Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 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.     8  1st term ends, AR goals are due
            11  Remembrance Day – gr. 1-8 at the cenotaph
            13  8:55 Chapel; Bus Safety @ 3 K, 1/2, 5/6
                   Board meets @ 8
             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
                20  Hot lunch, AR skate, Report cards go home;   
                     Fall Membership Meeting @ 8
                22 Volleyball tournament at LDCSS
Our next Friday Family Fun Night Dinner is Nov. 22nd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red Neck Road Kill Cafe     

   From the Principals’ Desk:

This week, I'd like to highlight two aspects of our educational program: our first foray into integrated studies, and our upcoming theme week. 

Our final Fish Days classes run this Friday, and I believe that these have been well-received by teachers, parents and students alike! For K-8, we set out with goals of building teamwork, fostering wonder at the complexity of God's creation, and encouraging students to express their thoughts and ideas orally. You will receive your child's "passport" with the Fall report card, including comments from every teacher and from your child on how well progress in those areas was demonstrated weekly. When we have athletic students who tell me, "Mr Cameron, if I have to miss Fish Days I don't really want to run!" it warms my heart (even if I also want to compete!). Integrated studies are one aspect of distinctively Christian teaching, and as a staff we will consider options for future studies in term 3.

Led by Mrs Nancy Robinson, we look forward to a Book Week from November 18-22. With a generous sponsorship, we are able to host children's writer Kari-Lynn Winters for a book talk (Buzz about Bees, including some content from our own Clovermead Apiaries!). Classroom activities, a book character theme day, pizza lunch, AR skate, and a "new to you" book sale are planned for that week. Read more below!

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday morning we prayed for Cory & Jodie Hibbert and John and Tina Hiebert.
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Mrs. Robinson in prayer.

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

                         Pizza lunch November 20.  Orders are due tomorrow, Thursday, November 7

Remembrance Day:   On Monday, November 11th, students from grades 1-8 will walk to the cenotaph in Aylmer to observe the Remembrance Day Service.  We will leave ICS at 10:15 AM and return before noon.  We would like some parents to join us. This is a rain or shine event, so please dress appropriately. 
Poppies will be distributed on the Monday.  Please send in some change to help support the poppy fund.

The T.R.I.P. order for November is attached to this Journal.  Orders are due by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 with pick up on Thursday, Nov. 21.  It’s not too early to start thinking about picking up your gift cards for Christmas giving. 

The Christmas Meat and Baked Goods Sale order form is attached.  Our suppliers are A Slice of Aylmer, Quai du Vin, VanStraten Bakery, Oegema Turkey Shoppe, Johnson Meats and Maple Lodge Farms.  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.
Thanks to all those who participated in the Thanksgiving meat and baked goods fund raiser.  Our total profit was $382.29.  Please check out our Christmas order as we have a lot more products available for purchase.    Thanks, Katherine and Irene
The I.C.S. Fall Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00 in the gym.  Agendas are attached to this   
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? 

Pizza lunch November 20.  Orders are due tomorrow, Thursday, November 7.  See order form at the end of the Journal. No late orders please! This hot lunch is tied into a school-wide “spirit day” and an AR skate. Encourage your son / daughter in completing his or her AR goal, check on completion using the HomeConnect link on our wikispaces page. While we hope this will not occur, students who do not complete their goals may still join the skate for a fee of $3.
AR: our term ends this Friday, and we hope children from grades 3-8 are in the final stages of completing their Accelerated Reader goals. The aim of the program is to encourage literacy growth, and to help students choose and enjoy books at their own individual reading levels. We do have a group rewards program as part of the motivation, which is an AR skate on Nov 20. It is meant to be a rewards (not a punishment) program, so we have built in a means for all children to participate. Students who have missed their goals will be informed by their classroom teacher, and will need to cover their own costs for participation ($3 in this case). You can check on your child's progress online using the link on our Wikispaces age: As parents for children up to gr 5 or 6, it is very helpful if you routinely read with your child or have him or her read to you (you will cover some very interesting stories!). For gr 7 and 8 students, parental support and encouragement is still very important. 

BOOK WEEK is coming!
From Nov. 18 to 22, we are going to be celebrating books and reading in special ways.  The following are events/activities you can plan for with your child(ren):
Monday, Nov. 18 - Childrens' author (also raised in the local area) Kari-Lynn Winters will be doing a book talk at ICS at 10:50. See We would intend on a 50 min primary session, for which she'll use the Buzz about Bees book (in part, features Clovermead Apiaries north of Aylmer), followed by a further 50 min with Gr. 5-8 at 11:40. A book list is attached, and the books will be on display in the library.
* 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 - This year we would like to try something new.  Along with offerings from Successful Living (Christian books provided by Tina Vyn), we would like to hold a NEW-TO-YOU BOOK SALE.  Books are treasures, and are meant to be shared.  If you have treasures sitting in your closets or filling your book shelves, this is your opportunity to make some room and give someone else the chance to own them for awhile. Send your gently used treasures to school any time over the next 2 weeks.  We will sort them into categories and make them available for purchase on Thursday and Friday, for 50 cents each.  

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!

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 its 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 have received several items already but we still need soups, dinner rolls, apple crisps and of course helpers, high school students as well as adults.  Check 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.

As you can tell, the annual Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale is going to be exciting!  And the Auxiliary needs your help.  We are going to have an ICS table of baked goods to sell so we need….
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.  Please send back the form (found at the end of the Journal) to tell us what you will be contributing. The teacher of the oldest child will be collecting the forms and the baked goods.  Baked goods need to be at school by 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. 
Come and be part of this great sale!

