Panther Press

OCTOBER 28, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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


Dear ICCS Parents,

As we approach the Solemnity of All Saints and prepare to celebrate the saints of the Church who reside in heaven, we are grateful for our Pre-K friends who today had their Saints Parade for our student body. In a short time, this PBL learning module has become a beautiful tradition for our Pre-k friends and for our school. Pictures from today’s presentation are included in this issue.

I’d like to thank our student council members and our student council sponsor, Mrs. Aimee Romano, for organizing a wonderful Red Ribbon Week devoted to National Drug Prevention. We will wrap up this week as is our tradition with our Respect Life Panther Walk through the Margaret Place neighborhood. Mrs. Viau along with Father Rommel will give opening remarks and lead us in community prayer prior to the walk. The streamlined organization and preparation for our school community afternoon walk are all possible because of our awesome faculty and staff. I can’t think of a better way to end Red Ribbon Week and am grateful that we will be able to participate in this event with such glorious weather.

As a reminder, students are invited to wear ICCS t-shirts with either tear-free jeans, uniform bottoms, or uniform length-appropriate athletic shorts. They are also welcome to accessorize with orange school-appropriate accessories for the walk.

We are also excited to welcome our parents to this event! Please know that parking will be tight and limited. More specific information on procedures regarding parent participation is included in this issue.

Yours in Catholic education,

Blair Tadlock


As was announced earlier this week, Governor Edwards has lifted the state-wide mask mandate effective as of Wednesday, October 27, 2021. In his announcement, the governor recommended that schools continue to implement face coverings, but he also granted school districts the option to opt out of the face-covering requirement as long as schools follow the quarantine guidance provided by the CDC. As per the Diocese of Lake Charles Office of Catholic Schools statement sent on Tuesday evening, diocesan schools have agreed to opt-out of the face-covering requirement and will move forward with a mask-optional policy. In keeping with the governor’s recommendation, we will continue to follow CDC guidance regarding quarantine procedures. If families wish to have their children continue wearing a face covering, we of course invite them to do so.

On our part, ICCS will continue our mitigation measures, including sanitation of classrooms, emphasis on handwashing, and social distancing when possible. Additionally, face coverings will still be required for all school bus-related transportation as may be required for mass at the Cathedral and our students who attend Spark. Please note that we will continue to monitor COVID-19 closely and if the situation warrants, we will be ready to shift measures for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Campus visitors will continue to be limited for the time being as our campus situation is a bit tighter on space than others and this will allow for more accurate and effective contact tracing. Additionally, limiting visitors proved to have safety benefits for our campus that we never anticipated and certainly want to maintain. We will, however, now be having all parent-teacher conferences on our campus and we certainly look forward to inviting groups of parents to important events.

Although we are currently a mask-optional campus, we will continue to contact trace and require quarantine for those diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as those with direct exposure. Asymptomatic vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine.


At ICCS, we strive to provide our learners with current curriculum programs that are standards-aligned, promote student learning growth, and prepare our students for their future learning endeavors. This year, ICCS has updated our Social Studies curriculum for K-7th grades as well as our math curriculum for 3rd-5th grades.

Students in K-5th grade utilize the standards-aligned and research-based Studies Weekly program for Social Studies learning. In this program, students engage with the curriculum in a consumable periodical format with an online learning platform to enhance the student experience. The thematically organized core Social Studies curriculum addresses the “strands of civics and government, geography, economics, and history” ( Studies Weekly allows students to engage in a “spiraled and scaffolded” learning progression with culturally relevant information that is focused on equity in an age-appropriate manner. 6th Grade World History and 7th grade American History students are using the Cengage series by National Geographic. Cengage offers digital textbook components as well as personalized learning tools to engage students in Social Studies learning with personalized learning solutions that focus on primary sources. “Integrated readings and interactive assignments guide students in learning, applying, thinking critically, and writing about historical content” while skills and outcomes are measured to gauge student growth (

In addition to our updated Social Studies curriculum, over the past three years, ICCS middle school math students have used McGraw Hill’s Reveal Math. With this program, we have seen increased growth in student math knowledge each year as indicated in our academic data. Because the Reveal Math program is now available for elementary students, ICCS 3rd-5th graders now have McGraw Hill’s Reveal Math. With Reveal Math student mathematicians engage in “powerful explorations, rich mathematical discourse, and individualized learning opportunities” ( It is a balanced elementary math program where problem-solving is encouraged and incorporates “both inquiry-focused and teacher-guided instructional strategies within each lesson” (

As always, we thank you for selecting ICCS for your students. The ICCS faculty and staff are honored to have the opportunity to grow and strengthen our students' spirits, minds, and bodies through the teachings of Jesus Christ.


The 2021 ICCS "Respect Life" Panther Walk is scheduled for TOMORROW Friday, October 29, starting at 1:30 p.m. All students will be treated to Kona Ice snow cones after the Panther Walk! Here are some important reminders and information for students and parents.


