Panther Press

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

ICCS CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

National Read Across America Day, the nation's largest celebration of reading, will take place on Dr. Seuss' Birthday, next Tuesday, March 2. To encourage and promote the joys and benefits of reading, ICCS will host an array of special Dr. Suess theme days and activities next week. All PK-8th Grade students are invited to join in the FUN and participate!


Check out the details below. Please contact ICCS Librarian, Mrs. Kyndel Heffer, by email at kheffer@iccsweb.com for more information.

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ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS

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ICCS PTO AUCTION TO TAKE PLACE APRIL 13-16

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! ICCS parents and school supporters will have four days to lock in their auction bids using the convenient and easy-to-use TEXT2BID electronic bidding system. The 2021 ICCS Virtual PTO Auction will open to the public for browsing and bidding starting on Tuesday, April 13 and closing the night of Friday, April 16.


Please check the "ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS" section in the Panther Press each week for important news and exciting updates related to the big event!

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DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM!

A variety of auction items will be included in the upcoming 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. From art and jewelry to home furnishings and entertaining experiences, there is something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the ICCS PTO to help fund important upgrades and additions to our school campus and classroom environments.


We need your help! Auction item donations are needed. Do you have a practical or unique item or service you would like to contribute to the auction? If so, please complete the auction item donation form that was sent home with students today OR click on the link below to submit your information electronically. Please complete and submit the paper OR electronic form NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24. PTO points will be awarded for any and all donations. For more information, please contact Ada O'Quain by phone at (337) 433-3497 or by email at asoquain@iccsweb.com.


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

HELP STOCK THE PTO AUCTION WINE CELLER

ICCS families can donate one or more bottles of their favorite white or red wines to be included in the always popular "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.
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HAVE YOU SCANNED YOUR GROCERY STORE RECEIPTS THIS WEEK?

Don't forget, ICCS benefits from the Box Tops for Education program. To help earn free cash for our school, simply download the Box Tops for Education App and scan your grocery and household item receipts within two weeks of purchase. Click on the link below to learn more about the program and receipt scanning process.


https://www.boxtops4education.com/How-To-Earn

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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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THE VIRTUE OF PATRIOTISM

Our students continue to focus on the virtue of Patriotism this month, which falls under the Cardinal Virtue of Justice. St. Louis IX was a great example of someone who exhibited patriotism throughout his lifetime.


St. Louis IX

Dates: 1214-1270

Feast Day: August 25

St. Louis IX was a great French king who combined his love of Christ and the Church with a willingness to serve his country. He protected and helped the French priests, set up shelters and hospitals for the poor and sick, and built beautiful churches for the people of France. He also gave thought to his own prayer life, spending many hours in prayer for himself and his country.

CELEBRATING LENT AS A FAMILY

Lent is a time to reflect, pray, sacrifice and fast. Here are some kid-friendly ideas and suggestions to help involve your entire family during the Lenten season. The information below is provided by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).



  • Incorporate a Family Devotional Time Into Your Daily Routine: get everyone together for 5-minutes in the morning or evening to read a daily devotion in a prayer book such as Jesus Today, by Sarah Young.
  • 3-Minute Prayer Time: encourage your family members to use the time before they go to sleep or before they get out of bed in the morning to pray for three minutes.
  • Make an Offering Jar: as a family, everyone can put spare change in a jar for the entire season of Lent. Let your children put the money in the offering basket at church on Easter Sunday or pick a local charity and donate the money.
  • Go to Confession: go to confession as a family each week during Lent.
  • Cook Meatless Meals: cook together as a family and make meatless meals more often than just on Fridays during Lent.
  • Hour of Silence: on Good Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. observe an hour of silence as a family. Jesus died at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday. Talk to your children about the importance of respecting the hour of Jesus' death.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

CAFETERIA MENU UPDATE

Please note: baked potatoes will be served for lunch tomorrow, not cheese pizza.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

ICCS 2nd Grade students, C.C. Devall and Isaac Broussard received the Sacrament of Reconciliation yesterday afternoon at the Cathedral. C.C. and Isaac were unable to receive the Sacrament with their classmates on February 3rd due to quarantine. Father Sam Bond led a beautiful service for these two students and their family members and teachers. May God bless and guide all of our 2nd Grade students as they prepare for their First Communion scheduled for May 1st at the Cathedral.

