DECEMBER 2, 2021
ICCS Mission Statement:
It seems that students and teachers alike had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break. With this rest and rejuvenation, it is my hope that during these three weeks of school in this time of Advent preparation in anticipation of Christ’s birth at Christmas, we will all keep the Advent themes of hope, peace, love, joy in mind and in our hearts. As an ICCS community, we have an abundance to share in hope, peace, joy, and love, which is evident through events that occur during this time such as our 1st Grade and Kindergarten Advent Blessing services, our feast day--the Feast of the Immaculate Conception--on December 8th, our feast day Marian procession, Polar Express Day for our Pre-K friends, the Stations of the Crib school performance, the tradition of the 8th grade Christmas breakfast, and class Christmas parties. In their own unique and varied ways, these events help us to celebrate the hope that we have, the peace among us, the joy in our hearts, and the love we have for our ICCS community.
With these themes, we know that our parent community is eager to be involved on our campus. While we certainly all strongly desire more community involvement, we also carry the great responsibility of following protocols set before us and taking into consideration the space that is unique to us with a three-story, one-building school. The amount of information and things we have to consider on our campus requires that we carefully weigh them out, think thoughtfully through them, and with knowledge of our community of students, make decisions that can ultimately then be altered due to mandates. It is difficult to understand the full scope of any decision when there are only small pieces that the ICCS community outside of our school building knows in order to form their understanding. It is also easy to begin comparisons between one school and another while not taking into account the situations that we face on our campus with both our physical plant and our student population. ICCS will continue to follow the protocols set before us as well as evaluate the ways that we can have our parent community increasingly participate in school events such as some of the ones listed above and will do so on an event-by-event basis.
Next week we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral, and just as we did for our Eucharistic Congress Mass last month, we would like to invite parents to attend. If you would like to attend this mass, we ask that you complete the response form linked below so that we can mark off appropriate pew seating.
Click this link to access the Feast of the Immaculate Conception attendance form - https://forms.gle/Qt1ek4dakk72cf9C8
As our class Christmas parties are approaching, we are also continuing to evaluate how we may be able to have these with the potential for more parent involvement. In order to best evaluate, plan, and accommodate all factors that we must consider, please take this brief survey to gauge interest in attendance.
Click this link to complete the Christmas Party survey - https://forms.gle/1fvewtGEe2TmBZp66
Yours in Catholic education,
ADVENT SEASON IS UPON US
Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. The Advent season started on Sunday, November 28, and ends on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word advent means "coming." As our PK-8th Grade students prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth, we invite parents to view our weekly virtual Advent Blessings.
This week, Mrs. Danielle Koenig's 1st Grade students, along with Father Rommel Tolentino, led the Advent Blessing via an on-demand video that was broadcast in every classroom Monday. To view the virtual Advent Blessing, please click the link below.
Special thanks to Mrs. Virginia-Kate Jessen and Mrs. Rose Viau for coordinating this project and producing the weekly videos.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
At the student's request, the school will provide a bottle of water if he or she forgets to bring a water container from home, however, parents will be billed $1 per bottle (charged to FACTS accounts monthly).
ICCS JOB OPENING
THANK YOU GREENERY VOLUNTEERS
We also extend a BIG thank you to the following volunteers who showed up bright and early Saturday morning to help unload the greenery truck, sort through items, and organize hundreds of orders in record time: Robin Burnham, Amelia Crawford, Andy Fontenot, Kendall and Ritter LeJeune, Diane Mallett, Ace Mhire, Ada O'Quain, Wesley Steech, Gene Steech, Blair Tadlock, Claire Terracina, Jennifer and Claude Watkins and Elyce and Anna Kathryn Walker.
Last, but not least, HATS OFF to the following ICCS parents who volunteered to deliver wreaths and centerpieces on behalf of local businesses that purchased ICCS greenery as a special gift for their important clients living in the area: Sarah Broussard, Andrea Carmen, Courtney Chance, Amelia Crawford, Amber Fountain, Addie Johnson, Emily McDaniel, Ashley Powell, Cara and David Roeder, Paige Spencer, and Kelly Stout.
SHOW OFF YOUR ICCS GREENERY
ICCS T-SHIRT SALE GOING ON NOW
t-shirts to help raise funds for their end-of-the-year party and other class activities.
