THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
ICCS Mission Statement:
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
In accordance with the Governor-issued Stay at Home order that went into effect on, Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m, all ICCS employees are working from home and the school building is no longer accessible to parents and visitors. On-line classes and assignments will continue in a virtual format, and teachers will continue their work from home instead of at school or in their classrooms.
As this situation evolves, we will act accordingly and keep you informed of updates and important news. We are appreciative of your support and flexibility during this time. We are proud of our students and families for staying committed to learning while away from school.
Yours in Catholic Education,
Christi Jarreau, Principal
Immaculate Conception Cathedral School
DISTANCE LEARNING REMINDERS
We are using Google Classroom as our platform to upload materials and lessons for your child. Our hope is that allowing nearly a week’s time to complete assignments and assessments will allow your family to adapt a schedule to meet the needs of your family.
- Mrs. Tadlock has made tutorial videos to help navigate the process of accessing information, uploading materials, and problem solving technical issues while using Google Classroom. These can be found in the resource section of the elementary (PK-3rd grade), upper elementary (4th/5th grade) and MIddlle School GSuite sites.
**students must be logged into their account to view **
upper elementary: https://sites.google.com/iccsweb.com/upperelementary/home
middle school: https://sites.google.com/iccsweb.com/middle-school/home
- Assignments for the week are posted in your child’s Google Classroom account each Tuesday at noon and will be due the following Monday at noon.
- Our dedicated teachers will post various assignments, including instructions and rubrics when appropriate, and will clearly label assignments that will be turned in for a grade. The graded assignments and assessments must be completed by the students.
- Other posted assignments, while not mandatory or graded, are strongly encouraged to ensure your child understands the assessment material and is staying engaged and accountable for grade-level standards during this extended time away from school.
- If your student has a question regarding an assignment, please have them reread the instructions before posting their question as a comment in the classroom. Most often, their question is already answered in the instructions.
- If you find yourself in need of assistance, please reach out to your child’s teacher by email and we will do our best to support you at home. We will miss seeing your child’s smiling face each day as we work to continue our mission of strengthening spirits, minds, and bodies through this remote learning opportunity.
ACCELERATED READER AND ACCELERATED MATH FROM HOME
As of this past Tuesday at noon, ICCS students are now able to log into our school Renaissance site and complete instructional practices assigned in math and reading, take independent reading quizzes (AR quizzes), take Math Facts in a Flash quizzes (not yet loaded--coming soon), and use Freckle math. As a reminder, Renaissance is our hub for the following programs: Accelerated Reader 360 (Instructional Reading and Independent Reading), Instructional Math Practice, Freckle Math (separate website), Math Facts in a Flash (coming soon), and new access to MyON. All diocesan schools in Lake Charles are choosing to open up Renaissance programming for home use during this unprecedented time of distance learning. When we are back in school, these capabilities will no longer be open for home use.
Here are some guidelines and instructions:
Students will log in to the SCHOOL Renaissance site https://global-zone51.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/210200
Please note this is NOT the HomeConnect site. HomeConnect is still available but students will NOT be taking tests or completing assignments for the HomeConnect site.
Students will log in with their Renaissance Login credentials that they have been using all year. Contact your student’s homeroom teacher by email if your student cannot recall their password.
Students will not have access to the blue STAR tiles - these are for on-site testing.
Upper Elementary: https://sites.google.com/iccsweb.com/upperelementary/home
Middle School: https://sites.google.com/iccsweb.com/middle-school/home
What can students do through Renaissance at this time?
- Take Accelerated Reader Independent Reading Quizzes
- Complete Accelerated Reader Instructional Reading that teachers assign to them.
- Complete Math Instructional Practices that teachers assign to them.
- **IMPORTANT: Math Facts is not yet ready for home use but once it is loaded, students will see the icon when they log into Renaissance.**
- STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE BLUE STAR READING, MATH, OR EARLY LIT TILES. These are for on-site testing use only. Please access accelerated reader 360 through the orange tile.
Students may complete work and quizzes between 5AM and 8PM. We have extended the time to allow for flexibility at home.
Once students take a quiz, they cannot go back and retake that quiz; therefore, it is important for parents to monitor their student’s reading progress, the time it took them to finish reading, if they have read thoroughly, and if they are ready to take a test.
You will want to set some family rules/parameters for Accelerated Reader Independent Reading quizzing.
Remember, students must take these AR Independent Reading quizzes INDEPENDENTLY--without help from a guardian or family member. If they are not doing so, our data will be skewed and will not be valid.
- Students will need to be signed in to their Google account to access the program.
