Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 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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Upcoming Events

Dec.     7   Springfield Christmas Parade 1 p.m.
          11   8:55 Chapel; Hot Lunch; Spirit Day; Board meets
          17   Joy Notes for Christmas afternoon matinee 1:30
          18   8:55 Chapel; Joy Notes for Christmas 7:30
          19   AR goal @ 50%?;  1:30 Students carolling in town
                 LDCSS Christmas Concert 7:30
          20 – Jan. 5 Christmas Break
Jan.     6   classes resume

 SAVE THE DATE: Friday, Jan.24, the popular ICS GST Auction!       

From the Principals’ Desk:

It was good to join with our community and celebrate the Christmas season with our "Joy to the World" float in the parade this last Saturday in Aylmer. Many thanks to Carrie Vis, Annette Dykxhoorn, Helen Friesen, the Promotions Committee, and our other parent volunteers for putting this together!

The parade was well-attended, with much smiling and waving back and forth from our float to the crowds. However, just beyond John St, on the north side of Talbot, a man with a child on his shoulders stepped out of the crowd and grabbed a pail of candy from the back end of our float! He turned, and instead of offering it to bystanders, he quickly walked into a small alley. The last two students on our float saw this, and I caught it out of the corner of my eye. At ICS, one of our Graduate Expectations is to be a discerning believer, discerning right from wrong and making decisions or taking action based on that discernment. As teachers, we are called to lead in those expectations. My reaction at the time was at first angry ("Did I just see that?!" "I can't believe he's doing that with a child on his shoulders!"). Then, I debated whether it was creating too much of a scene over a bucket of candy to accost the man, and whether that ruined the celebration ("It's just cheap candy. How do we turn the other cheek?"). At the time, I chose not to pursue. Yet, I revisited the scene later, and could see the mark in the snow where the bucket had been set down and likely emptied. Following Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, we also aim for our students to become Protectors, intervening in cases of injustice and not letting them go unchallenged. With a calmer heart, there would have been time for me to confront the man, challenge his actions, and offer forgiveness to make a wrong right. As teachers, we grow personally as well as our students. Perhaps next time, I will respond quicker, but in calmness and in Christian love and not in my initial anger. Christmas is a season of "good news of great joy... and peace to men on whom his favour rests" (Luke 2:10, 14). Peace depends on justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. That is not just in what we say in class, in what we expect on the playground, but in all our lives, and in the world we are called to live in. Even during the Christmas Parade.

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Friday morning we prayed for Teus & Annemarie Korevaar and John & Anna Krahn.
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Ms. Buma in prayer.

Our Wednesday Weekly Chapels are open to parents and visitors.  Each week a different class takes leadership in Chapel with the help of our Worship Team.  You are welcome to come and join us anytime. Chapel starts at 8:55 and is approximately 1/2 an hour.  This week it was the Grade 3 and 4, next week it will be the grade 5 and 6 class.   

Reminders:  Christmas Meat & Baked Goods pick up is on Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2:30 – 4 p.m.  Coolers with names are welcome!

Promotions: Every parent is a potential school advertiser! In conversation, in email, on Facebook, talk up the gift that we have in ICS! Ms Wall, our ECE candidate, found out about ICS using Google and Facebook, and liked what she saw - our electronic promotions worked in her case!

For TRIP:  As Dec 19 delivery date is also the last day of school, it is important to get your Christmas order in ON TIME for guaranteed delivery. All orders are due by 9 AM on Thurs Dec 12 ... Late orders will be filled with available stock so we cannot guarantee we have everything. All orders must also be accompanied with a cheque for at least half of the total. If order is faxed in, please mail your cheque in. Give Theressa or Grace (519-317-1518) a call if you need gift cards earlier than the 19th.
Fuel saving promotion program from Petro-Canada:  For supporters who purchase a $100 denomination card from Nov – Dec 31, the supporter will receive a bonus fuel saving card with their order.  The bonus fuel saving card has a value of 5 cent per litre savings good for 100 litres of fuel purchased – card value $5.00.  Fuel savings card will have a 2 year expiry date (Nov. 2015)

The Springfield Parade is this Saturday!  If you are still interested in riding on the float, please send in the persmission form found at the end of the Journal.  We ask that you meet us at the Smit’s at 12:30 Saturday afternoon.  We will end the parade back at the Smit’s for hot chocolate. Please complete the permission slip below and we hope to see you there!

