Panther Press

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

ICCS Mission Statement:

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

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

In preparation for the coming weeks, we have developed a remote learning plan to best fit the needs of each grade level. Our dedicated faculty met after school on Friday, March 13 and continued planning the details of this process during an in-service this past Monday, March 16. We are very fortunate to have such a hard working, dedicated and capable faculty committed to ensuring our students’ continued growth during this time.


We know parents are doing their best to prepare for this time at home, too. The following basic guidelines may be helpful for you:

  • Faculty and staff will be working throughout this time. Email correspondence will be the most effective and preferred method of teacher communication.
  • Students will be given lessons, including graded assignments, that will count toward Quarter 4 grades.
  • We understand family schedules will be varied. Due dates will give students ample time to work within lessons and complete assignments at their own pace.
  • A remote-learning pathway will require students to have access to a functional computer with internet connection at home. If you do not have a functional device with the internet at home for your child to complete distance learning requirements, please email me at cjarreau@iccschool.org
  • Open communication and a problem-solving mindset will be important throughout this process. Parents should communicate questions and concerns directly to a faculty member who can address those concerns. Expressing them in a group text or on social media should be avoided as this only increases the time it takes for clarification or resolution.
  • Parents should help ensure that students are accountable for their learning. Students taking ownership and responsibility for their school work, even at home, will help our students continue growing into capable and independent 21st century learners.
  • Fostering a summer vacation mindset can be detrimental to your child’s success during this time. It will be important to keep a daily routine that helps maintain the priority of student learning and academic accountability. ­­­
  • Faculty, staff, and administration will be on-site during this time with modified hours of operation. More information about office hours is posted below.
  • As you would expect with school closures, all school-sponsored events scheduled for this period will be postponed or canceled. An updated calendar of events will be forthcoming.


As we move together from classroom instruction to digital learning, your support and cooperation will be of the utmost importance. Parent emails have been sent containing specific grade-level information.


We pray that our ICCS school family remains safe and healthy during this time.

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REPORT CARDS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

3rd Quarter Report Cards are now available for viewing at www.oncourseconnect.com.

Parents having trouble logging in should email Melissa Mathew at mbmathew@iccschool.org.

MRS. TADLOCK OFFERS TUTORIAL VIDEOS

In an effort to keep everyone up to speed on how to use certain programs and on-line resources, Mrs. Blair Tadlock, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, has provided the following videos and information to help guide parents and students through the on-line learning process. Please click on the items below for more details.

Parent Tutorial For Using Google Classroom On A Desktop Computer

Parent Tutorial On The Google Classroom APP

Parent Tutorial on Google Classroom App

Parent Tutorial On Uploading Attachments And Pictures To Google Classroom

Parent Tutorial on Uploading Attachments Pics to Classroom Web

DISTANCE LEARNING LETTER SENT- MARCH 16TH

We hope this message finds you all well and healthy. We are ready to partner with you in distance learning and want to give you an idea of what to expect over the next few weeks as we make the switch. We as a faculty met today and are confident in our new process of providing your child experiences and activities that are in line with the goals and objectives for the 4th quarter.


We sent books and workbooks home with students on Friday, March 13th so everything your child will need should be with them at home or can be downloaded and printed. We will use Google Classroom as our platform to upload materials and lessons for your child. All parents should have Google Education login credentials for their student(s). PK-2nd grade credentials will be emailed to parents. 3rd Grade students logged in last week and have their credentials in their binders. 4th-8th grade students have been logging in since August and are familiar with Google Classroom already.


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 and will clearly explain 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.


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. We understand that many of you will be working around ever-evolving schedules and circumstances, and many families will have several children sharing a family device to complete assignments. Each elementary classroom also has a link to an enrichment site. Enrichment teachers are posting lesson and activity ideas for your family and elementary students during this time. While these are not mandatory, we hope they will be used to further fuel the creative, problem solving, technological and healthy mindsets that have been sparked by our enrichment teachers during the first three quarters. The link to the enrichment site is posted on the Elementary GSuite Website.


Assignments not submitted digitally can be dropped off at school during our modified hours of operation. The office will be open Monday - Friday from 9 am-noon and Thursday afternoons from 4 pm-6 pm. Drop off bins will be placed in the lobby and labeled by the teacher name. Should teachers have items prepared for you to pick up for your student such as packets, work pages, and other homework that cannot be digitally sent, they will communicate this through Google Classroom and have these items available for pick up in the lobby in the teacher’s designated bin.


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.


Yours in Catholic education,

Christi Jarreau, Principal

Blair Moses Tadlock, Assistant Principal of Curriculum

A MESSAGE FOR OUR PRE-K FAMILIES

Dear PK Parents,


Packets containing report cards and report card assessments, as well as supplies and resources for their home learning over the next few weeks have been put together for each student. Packets are ready and can be picked up during the designated school hours, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the front lobby.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Molly Forsyth
Mrs. Stephanie DuRousseau

PRAY THE ANGELUS WITH YOUR FAMILY

Did you know? Every day at 12 noon ICCS students and faculty members pause to pray the Angelus prayer together as a school community. The prayer is said over the school PA system and is typically led by 4th and 5th Grade students. The Angelus is a Catholic devotion commemorating the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. During the school cancellation period, feel free to pray the Angelus as a family. Ask your children to help lead the prayer! A prayer link is provided below.

