Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 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.

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ICS Website:    519-773-8476
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LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund):

Upcoming Events
Oct.   24 & 25 Teacher’s Convention – school closed
         30  8:55 Chapel
         31  Picture Retakes a.m.
 Nov.  4  Gr. 8 girls round 2 immunization
           6  Gr. 8’s at LDCSS;  8:55 Chapel
           8  1st term ends, AR goals are due
Sat., Nov. 16  19th Annual Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale

From the Principal's Desk:

This week is again a short school week as teachers head to the annual Edifide Christian teachers' convention at Redeemer University. This annual conference, with keynote speakers on the direction of Christian education in Ontario, numerous teacher-led workshops, and time to worship and connect together, is a strength of our wider Edifide teachers' association and our Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools. As you re-schedule to have your children at home, we need to engage whole-heartedly in this opportunity with a view to continually hone our teaching practices here at ICS. Stay posted for teacher updates from the convention next week!

I also have an important announcement to make this week. Mr. Evert TenBruggencate has agreed that an adjustment of duties is needed. His post-accident recovery from his knee injury leaves him physically and mentally worn, with pain and undue stress. At the same time, despite ongoing discomfort, he has expressed joy and reward in a return to teaching. Starting on 1 Nov, we will shift the VP duties elsewhere amongst the staff, re-assessing in the spring at contract time. Evert has held the VP role for over 15 years, and on behalf of our society, I thank him for his years of dedication and service to the staff and students of ICS in this capacity. We look forward to his continued strong teaching in gr 7/8 and 3/4 phys ed and uphold him in our prayers as he negotiates a challenging recovery process!

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday we prayed for Jim & Helen Friesen and John & Suzie Guenther.    
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Ms. Jones in prayer.

                Our condolences go out to Sheri Weesjes, Ben and Allie in the passing away of Sheri’s 
                grandmother. May God uphold you and surround you with his love as you deal with your loss. 

October 16, 2013, From: Julius de Jager, OACS Executive Director
Re: CEAF A new round of CRA reassessments?
It has come to our attention recently that the CRA is sending out a new round of reassessment notices to donors to CEAF. We have been made aware of five cases since Tuesday morning. 
One individual has sent us a scanned copy of her letter. It is a seven-page letter outlining why CRA will not accept that the donations are legitimate. We have seen this letter format before when CRA sent a large batch of these out in February and March. Once CRA has sent this letter out, the taxpayer can expect the official reassessment letter to follow.
We are suggesting that CEAF donors in your school community receiving this letter may wish to connect with us at the OACS and be added to our email list for further information updates.  They can contact us by emailing Judy will then include them in our communications system.
We also suggest that these donors may also wish to register with the tax law firm of Morris, Kepes & Winter to be defended by them if they wish to challenge the reassessment. Their website is
School leaders, we would appreciate it if you would direct this memo to your school community,  so that any individuals now receiving these CRA letters can decide if they wish to connect with the OACS.

Cheese:  The November order is attached.  Orders are due Wed., Oct. 30 with delivery on Wed., Nov. 6th.

FYI - Dishes:  We still have dishes/pans/containers in the kitchen left from grandparents’/senior friends’ day.

Pianos:  We have two pianos to give away, if interested please contact the office.
Picture Retake Date: Thursday, October 31 for students who were absent that day, or for a retake.  If your child’s individual picture that did not turn out well, please send it back to the office for a retake.  We need the individual picture package back, but you may keep the class picture. 

Lost & Found Items:   We are gathering quite a collection again.  Please check items displayed by the band room.

Hello ICS fans!!!  We’ve got a SUPER EXCITING event coming up just for you on Saturday November 16!!!!  Our newly named annual SWEETS, TREATS and TREASURES sale opens it’s doors bright and early at 9 a.m. for you to SHOP NON-STOP until 2 p.m.!!!!  With a fantastic variety of vendors there is sure to be something for everyone on your Christmas list!!!  And be sure to make a little time to stop by the kitchen.......we promise you’ll enjoy the delicious menu items including our NEW DESSERT – Chocolate Brownies drizzled with chocolate sauce!!!!  Yum-Yum!!  So mark the date on the calendar and invite all your family and friends to this great ICS event!!  We are also providing FREE babysitting so that you can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience!! you have a hidden “crafty” talent?  Then here’s your chance to come out of the closet and show it off under the bright lights of the ICS gym!!!  We welcome you to set up your own table for just $20 and give everyone coming through those doors an opportunity to see your extraordinary creations!!!   Please call Christine Janssens at 519-269-3305 to book your table for this spectacular event!

