Eagle Express November 1, 2023

Eagle Express Newsletter

November 1, 2023

From the Office

Dear Parents,

During this month of Thanksgiving, let’s remember to be grateful every day for the blessings that God has given to us. We here at IHM are grateful that you have chosen IHM to be your partners in educating your children and sharing our faith.

In our ongoing efforts to maintain a secure school environment, we have implemented a new policy in which appointments are required for entry. This practice adds an extra layer of security and is also intended to facilitate scheduling to ensure that we can readily assist you. Please note that this requirement does not pertain to individuals who have established recurring visits or parents picking up/dropping off students during the school day.

I have left in the sign up links for parent-teacher conferences below in case you still need them.  Each student should have ONE conference time for all parents. If that won’t work for your family, or you can’t make this day, please contact the teacher to arrange for a different time. Sign up for a conference time by Friday, November 10th. Families not signed up by that day will be assigned a time, which might not be convenient for your family.

If you need help, please call or come into the school office and we will assist you with finding a time that works for you. 

Kindergarten: https://forms.gle/qkc37HPHMifMREGBA

1st Grade: https://forms.gle/Hd1eUJc1hWpFeLji8

2nd Grade : https://forms.gle/PNV6ZRLDqYGJTq4o6

3rd Grade : https://forms.gle/RwRLQuyw7Hpwzdhq9

4th Grade: https://forms.gle/hWLtgqsss1aqHLdM9

5th Grade: https://forms.gle/g79KhYEnyJC4YtsJ9

Middle School: https://forms.gle/sBddZDkrE8NJNKxF9

The IHM Book Fair is coming up Nov. 13-21! See the letter linked below for times and details, and the flyer in your child’s take home folder for some of the awesome books! Let’s support our IHM Library and classrooms!

No Faith Formation class for tonight! November 1 – Happy All Saints Day: Join us for Mass at 7:30am at St. Patrick, 8:30am at Immaculate Heart of Mary, or 6pm at Christ the King.

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

Our Grandparents/Special People Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 21st. Grandparents and special people are invited to come with us to mass at 8:30 AM on that day, and are invited to come back to school for a classrooms open house, a reception, and to shop the book fair if they are interested! It is a half-day of school for grade K-8, so the festivities and school will end at 11:00 AM. 

Long pants and tights/leggings under skirts are now required until April 1st. Thank you for sending your child dressed to keep warm while they are outside!

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

Thanks to everyone who participated in IHM HSA’s 4th annual Trunk or Treat event on Friday. There were a lot of creatively-themed trunks, and the artistry was magnificent! 

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

Eagle’s Nest (our used uniform store) will be open two times in November:

Friday, Nov. 10th, 2:30-3:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 19th, 9-10am
The Eagle’s Nest is located under the gym, entering the back door of the school by the basketball hoops.

HOW DOES NOODLES SOUND FOR DINNER? The Washington, D.C. Fundraising Committee is hosting another share night at Noodles in Monona, Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 4:30 – 8:00 PM. Don’t forget to mention IHM Washington, D.C. Trip or show the attached flier when ordering in-restaurant. Want to order ahead? Log in to or create a Noodles Rewards Account and enter Promo Code: GIVING25. Thank you for your support!

Also on Tuesday, November 7 is the November EdCo meeting. Join us at 6 pm in the IHM School Library to be in the know about what’s going on at IHM School. You can even arrange to have your Noodles dinner order delivered to the meeting! See the attached agenda, and email edco@ihm-school.org with any questions.

REMINDER: This is the last week to sign up your 3rd-8th grade student for our musical, Rapunzel!  Theater week runs Nov 13th-18th.  Click here to register them: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoHgeBgttVdaHFfA1GNoqYNo72Gs3xJtky0RVQwxfYhB3BZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

IHM Volleyball

Grades 5/6 Grade WHITE and GREEN teams have their end of season tournament this weekend! Please see maislathletics.com for the full schedule.

Saturday, Nov. 4

9:00     8th Grade Girls at Abundant Life

Sunday, Nov. 5

1:30     8th Grade Girls at St. Francis

Go Eagles!

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

11/07 EdCo Agenda and Minutes

Book Fair Letter

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


Book Fair Flyer


Did You Know?

You don’t have to send cash with your kid’s to the Scholastic Book Fair if you set up an eWallet!  Starting this week, you can go to the IHM Fair website here https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ihmschool and add funds to an electronic wallet. Only the funds that you approve will be able to be used, you can set amounts for each sibling, and you don’t have to send cash to school with your kids!
This will be our only Scholastic Book Fair of the year. The Spring Fair will be an online-only Good News Catholic Book Fair.