Eagle Express 12/14/22


Eagle Express Newsletter

December 14, 2022


From the Office

Dear Parents,

Advent is here, and the students in grades ECE, and K-8 will be participating in weekly Advent prayer services on Wednesday mornings. As Pope Francis reminds us, “Advent is a continuous call to hope.” May you and your family feel the hope of the Advent season!

There are many illnesses raging at IHM School right now, including colds and influenza, with a few cases of Covid as well. I wanted to remind you of a few policies that we have:

  • If your child has a fever, please keep them home until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours. Same with vomiting.
  • Remember to email or call the school to let us know your child will not be in attendance by 8 a.m., EVERY DAY they will be gone. For example, if your child stays home sick Monday and Tuesday, you need to contact school BOTH days, please do not assume that the Monday contact will suffice for Tuesday. If you know ahead of time that they will be gone for both Monday and Tuesday and inform us of that on Monday, then one call/email is enough. It is state law that the school must know where the students are every day. The school office is routinely having to contact over 15 famiilies a day, and we do not have a dedicated attendance person! You can email the teacher, Mrs. Winter at secretary@ihm-school.org, or leave a message on our dedicated Absence voicemail at 608-222-8831.
  • Please err on the side of caution if your child isn’t feeling great. Keep them home for a day to monitor their condition.
  • If your child has covid-like symptoms, we would appreciate if you test them for Covid. 
  • If a student has covid, the policy at IHM 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 and must mask until DAY TEN
    • If you need help with the dates, let us know!
  • Thank you for your help with keeping IHM safe and healthy!

I wanted also to remind all parents the a signed permission slip for field trips is required to be turned in by the day before the trip at the VERY latest, no exceptions. Email permission for field trips will not be accepted. Students without signed permission forms have no where to go at IHM during the trip, and should therefore stay home or parents will need to come to get them.

The 4th grade Christmas Stocking Raffle started today! All IHM students can buy raffle tickets from Mrs. Lipski and the 4th graders for stockings that are displayed outside of the office until next Tuesday, Dec. 20th. Tickets cost $1 apiece, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. Winners will be picked before noon on Wednesday, December 21st. Proceeds will be going to Catholic Schools affected by Hurricane Ian. 

Please join us tonight, 12/14, for our Wednesday Formation Night! The focus will be on Catechesis and we have a wonderful speaker lined up – Meg Aspinwall! We encourage all parishioners and school families (children and adults) who desire to deepen their formation in the Catholic faith and our community to join us. We will then break out into groups for a discussion. If you are able, please meet in Marian Hall from 6-7:30pm.

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!

Peace & Blessings,
Callie Meiller, Principal

Office Reminders

All IHM library books are due to the IHM library before Christmas vacation.

We are gearing up for our annual Benefit Dinner & Dance on Friday 1/13 and we need your help to make it a success! We are looking for donations of high-quality bottles of wine and liquor for our Wine Pull Fundraiser that will take place at the Benefit Dinner & Dance on Friday 1/13, a total of about 100. We are also in need of high-quality silent and live auction donated items. For example: themed baskets, gift cards, date night ideas, group outings, vacation destinations, etc. The auctions not only make the night fun, but drive in the most funds! Please bring to the Parish Office by 12/23 or contact Rachel with questions at rmatenaer@ihmparish.org.

Thank You

Many thanks to the parents who have already filled out the survey for Title 1 funds for the school. If you have not filled out the income survey, please do it by next Wednesday, Dec. 21! It is REALLY IMPORTANT! Thanks again!


HSA News

Please email ihmhsa@gmail.com for our November meeting minutes.

The HSA will be hosting a Reading Night on Monday, January 23rd. Stay tuned for more information!

IHM Basketball

Saturday, December 17th

8:00     6th Grade Girls at IHM

9:15     6th Grade Boys at IHM

10:30     8th Grade Boys at IHM

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

 Nothing this week

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

Student ID Cards

Did You Know?
 The IHM HSA buys all of the teachers and staff at IHM School gift cards from Scrip/Raise Right as a Christmas present? Many thanks from all of us at IHM to our awesome supportive parents!