Eagle Express 10/20/21


Eagle Express Newsletter

October 20, 2021



 From the Office 

Dear Parents,

I am out of the office this week, as a member of a visiting team for another schools WRISA (Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation) Accreditation process. IHM is in the site-visit year of the 7-year WRISA accreditation cycle. The teachers and I have been meeting and will continue through this year, assessing our school and ourselves, for a visiting team to evaluate when they visit in February. After the self-study and site visit, IHM will be given recommendations for goals and we will write our long-range plan for the next 7 years that are based on the visiting team’s recommendations. Pray for us as we take on this extra work and self-examination this year.

October is going so fast, and that means that Halloween and All-Saints Day are coming up in a few weeks. Friday, October 29th will be a No Uniform Day. Students can wear halloween shirts, colors, or their favorite color. No Halloween costumes at school, please. Classrooms will be doing other fun activities through the day. We will also be encouraging students to dress up as Saints on Monday, November 1st, All Saints Day. There are some easy Saint costume ideas are linked below. 

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. On behalf of Fr. Chad, the teachers and staff of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, God bless you for choosing Immaculate Heart of Mary School!

God Bless,
Callie Meiller, Principal


Office Reminders

  • If your child has an appointment and has to leave early, come late, is sick or going on vacation and won’t be coming at all, please email Mrs. Winter at secretary@ihm-school.org and/or your child’s teacher, or call the school Absence Voicemail (608-222-8831, press 1) before 8:30 AM on that day, or before. If you know your child will be gone more than one day, one call or email is enough, but if you did not communicate multiple days off, please continue to contact us every day until your child is back.
  • It’s not too late to order pictures. You can order picture packets online at the Capital School Picture store here: https://capitalschoolpictures.square.site/
  • Bucky Books are available for purchase to benefit the IHM Middle School Washinton DC trip! If interested, please email kim.genne@gmail.com.
  • Staff and students should not come to school if they have or develop:

1 or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
Fever (or chills) above 100.4 within 24 hours
New loss of taste or smell
*Vomiting and/or Diarrhea* – is not a very common sign of COVID -19 but exclusion is advised until able to tolerate your normal diet 24 hrs after vomiting/diarrhea stopped.
2 or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches
Sore throat
If a student has 1 or more of the symptoms in the 1st list, or 2 or more of the symptoms in the second list, they should stay home until they are symptom-free without medication for 24-hours OR if they have a negative Covid test 3-5 days after symptoms start. Let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for keeping everyone healthy and safe!

  •  Use this site to order IHM Spirit Wear: https://ihm.socceretcdirect.com/index.php?route=common/home. Click on “School Delivery” under Delivery Method, orders will be delivered to IHM, and we will send them home with your child as soon as we receive them!  If you add a name to the bottom of the order, where it says “Name if applicable,” it will add your that name to the piece of clothing. Please note that personalized items cannot be returned, so make sure your sizing is correct.


Disciple Maker Index Survey – We Need to Hear From You!

All Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Madison will be participating in a parish survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute.

Please help IHM by participating in a 10-15 minute survey online. The Disciple Maker Index survey can be accessed through the online link until November 22 and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and our parish will only receive information about the community as whole. Please make sure to use the link below to access IHM’s survey.

We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to IHM, Father Chad and various parish ministries to plan for the future. Results of the survey will be available this winter at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire community.
Thank you for helping with this important project!

Survey Link:


Linked below are printable surveys if you prefer to submit a printed copy. When completed please turn into the school office.


HSA News

 If your 3rd-8th grader would like to participate in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theater production of The Wizard of Oz, please turn in the participation forms which were sent home last week; teachers will collect these from students. You can also email ihmhsa@gmail.com with the requested details.

If you know a business that may be willing to sponsor the PFT Wizard of Oz performance by donating $50 or more, we are happy to list them as a sponsor on the program and include them in the opening remarks at each performance.  Please email ihmhsa@gmail.com if you know of a willing business or would like to help coordinate sponsorships.  Thank you! 


IHM Sports 

Saturday, Oct. 23

3:00     6th Grade at Madison Country Day (Make-up game)

Sunday, Oct. 24

12:00      7th Grade at St. Dennis

1:00      6th Grade at Blessed Sacrament

2:00      7th Grade at St. Dennis

3:00     6th Grade at Blessed Sacrament


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

 Easy Saints Costumes

 Printable Parish Survey (English & Spanish)

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

 Nothing this week


Did You Know?

At school, cough drops are considered medicine by law. If your child needs cough drops at school (after taking all COVID-related precautions, of course), they need to be kept in the school office. Please send them in their original bag labeled with their name, and a short note that gives your permission.