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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School

Building Faith-filled Leaders and Life-long Learners since 1882 205 Oak Street Boonton, New Jersey 07005 (973) 334-2777 ~ www.olmcboonton.org/school

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2011 For more information call OLMC Catholic School 973-334-2777

OLMC School is Back to School with Increased Enrollment

Thanks in part to the strong leadership of Principal Gladys Driscoll, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, Boonton is experiencing an upward trend in enrollment. With unparalleled dedication to the students, families, faculty and staff, her ability to execute faith-filled decisions has continued to ensure financial security for the school and has led to a deep devotion from the community it serves. Despite the difficult economic environment, the 2011-2012 school year will be greeted with the addition of a second pre-kindergarten, 4 year old class. The need to add an additional class is evidence of the growth in the student body. Julie Woodring will be joining pre-k 4 Teacher Ann Saadat and pre-k 4 Aide Colleen Farley. OLMC had the pleasure of experiencing the new teacher's talents while she aided the school as a substitute teacher periodically throughout the previous school year. Colleen Farley assisted Ms. Woodring when she filled in. She noted, "Ms. Woodring will be an excellent addition to the school. She was a very strong teacher as a substitute and I look forward to having her join the OLMC family." Mrs. Driscoll has initiated many positive changes at the school to attract new families. Flexibility for families with prekindergarten and kindergarten children, added humanities curricular offerings and investment in technology have all advanced the school. Many new families have been exposed to the school through select afterschool programs. Kindergarten teacher, Katie Adam's Theatre Camp & after school programs have opened the doors to children not currently enrolled at the school. After experiencing some of what the school has to offer, many join the OLMC family. In addition to dedicated leadership, the school is supported by a tight knit community of families and friends. The growth of the school is driven by the support from the families of the student body. "I have always known the school would succeed with a strong core of devoted families who believe in the Catholic tradition and academic excellence that is a cornerstone of OLMC," Principal Driscoll commented. To add to the momentum at the school, the new school year also welcomes Pastor, Father Tom Fallone. Father Fallone was first introduced to the OLMC Community during his role as diocesan vocations director and director of Domus Bartimaeus, a home for up to 12 seminarians from various countries who seek to become better acclimated to the language and culture of the U.S. Fr. Fallone was instrumental in the transformation of the former OLMC convent and resided at Domus Bartimaeus for 18 months. During his stay he reached out to former Pastor Richard Carton and offered his services in the Parish. In addition to working with the seminarians he felt blessed to also become acquainted with OLMC parish. Fr. Fallone was warmly welcomed by the parish and is excited to be a part of the school. "As the United States Bishops remind us, Catholic Schools have a critical role in evangelizing the culture, most especially because Catholic elementary schools are 'schools for the human person.' As such a school, OLMC has been preparing our kids for their role in the life of the Church, the Nation and the world" Father Fallone explained. Diane Striegel, OLMC Chairperson for Development, and parent of two children attending OLMC is not surprised by the expansion. "Our Lady of Mt Carmel School utilizes state of the art technology and the richness of Catholic tradition to ignite children with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for our faith. Smaller class sizes allow for more personalized attention from talented, dedicated and caring teachers and staff. The school offers a family atmosphere supported by a faith-filled, close knit community. You can trust the future of your children to OLMC."

OLMC School provides a Catholic education for children pk3-8 grade with half and full day pre-kindergarten 3-4 & kindergarten, after school care until 6:00 p.m., and is located at 205 Oak Street, Boonton, New Jersey 07005, phone (973) 334-2777 http://www.olmcboonton.org/school.htm

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