Newsletter: Falcons in Action


Principal’s Corner – September 25, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

I want to make sure you are all aware of the Mercy Unites Us evening our Faith Formation Committee is offering on Friday, September 30th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will include inspiring reflections on mercy given by members of our community and students, a scripture reflection by a Bible scholar, a slide show of the school children’s mercy themed art masterpiece work, music from our student musicians, and some quiet time in adoration.

If you have not begun your participation in the FFT program yet, I would encourage you to do so. We continue to provide examples in our newsletter of how the program directly benefits families and, especially, our students. The program is a vital part of our fundraising efforts and prevents us from having to ask families to sell magazines, cookie dough, or other items. Please stop in on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday before and after school to buy your FFT.

As the weather begins to cool, please remember that students may only wear OLMC sweatshirts in the classrooms and McCready Hall. If you need to purchase sweatshirts, they are available through Dennis Uniform and our school spirit store on the website. This past Friday, I noticed a number of students wearing our new spirit shirts and sweatshirts for our spirit dress day. It is a wonderful thing to have our students showing their school spirit and taking it out into the community.


Bruce Hermie
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School

CalendarHappening this Week:

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.

Fox Sports Arizona Chooses Jackson Bruening as KidKaster

Our falcons are always up to great things in our community. Such is the case for fifth grader, Jackson Bruening, who was recently selected as a Fox Sports Arizona and Sanderson Ford KidKaster. As a KidKaster, Jackson interviewed Patrick Corbin, pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also gave him an autographed baseball bat.

Read more about Jackson’s experiences and see the full interview>>

Do you know an OLMC student up to amazing things? Let us know at

Giving Tree

There’s still time to support OLMC’s Giving Tree Program

Our Giving Tree Program wraps up this week. If you haven’t already, we invite you to stop by the office and choose an apple from the tree to purchase specific items classrooms need from our teacher wish list. You’re welcome to encourage extended family members, friends, or local businesses to contribute as well.

Read More about our Giving Tree Program>>


Artwork by 6th grade OLMC student, Madeline Pabst

OLMC Parent Summit Nights: Mercy Unites Us

Join us for the first in a series of OLMC parent summit nights–Bridging Faith in the Classroom with Faith in the Home.

Friday, September 30, 2016
from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
in the church with reception to follow

The OLMC School Faith Formation Committee is hosting this evening, a first in a series, to help our families grow in love and knowledge of our faith and community.

The evening will include inspiring reflections on mercy given by Bill Marcotte, Fr. Sam Bandiera, and other members of our community, a slide show of the school children’s mercy themed Art Masterpiece projects, music from our very own OLMC musicians, quiet contemplation, and adoration. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception outside, where parents are welcome to pick up their children’s beautiful Divine Mercy artwork.

Questions? Please contact Mary Crowell, OLMC faith formation committee chairperson.

untitledHealth Screenings

Over the next six weeks, our health office will conduct health screenings by class. This will ensure less disruption to the school day and allow for a more individualized process.

As in years past, students will be evaluated in the areas of height, weight, vision, blood pressure, and (for some grades) hearing.

The state of Arizona mandates annual health screenings; however, if you wish to exempt your child from these screenings please notify the nurse’s office. Results will be sent home with your child as soon as they are recorded.

teachersMore Teacher Contests

At OLMC, we pride ourselves in having established a community that supports one another. We’re particularly fond of the hardworking individuals on the front lines of our cause, our teachers.

If you would like to recognize one of our esteemed faculty, we encourage you to nominate him or her in the following community contests:

Thank you for supporting our outstanding educators! For more contests visit our blog.

Learn more about our outstanding faculty and staff on our website.

monk-1616346_1920Pet Blessing – Oct. 4th

In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, OLMC is holding our annual Pet Blessing

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
at 8:45 on the basketball courts

This event is for the preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade (1-3) students and their pets. Fr. Sam will offer the blessing. Students may bring pets that are manageable on a leash or in a cage. A parent or guardian must be able to stay with the pet prior to the blessing and then take it home afterward. Pets may not stay at school.

If a child doesn’t have a pet, they may bring a stuffed animal to represent animals in the wild. For more information about faith formation for this age group, visit our website.

