Category Archives: School News

Tuesday May 23, 2017

WALK-A-THON  TODAY   from 2-3 pm


VIRTUS LESSON in the classroom K-7 2:30-3:15 pm tomorrow

DIVINE MERCY KIDS CLUB ON HOLY FAMILY RADIO   Leaves here 2:30, on the radio from 3-4:00 pm tomorrow 


8th Grade DADS BBQ  This Friday

NO SCHOOL MONDAY   Memorial Day Holiday.



Monday May 22, 2017

WALK A THON TOMORROW! Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  From 2-3:00 pm Send in your pledges with your kids! In the case of rain, we will hold the event in the gym!

$1 JEANS DAY TOMORROW! Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Monies raised will be taken by our Divine Mercy Kid’s Club to Holy Family Radio where they will be a part of the RADIOTHON on Wednesday! Be sure to listen to 1140 AM tomorrow from 3-4:00 pm!!!!

DIVINE MERCY KIDS CLUB PERMISSION SLIPS ARE COMING HOME TODAY!  If your child wishes to go to the radio station on Wednesday, we need their permission slip signed and returned tomorrow. Volunteers will take the kids to the station, but parents need to pick them up at 4. (HOLY FAMILY RADIO is located right off of Burton Street, across from FRESH THYME at 2501 Ardmore  St SE)

SPORTS PHYSICALS OFFERED TOMORROW May 23, 2017, from 5-7 pm here in the gym. $20 each.  Each incoming 5-12 grade student in the Diocese wishing to play competitive sports next school year must have an up to date physical exam form on file in order to play.

VIRTUS LESSONS IN THE CLASSROOM  The annual, age appropriate lessons on Protecting God’s Children will be taught in K-8th-grade classrooms this Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 2:30-3:15 pm. A letter explaining the lessons and an OPT OUT form from Mr. Thomasma is coming home today and can also be found here: Opt.Out.Safe.Touching.2017 Safe.Touching.Overview   Parents wishing to OPT their children out of the lessons must sign and return a family form by Wednesday.

CALLING ALL KINDERGARTNERS AND PRESCHOOLERS!  June 2 is the IHM Kindergarten & Preschool Celebration at Manhattan Park- Kindergarteners ONLY will not have school at IHM this day as we will meet at the park at 10am for playtime, socialization with preschool, young 5 and kindergarten students and their families. Please pack a lunch and plan to have a picnic there at the pavilion and play for as long as you would like.  We hope at lease one parent from each family can attend!

MEA CULPA  During the Awards Ceremony last week, there was one 8th grade student, Grace Collins who received the President’s Excellence Award, but was not awarded the pin that goes along with a 3.9 or better grade point average for grades 4-8.  Grace should have received this pin along with the four others.  Congratulations to Grace!  Your pin will be going home with you today!

EIGHTH GRADERS HAVE EXAMS THIS WEEK    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday which means eighth graders ONLY will dismiss early on those three days. Their last exam will be followed by the annual Dads BBQ for 8th Graders.



NO SCHOOL MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017  Memorial Day Holiday.



Thursday May 19, 2017

TOP HONORS GO TO ANDREW M. JOSEPH G. AND LIZA S. at the Awards Assembly yesterday. As our 8th-grader’s tenure at IHM nears an end, we commend them ALL for their leadership and devotion to Our Lady and Her school!

SAVE THIS DATE …June 2: Kindergarten and Preschool Celebration at Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids – current Kindergarteners (only) will not have school at IHM this day. Instead, we will meet at the park at 10am for playtime, socialization with preschool, young 5 and kindergarten students and their families. Please pack a lunch and plan to have a picnic there at the pavilion and play for as long as you would like.  We hope at lease one parent from each family can attend!      ~ Early Childhood Staff

SAVE THIS DATE TOO!  THURSDAY JUNE 8,  6-8 pm at Ridgemoor Pool…ALL SCHOOL SWIM PARTY! Details forthcoming!

IHM WALK A THON—NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017!  Use this weekend to collect pledges to fill our FIELD-TRIP TRANSPORTATION FUND for next school year. Out students travel to the State Capitol, to Spring Hill Camp, to Mackinaw Island, to leadership retreats, the children’s museum, TV 13 Weather Deck, local performances of classic literature and more. LETS FUND THIS ACCOUNT!


