Eagle Express 12/15/21



Eagle Express Newsletter

December 15, 2021



From the Office

 Dear Parents,

Can you believe this is already the last Eagle Express of 2021? As I reflect on the year, I am really moved by the community here at IHM School. Even though it has been another challenging year, there are still blessings every day! God bless you and your family, and may the peace of Christ be with you through Christmas and the New Year!  

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!

The 4th grade is holding their stocking raffle this week, December 13-17! All IHM students can buy raffle tickets from Mrs. Lipski and the 4th graders for stockings that are displayed outside of the office Tickets cost $1 apiece or 6 for $5. Winners will be picked before noon on Monday, December 20th. Proceeds will be going to St. Vincent de Paul.

And, finally,  a Christmas prayer from Robert Lewis Stevenson for all of our precious families:
O God, our loving Father, help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the Angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Deliver us from evil by the blessings that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving, and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Merry Christmas!
Callie Meiller, Princip


Office Reminders

  • Monday, December 20th will be a Dress-Up day. Dress clothes (Sunday best) or uniforms will be required – no jeans or hoodies or other casual attire, please.  Tuesday, December 21st will be a Pajama Day for the whole school!
  • All IHM library books are due to the IHM library before Christmas vacation.
  • Masks at IHM are mandatory until January 3rd, after that they will be optional but highly recommended, unless the County Mandate changes, or the Covid situation changes. We especially recommend masking for two weeks after vacation until January 18th, in order to clear the possible 14-day incubation period after traveling and seeing family over the holidays.

Please note that he Monona Grove 4K students will need to follow the policy of the Monona Grove School District regarding masking – masks mandatory until Jan. 11th at which time it will be reassessed. All staff with 4K will also be masked.

  • Staff and students should not come to school if they have or develop:

1 or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

Cough, 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, nausea, headache, fatigue, 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 6-7 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.


Thank You!

 Thanks to Mrs. Binzak for preparing, prepping, teaching, and recording our fabulous Christmas concert this week! We will share the link next week!


HSA News

Christmas Shopping? Don’t forget to plan ahead and use Scrip for purchasing gifts, and gift cards, including Amazon Smile! Scrip will be available for sale after masses this weekend. For questions, please contact scripihm@gmail.com.


IHM Basketball Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 18

8:00     8th Grade Girls at Abundant Life

10:00     6th Grade Girls at Madiosn Country Day

11:45     8th Grade Girls at St. Maria Goretti

1:45     7th Grade Boys at Queen of Peace


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

 January Menu

Christmas Card from IHM

IHM Catholic Mom’s Group Flyer

LaFollette Incoming 9th Grade Information can be found at this link: LaFollette HS 9th Grade Night

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

Nothing this week


Did You Know?

  St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children, but also of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, brewers and pawnbrokers!