Panther Press

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

Strengthening spirits... minds... bodies... Through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I am incredibly proud of the hard work and collaboration of our community during this time. Many of our teachers are pushing themselves far beyond their comfort zone making instructional videos to teach and stay connected with their students during this time away from one another. Our students are watching and re-watching instructional videos, carefully reading and following directions, organizing and completing their assignments. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the pictures of our students working and playing with their siblings, especially with their pajamas and crazy hair during virtual spirit week!


We will observe the Easter Holiday beginning on April 9th, Holy Thursday, followed by Spring Break the week of April 13th. Week 4 remote learning assignments will contain only a partial week of assignments and will post this Monday, April 6th. It is our hope that families will complete and submit assignments by Thursday so that you can turn your focus to entering into the Holy Triduum and celebrating Easter Sunday as a family. Assignments will be posted with a due date after the Easter weekend to help accommodate family schedules as needed, but please do not prioritize school work over family and faith, especially during such a holy weekend. As always, we are available via email for any assistance you may need.


As you are aware, the president has extended the social distancing order through April 30th. Once Governor Edwards makes a proclamation specific to the state of Louisiana, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lake Charles will meet to update our guidelines and expected return date. We will be communicating this information with our community early next week.


Administrators across the diocese are working collaboratively during this time to create consistency in schedules, as well as in workload and expectations. At ICCS, we are working hard to continually learn new ways to better communicate and provide instruction for our students. As we explore some of the more interactive platforms, be assured that our teachers are being provided necessary guidelines regarding privacy and security parameters to ensure the safety of our students before they offer such services.


Just as you are creating better ways to “work from home," so are we! We know we would ALL rather be in school, and while we appreciate the positive comments being sent, we also know we can improve. As we support one another in this unprecedented situation, we are asking parents to complete a brief survey to keep us informed during this time of separation. The parent survey link is provided below.


Yours in Catholic Education,

Christi Jarreau, Principal

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

PARENT SURVEY LINK

Parents, we want to hear from you. Please click on the survey link and complete the information by Thursday, April 9. We appreciate your participation, feedback and ongoing support and patience during this remote learning period.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zk6-DVg_34fwi0QN_ToFyupNrI2QpO3DRbIGg-NIMpw/edit

MERCY MATTERS by Rose Viau, Director of Religious Education

Our 2019-2020 school theme is – ““You have been told what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, to love goodness and to walk humbly with God.” Micah 6:8


During this challenging time, many of us are living in close quarters with our loved ones and missing other family members and our school friends. Our routine has changed drastically and we are adapting to a new norm.


God calls each one of us to be His living presence in our world and we are called to uplift each other. I encourage parents to discuss these questions with their family soon.


How is God asking you to Act Justly?
How is God asking you to Love?
How is God asking you to Walk Humbly?


How are you and your family living out our school theme while social distancing and learning remotely?

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ZOOM CONFERENCE SECURITY UPDATE

Articles and information have recently surfaced on the internet and social media pertaining to possible security issues related to Zoom video conferencing, a popular remote conferencing platform used by some ICCS faculty members and students during this remote learning period.


ICCS teachers utilizing Zoom for teleconferences with students and online classrooms are required to utilize specific and appropriate security settings. ICCS has also recently received an alert directly from Zoom letting participating teachers and Administration know the company has set most of the security settings as the automatic default for added protection against possible hackers.


The ICCS Administrative team and our technology experts continue to keep a very close eye on this platform in order to maintain and ensure safety and security during on-line instruction time.

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARENTS

Reminder! The March Cafeteria billing was invoiced yesterday, Wednesday, April 1, and will have a draft date of Monday, April 20. Parents with questions regarding this bill should email Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccschool.org.

GET ON YOUR FEET!

Coach Alex Kjellsten has posted an informative video for all students and families to view on the ICCS Facebook page and ICCS Athletics Instagram page. Coach Alex and Mrs. Bourgeois encourage everyone to get up and get moving for at least 30 minutes to an hour per day. The video includes a few fun activity suggestions and demonstrations, including: a raw egg toss, driveway tennis and details about the Panther trick shot challenge. Check it out!

