Panther Press

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER


Dear ICCS Families,


Blessed Feast of St. Peter Claver! St. Peter Claver is our diocesan patron, which means that he prays especially for our diocese. St. Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit missionary who spent his life serving enslaved Africans who were brought to Colombia in the 17th century. His devotion to serving the slaves is a wonderful example of our theme for this year, “We love because He first loved us.” St. Peter Claver served with seemingly boundless energy, and all that energy came from the Lord’s love for him. With this as our theme for this year, my prayer is that we can continue in hope as we remember the Lord’s love for us—because it is truly a boundless love!


The Lord’s love enables us to continue to practice the virtues. Our virtue that we are practicing this month is responsibility. Students are reminded what responsibility sounds like: “I did my homework,” and are encouraged to practice this virtue in their classrooms. September is a great month for all of us to become more responsible.


Through the intercession of St. Peter Claver, may “we love because He first loved us” and grow in the virtue of responsibility.


In Christ,


Sister Mary Noel Pereira, RSM

Principal, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

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FORMS NEED TO BE COMPLETED ASAP

All ICCS families must complete the important "Back to School" forms soon. If you have not done so already, please log in to your FACTS Family Portal accounts ASAP using the instructions below. Once logged in, choose Web Forms from the red menu, then choose the Family Demographic Form. In the Family Demographic Form, choose the Student Demographic form and update your family information such as address, phone numbers, etc. Choose the Student Social Security Number form to enter your child's social security number. This is new this year and is required by the Diocese of Lake Charles. Parents with questions can contact Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com


FACTS FAMILY PORTAL LOGIN:

www.factsmgt.com

Choose Parent Login

Choose Family Portal

Enter the district code: ICCS-LA

Enter your username and password

(Be sure "Parent" is selected)

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LAST CALL FOR ROOM PARENTS

Room Parents are currently needed for all 2nd-8th Grade classes. Room Parents coordinate class parties, assist with special events throughout the year, and help brainstorm and create class projects for the annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction.


If you are interested in serving as a Room Parent this academic year, please complete the google form here, by Monday, September 13. For more information about specific duties and time commitments, please contact ICCS Room Mom Coordinator, Ada O’Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

GIFT CARD DONATIONS CONTINUE

ICCS is continuing to collect gift cards in any amount for Hurricane Ida victims in hard-hit areas. If your family would like to donate a gift card, please send it to school with your student before Friday, September 17. Teachers are continuing to collect gift cards during homeroom periods each morning. The gift cards will be donated to a heavily damaged Catholic school community on behalf of the students, parents, and faculty members of ICCS. Please consider donating a gift card!

SPIRIT RIBBONS TO BE SOLD NEXT WEEK

Show your ICCS Panther Pride by purchasing a spirit ribbon next Tuesday, September 14, or Wednesday, September 15. Ribbons are $1 each. The ICCS cheerleaders will be selling the ribbons during morning arrival time. If your student is interested in purchasing a spirit ribbon, please send the money to school with your child next Tuesday or Wednesday. Be sure to wear your spirit ribbons to the ICCS Vs. Hamilton Christian Academy Football Game on Wednesday, September 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at HCA. GO PANTHERS!

YEARBOOK PHOTO DAY NEXT WEDNESDAY

Picture Day packets went home with students earlier this week. Please check your child's folder or backpack for more information on how to pre-order school photos. Portrait packages range from $14.99 to $59.99. Parents may order online at www.mylifetouch.com or by completing the official Lifetouch form and returning it (along with payment) to school with your child.
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AMAZON SMILE EARNINGS UPDATE

ICCS recently received a check for $78.31 from the AmazonSmile Foundation for purchases made through the AmazonSmile website between April 1 and June 30.


Here is how you can help earn funds for ICCS through AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from your future eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Please enter Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. AmazonSmile will remember your selected charity whenever you shop at smile.amazon.com or with AmazonSmile activated on the Amazon Shopping app. After officially registering, every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation for ICCS.

BOX TOPS EARNINGS UPDATE

Our monthly Box Tops for Education numbers are in! Throughout the month of August, ICCS earned $24.20 through the program.


Here are some important stats we would like to share with our ICCS community. Seventy-two (72) total receipts were scanned in August using the convenient and easy-to-use Box Tops for Education app. To date, ICCS has seventy-one (71) current and active Box Tops for Education supporters. In August, two (2) new supporters signed up for the app. Please continue to help earn free cash for our school through the Box Tops for Education program!

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

ICCS PANTHERS WIN!

Congratulations to the ICCS Middle School Football Team and Coaching Staff on the victory against the St. Margaret Catholic School/EDS team last night at the CCAL Jamboree!


All students and fans are invited to help support the ICCS Panthers next Wednesday, September 15, as they take on Hamilton Christian Academy at 5:30 p.m. at HCA. Let's GO Panthers!

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ICCS 8TH GRADE COMMISSIONING MASS TO BE LIVE STREAMED NEXT WEEK

Mark your calendar! The annual ICCS 8th Grade Commissioning Mass will be live-streamed next Friday, September 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. More details will be provided to all Middle School parents soon.

ICCS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Best of luck to our Volleyball Teams! The ICCS 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Team will play St. Margaret Catholic School Monday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. at OLQH.


The ICCS 7th & 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Teams will play LCA on Monday, September 20 at the following times:

ICCS 7th Grade VS. LCA @5:00 p.m. at ICCS

September 20: ICCS 8th Grade VS. LCA @ 6:00 p.m. at ICCS


ICCS 7th Grade Volleyball Team Members: Isabella East, Jane Cassanova, Tatum Bridges, Addison Rasberry, Sadey Prince, Emma Bergen, Gabi Barrios, Emma Foret, Jeanne-Claire Breaux, Kate Reeves, Joela Lassien, Ruth McCain, and Lilly Mathew

Coach: Heather Breaux


ICCS 8th Grade Volleyball Team Members: Grace Adams, Morgan Baron, Ava Borel, Margeaux Darbonne, Kathryn Devall, Cora Diedrich, Madelyn Elliott, Cate Filo, Cara Henry, Lilly Liles, Rowan LeJeune, Natalie Obluda, Bailee Papadimitriou, Halle Poncho, and Camille Zeringue

Coach: Savannah Greenlee

READING OUTSIDE IS "PAW-SOME"

What a beautiful morning! Today, our Librarian, Mrs. Kyndel Heffer allowed her 2nd Grade students to read library books outside. The kids enjoyed the sunshine, slightly cooler temperature, and the opportunity to read books in a unique setting while at school. Check out the ICCS Facebook page for more photos.
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ICCS DRIVE THRU PET BLESSING OCTOBER 4

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.

STUDENTS FOCUSING ON RESPONSIBLITY THIS MONTH

RESPONSIBILITY: fulfilling our just duties; accepting the consequences of one's words and actions, intentional and unintentional. Throughout the month of September, all PK-8th Grade students will concentrate on this very important virtue!
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ICCS PTO NEWS

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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.

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QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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