Newsletter: Field Day Needs You


Principal’s Corner – January 22, 2017

hermieDear OLMC Community,

Thank you to all the families who have sent in food items for the St. Vincent de Paul food drive. We still have another week to collect food if you and your child would like to participate.

I want to thank the Dad’s Club for putting on Casino Night this past weekend. It was an outstanding event and wonderful time for those in attendance. This is one of the Dad’s Club’s primary fundraisers, and we are grateful for the time and efforts of all those whose hard-work made the night a success.

We are still in need of volunteers for our upcoming Field Day on Tuesday, January 31st. If you would like to come and help make the day a success, please follow the link to the sign-up genius in the newsletter. It is a fun afternoon for both the students and parents who come out to participate.


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.

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>>

This Week on Campus

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Our falcons had one full week! Read about the happenings on campus this past week, and stay tuned next week for more!

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>>

orange-207819_1920Oranges Requested

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!

See’s Valentine’s Day Chocolates now Available

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FFT is selling Valentine’s Day chocolates from See’s Candy. See the photo captions above for prices and percentages. Pick up a sweet heart for your sweetheart today!

Also, don’t forget to check out our latest Bonus/Overstock items!

shippingFree Shipping at the Spirit Store!

There’s still one more day of free shipping at the spirit store! Approved for classroom wear and spirit days, spirit store items are fully customizable and shipped to your home. See our website for more information.


Garden Club Meeting – Jan. 23rd

The OLMC Gardening Club is having a meeting:

Monday, January 23, 2017
from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students in the 4th through 8th grades are welcome. For more information, please contact Ms. Lazaro or Mrs. Gabreski.

Discounts at Dennis Uniform0001

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 services 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.

Home & School Coffree – Jan. 30th

Home & School is hosting a “Coffree” social on:

Monday, January 30, 2017
before school in McCready Hall

We’ll be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with our usual coffee and treats. Stop by after Mass for snacks and fellowship.

Want to know more about Home & School? Visit our website.

guitarTony Melendez @ St. Mary’s in Chandler
– Jan. 30th

Seton Catholic Preparatory is hosting acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Tony Melendez:

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
230 W. Galveston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225

This event is free to the public. Tony will perform his music and share personal life stories that inspire hope, encouragement, and faith. Tickets are limited. Contact Julie Grindey for questions or to reserve your tickets.

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.

a-walk-through-historyA Walk Through History Open House
– Feb. 1st

Join us for an open house during Catholic Schools Week entitled:

A Walk Through History
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The school will be transformed for the evening into an actual history museum, showcasing student projects and artwork. We encourage you to stroll our galleries and peruse the material  your children studied in social studies during the first semester. Teachers may send information home detailing what their classes will present. View our galleries>>

All are welcome! We hope to see you there!

Want to see how the students are preparing for A Walk Through History?  Visit our Facebook page!

olmc-logoThird Quarter Progress Reports – Feb. 2nd

Progress reports go out Thursday, February 2nd at the end of the day via e-mail. Please contact the school office if you do not receive your child’s progress report by February 3rd. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

CEACEA & Brophy Community Foundation Application Updates

Calling all parents interested in applying for CEA funds for the 2017-18 school year. The online FAIR scholarship application process starts Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Please call the school office for the school code and password. There is a $27.00 application fee. The deadline is April 18, 2017. Parents will be notified by letter on or before June 30, 2017.

brophyParents interested in applying for Brophy Community Foundation funds should apply through FACTS, which opens February 1, 2017. There is a $15.00 application fee, if you apply before April 15, 2017. The application fee increases to $30.00 after this date. For more information, please see the flyer.

Stay tuned for more information on Student Tuition Organizations!

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.

SpiritHalf Day & Spirit Day – Feb. 3rd

On Friday, February 3rd, teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. Any child still on campus after 12:45 p.m. without a parent will be sent to Kid’s Club.

This day is also a spirit day. Students may wear jeans with an OLMC spirit shirt. This can include shirts from our spirit store, festival t-shirts, OLMC team jerseys with shirts underneath, or any shirt featuring OLMC branding.

Please note that this is not a free dress day. For spirit dress day guidelines, please see our Parent/Student Handbook.

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.

View the video below to hear from Julian Natividad, president of OLMC’s St. Vincent de Paul pantry.

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. View the list of items each class is asked to bring>>

festival-2017OLMC Silent & Live Auction Needs You!

The OLMC Parish Festival Auction Committee is looking for donations to the silent and live auctions, and every donation helps. Some favorite past items include:

  • Sporting Goods
  • Patio Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Home Decor
  • Bicycles
  • Event Tickets
  • Religious Items
  • Hotel Stays
  • Jewelry
  • Donations of Services
  • Sports Memorabilia

You can also make a donation of Food for Thought gift cards, which you can purchase in the school office. Please consider asking for a donation from businesses you patronize. Know a business seeking additional advertising exposure? We’re happy to promote the businesses who sponsor our festival. You can drop off your donations in the school office.

For more information please contact Auction Chair, Carey Anthony. Thank you for your support of OLMC Catholic School.


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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!