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Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019

IMPORTANT NEWS: RE-ENROLLMENT DETAILS PROVIDED

Detailed information and important links for current family re-enrollment has been sent to all parents. Please check your email inbox! All Re-enrollment information has also been updated on the ICCS website for parent convenience. Deadline to re-enroll students for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, February 8. 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.


Please note, if you already have an existing FACTS account, you do not need to create a new one. You can add ICCS to your account using the registration link provided in the email.

FACTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

We have had a few questions from families setting up their FACTS accounts and thought it would be helpful to share the questions and answers with everyone.


Q: I already have a FACTS account set up with another school. Do I need to set up a different account for ICCS?

A: No. Using the link we provided in the re-enrollment information email, you can choose to log in to your existing account and simply add ICCS to your account.


Q: If I already have a FACTS account will have to pay the annual fee?

A: Yes, FACTS accesses a fee for every school account you have set up.


Q: I have multiple students. Can I set up multiple bank/credit card accounts to draft from?

A: Yes. Parents will need to create a new payment plan for each student needing separate banking/credit card accounts.


Q: I have multiple students. How will the multi-student discount be applied?

A: Once families have created their accounts and signed up for their payment plan, ICCS staff will go in and assign a yearly dollar amount to every student listed. So families with more one student will have their yearly tuition divided out equally among all their students.


Q: I am requesting subsidy from my pastor. How and when will my monthly rate be updated to reflect the new amount?

A: The Parish Verification Form is due to ICCS no later than Friday, February 8. Once this form is received, the ICCS staff will update your tuition amount in the system. Parents will be able to see this change immediately.


More FAQ from FACTS: https://factsmgt.com/parent-faqs/

ASPIRE TESTING UPDATE:

For the past five years, the schools of the Diocese of Lake Charles have participated in ACT Aspire standardized testing for all 3rd-8th grade students. Throughout this time, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School has consistently scored above national average, with grade level scaled scores showing continued growth year over year. We commend our hard working teachers and students for this ongoing accomplishment. Heading into the sixth year of Aspire testing, we continue to focus our efforts on maximizing student growth and increasing the gap between ICCS and the national average.


It is easy to see that our classrooms are acclimated to the standards and testing methods of current day education practices, but changes do continue, especially in regards to technology. Computer based testing is quickly becoming more and more the “norm” rather than the exception, even in younger grade levels. With the threat of paper based testing eventually becoming obsolete, schools are being encouraged to move towards computer based standardized testing.


While the students of ICCS certainly demonstrate a high level of achievement on computer based assessments such as Accelerated Reader and Renaissance Math. ASPIRE standardized tests are lengthier assessments and incorporate multiple question types including constructed response and selected response questions utilizing information interpreted from charts, diagrams, and literary excerpts. Therefore, it will be important for our students to be comfortable with not only the information being tested, but also with the testing format, with their computer, and with their typing skills.


We will begin working to ensure students of the Cathedral School are prepared to take computer based tests with the same diligence and effort they use for paper based tests. During the coming weeks, teachers will be administering interim and practice tests in the classrooms. Testing outcomes and strategies, both paper based and computer based, will be discussed with students, similar to the SAT practice testing sessions used in our classrooms before the switch to the Aspire test. This process will help us best determine which grade levels may be ready for computer based tests.


The actual summative ACT Aspire testing will take place in the first weeks of April. More information will be provided as we approach that time frame, with multiple reminders of the importance of rest, eating a good breakfast, etc. In the meantime, if your student speaks of Aspire testing at home, encourage them to do their best, but do not panic if the morning could have gone smoother or their breakfast could have been healthier ………. we’re just practicing at this time!


If you have any questions, please contact me directly at cjarreau@iccschool.org.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

An ICCS Enrollment Information Session for incoming PK-8th Grade prospective families and students will take place Wednesday, January 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed to help greet guests and lead school tours. Please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccschool.org if you are interested in helping out and available to volunteer.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION LOTTERY PROGRAM

Members of the Knights of Columbus having children in a Catholic school (from Pre-K to 12th grade) are eligible to enroll their children in this free lottery. Non-members can become eligible for the lottery by joining the Knights of Columbus (assuming they are at least 18 years old, male and Catholic).


