Category Archives: School News

Monday October 16, 2017

Attention school families! Don’t forget to purchase your Auction tickets before ticket prices go up after 10/25!  Click on the following link for easy online purchasing:
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PRAY WELL  for our 8th graders making their Confirmation at the Cathedral of St Andrews Tuesday evening at 7pm. Congratulations in advance IHM class of 2018! Use your GIFTS for HIS GLORY!
 
EDGE NIGHT   This Wednesday evening, 7:15 in the DeMazenod!  Be there!
ALL SCHOOL PEP RALLY THIS FRIDAY! 2:15 in the Gym!  Green order forms  for POPCORN coming home today or tomorrow . $1 a box. Proceeds help fund the 8th grade year end activities.  Come and watch the IHM staff take on the 8th grade Girls Volleyball Team!             It will not be pretty.
LAST CALL FOR UPDATED PHONE OR HOME ADDRESSES   The IHM Family Directory will be printed on Wednesday and distributed this Friday. Any changes you’ve made in the last three months, please email Mrs. Lowe to be sure we have your correct address and correct phone number you would like listed.  clowe@ihmschoolgr.com
VBS fundraiser at Culver’s Restaurant!  Monday Night, Nov. 6th 5pm-8pm -Eat in or Drive thru- a portion of that night’s sales help support VBS 2018! (East Belt Line location near Woodland Mall) 
PICTURE RETAKES AND FIRST TIME PICS FOR PRE-K 3’S NEXT TUESDAY!
LOOKING AHEAD…No school on October 27. Professional Development day.
IF YOU NEED CHILDCARE ON THE 27th, please contact Mrs. Lynda Davis directly by THIS FRIDAY. If we don’t have enough interested families we will not open the childcare that day. Please RSVP at ldavis@ihmschoolgr.com 

SPEAKING OF CHILD CARE   They have a wish list!   Can you help them out? Donation are tax deductible. Items don’t have to be new as gently used toys etc are acceptable too!  drop items off at the school office or the preschool building directly! Thank you!Social

Children’s picnic table

Littlest Pet Shop Toys

Positive Figurines for boys and girls (weapon free)

Fine Motor Items:

Strawberry hullers

Hole punchers (shapes such as a star, heart, diamond, bear, …)

Marble Run Toy

Jumpin’ Monkeys game

Discovery Items —
magnets
magnifying glass
plastic animals

Plastic dinosaurs
shells collection

rock collection

Squigz
Language Items —
child’s tape player
felt story pieces
Art Supplies:

Quick Sticks
a Drying Rack (e.g., Sax Stack-a-Rack Modular Mobile Drying Rack – 17 x 21 x 30 inches https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042SWUG8/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Large Motor Items —

Training Slackline (http://www.hearthsong.com/classic-training-slackline.htm)
Sticklets (http://www.hearthsong.com/stick-letsandtrade;-fort-kit.htm)

Teeter Popper

October 12

FALL GATHERING  Cascade Country Club TONIGHT!

DATE NIGHT THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!  RSVP to datenight@ihmparish.com   Free dinner, free childcare (must call in advance to reserve) a free couple of hours with your beloved to spend time together. Bless your marriage. Make this date!

BREAKFAST IS SERVED  after both the 8:30 and the 11:00 am Masses  this weekend, in the Gym. $10 Feeds the whole family a pancake breakfast; proceeds go to St Vincent DePaul Society! Come and get it!

CATHOLIC CENTRAL FALL SHOWCASE This Sunday at 1:00pm at Catholic Central High School. All eighth grade families are encouraged to preregister attendance, enabling them to win a $1000 tuition credit!  Check your email from OCTOBER 5 from Catholic Central regarding Junior Cougar News. There you will find a link to preregister and become eligible to win the credit.SHOWCASE is an opportunity for incoming freshmen, 2018-19, to learn more about all-things-Catholic-Central.  Call Jackie Stetson at 233-5802 for questions or more directions.

Volunteers Needed:  Reading Enrichment Program

Do you enjoy reading?  Would you like to share your love of reading with an IHM student?  Reading Enrichment is a program in which volunteers listen to students in grades 2-5 read aloud in order to strengthen the student’s literacy skills.  Volunteers will spend approx. 30 minutes each week working with an individual student.  IHM students enjoy this fun and informal opportunity to share their reading skills with a caring adult each week! *Note: All volunteers in direct contact with IHM students must be VIRTUS trained*.

*Note: All volunteers in direct contact with IHM students must be VIRTUS trained*.

