Newsletter: Behind the Scenes at OLMC


Principal’s Corner – August 28, 2016

One of the benefits of being in administration is the ability to move around campus and watch our teaching faculty interact with the students on a regular basis. In an effort to give parents and community members an idea of what transpires at our school, I took the time Friday to drop in to multiple classrooms and want to pass along to you what I was able to see and observe.

Mrs. Vullo’s Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Vullo was reviewing protocols and preparing to practice for fire drills. She gave instructions on what to do if the fire alarm goes off, and then Mrs. Vullo answered questions. My favorite question had to be, “What do I do with my teddy bear when the alarm goes off?” After the Q & A, the class practiced lining up and moving to the proper location in an orderly fashion.

Mrs. Lee’s 1st Grade Class

The first graders had just finished Spanish class. They greeted me with “Buenos Dias” and demonstrated their ability to count to three in Spanish. They then began a discussion about the Bible and verse on Creation (Genesis 1:1), and they practiced reciting, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This went along with an art activity that asked them to name two of God’s creations and color a picture of the world.

Mrs. Arnold’s 2nd Grade Class

The second graders were finishing up their morning work and discussing number orders and terminology that identfies placement of numbers. They were also working on a crossword puzzle of vocabulary terms and coloring a “Leaping Lizards” worksheet, containing math problems.

Mrs. Hartley’s 3rd Grade Class

The third graders were working on a grammar lesson on identifying subjects and predicates in simple sentences. They participated in an activity that asked them to use their interactive notebook to create a page on the topic. Mrs. Hartley gave them a picture sequence of a scene with a young woman watering a flower pot and asked the students to color the sequence and write the subject and predicate of each picture.

Mrs. Gabreski’s 4th Grade Class

The fourth graders were engaged in a blended learning activity that broke them into three groups. One group was working on a graphic organizer with Mrs. Gabreski which focused on summarizing a non-fiction text with detail. The second group was using the Chromebooks to practice spelling words via the Spelling City Program, and the third group was working individually on writing a silly story with these vocab words and highlighting them in the text they had written.

Mrs. Carmody’s 5th Grade Spanish Class

Mrs. Carmody was working on recognition of feminine and masculine words, as well as turning singular words into plurals. I was pleased to see students verbally participating and utilizing partner time to review vocabulary.

Mrs. McDonough’s 6th Grade Science Class

Mrs. McDonough was giving a lecture on the concept of pressure while students used their Chromebooks to take notes. The lecture included an explanation of how the atmosphere works, what density is, and the elements consisting in the air we breathe. In addition, Mrs. McDonough was teaching the proper way to identify key facts from the text that should populate student notebooks.

Mr. Diamond’s 8th Grade U.S. History Class

Students have been studying the road to the Revolutionary War over the past week. They were engaged in a History Channel movie excerpt on the Revolutionary War, and were completing a worksheet of key terms and information on events, which the students will use as a study guide.

Mrs. Garcia’s 7th Grade Science Class

The seventh graders were completing a lab on flight, in which they crafted paper airplanes of different styles and measured the total amount of time the planes could fly. They used a worksheet to track measurements and developed hypotheses based on the data they gathered.

Mrs. Klass’s 8th Grade Algebra Class

Mrs. Klass went over variables and functions. Students reviewed various problems for homework. My favorite part of the class was when one student asked, “Why do we solve functions, and what do they show us?” Mrs. Klass responded that functions show the relationship between variables in the real world by referencing an activity earlier in the week when the students worked on a word problem about electromagnetism and one’s ability to use a battery and wire wrapped around a nail to pick up paper clips. This tangible example provided real world application to the work the students were doing.

Mr. Abbott’s 7th Grade Language Arts Class

The seventh graders began their study of The Miracle Worker and engaged in a group discussion. Mr. Abbott asked the students to analyze the text and use context clues and vocabulary to gain understanding of the characters and their relationships. Many of the students were using their Chromebooks to take notes and further engage the material.

Although my time in each room was brief and I was not able to make it into all classrooms, it was wonderful to see our teachers in action and the students engaged in their lessons. These interactions are examples of what make up our day-to-day at OLMC. The steps the teachers take with their students serve the whole of their educational experiences throughout the year.

I want to take a moment to thank the Dad’s Club for orchestrating the Welcome Back Cookout this past Saturday. It was a fantastic event, and we are grateful for all the volunteers who contributed their time or brought food for the event. Having the opportunity to gather as a community and share time together is a great blessing.

Finally, a request for all those who drive on campus, especially during pickup and drop-off: Please drive slowly and with caution. When backing out of parking spaces, please do so slowly and check your surroundings. The safety of our students and families is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to providing a safe environment.

I wish all of you a wonderful week ahead.


Bruce Hermie
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School

Important Dates to Remember

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.

Dad's clubThank You from the Dad’s Club

The Dad’s Club would like to thank all those who attended this year’s Welcome Back Cookout. A big congratulations to Kathleen Ross for winninng our homemade side dish contest and to Joann Bueno for winning our homemade dessert contest. Each were awarded a $25.00 FFT gift card. We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Jamon Reval for winning the 50/50 raffle. Thank you to all who helped bring this year’s event to fruition.

fft bonusNew Bonus/Overstock

Check out our latest Bonus/Overstock inventory of FFT gift cards! Some of our biggest profit percentages are:

  • Abuelos 40%
  • Buca di Beppo 25%
  • Delia’s Cleaners 25%
  • Ultratainment 30%
  • Zoyo Yogurt 30%
  • So much more!!!

