Newsletter: Catholic Schools Week Itinerary


Principal’s Corner – January 15, 2017

hermieDear OLMC Community,

Catholic Schools Week, a nationwide celebration of Catholic education, will take place January 30th through February 3rd. As part of the festivities, we will be holding our second annual St. Vincent de Paul food drive. Your child’s homeroom teacher should have sent home a note this past week outlining what item their class is asked to donate. Last year, we were able to fill over 50 boxes for families in need. We hope to match or exceed that number this year. Students take an active role in filling the boxes and provide written notes and pictures to families. Thank you for your participation in this event.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for Field Day which will take place on Tuesday, January 31st from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. (lunch starts at 12:15 p.m.). Field Day is a wonderful afternoon full of games and friendly competition for the students. If you are interested in helping, please see the sign-up genius in this week’s newsletter.


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.

csw_logo_circle_cmykCatholic Schools Week 2017

During Catholic Schools week, parishes and schools nationwide celebrate Catholic education in fun and meaningful ways. OLMC has done our part by coming up with some exciting events around campus. Check our the itinerary for Catholic Schools Week 2017>>

no-schoolNo School – Jan. 16th

There is no school January 16th in honor of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. If you have questions, please contact our school office.


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. There are only 30 childcare spots available, so reserve your spot before it’s too late. Please see the flyer for registration information and more details. Interested in helping out? Visit the sign-up genius to volunteer. For more information, contact Freddy Lozano at 480-612-3169.

Field DayField Day Volunteers Needed – Jan. 31st

OLMC School is having its annual Field Day:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Games begin at 1:00 p.m.)
Out on the field

Field Day is an afternoon of fun and games for the students of OLMC during Catholic Schools Week. The children are divided into three levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each level is divided into groups of 4-6 children. These children will then go to 15 different stations with their group and play a game against another group. We need at least 1-2 parents for each station at each level. The games are not hard and all instruction and materials will be provided and setup for you. Read More>>

orange-207819_1920Oranges Reqeusted

Home & School is requesting oranges for Field Day, January 31st. You can drop off your oranges starting Monday, January 30th, in McCready Hall. We’ll be collecting them until Tuesday morning, January 31st. The oranges do not have to be sliced, but if you take the time to do so, please put them in Ziplock bags.

If you’re interested in helping to slice oranges Tuesday morning, please contact a member of Home & School. Thank you for your contributions!

This Week on Campus

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Our 8th graders played some handball during P.E. and recently learned about scientific elements using superhero stories in science class.

In 6th grade, our kids are studying climate in science and flexing their map-making muscles in social studies.

Meanwhile, in the 7th grade, students are mapping out stories, or cuentos, for Mrs. Carmody on their chromebooks, using the Spanish vocabulary they’ve learned in class. The comic strips turned out great! ¡Buen trabajo, estudiantes!

Our primary grades learned about winter melon and papaya at lunch thanks to Craig Pierson and the good people of Falcon Catering. Naturally, the kiddos *ate* it up. Thanks for a great week, falcons!


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Hoodie for Sale at Discount

The Ostrowski family recently purchased an adult medium-sized hoodie from the spirit store by mistake. They’re now offering the hoodie, which has never been worn, for $40.00 (regularly priced at $51.64).

Spirit store items are permitted for wearing in the classroom. If interested, please contact Chuck Ostrowski at 602-750-1133.

Free Shipping at the Spirit Store!


parish-verificationParish Verification Forms

If you are currently attending a parish other than OLMC, you are required to submit a parish verification form in order to receive the discounted tuition rate for active and participating Catholics for the 2017-18 school year.

Due to the amount of time it takes for some parishes to obtain their pastor’s signature, please take the Parish Verification form to your home parish at your earliest convenience and have them complete it so that it is ready by the time registration starts. Thank you for your cooperation.

Put Your Tax Dollars to Work with CEA

Catholic education plays a critical role in our students’ lives helping to form their faith and preparing them for lives of service to others. Thanks to those that participated last year, 158 students (nearly half of our student body) at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School received tuition assistance from Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) this school year. The need for the coming school year is far greater.

As you know, the Arizona state tax credit program is an easy way to help families with demonstrated financial need and costs ZERO dollars to participate. Please give prayerful thought toward making a contribution this year, of any amount up to $2,173 for married filers and $1,087 for individuals, through CEA designating OLMC as the recipient.

You will be joining hundreds of OLMC families and friends in supporting this vital program for Catholic education. Redirecting your tax dollars gives deserving OLMC students with financial need a solid Catholic education, a path to higher education, and a promising future.

