Panther Press

JANUARY 13, 2022

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

ICCS CLOSED TOMORROW

Due to the increase in illness, positive cases of covid, and exposure to covid among ICCS faculty, staff, and students today, which adds to the numbers reported yesterday, ICCS will be closed tomorrow, January 14th.


While students will not be able to be on campus tomorrow, students in 2nd-8th grade will continue with their core academic classes virtually. This afternoon/evening, families with students in 2nd-8th grade will receive schedules and instructions for virtual learning from homeroom teachers. Parents are asked to see the detailed email that was sent to families this afternoon.


During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Monday, January 17), the ICCS campus will be closed for sanitization using the VitalClean disinfection service provided by Orkin. We look forward to being back on campus together on Tuesday, January 18th when in-person learning will resume.


Thank you for your patience, understanding, trust, and support.

RE-ENROLLMENT NOW UNDERWAY

IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR ALL ICCS PARENTS

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


Below you will find important information, dates, and deadlines regarding ICCS re-enrollment and enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year.


  • Incoming Sibling Enrollment Notification for the 2022-2023 academic year ended on Friday, December 10. If you missed the deadline, and have a child (PK4-8th Grade) you would like to enroll at ICCS for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Kay Morgan, Director of Development, immediately at kmorgan@iccsweb.com to add your incoming student(s) to the sibling enrollment list. This will ensure your child has a guaranteed spot at ICCS next school year.


  • Re-enrollment for current students and new siblings is going on now through Friday, January 21. It is imperative that you re-enroll your children during this timeframe if you plan to send your student(s) to ICCS for the 2022-2023 school year. A re-enrollment link was emailed to all current families on Monday, January 10. Please click on the provided link and follow the step-by-step instructions. The online re-enrollment process takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Annual registration fees will be drafted during this process. If your family needs to discuss alternate arrangements for registration fees, please contact Melissa Mathew, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper at mbmathew@iccsweb.com.


  • Families requesting subsidy from their church parish for the 2022-2023 academic year must have the subsidy approval section of the Parishioner Verification Form completed by their pastor and returned to ICCS by Friday, January 28. A form is linked below for quick reference and convenience. **Re-enrolling Cathedral parishioners do not need to submit this form, Cathedral subsidy is verified directly with the Cathedral office. Parents with questions regarding their Cathedral subsidy status should contact the Cathedral office directly. Parishioner Verification Form - Click HERE


  • The 2022-2023 Bishop Scholarship application and deadline information is included in this issue of the Panther Press.


The ICCS Finance Committee is always mindful in keeping the recommendation for annual tuition increases to a minimum while maintaining the ability to cover rising costs. As we look forward to the 2022-2023 school year, it is time to be aware of the following important information, dates, and deadlines:


2022-2023 Tuition Rates:

Cathedral Subsidized Tuition

1 Child: $6,276.00

2 Children: $11,571.00

3+ children: $16,643.00


Non-Subsidized Tuition

1 Child: $6,776.00

2 Children: $12,571.00

3+ children: $18,143.00


Registration Fee: $200 returning students and incoming siblings/$300 new students

Technology Fee: Kindergarten-2nd Grade: $75

3rd-8th Grade: $100


Registration fees will be processed at the completion of each enrollment packet.

** We encourage families to contact our Bookkeeper, Melissa Mathew (mbmathew@iccsweb.com) to make alternate payment arrangements if needed.

BISHOP'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

The 2022-2023 Bishop's Scholarship application is now available. The Diocese of Lake Charles as well as each local Catholic school recognizes that tuition is a challenge for some families. The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund for Catholic Schools provides monies to each Catholic school in the Diocese of Lake Charles for student tuition assistance. Families applying for this scholarship should complete the attached form and return to school no later than Friday, March 25, 2022. Parents with questions may contact Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com
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COVID UPDATE

The new Diocese of Lake Charles - Office of Catholic Schools COVID 19 guidelines went into effect on Tuesday, January 4th. In order to limit students having to quarantine due to a positive exposure at school, the DOLC and the OCS are asking that should your child have a symptom of Covid 19 that they remain at home so as not to expose others.

We want our students to remain healthy and to be able to participate in high-quality in-person learning at school and in our classrooms. As has been our model since we returned to school during this pandemic, we will keep virtual learning going in our Google Classroom spaces through Google Meet so that students remaining at home either due to a positive case of COVID 19, exposure to a positive case of COVID 19, or out of caution being taken for the onset of a symptom may continue learning with their teachers and peers.


Should any teacher happen to have a substitute in their classroom and also have virtual learners, please note that our substitutes will not open up Google Meets for virtual learning on those days as has been our policy.