If you are interested in sharing the gift of reading with an IHM student, please contact Kara Ziedins at pkziedins@gmail.com or Cheryl Heintz at cheintz@ihmschoolgr.com to learn more.

Monday October 9

LAP TIME! This Thursday at 10:00 am in the DeMazenod room!  bi-monthly gathering of parents/grandparents/ childcare providers with kids 0-3 years old, LAP TIME was created as a means of socializing and making new connections before your child’s preschool experience. We tell stories, sing songs, learn prayers and end with a craft!  It’s lead by our preschool staff. It’s fun. It’s free. And YOU are invited! Bring your neighbor and their kids too!

OUR NEW PHONE SYSTEM has been installed and we are still working out the kinks. Indulge our request for your patience as we implement the new system.

Parents of 5-8th graders: Check your email for an IMPORTANT letter from IHM Athletic Director Steve Southerington!

VOLUNTEER TO WIN Three types of volunteer positions at IHM School involve the safety and welfare of students and therefore need to be filled on a REGULAR basis.  They are :

1. Lunchroom Monitor along with a staff person.   Duties include: assist in checking kids in for hot lunch/milk, monitoring student behavior, sometimes assisting in serving the meal. Must be assertive, friendly but firm

2. Recess Monitor along with a staff person.  Duties include outdoor /indoor recess monitor, per weather conditions; monitor safety of children playing, assist in mediating conflicts; must be assertive, friendly, but firm

3. Morning Car-line monitor   7:40am until 8:00 am   Duties include keeping the car line moving by assisting students exiting cars; be the eyes and ears for safety in the parking lot; Must be assertive, friendly but firm and morning-personality a must!

For every “shift” you work, your name will be entered in a monthly drawing for a $50 Visa card. You MUST sign in at the office to be sure you are counted! Go to the sign-up-genius link here    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ea5ad29a3fb6-amcarline       to sign up for your shift!  Thank you! 

IHM Service Project:  Kid’s Food Basket needs our help!  
Kid’s Food Basket helps nourish children to be their best, in school and in life.  Through the Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced nutritious meals, filling the gap schools and parents often can’t afford.  KFB attacks childhood hunger by providing nutritious evening meals to kids and engaging the community through volunteering and education.
Sunday, October 22  4:00pm – 5:00pm  IHM is signed up to assemble sack suppers which will be sent to area schools.  This opportunity is open to students Kindergarten – 8th grade (and adult helpers).  We have 30 slots to be filled.  Please sign up using the link below.

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IN APPRECIATION On behalf of our entire family, THANK YOU for your prayers of intercession, especially those of your children, for the successful surgery and healing of my husband Jay Lowe. The power of this praying community is a force to be reckoned with, and one we will be forever humbled by and grateful for. As soon as he’s back to full speed, Jay would like to come and thank your kids in person. Until then, please know that every morning, we unite our prayers with your intentions, asking our Good God to lavish you and your family with the grace to do wonderful things, for His glory. You’ve certainly done this already for us! 

                                                                                                                                               ~Mrs. Colleen Lowe

THANK YOU to Mrs. Karen DeChant and Mrs. Christy Brown for rearranging their life-schedules to run the IHM school office this past month. You will not find two more spirited and selfless office personnel willing to do what it takes to keep our IHM ship full steam ahead. Join me in thanking them by freeing up their inboxes!  Please direct all absence notifications, announcements, and office-related issues to Mrs. Lowe.

 

 

Thursday, October 5th

LAST WEEK FOR FALL GATHERING!!!  It’s the FINAL week to get your reservation in for the IHM Fall Gathering at Cascade Hills Country Club. To make everyone’s donations go further, we are looking for sponsor/underwriters to help cover food and facilities expenses. Sponsors who give at least $1,000 will have the option to reserve a table for ten if they act soon! Go to ihmparish.com for more details.

LAST WEEKEND FOR SPORTS SIGN UP’S: Parents, remember to register your student – athlete for Winter sports.  The deadline is October 9th! It is in YOUR best interest to register early so that coaches can be obtained and schedules can be made! It helps in knowing how many kids are going to play for teams to be developed, etc. Here is the link to register –

Winter Sports Sign Up

More Sports News…..We need basketball coaches for the upcoming season.  Please consider volunteering your time and leading our student-athletes.  Some grades have already had coaches step up. Let Mr. Steve Southerington know if you can help! athleticdirector@ihmschoolgr.com

The teams are as follows:

Team            Coach

Boys 5th           TBA

Boys 6th        Tim O’Rourke
Boys 7th             TBA
Boys 8th         Todd Schautz
Girls 5th              TBA
Girls 6th              TBA
Girls 7th              TBA
Girls 8th              TBA
DATE NIGHT IS BACK!! Please take a night out for you and your spouse and come support one another and your self in the most important thing in your lives, your marriage!  Enjoy and free meal, free child care, and free fellowship!  RSVP is needed, check out the flyer above!

