May 1, 2016


Mr. HermieDear OLMC Community,

As we move into the last few weeks of the school year, I want to make sure all families are aware of the events we have coming up to round out the school year:

May 2nd: Kindergarten Stars and Stripes performance at 7:00 p.m. in McCready Hall
May 6th: May Crowning Mass at 11:15 a.m. in OLMC Church
May 25th: 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 p.m. in OLMC Church
June 1st: End of Year Barbecue at 6:30 p.m. in McCready Hall

If your schedule allows, please come to participate and show your support for the students and school.

If you’re new to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School next year, we will be having our New Family Night on May 9th at 6:30 p.m. in McCready Hall. The presentation, lasting about an hour, will include details pertaining to next school year and other school and community related information. Childcare will be available in the preschool. Please RSVP to Kelly Kubicki, our development director, if you’re planning to attend.


Bruce Hermie
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School

May Staff Birthdays

We’d like to send a big happy birthday to:

Mrs. Knox 5/6
Mrs. Iwan 5/7

teacher Appreciation week 2Teacher Appreciation Week

Home & School would like to make this week extra special for our dedicated educators, in gratitude for all of their diligent work, for their loving encouragement, and for the profound difference they make in the lives of our children. Please join us in honoring our teachers and visit the sign-up genius to bring treats for them. You can also participate in the following ways:

Monday: Say a family prayer for your teachers.
Tuesday: Have your children do something helpful for their teachers.
Wednesday: Encourage your children to make a homemade card and bring it to school.
Thursday: Consider sending in a small school supply item for the teacher (e.g. dry erase marker, sharpie, pencils, glue sticks, etc.)
Friday: Consider sending a single flower (fresh or homemade) with your child for the teacher. Home & School will provide vases.

Your contributions and the simple acts listed above will help Home & School celebrate the hardworking professionals who offer their skills toward a  worthy cause, Catholic education. On behalf of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we’d like to thank all those who work in tandem with parents to raise a generation of faith-followers, responsible citizens, effective communicators, critical-thinkers, problem-solvers, and quality producers.

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Did you know that the more you participate in the Food for Thought Program, the less you pay in tuition and fees? Once your family reaches the required $175.00 in profit, 50% of the profit goes toward your child’s tuition and fees. In this way, your normal everyday purchases reduce your educational costs. Read More>>

STOsSTO Opening/Closing Dates

What follows is a list of the remaining, available STO funds for next school year:

  • Catholic Education Arizona (CEA): Round 2 closes August 19, 2016. Application Fee $30.00.
  • AAA Scholarship Foundation (AAA):
    Closes May 2, 2016
  • Arizona Private Education Scholarship (APESF): Open
  • Arizona Scholarship Fund (ASF): Open
  • Arizona Tuition Connection (ATC): Open
  • AZ4Education (AZ4ED): Open
  • Brophy Community Foundation: Round 2 Open. Application Fee $30.00.
  • Tuition Organization for Private Schools (TOPS): Opens May 1, 2016

Be sure to visit our website for a  list of these and other STO web addresses. For questions, please contact Rita Villegas in the parish office at 480-967-8791 ext. 217.

#OLMC POI Tamara-1OLMC People of Interest: Ms. Tamara Tirado

OLMC School is blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers and staff working to make our community what it is today. One such person is our school librarian and media specialist, Ms. Tamara Tirado.

Ms. Tirado started teaching at OLMC just this year, but has already found her way into the hearts of our staff and students. Read More>>

boxtops4educDonating Box Tops Pays off!

OLMC would like to thank all those who have donated Big ‘G’ Box tops for Education. Our last submission from March yielded $458.40 for Mt. Carmel! Keep bringing them in! You can submit them in our collection bin in the school office.Our next submission date is in May. Many box tops expire June 1st so please bring them in as soon as possible so we include them in our submission. Every little bit helps!  Thanks, Mt. Carmel!

Halle HeartFrom the Falcon’s Nest:
Halle Heart Museum

Our 6th grade students recently visited the Halle Heart Museum in Tempe. During their trip, the students engaged in an interactive tour, learning the science behind the human heart.

In association with the American Heart Association, The Halle Heart Museum promotes a healthy lifestyle, featuring games, music, and exhibits designed around science, health, and physical education standards. On behalf of our students, we’d like to thank all those who participate in the Food for Thought Program. Your contributions make learning experiences like this possible.

To learn more about the Halle Heart Children’s Museum please visit their website.

DeniseHome & School Vice President:
Denise Craig

Meet Denise Craig. As Home & School Vice President, Denise coordinates all of our home room parents, organizing Home & School’s collections for Christmas and end of the year gifts for our faculty and staff.

She relays important information to our parents, helps out at various school events, and works behind the scenes in her spare time arranging for special treats for the students,
such as pizza lunches for field or STEM day.