1st Grade-8th Grade students will line up at the Panther Walk start line, located on the corner of Wilson and Grove streets, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The City of Lake Charles Marshall’s Office will provide traffic control throughout the duration of the event. The Panther Walk route will head north on Wilson Street, west on Pithon Street, south on Harrison Street, and east on Grove Street.

Due to the length of the street route, the PK and Kindergarten classes will have a modified walk course on the playground.

Parents are invited to line the street route and playground area and cheer on students as they complete the Panther Walk. Please note parking around the school campus will be extremely limited tomorrow due to ongoing construction. ICCS parents are asked to not block driveways or business entrances in the Margaret Place district.

SPIRIT T-SHIRTS AND ORANGE ACCESSORIES: Students may wear an ICCS spirit t-shirt with modest-length athletic shorts, jeans, or uniform bottoms tomorrow. Sliders or leggings must be worn under shorts if they are found to be shorter than uniform-length skirts or jumpers. Students are welcome to accessorize with an orange hat, hair bow, headband, sweatband, tutu, socks, etc. All PK-8th Grade students must wear tennis shoes tomorrow.

We will follow normal dismissal procedures on Wilson and Park Avenue starting at 3:00 p.m. (PK and Kindergarten Early Bird dismissal will take place at 2:50 p.m. on Park Avenue).

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ICCS PK-8th Grade students will attend an All Saints Day Mass on Monday, November 1, on the ICCS Playground. Father Joseph Caraway will be our celebrant for this special school Mass.

Please send a beach towel to school with your child on Monday. Students are also encouraged to pack school-approved ICCS outerwear (ICCS jacket, sweatshirt, or cardigan) on Monday in case the outdoor temperature is chilly during Mass time.


The wait is finally over! The ICCS Book Fair starts Monday, November 1.

Students will have the option to order their favorite books online or purchase them in person next week. The Book Fair class shopping schedule is posted below. If your student plans to shop in person please send cash to school on their designated shopping day.

Mrs. Heffer encourages parents to send a written note or email stating what general items their child can or cannot purchase if they have a preference. She also suggests parents view the online store with their child and send a "wish list" to school with students on their Bood Fair shopping day.

Please see the important Book Fair information below. For more details, please contact ICCS Librarian, Kyndel Heffer at

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: Friday, November 5 will be a 12-noon dismissal for all PK-8th Grade students. Lunch will be served. Aftercare services will not be offered. The normal school schedule will resume on Monday, November 8.


Attention current families with incoming siblings for the 2022-2023 academic year!

If you plan to enroll a PK-8th Grade sibling at ICCS next school year, please click on the link below and complete the information NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10. The information will help confirm your incoming sibling's spot and will also help our enrollment team to plan and prepare for New Family Registration in early February.

For more information, please contact Kay Morgan at


ICCS is participating in the annual Kiwanis "Coats For Kids" drive. New and gently used coats are being collected until November 19. All sizes and styles accepted. Coat donations can be placed in the "Coats for Kids" box located in the ICCS front lobby.

Some of the direct beneficiaries of the "Coats For Kids" program include Potter's house, ETC Harbor House, The Lord's Place, Boys Village, Oasis Women's Shelter, CPSB Title 10-Assistance to Homeless Children, Abraham's Tent, and DeWanna's Community Closet. Please consider donating a new or used coat to help keep a needy child or teen warm this winter season.


Please mark your calendar, 2nd Quarter Progress Reports will be available on Friday, November 12.


Praying the Rosary is a wonderful devotion that is over 500 years old. It is especially associated with our Blessed Mother Mary. She has appeared in visions with a Rosary in her hands and has urged us to pray the Rosary for peace in the world.

On Wednesday, November 3, at 7:30 a.m., our PK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Rosary Club members will meet in the Gym to pray the Rosary before school starts. During these prayer times, students learn to pray the Rosary and offer their prayers for our school, their families, and for any special intentions they may have. It is a beautiful way to start the morning. Our Rosary Club students really enjoy this quiet, peaceful, and prayerful time.

Wednesday, November 3: PK, K, and 1st Grade Rosary Club members will meet in the Gym at 7:30 a.m. to pray the Rosary

Wednesday, November 10: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Rosary Club members will meet in the Gym at 7:30 a.m. to pray the Rosary

For more information, please reach out to Mrs. Rose Viau, Director of Religious Education and ICCS Rosary Club sponsor, at


Lagniappe Magazine's "Best of SWLA" ballot is available online. Electronic voting is open until November 14. ICCS is listed in the "Best Private School" category. Please take a moment to vote for our school!


A warm ICCS welcome to our newest Panther cub, Rudy Patrick Byrd! Baby Rudy was born on October 21 and is the son of Emily and Casey Byrd and brother of Edie (6th Grade), Grady (4th Grade), Charlie (2nd Grade), and Eloise (Kindergarten).




