Panther Press

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear ICCS families,


Tomorrow we will have our 8th Grade Mass and Commissioning. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate everything that our 8th Graders have learned and how they have grown during their time at ICCS. They are a wonderful blessing to our school community, and I look forward to seeing all the things that they will accomplish this year and beyond!


The leadership commissioning Mass sets the tone for the 8th Graders in their last year as students here. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to model the faith, virtues, and studiousness that they have learned and practiced throughout their time here at ICCS!


We can look to Jesus as a fantastic model of a leader who loves and serves. Everything that He did and does is for the good of others out of a profound love for them. This fits wonderfully with our theme for this year, “We love because He first loved us.” My prayer for our 8th Grade class is that they can model the Lord’s love in their leadership at our school to help it to continue to grow and thrive.


We look forward to seeing you via live stream at Mass! Just click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87179500595?pwd=RU1nMkRyd2hKQkROakxxUGNWaWZtZz09 and enter the password 1536 when prompted.


In Christ,


Sister Mary Noel Pereira, RSM

Principal, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

8TH GRADE COMMISSIONING MASS TO BE LIVE STREAMED TOMORROW

The annual ICCS 8th Grade Commissioning Mass will be live-streamed TOMORROW, Friday, September 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. All Middle School parents should have received an email with log in information and instructions. Father Rommel Tolentino will celebrate the Mass. We look forward to officially commissioning our 8th Graders as student leaders of our school for the 2021-2022 academic year.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87179500595?pwd=RU1nMkRyd2hKQkROakxxUGNWaWZtZz09

Enter the password 1536 when prompted.


The 8th Grade Commissioning Mass will be a Middle School Sectional Mass. All 6th-8th Grade students should wear Mass attire tomorrow. Boys are required to wear pants and girls must wear skirts to Mass.

PTO GREENERY SALE BEGINS NEXT THURSDAY

It's almost time! The 2021 ICCS PTO Christmas Greenery Fundraiser will officially kick off next Thursday, September 23. A variety of beautiful and aromatic live greenery pieces, including: mixed evergreen and Noble Fir wreaths, cedar garland, door swags, table centerpieces and adorable reindeer sets will be available for purchase online.


Students and parents are asked to reach out to ICCS Grandpanthers, family members, close friends, neighbors, co-workers, ICCS alumni and local businesses to let them know about our PTO Greenery Sale. Family members and guests may purchase greenery items under an ICCS student's name (first initial and last name) for PTO credit. All proceeds benefit the ICCS PTO. Funds will be used to help make our school a better place to learn and grow in faith for all PK-8th Grade students.


For more information, please contact our 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Fundraiser Chairpersons, Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech at iccsgreenery@gmail.com or call (337) 433-3497 for assistance. The sale runs from September 23-October 28. Items will arrive on November 27, just in time to decorate your home or office for the holiday season!

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YEARBOOK PHOTO DAY RESCHEDULED

Please save the new date! Due to the unexpected school closure related to Tropical Storm Nicholas, ICCS yearbook photos have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 19. More details will be communicated to parents and students in future issues of the Panther Press.

ROOM PARENTS NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE

Room Parents are still needed for 8th Grade for the 2021-2022 school year. Room Parents coordinate class parties and assist with special events throughout the year.


If you are interested in serving as an 8th Grade Room Parent, please complete the google form here, by Monday, September 20. For more information about specific duties and time commitments, please contact ICCS Room Mom Coordinator, Ada O’Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE SENT OUT NEXT WEEK

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the recent weather-related school closure days, academic progress reports will be emailed to parents on Tuesday, September 21. Please contact your student's teacher directly if you have any questions about the progress report or if you would like to schedule an academic conference.

2020-2021 YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!

The 2020-2021 ICCS Yearbooks have arrived! All pre-orders will be distributed next week.


A very limited amount of extra copies are available for purchase. The extra yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $45 per book. To reserve a copy, please email Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.


