Newsletter: Happy Easter


Principal’s Corner – April 16, 2017


Dear OLMC Community:

Thank you to all who attended our Trek through the Desert and the Living Stations of the Cross last Wednesday. The students did a fantastic job throughout these activities, and it was a wonderful way to move into Easter weekend.

It is hard to believe, but when we return, there are only five weeks of school left. There is still much to do before the year closes and many events to celebrate.  Here are some of the dates and events for your calendar:

  • May 2nd: New Family Night– All families who are new to OLMC are invited to come join us for an important informational night about the school in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • May 5th: May Crowning Mass– Mass will begin at 11:15 a.m. and school will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Please note that students should dress in Mass attire on this day, and there will be no school Mass on Wednesday, May 3rd.
  • May 10th: Kindergarten Stars and Stripes Performance– An annual OLMC favorite, our kindergartners will bring the history of the United States to life in McCready Hall.
  • May 13th: First Communion/Confirmation of our third grade class in the OLMC church.
  • May 17th: 8th Grade Graduation in the OLMC Church.
  • May 26th: Last day of school– Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Once again, please note that the last day of school is a half day with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal.

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff at OLMC, I want to wish you all a blessed Easter and a safe and relaxing Easter break. I hope the time spent with your families is enjoyable and fulfilling.


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.

View the 2017-18 school calendar>>

No School for Easter Break

There is no school April 13th through April April 21st due to Easter break. On behalf of OLMC, we wish our families a very happy and blessed Easter.

This Week on Campus

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Our short week was nevertheless full of hard work and meaningful tradition.

The kindergartners explored magnets and polarity in six science centers. They also used white boards to create the four math sentences associated with the numbers 2, 4, and 6.

Our fourth grade students visited the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, whose mission is encouraging the public “to understand and appreciate how archaeology, history, and culture studies can enrich our lives and further our understanding of our shared history and heritage.”

The students had a great day studying the Hohokam culture and enjoyed creating their own petroglyph art piece. They also learned what homes were like thousands of years ago. We’d like to thank those that participate in the FFT program, which funds learning experiences like this one.

Last week, our 5th graders presented the Stations of the Cross, and our community had our annual parish festival. We’d like to thank all who attended, volunteered, and sponsored the event.

And finally, our school marked Holy Week with our annual Trek Through the Desert. Many students pitched in to help, including our first graders who served as our Red Sea.

The day concluded with the Living Stations of the Cross presentation by the eighth grade students. We wish our entire community a blessed and safe Easter break.

logo2017-18 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.

You may cast your vote for one of the following candidates.>>

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 student, teacher, and class with the most FFT purchases by the end of the month wins a prize! Families with multiple children receive equal credit for each child. Winners will be announced May 3rd.

Questions? Contact our Home & School Treasurer, LeeAnne Cardenas.

Tips from the FFT Pros

With the FFT deadline looming and our April FFT contest in full swing, the time to get your last minute FFT purchases in is now! There are so many ways you can incorporate FFT into your everyday life and benefit OLMC in the process.

Here are some tips from our seasoned families:

“I subscribe to a few services through Amazon and iTunes. It was easy to just buy a prepaid card and load it onto the account. It debits the prepaid card before it charges my account. Once it runs out I get a charge to my account and know it’s time to buy a new prepaid FFT card.”-The Rosensteel Family

“Some of the bills that we pay with Visa gift cards are: Cox Internet, Verizon Wireless, our alarm company, City of Tempe utilities, our kids classes through Tempe Parks and Recreation, gas, and Costco purchases. I do most of my grocery shopping at Fry’s or Trader Joe’s so that’s how much I get in Visa gift cards. Also, the scrip app is very helpful when we are on the go. We’ve ordered many instant gift cards through the app such as CVS and Walgreen’s for monthly prescriptions, Lowe’s gift cards, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Children’s Place, Gymboree, whatever we need. The app lets us see which one has the highest rebate. It’s so easy to use!”-The Lopez Family

