Panther Press

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER by Christi Jarreau

The Final Countdown

Where has the time gone? These final weeks of the school year always bring such mixed emotions: cheers of excitement as we celebrate our successes, songs of joy as we reminisce about the many fun times, and sad good-byes as we begin to honor those who will no longer be a part of our daily school community. 2018-19 has been a tremendous year of progress as we have continued increasing student engagement and project-based learning opportunities in our classrooms. We have incorporated Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, STEM, and social- emotional lessons in the elementary enrichment schedules and strengthened our sense of community through bonding with our Panther Pals. We’ve cheered on individual winners of essay and art contests, as well as successful teams in athletic, academic, and religious competitions and remained flexible during continued building repairs and improvements. The list goes on and on. These are just some of the many reasons we continue to invoke this year’s theme, “Rejoice and Be Glad” Matthew 5:12


While we continue making the most of our final opportunities to strengthen students’ spirits, minds, and bodies this year, planning for next year is already underway. At the end of this year, we will be saying good-bye to some of our faculty as they move on to other opportunities, to spend more time with family, or to settle into a well-deserved retirement. We will bid farewell to Coach Jones (Boys PE), Mrs. Fuselier (Librarian), Mrs. Miller (Middle School Math), Mrs. Saltzman (2nd grade), Mrs. Brinkman (Middle School Religion), Mrs. Steech (Elementary Resource), and Mrs. Marcantel (Kindergarten). Though these teachers will be dearly missed, God has already begun providing workers who will continue cultivating the seeds that have been planted by these individuals. The following three teachers have already committed to carrying on the mission of the Cathedral School beginning with the 2019-20 school year: Brittani Stine is coming to the Kindergarten classroom, bringing several years of experience and training in this area. Lyndsay LeBlanc, a successful Math and Science teacher from Barbe High School, will be taking on Middle School Math, and Milissa Thibodeaux (“Mrs. T”) from the Diocese of Lake Charles will be returning to the classroom to teach Middle School Religion. Stay tuned for more exciting faculty announcements as the process of re-committing our current teachers and hiring new team members continues.


As we close out these final weeks, and the process of recommitting current teacher contracts and hiring new teachers where they are needed continues, I am so thankful for all who continue to make Immaculate Conception Cathedral School such an amazing Catholic school. We have been truly blessed …….. let us rejoice and be glad!

CURRICULUM CORNER by Blair Tadlock

2018-2019 Finish Line

With only three more weeks of school remaining, it seems to be more difficult to peel our kiddos from their beds and get out of the door in a timely manner. Yes, oh yes, we all feel that summer is nearly here as the finish line is just starting to come into view. This is not the time to simply coast into the months ahead, but rather this is the time when digging deep and showing grit proves to build character. Our middle school students will soon begin the process of reviewing and studying for cumulative academic exams. This takes a tremendous amount of time management, commitment, perseverance, and drive. In order do well on the 6 cumulative finals that await them, they must dig deep, study in efficient and meaningful ways, and mindfully prepare for their content specific exams. We are committed to enriching your children with meaningful learning experiences all the way to the 2018-2019 school year finish line. We ask that you, as parents, do the same and be the extra support that your child/children need. Cheer them on during the toughest part of this journey and encourage them to finish strong. The finish line is in sight but we have not crossed it yet. Let us all finish strong in spirit, mind and body and always keep the teachings of Jesus Christ with us!

MERCY MATTERS by Rose Viau

Our school theme for this school year has been, “Rejoice and Be Glad.” It is based on Pope Francis’ book Rejoice and Be Glad and the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). During this school year we have concentrated on a different beatitude each month. This month we conclude with the final words of Matthew 5:1-12 – “Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.” As we continue celebrating the Easter season, which last until Pentecost Sunday on June 9th, let us Rejoice and be glad, for the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia!

PTO BOILED CRAWFISH FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY

The PTO Boiled Crawfish Fundraiser is set for this Sunday, May 5, in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot. Thank you for your generous support. Nearly 1,000 tickets were sold!


Ticket purchasers and volunteers, please review the important information below:


  • ***Due to construction on the Wilson Street side of the school building, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP IN THE ICCS PARK AVENUE LOT (enter on Park Avenue and exit on Ryan Street). PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THIS CHANGE AND PLEASE LET YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS WHO PURCHASED TICKETS KNOW OF THE PICK UP LOCATION CHANGE.
  • Ticket holders are encouraged to utilize the convenient drive thru pick up service (no need to get out of the car)
  • Pick up times are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please check your tickets for designated pick up times.
  • Crawfish dip (4 oz. cup) will be available for purchase for $1. Cash only!
  • Help is needed! Volunteers are needed to scoop crawfish, bag crawfish, take tickets, assist with traffic control and to clean up. All helpers need to report to the Park Avenue side of the building for volunteer assignments (starting at 9 a.m.). PTO points will be awarded for any and all time worked. To volunteer, please contact Allison Citron at (337) 581-7378 ASAP. Volunteers are asked to park near the front entrance of ICCS (Ryan Street) or on Wilson Street. Please do not park in the Park Avenue lot.

For more information, please contact Fundraiser Chairman, Debra Wilder at (337) 302-1134 or Allison Citron at (337) 581-7378.

SPRING MAILING

Check your inbox! The 2019 Spring Mailing were sent out via School Messenger today. The packet contains end-of-the-year details and important 2019-2020 school year information. Bills for 2019-2020 class fees, supply fees and class party fees will be sent out via FACTS in June, check your email this Summer for the notification.


