Panther Press

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

VOTING ENDS TOMORROW AT NOON

All ICCS parents are asked to vote for a new ICCS Advisory Board Parent Representative by tomorrow, Friday, April 30, by 12 noon. To access the candidate bios and the electronic ballot, please click the link below.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9C5G5PJ

PLACE YOUR YEARBOOK ORDER NOW

Families interested in ordering a copy of the 2020-2021 ICCS Yearbook MUST complete an online order form by FRIDAY, MAY 14. Yearbooks are $40 each. Payment will be drafted through FACTS Financial accounts at the end of May. Click the link below to place your order!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GbPpGjA_nXm0_8qsqcWNdSv2bDHdNSfJgUNHVQqgTFo/edit

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK STARTS MONDAY

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ADOPT AN ENRICHMENT TEACHER OR STAFF MEMBER

PK-7th Grade homerooms will "adopt" an enrichment teacher or staff member to also include in their small token of appreciation gift-giving during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7!


PKA Mrs. Molly Forsyth's class will adopt Mrs. Kellie Moss

PKB Mrs. Stephanie DuRousseau's class will adopt Ms. Amy Ijaz

KA Mrs. Brittaini Stine's class will adopt Mrs. Nancy Bellon

KB Ms. Sarah House's class will adopt Mrs. Weezy Huber

1A Mrs. Danielle Koenig's class will adopt Mrs. Virginia-Kate Jessen

1B Ms. Kimberly Wilson's class will adopt Mrs. Rose Viau

2A Mrs. Lori Brown's class will adopt Mrs. Kyndel Heffer

2B Ms. Morgan Wilder's class will adopt Mrs. Kay Morgan

3A Mrs. Mary Bushnell's class will adopt Mrs. Blair Tadlock

3B Ms. Suzy Solari's class will adopt Mrs. Melissa Mathew

4A Mrs. Anita Falcon's class will adopt Mrs. Erica Barrios

4B Ms. Hannah Schwartzenburg's class will adopt Ms. Frances Davis

5A Mrs. Leanne Schwartzenburg's class will adopt Mrs. Wendi Fournerat

5B Mrs. Jodi Schlang's class will adopt Ms. Lania Vanchiere

6A Mrs. Aimee Romano's class will adopt Mrs. Cassi Grinton

6B Mrs. Elisabeth Baron's class will adopt Coach Heather Breaux

7A Mr. Michael Higgins class will adopt Coach Alex Kjellsten

7B Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux's class will adopt Mrs. Ada O'Quain

Students who have Mrs. Poncho and Mrs. Welch will adopt these teachers instead.

PANTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Dear ICCS Parents,


In a year with so many learning curves and so many demands put on the shoulders of our ICCS faculty, these devoted teachers consistently seem to gracefully balance everything that 2020-2021 has thrown at them. From following safety protocols and procedures to challenging and connecting with our in-person and virtual learners in the same classroom space, our teachers have done so with open hearts and open minds. As I have said before, our teachers are tasked with many, many things that are not visible to our community, are not boasted about openly, and are not recognized on a daily basis as they should be. Our abundantly gifted and humble teachers simply do what is required, which in this year is certainly above and beyond what any educator would normally do. This being said, I think it is important for our community to know that just because we are tasked with so much more this year does not mean our teachers have not continued their own learning. In fact, this year and mostly in this second semester of the school year, our teachers have been busy continuing their learning for the benefit of our students this year and in years to come, for example:


