to assist you starting July 25th.

Mastercard VisaFFT Credit Card Day at Orientation Events

Mark your calendars for our orientation events for the 2016-17 school year:

Meet the Teacher Day (K-6th grade)
Monday, August 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Back to School Night (7th & 8th grade)
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

FFT will have their full inventory of gift cards. One day only, purchase any amount of gifts card (over 4%) with credit card for no additional fees!! We will continue to accept cash or check for FFT purchases at any profit level. You can see our full inventory of gift cards or order online by visiting Cut down on lines by ordering ahead!

Don’t forget to bring your Community Rewards Statement to Orientation!!

Questions? Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator. Want to know more about our FFT program? Check out our FFT page.

CEAHow to Afford Catholic Education: Apply for CEA Round 2

Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) offers tuition funds to students attending Arizona Catholic schools.

By now, families who applied for round 1 CEA tuition funds in April should have received notification of their award amounts. These funds will go directly to the school on your behalf.

The deadline for round 2 applications is August 19, 2016. Applicants should be notified by September 30, 2016 if they will be awarded tuition funds. Please see the CEA website for more information or contact Rita Villegas in the parish office at 480-967-8791, ext. 217 if you have any questions or concerns.

Visit our website to learn how Catholic education enriches the lives of our students.

logoOLMC’s Learning Standards

At OLMC, our core curriculum meets and exceeds the standards of other private and public schools, implementing policies and procedures that encompass the whole child. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our Student Learning Standards and our development approach to Discipline With Purpose.

It’s more than quality education and faith formation we provide. It’s a community of support that enables families to grow and thrive in a loving atmosphere and work together to build the next generation of responsible citizens, problem solvers, and faith followers. It’s our fervent hope that you will join with us in this mission toward enriching God’s children: body, mind, and soul.

Learn more ways you can support OLMC and Catholic education by visiting our website.

TechnologyOLMC Technology

Technology is a vital component in the 21st century world. With the constantly changing landscape of technological advancement, OLMC School strives to incorporate what is sure to be an integral part of our students’ future.

It’s for this reason that OLMC implements technology into our curriculum and provides educational tools, policies, and procedures in the interest of technology safety, security, and management.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with how OLMC integrates technology in the classroom by visiting our website and reviewing our Parent Handbook. As always, we’re happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to contact our front office at 480-967-5567.

Interested in assisting OLMC with our technology endeavors? Visit our Get Involved page and learn more about volunteering for our technology committee.

SistersHelp the Sisters!

The Sister Servants of the Plan of God are coming to OLMC to live in residence and serve the community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish and school. Originally from Lima, Peru, the Sisters are excited to begin their work, but they need your help!

Take a look at Fr. John’s blog about ways you can help the Sisters. Their gift registry is now filled; however, they still need a refrigerator, TV, and patio furniture. Don’t forget, Food for Thought offers gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond among other helpful retailers. On behalf of the sisters, thank you for your support.

Take a look at the Sisters in action at the Latin American Right to Life Event back in March>>

Chromebook3How to Afford Catholic Education

At OLMC, we never want finances to be the reason that prevents families from pursuing a Catholic education for their children. Our parish and school administration strives to provide a number of options for parents in need of tuition assistance.

We invite you to visit the Admission tab of our website to learn more about these opportunities.

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