Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 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
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Upcoming Events

Nov.     14  Bus Safety @ 3 JK, 7/8
            15  PD day for ICS/LDCSS – report card writing
                16  19th Annual Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale
               18 – 22 Book Week; 18th Author visit
                 20  8:55 Chapel; Book Character Dress-up Day;  
                     Pizza lunch; AR skate 2-3 p.m.;
                     Report cards go home; Membership Mtg @ 8
                22  Volleyball tournament at LDCSS
               22  Friday Family Fun Night Dinner

From the Principals’ Desk:

At Monday's staff meeting, we took time to reflect and celebrate Term 1, which finished last Friday. We highlighted "stars" (that which went well, and we'd like to repeat), as well as "wishes" (for improvement). "Stars" filled up fast! They included the Grandparents' Day format, the enthusiasm expressed for learning (both in Fish Days and elsewhere), how well certain classes work together, how our student families allow for meaningful connections and leadership and how we've supported teachers as they've transitioned to new subject areas. "Wishes" focused us on timely transitions from one activity to another, and on student sociability or "chatter" (depending how you view it!). Those things can distract from good learning. As a staff team, we can both reflect individually and work to help each other in those areas. We seek God's blessing and wisdom as we look forward to Term 2!

Following this Friday's Professional Activity day which allows teachers time to reflect and write reports, you will also be able to celebrate your child's / children's accomplishments. I would encourage you to involve your child in this with you, discussing both areas for further work and recognizing his or her best work. As parents, you are partners with us in education, and we cherish your encouragement and involvement.

Lastly, don't forget to come out to next Wednesday's Membership Meeting! This is a unique opportunity to "own" the school, and be an active partner in your child’s education. It’s something we might take for granted, but this is not present in either the Separate or the public schools.

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday morning we prayed for Chris & Christy Hiemstra and Al & Randee Hooghiem.
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Mr. Cameron in prayer.

Our condolences go out to Dave & Charlene Van Gurp with their children, Jordyn, Aaron, Josiah and with Keith & Ellyn Sink, Lily, Phoebe and Eve with the passing away of Dave & Ellyn’s 2 ½ year old nephew in Orillia.  May God comfort and uphold the parents and extended families as thy morn the loss of this little one. 

Get ready for Christmas early this year at our Sweet, Treats and Treasures Sale here at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer!!!
From 9:00 - 2:00 you can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast or delicious lunch combo and until you drop!!!! 
Visit one or all of these fabulous booths:

  -Bear Friend Factory  (Similar to Build-a-Bear)
  -Pampered Chef
  -Enjo (environmentally friendly cleaning products)
  -Sweet Nibbles (Candy, candy and MORE CANDY!!)
  -A Slice of Aylmer (selection of imported European products)
  -Jockey (women's apparel)
  -Lia Sophia (jewellery)
 -Thirty-One Gifts (Unique line of gift items)
-Watkins (all-natural herbs, spices and personal care products)
-ICS Baked Goods
-ICS Decorated Cupcakes (First ever!!  Brought to you by the Gr.7/8 class)
-ICS Christmas Gifts and Crafts

.........and so much more!!!!

 We've also got some of Quai du Vin Winery's non-alcoholic wines, pre-made pots of greenery ready to put in your decorative urns on the front porch, and fresh bouquets of flowers!!

FREE babysitting!  GOOD food!!  And LOTS of new and exciting SWEETS, TREATS and TREASURES!!!!

So come out and join us this Saturday November 16 from 9-2 in the gym at Immanuel Christian School!!!  75 Caverly Road in Aylmer.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Please help with Time/Food Donations for this Saturday’s Sale:  We urgently need your help! Please check the list at the end of the Journal for what you can donate or help with.  Please e-mail Bettina V. @ asap.

ICS Bake Table:  Each family is asked to bring in 2 doz. cookies or squares or other baked goods (packaged nicely to sell by 6’s or 12’s.  Baked goods need to be at school tomorrow .Thursday, Nov. 14 if you are sending it with your child or Friday, Nov. 15 if you wish to drop it off at the school.  Thanks you for your contribution.
Also, we need 1 family to “man” the table, so if you are willing to donate your time at the sale let us know on the form! If we have more families, we can split the shift. 

