Principal’s Corner – August 14, 2016
Dear OLMC Families,
The first week of the school year is done! While the journey of the school year is still in its infancy, it has been wonderful to have the students back on campus and to spend time with our families during pickup and drop-off.
One of the things I heard consistently last year was that families wished we had a school store in order to buy OLMC shirts, hats, etc. As some of you may have noticed on our website, we now have our own Falcons Spirit Store. On each first Friday jeans day this year, students must either wear their uniforms or jeans and spirit shirts with the OLMC logo on it. This would include festival shirts. I encourage you to take a look at the school store to see what items are offered. There are a myriad of choices for students, parents, and other family members to show their OLMC spirit.
If you have not already, please visit our website and our social media outlets. This is another way we seek to keep you up-to-date on the happenings and events taking place at the school.
Finally, don’t forget we will celebrate our all school Mass on Monday (8/15) this week. Please make sure students are in proper Mass dress. For those of you, who are new to our community, know that you are always welcome to join us for Mass.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School
Important Dates to Remember
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- Holy Day of Obligation (All-school Mass Day)
August 15, 2016 (2:00 p.m.)
- Girl Scout Try-it Day
August 17, 2016
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Junior High Pizza Sale
Every Friday (all lunchtimes)
- Round 2 Deadline for CEA
August 19, 2016
- School Lunch Ordering Deadline
Every Saturday (by 12:00 p.m.)
- Safe Environment Training**
August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Welcome Back Cookout
August 27, 2016
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
**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.
Have You Updated RenWeb?
Don’t forget to visit RenWeb to update the following family demographic forms for the year:
- Student Demographics
- Emergency Contacts
- Transportation Form
(everyone authorized to drop off/pick up your child from school)
You should have received an acknowledgement form in your folder at orientation. Please ensure you return this form to the school office as soon as possible.
Visit our blog post to learn more about RenWeb.
Handbook Acknowledgement Forms Due
Have you read the brand new Parent/Student Handbook? This year’s handbook outlines all of OLMC’s policies including homework, dress code, attendance, medical services, technology protocols, and much more.
In the orientation folder, parents received a form acknowledging that they have familiarized themselves with the handbook. Please make sure you submit this form if you haven’t done so already. Thank You.
Mass Tomorrow (August 15th) for Holy Day of Obligation
Our typical Wednesday all-school Mass, has been changed to Monday this week in honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parents are also welcome to attend our all-school Masses. Please ensure your student dresses in appropriate Mass attire. You can consult our Parent/Student Handbook for dress guidelines.
Lunch Ordering Process
Just a reminder that the deadline for ordering school lunches is each Saturday by 12:00 p.m. for the following week’s lunches.
This year, Falcon Catering has partnered with orderlunches.com to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows parents to view our lunch menu, order, prepay, and manage student lunches on the web.
Please visit our blog to learn more about our lunch program and ordering process.
New to the school? Have questions? Check out our contact page for school office hours and contact information. You can also reach any member of our faculty on our Faculty & Staff page. We’re happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and receive any feedback.
Interested in learning more about our faculty and staff? You can access all of our teachers’ bios on the Faculty & Staff page.
OLMC’s New Spirit Store
OLMC is proud to announce the launch of our brand new online spirit store! Order spirit wear, water bottles, cinch bags, jackets, and hats from any Internet accessible device.
Visit our school store website where you can customize color and design in the quantity and sizes you choose. There are no deadlines or minimum orders, and merchandise is shipped right to your home. Adult sizes are also available.
During the week of August 22nd, the school store is offering free shipping!
All spirit store winter wear is within dress code requirements. Students may wear grey spirit t-shirts and black spirit store shorts for P.E. All spirit store t-shirts are acceptable attire for our scheduled jeans days.
Note: While our spirit store is in affiliation with Dennis Uniform, the spirit store does not accept Dennis scrip for spirit store purchases at this time.
August TRIP Report
Congratulations to the following families who have made their FFT minimum and will now begin accumulating their tuition rebate:
Robert & Jennifer Blackstad
Czeslaw & Renata Wiertek
Steve & Cortney Elder
Vincent & Regina Herrera
If you have not started to participate in the FFT program, it’s not too late. The new FFT cycle has just begun. Enlist your family, friends, and neighbors to participate.