  • Mrs. Stine, Ms. House, Mrs. Koenig, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Brown, Ms. Wilder, Mrs. Bushnell, Mrs. Schwartzenburg, and Ms. LeBlanc recently had diocesan ASCD math training.
  • Mr. Higgins was trained on the use and implementation of Socratic Seminars.
  • Mrs. Schlang, Ms. Solari, and Mrs. Welch completed training on enhancing CKLA planning and practices, as well as CKLA data, drive instructional strategies.
  • Mrs. Welch completed 30 hours of training for Brainspring’s Phonics First.
  • Mrs. Baron and Mrs. Romano completed training on enhancing ELA planning and reading practices in the classroom.
  • Ms. LeBlanc completed training on "Kagan Instructional Practices in the COVID 19 classroom."
  • This weekend, Ms. House, Mrs. Stine, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Koenig, Ms. Wilder, and Mrs. Brown will continue their education with CKLA planning, practices, and small group instructional strategies.
  • ALL PBL 101 trained teachers (Mrs. DuRousseau, Mrs. Forsyth, Ms. House, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Koenig, Mrs. Brown, Ms. Solari, Mrs. Schwartzenburg, Mrs. Falcon, Mrs. Schlang, Mrs. Romano, Mr. Higgins, Mrs. Ebersole, Senora Barrios, Mrs. Heffer, Mrs. Jessen, and Ms. Vanchiere) are continuing their PBL education by working one-on-one with PBL trainer, Dori Berg to build gold standard PBL projects for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Mrs. Viau is also working on lengthy coursework for our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program which will be ongoing through summer.
  • Mrs. Stine, Ms. Wilder, Mrs. Baron, Mrs. Thibodeaux, Ms. LeBlanc, and Ms. Davis will undergo the rigorous PBL 101 training during BIE's PBL World training this summer.
  • Mr. Higgins will also complete the Kagan Distance Learning Strategies this summer.


Kudos to our amazing teachers for all their hard work and dedication to our school, to their students, and to our school community!


Blair M. Tadlock

Assistant Principal of Curriculum

IMPORTANT EMAIL WENT OUT TODAY

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL INBOX FOR THE ICCS SPRING MAILING!


The ICCS Spring Mailing is filled with important end-of-the-year and start-of-next-year information. Please review all the details shared in the email to stay informed! The packet contains:


  • A list of end-of-the-year activities
  • 2021-2022 school calendar dates
  • Summer information including Summer Care registration forms
  • Uniform details including upcoming Used Uniform Sale dates
  • Pre-packaged supply/class fee payment dates
  • And much more!


If you did not receive the email today, please contact Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com ASAP.

ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION BIG SUCCESS

Thanks to the generosity and support of the entire ICCS Community, the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction raised over $151,000. The funds will be used to purchase much-needed classroom and campus equipment, as well as new curriculum-based programs and technology needs.


A big ICCS round of applause to Katie Devall and Kelly Serrano and their team of "Gold Medal" committee members and volunteers for leading and coordinating this first-ever ICCS virtual fundraiser on behalf of the ICCS PTO! Their time, hard work, commitment, and passion for our school are greatly appreciated and valued!

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AUCTION BALANCES DUE NOW

There are still around 60 ICCS families who have not paid their auction invoices for Text2Bid items and "to go" meals. Credit card, check and cash payments are excepted and are DUE ASAP! Please contact Ada O'Quain at (337) 433-3497, or by email at asoquain@iccsweb.com, to make payment arrangements soon.

END-OF-YEAR LIBRARY REMINDERS

Attention students and parents!

  • The last day to take AR tests to become an AR Superstar for the school year will be Friday, May 21.
  • All ICCS library books will be due the week of May 24-28 during the student's Library enrichment time. Please turn in all library books on time!


For more information, please contact ICCS Librarian, Mrs. Kyndel Heffer at kheffer@iccsweb.com.

NEARLY $16,000 RAISED FOR MSU HURRICANE FUND

The recent ICCS vs. Grand Lake Spring Football game raised nearly $16,000 for the MSU Hurricane Relief Fund. MSU Athletic Director, Heath Schroyer and MSU Foundation Director, Clerc Bertrand stopped by ICCS on Tuesday for a special check presentation. The ICCS Football Team, along with Coach Alex Kjellsten, Coach Jody Lavergne and Coach Chad Bertrand presented MSU with a check for $15,918 on behalf of the entire ICCS community.


Thank you to all the students, parents, faculty members, Grandpanthers, sponsors, volunteers, alumni, and school supporters who attended the game and/or helped support the event and our ICCS football team.

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ICCS SUMMER CARE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

ICCS will be hosting a Summer Care program for all 2021-2022 registered students. This year's Summer Care Program Director will be Ms. Wendi Fournerat. Dates are Monday, June 7 - Friday, July 31. To register for this year's program, please use the google form below.


https://forms.gle/9VgtpDPUjxQ6AJag9


Students will need a NUT-FREE lunch and two snacks daily. Masking and social distancing requirements will be implemented in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Education mandate at the time. Fees cover all field trips. The program will feature a fun atmosphere with familiar faces, age-appropriate groupings with enriching activities, along with a caring staff.

