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Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

Thursday, 10/25/2018

International Speaker Coming to ICCS

Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will give a special presentation to our 5th-8th grade students on Wednesday, November 7, beginning at 9 a.m. in the ICCS Gym.

While in hiding, anger and resentment were destroying Immaculee's mind, body and spirit. It was then that she turned to prayer. Immaculée wrote a book about her experience titled, Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. She is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches and at events and conferences around the world.

We are proud to present this spiritually moving guest speaker and special message with our students and families.

All ICCS parents are welcome to attend. A special book signing will take place immediately following the presentation. For more information about Immaculée Ilibagiza, visit

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Be a Hero, Don't Do Drugs!

Our school was filled with DRUG FREE SUPERHEROES today!

The remainder of Red Ribbon Week activities are listed below:

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Friday, October 26 will be corn dogs, tator tots, Mexican beans, fruit mix and dessert.


Due to construction at the Cathedral, the November Birthday Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. on November 2nd in the ICCS Gym.

Progressions FUNdraiser!

Our students will reap the benefits as the Progressions students perfect their math, sorting and other life skills. The Progressions class will be delivering afternoon snacks to students on Friday, November 2. Cost is $3 (exact change is appreciated).

Order forms and money will be collected Monday, October 29—Wednesday, October 31. All proceeds benefit the Progressions weekly baking classes.


The Kiwanis Club is once again sponsoring the Coats for Kids drive. The collection box is in the lobby until Friday, November 16. Families are invited to bring gently used or new coats of all sizes. These donations will be sent to local shelters.

Muller's Loft Display Window

Another outstanding Project Based Learning unit has come to life! Our 5th Grade Art and Library students were asked the driving question: How can we upcycle used materials to create an eye catching window display? After weeks of learning about visual merchandising and the art of window displays, the students were ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. The 5th Graders collaborated with area experts to design, create and install the perfect Fall Season themed window display.

The students reached out to ICCS parents and school supporters to acquire an array of used items including acrylic wind spinners, silk and paper flowers, fall décor, tree branches and much more! Students worked closely with local business owner, Randy Lanza and his top notch window display team at Joseph’s Electric, as well as Lafayette Visual Merchandiser, Brad Hoang to transform the Muller’s Loft display windows, located at 625 Ryan Street in Downtown Lake Charles, into a beautiful visual art masterpiece.

After many decades of being empty, the once vibrant window displays of the old Muller’s Store have been brought back to life through this educational and artistic PBL unit. We invite all ICCS students and family members to check out the beautiful window display between now and the end of November.

This project would not be possible without the professional and artistic guidance of Ms. Lania Vanchiere, Mrs. Tenia Fuselier, Randy Lanza, Gwen Guidry and Brad Hoang. Many thanks to our teachers, local experts and students for making our school and community a better place to learn and live.

ICCS Football Season Comes to a Close

Congratulations to the ICCS Football Team for finishing the 2018 CCAL season with a 3-2 record. Special thanks to the ICCS Football Coaching staff for their dedication and hard work: Head Coach, Tyler Lavergne; Assistant Coaches, Brandt Sonnier and Brandt Guillotte and Athletic Director, Chris Jones.

Read for the Record Day

Our Pre-K, Kindergarten and Progressions students participated in the world-wide "Read For the Record" Day event today. Countless children around the world read the book, Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and beautifully illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Special thanks to the Junior League of Lake Charles volunteers for stopping by ICCS to share this inspirational story with our students and for donating several copies of the book to our school.
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The ICCS Book Fair is Coming!

Sunday, November 4 - Friday, November 9

A Book Fair schedule went home with students today. The Scholastic brochure will be sent home Tuesday, October 30.

Join us for the "Fall Into a Good Book!" Book!" Family Shopping event on Sunday, November 4th. More details are provided below.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Family Shopping Event participants are asked to consider donating an item to Abraham’s Tent. The following food items and paper products will be collected at the event: Rice, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Cooking Oil, Seasonings and Paper Towels.

Everyone who donates can enter the drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 Book Fair Gift Certificates! The drawing will be held on Monday, November 5 during morning announcements.

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ICCS Greenery Sale ENDS TODAY!

