Our Mother of Consolation Parish School is a Catholic elementary school (Pre K through Eighth Grade) serving families in Chestnut Hill and the surrounding areas in Northwest Philadelphia and nearby suburbs. With equal focus on Catholic Values and Academic Excellence, OMC is a strong, vibrant, and thriving school characterized by small class sizes, exceptional parent volunteerism, rich and balanced diversity, superb administration and faculty, and a genuinely warm and friendly family atmosphere.
Welcome to Our New Principal – Ms. Theresa Ponte!
We look forward to welcoming Ms. Ponte as we open for school in September. In the meantime, learn more about our new Principal in this article in the Chestnut Hill Local!
Parents: See what’s NEW on our School Web Site!
Check out the NEW “For Parents” tab above for all of the forms and information you need for Back to School. We are moving to become more of a paperless school, and this is a great first step! Check back often, especially the “Knightly News” for updates and information!
NEW for 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR: OMC Parish School is a NUT FREE SCHOOL!
Our Mother of Consolation Parish School Awarded Design Grant for Outdoor Learning and Play Space
OMC Parish School is excited to announce the recent award of a Design Grant from the Community Design Collaborative to develop plans for an outdoor learning and play space, which will move us closer to one of our 2013 Capital Campaign goals. Please refer to the attached press release for more details.
OMC Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week
National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated this year on May 1 through 7, and nowhere is the celebration more warranted than at OMC, where we are blessed with a group of educators who daily go above and beyond their job description to enrich the lives of our children. From the most distracted three-year-old to the eighth grader who is planning his or her freshman schedule, our teachers spend their days finding new ways to engage and enlighten children with whom we parents are often at a loss to connect. As a community, let’s use every day in this week to send a note, a card, a flower, a snack, or a kind word to someone who spends more waking hours in their day with our child than we do. Working together, OMC parents and teachers have created this Blue Ribbon School. Refer to the Teacher Appreciation Week Calendar below, and let’s express our gratitude in OMC Blue Ribbon Style!
The OMC Blue Ribbon Spring Soiree has SOLD OUT!
Due to overwhelming demand, we have sold out for this year’s Spring Soiree and are unable to sell more tickets. We look forward to celebrating OMC’s successes, our Hall of Fame, and the Lifetime Achievement of Mr. Bruce Hagy.
Thank you to all for your support!
The Soiree is coming! The Soiree is coming!
Please join us at the Rotunda at Chestnut Hill College on Saturday April 23, as we celebrate our Blue Ribbon School, our 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees, and the Lifetime Achievements of our principal Bruce Hagy. We hope you will be able to join us!
Click here to purchase your tickets on PayPal!
Click here to donate a ticket to a teacher!
Questions? Please contact Chrissy Plover or Kathleen Powell, Soiree co-chairs, at email@example.com.
Zumba 2.0 at OMC
Let’s get together for a Zumba-thon! Come have some fun and benefit OMC Theater Group’s production of Godspell in May. See the flier below for more information, and here is the link to purchase a ticket (https://goo.gl/fKdOBf). Hope to see you there!
The Season of Lent at OMC Parish School: Think Globally, Act Locally
Each week in Lent, Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl program invites us to pray, fast, and give to aid millions living in conditions of poverty. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter.
The main idea is to raise money for the poor and to help our children understand that Lent is a time of fasting, praying, and giving alms. We hope Operation Rice Bowl helps your family do these things just a little, in a way appropriate for all ages. Look for Rice Bowls coming home soon!!
Please see the flier at https://www.smore.com/mt00z to learn all that is happening at OMC School during Lent.
Christmas Carols in the OMC Stairwell
On December 21, our choir treated the school to Christmas Carols in our stairwell – hopefully the first of a new annual tradition!
From our OMC Family to yours: Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed and Happy New Year!
Enjoy the concert (about 15 minutes):
As a Catholic school, we educate the whole person, and teach our students to serve and engage in society. Among other things, that means we try to be balanced about technology. We give our students the technical and ethical skills they need to use technology well, but we also teach them when to unplug. We want our graduates to succeed in high school and beyond, and we also want them to engage in face to face conversation, to learn how to quiet the mind and pray, and to look up from the screen. That’s why our school has a policy statement on technology and spirituality, and has recently started publishing Golden Knights Online, our new newsletter about technology and making good choices.
Click here to see the latest issue!
