Wednesday News

January 12, 2022

Dear Parents,

Our first two weeks back from Christmas break have been busy. We are grateful to have your children here each day, as we know this is the best place for their spiritual, academic, social, and emotional development and stability. We will continue to do all we can to ensure our school remains open each day, and we appreciate your partnership in this effort.

There are some clarifications I’d like to make to keep our school and parish community as safe and healthy as possible.

  1. Continue to inform the school of positive cases in your household.
  2. If your child is exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms, please keep them home until the symptoms have significantly improved or have resolved
  3. THIS IS NEW – The current guidelines allow students to remain in school if there is a positive household exposure and the student is fully updated with all vaccinations. Many of our parents opt to keep their children home if there is a positive household case regardless of vaccination status. That is appreciated.

If parents feel it is more beneficial to have their child in school than at home with a positive household exposure, that is fine. We will work with the grade level teachers to allow for similar spacing strategies as we used last year to keep possible asymptomatic spread to a minimum.

Communication of Positive Cases: I know you have received emails almost daily of positive COVID cases. I am required to share information about positive cases, so to streamline communication, here is what you can expect beginning today and moving forward when one or more positive cases are reported:

  • Staff is informed
  • Close contacts to the positive case are notified
  • Parents in the specific grade level of the positive case are notified
  • The entire school will not be notified of a positive case via email. We have a COVID counter on our school website that will be updated each day a positive case is reported. (You can go directly to that page by clicking here.) If you are interested in keeping track of our school’s total numbers, please check here. We are in no way trying to hide any information, but the effectiveness of the repetitive, daily emails has diminished.

I want you to know that our average daily absences are within the normal range of a non-COVID year. That is positive information and something to keep in mind as stories in the news can give a different impression.

As I shared earlier, the school staff is grateful for all you continue to do at home to keep the spread of this virus at a minimum. Keep your faith strong and your prayer life rich as that will help guide us all through these challenging times.


Colleen Kent

FACTS Information

Starting this Friday, families will be able to view and pay their student's lunch balance through the Family Portal on FACTS. This process has taken longer than we had anticipated from the start of the year. We understand this is less than ideal, but we wanted to ensure that it was error-free when we launch it. The button below will give the steps to view your balance, pay the balance, and add money to a lunch account. We are asking that all families have their lunch balances paid by Monday, February 28.

There will also be a "Lunch" section in the Family Portal. In this area, you can view the month's lunch menus and even order ahead of time. If you do not order at home, teachers will still be doing a traditional lunch count every morning.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Clucus at

Archaeological Cookie Excavation

2F is digging into the past with an archaeological investigation! After using observation to illustrate the surface of their excavation site, the students used tools to excavate artifacts from their cookies. Finally, the students will assign meaning to their findings through writing. What did they find? What condition were the artifacts in when they were found?

IMportant Update for Kindergarten Preview

Kindergarten Preview is next Wednesday, January 19 for all prospective kindergarten parents and their child. Our morning session will now begin at 9:30 a.m. as opposed to 9:00 a.m. The 7:00 p.m. evening session has not changed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Congratulations Miss Bardnell

On Saturday, January 22, MIss Bardnell will be celebrating the sacrament of Marriage. To honor this most special day, her preschool students threw her a surprise wedding shower.

Bishop Watterson High School Second Quarter Honor Roll

Students at Bishop Watterson High School who earn a 3.7 grade point average or higher earn a spot on the honor roll. Below is a list of the Immaculate Conception students and parishioners who have earned this honor.

  • Alaina Bennett
  • Finn Braam
  • Amelia Brown
  • Grace Cantwell
  • Colin Dawson
  • Maija Eglitis
  • Alexis Erkman
  • Owen Ferguson
  • Elizabeth Fields
  • Helena Flynn
  • Frank Gill
  • Mia Gill
  • Grace Greene
  • Elizabeth Haulund
  • Michael Hicks
  • Catherine Intihar
  • Chance Jacobs
  • Maren Jenkins
  • Parker Jenkins
  • Magdalene Johnson
  • Rosemary Kay
  • Molly Leathley
  • Patrick Mangini
  • Aiden McAninch
  • Madeline McCandlish
  • Colin McCandlish
  • Jocelyn Miller
  • Davis Minzler
  • Jack Monaghan
  • Grace Monaghan
  • Elizabeth Morrison
  • Helena Musielewicz
  • Katie Nguyen
  • Benjamin Ortega
  • Joy Packard
  • Samuel Ponesse
  • Michael Ponesse
  • Thomas Price
  • Nora Racz
  • Benjamin Reing-Hurley
  • Ava Ross
  • Audrey Ruschau
  • Brendan Scholl
  • Sophia Schultheis
  • Benjamin Stauffer
  • Noah Stauffer
  • Anna Stauffer
  • Jack Summanen
  • Emily Summanen
  • Isabelle Thomas
  • Elizabeth Thomas
  • Reese Tucker
  • Halli Valus
  • Kelsi Valus
  • Natalie Wallace
  • Cade Warren
  • Samantha Wehrle
  • Matthias Wenning
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Isabel Winters
  • Kiera Yeck
  • Mary Heink
  • Zoe Nolen

Knights of Columbus Diaper Drive

The Knights of Columbus are collecting diapers on the weekend of January 22-23 to benefit families who have chosen life over abortion. Please prayerfully consider donating diapers for January Right for Life month. All donations will serve the Pregnancy Decision Health Center in Columbus, Ohio. Diaper sizes 3 and 4 are the greatest need. For cash donations please see the QR code or give online at the Immaculate Conception Parish website. Many families face challenges and hardships with pregnancy and having a child. By providing this service, we not only lighten their burden but also show our support for life. Due to COVID, we will have a drive-through drop-off after the 4:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. masses at the IC garage. Follow the signs. Please do not drop donations in the church or gathering space.

Columbus Saints Boys Lacrosse Club


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 and runs from late February through the end of May

They will be announcing registration and relevant season dates VERY SHORTLY

If your son has ever expressed any interest, or even if you have never heard of lacrosse until now and are curious, please reach out ASAP. There’s a reason lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in North America! We want to get you on our mailing list as soon as possible.

Returning players - please reach out to your school’s Saints liaison or to the contact information below.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Or to Jason Turpening at (614) 915-4700.

Please visit their website:

COVID-19 Information

As families continue to look for testing sites, we would like to share the testing and community health centers in the state. You can find those by clicking here. You are strongly encouraged to call before visiting any of the locations to ensure they have the ability to conduct a test. Many times, if they are unable to test you, they can direct you to a location that is currently able to do so.

Also, if you are looking for a place for your initial vaccination or your booster shot, the city of Columbus is offering several clinics. You can find that information by clicking here.

Information Station

  • Tuesday, January 11 - Dining out at Raising Cane's
  • Wednesday, January 12 - Day of Eucharistic Adoration in the Church
  • Friday, January 14 - End of the second quarter, 1:30 dismissal
  • Monday, January 17 - No School, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 18-21 - STAR Testing for all grades
  • Tuesday, January 18 - HASA Meeting in the school library
  • Wednesday, January 19 - Kindergarten Preview, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Marian Hall
  • Thursday, January 20 - School Advisory Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 21 - Report Cards published through FACTS, around 3:00 p.m.

Immaculate Conception School

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