Newsletter: January 14, 2018

Due to all of the exciting events happening this month, please enjoy this extended edition of the Falcon 5!

Falcon Five-2


Dear OLMC Community,hermie

Second semester is officially underway. It was a pleasure to welcome the students back to campus this week. There are a few opportunities for students to get involved in co-curricular school programs for the second semester:

Enrollment is still open for the Coding with Kids and Chess classes that will take place on campus, after school. The flyer for each of these classes is included in the newsletter. In order for the classes to take place, a minimum enrollment must be reached, so please sign your student up as soon as possible.

Enrollment for Girl’s Basketball and Boy’s Baseball is now open as well. Registration packets can be picked up in the front office, and please contact Coach Sanders with any questions you may have.

Casino Night, hosted by the OLMC Dad’s Club, will take place on January 27th. Please join us for a night of food and fun to benefit the school.

We will once again be collecting items for our annual Catholic School’s Week food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul during the month of January. A list of items each class is asked to bring in is included in this week’s newsletter. This truly is one of the highlights of Catholic School’s Week as the students participate in the preparing of the food boxes and send cards of encouragement to those families receiving them. Thank you for your support in this endeavor.


Bruce Hermie


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School


Thank You!

WOW!  We are so touched by your generous Christmas gift, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Each of us had the chance to select the gift cards we wanted from FFT, and we will remember the OLMC community fondly as we enjoy using them.  Thank you for adding to the joy of our Christmas, and, more importantly, thank you for the continued blessing of being part of your children’s lives!

We wish you all a very Blessed New Year!

Mr. Hermie, Mrs. Shewbridge, Mrs. Watson, Nurse David, Mrs. Kubicki & Mrs. Cornforth


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  • No School
    Monday, January 15, 2018
  • ASCT Scholarship Application Opens
    Monday, January 15, 2018
    12:00 p.m.
  • Educational Speaker Series ft. Sarah Swafford
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    7:00 p.m., SCPHS Black Box Theater
  • Price Increase for Dads’ Club Casino Night
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    $50/person before 1/19. $65/person 1/20-27.
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT – Contact Catholic high schools for details)
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • OLMC Parish Women’s Studies Retreat
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Mass in church followed by retreat in McCready Hall
  • Used Uniform Sale
    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    1:00-4:00 p.m., Between McCready Hall and the Church
  • Deadline to register for Falcon Spring Sports
    Friday, January 26, 2018
  • TRIP/Fry’s Community Rewards Statements Due
    Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Dads’ Club Annual Casino Night
    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    5:30-9:30 p.m., McCready Hall
  • Catholic Schools Week
    Monday-Friday, January 29 – February 3, 2018

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


⇒Apply for an ASCT Scholarship ASAP

⇒Last chance to get tickets for $50/person for Dad’s Club Annual Casino Night

Sign up to help out at the Dad’s Club Annual Casino Night

⇒Enroll your students in the Chess Club

⇒Grades K-5 can join these computer programming classes from Coding with Kids

⇒Register 5th-8th graders for Falcon Spring Sports, Boys Baseball and Girls Basketball

⇒Review the January Menu for school lunches and order by Sundays at 3pm

⇒Have fun helping out at Field Day on January 30th from 12:15-3:00 p.m.

⇒Bring food items to contribute to the SVdP Food Drive during Catholic Schools Week

⇒Purchase Harkins Loyalty Cups and See’s Valentine Candy during FFT hours

⇒Check out NEW Bonus/Overstock deals on FFT gift cards

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

Volunteerto help out on campus or from home

⇒Update your previous Safe Environment Training with thisvideo

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

⇒Follow us on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter

4. Apply for an ASCT Scholarship ASAP

The 2018-19 Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) Application will open at NOON on Monday, January 15, 2018. The application can be found on their website – While the application will remain open until April 30, 2018, ASCT recommends that all applications be submitted as close to January 15 as possible to increase the chances of receiving funding.

5. Enroll now: Coding with Kids & Chess Club

Check out these two exciting opportunities. Each one requires a minimum number of students, so be sure to register ASAP!

Coding with Kids FlyerChess Club Registration Form

6. OLMC Festival – Mt. Carmel Fiesta – News

Our 2018 school festival is in need of the following lead positions – Kids Raffle, Book Sales and Ticket Sales.  The leads would be responsible for tasks leading up to the festival and day of the festival including setting up, overseeing the festival day volunteers, and cleaning up. Contact our festival chairman, Jamon Reval, for more information.





The festival committee asked the talented OLMC students to submit designs for this year’s festival logo and they did not disappoint.  There was a total of 29 designs submitted! Thank you for all the wonderful designs.

