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 olmctempe.info 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


 5. FFT/TRIP

See’s Suckers $1 @ 60%

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

SEPT_TRIP REPORT

 

 


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Newsletter: October 1, 2017

Falcon Five-2

1. Principal’s Corner

Dear OLMC Community,hermie

I had the good fortune to attend this year’s International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference in Atlanta earlier this month. As many of you know, there is an outstanding stewardship program and culture in our Parish. During the conference, I was reminded of just how vibrant our Parish and school communities are and of the welcoming environment we work to create to help our students become good stewards of the faith. It was fascinating to see how other schools and parishes from around the world look to interact with their members to build community and serve God’s plan. I am grateful to Father John for his leadership and dedication to our school as he seeks to support the mission and ministry set forth to grow and support our community. If you would like to learn more about stewardship and the role it plays in our parish and school, please contact Deacon Jim Brett in the parish office at deaconjim@olmctempe.com .

I want to make sure all parents are aware that our Catholic high schools will be hosting open houses on various dates throughout the months of October and November. Open houses are an outstanding opportunity for parents and students to tour the schools, meet with administration, faculty, and staff, and explore what each individual community has to offer. Families are also presented with the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the faith formation, academic, and co-curricular programs the schools offer. Open houses are available to families with children in all grades. This year’s open house dates for each of our Catholic high schools are as follows.

October 22nd: St. John Paul II Catholic High School

October 28th and November 8th: Seton Catholic Preparatory

October 29th: Xavier College Preparatory

November 5th: St. Mary’s High School

November 5th: Notre Dame Preparatory

November 12th: Brophy College Preparatory

November 16th and 19th: Bourgade Catholic High School

Please see the individual school websites for more details. If you have any questions regarding the high school admissions process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Next Friday, October 6th, is a First Friday half-day with a 12:30 dismissal. Any student not picked up by 12:45 will be sent to Kid’s Club. Students may wear OLMC spirit shirts and jeans or jean shorts. Jeans may not have rips or tears and must be navy in color. As always, students are permitted to wear their uniform shirts and bottoms as well.

Sincerely,

Bruce Hermie

Principal

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School


2. Calendar

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

  • How to Afford a Catholic Education
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    6:00-7:00 p.m., OLMC Library
  • First Friday – Early Release/Spirit Jeans Day
    Friday, October 6, 2017
    12:30 p.m.
  • Little Flowers/Little Women’s Club Meeting
    Friday, October 6, 2017
    12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • End of First Quarter
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Early Release
    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

⇒Attend the OLMC seminar How to Afford a Catholic Education

⇒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 olmctempe.info 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. Little Flowers/Little Women’s Clubslittle flowers

Calling all Little Flowers and Little Women! Our first meeting will be held this Friday, October 6th at 12:30 p.m. (immediately following early dismissal). Girls are to gather in the Mary Garden near the first grade classrooms. Remember to bring your own lunch!

For more information or if you have questions, please email our coordinators:

Little Flowers (K-3), Noel Storer, Littleflowers@olmcschool.info

Little Women (4-6), Ashley Hall, Littlewomen@olmcschool.info


 5. Home & School Help Wanted

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Do you like to plan parties and host events? If so, Home & School needs you! The Home and School Board is looking for hospitality volunteers to help plan and host refreshments for school events throughout the school year. Volunteers help coordinate teacher lunches/breakfast, coffrees, field day lunch and sacrament receptions. This is a wonderful way to share your gifts with the community. If you are interested in volunteering please email Home and School at volunteer4olmc@gmail.com


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Summer Office Hours

The school office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. The office will close for the summer starting in July and reopen August 1, 2017. You can contact the office at 480-967-5567.