All t-shirts feature the 2021-2022 theme, "We love because He first loved us" 1 John 4:19. Shirts come in sizes youth small to adult 2Xlarge and are $20 each. The shirts can be billed through your FACTS account or paid for by check (made out to ICCS).
Students, parents, and "Grandpanthers" are invited to purchase a t-shirt. BUT HURRY! The order deadline is Friday, December 17. Shirts will be sent home with students in January. Please complete the google form below to place an order.
DECEMBER VIRTUE: AFFABILITY
This month, all ICCS students are focusing on the virtue of Affability, which is also known as being "likable." The definition of Affability is: being easy to approach and easy to talk to - being friendly.
Affability looks like: Smiling at someone as you walk past them.
Affability sounds like: Saying "hello" to someone when you see them in the hall.
An example of someone who lived out the Virtue of Affability is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. (1901-1925). As a young man in Italy, Pier Giorgio loved mountain climbing and hiking in the outdoors. He was cheerful and friendly, ready to listen to all he met. He never complained about his personal struggles or told people how much he helped the poor. When he was only twenty-four years old, he died of polio. No one realized how many friends he had, especially among the poor, until large crowds came to his funeral.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CATHEDRAL PARISHIONER?
As we near the end of 2021, 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 to the church 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.
SIBLING FORM DUE DECEMBER 10
If you plan to enroll a PK-8th Grade sibling at ICCS next school year, please click on the link below and complete the information NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10. The information will help confirm your child's spot and will also help our enrollment team to plan and prepare for New Family Registration in early February.
For more information, please contact Kay Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
Saturday, December 4
9AM: EDS v ICCS 5 Girls @ ICCS
9AM: ICCS 5 Boys v EDS @ EDS
10AM: SMCS v ICCS 6 Girls @ ICCS
11AM: SMCS v 6 Boys @ ICCS
Monday, December 6
5:30PM: LCA v ICCS 7 Boys @ ICCS
6:30PM: LCA v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS
7:30PM: LCA v ICCS 8 Boys @ ICCS
Wednesday, December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)
8:30 a.m., Cathedral
Middle School Procession following Mass
Thursday, December 9
4:30PM: OLS v ICCS 7 Boys @ ICCS
5:30PM: SMCS v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS
6:30PM: OLS v ICCS 8 Boys @ ICCS
Friday, December 10
FINAL day to turn in Sibling Enrollment information for 2022-2023
Saturday, December 11
9AM: ICCS 5 Girls v FBCA @ ICCS
9AM: ICCS 6 Girls v EDS @ EDS
10AM: ICCS 5 Boys v ICCS 6 Boys @ ICCS
Monday, December 13
5:30PM: OLQH v ICCS 7 Boys @ ICCS
6:30PM: STM v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS
7:30PM: SMCS v ICCS 8 Boys @ ICCS
Wednesday, December 15
ICCS Advisory Board Meeting
Friday, December 17
8th Grade Christmas Breakfast in the ICCS Gym
Class Christmas Parties from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
12 Noon Dismissal for all students (NO AFTERCARE)
End of the Second Quarter
Christmas Holiday Break
Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31
Monday, January 3
Teacher In-service (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, January 4
Thursday, January 6
6:30PM: ICCS 8 Boys v OLQH @ OLQH
6:30PM: ICCS 7 Boys v EDS @ EDS
Saturday, January 8
9AM: EDS v ICCS 5 Girls @ ICCS
9AM: ICCS 5 Boys v EDS @ EDS
10AM: SMCS v ICCS 6 Girls @ ICCS
11AM: SMCS v ICCS 6 Boys @ ICCS
Monday, January 10
5:30PM: ICCS 8 Girls v OLS @ EDS
6:30PM: ICCS 8 Boys v SMCS @ EDS
Re-enrollment for all current students
*Please be on the lookout for important re-enrollment updates
Thursday, January 13:
4:30PM: ICCS 8 Girls v FBCA @ ICCS
5:30PM: ICCS 7 Boys v OLQH @ ICCS
6:30PM: ICCS 8 Boys v HCA @ ICCS
Saturday, January 15
9AM: SMCS v ICCS 5 Girls @ ICCS
9AM: ICCS 6 Girls v OLQH @ OLQH
10AM: ICCS 5 Boys v HCA @ HCA
11AM: FBCA v ICCS 6 Boys @ ICCS
Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)
Wednesday, January 19
ICCS Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, January 20
5:30PM: SWLA v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS
6:30PM: HCA v ICCS 8 Boys @ ICCS
Saturday, January 22
9AM: ICCS 6 Girls v ICCS 5 Girls @ HCA
9AM: ICCS 5 Boys v OLQH @ OLQH
10AM: ICCS 6 Boys v OLQH @ OLQH
Monday, January 24
4:30PM: LCA v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS
6:30PM: OLS v ICCS 7 Boys @ ICCS
Saturday, January 29
ICCS PTO Panther Run 5K & 1-Mile Color Run
5K will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
1-Mile Color Run will begin around 8:30 a.m.
