Panther Press

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

REMINDER! SCHOOL MASS TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Friday, March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. ICCS will hold a special Mass tomorrow morning on the playground to celebrate "The Year of St. Joseph." Important Mass details and reminders are provided below.


  • PK-8th Grade students will celebrate Mass tomorrow, Friday, March 19, on the ICCS playground.


  • Please send an ICCS-approved jacket, cardigan or sweatshirt to school with your child, along with a towel for sitting and kneeling during Mass. Students are encouraged to bring outdoor jackets as it is forecasted to be cool during Mass. NO HOODIES.


  • Just a friendly reminder, girls wear jumpers or skirts and boys wear pants to all school Masses.


For more information about the "Year of St. Joseph," please click on the link below.

https://www.usccb.org/saint-joseph.

HAPPY 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

We made it to the 100th day of school! It takes the effort, commitment and support of an entire school community to make it through two devastating hurricanes, a life-changing pandemic and a severe winter storm all in one academic year. But together, WE DID IT! HAPPY 100th DAY of School to our students, parents and faculty members!


Check out the ICCS Facebook Page for photos and videos of today's celebration and festivities.

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NOON DISMISSAL ON APRIL 1ST

Parents, please note Holy Thursday, April 1, will be a Noon Dismissal day for all ICCS students. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Aftercare services will not be offered on this day. PK-3rd Grade Easter class parties will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on April 1. All students must be picked up by 12:30 p.m.
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IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

All 3rd-8th Grade students will take the ACT Aspire Test the week of March 29-April 1. Important details are provided below.
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OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS NEWS

DONOR GIVES NEARLY $2 MILLION TO FUND UP TO 400 SCHOLARSHIPS

AT DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES SCHOOLS

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 15


Lake Charles, La. – Up to nearly 400 students will have an opportunity to earn scholarships to attend Catholic schools this Fall within the Diocese of Lake Charles, thanks to the generosity of a patron giving a $1.8 million donation. The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the generous gift through ACE Scholarships, which provides children of low-income families access to quality education through its scholarship program.


“This incredible gift to our community comes at a time when Southwest Louisiana families are most profoundly in need, and this patron’s investment in their future is evidence of deep faith in the educational excellence of our diocesan schools,” said Bishop Glen John Provost. “Because of this generosity, families unable to afford Catholic school will find the assistance they need to make the best choice for their children. We urge families considering our Catholic schools to seek us out and seize this blessed opportunity.”


Students in grades K-8 receive up to $4,200 and students entering grades 9-12 receive up to $4,500 toward tuition. Families interested in applying for tuition assistance through ACE Scholarships must apply for enrollment at their school of choice and apply separately for a scholarship through ACE at https://www.acescholarships.org/become-a-scholar/louisiana/.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2021-22 academic school year is April 15, 2021.


“The gift of a quality education is a precious thing,” said ACE Scholarships President Arthur Dupré, “and this private donor’s desire to help Lake Charles and all the surrounding communities in Southwest Louisiana by investing in educational opportunity – particularly via the Diocese – will directly transform so many children’s lives. This donation is a testament to Bishop Provost’s leadership in ensuring academic excellence, and we at ACE Scholarships are proud to partner with the Diocese to open new doors for these families and these children. We look forward to helping enrich these young minds through a solid education and empowering them with access to the schools of their dreams.”


To qualify for an ACE Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:


1. Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.

2. Your family income is less than the amount listed in the chart (please see the link listed above for more details).

3. One of the following statements must be true:

a. Your child attended a Louisiana public school during the 2020-2021 school year.

b. Your child participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Credit Program during the 2020-21 school year.

c. Your child will be attending Kindergarten for the first time during the 2021-22 school year.


For more information, please contact the Diocese of Lake Charles Office of Catholic Schools at (337) 376-0603, extension 400.

BISHOP'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROVIDED

The 2021-2022 Bishop's Scholarship Application is attached below. Families applying for this tuition assistance program must complete and return the packet no later than next Friday, March 26.