Congratulations to this year’s festival logo contest winners:

Winning Entries – Festival T-Shirt & Ride Wrist Band

2 Winners:  Madeline Pabst (7B) & Ava Kohl (6B)

1st Runner-Up – Festival T-Shirt

Evelyn Hall (4B)

2nd Runner-Up – Festival T-Shirt

Ashley Gyhra (7B)

The winning designs will be used as a logo on the festival T-Shirts, souvenir cups, and all of our festival related items.  T-shirts will be on sale in the coming weeks.

7. Register now for Falcon Spring Sports

Spring SportsRegistration

Registration is now open for Falcon Spring Sports (Boys Baseball and Girls Basketball). Paperwork can picked up from and returned to the front office. You can also download paperwork from the school website. A $40 sports fee is due at the time of registration. For any additional information please contact the Athletic Director at

8. Field Day Volunteers

Volunteer for Field Day


Field Day is an afternoon of fun and games for the students of OLMC during Catholic Schools Week. The children are divided into three levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each level is divided into groups of 4-6 children. These children will then go to 15 different stations with their groups and play a game against another group. At least 1-2 parents are needed for each station at each level. The games are not hard, and all instruction and materials will be provided and setup for you.

Home & School will provide lunch for each volunteer starting at 12:15 p.m., but please check in by 12:30 p.m. to get your assignment. Volunteers should dress for the weather (layers are good, hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, too).

If it is raining on this day and administration deems it necessary to change the date of the field day, the rain day will be Thursday, February 1st.

Please click on the Sign-up Genius link if you would like to volunteer.

For questions, please contact the field day coordinator, LeeAnne Cardenas, at or phone/text 602-578-5777.




Newsletter: December 3, 2017

Falcon Five-2

1. Principal’s Corner

Dear OLMC Community,hermie

This week we welcome the season of Advent with our annual beginning of the day prayer around the Advent wreath at 8:05 a.m. The Advent prayers will continue daily until we reach the Christmas break. All parents are welcome to join us for the prayer session which usually lasts for about five minutes prior to the start of the school day.

Our school mass this week will be celebrated on Friday for The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will be at 2 p.m. and, as always, we invite the community to join us. Please make sure your students are in appropriate mass dress on Friday.

If your student is missing a lunchbox, sweater or other item, please stop by the lost and found. We will be donating all items not claimed to charitable organizations at the end of the week.

I want to remind all parents that no students should be walking to the front of the church/school area at dismissal unaccompanied. There is no supervision on the front side of the church/school. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the students safe.


Bruce Hermie


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School

2. Calendar

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  • How to Afford a Catholic Education
    Thursday, December 7, 2017
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • No School Mass – Uniform Dress
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • All School Mass/Mass Dress – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    Friday, December 8, 2017
    2:00 p.m.
  • First Annual St. Nick Breakfast
    Sunday, December 10, 2017
    10-11:30 a.m., McCready Hall
  • Deadline to submit entries for Festival Logo Design Contest
    Monday, December 11, 2017
    3:30 p.m.
  • Deadline to contribute to Stuff the Stockings
    Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Gabriel’s Nativity – OLMC Christmas Program
    Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    7:00 p.m.

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

3. Parent Action Items

⇒Stuff the Stockings for our teachers and staff-contribute to the annual gift collection

⇒Make a donation to Catholic Education Arizona

⇒Pick up some See’s Holiday Candy during FFT hours

⇒Check out NEW Bonus/Overstock deals on FFT just in time for Christmas shopping

⇒Encourage your students to enter the 2018 Festival Logo Design Contest

⇒Don’t forget the batteries this Christmas! Battery sales during FFT hours

⇒Register for the Dad’s Club Annual Casino Night

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

Volunteerto help out on campus or from home

⇒Update your previous Safe Environment Training with thisvideo

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

⇒Follow us on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter

 4. Stuff the Stockings for Teachers & Staff


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Worried about another “Pinterest Fail”?

Don’t be! For your convenience, Home & School is gathering their annual collection for teachers and staff. Teachers and Staff have put together FFT Wish Lists, and all YOU have to do is send in this easy form (along with cash or a check payable to OLMC) to the school office by Friday, December 15. That’s it! Teacher gifts done!

This is a strictly voluntary collection, but it is an easy and convenient way to give back to the teachers and staff who do so much during the school year. Donations may be directed to specific individuals or given to be distributed amongst all of our hardworking staff.

No donation is too big or too small. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

5. FFT: Extended Holiday Hours and November TRIP Report


FFT Holiday Hours

TRIP Report - November 17

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

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  • 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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