Newsletter: FFT Charge Week is Back!


Principal’s Corner – November 6, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

I would like to thank all our parents for attending conferences this past week. As the primary educators of your children, your presence and knowledge of your student’s growth helps facilitate our partnership to encourage success for our school community. Please continue to be in touch with your child’s teacher when you have questions or need assistance.

It is hard to believe, but the month of November has arrived. As we prepare to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives at the end of this month, I know many of us begin to look forward to the Christmas holiday as well. This week, our Food For Thought program will have our annual credit card “Charge Week” on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you are prepared to begin your holiday shopping, this is a great time to purchase gift cards in order to give or buy gifts for your loved ones. This will be the last charge week until the end of the school year, so we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity. You may purchase gift cards 4% and higher with a credit card during charge week. See our full inventory of gift cards>>

The Dad’s Club will be hosting their first family movie night of the year on Saturday, November 12th. We hope that you bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us. Admission is a recommended donation of $3.00 per family, and there will be snacks available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Dad’s Club and their support of the school.


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.

credit-cardCredit Card Week

FFT is proud to announce the return of credit card week!

Stop in to the office Nov 8th, 10th, & 11th during normal FFT hours, and you can use your credit card to purchase gift cards, 4% profit and higher, fee free! We accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex & Discover. For additional questions please contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.

Check out our full inventory of gift cards on our order site.

Happy BirthdayNovember Staff Birthdays

We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:

Mrs. Shewbridge 11/2
Ms. Tirado 11/18
Mrs. McDonough 11/27

From the Falcon’s Nest: This Week on Campus

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There’s so much happening on campus at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! We, at Home & School News, are always on the look out for stories to share to show our community the exciting things we do.

Do you have a story to share about the happenings around campus? Let us know at

nacho-saleNacho Sale – Nov. 11th

Student Council will be selling nachos Friday, November 11th after school. Cost is $0.75 with proceeds benefiting student council.

Want to know more about student council? Check out our website.

Falcon Foto Club Starts

OLMC is proud to announce a new club, Falcon Foto Club starting

Monday, November 14, 2016
from 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
in the library

This club meets Mondays and is open to OLMC students in the 6th through 8th grades. Members will have the opportunity to photograph special classroom and school-wide events, engage in mini lessons on famous photographers, learn photography techniques, and see different genres of photography.

Read More>>

Falcon Catering1Lunch Menus Available

Our lunch program is getting rave reviews and gives our families one less thing to do amid the busy morning rush.

The lunch menus for November, December, and January are now available on the Falcon Catering website. Please note that lunch is not offered on school holidays or half days.

The deadline to order lunches is Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for the following week. In addition, you have the option to order for the entire month (or months) at a time. Please visit the website for ordering information.

olmc-logoSecond Quarter Progress Reports – November 16th

Progress reports go out Wednesday, November 16th 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 November 17th. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

Home & School “Coffree” on STEM Day

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

Friday, November 18, 2016
before school in McCready Hall

We’ll be kicking off STEM day right with our usual coffee and treats. Plan on being around for STEM Day? Stop in and socialize with fellow parents and see what STEM Day is all about.

Want to know more about Home & School? Visit our website.

stem-daySTEM Day & Early Release – Nov. 18th

OLMC is having our annual STEM Day November 18, 2016. This year’s theme is aviation! This day is also a half day and teachers will release their students at 12:30 p.m. Contact Mr. Burkhart for questions about this year’s STEM Day.

cindyOLMC People of Interest: Cindy Younger

Our sense of community is what sets OLMC apart from other faith communities. One of the most important ways we enhance our symbiotic relationships here at OLMC is via the programs our school manages to keep us thriving, such as our Food for Thought program. At OLMC, we’re blessed to have long-tenured Food for Thought Coordinator Cindy Younger at the helm of this vital component of our school community.

Read More>>

fall-novemberBright Ideas from FFT: Attention Shoppers, Soldiers, and Saints

November starts a very busy season for many. From Veterans Day to Thanksgiving and Saint projects to shopping holidays, FFT can help maximize your hustle and bustle. Take a look at our ideas below:


November Works of Mercy

The student council’s canned food drive, to benefit St. Vincent de Paul, runs from November 1st through November 18th. Student council will be collecting Thanksgiving items through November 16th as well.

See what each class is asked to bring>>

On behalf of student council and St. Vincent de Paul, thank you for your generous contributions. Your donations will provide delicious holiday meals for our community’s most needy.

Want to know more about our school wide spiritual life? Visit our website.

thanksThank You, from the Teachers

On behalf of the faculty and staff of OLMC School, we’d like to thank all those who contributed to the teacher lunches this week for conferences. Your generosity and thoughtfulness means a lot to them. Thank you for your support in little and big ways.

 Earn a Jeans Day!


We’re still in 3rd place for pre-orders to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball game for GCU’s Catholic Schools Night. As an incentive for attending, students can earn a jeans day on December 9th by submitting their ticket stubs, starting Monday after the game, to their teachers. The game is scheduled for:

Friday, November 25, 2016
Tailgate Party on the Arena Lawn: 5:00 p.m.
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Visit our blog post or view the flyer for more details. Don’t forget that the school with the highest attendance receives a $10,000 gift from GCU! The most current update from GCU on where schools stand with their GCU Catholic Alliance Night ticket pre-orders is listed here:

*Final winners will be based on confirmed attendance, not ticket pre-orders.

