Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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:    519-773-8476Check us out on Facebook:      
LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
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Upcoming Events

Jan.  20  PA Day - no school; LDCSS Study day
        21,23, 24 are LDCSS exam days
        22  8:55 Chapel Gr. SK
        24  the popular ICS GST Auction!
        27,28 - no LDCSS, turn around days
        28  Basketball Tournament
        29  8:55 Chapel
        31  Electives;  New Parent Information Evening    
Feb.   5  LDCSS Open House & Information Evening

From the Principal’s Desk:

This is an exciting time of year as we plan for next year. Promotions Committee (and our church ambassadors) are reaching out with information and invitations to our Info Night on Fri Jan 31 and our Jump into Kindergarten trial in February. Building new relationships, I have made contact with several Tillsonburg pastors and have toured them through the school. Several interested families have also visited.

As we work, we must not neglect to pray. In fact, this is the more important of our tasks. God has allowed our school to flourish and grow from humble beginnings, making a difference in the next generation. In a land unsupportive to God’s people (similar to Christian education in the Ontario political climate?), Jeremiah records God telling his people to, “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper…. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (29: 7, 11). Those plans include both our children and our school - please be faithful in prayer!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last week Thursday during morning devotions the staff prayed for Randy & Bettina Poortinga and Fred & Carrie Rempel.   
Praying for our Staff:  This week we will remember Mrs. VanderHoek in prayer.
Wednesday Weekly Chapels:  You are invited to join us on Jan 22 at 8:55 with the Senior Kindergarten class and Mrs. VanderHoek.


JUST OVER A WEEK AWAY!  You won’t want to miss ICS’s most exciting fundraising event!   New Items just in - Rib Dinner for 4 at the Vandendool Home, a DreamEasy Queen size Mattress set (pocket coil), a Leather Power Recliner (chocolate brown), fresh bread from the ‘Cameron Bakery’, Vehicle Cleaning, a Cedar-Lined Pine Hope Chest, Boterkoek and an “Organize your Space” donation for 3 to 4 hours of organizing in your home!  YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THESE GREAT ITEMS!!!!!!  CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH!  
Remember that the Auxiliary will have the kitchen open for business.
$5 per plate pasta supper - your choice of Lasagna and garlic bread or Spaghetti and garlic bread, $2 for desserts, $1 for drinks.  Supper will be available at 4 for the early viewers.    
Don’t forget we have FREE babysitting available.  Contact Tracy Mantel (519.269.3000) to reserve your child’s spot.

Still want to donate a service or an item?  Not sure what to donate?  How about pet sitting, babysitting, cleaning services, manual labour, snow shoveling, a movie night, gardening services, homemade cards or handknit items.  You can also make a cash donation and the GST Auction Committee will purchase items for you.  Bring your form into the school or contact one of our Committee Members.  The GST Auction book will be printed and distributed by the end of the week!
GST AUCTION COMMITTEE – Angie Bergen, Tracy Mantel, Carrie Vis, Paddi Vandendool, Bettina Vandersleen, Tammie Vannoord and Jill Vording!

PD Day Monday January 20: This is an LDCSS study day. Our staff will be working to develop our Term 3 multi-age integrated study. I recently completed a graduate-level curriculum course, and my final project will form the skeleton of our work. We’d aim to focus on “Gifts for Healing”, discussing the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, with school families digging into the story of others who have made advancements in health (Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, Frederick Banting, Norman Bethune…). With all ages, we aim to teach in a context of delight, investigation, giving back and being still before God.

Transportation Reminder:  Wednesday, Jan. 22, Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday Jan. 28 LDCSS has exam study days and turn around days.  Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave 25 minutes later in the morning.  

New Parent Information Evening
Do you know someone that has expressed interest in Immanuel Christian School? Perhaps you know a family that has young children that are now school age and are beginning to think about the kind of education that they would like for their children.
Promotions is once again hosting an information evening for those who are interested in visiting I.C.S., to see what we have to offer. They are invited to come out January 31, starting at 5:30 for supper, a classroom visit for the children, and a brief information session and tour for the parents. If you know someone that you would like us to invite, please contact the school.
For those who have received their invite please RSVP to the school  by Wednesday January 29.   
Promotions is looking for volunteers to supply a pot of soup for our information evening supper on Jan.31. Your help would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Carrie Vis if you can help (519-765-3290).

