Newsletter: Have you voted…for Burkhardt?


Principal’s Corner – October 9, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

As we round out first quarter, please remember that there is no school on October 14, 17, and 18. Keep in mind, as cooler temperatures approach, that students may only wear OLMC sweatshirts and jackets indoors. When they are on the playground, they may wear a school appropriate, non-OLMC sweatshirt. You can purchase OLMC sweatshirts from our school store which is accessible through our website.

The Dad’s Club will hold their first social of the year tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. There will be a class competition. For more information, please see the link on our website or our blog post. If you are a new dad in our community, please know that you are welcome at the Dad’s Club meetings and that there is no cost for membership.

Finally, thank you to our Home & School Board for hosting our coffree on Friday. It is always a gift to be able to gather as a community for fellowship. Our coffree gatherings are another perfect example of the benefit of our FFT program.


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.

vote burkhardtVote for Burkhardt!

Plans for next month’s STEM Day are already underway, and thanks to, in association with Farmers Insurance, OLMC may have the opportunity to make STEM Day even better.

Farmers Insurance picks 60 submissions out of 800 entries to receive a grant for a project proposal. Grant winners are determined by number of votes. The teachers with the top votes will win a $2,500.00 grant to complete their projects. To vote, click on the link below, scroll down to the bottom, type “Burkhardt” in the last name field, and his proposal will pop up. You should receive an email confirmation after you’ve voted.

To complete the voting process, please click the link in the email confirmation.
If you don’t find the email in your inbox, please check your spam filter or bulk email folder.

Please vote every day through October 31st, and encourage friends and family to vote as well! You may vote once per email address, per day. Every vote counts! Thank you for your support!

October TRIP Report

Congratulations to the following families who have made their FFT minimum and will now begin accumulating their tuition rebate:

oct-tripDuane & Julie Angulo
Mrs. Cornforth
James & Deborah Gorombei
Brian & Megan Reckers
Ian & Anna Cameron
Travis & Perl Dennee
Andrew & Eva Hoffman
James & Maureen Roland
Braden & Jacque Chapman
Mrs. Garcia
Mrs. Lee

There are many ways to participate in the FFT program. Enlist your family, friends, and neighbors to participate. View our Tips from the FFT Pros blog posts for ideas.

Order online and have your child bring it home or enroll in ShopwithScrip to use FFT scrip right from your smart phone. E-mail Cindy Younger to sign up.

Questions? Call 480-967-5567, ext. 2 to speak with our FFT representatives.

dominos-pizzaDomino’s Still Available

We still have an overabundance of Domino’s gift cards in the FFT office. Domino’s comes in $10.00 denominations and offers 8% profit. Thank you for your help moving this inventory.


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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Let FFT Help with Your Yard Work


Raking leaves may not be fun, but it’s another opportunity to rake in rebates! Pick up all your yard work supplies with ShopwithScrip to boost your fall fundraising.

Ace Hardware
Lowe’s Meijer
Cabela’s Menards
Gander Mountain Target
The Home Depot
Kmart Walmart

Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, to sign up for ShopwithScrip.

cyber-bullying-122156_1280October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Part of our school’s mission is to provide a safe environment for all by helping our students develop the self-direction and skills necessary for positive social interaction. It’s for this reason–and in keeping with our Christian values–that we have developed policies that protect against bullying and cyber bullying.

We encourage you to consult our parent/student handbook for our student behavior and anti-bullying policies. There you’ll find definitions and reporting procedures designed to foster open communication between parents, students, and school officials. If you have a concern, please contact the school administration right away. It is our desire to maintain a safe and positive atmosphere for all of our students.

Dad's clubOLMC Dad’s Club Fall Social & Teacher Contest

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.


FFT NewsFFT Extended Hours

FFT will be available the Wednesday after fall break (October 19th) before school only. If you have any questions, contact the FFT office at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


High Flying Falcon: Mackenzie White

One of our goals at OLMC School is to better prepare our students for academic and personal success. In keeping with our Catholic mission, our work is centered around equipping our falcons with the tools and the confidence to go out into the world as examples of what it means to live faith-centered lives and become responsible stewards of the gifts and talents God has bestowed on each of them. Mackenzie White, OLMC class of 2013, is doing just that.

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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).

wedding-322034_1920Bright Ideas from FFT: Weddings & Road Trips

Fall is the high season for the wedding industry in Arizona. Not only can you use FFT gift cards to purchase wedding gifts, but those planning weddings can support the cause of Catholic education by encouraging their wedding guests to use FFT for their gift registries.

Do you know an engaged couple looking to make their wedding all the more meaningful? Why not ask them to participate in FFT>>

street-238458_1920Hitting the road for a quick getaway during fall break? FFT also has all your road trips needs covered>>

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Visit our ordering site to see our full FFT inventory. You can also visit our ShopwithScrip or Ultratainment pages to see how to access additional vendors that offer FFT profit. Questions? Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, for more information.

frysCommunity Rewards Statement Due

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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date-nightDate Night Preschool Fundraiser

OLMC Preschool is having a Date Night fundraiser

Friday, October 21, 2016
from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
in the preschool

Date night is a great opportunity for parents to drop off their children (ages 1 year-10 years) and enjoy a night out child-free. The children will enjoy recreational activities including arts and crafts, movies, face painting, and games. Pizza will be served, and supervision is provided by OLMC Preschool staff. Cost is $25.00 per child or $60.00 per family. Proceeds will benefit the preschool scholarship fund and campus improvements. Please contact Monica Ferrance, our preschool director, for more information.

Want to know more about our preschool faculty? Check out our website.


Next month, Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund (APESF) is hosting its first open house as an opportunity to meet and mingle with those who want to know more about what they do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
at the APESF Office
6909 E. Greenway Parkway, Ste. 240
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Attendees may come and go at their leisure. Whether you’re a family supporting private education, an individual with an Arizona tax liability, an administrator at a valley private school, or a community member who wants to give back, this event is for you!

You’ll be able to ask questions, gather resources, watch testimonial videos and interact one-on-one with our staff. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a special giveaway! Contact Jacqueline at APESF for more information. Please see the APESF website for more details.

casino-nightComing in January: Casino Night

The OLMC Dad’s Club will host their annual Casino Night on

January 21, 2017
Check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Gaming begins: 6:30 p.m.
Raffle & Auction: 9:30 p.m.
in McCready Hall

Proceeds raised will fund needed school improvements. Please see the flyer for registration information and more details. For more information, contact Freddy Lozano at 480-612-3169.

Are you interested in supporting this event? Know a company or organization looking to give back to the community? Please see our sponsorship letter to learn more.


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

Put your AZ tax dollars to work. Contribute to Catholic Education Arizona!