PANTHER PRESS

2021-2022 Back to School Issue

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

DETAILED INFORMATION COMING SOON

COVID numbers are once again on the rise in our region and state. In order to fully protect our students, faculty members, and families, ICCS will closely follow and monitor the CDC guidelines, as well as other mandates and precautionary steps set forth by local and state officials and health experts. An in-depth summary will be sent directly to parents once all details are confirmed.


The health and safety of our school community are a top priority. As always, thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW PRINCIPAL


Dear ICCS Parents,


I am thrilled to welcome you all back to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School for this coming school year! I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as your principal in this community that is faithful, strong, and determined. This community has been through much suffering in the past year, and although I was not here to experience it with you, I know that our wonderful faculty and staff continued to strive for excellence in the midst of those trials, and we will continue to do so this coming school year. Our mission statement, “strengthening spirits, minds, and bodies through the teachings of Jesus Christ,” animates every piece of our school, and as principal, I will continue to uphold that mission as the foundation for everything that we do.


I hope this will help you to get to know me a bit better, and if I have not met you yet, I very much look forward to doing so. I am a Religious Sister of Mercy and our charism is mercy. We live this charism by striving to be the light of Christ in the misery of mankind, which is symbolized by the black and white crosses that each Sister wears. We serve in a variety of fields including education, medicine, and administration. We highly value the integration of academics and faith as many of our Sisters pursue higher-level degrees in various fields for service of the Church.


This coming year, I look forward to building an authentic Catholic community that strengthens the spirits, minds, and bodies of our students. Jesus is, “the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6). In teaching our children the Faith and integrating it into our academics, our students can have the fullness of life because of their relationship with Jesus. I am a firm believer that academic rigor is not stifled by theological pursuits, but is in fact upheld and bolstered by them.


As principal, you can expect me to uphold and to continue building the spiritual life of our school in the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. You can also expect me to work with our very talented faculty and staff in upholding the academic excellence of the Cathedral School. I will strive to be attentive to the needs of each of your children and work to create an environment in which all can thrive. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children. This mission of forming our children cannot be done alone and I ask for your support in their formation and education.


In this coming year, I look forward to assisting and serving you in the education of your children. I would love to get to know each of you, so please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is sistermarynoel@iccsweb.com.


Let us ask the intercession of our patroness, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, that we may work together in strengthening the spirits, minds, and bodies of our children in the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.


In Christ,


Sister Mary Noel Pereira, RSM

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

The ICCS front office and Administrative office are now open

Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


*****IMPORTANT INFORMATION*****

PLEASE NOTE the ICCS school building will be WITHOUT POWER TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 starting around 3:00 p.m. and ALL DAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 due to a planned construction-related electricity outage. The campus will be closed to faculty, staff, and visitors during the planned power outage and phone service will not be available. The school will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 6.

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AUGUST 8TH EVENTS CANCELED

In an effort to keep our students, faculty members, and parents healthy and COVID-free in the weeks leading up to the start of school, the New Panther Family Orientation and "Cool Pops and Class Lists" events set for Sunday, August 8, have been canceled.


Due to the event cancelations, modifications are being made to safely accommodate all of our ICCS families, including:


NEW PANTHER ORIENTATION AND INFORMATION

  • Important orientation-type details will be shared with new families in the weeks to come via email. New families wishing to set up a private orientation session can contact Kay Morgan at kmorgan@iccsweb.com to schedule a date and time for a one-on-one meeting.


CLASS LIST REVEAL AND TEACHER MEET & GREET SESSIONS

  • PK-8th Grade teachers are preparing special video messages for their new students. All families will receive a link to personalized messages formally announcing and introducing students to their 2021-2022 homeroom teacher the morning of Monday, August 9. Please be on the lookout for this important and exciting email!
  • Students and parents are invited to formally meet and greet their new teachers IN PERSON on Monday, August 9 at the following staggered times:

9:00 a.m. last names beginning with A-C

10:00 a.m. last names beginning with D-H

11:00 a.m. last names beginning with I-P

12:00 p.m. last names beginning with R-Z

  • All students and guests over the age of 5 years old are required to wear masks in the building.
  • PK & Kindergarten parents will have an opportunity to pick up tote bags, nap mats, and chair backs during this time.
  • We ask that students and parents arrive on time so the event will flow smoothly and efficiently.
  • A "self serve" type ICCS Used Uniform Sale will be held on Monday, August 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Gym. Please check out/pay for items at the receptionist's window in the front lobby. Stock up on any last-minute used uniform needs before school officially starts! All proceeds benefit the ICCS Student Council.


