Principal’s Corner – April 2, 2017
Dear OLMC Community:
Another Parish Festival has come and gone. We are grateful to all of our families for their participation and help in making this event benefiting our school possible. I would like to extend a special thank you to our festival chairman, Jamon Reval, and his team who worked tirelessly to organize and orchestrate all the festivities.
The event was outstanding, and it is wonderful to gather as a community to have fun, spend time together, and celebrate all the things that make us so fortunate to be part of the OLMC family. The smiles and excitement on the faces of the children and their parents were confirmation of how enjoyable the day was. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive parent community that is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for their children.
As Easter break approaches, we have another OLMC tradition upon us with our Trek through the Desert. The Trek will take place on Wednesday, April 12th and will start at about 8:45 a.m. on the basketball courts. All families are invited to join us.
Our second semester Book Fair will take place in the library this week. Due to the Book Fair, morning Kid’s Club supervision will be in McCready Hall. Please alert your children and have them report to McCready Hall if you drop them off before 7:45 a.m.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School
Happening this Week:
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- Book Fair
April 3, 2017-April 7, 2017
- Early Release & Spirit Dress Day for Classes with 100% Participation in Soda Donations
April 7, 2017
- Stations of the Cross
April 7, 2017
- Deadline for School Advisory Board Applications
April 7, 2017
- Junior High Pizza Sale
Every Friday (All Lunchtimes)
- School Lunch Ordering Deadline
Every Saturday (by 7:00 p.m.)
- Falcon Spring Sports Schedule
Check out our game day schedules.
Nominations for SAB Due Friday
This year OLMC parents will elect a School Advisory Board (SAB) member for a three-year term. Nomination petitions are available online or in the school office. Completed forms must be submitted by April 7th. Bios for all those running will be posted in the April 9th newsletter.
The election will take place April 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with a ballot box located in the school office.
This Week on Campus
April Staff Birthdays
We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:
Mrs. Gabreski 4/2
Mr. Diamond 4/8
Mrs. Ward 4/20
Mrs. Bowers 4/29
Thank You from the Festival
On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and School, thank you to all the volunteers that made yesterday’s festival possible. A special thanks to Festival Chairman Jamon Reval and our festival committee and section leads for your diligent work.
Your help and support is a shining example of the great things that happen when a community comes together. We truly appreciate the outpouring of time, talents, and treasure our families invest. Thank you to our generous sponsors and all those who donated items to make this year a rousing success. But especially thanks to all in attendance for another tremendously successful year!
April Food for Thought Contest
During the month of April, Home & School is conducting a Food for Thought contest to see which classroom can purchase the most FFT. The class with the highest total by the end of the month wins a prize! Questions? Contact our FFT coordinator, Cindy Younger.
Book Fair – Apr. 3rd-7th
OLMC is hosting a Scholastic book fair:
Monday, April 3, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017
Before and After School & During Library Classes
in the School Library
All purchases benefit our school! Please view the video to learn how your purchases help your child and our school!
Spirit Day & Early Release – Apr. 7th
On Friday, April 7th, 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 jeans day for classes with 100% participation in soda donations. Qualifying classes may wear jeans with an OLMC spirit shirt. Your child’s teacher will inform his/her class if they have qualified.
Please note that this is not a free dress day. For spirit dress day guidelines, please see our Parent/Student Handbook.
Stations of the Cross
Parents are welcome to join us as our students present the Stations of the Cross.
Friday, April 7, 2017
From 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
in the church
SAVE THE DATE: The 8th grade students will present the Living Stations April 12, 2017 in the church. We wish our community a blessed Lenten season.
Dad’s Club Meeting – Apr. 10th
The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting:
Monday, April 10, 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 holding elections for next year’s Dad’s Club officers.
Fourth Quarter Progress Reports – Apr. 12th
Progress reports go out Wednesday, April 12th 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 April 24th. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.
Easter FFT Hours
FFT will be available for purchase
- Wednesday, April 12th (before and after school)
- Monday, April 24th (before school)
There will be no sales during Easter break or after Masses on Easter weekend. Please contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator if you have any questions.
See’s Easter Candy Now Available
Need some filler for your Easter baskets? FFT is selling See’s Easter chocolates until Easter. Stop by and pick some up!
Bright Ideas from FFT: Family Fun for All Ages
April brings nice weather, family togetherness, and Prom! Spend your tax refund and let the good times roll with FFT and Ultratainment! Check out these ideas:
Annual Trek Through the Desert – Apr. 12th
Commemorating our Lenten journey, the students will be participating in OLMC’s annual ‘Trek through the Desert’ April 12, 2017. This is a school-wide reenactment of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, in observance of Passover and the journey of God’s people to the promised land.
Living Stations of the Cross – Apr. 12th
The 8th graders will present the living Stations of the Cross April 12th in the church after the Trek Through the Desert. Please join us for this moving portrayal of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection.
To learn more about our school-wide spiritual life, visit our website.
SAB Faith Formation Chairman: Mary Crowell
Meet Mary Crowell. Mary heads the Faith Formation Committee on the School Advisory Board. Serving her second year on the board, Mary balances her time as a devoted parish and school volunteer with her role as wife and mother of five.
