Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 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:  immanuel@amtelecom.net
Principal’s email address:  icsprincipal@amtelecom.net
ICS Website:  www.immanuelchristianschool.net    519-773-8476
Check us out on Facebook:   facebook.com/ICSAylmer     
         Twitter:  twitter.com/ICSAylmer
LDCSS Website:  www.ldcss.on.ca   519-455-4360
Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund): www.ldcef.org

Upcoming Events
Nov. 20  Membership Mtg @ 8
          22  Volleyball LDCSS; Friday Family Fun Night Dinner
          27  8:55 Chapel
          28  Fall Membership Meeting at LDCSS
          30  Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 p.m.
Dec.     2-18  Food collection for the Corner Cupboard
            4   8:55 Chapel

            7   Springfield Christmas Parade 1 p.m. 


From the Principals’ Desk:

This week is Book Week, with lots of special activities celebrating the gift of story. Our visiting author, Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters (Jeffrey and the Sloth) shared both fiction and non-fiction stories with the student body (and LCES students!) on Monday in an interactive, engaging manner. She made some of our links to the world outside the school come alive. We do seek to have our teaching be relevant to the real world our students live in, and "bringing the outside in" helps! We laughed with her as she recounted the story of Stinky Skunk Mel, and we considered our stewardly responsibilities in Buzz about Bees

I am reminded how important story is to teaching. This is a distinct strength to Christian education as we re-tell the Biblical story, and convey that it is also a story which continues to unfold directly in our lives. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, and then we convey to our students how they are called to be Protectors in class and on the schoolyard, as well as at home. We marvel at aspects of God's creation (trees, fish, whales, New France), then we reflect on how He calls us to use, care for and transform the areas of creation for which we have responsibility (our school, our homes, our culture, our country). There's an exciting role for story in all that! I trust that as parents, you are also excited about telling the stories your children are part of, and by extension, the story of the school we are blessed to be a part of, and the story of our faith!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday morning we prayed for John & Wilma Hordyk and Cliff & Christine Janssens.
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Mrs.Groeneweg in prayer.

Please remember in your prayers the Brantford Christian School community and in particular the Principal, Walt Hartholt and Vice-principal, Francine Roth. Both are battling different forms of cancer. While it goes without say that our intercession includes a plea for healing for both these individuals and strength for their families, we also ask that you remember the staff of the school and especially those who have stepped in to cover the administration gaps. Please also uphold the board before the Lord, as they too now carry a heavier burden with this news. Finally we ask that you remember the students as they too must deal with this issue.

"I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!" Psalm 116:1-2



Reminders:  T.R.I.P. orders will be coming home on FRIDAY because of the delay in receiving some of the gift cards ordered!

                        The Christmas Meat and Baked Goods orders are due on Friday, Nov. 22 with pick up on Thursday, Dec. 12th from 2:30 – 4 p.m.  Coolers with names are them are most welcome!

Thank-you so much to one of our society members whose donation made it possible for us to host children’s author Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters for our Book Week!  Blessed, we were in turn able to bless our wider school community and host London Christian Elementary School students from JK to grade 2.  We are blessed to have supporters with a love for this school and passion for literacy!

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!
Tina Vyn will have her Successful Living books and cards available

Report Cards: Reports should be sent home this Thursday or Friday. We spend time to carefully evaluate performance and comment on character and achievement in a manner that is loving and honest. We trust that these reports are helpful as you guide your children to "grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52).

