Panther Press

DECEMBER 2, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

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,


Blair Tadlock

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.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LPXAJhOiwJJBxh4TkixmBgIhZ7phnMjw/view?ts=61a4bcf1


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

On Wednesday, December 8, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with all PK-8th Grade students attending Mass at the Cathedral. For Catholics, this is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the belief in the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. We celebrate Mary's privilege of coming into the world free from sin. Through the power of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, all of us can be freed from sin at Baptism. Through this same power, Mary was always free from sin. At the liturgy, we thank God for all the blessings He has given to us, and we can thank Mary for watching over and protecting us.

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

Due to COVID restrictions, the water fountains on campus have been disabled. All PK-8th Grade students are required to bring a bottle of water or refillable plastic water container to school each day. Convenient water refilling stations are available throughout the building.


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

Please help spread the word! ICCS has an immediate job opening for a part-time Middle School Math Teacher. Qualified and interested candidates can contact Blair Tadlock by email at btadlock@iccsweb.com or by phone at (337) 433-3497.
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THANK YOU GREENERY VOLUNTEERS

The 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Sale was a HUGE success! Nearly 1,550 greenery items were sold and over $20,000 was raised through this annual PTO fundraiser. Thanks a million to the 2021 PTO Greenery Sale Co-chairs, Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech for all of the time, effort, creativity, and energy they put into the Greenery Sale!


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

We want to see how you are using your fresh-cut wreaths, garland, door swags, centerpieces, and reindeer sets to decorate your homes and offices for the holiday season! Snap a pic of your greenery items and send it to kmorgan@iccsweb.com by Friday, December 10, and become eligible to win a Christmas-themed prize. The photos will be shared in future issues of the Panther Press and on the ICCS Facebook page (only photos will be shared publicly, not names). Thanks again for making the 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Sale a big success!

ICCS T-SHIRT SALE GOING ON NOW

The ICCS 8th Grade Class of 2022 are selling school year-themed

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.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1QPU3mWRE7e9rtoMXXCWwU5dO76hmPpbSqSfGrVsuzozo2g/viewform?usp=sf_link

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

Attention current families with incoming siblings for the 2022-2023 academic year!


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.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuoOxZ65kR0-JWIWJ7qEoz-6_n1BcJeoH7Vf7vq3yjd5L_hw/viewform


For more information, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

The months of December and January are packed with school-related events and important dates to remember. Please review the following information and mark your calendars.


Saturday, December 4

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

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

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuoOxZ65kR0-JWIWJ7qEoz-6_n1BcJeoH7Vf7vq3yjd5L_hw/viewform


Saturday, December 11

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games

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

Classes Resume


Thursday, January 6

Basketball Games:

6:30PM: ICCS 8 Boys v OLQH @ OLQH

6:30PM: ICCS 7 Boys v EDS @ EDS


Saturday, January 8

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

5:30PM: ICCS 8 Girls v OLS @ EDS

6:30PM: ICCS 8 Boys v SMCS @ EDS


January 10-14

Re-enrollment for all current students

*Please be on the lookout for important re-enrollment updates


Thursday, January 13:

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

5:30PM: SWLA v ICCS 8 Girls @ ICCS

6:30PM: HCA v ICCS 8 Boys @ ICCS


Saturday, January 22

Basketball Games:

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

Basketball Games:

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.


Basketball Games:

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

For many years now, ICCS parents, Grandpanthers, faculty members, local business owners, alumni, and school supporters have helped earn money for ICCS by clipping and gathering Community Coffee Proof of Purchase labels.


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 colleen.phillips1969@gmail.com.

NEW BOX TOPS ITEMS ADDED

Look for BOX TOPS for Education labels while shopping for holiday meal ingredients and other food and household items throughout the month of December. Help ICCS earn free cash by scanning your store receipt within 14 days of purchase using the convenient and easy-to-use BOX TOPS app. To view a complete list of BOX TOPS for Education products, click the link below.


https://www.boxtops4education.com/Participating-Products-Page


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.

