Panther Press

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PRAYERS FOR THE HOLLIER FAMILY

We continue to remember and pray for ICCS parent, Jacques Hollier. Jacques passed away unexpectedly yesterday. She was the loving mother of ICCS 3rd Grade student, Liam-Joseph Hollier and wife of Billy Joe Hollier. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Liam-Joseph, Billy Joe, Jacques’ family and all who loved and cherished her. Please pray for the family’s comfort, peace and healing in the days and months ahead.

ICCS EXTENDS HELP TO ST. MARGARET CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Hurricanes Laura and Delta devastated our area, causing major destruction far and wide. Thankfully, ICCS only received moderate damage during both storms. This blessing allowed our students to get back on campus as soon as possible thanks to the hard work of mitigation and construction crews and the dedication and diligence of our amazing faculty who got face-to-face learning back on track in record time.


Unfortunately, some schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish sustained major damage and have been unable to open for the 2020-2021 school term due to needed repairs and unsafe conditions. St. Margaret Catholic School is one of those schools.


The St. Margaret’s school community is in need of a temporary space that will accommodate some of their students for face-to-face learning until their campus can be relocated to modular buildings. ICCS will be assisting St. Margaret Catholic School with this need. Starting on Monday, November 2, St. Margaret Catholic School 5th through 8th grade students and teachers will be utilizing the ICCS 3rd Floor Annex section for face-to-face learning. This arrangement will be short term and carefully coordinated.


Special precautions and processes will be put into place immediately to ensure the safety and academic success of all students and faculty members. Daily schedules and logistics are also being carefully planned and reviewed so that there are no disruptions or major inconveniences for students, faculty members and parents.


We are being called to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to our fellow Catholic school students, teachers and families. In the midst of this chaotic start to the school year, we are thankful for our many blessings including this opportunity to model the virtues of kindness and generosity to our students.

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T-SHIRT DAY TOMORROW

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, Friday (October 30) will be an ICCS Spirit T-shirt Day!


  • All students (PK-8th Grade) may wear an ICCS Spirit t-shirt with blue jeans or uniform bottoms.
  • Jeans must not have holes or rips.
  • Students should abide by the official ICCS uniform code when it comes to socks, shoes, hair, etc.


Special thanks to the ICCS Student Council for sponsoring Red Ribbon Week!

EARLY BIRD DISMISSAL REMINDERS

PK and Kindergarten "Early Birds" are to be picked up at 2:45 p.m. from the Park Avenue loading area. Regular Park Avenue pick-up cars are to form a single line along the West edge of the parking lot, extending in to the street along the South edge of Park Avenue. "Early Bird" parents should form a separate line to the left of the regular pick-up line, moving in and out of the loading area before regular dismissal begins at 3:00 p.m.

ADDITIONAL DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL REMINDERS

Safety is a top priority at ICCS. Morning drop off and afternoon pickup processes and procedures have been put in place to keep everyone safe and to ensure our carpool lines and area traffic run smoothly during these busy times of the day. Please review the important information below regarding traffic flow during arrival and dismissal.

  • Wilson Street drop off/pickup line should enter the car line EASTBOUND from Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, turning left onto Wilson Street. Vehicles should not come through the traffic light at Ryan Street to turn right onto Wilson Street.

  • Park Avenue drop off/pickup should enter the car line EASTBOUND from Shell Beach Drive, turning right onto Park Avenue. Vehicles should exit the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot by turning right onto Ryan Street.

  • In addition, families are asked to not block driveways while waiting in the pick up lines.

  • In an effort to move the carpool lines quicker at dismissal, please prominently display your yellow name sign when approaching the loading dock.

PLEASE COMPLETE ERATE SURVEY SOON

ICCS sends this form home every year for families to complete. ICCS receives funds based on the number of families that complete the survey. A letter and the ERATE form are attached to this week's newsletter. The ERATE form is due by Friday, November 6.

2020-2021 REVISED DIOCESAN SCHOOL CALENDAR

Due to the unexpected delay of the start of the school year, the 2020-2021 Diocesan holiday calendar has been modified. Please carefully review the revised holiday schedule and mark your family calendar. For more information, please call (337) 433-3497.

GREENERY SALE ENDS NEXT WEEK

Have you placed your greenery order yet? The ICCS PTO Live Christmas Greenery sale ends November 4th. Fresh and fragrant 22” and 28” wreaths, 10’ garland, door swags, centerpieces and more are available for purchase on-line at https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/iccs.


Orders can be picked up in the ICCS Gym the weekend of November 28-29, or directly delivered to any home or business in the nation the first week of December, just in time to decorate for the holidays!


A full list of fundraiser details and a link to the ordering website is also available at www.iccschool.org (click on the Greenery Sale web banner). ICCS families earn PTO points for every item purchased or sold.


