MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT
Dear Parents and Students,
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, let us express our gratitude for all that God has blessed us with, and may we be generous in sharing those gifts with others who are in need.
In this time of a new trimester, we are reminded of fresh starts and the opportunities that we have to approach life and school anew. May Our Lady of Mount Carmel guide and protect us all.
|Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. '92
|Mr. John J Stimler
When students are absent from school, a parent must call 773.324.1020 ext 210 by 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. If there is no call, a student is assigned a detention. The attendance line is never answered directly. Please leave a message with your name, your son’s name, and the reason for the absence. Remember, that students who miss more than seven days in a trimester will have his grades lowered at the end of the trimester. Please refer to the attendance policy on pages 14-17 in the Parent-Student Handbook.
There will be Late Starts (9:05 a.m.) on 11/20, 12/04, 12/11, and 12/18.
There will be no school on November 27 (Staff Inservice Day)
Trimester 1 Grades
By school policy, Exam and Final Trimester Grades are not shared electronically. A student’s final grade will be communicated to both parents and students through an emailed report card. Report Cards should be emailed on Friday, November 22.
Wednesday, November 27th – Sunday, December 1. School will resume on Monday, December 2, 2013, at 8:05 a.m.
Christmas vacation begins on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:15 p.m. Classes resume Monday, January 6, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King
We will observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 20, 2014. The school will be closed.
Honors Program Open House: 11/26 at 6:00 p.m.
Please invite interested families to our Honors Program Preview on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m
Open House: 12/5 at 6:00 p.m.
Please encourage 7th and 8th grade families to attend our Open House on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Entrance Exam: 1/11 at 8:00 a.m.
The Entrance Exam for eighth graders will be on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. There is a $25 fee and students need to bring two pencils. No calculators are allowed.
The sophomore retreat will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 8:05 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. The sophomores will be on campus for this day of reflection, prayer, and class bonding. Lunch is provided at no cost.
December Kairos Retreat for Seniors
The second of three senior Kairos Retreats will be December 10 -13, 2013. Students have been scheduled for a retreat date and the lists are posted outside of the Campus Ministry Office (002) and in senior theology classes.
Opportunity for Contemplative Prayer in Advent
Consider making some quiet time for prayer this Advent. If your schedule permits, join our Mount Carmel Community for contemplative prayer in Chapel from 2:45-3:15 p.m. each Monday of Advent (December 2nd, 9th, and 16th).
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
An all school liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Students are required to be in Mass Dress Code.
Advent Action Program
The Annual Mount Carmel Holiday Food Drive began on Monday, November 4 and will continue through Friday, November 22. Each Studium has been given a goal of collecting 125 cans of food – that’s about 5 cans per student. If anyone can do more, it will be appreciated. The food will be donated to the Maple/Morgan Park Food Depository, which is under the direction of MC alum Matt Taylor ’57.
There is a volunteer opportunity for freshman who would like to assist with the delivery of food on Saturday morning, November 23. The project requires about 3 hours. Interested freshmen should see Mr. Haggerty for exact times and other details.
Our Toy Drive will begin after our Thanksgiving break. The toys and money that are collected will be shared with those that are less fortunate. Please be as generous as possible.
ALUMNI & PARENT EVENTS
Caravan Gala Parent Discount & Early Registration Raffle
The Caravan Gala takes place February 22, 2014, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Current parents receive a 33% discount on the Gala ticket price. Tickets for current parents are $150 per person, $300 per couple. New this year is an option to pay for your Gala tickets in 3 monthly installments. Click here more information on paying for your tickets in monthly installments and on the incredible deluxe Marriott package you could win if you register early!
MC Foundation Day at the Races
Support the MC Foundation Day at Hawthorne Race Track. This event will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at noon. Come, be part of an exciting afternoon. All are welcome. Call Craig Ferguson (ext 290) for tickets.
Mothers' Club: Jingle & Mingle Market 11/21 at 6:30 p.m.