The ICCS PTO Greenery Sale ends at midnight. To view items or to place an order, click the link below.


  • PAYMENT NEEDED ASAP: If you or a loved one selected "pay by check or cash" while ordering greenery the payment is due now. Please remit payment to ICCS PTO, 1536 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA. 70601 or feel free to drop off a check or cash anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: ICCS parents are needed to help unload the Greenery truck and sort and organize local orders on Saturday, November 27 starting around 8:00 a.m. in the ICCS Gym. Please contact Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech at for more information or to volunteer. PTO points will be awarded to all volunteers.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: ICCS parents are needed to help distribute local orders to customers on Saturday, November 27, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the ICCS Gym. Please contact Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech at for more information or to volunteer. PTO points will be awarded to all volunteers.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: ICCS parents are needed to deliver bulk business gift orders between Saturday, November 27 and Monday, November 29. Delivery drivers earn double PTO points. Flexible delivery shifts are available. Deliveries will need to be made throughout the Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Sulphur, Carlyss, Westlake, and Iowa areas. Please contact Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech at for more information or to volunteer.


The 2022 ICCS PTO Panther Run 5K and 1-Mile Color Run is scheduled for Saturday, January 29. The race and color run will wind through the streets of the beautiful Margaret Place District. Make plans now to participate!

SPONSORSHIPS ARE NEEDED: PTO points will be awarded for sponsorship solicitations and in-kind donations. In order to guarantee business logos and personal names are printed on the official race t-shirts, all sponsors MUST be confirmed by January 14. To receive a Panther Run sponsorship packet, please reach out to Race Director, Kelly Henderson at

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: ICCS parents are needed to help complete pre-race duties and tasks leading up to the fundraiser. Race Day volunteers are also needed to help set up for the big event, manage particular areas, secure prizes for the race winners and clean up when the race is over. For more information, or to sign up to help, please contact the Panther Run Chairperson, Kelly Henderson at PTO points will be awarded to all Panther Run volunteers.

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The annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022, in the ICCS Gym. Please review the information below and consider getting involved!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: 2022 Auction Chairpersons, Katie Devall and Kelly Serrano are searching for two assistant co-chairs to help plan the event and learn the ropes for future auctions. Please contact Katie and Kelly at for more information. Each assistant co-chair will earn 300 PTO points for their time, creativity, and service.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: PTO volunteers are needed to serve on the Sponsorship Committee by helping to contact local businesses and school supporters for event sponsorship opportunities. A leader is also needed for the Sponsorship Committee. Please contact Katie Devall and Kelley Serrano by email at for more details. PTO points will be awarded to all committee members.

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED: 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 the Silent Auction Committee Chairperson, Lauren Middleton at PTO points are awarded for securing and/or donating any and all silent auction items.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: Thank you to our Clean-Up Committee Chairpersons, Becky Abel and Sadie Quinn for volunteering to lead this important group! ICCS parents are needed to help clean up after the auction on Saturday, March 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. To sign up to help, please contact Becky Abel at or Sadie Quinn at Clean Up committee members earn 50 PTO points per hour for their time, energy, and manpower.



What a joy-filled morning! Mrs. DuRousseau and Mrs. Forsyth's PK students and their 7th Grade Buddies participated in the annual ICCS "Saints in Heaven" Parade today. All of our favorite Saints were present: Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joan of Arc, St. Agnes, St. Joseph, St. Lucy, St. Cecilia, St. Nicholas, St. Theodore, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, St. Dominic of Guzman and many more!


The ICCS Rosary Club is back! Our 2nd through 5th Grade Rosary Club members were very happy to meet in the Gym this week to pray the Rosary before school started.

Next Wednesday, November 3, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade students are invited to attend the Rosary Club at 7:30 a.m. in the Gym.


This week, Mrs. Anita Falcon's 4th Grade Science students designed, built, and tested wind turbines as a part of their Energy Conversions unit. The students really enjoyed this hands-on learning activity.


Not all monsters are scary! These "math monsters" are educational and creative! Our 1st Grade students were recently tasked with designing a monster with 20 spots, 6 feet, 10 hands, 3 noses, and a few other number-related features.


Mrs. Morgan Verrett and Mrs. Cindy Stanic's 2nd Grade classes planted radish seeds last Friday and they have already started sprouting! The students investigated what plants need to grow successfully and discovered they need water and sunlight most of all. Over the new few weeks, our 2nd Graders will be caring for their radish plants and watching them grow. We'll keep you updated on the progress.


This week, our PK and Kindergarten classes have been learning about Mary and how to say the rosary during their time in the Atrium. Each student made their own decade rosaries.


Mrs. Jodi Schlang's 5th Grade students are continuing to review novels and book series. Check out Jayleigh Campbell's recent review of Island of Blue Dolphins, by author Scott O'Dell.
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“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.


An ICCS digital school directory is available in the FACTS system. To access it, log on to 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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Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.