Questions? Call 480-967-5567, ext. 2 to speak with our FFT representatives.
August Staff Birthdays
We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:
Mrs. Watson 8/3
Mrs. Wilson 8/12
Ms. Lazaro 8/15
Ms. Gilloon 8/27
Girl Scout “Try-it” Day
Do you have a daughter interested in seeing what Girl Scouts is all about? Stop by for Girl Scout Try-it Day:
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in room 4B
Girl Scout leaders will be at a table behind the church to answer questions before proceeding to the classroom for a craft and sample Girl Scout meeting, showing the girls what being a girl scout is all about. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Be sure to have your student bring a signed note giving permission to attend if you will not be attending with her.
Please contact Perl Dennee with any questions at 480-747-4026. Hope to see you there!
Visitors to OLMC
It is OLMC policy to have all visitors sign in at the front office and wear a visitor’s badge before entering campus. This also includes those volunteering or visiting the lunch room. These records are important for the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers. For more information, please see our Parent/Student Handbook.
Never miss an event with our school’s home page event section. Have a news story? Let us know! You can submit requests, ask questions, or offer feedback via our news site Contact page or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Friday Pizza Sales
The junior high will be selling pizza on Fridays during all lunch periods. Teachers will take a count of those who wish to order pizza on Friday mornings. Cost is as follows:
$2.50 for 1 slice of cheese pizza*
$2.50 for 1 slice of cheese pizza
$4.00 for 2 slices of cheese pizza*
Cash or check will be collected at lunchtime. Please make checks payable to OLMC. Drinks are available through Falcon Catering at regular price. Proceeds benefit 7th and 8th grade activities.
*Due to Arizona nutritional guidelines we must limit younger grades to a single slice of pizza and older grades to two slices.
Welcome Back Cookout & Side Dish/Dessert Contest – August 27th
The OLMC Dad’s Club is hosting its annual Welcome Back Cookout:
August 27, 2016
from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
in McCready Hall
Join us as our very own OLMC dads conquer the grill and serve up some scrumptious chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs. We need volunteers to provide food times, serve, and grill. Please see the sign-up genius to volunteer.
Show off your cooking prowess by entering your own homemade side dish or dessert in the Best Side Dish and Best Dessert Contests. Winners of each category will receive $25.00 in FFT, bragging rights, and the admiration of the OLMC community. Also featured at the cookout: our 50/50 raffle.
Contact Anthony Bueno if you wish to sign up for the contest. Deadline to sign up is August 20th.
Let’s get this school year off to a great start by enjoying good food and fun with our families. Hope to see you there!
Want to know more about the Dad’s Club? Visit our website.
Oikos Parenting Series
OLMC Parish’s Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an Oikos Parenting Series:
Saturday, August 27, 2016
from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. &
Saturday, October 1, 2016
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in classroom 8B
The series, which features the Fred Jones Method, will cover parenting communication skills, parental consistency, and other tips for building a strong parent/child relationship. Please see the flyer for additional information or contact Sabina Cappello Lee, the Marriage and Family Life Director.
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.
How FFT Helps our School: Playground Equipment
There’s no limit to the ways using FFT can help our school community.
Not too long ago, thanks to FFT purchases, the kindergarten received brand new playground equipment. And it doesn’t end there. The profit OLMC shares with its families goes toward enriching our student experiences at all grade levels.
Even better, our students benefit at no extra cost to you. Participating at any level, whether that be equal to your normal, everyday purchases or for just your grocery bill, makes campus improvements like this possible. On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, thank you for your contributions to our school.
To learn more about Food for Thought, visit our FFT pages.
Bright Ideas from FFT: Donations
At OLMC, we promote a culture of giving. It’s for this reason that we encourage our families to participate in our social outreach programs, such as our Works of Mercy Campaign and community-building events.
We can maximize the good by using FFT gift cards when we contribute to these ministering opportunities. Use FFT gift cards for:
- Buying supplies for our donation drives
- Donating items to events, like our Welcome Back Cookout
- Contributing school supplies or other items
Using FFT to make your regular purchases gives our school the capability to minister to the community at large and change lives in the process. When Food for Thought benefits, everyone wins.
Check out our entire stock of gift cards at our ordering website.
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