Newsletter: It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!


Principal’s Corner – April 30, 2017


Dear OLMC Community:

I would like to invite all our families to our May Crowning Mass this coming Friday at 11:15 a.m. in the church. Students should be in Mass dress on Friday this week instead of Wednesday. Friday is a half day with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal time. Any student remaining on campus at 12:45 p.m. will go to Kid’s Club.


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>>

Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st through 5th, and Home & School would like to make the week extra special for our dedicated educators, in gratitude for all of their diligent work, for their loving encouragement, and for the profound difference they make in the lives of our children.

Please join us in honoring our teachers and visit the signup genius to bring treats for them. You can also participate in the following ways:

  • Bring a flower (fresh or homemade) to your teacher on Monday, May 1st. Home & School will provide vases.
  • Say a family prayer for your teachers.
  • Encourage your children to do something helpful for their teachers.
  • Bring a card to your teacher on Friday, May 5th to close out the week.

Your contributions and the simple acts listed above will help Home & School celebrate the hardworking professionals who offer their skills toward a  worthy cause, Catholic education. On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to thank all those who work in tandem with parents to raise a generation of faith-followers, responsible citizens, effective communicators, critical-thinkers, problem-solvers, and quality producers.

Learn more about our staff on our website.

Thank You from the Festival Chairman

April Food for Thought Contest

During the month of April, Home & School conducted a Food for Thought contest to see which classroom could purchase the most FFT.

As of April 27th the top three classes were:

1st Place: 3B
2nd Place: 2A
3rd Place: 1B

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sales will be totaled this week and we’ll announce the winners! The student, teacher, and class with the most FFT purchases wins a prize! Winners will be announced May 3rd.

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

How to Add ShopwithScrip to Your Mobile Device

Are you ready for summer? You can fund raise for our school all summer long by purchasing ecards while you shop through ShopwithScrip. Sign up today and you’ll have access to the MyScripWallet mobile website which works like an app, accessible from your mobile device home screen. See the video below:

Want to know how it works? Learn how to use the ShopwithScrip program with info sessions this May. Stay tuned for dates. Questions? Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.

Meals for Moms Ministry

Expecting a new blessing in your family? Know an expectant mother on bed rest? OLMC Parish’s Meals for Moms Ministry provides seven evening meals to OLMC families in the parish after the birth or adoption of a new baby.

Please know that we likewise offer meal support for miscarriage, stillbirths, death of a child, or other loss. Our volunteers will deliver meals right to your home. We’re also looking for volunteers.

Love to cook? Want to support OLMC families? Consider joining the Meals for Moms (MFM) Ministry today! Sign up to receive an email when there is a need, choose a day of your choice, and bring families a delicious dinner made with love.

Contact Elise McDonald to sign your family up for a meal schedule or to volunteer.

New FFT Cycle Starts May 1st: New FFT & Bonus

The new FFT cycle starts on May 1st for the 2017-18 school year. Get a head start on meeting your $175.00 minimum.Why not consider paying your FFT minimum and start earning your tuition rebate right away? Donations are also tax-deductible.

FFT now offers $10.00 Potbelly Sandwich Shop gift cards at 8% profit. We also have a special promotion for Payless Shoes (23%) for a limited time. Contact Cindy Younger with any questions you may have.

Looking for tips? Check out our Tips from the FFT Pros posts!

school supply kitSchool Supply Kits

It’s time to pre-order school supply kits for the 2017-18 school year. Save yourself time and money! Schoolkidz, a Staples Company, offers wholesale prices with no shipping costs or sales tax for online orders.

Each grade has a customized kit according to teachers’ supply lists for next year. Check out the Schoolkidz website for pricing information or to order. Our school code is 80193. A sample kit will be on display in the school office.

View our school supply lists>>   
Order by June 2nd!!

Orders will be available for pick up at Meet the Teacher Day, August 7, 2017.

uniformsLast Used Uniform Sale – May 2nd

Our last used uniform sale for the school year is scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
in the courtyard between McCready Hall and the church
(weather permitting)

If you have uniforms to contribute to the sale, please turn them in to the office or bring them to the sale. Be sure to attach a sale slip, and indicate where the proceeds should go. Home & School is happy to accept proceeds as a donation.

