Eagle Express 9/16/2020

From the Office

Dear Parents,

Every day that we at IHM are able to be together (safely!) with our students feels like a blessing. I want to point out to parents that our students have not been in person with a large group of their classmates for almost six months. That’s a long time, truly a significant portion of their young lives! I ask families to have a lot of grace and understanding that the situation may pose a challenge for some students in behavior while relating to classmates. The staff and I promise to give your students that same grace and understanding.
With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful for parents to hear a few tips from our counselor, Mr. Marty Keane, about how to support your students through these challenges. These are Marty’s suggestions:
1. If your child comes home with complaints or challenges about classmates, ask if they want you to just listen, or if they need you to get involved. Often they just need to vent, and listening will be the only thing you need to do. Teachers are fully equipped to handle small disagreements at school without getting parents involved.
2. If your child wants to take action, determine if it’s an issue that they can handle themselves (using their words, telling adults, etc.) or a larger issue that you need to get involved in.
3. It may help to wait 24-hours, to give yourself time to separate your own feelings from your child’s feelings, and to think about what you would like to do and what you would like from the school: either by supporting your child by talking about the actions they can take themselves, or contacting your child’s teacher, Mr. Marty, or myself.
4. Please feel free to contact us if you need our help!
IHM, like all schools, is hurting for substitute teachers at the moment! If you think you would like to help us with that, please see the letter linked below, and let me know if you have any questions!
Picture Day was today! Virtual students (or anyone who missed pictures today) can walk-in to the Capital School Pictures studio in Cottage Grove tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17th from 8-5. You can order picture packets online at their store here: https://capitalschoolpictures.square.site/shop/2.
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

  • New families who paid enrollment fees will have the $100 credit on their account as soon as there are charges. If you had no charges for Sept, or only had less than $100, you will see the remainder of the credit on coming months. Returning IHM families do not receive a credit for their enrollment fee.
  • Usually we charge Morning Milk Snack fees in September. However, because of the COVID situation and the pending lawsuit, we will be charging that fee in November instead. If you signed up for morning milk snack for your 4K-5th grade child, you will see a $30 charge in November for the first half of the year.
  • Remember, the FACTS withdrawal date for tuition and fees is the 20th or 25th of the month, depending on what you day you chose. All incidental fees (including 4K Wraparound, ECE charges, lunches, etc.) are withdrawn on the 25th of the month.
  • The parish is working on providing a streaming mass for virtual families and parishioners, but it is not available yet. Please stay tuned!
  • If you want to switch Roomer/Zoomer status, please let your student’s teacher know and give them at least a week to make the required transfers!
  • The Grant & Aid application is available here: Grant & Aid Application. The form may indicate that the deadline has passed, but there is no deadline, so please apply if you need to. Funds may be limited, so apply as soon as you can. Let us know if you need help with the application.

Thank You!

 Many thanks to outgoing HSA President Elizabeth Hoelter! We appreciate all of her hard work, her calm demeanor, and her great ideas! Thanks for everything Elizabeth!

HSA News

Watch out Thursday for a video from your HSA board to serve as our general meeting this fall!
This Thurs. 9/17, we will begin selling SCRIP during the after-school pickup on Thursday, from 2:30 to 3:15pm at the church drive up entrance. A SCRIP volunteer will walk through the car line to gather order forms and then fill the orders while you wait. Once you have picked up your students, you can then drive over to the church to pick up your order. Please stay in your car and let us come to you so that we can maintain the COVID social distancing. If you have any questions, call Mary @ 608-220-3868.
New SCRIP RaiseRight phone APP and ThankScriping Day Sept. 17th
Please see attached flyers regarding this new phone app for SCRIP and the special rebates available for ThankScriping Day. To earn the extra rebates, you will need to place these orders on the 17th using the new RaiseRight app. It is really easy to use!! All families that place orders online or with the new app in the next week, will be entered into a drawing for a bucket of fish from the Fish Fry on 9/25! Please call Mary at the number above if you need any help with getting an online account set up.
SCRIP Credits applied to September Tuition
If you earned SCRIP credit from January thru June of 2020, your portion of the credit will be applied to this month’s tuition statement. Since the Eagle Express is digital at this time, there will not be a statement of your credits sent home. If you would like a statement of your tuition credit, please send an email to Mary at scripihm@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Scrip now has a mobile app? Look for the RaiseRight mobile app to make ordering and paying for Scrip hassle free! See the flyer linked below for more information!