Eagle Express Newsletter 10/18/23

Eagle Express Newsletter

October 18, 2023

From the Office

 Dear Parents,

October is going so fast, and that means that Halloween and All-Saints Day are coming up in a few weeks. Tuesday, October 31st will be a No Uniform Day. Students can wear halloween shirts, colors, or their favorite color. No Halloween costumes at school, please. Classrooms will be doing other fun activities through the day! If your child would like to dress as a Saint on All Saint’s Day, Wednesday, November 1st, they may (if they don’t wear a Saint costume, they should wear their uniform)! We ask that they do not wear masks or bring weapons as part of their costume. Our All-Saints Day party, hosted by Sr. Sue and the Student Council, will be Wednesday afternoon!

Do you know a child (ages 6 and up) that could benefit from a MagnifiKid! subscription?  MagnifiKid! is a spiritual guide that offers all the readings and prayers for Sunday Masses and Holy Days with explanations of the difficult words and the meaning of the rituals. Issues are sent to the parish and distributed through the school or picked up from our Pastorate 26 Church Offices monthly. With the bulk pricing, we anticipate a 12 month subscription to be about $19/child, but it may be less if we have a large amount of subscribers! Once a quantity is determined, we will let you know how much it will be. No need to turn in payment until that time. We anticipate the first issue to begin Jan 1. Please sign up by Sun 11/12 here: https://forms.gle/cF68RKMxSiNjnmrx6
For more information: https://us.magnificat.net/magnifikid
To view a sample issue: https://us.magnificat.net/flipbook/KID/sample/6/index.html

Faith Formation for tonight, October 18 – Prayer/Adoration Night in IHM Marian Hall at 6pm.  We will have a 15 minute talk about the importance of prayer followed by a beautiful adoration hour.

Catholic schools provide a firm foundation for your child’s growth and development. Pray for a year filled with faith and learning. Let’s be a community of service to each other and to our world. On behalf of Father Chad, Father Bill, Father Mark, and 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

The annual IHM Trunk or Treat event will take place on Friday, October 27th from 5-7:30pm in the IHM parking Lot.   Please bring chairs or blankets and please click this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49ACAD23A1FF2-44798041-ihmtrunk if you would like to decorate your trunk, bring a food item or sign up to help with the event (all are optional). 

Please make sure to send your child with appropriate outdoor wear for the weather for the full day, every day. Remember to label all outdoor clothing with your child’s name. If you need help getting outdoor gear for your family, please let us know – we have resources! Students can wear shorts and skirts without tights or leggings until Nov. 1st, if the weather is appropriate. After that long pants and tights/leggings under skirts are required until April 1st.

Support IHM’s Washington DC Trip by Shopping for Tiny Saints! Visit www.tinysaints.com and fill your cart with all your favorites; then, at checkout, use the “Choose a Fundraiser” dropdown to select Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (Monona, WI).

IHM Illness Policy:

COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 Communicable Disease/Illness 

Check your student for symptoms daily before school:

  • Fever (100° or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea or vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptom
    *Vomiting and fever may or may not be associated with COVID-19. If your student is experiencing only one of these symptoms, they may return to school once the symptom has resolved after 24 hours without the use of medications.

If one or more of these symptoms are present, please keep the student home. The CDC  recommends testing for COVID-19 with a PCR test or rapid antigen test (home test or administered at a pharmacy or clinic). Please contact the school to report illness and absence, and test results.

Please also keep students with these symptoms home:

  • Fever or chills (without other symptoms):  Check temperature with a thermometer. If the temperature is 100 or higher, keep the student home until their temperature remains lower than 100 for at least 24 hours without giving fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea (without other symptoms) within the last 24 hours. Keep the student home until they tolerate their regular diet and there is no nausea/vomiting/diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
  • A rash or communicable infection (such as pink eye, strep throat, mono etc.) Keep the student home from school and call your health care provider for further medical evaluation.

Students can return to school when their symptoms have cleared, according to the guidelines above.

Thank You

Thank you to Sister Sue and the Student Council for running the school store! Proceeds from the store go to support the events and activities organized by the Student Council. The School Store will start in early November, and be available every Thursday morning!

EdCo (Educational Commission) News       edco@ihm-school.org

EdCo is thrilled to announce that the Sign-Up for Rapunzel is now OPEN! All 3rd – 8th grade students are invited to participate in Storybook Theatre’s production of Rapunzel, November 13th-17th, with auditions on the 13th and performances on Nov. 17th and 18th. Rehearsals will be every day after school until 7:30pm that week.
If your student(s) would like to participate, please register them on this Google Form: https://forms.gle/SLKyDKRFqpnSasqz9. For more details, refer to the Rapunzel parent letter, linked below! Email EdCo@ihm-school.org with any questions.  


The WASHINGTON, D.C. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE is excited to announce several upcoming events. Tired of cooking the same old thing? Schedules too busy to cook at home? We’ve got you covered!  See attached flier for our SOUP’S ON fundraiser  (orders due by Oct 29) and save the date for upcoming LOCAL RESTAURANT SHARE NIGHTS Oct. 26, Nov. 7, Dec. 9.  D.C. Trip Fundraising Flier

Remember to take a peek at the minutes from October’s EdCo meeting linked below. Also, save the date for next month’s meeting: Tuesday, November 7 @ 6 pm in the IHM School Library!

IHM Volleyball

Friday, Oct. 20

5:00     8th Grade Girls at St. Maria Goretti

6:00     5/6th Grade GREEN at St. John

7:00     5/6th Grade WHITE at St. John

Saturday, Oct. 21

8:00     8th Grade Girls at Sacred Hearts

9:00     5/6th Grade GREEN at Queen of Peace

11:00     5/6th Grade WHITE at St. John

Go Eagles!

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

Storybook Theater “Rapunzel” Parent Letter

Washington DC Fundraising Flyer

EdCo October Meeting Minutes

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

Nothing this week

Did You Know?

At school, cough drops are considered medicine by law. If your child needs cough drops at school (after taking all COVID-related precautions, of course), they need to be kept in the school office. Please send them in their original bag labeled with their name, and a short note that gives your permission.