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BABY JOEY UPDATE

Baby Joey is doing great and is gradually being weaned off his support systems from his hernia repair surgery. Please continue to pray for the Heffer family as baby Joey continues to heal. The Heffer family sends their thanks for the love and support they have received from the ICCS community!

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR SCHWARTZENBURG FAMILY

ICCS 4th and 5th Grade Math Teacher, Mrs. LeAnne Schwartzenburg's home was destroyed by a major fire on January 3. We are continuing to collect gift cards for the Schwartzenburg family in an effort to show our love and support during this devastating time. If you would like to donate any type of gift card (in any amount), please send the item to school with your child in an envelope marked "for the Schwartzenburg's." The gift cards will be delivered to the family soon. Please keep Mrs. Schwartzenburg, her husband, Phillip, and her children in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this life-changing event.


Mrs. Schwartzenburg and her family send their most sincere thanks to everyone for the messages, cards, and gifts they have received. They are very grateful for the love and support of the ICCS community!

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UNIFORM ORDERING UPDATE FROM SOUTHERN DRIFTER

The owners of Southern Drifter would like to communicate some important changes to their ICCS school uniform ordering and purchasing process.


COMING SOON! Annual uniform "pre-orders" will not take place this year due to a significant decline in in-person order placement and sales over the years. Instead, all ICCS parents are asked to access the QR code below and download the convenient Southern Drifter App to browse and order ICCS approved school uniforms and outerwear. Customers may also stop by Southern Drifter, located at 3101 Ernest Street, Suite any time to order or purchase needed uniform items. If you have an Android mobile device, you may go to Google Play, search for Southern Drifter Apparel, and download the App from there. All ICCS parents are asked to turn on the app notifications so you can receive updates and communication directly from Southern Drifter on when new uniform shipments arrive between now and August.


** Note: Souther Drifter keeps ICCS uniform pieces in stock throughout the year if needed.


Please stay tuned for more information about ICCS uniform orders and purchases in future issues of the Panther Press. For more information, please contact Southern Drifter directly at (337) 936-0104.

PART TIME TEACHING POSITION AVAILABLE

ICCS is still in search of a part-time Middle School Math Teacher. Qualified and interested candidates can contact Blair Tadlock by email at btadlock@iccsweb.com or by phone at (337) 433-3497.
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ICCS PRINCIPAL SEARCH UNDERWAY

Please help spread the word! Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is searching for a Principal for the 2022-2023 school year to commence July 1, 2022.

Candidates must be Catholic in full communion with the Church. Candidates should be a leader who can empower staff, and lead with integrity and consistency. Salary and benefits are negotiable and are based upon qualifications and experience.


Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Education Leadership or its equivalent

Minimum 5 years teaching experience

Evidence of prior school administration experience – Eligible for state certification
Catholic school administrative experience preferred
Excellent spiritual, educational, managerial, and communication skills

Qualified candidates are to submit a letter of interest, resume, academic credentials, and a letter of recommendation to dana.wimberly@lcdiocese.org or in writing to Kimberlee Gazzolo, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, 1112 Bilbo St. Lake Charles, LA 70605

Submission deadline is 01/14/2022. Interviews of selected candidates will be held soon.

The Diocese of Lake Charles is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees by reason of race, age, sex, handicap, or national origin.

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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: INDUSTRIOUSNESS

All students continue to focus on the virtue of Industriousness throughout the month of January. Industriousness means being diligent in our work. Do I begin projects and then lose interest and stop doing them, or do I work until they are complete?


Dear Jesus,

Sometimes I lose interest in a project or task and I cannot complete it as I should. Help me today to practice industriousness so that I can grow in responsibility and maturity. Amen.

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS

Please add the following dates to your calendar. All ICCS faculty and staff members will spend the half days meeting in large and small groups and completing important tasks related to the upcoming Cognia Accreditations that will be taking place soon. Aftercare services will not be available on the early dismissal dates.
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REFER A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER

2022-2023 New Family Registration for all prospective PK4-8th Grade students will take place on Monday, February 7, 2022. School tours are offered Monday-Friday for those interested in sending their children to ICCS in the Fall. If you know of a family looking for a Catholic School home, please refer them to Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com or by phone at (337) 433-3497 for a registration packet and/or to schedule a private tour of our school.


Prospective students and families are also invited to attend an ICCS Open House event on Thursday, February 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

BOX TOPS EARNINGS CHECK RECEIVED

ICCS recently received a check in the mail in the amount of $100.10 for our Box Tops for Education program earnings for March 2021-November 2021. Please continue to scan your weekly or monthly grocery store and household item receipts via the convenient Box Tops for Education app and help us continue to earn free cash for our school.

