Newsletter: Attitude of Gratitude


Principal’s Corner – November 20, 2016

Dear OLMC Community,

This week we take time away from the school year to give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff at OLMC, we wish all our families and community a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Please be reminded that Wednesday is a half day this week. We will celebrate our all-school mass at 11:30 a.m. and, as always, family members are welcome to attend with their student(s).

I want to thank Mr. Burkhardt and his team for their hard work in putting STEM day together for the children this year. The day was full of excitement from the egg launch/drop and the hot air balloon demonstration to learning about and seeing our school mascot, the falcon, up-close in real life. The smiles on the faces of our students and their eager enthusiasm for the day’s activities were such a joy to see.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no learning labs this Tuesday or Thursday. All students remaining on campus after 3:15 p.m (or 12:30 p.m. this Wednesday) will be required to report to Kids Club.

Once again, I hope that your Thanksgiving break is one filled with joy, family, and peace.


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.


Tailgate with the Sisters!

The Sisters, Servants of the Plan of God, will be at the NCAA Division I men’s basketball game for GCU’s Catholic Schools Night in support of our school.

Be sure to come to the game and cheer on GCU. 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 forthcoming.

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

Go online and reserve your tickets now>>

sees1See’s Candy Mini Boxes Now Available

For a limited time, FFT is offering seasonal mini boxes for $6.00 at 41% profit. Stop by and pick some up. Perfect for gifts this holiday season.


Thank You, Sponsors of STEM Day!

stem-dayOLMC would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Burkhardt, who orchestrated our annual STEM Day for the students. Thank you for your tireless work in providing our falcons a high-flying good time! We’d also like to thank the following sponsors of this year’s STEM Day:

While we did not receive the Farmer’s Insurance grant, we’d like to thank everyone who voted. We are grateful that we have so many supportive members of the community that pitched in to help make the day a success. Thank you!

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 $50.00!

Buy $20 = $100.00
Buy $30 = $150.00
Buy $50 = $250.00

soccer2017 CYAA Soccer Tournament Signups & Coaches Needed

The Catholic Youth Athletic Association (CYAA) is hosting a soccer tournament February 4-10, 2017 for 5th-6th grades and February 11-16, 2017 for 7th-8th grades. The sign-up deadline is fast approaching and scheduled for November 21st.

Though the tournament is months off, the directors need a headcount for teams so they can plan for the event. Each school is allowed four teams with ten players maximum per team. Please pick up the sports packet from the front office and return it with payment and an up-to-date physical form if your student does not already have one on file.

OLMC also needs soccer coaches. If you or someone you know is interested in coaching, please contact Mr. Sanders for more information. All coaches/volunteers need to have Safe Environment Training and fingerprint clearance.


Thank-Scrip-ing Day – Nov. 22nd

Mark your calendars for ShopwithScrip’s Thank-Scrip-ing Day on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let ShopwithScrip help you get your shopping done a little earlier this year. Don’t miss these 24 hours of incredible ScripNow, Reload, and ReloadNow bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers.

You have to be signed-up with ShopwithScrip to participate. Contact Cindy Younger to sign up!

happy-thanksgivingThanksgiving Break & Early Release

There is no school November 24th and 25th for Thanksgiving break. Teachers will dismiss their students on November 23rd at 12:30 p.m. On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School, have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Shewbridge Named KEZ’s Excellence in Education Winner

Our very own vice principal, Mrs. Kelly Shewbridge, was recognized by the 99.9 KEZ radio station as the October recipient of the KEZ and Taylor Morrison’s Excellence in Education Award, which honors great educators in our community. KEZ’s Marty Manning visited OLMC and presented Mrs. Shewbridge with prizes and a plaque. At the end of the year, Mrs. Shewbridge is invited to a banquet at The Capital Grille in Phoenix for a chance to win a grand prize. On behalf of OLMC, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Mrs. Shewbridge and our thanks for her devotion to our school.


Suit up for Cooler Temps!

