Panther Press

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

NEW TECHNOLOGY UPDATE


Dear ICCS Parents,


We have exciting news to share! Last Friday, our 8th graders were the first students to use ICCS’s new high-performance ASUS Chromebook Flips, which have larger, brighter screens as well as touchscreen features that allow for laptop or tablet use. Mr.Michael Higgins created a unique lesson for our 8th graders where they were able to create a visual outline for a historically fictional account of the Insurrection of 1768 using Jamboard with the tablet and stylus features of the Chromebook Flips. It is clear that in a very short amount of time, these features are already allowing our middle school students to engage and learn with their peers in dynamically exciting new ways.


Because of this new technology on our campus, our 3rd-5th graders now each have their own ICCS ASUS Chromebook to use as well. By next week, K-2nd grade classrooms will each have their own iPad Carts with a device allotted for each student. We are excited to be a 1:1 school K-8th grade and our teachers are thrilled about the possibilities that can now unfold by having student devices available and ready for wherever their lessons take them.


Blair Moses Tadlock, Assistant Principal of Curriculum

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

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SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATIONS NEEDED

The ICCS community would like to extend a special thank you to ICCS Advisory Board Member, Mrs. Robin Austin. Robin has served as an ICCS Advisory Board member for the past three years. Her term will end in May 2021. We sincerely appreciate Robin's time, energy and guidance over the years.


Nominations are now being accepted for a new ICCS Advisory Board parent representative. Please email nominations to Ada O'Quain, Administrative Assistant, at asoquain@iccsweb.com by Thursday, April 1.

ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS

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EXCITING NEWS! AUCTION "TO GO" MEALS WILL BE OFFERED APRIL 16

SAVE THE DATE! Plans are in the works to offer delicious adult and child-sized Auction "to go" meals served "drive-thru" style on Friday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot. More details--including instructions on how to order your dinners--will be communicated in next week's Panther Press. All proceeds will benefit the PTO Auction fundraiser.


Make plans now to gather with your ICCS friends and school supporters, or just relax at home as a family on April 16. The Auction Committee will take care of dinner so you will have more time to place your bids! The ICCS PTO Virtual Auction will close on April 16 at 9:00 p.m.

GET YOUR GOLDEN TICKET SOON!

Who wants to win FREE tuition? The 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction will feature a Golden Ticket tuition giveaway drawing the evening of Friday, April 16. Current ICCS families can purchase a ticket for a chance to win free tuition (up to $6,000) for one child for the 2021-2022 school year. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased using the link below. Buyers can bill the Golden Ticket chances to their auction bidder number, or drop off cash or a check to ICCS no later than Monday, April 13 to be eligible for the drawing.


Purchase a Golden Ticket while you can! The tickets are expected to sell out soon. Click on the link to learn more, and to reserve your ticket NOW!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BlghUGafZZLIhVHd9mXxlH3NhvM5RCcs73Q4Q_t2TzQ/edit

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THERE WILL BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Don't miss it! The 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction will feature a large assortment of items and experiences that are sure to please a variety of interests, personal tastes and age groups. Sneak peeks will be highlighted on the ICCS Facebook Page and can be found in the weekly issues of the Panther Press. Bidding will open on Tuesday, April 13, and will close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

WINE DONATIONS ACCEPTED NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17

Earn PTO points next week! ICCS families can donate one or more bottles of their favorite white or red wines to be included in the "ICCS Wine Cellar" auction item package. To make it easy and convenient to donate, ICCS Auction Committee Members will be collecting wine donations in the drop-off and pick-up lines on Wilson Street and Park Avenue the morning and afternoon of Wednesday, March 17 AND Wednesday, March 24. Wine donations must be a minimum value of $20 per bottle. Families will earn 30 PTO points per wine bottle donation.

AUCTION ITEMS STILL NEEDED

Auction items are still being accepted. Do you have an item or service you would like to contribute? If so, please click on the link below and complete the electronic auction item donation form by Wednesday, March 24. PTO points will be awarded for any and all donations.


