Panther Press

OCTOBER 7, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

COGNIA MONITORING REVIEW PREPARATIONS


As a Catholic educational organization committed to an ever-evolving growth mindset, ICCS strives to continuously improve for the benefit of our learners, our faculty and staff, and our families. We are committed to excellence as a whole school entity just as we are committed to strengthening the whole child--spirit, mind, and body through the teachings of Jesus Christ.


This commitment to improvement requires rigorous and ongoing feedback, reflection, and data evaluation at all levels. The process, while ongoing, requires critical evaluation of school institutions on a regular basis to retain school accreditation by going through a formal review based on “research-based standards and evidence-based criteria” (cognia.org). The Cognia accreditation process “probes the whole [school]--from policies to learning conditions and cultural context--to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of every learner” (cognia.org). This process “is the launchpad for school improvement” to benefit learner outcomes.


As shown in the pictures provided below, our exceptional faculty and staff formally began to pull current evidence of improvement for our Cognia monitoring visit by completing team carousel review protocols on some of the standards (cognia.org). In evaluating the data collected yesterday, it is clear that we have made significant and pronounced progress towards meeting Cognia standards and criteria. A huge thank you to our amazing team--the ICCS faculty and staff--for all of their abundant work and commitment to our Catholic school and students.


Yours in Catholic Education,



Blair M. Tadlock, Assistant Principal of Curriculum

NO SCHOOL MONDAY

IMPORTANT REMINDER! An ICCS faculty in-service is scheduled for Monday, October 11. The school will be closed. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12.

STAR FALL SCREENING REPORTS

Star Fall Screening Reports have either gone home with your child this week or will go home next week depending on your student's grade level (Kindergarten-8th Grade). Please be on the lookout for the reports.

REPORT CARD SCHEDULE

Just a reminder, the first quarter will officially end on Friday, October 15. Report cards will be sent out on Wednesday, October 20.
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SAFE AND SACRED CHILDREN'S LEARNING PROGRAM

The Diocese of Lake Charles holds the belief that children are God's gift to us, and it is our responsibility to protect and care for them. The students participate in The Safe and Sacred Children's Learning Program which brings safety training to children of all ages.


The themes that are covered in this curriculum include safety rules, trust, responding to unsafe situations, understanding intuition, internet and phone safety, and predators. Children learn age-appropriate concepts introduced in the early years and built upon in the upper years. If you choose for your child to opt-out of this program please email Rose Viau, ICCS Director of Religious Education at rviau@iccsweb.com.

DIGITAL DIRECTORY AVAILABLE IN FACTS

An ICCS digital school directory is available in the FACTS system. To access it, log on to http://www.factsmgt.com/ and follow the steps below.


  1. Choose Parent Login
  2. Choose Family Portal
  3. Enter your login information (District Code: ICCS-LA)
  4. Once logged in, choose School Home from the menu on the left side
  5. Then choose Directory
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ICCS BOOK FAIR COMING SOON

SAVE THE DATE! The ICCS Book Fair will take place November 1-5.

NEW THIS YEAR: Students and parents can shop the Book Fair NOW! Early shopping is available online. Please click the link below to view the 2021 ICCS Book Fair selections and to make purchases now if you wish.


https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=MYW8W


Additional ICCS Book Fair details will be published in next week's Panther Press. Stay tuned!

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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: LOYALTY

This month all PK-8th Grade students will be focusing on the virtue of Loyalty.


Loyalty means accepting the bonds in relationships and defending the virtues upheld by the Church, family, and country.


The virtue of Loyalty may look like this:
Being faithful to family.

It may sound like:
“I love my family!”


Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of family. Please help me to be loyal, especially to my parents, and guard my speech against anything negative against them. May I love my own parents as You loved Mary and Joseph. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours. Amen.

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ICCS VIRTUE TREE IS FILLING UP FAST

DID YOU KNOW? Whenever our students are “caught” practicing a Virtue at school a leaf is placed on the Virtue Tree located in the front lobby of ICCS.


Many thanks to ICCS Art Teacher, Ms. Lania Vanchiere for making the beautiful Virtue Tree.

ROOTED: THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CURRICULUM

Theology of the Body is an age-appropriate curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade students. It consists of age-appropriate lessons authentic to St. John Paul ll’s vision and understanding of the human person according to God’s beautiful plan that we are each made in the image and likeness of God and are called to love one another as God loves us. For more information on this program go to https://www.ruahwoods.org/services/


If you would like your child to opt-out of this program please email Rose Viau, ICCS Director of Religious Education at rviau@iccsweb.com

NEXT WEEK'S PANTHER FOOTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to our football team for their W-I-N over LCS/OLS last night. Great job! The ICCS Panther Football Team will take on SMCS/EDS next Wednesday, October 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic High School. Coach Austin Pickle and the team invite all ICCS students and football fans to come out and watch the game!


