Newsletter: Happy New Year


Principal’s Corner – January 1, 2017

hermieDear OLMC Community,

I hope this edition of the Principal’s Corner finds you all resting after an enjoyable Christmas and New Year celebration. As we prepare to return to school on Wednesday, January 4th, I wanted to share some important dates for the coming month:

  • January 5th: Report cards
  • January 7th: High School Placement Test (HSPT) for all 8th grade students planning on applying to Catholic high schools
  • January 13th: Half-day (teacher meetings)
  • January 16th: No school (MLK Day)
  • January 21st: High School Placement Test (HSPT) make-up for any student who could not attend initial test date
  • January 30th-February 2nd: Catholic School’s Week

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we look forward to welcoming all students back to class on Wednesday.


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.

January Staff Birthdays

We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:

Mr. Abbott 1/4
Mr. Burkhardt 1/18

thank-you-3Thank You, From the Teachers

On behalf of the staff and faculty of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, thank you for your generous contributions to this year’s teacher gifts. We truly appreciate your on-going support, trust, and prayers all year round.

FFT NewsSpecial FFT Extended Hours

FFT will be available for purchase Wednesday, January 4th in the morning only. For questions, please contact FFT at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


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!

olmc-logoSecond Quarter Report Cards – Jan. 5th

Report cards go out Thursday, January 5th at the end of the day via e-mail. Please contact the school office if you do not receive your child’s report card by January 6th. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

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.

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

January & February Lunch Menus Available

Falcon Catering1

The lunch menus January and February are available on the Falcon Catering website. Please note that lunch is not offered on school holidays or half days.

Note: Please ensure checks are payable to Casey Productions LLC. You may write one check for all students ordering lunch.

Also, the deadline to order lunches is now Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the following week. In addition, you have the option to order for the entire month at a time. Please visit the website for ordering information.

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.

January Works of Mercy

OLMC is holding another Works of Mercy drive for St. Vincent de Paul January 4th through January 27th for our Works of Mercy Campaign. Student Council is asking for the following items:

A Classes: Peanut Butter
B Classes: Jelly

We’re also collecting blankets for the Andre House. You can learn more about this wonderful organization by viewing the video below or by visiting their website.

To learn more about our school-wide spiritual life, visit our website.


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.

Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting – January 9th

The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017
at 5:30 p.m.
at Devil’s Advocate Sports Grill
955 E. Universtity Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

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.


Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic

Sisters Meet the Needs of Our Community

At OLMC, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to reach out to a diverse community. Read what Bishop Olmsted told the Arizona Republic about our ever-changing Catholic diocese and how our very own sister servants of the plan of God are helping us tend to the many needs of church.

Read More>>

wilsonOLMC People of Interest: Mrs. Katherine Wilson

This school year, OLMC launched a new reading support program to enhance literacy acquisition particularly in our primary grades. Developing such a program comes with both challenges and opportunities, ones Katherine Wilson, our new reading specialist, is happy to accept. With extensive education and training in reading acquisition, Katherine is most certainly up to the task.

Read More>>

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:

  • Grand Canyon University night
  • Classroom Christmas parties
  • Advent events
  • Christmas program
  • Clubs/Scouts/after-school activities (particularly athletics)
  • Buddies
  • Coffrees

Were you recently a chaperone on a field trip? Did you stop in at lunch or Kids Club? 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!

Early ReleaseEarly Release – Jan. 13th

Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13th. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.


frysCommunity Rewards Statement Due – Jan. 13th

OLMC received our disbursement of $1,901.61 for the cycle which ran from September 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.

You may drop off a printed copy of your Fry’s statement at the office, send it in with your child, or e-mail it to by January 13, 2017 to receive your rebate. You may also drop off your statement at the FFT table at weekend Masses.

Please mark each statement with the family name it is supposed to credit.

For more information about Fry’s Community Rewards or for instructions on how to enroll/print off your statement, visit our Community Rewards page, read our latest blog, or contact our FFT representatives in the school office.

new-years-day-1926337_1920Bright Ideas from FFT: What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Want to get healthy in the new year? Perhaps it’s better organization you seek. Maybe your sights are set on spending more time with family and friends. FFT has the goods and services you need to keep any resolution.

Read More>>

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 theĀ 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.

Improve Your Home with ShopwithScrip


Don’t miss rebates on your home improvement purchases! Whether you’re picking out new furniture, remodeling the kitchen, or repainting your favorite room, big projects don’t come cheap. On the plus side, big spending means big rebates, so don’t forget ShopwithScrip.

Ace Hardware
The Land of Nod
Bed Bath & Beyond
The Container Store
Pottery Barn
Crate & Barrel
Restoration Hardware
The Home Depot
Stein Mart
L.L. Bean
West Elm

Registering for ShopwithScrip 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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