Eagle Express 3/17/2021

From the Office

Dear Parents,

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

All K-8 students will be attending Holy Mass on Friday, March 19th at 8:30 AM for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The students will be in their own sections, and the parishioners will have a separate section. Parents are invited to attend!

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 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:

  • 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.
  • If you need to get out of the car to help your child, please park in the church parking lot and walk them over past the drop-off line.
  • Grades K-2 should start entering the building in the morning at Door #8 (the door at the top of the stairs) on this Thursday. The door they have been entering will remain locked.

Also, the Fish Fry this Friday will be competing with our pick-up procedure! For this Friday, March 19, we would prefer that you not park but instead use the pick-up line. If you feel you must park, please park along the back fence of the church parking lot, away from the cones that will be set up for the Fish Fry.

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

  • On Wednesday, April 7th 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.
  • 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 some 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
  • 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. Please not that virtual schooling does not run the same as school hours, 8:10-3:05. It will usually only be for a few class times, and will vary by level.
  • 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 and rags/towels! If you can help by donating some that would be much appreciated! Just send them in with your student! Thank you!

Thank You!

 Thank you to the parents who filled out the Volleyball survey! There is enough interest to have at least a few teams! We will let you know!

HSA News

Our next fish fry is THIS FRIDAY! Please volunteer for a shift and meet some great people involved in our school and church. It’s a great way to meet other parents! If you can’t come for one of the set shift times, for example you can’t be there until 4:00, come when you can. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f044aa4ab2da4fa7-carryout1

SCRIP sales will be after masses on March 20-21. Let us know if you’d like to be involved in selling or if you need help signing up. je24ica@hotmail.com

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!

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