A BIG round of applause for both our 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball teams on their victories over OLQH and FBCA Monday night. Way to go, girls! The ICCS 7th Grade Volleyball Team will play OLS on Monday, October 11, starting at 6:00 p.m. at EDS. This will be the last ICCS Volleyball game of the regular season. Make plans now to cheer on our 7th Grade girls Monday night!


**The CCAL Tournament will take place October 12-16 at EDS. Coach Breaux and Coach Savannah will communicate the schedule once it is released. We wish our 7th and 8th Grade teams and coaches the very best of luck in the tournament.

GOD BLESS OUR BELOVED PETS

Thank you to all the ICCS students and families who participated in the first-ever "Drive-Thru" Pet Blessing on Monday, October 4, in the Park Avenue parking lot. Father Rommel and Father Bond blessed a variety of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, lizards, fish, and even a super cool (and well behaved) tarantula spider!


Check out the ICCS Facebook page for photos of the event and snapshots of some of the beloved pets that were not able to make it to the Blessing on Monday. May God bless and protect all of our precious animals and our ICCS families.


Pet Blessing Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless our pets. By the power of your love, enable them to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

CLASS PETS WERE BLESSED, TOO!

Mrs. Forsyth's PK classroom pet, "Teddy Ryan" the turtle, and Mrs. Ebersole's class pet, "Beardy" the bearded dragon also received a special blessing on Monday. The PK and Middle School science students have enjoyed getting to know these unique class pets and observing their behaviors throughout the school year. May God Bless "Teddy Ryan" and "Beardy."


Fun fact: "Teddy Ryan" the turtle and "Beardy" the bearded dragon were officially named by the students in the class.

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PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FUNDRAISER CHAIRPERSONS

Dear ICCS Parents and Students:


The 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Sale is off to a fantastic start thanks to your support and enthusiasm. We have GREAT news to share! As of today, October 7 (day 15 of the sale), we are right at the $7,500 profit mark.


We are very pleased with the progress so far, but we still have a long way to go. Please continue to help spread the word about the PTO Greenery Sale to your family members, friends, ICCS "Grandpanthers," co-workers, and neighbors. School supporters can purchase a beautiful fresh-cut Christmas wreath, 10-ft. garland, door swag, table centerpiece, or adorable reindeer set by logging on to https://sherwoodgreenery.com/iccs between NOW and OCTOBER 28.


Just a reminder, people may purchase greenery items under your ICCS student's name (first initial and last name) for PTO credit. All proceeds from this PTO fundraiser will be used to help purchase new technology, classroom equipment, and educational programs that benefit our PK-8th Grade students.


If you have questions about the Greenery Sale, or if you would like to sign up to earn PTO points by helping to distribute greenery orders on November 27 or November 28, please contact us at iccsgreenery@gmail.com.


Thanks again for your commitment to the ICCS PTO and the Greenery Sale!


Sincerely,


Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech

2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Sale Co-Chairpersons

PEACE * LOVE* PANTHERS

Mark your calendar NOW! The annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction is set for Friday, March 25, 2022. Planning and preparation for the auction are already underway.


HELP IS NEEDED! If you would like to volunteer your time, talent, and expertise to help make this year's PTO Dinner Auction a GROOVY success, please reach out to any of the following committee chairpersons. PTO points will be awarded for your time, assistance, and for securing needed auction items.


Katie Devall & Kelly Serrano, Auction Co-Chairs: Katie and Kelly are looking for two assistant co-chairs to help plan the event and learn the ropes for future auctions. Please contact Katie and Kelly at iccsptoauction@gmail.com for more information.


Sponsorship Committee (CHAIRPERSON NEEDED ASAP)

PTO volunteers are needed to help contact local businesses and school supporters for event sponsorship opportunities. A leader is also needed for this committee. Please contact Katie Devall and Kelley Serrano by email at iccsptoauction@gmail.com for more details.


Silent Auction Committee

Chairperson, Lauren Middleton and her crew are reaching out to local business owners and artists for auction items. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or help secure unique artwork, restaurant and retail store gift cards, practical items. etc., please contact Lauren Middleton at lauren.cisneros@gmail.com.


Live Auction Committee

Going ONCE! Going TWICE! SOLD! Megan Gregory is heading up the live auction committee once again. If you would like to donate a live auction item or experience package, please contact Megan directly at megangregory1119@yahoo.com.


Clean-Up Committee (CHAIRPERSON IS NEEDED)

PTO volunteers are needed to help clean up after the big event. Clean Up committee members earn double points for their time, energy, and manpower. Clean-up will take place the morning of Saturday, March 26. For more information, or to sign up to chair this committee or volunteer to help on March 26, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com.