Reminders:  T.R.I.P. orders are due 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 14 with pick up on Thursday, Nov. 21. 

The Christmas Meat and Baked Goods order form was sent home last week.  Lots of interesting items for your Christmas season and Christmas gift giving.  Orders are due on Friday, Nov. 22 with pick up on Thursday, Dec. 12th from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
The I.C.S. Fall Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00 in the gym.  Agendas were attached to last weeks` Journal.  Come out and get informed as to what is happening with your school, meet other parents, and have a time to socialize. For members without children here, your agenda will either be mailed or placed in your church mailbox.
Volunteer hours:  Did you know that when you attend a membership meeting it counts for 2 hours towards your volunteer time?

Tina Vyn will have her Successful Living books set out as well as our NEW-TO-YOU BOOK Sale in connection with our Book Week.  Take a few minutes to browse or purchase at the new and used book sale table in hall.

Building and Maintenance:  Competitive quotes are sought for the replacement of the remaining asphalt roof on the school with steel roofing. The committee recommends completing the project in Spring 2014 on the entire South Wing and the north side of the North Wing. Contractors within or known to our community are encouraged to put in an estimate by 30 November, for selection by the committee. Estimates should be submitted to the office

AR Skate on Wednesday, Nov 20. Students who have missed their goals were informed by their classroom teacher, and will need to cover their own costs for participation ($3 in this case).  SK – through gr. 2 must wear helmets, all should wear gloves.  Skates may be rented at the rink for $2 if needed. 
AR Goals:  Parents, with the new term started you can check on your child's progress online using the link on our Wikispaces age:  Parental support and encouragement is very important. 

Breakfast Snack Program: We continue to be excited to be joining local schools in giving our students a healthy boost in the mornings! Many thanks to our parent volunteers (Mrs Rempel and Mrs Hibbert) and our student service teams who run this new program! As an update, costs to date have been just over $600, which works out to $0.33 per student per day. To make this program even smoother and less distracting in our morning reading period, we’ll be phasing out the drinks. All students are asked to bring a re-useable water bottle, which is also healthy practice. We’ll stretch our $2000 grant even further and avoid class spills this way! Donations towards this program, in cash or in kind, will also be gladly received.

BOOK WEEK is coming! Nov. 18 to 22!

Monday, Nov. 18 - Childrens' author Kari-Lynn Winters will be doing a book talks at ICS with the SK-Gr. 4 at 10:50 and Grades 5-8 at 11:40. Her books are on display in the library.  A book list was attached to last week's Journal; please send in pre-orders tomorrow.  See for more information. 

* Wednesday, Nov. 20 - Character Dress-up Day. Come to school dressed as a favourite book character.  We are looking for creative costumes, true to the character depicted.  For extra emphasis, bring a copy of your book with you!

* Wednesday, Nov. 20 (viewing and Wish Lists), Thursday, Nov. 21 to Friday, Nov. 22 (purchasing) - Book Sales - Successful Living and New-To-You book sales. 
NEEDED: gently used books that you are finished with and can be added to our book sale.  Sort through closets and shelves, and pass them on.  There is a box by the library door to collect your contributions.  

Come celebrate with us.  Join us for any of the events; take time to browse the book displays (hint: the Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wed evening that week). If you would like to help with book sales on Thursday, Mrs. Robinson would love to hear from you!

The Christmas parade is fast approaching and Promotions committee is looking for your help with the schools float. We are still in need of ethnic costumes; Dutch items such as wooden shoes or more traditional outfits, a Mexican sombreros, a Hawaiian grass skirts, a French berets or oriental outfits.
 We are also in search of lawn signs with the words "JOY" or "PEACE". Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Carrie Vis- or Annette Dykxhoorn-
Y'all are invited to Friday Family Fun Night’s Redneck Roadkill Cafe Dinner on Friday, November 22, 5-7pm in the school gym.  We reckon it will be great time and a meal full of local 'roadkill' served by a golly good bunch of rednecks from around these parts.  Buck up and don't be afraid - y'all will love the meal.  Adults $8, Children 10 + under $5.00 and dern tootin - all the money goes back to the school.  Get on your overalls, pack up the kin and see y'all there!
Volleyball:  Drivers are requested for next Tuesday's boys’ game in St. Thomas and for the boys’ and girls’ Christian School tournament in London  (LDCSS) on the 22nd.  The schedule was sent home today.  All permission slips need to be submitted for team members to participate in the tournament.

