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Principal's Message | May 2023

Dear VC family,

It is hard to believe that summer is almost here and we are preparing for the end of the academic year. We have celebrated countless successes, and I can honestly say, that we have had a school year that has been blessed by God’s abundant glory! As I have told the students, I believe in them and, together, we will FINISH STRONG with Eagle pride, prayer, and action!

On behalf of our faculty and staff, THANK YOU to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to our Teacher Appreciation Week! We truly enjoyed all of the food, gifts, and planned activities, including the volunteers who covered duty spots. You are deeply appreciated! A most special prayer of gratitude for Mrs. Jamie Hebert and Mrs. Holly Hagle who served as this year’s Teacher Appreciation chairpersons.

Also, a special note of gratitude and acknowledgement to our community - May Festival was such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all things that represent Vermilion Catholic, a legacy of Mount Carmel! While we are ever aware that our work is needed to sustain and build our school budget, more importantly, as I have come to learn over this year, this event represents the strength of our community and is a long-standing tradition that brings all of our families together. This year was certainly a testament to the fact that our school family is alive and well, raising over $100, 000 in profit that will be used to foster quality teacher salaries and benefits as well as to make much needed repairs and updates to our facilities. Please know that each of YOU has been an important part of making this event a success and I am blessed to work alongside each of you every day, but especially through the traditions of May Festival in which we are truly able to reap the fruits of our labor with full abundance!

Last but not least, wishing all mothers a Happy Mothers’ Day! 
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother, who intercedes in a special way for us as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, be a comfort to us all.
Mary, pray for all mothers, so that they will be able to fulfill their maternal responsibilities. Pray for their children, so that they too will be faithful followers of your Son. We pray for our mothers who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love. We pray for mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of His kingdom. We offer these prayers through Christ, our Lord and your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming activities which will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of our students. As we approach the end of our academic year, on behalf of our faculty and staff, I thank each and every one of you for your support of our Catholic mission and vision as we are confident that our greatest accomplishment is to foster a partnership with the parents for the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each student.  

Enter to Learn Christ, Leave to Serve Christ - Through Christ we soar!
Dr. Stella Arabie