LDCSS Info Night: If your child is in grade 6 or 7, and you want to know more about a Christian high school option, this may be for you! Thursday Feb 6, 7 - 9 pm. See

Mark February 15 for the annual LDCSS Curling Bonspiel.  Cost $500/team. Book your team by Feb. 1st by calling Albert Weesjes, 591-773-3238 or e-mail  Lunch and snacks provided for participants.  

Hat and Gum Day 2014 Thank-you to the ed committee ( Ray Kaastra, Randy Poortinga, Nancy Robinson, Chantelle Bakker), our adult volunteers and our grade 8 class for their efforts to make Hat and Gum Day a fun success! We raised over $345 for Christian curriculum development, and had a lot of fun. The gr 8s also organized a winter carnival at lunch, while the gr 7s led their school families through the events, building inter-age camaraderie - well done!
Winners of the biggest bubble blowing contest: 1st:  Dean Rollins 14 cm, 2nd: Hayden Guenther 11 cm, 3rd: Holly Cameron 10 cm.


Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…
Bible: Israel’s New Leader, Crossing the Jordan River, The Fall of Jericho
Unit: God’s Changing Seasons: Winter Wonder
Letter and sound: u
Math: JK - small, medium, large
                       big, bigger, biggest
                       small, smaller, smallest
                      SK - missing numbers
In addition to their Sound Books, SK students will be bringing home Word Books. Please practice sounding out these words with your child. Thank you!

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: storytelling story
Spelling: Spelling Dictation words for Friday, January 17
Grade 1: five, nine, like, ride, time, dime, my, by
Grade 2: too, school, soon, good, book, shook, took, when, what, who
Scholastic Book Club: If you would like to place an order from the January flyers please have your child bring the order form with the payment (cash or check) to school by Thursday, January 16. Thank-you.
Storytelling: Thank you for assisting your child in choosing a story he/she would enjoy learning for storytelling. Please help your child learn the storyline well  so that he/she can enjoy speaking with different character voices and also add some actions. Below is the storytelling presentation schedule for Grades 1 & 2.
Your child must take the story book or copy to school on the presentation date if his/her story is not in the envelope.
Monday, January 27: Xavier, Naomi, Sarah, Marcel
Tuesday, January 28: Eden, Delilah, Phoebe
Wednesday, January 29: Josiah, Allyson, Aryanna
Thursday, January 30: Owen, Jedidiah, Gavin
Friday, January 31: Joshua, Makayla, Dylan, Kahlen
Reading Buddies/Storytelling Practice: First period every Thursday morning the students in Grades 1 & 2 should bring their book or script they are using for storytelling. This will be a great opportunity  for their reading buddies to help them along in memorizing their story and possibly giving them some added  ideas in presenting their story. Keeping their storytelling book or script in their backpack will also give them opportunities to practice during each school day.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy Birthday to Gracie Bergen!  She turned nine years old on Jan. 10.
Tech: Unusually, we had tech homework last week, to develop some possible passwords of our own. I am preparing gr 4 students to be able to use Google Docs safely next year. Passwords are due in library / tech class. Mr C
Star Student for next week is Allie Weesjes, followed by Ben Weesjes.  
Language Arts:  Students have information about storytelling (grade 3) and poetry presentations (grade 4).  Please begin memorizing and practising the story/poem.     
Storytelling presentation schedule:  Wed., Jan. 29 - Devon, Caleb, Gracie, Lily, Lucas, Megan
   Thurs., Jan. 30 - Jocelyn, Victor, Claire, Allie, Ben, Joshua
    Fri., Jan. 31 - William, Mariah, Selena, Randall, Hayden
Scholastic Book Orders:  Please return any completed book order forms by Fri., Jan. 17.  
The next Spelling Dictation (Unit 13) will be on Fri., Jan. 17.  
Grade 3 Words:  lady, ladies, surprise, surprises, toys, shoes, shy, cry, cried, study, studied, story, only, finally, family, families, poetry
Grade 4 Words:  lived, living, rattled, rattling, studied, studying, travelled, travelling, changed, changing, appeared, appearing, raced, racing, hoped, hoping, wrapped, wrapping, whisper, whispering
Math:  We are studying multiplication.  Grade 3:  Please practise the 0 - 3 times tables. Grade 4:  Please practise the 0 - 5 times tables.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Buma