Learn more about the School Advisory Board on our website!
Pre-Order Your Yearbook Before Apr. 13th
The deadline to pre-order your 2016-17 yearbook is April 13th. Cost is $40.00 per yearbook. After that time, the cost will increase to $45.00 as supply will be limited. Questions? Contact the school office.
No School & Early Release for Easter Break
There is no school April 13th through April April 21st due to Easter break. Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12th. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.
If you have questions, please contact our school office. On behalf of OLMC, we wish our families a very happy and blessed Easter.
STO Deadlines Fast Approaching
Families who are interested in receiving financial assistance from student tuition organizations should make note of the following application deadlines:
- Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) deadline: April 15th
- Brophy Community Foundation Scholarship round one* deadline: April 15th
- Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) application/contribution deadline**: April 18th
*Note: Brophy Community Foundation offers a second round of scholarship funds after the deadline, but the registration fee increases to $30.00, and they do not guarantee that there will be available funds. We highly recommend that interested families apply for the first round of scholarships.
**There is only one round of CEA funds this year, so please be sure to apply by the April 18th deadline.
Community Rewards Statement Due
– Apr. 20th
In order to receive a tuition rebate on your Fry’s purchases, please bring a copy of your Fry’s account statement that reflects the amount of your donation, and indicate the family name to which the rebate should apply. You may drop a printed copy off at the office, send it in with your child, or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20, 2017. You may also drop off your statement at the FFT table at weekend Masses.
Registration begins April 2nd! Please see the Parish website for more details.
It takes many hands to run a school and parish, and OLMC is blessed to have so many dedicated individuals pitching in to keep things running smoothly. One such individual is Rita Villegas in our parish finance office.
Rita and her husband joined the parish ten years ago, bringing their three sons with them. Now grown, two of her three sons attended OLMC School, and all three graduated from Seton Catholic High School. Having earned her degree in accounting, minoring in mathematics, Rita brings her various contacts, vast experience, and unique expertise to the OLMC school community. Read More>>
Get Involved: Parent Volunteer Groups
It’s never too early to look for ways to make the 2017-18 school year the best one yet! Please consider joining one of our parent volunteer groups. New members are always welcome, and officer positions are typically selected at the end of the school year. Contact the heads of each board to find out how to get involved:
April TRIP Report
Congratulations to the following families who have made their FFT minimum and will now begin accumulating their tuition rebate:
||Junior & Thuy Becerra
||Kenneth & Maraeca Butler
|Adam & Rebeca DiPuccio
||Gilbert & Toni Escalante
||Christopher & Nicole Houk
|Ryan & Jennifer Kohl
||Dana McGuinness & Henry Terrazas
||Ryan & Annemarie Mulligan
|Mathis Nguyen-Tran & Tracy Dinh
||James & Delia Salas
Rebates will apply to your May tuition statement. Don’t pay off your tuition without checking your rebate. Remaining credits will apply for next school year or you can donate your credit to the school. Stop by the office or contact Cindy Younger for more information.
Using FFT is easy. View our Tips from the FFT Pros blog posts for ideas. Order online and have your child bring it home or enroll in ShopwithScrip to use FFT scrip right from your smart phone. E-mail Cindy Younger to sign up.
Questions? Call 480-967-5567, ext. 2 to speak with our FFT representatives.
The FFT Deadline is Just a Month Away!
There’s still time to reach your FFT minimum and/or pad your tuition rebate! Statements were sent in January via e-mail to families who have not met their $175.00 FFT profit minimum for the 2016-17 school year.
If you’re planning on paying off your tuition, please stop by the FFT office and our FFT representatives can tell you if you have a rebate coming. If you have not yet reached your profit minimum, you have until April 30, 2017 to fulfill this obligation. Any amount remaining after April 30th will be SurePayed on May 10, 2017.
Save the Date: VBS – Jul. 17th-21st
Save the date! OLMC is hosting our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS)
July 17, 2017 through July 21, 2017
Children age three through the 6th grade will experience the steadfast love of Jesus Christ through exciting games, activities, songs and more. Gear up for an over-the-top adventure. Volunteers are also needed (6th graders and up).
How to Sign up for ShopwithScrip
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 our access code and for questions.
- Dad’s Club Meeting and Election
April 10, 2017
- Early Release
April 12, 2017
- FFT for Sale
April 12, 2017 (before and after school)
- Trek Through the Desert
April 12, 2017
- Living Stations of the Cross
April 12, 2017
- Yearbook Pre-Order/Price Deadline
April 12, 2017
- Progress Reports
April 12, 2017
- Easter Break
April 13, 2017-April 21, 2017
- Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) Application Deadline
April 15, 2017
- Brophy Community Foundation Scholarship Round One Application Deadline
April 15, 2017
- CEA Application & Contribution Deadline
April 18, 2017
- Community Rewards Statement Due
April 20, 2017
- Parish Easter Celebration for Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23, 2017
- FFT for Sale
April 24, 2017 (before school only)
- SAB Election Day
April 28, 2017
- Food for Thought Deadline
April 30, 2017
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