Looking Ahead Dates 21-22 School Year
Each month we will be sharing with our IHM families a “Looking Ahead” calendar that includes special events and additional information for you to use as a reference. We hope that this information assists you with your planning and answers questions that you may have. We will continue to include all of these dates in the Weekly Wednesday email as well. You can find the “Looking Ahead” for November 2021 information as you continue to read and as an attachment to this email. We believe in effective and consistent communication with our school families and we thank you for your continued support.
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Looking Ahead Dates
*As we enter the colder months of winter, please be sure your child brings and wears a jacket as well as a hat and gloves/mittens. We will make every effort to go outside for recess as long as the real-feel temperature is above 30 degrees. It would be most helpful for all winter gear to be labeled with your child’s name or initials. If your child does not have the appropriate warm weather gear, he/she may be kept inside during recess.*
November 23: Last day of trimester 1. Report cards will be issued electronically on December 2.
November 24 – 28: No school due to Thanksgiving.
November 29: First day of trimester 2. We will celebrate as a school community the first week of Advent with the lighting of the Advent wreath. For 8th graders participating in the HSPT prep class, the final meeting will take place today from 3:15-4:15pm.
November 30: Christmas Pageant pictures due to Mrs. Bickraj via Padlet for students in grades 1-4. The Padlet link can be accessed here: https://padlet.com/abickraj/
Christmas Pageant videos for students in grade 3 due to Mrs. Bickraj via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Week of November 30: The IHM chapter of the NJHS will be sponsoring a hat/glove/mitten/scarf collection (all sizes and styles) to benefit Mitch Bricks. This is a local organization that seeks to bring the gift of play into homeless shelters for children, but also seeks to provide basic necessities, such as hats/gloves/mittens during the winter months. Donation bins will be placed at morning arrival doors.
December 1: Grade 8 students take the HSPT at IHM. 8th grade students can wear their IHM PE uniform and should bring a water bottle, snack, registration number from the HSPT portal as well as two #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils permitted). 8th grade students only will be dismissed at 12:15 pm from the gym lobby doors – please enter/exit the parking lot from the gate on Loch Raven Blvd, closest to the church. If your 8th grade child is NOT taking the HSPT, he/she does not need to attend school on this day.
December 2: Inclement weather date for HSPT. Report cards for trimester 1 will be released electronically for all students. If you have any issues accessing the report card, please contact Sister Audrey Frances (email@example.com).
December 3: IHM’s Annual Day of Service. IHM students can wear their IHM PE uniform and tennis shoes. All students will participate in various service related activities throughout the school day. This will not be an academic day for students and teachers. It is also a Pizza Friday.
December 4: IHM Father’s Club sponsored Breakfast with Santa. Please refer to Monday communications from the HSA with specific details for this event.
December 6: Virtual Advent Week #2 Wreath Lighting with students watching in homerooms.
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception with students attending mass virtually or in-person at 10:30 am.
December 10: For $2 (one dollar per foot), IHM students are invited to wear their regular Friday uniform but can wear THEIR CHOICE of socks and THEIR CHOICE of shoes. Feel free to mix and match too! The money collected will support the rebirth of our IHM Theater program under the direction of 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Katie Noppinger. The IHM Theater program will be sharing exciting news with the school community this month regarding a return to stage in the Spring of 2022! It is also a Pizza Friday.
Week of December 13: IHM will be hosting a baby shower for Baby Jesus with all donations going to Share Baby in Baltimore. This local organization looks to meet the needs of Baltimore’s youngest children through the distribution of diapers and other essential baby needs. IHM will be collecting new and unopened diapers, wipes, baby shampoo/body wash and diaper cream throughout the week with donation bins at doors during morning arrival.
December 14 – 16: HSA Sponsored Santa Shop. This is an opportunity for students to bring in money and do some simple shopping for their families for Christmas. A more detailed description will be provided in Monday HSA communications.
December 15: Advent Penance Service at 2:15 pm with students attending virtually or in the church. There will be a livestream from the IHM Parish MD You Tube page.
December 16: As a kick-off to Christmas Spirit Week, Student Council will be sponsoring a hot chocolate sale for students to enjoy during lunch. The cost will be $2 and orders will be accepted from December 2-9. An order form will be sent home with all students on December 2. Day #1 of Christmas Spirit Week: Sockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Students can wear their favorite Christmas or holiday socks/tights/leggings with their regular IHM uniform. Finally, the Annual IHM Christmas Pageant, as performed by students in grades 1-4, will be released via a video link for families to enjoy and share with others.
December 17: Day #2 of Christmas Spirit Week: Holly Jolly Headwear. Students can wear holiday headbands, Santa or elf hats, reindeer antlers with their regular IHM uniform. All headwear will be removed for Mass at 9:00 am. It is also a Pizza Friday.
December 20: Day #3 of Christmas Spirit Week: Deck the Halls with Holiday Cheer. Students can wear IHM PE sweatpants along with a Christmas sweater, shirt, vest or sweatshirt. No additional accessories. Homeroom classes will have their Christmas party celebrations. The times will be determined by the homeroom teacher.
December 21: Day #4 of Christmas Spirit Week: Twas the Night Before Christmas Break. Students can wear their favorite pajamas or “couch potato” attire (sweatpants and sweatshirts). Students will enjoy a donut & juice breakfast sponsored by the HSA. Students will participate in a Christmas prayer service. There is a 12:15 pm early dismissal with NO Beyond the Bell in the afternoon. Students will eat lunch prior to dismissal.
December 22 – January 3: School closed due to Christmas break.
January 4: School resumes.
January 7,14,21,28: Pizza Fridays
January 10 – 28: The Winter Scantron window for testing students in grades 2 – 8 in reading, language and math opens. All tests will be taken electronically.
January 17: No school for students and teachers due to Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
January 28: Kick off to Catholic Schools Week. All IHM students and faculty are invited to wear IHM spiritwear and/or school colors along with IHM PE sweatpants and tennis shoes to celebrate the upcoming Catholic Schools Week 2022. There is no additional cost to participate.
January 29 & 30: Kick off to Catholic Schools Week.
January 31: Catholic Schools Week begins at IHM. A detailed information sheet with out of uniform days and events will be distributed mid-month.
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