FLYNN OHARA  IN GRAND RAPIDS NEXT WEEK!  Flynn O’Hara, one of our Catholic School Uniform provider,  is to be available at Catholic Central from 3-7 on Wednesday and West Catholic 3-7 on Thursday for school-uniform fittings.  Parents can get their kids sized and place orders for CC uniforms and or IHM uniforms.  There is no shipping charge or sales tax so it is a good time to take advantage of this service. 

BREAKFAST IS SERVED! The Knights of Columbus are providing a delicious BREAKFAST this Sunday morning after both Masses.  Help the IHM Knights raise money to purchase a new ultrasound machine in Ionia.  It is well known that ultrasounds save lives when expectant parents see their child moving in the mother’s womb.  Bring the family over and help support this worthy cause!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dear IHM Families,

We have two wonderful members of the IHM Family retiring at the end of this school year. We are sad to see them go but excited for the adventures that God has planned for them. 
Mrs. Lori Brecken has been working for Immaculate Heart of Mary for 29 years.  She is looking forward to spending hoards of time with her “adopted” four grandchildren, ages newborn to 6, and also to doing many projects around the house and yard (She’s a bit of a “handy-man”), and of course, finally reading the stacks and stacks of books next to her nightstand! She also loves to cook and can now indulge in a little more time and experimentation with it.
Mrs. Margaret DeVito has been working for the Diocese of Grand Rapids for 25 years with 8 years at Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She is excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with her grandchildren and family.

We are incredibly thankful that Christ has given us the wonderful opportunity to include these two women in our IHM family.  Both have made IHM a better place and shown God’s love in all that they do.  I encourage all of the IHM family to stop by and wish both Margaret and Lori the best and thank them for their passion for Christ and for kids.      

In Christ,
Michael Thomasma, Ed.S.
Immaculate Heart of Mary
AWARDS CEREMONY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 4-8 This afternoon at 2:15pm. All are welcome to join us in the gym!
FIELD DAY 2017! Parents of K-3rd graders…and beyond!  Our annual Field Day is being held on Thursday, June 8th from 11:30 until the end of the school day.  We are in need of more parent volunteers to help out with our activities and hang out with our awesome K-3rd graders! Our 7th graders are a blessing on Field Day, but parents are needed to make sure everyone is safe and transitions through the day smoothly. Please email Lauren Sombati at if you are willing to help out or have any questions. Thank you so much for your help in making Field Day a memory for our kiddos!
SAVE THE EVENING…Thursday, June 8, an all-school year-end pool party at Ridgmoor Pool!  6-8pm~ Details forthcoming. Just get it on the calendar!!!!!
DISCIPLES IN ACTION   Still collecting school supplies for the orphanage in Brazille, trial size personal care items for the Home of Hope, and coins in the Blue Baby Bottles for Life.
Turn in your donations this week to your child’s homeroom. We will get it to the right donation box for you!  Thank you for your generosity!
AUCTION 2017   Yesssssss!  Planning is already underway! Auction Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers that would be willing to offer their talents in helping to solicit donations throughout the summer for the 2017 IHM school auction. We have a set list of businesses who have been pre-screened as potential donors. Your role would be to send a letter, make a phone call, or stop by to visit the local store manager and give a scripted request for donations. Additionally, we are looking for 3-4 people to handle “check-out”  the night of the event. If you are willing to help with either of these jobs  — or would like to help with the auction, but feel your talents could be utilized better elsewhere, please contact Maureen Jeakle (616.706.2257) or Carey Neilson (616.916.8046) at Thank you for your consideration!

Wednesday May 17, 2017

A REQUEST FROM ONE OF OUR IHM FAMILIES IN NEED.   Mrs. Tiana Madison, (Matthew (1st) and Myah (young 5’s) mom) is in need of a kidney transplant. Below is the link to the criteria for living donors. Andrea Ludskow at 616-685-5187 is the living donor advocate for Tiana and she can help answer any questions you may have.  Mrs. Madison’s  insurance will cover all expenses for a living donor–we just need a match…and your prayers in helping one come forward.   On behalf of the Madison Family, thank you!

ACADEMIC AWARDS Tomorrow, Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 2:15 until 3 pm.  Kids in grades 4-8 will be recognized for specific achievements. Parents are welcome to attend!

