Category Archives: School News

Thursday, February 23, 2017


TOMORROW is Mrs. Amy West’s last official day as our Librarian. We’ll have Cooper around with us until the 8th and after that,  they’ll be on their way to the West Family Excellent Adventure in Chicago. Join with us in wishing her well and praying our Good God bless them with holiness, success, and joy in their new home! 

TOMORROW is the due date for Paczki orders. $1 Each. Two flavors: Strawberry or Bavarian Creme filling. Distributed on Fat Tuesday, next Tuesday,  Feb 28.

MONDAY  February 27, 2017, is the deadline for signing your kid(s) up for Spring Sports at IHM.   Go to:

WEDNESDAY is Ash Wednesday. Join us for the All School Mass at 8:30am or the evening Mass at 6:30pm

SAVE THE DATE   Friday, March 17   our IHM Athletic Association IRISH VIKING MARCH MADNESS PARTY  here in the gym! $20 per person at the door. Live NCAA Basketball games, 50/50 raffles, euchre/hold ’em games, beer pong, and more. Proceeds benefit the athletic association.


Wednesday February 22, 2017

FAT TUESDAY PACZKI SALE  $1 each! Support the activities of our 8th-grade class. Order forms coming home today and tomorrow. PLEASE RETURN THEM BY THIS FRIDAY. Two flavors of this traditional Polish bakery delight being offered. Bavarian creme and strawberry. We will try to accommodate your choice of flavors but they come in an assortment so we cannot guarantee your FAVORITE but you will get one or the other flavors listed above. Kids will get their Paczki on Tuesday. Thank you!

ENROLLMENT PACKETS COMING HOME TODAY….REALLY.  Thank you for your patience! Reminder: EVERY FAMILY MUST ENROLL EVERY YEAR. Current families are given preference for filling up spots in each class but only until APRIL 12. The incentive to get current families to reenroll for the 12th of April is the enrollment fee will DOUBLE after that date! Plan ahead now.

LAP TIME !!!!!   TOMORROW Thursday, February,  23, 10a.m. in the DeMazenod room!

PARENTS OF 2ND GRADERS MAKING THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm in the HANDS room of the Parish offices.


Friday, February 17, 2017

A PRINTER ERROR on the Enrollment 2-part Contracts has caused us to delay sending home the IHM 2017-18 Registration packets today. “Correct and official” forms will be ready upon your return from midwinter break on Wednesday! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR AN ALL-SCHOOL ROLLER-SKATING PARTY!  Kentwood Fun Spot, Tuesday, March 21st 6-8pm!

MAKE YOUR MOTHER HAPPY–SAVE THE DATE   Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11am Mass in celebration of the 100th Year Anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima. The Bishop has asked Immaculate Heart of Mary to host the Diocesean celebration! Confirmands, First Communicants, Newly Initiated to the Faith will be invited to a grand part of the  Processional–wearing your Sacrament Finest! Flowers, kids choirs, music, rosary prayers with a reception afterward!   Details forthcoming!

NO SCHOOL/NO CHILDCARE THIS COMING MONDAY AND TUESDAY! Enjoy your midwinter break! Classes resume Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

HOT LUNCH MENU FOR MARCH has been posted on the website. Parent information/Hot lunch program/

SPEAKING OF MARCH    St Patty’s Day is a 1/2 day this year, with dismissal at 11. We have Irish Dancers coming to perform that morning at 9:00am!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CONTEST TURN IN DAY…..TOMORROW February 17! Send them into your child’s homeroom.

ENROLLMENT FOR NEXT FALL 2017-18 Begins tomorrow, February 17, 2017. ALL FAMILIES NEED TO RE-ENROLL EVERY YEAR.  Current IHM families have until April 12, 2017 to pay the enrollment fee before it doubles after April 12! Packets being sent home tomorrow!