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CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

5TH GRADE BOOK REVIEW: LAND OF STORIES

Mrs. Jodi Schlang's 5th Grade students continue to read and review books or a series of books. Check out Elle DuRousseau's recent book review of the series, Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPANISH I ACTIVITY

Señora Darcy Garcia's Middle School Spanish I students participated in a fun and educational conjugation of verbs activity this week. The kids enjoyed competing to see who could come up with the correct format and answer first.

BISHOP PROVOST TO VISIT ICCS NEXT WEEK

The Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, M.A., D.D., will visit ICCS on Wednesday, October 13. Bishop Provost will travel classroom to classroom greeting students and visiting with them about faith-related topics.

SPIRIT RIBBON SALE BIG SUCCESS

The ICCS Cheerleaders would like to thank all students, faculty members, and parents who purchased spirit ribbons at school yesterday and at the football game last night! Over 300 spirit ribbons were sold!

KINDERGARTEN EXPLORES THE FIVE SENSES

Taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing! Mrs. Stine and Ms. House's Kindergarten friends wrapped up a 5 senses unit this week by exploring all senses.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PEP RALLY HELD YESTERDAY

The weather was "PURR-fect" for a FUN and eventful outdoor ICCS Panther Middle School pep rally, held yesterday afternoon on the playground. All 2021 ICCS football players, cheerleaders, and members of the 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball teams were honored during the event. GO Panthers!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Eucharistic Congress Chance to Renew Faith in Real Presence


“If Angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” — St. Maximilian Kolbe


The Diocese of Lake Charles will hold the first Eucharistic Congress in its 41-year history November 12-21 to bring about spiritual renewal and a deeper understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.


The gathering of clergy, religious, and laity will include the celebration of Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, processions, engaging speakers, and other devotions throughout the 10-day event. A special day will be set aside focused on the youth in each church parish.


The Congress will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre, followed by the main event, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the West Cal Arena and Events Center in Sulphur. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost will be the celebrant for Mass at 6 p.m. on Saturday to close out the all-day event.


For Monsignor Daniel A. Torres, V.G., chairman of the Congress, the expectation is for people in the Diocese to rekindle their faith in Jesus Christ, to return to the Catholic Church and the Sacraments, and to possess a reverence for the Eucharist.


“During this time of the pandemic, recovery from hurricanes, a winter storm, and flooding, as well as personal pain and struggles of life, family, economic hardships, and a numbness to everything, the Eucharistic Congress can offer an opportunity for all to see that God is with us; God has not abandoned us,” Torres said.


The idea for a Eucharistic Congress was presented to Bishop Provost and the Presbyteral Council by the Very Rev. Edward Richard, M.S., V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur.


Father Richard, who also serves as Dean of the West Deanery, said the intention is to provide an opportunity for Christian formation regarding the mystery of the Eucharist and how lives can be molded in the light of this great gift of God.


“The number one priority of the Eucharistic Congress should be directed to the increase of faith in the Most Holy Eucharist for what it truly is, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ,” said Father Richard.


"The Lord Jesus has given this Holy Sacrament so that we might encounter Him who Is,” Father Richard continued. “My hope is that the entire mystery of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is better integrated into the way parishes worship as well as into the personal faith lives of Christians.”


Opening night at the Civic Center includes outdoor praise and worship music in English and Spanish, a bilingual Rosary, and a candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the amphitheater to the Cathedral for all-night Adoration until 6 a.m. on Nov. 13.


Highlights of the main event in Sulphur will feature talks from local priests, including Father Ruben Buller, Monsignor Arthur Calkins, Father Ruben Villarreal, and Father Richard, on various aspects of the Eucharist.


On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a Spanish-language Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Adoration and a Eucharistic talk will be presented by Father Randy Courville from the Diocese of Lafayette.


Church parishes throughout the week will offer special hours of adoration, pray novenas and litanies, and offer catechesis on the Eucharist.


When public Masses were suspended in the spring of 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Monsignor Torres, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, said he recognized a concern for those who do not believe in the True Presence. For two months, he carried the Blessed Sacrament throughout the streets of Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish territory with the help of three red Ford trucks.


“The first week, people thought it was a parade; the second week, people continued to act up and did not take it seriously,” Torres said. “By the third week and the weeks that followed, tears were streaming down the faces of the faithful as they knelt in their yards as the Lord Jesus passed them for a few seconds. … All one could do was cry that they were not able to receive the physical Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself in the Eucharist.”


Monsignor Torres said he hopes the Eucharistic Congress will spark a greater awareness, offer catechesis, and help Catholics realize that priests are doing everything possible to bring Jesus to the people of God.


All events are free, and no registration is required. Seating at the West Cal Arena and Events Center is limited to 1,200. A love offering will be accepted during the Mass on Nov. 13 to help with the expenses.

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