COMMUNITY COFFEE LABELS DUE TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the last day to submit Community Coffee Proofs of Purchase labels to be submitted and redeemed for cash for our school. The next official submission date is quickly approaching. If you have Community Coffee Cash for Schools Proof of Purchase labels you would like to contribute, please send them to school with your student in a ziplock bag TOMORROW. Every label counts!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2022

ICCS will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 30-February 4. Each year, we take time to recognize and celebrate the many positive benefits of Catholic education.


PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR! All ICCS families are invited to attend Mass at the Cathedral the weekend of Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30. In recognition of Catholic Schools Week, a special blessing will be given to all ICCS students, parents, faculty members, and alumni following the 4:00 p.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Masses. All are invited to attend.

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PIZZA ARTISTA FUNDRAISER DETAILS

SAVE THE DATE! The ICCS Religious Education Department will hold a "tasty" fundraiser on Tuesday, February 2, at Pizza Artista, located at the Prien Lake Mall. Dine-in at Pizza Artista between 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on February 2 and mention ICCS at checkout. A portion of the day's earnings will benefit the ICCS Religious Education Department. Click the link below to preview the Pizza Artista menu. https://www.toasttab.com/pizza-artista-lake-charles/v3#!/

PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS

PTO PANTHER RUN SPONSORS ANNOUNCED

The ICCS PTO would like to thank the following businesses and supporters for sponsoring the 2022 Panther Run 5K and 1-Mile Color Run on Saturday, January 29.


There is still time to register. For more information, or to sign up, click the link below.

https://runsignup.com/iccspantherrun2022

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VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

Attention ICCS parents, we need YOUR help! In order to ensure the upcoming PTO Panther Run 5K and 1-Mile Color Run "runs" efficiently, safely, and smoothly we need approximately 30 volunteers present on Saturday, January 29. To date, only 10 parents have registered to help. Flexible volunteer jobs and times are available. Please consider lending a hand to help make this PTO fundraiser a big success!


For more information, or to sign up to help out, please reach out to the ICCS PTO Panther Run Race Director, Kelly Henderson at kellybhenderson@gmail.com or by phone at (337) 368-3473. Volunteers will be awarded PTO points for their time and assistance.

PTO AUCTION NEWS

There was a NEW Sheriff in town this week! ICCS student, Samuel Kerns was "Sheriff for the Day" yesterday. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff, Tony Mancuso spent time showing Samuel the ropes and touring him around the Sheriff's office.


Be on the lookout for this exciting package at the 2022 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction. Your kiddo could be the next "Sheriff of the Day!"

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE DOORS

Father Rommel stopped by ICCS on Friday, January 7, for the annual Epiphany Blessing of the Doors. This special Catholic tradition.....ADD MORE HERE.

PRE-K SNOWMEN

Pre-K students made clay snowmen this morning as they continue learning about snow and the season of winter.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

January and February are packed with school-affiliated events. Here is a quick list of what's ahead.


NOW UNTIL JANUARY 21

Re-enrollment for all current students

**PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND COMPLETE YOUR STUDENT'S RE-ENROLLMENT PACKET ON TIME TO SECURE ADMISSION FOR 2022-2023.


Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)


Wednesday, January 19

ICCS Advisory Board Meeting


Thursday, January 20

Class Picture Day

*Parents can place Class Photo pre-pay orders via LifeTouch


Saturday, January 29

ICCS PTO Panther Run 5K & 1-Mile Color Run

5K will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.

1-Mile Color Run will begin around 8:30 a.m.

The races will start and end on the corner of Ryan Street and Park Avenue

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate

Visit https://runsignup.com/iccspantherrun2022 to register.


Sunday, January 30-Saturday, February 5

Catholic Schools Week


Wednesday, February 2

ICCS Religious Education Department Fundraiser at Pizza Artista


Thursday, February 3

ICCS Open House event for Prospective Students and Families

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Friday, February 4

12 Noon Dismissal For All Students (No Aftercare Services Available)


Monday, February 7

New Family Registration for Prospective Students


Wednesday, February 16

ICCS Advisory Board Meeting


February 25-March 1

Mardi Gras Holiday

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CATHEDRAL NEWS

CATHEDRAL COUNCIL OF MEN

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35


The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Council of Men meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 a.m. for a special Rosary. The next Rosary will be on Monday, January 17. For more information, please call the Cathedral Office at (337) 436-7251

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

SLC OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION

St. Louis Catholic High School will be hosting an Open House event on Monday, January 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information or to RVSP, please contact Heather Ieyoub, SLCHS Director of Admissions and Marketing, at hieyoub@slchs.org or by phone at (337) 436-7275.
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QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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