As the weather cools, stop by our online spirit store. There you’ll find zip and pull-over hoodies authorized for wearing in the classroom. Spirit store items are fully-customizable and delivered right to your home. Order one today, and beat the cold weather rush.

Did you know you can use prepaid Visa cards through FFT for spirit store purchases? Just visit to register your card!

Harkins Refillable Cups & Popcorn T-Shrits Now Available


Harkins Refillable cups and popcorn t-shirts are in. Come pick one up at the FFT desk before they’re gone. Cups are $5.50 and offer 18% profit. Shirts are $25.00 and offer 20% profit. For questions, contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator.

Thanks, Veterans!

At OLMC, we emphasize the importance of service to our students, and we’re fortunate to know and love many service men and women among our OLMC families. Recently, our kindergarten was fortunate enough to receive a visit from Sergeant Marquez, father of one of our students, Abie Marquez, who spoke about what it means to be a veteran. Our girl scouts also marched in Tempe’s Veterans Day Parade. We’d like to thank Sergeant Marquez and all of the service men and women who so valiantly display what service truly means.

timmyTimmy Mulligan Wins Local Coding Competition

Over the weekend, one hundred middle school and high-school-aged students from around the valley participated in Code Day, a local coding competition celebrating a national campaign to promote the importance of coding in twenty-first century technology.

Participating students were asked to design, create, and code a video game project to present before a panel of judges, parents, and their peers. OLMC 6th grader, Timmy Mulligan, was among the competitors, alongside his two teammates from Kyrene Middle School. Timmy and his teammates, Team Underdogs, worked through the night, and Timmy, himself, gave the demonstration presentation, speaking on behalf of his team.

Of the 17 teams present, Team Underdogs took home the Top Overall Award for the competition. The youngest and least experienced of the group, Team Underdogs represented the essence of the competition: focus, determination, and teamwork. The judges were impressed with their enthusiasm and skill. OLMC would like to congratulate Timmy and his teammates for this outstanding accomplishment. Way to go, Team Underdogs!

cupsOLMC Hot/Cold Cups Still 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 winter mornings, and they make great gifts. Stop by today to pick one up.

cans2November Donation Totals

Thank you to all who contributed to our November Works of Mercy Campaign. Together with the preschool, OLMC school donated a grand total of 1,795 cans of food to St. Vincent de Paul, who provides Thanksgiving meals to those who would otherwise go without.

cans1KB won the gold spirit stick for having the highest donation total at 158 cans. As a school we provided:

  • 352 cans of cranberry sauce
  • 303 cans of yams or sweet potatoes
  • 258 cans of turkey and chicken broth
  • 183 cans of frosting
  • 387 boxes of cake mix
  • 267 packages/jars of gravy
  • 45 miscellaneous items

On behalf of St. Vincent de Paul, Student Council, and the families they serve, thank you for your incredible generosity in donating food to help families like yours celebrate Thanksgiving.

Falcon Foto Club

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

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>>

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Who doesn’t love picking out their own gifts? By giving a scrip gift card to someone you love this holiday, they can do just that while you earn rebates for your organization! Of course, if you have the perfect gift in mind for someone, or you have a list of presents to check off for your kids, just purchase gifts with ShopwithScrip and save! HomeGoods
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Crate & Barrel Target
GameStop Toys ‘R’ Us
Gap Ulta Beauty
The Home Depot

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.

OLMC’s Chromebooks for Education Program

Why Chromebooks?

At OLMC, we know that our students are more than just consumers of information, but creative producers of it, as well. It’s for this reason that OLMC School strives to prepare students for the ever-changing world of technological advancement. We’re committed to preparing our students not just for the next step in their education, but for a future far beyond our halls.

Our Program

OLMC’s Chromebook program, created for our 5th through 8th grade students, promotes a collaborative learning environment for our students. By implementing transformative uses of technology, our tech-friendly atmosphere enables our teachers to enhance students’ engagement with educational content and promote the development of self-directed, lifelong learners.

Learn More

For more information about our chromebook program, please visit our chromebook Google site. There you’ll learn about our:

As always, should you have any additional concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our administration.


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

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