MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT
Dear Parents & Students,
As we look forward to a long awaited spring, please be sure to check the Parent Portal
and stay on your son about completing or making up work, especially any “NTI” (Not Turned In) grades. The new portal system gives the parents and students more real-time information, but it does require more personal accountability to check the information. To assist parents, we will send a reminder email about updated grades each week. Checking grades and reports becomes more vital in Trimester 3 because the time will move quickly. Be sure to stay up to date with what is going on at Mount Carmel by visiting the website
and checking the calendar
This year the transition of trimesters coincides with the beginning of Lent. As we journey through the 6 weeks of Lenten renewal, grounded in fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, let us be transformed by the grace of Jesus’ Resurrection. We pray that our students will use this holy season to grow as Men of Carmel; marked by faith, character, intelligence, service, and zeal.
|Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. '92
|Mr. John J Stimler
There will be Late Starts (9:05am) on 2/19, 3/12, and 3/26.
Monday, March 3 (Staff Development Day)
Bus and Van Fees
If your son takes any of the Mount Carmel buses or vans to or from school, payment is due by the first of each month to Mr. Craig Ferguson in the Advancement Office.
The performances of the school musical, Grease, will be held in the Student Center on the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.
Attendance/Parent Phone Calls
Parents are asked to call and leave a message on the attendance line (ext 210) by 9:00am every day that their son is not going to be in school. Parents can also leave a message at this extension if your son is running late to school. (Remember, ext 210 is a message-only extension. No staff member will answer this line directly. Emergency calls should be placed to the School Office at ext 200.) Students receive a detention for a “no-call”, so please be sure to leave this message. Finally, the parent call does not constitute an “excused” absence. Those are limited to absences with a doctor’s note, family funeral, or college visit. All other absences are unexcused, and once a student exceeds 7 absences in a Trimester, his grades are lowered administratively (Handbook, p. 14).
During the school day all visitors to campus are to use the Prayer Garden entrance, sign in at the Visitor Center/Security Office, and get a Visitor Pass.
Senior Grades and Discipline Points
Seniors must pass ALL classes each trimester of senior year to be eligible for graduation. Seniors who fail classes will not be allowed to walk in the Graduation Ceremony on May 25, 2014. Seniors who have over 10 discipline points will not be allowed to participate in Graduation unless they have worked their points down. Please check the school reports regularly to make sure your son is staying focused in the 3rd Trimester.
The Registration Packet was sent home with your son on February 13, 2014. Please return the form, along with the registration fee of $400.00 to Mrs. Mazurkiewicz in the school office by Monday, March 3, 2014. Financial Aid packets will be available from Mrs. Carey, in the Advancement Office after the registration fee is paid. The financial aid application must be received by Private School Aid (the outside agency that assesses financial need) by March 14, 2014, to be eligible for financial assistance.
Exams for Trimester 2 will begin at 8:05am on Wednesday, February 26 (Periods A, B, & C). Exams on Thursday, February 27 (Periods D & E), and Friday, February 28 (Periods F & G) will begin at 9:05am with a late start both days. Exams for students who are part of the McDermott-Doyle Program will begin at 8:05am on all three exam days to allow for extended time. Students will be dismissed by 12:10pm. Tuition must be current in order to sit for exams. Please call Mrs. Nau at ext 248 if you have questions concerning financial matters.
March 17 – 21, 2014, will be Spirit Week. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation event will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014.
ACT Prep Program
We are very pleased to announce that Kaplan will be offering ACT Test Prep Classes on our Campus for the April 12, 2014 National ACT Test. Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions proudly brings you the very best value and the most flexibility when it comes to test preparation. The ACT Classes offered by Kaplan will meet at Mount Carmel on Tues/Thurs afternoon's starting at 3:00 pm on March 11, 2014 - April 10, 2014. On Instruction days, Classes will go from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on Practice test days Classes meet from 3:00 pm until 6:50 pm. The enrollment code for the 10 week ACT prep Class is: ACXC14023. Experience the Kaplan difference by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST (800-527-8378) or visit us online at kaplanatschool.com/mtcarmel to enroll in the Winter ACT Class, please reference enrollment code: ACXC14023. Financial Assistance is also offered. Please contact Khaliah Davis at Khaliah.Childers@Kaplan or (630) 487-8623.
