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October 13, 2017

To Jesus through Mary

This week, we continue our study of Mary and the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. As we say our decade each day, we offer prayers to Mary to intercede for us, and we offer prayers for special intentions of our students, staff, and the parish. If you have a need, please send me an email, and we will add your intention to our list.

The next two Joyful Mysteries are the Nativity of the Lord and the Presentation in the Temple. The Nativity is probably the most familiar story for all of our students. It is very easy to picture the stable in Bethlehem; the star; Mary and Joseph with the donkey, the shepherds and wise men. The Presentation is not as familiar. When asked about it, quite a few students described the story of Jesus staying in the temple when his parents didn’t know where he was. The presentation is a story prior to that – when Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple for the ritual of consecration. When He was brought into the temple, Simeon, who was waiting for the Messiah to arrive before he died, held the baby and immediately recognized Him as the long awaited savior. His recognition was immediate. In many Bible stories, we are told to see the face of God in everyone we meet. I know I fall short in that challenge. I might feel pity, compassion, or empathy for some, but if I truly saw God, would I be able to walk by without offering more than a smile or nod? I pick and choose who I am going to help, but who am I to pass judgment and determine who needs (or even worse, deserves) my help? It is such a sad commentary that in our society we experience fear in offering assistance to a stranger. What risk do we run if we engage those that Jesus identified in multiple parables – the lost sheep, the victim, the persecuted? Given those risks, it is a challenge for us to teach our children how to care for others. Our faith is not a "do as I say, not as I do" religion. We teach by our actions. Our school is founded on the Franciscan tradition of faith and service, and so one of our goals this year is to do more active service with our students. Classes will be doing the service rather than just collecting money or items for donation. While those collections are important, and we will continue to support organizations in that way, the reality is that the collection is more your service than your child’s! Our teachers have brainstormed ideas, and several parents have offered some wonderful suggestions for active service projects, so be on the lookout for opportunities for us to model our faith in action.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


We had hoped to begin “Toying Around with Science” this week, but postponed it. That session will be made up.

If you would like to sign your child up for future topics, you can register on line by clicking on the link: https://scienceexplorers.com/registration/?z=21921&r=10&s=20&c=185&t=&l=674&ct

We also have registration forms available in the main office.



Interims were sent home today. Our parent-teacher conferences will be next Thursday and Friday. If you haven’t made an appointment, please call the office, and Miss Jeremy will assist you. Teachers will be available on Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 and on Friday from 12:30 to 3:00. If you are unable to meet during those times, please contact the teacher for a time that will work for you. We strongly encourage all parents to have a conference.



Winter uniforms will begin on Nov. 1. Please take a moment to review the Parent / Student Handbook for proper uniforms and to ensure that the uniform fits your child.

It if becomes cool in the next week and a half, students may start to wear the winter uniform early, but beginning on Nov. 1, the warm-weather uniform may not be worn.

Reminder: Navy blue sweaters and  navy Hawks apparel sweatshirts are acceptable. Other sweatshirts are not permitted to be worn during the day with the exception of recess.


You should have received our modified home report this week with a letter from Dr. De Angelo if your child was an ICS student last year in grades 2 through 7. If you did not receive the report, please contact the office. If you have questions about the report, you may contact your child’s teacher or me, and we will help you!


 Emily’s Update 

  • October 29th  Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching. It’s a good time of year, with all of the parades, for ICS to get out there and be seen! I have registered Immaculate Conception School in the Halloween Parade in Newark, DE. It is on Sunday, October 29th at 3pm.  We must check in at the information booth at George Read Park by 2:30 p.m. on parade day. We are preparing our float, and are excited to see the families who have signed up. We have the truck and float, but if someone is comfortable driving, please let us know. It's not too late to add your name to the list of attendees - just e-mail me if you want to march or ride with us and represent the school!!! emurphy@icschoolweb.org

Thank you for helping me spread the word about all the great things going on at ICS



For any student who may be experiencing difficulty dealing with grief following the death of a loved one, there is an in-school bereavement program that is free and is facilitated by a trained clinician who would come to ICS to work with your child/children.  All referrals would be made through Mrs. Januszka.  This program has been very well-received by students in the past. 



The November lunch order form was emailed yesterday. It is available on our website, teachers’ School World pages, at the bottom of this page. If you would like your child to participate in any of the special lunches, please complete the form and send it to school with payment before Oct. 27. If you wish to break the month into two sections, the secondary due date is Nov. 9 for the second half of the month. Please remember:

  • One student per form

  • One payment (cash or check) per family

  • Payment accompanies the order form for one child.

  • The due dates are critical for the paperwork and ordering on our end.

  • If you ordered pizza for next Friday (Oct. 27), your order will automatically carry over to Nov. 3 since students won’t be eating lunch here on Friday!



Please see the attached flyer with information about Bishop Malooly’s 5K race that will be held on November 18. It would be wonderful to have ICS represented that day!




  • Wednesday –Chick-fil-A lunch; Science Explorer Club Toying Around with Science 1; Beginner band begins after school; PSO Executive Committee meeting @6:30

  • Thursday – Parent Conferences from 3:00 to 6:00

  • Friday –ICS Sports Team Jersey dress down day;  ½ Day for students; Aftercare is available; Parent Conferences from 12:30 to 3:00

  • Sunday – Newark Halloween Parade @3:00



October               31 – Story Time; Halloween parade and Trunk-or-Treat

November           1 – Winter uniform starts; Picture retakes; All Saints Day Mass; Science Explorer Club Toying Around with Science 2

                             2 – All Souls’ Prayer Service; Luisa’s Lunch; PSO General Meeting

                             3 – First Friday Mass

                             8 – 6th grade Vocations trip; Chick-fil-A lunch; Science Explorer Club Toying Around with Science 3

                             10 – No School; Staff Retreat

                             11-12 – Parish Bazaar

                             14 – Donuts with Dinkle; Story Time; PSO Lunch

                             15 - Science Explorer Club Toying Around with Science 5

                             16 – 7th grade Special Persons’ Lunch

                              21 – ½ Day; NO AFTERCARE

                              22-24 – No School; Happy Thanksgiving

                              29 – Chick-fil-A Lunch





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