LITTLE PINE ISLAND RETREAT counts as one of the retreats required of your 7th grader as a Confirmation requirement. The retreat is open to ALL 7th and 8th  grade students! Student Deadline to submit your registration fee of $20  is Feb 22 and the retreat is  February 25-26

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SIGN-BRIGADE: CALL TO SIGNAGE!  If you currently have an IHM yard sign, it’s time again to put ‘er out! Show your chIHMer pride! If you don’t have one and wish to be part of our Marketing team by simply advertising your pride for IHM, please contact Mrs. Bridget Graham or Mrs. Sue Jakubowski. They will get you started!

MUNCH AND MINGLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Home and School is in need of two more families for this Sunday’s (February 19)  Munch and Mingle. Help set up, serve, and clean up the donuts. It’s a fun and easy ministry of the whole family!Sign up here: You can also email

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SAVE THE DATE AND SAVE YOUR STUFF! The Second Best Sale is in the planning stages!
Please save your gently used stuff (household items, clothing, garage sale kind of stuff) for us to sell….all proceeds go to IHM school.  Dates of sale are April 21 and 22.

EDGE NIGHT TONIGHT! 7:15 pm in the DeMazenod room!

HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING  7:00 pm tonight in the Library

REGISTRATION PACKETS FOR CURRENT FAMILIES come home this Friday!  Registration information will be posted on the website and packets available this Friday, Feb 17.


WELL PLAYED, YOUNG MEN!  Congratulations to our 5th grade IHM Boys Basketball team. 3rd place in the St Thomas Tournament!


 First, Ann and John Longo will be stepping down after MANY years of service to the Scrip program.  They have been huge in helping get this program off the ground and we are extremely grateful!  Donna Bramble will be staying on as coordinator and Sherie Berry will be stepping into The Longo’s shoes –  we are excited to have her on board!

 Second, due to the rising costs of shipping and the fact that so few people order actual cards anymore (instead favoring Reloads and ScripNow), we will no longer be placing a physical scrip order on a weekly basis. Starting in April, we will place orders for physical cards on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month.  This will not affect any orders for Reloads and ScripNow.  If you have not yet taken advantage of these 2 programs, you should!  They are so easy to use and we would be happy to walk you through that process.  If you do need to place an order for physical cards, please have your order in the system by noon on the first and third Sundays of each month. Our goal with this program is to keep as much of the profits with each individual family so the lower the overhead costs the better!

 Should you have any questions regarding the Scrip program, feel free to contact us anytime!

 Donna Bramble   616-540-7238

Monday February 13, 2017

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES  This afternoon/evening and tomorrow afternoon.

HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER FOR WINTER 2017 is on its way home via your oldest/only kid   find the link here:

FEELIN THE LOVE   Thank you, parents, for sending in food for the staff these next two days. Your generosity in spirit and spoonful makes these two long days wonderfully delicious.

SPEAKING OF LOVE  “A great wave of IHM family prayers and encouragement has washed over us, covering the Lowe family with His indescribable grace. Thank you! My work schedule may be erratic, especially these next few weeks as Jay’s treatment schedule is determined. If you wish to relay email messages about your kid’s absences, tardies, appointments, need to pick them up early, …etc…please be sure to also copy both Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Brecken. In the event I’m not here, someone in the office will be sure to get your message!  We are so grateful for this family. Thank you.”          ~Mrs. Lowe

REGISTRATION BEGINS THIS FRIDAY  Current Families will have until April 12 to turn in their enrollment forms before the registration fee doubles! Good news, also, that the initial registration fee was lowered this year–all the more incentive to re-enroll before April 12!



Friday, February 10

GUYS AND DOLLS IN CANDYLAND   Click HERE for the official invitation for a fun-filled night for our young ladies and the favorite guy. Join us March 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a sweet time!

