Principal’s Corner – August 21, 2016
Dear OLMC Community,
As you have seen this week, if you follow our social media accounts, we are trying to get the word out about Falcon Catering, our new lunch program. Feedback from the students has been very positive, and I feel fortunate to have a member of our OLMC community serving our families and students. Remember to place all orders by Saturday at noon. If you miss the deadline, walk-up ordering is still available. Instructions for ordering are on the school website.
In last week’s newsletter, we outlined one of the benefits of our FFT program which allowed the school to purchase new playground equipment for the kindergartners. This year the newsletter will continuously highlight all of the positive ways your use of the FFT program helps the school and your children. If you are unaware, FFT is the main funding source for our Home & School parent group. Each year, Home & School provides funding for various activities around campus, field trips, and upgrades to the school in the form of instructional materials and programs. This program is vital to school growth, and I would encourage all families to not only meet the FFT minimum, but seek to continuously support the program throughout the year. Should you have any questions regarding the FFT program, please stop in to the front office to answer your questions.
Finally, next Saturday (Aug. 27th) is the Welcome Back Cookout hosted by the Dad’s Club. I hope all families will join us from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for food, fellowship, and fun.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School
Important Dates to Remember
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- Spirit Store Free Shipping Week
August 22-28, 2016
- Junior High Pizza Sale
Every Friday (all lunchtimes)
- 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.
- After-school STEM Club Starts
August 30, 2016 (Tuesdays through October 4th)
3:15 p.m.-4:10 p.m.
- OLMC Blood Drive
September 18, 2016
8:00 a.m.-1:00 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.
Domino’s Now on Overstock
Due to an ordering error we now have an overabundance of Domino’s gift cards. We need your help to clear this inventory. Domino’s comes in $10.00 denominations and offers 8% profit. Thank you for your assistance!
Try ShopwithScrip and Never Get Caught Without FFT
We asked some of our school families about what has earned them FFT success. One way they are reaching their minimums faster is via ShopwithScrip, OLMC’s online FFT gift card ordering system. Not only are they earning their profit minimums faster, but they also earn a higher balance toward tuition rebates. View the video to learn more.
Want to learn more about Shopwithscrip? Visit our ShopwithScrip 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.
Parking Lot Safety Reminders
A few parking lot safety reminders:
- We ask that parents refrain from stopping in moving traffic lanes to let students enter or exit vehicles.
- Please pull into a parking space to pick up and drop off students.
- Drive slowly and carefully, watch for pedestrians, and adhere to traffic signs and procedures.
- Please do not park in front of the church or parish offices to drop off or pick up students.
- Park in the southern portion of the parking lot only.
- Please use all pedestrian crosswalks where teachers direct traffic.
- Be sure to inform anyone picking up your child of OLMC parking lot procedures.
To review the parking lot guidelines and map, please see the attached flyers. For questions or concerns, feel free to contact the school office at 480-967-5567. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to safety on campus.
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.
Deadline to sign up for the contest has been extended to August 24th. To register, please send your name, dish or dessert name, and e-mail address to OLMC Dad’s Club.
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.
After the Bell: Extracurriculars
At OLMC, we do our best to partner with parents to develop the whole child, offering unique experiences and opportunities that engage our students and build our tight-knit community. Our extracurricular programs are designed to reinforce these objectives beyond the walls of our classrooms.
We’re adding new opportunities all the time, so stay tuned to see what develops. Please see our Parent/Student Handbook for eligibility guidelines, and feel free to contact our school office for more information.
Lost & Found
Missing an item? OLMC has a lost and found area in the main hallway just past the entrance doors, across from room 4B. Small and/or valuable lost and found items are kept in the school office.
Periodically, lost and found items are displayed in front of the school office for rightful retrieval. Items left over two weeks are put in a temporary storage, and if no one claims these items after a month, OLMC donates found items to charity. The school recommends that all personal belongings be labeled with a student’s last name and room number.
