Newsletter: Catholic Schools Week is Here!


Principal’s Corner – January 29, 2017

hermieDear OLMC Community,

Next week, we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. We will begin our week with an all-school Mass at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning in the church. We ask that you make every effort to have the students to school by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. When students arrive, they will be asked to leave their backpacks in McCready Hall before moving to the church. Any student who arrives prior to 7:45 a.m. should report to Kids Club as usual.

Thank you to those of you who have signed up to participate on Field Day. We are still looking for a few more volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the event, please use the link to the sign-up genius included in the newsletter.

Some families received envelopes from the FFT office in their materials sent home for the weekend. If you have not met your FFT minimum for the year, there is still time to do so. Please take the time to read the information and if you have questions, please contact the FFT office.

Next Friday is a first Friday half day with dismissal at 12:30 p.m. Students may wear OLMC spirit shirts with jeans.


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.


Catholic 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>>

This Week on Campus

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This week we’re gearing up for Catholic Schools Week!

Read more about what went on this week>>>

casino-nightThank You, from the Dad’s Club

The Dad’s Club would like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who attended last week’s Casino Night. A special thanks goes out to our Dad’s Club members who helped to put the evening together and to our Casino Night donors and sponsors who made it possible:

John Moran, Cardinal Financial
B & B Pools
(Baseline & McClintock)
Pittman & Pittman Realty
Salut Kitchen Bar Tempe
Arizona Service & Installation
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel
Sightline Professionals LLC
Devils Advocate Tempe
Remodel Tempe
Arizona Beer & Cider
Complete Print Shop
Arizona Sports & KTAR
The Habit Burger Grill
(Guadalupe & McClintock)
Kevin Tinnin
Sweet Tomatoes
(Southern & McClintock)
Craig Pearson
Peter Piper Pizza
(Baseline & McClintock)
Rick Wells
La Fonda Mexican Restaurant
(Baseline & McClintock)
Britton Wanlass
Serranos Mexican Restaurant
Thomas Arriola

Thanks to Mrs. Patterson and the childcare staff for their services as well, and thanks to all for your continued support. Check out our photo gallery of the evening:

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sportsKeep Baseball Going at OLMC

Girls basketball registration for the spring season is going very well; however, boys baseball is not faring as well. In fact only 3 boys have registered for baseball in the entire school.

Baseball has been a tradition at OLMC, and the school is in jeopardy of not having a team this year. This is certainly a loss of opportunity for the boys that are looking forward to playing.

If your student is interested in playing baseball for the school, please register as soon as possible. Coaches are eager and waiting to begin practice. Please feel free to contact Coach Sanders for questions or concerns.

nurses-notesNurse’s Notes: Cedar Fever

Have you or your child experienced a rather sudden onset of sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, congestion and runny nose? It could be cedar fever, a phenomenon unique to the Southwest.

While the winter season often brings relief to those suffering with seasonal allergies, in parts of the Southwest, including Arizona, the Ashe Juniper tree, commonly referred to as the mountain cedar, releases its pollen between December 15th and February 15th. Read More>>

Falcon Catering1

February & March Lunch Menus Available

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

*New Feature: Everyday favorite macaroni & cheese!

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 Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the following week. In addition, you have the option to order for the entire month (or months) at a time. Please visit the website for ordering information.

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.

girl scoutsGirl Scout Cookies

Troop 1473 is selling girl scout cookies after school:

Monday, January 30, 2017
& Thursday, February 2, 2017

This troop is saving for a future Washington D.C. trip, so they really could use your support. Please see the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts website for cookie information. Cookies are $5.00 a box (with the exception of the brand new Girl Scout S’mores and gluten free Toffee-Tastics which cost $6.00 a box). Thank you for your support.

Want to learn more about scouts? Visit our website.

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 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!

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.

Chess-1Chess Club Now Enrolling

OLMC School, in association with Chess Emporium, is hosting an after-school chess club

Every Wednesday* beginning
February 1, 2017 through May 10, 2017
from 3:05 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Chess club is open to students in grades K-8. All skill levels welcome! Cost is $189.00. Interested students are invited to participate in community chess competitions. Please visit our website for additional information, or view the flyer to print out the registration form.

*Chess Club does not meet on half days or holidays. Scheduled days off are 4/12 & 4/19.

Works of MercyFebruary Works of Mercy

OLMC is holding another Works of Mercy drive for St. Vincent de Paul February 1st through February 18th for our Works of Mercy Campaign. Student Council is asking for the following items:

A Classes: Shampoo/Conditioner
B Classes: Soap/Deodorant

You can learn more about the people St. Vincent de Paul serves by viewing the video below or by visiting their website.

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

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?  See our This Week on Campus post or visit our Facebook page!

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:

  • Casino Night
  • 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!

Last Call for Yearbook Messages

Show your OLMC student 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. $10.00 without a picture.

Read More>>

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!

CEACEA & Brophy Community Foundation Application Updates

Calling all parents interested in applying for CEA brophyand/or Brophy Community Foundation funds. Applications open February 1st! Read More>>


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.

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.

Read More>>

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.

See how our students are decorating our food boxes:

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

School Skate Party – Feb. 3rd


adobe-sparkSave the Date – Father/Daughter Dance

The OLMC Dad’s Club is holding its 13th annual Father/Daughter Dance:

February 25, 2017

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a special night with your daughters. Uncles and grandfathers are also welcome to attend. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale next week. For questions or to volunteer, contact Dad’s Club President Junior Becerra.

festival-2017Important Festival Information

The 2017 “Unity in Community” Parish Festival is right around the corner!  The festival date is Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each family is required to complete a minimum of six (6) volunteer hours for the festival.  Two of those hours may be completed prior to the festival week and at least four (4) hours must be completed between Monday, March 27th and Sunday, April 2, 2017.

That means all volunteer hours completed between March 27th and festival cleanup on April 2nd count toward the festival day requirement.  Students may not fulfill the family volunteer requirement.  However, this is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn service credit hours.

Please note, preschool ONLY families are required to complete a minimum of four (4) hours for the festival. If families have students in both the preschool and the elementary school, six (6) hours are required.  Please note, per the school contract, if you do not fulfill your required hours you will be charged $100.00 per uncompleted hour ($50.00 per hour for preschool).

We are currently working on the festival signup genius.  This year, each family was assigned a Family ID number. Your Family ID will be included in the festival packets when they are sent home with eldest siblings. This Family ID will be required in order to sign up for your family’s volunteer hours on the festival signup genius. This will help in tracking and reporting all family volunteer hours.  For questions regarding volunteer hours or your Family ID, please contact Ashley Hall, our festival volunteer coordinator or Jamon Reval, our festival chairman.

Stay tuned for more information about t-shirt sales. Interested in a lead volunteer position? Know someone interested in becoming a festival donor or a sponsor? Please see the flyer for more info!

liveOLMC 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.

See how you can help>>


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

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