Principal’s Corner – December 11, 2016
Dear OLMC Community,
As we enter the final full week of classes for the first semester, I want to make sure you are aware of a few important dates:
- Monday, December 19th: This is the last full day of classes prior to break. We hope all families can join us at 7:00 p.m. in the church to enjoy the annual Christmas program.
- Tuesday, December 20th: Dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m. We will celebrate our weekly all-school Mass at 11:30 a.m. and invite all our family members to join us.
- Wednesday, January 4th: Classes resume for the second semester.
Please contact the school office if you have any additional questions.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School
Happening this Week:
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- FFT Extended hours
December 12-20, 2016
- AAA Scholarship Foundation @ OLMC
December 13, 2016
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
- Dad’s Club meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (5:30 p.m.)
- Used Uniform Sale
December 15, 2106
2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Spirit Dress Day (GCU game attendees)
December 16, 2016
- Donut Sale
December 16, 2016
- Donations for teacher gifts deadline
December 16, 2016
- Junior High Pizza Sale
Every Friday (all lunchtimes)
- School Lunch Ordering Deadline
Every Saturday (by 7:00 p.m.)
- Falcon Winter Sports Schedule
Check out our game day schedules.
FFT Holiday Sales Hours
FFT will be available for purchase:
- Every day December 12th-20th before and after school
- December 11th and 18th at the 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Masses
- Before and after the Christmas program December 19th
Stock up on gift cards for all of your last minute shopping. Want to see our full inventory? Visit our order site. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call 480-967-5567, ext. 2.
Advent Prayer Before School
Parents are welcome to join us before school each morning in the prayer garden for student-led prayer and the lighting of our school Advent wreath. We wish all of our families a peaceful Advent season.
St. Nicholas Visits OLMC
In honor of his feast day, the students received a special treat from St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of children, at lunch yesterday. Widely celebrated in Europe, children traditionally set out shoes on the eve of St. Nicholas’ feast day in exchange for simple gifts. We encourage our families to learn more about St. Nicholas and the lives of the Saints as we mark the season of Advent. Thank you to our Home & School board for arranging St. Nicholas’ visit!
Dad’s Club Meeting Date Change
The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 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 our upcoming Casino Night. Please see the flyer for more information.
How FFT Helps Our School: Hospitality
OLMC’s community spirit is what sets us apart from other faith communities. Our Home & School hospitality committee strives to create an inviting atmosphere in which relationships can bud, blossom, and thrive. It’s through their creative efforts that we welcome our community members, new and old, to join with us in our Catholic mission and educational causes.
From monthly coffrees and student activities to staff and volunteer appreciation events and Sacrament receptions, our devoted volunteers prepare refreshments and the welcoming environment our community members have come to know and love. It’s all made possible by our Food for Thought Program.
Through your participation in FFT, our Home & School members fund events that bring in new families, celebrate milestones, and support those who work so hard for us every day to make OLMC the wonderful place it is. Even better, it does so at no extra cost to you. To all those who contribute to FFT, thank you for providing the means for our driving force of faith.
Getting to Know Your STO: AAA Scholarship Foundation
The AAA Scholarship Foundation will be at OLMC this Tuesday, December 13th, in the morning to answer questions regarding their student tuition benefits. For general student tuition questions, please contact Rita Villegas in the parish office
at 967-8791, ext. 217.
Used Uniform Sale – Dec. 15th
There will be a used uniform sale:
Thursday, December 15, 2016
from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
in the courtyard between
McCready Hall and the church
If you have uniforms to contribute to the sale, please turn them in to the office or bring them to the sale. Be sure to attach a sale slip, and indicate where the proceeds should go. Home & School is happy to accept proceeds as a donation.
GCU Winners – St. Thomas Aquinas & Ss. Simon and Jude
We’d like to extend our congratulations to St. Thomas Aquinas School and Ss. Simon and Jude School for winning the grand prize at Grand Canyon University’s Catholic Schools Night. Once again, thank you to all those who attended on our behalf. Don’t forget to turn in your ticket stubs for a spirit dress day December 16th.
Spirit Day – Dec. 16th
As a thank you to all who attended the GCU’s Catholic Schools Night, there is a spirit day December 16th for those students to have turned in ticket stubs. Students may wear jeans with an OLMC branded shirt.
Power Up Your Holidays with Batteries & Bonuses
This year batteries ARE included, as we’ve teamed up with Interstate Batteries to power up your holidays! Stop by the FFT desk and pick up some Alkaline batteries, now available for purchase! Please see the flyer for prices and profit percentages.
While your there, take a look at our latest FFT bonus offers. This week we have California Pizza Kitchen for 30% profit and Home Depot for 7%, plus so many other great retailers. Check it out!