Time/Food Donations for the 19th Annual Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale
The Auxiliary is asking for your help to make this year's sale a successful event.  We are in need of food donations and willing workers for the kitchen.  We are in need soups, muffins, eggs, dinner rolls, apple crisps and of course helpers, high school students as well as adults.  There are more details on the sign-up form at the end of the Journal.  If you can help us in any way please fill out the form and return it to the office.  Thanks.

Regional Cross-Country: We sent 5 runners to the regional Christian schools’ competition in Ancaster on Fri Oct 18. Jessica Friesen placed 8th in the senior girls’ category, while Dean Rollins (16th), Correy Mantel (24th), Luke Schuurman and Josiah VanGurp (stepping in above his age level) ran in the senior boys’ category as a team.  Well done runners! Thanks to Mr Eric Schuurman for driving the students to Ancaster.

Intramural Soccer: Twelve boys and girls from grades 3 to 5 enthusiastically participated in intramural 'soccer' during some of the noon hours in the past month. Congratulations goes out to the purple team for accumulating the most points. Purple team members were: Holly Cameron, Megan Friesen, Will Mantel, and Josh Vannoord.  A special big THANK YOU to the grade eight students who refereed the noon hour games: Matthew Cameron, Kiley DeKraker, Nicole Friesen, Ryan Kroondyk, Ben VanderDeen, and Megan Ypma.

Volleyball is Starting Up:  Boys' volleyball, with Mr T coaching, will train on Wed and Fri @ lunch time. 
                                                 Girls' volleyball, with Mrs Bosma coaching, will train on Wed after school and Thu @ lunch. 
Additionally, Mrs Bosma, along with some of our highschool athletes, will host a skills clinic this Thu and Fri from 9 - 10:30 at ICS. All prospective players are encouraged to come on out!

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed the Gobble Gobble Dinner last Friday Family Fun Night!    A whopping 119lbs of turkey, 65lbs of potatoes, 24lbs of corn and lots of dessert were gobbled up and $1010.53 profit was made!  A huge thank you to all the ICS board members for preparing, hosting and serving the delicious dinner!  Stay tuned for the next Friday Family Fun Night dinner in November – think buck teeth, freckles, plaid shirts, mullets, squirrel...
Library News:
1. Battle of the Books is starting again!  This past Monday, the list of titles was released to students in Grades 4-6 (Junior) and Grades 7&8 (Senior).  Students in each divisions are required to read a set of 10 books that they will be quizzed on Competition Day in April.  
Students need to read the books in their division and make a set of 6 questions for each book (I will guide them in this process) before the deadline of Feb. 15.  Then we go into practise mode by quizzing each other on fact recall.  Our students have placed well in previous years and really enjoyed the competitive aspect of this team.
Students need to be relatively good readers in order to be successful.  If your child is a strong reader, encourage him/her to participate.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

2. Overdue Lists: Your child might have brought home a pink slip over the past few weeks.  This indicates the books still checked out to him/her on the library database.  Please check at home for the books listed, and return them as soon as possible. If you are sure the books have already been returned, please send a note to school so we can check here.  Students with books more than a week overdue lose library privileges until the record is cleared.  Please help us keep on top of our checkouts.

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
Bible: Joseph (in Egypt )
                Letter and sound : c and k
                All about number 7
SK - There are many keywords that are irregular. These cannot be spelled accurately by listening for the sounds. They are called the "tricky words" and have to be learned.  This week’s "tricky words":  he and she

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Memory Work: Memory work for October 30 will be Genesis 12:1-3
   1.  The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will
        show you.
   2.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
   3.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through
        you.” Genesis 12:1, 2, and 3
Spelling: Spelling dictation will be on Monday, Oct. 28 – no new words - students should review the words they have learned in the first 7 lessons.  Spelling Lists 1 to 7 for Grade 1;  Spelling Lists 1 to 7 for Grade 2
Scholastic Book Club: The November 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 Nov. 1 with the payment (cash or cheque).

