Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 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.   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
         30  8:55 Chapel 
         31  Picture Retakes a.m.

Advance Notice:  Keep Sat., Nov. 16 open for our  
 19th Annual Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale

From the Principal's Desk:

Today we were privileged to host our grandparents and senior friends!  We continue to seek for opportunities to create meaningful connections between the generations, honouring our own parents' legacy. The day consisted of a social time, a chance to visit and participate in classroom life, formal presentations by all the classes, and uniquely, an opportunity to celebrate a Thanksgiving lunch with grandparents and students eating together.  With food donations, we all helped make this day possible.  Special thanks belong to our Promotions Committee and Ladies Auxiliary, who, along with Mrs Marie Smit, have been making such a special day happen!

The theme verse for the day was from Psalm 90:1,2: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Our Lord is faithful through the generations, helping establish this school in 1954, and faithful in the concerns of today almost 60 years later! As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, amongst other things, I encourage you to be thankful for the blessing that we can be as a Christian school in raising up children to “to meet the challenges of the world and culture they live in as young and growing Christians” (our mission statement). Your prayers for this school are of utmost value.

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday we prayed for Peter & Sherry DeKraker and Hans & Sheryle Drop.  
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Mrs. Drop in prayer.

                We extend our Christian sympathy to Ken and Paddi Vandendool, Brooke, Lucas, Kennedy and 
Jordyn in the passing away of Paddi’s mom, Marilyn Ruckle.  May God comfort them and uphold them 
in the days ahead.  

Reminders:  T.R.I.P.:  October orders are due tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 10th, pick-up on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17th

Bus Safety. We had an incident a week ago which reminded us all that we need to follow our policies.  One student believed she was going to a birthday party and mistakenly boarded the wrong bus.  Assuming that all was well, we failed to check for a note, resulting in some anxious moments for Mom, for which we apologize.  Our policy calls for the bus driver to be informed if your child is not riding the bus, and for a parental note if your child needs to ride home on an alternate bus.

PA Day Friday Oct 11.  As staff, we will be reviewing our math curriculum this Friday.  In each curriculum area we formulate a perspective statement, which describe show our Christian faith informs our teaching in this area, and helps us keep in mind our ICS distinctives.  We will also focus on refining our grade-to-grade flow of teaching, as well as comparing our teaching to the Ontario curriculum which we aim to meet and exceed.  Thank-you for allowing us this time as a staff to conduct this important work to keep our school teaching fresh and focussed.
Dental Screening information was sent home with last week’s Journal for all students.  The students in JK and Grade 2 will be checked as well as any parental requests.  Please let the office know so we can book your child(ren) in.  There is a no-cost dental program for children 17 and under that includes check-ups, fillings, x-rays and more.  Call ServiceOntario INFOline toll-free at 1-866-387-5559 or visit
Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews – The confirmation schedule for Wed, Oct. 16 and Mon. Oct. 21 is attached.   

Transportation Note for all High School Students.  Because I.C.S. has a PD day on Friday, October 11the bussing for L.D.C.S.S. will be as follows:  Mrs. Rita Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45 a.m. (Students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40.)  She will stop at Carter Road at 7:50 then to the school, leave I.C.S. at 8:00, stop at Hiemstra’s at 8:10, and stop in Lyons at the Fire Hall at 8:15, stop at Hwy 74 and Wilson Rd. at 8:20 then on to L.D.C.S.S.  Return trip done in reverse. 

Pull out your elastic waistband pants and loosen up your belts for ICS’s Friday Family Fun Night’s Gobble Gobble Dinner on Friday, October 18 5-7:30pm in the school gym!  A full meal of turkey, potatoes, corn, drinks + desserts will be ready for you and served by the members of the ICS School Board.  Adults $8, Children 10 + under $5.00 and all proceeds go directly back to the school - bring the family and your hearty appetite – see you there!  Take out and delivery to Heritage Place available.

New this year: Each month’s Friday Family Fun Night dinner will be hosted/served by a different group.  If you have a group (Bible study group, service club, youth group...) that would like to help out with serving in the kitchen for one night, please email Jacklyn at  .  It promises to be a fun time J Thank you!

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!

Congratulations goes to the 2013 ICS Soccer Team on placing 2nd at the Bluewater District Christian School Tournament last Wednesday, and for bringing home another banner for the school gym!  It was a beautiful day in Arkona, and the ICS team was on a huge winning streak.  They won all three tournament games, won the first semi final and lost in a shoot out for the final championship game!  All in all a pretty exciting day for the athletes.  A BIG thank you to Coach Helen Friesen and Mrs. VanderHoek (who both gave up 'life and limb' for the team :-) )   Check out for all the stats and pictures - including the team pictures and the ICS "cheerleaders". 