We would like to thank Mrs. Kyndel Heffer and the 2020-2021 Yearbook Enrichment class students for putting a lot of thought and effort into this commemorative keepsake.

GIFT CARD DONATIONS STILL NEEDED

“This was how we spoke to them, not with words but with our hands and our actions…any other language would have proved utterly useless.” -St. Peter Claver


ICCS is continuing to collect gift cards in any amount ($5 or more) for Hurricane Ida victims in Southeast Louisiana. The gift cards will be donated to the St. Gregory Catholic School community in Houma, Louisiana. The St. Gregory School, located at 441 Sixth Street in Houma, is part of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodeaux. The school remains closed until further notice while damages are assessed and repairs are being made.


Let's Return the Favor

As some may recall, the St. Gregory School administration, teachers and students reached out to ICCS last school year following Hurricane Laura. They offered their support and prayers for our school community during our time of need. We hope to return the act of love and faith by offering our assistance and encouragement.


If your family would like to donate a gift card for a needy St. Gregory School family or faculty member, please send it to school with your student before Friday, September 24. ICCS teachers are continuing to collect gift cards during homeroom periods each morning. To date, eight gift cards have been donated. Gift card suggestions include: Walmart, Target, home improvement stores, Amazon, clothing stores, fast food restaurants and Visa gift cards. We hope to gather more gift cards to send to the St. Gregory School team at the end of the month.


Pictured Below: Some of Mrs. Anita Falcon's 4th Grade Homeroom students helped display the gift cards we have received so far. All gift cards will be donated to families and faculty members in need at St. Gregory Catholic School in Houma, Louisiana.

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JEAN & SPIRIT T-SHIRT DAY NEXT FRIDAY

All ICCS PK-8th Grade students are invited to participate in a special Jean & Spirit T-Shirt Day next Friday, September 24, by donating $1 or a gift card in any amount. All funds and gift cards will be directly donated to the St. Gregory Catholic School community in Houma, Louisiana. Please review the information below for important details.
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SPIRIT RIBBONS TO BE SOLD NEXT WEEK

Show your ICCS Panther Pride by purchasing a spirit ribbon next Wednesday, September 22. Ribbons are $1 each. The ICCS cheerleaders will be selling the spirit ribbons during morning arrival time. If your student is interested in purchasing a ribbon, please send $1 to school with your child next Wednesday. Be sure to wear your spirit ribbons to upcoming ICCS football and volleyball games. GO PANTHERS!
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FOOTBALL & VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Just a reminder, the ICCS football and volleyball teams will be in action next week. All students, parents and sports fans are invited to attend the games and cheer on the Panthers!


Volleyball

ICCS 7th Grade Vs. LCA on Monday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. at ICCS

ICCS 8th Grade Vs. LCA on Monday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. at ICCS


Football

ICCS Vs. OLQH on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. at SLC

FACILITIES UPDATE

MAKING PROGRESS! Construction continues on the Park Avenue and Wilson Street sides of the ICCS school campus. The Park Avenue loading dock and covered walkway areas are near completion. Pending weather, student drop off and pick up should resume in the Park Avenue lot in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to update our campus exterior. More details will be shared in future issue of the Panther Press.
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CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

WELCOME MRS. NEY

Today was Mrs. Haley Ney's first day as the new ICCS 4th Grade Reading and Religion Teacher. Mrs. Ney is a Lake Charles native and graduate of Alfred M. Barbe High School and McNeese State University. Mrs. Ney and her husband, Brock have been married for a year and have two fur babies, Lady and Dash. Welcome to our school community, Mrs. Ney!
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STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 ICCS Student Council Officers:


President: Alexander McCall

Vice President: Rami Husein

Secretary: Emma Foret

Treasurer: Carter Brinkman

Activities Vice President: Camille Zeringue

Members at Large: Lizzie Austin, Gray Hoffoss, Rylee Keating, Halle Poncho and Anna Robertson

