Panther Press

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

PARK AVENUE DROP OFF/PICK UP UPDATE

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!


We will begin utilizing the Park Avenue drop-off/pick-up area beginning on Monday, September 27. Families with last names I-Z will drop off and pick up students on Park Avenue. In addition, PK and Kindergarten Early Birds will be picked up on the Park Avenue loading dock at 2:50 p.m. each day beginning on Monday as well. Additional information and instructions will be sent to all families via email tomorrow.

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear ICCS families,


Tomorrow is the feast of Mary, Mother of Mercy, which is the patronal feast for my religious community, the Religious Sisters of Mercy. To celebrate, I have been going to each religion class to speak to the students about religious life and what it means to be a Sister. It has been an absolute joy to get to know our students better and to have them get to know me as well. I will be holding our ICCS community especially in prayer tomorrow. Please pray for me and the rest of the Religious Sisters of Mercy!


For more information about my religious community, please click on the link below.

https://www.rsmofalma.org


In Christ,


Sister Mary Noel Pereira, RSM

Principal, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

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JEAN & SPIRIT T-SHIRT DAY TOMORROW

All ICCS PK-8th Grade students are invited to participate in a special Jean & Spirit T-Shirt Day TOMORROW, Friday, September 24, by donating $1 or a gift card in any amount. All funds and gift cards will be directly donated to St. Gregory Catholic School families and faculty members in need following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. St. Gregory Catholic School is located in Houma, Louisiana.
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GIFT CARD DRIVE ENDS TOMORROW

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and compassion! Nearly 70 gift cards have been collected so far for our friends at St. Gregory Catholic School in Houma, Louisiana.

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PTO GREENERY SALE STARTS TODAY!


It's here! The 2021 ICCS PTO Christmas Greenery Fundraiser starts TODAY!


Students and parents are asked to reach out to ICCS Grandpanthers, family members, close friends, neighbors, co-workers, ICCS alumni and local businesses to let them know about our PTO Greenery Sale. Family members and guests may purchase greenery items under an ICCS student's name (first initial and last name) for PTO credit. All proceeds benefit the ICCS PTO.


Click the link below to browse the website or to purchase items!


https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/iccs


For more information, please contact our 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Fundraiser Chairpersons, Doris Mhire and Jessica Steech at iccsgreenery@gmail.com or call (337) 433-3497 for assistance. The sale runs today through October 28. Items will arrive on November 27, just in time to decorate your home or office for the holiday season!


THIS JUST IN! As of 3:00 p.m. today, fifty-seven (57) greenery items have been sold! We are off to a GREAT start, ICCS Families!

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NO SCHOOL MONDAY, OCTOBER 11

Just a reminder. Please mark your calendar. An ICCS faculty in-service is scheduled for Monday, October 11. The school will be closed on this day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12.

RESCHEDULED YEARBOOK PHOTO DATES ANNOUNCED

All PK-8th Grade students will take yearbook photos on Tuesday, October 19. Photo retake day is now scheduled for Tuesday, November 16.


Please return completed photo forms to school with your student if you would like to purchase a portrait package. Or, feel free to complete an order online. Details are provided in the photo packets that were sent home with students several weeks ago.

2020-2021 YEARBOOKS DISTRIBUTED TOMORROW

The 2020-2021 ICCS Yearbooks have arrived! All pre-orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, September 24. Please check your student's backpack over the weekend.


A very limited amount of extra copies are available for purchase. The extra yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $45 per book. To reserve a copy, please email Ada O'Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

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DRIVE THRU PET BLESSING ON OCTOBER 4

We have had a couple of "ruff" years here in Lake Charles. Several ICCS traditions and annual school community events have been canceled or modified due to the pandemic, issues related to Hurricanes Laura and Delta, and other natural disasters here in our area.


This school year, due to health safety and ongoing construction around our campus, we are revising an annual ICCS Tradition that is "PAW-SITIVELY" a favorite for many of our students and families. The 2021 ICCS Pet Blessing will be a drive-thru event, rather than a large crowd gathering. Pets will be blessed by Father Rommel or Father Bond on Monday, October 4th between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the Park Avenue Parking lot.


In order to make this special drive-thru event a safe success, several important details and instructions are provided below. For more information, please call (337) 433-3497.


  • The ICCS drive-thru Pet Blessing will take place in the Park Avenue parking lot.
  • The "curbside" blessings will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:00 a.m. (or until the last animal is blessed).
  • Participants are asked to turn right or left onto Park Avenue from Shell Beach Drive ONLY (do not turn onto Park Avenue from Ryan Street). The Pet Blessing traffic line will be formed heading South on Park Avenue (turning right into the Park Avenue parking lot) and following the normal student drop off and pick up path/route.
  • Please do not block driveways on Park Avenue at any time.
  • Parents, pets, and students must remain in the vehicle at all times. Once your pet has been blessed "curbside," students must exit the vehicle, enter the building and report directly to their classroom. Duty teachers will be on-hand to safely supervise the student arrival process during the Pet Blessing event.
  • Parents must exit the Park Avenue parking lot by turning RIGHT on Ryan Street.
  • IMPORTANT: if your family will NOT BE BRINGING A PET TO SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 4, please drop your student off on the Wilson Street side of the building between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. **The Park Avenue drop-off area will be utilized for Pet Blessings ONLY on the morning of October 4.
  • If your family is unable to bring your beloved pet to school on October 4 to receive a blessing, please feel free to send a photograph of the pet to kmorgan@iccsweb.com for a special video that will be shared with our school community the week of October 4-8.


