Panther Press

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

3RD-8TH GRADE ACT ASPIRE TESTING NEXT WEEK


Dear Parents,


Yes, it is that time of year again when students participate in Diocesan-wide standardized testing. Third through eighth-grade students will participate in ACT Aspire testing Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Throughout all of the recent challenges, our teachers have done an excellent job keeping our students on target and covering all grade-level standards and objectives. These tests are important in helping us ensure we are successfully serving each of our unique learners appropriately. Individual and classwide data is used to drive curriculum and classroom instruction.


Most imperative during the testing process (besides quiet hallways) is having every student in attendance each day, arriving on time with no scheduled appointments before 11:00 a.m. Standardized tests are tough and while we work hard to prepare our students academically, parents play a very important role in preparing their emotional and physical readiness. Here are a few tips to help your students handle test week successfully:


  • Explain that the test will show how much they have learned, encouraging them to try their best but without so much pressure that they feel stressed.

  • Limit activities the night before testing in order to avoid being out late. Be sure your student gets to bed on time and follows an unhurried morning routine.

  • On testing days, give them an energy-boosting breakfast. Minds work best when stomachs are content.


Working together will surely help all of our students do their best.


Christi Jarreau, Principal

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

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FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION MASS AND PROCESSION

Our 3rd-8th Grade students and faculty members celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation today by attending a school Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, followed by an indoor Eucharistic Procession and Rosary. The Mass and Procession were led by Father Rommel Tolentino and members of our 8th Grade Class of 2021.


The Mass and Procession were broadcast live on the ICCS Facebook page, Cathedral Facebook page and the Cathedral YouTube channel if parents or family members are interested in viewing the event.

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER


Saturday, May 1: First Communion Mass at the Cathedral

Thursday, May 27: ICCS 8th Grade Closing Ceremony at the Cathedral

Tuesday, June 1: ICCS Kindergarten Closing Ceremony in the ICCS Gym

SAY CHEESE! CLASS PICTURES TOMORROW

Photographers from LifeTouch will be on campus tomorrow, March 26, to take class pictures. All students must wear school uniforms for the class photos. Order forms were sent home with students this week. To purchase your child's 2020-2021 class photo, please complete the form and return it to school with payment TOMORROW, or you can order online at www.mylifetouch.com. The ICCS on-line Picture Day ID# (for on-line orders) is EVTQ74G27.
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BISHOP'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DUE TOMORROW

The 2021-2022 Bishop's Scholarship Application is attached below. Families applying for this tuition assistance program must complete and return the packet by TOMORROW, Friday, March 26.

NOON DISMISSAL NEXT THURSDAY

Holy Thursday, April 1, will be a Noon Dismissal day for all ICCS students. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Aftercare services will not be offered on this day. All students must be picked up by 12:30 p.m.


ICCS will be closed for the Easter Holiday starting Friday, April 2 (Good Friday) through Friday, April 9. We look forward to welcoming students back to campus on Monday, April 12. We hope all of our ICCS students and families have a spiritually moving Holy Week and a safe and relaxing Spring Break.

A CHILD'S PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

As we continue to celebrate the "Year of St. Joseph," we would like to share a special prayer parents can say with their children during bedtime prayer time or throughout the day. St. Joseph, pray for us.


Dear St. Joseph, watch over me

and care for me

just as you cared for

the child Jesus;

and by your help,

may I come to know your Son,

and grow in strength

and wisdom and

the favor of God. Amen.

ICCS SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 1

The deadline is quickly approaching. Nominations are now being accepted for a new ICCS Advisory Board parent representative. Please email all nominations to Ada O'Quain, Administrative Assistant, at asoquain@iccsweb.com no later than next Thursday, April 1, 2021. Voting will take place April 19-23.

2021-2022 SCHOOL DATES SHARED

The Diocese of Lake Charles Office of Catholic Schools has released the following preliminary dates for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Please note the dates are subject to change.


Teacher In-Service Days: August 11-12 and August 16-17, 2021

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 6, 2021

Teacher In-Service: Monday, October 11, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday: Monday, November 22-Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas Holiday: Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021

Teacher In-Service: Monday, January 3, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 17, 2022

Mardi Gras Holiday: Friday, February, 25-Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Easter Holiday: Friday, April 15-Friday, April 22, 2022

Last Day of School: Thursday, May 26, 2022

ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS

ORDER AUCTION "TO GO" MEALS SOON

Help support the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction by purchasing delicious "TO GO" meals to be served "drive-thru style" on Friday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot.


