Principal’s Corner – July 31, 2016
Dear OLMC parents,
You should have received a letter from our principal, Mr. Hermie, via e-mail. Please contact our school office at 480-967-5567 if you did not receive it. Thank you.
Important School Documents
OLMC has updated its Parent/Student Handbook for the 2016-17 school year. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new policies and procedures outlined in the handbook, such as our new grading policies and jeans day guidelines.
Our most up-to-date school calendar can also be found online. Don’t forget to bookmark our website–which features an events section right on the home page–to stay apprised of all the most accurate information about OLMC happenings.
New Faculty Members
We’d like to welcome the following new faculty members of the OLMC staff:
Mrs. Christina Gabreski (4th grade)
Ms. Kelly Gilloon (6th grade language arts and social studies)
Mr. Thomas Diamond (7th grade history)
Mrs. Pam Klass (7th grade mathematics)
Mr. Brian Abbott (8th grade language arts)
Mrs. Anne Carmody (Spanish)
Mrs. Katherine Wilson (Reading Specialist)
On behalf of Home & School and the OLMC community, we’d like to welcome back all of our teachers, staff, and administration, and thank them for their immeasurable contribution to our community and to Catholic education.
Important Dates to Remember
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- Meet the Teacher Day (K-6th Grades)
August 8, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Back to School Night (7th & 8th Grades)
August 8, 2016
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Home room presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.)
- First Day of School*
August 10, 2016 at 8:05 a.m.
- “Coffree” Social
August 12, 2016 (before school)
- Safe Environment Training**
August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Welcome Back Cookout
August 27, 2016
5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
*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/Student 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.
FFT 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 www.olmctempe.info. Cut down on lines by ordering ahead!
Used Uniform Sale at Orientation
Do you have used uniforms your children have outgrown over the summer? Need to purchase more? Stop by our used uniform sale in McCready Hall during our orientation events August 8, 2016.
If you have items to contribute to the sale, please make sure they have a sales slip attached with a safety pin and that you specify who you’d like the sale proceeds to go to. You can always contribute the funds to Home & School, which administers school programs, supplies, and resources to OLMC School. If you plan to purchase items, we accept cash or check only.
Pick up Your School Supply Kits at Orientation
For those who ordered school supply kits in June, please pick them up at our orientation events August 8, 2016. For questions, please contact Allison Wilson, our supply kits coordinator.
Preparations are underway for our orientation events scheduled for August 8, 2016. For your convenience, we’ve come up with a checklist of items to bring to orientation:
- A checkbook or cash for fees like yearbook, used uniform purchases, FFT, etc.
- A pen to fill out paperwork
- A credit card
(for those interested in taking advantage of fee free FFT credit card day).
- Your Fry’s Community Rewards Statement
(Don’t forget to put your family name on it)
- Any used uniforms your children have outgrown
(Don’t forget to attach a sale tag on each item)
- Pertinent medical and contact information for you child’s doctor, dentist, preferred hospital, emergency contacts, etc.
- Box tops/Campbell’s Soup Labels you’ve collected over the summer
Volunteer Coordinator Positions Still Available
OLMC needs you! We have a number of volunteer leadership positions available. Our coordintors’ main responsibility is to function as a point of contact for a team of helpers.
Coordinators relay information, help in making team decisions, and assist with the duties of their teams. Check out the list of available positions on our Get Involved page.
Thank you from VBS
On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to thank all those who participated in our annual vacation Bible school. From our hardworking volunteers to all the parents and children who made it such a success, we are grateful for opportunities to see our community come together in such a fun way.
Vote for Burkhardt Results
We’d like to thank all those who voted for Mr. Burkhardt during the month of June for the grant from Farmers Insurance’s Thank America’s Teachers program we had planned to use for our “Soaring High, Where the Falcons Fly” aviation STEM day this November.
Unfortunately, we were not selected for the grant this time. This is all the more reason for our STEM Day committee to pursue new and different ways to provide the exciting event we roll out each year. We are hopeful that with your continued support, this year’s STEM day will be the best one yet!
Currently, we are in need of a technology chairperson that will work with the School Advisory Board regarding technology matters, including this year’s STEM day. Interested? Please contact our School Advisory Board President, Rigo Lopez, for more information.
Bright Ideas from FFT: Back-to-School Shopping
We’re gearing up for back to school, and we know your to-do list is long. Let FFT help you tend to all your tasks, all while padding that profit balance. Whether it’s clothes, haircuts, shoes, or supplies, we’ve got you covered.
Shop 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.
Safe Environment Renewal
Safe environment training is required for all those who wish to volunteer for our school and/or parish. For those who have completed their initial foundation class, your annual online renewal is now due. Please visit the safe environment training website to complete your renewal. Be sure to view the online video all the way through to the end credits to receive full credit for your renewal.
For those who have never taken safe environment training, you can attend your foundation course at OLMC on August 27th, or, if this date is inconvenient, you may take your foundation course at another parish in the diocese. A list of open classes is on the safe environment website. Please visit our Safe Environment page to learn more.
Time 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.
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.
Mass Day on the First Day of School
Don’t forget! The first day of school (August 10, 2016) is an all school Mass day. Please ensure that your child dresses in proper Mass attire. Dress guidelines are outlined in our Parent/Student Handbook. Feel free to contact us should you have any additional questions.
Do You Know What the FFT Program Does?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the profit from the Food For Thought (FFT) Program? The Home & School Board, with guidance from school administration, sets an annual budget using all FFT funds for a variety of school tools and programs.
How FFT Helps our School: Field Trips
Thanks to Food for Thought purchases, OLMC School receives a number of enriching rewards. One of the ways FFT enhances the educational experiences of our students is by funding field trips and cultural arts opportunities.
OLMC School is in need of a volunteer coordinator to organize these field trips. Please see our Get Involved page to learn more.
How 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.
Support Our School
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School wouldn’t be where we are today without the generous support of our vibrant community and loyal sponsors. There are several ways you can support OLMC this year.
Please visit our brand new Support our School page to learn how, and feel free to share this information with family and friends via e-mail or social media by using the share buttons at the bottom of the page.
On behalf of the Home & School Association and the administration of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School, thank you for choosing us to partner with you in the education of your children. We appreciate your continued support.
New to Blogging?
In this digital age, blogs have become a prevalent source of information. It’s for this reason, that we offer our OLMC News Blog for your convenience. You can search news items right from our Home page.
Are you new to blogging? Check out our Blog 101 page for a list of common terms, video tutorials, and general information about this method of communication.
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