Eagle Express 3/16/22



Eagle Express Newsletter

March 16, 2022



From the Office

 Dear Parents,

In his message about Lent this year, Pope Francis said “Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).” May this Lent be an opportunity for us all to do good in our communities, family, and world!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day this week, to anyone who has Irish ancestry for the whole year, or just for tomorrow! May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

A few parking lot related issues:

It is the time of year that I need to remind everyone to please follow IHM’s drop-off and pick-up procedures. We know they aren’t always the most convenient, but they are in place to make sure that everyone stays as safe as possible, and we appreciate your cooperation! For drop-off:

  • If you need to get out of the car for any reason, please park in the church parking lot and walk students over past the drop-off line, or walk over to collect students from the pick-up area. 
  • Please do not drive around cars in front of you in the line – wait for the entire line to pull forward and take your turn in exiting the parking lot.
  • Pull to the very front of the line so we can fit more cars into the drop-off/pick-up area.
  • For this Friday, March 18, because of the Fish Fry, please use the car line only – do not park in the lot.
  • Please remember to let your child’s teacher know if the plan for their pick up has changed – especially if you want them to go to Fish Fry childcare. Our students are awesome, but they are kids and can’t always remember the plan!

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

  • Dress down for Ukraine! The money raised will go to the Catholic Relief Fund for Ukraine.

Dates: March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14

Cost: $2 each day the kids choose to dress down

Student should bring money to their homeroom teachers, in an envelope marked with their name and the dates being paid for. If you would like to sponsor another child or give an additional donation please let your child’s teacher know! 

  • Tuition assistance is available for students in grades K-8 whose families qualify. Apply for assistance for the 22-23 school year here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid .
  • Sign up for ECE Summer Program! For students who are entering ECE, 4K, or Kindergarten in the fall: https://immaculateheartmonona.wufoo.com/forms/q1eibsll0eec2vy/
  • Sign up for Summer Camp! For students entering 1st grade – 6th grade in the Fall: https://immaculateheartmonona.wufoo.com/forms/q1x57ph00ottcg0/
  • As Spring Break approaches, we would like to remind you of IHM’s policy: No assignments will be given in anticipation of a vacation.”
  • 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 on April 22nd. Please have your students drop the candy off with Sr. Sue!
  • 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
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
  • 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.


  • 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 5-7 days after symptoms start. Let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for keeping everyone healthy and safe!

  • Keep students home if anyone in the home has any symptoms, including adults.
    Keep students home if they have been exposed and you are awaiting test results, even if they have no symptoms.
  • Let the school office know the situation at your home: if your child has symptoms, if they were exposed to a positive covid case, if you are waiting for test results, or if they are Covid positive, AND the exact dates for those items. Don’t wait for us to ask!
  • Let the IHM School office determine that day your children can return, and adhere to that date.


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 again!


HSA News

The next Lenten Fish Fry of 2022 is upon us! We’ll be hosting a Drive-Thru event on Friday, March 18 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 email for further instructions from your shift’s volunteer coordinator. Also, please note that this roster was current as of 3/13/22. If you made alternative arrangements with the Home & School Association on or after 3/13/22, please note that this roster may not reflect your schedule change. See you there!

A special thank you to the VanderHeiden family for coordinating fish dinner delivery for local senior communities, including Frost Woods and Monona Meadows this school year! We’re grateful for all of the coordination that goes into making sure that these residents receive delicious meals and companionship, helping to live out our mission within the community. Thank you, VanderHeiden family! 

Help us hit our SCRIP fundraising goal of $10,000 this school year!


IHM Athletics

Watch this space for Spring sports schedules!


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

Fish Fry Volunteer Roster

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

Talent Show DVD (if ordered)


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!