To donate an auction item, click here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RYm0eQQ8NGNhT0WT4P8JXOXw2TC35xGj1-0hhzus0gY/edit?ts=60354d3c&gxids=7628

SAVE THE DATES!

As we enter the home stretch of the 2020-2021 school year, there are many important dates to communicate to parents, students and school supporters. Please mark your calendars!


Saturday, March 13: Daylight Savings time begins

Wednesday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day! Students may wear a green shirt with jeans or uniform bottles in celebration of St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 18: 100th Day of School (PK-1st Grade have special activities planned)

Friday, March 19: Solemnity of St. Joseph/March Birthday Mass (reminder, girls wear skirts or jumpers and boys wear pants to Mass)

Thursday, March 25: Feast of the Annunciation Mass and Procession (more details to be shared soon)

Friday, March 26: Class Picture Day

Friday, March 26: Third Quarter Ends

Friday, March 26: Bishop's Scholarship Submission Deadline

Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1: ACT Aspire Testing

Thursday, April 1: PK-3rd Grade Easter Class Parties

PLEASE NOTE: APRIL 1 WILL BE A NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL STUDENTS. Lunch will be provided for all students. Aftercare services will not be offered on Thursday, April 1.

Good Friday, April 2: No School

Saturday, April 3-Sunday, April 11: ICCS Spring Break

Tuesday, April 13-Friday, April 16: ICCS PTO Virtual Auction

Friday, April 23: Spring Pictures (free dress day for all students)

Saturday, May 1: First Communion at the Cathedral

Thursday, May 27: ICCS 8th Grade Closing Ceremony at the Cathedral

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CELEBRATING LENT AS A FAMILY

Are you looking for meaningful, faith-filled and creative ways to celebrate the Lenten season as a family? Check out this easy and meaningful idea.


Create a Lenten Table Scape

In the same way that decorating for Christmas and Easter helps us to remember what we're celebrating, adding items to our home that remind us of our Lenten journey helps everyone focus on what Lent is all about. Consider keeping a vase or bowl filled with sand to remind your family of Jesus' time in the desert. Palm branches on display recall Jesus' joyful entry into Jerusalem before his death. Use deep purples and violets to reflect the Lenten colors used in your church and worship. The family table or your home prayer space are places that you can incorporate these symbols and reminders for Lent. Involve your children in preparing and decorating these spaces.

THE VIRTUE OF OBEDIENCE

Our PK-8th Grade students continue to focus on the virtue of Obedience throughout the month of March. Obedience means assenting to rightful authority without hesitation or resistance. Parents are encouraged to continue conversations at home about the importance of being obedient to parents, teachers and other important adult figures.


Dear Jesus,


You are God, and yet You were obedient to Mary and Joseph. Help me to do all that my parents and teachers ask of me--promptly, joyfully and completely. This virtue pleases You more than all other sacrifices.

THANKS A "LATTE" FOR CLIPING COMMUNITY COFFEE LABELS

ICCS participates in the on-going Community Coffee Cash for Schools program. Parents, "Grandpanthers" and school supporters are asked to clip the "Cash for School" labels on your favorite Community Coffee products and send them to school with your student in a Ziploc bag.


Words can not "expresso" how much your participation "beans" to the students and faculty members of ICCS! The Community Coffee Cash For Schools program is an easy way to help earn free cash for ICCS.


PARENT VOLUNTEER NEEDED! Our long-standing and dedicated Parent Coordinator, Rebecca Roach will be moving on after her ICCS Panther graduates from 8th Grade this May. We are seeking a parent volunteer who is willing to coordinate, organize and submit labels on an annual and/or quarterly basis for profitable programs such as Community Coffee Cash for Schools, Box Tops for Education and Coke Rewards. All volunteer duties can be completed from home and full PTO credit (300 points per year) will be given. Duties can be coordinated by one volunteer or split between two people (co-coordinators). If you are interested in learning more or signing up to take over the program beginning in June 2021, please contact Rebecca Roach by email at rebroach@hotmail.com, or Kay Morgan, Director of Development, at kmorgan@iccsweb.com.