The ICCS administration, faculty, and staff members appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together as a team to keep our school community members informed, healthy, and safe in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED MONDAY EVENING

ICCS will host a "Set Up At Sundown" Parent Work Night on Monday, August 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed to help fully prepare the school campus for the new school year by transporting school supplies to classrooms, organizing specific areas of the school, and hauling off outdated equipment and furniture. Additional details are provided below. Please contact Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com if you are available and interested in helping with this much-needed Parent Work Night. All volunteers will earn PTO points for their assistance and time worked.


  • Parent volunteers are asked to park in front of the school or in the Park Avenue parking lot. Please enter the building through the front entrance located on Ryan Street and complete the sign-in sheet in the front lobby to help keep track of PTO point credits.
  • Masks are required at all times while indoors and must cover the nose and mouth.
  • All volunteers will be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  • A truck and trailer are needed to transport outdated equipment and furniture to a local donation center. Please let Melissa Mathew know if you have a truck and/or trailer that can be utilized on the evening of Monday, August 9.
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EARLY MORNING CARE SERVICES UPDATE

Due to COVID restrictions and risks, early morning care services will not be offered at ICCS until further notice. We understand the postponement of this service is inconvenient for some families. We will keep everyone informed as time goes on and communicate if or when the program can or will be reinstated.

2021-2022 AFTER CARE RATES PROVIDED


This year’s ICCS Aftercare program will be coordinated by Ms. Wendi Fournerat. Aftercare services are provided Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.


At this current time, no “drop-in” students will be allowed to attend the Aftercare program until further notice. All families will be billed the full-time rate, $40/week for the first student, and $25/week for each additional student through the FACTS system.


Registration forms for those planning to attend will be used to properly serve students and to staff the program. Please complete and submit this form by 12 noon on Friday, August 13, 2021. The registration form can be found here: https://forms.gle/Qwa6B42qnVm1nF2Q8

CALLING ALL INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS

All 2021-2022 incoming 6th Grade students are invited to participate in a special Orientation on Thursday, August 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at ICCS. 6th Grade students will have an opportunity to meet the Middle School teaching team and check out the classrooms on the 3rd Floor. Specific details have been communicated directly to 6th Grade parents via email. For more information, please contact Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Mrs. Blair Tadlock at btadlock@iccsweb.com. We hope to see all of our new 6th Graders on August 12!
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WELCOME NEW STUDENTS & FACULTY MEMBERS

A BIG welcome and shout out to our newest ICCS Panthers! The following students and their parents are brand new to our school community. Welcome aboard!


PK Students

Nolan Ackoury
Aiden Ardoin
Emerson Bradberry
Beckett Brumby
William Cooper
William Davies
Josephine Fountain
Nicholas Groves
Charley Hill
Edwin Hunter
Luke Jones
Mary Agnes Jones
Jackson Lation
Theodore McDaniel
Jude McMahan
Ryleigh Pickle
Lain Pugh
Tia Wright


Kindergarten Students

Blaine Brown
Emmi Cholley
Carter & Channing Mullin
Liam Nichols
Elizabeth Roeder
Ryan & Sadie Zachery


1st Grade Students

Noah Malus
Landry LaComb


2nd Grade Student

Andrew Downs


3rd Grade Student

Ethan Nichols

4th Grade Students

Thompson Abendroth
Victoria Clement

6th Grade Student

Cash Smith

7th Grade Students

William Powell
Sadie Prince

8th Grade Student

Grayson Hobgood


We also extend a warm welcome to the following new (and existing) teachers and team members.


Cindy Stanic, 2nd Grade Teacher

Brittany Higginbotham, 3rd Grade Teacher

Senora Darcy Garcia, Spanish Teacher

Briana Copeskey, 6th/7th Grade Math Teacher

Senora Darcy Garcia, Spanish Teacher

Austin Pickle, Boys PE Coach/ICCS Athletic Director

Lyndsey LeBlanc, Current 8th Grade Math Teacher and NEW Director of Technology

2021-2022 SCHOOL THEME ANNOUNCED

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year our students and faculty members will focus heavily on our new school theme: "We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19.


