April 25

04-25-2021Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear OLMC Community,

Thank you to all of the parents who ran for the School Advisory Board. I appreciate their willingness to commit the time to serve on the board. There are three open positions on the School Board. One is voted in by the community, one is chosen by the Principal and the last is chosen by the Pastor. The three new members of the School Advisory Board are Mrs. Stephanie Hicks, Mr. Scott Keppel, and Mrs. Bankston. 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Jimmy John’s Fundraiser. It was by far the most successful food fundraising event. Over $1000.00 was raised for the school. 


Beautiful Balance

04-25-2021Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

I remember, as a child, playing on the teeter-totter with my best friend (the kids are all like, “A WHAT??”). The ups, the downs and the occasional hard bump, were all good fun. But, the greatest thrill lay in that strangely magical rare moment when we found ourselves perfectly balanced in mid-air. No teeter, no totter. Just two friends, on the opposite ends of a linear board, enjoying a tranquil state of equilibrium and stability--until one decided to jump off! 


April 18

04-18-2021Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear Parents,

This next week is the start of ITBS week. Children in grades 1st through 8th will be administered the test. The third and sixth graders will take an additional test, the coGAT. We will begin testing first thing in the morning, so please have your child/children to school on time. These are long days for the children. Remind them to eat breakfast and pack a water bottle! They also need sharpened, #2 pencils.

Congratulations to Emma Baker who was the recipient of the 2021 Catholic Community Foundation Scholarship for $17,000! For her eighth grade year $1,000 will go towards her tuition at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and $4,000 a year will be sent to the Catholic High School which she will be attending. What a huge honor!



04-18-2021Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

During the 4th century B.C. Philip II of Macedon sent notice to the Spartans, “If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again.” Famously, the Spartan magistrates replied with a single word--”IF”.

Over the past year, we have had to deal with many “Ifs” – those terrifying predictions of future circumstances that may or may not occur, but challenge us to be prepared. Most recently, public health officials have raised concerns over the potential for another surge in COVID cases throughout Arizona, based on what is occurring in other parts of the country, and the threat posed by emerging variant strains of the coronavirus.


April 11

04-11-2021Principal's LetterDr. Kelly Shewbridge

Dear OLMC Community,

I hope you had a beautiful Easter with your family. As we are moving into the home stretch of the school year, I have some reminders.

  1. Your child needs to pack a water bottle for school. It is getting hot and they need to remain hydrated.
  2. If you come to pick up your child early from school, call the office before you leave the house so we can have your child/children ready in the office. 
  3. Students in grades 1-3 will begin practice ITBS tests this week. The teachers in the upper grades will go over test taking skills in preparation. The ITBS testing week is April 19-23. Please arrive at school on time and try not to schedule any appointments so the children do not miss a portion of the test.
  4. The last day of school has been moved to Thursday, May 27.

Spring Sniffing & Sneezing

04-11-2021Nurse's LetterShannon David, RN, NCSN

Scranton, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of President Joe Biden and the affable Michael Scott, was recently ranked number one on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s “2021 Allergy Capitals: The Most Challenging Places to Live With Allergies''. While it seems everyone here is sniffing and sneezing, it may come as a surprise that Phoenix doesn’t show up until #68 on the list. Allergic conditions are among the most common medical conditions affecting people in the United States with more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies every year (AAFA 2021 Allergy Capitals). Given the date on the calendar, and our recent weather, spring indeed has sprung and with it allergy season.