This year we will be presenting a musical evening for our Christmas program. “Joy Notes for Christmas" is an evening where your child(ren) can showcase the talents and abilities God gave them. Please encourage your child(ren) to sign up on the bulletin board if they wish to participate!  We will have individual, class, choir and band participation.  Please mark Wednesday, December 18th on your calendar.
The Christmas parade is fast approaching and Promotions Committee is still looking for ethnic costumes if you have them. If anyone has French berets, Mexican sombreros, Dutch wooden shoes or traditional outfits we would really appreciated the use of them.
We understand that some of these items may mean a lot to you and your family, so if you would prefer that only your children or grandchildren wear them that would be perfectly fine. The costumes will only be worn while they are on the float during the parade.
 We are also in search of lawn signs with the words "JOY" or "PEACE". Your help would be greatly appreciated.
If any students are interested in singing and riding on the float for either the Aylmer or Springfield parades please fill out the permission form at the end of the Journal and return it the office. 
Please contact Carrie Vis- cjvis@amtelecom.net or Annette Dykxhoorn- radykxhoorn@execulink.com  

Electives: Education Committee is lining up some very interesting electives for grades 4-8 in Jan & Feb. They may include badminton, puppetry, archery, woodworking, model building, photography, personal grooming, stop-animation, winter survival, small engines, baking / cake decorating, etc. Once again, we would plan on our grade 3s completing the Red Cross Swim to Survive program. Committee members will be making calls to possible adult volunteer leaders. If you would like to run an elective (for the first time, or once again), please call the school to let us know! We are looking for name ideas for the model-building elective - anyone know an avid model-maker who connects well with children?

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
  
Hockey:  The new proposed format for the Bluewater Christian School Tournament will limit the number of teams that will be able to participate in each division.  In order to determine if Aylmer will attempt to register a 2014 team, we need to know the number of grade 5 to 8 students who will be trying out for the ICS team.  Please note that the cost for ice time for practices will be paid by team members and players will need to arrange their own rides to and from the arena.  The tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Please let Mrs. VanderHoek know by Tuesday, November 26, if you are interested in being an ICS hockey team player.

Report from the OACS Annual Governance Conference – Nov 16, 2013
Eric Hartemink, Board Vice-Chair, Jane Weverink, Board Secretary and Keith Cameron attended the annual OACS Governance Conference. Issues discussed include:
- models for thrift shops as alternative revenue streams. Is this an option locally?
- moving teaching forward in a project-based instructional model (though we would have liked more discussion on the teaching
 method rather than a sales pitch!).
- Principal reports which lead to good Board decision-making, as well as direction for and assessment of the Principal. Board leadership development was also highlighted.
- how OACS intends to support us in quality education with quality policy, Christian. curriculum and teacher collaboration.
- after 8 years of enrolment decreases across OACS, and amidst the CRA reassessments of CEAF, there was a 2% increase in 
students overall! OACS expenses in supporting schools through the reassessments are $70,000, which have been borne within existing funds. In the face of real challenges, praise God for His blessings as we pray for growth here at ICS too.

We are blessed to be part of the wider Christian education community that is the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools! Our cost share is $71 per student, money well spent in our view.
- We highlighted the peer-reviewed 2012 Cardus Education Report. There is a statistical positive correlation between Christian schooling and adult church involvement. As we might expect, faithful parenting is blessed! Jeremiah 29:11. Talk up this story with your pastor!

BOOK WEEK has been an exciting time here at school!
*We were ever so grateful to have Kari-Lynn Winters visit our school on Monday morning.  Students were involved in the drama of story and a bit of the planning process that goes into a non-fiction book. Kari-Lynn's animated style truly brings books alive!
* This morning an array of book characters wandered our halls.  Best-Dressed prizes were handed out to one person from each grade. Students received a $4.99 off coupon for a book that can be ordered from any Scholastic Book Club order this school year. The winners will be posted next week.  
*Today students also looked at book in the Living Books sale and may have made up a "Wish List".  Please take the time to go over it with your child(ren) and give guidance and money for possible purchases.  Students will be visiting the book sales tomorrow (Thursday) with their class at the following times:     9-9:30 – gr. 7/8;      9:30-10 gr. 5/6;       10:30 – gr. 3/4;      11-11:30 – gr. 1/2. JK parents may take your student from class to “shop” with you anytime Thursday morning.  SK will visit on Friday morning.  
  Books are still being accepted for our New-to-You Sale.
*Congratulations to all students who earned a free AR skate this afternoon by reaching their AR goal!
*If you haven't already done it during this Book Week, take time to cozy up with your child and a good book. Time spent together sharing a story is precious!