Christmas Gifts for Teachers
Letters from OLMC’s Home & School board went home with the students that include a form for donations toward FFT gift cards for the teachers and staff as Christmas gifts. This is a convenient way to honor your children’s teachers with a gift card of their choosing.
The deadline to contribute is December 16th, and contribution envelopes are located in the office. Donations are completely voluntary, but always appreciated. On behalf of Home & School, thank you for giving back to our teachers and staff!
Donut Sale – Dec. 16th
Student council will be selling donuts before school December 16th. Donuts are $1.00 each and proceeds benefit our Works of Mercy Campaign.
Christmas Program – Dec. 19th
OLMC School is holding its annual Christmas Program
December 19, 2016
at 7:00 p.m. in the church.
Just a reminder that while the students need to report to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m., the doors to the church will not be open until 7:00 p.m. Please remain with your child until his or her teacher arrives. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for student dress guidelines for the program.
Early Release – Dec. 20th
Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20th. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.
OLMC Alumni Wanted
Are you or someone you know a former falcon? The Home & School Board is interested in getting in touch with former students of all ages to feature in our “High-Flying Falcons” newsletter piece and for future alumni events.
Yearbook Messages & Pre-order Deadline
Show your 8th grader some love by sending a personal message in the 2016-17 yearbook.
- Up to 30 words per message
- Attach a scanable picture and include student name and class on the back
- You may also e-mail a high resolution jpg file to our yearbook coordinator, Dana Terrazas
- Cost is $20.00 per picture message
Please submit payment in cash or check, made out to OLMC, with “Yearbook” in the memo section to the school office by February 1, 2017. Labeled photos will be returned to students. Please print message and order information clearly, and include an e-mail address so we can contact you.
Remember, prices for yearbooks go up after Christmas break! Get your pre-orders in by Dec. 20th!
December TRIP Report
Congratulations to the following families who have made their FFT minimum and will now begin accumulating their tuition rebate:
Jim & Jean-Marie Bellington
William & Diana Heilman
Michael & Wendi McGrath
Jamon & Luz Reval
Michael & Alyssa Velasquez
Braden & Jacque Chapman
Lawrence & Sonya Herrera
Jason Nicoluzakis & Karen Sweazea
Matt & Leah Kochis
Sean & Lorie Philipps
Steve & Suzanne Strickbine
Questions? Call 480-967-5567, ext. 2 to speak with our FFT representatives.
End of the Year Tax Deductions:
Donate Your FFT Minimum
No School – Dec. 21st-Jan. 3rd
There will be no school December 21st though January 3rd in honor of Christmas break. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 4, 2017. If you have questions, please contact our school office.
FFT Has Your Stocking Stuffers Covered
Need some stocking stuffer ideas? FFT has everything from lollypops, to Harkins cups, to candy, and hot/cold tumblers!
Lollypops: $1.00 @ 60% Profit
Harkins cups: $5.50 @ 18% Profit
Popcorn shirts: $25.00 @ 20% Profit
Mini Candy Boxes/Peanut Brittle: $6.00 @ 41% Profit
Hot/Cold Tumblers: $20.00 @ 20% Profit
Need more ideas? Check out our full inventory of gift cards for all of your Christmas needs.
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 https://www.myprepaidcenter.com/ to register your card!
Casino Night – Jan. 21st
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
Spots are limited so register before January 6, 2017 to take advantage of early-bird pricing! There are only 30 childcare spots available, so reserve your spot before it’s too late.
High-Flying Falcons: Stephen McDonough
At OLMC, we’re delighted to celebrate our falcons, even after they fly the nest. Our alumni are the pride and joy of our community, and Stephen McDonough, OLMC Class of 2009, is no exception.
Do you know a high-flying falcon? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seton Catholic Prep will hold a bone marrow donor registry drive
To join the registry you must be 18-44 years old, in general good health, and be committed to donating to anyone in need. There is a critical need for bone marrow donors, so if you can’t make the event, you can join the registry online at the Be the Match website. For more information, please visit BeTheMatch.org.
Looking for Family Entertainment?
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||Sony Playstation Store
||Toys ‘R’ Us
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.
- End of 2nd Quarter
December 19, 2016
- Christmas Program
December 19, 2016
- Early Release
December 20, 2016 (12:30 dismissal)
- Tax deadline for FFT donation
December 20, 2016
- Yearbook pre-order price deadline
December 20, 2016
- No School – Christmas Break
December 21, 2016-January 3, 2017
- Casino Night ticket prices go up
January 6, 2017
- Casino Night
January 21, 2017
5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Yearbook messages deadline
February 1, 2017
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