Eagle Express 4/22/2020

From the Office

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cayla Hess, her husband Eion, and daughter Maddie on the birth of their baby boy last Monday, Chip! Welcome to the IHM family Chip! Mother and baby are doing well!
Click here for an inspiring message from Michael Lancaster, Superintendent of Catholic Schools: Michael Lancaster Video.
Watch your inbox this week for a re-enrollment email for the 20-21 school year. If your child will attend IHM in the Fall, you will need to complete the re-enrollment. The forms will be mostly filled in, you will only need to change or add new information. Because we are using FACTs for Application and Enrollment this year (which is a new process for us), we have had to change the names of our processes to match FACTs:
  • What we used to call Enrollment (in January), we now waive for current students, and call Application for new students.
  • What we used to call Registration (happened in the summer) we now call Re-Enrollment for Current Students, and Enrollment for new students.
It is confusing, but just follow our lead and we will help you through!
We are also using FACTs for our Grant & Aid process starting this year. The Grant & Aid application is available here: Grant & Aid Application
The Tuition amounts for the 20-21 school year are linked at the bottom of this letter. Approximately 25% of our students use some kind of financial aid. We encourage you to apply if you feel like you need it. Please let us know if you have any questions.
One last, but most important thing: We understand that this time is weird, hard, filled with hidden blessings, and experienced differently by all members of our community at different times! We want you to know that we will continue to try to move learning forward for your children and give them as much as they need when they need it, but that we understand that everyone, students and parents, is doing their very best with what they have.
Based on the results from the survey last week, it seems like balancing parents work life with student learning is the biggest challenge our families are facing, and we want to help with that. After talking to the teachers today, starting next week we will be moving to a 4-day work schedule. Teachers will assign only 4 days of work for students, and you can have those days be whatever works for you. Please take the extra time to catch up, do your own work, or recover as a family, whatever you need. Teachers will continue to post optional work (labeled as such), for those who need more to do. And as always, please let us know how we can help! We will get through this, together!

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.


Callie Meiller, Principal


Office Reminders

  • Don’t forget to support our School Library by shopping the online fair! It is open until next Tuesday, April 27th. Use this link, Shop the IHM Book Fair and scroll down to click the “Shop Now” button!
  • If you need to pick up prescription medications from the IHM School office, please email Mrs. Winter at secretary@ihm-school.org, and we will arrange an exchange!
  • Future 4K families: the deadline to Open Enroll has been extended to May 29, 2020. If you do not live in the Monona Grove School District, but would like your child to attend the MG 4K at IHM, we highly recommend you complete open enrollment here: https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Please let us know if you have any questions.
  • Future ECE, 4K, or Kindergarten students: if you need care in the summer sign up here ECE Summer Sign Up
  • Future 1st-6th Grade Students: Enrollment for the IHM Summer Camp Programis here: IHM Summer Camp. If you need more information, there is a lot on the enrollment link.
  • If you have a child that will be NEW TO IHM next Fall (perhaps a sibling of a current student, entering ECE, 4K, or Kindergarten) you MUST fill out the IHM application. You will need to create an Application Account. Please do that here ASAP: IHM New Student Application
  • Fr. Chad is continuing to do our usual Thursday morning all-school mass, streaming on the Parish Facebook page at 10:00 AM. You do not need a facebook account to view these, just simply click this link https://www.facebook.com/ihmcatholicschool.org.
  • Do you want to help with morning announcements? Email Mrs. Meiller at cmeiller@ihm-school.org.
  • The IHM Tax ID Number is 39-0828125.

Thank You

Many thanks to Dr. Maynord, our technology rockstar, for all of his work and dedication to the many technology needs that have arisen, including getting devices to students! A special thanks as well to Ryan Freng and his team at BackFlip, with his work we now have a great new resource page on our website: IHM Resource Page.

HSA News

Do you have an idea for enriching items or projects that would benefit students at IHM? The Home and School Association will be collecting Budget Proposal Applications (formerly known as Project Proposals) until April 30. Projects that have been funded in the recent past include wobble seats for classrooms, new tables and chairs for the library, a new piano keyboard and a contribution to the school playground. Any IHM parent or staff member is welcome to complete an application, which can be found here: Project Proposal Application
Please contact Elizabeth Hoelter (elizabeth.hack@gmail.com) with any questions.
HSA is looking for additional help with Scrip accounting duties in the upcoming school year, and also seeking nominees for the HSA President position. If you would like to volunteer or nominate, please contact ihmhsa@gmail.com.
SCRIP: Please consider checking www.shopwithscrip.com for Scrip Now availability if you are making online purchases or getting take-out meals! It’s quick and easy to support IHM with your purchases!

In Need of Help with Food for your Family?

These Madison sites offer free food at the following places and times, no need to sign up, any person can pick up at any site, no matter what school district you live in:

-Monona Grove High School (Front Circle by Main Office Entrance) 10:30 am to 10:45 am
-Winnequah School 11:00 am – 11:20 am
-Glacial Drumlin School 11:00 am – 11:15 am
-Taylor Prairie 11:20 am – 11:35 am
-Cottage Grove School 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

-Badger Rock Middle School on Rimrock Road 11:00-11:45
-Lincoln School off of Park St. 1:00-l:45
-Leopold School on Post Road 11:00-11:45
-Lafollete High School ll:00-11:45


A flyer is linked below with info for some of these sites!

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Did You Know?

The Mallards reading program will continue! The Mallards have been in touch with us to let us know that students will still be eligible for two free tickets to a game, and will let us know the details when their season is set. Stay tuned for more info!