Want to do something special for your pet in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi? Right now we have on bonus $10.00 Ultratainment vouchers for Pete & Mac’s Pet Resorts in Gilbert and Mesa for 30% profit. Also, in bonus stock: PetSmart at 9% profit. Pick some up today!

syringe-1597515_1280Nurse’s Notes: Why We Immunize

When infectious diseases, like measles, make their way into a community, not only are those unvaccinated at risk of contracting the disease, but also the most vulnerable among us—the infant, the child with cancer, the child with genetic immune deficiency or underlying disease, and the elderly.  And so we aim for “herd immunity”—when enough people are immune to a disease, the “herd” protects those who cannot safely receive a vaccine.

Read More>>

For questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Shannon David in our school office at 480-967-5567.

SpiritEarly Release/Spirit Day – Oct. 7th

On Friday, October 7th 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.

School Skate Party – October 7th


help-wantedHome & School Hospitality Coordinator Wanted

Are you great at planning events? Like to cook or party plan? Why not consider contributing your skills to OLMC? Home & School is looking for a volunteer hospitality coordinator. Duties would include working with a committee to plan and host small school receptions and functions throughout the school year.

You can learn more about Home & School on our website, or by contacting our Home & School president, Nicole Heim at

halleHigh-Flying Falcons: Halle Johnson

Follow your dreams!

That is what Halle Johnson, 2012 OLMC graduate, is doing. Currently playing as a defensive specialist on the Division I ASU Women’s Volleyball Team, Halle started playing volleyball right here at OLMC in the fifth grade.

After graduation she moved on to Seton Catholic Prep and played for four years on the varsity team as libero, defensive specialist, and setter. She has also played for various volleyball club teams. Her long term dreams are to play volleyball in the U.S. Olympics. At only 5 foot 2 inches tall, she relies on her quickness and agility to play competitively at her current level. Her passion for the game will surely earn her future success.

On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to congratulate Halle and wish her the best on her very exciting journey. If you attend any ASU women’s volleyball games, look for number 15. Among all those Sun Devils flies a Falcon!

Do you know an esteemed former falcon? Tell us all about him/her at or visit our Alumni page.

blood-driveBlood Drive Thank You

Thank you to all who came out to support our recent blood drive. Because of your kindness and willingness to donate, we exceeded our goal!

The truly amazing thing is that each single donation can save several lives, because blood can be separated into several components. One unit can be life-saving for an accident victim, a person undergoing surgery, and a child receiving treatment for cancer.

Our gratitude goes out not only to the donors but to all who offered prayers on our behalf. Mark your calendar for next September when United Blood Services will return for the 2017 Blood Drive! Thank you Mt. Carmel!


Support Falcon Sports

Our OLMC athletes are off to a great start. We invite the community to come out to our girls volleyball and boys flag football games to support OLMC athletics. Games are free of charge, and all are welcome. Please visit our blog for a list of game times. Go Falcons!

Game Schedules>>

Learn more about the OLMC athletic department on our website.

sees-lollypopsSee’s Lollypops Now on Sale

Food for Thought is selling See’s Lollypops. Cost is $1.00 each at 60% profit. Flavors include chocolate and butterscotch. Also for sale, $17.00 gift certificates to See’s Candy (14.7% profit).

cupsOLMC Hot/Cold Cups Now on Sale

Home & School is selling hot/cold cups at the Food for Thought desk in the school office. Cups are $20.00  and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

We’re also happy to announce that 20% of your purchase goes back to your FFT minimum or rebate. They’re perfect for the upcoming crisp fall mornings, and they make great gifts. Stop by today to pick one up.

spirit store1Have You Ordered Your Spirit Shirt Yet?

There’s still time to order your fully-customized, made to order spirit shirt for first Friday spirit dress days. There are no deadlines or minimum orders, and merchandise is shipped right to your home.

Simply visit the OLMC Spirit Store website from any Internet accessible device, and your order will be on its way. While you’re there, why not pick up an OLMC water bottle, cinch bag, jacket, or hat?

Both child and adult sizes are available, and if you use prepaid Visa gift cards from Food for Thought to make your purchase, 2% goes right back to your profit total. Show off your school pride and support your community by visiting the OLMC Spirit Store today!


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

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