Newsletter: October 8, 2017

Falcon Five-2

1. Principal’s Corner

Dear OLMC Community,hermie

At the outset of the school year, we unveiled our new School Learning Expectations (SLEs). Over the past nine weeks, the faculty and staff have been working hard with the students to help educate them on what it means to be Accountable, Respectful, Merciful and Spiritual. I want to share with you just a few examples of how teachers are working with students to integrate these virtues into their school days.

  • In Kindergarten, the A.R.M.S. are discussed as part of calendar time. Students are shown the icon letters, asked what each stands for and ways in which they can demonstrate each of the SLEs. The virtues are used in daily vocabulary as the children work on making good choices and living out their faith. Students participated in an activity that had them color each letter icon, assemble them into pre-cut arms and crosses and added the statement, “I am wrapped in the arms of the church.”
  • In fourth grade, students started the year by exploring how they can live out each of the SLEs. When students demonstrate these virtues, they are given cards to display on a board in the front of the room until the end of the quarter. At the end of each quarter, a student is chosen to receive a book of their choosing. In October, fourth graders will begin working on their Saint projects and will be making connections between their Saints and how they lived out each of the SLE virtues.
  • In fifth grade, teachers seek to recognize when students are living out each of the virtues and exemplify what they were “caught doing” in and outside of the classroom. They are then given a virtue card to fill out that is put up around a large A.R.M.S. poster in the classroom.
  • In seventh grade, students were asked in their religion class to write a paragraph describing how they currently, and will continue to, live out the SLEs. They then constructed acrostic poems for the SLEs to express what the words meant to them.
  • Our eighth graders have been engaged in the SLE Capstone project since the first week of school. Students are working to produce a series of essays and short answers that ask for reflection on people in their lives, their own actions, and the lives of church members that exemplify the SLE virtues. This will be an ongoing project throughout the year, culminating in an end of assignment exit interview.

These are just a few ways SLE implementation and interactions are taking place. I would ask that all parents please familiarize themselves with the SLEs and use them in your own day to day interactions with your student(s).

We are holding our annual Thanksgiving food drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you for your support in helping provide food for those in need. A flyer of requests from each grade level is included in the newsletter.

Next week there is a half-day schedule on Thursday with a 12:30 dismissal. Any student not picked up by a parent by 12:45 will be sent to Kid’s Club. Students should be in regular uniform attire that day. There will be no school on Friday, October 13th or Monday and Tuesday October 16th and 17th for fall break.

2. Calendar

FYI: Blue underlined text is a clickable link. Follow it for more information on a listing.

  • End of First Quarter
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Early Release – Uniform dress
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    12:30 p.m.
  • Deadline to submit Fry’s Community Rewards Statements
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • No School
    Friday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

3. Parent Action Items

⇒Become a Hospitality Volunteer with Home & School

⇒Retrieve your items from Lost & Found (4A&B hallway) by Thursday, October 12

⇒Turn in your statements to receive a tuition discount from Fry’s Community Rewards

⇒Contribute to the Student Leadership Team’s annual SVdP Thanksgiving Food Drive

⇒Share the Falcon Fund-a-Need link with friends of OLMC

Volunteer to help out on campus or from home

⇒Sign up your family to pray one Rosary during the 54-Day Novena

⇒Update your previous Safe Environment Training with this video

⇒Check out the current Bonus/Overstock deals on FFT Cards

⇒Order FFT cards at or in person T/Th/F 7:45-8:45 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.

⇒Order school lunches from Falcon Catering by 3 p.m. on Sundays

⇒Follow us on social media: Instagram Facebook  Twitter

 4. Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

SVdP Thanksgiving Food Drive


See’s Suckers $1 @ 60%

Questions about FFT? Call Cindy or Theresa 480-967-5567 X 2




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