Newsletter: Merry Christmas


Principal’s Corner – December 18, 2016

hermieDear OLMC Community,

This week we bring first semester to a close and prepare for Christmas break. I hope you can all join us at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night for the Christmas program in the church. Please remember to go to the classrooms after the show ends to pick up your students.

Tuesday is a half day and we will celebrate our all-school Mass. Please make sure students dress in proper Mass attire.

Please remember to enter and proceed through the parking lot slowly before and after school. Thank you for being diligent in keeping our students and parents safe.

For any of you still looking to complete your Christmas shopping, just a reminder that food for thought will be available Monday before and after the Christmas program, as well as before and after school Monday and Tuesday.

As this is the final edition of the Principal’s Corner prior to break, on behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the coming year be full of many blessings for each of our families. Thank you for allowing us to work with your children and partner with you in support of their growth and the growth of our community at large. May God bless you all during this Christmas season.


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.

This Week on Campus: Countdown to Christmas

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We’re in the final days of Advent, and our students welcome our Lord with open arms! Our student council visited with veterans on Pearl Harbor Day, singing Christmas carols to the residents of the Community Living Center at the VA hospital. They also delivered 18 Christmas trees and 360 cards from OLMC students.

In the 5th grade, our students made Advent Magi boxes filled with all the kind and loving things the students would be doing for their families during Advent. Our thanks goes out to Mrs. Shewbridge for her help with this project. The students also made O Antiphons ornaments, an Advent tradition dating back to the 8th century. Used during the 4th week of Advent, the ornaments display titles that the Old Testament prophets gave to Jesus as they waited for his coming.

And finally, our 1st and 6th grade buddies made gingerbread houses together and exchanged gifts. It was the perfect opportunity for the buddies, both big and little, to celebrate the mentor relationship OLMC’s buddy program inspires. On behalf of OLMC, we wish everyone a fun and safe Christmas break!

Give to CEA and Help a Child in Need

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.

Support Our Teams

We invite our OLMC community to come out to our sporting events and support our falcons. Our latest sports schedule is always in the Happening This Week section of our newsletters. Winter brings girls softball and boys basketball to the forefront. Come see our teams lead us to victory! Go Falcons!

Is your child interested in soccer? Check out our upcoming Soccer Tournament!

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.

You’re welcome to still make a contribution to the envelopes 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!

Technology in the Classroom: Google Apps

OLMC’s commitment to 21st century learning prepares our students for what lies ahead in the constantly evolving world of technology. Gone are the days of film strip reels and spiral notebooks. Google for education has revolutionized the way teachers engage their students in the classroom. By equipping them with the skills they’re certain to use in both higher learning and in their careers, OLMC integrates the latest technology tools and curricula into the everyday. From general use protocols, to digital citizenship, teachers use chromebooks, tablets, and applications to train students to collaborate on projects and presentations in new and revolutionary ways.

To learn more about our operating systems, monitoring software, and security policies, please visit our Chromebook Google site.

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. 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.>>

donate-1703177_1280Does Your Company Match Donations?

What do Microsoft, Bank of America, Intel, and Verizon all have in common? Each one matches donations made by their employees to nonprofit organizations.

This means that if you donate, or have donated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, and you work for one of these four companies, the company may potentially double your donation.

Many major employers offer similar programs. Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching gifts program. For ways you can donate, please visit our Support page. Thank you for your continued support!

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.

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Junior high pizza saleNew Pricing for Friday Pizza Sales

Due to an increase in the cost of the pizzas sold on Fridays, we will be increasing the price per slice of pizza starting in January 2017.

One Slice: $2.75
Two Slices: $4.50

Due to Arizona nutritional guidelines we must limit grades K-3 to a single slice of pizza and grades 4-8th to two slices. Proceeds benefit the junior high activities fund. Thank you for your continued support.

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.


cub-scoutsJoin the Cub Scouts

Is your son interested in joining the Cub Scouts? Now is a great time to sign up and begin your scouting adventure! Pack 71 is looking for new members in grades 1st through 5th. Come join us at our next pack meeting:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
at 6:30 p.m. in the North Hall

We have a lot of fun in store for our newest cub scouts! For more information, contact Kathleen Polowski at 480-244-6806.

SoftballSeton Softball Camp

Seton Catholic Prep is holding a softball camp:

December 28, 2016
At Seton Catholic Prep
1150 N. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

Registration: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Softball Skills: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Lunch (Provided): 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Scrimage: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

SCP softball camp is open to 5th through 8th grade students. Campers will be divided according to skill level, and cost is $50.00. Please bring a softball glove, pants, and water. Visit the registration page to register. Questions? Contact Coach Jerry Mullin.

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!

sportsSpring Sports Registration Deadlines

Spring sports registration for 5th through 8th grade students will begin January 4, 2017. If your child would like to register for girls basketball or boys baseball, the deadline is February 17, 2017.

Cost is $40.00 per sport. All participating students must have a sports physical on file. Applicable forms are available online or in the office. Please submit all paperwork and payment to Mrs. Cornforth.

CYAA has also extended the soccer signup deadline to January 6, 2017. We also still need soccer and girls basketball coaches. For more information, please contact Mr. Sanders. All coaches and volunteers must have Safe Environment Certification and fingerprint clearance.

john-paulComing Soon: JPII Young Philosophers Club

Would you like to give your children the opportunity to practice civil discourse and learn how to think more critically? Do you want to to give them the tools to defend their Catholic faith? OLMC is launching an apologetics club for students in the 6th through 8th grades starting in January.

Club members will have the chance to work with community experts to explore and understand the Catholic perspective on topics such as catholic culture vs. pop culture, the differences between animals and humans, how we know that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, etc. They will learn how to ask critical questions about these topics, develop their own defenses of these truths, and debate among themselves in a civil manner.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks! Questions? Interested in helping? Contact Mary Crowell.

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.



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

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