Choose from an adult portion of jambalaya, green beans, a roll and dessert brownie for $20, or a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza for the kiddos for $5. All meals MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. To purchase dinners, please click on the link below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14kz-TmUaS0PzFqdLCNXXcygZrroSqq_5iPQdLqTyWQ4/edit


Bottled water, soft drinks and adult beverages will be available for purchase during the convenient and festive "drive-thru" pick-up service on the evening of April 16. More details are provided in the on-line order form.


Many thanks to Cheyenne Boudreaux and the Chenier Chefs and the Hurt and Henderson families and Hunt Brothers Pizza for their generosity, time and help with this auction-related project. Also, be on the lookout for our 8th Grade students during the meal pick-up times on April 16. The 8th Graders will be delivering meals to cars for monetary tips to help cover expenses for their end-of-the-year party. Customers can expect great service from the kids!


For more information about the ICCS PTO Virtual Auction "to go" meals, please call (337) 433-3497.

ONLY 44 GOLDEN TICKETS LEFT!

That's right...ONLY 44 chances to WIN are LEFT! Tickets are going very FAST! Current ICCS families can purchase a ticket for a chance to win free tuition (up to $6,000) for one child for the 2021-2022 school year. Only 100 tickets are available. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased using the link below. Buyers can bill the Golden Ticket chances to their auction bidder number, or drop off cash or a check to ICCS no later than Monday, April 12 to be eligible for the drawing. The lucky winner will be announced on the evening of Friday, April 16.


Purchase a Golden Ticket while you can!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BlghUGafZZLIhVHd9mXxlH3NhvM5RCcs73Q4Q_t2TzQ/edit

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ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION SNEAK PEEK

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GATHER YOUR FRIENDS!

A variety of group parties will be available during the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. Here is another great offering to mention!


FILIPINO FEAST FOR EIGHT


Begin the evening with a special private tour of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the historic church rectory. Next, gather around the table for a scrumptious traditional Filipino meal for eight (8) people prepared by Father Rommel Tolentino. This unique blend of eastern and western-influenced cuisine is sure to satisfy your taste buds. To be held on a mutually agreed upon date.


Donated by Father Rommel Tolentino

THANK YOU FOR DONATING

This week's Wine in the Line was another "grape" success! Thanks a million to the Nixon, Mayberry, Bellow, Bradberry, Leger, Vallette, Traylor, Middleton, Davis, Hennigan, Castille, Gouldin, M. Boudreaux, Casanova, Canzano, Sofferin, A. Foret, David, Elliott, J. Crawford, Bourgeois, Leonards, Henderson, Kerns, Perez, Hodges, J. Boudreaux, Chance, Harrison and Duhon families for donating bottles of vino for the ICCS Wine Cellar auction item that will be up for bid during 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. We also thank ICCS parent volunteers: Katie Hodges and Kelly Henderson for offering their time to collect wine donations in the drop-off and pick-up lines yesterday.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

STATIONS OF THE CROSS NEXT WEEK

On Holy Thursday, April 1, all PK-8th Grade students will participate in a special Stations of the Cross presentation led by our 7th Grade class. We appreciate all the time and effort our 7th Graders, as well as Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux and Mrs. Rose Viau have put into preparing for this live reenactment of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection.

CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS COMING SOON

Current 6th and 7th Grade girls interested in trying out for ICCS cheerleader for the 2021-2022 school year will need to participate in a mandatory cheer clinic, scheduled for April 12 and 13 in the ICCS Gym. Cheerleader tryouts will take place after school on Wednesday, April 14. For more information, please contact Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

PREORDER GAME DAY T-SHIRTS NOW

Show your Panther SPIRIT at the upcoming ICCS Middle School football game against Grand Lake in this limited edition t-shirt! The big game begins at 12 noon on Saturday, April 17, at McNeese Cowboy Stadium. All are welcome to attend! You can expect plenty of food, football and FUN! Proceeds raised through this event will benefit the MSU Hurricane Recovery Fund.


T-shirts are $20 each and come in sizes Youth Medium to Adult 2XL. ICCS Football Fans are asked to pre-order shirts now so they will be available for the game. A limited amount of shirts will also be sold at the game on April 17.


Anyone wishing to pre-order shirts NOW should contact Coach Kjellsten by email at akjellsten@iccsweb.com BY 12 NOON THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 27. Pre-ordered shirts will be sent home with students the week of April 12-17.

ALUMNI NEWS

ICCS ALUMNI NAMED TO SLCHS SCHOLAR WEEK COURT

Congratulations to the ICCS alumni selected for the 2021 St. Louis Catholic High School Scholar Week Court announced this week: Kate Austin, Asha Austin, Stuart Riviere, Coleman Zeringue, Ella Scroggs, Eli Crawford, Caroline Broussard, Trinity Foret and Reem Husein.

CATHEDRAL NEWS

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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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