Dear Parents & Students,

As we enter the Advent season, we pause to express our gratitude to God for the many blessings in our lives. May our gratitude lead us toward a greater generosity toward those 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. This newsletter covers the school events up to mid-January. 

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

Upcoming Late Starts:
(9:05 a.m): 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7/2015, 1/14/2015
Emergency Closing Procedures
In the event that extreme weather requires the school to be closed, you will receive a call from Mount Carmel High School notifying you of school closures. The notification will be posted on the school website, and you can also be notified by:  

1. Receiving an e-mail notification of a school closing by signing up at

2. Listening to WGN Radio 720-AM, WBBM Radio 780-AM or watch CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch 7, Fox 32, WGN-TV or CLTV cable for closing information.

Christmas Vacation
Christmas vacation begins on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:15pm.  Classes resume Monday, January 5, 2015, at 8:05am.

Dr. Martin Luther King
We will observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 19, 2015.  The school will be closed.

Daily Bulletin
The daily bulletin is a list of announcements for students about activities, events, and college scholarship offerings.  The announcements are read to students during Studium.   To allow parents the opportunity to view these annoucements, we are now posting the daily bulletin online.  Read it here and check back daily for updates!

When students are absent from school, a parent must call 773.324.1020 ext 210 by 9:00am 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, students who miss more than 6 days in a trimester will have his grades lowered at the end of the trimester. Please refer to the attendance policy on pages 14-15 in the Parent-Student Handbook. 
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 second of three sessions will be offered on Wednesday, January 28, at 7pm 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 final session of the series will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 7pm. RSVP for this free event now at

Open House
If you know of any interested 7th or 8th graders, please encourage them and their families to come to Mount Carmel on Thursday December 4, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 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.  

Placement Test
The Placement Exam will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 8:00am. Please encourage 8th grade students you know to test at Mount Carmel. There is a $25 fee and students need to bring two pencils. No calculators are allowed.  

History Fair 2014-2015
Students in US History Classes will begin their research on local, family and community history topics during trimester II. This major project earns 40% of their US History Trimester II grade. Student research projects in the Chicago Metro History Fair and have the opportunity to advance to National History Day. This year's national theme is 'Leadership and Legacy in Chicago History.'

Caravan Newspaper Online
Keep up with the latest Mount Carmel news as reported by out Caravan Staff. Visit the newspaper at



November Men of Carmel
Congratulations to our students who have been selected as our November Men of Carmel:
Freshman - Joe Conroy
Sophomore - Ryan Vogt
Junior - Roberto DelReal, Jr.
Senior - Gilbert Tyson

Computer Club
The Computer Club will host a video game tournament in the Commons after school on Tuesday, December 9 before the St. Rita basketball game. Winners will receive cash prizes. Please contact Br. Dave Semmens ( for more details.

Band Christmas Concert
Please join the band for their annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:30pm in the Student Commons.

Blood Drive
We will host our second blood drive this year on Tuesday, January 13. Sign up to donate with Mrs. Chappetto.

March for Life
Once again our students will take part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday, January 20 through the morning of Saturday, January 24, 2015.  Please keep them in your prayers as they participate in this peaceful demonstration for the dignity of all human life.

Winter Ski Trip
Student Activities will be sponsoring a ski trip to Wisconsin on Saturday, January 24.  More details will be available soon.

Winter Play
The play, Fairy Tale Trials, will be performed in the Student Center in January. Evening performances will be held at 7:00pm on 1/23, 1/24, 1/30, and 1/31; an afternoon performance will be held at 2:00pm on 1/25. The ticket price is $10.00 for adults, and Mount Carmel students are free.

Mothers’ Club
Mother/Son Dance: The annual Mother/Son dance will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 8-10:30pm. Make the time to enjoy this evening with your son.

Fathers’ Club 
Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 10 
Fathers' Club Meeting: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 

Find more upcoming events on the Mothers' Club calendar and the Fathers' Club calendar.


December Kairos Retreat for Seniors
The second of three senior Kairos Retreats will be December 9 -12, 2014. Students have been scheduled for a retreat date and the lists are posted outside of the Campus Ministry Office (002) and in the 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 each Monday of Advent (December 1, 8, and 15).

Advent Action Program
The Advent Action Toy Drive begins on Monday, December 1.  The project benefits two groups:  The Kevin Dowling Foundation (which distributes toys to hospitalized children and other needy families throughout the year; and a pediatric clinic at St. Bernard Hospital (which holds an annual Christmas party for neighborhood children - for which MC is the sole provider of toys.  Each student and faculty member is asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy, appropriate for a child aged 2 to 12.  The deadline is Wednesday, December 17.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
An all school liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, December 8, 2014.  Students are required to be in Mass Dress Code.

College Financial Aid Night
On Thursday, December 11, 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 finical aid process is more important than ever. This presentation will cover topics like: how to complete the AFSA, types of financial assistance available, and scholarships. 

The Saturday, December 13th, 2014 ACT testing will be held at Mount Carmel High School. Students must register online for the 7:30am exam

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Kickoff to the Caravan Gala

Monday, December 8, from at 6 p.m. at Cork & Kerry on Western Avenue. Buy tickets online now for only $35 each!

Upcoming Calendar Dates 

Toy Drive
December 1-17

Contemplative Prayer in Advent
December 1, 8, 15, 2:45 - 3:15 pm

Late Start
December 3

Open House
December 4, 6-8pm

Mother/Son Dance
December 6, 8-10:30 pm

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8

 Gala Kickoff at Cork & Kerry
December 8, 6-10pm

Kairos Retreat for Seniors
December 9-12

Computer Club Video Game Tournament
December 9, 2:45pm

Late Start
December 10

Fathers' Club Christmas Party
December 10

College Financial Aid Night
December 11, 6:00pm

ACT at Mount Carmel High School
December 13 at 7:30am

Band Christmas Concert
December 16, 5:30pm

Late Start
December 17

Christmas Vacation
December 19, 12:15 pm - January 5 at 8:05pm

Late Start
January 7

Placement Test
January 10, 8:00am

Blood Drive
January 13

Late Start
January 14

No School
January 19

March for Life
January 20 - January 24

Winter Ski Trip
January 24

Winter Play Fairy Tale Trials
January 23, 24, 30, 31, 7:00pm
January 25, 2:00pm

Caravan Gala
February 28

Find the information you need on our website under these popular links:

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Athletic Calendar

Caravan in the News

Caravan Student Newspaper

CBN Videos

Fathers' Club

Mobile Website

Mothers' Club


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Join Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson for a 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


Help Mount Carmel kickoff the Gala at Cork & Kerry on December 8 from 6-8pm. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers as we learn more about the Caravan Gala, the impact the event has on the school through the Mount Carmel Educational fund, and how to get involved as we plan the 2015 Gala. Learn more at

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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