The races will start and end on the corner of Ryan Street and Park Avenue
Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate
Visit https://runsignup.com/iccspantherrun2022 to register.
10AM: ICCS 6 Boys v HCA @ HCA
11AM: ICCS 5 Boys v EDS @ EDS
11AM: FBCA v ICCS 5 Girls @ ICCS
1PM: OLQH v ICCS 6 Girls @ ICCS
Sunday, January 30-Saturday, February 5
Catholic Schools Week
COMMUNITY COFFEE CASH FOR SCHOOLS LABELS NEEDED
The next Community Coffee Cash For Schools label submission date is January 31, 2022. Please continue to clip labels on your favorite Community Coffee products between now and January and help us reach our annual goal. Labels can be sent to school in a ziplock bag with your student.
For more information, please contact our Community Coffee Cash for Schools coordinator, Colleen Phillips at email@example.com.
NEW BOX TOPS ITEMS ADDED
ATTENTION HOLIDAY BAKERS! EARN 5 BONUS BOX TOPS ON PILLSBURY SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH when you buy any 3 participating Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough products. MUST purchase by 12/28/21. Limit 5 claims per receipt. Offer valid while supplies last.
PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS
THE PERKY PRIZE DRAWING IS HERE
The 2021 Perky Prize Drawing will take place on Thursday, December 16. The last day to purchase tickets will be Tuesday, December 14.
Many thanks to our annual Perky Prize Drawing sponsor, Mike Hooks, LLC, and to Perky Prize Drawing Committee Chairperson, Jennifer Authement for supporting and organizing this very popular Auction-affiliated fundraiser.
ON YOUR MARK. GET SET. GO!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! The 2022 ICCS PTO Panther Run 5K and 1-Mile Color Run is scheduled for Saturday, January 29. Click the link below for more information, or to register.
NEW THIS YEAR: additional Panther Run shirts can be purchased without officially registering for the race. Click the link below to order extra shirts (PLEASE NOTE this is for extra shirts ONLY): https://runsignup.com/Race/Store/LA/LakeCharles/ICCSPantherRun
SPONSORS ARE STILL NEEDED: If you know of a local business or individual who is interested in supporting the Panther Run, please access the attached sponsorship form for more details.
In order to guarantee business logos or personal names are printed on the official race shirts, all sponsors MUST be confirmed by January 10. Contact the 2022 ICCS PTO Panther Run Chairman, Kelly Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
A BIG ICCS PANTHER THANK YOU to the following businesses and families for signing on as sponsors of the 2022 PTO Panther Run.
Christina Burleigh State Farm (Presenting Sponsor)
The Davies Family (Color Run Sponsor)
The Brown Bobbin
The PAR Group
The Katoch Family
Business One Bank
CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS
PK SENSORY CENTER ACTIVITY
6TH & 7TH GRADE SAINT PROJECTS
TRAVELING BACK IN TIME
ROSARY CLUB UPDATE
IMPORTANT REMINDER: due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception School Mass, the Rosary Club will not meet next Wednesday, December 8.
7TH GRADE ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT
ICCS PANTHER S-P-I-R-I-T
2021-2022 ICCS MINI CHEERLEADERS
IN MEMORY OF CAMMIE SHADDOCK
ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
SLCHS OPEN HOUSE SET FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2022
FACTS FAMILY PORTAL
Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.www.factsmgt.com