Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, centrally located in Elmsford, New York, was established in 1929 through the vision of Reverend James Hackett. In response to the movement of immigrants from Europe to New York and on to Westchester County, Father Hackett, the pastor of this small country mission Church, petitioned the superior of the Sisters in White Plains to provide Catholic nuns to educate the children. Combined grades in small classrooms marked the beginning of our rich history. Read More >
We had a wonderful first day! Everyone was happy to see each other and we welcome our new students to the Mt. Carmel Family. We're looking forward to a great school year together.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Maria Stabile, past Librarian at OLMC School. Connie, as she was known to us, was a long time parishioner at Mt. Carmel who volunteered for many years at our school before taking the position of Librarian.
Visiting hours will be held Easter Sunday evening, April 16, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home in Elmsford, and Monday, April 17th from 9:30 am to 10:30 am before the Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated at 11am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Please remember Connie and the Stabile family in your prayers, Alumni Jane '63, Joseph '64, Victoria Jagelski '67, Paul '71, Gloria Suarez '73, and Michael '86.
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Sister Mary Stephen Healey, RDC and principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Elmsford decided her students should learn their manners as well as mind them. The school's art teacher, Mary Ann Balco Berry, formerly an instructor at the John Robert Powers Finishing School in Manhattan, voluntarily took on the task and wrote a ten week curriculum for grades four through eight.
A bit apprehensive that the children would nix her teaching, they surprised her by being anxious as well as happy to learn manners on the street and in public buildings, introducing people, table manners, setting the table, writing thank you notes, opening and closing doors, public speaking and most important to her, gentlemen removing their hats when they entered a room -- a long lost but important art of etiquette - and a pet peeve of Berry. She is an advocate of tradition in etiquette.
No more fist bumping. They shake hands now. And learned that shaking hands went back to medieval times and knights in shining armor, to show they did not have a weapon. And saluting goes back to the same time when the knights opened their armor to reveal their faces indicating they were friends and not enemies.
Bits of history gave reason to why certain acts of etiquette began as a result of politeness to ladies, such as a gentleman walks on the outside, closest to the street, to protect a young lady.
One parent of a fourth grader stopped Mrs. Berry to tell her how proud her son was to set the table for dinner, Sometimes he had to take out his little chart to make sure her was doing it correctly. Another student said she knew exactly how to set the table of Thanksgiving Dinner.
Each student wrote a note to the principal telling her what they learned, what was the favorite of the program and why children should learn etiquette. Everyone had a favorite. Some liked setting a table and table manners best. Other enjoyed public speaking and learning to carry on a conversation, which seemed to be their favorites.
Definitely a fait accompli.
So much that a new program will begin this month for the 8th grade young ladies teaching then about poise, modeling techniques, line, color, design, hair styling, accessorizing and all those fun, as well as important, things about style that they love, and will improve their looks and attitude! The class will end with a fashion show.
See a picture in Media/Photos
Important information about our new report cards is available in HAPPENING NOW. Please take the time to review this short document.
The Rec Departments in the villages and towns (Elmsford, Greenburgh, Edgemont, etc.) previously handled girls softball, however for 2017 Elmsford Little League is taking it over.
This program is for any girl born between 12/31/2004 and 1/1/2009
Online registration is open through January 29th
The flyer is available in HAPPENING NOW
Please see our new OLMC Pre-K & Kindergarten Newsletter in Happening Now.
Next Level Basketball Development - see flier in "Happening Now."