ICCS SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 1

Just a reminder, nominations are now being accepted for a new ICCS Advisory Board parent representative. Please email all nominations to Ada O'Quain, Administrative Assistant, at asoquain@iccsweb.com no later than Thursday, April 1, 2021.

CLASS PICTURE DAY IS NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 26

**Parents and students, please note the FACTS system has been updated to show Spring Pictures will not take place tomorrow, Friday, March 19. Spring Pictures are scheduled for Friday, April 23. We apologize for the mistake and confusion.
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ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS

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AUCTION "TO GO" MEALS OFFERED APRIL 16

Help support the PTO Virtual Auction by purchasing delicious adult or child-sized "to go" dinners to be served Friday, April 16, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot! Supporters can purchase delicious jambalaya dinners or slices of Hunt Brother's pizza. Pre-ordered "to go" dinners are available to ICCS families, "Grandpanthers," Cathedral parishioners, alumni or ANY local ICCS supporter. Please help spread the word!


Order forms will be sent to all ICCS families next week via email. Check future issues of the Panther Press for direct links and important details.


Thanks a million to Cheyenne Boudreaux, the Chenier Chefs, Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Hurt and Henderson families for helping to make this Auction fundraiser possible.


Make plans now to gather with your ICCS friends and school supporters, or just relax at home as a family on April 16. The Auction Committee will take care of dinner so you will have more time to place your bids! The ICCS PTO Virtual Auction will close on April 16 promptly at 9:00 p.m.

ONLY 56 GOLDEN TICKETS LEFT!

Tickets are going FAST! Current ICCS families can purchase a ticket for a chance to win free tuition (up to $6,000) for one child for the 2021-2022 school year. Only 100 tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased using the link below. Buyers can bill the Golden Ticket chances to their auction bidder number, or drop off cash or a check to ICCS no later than Monday, April 13 to be eligible for the drawing. The lucky winner will be announced on the evening of Friday, April 16.


Purchase a Golden Ticket while you can! Click on the link to learn more, or to reserve your ticket NOW!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BlghUGafZZLIhVHd9mXxlH3NhvM5RCcs73Q4Q_t2TzQ/edit

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CHECK OUT THESE GREAT AUCTION OFFERINGS

Don't miss it! The 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction will feature a large assortment of items and experiences that are sure to please a variety of interests, personal tastes and age groups. Sneak peeks will be highlighted on the ICCS Facebook Page and can be found in the weekly issues of the Panther Press. Bidding will open on Tuesday, April 13, and will close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16.


Here is a sampling of the school-related items that will be up for bid at the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction!

WINE IN THE LINE BIG SUCCESS

The 2021 PTO Auction committee would like to thank the Simoneaux, Kennedy, Vallette, Richert, McCain, Mhire, Fontenot, Ackel, Crookshank, Hilliard, Babin, David, Diedrich, Campbell, Spencer, Hurt and Harrell families for donating bottles of vino for the ICCS Wine Cellar auction package yesterday! We also appreciate ICCS parent volunteers: Shannon Boudreaux, Kelly Hurt and Andrea Perez for offering their time to collect wine donations in the drop-off and pick-up lines yesterday.


Next Wednesday, March 24 will be the final Wine in the Line donation opportunity. Auction Committee members will once again make it easy and convenient to donate by collecting wine bottles in the drop-off and pick-up lines on Wilson Street and Park Avenue. Wine donations must be a minimum value of $20 per bottle. Families will earn 30 PTO points per wine bottle donation.

EXCLUSIVE ICCS T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE DURING PTO AUCTION

Show off your ICCS Panther spirit in this exclusive and unique school-themed t-shirt. The panther sketch was created by Baton Rouge artist, Garic Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins graciously agreed to help support our school community by designing a wearable work of art that will appeal to all ages and help raise funds for the ICCS PTO. We are grateful for Mr. Jenkins' talent and generosity.


A variety of sizes and shirt style options will be offered during the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction April 13-16. Once the Auction ends, the shirts will no longer be available for purchase, so don't miss out!

DID YOU KNOW?