 

Preschool Play Date!!  Check the link below!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K8WNKUr_zv5f20Iac6kLyKs63vuYl7LwkRYBg7dlCe0/edit?ts=59cbd7ec

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Abundance…….Please sign up here to share of your time and server our kids!  We appreciate your help!! Call the office for more info.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd

Hot Lunch…..October’s Hot lunch menu click HERE 

More Hot Lunch News….. if you have had free and reduced lunch in the past and have not filled out a new form for this year, students will be charged for lunch as of today, 10/2/17.  Questions? Please call Steve at GRPS Nutrition, 819-2135

Winter Sports Sign Up…Parents, remember to register your student – athlete for Winter sports.  The deadline is October 9th!

Here is the link to register – Winter Sports Sign Up

More Sports News…..We need basketball coaches for the upcoming season.  Please consider volunteering your time and leading our student-athletes.  Some grades have already had coaches step up. Let Mr. Steve Southerington know if you can help! athleticdirector@ihmschoolgr.com

The teams are as follows:

Team            Coach

Boys 5th           TBA

Boys 6th        Tim O’Rourke
Boys 7th             TBA
Boys 8th         Todd Schautz
Girls 5th              TBA
Girls 6th              TBA
Girls 7th              TBA
Girls 8th              TBA

 

Attention Moms…. Grab your girlfriends, take a night off and come to the IHM Women’s Guild Soup & Salad Potluck on Monday, October 16th  in the DeMazenod Room from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Stop in and enjoy wine, food, and you can paint a soup bowl for West Michigan Catholic Charities “Soups on For All”  for a small $10 donation.  If you can bring soup, salad or dessert to the potluck,  please email Barb Waier at barbwaier@gmail.com.    Hope to see you there!

Blessing of the Pets is Tomorrow!!! Calling all pets of all sorts that you can take care of/be responsible for and bring them to the football field tomorrow at 2:45pm.  Father Troy will do our annual blessing of the pets there, weather permitting.  If it raining we will in the gym.  Your child may be released to you from the field IF you check your child out from their teacher first.

Volunteer Opportunities in Abundance…….Please sign up here to share of your time and server our kids!  We appriciate your help!!  Call the office for more info or to volunteer to help in the lunch room.  Other opportunities are available at this link:

Volunteer Opportunities

Preschool Play Date!!  Check the link below!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K8WNKUr_zv5f20Iac6kLyKs63vuYl7LwkRYBg7dlCe0/edit?ts=59cbd7ec

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 28th

A call to action!  Parents, we have a very nice opportunity on Saturday as we are hosting 3 football games and an All Day Volleyball Tournament.
With that comes a responsibility to staff some very important roles.  We are in need of concession workers, grillers, chain gang, scorers, taking money etc.  You may sign up for concession via the following link: Concession Sign Up’s
If interested in other ways to help please contact Tony Beachler, tonyb@fbinsmi.com or 616-318-8167.

Prayers Needed Former 4th grade teacher, Ms. Annette Crimmins, is asking for the help of IHM’s prayer warriors. Her son, Charlie, lives in Puerto Rico and has been directly affected by Hurricane Maria. Although prayer for Charlie, her family and Puerto Rico is her foremost request, if you would like to help Charlie, his neighborhood and family living in Puerto Rico in any way, please visit their YOUCARING website for more information. If you choose to make a donation, please leave a note mentioning Ms. Crimmins or IHM so Charlie is able to see whom it is from. Ms. Crimmins and her family are incredibly grateful for your prayers!

Alter Server Training!!!  
There will be an Altar Server Training this Saturday, September 30th, from 3-4 pm in the church. If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server or would like a refresher training, please attend this training session. This is a wonderful stewardship opportunity and a great way to support our parish. Please contact Mrs. Dymowski (ddymowski@ihmschoolgr.com) with any questions.


Look familiar?
If you took one of these cards from the auction wishlist please make sure to turn in your donation and/or your write-up by tomorrow(9/29). All donations need to be turned in this week. Items can be dropped off at the school office or you can make special arrangements by emailing ihmschoolauction@gmail.com. Please make sure to include the attached form so we have your appropriate contact information and the details of the item.