2021-2022 Back to School Issue
ICCS Mission Statement:
DETAILED INFORMATION COMING SOON
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
AUGUST 8TH EVENTS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED MONDAY EVENING
- 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.
EARLY MORNING CARE SERVICES UPDATE
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
WELCOME NEW STUDENTS & FACULTY MEMBERS
Mary Agnes Jones
Carter & Channing Mullin
Ryan & Sadie Zachery
1st Grade Students
2nd Grade Student
3rd Grade Student
4th Grade Students
6th Grade Student
7th Grade Students
8th Grade Student
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
We pray for God's guidance, blessing, protection, and peace as we start another school year here at ICCS.
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 Hub Link - ONLY accessible through student ICCSWEB accounts & link accessible through ICCS Student Clever homepage.
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 16-17First 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
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
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
CONTINUE TO CLIP WHILE YOU SIP
2021-2022 ICCS PTO NEWS
LSU BINGO POSTPONED
SAVE THE DATES!
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!
FACTS FAMILY PORTAL
Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.www.factsmgt.com