Newsletter: What You Need to Know About Student Tuition Organizations


Principal’s Corner – February 5, 2017

hermieDear OLMC Community,

Catholic Schools Week has come and gone. It was an outstanding week of events for our students, and there are many highlights from the week to note.

I would like to thank all the parents who took the time to organize, supervise, and participate in the field day festivities. It is a fantastic example of organized chaos, and the students definitely enjoyed their time playing and competing.

We are grateful for all the families who joined us Wednesday evening for our A Walk Through History museum event. The evening was very well-attended and was a testament to how talented and skilled our students are.

On Thursday, we were fortunate enough to have Sisters Veronica, Maria Jose, Maria Christina, and Maria Alejandra share about how they chose their vocation and sing with our community. It was an outstanding afternoon and an opportunity for our students to get to know the sisters on a more personal level.

The students did a fantastic job, on Friday, prepping and putting together the food boxes and items for St. Vincent de Paul. The food drive was a success as a result of the generosity of our families.


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.

STOsStudent Tuition Organizations At-a-Glance

It’s STO season, and OLMC wants to do our part to help families afford Catholic education by making sure our community is informed about the programs our families use most often.

Please view our STO Spreadsheet to learn when scholarship applications open, special requirements, contacts, and other important information about eleven different STOs. Read More>>

February Staff Birthdays

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

Mrs. Cornforth 2/13
Mrs. Garcia 2/19
Mrs. Klass 2/28

This Week on Campus

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Catholic Schools Week brought about flurry of activity around campus. Our cast of falcons kept themselves busy by learning new things, embarking on new adventures, and helping those in need.

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Visit our Facebook page to see more about what went on during Catholic School Week, from our Field Day and our Walk Through History evening to our St. Vincent de Paul school-wide food boxing project. Thanks for a wonderful week, falcons!

thank-you-3Thank You, Field Day Volunteers!

On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, thank you to all who volunteered and donated oranges for our annual Field Day. It was another rousing success, and it’s all due to our dedicated parents and extended family members who came out to support our students. Thank you for your ongoing devotion to our school.

running-clubRunning Club is Back!

OLMC’s Running Club will run on Tuesdays during lunch recess starting February 7th. Running Club is open to all students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Cost is $20.00. Please see the flyer for registration information. Questions? Contact Club Sponsor Heather Root.

churroChurro Sale – Feb. 10th

Student council will be selling churros after school February 10th. Churros are $1.00 each and proceeds benefit our Works of Mercy Campaign.


home and schoolHome & School Needs You

The Home & School board is looking for a co-treasurer for the 2017-18 school year. This person would be responsible for working with the board and our FFT coordinator to create reports, make bank deposits twice per week, and coordinating with our school secretary to manage proceeds from our yearbook and school used uniform sales.

Interested in this or other positions available next year? Contact Home & School Vice President Dana Terrazas for more information.

Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting – Feb. 13th

The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting:

Monday, February 13, 2017
at 5:30 p.m.
at Devil’s Advocate Sports Grill
955 E. University 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 Father/Daughter Dance.

If you’d like to know more about the Dad’s Club, visit our website or contact our Dad’s Club president, Junior Becerra.

arizona-scholarship-fund-asfArizona Scholarship Fund Disbands

As of January 27, 2017, The Arizona Scholarship Fund will no longer accept tax credit donations. All remaining funds will be dispersed for the 2016-17 school year. ASF will continue to accept e-applications for 2016-17 scholarship funds until April 30, 2017. Awards will be released around the 10th and 20th of each month as usual until the April cut-off.

ASF will begin hosting a web show and podcast called “The Extra Credit Show,” which will begin in March. Executive Director ChamBria Henderson, who spearheaded the tax credit movement over twenty years ago, will interview top school choice leaders from around the nation, discussing innovation, empowerment, and accountability in schools.

As ASF makes this transition, they are providing a list of alternate school tuition organizations on their website. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact ASF or Rita Villegas in the parish office.

Check out our website for alternate School Tuition Organizations.

logoGetting to Know Your STO: Institute for Better Education

IBE will be on the OLMC campus to answer questions on February 14th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Read more about IBE>>

In the meantime, you can consult Rita Villegas in the parish office or contact IBE directly on their website.

CEA: How it Works

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. Here’s what you need to know about redirecting your state tax liability to CEA:

  • It costs you ZERO dollars to participate with the Arizona State tax credit program.
  • Simply make a donation of whatever your tax liability total is to CEA designating OLMC as the recipient.
  • Married filers can contribute up to $2,173.00.
  • Individual filers can contribute up to $1,087.00.
  • Deadline is April 18, 2017

To see how it works, watch the video above. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

Ready to make your contribution? Visit Check out OLMC’s Learning Standards or the school-wide Spiritual Life page on our website to see the benefits of a Catholic education.

klassOLMC People of Interest: Pam Klass

At OLMC, we’re blessed to have so many dedicated educators who devote themselves to our students. One such educator is 7th Grade Teacher Mrs. Pam Klass. New to our ranks this year, Mrs. Klass lived on the East Coast her entire life before settling here in Arizona. Mathematics is her passion and she’s excited to pass that along to her students.

Read More>>

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.

Home & School Coffree – Feb. 17th

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

Friday, February 17, 2017
before school in McCready Hall

Come mingle with your community! Home & School will provide the coffee and treats. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend a little early.

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

Early ReleaseEarly Release – Feb. 17th

Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17th. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.


help-wantedFestival Redemption Chairman Wanted

Our 2017 parish festival is in need of a redemption center chairman. Our redemption center is where festival patrons redeem prizes for their game tickets. The chairperson would be responsible for setting up and pricing the prizes, pre and post-festival inventory, overseeing the festival day volunteers in the redemption center, and cleaning up afterward. Contact our festival chairman, Jamon Reval, for more information.

Want to see more ways to get involved with our festival and school? Check out our Get Involved page!

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!

adobe-sparkFather/Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale

The Dad’s club is hosting the 13th annual Father/Daughter Dance:

February 25, 2017
from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
in McCready Hall

Tickets are $30.00 per couple and $10.00 for each additional daughter. Purchase pre-sale tickets on or before February 17th. After this date, tickets go up to $40.00 per couple, $10.00 for each additional daughter. Ticket price includes a corsage and 5×7 photo for each daughter.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a special night with your daughters. Uncles and grandfathers are also welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that same day tickets will not receive a corsage. To purchase tickets, please stop by the school office. Cash and checks made out to “OLMC Dad’s Club” accepted. Contact Dad’s Club President Junior Becerra for questions or to volunteer.

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.

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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>>

valentinesBright Ideas From FFT: Aim Cupid’s Arrow on Rebates

From cupid, to presidents, to good ‘ol Punxsutawney Phil, February’s full of opportunities to celebrate and pad your tuition rebate in the process.

Check out these bright ideas!>>

Best-Selling ShopwithScrip


Shopping with gift cards is an easy way to support OLMC every time you shop. We offer a great variety of brands in addition to your weekly gas and grocery purchases. From dining and entertainment to home improvement and beyond, we have all your shopping needs covered! Buy ShopwithScrip gift cards from these best-selling national retailers:
Lands’ End
Barnes & Noble
Bath & Body Works
T.J. Maxx
Best Buy
Outback Steakhouse
Panera Bread
CVS Pharmacy
Red Lobster
The Home Depot

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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