Newsletter: This Week on Campus


hermieOLMC Appreciates Mr. Hermie –
November 27, 2016

At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School we’re blessed to have a dedicated principal devoted to serving our families and the school through his administration of Catholic education.

Beloved by students, parents, and teachers alike, Mr. Bruce Hermie’s commitment to the school extends far beyond his call of duty. You can learn more about Mr. Hermie by reading his bio on our Faculty and Staff page. In the wake of National Principal Appreciation Month, Home & School would like to thank Principal Hermie for all he does for our school. We’re very grateful for his important role in our wonderful community.

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.

This Week On Campus

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There’s a lot going on around campus in our primary grades. This past week our preschool and kindergarten had their Thanksgiving feasts, complete with festive pilgrim and Native American costumes.

Our first-graders have been recalling the lives of the Saints via their Saint can projects. They’ve also been studying the life cycle of plants, planting pinto beans, and making observations of their growth.

In the 3rd grade, the students studied the lives of the Saints by making informational presentations of their chosen Saints. All around, the children learned a great deal about the meaning of gratitude for all of the life’s little (and big) blessings.

FFT NewsSpecial FFT Extended Hours

FFT will be available for purchase Monday, November 28th in the morning only. For questions, please contact FFT at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


Early ReleaseEarly Release – Dec. 2nd

Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.


donut-1761520_1920Donut Sale – Dec. 2nd & 16th

Student council will be selling donuts before school December 2nd and 16th. Donuts are $1.00 each and proceeds benefit our Works of Mercy Campaign.

green-house-1Gardening Club Starts December 5th

The OLMC Gardening Club starts Monday, December 5th. Open to students in the 4th through 8th grades, the gardening club meets Mondays after school. For more information, please contact Ms. Lazaro or Mrs. Gabreski.

SpiritUpcoming Spirit Days

As a thank you for those who brought canned food for our Thanksgiving St. Vincent de Paul drive, there is a spirit day scheduled for Dec. 9th for all classes. Students may wear jeans with an OLMC branded shirt.

Thank you to all who attended GCU’s Men’s basketball game this past Friday. Don’t forget to submit your ticket stubs to your teachers for another spirit day Dec. 16th.

festival logoOLMC Festival 2017 Logo Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year’s festival logo contest winners:

1st Prize: Madeline Pabst 6B
1st Runner-Up: Sarah Monsegur 5B
2nd Runner-Up: May Tran 8A

Thank you to all who submitted their designs!

Visit our website to check out our countdown to the festival!

Courtesy SanTan Sun News

Courtesy SanTan Sun News

High-Flying Falcons: Marcellina Wiertek

Congratulations to Marcellina Wiertek, OLMC class of 2013, who was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Currently attending Seton Catholic Prep, Marcellina was featured in the SanTan Sun News and will compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships awarded in the spring. Way to go, Marcellina!

Do you know an exceptional former falcon? Tell us his/her story at or visit our Alumni page.

sees-lollypopsFFT Has Your Stocking Stuffers Covered

Need some stocking stuffer ideas? FFT has See’s lollypops and Harkins refillable cups and popcorn t-shirts.

Lollypops: $1.00 @ 60% Profit
Harkins cups: $5.50 @ 18% Profit
Popcorn shirts: $25.00 @ 20% Profit

Need more ideas? Check out our full inventory of gift cards for all of your Christmas needs.

End of the Year Tax Deductions: CEA

Would you like to make an end-of-the-year donation? Please consider contributing to Catholic Education Arizona (CEA). Your donation will go toward vital scholarships for families just like yours and give the gift of Catholic education to students in need. Corporations are also eligible to contribute. See the video below to find out more:

For more information on how to contribute, please see the CEA website. Thank you for your part in making Catholic education affordable.

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.


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 book fair, movie night, coffrees, STEM Day, and any after-school activities, particularly athletics.

Were you recently a chaperone on a field trip? Did you stop in at the Taste of Kindergarten Open House? Do you have pictures of recent classroom projects or art masterpiece works? Send it our way.

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!

December Works of Mercy

Student council is collecting diapers for Maggie’s Place November 28th through December for our Works of Mercy Campaign. Take a look at the people you can serve in contributing to Maggie’s Place:

The students will also be decorating trees and cards for the veterans’ hospital this Monday. Student council plans to deliver the trees Dec. 7th. Thank you for your continued generosity.

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

Use ShopwithScrip for Winter Wear


A chill is in the air and winter is on its way! Keep up on cozy fashions this winter or bundle up and go on a romp in the cold and the snow up north. For all your winter wear needs, from layering essentials to boots and outerwear, you can shop for it all with ShopwithScrip!

Adidas L.L. Bean
Lands’ End
Athleta Macy’s
Banana Republic
Bass Pro Shops
MC Sports
Bloomingdale’s Nike
Old Navy
Brooks Brothers
Cabela’s REI
Carter’s Sports Authority
Children’s Place
T.J Maxx
Columbia Target
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Under Armour
Gander Mountain
J. Crew

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. E-cards are fast, simple, and convenient and work from your smartphone. Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, for questions or to sign up.


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.

What You’ve Missed on Social Media

One simple way you can help OLMC is by sharing our news stories online. As involved parents and community members, you are our best ambassadors. If you haven’t already, please visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. Follow, like, comment, and share! Thank you for being the reason we stand out in the community!

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.


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

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