Newsletter: FFT Extended Hours Week


Principal’s Corner – December 11, 2016

hermieDear 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.


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.

Holiday_hoursFFT 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.

adventAdvent 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 clubDad’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.

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

How FFT Helps Our School: Hospitality

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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.

AAAGetting 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.

uniformsUsed 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

(weather permitting)

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.

SpiritSpirit 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.


batteriesPower 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!

teachersChristmas 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-1761520_1920Donut 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.

programChristmas 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 ReleaseEarly 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.


logoOLMC 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.

If you know of any noteworthy alumni, please let us know how to get in touch with them.>>

yearbookYearbook 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:

fftJim & 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
Alissa Serignese
Mrs. Vullo
Nicole Cruz
Matt & Leah Kochis
Sean & Lorie Philipps
Steve & Suzanne Strickbine

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 post 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.

FFT NewsEnd of the Year Tax Deductions:
Donate Your FFT Minimum

Interested in reaching your $175.00 FFT profit minimum quickly? Consider donating the remainder of your minimum, and begin earning your tuition rebate instantly.

Read More>>

merry-christmasNo 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 to register your card!

casino-nightCasino 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

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.

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.

stephenHigh-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.

Read More>>

Do you know a high-flying falcon? Let us know at

bone-marrowSCP’s Bone Marrow Drive

Seton Catholic Prep will hold a bone marrow donor registry drive

Saturday, December 17, 2016
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
in the SCP school library
1150 N. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

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

Looking for Family Entertainment?


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Toys ‘R’ Us
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Hulu Plus

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.


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

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