Newsletter: Preliminary Calendar for 2017-18 Now Available


Principal’s Corner – March 5, 2017


On February 25th we celebrated the annual Father/Daughter Dance at OLMC, sponsored by the Dad’s Club. It was an outstanding event that hosted over 120 dads with their daughters. From the carriage rides and dancing to the food and pictures, everyone in attendance had fun. Thank you to the volunteers who made this evening possible. See Pictures>>

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we would like to thank the Home & School Board for providing lunches during conferences. We are grateful for your continued support.

Please remember that there is no school on March 10th due to a diocesan in-service. School will also be closed on Monday, March 13th for a brief spring break.

For your convenience, the tentative calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is included in the newsletter this week.

Finally, I want to call attention to a piece of legislation that is moving through the Arizona legislature that seeks to expand and further support the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA). This is a program a number of our families use for tuition support. I encourage you to visit the Center for Arizona Policy website, read about the bill, and contact your legislators to ask them to support it.


Bruce Hermie
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School

CalendarHappening this Week:

Don’t forget to put the following dates on your calendar:

You can access our full, interactive calendar on our website or print off our 2016-17 PDF calendar.

Calendar2017-18 Preliminary School Calendar

The preliminary school calendar for the 2017-18 school year is now available. For questions, please contact the school office.

This Week on Campus

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What a sweet start to the Lenten season. Read More>>

March Staff Birthdays

We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to the following staff members:

Mrs. Hartley 3/5
Mrs. Vullo 3/26

Festival Signup Genius Now Open


mobileThe 2017 “Unity in Community” Parish Festival is fast approaching, and in order for the festival to run smoothly and efficiently, each family is required* to work the festival a minimum of 6 hours.

Your Family ID, included in the festival packets, is required to sign up for all volunteers. You may make changes to your volunteer hours via the signup genius up until March 26th at midnight.


Visit the student signup>>

The Signup Genius will officially close on March 26th at midnight to prepare for the festival. Any modifications after this deadline will have to be made with our volunteer coordinator, Ashley Hall. Read More>>

*OLMC students may not fulfill the family volunteer requirement. Per the school contract, if you do not fulfill your required hours you will be charged $100.00 per uncompleted hour.

festival-2017Important Festival Information

The 2017 “Unity in Community” Parish Festival is right around the corner!  The festival date is Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and there’s a lot we’re doing to prepare. Make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest:

You can also turn in your pre-sale form to the front office to purchase tickets, t-shirts, cups, or other items. New to the school this year? Learn about our annual parish festival on our news site or Festival page.

basket-1710068_1920Festival Baskets Donations Needed

See what your child’s class is asked to bring for the silent auction>>

Please drop off your donations at the school office. For more information contact Carey Anthony or Michele Daley. Don’t forget to see our flyer for more ways you can help our Silent and Live Auctions!

Sonoma Getaway fro Two @ The Live Auction

Want to get away? OLMC has the perfect opportunities! Stop by the Live Auction at this year’s Parish Festival and put in your bid for:

sonomaSonoma Wine and Dine
  • Private Winery Tour & Reserve Tasting
  • 6-Course Dinner With Wine Pairings
  • Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn 3-Night Stay
  • Airfare for Two


Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway
  • Lower Level Tickets to Choice of a Select Regular Season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL or PGA Event
  • 2-Night Weekend Stay
  • Airfare for Two

Stay tuned next week for more items in our Live Auction or check out our Live Auction Page.

gabreskiOLMC People of Interest:
Mrs. Christie Gabreski

At OLMC, we’re blessed to have so many dedicated educators, tirelessly working to provide Catholic education to our community. One such educator, new to our ranks this year, is Mrs. Christie Gabreski, and this Midwesterner is making herself right at home here in good ‘ol Arizona.

Read More>>

Works of MercyMarch Works of Mercy

OLMC is holding our last Works of Mercy drive for the school year to benefit St. Vincent de Paul during the month of March for our Works of Mercy Campaign. Student Council is asking for the following items:

A Classes: Peanut butter
B Classes: Jelly

Also, we’ll be starting our annual Penny Drive for Maggie’s Place. You can learn more about the the lives Maggie’s Place serves by viewing the video below or by visiting their website.

To learn more about our school-wide spiritual life, visit our website.

marys-hands-service-clubJoin the Mary’s Hands Service Club

OLMC is starting a new hands-on service club on campus beginning:

March 6, 2017
3:15 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
in Room 8B

We love Jesus, and because we love Jesus as Mary did, we are called to serve one another. This club is open to students in grades 4 through 8 and will meet on Mondays. The club will sponsor and organize several service trips, as well as provide service to our school and church community. For more information please contact Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Gabreski, or Mrs. Iwan.


Calling All Bakers!

OLMC is asking each family to make (or buy) baked goods for the OLMC festival.

Grade assignments are as follows:


 Baked Good

Preschool Cupcakes or Cake Pops
Kindergarten Cookies
1st Grade Pastries, Scones, and/or Muffins
2nd Grade Cakes or Rice Krispy Treats
3rd Grade Baked Breads
4th Grade Brownies
5th Grade Lemon Bars or Bar Cookies
6th Grade Fudge
Junior High
Candy for the Candy Shop

For more information please see the flyer. Contact Monica Ferrance for questions at 480-966-1753.