For more information about our lost & found, please see our Parent/Student Handbook.
After-School STEM Club
OLMC School, in association with New Edge Science Academy, is hosting after-school STEM activities
Every Tuesday beginning
August 30, 2016 through October 4, 2016
from 3:15 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
STEM club is open to students in grades 1-6 and includes hands on experiments and projects. Cost is $125.00. Please see the flyer for additional information and to print out the registration form.
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.
Find the Hero in You: OLMC Blood Drive
Did you know every two seconds someone requires blood? Premature babies, trauma victims, as well as patients suffering from cancer, leukemia, and heart disease all receive life-saving blood transfusions. Give blood at our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s annual blood drive.
Because blood can be separated into components, your single donation could save several lives. In just one hour, you could be a hero for an accident victim, someone undergoing surgery, and a child receiving cancer treatment.
Mark your calendar and save the date to save a life…or 3!
Submit Photos for the Yearbook
Fancy yourself a shutterbug? Do you have cute first-day-of-school photos? Why not preserve life-long memories and contribute your snapshots for consideration in the yearbook?
Just visit: https://olmcyearbook201617.shutterfly.com to submit your pictures. Password is OLMCYEARBOOK. You must have or create a Shutterfly account to add pictures. Thank you for your contributions!
Works of Mercy Campaign
As part of our devotion to the community and in an effort to cultivate a culture of giving on campus, OLMC School participates in the Works of Mercy Campaign.
This comprehensive program, as part of our school-wide spirituality, helps our students actively participate in the Corporal Works of Mercy, found in Catholic teachings. The Corporal Works of Mercy give examples of how to behave in a greater society, helping our neighbors with their material and physical needs.
Each month, student council holds a Works of Mercy charity drive for items benefiting participating charities. Please see the flyer to learn the theme of each month. On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, thank you for your continued generosity and commitment to our community.
Want to know more about our school-wide spirituality? Visit our website.
Classroom Mission Jars
As part of our school-wide Works of Mercy Campaign, each classroom has a Mission Jar for small contributions in the form of change and small monetary donations. Mission Jar funds are directed to the following four charities: Friends of Orphans, St. Vincent de Paul, Aid to Women Center, and the Charity and Development Appeal (CDA).
Each month, each classroom has a goal of collecting at least $25.00 (Just under $1.00 per student). Students are encouraged to earn the money at home for their contributions. It’s just one of the ways we inspire our students to give their talent, time, and treasure in service of others.
To learn more about our school-wide spirituality, visit our website.
School Supply Drive
Student Council is collecting school supplies during the month of August for our annual Back-to-School Supply Drive for St. Peter’s Mission School. Please bring your donated items to your child’s classroom. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Art Masterpiece Needs You
Art Masterpiece, OLMC’s art enrichment program, is looking for grade coordinators and presenters for the 2016-17 school year.
Grade coordinators schedule 9-10 volunteers from their desired grade level to present an art piece and facilitate an art project for each class of their desired grade.
You do not have to be artist to volunteer. All supplies and teaching information are provided. This year the program will feature additional pieces of art that will highlight the Catholic virtues.
Thank you for bringing art and culture to our campus!
Photo and Video Gallery
Multimedia provides a diverse window into our community, and enables us to share all the wonderful things we do on the OLMC campus.
It’s for this reason that we’ve included photo and video galleries at the side of the home page of our news website. Be sure to check back often to see all of the new developments on campus.
Have a photo or video to contribute? Send them to email@example.com for consideration. Thank you for promoting Falcon spirit.
Have a Newsletter Request?
Do you have a news story, event, or update you’d like to share with the OLMC community? Check out our Contact page to submit requests for the newsletter. We’re happy to accept student/alumni highlights, donation or volunteer requests, photos, videos, or reminders.
To view our video tutorial and guidelines for submitting articles for Home & School News, visit our About page. Thanks for keeping your community in-the-loop. Questions? E-mail OLMC Home & School News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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