We pray for God's guidance, blessing, protection, and peace as we start another school year here at ICCS.

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SUMMER LEARNING REMINDERS

SCHOOL IS ALMOST HERE! Please ensure your 4th-8th Grade student(s) have completed all Summer Learning assignments by August 17.


Summer Reading Reminders for Incoming 4th-8th graders:


The ICCS Summer Learning Letter is linked below with other grade-specific information. Parents with students enrolled in 4th-8th grades for the 2021-2022 school year should read this letter and the information regarding summer reading for their student’s grade level. All required summer reading material should be read before the start of school - August 18th.


ICCS Summer Learning Letter 2021

Incoming 4th Grade Summer Reading (3rd Grade 2020-2021)

Incoming 5th Grade Summer Reading (4th Grade 2020-2021)

Incoming 6th Grade Summer Reading (5th Grade 2020-2021)

Incoming 7th Grade Summer Reading (6th Grade 2020-2021)

Incoming 8th Grade Summer Reading (7th Grade 2020-2021)

ICCS Summer Hub Link - ONLY accessible through student ICCSWEB accounts & link accessible through ICCS Student Clever homepage.

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UPCOMING DATES

Parents and students, please mark your calendars!


6th Grade Orientation (6th Grade students only): Thursday, August 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at ICCS

Teacher In-Service Days: August 11-12 and August 16-17

First day of school for all 1st-8th Grade students: Wednesday, August 18

**PK and Kindergarten Boys ONLY 1/2 day on Wednesday, August 18

**PK and Kindergarten Girls ONLY 1/2 day on Thursday, August 19

**ALL PK and Kindergarten students (boys and girls) full day on Friday, August 20

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 6

2021 ICCS PTO Christmas Greenery Fundraiser: September 23-October 28

ICCS UNIFORM CODE LINK PROVIDED

The 2021-2022 school uniform rules and regulations are posted on the ICCS website. For more details, log on to https://iccschool.org/uniform-code/.


Important Reminder: please make sure your student's name is on all uniform pieces and outerwear, lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, binders, zipper bags, and other personal items that will be brought to school daily.

SOUTHERN DRIFTER UNIFORM ORDER UPDATE

Pre-ordered ICCS school uniforms are available for pick up at Southern Drifter. For convenience and quick reference, the Southern Drifter store hours are listed below. Just a reminder, school-approved uniform pieces are in stock if needed between now and the start of school and throughout the year. Southern Drifter is the exclusive provider for all ICCS boys' and girls' uniforms and outerwear pieces. For more information, please contact Southern Drifter directly at (337) 602-6668.


Southern Drifter

Located at 3101 Ernest Street in Lake Charles

Week Day Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays

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CONTINUE TO CLIP WHILE YOU SIP

Please continue to clip Cash For Schools labels while enjoying your favorite Community Coffee products. This free cash program benefits our school throughout the year. All Community Coffee Cash For Schools labels can be submitted to ICCS beginning Wednesday, August 18. Simply place the clipped labels in a ziplock bag and send them to school with your student. Thank you for supporting ICCS!

2021-2022 ICCS PTO NEWS

LSU BINGO POSTPONED

The LSU-themed Family BINGO Sign Up Party scheduled for Sunday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ICCS Gym has been postponed due to COVID precautions. All buyers/participants will be notified of the new date once it is scheduled. The LSU Family Bingo Sign Up Party was offered at the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. Stay tuned for more information.

SAVE THE DATES!

The ICCS PTO Greenery Sale and Auction dates have been set.


2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Fundraiser

Greenery Online Sale Dates: September 23-October 28

Chairpersons: Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech

Order Arrival/Distribution Begins: Saturday, November 27-Sunday, November 28 (Volunteers needed)

Local Bulk Order Delivery: Saturday, November 27-Monday, November 29 (Volunteers Needed)


2022 ICCS PTO Auction

Friday, March 25

Chairpersons: Katie Devall and Kelly Serrano

Volunteers are needed to help secure silent and live auction items, solicit sponsors, complete important event tasks and duties, and MUCH MORE!

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QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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