We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real and lasting impact in the lives of those students who are still in need. To see how it works, watch the video above. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

To contribute online please visit Want to see the benefits of a Catholic education? Check out OLMC’s Learning Standards or the school-wide Spiritual Life page on our website.

How FFT Helps Our School: Events

OLMC hosts a number of events that celebrate and showcase the amazing things our students are learning on a daily basis. These learning opportunities give our educators the chance to break from the everyday and connect with the community in creative and inspiring ways.

Food for Thought funds make these events possible. Through your participation, OLMC provides the supplies and services needed to give our students special events like our upcoming Catholic Schools Week, Field Day, and our recent Christmas Program. This past November, we marked our annual STEM Day, which celebrates concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thanks in part to FFT funds.

But our events don’t just benefit our students, we also make opportunities to reach out to our community through coffrees, staff appreciation events, new parent nights, and admission evenings. These type of events allow our school community to establish and maintain lasting bonds with one another, and they seek to inform and educate new, existing, and prospective school families. It’s our hope to promote a welcoming environment, supportive in our Catholic mission to tend to the needs of our community.

Even better, these events were made possible at no additional cost to you. FFT profits benefit events like these and so much more. Why stop at your minimum? There’s so much good you can do through your participation.

Thanks for your cooperation in giving the school the tools we need to do what we do. Want to see our upcoming events? Check out our website or our school’s Facebook page.

PizzaPizza Provided for Field Day

Home & School is providing pizza for all students on Tuesday, January 31st. Falcon Catering school lunches will be unavailable on this day, so if you would prefer something other than pizza for your child’s lunch, please plan for him/her to bring his/her lunch that day. Lunch will also be provided for Field Day volunteers.


John Paul II Young Philosophers Club – Feb. 2nd

OLMC School is proud to announce the first meeting of the newly formed:

JP II Young Philosophers Club
Thursday, February 2, 2017
from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This club is open to 6th through 8th grade students. Members will learn how to practice civil discourse and to explore and think more critically about topics important to the development of a well-formed conscience. The topic of this first meeting will explore the following quote from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,

“We must often draw the comparison between time and eternity. This is the remedy of all our troubles. How small will the present moment appear when we enter that greater ocean?”

For more information or if you are interested in helping, please contact Mary Crowell at 480-529-9657.

St. Vincent de PaulSchool-wide Service Project: SVdP

As part of Catholic Schools Week, OLMC is undertaking a school-wide service project benefiting our parish pantry of St. Vincent de Paul.

We’re asking students to bring in items throughout the month of January for a school-wide boxing project on Friday, February 3rd for SVdP’s pantry. Students received a bag to carry their donation items to school.

The success of the event is contingent on the generous donations of our school families. The goal is two to three items per student so that we can meet our goal of packing 50 boxes. What follows is a list of items each class is asked to bring:

KA        Powdered Milk
KB        Mac & Cheese
1A        Breakfast Cereal
1B        Canned Beans
2A        Canned Refried Beans
2B        Canned Soup
3A        Boxed Rice
3B        Peanut Butter
4A        Jelly
4B        Bar Soap
5A        Tomato Sauce
5B        Canned Stew
6A        Instant Potatoes
6B        Canned Chili
7A        Canned Vegetables
7B        Canned Fruit
8A        Canned Meat
8B        Pasta (any kind)

The pantry management is excited for this continued partnership with our school. Thank you for your support of such a worthy cause!

honor-roll2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students who made 2016-17 second quarter honor roll. Please see the website for honor roll requirements.


fry's rewardsCommunity Rewards Participation is Down

OLMC’s usual Fry’s Community Rewards participation totals are down. If you shop at Fry’s, please make sure you’ve registered for this free program for this school year. You may link more than one VIP card account. Rebates from Fry’s Community Rewards go directly toward your FFT minimum.

Be sure to encourage your family and friends to enroll on your behalf. You can send their quarterly statements to count toward your rebate total. Questions? Visit our Community Rewards page or contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, at 480-967-5567 ext. 2. Thank you for your support!

soccerSoccer Cancelled

Soccer has been cancelled for the 2017 season due to lack of enrollment. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Those who have registered their students for soccer will receive a full refund, or they may apply those funds toward spring sports.

For more information, please contact Coach Sanders.

preschoolDo You Know an Incoming Preschooler?

Registration season is upon us! If you know a family with a child reaching preschool age, tell them all about what OLMC preschool has to offer. We  have programs for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Pre-K options, too. Visit our website for more information about tuition, registration, and to request information.


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

Put your AZ tax dollars to work. Contribute to Catholic Education Arizona!