THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
ICCS Mission Statement:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
MRS. TADLOCK OFFERS TUTORIAL VIDEOS
Parent Tutorial For Using Google Classroom On A Desktop Computer
Parent Tutorial On The Google Classroom APP
Parent Tutorial On Uploading Attachments And Pictures To Google Classroom
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. The photos will be shared with faculty members and the ICCS Community via the Panther Press and ICCS Facebook Page. #wemissourpanthers #ICCSPride
8TH GRADE CLASS PHOTO POSTPONED
2020-2021 CHEERLEADER TRY-OUTS
2020 TRACK SCHEDULE UPDATE
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
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.
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
Mia Grace Leger
Emma Grace Gregory
Choreography for Lunch Box (Underscore) by Kate Austin and Alyson Gagliano
BOX TOPS, COMMUNITY COFFEE LABELS & COKE REWARDS
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.
DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES NEWS:
UPDATES FROM BISHOP PROVOST
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.