- Because this is a google platform, it will work best using a Google browser. Please be sure you are using Google Chrome and the student user is signed in.
Renaissance has now opened up new access to a wonderful new feature to their programming called myON. The myON digital library and daily news articles can be accessed from home during our distance learning. This will help our students continue reading and learning and provide additional opportunities for them to explore topics they are interested in.
You will click on your unique district link to access the myON digital library and news articles. Your unique district link is:
Use the drop-down box and choose DOLCS Reads.
School Name: DOLCS Reads
Student username: myON
Student password: books
(Usernames and passwords are case sensitive)
What’s available in the myON digital library?
Thousands of digital books with optional reading supports for students from pre-K through grade 12.
Five daily myON News articles, which are written by journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist, are available along with an archive of previous articles and issued publications.
To learn more about this program, how to use it at home, and how to access helpful resources, see the topics below.
DIGITAL SPIRIT WEEK DETAILS SHARED
Just because we are learning remotely does not mean we cannot have fun as a school community! Mrs. Jarreau has proclaimed March 30-April 4 ICCS "AT HOME" SPIRIT WEEK!
ACCESS PAST PANTHER PRESS ISSUES
OUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING AND THRIVING AT HOME!
We have enjoyed receiving photos and videos of students completing school assignments, using on-line educational resources, praying together as a family, enjoying enrichment-related activities and much more! The photos and videos are being posted on the ICCS Facebook page in an effort to keep our school community connected and close-knit during this remote learning period.
Please continue to share these special moments and memories by emailing photographs and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate our students and families allowing us to share a glimpse of your "learning at home" life with our school community and Facebook audience. You are doing a GREAT job! Keep up the excellent work, everyone! Please check the ICCS Facebook page often for updates and pics. Feel free to say hello or leave an uplifting comment when you visit the page!
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
PTO FUNDRAISER NEWS
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 ICCS PTO Boiled Crawfish Sale fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, May 3 has been cancelled. We look forward to bringing back this "delicious" and profitable fundraiser in 2021.
More details will be communicated in the future concerning the postponed 2020 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction. We appreciate your patience and support as we regroup and reschedule this major PTO fundraiser.
DON'T FORGET! SCAN RECEIPTS AND COLLECT LABELS
ICCS SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS
CATHEDRAL AND DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES NEWS:
LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE VATICAN
Pope Francis invites all Christians to join him in special prayer Friday, March 27, in Saint Peter's Square, at 12 p.m. noon our time (6 p.m. Rome time) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, (which is normally only given on Christmas and Easter), with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence. The prayer service will be broadcast live from the Vatican and streamed on the website of Vatican News at www.vaticannews.va.
ON-LINE MASS OPTIONS
The Diocese of Lake Charles will live-stream Bishop Glen John Provost’s Mass on KPLC each Sunday from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Together as a school community let us lift up our prayers together at this time. The Mass will also be available on the Diocesan website and on the Diocesan Facebook Page. Check out YouTube as well where it can be replayed.
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) — broadcasts daily Mass, Sunday through Saturday, at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. (except Thursday at 10:30 a.m.), and 6 p.m. (except at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and no 6 p.m. Mass on Sunday).
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.--Through the remaining Sundays of Lent, the Basilica will live stream Mass at noon, as well as several beloved Catholic devotions. Recitation of the Rosary will take place at 1:30 p.m. CT and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2 p.m. CT, followed by Benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please look up the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the internet for more details.
There are also a number of local priests throughout the area live-streaming Masses on their church websites and/or Facebook Pages. Check the Diocese of Lake Charles Homepage for additional details. http://www.lcdiocese.org/
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ROMMEL
EMBLEM AGAINST THE PLAGUE
This sacred emblem is placed on the doors of houses for protection against the plague. It is an ancient indulgenced practice linked to The Most Holy Name of Jesus. The main devotions are illustrated in this figure: to the Most Holy Trinity, to Mary Most Holy, to St. Joseph, to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, to the Holy Rosary and to the Chair of St. Peter.
The use of sacred images is not superstition, but based on our Catholic faith. Although devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is as old as the Church, it was popularized by the Franciscans of the 15th century, especially St. Bernardine of Siena.
I printed, blessed, and left copies at the entrance of the Cathedral for people to pick up.
PRAYER AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS
Pope Francis offered the following prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday (March 11, 2020), entrusting the city of Rome, all of Italy, and “the entire world to the protection of the Mother of God, as a sign of salvation and hope” during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. Let us join our Holy Father in prayer, penance, and fasting during this time of trial.
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.