AN INTERNET HEADS-UP There’s a new social media challenge going around in which people take pictures of themselves in potentially life-threatening situations. The genesis of this is somewhat darker. Our friend Chris McKenna of Protect Young Eyes recently reported on this.  Here’s a link to that post for more information. Blue Whale Challenge, 13 Reasons Why, Killfie Explained

PLEASE LOAD YOUR KID’S LUNCH ACCOUNT TODAY...Many kids’ accounts are in the red and need to be filled! Thank you. Notices coming home today and tomorrow.

FIELD DAY 2017! Parents of K-3rd graders…and beyond!  Our annual Field Day is being held on Thursday, June 8th from 11:30 until the end of the school day.  We are in need of more parent volunteers to help out with our activities and hang out with our awesome K-3rd graders! Our 7th graders are a blessing on Field Day, but parents are needed to make sure everyone is safe and transitions through the day smoothly. Please email Lauren Sombati at if you are willing to help out or have any questions. Thank you so much for your help in making Field Day a memory for our kiddos!
WALK A THON …NEXT TUESDAY!  How are the pledges coming? Challenge your student to gather them over this weekend…All monies collected will fund our FIELD TRIP FUND for the upcoming school year! Can’t wait!

Monday May 15, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Mass was celebrated on Saturday with a full house of people, the Bishop, 4 priests and, of course, the Holy Spirit. Thanks to all our  IHM volunteers who worked to host this historic day celebration!

IHM Home and School Association   We are looking ahead to next school year and still have openings for two volunteers. One is the Sunday Donut Coordinator (Munch and Mingle) and one is to chair our Communications arm of the Association.  These are not big time commitments and will work into anyone’s schedule!  Please email Cathy England if you’re interested! Thank you!



SPORTS PHYSICALS    Every incoming 5-12th-grade student in the Diocese of Grand Rapids that wishes to participate in sports MUST have a sports physical report on file in order to play. IHM members who are also medical professionals will donate their time and talents NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017, from 5-7:00 pm here at IHM School to give your kid the sports physical examination they need. $20 per kid. Good for students going to IHM and Catholic Central High School.

MOTHER SON BOWLING EVENT IS THIS COMING SATURDAY, May 20, 2017, from 3-5:00 pm.  Still spots available. Contact Mrs. Nicole May if you haven’t RSVP’ed and paid your $7 per person. 

FIFTH GRADE Goes to the FARM all NEXT week.

BABY BOTTLES FOR LIFE….fill ’em up with change and return them by June 1

Friday, May 12, 2017

SPRING HAS SPRUNG  AND THE CHICKENS HAVE HATCHED!  Emily is holding one of the dozen chicks nurtured and hatched in our kindergarten classes. Talk about JOY! 

DOWN ON THE FARM  All Next Week, our 5th graders will be out at the Franciscan Farm for their last time engaged in onsight Education.  You may have seen us on Facebook as THE pilot Catholic School for this quarterly learning experience outside of the classroom. We’ve got the farm in our blood and our Franciscan Sisters, too!

IHM DISCIPLES ~ INTERNATIONAL STYLE!  Mrs. Dymowski and her family are making their annual visit “home” to  Brazil this summer and have suitcases to fill! Every year, they visit an orphanage there and this time, they want to bring “somethings” with them —schools supplies!!!!!  It’s the perfect way for IHM Disciples to spread the gospel message of generosity on an international scale! Pencils with fun designs, markers, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, glue, etc. are all greatly appreciated! Have your child enclose a prayer along with their donation!  Items may be brought to school and dropped off in Mrs. D’s room! Bless you!

IHM DISCIPLES FOR LIFE!  Did a blue baby bottle pop up in your home? Grand Rapids Right to Life has is collecting coins/cash in those bottles, to be used to serve women in crisis pregnancy. Please have your kid use some/all of their own coins, fill em up and bring them back to the school office by June 1. Thank you!

IHM GIRLS-ON-THE-RUN DISCIPLES FOR HOPE LODGE:  As part of the Girls on the Run Curriculum,  teams are encouraged to give back to their community. Our IHM team wishes to support  HOPE LODGE– a home-away-from-home for families to stay when a member is going through cancer treatment. They need small supplies to stock the hotel rooms. Please bring them in next week whatever you may be able to provide. 