NEW ARRIVAL

Welcome to the ICCS family, Killian Miles Beasley. Our newest panther cub was born on November 23. Killian is the son of Patricia and Kyle Beasley and brother of 6th Grade student, Sofia Breaux.

PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS

THE PERKY PRIZE DRAWING IS HERE

The Perky Prize Drawing is being held in conjunction with the 2022 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction. A special Perky Prize Drawing ticket form went home with all students this week. If your child is interested in purchasing tickets, please ensure the form and money are attached together or brought to school in an envelope labeled "Perky Prize Drawing." Tickets are $1 each.

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.

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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.

https://runsignup.com/iccspantherrun2022


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 kellybhenderson@gmail.com 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

Mrs. Molly Forsyth and Mrs. Stephanie DuRousseau's PreK friends "branched out" in their classroom Sensory Centers this week. The students used pieces of fresh-cut garland from our PTO Greenery sale to create adorable wreaths that will help "spruce" up the PK rooms and hallway this holiday season!

6TH & 7TH GRADE SAINT PROJECTS

Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux's 6th and 7th Grade Religion students recently selected a Saint to research and present information on. The students enjoyed learning more about the saints through this project.

TRAVELING BACK IN TIME

Mrs. Morgan Verrett’s 2nd Graders are learning about America in the 1800s. Since cameras had not been invented yet, portraits were painted or drawn. After viewing a painted portrait of President George Washington, the students sketched their own self-portraits.

ROSARY CLUB UPDATE

The PK-1st Grade Rosary Club members met yesterday morning before school to pray the rosary. All 6th-8th Grade Rosary Club members are invited to meet in the Gym on Wednesday, December 15, at 7:30 a.m. to pray the Rosary before school. For more information, please contact the ICCS Rosary Club Sponsor, Mrs. Rose Viau at rviau@iccsweb.com.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception School Mass, the Rosary Club will not meet next Wednesday, December 8.

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7TH GRADE ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT

Mrs. Aimee Romano's 7th Grade students created "found poems" after reading The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, which was written in 1883 as a fundraiser for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. The students used the first page in Virginia Woolf's 1931 novel, The Waves, to search for words or phrases that focused on the virtue of patriotism and the beauty of America.

ICCS PANTHER S-P-I-R-I-T

To kick off the Thanksgiving break, PK-5th Grade students enjoyed a spirit-filled outdoor Pep Rally on November 19. The ICCS Cheerleaders led cheers and organized fun games for the kids while PTO Greenery Co-chairs, Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech served popsicles to the crowd in celebration of a successful fundraiser. It was the PURRRFECT day for a Pep Rally and popsicles on the playground!

2021-2022 ICCS MINI CHEERLEADERS

Two bits... Four bits... Six bits... A dollar... All for the Panthers, stand up, and HOLLER! The 2021-2022 ICCS Mini Cheerleaders: Kinley Gregory, Clare Foret, and C.C. Devall have enjoyed cheering on the Panthers and spreading school spirit at ICCS sports games, pep rallies, and other ICCS events.

NEW FULL TIME SUB ON CAMPUS

ICCS Alumna and part-time office copy clerk, Savannah Greenlee is now a full-time member of the ICCS team. Savannah will be serving as an on-campus substitute teacher starting immediately. We appreciate Savannah's help and loyalty to our ICCS community.

IN MEMORY OF CAMMIE SHADDOCK

The ICCS Community is mourning the passing of long-time school supporter, alumna, and former ICCS parent, Cammie Moreno Shaddock. Please keep the Shaddock family in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead. https://www.legacy.com/amp/obituaries/batesville/200663480

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

SLCHS OPEN HOUSE SET FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2022

For more information or to RVSP, please contact Heather Ieyoub, SLCHS Director of Admissions and Marketing, at hieyoub@slchs.org or by phone at (337) 436-7275.
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