Denise is responsible to step in whenever the president is unavailable. She will serve the second part of her term, as all of our vice presidents do, next year when she assumes the office of President of Home & School.

Are you interested in being our vice president next year? We have a vacancy! Serving on Home & School is a flexible way to contribute to the school. Participate whenever your schedule allows! For questions, please contact Denise or one of our other Home & School Members. Read our mission statement on the website or attend one of our meetings. Whatever your schedule, we have a place for you.

festival 2016A Letter of Thanks from the Festival Chairman

Dear Friends,
The 71st Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel “Year of Mercy” Festival was a terrific event and made possible by the efforts of many. A sincere heartfelt thank you to all of the executive chairmen, area chairmen, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and all those who attended and contributed to the overall success! Read More>>

raffleKids’ Raffle Top Selling Class Totals

Congratulations to the following classes who sold the most Kids’ Raffle tickets. They’ve each earned a movie and popcorn party. In addition to the movie and popcorn, our top two selling classes (the Preschool and Mrs. Rogucki’s 5B class) have earned a pizza party.  Way to go Falcons!

Preschool: $2,186
5B: $1,541
KA: $1,413
6A: $1,248
3B: $1,178
1B: $1,123
KB: $1,038

olmc awardKids’ Raffle Top Selling Student Totals

A huge thank you to our top selling students!

Ayjae Larson (preschool): $1,072
Alejandra Barraza Salazar (6A): $532
Marco Cornejo (6B): $418
Madison Dennee (3B) $354
Brandon Moiza (KA) $332
Kyra Wanlass (Preschool) $300
Aedan Buchert (KB) $260
Van Armitage (KB) $250
Andrew Pabst (1B) $250
Madeline Pabst (5B) $250

book fairBook Fair 5/2-5/6

OLMC School is having a Spring Book Fair:

Monday, May 2nd-Friday, May 6th
Before School: 7:35 a.m.-8:05 a.m.
After School: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
in the school library

The book fair will also run during the students’ usual library classes. For questions, please contact the school office. Interested in coming?  Let us know on our Facebook event page.

rosarySchool-wide Rosary Events

In lieu of Mass on Wednesday, May 4th, we will have a school-wide Rosary in the church. All are welcome. Also, please join us beginning Monday, May 2nd at 8:05 a.m. in the Prayer Garden for our daily Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother, Mary. Each morning, during the month of May, we will gather for a decade of the rosary led by the 5th grade. We hope to see you there.

May crowningMay Crowning Mass/Early Release 5/6

OLMC school’s annual May Crowning Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 6th at 11:15 a.m. This special mass featuring our 8th grade students in cap and gown, is in lieu of our usual Wednesday school Mass. May 6th is also a half day. Teachers will release their students at 12:30 p.m. Please note that, while this is a half day, there is no jeans day, and Mass attire is required.  Please consult the parent handbook for dress code guidelines.

skateOLMC Family Fun Skate 5/6

OLMC is having a Family Fun Skate at Skateland:

Friday, May 6, 2016
from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at Skateland Chandler
1101 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

Join us for skating, door prizes, and fun! Admission is $5.00 plus $3.50 skate rental. Teachers skate free!!

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Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting 5/9

The OLMC Dad’s Club is holding their monthly meeting

Monday, May 9, 2016
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Spokes on Southern
1470 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Your participation is voluntary, however, your attendance is essential in order to build better relationships with fellow OLMC families and to help improve OLMC for our children. The OLMC Dad’s Club meeting is a way for all OLMC dads to meet, discuss our events, enjoy each other’s company, and share the continued focus on our children. OLMC dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and others are always welcome.

JeansJeans Day of Soda Participation

There is a jeans day scheduled for all classes that had 100% participation in bringing in 2-liter bottles of soda for our festival.  All classes with the exception of 3B, 4B, 6A, 7B, 8A, and 8B have qualified for a jeans day Friday, May 13th. Please refer to the parent handbook for jeans day dress guidelines.

teaMother-Daughter Tea

The OLMC Mom’s Ministry cordially invites you to:

The 9th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea
Saturday, May 14, 2016
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 per child, $100.00 for a table of eight. Please bring your own tea cup. For more information contact

golfK of C Golf Tournament 5/14

The Knights of Columbus is hosting the 1st Annual Andy Soesilo Memorial Golf Tournament:

Saturday, May 14, 2016
at Superstition Springs Golf Course

Proceeds of this year’s tournament will go to the Sister Servants of the Plan of God who will be assigned to OLMC.

For more information, such as available sponsorship opportunities, please see the flyer. If registering by mail, be sure to sign-up by May 6th. Registration tables will also be available after all weekend mass times until Sunday, May 8th. Questions? Contact Tom Donnelly, Golf Tournament Director, at 480-773-4888. We hope you’ll join us for a fun day of golf and prizes, all in support of the Sisters.