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BOX TOPS REMINDER FEATURE AVAILABLE

ICCS participates in the year-round Box Tops for Education program. Parents, "Grandpanthers" and school supporters can help raise free cash for ICCS by downloading the convenient Box Tops for Education App and scanning grocery store and household item receipts. To date, ICCS has earned $196.00 this school year through the Box Tops for Education program.


Are you having trouble remembering to scan your receipts within two weeks of purchase? If so, did you know you can set up a friendly and customizable reminder on your phone to scan your receipts weekly? Simply go to your Communication Setting in the Box Tops for Education App and click on the "person" icon in the upper-right hand corner of the App and set weekly scan reminders.


For more information about the Box Tops For Education program and App, click the link below.

https://www.boxtops4education.com/

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BISHOP'S HURRICANE RELIEF TUITION FUND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROVIDED

To help keep Catholic school tuition affordable for families in the Diocese of Lake Charles during these challenging times, the Bishop's Hurricane Relief Tuition Fund has been established to assist families of current students who experienced losses from Hurricanes Laura and Delta.


All applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of Catholic Schools. The application can be found below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelmDnGPkepu-Uv3lZp7QsIHdhKCn3Oswq-odJ61Tsv3qy26g/viewform?usp=sf_link


All scholarship applicants will be asked to provide proof of registration or proof that they have applied for the 2021-2022 school year. Families can print a copy of their registration payment from their FACTS Financial account under the Notification Center - Correspondence.


For more information, or if you need assistance, please contact Melissa Mathew via email at mbmathew@iccsweb.com.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

2ND GRADE FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT

Mrs. Viau, Mrs. Brown, and Ms. Wilder coordinated a special First Communion Retreat for our 2nd Grade students this week. The students have been preparing for this sacrament since the beginning of the school year. They will make their First Holy Communion this Saturday, May 1, at the Cathedral. Please keep our 2nd Grade students and their families and teachers in your prayers over the weekend.


This just in! Mrs. Brown and Ms. Wilder's students presented them with beautiful flowers, a special vase, and cards this afternoon in celebration of their upcoming First Communion! The teachers were touched and are thankful for this kind and thoughtful blessing.

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KINDERGARTEN CLASS RETREAT

Ms. House and Mrs. Stine's students participated in a Kindergarten Retreat this week. The theme of the Retreat was "Growing in God's Love." Springtime brings new life to all of God's creation. We too are growing in God's love and God has created us for a special purpose.

PK CLASS PET IS "TURTLEY" AWESOME

Mrs. Molly Forsyth's PK Scientists spent time outdoors last Friday observing their beloved class pet, "Marshmallow" the turtle. The students noticed "Marshmallow" has sharp claws that help him crawl. They were surprised at how quickly he can move when he is determined to get somewhere and they were intrigued by his ability to blend in with the plants making it hard to spot him at times. After observing Marshmallow, the kids independently designed a habitat for him using materials from the playground.

2ND GRADE RESEARCH PROJECT

Ms. Wilder's 2nd Grade students recently completed a social studies project focusing on landmarks. Each student got to select his or her landmark of choice to research and learn more about using their classroom technology devices. The students enjoyed researching facts and photos of the landmarks.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!

The Spring picture sessions went smoothly last Friday. Parents will receive photo proofs in a few weeks. Everyone smiled nicely for the camera, including Father Sam Bond who stopped by ICCS on Spring Picture day to have his photo taken just like all the other "kids!"

HURRICANE REPAIRS CONTINUE

On-going hurricane repairs continue around the ICCS Campus. The broken window panes above the front entrance doors were replaced last week. The post-storm plywood has been removed and the sunlight is brightening up the lobby once again!

CONGRATULATIONS ICCS TRACK TEAM

The ICCS 5th-8th Grade Track Team did very well at the CCAL Meet held at Iowa High School last weekend. Special thanks to our ICCS Track coaches and volunteers for making sure our young athletes were ready for the big day: Coach Alex Kjellsten, Mrs. Jessica Bergen, Ivan Appleton, and Mrs. Lania Vanchiere. A big Panther shout-out to ICCS Track Team Dads, Mr. Stephen Broussard, and Mr. Chad Moreno for capturing great photos of our team members! Check out over 300 action shots posted on the ICCS Facebook page.


