Monday, May 13, 2013
The event is sponsored by the IHM Social Justice Committee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church is holding a blood drive on Wednesday, May 15 from 3-8 p.m. and people planning to participate should make appointments. The drive, sponsored by the IHM Social Justice Committee, will take place in the church's lower level, Immaculate Heart posted on its Facebook page. The church includes appointment instructions on the post.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Seventh-graders at the school on Briarcliff Road participated in the event this week.
In celebration of the Lenten season, seventh grade students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School presented the Living Stations of the Cross for the school, parish, and community. Did you take your own photos of the event? Add them above to our user-generated gallery.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Carmen Graciaa, the school's director of faith formation, took the award this year.
Carmen Graciaa, director of faith formation, was named Employee of the Year at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and was honored this month at the archbishop’s education banquet. Graciaa has been at the school for 16 years, having worked as a teacher’s assistant and a middle school religion teacher. She has been instrumental in developing the school’s many religious and community service programs. In addition to the weekly liturgy, some of her favorite programs include service at the Central Night Shelter and the school’s partnership with DeKalb County’s Margaret Harris Comprehensive School. She is most known for her untiring work with the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade program, which markets items such as art, jewelry, coffee…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Catholic school collects beverage can pull taps to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
When student Olivia Bily’s grandmother, Helen Makowski, learned Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School collects beverage can pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, she went into action. She asked all of her neighbors to collect their tabs. Then she packed them up and shipped them to Olivia from her home in New York. The package weighed more than 10 pounds! Carmen Graciaa, the school’s director of faith formation, delivered them to the Ronald McDonald House. The school collects beverage can pull tabs year round to help support Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Second-grader Jamison Katz got his classmates to donate $1 in exchange for one out-of-uniform day.
Jamison Katz, a second grade student at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, initiated a plan to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. His plan was to ask each student to give $1. In return, that student would get an out-of-uniform day for participating. Jamison and his mom met with school Principal James Lee to see if the school could implement the plan. Lee agreed, and the school raised more than $880. The proceeds were given to the Catholic Charities Sandy Relief Fund, which was established to meet the short- and long-term needs of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Veterans from several American wars attended.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School hosted a Veterans Day celebration honoring all active and retired military personnel. The event included a special assembly and reception where second grade students paid tribute to the veterans by singing patriotic songs. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan attended. Joseph Camacho, a 1999 IHM graduate, was the guest speaker. Mr. Camacho answered questions about the military and his commission in Iraq. A special birthday song was sung to Mr. Roy Doepelheur who served in the 34th Infantry as an Army Private 1st Class during WWII. In conjunction with this celebration, IHM school collected items for Military Care Packages. Students assembled and shipped thirty six …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Several second grade students who share the same birthday asked friends to donate books to the school's library.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School's second grade students Annalise O’Connell, Bailey Apgar and Sofia Arboleda all share the same birthday, so they decided to share the same party as well. But instead of receiving personal gifts, they asked friends to bring an item that could benefit the school library. The girls presented three laundry baskets filled with books and accelerated reading prizes to Sandy Wilson, the school's librarian. The girls were inspired by a story they were told about a young girl, Maggie Lee Henson, whose family honors her life each October (her birthday month) with random acts of kindness. Mrs. Wilson said she was overjoyed by the generosity of the Annalise, Bailey and Sofia.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Seventh-graders will begin using the tablet computers as well, expanding a program included only eighth-graders at the Catholic school last year.
Last year every eighth-grade student at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School received their very own iPad 2 courtesy of the Speedwell Foundation, the Shelter Hill Foundations and the Net-Texts Pilot Program. The program was so successful, Bob Baldonado, assistant principal, expanded it into the seventh grade classrooms as well. The iPads replaced textbooks for the eighth-graders and are supplementing texts in seventh grade. This program allows teachers to combine educational resources on the Internet with more conventional teaching materials thus creating a customized, hands-on learning curriculum. Baldonado said the teachers are allowed to design their courses as long as they cover the required curriculum set forth from the Office of …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Nancy Ramos, an eighth-grader, won the award for her 281 hours of community service in just one year.
Nancy Ramos, an eighth grade student at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award for 281 hours of community service in a single year. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This award is tiered based on an individual’s age and amount of service. The most common award is the Bronze Award, followed by the Silver Award, and on occasion the Gold Award is issued. Middle school students at IHM Catholic School are required to serve a minimum of 8-24 hours per year, depending on …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Eighth-grader Ariel Kim gave a speech about the significant role volunteers played in the Underground Railroad.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Ariel Kim, an eighth-grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, won first place in the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Office of Catholic Schools' Oratorical Contest. Ariel presented a speech about the significant role volunteers played in the Underground Railroad. Ariel won first place at IHM and advanced to the semi-final round where she competed against other school winners. She then continued on to the final round of the competition and won first place. The Oratorical is a function of the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Office of Catholic Schools and is sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America. Students in grades 6-8 from all over the Archdiocese of Atlanta participated. This year, students were asked to present a speech about "a time …