Summer Newsletter: July 30, 2017

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1. Principal’s Corner – July 30, 2017hermie

Dear OLMC Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. As we look forward to the start of the year, there is some general information I want to share to help you and your student(s) prepare for a return to campus.

We will begin this year on Monday, August 7th with Meet the Teacher and Orientation. Orientation for all grades will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. If you have a student in Kindergarten-sixth grades, you will also be able to visit the classroom, meet your teacher, and drop off supplies. Please remember that students should remain with their parents at all times during Meet the Teacher. As the teachers will be using their time to speak with students and parents, they will not be able to supervise students. On August 16th , we will have our Junior High Back to School Night from 6-8 p.m. We will begin the evening in the church and proceed to the Junior High after a brief informational session. This night is for parents only. Curriculum Night for grades K-6 will take place on August 23rd. We will also begin that evening in the church before transitioning to the school for presentations by your child’s teacher(s).

Finally, please make note of a few upcoming events. Remember that we will have Mass on Tuesday the 8th . Also, Tuesday, August 15th is a holy day of obligation, The Assumption of Mary, so we will have Mass that day instead of Wednesday the 16th . Please make sure your students are dressed appropriately. On Friday, August 11th, Home and School will host the first coffree of the year in McCready Hall. On August 26th, the Dad’s Club will host the back to school barbecue. We hope to see you there.

Please do not forget that the first three days of school ALL students must bring their lunches. Pizza will be sold on Friday and the lunch program will begin on Monday the 14th .

I am excited to welcome the students back to campus next week. I hope that all our families have had an enjoyable summer vacation.

Sincerely,
Bruce Hermie

Principal

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School


2. Calendar

  • Orientation (All Grades), Meet the Teacher (K-6)
    Monday, August 7, 2017
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • First Day of School/Mass Day
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • Welcome Back “Coffree” hosted by Home & School
    Friday morning, August 11, 2017, in McCready Hall
  • School Lunch Program Begins
    Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Mass Day/Holy Day of Obligation
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    No Mass on Wednesday, 8/16
  • Junior High Back to School Night (Parents Only)
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Elementary Curriculum Night (Parents Only)
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Back to School Barbecue hosted by Dad’s Club
    Saturday, August 26, 2017

You can access the full calendar on our school website or print off the 2017-18 PDF calendar.


3. Parent Action Items

⇒ Complete the 2017-18 Volunteer Sign Up Form

⇒Bring your school supplies to Orientation

OR

⇒Pick up your Schoolkidz kit at Orientation

⇒Turn in all Fry’s Community Rewards statements at Orientation. Deadline is 8/8/17.

⇒Bring cash, checks, credit cards to Orientation for FFT cards (4%+ cards free to charge)

⇒Register for Balfour Image Share to get YOUR photos into the YEARBOOK

  1. Download the App for iPhone OR Android
  2. Project#: 828017
    Upload code: olmcyearbook1718

⇒Make sure you’re getting our newsletter in your Inbox


4. Food for Thought (FFT)/Tuition Rebate Incentive Program (TRIP)

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Safeway Gift Card Alert

When a Safeway card is partially used, the remaining balance can be stolen. This happened to a number of Safeway cards, so KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BALANCE.  If your Safeway gift card balance has suddenly been depleted, keep the card and email Cindy (cindy@olmctempe.com).  She can verify the activity and replace the card. In the mean time, Safeway and Albertson’s now accept each others cards.

Fry’s Community Rewards Program

From March 1-May 31, 2017, OLMC Fry’s shoppers earned a check for $1,723.18!


5. Student Learning Expectations

New Student Learning Expectations (SLEs)

During the 2016-2017 school year, OLMC successfully completed the six year accreditation process in February, receiving the highest distinction. Out of this accreditation process, one of the areas for growth was an assessment and evolvement of our Student Learning Expectations (SLEs).

After reviewing survey results from the parent community, faculty, and other stakeholders, the decision was made to alter the SLE’s to better reflect the OLMC School and Church mission statements while taking a more virtue-based approach to the goal of educating the whole student. Our Diocesan Catholic schools recognize parents as the primary educators of their children, so it is essential that parents are aware of these changes and are familiar with the new SLEs. You will hear about the new SLEs frequently this year as the administration, faculty, and staff seek to make parents and students familiar with each virtue and goal associated with it.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Student Learning Expectations

An Our Lady of Mount Carmel Student is wrapped in the A.R.M.S. of the Church by being:

  • Accountable
    • Takes responsibility for words and actions and the impact they have on self and others
    • Respects rules and demonstrates qualities of a faith-filled citizen
  • Respectful
    • Displays an understanding of social, cultural and economic differences
    • Demonstrates care and compassion for others and self
  • Merciful
    • Shows compassion for and is generous to those in need
    • Relates to peers and demonstrates forgiveness and support when necessary
  • Spiritual
    • Develops morality based on Catholic values
    • Demonstrates knowledge of Catholic teachings and traditions through worship and stewardship.

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