Eagle Express 3/15/23


Eagle Express Newsletter

March 15, 2023


From the Office

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day this week, to anyone who has Irish ancestry for the whole year, or just for the week! I wanted to share St. Patrick’s prayer for the faithful with you all:

May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us, against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 21st at Culver’s (Madison) on Cottage Grove Rd. from 5-8 p.m. A portion of sales from that night will be donated to support the Washington D.C. Trip. Come grab dinner, a custard treat, or a bedtime snack and say “hello” to some of our middle schoolers who will be helping at the restaurant that night!

Sr. Sue and the Student Council are asking for donations of small, individually wrapped candies to fill Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt that the Student Council will be running for students in April. Please have your students drop the candy off with Sr. Sue!

IHM school is pleased to offer a 4 week swing dance lesson series for current 5th-8th Grade Students! Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend and learn with their enrolled student(s). Get comfortable dancing with a partner, learn basic/intermediate moves and have FUN!  Rotating partners in class is expected, as that will help you learn skills in the easiest and fastest manner. Classes will begin after Spring Break on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 on April 5, 12, 19, 26 in Marian Hall. Information is in the document linked below. Registration: https://forms.gle/nK2NVanZQGLNS1dy7.

Wednesday Faith Formation Night is here! March 15 – Lent/Confession/Stations of the Cross in Marian Hall at 6pm. Our speaker will be Josh Dart and he will be giving a Lenten reflection. We will then head to church for an opportunity to do confession and will end all together with the Stations of the Cross.

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

Please take this quick parent survey to help refine IHM’s technology vision:
https://forms.gle/EGw99KmUhh8sNQom9. Thanks for your time!

Tuition assistance is available for students in grades K-8 whose families qualify. Apply for assistance for the 23-24 school year here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid . We encourage you to apply if you feel you need assistance; 20% of our current students are receiving some form of financial aid, and most of families that apply some level of financial aid. Please fill out the form by May 15th, 2023.

The sign-ups for our Summer Programs are now open! IHM has two summer programs:

*ECE Summer Program for students entering 3K, 4K, or Kindergarten in the Fall
*IHM Summer Camp Program, for students entering grades 1-6 in the Fall.
There is a lot of information on the sign-up forms, links below. Of course let us know if you have any questions!

ECE Summer Program Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/5VK8EmfqA252yd9i9

IHM Summer Camp  Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/DGEppJW4EbA2xPwP6

Mrs. Walters could use donations of plastic & paper grocery bags, and towels/rags for the Fish Fry! Please send them in to be dropped off in the kitchen! Thank you!

If you need to find out how much you paid in tuition or child care last year for tax purposes, please follow these steps:

1) Log into your FACTs tuition account at www.factsmgt.com
2) Click the “View Details” link just to the right of “Payment Plan & Billing”.
3) Use the drop down menu to make sure the box below the words Transactions says “All”.
4) Click the box “View Payment Summary”. The screen will give you a total of what you paid in each category.
5) If you need more help, please email Bernie Heit at bheit@ihmparish.org

The IHM federal tax ID number is 39-0828125

IHM’s policy from our handbook for requesting homework ahead of vacation or absences:  ” No assignments will be given in anticipation of a vacation.”

IHM Covid Policy 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, as long as symptoms are improving and they have been fever-free withough medication for 24 hours, and must mask until DAY TEN. If you need help with the dates, let us know! Please report any positive home test directly to Madison Dane County Public Health here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7062626/PHMDCSurvey22-23.

Thank You

 Thanks to all of the Dads and other special people who came to our Donuts for Dads event last week! It was wonderful having all of those amazing influences on our students together!

HSA News

We’re looking forward to our final Fish Fry of the season this coming Friday night – St. Patrick’s Day-style! We’ll be hosting a Drive-Thru event on Friday, March 17th, from 4-7 p.m.. Help us spread the word to family, friends and the community! 

Please refer to the attached volunteer roster for a reminder for those who have signed up to help this week. Please watch your e-mail for further instructions from your shift’s volunteer coordinator for many of the shifts. Also, please note that this roster was current as of 3/13/23. If you have made alternative arrangements with the Home & School Association on or after 3/13/23, please note that this roster may not reflect your schedule change. Unfulfilled shifts are subject to the fees as outlined in the information shared with families earlier in the school year. 

A reminder that childcare is available for Fish Fry volunteers on Friday from 3-9 p.m. Children must be potty-trained to participate. Please e-mail ihmhsa@gmail.com by today, Wednesday, March 15th if your child(ren) will be participating, including name(s), age(s) and shift hours. We hope to see everyone on Friday night!

IHM Sports

We have one Spring team this year, the 7/8th grade boys Volleyball team! Their first games are in April, listed below:

Saturday, April 15th

1:00   7/8th Grade Boy’s Volleyball at Country Day

Sunday, April 16th

2:00   7/8th Grade Boy’s Volleyball at St. Dennis

3:00   7/8th Grade Boy’s Volleyball at St. Dennis

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

Fish Fry Volunteer Roster

Swing Dancing Flyer

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

Class Composite Pictures

Did You Know?

 The shamrock, a three-leaf clover, has been associated with Ireland for centuries. It was called the “seamroy” by the Celts and was considered a sacred plant that symbolized the arrival of spring. According to legend, St. Patrick used the plant as a visual guide when explaining the Holy Trinity!

<Swing Class Flyer IHM Spring 2023.pdf>