Joy Notes for Christmas:  You are all invited to attend our upcoming Joy Notes for Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 for an afternoon matinee and Wednesday, December 18th for an evening performance.  We will have individual, class, choir and band participation – all children need to attend.  Come and listen to the child(ren) showcase the talents and abilities God gave them.  May we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and enjoy a time of bringing Glory to God.  Refreshments will be served after the program.

Transportation Bus List Update:  For Mrs. Walter’s bus route the call person for the first block of people will be Janneke Kroondyk.  Please take Janine off the list and add her to Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus for the p.m. only.  Jodi Hibbert is the call person for that block of people.  For the a.m. Grace Weesjes is the call person.
New address for Janine Shelton. 85 Dufferin St., Aylmer, N5H 2L9, 519-765-2471, cell 519-619-0738
Stu Shelton, 140 Lorne St., Belmont, N0L 1B0 519-281-6961.  Please update your records.

Congratulations to our school's winners of the Legion Youth Education Contest!  A presentation of prizes and certificates to winning entrants will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Legion Hall in Aylmer.  The Aylmer Express will be present to take pictures.   Participating students and their families are encouraged to attend. 

Posters:  Colour Primary:           1st   William Mantel  Gr. 3;     2nd   Marcel Guenther  Gr. 2
                  Colour Junior:             1st   Grace Vording  Gr. 6;     2nd    Victoria Krahn   Gr. 6
                  Colour Intermediate:   2nd   Kiley DeKraker  Gr. 8
                  Black Primary:             2nd  Allie Weesjes  Gr. 3
                  Black  Junior:              2nd  Lucas Krahn  Gr. 4
Poems:   Junior:                           1st   Holly Cameron  Gr. 5;    2nd Matthew Ypma Gr. 6
                  Intermediate:               2nd  Luke Schuurman Gr. 7

Left over dishes from Grandparents’ Day.  A pan and 2 plates.  A dark red with lime green, and a clear plastic plate.

Our Service Projects for this Christmas Season:               
Food Drive for the Corner Cupboard:  We started our collection of non-perishable food under the decorated Christmas tree in the front hall.  These items will be picked up by the Corner Cupboard and will be distributed to needy families at Christmas time.  So please help us by picking up a few extra items with your weekly groceries and send them to school with your child(ren). 
Hat/Mittens/Socks for the Optimist Club:  We will try to bless the less fortunate in our community by collecting new hats, mittens, or socks to put under the tree. The Optimist Club works together with the Corner Cupboard and both appreciate our school being involved in this project as well. Thank you!

GST Auction Friday, January 27THA Moms’ day out for two with hot stone massages, a birthday party for kids at Clovermead Apiaries, Buis’ famous pea soup, meat, cheese wheels, baked goods, latch hooks, NHL jerseys, overnight babysitting, rocking chairs, chickens and so much more!!  How about picking something up after Christmas at the boxing day sale and donating it to the auction.  Are you getting excited?? We sure are!!  WE STILL NEED DONATIONS!!  Still want to donate? You are not too late!  Send your form to the school or call or e-mail one of the committee members.   Not sure what to donate? We can help with that too!  Cash donations are gladly accepted and we will make purchases for you!  Remember that the auction is a child free event. Need a sitter?  We’ve got that too, for FREE!  Just e-mail Tracy Mantel @ to reserve your child’s spot.  Auxiliary will have kitchen open for business as well!  Keep the donations rolling in!!!   The GST Committee: Angie Bergen @;    Tracy Mantel @; Tammie Vannoord; Bettina Vandersleen @; Carrie Vis @; and Jill Vording @

The Sandwich Bag Recycling Program ends soon.  Please send in all your sandwich bags by Monday, Dec. 16th so we can send them off to the recyclers before we close on the 19th.  Unfortunately, Glad has withdrawn from the program.  Each baggie was worth .02 cents each.   

Chess Club:  A sign up form has been posted on the student bulletin board by the office for all students in grades 3-8 who are interested in joining the chess club starting in January during the lunch hour (maybe Tuesdays?).  All interested students will take their lunch at 12:35 to the Art/Board room and play chess while they eat their lunch.  Our Grade by Grade Chess tournament will be on March 26 at Hellenic Centre on Southdale in London.  Thank you to Mr. Murray Rodenburg and Mr. Bram de Dreu for being our chess coaches.

Basketball: Tournament date is Mon Jan 27th!    Boys Practices: Tue after school, Weds at lunch
                                                                                       Girls Practices: Weds after school, Thu at lunch

Please mark your calendar for May 1st, 2014 for a Keith & Kristyn Getty concert to be held in the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church.  Tickets will be available in early December for Christmas gift giving.  The school office also has 3 of their CD’s available:  Joy, An Irish Christmas; Keith and Kristyn Modern and Traditional Hymns and for the children, Songs That Jesus Said.  A great Christmas gift at $12 each! 