East Elgin Youth Basketball:  Please contact The East Elgin Youth Basketball club at if you are interested in signing up for winter club basketball. Just state boy or girl and grade with your contact information. If you have any questions speak to Ms. Jones. Club will begin in approximately two weeks.



Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
Bible: Moses;  Letter and sound: h;  All about number 10

                       SK:  Printing practice numbers 1-10
                       Sight Word: I 
                       Math: Making sets of 9
                       Longer, shorter 

JK:  Printing practice own names
       Math: Counting 1-10
      More, less, same
      Patterning with shapes and colours

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Happy 6th Birthday
Makayla Zylstra
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: Memory work for November 20
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3
Spelling: Spelling dictation is on Thursday, November 14
Spelling List 10 for Grade 1: top, stop, men, fix, fox
Spelling List 10 for Grade 2: place, make, making, help, here, want, nice, to, two, into
One of our students is missing a pink, knit looking hat.  We are wondering if it went home in another child's backpack.  If found please send back to Ms. Pieters.  Thanks

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Memory Work:  Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  Psalm 95: 1-2
Next week's Star Student will be Caleb Poortinga next week, followed by Mariah Rempel.
Spelling Dictation will be tomorrow, due to the PD Day on Fri., Nov. 15
Grade 3 Spelling Words:  swimming, swam, getting, coming, came, having, doing, ended, happened, happening, started, joked, received, smiled, smiling, hungry, hoping
Grade 4 Spelling Words:  follow, matter, summer, million, dollar, scissors, cattle, address, office, suppertime, blizzard, penny, wrapper, wallet, occurrence, village, collide, battle, poster, collision
Art:  Remembrance Posters are due tomorrow. 

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Spelling Dictation:  Thurs. Nov. 14 – Unit 8
Thursday Morning Devotions (Nov. 14) – Kaylynn Mantel
Memory Work:  Wed. Nov. 20 – Esther 4:14 –“ For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows, but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Accelerated Reader:  A note including AR goals for Term 2 will be sent home on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Remembrance Day Posters:  Remembrance Day Posters are due Thurs. Nov. 14, and will be forwarded shortly after, to the Royal Canadian Legion in Aylmer.
Health:  Read handouts in duo tang for next Health class, Tuesday, Nov.12th. They will help you to be ready for preparing skits.
Completed notes will be due the following Thursday after presentations.
Phys. Ed.:  Please remember to bring gym clothes and shoes to class in order to participate. Classes are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday every week with health classes approximately four times a month. (see calendar on wall outside of the gym)
social science: Webquests for our "slip stop" project were due today, as were parental signatures on our last unit's portfolio. We're moving forward to learn more about matter, and how we can design experimental "sidewalks" to test slipperiness!

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

Memory Work for Wed. November 20th -  Genesis 45:4&5
Science investigations up to and including 1-10 are due.  
Art: Remembrance Day Posters/writing work period - Wednesday, November 13th, due Thursday Nov. 14th.
History: Topic Report about New France in progress. Due date changed to the Tuesday, Nov. 19th for presentation. Open to school and visitors.
L.A.: Short Stories Presentation from Choices and Decisions readings. Final draft due for editing: Tuesday, November 26th. 
Presentations scheduled for Thursday, November 28th and Friday 29th.
November Pot Luck will hopefully remain scheduled for Wednesday 27th. Thank you for your help in this fun classroom event :)


Time/Food Donations for the Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale
We are in need of:   _____  2 pots of pea soup
                                    _____  2 pots of cream of potato
                                    _____  2 dozen dinner rolls
                                    _____ 3 dozen muffins  
We need kitchen help for day...highschoolers are also welcome!   Shifts are:  _____  2 people for 10 till 2 shift
                                                                                                                                           _____  2 people for 12 till 2 shift
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