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy birthday to Devon Klassen! He celebrated his birthday on the weekend!
Memory Work:  for Wed., Oct. 30 - Song:  Jesus, be the Centre
                                                                Jesus, be the centre
                                                                Be my source, be my light

                                                                Jesus, be the centre
                                                                Be my hope, be my song

                                                                Be the fire in my heart
                                                                Be the wind in these sails
                                                                Be the reason that I live
                                                                Jesus, Jesus

Spelling Dictation will be on Fri., Nov. 1st.
Grade 3 Words:  save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, gave, below
Grade 4 Words:  strong, wrong, copy, cloth, problem, October, whole, explode, control, shown, bowl, bottom, smoky, coach, throat, toast, doughnut, foe, clothes, host
Keep reading at home and at school to attain your Accelerated Reader goals!
Star Student for next week will be Lucas Krahn, followed by Selena Kroondyk.
Science Projects are due Oct. 31.  Remember to follow the Leaf Project Outline Requirements boys and girls. By now, you have already collected your leaves. You are drying them and preparing them for your project pages.
Homework:  Presently, we are learning about seeds. Seeds can be carried by the wind, and by animals.  They can bounce and roll.  Some spin and travel like helicopters.  Others, like milkweed seeds are shaped like a kite and float away with the breeze.  Some seeds stick to fur or clothes and hitch a ride to different places.  Students may bring in some seeds next week.  Please put them in plastic baggies and label them, girls and boys.  We’ll have some fun sorting and identifying them in class.      Ms. Buma

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Spelling Dictation - We wrote our Bonus Mystery Word Dictation today, to see how many challenging words we could spell accurately.  Our regular Spelling Dictations will resume next week.
Memory Work: There is no Memory Work for today.  Next Wednesday, Oct. 30 –  In Flanders Fields (First Part)
In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders fields.
By John McCrae
Accelerated Reader:  AR Reports were sent home with your child today.  Continue to work towards your reading goals over the long weekend, Grades 5 and 6.  Use your extra time well! Your AR goal due date is Fri. Nov. 8.
Bible Studies tests on the Old Testament book of Daniel were sent home today.  All tests should be signed and returned to school next Mon. Oct. 28.  Thank you.
Math Test: Wed. Oct. 30Grade 5:  Numeration: (Place value to nine digits, rounding, decimals to hundredths, and problem solving)
Grade 6:  Place Value: (Whole numbers to nine digits, decimals to ten-thousandths, comparing, rounding, and problem solving) 
Students may bring their textbooks home to review their first unit.
Social Studies: Students now have ideas on their "connecting to Canada" research project. Some research will need to be completed at home this Thu and Fri in order to be ready for work on the visual presentation on Mon and small group presentations on Wed. We have a wide variety of connecting themes in the areas we studied: the fur trade, provinces and territories, industry and natural resources, and heritage. The research project allows students to get a taste for research in an area of personal interest. I look forward to interesting and informative presentations!

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

Health: Canada food guide pages: #1. A check list for the food you eat from each category in one day. #2. A more specific record of the type of food. 
What's in the... tri-fold - drawing of what is in your pantry, refrigerator/freezer, and lunch box. All Due: Tuesday, October 29th
History: Pg 20 in text. Questions 1-5 in full answer format. See Wiki page for example. Due Monday October 28th.
Congratulations! Nicole Friesen and Dylan Vandersleen with receiving the classroom Gotcha award last week. The week before was Amanda DeJong and Kiley DeKraker.
Language Arts: Quick write topic paragraph on a childhood memory or a mouse.
Life of a Mouse by Amanda DeJong
Running through the tunnels grabbing bits of cloth and fluff, fabric and anything that's soft. I head back to my hole, find my match box, and put all my findings in my bed. I look through my bed and find my baby and cover her with some cloth and head back through the tunnels for food to feed my family. This is the life of a mouse.
Memory Work - James 1:2-3
Science tests have been graded and returned.
For daily homework. please check our class page:


Time/Food Donations for the Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale

We are in need of:  (Please check off what you can donate, as well as quantity)
                _____    3 pots Dutch meatball soup
                _____  4 pots of pea soup
                _____  2 pots of cream of potato
                _____  3 dozen assorted muffins
                _____  70 eggs
                _____  2 dozen dinner rolls              
                _____  6 apple crisps

_____  We are also looking for 6 high school students to run a babysitting/craft room for kids.  They will earn 8 of their volunteer hours and will get a free lunch :-)

We need kitchen help for day...highschoolers are also welcome!
                Shifts are:  _____  2 people for 8 to 12
                                      _____  2 people for 10 till 2 shift