Derrick Drover, one of our piano teachers, is holding a Christmas Concert (with his band) at the Richmond United Church on Friday, Dec.6th at 7 p.m. in Richmond.  All are welcome to enjoy an evening of praise and worship celebrating the Christmas season. 

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
Bible: Zechariah and Elizabeth
                Letter and sound:  d
SK:   Printing practice numbers 1-10                                              JK:   Printing practice own names
         Sight Word: see                                                                                  Math: recognizing numbers 1-6
         Math: extend patterns
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Memory Work: Memory work for December 11
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
Spelling: Spelling dictation is on Friday, December 6
Spelling List 11 for Grade 1: hill, bell, fell, ball, fall
Spelling List 11 for Grade 2: less, tell, well, will, still, off, letter, little, silly, happy
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order for December please fill out the form on the flyer and return it to school by Dec. 5 with the payment (cash or cheque). Thank you.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Spelling Dictation (Review List - Units 6 - 10) - Fri., Dec. 6
Grade 3 Spelling Words:  know, too, blew, give, Mississippi, pattern, different, missed, happened, received, having, swimming, niece, mean, uniform, price, everywhere, whole, reached, finish
Grade 4 Spelling Words:  doughnut, problem, smoky, throat, beautiful, uniform, future, human, occurrence, wrapper, suppertime, dollar, February, January, calendar, autumn, mountain, purchase, compass, brother
The memory work for Wed., Dec. 11 is the song "Hush!  There's a Baby" by David Heath-Whyte. The students have a copy of the lyrics and we are practising the song in class.  The class will be singing the song at Joy Notes on Dec. 18.  Please mark the date on your calendar.
The grade 3/4 class received a thank you letter for the well-written and thoughtful Remembrance Day postcards that were sent to war veterans at Parkwood Hospital in London.  Way to go, grade 3/4!
Great effort to grade 3/4 in the Remembrance Day Poster and Poetry Contest at the Aylmer Legion!
Star Student next week is Lily Sinke, followed by Joshua Vannoord
Fri. Dec. 6 – French Quiz on the verb être – to be.  Refer to your Mission Monde 1 workbook, pages 11 – 13, and 15 – 16. Remember to bring your Workbook back to school when you take it home. “Merci”!

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Happy Birthday to Seth Klassen, who will be celebrating his birthday this Saturday, Dec. 7!  May God richly bless you, Seth, in your new year of life!
Memory Work:  Wed. Dec. 11 – Numbers 24:17a – “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.  A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.”
Spelling Dictation:  Fri. Dec. 6 – Unit 11
Scholastic Book Orders:  December flyers were sent home today.  Completed Book Order Forms are due next Thurs. Dec. 12. 
Science: We have a guest in class on Friday – Mr Polland from the Town of Aylmer to discuss snow clearance with us! Our student lab groups will present their recommendations to the janitor this coming Mon Dec 9. Your child may have preparation homework this week, and we will have an extra class work period on Friday afternoon. We will conclude our Properties of Materials unit with a written test next week.
Music:  The class will be playing "The First Noel" with handbells for Joy Notes on Dec. 18.  Please mark your calendar!  Please know your music well and when to play your handbell!

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

Geography:  Map of South America – coloured by Thurs., Dec. 5; Quiz on countries of South America on Wed., Dec. 11.
Music:  The class will be playing "Good King Wenceslas" with boomwhackers for Joy Notes on Dec. 18.  Please mark your calendar! Please know your music well and when to play your boomwhacker!
Recent science and mathematics tests have been graded and returned to the students.  Please ask them how they fared.   Students not meeting the passing standard need a parental signature before a re-write.
Memory Work:  John 11:25-26
Field Trip:  In Bible class we are studying some fundamental questions about life and death.   To help gain a better understanding of how our society views death, a field trip is planned this Friday to the Aylmer Cemetery.  Parent volunteers are asked to accompany the class to allow smaller groupings.  Please let Mr. T or Ms Jones know if you are available from 11 AM to 12 Noon this Friday. 

Christmas Float Parade Participation

___________________________________________________________________, will be able to participate in the Springfield parade on Sat. Dec. 7th at 1:00 p.m.  Meet at John & Marie Smit’s farm, (51524 Ron McNeil Line) 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- or Annette Dykxhoorn-