Wednesday News

October 28, 2020

Second Grade First Reconciliation Meeting - Tonight

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

Immaculate Conception Church

The second grade students will be receiving two beautiful sacraments this year, their first reconciliation and their first Holy Communion. This meeting will prepare you and outline the expectations as your child develops a closer relationship with Christ through these sacraments.

Digital Wellness Wednesday

Digital Wellness and Internet Safety are topics that the IC Home & School Association (HASA) has highlighted the past few years. Some families may have attended the presentation by Jesse Weinberger, internet safety expert and author of The Boogeyman Does Exist, and He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket. Other families may be participated in viewing SCREENAGERS: The Movie (By Delaney Ruston) and roundtable discussions on ways to find balance in tech usage…for our children as well as OURSELVES!

As the organization that has highlighted this important topic, HASA has been asked by parents if this information is relevant for children that are not teen/ tweens or do not have smartphones. The short answer is YES. It is never too early to learn ways to manage screen-time and prepare them to navigate risky situations. The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is 10-years-old and 64% of kids have access to the internet via their own devices. Tech usage comes with great responsibility—and requires an intentional training process.

In an effort to support IC families in what has become a challenge for nearly everyone in our society, HASA will continue to share information and resources that can guide us to more informed decision making when it comes to access and usage of technology.

Use the following resources to begin or continue your pursuit of digital wellness:

  • START (Stand Together and Rethink Technology) START is a non-profit that exists to “help families pursue digital health, so that kids grow up captivated by life, not screens!
  • Read, print, and discuss this “Parent’s Guide” from WOSU. This guide covers digital Well-Being, Citizenship, Safety, and Etiquette. Also found on this page is a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to create a “Family Media Plan.”
  • Consider following this Facebook Page (a private page for families of IC students) to share resources, research, and support for digital wellness.

There is no denying that screen-time, smartphones, the internet, video games, streaming devices, YouTube, and social media have all impacted our lives and our children’s lives in many ways. Some of the impact has been positive but some of it detrimental. This negative impact is what we hope to change.

“Change depends on a lot of people making choices TOGETHER. Kids and parents can’t easily or very successfully make individual choices…we as a society need to agree to opt-out.”— TRISTAN HARRIS, FORMER ETHICIST AT GOOGLE

It is OK to say “No,” “wait,” “not yet,” “when you’re older,” and the like. But most important, it is OK to say, “Not until I know more.” WE are role models of tech usage and guardians of the minds that are consuming seven or more hours of daily screen-time (in addition to schoolwork). Let’s support each other to learn more and create a healthy balance in this digital world 😊

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will happen on Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The conferences will be held virtually using Zoom this year. Homeroom teachers will email parents a passcode to sign into the meeting. Parents will then be placed in a waiting room until it is their assigned time to enter.

Families with children in grades preschool through sixth grade will receive a link the morning of Tuesday, November 3 to sign up for a time. Families with children in the junior high are asked to call the school office at 614-267-6579 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 3 to schedule a conference with the Junior High Team.

1:30 Dismissal - Friday October 30

Please plan ahead. We will be having a 1:30 dismissal on Friday, October 30. Please be sure that students know how they will be going home. Teachers will be using this time to work their grades as this is the last day of the first quarter. We will also be having a school-wide dress down (no costumes) day and the Halloween parties on this day.

Picture Retake Day - Thursday, October 29

Picture Retake day will be Thursday, October 29. If your child has already had his/her picture taken, you will need to return the original picture package on this day. Students may dress down for their pictures, but they must change into their uniforms immediately after the pictures are taken.

Group pictures (with masks) will also be taken this day.

All Saints Celebration - Wednesday, November 4

All Saints Day falls on a Sunday this year. As a result, we plan to celebrate the lives of the saints by having our first graders dress up as their patron saint on Wednesday, November 4 for the 8:30 school Mass. Seating is limited so we will be live streaming the Mass ( so all can watch and participate. If you would like to attend in person, you may sit in the back half of the church or in Marian Hall where we are set up for overflow seating. The little saints will walk through Marian Hall before and after Mass so you will have the pleasure of seeing them in addition to celebrating Mass virtually along with us.

Calamity Days and Test Alert

With the advances in technology and experience in remote learning, there has been some conversation of teachers teaching remotely during any future calamity (snow) days. We have made the decision that we will not be doing this for the 2020-2021 school year. The main reason is that calamity days are not planned and teachers may not have the required materials at home to teach effectively.

We will be sending a test alert to test our emergency notification system this Friday at approximately noon. Our emergency notifications will only go to email and text messages. We will not be calling families this year. If you do not receive this alert by 2:00 p.m. please contact the school office to let us know.

Power of the Pen

Power of the Pen will be taking place this year! Power of the Pen is Ohio's interscholastic writing league for seventh and eighth graders. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their creative writing skills! Tournaments will be online this year. We will be meeting on Wednesdays and the meetings will last till 3:30. Our first meeting has changed to Thursday, October 29. It will go till 3:30. If you have any questions, feel free to email Miss Ditalia at
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The book fair is returning this fall! Our Scholastic book fair will kick-off Monday November 9 and last through Friday November 13. Information will be coming home with your student soon. 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. You can also shop online on our fair page from 11/4-11/17. Thanks in advance for supporting our school book fair and fostering a love of reading with your student!