OUR PK STUDENTS ARE "SHAPING UP"

Our PK students got to spend some time outdoors last week "making shapes" out of popsicle sticks.
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PK FIVE SENSES ACTIVITY

Mrs. Forsyth and Mrs. DuRousseau's PK friends also completed a fun and educational "Popcorn Investigation" activity last week. The activity was part of a lesson focusing on the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
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5TH GRADE READING STUDENTS KICK OFF PERSONAL NARRATIVE UNIT

Mrs. Jodi Schlang recently launched a 5th Grade Personal Narrative Unit by inviting a very special guest speaker to share her personal story with the class. ICCS Alum and 2020-2021 ICCS teacher, Miss Hannah Schwartzenburg conducted an informative Zoom conference presentation with our 5th Grade students (who are also Miss Hannah's former students) about her personal medical school journey.


Hannah is a 1st-year medical student at LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans. She spoke to the 5th Graders in-depth about topics ranging from what her first day of medical school was like, to what it takes to get into Medical School and how long it takes for a student to complete the program, as well as a physician residency program. Mrs. Schlang's 5th Grade students wish to thank Miss Hannah for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her personal story with them.

ICCS CHEER CAMP SEPTEMBER 25

The ICCS cheerleaders will participate in a private cheer camp on Saturday, September 25, here at school. Important information has been sent to all ICCS cheer parents. Please contact ICCS cheer sponsors, Kyndel Heffer at kheffer@iccsweb.com or Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com for more details.

ICCS DRIVE THRU PET BLESSING OCTOBER 4

Don't forget to SAVE the DATE! ICCS will host a drive-thru Pet Blessing on Monday, October 4, during morning drop-off time. More information will be communicated in future issues of the Panther Press. Students are invited to bring their beloved pets to school on October 4 and have each animal blessed "curbside" by Father Rommel or Father Bond.

COMMUNITY NEWS

ROSARY AROUND THE LAKE AND PARTIAL INDULGENCE


The fourth annual Rosary Around the Lake, organized by the Ruth Institute, will take place Sunday, October 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This year, Bishop Glen John Provost is granting a partial indulgence to the faithful who gather for the event to offer prayers for the Church, the nation, and the world. The partial indulgence for participation is in addition to the plenary indulgence granted to the faithful who devoutly recite the Marian rosary publicly.


"The family is under attack from all sides,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute. "We know that we cannot achieve our mission of defending the family and building a civilization of love, without Divine Assistance. And who better to implore for help than the Mother of God herself."


Participants will meet in the area on the west side of the Civic Center and organize in groups of 11 to form a "Living Rosary." The organizer of each group will wear a gold T-shirt representing the “Lord’s Prayer,” with the team’s other 10 members in blue T-shirts representing the 10 “Hail Mary” beads. Anyone is welcome to attend either individually, with their family or a small group, or by organizing a “decade” of 10 people.


The Ruth Institute has sponsored Rosary Around the Lake in Lake Charles since 2018 as a way of praying for salvation and renewal for our world, our culture, our nation, our neighbors, and ourselves. To sign up online and learn more information, visit www.RosaryAroundTheLake.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, September 17

Middle School Sectional Mass

8th Grade Commissioning

8:30 a.m.


Tuesday, September 21

1st Quarter Progress Reports

(Parents will receive an email)


Thursday, September 23

ICCS PTO Greenery Sale Begins


Friday, September 24

Hurricane Relief Jean Day

(Students donate $1 or a gift card in any amount to hurricane relief)


Saturday, September 25

ICCS Cheer Camp


Friday, October 1

October Birthday Mass

(Students are reminded to wear mass attire)


Monday, October 4

ICCS "Drive-thru" Pet Blessing

(more details coming soon)


Monday, October 11:

ICCS FACULTY INSERVICE

NO SCHOOL

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