Newsletter: Last Week of School


Principal’s Corner – May 21, 2017


Dear OLMC Community,

It is hard to believe the last week of the school year is upon us.  We will celebrate our final all-school Mass of the school year on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m., and any student still on campus will go to Kid’s Club at 12:45 p.m.

This past week I was reminded of the many special things that make OLMC such a wonderful community. On Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to spend time with our graduating 8th graders who took a trip to the St. Vincent de Paul food kitchen in downtown Phoenix. I watched and worked with these young men and women as they gave of their time and talents to benefit those less fortunate than them. The students worked the gardens where the center grows produce, prepped lunch in the kitchens, and helped serve food in the lunch room. Their selflessness and willingness to serve was evident, and I found myself thankful for the experience with them.

This was one example of the way the class of 2017 helped shape the community around them. During their time as students of OLMC, they completed countless hours of service in many other ways. While I am sad to see their time at OLMC come to an end, I cannot help but feel excited about all the good they will do as they move forward into high school.

I invite all our families to attend the end of year barbeque sponsored by the Dad’s Club next Wednesday.  It is a great way to end the school year and have one more opportunity for fellowship before the summer.


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.

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, sports jerseys, or other loaned items 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. Please ensure the case and charger are 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.
  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.

*NEW* Don’t forget to fill out the End of the Year Survey! Also, be sure to schedule a meeting with Deacon Jim if you wish to become a Stewardship family or renew your covenant agreement. 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.

This Week on Campus

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We’re down to the home stretch, Falcon Families!

A big thank you to our Faith Formation Committee for decorating the school in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima.

This week our kindergarten students visited Butterfly Wonderland. As America’s largest butterfly conservatory, this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility features thousands of butterflies from around the world and several interactive nature exhibits.

The children viewed a 3D movie theater presentation about the life cycle of a butterfly before entering the indoor butterfly atrium constructed to imitate a tropical rainforest habitat. Inches away from live chrysalis, the students were able to see butterflies emerging and flying freely, even landing on some of the visitors. Other exhibits included glass encasements of desert insects, honey bees, and a freshwater aquarium complete with a touch tank of stingray.

Our second graders visited the Tempe Center for the Arts and saw the Childsplay production Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure. Based off of Lewis Carroll’s books “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Lookingglass,” this high energy musical experience follows Alice down the rabbit hole into a rock ‘n roll adventure.

Meanwhile in the third grade, our students received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Home & School marked the occasion with a small reception in their honor. For more on our third grade spiritual life, visit our website.

Our 8th graders were very busy this week, first with their 8th grade retreat at Chauncey Ranch, the YMCA camp, in Mayer, Arizona. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see pictures. They also participated in a day of service this week at the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall before their big day, graduation this past Wednesday. We’d like to wish our brand new graduates the absolute best in their future endeavors! Congratulations, Falcons!

And finally, We’d like to thank those that participate in the Food for Thought Program for making learning opportunities like these possible. All of the above events and activities were supported at least in part by Food for Thought funds. The more our families participate, the more our students benefit. Thank you for your continued support!

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for pictures of our Seton Alumns and OLMC 8th grade award recipients.

Computer Monitors for Sale

OLMC’s technology department has twenty Planar PL1910m flat screen computer monitors for sale for $20.00 each. Please contact Mr. Burkhardt if interested or if you have questions.


Thank You Student Advisory Board

On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to thank the 2016-17 School Advisory Board for their faithful service this year.

Rigo Lopez, President
Carey Anthony, Vice President
MaryRuth Hackett, Secretary
Jennifer Blackstad
LeeAnne Cardenas
Mary Crowell
Diana Heilman
Michael Pabst
Luz Reval

Your contributions help shape our community, and add valuable incite into new and existing processes. If you’d like to know more about our SAB please visit the website.

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

Our beloved reading specialist, Mrs. Wilson, was inadvertently left off of the end of year teachers’ gift list. If you’d like to contribute to a FFT gift for her (or any of your children’s teachers), Home & School has arranged for collection envelopes in the front office.

This collection is strictly voluntary. Thank you for your participation.

Hospitality Coordinator Wanted

Do you love to plan parties? Have a creative flair? If you said, “Yes” to either of these questions, Home & School wants you!

The Home & School Board is looking for volunteers for our hospitality committee beginning in the fall. Our committee would be tasked with planning and carrying out small receptions throughout the school year. No previous experience or skills required. Just a willing heart!

If interested, please contact our 2017-18 Home & School president, Dana Terrazas, to be put on the email list. Thank you for your willingness to serve the community of OLMC!

End of the Year BBQ – May 24th

We still need a few good volunteers to bring food items or help with the BBQ. Please see our signup genius for more details!

Thanks for your support this year!

How to Afford Catholic Education: Stewardship


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. *Certain fees may apply.

Last Day of School Coffree – May 26th

Home & School is hosting a “Coffree” social on:

Friday, May 26, 2017
before school in McCready Hall

Cap the year off right and mingle with the community. Home & School will provide coffee and treats. Meet our new board, socialize, find out ways you can help next year, or just come for the coffee. Hope to see you there!

Want to know more about Home & School? Visit our website.

TOPS Office Closed Through May 29th

The Tuition Organization for Private Schools (TOPS for Kids) office will be closed Saturday, May 20th through Monday, May 29th. The office will reopen Tuesday, May 30th and tend to application needs upon their return. Families still have until July 15th to have their applications completed for the August disbursements.

Questions? Contact Rita Villegas in the parish office at 480-967-8791, ext. 217.

Summer FFT Hours

FFT will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the school office June 1st through June 27th.

FFT will be closed June 29th for audit. You can also order online for pick up after weekend masses. Online orders must be placed by Friday at noon for weekend pickup.

Have you signed-up for Access scrip instantly in store/restaurant all summer long from your smartphone! Contact Cindy Younger at 480-967-5567, ext. 2 for more details.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Scrip!

Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. ShopwithScrip gift cards? Check! Order the scrip you’ll need on vacation so you don’t miss out on any rebates during your summer adventures.

American Express
Econo Lodge
Avis Car Rental
Best Western International
Hyatt Hotels
Discover Universal Gift Gard
Budget Car Rental
ONtheGo Travel Card powered by ORBITZ
Burger King
Quality Inn
Carnival Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean
Celebrity Cruise Lines
Comfort Inn
Southwest Airlines
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Delta Air Lines
Taco Bell
Dunkin’ Donuts

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.

Dennis In-Store Summer Event – Jul. 20th

FFT representatives will be present at a special Dennis Uniform Night:

Thursday, July 20, 2017
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at Dennis Uniform

This in-store event is where you can pick up new uniforms for the 2017-18 school year. Our FFT representatives will have their full stock of FFT gift cards so that you can get your total and buy just the FFT you need at purchase! Dennis scrip is 8% profit. While you’re there you can stock up on other FFT scrip you may need for back-to-school shopping, last minute summer getaways, or grocery store gift cards for those breakfasts/lunches on the go.

Questions? Contact Cindy Younger, our FFT coordinator, at 480-967-5567, ext. 2.


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

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