Panther Press

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Today we completed our 33rd day of face-to-face instruction at ICCS. This number seems quite small in comparison to everything we have accomplished during this time. When we stop to think about how much has been introduced, applied, taught, tested, and reinforced over such a short timespan, it really is astounding!


One of my favorite things being taught this year is the Education in Virtue program we are using school-wide. Moral instruction occupies a central place within Catholic pedagogy and there couldn’t be a better time to utilize a character education program rooted in virtue than now, as we navigate living safely during a pandemic. Virtues are good habits, and living a life of virtue allows us to consistently make choices that are holy and life-giving not only for one’s self, but also for our neighbor. With so much focus on the virtues of kindness, charity, faith, and gratitude over the past 33 days, our students are able to realize that masks, social distancing, seating charts, and quiet hallways are really about so much more than just new rules during a pandemic. While they are rules, choosing to do them willingly out of love for our neighbor and the safety of our community certainly make them much more bearable. I look forward to the many blessings that await our entire community as we continue learning and practicing ways to live a joyful life of virtue throughout this year!


When it comes to teaching virtue, as well as all other aspects of our faith, we know that families are the first and foremost educators of children. It is with this in mind that I will be focusing more of my time on my family. During the month of August, after prayer and discernment, I met with Father Rommel with the decision that this would be my last year as principal of the Cathedral School. Two hurricanes later, though this is still a difficult decision, I know it is the right decision for my family. Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is very special to me. Our school remains strong and successful in our mission, even during the pandemic and hurricane recovery. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served ICCS in this capacity and look forward to doing whatever I can to help transition our school to new leadership at the end of this school year.


Please continue to pray for the health and safety of our school community and remain diligent in your safety efforts at home so that we can continue to be on campus, learning and growing together. I pray you all enjoy a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.


Yours in Christ,


Christi Jarreau, Principal

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

ICCS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER UPDATE

We would like to thank Robbie Austin, Chad Bertrand and Kelly Hurt for serving on the ICCS School Board. As their terms expire, we want to express our sincere appreciation for the time, effort and energy Robbie, Chad and Kelly have put in over the years.


We welcome three new members to the School Board team: Carey Blevins, Matthew Keating and Christy Papania-Jones. The ICCS School Board meets monthly. The members serve as a consultative board, assisting the pastor and principal in the governance of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.


The 2020-2021 ICCS School Board Members are:


Father Rommel Tolentino, Pastor rommel.tolentino@lcdiocese.org

Christi Jarreau, Principal cjarreau@iccsweb.com

Robin Austin raustin@polarisengr.com

Carey Blevins cblevins4@hotmail.com

Donald Brinkman brinkmanengr@gmail.com

Matthew Devall mbdevall@devalltowing.com

Corlissa Hoffoss choffoss@gmail.com

Matthew Keating mkeating@mbklaw.net

Christy Papania-Jones cjones@stnickcenter.org

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IMPORTANT COVID 19 REMINDERS

As we continue to uphold the Louisiana Department of Heath and Center for Disease Control COVID-19 guidelines to the greatest extent possible, please be aware of the following updates and reminders:

  • Students who are absent or who check out during the school day due to illness will be required to have a doctor’s excuse to return to school.

    • New: Students returning to school after an absence should not be dropped off in the morning carline, but should enter through the front doors and present a doctor’s excuse to return to campus.

  • Hallway and classroom procedures, including seating charts and restroom breaks, are being strictly monitored and enforced for student safety in the event of tracing a positive COVID-19 test. Parental support with regard to all COVID-19 procedures is both expected and appreciated.

  • All students must have a mask when dropped off for the school day. Students should not exit your vehicle in the carline if they do not have a mask.

  • Students should bring a water bottle to school each day. If students do not have a water bottle, they will be provided a bottle of water and your FACTS account will be charged $1 per bottle of water provided at the end of each month. Parents should not deliver forgotten items, including water bottles, to students during the school day.


The latest flowchart from the Louisiana Department of Health will be used for quarantining and contact tracing measures. It is provided below for your review. If your student has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had a direct exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, parents must contact Ada O’Quain at ICCS at (337) 433-3497 or by email at asoquain@iccsweb.com to confirm proper procedures for returning to campus.


Parents will be notified if a student tests positive for COVID-19 in their child’s grade level. In the event that students have had direct exposure to someone who has tested positive, parents will be contacted with quarantine details for their student.

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LIFETOUCH PICTURE PROOFS ARE HERE

The Lifetouch picture proofs have arrived and are going home today. Ordering instructions are included in each envelope. Parents have the option to order online at www.mylifetouch.com, or by using the paper order form included with the proof. Paper order forms and payment must be returned to school no later than Friday, December 4th.

SIBLING FORMS DUE DECEMBER 18

Just a reminder, families with incoming siblings (PK-8th Grade) for NEXT school year MUST complete the on-line form provided below by Friday, December 18, in order to secure a guaranteed spot for your child at ICCS in 2021-2022.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wRcJKKlcjIHpwFbgsarpToe-za-KqJlpnYLCj1Lj7nQ/edit?ts=5fad58f0

GREENERY ORDERS ARRIVING NOVEMBER 28

ATTENTION ICCS PARENTS! Greenery orders will arrive at ICCS on Saturday, November 28. In order to guarantee the freshest products, parents and/or customers MUST pick up all orders either Saturday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or Sunday, November 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the ICCS Gym. If you are unable to pick up your orders the weekend after Thanksgiving please contact Tiffany Bordelon at tiffanymbordelon@yahoo.com or by phone at (337) 302-0225 to make alternative arrangements.


