Panther Press

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

ICCS will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. The school will reopen on Tuesday, September 7. Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!
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REMINDER: SCHOOL MASS TOMORROW

All 1st-8th Grade students will attend the September Birthday Mass tomorrow, Friday, September 3. Students are reminded to wear Mass appropriate uniforms tomorrow. Girls wear jumpers or skirts and boys wear uniform pants on Mass days.


For COVID safety purposes, two separate Masses will be held in the Gym. Social distancing protocols will be followed closely. All 1st-4th Grade classes will attend the first Mass and 5th-8th Grade will participate in the second Mass. The chairs, bleachers, and other spaces will be sanitized between Masses.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Construction continues around the ICCS campus. Here is a quick update on the progress.


Park Avenue Side of the Campus:

  • The new drainage system has been installed and concrete has been poured for the pathway.
  • The canopy installation over the pathway has begun.
  • The new fencing installation project will be starting soon.
  • Weather permitting, the Park Avenue area should be complete in the next couple of weeks.


Wilson Street Side of the Campus:

  • The construction crew has broken ground on the new parking lot.
  • Concrete and pavement should begin to be put down this week
  • Weather permitting, the Wilson Street area will also take a few more weeks to complete.


We appreciate your continued patience and support as we work to make important improvements to our campus.

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GIFT CARD DONATIONS BEING COLLECTED FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure. -Sirach 6:14-16


ICCS will begin collecting gift cards for Hurricane Ida victims in hard-hit areas starting tomorrow, September 3, through Friday, September 17. If your family would like to donate a gift card in any amount, please send the cards to school with your student. Teachers will be collecting gift cards during homeroom periods each morning. Gift card suggestions include Walmart, Target, home improvement stores, gas cards, clothing stores, and restaurant or fast food gift cards. The gift cards will be donated to a heavily damaged Catholic school community on behalf of the students, parents, and faculty members of ICCS. More details will be shared in future issues of the Panther Press.

ROOM PARENTS NEEDED

Calling all Room Parents! Now that the 2021-2022 school year is in full swing, Room Parents are needed to coordinate class parties, assist with special events throughout the year and help brainstorm and create class projects for the annual ICCS PTO Dinner Auction.


If you are interested in serving as a Room Parent this academic year, please complete the google form here, by Monday, September 13. For more information about specific duties and time commitments, please contact ICCS Room Mom Coordinator, Ada O’Quain at asoquain@iccsweb.com.

PLEASE COMPLETE IMPORTANT FORMS BY TOMORROW

Due to last week's unexpected school closure, the deadline for the completion of important Back-To-School forms has been extended to TOMORROW, Friday, September 3. Parents are asked to log in to their FACTS Family Portal accounts using the instructions below. Once logged in, choose Web Forms from the red menu, then choose the Family Demographic Form. In the Family Demographic Form, choose the Student Demographic form and update family information like address, phone numbers, etc. Choose the Student Social Security Number form to enter your child's social security number. This is new this year and required by the Diocese of Lake Charles. Parents with questions can contact Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccsweb.com


FACTS FAMILY PORTAL LOGIN:

www.factsmgt.com

Choose Parent Login

Choose Family Portal

Enter the district code: ICCS-LA

Enter your username and password

(Be sure "Parent" is selected)

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

As we continue to settle into a new school year, students and parents are reminded of the following rules and guidelines.


Tennis shoes ONLY: Pre-K – 8th-grade students are required to wear only tennis shoes as specified (predominantly white, gray, or black tennis shoes). No “light-up” shoes, boots, or high tops are allowed.


Jumper/Skirt or Shorts: All regulation plaid should be slightly above the knee, not to exceed 3” from the floor on all sides when measured from a kneeling position. Black modesty shorts must always be worn under a jumper or skirt. Please note: skirt and uniform checks will be conducted soon.


Re-entering the Building After Dismissal: Due to the possibility of teachers not being available to supervise children in hallways, classrooms, locker areas, or enrichment rooms after the bell rings at 3:00 p.m., students are not allowed to re-enter the school building after dismissal to retrieve books, lunchboxes, projects, uniform pieces, etc. Please remind your student to gather all belongings and school items before leaving for the day.


Bag Lunch Guidelines: Children with bag lunches may not bring candy, soft drinks, or glass containers. All bag lunches must be free of peanut/nut products, items that may contain traces of peanut/nut products, and items that are manufactured in a facility that handles peanuts/nut products.

YEARBOOK PHOTO DAY SEPTEMBER 15

Say CHEESE! Our ICCS Panthers will be taking yearbook photos on Wednesday, September 15. Parents can pre-order photo packages before picture day or wait to view photo proofs before placing an order. An information form will go out to all families soon. Please be on the lookout for the packet.
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ICCS SPIRIT JERSEYS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT SOUTHERN DRIFTER

Southern Drifter, located at 3101 Ernest Street, Suite 2, is taking orders for ICCS Spirit Jerseys. The jerseys come in sizes youth small to adult 2XL. The cost is $49.50 per jersey. To place an order, click the link below. All orders MUST BE PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 11. Use code ICCS15 for a discount on ICCS outerwear, as well as the spirit jerseys. For more information, contact Southern Drifter directly by email at southerndrifter@yahoo.com or by phone at (337) 602-6668. The jerseys can be worn on spirit shirt days but MUST BE tucked into jeans or uniform bottoms.


https://southern-drifter.myshopify.com/collections/i-c-c-s/products/iccs-panthers-spirit-jersey

CHECK OUT THE ICCS SPIRIT STORE FOR MORE GREAT SWAG ITEMS

Don't forget to check out the online ICCS Spirit Store for youth and adult spirit t-shirts, polo shirts, dry-fit shirts, yard signs, custom masks, and more! Shop anytime, day or night. Items can be purchased online and picked up locally at Killer Dye on Common Street. Click the link below to view the current items for sale in the ICCS Spirit Store. https://shopswla.com/collections/immaculate-conception-cathedral-school


A link to the ICCS Spirit Store is located on the www.iccschool.org website under the Parent Information Tab.

