Panther Press

OCTOBER 14, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

FIRST QUARTER ENDS TOMORROW

The first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year will officially end tomorrow Friday, October 15. Report cards will be sent out via email on Wednesday, October 20.

CCAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT STARTS TODAY

We wish our 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball teams and coaches the best of luck in the 2021 CCAL Volleyball tournament. The ICCS teams will play this afternoon at the following times:


Thursday, October 14 CCAL Volleyball Tournament Schedule:

ICCS 7th Grade vs. SWLA Knights at EDS South Campus at 4:30 p.m.

ICCS 7th Grade vs. SWLA Knights at EDS South Campus at 5:30 p.m.


A BIG ICCS Panther round of applause to our 7th Grade team and Coaches Heather Breaux and Shelley Prince on an undefeated season. Go Panthers!

LIVING ROSARY TAKING PLACE TOMORROW

All PK-8th Grade students will attend the annual ICCS Living Rosary tomorrow morning on the playground. Please send a towel or small blanket to school with your child tomorrow so he or she can sit on it during the Living Rosary. Our 4th Grade students will lead this special event.

BISHOP PROVOST VISITS ICCS

PK-8th Grade students and faculty members welcomed Bishop Glen John Provost to ICCS yesterday for a school visit. Bishop Provost went classroom to classroom greeting students, answering impromptu questions, and leading every class in a special prayer for parents.

EARLY DISMISSAL ON NOVEMBER 5

IMPORTANT REMINDER: an ICCS faculty in-service is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, November 5. Students will be dismissed at 12 noon. School lunch will be served. Extended daycare services will not be offered. All students must be picked up by 12:30 p.m. on November 5.

IMPORTANT PICK UP LINE REMINDERS

  • Parents, please make sure your yellow name placards are clearly displayed in your car so the duty teachers can see them when you are picking up students in the afternoon. This will help ensure the 3:00 p.m. dismissal pickup line moves efficiently and smoothly. We ask that you communicate this information to other family members and friends who pick up your child on a regular basis.
  • To ensure our students' safety, if your child will be picked up by someone else or riding home with another student please make sure a note is sent to school with your child detailing who he or she will be leaving with at 3:00 p.m. dismissal time. If a student does not have an alternate departure slip they will not be allowed to leave the school campus until the parent gives permission over the phone.

RESCHEDULED YEARBOOK PICTURE DAY NEXT TUESDAY

All PK-8th Grade students will take yearbook photos next Tuesday, October 19. Portrait package order forms went home in September. Please return the completed forms and payment by Monday, October 18, or order online using the directions found in the order packet.
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SPIRIT RIBBON SALE UPDATE

The ICCS cheerleaders would like to thank everyone for their support by purchasing spirit ribbons each week! It has been great to see our students sporting their Panther Pride ribbons on game days.


Next Tuesday, October 19, will be the last opportunity to buy a spirit ribbon for the 2021-2022 ICCS football season. Ribbons will be sold for $1 each Tuesday during morning arrival time and at the football game that evening. If your student would like to purchase a spirit ribbon please send $1 to school with your child on Tuesday, October 19.

PANTHERS PLAY OLQH NEXT TUESDAY

Congratulations to our football team on their W-I-N over SMCS/EDS last night. Way to go Panthers! The ICCS Panther Football Team will take on OLQH next Tuesday, October 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic High School. Coach Austin Pickle and the team invite all ICCS students and football fans to come out and watch the game. This will be the last ICCS home game of the 2021-2022 season.

VOTE FOR ICCS

Lagniappe Magazine's "Best of SWLA" ballot was recently released. Voting is now open until November 14. ICCS is listed in the "Best Private School" category. Please take a moment to vote for our school!


https://bestofswla.com/vote-now/

6TH & 7TH GRADE MATH TEACHER NEEDED

ICCS would like to thank Mrs. Briana Copeskey for her dedication and commitment to our 6th and 7th-grade math students. Unfortunately, due to her husband's job relocation, she and her family will be moving to Texas soon.


Sister Mary Noel and the Administrative team are diligently searching for Mrs. Copeskey's replacement. Interviews are currently being conducted. If you know of someone interested in interviewing for this part-time middle school math position, qualified applicants are asked to send resumes via email to sistermarynoel@iccsweb.com by Tuesday, October 19th.