Additional information and instructions will be shared with all ICCS families next week.

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CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

VOLLEYBALL & FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

The ICCS 7th and 8th Grade volleyball teams will play next week. All students, parents, and sports fans are invited to attend the games and cheer on the Panthers!


Volleyball

Monday, September 27

ICCS 7th Grade vs. SWLA Knights at 5:00 p.m. in ICCS Gym

ICCS 8th Grade vs. SWLA Knights at 6:00 p.m. in ICCS Gym

ICCS 7th Grade vs. St. Margaret's at 7:00 p.m. in ICCS Gym


Football

NO GAME NEXT WEEK (Bye Week)

8TH GRADE COMMISSIONING MASS

Congratulations to our 8th Grade students for being officially commissioned as leaders of our school for the 2021-2022 academic year. Each student was presented with a special commemorative cross necklace and the class received a special blessing from Father Rommel Tolentino following the Middle School Sectional Mass last Friday, September 17.


To view scenes from the Mass and Commissioning ceremony click the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/iccschool/videos/1298262757276510

HERBIVORE, CARNIVORE OR OMNIVORE?

Mrs. Ebersole's 7th Grade Science classes compared the teeth of several mammal skulls this week and used the characteristics to determine if the mammals were a herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore.

MRS. VIAU AND MRS. MARCANTEL COMPLETE TRAINING

ICCS Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Rose Viau, and retired ICCS teacher and Atrium volunteer, Mrs. Jolynn Marcantel recently completed 100 hours of specialized Catechesis of the Good Shepard training that will help them expand The Atrium program here at ICCS.


The Atrium is a special room on the ICCS campus where students gather on a regular basis. The children learn about the Catholic faith and get a better understanding of what is happening during Mass. They also learn about Scripture, the places where Jesus walked, and the Sacraments.


The Atrium is a unique place where our student's relationship with God is fostered each and every week.

5TH GRADE BOOK REVIEW

Several students in Mrs. Jodi Schlang's 5th Grade Reading Class are writing book reviews and sharing them with our school community. Check out this write-up by 5th Grade student, Alice Foret.
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ICCS CHEER CAMP SATURDAY

The ICCS cheerleaders will participate in a private cheer camp this Saturday, September 25, here at school. The team will work on developing their cheerleading skills, participate in team building activities and learn more fun and exciting ways to lead our school community.

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SPIRIT RIBBON SALE BIG SUCCESS

ICCS was filled with good old fashion school spirit yesterday! Students of all ages purchased spirit ribbons and wore them with "panther pride" throughout the school day and at the ICCS vs. OLQH football game last night. Over $350 was raised through the Spirit Ribbon Sale. The ICCS Cheerleaders would like to thank everyone for their support, participation, and SPIRIT!

PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND

This Sunday, September 26, is Priesthood Sunday. Priesthood Sunday is a day to honor the priesthood in The United States. It is a day to reflect upon the gift of the priesthood.


We are especially thankful for Father Rommel Tolentino, Father Sam Bond, and all of the Diocese of Lake Charles priests who share their gifts and faith with us at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.


Our students have been praying the following Novena for our priests each morning this week.


NOVENA FOR PRIESTS

Jesus, Good Shepherd, You sent us the Holy Spirit to guide Your Church and lead her faithful to You through the ministry of Your priests. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, grant to Your priests' wisdom in leading, faithfulness in teaching, and holiness in guarding Your sacred Mysteries. As they cry out with all the faithful, 'Abba, Father!’ may Your priests be ever more closely identified with You in Your divine Sonship and offer their own lives with You, the one saving Victim. Make them helpful brothers of one another, and understanding fathers of all Your people. Renew in Your priests deeper faith, greater trust in You, childlike reliance on our Mother Mary, and unwavering fidelity to the Holy Father and his bishops.

Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.

St. Joseph, protect them.
St. Michael, defend them.
St. John Vianney, pray for them.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

ROSARY AROUND THE LAKE AND PARTIAL INDULGENCE


The fourth annual Rosary Around the Lake, organized by the Ruth Institute, will take place Sunday, October 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This year, Bishop Glen John Provost is granting a partial indulgence to the faithful who gather for the event to offer prayers for the Church, the nation, and the world. The partial indulgence for participation is in addition to the plenary indulgence granted to the faithful who devoutly recite the Marian rosary publicly.


"The family is under attack from all sides,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute. "We know that we cannot achieve our mission of defending the family and building a civilization of love, without Divine Assistance. And who better to implore for help than the Mother of God herself."


Participants will meet in the area on the west side of the Civic Center and organize in groups of 11 to form a "Living Rosary." The organizer of each group will wear a gold T-shirt representing the “Lord’s Prayer,” with the team’s other 10 members in blue T-shirts representing the 10 “Hail Mary” beads. Anyone is welcome to attend either individually, with their family or a small group, or by organizing a “decade” of 10 people.


The Ruth Institute has sponsored Rosary Around the Lake in Lake Charles since 2018 as a way of praying for salvation and renewal for our world, our culture, our nation, our neighbors, and ourselves. To sign up online and learn more information, visit www.RosaryAroundTheLake.com.

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