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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!

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO RE-ENROLL YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR.

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 mbmathew@iccschool.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.

PROGRESS REPORTS TOMORROW

Parents can view student progress at www.oncourseconnect.com. If you are having trouble logging in, please email Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccschool.org.

AUCTION PACKETS SENT HOME TODAY

The 2019 "Art & Soul of ICCS" PTO Dinner Auction is scheduled for Friday, March 29, beginning at 6 p.m. in the ICCS Gym. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and help make this year's PTO auction a big success! Auction packets were sent home with students today. Please check your child's backpack for more details about auction sponsorship and advertising opportunities, ticket/table sales and live and silent auction item donations. Volunteers are needed to serve on a variety of auction committees. Reminder: PTO points are awarded for all donations, sponsorships and volunteer hours. For more information, please contact the 2019 PTO Auction chairmen: Jessica Liles (337) 302-9199, Kelly Serrano (225) 354-9096 and Katie Devall (504) 400-3892.

SAFE AND SACRED PROGRAM

The USCCB Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth and the Safe Environment Policies of the Diocese of Lake Charles require that all minors in our schools and religious education programs be offered Safe Environment training that is age-appropriate and in accord with Catholic moral principles. The Diocese of Lake Charles and each parish and Catholic school provides such training. This program consists of a few lessons that address personal safety and boundaries. Emails are being sent to parents today with a PDF copy of the parent handout. After reviewing the materials if you would like additional information or would like your child to opt out of this program, please contact Rose Viau, DRE at rviau@iccschool.org or at 433-3497.

CLASS PICTURES

  • 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

We know the afternoons can be a hustle and bustle. In an effort to communicate information timely to teachers and students, parents are reminded to contact the front office prior to 2 p.m. when notifying the office staff of alternate departure instructions.

PTO MEETING, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

ICCS welcomes guest speaker, Roy Petitfils to the February PTO Meeting on Tuesday, February 26 starting at 6 p.m. in the ICCS Gym. His most recent book: Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders is soon to be released.


Roy is an international speaker who uses humor, passion, clinical and life experience to help adults connect with teens and to help teens to know, understand and love themselves.


Roy is an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. He is a therapist at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a Masters in Mental Health and School Counseling from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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ICCS OUTERWEAR POLICY

Uniform ICCS sweatshirts, cardigan sweaters, and jackets are the only outerwear allowed to be worn indoors. Outerwear may not be worn around the waist. In extremely cold weather, any jacket or coat is allowed outside the building. Hoodies are not allowed

ICCS TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to the ICCS 6th Grade boys basketball team and coaches for winning 1st Place at the 6th Grade Tournament held last weekend at ICCS. The boys beat Oakdale in the final game.


Also, congratulations to our 5th Grade boys basketball team for placing 3rd in the 6th Grade Basketball Tournament!


Way to go, Panthers!

CONGRATULATIONS 7TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL

Congratulations to the ICCS 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team for winning 1st place in the 7th Grade CCAL Tournament this week. This is the 3rd season in a row the team has been undefeated.

Way to go, players and coaches!

CLASSROOM NEWS:

100TH DAY FOOD DRIVE

To celebrate 100 days of learning, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade collected cans of food to give to Catholic Charities. They collected and counted 558 cans to send to CC!

PRE-K HEART HEALTH

Our Pre-K friends are learning about the importance of heart health this week. A big "HEARTFELT" thank you to Karlie Leonards of Jazzercise for stopping by ICCS to lead a fun and energizing work out.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

Mrs. Brittany Ebersole's Middle School science classes are studying the water cycle and have created some beautiful diagrams.

MIDDLE SCHOOL RELIGION

Mrs. Brinkman's 7th Grade religion classes created these "sneakers" with beautiful bible passages and the 8th Graders created beautiful images of Mary for their Litany of Loreto project.

CLUB NEWS:

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS:

TRUTH, FACTS & LIES PRESENTATION

Kari Hankins, founder of Truth, Facts & Lies will be offering a special presentation on the potential dangers of social media, gaming and much more. This informative presentation will help parents be better informed about these important topics and to equip them to handle potentially dangerous situations.


Truth, Facts & Lies Parent Presentation

Monday, February 25

5:30 PM

Calcasieu Parish Central Library on Ernest Street in Lake Charles

Michael Debakey Room


For more information, visit https://www.truthfactslies.org/

SLCHS NEWS:

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, February 8:

3rd Quarter Progress Reports


RE-ENROLLMENT ENDS

(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)

2nd-5th Grade

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

Cafeteria

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

2018-2019 School Theme

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