Each quarter there will be a random drawing of four students, and if selected, the Knights of Columbus will directly pay their school $500 towards the child's tuition. The entry form stays in the pool of applicants, thereby providing the chance for the child's name to drawn more than once.


For details and entry forms, please visit: http://louisianakc.org/programs/youth/tuitionlottery.pdf


For more information about this program, or how someone can join the Knights of Columbus, please contact Delmas Forbes, Jr. at (225) 939-2980 or at Dcforbes1@cox.net.

ICCS DIRECTORIES STILL AVAILABLE

The 2018-2019 8th grade class is selling ICCS Student and Business Directories for $5 each. Limited copies are still available. Cash and checks are accepted. Parents can send money to school in an envelope labeled ICCS Directory. Please include your child's first and last name and homeroom teacher on the envelope.


If you reserved a copy of the directory back in the Fall, copies were sent home earlier this week. Please send in payment by ___. Thank you for supporting this 8th Grade fundraiser!

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ICCS SPIRIT T-SHIRT DAY

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Monday, January 28 will be Student Appreciation Day! Students may wear any ICCS spirit t-shirt with blue jeans or uniform bottoms.

SOUTHERN DRIFTER 2019-2020 UNIFORM ORDERS DUE NOW

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE

OWNERS OF SOUTHERN DRIFTER


DON'T FORGET! The Southern Drifter ordering process for the 2019-2020 school year will take place NOW until Thursday, JANUARY 31. To ensure your child has new uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year, please make every effort to pre-order items now. This is the only way to get a guaranteed uniform by the start of the new school via Southern Drifter. Parents will only be required to pay half down at the time of the order and can make payments throughout the year. Your balance will be due at pick up in June 2019.


We understand your child will grow between now and then, we account for that growth. When you come in to pick up orders in June, your child can try on all uniform pieces and leave with items that fit. If there are items in June you no longer need or want, you will be given a full refund for any and all items. Your child will be guaranteed a fitting uniform if you make the January order date listed above. Please contact us by phone or stop by Southern Drifter any time for more information.


Location:

Prien Lake Mall

Contact: LeAnne Buff, Owner

Cell #: 337-936-0104

Store #: 337-602-6668

Store Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Website: southerndrifter.org

CLASSROOM NEWS:

MRS. DINAH BRADFORD VISITS 8TH GRADE STUDENTS TODAY

Former ICCS Principal, Mrs. Dinah Bradford visited with 8th Grade students today about the history of ICCS and the unique traditions we celebrate here at our school. For nearly 70 years, ICCS has been a leader in Catholic Education in the Southwest Louisiana community. Mrs. Bradford served as Principal of ICCS from 2001 to 2012. Today, she shared a variety of interesting and monumental events that helped shape and form our close-knit school community. Mrs. Bradford also reminded students of the many special blessings and traditions that have continued over the years.

SLCHS NEWS:

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INFLUENZA SEASON

With the flu season upon us, it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms. 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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CATHEDRAL RENOVATION UPDATE

WEEK 3

Construction and renovations continue at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Check out photos of this weeks progress on the ICCS Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1:

Catholic Schools Week


Monday, January 28:

CSW Student Appreciation Day

T-shirt Day (students may wear an ICCS spirit shirt with blue jeans or uniform bottoms)


Tuesday, January 29:

CSW Cafeteria/Custodian Appreciation Day


Wednesday, January 30

CSW Parent Appreciation Day


8th Grade CSW Mass @ St. Margaret Catholic Church


8th Grade Team Building


Pre-K - 8th Grade ICCS Enrollment Information Session

(For prospective parents and students)

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 31:

CSW Faculty Appreciation Day


Friday, February 1:

CSW & February Birthday Mass (led by ICCS Student Council)

8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym


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 will be sent home)


Friday, February 15:

Sectional Mass (3A)

2nd-5th Grade

8:30 a.m. ICCS Gym

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ICCS Mission Statement:

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

2018-2019 School Theme

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