Principal’s Corner – April 9, 2017
Dear OLMC Community:
Easter break is upon us. On Wednesday, we will have our annual Trek through the Desert and Living Stations of the Cross. The Trek will begin between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. with Living Stations of the Cross to follow at 11:15 a.m. Dismissal will take place at 12:30 p.m., and any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will go to Kid’s Club. Please come join us if you are available.
Thank you to those who supported the school Book Fair last week. All proceeds go to buying materials for our library for student use.
There will be no Learning Labs on Tuesday, April 11th.
April 18th is the deadline to take advantage of the state tax credit and make a charitable donation to OLMC through CEA. If you have yet to file your taxes, we would be grateful for your support. Thank you to all our families who have taken advantage of this opportunity this year.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School
Happening this Week:
Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:
- Dad’s Club Meeting and Election
April 10, 2017
- No Learning Labs
April 11, 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
- Junior High Pizza Sale
Every Friday (All Lunchtimes)
- School Lunch Ordering Deadline
Every Saturday (by 7:00 p.m.)
2017-18 School Advisory Board Candidates
The School Advisory Board (SAB) election is Friday, April 28, 2017. Parents are asked to vote anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the school office. Voting will close at the end of the school day on April 28th. For more information please see our blog.
This Week on Campus
Thank You Top Sellers
Congratulations to our top selling students for the festival’s kid raffle:
1st Place: Ayjae Larson
2nd Place: Rachael Pabst
3rd Place: Faith Fletcher
Congratulations also to KB and 4B who earned a movie, popcorn, and pizza for over $1,500 in sales. Also earning a movie and popcorn afternoon, 7A for over $1,000 in sales.
Thank you for your support and awesome efforts!
Congratulations to our Raffle Winners
A big congratulations goes out to our festival raffle winners:
Grand Prize: Mark Schultz
2nd Prize: Georgiana Munoz
3rd Prize: Gil Montanez
1st Prize: Brittany Cruz
2nd Prize: Elidia Hernandez
3rd Prize: Mary Ellen Brandt
Coffin & Trout Jewelry Raffle
Thank you for your support of our parish festival!
Festival Feedback Survey
Don’t forget to take the festival survey. Your feedback is very important to us and to the success of future festivals. Thank you for your participation and support.
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 Home & School Treasurer, Kristina Engelbert.
Have any FFT Tips or Tricks?
Home & School is looking for your best Food for Thought tips and tricks to share with the community. Remember, the more we use the program, the more our students benefit from the resources it funds.
Don’t stop at your minimum! More participation means more opportunities and bigger rebates for your child. Send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of the OLMC community, thanks for sharing your success!
Thank You from the Student Council
Our final winner of the Penny Drive Golden Pig was team 5A/5B!
As a school, OLMC collected $249.73 during the final week, bringing the grand total to $1,794.82 for the Penny Drive! Thanks for your support, falcons! Your contributions will make the people of Maggie’s Place very happy! To see the type of families you helped, view the video below:
Thanks also to those who donated peanut butter and jelly to St. Vincent de Paul. Your contributions help families in need. To learn more, visit their website.
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.
How FFT Helps our School: Library
The OLMC’s Sr. Valeria Library and Media Center enriches the lives of our students by offering the information and resources they need to succeed. Named for former Principal Sister Valeria, our library offers state-of-the-art technology and over 12,000 books and literary sources.
Last Chance for See’s Easter Candy
Need some filler for your Easter baskets? FFT is selling See’s Easter chocolates until April 12th after school. Stop by and pick some up! FFT Easter Hours>>
Just a few reminders:
- Don’t forget that the deadline for weekend Mass pick up is Friday at noon.
- FFT January rebate applies toward outstanding tuition and FFT May rebate applies toward books and fees for the following school year.
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.
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.
School Advisory Board Member: Luz Reval
Meet Luz Reval. As a wife, mother of three, and teacher in the OLMC preschool, Luz enjoys working within our community. Her teaching role gives her the unique perspective of policy in action.
Learn more about the School Advisory Board on our website!
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 email@example.com 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.
The FFT Deadline is Just 3 Weeks 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).
Don’t Forget to Bring in Your Box Tops!
OLMC would like to thank all those who have donated Big ‘G’ Box tops for Education. Our last submission yielded almost 3,000 box tops for a total of $295.60 for Mt. Carmel! Keep bringing them in! You can submit them in our collection bin in the school office. Our next submission date is in May. Many box tops expire June 1st so please bring them in as soon as possible so we include them in our submission. Every little bit helps! Thanks, Mt. Carmel!
For a list of participating products, please visit the Box Tops for Education website.
Thank a Teacher with ShopwithScrip
At the end of the school year, don’t forget to show your appreciation for those teachers who go above and beyond for your little learners! Apples are old school–your teachers would love a gift card for a cup of coffee, a nice dinner, or some shopping, just a little “thank you” for all their hard work.
|Barnes & Noble
||Spa & Wellness Gift card by Spa Week
|The Container Store
||Spafinder Wellness 365
|Dave & Buster’s
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.
- 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
Put your AZ tax dollars to work. Contribute to Catholic Education Arizona!