Eagle Express 1/25/23


Eagle Express Newsletter

January 25, 2023


From the Office

Dear Parents,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week! Every day has a special dress and event:

Sunday – School Uniform – come to 10:15 Holy Mass, and to the Open House at school from 11:30-1:00

Monday – Badgers & Beyond: Support Your Team, School, or Country!

Tuesday – Favorite Book Character

Wednesday – Pajama Day

Thursday – Dress Up for Jesus (or school uniforms, no jeans) 
Friday – Class Theme Day

See the Google Calendar for the full week of events. We need parent volunteers! Please sign up here if you are able to help us for Catholic Schools week: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4FA4A72CA31-catholic.

All of our families are invited to attend our kick-off to Catholic School Week Holy Mass & Open House this Sunday, January 29th! Holy Mass is 10:15 AM, and the Open House is  11:30-1:00. Invite your friends who are interested in IHM School!  The classrooms are open and there are tours for new parents! It is a great way to learn about the programs, and to get your questions answered. Please share that date if you know of a family that is thinking of IHM!

From Nadine Kerl  of Overture Band

“I wanted to let you know that Malorie Ottosen has resigned her position of band teacher with Overture Band Programs.  Her last day of teaching will be Friday, February 3, 2023.  The new band instructor at Immaculate Heart of Mary will be Mr. Michael Mills. Michael is a native of Lodi, WI, and currently serves as Director of Sacred Music for IHM. Michael holds the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Master of Music in Church Music degrees from the University of Kansas and has served as music director for churches in Kansas and Wisconsin. Preparing the next generation of musicians has been an important part of Michael’s work through leading children’s choirs, private instruction, and teaching courses in the history of art and music. Prior to his formal training in organ and conducting, Michael studied trumpet for 7 years through Overture Band Programs as a student, and is excited to return as an instructor!

Band and lessons will continue to be held on Mondays as usual.  We welcome Michael to our staff at Overture Band Programs, and wish him all the best at IHM.”

Nadine Kerl – President/Administrator/Band Director – Overture Band Programs, Inc. – admin@overturebandprograms.org

Wednesday Faith Formation Night is tonight Wed 1/25 in Marian Hall from 6-7:30pm!  Our speaker will be Judy Hehr, and she will give her Lay Witness Testimony. All families are encouraged to attend! Free childcare for children ages 0-2.

Catholic Schools provide a firm foundation for the growth and development of your child. Pray for a year filled with faith and learning. Let us be a community of service to one another and to our world.

Peace & Blessings,
Callie Meiller, Principal

Office Reminders

Sr. Sue is asking for donations of wrapped candy for Candy Grams. Thank you!

If your student would like to present an act in the Talent show, click here to let Mrs. Binzak know, and to learn more about the practice times and guidelines: https://forms.gle/awTrAvoUtdz9TccXA. Fill out the form before this Friday, January 29th.

Do you have a child at home who you want at IHM next fall? Priority applications are open until Feb. 8th! Log into your FACTs Family Portal, click Apply/Enroll in the menu, then Application (New Student), and click to open the application. Make sure to choose the correct school year – next Fall will be 23-24. After Feb 8th applications are first-come, first-serve and our current families will no longer have priority. Applications are needed ONLY FOR NEW STUDENTS, including SIBLINGS OF CURRENT STUDENTS.

For current ECE and K-7 students, IHM School will assume that your child will be returning for the 23-24 school year, unless we hear differently from you. DO NOT fill out an application for a current student. You will be assessed a non-refundable re-enrollment fee of $75 on the Feb. 25th tuition withdrawal unless we hear from you that your plans have changed for next year by Feb. 8th. After Feb. 8th, the enrollment fee for all families increases to $200 ($100 refunded after the school year begins).

The IHM federal tax ID number is 39-0828125

IHM Middle School (Including current 8th Graders) have to opportunity to participate in Love Begins Here (LBH) on 6/12-15 at St. Joseph, Dodgeville.

To register: https://madisondiocese.org/lbhregistration

IHM Covid Policy is: The first day of symptoms or date of a positive test, whichever comes first, is DAY ZERO. They can return to school on DAY SIX, as long as symptoms are improving and they have been fever-free withough medication for 24 hours, and must mask until DAY TEN. If you need help with the dates, let us know!

Thank You

Thank you for your prayers for the 25 children from our parish preparing to make their First Reconciliation with Father Chad before the masses this weekend! 

HSA News

This is a reminder that each IHM K-8th grade family is responsible for $225 in Home & School Association fees this year.  This fee will be charged to your FACTS account at the end of the year (in June), and keeps IHM a “no-sell fundraising” school.  The HSA fee can be reduced or eliminated by earning rebates with RaiseRight.  For example, if you earn $100 in rebates, then you will only be charged a $125 fee. After you have earned $225 in RaiseRight rebates, then you can begin to earn tuition credit.  

18 families have already paid their HSA fees and received tuition credit in January! 
If you are new to RaiseRight, you can enroll at www.raiseright.com today and enter the IHM code  22AEBL1F7477.
If you order physical cards online, they can be sent home on Thursdays, with your permission.  We also sell in person every other weekend after mass.
Email your RaiseRight coordinators, Mary Keveany & Talitha Cushman, at scripihm@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Thank you to everyone that attended Reading Night this week! It was a great time for the younger students and families. Thank you to our readers and to Elizabeth Hoelter for putting it all together! 

IHM Basketball

Saturday, January 28th

8:00     6th Grade Girls at ALCS – Middle

9:15     8th Grade Boys at Sacred Hearts

1:30     8th Grade Boys at High Point Christian

1:45     6th Grade Boys at Madison Country Day

This week’s links (at the bottom of the email)

February Menu

This week’s hard copies (in your child’s backpack)

Nothing this week

Did You Know?
 You can deduct your Private School tuition (including IHM!) from your taxes! Find the needed form here: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/TaxForms2022/2022-SchedulePS.pdf