PONCHO AND VIAU SPEAK AT AUTISM CONFERENCE

ICCS Progressions Teacher, Lea Poncho and Director of Religious Education, Rose Viau, spoke at the 2021 Louisiana Autism Conference held at L'Auberge Casino Resort yesterday. The Conference was hosted by the St. Nicholas Center for Children. Mrs. Poncho and Mrs. Viau presented information and helpful tips on how to introduce and teach the virtues in a classroom setting.
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RED RIBBON WEEK OCTOBER 25-29

ICCS will celebrate Red Ribbon Week soon. Students can join in the fun each day! Please see the Red Ribbon Week schedule below. This important week is sponsored by the ICCS Student Council.
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BOOK FAIR COMING SOON

3..2..1 BLAST OFF! The ICCS Book Fair is set for November 1-5, but parents and students can place online orders NOW! Early shopping is available online any time of the day or night. Please click the link below to view the 2021 ICCS Book Fair selections and to make purchases now.

https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=MYW8W


A Book Fair in-person shopping schedule will be sent home with all students next week. Please be on the lookout for it.


For more details or questions about the ICCS Book Fair, please email ICCS Librarian, Kyndel Heffer at kheffer@iccsweb.com.

LIVING OUT THE VIRTUES AT ICCS

The following students were recently caught living out the virtues here at ICCS. We applaud them for their kindness, responsibility, and loyalty to our school and their friends and family. Each student is now featured on the Virtue tree in the front lobby.


Weston Stantz, Austin McAtee, Liam-Joseph Hollier, Thompson Abendroth, Ella Broussard, Cooper Zeringue, Margo Authement, Emma Harrell, William Stine, Camille Serrano, Drew Dougay, Harrison Hurt, Natalie Obluda, Tyler Simmons, Julian Falcon, Halle Poncho, Max Mixon, Creed Castille, Timothy King, Rami Husein, Addison Champeaux, Eloise Forsyth, Elise Foret, Blu Armistead, Alex Keating, Nate Gouldin, Annie Frick, John Parker Gregory, Jeanne-Claire Breaux, Meg Austin, Camille Zeringue, Cara Jones, MaryAnne Authement, Caliber Byler, Mary Claire Liles, A.J. Schlang, Chloe Theunissen, Cora Diedrich, Kelsey Blalock, Brady Hess, Jenika Kinniard, William Lavergne, Ram DuRousseau, Nicholas Devall, Holden Bertrand, Joseph Devall, Luke LaBove, Noah Katoch, Edie Byrd, Everett Price, Brecken Burleigh, Miles Mhire, Sawyer Steech, Andrew Foret, Davis Hankins, Tate Poncho, Madelyn Elliott, Emma Leach, James Henderson, Jonathan Foret, Weezy Byrd, Beau Gary, and Charis Bentley.

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KROGER REWARDS CHECK RECEIVED

ICCS recently received a Kroger Community Rewards program earnings check for $201.61 (June 2020-July 2021).


For many years now, ICCS has participated in the Kroger Community Rewards program. The process is easy. Once you link your Kroger Plus Card to ICCS, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card or enter the phone number associated with your card at checkout. If you are not signed up to help earn cash for ICCS, here’s how it works:


1. Create a digital account.

A digital account is needed to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward ICCS.


2. Link your Card to ICCS

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

1. Sign in to your digital account.

2. Search for ICCS.

3. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support.

4. Select ICCS from the list and click “Save”.

ICCS will also display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details.


3. Our School Earns.

Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to ICCS, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.

RE-ENROLLMENT OPENS IN JANUARY

Planning and preparation for the 2022-2023 academic year are already underway. Please mark your calendars! Re-enrollment for current students will take place January 10-21, 2022. New Family Registration will open on Monday, February 7, 2022. A sibling enrollment form will be sent out to all families soon. If you plan to register a sibling next school year the form must be completed and submitted on time to guarantee a spot for next school year. Additional details related to re-enrollment for current students and enrollment for incoming siblings will be communicated in future issues of the Panther Press.

NEW ARRIVAL

God bless our newest ICCS Panther, Hope Marie Harrison, born on October 12. Hope is the daughter of Megan and Hunter Harrison, Sr. and the baby sister of ICCS 1st Grade student, Hunter Harrison, Jr.

PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS

PTO GREENERY FUNDRAISER GOING STRONG

The 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Sale is off to a fantastic start thanks to your support and enthusiasm. As of today, October 14 (day 22 of the sale), we are at the $9,360 profit mark.