Go online and reserve your tickets now>>

adobe-sparkFFT Christmas Club Countdown

Create your own Christmas Club!

Buy $10 a week of scrip from your favorite holiday shopping stores, and by Christmas you will have $70.00!

Buy $20 = $140.00
Buy $30 = $210.00
Buy $50 = $350.00

SetonSeton Catholic Preparatory Open House – Nov. 9th

Seton Catholic Preparatory is holding their second open house.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come see what makes Seton exceptional! Spanish-speaking tours available. Please RSVP on the Seton website.

Book Fair – Nov. 7th-11th


OLMC, in association with the Phoenix Book Company, is having a fall book fair

Monday, November 7th-Friday, November 11th
7:35 a.m.-8:05 a.m. (Tuesday-Friday)
During library classes (Monday-Friday)
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

As usual, the book fair will be held in the library. Parents may send money with students for book fair purchases. Come out to support your school!

Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting Date/Location Change

The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting

November 7, 2016
at 5:30 p.m.
at Devil’s Advocate Sports Grill
955 E. Universtity Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

This date has changed from our usual 2nd Monday of the month meeting time. All OLMC dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and others are welcome. Come for a night of camaraderie as we focus on school improvements, plan upcoming events, and talk about ways to build up our community. We’ll be discussing projects in the works such as Family Movie Night and Casino Night. Please see the flyer for more information on our upcoming Casino Night.

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

logo-contestFestival Logo Design Contest

Our annual parish festival is scheduled for April 1, 2017, and our theme this year will be Unity in Community.

We’re asking all interested OLMC students to submit their logo design ideas to the school office by November 10, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Their designs should reflect the festival theme, Unity in Community. The winning design will be used as a logo on the festival t-shirts, souvenir cups, and all of our festival related items.

The top 3 entries will receive:

Winning Entry-Festival t-shirt, ride wrist band & FastPass
1st Runner Up-Festival t-shirt & ride wrist band
2nd Runner Up-Festival t-shirt

Please see the flyer for entry details. Questions? Contact Want to know more about the festival? Check out our Festival page or see what’s happening with this year’s festival on our website.

A Taste of Kindergarten & Preschool Open House – Nov. 11th


Know a family looking to enroll at our school? OLMC Catholic School is having our annual:

Taste of Kindergarten & Preschool Open House
November 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Limited space is available. See our blog for more details. To reserve a space please visit our website or contact us at or 480-967-5567.

Know someone who’d like to visit our school? Refer them to our Visit Our School or Request Info pages on our website.

cross-country12th Annual CYAA Cross Country Invitational

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual CYAA Cross Country Championships.

Friday, November 11, 2016
Granada Park
6505 N 20th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

This event is open to both boys and girls in the 5th through 8th grades. Awards will be given to the top ten finishers in each race, and a first place trophy will go to the winning team in each race. For more information or to sign up, be sure to contact Mr. Sanders.

Please visit the CYAA Cross Country website for meet information.

movie-nightFamily Movie Night – Nov. 12th

The Dad’s Club is hosting a family movie night

November 12, 2016
at 6:00 p.m. on the field

OLMC friends and family are welcome to join us for a movie under the stars. We’ll be kick starting the holiday season a little early this year with a special Christmas classic.  Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and any comfort items you’ll need.

Recommended donation: $3.00 per family.

Concessions will be available for purchase. Hot dog meal (hot dog, chips, and water): $2.00, Popcorn $0.50 per bag, Drinks $0.50 each, and Coffee $1.00 each. Contact our Dad’s Club for questions.

UPDATE: Sign up to help! See our Sign-up genius>>

Want to know more about the Dad’s Club? Visit our website.

Dining Out for Profit


Whether you’re taking the family out for a meal, planning a romantic dinner, or just grabbing a quick snack for a car full of hungry kids, don’t forget ShopwithScrip! We have gift cards available for almost 300 restaurants, so you’re sure to find a few of your favorites.

Olive Garden
Bonefish Grill
On The Border
Bravo Cucina Italiana Outback Steakhouse
Buca di Beppo
P.F. Chang’s
Carraba’s Italian Grill
Pappas Restaurants
Chart House Romano’s Macaroni Grill
The Cheesecake Factory
Red Lobster
Chili’s Ruth’s Chris
Claim Jumper
Saltgrass Steakhouse
Landry’s Seasons 52
LongHorn Steakhouse
TGI Fridays
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Yard House Restaurants

Don’t get caught without scrip on Black Friday. Sign up for ShopwithScrip today. It takes 5-7 business days for account set up. After you’ve signed up, you’ll have the capability to purchase electronic scrip in-store while you shop. No need to wait for the next FFT day. No need to carry gift cards. Ecards are fast, simple, and convenient and work from your smartphone. Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, for questions or to sign up.

utp-high-schoolsBecome a Host Family

University Track Preparation High Schools (UTP) has recently partnered with Seton Catholic Prep to help admit and support international students from around the globe coming to Seton, starting in January 2017.

In support of SCP in their preparation of receiving these students, UTP High Schools is asking OLMC families to help by offering safe, welcoming host families for the visiting students. Host families would have UTP High Schools’ full support throughout their hosting period and would be compensated $750.00 per month for each student that they host. Read More>>

Interested? You can apply to be a host family at the UTP website.

Questions? Contact Mike Short at or 480-963-1900, ext. 2359. Thank you for your consideration and hospitality.


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

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