All accounts including cafeteria, aftercare, morning care, PTO and tuition balances MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY FRIDAY, MAY 10 in order to participate in closing ceremonies and to receive report cards and awards. Contact Melissa Mathew with questions at mbmathew@iccschool.org.


(Updated PTO statements will be sent home once the PTO Boiled Crawfish Sale credits have been entered.)

LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOKS

Tomorrow is the final day to order a 2018-2019 ICCS Yearbook. Cost is $30. Please have all order forms and checks submitted by Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m. An order form is attached with more information.

MAY & JUNE BIRTHDAY MASS

The May/June Birthday Mass is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym. Parents, Grandpanthers, ICCS alumni and special friends are invited to attend.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE

The exam schedule for 6th-8th graders has been attached to today's email.

Attention Middle School Students and Parents!

St. Margaret Catholic School will be hosting a Diocesan Hawaiian Luau Middle School Dance tomorrow night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the St. Margaret Family Center. Cost is $10 per student and includes 3 concession tickets. Security will be provided.

AUCTION NEWS

AUCTION PAYMENTS DUE NOW


PTO Dinner Auction statements were sent home a few weeks ago. If an auction payment is owed, please make checks payable to ICCS PTO. If you have questions regarding your statement, or if you need to make a payment with a credit card, please call Melissa Mathew at (337) 433-3497.

PARENT LEADERS NEEDED

It is time to start planning and preparing for next year. Parent volunteers are needed for the following leadership roles for the 2019-2020 school year:


ROOM MOM COORDINATORS (2 parent volunteers are needed to fulfill this role)

PTO PRESIDENT-ELECT FOR 2020-2021


If you are interested in serving the school in either of these roles or if you need more information, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccschool.org.

WE'RE HIRING

Please help spread the word! ICCS is accepting applications for an Elementary Resource/Special Education teacher and a Boy's P.E. Coach/Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 academic year. Resumes can be emailed to Principal, Christi Jarreau at cjarreau@iccschool.org.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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TEAM PHOTOS NEXT WEEK

Attention Athletes & Parents:


2018-2019 Yearbook sports team group photographs will be taken Monday, May 6-Wednesday, May 8. Please make sure your student brings his/her ICCS sports uniform to school on Monday.

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDERGARTEN CAREER DAY

Our Kindergarten friends have been researching occupations. They answered a very important question on Wednesday. When I grow up, I want to be.....? The students shared information about their future professions with parents and fellow students.

2ND GRADE FIELD TRIP

Our 2nd grade students recently took a field trip to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, LA. Students took a boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico, got to handle baby alligators and crabs and they took a hike to the Rockefeller Beach for field experiences on coastal erosion and how land forms change. A FUN time was had by all!

CATHEDRAL NEWS

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CATHEDRAL RENOVATION UDATE

RENOVATION WEEK 17:


The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception restoration and renovation project is coming along. The following updates were made this week:


  • Emil Frei & Associates installed tempered glass protectors for the stained glass windows on the facade of the church.
  • Sections of the apse windows that have been taken out for restoration are now re-installed. Horizontal rods to prevent the bowing or curving of the leaded stained glass due to heat and gravity were installed.
  • The terracotta bas-relief on the tympanum of the church (over the south entrance) was damaged due to foundation settlement. To reconnect the broken pieces, epoxy was applied by Restoration Plus, a company based in St. Louis, Missouri whose expertise is on statue and relief restoration.
  • Double pocket doors are being installed in the sacristy. The previous swing doors were sometimes intrusive and impractical.
  • The Stations of Cross are being cleaned and restored.


The next open house is set for this Saturday, May 4, after the 4:00 PM Mass and Sunday, May 5, after the 7:30, 9:30 and 11:15 AM Masses.

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ONCOURSE CONNECT STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL

www.oncourseconnect.com

Keep up with homework, grades, attendance and get quick access to teacher websites via Oncourse Connect. Having trouble logging in? Email mbmathew@iccschool.org

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, May 3:

May/June Birthday Mass (4A)

8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym


Variety Show, 12:45 p.m. in the ICCS Gym

Teachers vs 8th Grade Volleyball Game, following Variety Show (Gym)

Pep Rally & Athletic Awards, following Volleyball Game (Gym)


Friday, May 3:

Diocesan Hawaiian Luau Middle School Dance

Hosted by St. Margaret Catholic School

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

St. Margaret Family Center

Cost: $10 (includes 3 concessions)

6th-8th Grade ONLY


Sunday, May 5:

ICCS PTO Boiled Crawfish Sale

Volunteers needed from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (convenient shifts available)

Crawfish pick up (drive thru service): 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12 noon

Contact Debra Wilder for more information


Monday, May 6-Friday May 10:

Teacher Appreciation Week


Tuesday, May 7:

5th Grade Retreat

8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Friday, May 10:

Closing Mass (8th grade)

8:30 a.m. Gym

Retirement Celebration following Mass


PK Mother's Day Tea

2:00 p.m. Cafeteria


Monday, May 13:

DARE Graduation

8:30 a.m. Gym


Panther Procession

2:15 p.m.


Wednesday, May 15:

1st Communion Practice

8:15 am


8th Grade Closing Practice

9:50 a.m.


Thursday, May 16:

Step-Up Day


Used Uniform Sale (Cafeteria Hallway)


8th Grade Closing Ceremony

6:00 p.m. Gym


Friday, May 17:

6th & 7th Grade Finals Begin


Sunday, May 18:

First Communion

4:00 p.m. Gym

2018-2019 School Theme

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