Cross Country: Well done runners!  On Tue Oct 8, 31 students from grades 2 - 7 competed at the area Christian schools' competition hosted by Stratford Christian School. I am proud of each and every runner as they ran as fast as they could. God is pleased and glorified as we each do our best! We had some top individual finishers: Ben Weesjes (gr 4) placed 1st, Jocelyn Shelton (gr 4) placed 2nd, Josiah VanGurp (gr 6) placed 3rd, Jessica Friesen (gr 7) placed 3rd, and Dean Rollins (gr 7) placed 2nd! Wow!
- Mr Cameron, coach.


Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
                Bible: Joseph
                Letter and sound this week: n
                All About Number 6
JK: - sorting and patterning
        rhyming words
        matching objects
        Show and Tell: Tuesday, Oct 15       
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 "tricky word":  the
        Show and Tell: Wednesday, Oct 16

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: Memory work for the next three weeks will be Genesis 12:1-3.  The students will learn verse 1 for Oct. 16, verse 2 for Oct. 23 and by Oct. 30 will be able to recite all three verses.
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.”
Spelling: Spelling dictation will be on Thursday, Oct. 10 since Friday is a PD day.
Spelling List for Grade 1: pup, bus, but, tub, I
Spelling List for Grade 2: be, see, got, she, sheep, shop, queen, been, bee, he
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the October flyer and return it to school by tomorrow Oct. 10 with the payment (cash or cheque).

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Spelling Dictation - Thurs., Oct. 10 (Friday is a P.D. Day)
Grade 3 Spelling Words:  under, such, much, young, touch, use, your, you, unit, cute, few, new, fuel, human, music, over, youth
Grade 4 Spelling Words:  since, which, inch, string, title, shrimp, picnic, mind, wild, decide, why, skyscraper, buy, right, lightning, write, cypress, bicycle, worth, while
Memory Work for Wed., Oct. 16 is Philippians 4:8 (NIV):  Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Next week's Student of the Week is Victor Hiebert, followed by Devon Klassen.
Accelerated Reading Goals:  Some students have reached their goals!  Way to go!  Students should have at least half of their reading goal at this point.  Remember to bring library books back to school each day for silent reading time.  Keep reading!
Creation Studies: Leaf Project Outline Requirements were sent home with your child this past Monday, Oct. 7.  Please follow the revised Outline and Project Timeline that your child brought home today.  Copies of leaf dictionaries will be located on the Science Book Shelf in the Grades 3 and 4 class room.  Make use of other available resources as well, including local public libraries, and internet sites, for clarification on accurate leaf identification. The leaves are falling girls and boys so think about collecting some good specimens soon, and have fun!  Students should have collected their leaves by the weekend of Oct. 19-20.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Wed. Oct. 9 – Memory Work:  Psalm 148 – Learn the verse that you will be reciting for Reader’s Theatre at our Grandparents’ and Senior Friends Day, Grades 5 & 6.  Our assigned Memory Work for this week Wednesday has been postponed until next Wed. Oct. 16. (2 Timothy 3: 14-15) 
Thurs. Oct. 10 – Spelling Dictation:  Unit 5
Thurs. Oct. 10 – Morning Devotions – Michael Drop
Le Français:  Test - jeudi le 10 octobre  (Students have copied down a written list of what to study for the test.)
Accelerated Reader – AR Reports will be sent home this Thursday, Oct. 10.
5/6 Phys. Ed: While the weather is still nice we will be outside for Flag Football, otherwise inside for Volleyball. Please bring warmer sweaters and sport pants for outdoors and shorts for indoors. Don't forget your gym shirts and proper indoor or outdoor footwear. 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday weekend, everyone!                             Ms. Buma

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

Mathematics tests on Unit 2 this Thursday
Science test on Chapter 1 next Friday, October 18th.
Bible projects due October 23rd.
Le Français:  Test - jeudi le 10 octobre.  Use the review sheet to prepare for the test.
Memory work for Wednesday, October 26th- Isaiah 55:8-9
7/8 Phys. Ed: While the weather is still nice we will be outside for Flag Football, otherwise inside for Volleyball. Please bring warmer sweaters and sport pants for outdoors and shorts for indoors. Don't forget your gym shirts and proper indoor or outdoor footwear. 
Potluck: Sorry for the scheduling conflict with Grandparent's day! We have decided as a class and checked the schedule for Wednesday, October 23rd. Hopefully that works out :)
Grade 8 Day at LDCSS.  All our grade 8 students are invited to attend London District Christian Secondary School on Wednesday, Nov. 6th to spend a day at high school.  You will ride your normal bus and make the change in Lyons in the morning.  At the end of the day you will be dropped off at ICS at 3:30 where you will catch your own bus home again.  If you are a walking student be at ICS by 8:55 to catch Mrs. Tesselaar when she drops off the elementary students and picks up the highschoolersThis is for all students, regardless of your grade 9 choice for next September.