THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
ICCS Mission Statement:
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
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
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
8th Grade Closing Ceremony
Panther Procession Alumni Senior Walk
ICCS Year End Awards Ceremony
MAY CROWNING DETAILS SHARED
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gift and Signs of Baptism Activity:
Knights of Columbus Fried Fish Dinner Sale
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
5/26- 6/26 (5 Weeks)
One child: $525
Two children: $780
Three or more children: $945
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
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
Helping Children Cope With the Year-End School Closure
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.
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
SHARING OUR LOVE AND SUPPORT
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.
REGINA COELI PRAYER
The Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven )
- 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.
ACCESS PAST PANTHER PRESS ISSUES
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.