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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

SCHOOL MASS HELD TOMORROW

Just a reminder, the ICCS January Birthday Mass will take place tomorrow, Friday, January 15. Girls are required to wear jumpers or skirts and boys will be required to wear pants. We are hoping for good weather tomorrow so we can safely gather all students and faculty members together on the playground for the Mass. Please send your student to school with a coat or sweater tomorrow. We also ask that all students bring a towel to sit on during the outdoor Mass.

RE-ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW UNTIL JANUARY 22

Parents and guardians are asked to re-enroll their student (s) for the 2021-2022 academic year using the FACTS on-line enrollment management system. The process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. A website link was sent to all parents and guardians via email on Monday, January 11. Please follow the step-by-step instructions and complete your family's on-line re-enrollment packet NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JANUARY 22.


Parents enrolling a sibling for next school year must complete an application for your incoming student (s) before January 22. Please click the "apply" button to get started. If you need assistance, please email Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com or call (337) 433-3497.

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REMINDER! LABELS DUE SOON

The Community Coffee Cash For Schools submission deadline is January 31. Please send in your Community Coffee Cash For Schools labels SOON so our chairman can organize our submission and mail the labels before the deadline. Simply clip the labels and send them to school with your student in a Ziploc bag by Wednesday, January 27. Each Community Coffee Proof of Purchase label is worth 10 cents. Please help us raise free cash for our school through the Community Coffee Cash For Schools program!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Don't have a paper receipt to scan? No problem! Whether you have your groceries delivered to your home, utilize a grocery pick up service or choose to have your receipt emailed to you at checkout, you can still earn cash for ICCS through the Box Tops for Education program by submitting digital receipts from select retailers. If your receipt contains participating products, the Box Tops will be credited to ICCS within two weeks. Here is an informative video with more details and helpful tips related to submitting your digital receipts. Please click on the link below.


How to submit digital receipts to earn Box Tops - YouTube

VIDEO PRODUCTION ENRICHMENT PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS BOX TOPS PROGRAM

Mrs. Virginia-Kate Jessen's Middle School Video Production Enrichment students have worked on a variety of projects this quarter. Check out a video produced by Kaelyn Atkins, Juliana Navarre, Jonah Austin and Ben Vanchiere. The video was recently produced to help promote the new Box Tops For Education App. Click on the link below to view the finished product. Oh, and don't forget to scan your grocery store receipts within two weeks of purchase and help earn free cash for ICCS.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aTwwbMnVv-EhuVV0pFP4Hh9vYcS91j9l/view?ts=5fff3d80

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THANKS ST. ANNE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

We sincerely appreciate the many blessings and words of encouragement our school community has received since Hurricanes Laura and Delta made landfall in Southwest Louisiana. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the students, families and staff of St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont, Texas for a recent $300 donation made to ICCS. The students of St. Anne Catholic School collected funds for our school and they continue to keep us in their prayers. We are thankful for their support, generosity and kindness.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

5TH GRADE ART PROJECT

Ms. Lania Vanchiere’s 5th Grade Art students recently studied the works of Wayne Theibaud, an American painter known for his colorful pieces depicting commonplace objects such as ice cream cones, pastries, cakes, pies and much more! The 5th Grade students created their own Theibaud inspired works of art. Photos of some of the pieces are posted on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Facebook Page. Awesome work, students!

BRRRRRRR! WINTER IS HERE!

Our Pre-K friends have been learning about the winter season and enjoying a "flurry" of creative and educational activities. From winter-themed math and science lessons, to creating adorable snow globes and making snowmen out of donuts, our PK students are having "SNOW" much fun!
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VIRTUAL COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

ICCS Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Michael Higgins is using Kagan structures to meet the needs of virtual learners and social distancing protocols by using Google Meet Breakout Rooms to create virtual face partners. Our teachers are working hard to incorporate collaborative learning in our virtual spaces.
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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Our 1st Grade students are studying what materials will block light and what materials light can shine through. The students conducted an experiment today with wax paper, aluminum foil, tinted plastic and other items. The students found the activity very "ENLIGHTENING!"
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ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST OPEN HOUSE

Attention Middle School students and parents! St. Louis Catholic High School is offering an informative Open House event on Wednesday, February 3. For more information, please call (337) 436-7275.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES


Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles have served as an example of faith, hope and resilience in recent months after being struck by two major hurricanes in 2020 — Hurricane Laura on August 27 and Hurricane Delta on October 9.


A top priority for Bishop Glen John Provost was the reopening of Catholic schools, and he recognized the Catholic community’s obligation to help those greatly affected by the storms.

The Bishop's Hurricane Relief Tuition Fund has been set up to assist families of current students who have experienced losses from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Due to a generous donation, Bishop Provost will match up to $500,000 of donations collected.


Struck by the damages suffered by so many families to their homes, Bishop Provost said an essential concern is those with students currently enrolled in Catholic schools in the diocese.

“We, as a Catholic community, want to reach out to families who have been left homeless or with uninsured losses or with overwhelming expenses for repairing their homes,” said Bishop Provost. “These circumstances are particularly burdensome when impacting families with children in our schools. We have an obligation to help.”


While the concept of tuition aid in the Diocese of Lake Charles is not new, what is new about the Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund is the concept of matching funds. The idea was suggested to the bishop by the donors.


When asked how he has been inspired by the challenges the Catholic schools have had to overcome, Bishop Provost shared details of a visit in November by a bishop friend whose diocese was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.


“Among the many destroyed and damaged properties, I took him to visit two of our schools, St. Louis Catholic High and St. Margaret. Both schools had already installed temporary buildings and had resumed classes by mid-October. He thought this was phenomenal. From his own experiences, he knew the obstacles and was most impressed with the speed and determination with which the Diocese of Lake Charles and school communities were addressing the recovery against overwhelming odds. Our Catholic schools are courageous.”

Bishop Provost emphasized that Catholic schools are “alive and well” in the diocese, noting that Our Lady Immaculate School in Jennings re-opened on the Monday following Hurricane Laura with relatively no damage.


“Schools that were seriously damaged — St. Margaret, Our Lady’s School, and St. Louis Catholic High School — hit the ground running and re-opened in a few weeks,” said the bishop. “The schools with lesser damage — Immaculate Conception Cathedral School and Our Lady Queen of Heaven — re-opened very soon once they had stabilized their facilities. The principals are a positive group who have embraced the challenges with openness and creativity.”


Kimberlee Gazzolo, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said, “In the very first days after Hurricane Laura, I was heartened and grateful at entire communities that came out to help with mitigation and clean-up on the school campuses. I was acutely aware that those in the community had also suffered losses but set that aside to help their schools.”

Mrs. Gazzolo encourages anyone who can to consider making a donation to the tuition relief fund.


“No donation is too small, and every donation can make a difference in a child being able to continue to receive a Catholic education,” Gazzolo said. “The history of our schools and the success of our students have proven that Catholic education is a gift, not only to the students, but to our community and to our Church.”


To make a one-time or recurring donation, visit http://www.lcdiocese.org/resources/support-the-diocese, and click on The Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund.


**Additional details will be provided to ICCS families on how to apply for Bishop's Hurricane Relief Fund Scholarships when the information and applications are released.

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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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