Eagle Express 3/10/2021

From the Office

Dear Parents,

After today, the majority of our teachers and staff will have the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Thank you for understanding that we had to have the day off to accomplish that. The 2nd shot is scheduled for Wednesday April 7th, and we will again take that day off of in-person school. The school building will be completely closed – no ECE, 4K, or K-8. Grades 4K and K-8 will have asynchronous learning that day – teachers will let you know what that will look like. The schedule that week will be:
Monday, April 5th: 4K in session (No Wrap Around), ECE & K-8 no school
Tuesday, April 6th: ECE, 4K, K-8 in session
Wednesday, April 7th: School Building closed. No ECE. 4K, K-8 asynchronous learning
Thursday, April 8th: Back to normal (for this year!) schedule.
Tuition rates have been set for the 21-22 School year, and the sheet with those amounts is linked below. If the fee amount looks like it jumped a lot from last year for the 1st child, it’s actually just the HSA fee being moved. The HSA fee will be charged with the other fees, broken up throughout the year, instead of in two payments, in order to avoid “surprise” costs for families. See more about the HSA fee below. Let us know if you have any questions, as always.

Tuition assistance is available for students in grades K-8 whose families qualify. Apply for assistance here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid  There is a $35 fee to apply for tuition assistance. We encourage you to apply if you feel you need assistance; 20% of our current students are receiving some form of financial aid, and the majority of families that apply receive aid.

The Eagle’s Nest, IHM’s used uniform store, will have shopping hours available in March! To sign-up for a time, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094aa5aa29a75-eagles
Please note that if your child will be virtual due to quarantining after travel, virtual school does not run from 8:10-3:05 like in-person school. Teachers will let you know when your child should log into their classroom, and those times will differ by day and by teacher.
If your students are entering ECE, 4K, or Kindergarten in the fall, and if you would like them to attend the ECE Summer Session, sign up here https://immaculateheartmonona.wufoo.com/forms/q4jk2yl1uofezn/ ! ECE School Year session ends on Thursday, June 10th and ECE Summer Session will go from June 14-August 23, with no classes July 5-9th. If you have any questions, let us know!
IHM will again be offering a Summer Camp for students entering 1st grade – 6th grade in the Fall! There is a lot more info on the sign up form, here: https://immaculateheartmonona.wufoo.com/forms/qgbff8u0yf06vu/
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

  • If you did not fill out the interest form for Spring Sports for grades 5-8 yet, please do so here ASAP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdh4ZojOBtMe_FmXuxVst4xW9P7snLt6a-myA2ZCoVcz29jNA/viewform?usp=sf_link.
  • The IHM federal tax ID number is 39-0828125
  • If you need to find out how much you paid in tuition or child care last year for tax purposes, please follow these steps:-Log into your FACTs tuition account
    -Click the “View Details” link just to the right of “Payment Plan & Billing”.
    -Use the drop down menu to make sure the box below the words Transactions says “All”.
    -Click the box “View Payment Summary”. The screen will give you a total of what you paid in each category.
    -If you need more help, please email Bernie Heit at bheit@ihmparish.org
  • We ask our families to follow the CDC guidlelines for quaranting after travel. If you plan on your students being virtual, you need to alert their teachers AT LEAST two days ahead, the more lead time they have, the better:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19.Getting tested after travel is especially important if you did any of these activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19:
    • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
    • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
    • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
    • Taking public transportation like planes, trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports.
    • Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.Thank you for following these guidelines and working together to keep IHM healthy and in-person!
  • If a student has been exposed to a positive COVID case, IHM requires 10 days of quarantine from school or proof of a negative COVID test taken the 7th day after exposure, as long as the student is totally symptom-free. We will also support families who choose to keep their children home for the full 14 day quarantine, which the CDC recommends is still the safest course of action.
  • If your child is home because they are sick, we encourage them to rest and recover. Teachers ask that they not log into their classes if they do not have the materials. Thank you for keeping sick kids home to recover.
  • If your child will be home for more than a few days, you can request virtual learning materials. Teachers need at least 2 school days to prepare materials. Please contact the teacher directly if you need materials.
  • 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 could use some more small paper lunch bags! If you can help by donating some that would be much appreciated! Just send them in with your student! Thank you!

Thank You!

 Thanks to everyone who supported our Benefit Week last week!

HSA News

Parents of Kindergarten through 8th Grade Students:

On your March FACTS Tuition invoice you will see a charge for $60 called “HSA Fee.” This is half of the HSA fee charged annually to families. The other half was charged in October 2020 FACTS Tuition. This $120 per family goes to the IHM Home and School Association. In turn, the IHM HSA uses this money, in addition to the money the HSA earns from fish fry dinners and a portion of the SCRIP sales, to pay for the activities the HSA sponsors throughout the year. If you have specific questions about HSA fundraising, please attend a monthly HSA meeting. They are held every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM on Zoom or in the school library. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM.

Thank you,

HSA Board of Directors

Jessica Stainbrook, President

Ashley McGree, Vice President

Talitha Cushman, Secretary

Matt Matenaer, Treasurer

If you’re interested in helping out with the upcoming Fish Fry on March 19th, you can sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aa4ab2da4fa7-carryout1 For questions, please contact ihmhsa@gmail.com

Did You Know?

Pope Francis has declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph! Click on the button below to view the Parish Bulletin for related activities!

This week’s links 

In your child’s backpack
 Nothing from the office, but check to see if the teachers sent anything!