Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mission:  The mission of Immanuel Christian School is to prepare students to meet the challenge of the world and culture they live in as young and growing Christians.  Thus, students are taught the skill of discernment in the light of God’s Word, the practice of stewardship for creation, the required commitment to a life of Christian service, and the beauty of witness through modeling God’s love in a broken world.

School’s email address:
Principal’s email address:
ICS Website:    519-773-8476
Check us out on Facebook:     
LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund):

Upcoming Events

Oct.      5  Ride For Refuge in London
             8  Cross Country Meet – Strafford
             9  8:55 Chapel; Grandparents’ & Senior Friends’ Day
                 and Thanksgiving Lunch at 11:45
          11  PA day – no school for students
          14  Thanksgiving Holiday – school closed
          15   JK, Gr 2 Dental Screening & parental requests
          16  Parent/Teacher Conference; Board meets
        18   Friday Family Fun Night 
         21  Parent/Teacher Conferences
         23  8:55 Chapel
         24 & 25 Teacher’s Convention – school closed

 From the Principal's Desk:

As you may be aware, I serve as our Principal in an 80% position – I am routinely out of office on Tuesdays. I spent a significant portion of my day “off” coordinating some details of yesterday's fog day, the re-schedule of soccer for today, and some supply teacher fill-in needed to make those changes. I had cause to reflect that God often “disrupts” our plans in life. In this case, His creation (and its fog) re-arranged many of our plans for Tuesday morning. In a bigger sense, God often does the same in our lives as He allows or inserts the unexpected in our tidy life plans. At the same time that He promises satisfaction and good, He says “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts“ (Isaiah 55:9). As teachers we are often called to roll with the unexpected, and to make the most of all opportunities to point towards truth – that could be a classroom disruption, cancellations, an emotional student, a misunderstanding or an obvious mismatch between our lesson plan and the needs of the class at that time. As parents, our days are perhaps suddenly changed with the weather. All those provide a chance to speak of how we fit in God's bigger picture, trusting Him to work out the details we cannot. That consistency of witness is why we send our children to a Christian school.

I will be away over Thursday and Friday at the annual Fall Retreat for the Ontario Christian School Administrators' Association. Evert TenBruggencate (mornings) or Marianne Pieters (afternoons) will be Teacher in Charge in my absence. I will update you on the retreat in a future Journal.

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday we prayed for Keith and Amanda Cameron & Kelly and Theresa DeJong.
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Ms. Buma in prayer.

Reminders:  Meat /Baked Goods Order Pick up is Tuesday, Oct 8 from 2:30-4.  Coolers with names are welcome. 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - Wed, Oct. 16 and Mon, Oct. 21.  A confirmation schedule will be attached next week Oct. 9th
Hamburger paddies & buns: $20 for a bag of approx 25 paddies and 2 pkgs of buns.  Contact the office or drop by the school.

Please note the really important RSVPs for Grandparent attendance and food in the note below – you cooperation in this will greatly help us to prepare for this ambitious day!

All Grandparents’ and Senior Friends’ are invited to attend our ICS Grandparents’ and Senior Friends’ day to be held on Wednesday, October 9th this year.  This is also the same day as our annual school wide thanksgiving dinner.   This thanksgiving season we would like to share a meal, have a time of fellowship and a time to celebrate the special people in our lives.  The day will start at 10:45 with refreshments and fellowship in the gym, and visiting the classrooms, lunch and an assembly.  End time is approximately 2:30.  We are hoping you will be able to join us.
To help us with meal planning send us an RSVP letting us know if you will be attending.  You may call the school 519-773-8472, e-mail at or pass the word on to your children who can contact the school. 

Tina Vyn will have her cards and “Successful Living” books available for purchase as well.

Parents of our students are reminded of what food they need to prepare.  All those families with their last name beginning with A – R please bring a hot dish or salad or soup, those with S-Z please bring a dessert.  E-mail Anna Krahn at with what you are going to send so that we can make sure we have a proper amounts of items. 

 T.R.I.P.:  October order is attached, due by Thursday, Oct. 10th, available for pick-up on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17th

Just to review our Transportation policy: 
Delays / Cancellations. Weather delays have in the past been much more difficult for parents to deal with than have cancellations. To that end, our policy aims to avoid bus delays. Our policy also considers both student and staff safety in travelling to school in inclement weather.  Snow creates potentially dangerous road surface conditions, which impact both buses and teachers.  Fog creates reduced visibility, which impacts students getting on and off buses safely. Fog, while causing delays and requiring slower speeds and increased attention, is not seen to create the same driving risks as snow. In inclement weather situations, our delays or cancellations will be guided by Thames Valley School Board (Aylmer area) decisions:

                a) TVDSB snow cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed *
                b) TVDSB snow delay = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
                c) TVDSB fog cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
                d) TVDSB fog delay = ICS AM bus cancellation, ICS open, PM buses run normally *

A phone call will also follow to confirm this.
LDCSS makes a separate call to close the school based on the calls from area feeder schools. We will not likely know LDCSS's situation when we make our bus calls. Please check the LDCSS website or call before making a trip into the school! Many of us did make a trip, only to find out that LDCSS was closed... thank you for your patience as we all work out a slick cancellation system.