Please help us meet our fundraising goal by reaching out to family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors between now and next week. Sales are currently down. We hope to make a big push over the next 6 days in an effort to drive in more sales and funds that will be used to purchase classroom equipment and technology upgrades for PK-8th Grade.

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PTO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

HELP IS STILL NEEDED! Parents can earn PTO points by volunteering to help unload, sort and distribute greenery on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29. Families can easily earn all 300 PTO points during the ICCS Greenery Sale by buying/selling items and/or volunteering to help distribute orders the weekend after Thanksgiving. For more information, or to sign up to help, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com.

LIVING ROSARY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE

Our 4th Grade students will lead our school community in the Living Rosary tomorrow, Friday, October 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, parents and guests are not allowed to attend. The Living Rosary will be broadcast live on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Facebook page beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Parents and family members can tune in live or view the video at a later time.

LAST CALL FOR ROOM PARENTS

Room Moms and Dads are still needed for all grades and classes. Room Parents are important volunteers needed to help coordinate class parties and special events throughout the year and to assist with brainstorming and coordinating class projects for the annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction.


If you are interested in serving as a Room Parent this school year, please complete the google form here, by Monday, November 2. For more information about specific duties and time commitments, please contact ICCS Room Mom Coordinator, Ada O’Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

In an effort to be more efficient during the morning drop-off period, parent volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Monday-Friday to help check temperatures of students as they arrive for school. We need volunteers to commit to a specific day of the week for the next couple of months. If you are available and interested in helping out, please email Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com for more details.

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NOVEMBER LUNCH MENU ATTACHED

REMINDER! REDUCED LUNCH FORMS DUE NOVEMBER 2

Families needing free or reduced lunch services for the entire school year must complete a new Free/Reduced Lunch application by next Monday, November 2. The application is included below.

YEARBOOK PICTURE DAY NOVEMBER 3

SAY CHEESE! It's almost time! ICCS 2020-2021 Yearbook photos will be taken on Tuesday, November 3rd. Due to the delayed start of the school year, retakes will not be offered this year.

2019-2020 Yearbooks Distributed Soon

The 2019-2020 ICCS Yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed next week. A limited amount of extra copies will be available for purchase. Extra yearbook copies are $40 each and will be billed through FACTS and sold on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, or to reserve an extra copy of the yearbook, please contact Ada O’Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

ICCS SPIRIT STORE

Purchase your ICCS Spirit t-shirts today! ICCS Spirit t-shirts come in youth and adult sizes. A link to the ICCS Spirit Store is available on the www.iccchool.org website under the parent information tab. Parents can order t-shirts, yard signs, bumper stickers and more throughout the school year. Items can be purchased and paid for online and picked up at Killer Dye on Common Street.


https://shopswla.com/collections/local-schools/iccs

CLASSROOM, SCHOOL & ALUMNI NEWS

MEET THE "CANDY PRESIDENT" CANDIDATES


Our 2nd Grade presidential election project kicked off this week. The 2nd Grade students met all the "candy" candidates running for president. Students visited with each candidate, tasted them and rated them. Who will win? Mrs. Brown and Ms. Wilder will announce the winner on Election Day. More photos of this activity can be found on the ICCS Facebook Page.

SCHWARTZENBURG ACCEPTED TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

A BIG ICCS congratulations to Ms. Hannah Schwartzenburg on her recent acceptance to Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Ms. Schwartzenburg is an ICCS alum and is currently covering Mrs. Rupert's maternity leave as the 4th and 5th Grade ELA and Religion teacher. We are very proud of her hard work and accomplishments! We wish her well as she continues her journey to becoming a physician. Ms. Schwartzenburg will start medical school in the Fall 2021.

INTERESTING SIGHTINGS THIS WEEK

We spotted a few mysterious characters in the Wilson Street pick up line this week. Did anyone else see these folks picking up students during afterschool dismissal?

CATHEDRAL NEWS

CATHEDRAL TRUNK OR TREAT TOMORROW NIGHT

Looking for a safe and family-friendly Halloween event? The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Youth Group will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” tomorrow night, Saturday, October 31, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Ave Maria parking lot. All ICCS families are invited to participate. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served.

VISIT THE SACRED RELICS DISPLAY AT THE CATHEDRAL

All ICCS students and families are invited to view sacred relics on All Saints Day (Sunday, November 1st) and All Souls Day (Monday, November 2nd) from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Ave Maria Hall, located at 935 Bilbo Street. The sacred relics include that of Our Lord (crib, crown, cross, table of the supper, title of the cross), Our Lady's Veil, St. Joseph's staff, Saint Peter and Paul, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary Magdalene and a host of other Saints, Apostles, Martyrs and Confessors.


The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at the Cathedral this weekend at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on All Saints Day (Sunday) and at 7:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on All Souls Day (Monday). All are invited to attend.

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.

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