Bright Ideas from FFT: Get a Head Start on Summer

Graduations, Administrative Professionals Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, Memorial Day, Pentacost, and summer BBQs. These are just a few of the reasons summer is the perfect time get a jump on your FFT profit minimum.

Try these ideas on for size>>

May Crowning & Early Release – May 5th

OLMC school’s annual May Crowning Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 5th at 11:15 a.m. This special Mass, featuring our 8th grade students in cap and gown, is in lieu of our usual Wednesday school Mass.

May 5th is also a half day. Teachers will dismiss their students at 12:30 p.m. Please note that, while this is a half day, it is not a jeans day, and Mass attire is required.  Please consult the parent handbook for dress code guidelines.

Learn more about our junior high spiritual life>>

Oikos Evening – May 6th

The Parish is offering an Oikos evening for married couples entitled:

Keeping Your Kids Catholic
May 6, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
in McCready Hall

The evening is free of charge and will start with a Cinco de Mayo inspired dinner followed by a presentation by speakers Lisa and Wayne Rich. After a couples communication session, the evening will conclude with Eucharistic adoration. Come for a night of fellowship, inspiration, and the mercy and love of the true Presence of God. Please contact Sabina Cappello Lee, in the parish office for more information or to arrange for free childcare.

What You’ve Missed on Social Media

Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting – May 8th

The Dad’s Club is hosting its final meeting for the year:

Monday, May 8, 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 final events for the year.

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

National School Nurses Day – May 10th

Wednesday, May 10th marks National School Nurses Day, and we’re so blessed to have one as caring and as knowledgeable as Mrs. Shannon David.

As our school’s injury and illness expert and first-responder to critical incidents, Mrs. David familiarizes herself with each individual child’s medical needs, whether it involves chronic illness, allergy, or routine medical care. Not only does Mrs. David counsel and educate our staff, students, and parents on the best practices for child health and safety, she also aids in monitoring our students’ development with a watchful eye and a loving heart.

On behalf of the OLMC community, we’d like to thank Nurse David for her immeasurable contribution to our school. If you see her this Wednesday, be sure to wish her a very happy School Nurses Day.

Want to know more about Mrs. David? Check out her bio on our Faculty and Staff page.

FFT Minimum SurePay Date – May 10th

For those families who did not meet their required $175 FFT profit minimum by April 30th, the remaining balance will be SurePayed May 10th, 2017. If you would like to know your profit amount, contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator. For SurePay questions, please email Rita Villegas in the parish office.

Kindergarten’s Stars and Stripes Performance

Kindergarten is working hard in rehearsals for their annual

Stars and Stripes Performance
May 10, 2017
at 7:00 p.m.

in McCready Hall

Mark your calendars for a heartwarming, patriotic celebration! Questions? Contact our kindergarten teachers Mrs. Montanez or Mrs. Vullo. Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Breakfast – May 12th

OLMC would like to thank our volunteers this year at:

The Volunteer Breakfast
May 12, 2017
from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
in McCready Hall

If you have volunteered in any way to our school, stop by and celebrate with your fellow OLMC community members in appreciation of all your time, talent, and effort this year. Come and mingle as our principals prepare pancakes for our many beloved volunteers. Our students, staff, and community are truly blessed for your support and sacrifice. Thank you for contributing so faithfully to our school.

We hope to see you all there!

Vacation Bible School

Purchase Mothers Day Gifts with ShopwithScrip

Your mom does so much for you–let her know how greatly you appreciate and love her! Give her a special day, and treat her with a gift card to the spa, a nice dinner out, or with a trip to the mall.
P.F. Chang’s
Bath & Body Works
Pottery Barn
Bed Bath & Beyond
Red Lobster
Regis Salons
See’s Candies
Spa & Wellness Gift card by Spa Week
J. Crew
Spafinder Wellness 365
T.J. Maxx
Outback Steakhouse

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.

View the 2017-18 school calendar>>

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