SURVEY FORM DUE SOON

Each year, ICCS participates in a non-public survey for title funds. The attached form is used to collect free and reduced enrollment because all of our students are receiving free and reduced lunch again this year. For more information, please contact Melissa Mathew by email at mbmathew@iccsweb.com.

CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEWS

WELCOME MRS. HALEY NEY

We extend a warm ICCS welcome to our newest faculty member, 4th Grade ELA Teacher, Mrs. Haley Ney. Mrs. Ney is a Lake Charles native and graduate of Alfred M. Barbe High School and a 2020 McNeese State University graduate. Mrs. Ney is currently working towards her teaching certification and is excited about the opportunity to work with students in a Christian environment. Mrs. Ney and her husband, Brock have been married for a year and have two precious fur babies, Lady and Dash. Mrs. Ney is set to start teaching at ICCS on September 13.

FOOTBALL JAMBOREE SEPTEMBER 8

Two Bits...Four Bits...Six Bits...A Dollar! All for the ICCS Panthers, Stand Up, and HOLLER!


The ICCS Middle School Football Team will be in action next Wednesday, September 8, at the CCAL Jamboree at St. Louis Catholic High School. The ICCS team will take on St. Margaret Catholic School at 6:10 p.m. Best of luck to our players and coaches. All ICCS students and supporters are invited to come out and cheer on the team. GO Panthers!


2021-2022 ICCS Football Team Players:

Holden Bertrand, Konner Boudreaux, Joseph Devall, Nicholas Devall, Alex McCall, Connor Abshire, Maddox Authement, Ryder Chance, William Lavergne, Remy Vincent, Brock Blessington, Reed Falcon, Andrew Foret, Finely Green, Brady Hess, Luke LaBove, Ayden LeFevre, Clayton Powell, Cash Smith, Dale Spencer, and Davis Vallette


Coaching Staff:

Head Coach, Austin Pickle

Jody Lavergne, Keith Powell, Robby Hess, and Chad Bertrand

MIDDLE SCHOOL ART WORK ON DISPLAY IN LIBRARY

Many of our students have noticed unique art pieces on display in the ICCS Library this week. The projects were designed and created by Ms. Vanchiere's 7th and 8th Grade Intro to Sculpture Enrichment Class. The students were divided into groups and given a bag of random supplies and tools. The clever artists worked as a team to come up with an idea and create a sculpture using only the items in the bag. Here is a sample of some of the projects!

ICCS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Mark your calendar! The ICCS Volleyball season will kick off soon. A list of upcoming games is provided below.


September 13: ICCS 8th Grade VS. St. Margaret's @ 6:00 p.m. at OLQH

September 20: ICCS 7th Grade VS. LCA @5:00 p.m. at ICCS

September 20: ICCS 8th Grade VS. LCA @ 6:00 p.m. at ICCS

September 27: ICCS 7th Grade VS. SWLA @ 5:00 p.m. at ICCS

September 27: ICCS 8th Grade VS. SWLA @ 6:00 p.m. at ICCS

September 27: ICCS 7th Grade VS. St. Margaret's @ 7:00 p.m. at ICCS

October 4: ICCS 7th Grade VS. OLQH @ 6:00 p.m. at ICCS

October 4: ICCS 8th Grade VS. FBCA @ 7:00 p.m. at ICCS

October 11: ICCS 7th Grade VS. OLS @ 6:00 p.m. at EDS

October 12-16: CCAL Tournament at EDS (TBA)

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ICCS PTO NEWS

ORDER GREENERY FOR CLIENTS OR EMPLOYEES THIS CHRISTMAS

Just a reminder, local business owners can support the ICCS PTO by purchasing fresh-cut live Christmas Greenery for important clients or team members this holiday season. For more information, contact the 2021 ICCS PTO Greenery Fundraiser chairpersons, Doris Mhire or Jessica Steech at iccsgreenery@gmail.com.


All business bulk orders will include personalized company gift tags and free home delivery to clients or staff members living in the Lake Charles area. Nation-wide delivery is also available for out-of-town customers. All orders will arrive directly from the Pacific Northwest on November 27, just in time to decorate for the Christmas season. The items are fresh, fragrant, and will look nice in any home or office space. PTO points will be awarded to ICCS students or parents who solicit local businesses for bulk orders.

PTO AUCTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The ICCS PTO Auction Chairs, Katie Devall and Kelly Serrano are searching for two co-chairpersons to help plan and prepare for the upcoming 2022 PTO Auction scheduled for Friday, March 25.


Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Silent Auction committee. Help is needed with the following duties and tasks:


  • soliciting businesses, artists, supporters, etc. for silent auction items
  • picking up auction items from local businesses and delivering them to ICCS if needed
  • assist with keeping track of inventory and organizing silent auction items in the months and weeks before the auction

All volunteers will earn PTO points for their time and service. For more information, or to volunteer to serve in any of these key roles, please contact Katie Devall and Kelly Serrano by email at iccsptoauction@gmail.com.

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QUICK LINKS

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

Parent Portal access to student grades and assignments.

www.factsmgt.com

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