Electives: It’s time to start thinking about whether you have a talent you can share with the student body! Electives are a 5 week unit for grades 4-8 in late Jan / early Feb which may include Woodworking, Cooking and Baking, Badminton, Winter Survival, Art Attack, Personal Grooming, Baby Sitting, Needlework, Building Models, Scrapbook and Photography, Computer, Small Engines, Cake Decorating, Curling, and the like. Can you help? Please contact the Ed Ctte chair, Ray Kaastra (, or the office by 15 Nov.

The time has come to start preparing for the Christmas parade and Promotions Committee is on the hunt for some items to decorate the school’s float this year.  If anyone has Christmas lawn signs with the words “Joy” or “Peace” and would be willing to loan them out it would be very helpful.  We are also in need of some ethnic costumes – Dutch, Oriental, French, Mexican Hawaiian or anything else that you may have laying around.
We will also be looking for student volunteers for both the Aylmer parade (Nov. 30) and Springfield (Dec. 7).
If you are able to help with any of these items please email Carrie Vis – or Annette Dykxhoorn


Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
                Bible: Moses as a Baby
                Letter and sound: e
                All about number 9
SK:  Printing practice numbers 1-10
        Sight Word: can
        Making sets of 8
JK:  Counting 1-10
       Printing practice own names
       Patterning with shapes and colours

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Memory Work for November 13:  Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:1,2
Spelling: Spelling dictation is on Friday, November 8
Spelling List 9 for Grade 1: pet, fed, let, get, red
Spelling List 9 for Grade 2: some, come, home, fun, funny, run, running, ran, us, use
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the flyer and return it to school by Friday, Nov. 8 with the payment (cash or cheque). Thank you.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop
Memory Work:  Psalm 66: 1 & 2:  Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name, make his praise glorious.
Star Student for next week is William Mantel, followed by Caleb Poortinga. 
Spelling Dictation will be on Fri., Nov. 8:
Grade 3 Spelling Words:  missed, willing, balloon, spelling, pretty, still, off, added, letter, different, pattern, middle, Mississippi, zipper, carry, puzzle, later
Grade 4 Spelling Words:  blush, crutch, crunch, grumpy, much, umpire, uncle, none, does, fuel, cute, cubicle, human, future, usual, uniform, used, beautiful, music, useful
Accelerated Reader Goals are due on Fri., Nov. 8.  Continue to read at school and at home!
Science Test:  Thurs. Nov. 7.  Refer to your Study Guide and keep reading over your notes, girls and boys!

 GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Congratulations: We would like to wish Micah Schuurman a very happy birthday.  Micah will be turning 10 years old on Sunday, Nov. 10.  Happy Birthday, Micah!  May God richly bless you in your new year of life!
Friday Morning Devotions:  (Nov. 8) – Dylan Kroondyk
Spelling Dictation:  Fri. Nov. 8 – Unit 8
Accelerated Reader:  AR Reports have been sent home with your child today.  Students who are still reading to achieve points have until Friday, Nov. 8, to meet their First Term goal.
Scholastic Book Orders: Completed Book Order forms for November are due this Fri. Nov. 8.  Thank you.
Memory Work:  Wed. Nov. 13 ~ Romans 12: 20 – 21.
…On the contrary:  “If your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Remembrance Day Posters:  Students are currently working on creating posters about Remembering and Remembrance Day.  Art posters are due Fri. Nov. 15, and will be forwarded shortly after to the Royal Canadian Legion in Aylmer.
Social Science: On Monday, everyone completed their end-of-unit test on the provinces, territories, capitals, facts and connections we have with Canada. Well done! Interested students had a chance to revise and improve ("bump up") their Digging Deeper presentations. Student notes are coming home for parental signature. We move on to a project-based science unit on the properties of matter called "Slip Stop!"
Science Projects will be sent home on Thursday, Nov. 7.  Students should bring their projects back to school for our Project Share class on Friday, Nov. 8.  Please leave the green evaluation page at home.  Thank you!
Tech: We are ending the term with a student "Typing Tournament" focusing on our word per minute goals, as well as the "most accurate" and "most improved" categories.

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

Tech: We are ending the term with a student "Typing Tournament" focusing on our word per minute goals, as well as the "most accurate" and "most improved" categories.
Please check wikispaces for daily homework.
Memory Work for November 14th:  Romans 11:33-36
Recent grade 7 Math test have been graded and returned to the students.  

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
                _____  2 dozen dinner rolls              
                _____  5 apple crisps

We need kitchen help for day...highschoolers are also welcome!
                Shifts are:  _____  1 person for 8 to 12
                                    _____  2 people for 10 till 2 shift


Each families baked goods contribution for the sale

The _____________________family will be brining ___________________________to school on Thursday, 14th or Friday Nov. 15th.

I / We  am / are  available to “man” the table on Saturday, the 16th   

 _______ all day       _______ part day (any preference ____________)

Signed:  _____________________________________


Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, Nov. 20

__________________would like to order the following:
     (child’s name)                                    
______ 1.00/slice
                ______ juice .50 cents

                ______ ice cream .50 cents

                ______ Total enclosed

Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Nov. 7.   No late orders please!

Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, Nov. 20

__________________would like to order the following:
     (child’s name)                                    
______ 1.00/slice
                ______ juice .50 cents

                ______ ice cream .50 cents

                ______ Total enclosed

Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Nov. 7.   No late orders please!