It's time for our favorite annual shopping event at Mount Carmel! Join the Mothers' Club for the Jingle and Mingle Market this Thursday from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center. More than 50 crafters and vendors will be on-site so you can start and finish your Christmas shopping all in one night
Join the Fathers’ Club for their 2nd general meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2013 as they have their annual turkey raffle in celebration of Thanksgiving. Also, plan to attend the Fathers’ Club Christmas Party on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Winter Play: 12/13-12/15
The play, 39 Steps, will be performed in the Student Center the weekend of December 13. Evening performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. 12/13 and 12/14; an afternoon performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on 12/15. The ticket price is $10.00 for adults, and Mount Carmel students are free.
IHSA Football Semifinal Viewing Party: 12/23
Students interested in watching the State Semifinal at Mount Carmel as the Caravan take on Edwardsville should see Mr. Sweany to sign-up for the viewing party.
Caravan Newspaper Online
Keep up with the latest Mount Carmel news as reported by our Caravan staff. Visit the newspaper at www.mccaravan.org
Mother/Son Dance: 12/7 at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Mother/Son dance will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Make the time to enjoy this evening with your son.
March for Life: 1/19-1/23
If your son is interested in attending the March for Life and taking a peaceful stand for the dignity for all human life which is held in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, January 19, through the morning of Thursday, January 23, 2014, please contact Mr. Hansen. The cost of the trip is $100 plus some spending money. The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, November 27.
Students of the Month
Congratulations to the Men of Carmel for the month of October: FR - Conor Fagan, SO - Ben Jarzombek, JR - Mark Buoscio and Michael Driexler, and SR - Nate Smith.
New 2013-2014 co-curricular activity: Yoga Club
A new club this school year is the Yoga Club, moderated by Mount Carmel Art Teacher, Mrs. Chappetto. Once a week, members meet to practice yoga and learn more about its physical and spiritual benefits. The club has grown in popularity through the year- the varsity basketball, baseball and wrestling teams participate in sessions regularly as well.
College Financial Aid Night
On Thursday, December 12th, the Counseling Department will be holding a College Financial Aid Presentation for Senior parents and students. Junior parents and students looking to get a jump on the college financial aid process are welcome to attend as well. It will be held at 6:00pm in the Student Commons and will feature a presentation followed by a brief question-answer session with the counseling staff. With the cost of college tuition rising throughout the country, having a working knowledge of the financial aid process is more important than ever. This presentation will cover topics like: how to complete the FAFSA, types of financial assistance available, and scholarships
The Saturday, December 14, 2013 ACT testing will be held at Mount Carmel High School. Students must register online for the 7:30 a.m. exam.
Connect with the Caravan
The #Caravan is taking over Twitter! Here are just a few of the #MountCarmel accounts you'll want to follow this fall:
Mount Carmel: @MountCarmelHS
Caravan Athletics: @MCCaravan
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
11/20 at 9:05 a.m.
Jingle and Mingle Market:
11/21 at 6:30 p.m.
Fathers' Club Meeting:
11/21 at 7:00 p.m.
Honors Program Preview:
11/26 at 6:00 p.m.
No School - Staff Inservice:
12/2 at 8:05 a.m.
12/2 at 2:45 p.m.
12/04 at 9:05 a.m.
12/05 at 6:00 p.m.
Winter Play: 39 steps
12/13 at 7:00 p.m.
12/14 at 7:00 p.m.
12/15 at 2:00 p.m.
12/07 at 7:00 p.m.
12/9 at 2:45 p.m.
12/11 at 9:05 a.m.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mass Dress Code):
College Financial Aid Night:
12/12 at 6:00 p.m.
MC Foundation Day at the Races: 12/14
12/16 at 2:45 p.m.
12/18 at 9:05 a.m.
Christmas Break begins:
12/20 at 12:15 p.m.
No School - Classes Resume:
1/6 at 8:05 a.m.
1/11 at 8:00 a.m.
2/22 at 6:00 p.m.
Jingle & Mingle Market: 11/21
Prayers Please keep the following Mount Carmel staff members in your prayers:
Mr. Curt Ehrenstrom Mrs. Colleen Crowley
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