Spelling Dictation:  Fri. Jan. 17 - Unit 13
Friday Morning Devotions: (Jan. 17) Samantha Vannoord
Math Review:  Fri. Jan. 17 (Gr. 5) Multiplying Two-Digit Factors (56 x 74 = 4144), Multiplying with Money ($17.95 x 6 = $107.70) and Multiplying with Tenths (15.6 x 7 = 109.2)
(Gr. 6) Three-Digit Multipliers (432 x 21 = 9072, also with Zero in the Multiplier, (304 x 123 = 37392) and Multiplying Money, ($0.08 x 9 = $0.72) or ($6.79 x 14 = $95.06).
Memory Work:  Speech Presentations
Speech Writing:  Students have submitted their Speech Topics.  Researching and reading about their topic is next.  Rough drafts are an important part of the preparations. While speeches may not be read, writing the main points on Q-cards to guide the presentation, is permitted. Remember to stick to your topic.  Have a good opening and closing statement. Organize the content of your speech.  Use good sentences and interesting words. Below is the Public Speaking schedule for Grades 5 & 6.
Mon. Jan 27 - Micah, Victoria, Grace
Tues. Jan. 28 - Holly, Matthew, Dylan
Wed. Jan. 29 - Jordyn, Samantha, Kaylynn
Thurs. Jan. 30 - Cody, Michael, Josiah
Fri., Jan. 31 - Seth, Braden
Scholastic Book Orders:  Please return any completed Book Order forms by Friday, Jan. 17.
Science: Well done students, for modelling how our sun - moon - earth system behaves (day and night, seasons, phases of the moon, eclipses, tides), and then teaching the same to our gr 1/2 class! Keep on with your moon observations until your sheet is complete. Today, we began a group research project on telescopes and how advancements in that area expanded our view of the universe. Next up: find out how big our solar system really is! Mr C
Tech: Your “Using World Book Online” poster is due tomorrow. This is a great resource you can access from home with your public library card! Any students still not complete will be asked to stay for a tutorial session after school on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30. Mr C
Phys. Ed.: During next weeks classes we will be choosing participants for the Free Throw Competition.
Boys Basketball: An exhibition game with Faith Community Christian School is scheduled for next Thursday, January 23. Please notify Ms. Jones by Friday if you cannot make it. Next Tuesday practise may also be a game with Davenport Public School (tba).

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
LDCSS. Mr. Paul Buma will meet with the gr. 8 class on high school options and course selection on Thursday, Jan 16 at 1:30.
Memory Work: Romans 5:7-8
Tech: As a class we “solved” the Cyber Cops online harassment case last Friday. This OPP resource deals with a serious subject, sensitively dealt with in a moral context. The scope of the resources able to track online activity were significant, while the consequences of inappropriate information exchange were sobering. We will continue this unit by acting out alternative, positive choices the characters could have made to have a happier resolution.  The Cyber Organizer (see wikispaces) is due in class on Thu. Mr C
Art: We are working on a sculpture project called 100 Something. If you have a glue gun and glue sticks, or any other supplies you need please bring them in for this Friday.
L.A.: All speeches and writing will need to be done on students own time. Time will be available in class if other work is done. Please set up a meeting with me (Ms. Jones) if you need help. All students were to have research completed at the beginning of this week and sent to me, and need to have their introduction and conclusion done by Friday, January 17th. Grade 8’s are also participating in a Creative Writing Contest due Friday, February 7th (grade 7’s optional) that is separate from their public speaking selections. Prizes are awarded and your work could be published in a high quality anthology.
In class presentations for Speakfest are Monday, February 3rd (gr. 8’s) and Tuesday, February 4th (gr. 7’s)
Basketball Tournament: the small schools tournament is coming soon on Tue Jan 28th. As a school, ICS is also convening this tournament. The convening school provides the concession stand. We’ll plan on using our few senior students who are not on a team to operate the stand, with all profits going towards the gr 7/8 camping trip. Parents who may be able to assist with a shift over the period 9 am - 1:30 pm are asked to contact Mr. or Mrs. Cameron.
Boys Basketball: An exhibition game with Faith Community Christian School is scheduled for next Thursday, January 23. Please notify Ms. Jones by Friday if you cannot make it. Next Tuesday practise may also be a game with Davenport Public School (tba).
Phys. Ed.: During next weeks classes we will be choosing participants for the Free Throw Competition.
Winter Carnaval: Thank you Grade 8’s for planning and organizing fun and challenging events!! Thanks to the Grade 7th for leading their families!! The top three point earners for the carnival were team 5 (17pts), team 6 (14pts), team 4 (13pts). Great Job Everyone :)