Wednesday News

November 4, 2020

Partners in Faith

This year, we will be delivering our monthly Partners in Faith electronically. This month offers several great features such as:

  • A new year begins. The liturgical year begins on the Sunday that is closest to the Feast of the Apostle Andrew, which occurs on November 30. This year, the first Sunday of Advent is November 29.
  • An Advent calendar with a focus on how can we give the gifts of ourselves during Advent.
  • This issue is about the beauty of Heaven. It explains what it will be like and why it is worth the wait.

You can download this month's edition and the advent calendar below.

Report Cards

Report cards will be published this Friday around 3:00 p.m. through Digital Academy. After report cards are published, you will receive an email with a link to the report card. You can also view the report cards by logging into the desktop version of Digital Academy. Digital Academy does not offer the option to view report cards through their mobile app.

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The book fair is returning next week! Our Scholastic book fair will kick-off Monday November 9 and remain open the rest of the week. Information is coming home with your student this week. It will be located in the media center and students will be shopping during library times only. Due to COVID we are solely using Scholastic's eWallet payment feature, which is similar to a gift card. Funds can be added to your student's account on our fair page or you can shop online from 11/4-11/17. Thanks in advance for supporting our school book fair and fostering a love of reading with your student!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. On or before November 10, you will receive a Zoom link from the teacher(s) you signed up with. When you click on the link, you will be placed in the waiting room. When it is your time for the conference, the teacher will admit you to the conference.

If you have not signed up yet, please click here for a list of the links to each of the teachers' conference signups.

Amazon Smile

Thanks for purchasing through Amazon Smile – so far more than $120 has been raised! When you shop and designate Immaculate Conception Parish ( as your preferred charity, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to IC Home and School Association (HASA). Funds will be used to support enhancements and programs at Immaculate Conception School through IC HASA. Giving is simple:

  • Sign into your account at
  • First time? You will be prompted to pick your preferred charity.

  • Been here before? Change your charity under Your Account/Your Amazon Smile.
  • Search for Immaculate Conception Parish, Columbus, OH and click select.

  • Shopping Amazon? Make sure you always start at

Box Tops Contest Winners

The box tops have been counted and results are in! The winners of the Pizza Party and Dress Down Day are the 5th Graders! Congratulations!!

And, the runner-up and winners of a Dress Down Day are the 3rd Graders!

The dressdown day will be Thursday, November 12.

A big THANKS goes out to all of the students and family members for clipping and scanning box tops. As you continue to do so, please make sure that you are writing your name and grade on each Collection Sheet. And, when a family member scans a store receipt, remind them to type your name and grade into the app, so that you will get credit toward the next contest.

Details for the next Box Tops Contest will be announced soon! Keep clipping and scanning Box Tops!!

New Monitoring Software: GoGuardian

We recently purchased a new monitoring and filtering software for school devices called GoGuardian. This product allows us to better manage student access to specified content on their school devices both at-school and at home. The monitoring happens through their Google Account when they are logged in to it. There is a seperate at-home policy that allows students access to streaming sites and additional games they would not normally be allowed to access during the school day, but still filters all inappropriate content. GoGuardian is a great tool for us to ensure our students are staying safe on their devices.

One of the features of GoGuardian is GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of your children's activity on school-issued devices and provide you with additional controls during out-of-school hours. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits. More information will come next week! If you have any questions, you can reach out to our technology coordinator Mrs. Kister at

ICAA Spirit Wear Sale

It is spirit wear time again! Show your school spirit & order yours today!

Sale dates are November 1 through November 22. Your items will be distributed through school the week of December 7th, in time for Christmas gifting! If you do not want to send through school, no problem, you can have it shipped directly to your home! Please pay close attention to sizing, adult is unisex sizing. For example, a small adult is larger than a small women’s item. If you have any questions email me at,

Shop and view our store at:

Students of the Month

Each month homeroom teachers select one student to be the Student of the Month. Students are selected based on their behavior in the classroom. It is based on the criteria of respectfulness, honesty, and helpfulness. This is designed to recognize the students that are living their Catholic faith. The Students of the Month for September are:

KD Jack Noll

KT Rocco Cassone

1H Lucas Watson

1D Violet Mackey

2B Addison Zarco

2G James Kane

3T Andrew Noll

3W June Bookwalter

4B Conor Turpening

4J Cole Inkrott

5B Ward Deberson

5C Aedan Richardson

6D Mia Abens

6S Caden Mangini

7B Ava Gill

7K Elise Meyer

8K Lizzie Haulund

8M Tanner Foley

8P Hannah Nguyen

Dining Out at Pizza Primo

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Fall Clean-Up

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Getting to know our staff

Melissa Johnson - Fourth Grade Teacher

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High School: Bishop Watterson High School Columbus, OH