“What helped us the most is rather than spending a lot of time searching through the entire list trying to figure out everything we might do and getting a little of everything, we just regularly buy a few gift cards that we use all the time. It helps to develop the habit of actually using scrip, because we would often forget to use it. Consistency and making it a habit with one or two stores or restaurants has been much more effective than trying to buy everything.”-The Kochis Family

“Planning is most crucial if your budget is tighter.”-The Molina Family

“We love Culver’s, Panda Express, and Little Caesars, and we go there all the time. So, for us, that’s a for sure buy!”-The Flores Family

Questions? Contact our FFT representatives for their best FFT tips. A big thank you to all those who shared their helpful FFT hints this year. If you have a helpful tip or trick, send it along to Thanks for your support!

APESF One-Day Donation Event

Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund (APESF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) School Tuition Organization (STO) that provides tuition scholarships to students in grades K-12 attending qualified private schools in the state of Arizona.

Typically, APESF reserves a percentage of every recommended school or student donation for expenses. As a special one day event promotion, on Monday, April 17, 2017, APESF will apply 100% of donation revenue to fund tuition scholarships to Arizona students attending private schools.

You can make your donation on their website. Checks post marked for April 17th are eligible for the same promotion. Questions? Contact APESF on their website.

Only Two More Days to Contribute or Apply for CEA

Families who are interested in receiving financial assistance from Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) should apply by April 18th.

Note: There is only one round of CEA funds this year, so please be sure to apply by the April 18th deadline.

For more information about student tuition organizations, Empowerment Scholarships, or the OLMC Stewardship Program, please contact the parish office at 480-967-8791.

frysCommunity Rewards Statement Due
– Apr. 20th

In order to receive a tuition rebate on your Fry’s purchases, please e-mail 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 can send your statement to by April 20, 2017.

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Easter Celebration – Apr. 23rd.

Registration begins April 2nd! Please see the Parish website for more details.

Easter FFT Hours

FFT will be available for purchase 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.

SpiritSpirit Day for Those who Sold $50.00 in Raffle Tickets

On Friday, April 28th, students who had $50.00 or more in kids’ raffle ticket sales may wear jeans and an OLMC spirit shirt. Your child’s teacher will have a list of those who qualify.

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

The FFT Deadline is Just 2 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.

Please check your RenWeb FFT accounts and contact Cindy Younger with any questions you may have.

Looking for tips? Check out our Tips from the FFT Pros posts or learn about our April FFT contest!

School Advisory Board Member: Diana Heilman

Meet Diana. As a writer, editor, and social media manager, Diana brings her skills to OLMC via the OLMC Newsletter. Her 25 years as a parishioner, volunteer, and former student inspire her to give back to the community who nurtured her from such a young age. Now a wife and mother, Diana delights in parent involvement and serving others in ministry.

“I’m grateful to serve on the SAB with so many dedicated parents of all walks of life, bringing their unique perspectives to benefit the school. We’re blessed to have an administration who cares so much about the needs of each individual child and school family.”Diana Heilman

A School Advisory Member:
  • Promotes a clear understanding and communication of the mutual educational responsibility of parents, teachers, and the school’s administration to the OLMC school community.
  • Assists the principal and pastor in developing school policies.
  • Carries out activities related to school business.
  • Conducts regular board meetings and special meetings as may be appropriate.
  • Establishes standing and special committees and appoints non-board members to serve on such committees as may be appropriate.
  • Collaborates with other groups and organizations of the OLMC School community which are concerned with the operation of the school.
  • Reviews and carries out diocesan policies.

Want to know more? Contact one of our SAB members, and don’t forget to vote April 28th!

Learn more about the School Advisory Board on our website!

boxtops4educDon’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 You, Festival Sponsors and Donors!

OLMC would like to thank the many sponsors and donors who contributed goods and services to our festival. Your support makes our success possible.  Thank you!

See our full list here>>


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

View the 2017-18 school calendar>>

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