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Immaculate Conception Cathedral School


PRINCIPAL'S CORNER by Christi Jarreau

Happy New Year!
This week’s return to the early morning routine, especially with the traffic complications, was certainly difficult for many of us. While it can be challenging to motivate our children back to the responsibilities of school, it is heartwarming to see the joy and excitement with which our students greet one another again.

As we continue focusing on the Beatitudes throughout this year, we know that true happiness is not void of suffering, sacrifice, or responsibility. In today’s world, though, this truth of our faith is often easy to forget and can be a struggle to accept, especially for our children and teenagers. Our world has figured out so many things - from avoiding inconveniences/discomforts to communicating in specific “love languages.” We do our best to go above and beyond for those we love, to provide for them only what they find most pleasing, beneficial, and wonderful. In this same light, we often get used to, or even begin to expect, only what is perceived as pleasing, beneficial, and wonderful. It becomes easy to forget what discomfort feels like, that it is temporary, and that it is often necessary for producing growth.

As parents, we naturally want to protect our children from discomfort. It is important to remember, though, that hindering the experience of things such as hard work, responsibility and accountability can rob our children of experiencing true happiness - delight that is found in doing for the good of others, the contentment that can be found in enjoying fruits of their own labor, and the joy of feeling loved and a sense of purpose even when things are not going quite the way we would like.

As we move into the second semester, the newness is gone and we begin to look forward to the Spring activities and summer months. School and all of the preparations that come along with doing our best often take a back seat to the excitement of the new season and activities. As we work together to keep our students focused, accountable, and meaningfully engaged, we may feel the discomfort a little more, both at home and at school. My prayer is that the fruits of the combined labor of students, teachers, and parents will be as abundant as the first half of the year!

We understand there will be many not-so-smooth mornings of traffic complications during this semester. Controlling what you can (having them here properly dressed and prepared, following the protocol of checking them in at the front office, etc.) is what is important. Do your best to predict a path, but know that we are committed to helping your student’s day be smoother than their ride to school may have been. We appreciate your partnership during this second semester as we continue our mission of strengthening spirits, minds, and bodies through the teachings of Jesus Christ.


Typing Skills

When I am in the classroom teaching enrichment courses or at home watching my children type on my computer, I remind them to use the “home row” position and use correct finger placement as well as typing posture. They certainly know how to do this but it is not natural to them because regardless of the lessons they receive in their sometimes once a week technology enrichment class they have been groomed by readily available and extremely convenient touch technology. It is wonderful that we have so many smart devices where we can touch the screen to make it respond, but it has become a place where finger tapping and thumb typing has become comfortable and normal especially for our students. Just yesterday I had one of my students revise a reflection that was loaded with lower case “i’s.” When he noticed his error, he laughed and said, “I don’t even think about having to do that because at home it does it for me.” You know, I never thought about it in that way probably because I was born well before the time when touch technology made it to the market but he is right. If you think about it, by the time our oldest students, our 8th graders, walked through our doors the first day of their Pre-K year, the iPhone had been around for about 2 years. By the time these students reached 1st grade, the iPad was on the market. I cannot tell you how often our littlest friends touch computer screens in an effort to choose an icon or swipe to the next page because this is the knowledge of technology that they now come to us with.

Students at ICCS begin receiving formal keyboarding lessons in technology lab time in the 1st grade. 1st and 2nd-grade students work through the age-appropriate Keyboarding Without Tears program while 3rd and up work through EduTyping. Because of the diverse middle school enrichment course offerings, only students in technology courses in a given quarter work through the EduTyping program during that quarter. 6th-grade students, however, have access for the remainder of the year and may practice from home at Contact Mrs. Dewitt if your student has trouble logging into his or her account from home. If you notice that your child is having trouble typing smoothly at home or wants to revert to finger pecking at the keys, below is a document with a few tips/reminders from our EduTyping curriculum.

EduTyping Tips & Reminders


During the month of January we will reflect on the beatitude –“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Pope Francis reminds us that, “Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others but it also includes forgiveness and understanding.” Matthew 7:12 sums it up perfectly with the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

How are you living out this beatitude?


2nd Quarter Report Cards will go home with students tomorrow. Parents can view student progress on OnCourse Connect. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact Melissa Mathew at


Camille Karriker and Madelyn Elliott have been named the 2018-2019 Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Students of the Year. The students were selected for the honor based on grade point average, school organization participation, community service, a special essay writing assignment and an interview with a panel of judges.

Camille Karriker, an 8th Grade honor roll student at ICCS, is a member of the ICCS Jr. Beta Club, Catholic Athletes for Christ and the ICCS Girls Basketball and Volleyball teams. She also serves as an ICCS Ambassador. Camille is a past recipient of the ICCS “I Am Third” Award and Perfect Conduct Award. Camille is the daughter of Debra Decker Karriker and Bryan Karriker.

Madelyn Elliott, a 5th Grade honor roll student at ICCS, is a member of the ICCS Safety Patrol and also serves as an Altar Server at school masses and religious ceremonies. Madelyn is the daughter of Courtney and Chad Elliott.


A big panther thank you to following parent volunteers for helping with the PK and Kindergarten Enrollment Information Session yesterday: Caroline Crawford, Abby Devall, Megan Gregory, Jessica Liles, Kelly Serrano and Maggie Trahan. We appreciate your time and energy!