DIGITAL SPIRIT WEEK BIG SUCCESS

Staying in your Pajamas all day! CRAZY and colorful hair! Mismatched clothing and silly hats! Thank you to all of the students, faculty members and parents who have participated in the first-ever ICCS "At Home" SPIRIT Week! We appreciate your support, creativity and fun-loving personalities during this remote learning period. Don't forget to wear red or black TOMORROW in celebration of ICCS Spirit Color Day!


We plan to host more exciting "at home" school community building activities in the month of April. Stay tuned for more details!

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SHARE PHOTOS OF YOUR REMOTE LEARNING SUCCESSES

We have enjoyed receiving photos and videos of students completing school assignments, using on-line educational resources, praying together as a family, enjoying enrichment-related activities and much more! The photos and videos are being posted on the ICCS Facebook page and in included in the Panther Press in an effort to keep our school community connected during this remote learning period. The photos will also be submitted for a special section in the 2019-2020 ICCS Yearbook.


Please continue to share these special moments and memories by emailing photographs and videos to kmorgan@iccschool.org. We appreciate our students and families allowing us to see and share a glimpse of your "learning at home" life. You are doing a GREAT job! Keep up the excellent work, everyone. Please check the ICCS Facebook page often for updates and pics. Feel free to say hello or leave an uplifting comment when you visit the page!

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PARENT RESOURCE CENTER

We have provided links to a variety of articles, tutorials, faith related information and "at home" activities and games that ICCS students and families may find useful and beneficial during this social distancing and remote learning period. Parents are invited to check this section weekly for updates and additional information.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html


Catholic Resources For Children and Parents

Mrs. Rose Viau and Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux have provided several informative links to on-line resources for Catholic families.


Holy Week At Home Guide: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer Time

https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/3788244/Holy_Week_at_Home.pdf


http://www.livingfaith.com/

This website has a daily devotion and activities to do at home with your children.


http://catholicmom.com/

This website has activities for children and families, Lenten activities, daily Gospel reflections, faith articles and podcasts.


https://www2.loyolapress.com/webmail/39532/942944421/e54f92c3b3717600c52ffd8a5f60e9c1

This website provides access to daily reflections, Lenten information and a variety of Catholic resources.


Family Fun Activities While Quarantined

https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/things-to-do-with-your-family-while-you-are-quarantined.html

ICCS SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS

ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL

Another blessing has arrived! A joyful welcome to our newest ICCS Panther, Gabriel Matthew Heffer! Baby Gabriel was born on March 30 at 2:30 a.m. Congratulations to our ICCS Librarian, Mrs. Kyndel Heffer, her husband Timmy and Big Brother, Henry!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to all of our students and faculty members celebrating a Birthday in the month of April!


Ty Pham, 4/1

Mrs. Anita Falcon, 4/2

Grady Byrd, 4/3

Hayden O'Quain, 4/6

Mrs. Christi Jarreau, 4/8

Grayson Whitehead, 4/9

James Kennedy, 4/9

Mia Sallinger, 4/10

Holden Bertrand, 4/10

Eden Vallette, 4/10

Emery Whitehead, 4/11

Emerson Stout, 4/11

Grayson Palermo, 4/12

Brooks Burleigh, 4/12

Maggie Zimmermann, 4/14

Ms. Sarah House, 4/15

Josie Obluda, 4/19

Olive Crawford, 4/20

Kate Austin, 4/21

Rowan LeJeune, 4/21

Emelyn Hennigan, 4/22

Amjad Husein, 4/23

Scarlett Carmen, 4/24

Maxwell Bradberry, 4/24

Preston Bradberry, 4/24

Noah Ellender, 4/26

Emma Bergen, 4/27

Elise Foret, 4/27

Caroline Hankins, 4/29

SCAN RECEIPTS FOR BOX TOPS EARNINGS

Help ICCS earn funds through the Box Tops For Education program. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. Click on the video link for more details.


https://www.boxtops4education.com/About

ACCESS PAST PANTHER PRESS ISSUES

Parents and students are encouraged to access past issues of the Panther Press for distance learning information, tips and tutorial videos. For convenience, past and current Panther Press issues can be found on the www.iccschool.org website.

PRAYER AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS


O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.


We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.


You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.


Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.


We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

QUICK LINKS

ONCOURSE CONNECT STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL

www.oncourseconnect.com

Keep up with homework, grades, attendance and get quick access to teacher websites via Oncourse Connect. Families having trouble logging in should email mbmathew@iccschool.org.

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