College: Ohio Dominican College 1994-1997 Bachelor Science in Education K-8 (Freshman year at University of Toledo 1993-94)

Years at Immaculate Conception School: 6 years teaching 4th grade, 3 years as a substitute teacher, 4 years as a student (5th-8th grade)

What is your favorite thing about Immaculate Conception School: The community of families, the strong sense of faith and the legacy of my own family at the school (My mom, my aunts & uncles, my siblings and cousins all attended IC)

Favorite Saint: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary - her love of her family, her desire to help others, and her dedication to God

  • Do you have pets? Yes - 1 puppy Murphy

  • What activities were you involved in during high school/college? I played basketball and was the statistician for the Boy’s basketball team in High School

  • What are your favorite sports teams? My girls volleyball teams.

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of? Having 4 kids

  • What is your ideal vacation destination? Hawaii

  • What is your favorite chore? Laundry

  • What are your favorite foods? Avocados, Chips & Salsa, Eggs, Cheese, Tuna

  • What was the best concert you have ever attended? Mumford & Sons

  • What is your favorite song lyric? “Where you invest your love you invest your life…” Awake my Soul by Mumford & Son

  • Where did your name come from? Sweet Melissa by The Allman Brothers

  • What is something you have always wanted to do? Move out West

Caroline Zilly - Art Teacher

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My name is Caroline Zilly. I attended St. Christine’s school (K-8) in Youngstown, Oh and Canfield High School. Then I attended Ohio State University and majored in art education. My husband is John and I have two boys Jack (2nd) and Frankie (K). This is my first year at IC. My favorite part of IC is the students and families. One saint that is nearest and dearest to me is Saint Teresa of Calcutta. I learned about her missionary work in school as a child before she was a saint. I was drawn to her holiness, loving presence and selflessness. She still gives me strength when I am weak.

My hobbies include painting and drawing, snowboarding, cooking, and soaking up the sun. I was the captain of my high school swim team. I swam 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and the 100 backstroke. My favorite sports teams are Ohio State in any sport (my alma mater), Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Cavs!!!! My ideal vacation includes new food experiences, exploring exciting cultures and art, and lots of relaxing time under the sun.

Immaculate Conception Athletic Association Update

Thank you for all you have done to make fall sports a success! We have received the go ahead to have basketball in the winter so registration is now open through November 6th. Unfortunately, there will not be any cheerleading or peewee pep squad offered this year.

Sign up through the Sports Signup Play site:

In addition to this sign up - you must also complete the diocesan sign up (you will be prompted to this site in the middle of the Sports Signup process):

Also, please remember that ICAA follows all of the policies set forth by the Diocesan Recreation Association (DRA), including:

All players must be members of the parish and/or attend the parish school in order to play on the parish team. No player should play in another league or tournament while playing for a parish team. The Diocesan Recreation Association (DRA) runs a program for parish teams that intends to be developmental at early age levels, but also can incorporate a competitive dimension at the junior high level and beyond. We also believe that every participant should have the opportunity to play in each event, and that having fun in participation is fostered. We recognize that parents sign up and commit their children for many activities. The nature of Diocesan sports has been trending to parishes having very lean rosters so that children can participate and enjoy having the maximum playing exposure to the sport. If your child is involved in other sports or activities, please work diligently with your team’s head coach to insure no forfeitures for your team. If an athlete is participating in another sport or activity during the same season, his or her commitment to the parish team is expected and his or her priority must be given to the DRA program over all other programs. The DRA expects the athletes to participate in the DRA games first, in all fairness to the other athletes on the team. The non-parish team coach and activities coordinators must be informed of the participation on both. Parents are advised to balance their children’s time among activities.

For questions, please email us at

Bishop Watterson High School Parent Information Session

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2:15-2:45pm

366 East North Broadway

Columbus, OH

Representatives from Bishop Watterson High School will be visiting our school in order to answer any enrollment questions a parent may have. This event will take place in the Marian Hall parking lot to ensure proper safety protocols can be followed. Any parent who has questions about attending Bishop Watterson High School is welcome to participate.

Schoolbelles Announcement

SchoolBelles's Dublin store is closing on November 8th and re-opening in a new location in the late spring/early summer 2021. Attached please find flyers to share with your families of the news.

Schoolbelles will be having a 30% off everything sale November 8-14. Families can purchase uniform items on their website with FREE shipping at

or over the phone at 888-637-3037. Our school code is s2635. The online ordering will be availible until the new store opens.

Families are encouraged to register their email addresses so they can receive news of our new store location. (existing customer registration) (new customer registration)