OMC Parish School is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has named OMC Parish School as one of the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools! Adding to this national honor is the distinction of being the only Archdiocesan elementary school in the City of Philadelphia to receive this award. We could not be more proud of everything Mr. Hagy, our dedicated faculty and staff, Fr. Bob Bazzoli, and our students and families have invested in OMC. Look for information on future celebrations, and congratulations to all!
For our press release, click here…
For the official press release from the US Department of Education, click here…
For our National Blue Ribbon School Profile, click here…
To view ABC Action News coverage, click here…
To hear KYW News Radio coverage, click here…
For neighborhood news coverage in the Chestnut Hill Local, click here…
Call to Service and Technology Statement
In the 2015-16 school year, two new statements were introduced in the Family Policy folders.
In our Call to Service (read more), we outline the role that Service plays in a complete OMC education. Service is not just something we do, but it is an integral part of who we are at OMC Parish School.
In our Technology Statement (read more), we introduce our new Technology Task Force in an attempt to address the concerns of our parents who want to find a balance between technology use and more traditional methods of learning. Our task force is open to feedback, and will provide updates throughout the school year.
Are you getting school supplies or doing any other shopping via Amazon.com?
OMC Parish School is now a part of the Amazon Smile program. Just click here to select OMC as your charity and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to OMC!
A simple way to show your support!
Questions? Contact Colleen Amuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMC ranked #2 among all Philadelphia parish schools!
Did you know that OMC Parish School is one of 5 Archdiocesan schools ranked 10 out of 10 on GreatPhillySchools.org? Did you also know that our school is ranked #2 in the city and is listed as a High Performing school?
Take a look at the NBC 10 news coverage of the recent Archdiocesan announcement!
Great Philly Schools is a website run by the Philadelphia School Partnership that rates schools throughout Philadelphia on a scale of 1-10. The ratings are based on academic performance, attendance, and safety of the school.
Click here for the full press release from the Archdiocese.
Enjoy our 11 minute video. An ideal introduction for any families looking for Catholic Values and Academic Excellence in a Parish School Setting. Gives a great feel for the school in every way.
OMC Parish School Capital Campaign in Full Swing!
In April 2013, we launched the Advancing in Faith & Learning capital campaign. Through this campaign, we pledged to use the funds raised to make investments in three significant areas:
- Expand, Upgrade, and Enhance Facilities including Play and Athletic Areas
- Expand and Upgrade Academic Technology
- Provide Need-Based Scholarships to Qualified Students with 20% of the funds raised
Click here for the latest progress report.
We are grateful to all of those who have pledged their support for this campaign. For those who have not had a chance to pledge or would like more information about the campaign, please contact Colleen Amuso, Director of Advancement, at email@example.com or 215-247-1060.
Click here for the view the full brochure and to learn how you can help to make a great thing even better!
Follow OMC on Twitter!
OMC Parish School is live on Twitter! Follow us at @OMCParishSchool to get updates and keep in touch with what is happening at OMC!
Use Socialvest to Shop, Earn, and Give to OMC!
What if you could raise money for OMC Parish School by doing something you already do every day, and something you’ll probably do quite often in this holiday season? Well now you can, thanks to our new partnership with Socialvest! Socialvest allows you to shop online with hundreds of retailers and earn money for OMC with every purchase at no additional cost to you.
Every purchase you make online with your favorite retailer, whether it’s a plane ticket or a pair of jeans, can help us to continue to provide the high-quality education and wonderful activities that you’ve come to expect from OMC.
Click here for full details.
Click here to jump to our page on Socialvest.
OMC is now on Facebook!
We’ve launched an OMC page on Facebook. Check it out!
This is a great way to keep up to date on the latest news, activities, and events within the OMC Parish School community. It’s also a terrific way to centrally post school photos. We’ll be able to use the best of these photos in our advertisements and our our website.
So take lots of photos and post them to our Facebook page!
OMC: A Parish School Serving a Wider Catholic Community in Northwest Philadelphia
U.S. Census data shows that there are approximately 29,000 Catholics living in Northwest Philadelphia (including Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Roxborough, and the surrounding areas) and that 14% of them (4,000) are children of grade school age. That’s a lot of Catholic kids with only a handful of Catholic parish schools in NW Philadelphia. With the wave of parish elementary school closings in the last few years, many families find themselves living in a parish that doesn’t have a school. Here’s one such family’s experience. Read more…