Newsletter: Are Your Vaccinations Up-to-date?


Principal’s Corner – October 2, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

On Friday night we celebrated an OLMC first when our Faith Formation Committee put on their Mercy Unites Us day. This was the culmination of much planning and effort on the part of the committee members. Through the Art Masterpiece Program, students created their own Doors of Mercy in celebration of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.

On Friday, the committee decorated the campus and posted messages of affirmation for the students to read and discuss. At lunch time, the students entered a beautifully decorated cafeteria, and the Faith Formation Committee treated the students to popsicles, serving as a reminder that they are loved and appreciated. Some of my favorite student quotes from the lunch were:

“This is the best lunch of my life!”

“Is this really happening?”

“I can’t believe they are doing this for my birthday!”

On behalf of the students, I’d like to thank those who participated in making the lunch period so special. Please see our Facebook and Instagram accounts for pictures of the day’s events.

The Mercy Unites Us evening Friday night served as a reverent, reflective, and community-building experience for all those in attendance. Mercy itself takes on many forms, and to hear the various speakers talk about their own concepts of mercy and its role in their lives and the lives of others was inspiring. Thank you to all those who attended and especially to those who took the time to speak with the community.

I hope you will join us for a couple of events this coming week. On Tuesday, October 4th, the preschool, kindergarten, and primary grades will participate in our yearly pet blessing on the basketball courts. The event starts around 8:40 a.m. and will last for fifteen minutes. On Friday, October 7th, is a first Friday half day. Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m., and students are permitted to wear OLMC spirit shirts with jeans or jean shorts. Please remember that we always allow students to wear their uniforms as well. Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the students dress appropriately on these days.


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.

syringe-1597515_1280Nurse’s Notes: Are Your Vaccinations Up-to-date?

The State of Arizona requires schools to complete and submit an immunization status report for their students each fall.  In the kindergarten age group immunization against measles is one of the primary indicators of community health.

In older students (6th grade), the State of Arizona requires evidence of immunization against meningococcal disease for school attendance. The National Meningitis Association provides a further explanation of meningococcal disease and why we immunize. Read More>>

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Shannon David in our health office at 480-967-5567.

Happy BirthdayOctober Staff Birthdays

We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to Mrs. Hiser (10/29).


Falcon Catering1October Lunch Menu Now Available

The October lunch menu is now available on the Falcon Catering website. There is no school October 17th and 18th; therefore there is no lunch offered on those days.

While the deadline to order lunches is Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the following week, you have the option to order for the entire month at a time. Please visit the website for ordering information.

instagramOLMC School is on Instagram!

OLMC School is proud to announce the launch of our brand new Instagram page! Be sure to stop by to check out pictures of all of our recent events, including our Mercy Unites Us day. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and check us out on Twitter for all the latest news and happenings around campus.

School Advisory Board Attends Diocesan In-service

Members of the OLMC School Advisory Board attended the Diocesan School Board In-service held at St. Mary’s High School last week. The in-service began with Mass and words from keynote speaker Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., future principal of St. John Paul II Catholic High School–which is scheduled to begin serving the community of the far west valley in the fall of 2018.

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Works of MercyOctober Works of Mercy

During the month of October, student council is collecting canned food as a part of our Works of Mercy Campaign. Donations will benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

If you’d like to know more about our Works of Mercy Campaign, please visit or blog. Learn about OLMC’s school-wide spiritual life on our website.

sportsWinter Sports at OLMC

Winter sports signups will begin the week of October 3rd. Parents of students in grades 5-8 interested in girls softball or boys basketball should contact Mr. Sanders to register them for the winter sports season. No tryouts necessary. Cost is $40.00 per sport. The season runs through January.

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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 or Petco at 10% profit. Pick some up today!

OLMC Sports Scores

The scores are in. Check out how our falcons are doing on the field and on the court:

6th-7th Grade Boys Flag Football: 9/27
Lost 21-12 to OLPH-Scottsdale

5th Grade Boys Flag Football: 9/27
Lost 31-14 to St. John Bosco

8th Grade Girls Volleyball: 9/27
Round 1 – Lost 24-12 to St. Mary Basha
Round 2 – Won 24-10
Round 3 – Won 15-13

6th Grade Girls Volleyball: 9/27
Round 1 – Lost 26-24 to St. Mary Basha
Round 2 – Won 25-8
Round 3 – Lost 15-9 to St. Mary Basha

Don’t forget to come out to the games to support our teams. Please see the game schedule for dates and times.

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.

#Food for ThoughtEven More Tips from the FFT Pros

FFT can fit into any lifestyle. Just check out what our families are doing to incorporate FFT in their lives and help OLMC in the process>>

Do you have a FFT tip or trick? Share it with the community at The more we use the program the more resources we have for our school. If you’d like to make more use of the program, visit our FFT pages or contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, at 480-967-5567, ext. 2 if you have additional questions.

Home & School “Coffree” on the OLMC Lunch Program

Home & School is hosting a “Coffree” social on:

Friday, October 7, 2016
before school in McCready Hall

This month’s topic will be the lunch program. Craig Pierson of Falcon Catering will be present, and Home & School will provide coffee and sweet treats to those in attendance.

Come see what the lunch program is all about. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to what OLMC parent Kathleen Ross has to say:

“I’d like to take a moment and say thank you for bringing in Falcon Catering. The last several years we have chosen not to do hot lunches due to the quality of the food. This year is a completely different story. At orientation, it was so nice to meet Craig. After talking with him, the excitement and passion to be at OLMC was impressive. I decided to give it a chance. Wow, does my daughter love lunches–not to mention our mornings go so much quicker not having to plan on packing. The quality and flavor of the food is just amazing. My daughter looks with anticipation to the next lunch. Thank you so much!”
-Kathleen Ross

Want to know more? Visit our website.

Giving TreeThank You from the Giving Tree Program

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Giving Tree program. Your contributions enrich us as an institution of learning, furthering the cause of Catholic education. If you would still like to make a donation, forms are available in the office.

School Skate Party – October 7th


Dad's clubOLMC Dad’s Club Fall Social & Teacher Contest – Oct. 10th

The Dad’s Club is hosting its annual fall social and teacher contest

October 10, 2016
at 5:30 p.m.
at Devil’s Advocate Sports Grill
955 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Come for a night of fellowship, food, 50/50, and football, and represent your OLMC teacher! The class with the highest percentage of OLMC men wins $125.00 for their teacher! New for 2016: The class with the 2nd highest percentage will earn $75.00 for their teacher. All OLMC dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and others are welcome.

Activities include:

  • Free Appetizers
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Monday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Please see the flyer for more details. If you’d like to know more about the Dad’s Club, visit our website or contact our Dad’s Club president, Junior Becerra.

no-schoolNo School – Oct. 14-18th

There is a staff in-service October 14, 2016, and so there will be no school on that day. There will also be no school for fall break October 17th and 18th. If you have questions, please contact our school office.

yearbookYearbook Pictures Wanted

Calling all shutterbugs! Do you have snap shots of the happenings on campus–like spirit days, family skates, or classroom events?

Why not preserve life-long memories and contribute your photos for consideration in the yearbook? We’re looking for pictures of our Mercy Unites Us evening, the blood drive, and any after-school activities.

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

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).

frysCommunity Rewards Statement Due – Oct. 21st

In order to receive a tuition rebate on your Fry’s purchases, please bring a copy of your Fry’s account statement that reflects the amount of your donation. You may drop a printed copy off at the office, send it in with your child, or e-mail it to by October 21, 2016. You may also drop off your statement at the FFT table at weekend Masses.

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

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