Panther Press

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

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.




  • 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.

CAFETERIA BILLING

The March Cafeteria billing will be invoiced on Wednesday, April 1 and will have a draft date of Monday, April 20. Parents with questions regarding this bill should email Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccschool.org.

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:


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.

  • Accelerated Reader 360 Tips for Parents

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Parents


Technical Information:


  • 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.


myON


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:

https://www.myon.com/school/dolcsreads

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!

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ACCESS PAST PANTHER PRESS ISSUES

Parents and students are encouraged to access past issues of the Panther Press for distance learning information, tips and tutorial videos. Past and current Panther Press issues can be found on the www.iccschool.org website.

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 kmorgan@iccschool.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!

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PARENT RESOURCE CENTER

From establishing school work routines at home and moving to temporary on-line learning, to coping with the health and emotional effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, parents are searching for useful and beneficial articles and tutorials to help guide and navigate their families through this challenging time. For this reason, we have created a Parent Resource section in the Panther Press. Please check in weekly for updates and additions.
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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

Box Tops, Community Coffee labels and Coke bottle tops....we need them ALL! ICCS parents, Grandpanthers, faculty members and school supporters are asked to continue scanning grocery store receipts with the easy-to-use BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION App or hold on to any paper BOX TOPS labels you may have. Please do not forget to clip Community Coffee Cash for Schools labels and collect COKE rewards as well. These national programs are beneficial to our school. For more information, please contact the ICCS Community Partners Program Coordinator, Rebecca Roach at rebroach@hotmail.com.

ICCS SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS

Welcome Baby Forsyth

We would like to officially welcome our newest ICCS Panther, Henry Alexander Forsyth! Baby Henry was born on March 23 at 12:38 p.m. Congratulations to PK Teacher, Mrs. Molly Forysth, her husband Dave and Big Sister, Eloise!

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

During this Coronavirus pandemic, many ICCS families have asked about daily and weekly televised and/or on-line Mass options and schedules. Our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Rose Viau has compiled a list of local and National Mass schedules. Please note Mass times may change in the future. Visit the Diocese of Lake Charles website at http://www.lcdiocese.org/ for updates and additional information.


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.

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QUICK LINKS

ONCOURSE CONNECT STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL

www.oncourseconnect.com

Keep up with homework, grades, attendance and get quick access to teacher websites via Oncourse Connect. Families having trouble logging in should email mbmathew@iccschool.org.

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