Want to know more about it? Visit our Bonus/Overstock page.

scienceAfter-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.

altar serversAltar Servers Wanted

OLMC is looking for students, 5th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving. Altar servers must have received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation and must also attend a 2-3 hour training class. This class is typically held on two different Saturday mornings in September so that parents can have their children attend whichever is most convenient.

OLMC schedules servers to serve 1-2 Masses per month. New servers are placed with experienced servers to assist them with the learning process. Please stay tuned to the newsletter for upcoming altar server training dates. If interested, please complete the registration form and submit it to the school office.

Questions? Contact our altar server coordinator, Laura Files. Thank you for supporting your child’s commitment to ministry.

Want to know more about the faith-enriching activities OLMC implements for this age group? Visit our website.

SpiritHalf Day & Spirit Day – Sept. 2nd

On Friday, September 2, 2016 teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. Any child still on campus after 12:45 p.m. without a parent will be sent to Kid’s Club.

This day is also a spirit day. Students may wear jeans with an OLMC spirit shirt. This can include shirts from our spirit store, festival t-shirts, OLMC team jerseys with shirts underneath, or any shirt featuring OLMC branding.

Please note that this is not a free dress day. For spirit dress day guidelines, please see our Parent/Student Handbook.

SkatelandSchool Party Skate Fundraiser

The junior high is hosting a School Party Skate Fundraiser:

Friday, September 2, 2016
from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at Skateland Chandler
1101 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

Admission is $5.00 plus skate rental ($3.50) per person. Proceeds benefit the OLMC Class of 2017.

SABSchool Advisory Board Holds First Meeting

OLMC’s School Advisory Board recently held its first meeting for the 2016-17 school year. The SAB advises our pastor and principal in matters relating to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. The school board is responsible for:

  • Promoting a clear understanding and communication of the mutual educational responsibilities of parents, teachers, and the school’s administration to the OLMC school community
  • Assisting the principal and pastor in developing school policies
  • Carrying out activities related to school business
  • Conducting regular board meetings and special meetings as may be appropriate
  • Establishing standing committees and special committees as may be necessary from time to time and appointing non-board members to serve on such committees as may be appropriate
  • Collaborating with other groups and organizations of the OLMC school community which are concerned with the operation of the school
  • Reviewing and carrying out diocesan policies

Meeting minutes are available in the school office, and meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge and are open to the public. Please submit board requests to the SAB President, Rigo Lopez, at least 72 hours before the next scheduled meeting for consideration before the board.

To learn more about the School Advisory Board and to view a list of members, please visit our website.

giphyNo School – Sept. 5th

There is no school on September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. On behalf of OLMC, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!



olmc-logoFirst Quarter Progress Reports – Sept. 7th

Progress reports go out Wednesday, September 7th at the end of the day via e-mail. Please contact the school office if you do not receive your child’s progress report by September 8th. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

Chess-1After-School Chess Club

OLMC School, in association with Chess Emporium, is hosting an after-school chess club

Every Wednesday* beginning
September 7, 2016 through December 14, 2016
from 3:05 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Chess club is open to students in grades K-8. All skill levels welcome! Cost is $189.00. Interested students are invited to participate in community chess competitions. Please visit our website for additional information, or view the flyer to print out the registration form.

*Chess Club does not meet on half days.

5 percent backThank You for Using Office Max

Thank you to all those who participated in the Office Max/Office Depot Give Back to Schools Program, which earned $40.00 in store credit for OLMC. Every little bit helps!

home and schoolIntroducing the 2016-17 Home & School Board

Research shows that when parents get involved in their children’s education, student achievement and overall school success abound. While most parent groups are best known for fundraising, OLMC’s Home & School Association does so much more for our ever-evolving community.

By connecting parents and volunteers with our faculty and staff, our Home & School Board works as a bonding force, focusing on meeting the needs of our families and building the kind of school community in which students and teachers can thrive and families can flourish.

This sense of connection allows us to accomplish much more as a school and faith-filled community, and we couldn’t do it without the tireless efforts of our board members.

President: Nikki Heim
Vice President: Dana Terrazas
Volunteer Coordinator: Ashley Hall
Correspondence Secretary: Allison Wilson
Newsletter Editor: Diana Heilman
Hospitality Team: Adriana Beaumont & Erin Kirchhardt
Treasurers: LeeAnne Cardenas & Kristina Engelbert

If there is any way our board can be of service, please contact us at Thank you for your continued support of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel community.

Ever wonder what Home & School does? Check out our Home & School page on the website.

Blood Drive Promo-1

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!

yearbookPhotos Requested

Do you have cute first-day-of-school photos? Did you capture a moment at our Welcome Back Cookout? Immortalize your memories in the OLMC Yearbook!

Just visit: to submit your pictures for consideration. Password is OLMCYEARBOOK. You must have or create a Shutterfly account to add pictures. Thank you for your contributions!

Labels-for-EducationThanks for Your Campell’s Labels!

Last year, our community collected 17,647 labels for Campbell’s Labels for Education Program. Thanks to your contributions, OLMC received new sporting equipment with the points earned.

Recently, Campbell’s has announced that they will be discontinuing the Labels for Education program, and that this school year will be the final year of its existence. That means we have one year left to collect as many UPC’s with the Labels for Education logo to earn rewards for our school.

As of the last day of this school year, Campbell’s can no longer accept labels. However, OLMC will continue to collect Box tops for Education. For a list of participating products please visit the Labels for Education website, and thank you for your continued support.

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