Anxiety and Trepidation

01-10-2021Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

Waking up Monday morning, after my “long winter’s nap”, I found myself experiencing feelings of anxiety and trepidation. It is difficult to comprehend how at the very same time we are witnessing the deployment of our best defense against COVID (the vaccine) the number of cases continues to climb, reaching levels not seen before. We must not forget that each one of these “cases” is a person. Some of those people are connected to our school community. This means that some members of our community, who were identified as close contacts of a COVID positive person, could not return to in-person school on Monday. The need to quarantine, no doubt, fills one with anxiety and trepidation. As I spoke to parents, staff and students on Monday, many relayed feelings of anxiety and trepidation.

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January 10

01-10-2021Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see the children back this week. They really grow quite a bit over the break! 

Third grade has Mass this week. The children will need to wear their Mass uniform. 

Friday is a half day, 12:35pm release. The children may wear a spirit shirt with their uniform bottoms. 

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Resolutions and Responsibility

01-03-2021Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

Happy New Year! The new year always brings an opportunity to start over, change behaviors and do things better than we did the year before--out with old and in with the new!

This year, as much as we desire to put 2020 behind us, we must not discard the infection control measures which were instituted at the beginning of our school year. Since Thanksgiving, we have seen increased community spread of the coronavirus and currently Maricopa County is reporting the highest number of cases since the onset of the Pandemic. Additionally, a mutation, or a change in the virus, first noted in the United Kingdom, has been found in people sick with COVID in Colorado, California and Florida. (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-emerging-variant.html)

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January 3

01-03-2021Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear OLMC Community,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a beautiful New Year! As we move into the new year we will begin using the new pick up system with everyone dismissed at 3pm (pick-up map below) . We need the instruction time back in the classrooms and now that we have the hang of the pick up and can do it quickly and efficiently, we are moving the time ten minutes to give us more teaching time. Thank you for working with us!

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On a Mission

12-20-2020Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

The Mission Statement for OLMC School reads: “The role of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School is to provide a holistic Catholic Christian environment that serves the soul, mind and body of each child.” Notice it has no qualifiers. No, “if everything is perfect”. No, “when things are normal”. No, “except when challenges arise”. The year 2020 has been anything but perfect, not even close to normal and filled with unique challenges. Yet, because of a strong “Home & School” partnership, our shared commitment to serve our children, and the hard work and sacrifices of so many, we are finishing out the year with our students having had the greatest number of in-person school days for all of 2020!

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December 13

12-13-2020Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear Families,

We had quite a busy week this week as we continue to prepare for the coming of the Lord! Here around the school you can see beautiful signs of Advent everywhere from the trees decorated to symbolize the candles on the advent wreath (thank you Faith Formation Committee), to the poinsettias in third grade and the many Jesse trees in various classrooms. It will certainly be a very different Christmas this year, but one thing will remain the same and that is our focus on the birth of Christ. 

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“Do You Hear What I Hear?”

12-13-2020Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

Throughout the day Tuesday, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Church bells rang out, bringing pause to the usual flurry of activity and joy to the face of all within earshot. Each peal of the bell reminded me that it is indeed a blessing to be HERE to HEAR and filled me with gratitude for this community!

Here are few updates as we enter the week before break:

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A Good Game of Telephone

12-06-2020Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

Many of us will recall playing the game “Telephone” growing up. A message was whispered in the ear of a person and they in turn whispered to the next person, and so on, down the line. It was usually a great laugh when the last person revealed what they heard. More often than not, it sounded nothing like what the first person said! Though the world has experienced four pandemics in the past 100 years, given the explosion of social media in the past decade, this is the first time in history that the global population has, at the same time, had access to so much information. It is not only the volume of information that is mind boggling, but the speed with which information can be spread can only be called “viral”.

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December 6

12-06-2020Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear OLMC Community,

Tuesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.The weekly Mass will move to Tuesday at 2pm since it is a Holy Day of Obligation. The sixth graders have Mass and they will need to wear their Mass uniform. 

The Dads’ Club is hosting another fundraiser at Someburros on Rural and Apache on Thursday, December 10. Swing by for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner!

Save the date! Wednesday, December 16 will be the Annual Christmas Program. We will send this out via email on Wednesday evening. It will be posted on our YouTube Channel. The children will come home with a little Christmas surprise and we ask that you send us pictures of your family enjoying the show.

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