Please continue to encourage your family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to support ICCS by purchasing fresh-cut Christmas Greenery between now and October 28. To view items or to place an order, click the link below.

https://sherwoodgreenery.com/iccs


IMPORTANT REMINDER!

Volunteers are needed to help unload and disperse local orders on Saturday, November 27, and Sunday, November 28. PTO points will be awarded to all volunteers for their time and assistance. Please contact Greenery Sale Co-chairs, Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech by email at iccsgreenery@gmail.com for more details or to sign up to help.


Check out this special video message from Doris and Jessica! https://fb.watch/8EdCHXbaU9/

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PEACE * LOVE* PANTHERS

The annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022 in the ICCS Gym.


HELP IS STILL NEEDED! If you would like to volunteer your time, talent, and expertise to help make this year's PTO Dinner Auction a GROOVY success, please reach out to any of the following committee chairpersons. PTO points will be awarded for your time, assistance, and for securing needed auction items.


Katie Devall & Kelly Serrano, Auction Co-Chairs: Katie and Kelly are looking for two assistant co-chairs to help plan the event and learn the ropes for future auctions. Please contact Katie and Kelly at iccsptoauction@gmail.com for more information.


Sponsorship Committee (CHAIRPERSON NEEDED ASAP)

PTO volunteers are needed to help contact local businesses and school supporters for event sponsorship opportunities. A leader is also needed for this committee. Please contact Katie Devall and Kelley Serrano by email at iccsptoauction@gmail.com for more details.


Silent Auction Committee

Chairperson, Lauren Middleton and her crew are reaching out to local business owners and artists for auction items. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or help secure unique artwork, restaurant and retail store gift cards, practical items. etc., please contact Lauren Middleton at lauren.cisneros@gmail.com.


Live Auction Committee

Going ONCE! Going TWICE! SOLD! Megan Gregory is heading up the live auction committee once again. If you would like to donate a live auction item or experience package, please contact Megan directly at megangregory1119@yahoo.com.


Clean-Up Committee (CHAIRPERSON IS NEEDED)

PTO volunteers are needed to help clean up after the big event. Clean Up committee members earn double points for their time, energy, and manpower. Clean-up will take place the morning of Saturday, March 26. For more information, or to sign up to chair this committee or volunteer to help on March 26, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com.

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CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

PRAY THE ROSARY

Pray the rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world. Our Lady of Fatima


Mrs. Danielle Koenig and Ms. Kimberly Wilson's 1st Grade students made these beautiful rosaries that are now on display near their classrooms.

PK APPLE INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY

Mrs. Forsyth and Mrs. DuRousseau's PK classes are learning about different types of apples, how they grow, where they grow, and all the different parts of an apple. Today the students investigated apples using each of their 5 senses.

2ND GRADE SPANISH SCAVENGER HUNT

Mrs. Morgan Verrett's Second Grade students held a Spanish Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday. The students had to search for items in the classroom that matched their Spanish color names. The estudiantes reviewed the color words in Spanish and drew a picture of the items they found in the room.

5TH GRADE BOOK REVIEW: LAND OF STORIES

Mrs. Jodi Schlang's 5th Grade students continue to read and review books or a series of books. Check out Anna East's recent book review of the novel, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.
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EXPLORING LATIN COUNTRIES

Vámonos! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Señora Darcy Garcia's Middle School Spanish I class recently researched a variety of Latin countries to learn more about the culture and language. The students created posters using online photos and magazine cut-outs that included the country's flag, the capital city, and interesting facts pertaining to the country's cuisine, location, terrain, government, wildlife, etc. The poster presentations had to be written and spoken in Spanish.
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6TH GRADE "PRETEND" PROTEST RALLY

Last week, our 6th Grade students wrote persuasive speeches and held a pretend protest rally to conclude their book study of Among The Hidden. The students were “protesting” an unfair law that was part of the plot in the novel.

ICCS FACULTY RETREAT

The ICCS faculty and staff spent Monday at the St. Charles Retreat Center in Moss Bluff for a team bonding experience and spiritually nourishing day of reflection. Special thanks to Father Rommel Tolentino, Father Joseph Caraway, and Father Aubrey Guilbeau for ministering to our teachers and staff members and to Sister Mary Noel Pereria, Milissa Thibodeaux, and Rose Viau for planning and coordinating this wonderful faculty retreat.