PLEASE RSVP FOR DOLL TEA on Sunday, March 19 event at 12:00. We need to know names of all attending doll tea, whether you already signed up or need to sign up now. Also, the event is for moms and daughters, so girls must be accompanied by mom, grandma, or aunt. We are really looking forward to it! Please email Megan Tietema at to RSVP and with questions. We are also still in need of 7th- and 8th-grade girls to help.  Easy 2.5 service hours!

PRAYERS AND MEAL TRAIN As many of you have heard, Mr. Jay Lowe, Mrs. Colleen Lowe’s husband, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Wednesday.  The Lowe’s are happy to say that Mr. Lowe’s cancer has not metastasized thus far. They are grateful for the overwhelming support and prayers from this wonderful community.  They ask for our continuing prayers as they move into the next stages of this journey. We are starting a Meal Train for them.  That sign up can be reached by going to the following link:

Last Name: LOWE              Password: IHMLOVE

PERMISSION SLIPS DUE!!  The Great Lakes Great Reads movie goers need to turn in their permission slips Monday morning to Mrs. West!

CONFERENCES are next Monday and Tuesday nights, February 13 and 14, by appointment.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just some reminders today —

  • Spring Sports Sign Ups: If your 5th-8th grade son/daughter is interested in playing spring sports, sign ups are starting now.
    • Lacrosse and tennis will act as Catholic United teams again this spring.  Sign up HERE.
    • Baseball, soccer, softball and track sign up HERE.
  • Sign up to help with Munch and Mingle February 19
    • Our Home and School Association needs two more families to help with Munch and Mingle on Sunday, February 19. Help set up, serve, and clean up the donuts after one of the Sunday Masses. It’s a fun and easy ministry for the whole family! Sign up HERE or email Nicole May —

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FUN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP FULFILL YOUR PARISH MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENT:  Our IHM Home and School Association is in need of two more families for next Sunday’s (February 19)  Munch and Mingle. Help set up, serve, and clean up the donuts after one of the Sunday Masses. It’s a fun and easy ministry for the whole family!Sign up here: You can also email

IHM FRIDAY NIGHT SPRING BASEBALL!  Feb. 17th – March 24th  Join us for Baseball and Pizza! All IHM baseball players signed up to play GRACEAC 5th/6th and 7th/8th baseball.  Limited spaces available.  Friday nights 7:00 – 8:30 PM starting 2/17/17 and ending 3/24/17.

Where: Sluggers Sports Academy  4540 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512                 What: Get the bats going, loosen up the arms, warm up the gloves, eat some pizza!         How: – contact Steve Southerington to register your player.  Cell – (904) 738-3148 or                                                                                                                 Cost: $50 / player for all 6 weeks.  Cost includes the rental of the facility and pizza each week.      Full payment for the 6 weeks is required by Feb. 10th.  Space is limited to 20 players to allow for proper training.  Don’t wait – spaces will fill fast!  Turnout last year was exceptional.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO WORK CONCESSION STAND for basketball games.  High School and Jr High Students welcome to volunteer for your service hours. Parents can still see games from the concessions window! Here is the link:

BE A DOLL AND GET YOUR SERVICE HOURS  Girls in 7th and 8th grade, we need you for the Doll Tea Party!  Earn 2.5 service hours helping with easy crafts, serving, cleaning up, and playing games.  Please email Mrs. Tietema at if you are interested!  The event  is Sunday, March 19th from 12:00-2:30.

GRACEAC Spring Sports sign-ups are here!  The registration period will remain open until Feb. 27th. No registrations can be accepted after this date so that GRACEAC officials have the proper time to form team merges, create game schedules, and arrange referees and officials.  Sign-ups are being collected via the links below:

 Lacrosse and Tennis:
Lacrosse & tennis will act as Catholic United teams again this spring.  Families that would like to sign up for these sports, please use the following link.
Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Track
Please use this link to register for these sports:
DATE NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY! Feb. 11th after the 5:15 Mass.  Kindly RSVP by THIS Thursday for by noon so we can plan for food and FREE babysitting.