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/angelus-383

PANTHERS LEARNING AT HOME!

Being away from our students is no fun. We miss them and continue to keep each child in our daily thoughts and prayers. Teachers and staff members are working tirelessly to establish learning and instruction from home. How is it going for your students? We want to know!


Please stay connected and share photos of your children completing school assignments and enrichment activities from home. Snap a pic and email it to kmorgan@iccschool.org. The photos will be shared with faculty members and the ICCS Community via the Panther Press and ICCS Facebook Page. #wemissourpanthers #ICCSPride

VISION & HEARING SCREENING

Vision and Hearing screenings originally scheduled for March 24 have been cancelled. We will provide more information about this free screening program in the future.

8TH GRADE CLASS PHOTO POSTPONED

The ICCS 8th Grade Class of 2020 group photo scheduled for Monday, April 20 has been postponed. More details to be announced as they become available. Please contact 8th Grade Parent Leader, Cortney Blalock at blalockcortney@yahoo.com for more information.

2020-2021 CHEERLEADER TRY-OUTS

ICCS Cheerleader tryouts for the 2020-2021 school year have been waived due to the Coronavirus school cancellation. Eligible incoming 7th and 8th Grade girls and parents will receive an email soon from Mrs. Kyndel Heffer, ICCS Cheerleader Sponsor, with more details and to confirm your child's participation. Please check your email inbox for information and important updates.

2020 TRACK SCHEDULE UPDATE

At this time, all ICCS Track practices and meets have been cancelled. Updates will be given as they become available.

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 uncertain time. We have created a Parent Resource section in the Panther Press to include articles and presentations that may be beneficial to our ICCS families. Please check in weekly for updates and additions.
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JUNIE B. JONES, JR. BIG SUCCESS

Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors of Junie B. Jones, Jr. The Musical! The ICCS 7th & 8th grade students participated in this 9-week long drama enrichment culminating with the performance held on Thursday, March 12. Bravo, students and Directors! Great show!


Photos of the production are posted on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Facebook Page.


DIRECTORS:

Frances Yoder

Virginia-Kate Jessen


CAST MEMBERS:

Junie B. Jones: Asha Austin

Daddy: Brady Monlezun

Mother: Hannah LaFleur

Tickle the Dog: Ava Brinkman

Lucille: Mary Claire Obluda

Camille: Hilary Reeves

Chenille: Margaret Blevins

Grace: Caroline Walker

Bobbi Jean Piper: Meredith Karam

Mr. Woo/Cathy: Betsy Scroggs

Herbert: Kate Austin

May: Ceci Barrios

Lennie: Alyson Gagliano

Jose': Ana Claire Leger

Mr. Scary: Taylor Corman

Shirley: Addison Moreno

Polly: Sage Allen

Sheldon: Katie Wilfer

Gladys Gutzman: Ailani Fontenot

Kids on Bus (3rd Grade students): Elle DuRousseau/Anna East/Raley Foret/Abby Goss/John Paul Hodges/Alex LaBove/Jackson Landry/Abby Serrano/Emery Whitehead

Kickball Kids (3rd Grade students): Lucy Armistead/Charis Bently/Collins Boudreaux/Jayleigh Campbell/Lily Devall/Max Hoffoss/Enrique Perez/Bella Pousson/Kenzi Racca/Kate Woods


STAGE LIGHTING:

Annie Gaughan

Alyk Soileau


SPOTLIGHT:

Mason Fullington


MUSIC:

Mia Grace Leger


STAGE MANAGERS:
Ava Brinkman

Reese Darbonne

Emma Grace Gregory


Choreography for Lunch Box (Underscore) by Kate Austin and Alyson Gagliano

BOX TOPS, COMMUNITY COFFEE LABELS & COKE REWARDS

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 and to 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. More submission details will be provided in the future. For more information, please contact the ICCS Community Partners Program Coordinator, Rebecca Roach at rebroach@hotmail.com.

PTO DINNER AUCTION NEWS:

2020 ICCS PTO DINNER AUCTION POSTPONED

The 2020 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, March 20 in the ICCS Gym has been postponed. More details will be communicated to all ICCS families, sponsors and supporters once a new date has been confirmed. Please note: all auction ticket and table payments have not been processed. We will keep the checks in a safe place until the rescheduled date has been determined. We will provide more ICCS PTO Auction information in the weeks ahead.


On behalf of the ICCS PTO Dinner Auction Leaders and Committee, we thank you for your generous support, assistance and donations leading up to this point. We are looking forward to rescheduling the annual PTO Auction and bringing the ICCS community together for a fun and festive evening.

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DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES NEWS:

UPDATES FROM BISHOP PROVOST

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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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