***Volunteers are still needed to help unload and organize greenery orders around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28.


***Earn DOUBLE PTO points from your car! Volunteers are also needed to help deliver greenery orders around the Lake Charles and Sulphur areas on Sunday, November 29 and/or Monday, November 30.


For more information, or to sign up to help, please contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com ASAP. PTO points will be awarded for time worked.

PERKY PRIZE RAFFLE DRAWING COMING SOON

The 2020 ICCS Perky Prize Raffle was originally scheduled to take place on Monday, March 23. Due to the pandemic-related school closure back in the spring, the annual PTO Auction and Perky Prize Raffle had to be cancelled.


SAVE THE DATE! The Perky Prize Raffle drawing has been rescheduled for Friday, December 18. Students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets Monday, December 14-Thursday, December 17 during their homeroom class period. More details will be printed in the next issue of the Panther Press. Special thanks to Mike Hooks, Inc. for sponsoring the Perky Prize Raffle items.

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ROOM PARENTS STILL NEEDED

The following classes are still in need of Room Parents. If you are able to dedicate your time and energy this school year, please contact Ada O'Quain ASAP at asoquain@iccsweb.com, or by calling (337) 433-3497. Class Christmas parties are right around the corner. Room Parents are needed to help coordinate the festivities for each class.


The following classes are still in need of a Room Parent:


2A Mrs. Brown

6A Mrs. Romano

7B Mrs. Thibodeaux

8A Mrs. Ebersole

COMPLETE LIST OF BOX TOPS PRODUCTS SHARED

It's holiday cooking time! Look for Box Tops for Education labels on hundreds of products you know and love. Click the link below to view a complete list of Box Tops items.


https://www.boxtops4education.com/Participating-Products-Page


Remember, each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school. Download the convenient new Box Tops App in your App store and start scanning receipts and earning free cash for ICCS! Store receipts must be scanned within 14 days of purchase to qualify for Box Tops earnings.

Baking a pie this Thanksgiving? Earn THREE (3) bonus Box Tops when you buy any 3 participating Pillsbury Pie Crusts between now and 12/1/20. Limit 5 claims per receipt.
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ICCS JOINS #iGIVECATHOLIC GIVING TUESDAY DONATION PLATFORM

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Tuesday program on December 1, 2020. From NOW until midnight on Giving Tuesday, ICCS supporters across the country can log on to www.iGiveCatholic.org, search for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School page and donate $25 or more to our school. #iGiveCatholic on-line donations are secure and tax deductible. Please help spread the word! More information can be found on the ICCS Facebook page and website.


https://ncea.igivecatholic.org/organizations/immaculate-conception-cathedral-school-4c79866b-8614-47b7-ae79-5f96de88b983

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

7TH & 8TH GRADE GUEST SPEAKER

Brian Butler with Dumb Ox Ministries visited ICCS today to speak to our 7th and 8th Grade students. Butler reminded students that God is with us through the chaos and difficult times and that He loves us. Butler has 20 plus years of ministry experience at the parish, school, diocesan and non-profit levels, and is a popular speaker and trainer around the country. The 7th and 8th Grade students enjoyed the presentation!

REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

Ms. Morgan Wilder's 2nd Grade class recently completed a reduce, reuse and recycle project. The students took old coloring sheets they never finished and made snowflakes out of them. Ms. Wilder displayed them in the classroom for all to enjoy!

CLASS REPRESENTATIVES ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to our newly appointed Middle School Class Representatives!


6A: Gabriella Barrios

6B: Madeline Hennigan

7A: Ella Bradbury

7B: Lizzie Austin

8A: Adele Foret

8B: Mason Fullington

PRAYING IN COLOR

Our 3rd Grade students spent time in prayer today thanking God for their many blessings. They used a technique called, “Praying in Color,” which is an active meditative and playful way of prayer. The product is a colorful design or drawing that is a visual reminder of the time spent in prayer.

"SEW" AWESOME

Ms. Lania Vanchiere's Middle School Textile Art Enrichment students wrapped up the quarter with a sewing project. Students hand stitched beautiful bags using a needle and thread.


Many thanks to ICCS "Grandpanther," Pat Kelty for donating the fabric for the project.

AR SUPERSTARS

Hats off to all students reaching AR Superstar status this month! Check out the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Facebook page for updates and photos of some of our newest AR Superstars.

GO SAINTS!

The ICCS Cheerleaders had an opportunity to cheer on the sidelines at the St. Louis Catholic High School JV Football game this week. The Saints took on the Kinder Yellow Jackets Monday night. Special thanks to the SLC Cheerleaders for inviting our squad to cheer on the team and perform for the crowd.

LEARNING ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES

Our 2nd Grade students have been learning about early Asian civilizations. They have also been learning about the Chinese culture, writings, and ways of life. On Wednesday, the students wrote the Chinese characters for “peace.”


Peace is sharing, caring, kindness and love.

"BAKING" MEMORIES

Mrs. Lea Poncho's Progressions students baked a batch of DELICIOUS homemade chocolate chip cookies last Friday. What a TREAT! The students would like to share the recipe with all ICCS students and families. Try it out over the Thanksgiving break!
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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.

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www.factsmgt.com

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