Panther Press

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

The following statement has been provided by the Office of Catholic Schools:

In concurrence with the recent announcement made by Governor Edwards that school buildings are officially closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, students in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles will not be returning to their classrooms this school year. As approved by Bishop Provost and Superintendent Kimberlee Gazzolo distance learning will continue for students through Friday, May 15, 2020.


As we work to finalize details for end of the year celebrations, and for summer programs, we remain committed to our students and families and we appreciate your support during this unprecedented time. We will continue to communicate via social media, school websites and email. We thank our pastors, administrators, teachers and staff for their unwavering dedication to their students and we look forward to the time when we can be together again! We ask that you continue to pray for the sustained good health of all and for the recovery of the sick.


Yours in Catholic Education,

Christi Jarreau, Principal

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

FACILITIES UPDATE

Facilities Update:
Our facilities committee has finalized a plan for campus improvements with regard to security and drainage. Relocating the early elementary playground and the Wilson Street parking lot/service entrance will allow the entire campus to be secured within one fenced area. Fencing and gate improvements will further restrict access to our building and enhance the security of our learning environment. This work will also address ongoing drainage issues in the Park Avenue courtyard area.


In the coming weeks, we will begin to relocate the playground equipment in preparation for the upcoming construction. The plans are currently in the final stages of review by the diocesan building committee and we are hopeful that the project will be complete prior to the 2020-21 school year.


These security improvements have been in the works since the original completion of the Annex building. THANK YOU to our facilities committee for their dedication and the many hours of hard work and problem solving they have invested in this project!


FIRST COMMUNION UPDATE FOR 2ND GRADE PARENTS

As Bishop Provost continues to monitor the guidelines and recommendations that will determine when Mass is again open to the public, we will have to postpone the First Communion Mass for ICCS students scheduled for May 2nd. Second grade families will be receiving email communication regarding the process for rescheduling this special day.

SPRING BREAK FUN

We hope everyone had a faith-filled Easter and relaxing and fun Spring Break!
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MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

With the Governor's stay-at-home order currently in place and uncertainty surrounding large public gatherings in the weeks and months to come, we will be modifying several year-end school events. More information related to the following special celebrations will be forthcoming:


8th Grade Closing Ceremony

First Communion

Panther Procession Alumni Senior Walk

ICCS Year End Awards Ceremony

MAY CROWNING DETAILS SHARED

May is the month in which we honor our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven and Earth. At ICCS, we honor Mary by bringing her flowers in May. This ICCS tradition will continue this year, but it will be modified to accommodate social distancing guidelines.


From the morning of May 1st to May 31st we invite your family to bring flowers from your yard or garden and to pray by the Mary statue in front of our school, located near the front entrance on Ryan Street. Please remember to social distance if a family is already at prayer.


The official crowning of Mary presentation will take place the morning of Friday, May 1st. The presentation will be videoed and shared on the ICCS Facebook page, along with a special prayer that can be shared with students and families.

ENRICHMENT B-I-N-G-O!

The ICCS Enrichment Teachers have put together a fun and "enriching" bingo game for students of all ages. Take photos while completing the Bingo square activities and send them to Mrs. Dewitt at bdewitt@iccschool.org or to Mrs. Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccschool.org.
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ATRIUM ACTIVITIES

ALLELUIA! The Lord is Risen!


Easter is such a beautiful season that it lasts for 50 days until Pentecost. In our Atrium at school, Mrs. Viau would normally be celebrating this Liturgical Season by reading the Resurrection story, singing Alleluia and celebrating our Baptismal Promises this time of the school year. Attached are at home activities you can do with your children to keep them connected with the ICCS Atrium while they are at home and away from school. For more information, please contact ICCS Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Rose Viau by email at rviau@iccschool.org.


Alleluia Activity:
https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/PPAlleluiaCovid19.pdf

The Gift and Signs of Baptism Activity:
https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/PPBaptismCovid19.pdf

Knights of Columbus Fried Fish Dinner Sale

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Knights of Columbus Council 1207 will be selling fried fish dinners tomorrow, Friday, April 24, in the ICCS Park Avenue Parking lot starting at 5:00 p.m. Dinners are $10 each and include 3 pieces of tasty fried fish, french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies. Drive through service only. Dinners will be offered until sold out.

2020 ICCS SUMMER CARE INFO

In case you missed it last week, details concerning the 2020 Summer Care program have been released. Summer Care is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26th and will contain two five-week sessions. **Please note that the Summer Care program will begin as scheduled only after social distancing guidelines allow for such daily gathering. Rates will be adjusted accordingly if the start date is postponed.


Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $35.00 (per participant)

REGISTRATION FORMS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020

Late registration after MAY 18, 2020 is $50.00 (per participant)

Registration fees will be billed through FACTS to be paid by Friday, May 22.

Camp Times: Mondays-Fridays 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM


SESSION 1

5/26- 6/26 (5 Weeks)

One child: $525

Two children: $780

Three or more children: $945


SESSION 2

6/29 - 7/31 (5 Weeks)

One child: $525

Two children: $780

Three or more children: $945


Fees for each session will be billed through FACTS. Payment in full will be drafted the first week of each session.


To register for the 2020 ICCS Summer Care Program, please complete the google form: https://forms.gle/Hzkb51EmmvKtFbFU7

CLASS FEES & PRE-PACKAGED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

For your convenience, ICCS will be utilizing prepackaged school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. The fee schedule below includes your student’s class party fees, class fees and pre- packaged school supply fees. Prepackaged supplies include the required student planner.


2020-2021 Fee Schedule:
Pre-K & Kindergarten - $120
1st-3rd Grades - $95
4th -7th Grades - $110
8th Grade - $160

These fees will be drafted through FACTS on June 15.

2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR


The following is a listing of important school dates and holidays to help families with future planning. A more detailed calendar will be sent to families when it is available.


First Day of School: Thursday, August 13

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 7

Diocesan Teacher In-Service: Monday, October 12

Veteran’s Day Holiday: Wednesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Holiday: Monday, November 23—Friday, November 27

Christmas Holiday: Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1

MLK Holiday: Monday, January 18

Mardi Gras Holiday: Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 16

Easter Holiday: Friday, April 2—Friday, April 9

Records Day—No School: Tuesday, May 25

Final Day of School & Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 26

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PARENT RESOURCE CENTER

We have provided links to a variety of articles, faith related information and "at home" activities that ICCS students and families may find useful and beneficial during this social distancing and remote learning period. Parents are invited to check this section weekly for updates and additional information.


Helping Children Cope With the Year-End School Closure

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2020/03/school-closings-cancelled-plans


https://nyulangone.org/news/helping-your-child-manage-disappointment-about-abrupt-changes-end-school-year


https://www.kgw.com/article/life/parenting/helping-kids-deal-with-disappointment/283-860e0a9a-7f7e-4cf0-979b-f990e1e3c7c


Fun Family Art Project

Looking for an art activity everyone can help with? Check this out! Turn a window or glass door into a temporary stained glass piece of art.

https://www.catholicicing.com/how-to-paint-temporary-stained-glass-on-windows/


Religious Related Resources

If your family would like to have your own May Crowning at home click this link to find prayers, songs and ideas. https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2020/04/pop-up-catechesis-may-crowning-at-home/

CLASSROOM & SCHOOL NEWS

ACCELERATED READER NEWS

We have a record breaker! Congratulations to ICCS 2nd Grade student, Cohen Grinton. Cohen is the first student in any of Mrs. Lori Brown's classes to EVER earn 160 AR points in a school year. Awesome work!

SHARING OUR LOVE AND SUPPORT

It has been difficult being away from our students. They are the reason we do what we do.


The faculty and staff of ICCS recently collaborated to create a video specifically for our students and parents. The video was posted on the ICCS Facebook and ICCS Athletics Instagram page last week. If you or your child missed it, please click on the link below.


https://www.facebook.com/iccschool/videos/799339860591510/?v=799339860591510

REGINA COELI PRAYER

The Regina Coeli is a Marian antiphon that dates back to the 12th century. The Regina Coeli prayer is said in place of the “Angelus” during the Easter season. Normally, our students and faculty members pause at 12 Noon everyday to pray the Regina Coeli together this time of year. We encourage students and families to carry on this tradition at home.


The Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven )

  1. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
    R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
    V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
    R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
    V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
    R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

ACCESS PAST PANTHER PRESS ISSUES

Parents and students are encouraged to access past issues of the Panther Press for distance learning information, tips and tutorial videos. For convenience, past and current Panther Press issues can be found on the www.iccschool.org website.
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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.

QUICK LINKS

ONCOURSE CONNECT STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL

www.oncourseconnect.com

Keep up with homework, grades, attendance and get quick access to teacher websites via Oncourse Connect. Families having trouble logging in should email mbmathew@iccschool.org.

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