FROM THE CLASSROOMS:
JUNIOR / SENIOR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg
We would like to welcome Ms. Amy Wall to our classroom!
Ms. Wall is an ECE student from Fanshawe College in Simcoe who will be spending a total of eight weeks in our Kindergarten class, from November to June.
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
                Bible: Moses
                Letter and sound: r 
                All about number 10 

SK:   Printing practice numbers 1-10
         Sight Word: me
         Math: Making sets of 10
         Longer, shorter
 JK:   Printing practice own names 
        Math: Counting 1-10
        Sorting
        More, less, same
        Patterning with shapes and colours



GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Happy 6th Birthday
Kahlen Hiebert
Sunday, November 24, 2013
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: Memory work for November 27
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
Spelling: Spelling dictation is on Friday, November 22
Spelling List 11 for Grade 1: ten, hat, hot, sand, hand
Spelling List 11 for Grade 2: send, pick, end, both, fast, last, must, just, bath, black

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Star Student for next week is Mariah Rempel, followed by Jocelyn Shelton
Spelling Words for Fri., Nov. 22:
Grade 3:  way, these, niece, might, show, float, brain, mean, close, tried, cube, uniform, stayed, price, usually, will, night
Grade 4:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, January, February, July, August, September, November, month, year, holiday, autumn, season, calendar, second, minute, annual, yearly
Memory Work:  Psalm 95: 6 & 7  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and                                                 we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. 

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

 Spelling Dictation:  Thurs. Nov. 21 – Review List (Units 5 – 9)
Memory Work:  Song:  Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the child is Lord of all.
Swiftly winging angels singing, bells are ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the child is Lord of all!  Christ the child is Lord of all!
Text:  Polish; tr. Edith M. G. Reed, 1921
Tune: Polish; harm. Psalter Hymnal
Friday Morning Devotions (Nov. 22) – Micah Schuurman
Social Science: Mrs Lydia Bergen is excited to hear what the 5/6 class will discover during the Slip Stop project as they investigate how best to keep the school entrance clear of ice and snow. We're looking at the particle theory of solids, liquids and gases. We'll be designing "test sidewalks" to test out some relevant properties of solids, liquids and gases...


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

History Test on Thursday, Nov. 21. Chapter 2, 3 notes and text readings as well as New France Report Presentations.  This is an open notebook test.
LA - Short Story Presentations will be Nov. 28th and 29th. Final draft for editing is due Tuesday, 26th.
List 4 Spelling quiz will be on Friday, Nov. 29th
Class Potluck: Wednesday, November 27th
Permission forms for Volleyball teams need to be returned by Thursday for Friday's tournament. Check with Mr. T or Ms. Jones for details.
Geography:  You Tube Quiz Redo –hand in by Monday, Nov. 25; Test on Food Chains, Major Biomes and Controls of Climate on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Memory Work:  Genesis 46:28-30

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Christmas Float Parade Participation

The Town of Aylmer theme for 2013 year is “Our Favourite Christmas Carol” so we are featuring Joy to the World.

___________________________________________________________________, will be able to participate in the Aylmer parade on Sat., Nov. 30th.  Meet at fairgrounds at 1:30, parade starts at 2:00, pick up student at end of parade at the school parking lot.

___________________________________________________________________, will be able to participate in the Springfield parade on Sat. Dec. 7th at 1:00 p.m.  Meet at John & Marie Smits’ place at 12:30, parade starts at 1:00, pick up student at end of parade at the Smit farm.   
                                                                                Parent’s Signature _____________________________

Please return permission slip to your teacher for the office as soon as possible so we know who many students wish to be involved.
Please contact Carrie Vis- cjvis@amtelecom.net or Annette Dykxhoorn- radykxhoorn@execulink.com