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Friday, November 2

Principal's Corner by Christi Jarreau

Happy Fall!

The crisp, sunny weather and the Progressions students delivering afternoon snacks on a “Friday that kind of felt like a Monday” sure made for an exciting day!

Father Buller began our day with a wonderful All Souls Day homily reminding us to pray for those who have gone before us and painting the image of us as their cheerleaders on their journey to Heaven. Just as we, as spectators at a sporting event, yell words of support and encouragement, we support and encourage souls to reach their Heavenly finish line with our prayers.

In my mind, this analogy also paints a picture of parents, together with faculty and staff of the Cathedral School, encouraging and supporting students during their earthly journey. We are rooting for our students when the lessons are easy and exciting, as well as when they may be challenging and not so fun, for we know both are necessary for future success. Working together as their cheerleaders, we understand the importance of remaining on the same squad. Our teachers found the report card meetings with you very beneficial for doing exactly this – hopefully you did, too. We look forward to this opportunity again at the end of the third quarter, with the possibility of departmentalized teachers being available for the parents of all students they teach.

As we move into the hustle and bustle of the holidays and events that coincide with the 2nd quarter, we remain committed to working together in this process. Please contact with your child’s teachers directly should you have questions, concerns, or something you feel may be affecting your student’s performance. Our teachers work tirelessly to plan and execute activities to help students succeed not only in daily, weekly, and quarterly goals, but also in becoming the person God made them to be.

We appreciate the foundation that parents, the first and primary educators of our students, provide as we continue our mission of strengthening spirits, minds, and bodies through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful weekend!

Curriculum Corner by Blair Tadlock

Communion and Community

One of the essential marks of a Catholic school as explained by Archbishop Miller in The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools is that they are “animated by communion and community” (28). The idea of a Catholic school community of the faithful who come together in communion through Christ-centered education is certainly living within ICCS. In the past few weeks and as I look forward to the weeks ahead, the sense of coming together in our community, as students, parents, faculty and stakeholders, has been evident in the activities that we are participating in together. In the last month alone we have come together as a faith community for the Animal Blessing, Birthday Mass, Parent-Teacher Conference Day, the Living Rosary, the Panther Run, Respect Life Week, the 4th Grade Health Fair, Pre-K PBL showcase of their Saints, and although rained out this year for the physical fun, the spirit of Panther Walk was among our students. In the coming weeks, our 2nd graders will make their first Penance, we will honor our Veterans at a special Mass, our Grand-panthers will be welcomed to our school, Mass will be celebrated for December birthdays, Advent blessings will begin, St. Nick’s Day will be celebrated, our students will participate in the Festival of Lights and Carols and we will all joyfully prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ through the Advent season. In looking back and forward, we are a beautiful example of animated communion and community where teamwork is abundantly evident among all who faithfully support ICCS and our mission to strengthen spirits, minds, and bodies through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Miller, J. Michael. The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools. Sophia Institute Press, 2006.

Mercy Matters by Rose Viau

During the month of November, we will reflect on the beatitude – “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”
Pain and sorrow are part of life. Often we try to escape these feelings with worldly pleasures. Only through Jesus are we truly comforted. We are called to walk with others in those times of sorrow. Pope Francis reminds us that, “Knowing how to mourn with others: that is holiness.”

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

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Book Fair is almost here! All ICCS Families and Cathedral Parishioners are invited to attend the "Fall Into a Good Book" Book Fair preview and family shopping event this Sunday, November 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the Library. Please enter the building through the Front Entrance of the school or through the Library Courtyard. A tasty hot chocolate bar will be available, as well as books for the entire family.
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Progressions FUNdraiser Success

Our Progressions students, with the help of Mrs. Steech and Mrs. Poncho, raised over $1,000 during their Snack Time FUNdraiser today! Our Progressions friends have been busy counting money and filling and delivering orders all week.

All proceeds will benefit this year's Progressions cooking classes. Thank you to all participants and supporters!

Principal for the Day

Principal For the Day, Miss Cami Canzano helped rule the school on Wednesday! She did a fabulous job helping Mrs. Jarreau with her daily duties and important tasks.


Monday, November 5: Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Celery, Applesauce, Roll

Tuesday, November 6: Spaghetti, Green Beans, Salad, Pineapple, Roll

Greenery Ordering Deadline Extended

TODAY, November 2, is the last day to order fresh and fragrant live greenery wreaths, garland, door swags, centerpieces and much more. On-line ordering will end TONIGHT at midnight. All items will arrive the last week of November, just in time for the Christmas Holiday Season. Local and nation-wide delivery options are available. To place an order, go to

GREENERY VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! To date, over 100 local delivery Greenery orders have been placed. Volunteer drivers are needed November 26-27 in order to complete the deliveries in a timely manner. Flexible volunteer schedules and delivery routes are available. Double PTO points will be given to all delivery driver volunteers. For more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact Local Delivery Coordinator, Ashley Foret, at (337) 794-4817.

ICCS Panther Run Success!

The 2018 ICCS Panther Run was a huge success! Special thanks to the participants, sponsors, volunteers and Race Director, Julie Standing. Check out race day photos on the ICCS Facebook page. GO PANTHERS!


Middle School Science

Mrs. Brittany Ebersole’s Middle School students have been very busy this week! They tracked how different Earth materials heat and cool at different rates, as well as observed the growth and development of bacteria, mold and mushroom spores.

5th Grade Science

Mrs. Anita Falcon's 5th Grade students recently took on the role of Food Scientists in their new Amplify Science unit. They observed and recorded properties of various mixtures in their classroom lab.

Pre-K Parade of Saints

Our Pre-K friends have been learning about the Saints. In celebration of All Saints Day, Pre-K put on a wonderful Saints Parade for all students and faculty to enjoy.

4th Grade Health Fair PBL

Our 4th Grade students were recently asked the driving question: "How can we be active in our community outside of P.E. class?"

Mrs. Lindsay Bourgeois and her 4th Grade P.E. students contacted local professionals around the community, asking them to come in and teach the class a little about their fitness-related business. The students tried a variety of different work outs and exercise routines in the process.

The students then used the information to make a final product of either a poster, a brochure or a google slide to help present their findings to fellow students at a special Health Fair held on Wednesday in the Gym.

ICCS Volleyball Season Success

Congratulations to the ICCS 7th Grade Volleyball Team, 1st place winners of the 2018 CCAL Tournament. We also congratulate the 8th Grade Volleyball Team on their 3rd Place finish in the tournament. Way to go players and coaches!
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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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