Learning in Miss Dannemiller's Class

Miss Dannemiller's students are learning about how farming has changed over time, counting, needs vs. wants, and producing paper pizzas.

Getting to Know Our Staff

We are going to feature a few of the faculty and staff each week beginning this week. We hope it is a fun way to get to know some of the people your children interact with on a daily basis.

Carmen Minardi - Title I Teacher

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High School: Lima Central Catholic, Lima, OH

College: Ohio University, BA; Ohio State MSW; Ashland University, Teaching Certification

Years at Immaculate Conception School: Starting year 2

What is your favorite thing about Immaculate Conception School: I love how wonderfully polite and eager to learn the students are.

Favorite Saint: St. Therese of Lisieux, because she did small things with great love. As crazy as the world is right now, doing small things all the time is more important than doing big things once in a while.

  • What are some of your hobbies? Reading, golf, going to my son’s hockey games
  • Do you have pets? Yes, a Treeing Walker Coon Hound named Phil. He looks like a really tall beagle
  • What are your favorite sports teams? Olentangy Liberty Patriots Hockey (especially #27;); Columbus Blue Jackets
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of? My two children who seem to be making really good choices and are kind to others.
  • What are you excited about right now? I’m excited to be in the classroom and working with students in person.
  • What is your ideal vacation destination? I’ll take any beach with my family.
  • Where did your name come from? I am named after my dad :) His birth name was the Italian version: Carmelo
  • What is something you have always wanted to do? Learn sign language
  • Who is your hero? My grandfather. He came to the US from Sicily completely alone as a 17 year old and raised a wonderful family.

Mackenzie Traina - Preschool Teacher

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High School: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Homeschool Minerva, Ohio

College: Walsh University: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Minor in Theology

Years at Immaculate Conception School: 2

What is your favorite thing about Immaculate Conception School: I love being able to openly integrate Catholicism into everything we do!

Favorite Saint: St Gianna Beretta Molla - a modern day saint canonized by my favorite pope, Pope John Paul II. Her husband told a story of her after she gave birth to their last daughter. Her health was declining and she knew that she would likely pass after giving birth; however, her husband brought her fashion magazines home from a business trip he took to Paris, and she marked all the clothes she wanted to make if she was able to live long enough. She was an ordinary person who surrendered her life completely to the Lord; she is an example to me of how to turn my everyday responsibilities into opportunities for holiness.

  • Do you have pets? Yes! I have one puppy, Lilo. She is an English Springer Spaniel mix.
  • Where did your name come from? My name is Mackenzie Rose; My first name is after my Dad’s Uncle Mac. My middle name is after my Mother’s Grandmother. I share that middle name with upwards of 20 other people in my family!
  • What are you looking forward to? I am looking forward to having children one day.
  • What is your favorite place you’ve visited? My favorite place I’ve visited is a tie between Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur or Bryce Canyon National Park.

November Lunch Menu

Please click below to download the November lunch menu.

My Man GodFrey

Please join us in supporting the fall Bishop Watterson High School Theatre Department's production of My Man Godfrey. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this production, starring I.C. alumni as cast and crew, was pre-recorded at The Valley Dale Ballroom on October 19, 2020, and will NOT be performed live at any specific venue. Once a ticket link is purchased, a unique link will be delivered so that you may view the film over the internet (on your computer or mobile device), for the specific show date you designated.
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Saint Charles Preparatory School Open House

Saint Charles Preparatory School will host an Open House Weekend on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1. Families from all over central Ohio will be able to come to our campus to learn more about the many opportunities that St. Charles has to offer. The times and dates are:

  • Saturday, October 31 - 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 1 - 12:00 p.m. and 2:30PM

Registration is required to attend. Because of physical space limitations, we must have families reserve a space in one of the times listed. Reservations are limited to four people from one family. Please go to the sign-up link to make your reservation:

Boys Lacrosse Information

The Columbus Saints Boys Lacrosse Club was established in 2003 for seventh and eighth grade boys who are currently enrolled in a Columbus Catholic grade school, or for Catholic boys whose public/private school does not offer a lacrosse program. This team competes against other public middle schools around central Ohio as well as competes in the middle school state championship tournament (of which they are a past winner).

Lacrosse is a SPRING sport.

In lieu of a face to face meeting we will be having a virtual informational meeting on Sunday, November 1 from 2-3pm. The information is below. The attached flyer also has the relevant information. Currently the Saints is for 7th and 8th grade students; however, parents of ANY AGE boys are encouraged to attend if you have an interest. There are other great opportunities for K-6 graders that we can discuss.

  • Date: Sunday, November 1
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Link:
  • Note: This session is for parents and boys of any grade who are interested in lacrosse and learning about the Saints.

Please feel free to reach out to Jason Turpening with any questions. (614) 915-4700. You can also contact Coach Lardiere directly at