Today is the last day to purchase greenery. To place a last minute order, please log on to All orders will be delivered in late November, just in time for the Christmas holiday season. PTO points will be awarded for all items sold. For more information, please contact Debra Wilder at or Megan Gregory at Thank you for supporting this annual PTO Fundraiser!


The 2018 ICCS Panther Run is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 27. Race day registration will open at 6:15 a.m. and will close at 6:45 a.m. The 5K and 10K races will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. The 1-Mile Color Run will start around 8:30 a.m. All participants are asked to report to the Park Avenue parking lot prior to race time. For more information, please contact Race Director, Julie Standing at (337) 302-0157.

Panther Run packet pick up will take place tomorrow, Friday, October 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. near the ICCS Front Entrance (Ryan Street). T-shirts and race numbers will be available for all registered participants. Packet pick up will resume Saturday morning at 6:15 a.m. in the ICCS Gym.

Special thanks to the 2018 ICCS Panther Run Sponsors & Supporters:

Center For Orthopaedics

Crawford Orthodontics

The Gregory Family

Southside Machine Works

Air Liquide

Dr. Edward Bergen, Interventional Cardiologist

Champeaux Evans Hotard, Architects

Dwight & Gary, LLC

Hankins Development

Moss Bluff Physical Therapy

Mudd, Bruchhaus & Keating, LLC

Oak Grove Wealth Partners

The Pathology Laboratory

Polaris Engineering, Inc.

Southside Animal Hospital

Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC

Billy Navarre Chevrolet

Kim and Derek Conner

Emma Grace Gregory

Image 360

Keiland Construction, LLC

Mike Hooks, LLC

Stutes & Lavergne, LLC

Creative Door & Window

Home Instead Senior Care

Killer Websites

Muscle Activation of Louisiana

Neighborhood Mini Storage

PPG Industries

CHRISTUS SWLA Spiritual Care

T.J.’s Market

121 Artisan Bistro

Rotolo's Pizzeria

House of Sole

Athlete's Corner

Signatures Salon

GiGi's Downtown Fitness Club

ICCS Panther Run

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 7:30am

1536 Ryan Street

Lake Charles, LA

10K and 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m.

1-Mile Color Run will start around 8:30 a.m.


4th Grade Amplify Science

Our 4th Grade students have been acting as engineers this week while studying the energy conversions Amplify Science unit. They designed, built and tested wind turbines that met specific criteria.

6th Grade at the Chem Expo!

Science is FUN! Our 6th Grade students participated in the Chem Expo held today at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
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Join the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Community for the All Saints Candy Crawl on Sunday, October 28th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m in the Ave Maria Hall.

The Cathedral Youth Group is sponsoring this fun evening. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite Saint or Halloween costumes. Youth Group members will be passing out candy and hot dogs and chili will be served. To RSVP, call 436-7251.


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Fri, Oct 26: Living Rosary, 8:30 a.m. in the Gym

Sat, Oct 27: ICCS Panther Run

Wed, Oct 31: ICCS Respect Life Panther Walk at 1:30 p.m.

Thu, Nov 1: NO SCHOOL, All Saints Day Holiday

Fri, Nov 2: November Birthday Mass (7A), 8:30 a.m. in ICCS Gym

Sun, Nov 4: Daylight Savings Time Ends

Sun, Nov 4: BOOK FAIR EVENT: Fall into a Good Book! 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in ICCS Library

Mon, Nov 5: Book Fair Begins

Tue, Nov 6: 2nd Grade Retreat, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wed, Nov 7: Immaculée Ilibagiza Presentation & Book Signing, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in ICCS Gym

Wed, Nov 7: 2nd Grade's First Penance, 6:00 p.m. at the Cathedral

Thu, Nov 8: 2nd Quarter Progress Reports

Fri, Nov 9: Veteran's Day Mass (3B), 8:30 a.m. in the Gym. All Veterans are invited to attend!

Fri, Nov 9: Book Fair Ends

Thu, Nov 15: Grandparent Event (PK-3rd), 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Fri, Nov 16: Grandparent Event (4th-8th), 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Mon, Nov 19 - Fri, Nov 23: Thanksgiving Holiday

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

2018-2019 School Theme

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