ICCS ALUMNI NEWS

"MS. HANNAH" RECEIVES WHITE COAT

Congratulations to ICCS alumna and former ICCS 4th Grade teacher, Hannah Schwartzenburg. "Ms. Hannah," (as many of our students call her) received her white coat last week during the LSU Medical School White Coat Ceremony in New Orleans. Hannah is a 2012 graduate of ICCS and is the daughter of ICCS 4th & 5th Grade Math Teacher, Mrs. LeAnne Schwartzenburg.

COMMUNITY NEWS

DIOCES OF LAKE CHARLES EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS NOVEMBER 12-21


“If Angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” — St. Maximilian Kolbe


The Diocese of Lake Charles will hold the first Eucharistic Congress in its 41-year history November 12-21 to bring about spiritual renewal and a deeper understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.


The gathering of clergy, religious, and laity will include the celebration of Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, processions, engaging speakers, and other devotions throughout the 10-day event. A special day will be set aside focused on the youth in each church parish.


The Congress will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre, followed by the main event, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the West Cal Arena and Events Center in Sulphur. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost will be the celebrant for Mass at 6 p.m. on Saturday to close out the all-day event.


For Monsignor Daniel A. Torres, V.G., chairman of the Congress, the expectation is for people in the Diocese to rekindle their faith in Jesus Christ, to return to the Catholic Church and the Sacraments, and to possess a reverence for the Eucharist.


“During this time of the pandemic, recovery from hurricanes, a winter storm, and flooding, as well as personal pain and struggles of life, family, economic hardships, and a numbness to everything, the Eucharistic Congress can offer an opportunity for all to see that God is with us; God has not abandoned us,” Torres said.


The idea for a Eucharistic Congress was presented to Bishop Provost and the Presbyteral Council by the Very Rev. Edward Richard, M.S., V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur.


Father Richard, who also serves as Dean of the West Deanery, said the intention is to provide an opportunity for Christian formation regarding the mystery of the Eucharist and how lives can be molded in the light of this great gift of God.


“The number one priority of the Eucharistic Congress should be directed to the increase of faith in the Most Holy Eucharist for what it truly is, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ,” said Father Richard.


"The Lord Jesus has given this Holy Sacrament so that we might encounter Him who Is,” Father Richard continued. “My hope is that the entire mystery of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is better integrated into the way parishes worship as well as into the personal faith lives of Christians.”


Opening night at the Civic Center includes outdoor praise and worship music in English and Spanish, a bilingual Rosary, and a candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the amphitheater to the Cathedral for all-night Adoration until 6 a.m. on Nov. 13.


Highlights of the main event in Sulphur will feature talks from local priests, including Father Ruben Buller, Monsignor Arthur Calkins, Father Ruben Villarreal, and Father Richard, on various aspects of the Eucharist.


On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a Spanish-language Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Adoration and a Eucharistic talk will be presented by Father Randy Courville from the Diocese of Lafayette.


Church parishes throughout the week will offer special hours of adoration, pray novenas and litanies, and offer catechesis on the Eucharist.


When public Masses were suspended in the spring of 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Monsignor Torres, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, said he recognized a concern for those who do not believe in the True Presence. For two months, he carried the Blessed Sacrament throughout the streets of Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish territory with the help of three red Ford trucks.


“The first week, people thought it was a parade; the second week, people continued to act up and did not take it seriously,” Torres said. “By the third week and the weeks that followed, tears were streaming down the faces of the faithful as they knelt in their yards as the Lord Jesus passed them for a few seconds. … All one could do was cry that they were not able to receive the physical Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself in the Eucharist.”


Monsignor Torres said he hopes the Eucharistic Congress will spark a greater awareness, offer catechesis, and help Catholics realize that priests are doing everything possible to bring Jesus to the people of God.


All events are free, and no registration is required. Seating at the West Cal Arena and Events Center is limited to 1,200. A love offering will be accepted during the Mass on Nov. 13 to help with the expenses.

DIGITAL DIRECTORY AVAILABLE IN FACTS

An ICCS digital school directory is available in the FACTS system. To access it, log on to http://www.factsmgt.com/ and follow the steps below.


  1. Choose Parent Login
  2. Choose Family Portal
  3. Enter your login information (District Code: ICCS-LA)
  4. Once logged in, choose School Home from the menu on the left side
  5. Then choose Directory
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QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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