Eagle Express 12/2/2020

From the Office

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with many blessings and lots of time with family. We hope that you shared our Grandparents Day prayer service with the grandparents in your life.  We also hope you received some good information (and not too many technical difficulties!) from your child’s teacher during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Next week Tuesday, Dec. 8th is the day that the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear the case about whether private schools will be able to continue in-person for grades 3-8 or not. We are praying that we will be able to continue in person! However, if the court orders thatprivate schools must follow the county order and go virtual, IHM will plan for Grades 3-8 to be virtual at least through Jan 4th (instead of as a child-care, like we did at the beginning of the school year.) The teachers will be prepared for that, just in case. We will then find out what we are allowed to do, and make a plan for the new year. As always, we will keep you informed about what is happening, but we did want to let you know that there is a small chance  grades 3-8 will need to go virtual at short notice sometime in the next few weeks.

Please note the Monona Grove 4K will be virtual ONLY  on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21 & 22. Wraparound students should watch for a child-care sign-up from the ECE to sign up for care over Christmas Break, including those two days. A reminder that  grades K-8 will have Christmas Break from Dec. 21-Jan. 1, returning on Monday, Jan. 4th.

As Catholics, we recognize the season of Advent as preparing ourselves for Christ’s birth! The 1st Advent Prayer service is here if you would like to watch it: https://vimeo.com/486007655/950d816071. Students in grades ECE &  K-8 will watch the Prayer Services in class on Wednesday or Thursday of each week.

Report Cards for Grades ECE and K-8 are available today! ECE will have paper reports in your child’s backpack. Grades K-8, log into your FACTs account to view the report cards. Mrs. Meiller will also email a copy to your email address.

Just like Thanksgiving, we ask that families who spend time with anyone outside of their own household or travel anywhere for Christmas Vacation please keep students home and take advantage of virtual learning for 14 days after the travel or visit is over. Let your teachers know by Dec. 16th if your students will be virtual and for how long, so they can get materials ready for the students. Please remember that your choices will directly affect the entire IHM community and whether we will be able to stay open and in-person. Thank you for following these guidelines and for your continued open communication with IHM School!

Mrs. Binzak will be putting together Christmas activities in place of the usual Christmas Concert. We will share it in the last week before vacation starts. We will  miss  gathering with our families in celebration of the Christmas Holiday, but we will cherish the future concerts together even more!
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.

God Bless,
Callie Meiller, Principal

Office Reminders

  • Please remember to complete the survey send by the Diocese of Madison for our accreditation self-study. Thank you for your time!
  • Bucky Books make great Christmas gifts! The Bucky Book will donate one book to a health care frontline worker for each book sold between now and the end of the month. Click on IHM’s link to purchase: https://www.buckybook.com/immaculate-heart-mary-washington-dc-trip. Proceeds from sales benefit the IHM middle school trip to Washington DC and thank our local healthcare workers. Thank you for your support!
  • If you spend time with people outside of your “COVID Bubble” during  Christmas, or do any traveling, please keep your students home for virtual learning for 14 days days after contact with those people, or after you get home.
  • Great Christmas Gift Idea! 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! Quick Tip: If you add your name to the bottom of the order, where it says “Name if applicable,” it will add your child’s name to the piece of clothing.
  • Mrs. Walters has an ongoing need for snack and sandwich-size plastic storage bags (fold over tops preferred!) and brown lunch bags. If you can donate, please send them in with your child!

Thank You!

Many thanks to all of the parents, students, and staff who supported the IHM School Library by purchasing books from the Book Fair!

HSA News

Please join us during our Zoom meeting, Tuesday December 8th at 7pm. Email ihmhsa@gmail.com for the link. Here is our agenda:
1. Opening Prayer
2. Approve November minutes
3. Father Chad update
4. Principal Meiller update
5. Christmas gifts
6. Fundraising

Please check Shop With Scrip or the Raise Right app daily. They’re having bonuses, free ship to home and Kwik Trip is an unheard of 11% right now! Bonus deals also abound on shopwithscrip.com in December and purchases earn you additional tuition credit. Please email ihmhsa@gmail.com if you need help!

Did You Know?

The Scholastic Book Fair sold $3,524.83  worth of books, which works out to $ 1,337.51 of Scholastic books for the IHM School Library & Classrooms! Many, many thanks to all who made purchases to support our school!

Please note that if your child had leftover EWallet funds, they will not get refunded to your credit card. They do NOT expire, however, and can be used to purchase on the Scholastic website, or at the next Book Fair in the Spring!

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