Immaculate Conception Cathedral School
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019
CURRICULUM CORNER by Blair Tadlock
At ICCS we strive to guide our unique learners to develop in spirit, mind, and body, and while we want our students to be successful learners, understanding the diverse ways in which we, as humans, actually learn is typically not directly taught to students.
Does your student battle procrastination? At times, do they struggle with memorizing facts? Chances are they DO. The brain is a powerful tool but even we, as adults, often don’t stop to think about how the brain processes emotions and controls our cognition. Essentially, how exactly does the brain learn? For students, understanding how their brain functions for learning can be empowering and teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step in empowering them.
Our 4th and 5th graders have the wonderful opportunity to learn about their brains and the learning process during a new series of FLEX classes taught by parent and Ph.D. candidate, Jessica Bergen. Lessons are driven by the book Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying by Barbara Oakley, Ph D. and Terrence Sejnowski, Ph.D. The book focuses on learning “how to become a successful learner” and lessons are related “to all kinds of learning.” We appreciate Mrs. Bergen sharing her time and knowledge in this area with us and our students. We look forward to seeing students use the things they “learn” to support their learning.
The book is excellent for parents and students. I would encourage parents who are eager to know more about learning to read the book. Reading it as a parent has put a whole new perspective not only on how I learn but on how I can help and support my children in their learning at home.
Oakley, Barbara A., et al. Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School without Spending All Your Time Studying. TarcherPerigee, 2018.
MERCY MATTERS by Rose Viau
During the month of February we will reflect on the beatitude –
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. “ This is a perfect beatitude to reflect on as Valentine’s Day approaches. Pope Francis reminds us that, “There can be no love without works of love, but this Beatitude reminds us that the Lord expects a commitment to our brothers and sisters that comes from the heart.” When we love others we see God, for God is love.
How are you living out this beatitude?
ICCS RE-ENROLLMENT ENDS TOMORROW!
All Re-enrollment information can be found on the ICCS website for parent convenience. Reminder: ALL ACCOUNTS must be current in order to register for the 2019-2020 academic year.
BISHOP SCHOLARSHIP FUND/TUITION ASSISTANCE
Applications for the Bishop's Scholarship Fund are now available. Please email Melissa Mathew at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
FACTS DETAILS: Please note, if you already have an existing FACTS account with another school, you do not need to create a new one. You can add ICCS to your account using the registration link provided in the email sent to families a few weeks ago.
AUCTION PACKETS SENT HOME TODAY
SAFE AND SACRED PROGRAM
- Class Pictures are Monday, February 11
- Order forms were sent home with students today
- Students are to wear their school uniform for the class photo
- Every student will take the picture
- Parents wishing to order a class picture MUST PRE-PAY
- Payments must be received NO LATER THAN Monday, February 11
- Cost is $15 per picture, checks should be made payable to: Lifetouch
ALTERNATE DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
PTO MEETING, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
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SAVE THE DATES!
ICCS TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT
Also, congratulations to our 5th Grade boys basketball team for placing 3rd in the 6th Grade Basketball Tournament!
Way to go, Panthers!
YOUNG ENGINEERS SOCIETY
Currently, the students are assembling a model V8 engine so they can learn, in a hands-on way, the parts of an internal combustion engine and how it works to produce power. They will take this knowledge and experience and build on it by partnering with the Calcasieu Parish School Board when we go to their Technical Education facility and assemble real 4 stroke gasoline engines in the coming weeks. After visiting the Technical Education facility, we will go to Billy Navarre’s dealership where the service, technical and sales departments have offered to give a presentation at their training facility to our kids about all the different types of hybrid engines available and how they work. Following the presentation, they will take the kids through an under-the-hood tour of each type of these engines available at their dealership.
TRUTH, FACTS & LIES PRESENTATION
Truth, Facts & Lies Parent Presentation
Monday, February 25
Calcasieu Parish Central Library on Ernest Street in Lake Charles
Michael Debakey Room
For more information, visit https://www.truthfactslies.org/
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COLDS AND FLU
Parents and students are asked to help prevent the spread of highly contagious cold and flu germs here at school. The flu is typically spread through air or direct contact from one person to the next. To prevent the spread of cold and flu, please:
- Blow your nose in a tissue and place in the trash can
- Sneeze in your sleeve and not your hands
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated
- When ill, students may return to school after they are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers key facts about the flu along with prevention and treatment information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm
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Friday, February 8:
3rd Quarter Progress Reports
(All accounts must be paid in full to register for the 2019-2020 school year)
Monday, February 11:
Class Pictures (Lifetouch collects a pre-payment, order forms sent home TODAY)
Friday, February 15:
Sectional Mass (led by Ms. Solari's 3A class)
8:30 a.m. ICCS Gym
Wednesday, February 20:
ICCS School Board Meeting, 5:30 PM
Tuesday, February 26:
PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM in the ICCS Gym
Friday, March 1 - Tuesday, March 5:
Mardi Gras Holiday
Wednesday, March 6:
Ash Wednesday & March Birthday Mass (led by Ms. LaBove's 5B class)
8:30 AM ICCS Gym
1st Eucharist Parent Meeting following Mass