The next ICCS Enrollment Information Session (PK-8th Grade) for prospective families will take place Wednesday, January 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help greet guests and provide school tours. Please contact Kay Morgan at to volunteer.


ICCS New Family Registration is right around the corner. We are asking current ICCS parents to help our Enrollment Team pinpoint prospective families who may be interested in sending their children to ICCS in the future. Many of our current families were attracted to our school because someone personally recommended ICCS to them.

A special New Family Referral form will be sent home with your child tomorrow, Friday, January 11. Please review the information, complete the form and send it back to school with your child by January 23 if you know of any friends, relatives or co-workers who may be interested in learning more about educational offerings at ICCS, or enrollment opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic year.


  • Girls skirts and jumpers should be slightly above the knee, not to exceed 3” from the floor on all sides when measured from a kneeling position.
  • Girls must wear black modesty shorts under their jumper or skirt.
  • Boys hair length will be above the top of the shirt collar, bangs will be above the eyebrows, and sideburns will be above the earlobes with no hair overhanging the upper ear.
  • Athletic shoes are required for all students Pre-K - 8th grade and must be predominately white, black, or gray with matching white, black, or gray shoelaces. When looking at the front of the shoe, the predominate color should be white, black, or gray, predominately solid, not patterned. No “light-up” shoes, boots, or high tops allowed.
  • Uniform ICCS sweatshirts, cardigan sweaters, and jackets are the only outerwear allowed to be worn indoors. Outerwear may not be worn around the waist. In extremely cold weather, any jacket or coat is allowed outside the building. Hoodies are not allowed.

  • Students are not to bring any telecommunication or electronic devices, including but not limited to laser pointers, cell phones, smart watches, beepers, radios, ipods, cameras, recorders, cd players, gameboys, nor trading cards, monitoring devices, toys, skateboards, personal effects or large sums of money to school.



The Southern Drifter ordering process for the 2019-2020 school year will take place on January 16-31st. To ensure your child has new uniforms for the school year, please make every effort to take advantage of the early order process. This is the only way to get a guaranteed uniform by the start of school via Southern Drifter. You will only be required to pay half down at the time of the order and can make payments throughout the year. Your balance will be due on pick up in June 2019. We understand your child will grow between now and then, we account for that growth. When you come in to pick up in June, your child can try them on and leave with the items that fit. If there are items in June you no longer need or want, you will be given a full refund for any and all items. Your child will be guaranteed a fitting uniform if you make the January order date listed above.


Prien Lake Mall

Contact: LeAnne Buff

Cell #: 337-936-0104

Store #: 337-602-6668

Store Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10a.m –

Sunday: 12:00-6:00 pm



Special thanks to Mr. Allen Chance, Dad of Ryder Chance in 4th Grade, for donating brand new kid-sized safety vests for the ICCS Safety Patrol members to wear during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. We appreciate the donation!



The ICCS faculty enjoyed the annual staff retreat, held the morning of Monday, January 7, at the St. Charles Retreat Center in Moss Bluff. Presenter, Ms. Simone Dubois led the faculty in an in-depth look at our school theme, the Beatitudes, and how they relate to our current society and everyday life.

On Monday afternoon, our teachers received training from Jonathan Baynham and Tina Bouzon from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation for Service Learning. Our teachers were educated on grant writing to receive funds to best benefit our students during their exploration of service learning oriented Project Based Learning modules. Teachers are already working together to create ideas to best fund and support their service learning focused Project Based Learning modules for the next school year through the Brown Foundation.


With the flu season upon us, it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers key facts about the flu along with prevention and treatment information.



Father Rommel Tolentino is working hard to keep our school community up-to-date on the Cathedral renovation and restoration project. Here are some highlights of the progress so far:

  • The pews have been removed. The pews are being shipped to Iowa for repair and refurbishing/refinishing by Gunder Church Furniture.
  • The kneelers have been stored in the diocesan storage building. Crosses will be made using this piece of our history, and will be made available as souvenirs for our Sesquicentennial celebration this year
  • Extensive plaster work continues on the south transept and on the north transept
  • The last of the crawl space masonry openings are now being closed
  • The piping and electrical conduits for the HVAC are now buried
  • The outside HVAC units are in place, and now working on the mechanical yard enclosure
  • After extensive repairs of the damaged parts of the roof, the old clay tiles are now being re-installed on the north side
  • Emil Frei is now onsite to begin detailed work on the stained glass windows


Friday, January 11:

2nd Quarter Report Cards

Tuesday, January 15th:

Family Life Parent Presentation (for 5th-8th Grade parents)

5:30 p.m. Gym

Wednesday, January 16:

School Board Meeting

5:30 p.m. Parish Building

Friday, January, 18:

January Birthday Mass (5A)

8:30 a.m. Gym

1A & 1B Retreat

Sunday, January 27-Friday, February 1:

Catholic School Week

Monday, January 28:

Student Appreciation Day

T-shirt Day (students may wear an ICCS spirit shirt with blue jeans or uniform bottoms)

Tuesday, January 29:

Cafeteria/Custodian Appreciation Day

Wednesday, January 30

Parent Appreciation Day

8th Grade CSW Mass @ St. Margaret Catholic Church

8th Grade Team Building

Pre-K - 8th Grade Enrollment Information Session

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31:

Faculty Appreciation Day

Friday, February 1:

CSW & February Birthday Mass (Student Council)

8:30 a.m. in the ICCS Gym

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ICCS Mission Statement:

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

2018-2019 School Theme

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