BISHOP'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROVIDED

The 2021-2022 Bishop's Scholarship Application is attached below. Families applying for this tuition assistance program must complete and return the packet no later than Friday, March 26.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

7TH GRADE ENGLISH PROJECT

Mrs. Aimee Romano's 7th grade English classes have been working on a descriptive writing unit and studying the words and art of Frida Kahlo. Using symbolism, students created their own self-portraits and wrote artists' statements about their work. They drew their pictures in the style of Kahlo's "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird." Check out more self-portraits on the ICCS Facebook page!

READY. SET. GROW!

Mrs. Lea Poncho's Progressions class planted tomato seeds three weeks ago. Using an indoor light, the plants are starting to take root and grow. The students have enjoyed planting the seeds, caring for the plants daily and watching them grow.

"SWEET" TREATS FOR 2ND GRADE

Our 2nd Grade students received a special "SWEET" treat last Friday while learning about the "ee" sound found in words like jeep, sweep, deep and sweet. As an added bonus, the cursive letter "e" appeared on the top of the snack cakes tieing in the children's 2nd Grade level handwriting element.

WOCKETS IN THEIR POCKETS

Ms. Sarah House and Mrs. Brittani Stine's Kindergarten students enjoyed a fun activity to round out Dr. Seuss Week last Friday. The students made a Seuss-themed "Wocket in my Pocket" to celebrate this beloved Children's book and the joy of reading.

CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT

ICCS PK-8th Grade teachers focused on curriculum alignment during this week's Faculty Meeting. This is a very important topic and task. Our administrators and teachers are working hard to ensure our curriculum remains seamless and up-to-date throughout our student's journey from PK through 8th Grade.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING

A BIG PANTHER shout out to the ICCS parent volunteers who help check temperatures in the morning car line on a weekly or as-needed basis: Emily Abshire, Katie Hodges, Melissa Mixon, Brandis Montesinos, Susan Percle, Stephanie Roberston and Jennifer Watkins. We appreciate your time and assistance in helping to make the morning drop-off process more efficient.


Also, a big thank you to ICCS Parent, Keith DuRousseau with Keiland Construction for donating adult safety vests for our temperature check volunteers and afternoon duty crew. We appreciate Keith helping to keep our volunteers and faculty members safe during the morning drop-off and pick-up times.

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL AND TRACK TEAMS EARN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

Congratulations to the St. Louis Catholic High School Girls Basketball and Girls Track & Field teams and coaches for recently earning 2021 State Champion titles. A big round of applause to the ICCS alumni on the teams: Sofia Reggie, Emma Grace Gregory, Ava Brinkman and Ailani Fontenot (Girls Basketball Team) and Maci Fontenot and Ella Simoneaux (Girls Track & Field Team).

HEAD LICE PREVENTION

With warmer temperatures arriving and many area sports teams in full swing, we want to take a moment to remind parents and students of the risks of head lice. Head-to-head contact with an already infested person during activities such as play at home or at school, sports activities that require a helmet and slumber party type gatherings are common ways lice can be directly transferred from the hair of one person to another. Sharing hats, helmets, sports equipment, hairbrushes, combs, bows and barrettes may also put children at risk. Please check your student's hair periodically for nits and/or lice, especially if your child complains of an itchy scalp. If you detect a problem, please do not send your student to school. Please start treatment immediately and contact the ICCS Office at (337) 433-3497 for more information and guidance.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR NEXT YEAR

ICCS has limited openings available in PK4, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. If you know of a local family who is interested in learning more about the benefits of Catholic education and the academic, spiritual and extracurricular offerings at ICCS, please refer them to Kay Morgan, ICCS Director of Development, by phone at (337) 433-3497 or by email at kmorgan@iccsweb.com. Private tours are available Monday-Friday.
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CATHEDRAL NEWS

FISH DINNERS AVAILABLE TOMORROW

The Cathedral Knights of Columbus #1207 will be selling fried fish dinners again tomorrow evening, Friday, March 12, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (until they sell out) in the Ave Maria Hall parking lot, located at 935 Bilbo Street. Dinners are $10 each and include 3 pieces of fried fish, french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies. The Cathedral Catholic Daughters will also be selling delicious sweets. For more information, please call (337) 436-7251.
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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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