Congratulations to the following team members and individuals for placing and earning special awards during the Track Meet:


5th/6th Grade Boys Results:

50 meter: William Lavergne, 1st Place; 100 meter: William Lavergne, 1st Place

200 meter: Brock Blessington, 1st Place; 1600 meter: Finley Green, 3rd Place

3200 meter: Finley Green, 1st Place & Andrew Foret, 3rd Place

4 x 100m Relay: Brock Blessington/Dale Spencer/Reed Falcon/William Lavergne, 2nd Place

4 x 200m Relay: Reed Falcon/Dale Spencer/Brady Hess/William Lavergne, 1st Place

4 x 400m Relay: Finley Green/Brady Hess/William Lavergne/Brock Blessington, 1st Place

Javelin: Luke LaBove, 2nd Place; Long Jump: Dale Spencer, 2nd Place

Most Valuable Player Awards: William Lavergne & Finley Green


7th/8th Grade Boys Results:

200 meter: Jonah Austin, 2nd Place; 800 meter: Deacon Stantz, 2nd Place

1600 meter: Deacon Stantz, 1st Place; 3200 meter: Deacon Stantz, 1st Place

4 x 100m Relay: Andrew Broussard/Owen Richert/Ben Vanchiere/Jonah Austin, 2nd Place

4 x 200m Relay: Andrew Broussard/Owen Richert/Ben Vanchiere/Jonah Austin, 2nd Place

Discus: Ben Vanchiere, 2nd Place & Owen Schwem, 3rd Place

Javelin: Owen Schwem, 2nd Place; Long Jump: Andrew Broussard, 1st Place

Triple Jump: Owen Schwem, 1st Place & Anderson Ieyoub, 3rd Place


5th/6th Grade Girls Results:

400 meter: Cara Jones, 2nd Place; 800 meter: Lilly Mathew, 2nd Place

4 x 100m Relay: Maggie Zimmermann/Shelby Abshire/Harper Lafleur/Cara Jones, 3rd Place

4 x 200m Relay: Maggie Zimmermann/Harper Lafleur/Shelby Abshire/Cara Jones, 3rd Place


7th/8th Grade Girls Results:

(Jane Casanova, 6th grade & Penelope Elliott, 5th grade both ran with the 7th/8th-grade girls)

50 meter: Elizabeth Buttross, 3rd Place

100 meter: Addison Moreno, 1st Place & Sophia Bergen, 3rd Place

200 meter: Elizabeth Buttross, 1st Place & Rowen LeJeune, 2nd Place

400 meter: Elizabeth Buttross, 1st Place; 1600 meter: Rowan LeJeune, 2nd Place

100 meter Hurdle: Sophia Bergen, 2nd Place

4 x 100m Relay: Addison Moreno/Penelope Elliott/Jane Casanova/Sophia Bergen, 2nd Place

4 x 200m Relay: Sophia Bergen/Penelope Elliott/Jane Casanova/Addison Moreno, 1st Place

4 x 400m Relay: Rowan LeJeune/Sophia Bergen/Addison Moreno/Elizabeth Buttross, 1st Place

Long Jump: Addison Moreno, 2nd Place & Jane Casanova, 1st Place

Most Valuable Player Award: Elizabeth Buttross

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

We are hiring! Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is seeking knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate Elementary Teachers for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you know of a great Elementary Teacher who would make an excellent fit here at ICCS, please direct them to Mrs. Jarreau via email at cjarreau@iccsweb.com.

FIRE SAFETY KIT DONATED TO ICCS PK

Tina Burleigh State Farm in Westlake donated a fire safety education kit to the ICCS PK classes this week. The kit contains a "Sparky the Fire Rescue Dog" stuffed animal, an oversized book, and classroom copies of "The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog" for each student. The items will be used to help promote fire safety throughout the school year, as well as during Fire Prevention Week in October.
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ICCS ALUMNI NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS SLC PROM COURT MEMBERS

Six former ICCS Panthers were elected to the 2021 St. Louis Catholic High School Prom Court last weekend. Congratulations to our ICCS alumni SLC Prom Court members: Leo Huber, Michael Lavergne, J.D. Self, SLC Prom Queen, Mallory Colletta; Trinity Foret, and Reem Husein.
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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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