Check the school website: as early as 6:30 a.m. for delay/cancellation information.   Look for a scrolling information line just above our school logo and name or click on “tweets” or on the twitter icon at the bottom of the page on the left hand side. 

Bus Call List Change for Doug Walters route.  Phone calls will be coming from John &  Anna Krahn not Ryan & Jenn Meesters. 

From the Fundraising Committee:
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Clovermead Family Night last Saturday!  $2569.47 profit was made to go towards the ICS fundraising goal, and hundreds of children and adults had a wonderful time - including families from outside the ICS membership!  We were blessed with a beautiful day and the opportunity given to us by Chris + Christy Hiemstra + family at Clovermead.  Thank you Hiemstra family and Clovermead staff and thank you to all the volunteers who came together to make this event such a success.  Pictures are posted at - check them out and add to the collection!

Chocolate Letters will no longer be available through the school, but they can still be ordered from "A Slice of Aylmer".  If you would like to place an order, please drop it off at the store (24 Talbot Street W Aylmer), email , or give them a call at 519-773-9203.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.  This fundraiser proved to be a lot of work and time compiling and sorting orders for not a lot of profit, so Fundraising Committee has decided to focus their energy on other opportunities.  Thank you for your understanding!

Ride for Refuge: It's not too late to sign up! Support a great cause (ICS, plus several other Christian charities), enjoy camaraderie and challenge! All students and parents cycling in Ride for Refuge should plan to meet at West Park Baptist Church, 955 Gainsborough Rd, London between 8 and 8:45 for registration. Choose 10 km, 30 km or 60 km routes. See for more info.

Cross Country:  All students ran a time trial this last Monday – we have some fast runners! Our district competition is next Tue Oct 8. We will travel by bus to Strathroy District Christian School, departing from ICS at 8:45 and returning after lunch. Permission forms are at the end of this Journal, and last week's. Students participating need to have their permission forms in to the school by Fri Oct 5.

Christian Home & School Magazine:  The Fall 2013 issue of Christian Home & School is now available through the Digital Link   From now on these magazines will be available on line but if you prefer to receive the hard copy please let the office know and I will order a copy for you.

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
                Bible: The Tower of Babel
                God's Changing Seasons:  Awesome Autumn
                Letter and sound this week: p
                All About Number 5
                Nursery Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider
JK - Tracing or printing their own names
        Scissors skills
SK - Writing Journals

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: Memory work for Oct. 9:
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night will never cease.  Genesis 8:22
Spelling: Spelling dictation on Friday, Oct. 4
Spelling List for Grade 1: up, us, run, fun, to
Spelling List for Grade 2: add, ask, came, name, ride, bone, save, kite, cute, mine
Scholastic Book Club: The October flyers were sent home today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the flyer and return it to school by Oct. 10 with the payment (cash or cheque).

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop
Memory Work:  Song:  Rejoice in the Lord Always
                                                Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice,
                                                Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!
                                                Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice,
                                                Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice!       
Author Unknown   ccli # 14432016
Spelling Words for Fri., Oct. 4
Grade 3:  rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also, held, closed
Grade 4:  then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, spelling, people, squeeze, squish, what
Accelerated Reader reports were sent home today.  Keep reading and taking quizzes!
Student of the Week for next week is Hayden Guenther followed by Victor Hiebert.
Creation Studies – In our unit, The Trees of the Field, we are currently learning how to classify and identify leaves. The students were given a chart called Observing Trees.  Some students have already completed their chart. Well done!  Please return your completed charts to school by Friday, Oct. 4, Grades 3 and 4!
Mon. Oct. 7 - Leaf Project Outline Requirements will be sent home in an envelope, with your child on this day.  Thank you!  Ms. Buma

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Fri., Oct 4 – Spelling Dictation:  Unit 4
Fri.,, Oct, 4 – Morning Devotions – Holly Cameron
Wed. Oct. 9 – Memory Work:  2 Timothy 3: 14-15
                But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you                 learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Test:  Le Français - jeudi le 10 octobre
Accelerated Reader:  Today marks the halfway point for reaching AR goals, due on Nov. 8.  Keep reading and taking quizzes, everyone!
Chocolate Bars:  Please bring any funds outstanding. Thank you.
Scholastic Book Orders:  October Book Order forms are due this Friday, Oct. 4. 
Social Studies: Your son / daughter should be memorizing the provinces, territories and capitals. We continue to study how we connect as Canadians, whether that is a common heritage in the fur trade, weather, population distribution, or an appreciation for the wealth of natural resources, manufacturing and service industries. We also note Jesus' words that to whom much has been given, much will be required (Luke 12:48).

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones

Test:  Le Français - jeudi le 10 octobre
Art: Emphasis and Texture assignment due Friday morning. New Project is to be completed by next Tuesday for display.
L/A: Tests are to be signed and returned by Friday. Re-writes (Thursday/Friday noon) will be optional for grades below 65% and mandatory for grades below 50%. Re-writes can achieve a B grade.
PotLuck will be rescheduled for next Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Spelling quizzes were very well done (quizzes don't need to be signed). A new list will be assigned this Friday for dictation the following week Friday.


I give my son / daughter _______________________________ permission to run fast and to the best of his / her ability at the Stratford Cross Country Competition on Tuesday October 8. 

____ Yes, I am able to accompany my child and can assist with supervision.

______________________________ parental name and signature