Panther Press

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will be closed on Monday, December 3, so the faculty, staff and school community may attend the funeral Mass for Deacon Glenn Viau.

Funeral Arrangements:

Visitation will be Sunday, December 2, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A Sunday Mass in the presence of the body will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. and a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue until 9:00 p.m.

Monday, December 3, visitation will be at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on Monday, December 3, at 10:00 a.m.

December Birthday Mass & Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Each year, many Christians around the world, particularly those of Catholic faith, observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This Holy Day of Obligation is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar.

To commemorate our Patronal Feast Day, Father Rommel Tolentino will be leading students on a Marian Procession on Friday, December 7, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Students in 2nd-8th will participate in a procession that will begin on Ryan Street and end on Park Avenue. The December Birthday Mass will begin at 9 a.m. in the Gym following the procession. Permission forms will be going home with students tomorrow.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Masses will be held at the Cathedral on the following dates and times:

December 7, 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass

December 8, 8:00 a.m. Mass and 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Extraordinary Form

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Share Your Greenery Ideas and Photos

From fireplace mantles, dining room tables, entry ways and more! Many ICCS families are using their fresh cut greenery wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, swags and novelty items to transform their homes and offices into a Christmas wonderland.

How do you use greenery purchased through the ICCS PTO Fundraiser to decorate your living or work space? Share your creative ideas and show off your style by submitting photos of your decorative greenery creations. It’s simple! Snap a pic of your favorite live greenery infused area and email it to Photos will be featured on the ICCS Facebook page, website and in future issues of the Panther Press. Those submitting photos will be eligible for weekly prize drawings in December.

We L♥VE Our Greenery Committee

A BIG Panther thank you to the following holiday angels and elves for making the 2018 ICCS

PTO Greenery Fundraiser a huge success:

Debra Wilder & Megan Gregory—Greenery Fundraiser Chairpersons

Ashley Foret—Local Delivery Coordinator

Volunteers—Kendall & Chauntelle LeJeune, Errol Wilder, David Gilchrist, William Gouldin, Michael Crawford, David Morgan, Dana Ramcourt, Bridget Davis, Denys O’Neal, Diane Guillory, Jennifer & Josh Trouth, Erin & Matt Fullington, Elise Foret, Kim Ieyoub and Geovanna Espinosa

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  • Students may wear an appropriate Christmas t-shirt or an ICCS spirit shirt with blue jeans or uniform bottoms.

  • The Christmas Music Program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the gym.

  • Christmas parties will begin at 11:00 a.m.

  • There will be a 12 Noon Dismissal with NO AFTERCARE.


WHAT IS A PBL? Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

Current First Grade PBL

Our First Grade students have completed a project based learning science unit about animal defenses. The endangered sea turtle was studied, and the students decided to collect donations for the sea turtle conservancy as their class service project. Through sea turtle research, conservation and advocacy, the Sea Turtle Conservancy is addressing the threats to sea turtles and the natural habitats upon which they depend.

First grade students will be collecting money each morning before school beginning Monday, December 3-7. Each person donating to the Sea Turtle Conservancy will receive a bookmark designed by first grade students.


Printmaking Enrichment Students Visit MSU

Ms. Lania Vanchiere’s Visual Arts/Printmaking Enrichment Class took a field trip to the McNeese State University Art Department on Monday, November 27. Professors, Jacob Dugas and Lisa Reinauer toured the students around the art department and shared important information about the MSU Art Program.

2nd Grade Nativity Story Stone Display

Our second graders are exploring ways they can prepare their hearts and minds during the season of Advent. As we wait for Jesus to come, our second graders will be making a display for our school. Each day, our second graders will present a Nativity Story Stone to the school during morning announcements. They will tell us about each stone and give an idea of how we can prepare for Jesus. There will be a total of 9 stones placed at the foot of the wooden manger displayed in the front lobby. Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to visit the manger and learn more about this project.


Zeringue Presents At State Conference

ICCS Technology Director, Erin Zeringue served as a break out session speaker at the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators Conference in New Orleans this week. Mrs. Zeringue was asked to speak to participants about how ICCS has implemented Google and Google Classroom through the use of Apple iPads, iPad Pros and MacBooks using Apple School Manager, Mosyle and other platforms.

Physical Education Convention

Coach Chris Jones and Coach Lindsay Bourgeois recently attended the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Baton Rouge. Coach Jones and Coach Bourgeois participated in array of conference workshops focusing on important and unique physical activities for school-aged children, as well as Physical Education classroom management best practices.

The coaches put their conference learning to work this week with an igloo building activity! This team building activity got the kids thinking and active.

Renaissance Training

Our teachers have been busy in the afternoons bolstering their knowledge of Renaissance Flow programming.

  • Using the Renaissance Flow Planner - Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Steech, Mrs. Fuselier, Ms. Ebersole, Ms. LaBove, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Heffer, Mrs. Romano, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Solari, Mrs. Bushnell, Mrs. Schwartzenburg
  • Using Accelerated Reader Data to improve Student Comprehension - Mrs. Bushnell, Ms. LaBove, Ms. Ebersole. Ms. Solari, and Ms. Wilson
  • Math Fact is a Flash for Building Student Automaticity - Mrs. Koenig, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Bushnell, Mrs. Schwartzenburg, Mrs. Steech, and Ms. Wilson


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What Does It Mean to Be a Parishioner?

As we near the end of 2018, all Immaculate Conception Cathedral families are reminded of what qualifies parishioners to receive subsidized tuition rates. The Cathedral parish has set the following criteria: to be officially registered with the Cathedral, to worship regularly by attending Mass and participating in parish functions and activities, and to offer financial support by contributing regularly. Families should check with the Cathedral office if they are unsure of their status. For more information, call the Cathedral office at (337) 436-7251.


Tue, Dec 4: 7A Retreat, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wed, Dec 5: Advent Blessing (1B), 8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

Thu, Dec 6: St. Nick's Day

Fri, Dec 7: Procession & December Birthday Mass (7B), 8:00 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

Fri, Dec 7: Middle School Diocesan Dance, 7:00-9:30 p.m., ICCS Gym

Sun, Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Wed, Dec 12: Advent Blessing (1A), 8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

Fri, Dec 14: Student of the Year Interviews (TBA)

Tue, Dec 18: 7B Retreat, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Tue, Dec 18: Festival of Lessons and Carols, 6:00 p.m. in the ICCS Gym

Wed, Dec 19: Advent Blessing (KA/KB), 8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

Wed, Dec 19: School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Cathedral Parish Building

Fri, Dec 21: 2nd Quarter Ends

Fri, Dec 21: Christmas/ICCS T-shirt Day with Jeans or Uniform Bottoms

Fri, Dec 21: Christmas Music Program, 9:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

Fri, Dec 21: Christmas Parties, 11:00 a.m.-12 Noon

Fri, Dec 21: 12 Noon Dismissal, NO AFTERCARE

Mon, Dec 24-Fri, Jan 4: Christmas Holidays

Mon, Jan 7: NO SCHOOL - Faculty In-service

Tue, Jan 8: Classes Resume


ICCS PTO Dinner Auction will be Friday, March 29, 2019 in the ICCS Gym
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Way to go Elise!

ICCS 8th Grade Student, Elise Ramcourt will be running for a great cause this weekend! Elise, a Leukemia and brain tumor survivor, will be participating in the 2018 St. Jude Children's Hospital Half Marathon in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday. We congratulate Elise on this wonderful accomplishment and pray for her safety along the way. To follow Elise's race progress and fundraising efforts, click here

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

2018-2019 School Theme

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