Dear MC Parents, Guardians & Students,

As we approach the final weeks of Trimester 1, we look back at the busy start to the year that was filled with retreats, Freshmen IMPACT, fall sports seasons, Homecoming Week, the fall play, testing, and lots of learning. Trimester 1 exams are right around the corner. If your son’s grades or test scores are not where you expect, please reinforce the message that his effort, attitude, and performance will impact his opportunities in the future. Skill development takes time and effort, and your son should be committing 1 ½ to 2 hours a night to studying in a quiet setting. Be sure to keep up with your son’s grades on Parent Plus Portals, and as always, let us continue to support our young men in making moral and healthy choices.  

In October the freshmen participated in an IMPACT week focused on the beauty of God’s creation. In the coming weeks we will all witness the splendid transformation of nature. May the earth’s move to dormancy remind us of our own mortality and the cycles of life, and may we look to the examples of Mary and the saints as we strive to model the example of Jesus. Finally, during November, we remember in a special way our family members and alumni who have died. May they rest in the peace of God’s infinite love. 

In Carmel,

Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. '92
Mr. John J Stimler

Upcoming Dates
Late Starts: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 (Exams), 11/13 (Exams), 11/14 Exams (No Late Starts on 11/12 or 11/19).
Mass: Nov 25 (Thanksgiving)
No School: Oct 20 (Columbus Day, Observed), Nov 10 (Veterans), Nov 26 (Faculty Retreat) Trimester 2 Begins: Monday, November 17th.

Any student who accumulates more than 6 absences in any trimester will have his grades lowered in all classes. Please refer to the online Parent-Student Handbook for details. More importantly, please make sure that your son is in attendance at school. 

Carmelite Spirituality Series for Parents
All three sessions of this year’s Spirituality Series for Parents will feature acclaimed theologian and storyteller Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson. The Resident Theologian at Old St. Patrick's Church in downtown Chicago, Dr. Nelson-Johnson holds a Master's degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.  Working with parents, teachers, and faith communities throughout the country for over 25 years, he challenges his audiences to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace and the mystery of God through storytelling, poetry, and humor that encourages, affirms, and inspires. The first of three sessions will be offered on Wednesday, November 5, at 7 PM in the Student Commons.  Dr. Nelson’s 45 minute presentation will be followed by discussion and refreshments.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear one of the great speakers and storytellers of the Chicago area.  The subsequent sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 28 and Wednesday, April 15, both at 7 PM. RSVP for this free event now at

Students are encouraged to come to school in costume on Friday, October 31st. Plan now and join in the spirit. Costumes will be judged during lunch. All costumes should be appropriate for school.

Open House
If you know of any interested 7th or 8th graders, please encourage them and their families to come to Mount Carmel on Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:00 am – 2:00pm, for our Open House.  All activities will begin in the Convocation Center.  This is the chance for moms and dads to visit Mount Carmel.  I know many of you have attended our Open Houses in the past, helping you make the decision in favor of Mount Carmel for your son.  We will also have a special Honor’s Program Preview on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 6:00pm.  The other opportunity for families to visit us for an Open House will be on Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Trimester Exams
Exams for Trimester 1 will be November 12th (Periods A, B, C), 13th (Periods D & E), and 14th (Periods F & G) There will be an 8:05am start on Wednesday and Late Starts (9:05am) on both Thursday and Friday with a 12:15 dismissal on all three exam days. Activity Buses will run at 4:00pm.


September Men of Carmel
Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for their character: Vittorio Lezza, '18; Jacob Correa, ’17; Bart Upart, ’16; Tom Doyle, ’15.

Blood Drive
On Tuesday, October 28th, we will have our first blood drive of the year from 8:00am – 2:30pm. Students will sign up for donation times through Mrs. Julie Chappetto. Parents are welcomed to stop by and donate blood as well. All visitors will be moved to the front of the line.

European Trips during Easter Break
There will be two European trips over Easter Break. Mr. Antonio Mota ( will be traveling to Italy and Spain. Mr. Sean Sweany ( will traveling to Ireland, England, Wales and Paris. Contact these teachers for more information.

Six Flags Great America Grad Nite
Members of the Class of 2015 are invited to attend an overnight lock-in at Six Flags Great America on May 16, 2015. The cost is $40. Spots are limited and must be reserved by October 29, 2014. Contact Mr. Sean Sweany ( for more details.

Yoga Club
The Yoga Club meets Wednesdays after school in the Alumni gym for 75 minutes. Students of all levels of practice are invited to attend. Contact Mrs. Julie Chappetto at for more details. 
Mothers’ Club
Please look at the MC website ‘Parents’ link for information concerning the meeting times for the Mothers’ Club. Mark your calendar:
Bake Sale: Thursday, October 31st during Lunch
Jingle and Mingle Market: Thursday, November 20th at 6:30pm
Mother/Son Dance: Saturday, December 6th at 7:00pm

Father-Son Night
The annual Father-Son Night will be on Tuesday, October 22, 2014, at 6:00pm in the Cacciatore Center.  This event includes dinner with guest speaker Frank Maloney.  This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to spend time together.  Tickets are $25.00 per person. Register now online.
Meeting/Turkey Lottery: Thursday, Nov. 19th  
Alumni Memorial Mass
The Mount Carmel Alumni Association will have its annual Memorial Mass in the Cacciatore Convocation Center on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10:00am. A light brunch will follow the Memorial Mass. All our alumni and current families are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Craig Ferguson at   


Mass for All Saints’ Day
On Tuesday, November 25th, an all school mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated. Mass Dress code is required.

Remembering loved ones who have died
If you would like to remember a family member or friend who has died recently, please visit our website at to complete the Mass intention sheet.

Colleen Crowley


Upcoming Calendar Dates 

 No School Columbus Day, Observed
October 20
Late Start:
October 22
Fathers' Club Father/Son Dinner
October 22 at 6pm

Late Start:
October 29

Adult Spirituality Series
November 5 at 7pm

Open House
November 9 at 11am 

Late Start for Trimester I Exams
November 12, 13, & 14

Alumni Memorial Mass
November 23 at 10am

Honors Program Preview
November 25 at 6pm

November 25

Open House
December 4 at 6pm

Mother/Son Dance
December 6th at 7pm


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Join Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson for a three part series on Catholicism 101 and explore the mystery of God, the gift of grace and a church to call home.  Download the flyer to register or visit


You're Invited to the Caravan Gala on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Join us for an evening of exciting live auctions, dinner, and entertainment directly benefiting the Mount Carmel Educational foundation. Download the flyer for more information.

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