Third Quarter Report Cards – Mar. 15th

The grading period ends March 9th, and report cards go out Wednesday, March 15th at the end of the day via e-mail. Please contact the school office if you do not receive your child’s report card by March 16th. To view the OLMC grading scale, please visit our website.

kids-raffleOLMC Kids’ Raffle

The OLMC Kid’s Raffle is underway! Flyers went home last week regarding the prize structure and incentives. Students who turn in:

  • $50.00 worth of tickets by March 23rd will be eligible for a jeans day
  • $150.00 or more in sales by March 29th will earn a festival “fast pass” that allows them in front of the lines
  • $250.00 or more in sales by March 29th will earn a festival wristband for rides

Read More>>

no-schoolNo School – Mar. 10th & 13th

There is no school Friday, March 10th and Monday, March 13th due to a school in-service and spring break. If you have questions, please contact our school office.


super raffleWin $10,000 in CASH with OLMC’s Super Raffle!

OLMC is proud to present our annual Festival Super Raffle sponsored by Tempe Dodge.

  • Grand prize $10,000
  • 2nd prize $2,000
  • 3rd prize $500

Tickets are $50.00 each and available at the parish and school offices during normal business hours. Tickets will also be available at the festival. Simply fill out the ticket with the name you would like announced following the live auction at the festival and return it to the OLMC parish or school office with your payment. Winners will be announced at the festival, but need not be present to win. Please see Fr. John’s letter for further information.

Contribute to CEA in 3 Easy Steps!

Catholic education plays a critical role in our students’ lives helping to form their faith and preparing them for lives of service to others. Contributing is easy, and costs you ZERO dollars! Here’s how:

  1. Identify your tax liability.*
  2. Make a contribution to Catholic Education Arizona by April 18, 2017 and keep your receipt. Don’t forget to designate OLMC as the recipient!
  3. Use your receipt to document your contribution in the credit portion of your tax return.
  4. CEA uses these contributions to award scholarships!

*Remember, this is not the amount your receive back as a refund. It’s the total amount you owe before credits are applied. Married filers can contribute up to $2,173.00 and individual filers can contribute up to $1,087.00.

For more information, see Mr. Hermie’s letter, the CEA brochure, or the CEA website. Questions? Feel free to contact Rita Villegas in our parish office.

Ready to make your contribution? Visit Check out OLMC’s Learning Standards or the school-wide Spiritual Life page on our website to see the benefits of a Catholic education.

Summer Movie Fun


Read all about how to see 7 family-friendly movies for only $7.00>>

Visit the Summer Movie Fun website for the movie lineup and additional information. If we sell between 51 and 150 season tickets OLMC receives 20% back. If we sell more than 151 season tickets we’ll receive 30% back! Questions? Contact our FFT office for more details.

spring-800240_1920Bright Ideas from FFT: Spring Into Rebates

The flowers aren’t the only things budding this spring. Tuition rebates are on the way! Take a look at these springtime ideas to meet your FFT minimum and benefit our blossoming school!

Check it out>>

AAAAAA Scholarship Foundation Applications Open March 15th

Paper and Online applications for new and transfer families will be available March 15, 2017. Application fees are $30.00 for online applications and $35.00 for paper applications. Funds are awarded for a 3-year period. To apply online please visit the AAA Scholarship Foundation’s website.

Questions? Contact Rita Villegas in our parish office.

APESFAPESF Now Open for Applications

The Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund (APESF) is now open for applications. You can apply through the APESF website. Applications are open for the 2017-18 school year now through February 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rita Villegas in the parish office at 480-967-8791, ext. 217.

Dad's clubDad’s Club Meeting Change – Mar. 20th

The Dad’s Club is hosting its monthly meeting:

Monday, March 20, 2017
at 5:30 p.m.
at AMF McRay Plaza Lanes
3825 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

All OLMC dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and others are welcome. Come for a night of camaraderie as we focus on school improvements, plan upcoming events, and talk about ways to build up our community. Come for a brief meeting followed by bowling.

If you’d like to know more about the Dad’s Club, visit our website or contact our Dad’s Club president, Junior Becerra.

stations-of-the-crossStations of the Cross

Parents are welcome to join us as our students present the Stations of the Cross.

Friday, March 24, 2017 &
Friday, April 7, 2017
From 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
in the church

SAVE THE DATE: The 8th grade students will present the Living Stations April 12, 2017 in the church. We wish our community a blessed Lenten season.

To learn more about events like this, visit our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade spiritual life pages.

previewJoin us for the Festival Preview Dinner
– Mar. 31st

Want to see what our festival is all about? Join us for our annual Festival Preview Dinner:

March 31, 2017
From 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In McCready Hall

We’ll be serving delicious soups from around the world, salad, bread, and spectacular desserts. Cost is $15.00 per adult, $8.00 for children aged 12 and under. A table of 8 is $125.00.  Our featured entertainment will be our youth choir and the Sisters! Be sure and contact us if you have any questions.

school boardWant to Run for the School Advisory Board?

This year OLMC parents will elect a School Advisory Board (SAB) member for a three-year term. The election will take place April 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with a ballot box located in the school office.

The SAB advises the pastor and principal on school related matters. The board’s major areas of work include development, enrollment, CEA, parent involvement, and faith formation.The SAB meets monthly during the school year with meetings lasting 1 hour to 90 minutes. In addition, committees may meet during the month.

If you have an interest in serving on the School Advisory Board, please speak with current board members to learn about expectations and duties.

Nomination petitions are available online or in the school office. Completed forms must be submitted by April 7th. Bios for all those running will be posted in the April 9th newsletter.

Are You Using Groupon Yet?


Groupon is a FREE online service that negotiates huge discounts–usually 50-90% off–with popular businesses. They send the “deal-of-the-day” to their e-mail subscribers, bringing new business to participating companies and discounted goods and services to the masses.

If you join Groupon, you can take advantage of these daily deals AND contribute toward your FFT minimum! We have $25 Groupon gift cards at 6%!

Visit to subscribe!


You can access our full, interactive calendar on our website or print off our 2016-17 PDF calendar.

Put your AZ tax dollars to work. Contribute to Catholic Education Arizona!