Study Habits and Grades
Students can face many distractions as they attempt to study: phones, computers, music, texting, TV, etc. It is important for your son to have a quiet setting while he does his homework. On average, he should be studying (reading, reviewing notes, completing assignments) between 90-120 minutes per night. By routinely setting aside this block of quiet study time each night, your son’s academic performance will improve. Depending on your son, you may need to help him develop this discipline of study.
Again this year, our U.S. History students have spent the second trimester preparing a major research project on topics in family, local and community history. They are in the process of creating History Fair papers, exhibits or documentaries. Student projects will be judged during the first weeks of February, and students whose projects are the most competitive and who have made revisions to improve their work will be competing in the History Fair Regional competition on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Our Lenten observance will begin on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with an all school liturgy. Mass dress code is required, and there will be no late start. As we enter this holy season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving may our hearts be more closely united to Jesus’ passion and resurrection.
Lenten Outreach Program
This Lent we will ask each floor (consisting of 7 Studiums) to begin a relationship with a Carmelite Mission around the world. The money collected through that floor’s daily mission collection will support the efforts of specific projects in Mexico, India, and two more that have yet to be determined. We look forward to the fruits of standing in solidarity with our Carmelite brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.
Junior Retreat/Ring Ceremony
Junior parents are invited to attend our annual Junior Ring Ceremony on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:30pm in the Cacciatore Athletic Center. Juniors will receive leadership pins and rings (for those who ordered them). Final Ring Payments are BEFORE SCHOOL on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00am.
March Kairos Retreat for Seniors
Please remember to keep the seniors in your prayers as they attend the last Kairos Retreat on March 11- 14, 2014.
All Sophomores and Juniors are required to complete service hours by April 15th. All requirements and forms are available on the MC website under the “Students” tab. Click on ‘Service Program’. Mr. Hansen regularly announces opportunities through our daily bulletin and emails to parents.
ALUMNI & PARENT EVENTS
Please consider attending the Thursday, March 7, 2013 meeting, along with the home parties, as the mothers prepare for their major event, the Mothers’ Club Fashion Show, on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Invitations have been mailed for this special event. To receive reminder emails from the Mothers' Club please email email@example.com
There will be a Fathers’ Club meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:00pm in the Student Center. Please come and help the fathers’ prepare for their annual Fight Night, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014. Please support the raffle, which is a very important part of this event!
The Caravan Gala
The Caravan Gala is a celebration that supports the Mount Carmel Educational Foundation. As the price of a Catholic education continues to rise, Mount Carmel remains committed to educating Chicago’s finest young men, and to keeping tuition affordable for our families. Your help is especially important this year as many families are affected by the current economy. Please support the Caravan Gala by attending the event on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Marriott Chicago downtown. Current parents receive a 33% discount, which is $150.00 per ticket! Buy your tickets now online
or contact Mr. Mike Holland for more information at 773.324.1020, ext. 285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE AUCTION IS LIVE!
News this year, Caravan Gala Auction items have moved online! The silent auction items are open for bidding and more than 60 items have already received bids!
Get registered and start placing your bids
Below is just a sampling of the more than 100 items that are available for bid, including hotel stays, tickets to games and shows, jewelry, golf foursomes and much more!
Unique Mount Carmel items available for bidding include:
- A premier parking spot
- A pass to be the first student in the lunch line
- Prime seating for 8-10 people at Commencement
- Items signed by our state champion teams
- Items hand-painted by Mrs. Julie Chappetto
Caravan Gala: February 22, 2014, at 6 p.m.
Register today for the Caravan Gala! The event takes place this Saturday 2-22-14 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.