BASKETBALL VIDEO COMING SOON

ICCS Athletic Director and Coach, Alex Kjellsten and his crew are working on a safe and unique way to honor our 5th-8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball team members and coaches following the 2021 season. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Basketball Banquet gathering is not possible this year, however, a special recognition video is in the works. Stay tuned for more information and be on the lookout for a link to the video tribute in future issues of the Panther Press.

TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS COMPLETE GOOGLE MEET TRAINING

As a Google Workspace for Education Plus school, ICCS teachers continued their Google Meet education this week by learning about some newly released features of Google Meet. Our faculty members are excited about using these new features to enhance both in-person and virtual learning activities. We are proud to have such dedicated teachers who are eager to constantly learn and grow in order to provide high-quality learning opportunities to our amazing students, whether in-person or virtually.

HOUMA SCHOOLS EXTEND KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY TO ICCS FACULTY

We continue to receive words of encouragement, prayers and supportive gestures from other schools and businesses around the country as our community and school family continues to recover and rebuild following Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Our teachers and staff members will be treated to meatless pizza for lunch tomorrow thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of the administration, faculty, and staff of St. Bernadette's Catholic School and St. Gregory School in Houma, Louisiana. We sincerely appreciate this kind (and delicious) treat!


The St. Bernadette and St. Gregory teams would like everyone to know they are keeping the ICCS community in their thoughts and prayers in the months and years to come.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMBUILDING SESSION HELD EARLIER THIS MONTH

The ICCS Middle School teachers coordinated a fun and inspirational team-building session for their students on Friday, February 12. All 6th-8th Grade students participated in a variety of activities and breakout sessions that focused on teamwork, open communication, encouragement and the importance of being patient and understanding with one another. The students and teachers enjoyed the activities and the opportunity to develop important leadership skills along the way!

ICCS TEACHERS AND STAFF START RECEIVING COVID VACCINE TODAY

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced that starting this week, teachers and school staff members around the state are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning today, many ICCS faculty and staff members will start the vaccination process. Many thanks to the Office of Catholic Schools and CHRISTUS Ocshner Health Southwestern Louisiana for working hard to make the vaccine available to our team in a quick and safe manner.

PRINCIPAL SEARCH UPDATE

As reported earlier this school year, after 10 years of serving as a teacher and leader of ICCS, our Principal, Mrs. Christi Jarreau will be retiring in June 2021 to spend more time with her family. A principal search is currently underway. The Diocese of Lake Charles has extended the application submission deadline for all qualified candidates to Friday, March 19. More information about the Principal position, qualifications, and application process is provided in the link below.


http://www.lcdiocese.org/resources/employment/3097-principal-position-available-at-iccs


We pray God will guide the perfect Principal candidate to ICCS to replace our current hard-working, knowledgeable and dedicated leader.

CATHEDRAL NEWS

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRIED FISH DINNER SALE SET FOR TOMORROW

The Cathedral Knights of Columbus will be selling fried fish dinners tomorrow, Friday, February 26, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Ave Maria Hall parking lot, located on the corner of Bilbo and Kirby Streets. Dinners are $10 each and include fried fish, french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies. The Cathedral Catholic Daughters will also be selling delicious cookies. For more information, please call (337) 436-7251.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION DURING LENT

Every Friday during Lent, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral will have Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration after the Noon Mass, lasting until 4:30 p.m.


Vespers (evening prayers) will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. concluding with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Stations of the Cross will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Cathedral Office at (337) 436-7251. All ICCS families and Cathedral Parishioners are invited to participate.

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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.

QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com
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