Newsletter: It’s Credit Card Week!


Principal’s Corner – May 7, 2017


Dear OLMC Community:

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, I want to thank our Home & School Board and all our families who made teacher appreciation week so special. Between the chalk affirmations written on the pathways at school, the flowers brought to the teachers, the endless amounts of treats and food, and the very thoughtful gifts, the week was fantastic and we are grateful.

I ask that our community prays for our 3rd graders and all OLMC students who will be making their First Communion/Confirmation on Saturday, May 13th.  This is an exciting day for both our students and their parents.

This week is our last credit card week for FFT for the school year. Please come take advantage of this opportunity and stock up on your FFT for the summer. We will have normal FFT hours with sales on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


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>>

FFT Contest Results & Fee Free Credit Card Week

Home & School would like to thank everyone who participated in our April FFT contest. Congratulations goes out to 2A for being our FFT contest winners! The students in 2A will receive an OLMC cup, and Mrs. Hiser will also receive a special prize for leading her class to victory.

Since FFT supports our school, the real winner of our April contest is our students. To celebrate, Home & School provided Popsicles to all OLMC students on Thursday, and our school parents win a fee free credit card week May 8th through May 12th!

Any cards FFT offers with a 4% profit or higher are eligible for purchase with credit card at no additional fee! Start the new FFT cycle on a good foot and stop by to make your credit card purchases next week! Thank you for your support!

This Week on Campus

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The school year is winding down! Check out what’s going on around campus>>

May Staff Birthdays

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

Mrs. Knox 5/6
Mrs. Iwan 5/7

Thank-Scrip-ing Day – May 8th

We’re celebrating the return of Spring with this year’s first Thank-Scrip-ing Day bonus bonanza on:

Monday, May 8th
12:00 a.m to 11:59 p.m. EST

Don’t miss 24 hours of incredible ScripNow®, Reload, and ReloadNow® bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers. As always, our list of retailers is TOP SECRET, so you’ll have to wait until the promotion begins to see who’s participating. Questions? Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator for more details.

May Morning Rosary

Please join us in the Prayer Garden for our daily Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother, Mary. Each morning, during the month of May, we will gather for a decade of the rosary led by the students. We hope to see you there.


Thanks to our Top FFT Participants

OLMC would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the families that contribute to our FFT program. Your participation provides vital tools and services to our students. Thank you to our Top FFT participants (in no particular order):

Top 5 FFT Families

Top 10 ShopwithScrip Families

The Armitage Family
The Angulo Family
The Reckers Family
The Armitage Family
The Santini Family
The Grijalva Family
The Heim Family
The Heim Family
The Elder Family
The Hoffman Family

The Iker-Lopez Family

The Kirchardt Family

The Reval Family

The Rodriquez Family

The Santini Family

Our total online purchases for this FFT year was $170,011! The profit from those purchases was $9,069.14! Thank you to all of our families for participating in our FFT program. Your support is immeasurable in the lives of our students.

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.

End of the Year Staff Gifts

For those thinking about purchasing gifts for the teachers at the end of the school year, Home & School arranges for an end-of-the-year collection for faculty and staff to choose FFT gift cards of their choice.

This collection is strictly voluntary. If you do plan to contribute, we ask that all donations be turned in to the office by May 12th. Please see the attached flyer in order to complete the contribution form or to learn more details. Thank you for your participation.

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!

OLMC People of Interest: Mr. Tom Diamond

At OLMC we’re blessed to have so many dedicated professionals driving forward our mission of quality Catholic education. One such individual, new to our team this year, is Mr. Tom Diamond.

Read More>>

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!

Library Books & Fines Due May 17th

The school library will close May 19th for inventory; therefore, be sure you return all library books and pay all fines by May 17th. Please note that you will not receive your child’s final report card without paying all fees and returning loaned items. Thank you for your cooperation.

Early ReleaseEarly Release – May 19th

Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19th. Any student remaining on campus after 12:45 p.m. will be sent to Kids Club.


How FFT Helps our School: Scholarships and Tuition Rebates

Cost should never prevent a family from pursuing Catholic education. At OLMC, we strive to inform and educate our school parents of the best opportunities to make Catholic education affordable. One of the ways we do this is by providing tuition rebates for families who meet their $175 Food for Thought minimum.

Read More>>

May TRIP Report

Congratulations to the following families who have made their FFT minimum in April:

Brian & Theresa Bergin
Joseph & Rosemary Cecere
Joshua & Monica Donnellan
Victor & Marian Enriquez
Jesus & Martha Miranda Joseph & Victoria Monks
Sean Morley
Fernando Nieto & Anna Aguilera
Megan Rodes
Sisters Servants of the Plan of God

 Terrylee Tyrell

Visit our TRIP page to find out how FFT can earn you a tuition rebate. 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.

How to Afford Catholic Education: Stewarship


OLMC provides an excellent opportunity for active members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in our stewardship program. Did you know that stewardship families have access to most parish services at no cost,* including tuition at OLMC School? Family stewardship is the parish’s way of assisting families, who are actively involved in the parish, to afford Catholic education. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions>>

If you’re currently a stewardship family and wish to renew your Covenant Agreement, please contact Deacon Jim to schedule a time to meet with him. More information is available on the website. Please visit the parish website or contact Deacon Jim Brett at 480-967-8791, ext. 225 to learn more.

Top 10 Things to Do Before the End of the School Year

The last day of school is May 26th. Teachers will dismiss their classes at 12:30 p.m. This also ends the grading period. What follows is an end of the year checklist:

  1. Turn in all library books and ensure all fines are paid.
  2. Confirm that all school fees for the year are paid. You can check to see if you have an outstanding balance in RenWeb.
  3. Check the lost and found. All unclaimed items will go to charity or the used uniform sale over summer break.
  4. If you haven’t already, sign up for ShopwithScrip. Contact Cindy Younger for more information.
  5. If your child uses a chromebook, they are due during the last week of school for 6th and 7th graders. Eighth grade students should return their chromebooks May 12th. Please ensure the case and charger is also returned.
  6. Order school supply kits for your students for next year. A current list of school supplies is on our website.
  7. Sign up to help or provide food for the End of Year BBQ. Information to come!
  8. Submit box tops and Campbell’s soup labels for the final submission.
  9. If you so desire, contribute to the teachers’ end of the year gifts in the office.
  10. Check out the volunteer opportunities to decide how you’d like to help OLMC next year.

Also, don’t forget to schedule a meeting with Deacon Jim if you wish to become a Stewardship family. Note: You will not receive your child’s final report card until all loaned items are returned and all fines/fees are paid. Questions or concerns? Contact our school office at 480-967-5567.

Vacation Bible School

Celebrate the Grad in Your Life with ShopwithScrip

Send your graduates out into the wide world with love, support, and a thoughtful gift to show them how proud you are! You can use ShopwithScrip to pick up dorm essentials, some of their favorite comfort foods, or even just a handful of gift cards to get them started.
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond
Panera Bread
Best Buy
Buffalo Wild Wings
The Container Store
Dunkin Donuts
SUBWAY® Restaurants
Under Armour

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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