Travel-size toiletries
AA-size batteries
D-size batteries
Paper Towels
Facial Tissue
Sanitizing Wipes


Thursday, May 11, 2017

THIS is how your kids, Disciples of Christ, live out their faith:

IHM VIP DAY IN THE NEWS  see this link

Please Check Your email for a letter from Fr. Troy

WALK A THON MAY 23! Have your kids been hitting up your neighbors, relatives, and or the parish priest for pledges for their walk on the 23rd?  All money collected will go to the School Transportation Fund, to pay for field trips all next year! Checks may be made out to IHM.

OUR 6TH GRADERS ARE HAVING A BLAST AT SPRING HILL CAMP...and great weather to boot! They return tomorrow.

LADY OF FATIMA, 100th ANNIVERSARY MASS AND RECEPTION   This Saturday, May 13, 2017, at  11:00 am

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, this Sunday, May 14!

MONDAY, May 15, 2017,  our THIRD GRADERS go to Michigan State Capitol for the day!

YEAR-END AWARDS CEREMONY Next Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Gym.

MOM AND SONS BOWLING EVENT  Saturday May 20, 2017, from 3-5pm at the Clique Lanes. If you haven’t reserved your spot, contact Mrs. Nicole May at 



Wednesday May 10, 2017

THANK YOU! What a perfect day to celebrate our IHM VIP’s! Thank you for sharing your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and IHM Alumnus with us yesterday! Thank you to the MANY moms who provided hospitality, to Mr. Doug and Mr. John for the copious amounts of set of and tear down they did. Thank you, parents, for sending your children to the BLEST PLACE TO BE….IHM!

FREE JEANS DAY TOMORROW, Thursday, May 11. Thanks to Fr. Troy and Mariella’s Mom, Mrs. Cusack! (Ask you kid about what happened after Mass today!)

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 11:00 AM     100TH ANNIVERSARY Of Our Blessed Mother Appearing at Fatima~ Mass and Reception here at Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Please carve out an hour of your family’s busy May schedule to celebrate our Patroness and this historic occasion. Wear your Sunday finest on what is to be a beautiful Saturday Morning!


Friday, May 5, 2017



7/8 GRADE SOCIAL TONIGHT!!!!!!  DeMazenod Room 7-9:15 pm!  Spoons, flip the bottle competition, Singing, Prizes, food and junior-high FUN!   $2 requested Donation!

YEAR END YOUTH MINISTRY PARTY AT CRAIGS CRUISERS…THIS SUNDAY!  For all involved in Youth Ministry here at IHM and for all who wish they would’ve been! Grades 6-12 + their entire families!  $10 per person gets you All you Can Eat food buffet, three activities and 20 credits for video games.  Check in at 5pm at the IHM table in the lobby of Craigs Cruisers and stay until 8! PLEASE register with Mrs. Iwan

PROTECTING YOUNG EYES   This Monday, May 8. Kids will attend presentations about internet safety during the school day and we HIGHLY encourage parents to attend the evening session. Starts at 7pm in the DeMazenod room.

VIP DAY IS TUESDAY!  T U E S D A Y  May 9. Those still working from the original school calendar may have missed this date change we made in February. VIP is Tuesday, May 9 and begins at 12:15 –meeting your special kid over in the vestibule of the church. Mass Begins at 12:30! 

ATHLETIC MEETING TUESDAY EVENING 8:30 PM  In the Dominican Room off of the gym lobby. All are welcome!

FALL 2017 SPORTS SIGN UP    GRACEAC sports sign up can be done here BEFORE JUNE 9th. This link is for all fall sports, boys and girls,  NOT INCLUDING FOOTBALL, and are open to both IHM school and parish students, grades 5-8.  Here is the link  –
This is the link for FOOTBALL ONLY, for boys of the parish or school in grades 5-8 —
Please complete by the last day of school — June 9. Obviously, there will be new students who join school during the summer, but this will give us a head start leading into the 2017 fall season. All sports signups and deadlines are now centralized with GRACEAC and no longer controlled by the individual schools.
6TH GRADERS GO TO SPRINGHILL CAMP    Wednesday through Friday!  Take the Love of God with You as you go!
LAP TIME!~   Thursday May 11 at 10 am  !!!!!