ICCS parents can view a current 2020-2021 school directory in the FACTS Parent Portal from now until the end of school? Parents with questions can contact Ada O'Quain by email at asoquain@iccsweb.com.
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CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

ST. PATRICK'S DAY THEMED ACTIVITY

St. Patrick's Day was the perfect time for Mrs. Danielle Koenig's 1st Grade students to complete a sorting activity using an Irish-themed cereal. Using a half cup of Lucky Charms, the students sorted the cereal pieces by shapes and documented their findings. The class enjoyed this educational (and delicious) task!

PK RAINBOW OF COLORS

Mrs. Forsyth and Mrs. DuRousseau's PK students are learning about rainbows. The classes completed a science experiment this week using skittles to make a rainbow of colors.

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Mrs. Brown's 2nd Grade friends went on a money scavenger hunt on Tuesday using iPads from their new classroom technology cart. The students counted pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. They also learned about the history of each coin, as well as how to use money counting skills in everyday life.

8TH GRADERS TO ATTEND CHRISM MASS

ICCS 8th Grade students will be attending the Diocesan Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday, March 31. During Holy Week, the Bishop blesses sacred oils during this special liturgy. The oil of Chrism is used for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, anointing of the sick and other uses throughout the year within the Diocese of Lake Charles. Diocesan priests will also renew their promises and commitment to the faith during the Chrism Mass.

CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS COMING SOON

Current 6th and 7th Grade girls interested in trying out for ICCS cheerleader for the 2021-2022 school year will need to participate in a mandatory cheer clinic, scheduled for April 12 and 13 in the ICCS Gym. Cheerleader tryouts will take place after school on Wednesday, April 14. For more information, please contact Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

ICCS FOOTBALL GAME AT MSU COWBOY STADIUM APRIL 17

Mark your calendars! The ICCS Middle School football team and coaching staff are hard at work preparing for a special Spring game against Grand Lake on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 12 noon at McNeese Cowboy Stadium. All are welcome to attend! You can expect plenty of food, football and FUN! Proceeds raised through this event will benefit the MSU Hurricane Recovery Fund. More details will be provided soon.

CCAL TRACK MEET SET FOR APRIL 24

Middle School students and parents, please save the date! A CCAL Track Meet will be held on Saturday, April 24, at Iowa High School. More details will be provided soon.

THANK YOU

Special thanks to Father Rommel Tolentino, Father Sam Bond, Father Brian King, Father Joseph Caraway and Father Bryan Thompson for hearing confessions for our 3rd-8th Grade students last week.

THE VIRTUE OF OBEDIENCE

Our PK-8th Grade students continue to focus on the virtue of Obedience throughout the month of March.


St. Matthew is a great example of obedience to God. Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector in Judea at the time of Jesus. One day as he sat at his work, Jesus saw him and said to him, "Follow me." Matthew immediately left his work and his friends to obey the Lord's command. He became one of the apostles, an evangelist and a martyr for Jesus. St. Matthew's Feast day is September 21.

CATHEDRAL NEWS

ST. JOSEPH'S ALTAR TOMORROW

The Cathedral Parish will host a St. Joseph Altar tomorrow, Friday, March 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the church with a Blessing and Procession to the St. Joseph statue and Litany service. A beautiful St. Joseph's Altar will be on display tomorrow in the Ave Maria Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All ICCS families are invited to participate and stop by the Ave Maria Hall throughout the day to view the St. Joseph Altar. For more information, please contact Stephen Broussard at (337) 884-5051.

CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION LENTEN OPORTUNITIES

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located at 935 Bilbo Street in Lake Charles. ICCS families are invited to participate in any of the following spiritually-focused opportunities offered during Lent. For more information, please call (337) 436-7251.


Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Holy Hour of Reparation: EVERY Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to Midnight

Blessed Sacrament exposed for Eurachistic Adoration: after 12:05 p.m. Mass until 4:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent concluding with Vespers (Evening Prayers) and Benediction

Daily Mass: EVERY Monday-Friday at 12:05 p.m.

Lenten Penance Night: Wednesday, March 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Cathedral will be open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during Lent for visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

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PRAYER AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS


O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.


We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.


You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.


Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.


We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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