Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 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.

School’s email address:
Principal’s email address:
ICS Website:    519-773-8476
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LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund):

Upcoming Events

Jan.  30  Knights of Columbus Free Throw
        31  Electives;  New Parent Info Evening    
Feb.   5  8:55 Chapel gr. 1/2  
              LDCSS Open House & Information Evening
          7  Speak of in gym;  Electives
        12  8:55 Chapel 3/4, Pizza Hot Lunch; Skating
        14  Electives;  Term ends; AR goals due
        15  Annual LDCSS Curling Bonspiel     

From the Principal’s Desk:

I always marvel at God’s grace in the details of our school. Our Friday evening GST Auction was one. This is a function designed to allow our supporters to have some fun while making significant donations to the program of the school. The committee and I discussed the prospect of cancelling due to the weather, but we felt strongly that we should go ahead. The atmosphere was fun and friendly, with a buzz in the air! Sales went well, with services especially in demand. Food sold out as our supporters showed up in unusual numbers for a meal. Even the number of auction items (which we’d thought was lower than previous events) allowed an earlier finish with attendees eager to get on the road home. Thankfully, despite horrible visibility and some encounters with ditches, I am unaware of any injuries or serious accidents. We raised $26,000! We understand the weather would have kept some away. Those unable to attend who still wish to lend their support to the school may make direct donations or may commit an extra amount to the Spring drive.

Especially in a deficit year, we rely on our loyal community to keep Christian education strong. Our budget supports a strong education program, while holding the line on tuition, which results in expenses being greater than tuition income. We are being prudent with our expenses, but we are on track to incur our forecast deficit. We continue to have room for additional enrolments. Our Board will discuss our vision at the February meeting. What does “Christian, innovative and exceptional” mean for us? How do we continue to build a buzz amongst students, parents and supporters? How do we attract those Christian families who are not yet part of ICS? Let’s all strive to make ICS a Christian, fun and exciting learning environment!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Alec & Elaine Saarloos and Kelvin & Rose Saarloos.
Praying for our Staff:  Mr. Cameron   
Other prayer requests: We have recently become aware of several serious health concerns in several of our staff families, as well as serious illnesses among our OACS-family of schools staffs. Please be faithful in prayer for health and strength for those who serve in Christian education, and for their families.

Reminder to Parents:  If your child(ren) will not be riding the bus in the morning please give the driver a call.  We could save some fuel/driving costs in some cases.

New Parent Information Evening is this Friday, January 31, starting at 5:30.  
Promotions is still looking for soup donations for Friday night's information night. If you are able to help please call Carrie 519-765-3290 or drop off at the school on Friday.

Pizza Lunch Feb. 12:  Order forms are printed at the end of Journal.  Orders/money are due by Feb. 6th.

Our Lost and Found barrels are full of mitts, socks, shirts, blue jeans, etc.  Please have your child check and claim their missing belongings.


We gratefully acknowledge our GST AUCTION COMMITTEE – Angie Bergen, Tracy Mantel, Carrie Vis, Paddi Vandendool, Bettina Vandersleen, Tammie Vannoord and Jill Vording, as well as the Ladies Auxiliary, tech team and auctioneers so key for success!

Breakfast Snack Program:  Are there any parents or grandparents who would be interested in baking banana muffins or oatmeal cookies for our breakfast program?  We would need 90 pieces.  If interested please call Carrie at 519-765-3433.

The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit has published a booklet on “One Month of Mini-Meals for the Balance School Day”.  You may be interested in some new ideas to pack in your child’s lunch or read up on some time saving tips.
F.Y.I.:  The Health Unit has now moved to their new location, 1230 Talbot St., St. Thomas. (east end of town).  

Newspapers:  Please bring all newspapers for recycling to our storage shed at Martin’s Lift Truck, (48180 Talbot Line, west on Hwy 3, on the North side of the road).  Our other drop location is the VandeHoef farm (52442 Lyons Road).  Please do not drop them off at the school.

Small-School Basketball Results, Tuesday Jan 28: Well done all!
  • Our boys team played hard, and I heard many comments about their solid plays and determination. They made it to the semi-finals. Special thanks to Ms Jones for her talent and time in coaching.
  • Our girls team also played hard, picking up a few injuries along the way (Lindsay turned an ankle, and Sam broke a finger), but came out from that with a first-place finish! Special thanks to Mrs Friesen for sharing her time and skills with the girls.
  • A special thanks to our non-player students and all parents for your efforts in support of the concession stand. We have $400 profit towards Fair Glen Camp, about $20 per student!
  • ***Grade 8 and all-stars (defensive, offensive, sportsmanship) vs Staff/Parents Basketball Game will be announced soon. But First we need some parents from either boys or girls team who would like to join the Staff during a lunch recess to play the students! Please contact Ms. Jones by Friday.
KofC Freethrow. Congratulations to the following students who will be representing I.C.S. in the Aylmer Knights of Columbus Free-throw championships at Assumption School this Thursday. Thank you!
Scheduled time
Jocelyn Shelton
Ben Weesjes
Kaylynn Mantel
Cody Bergen
Victoria Krahn
Michael Drop
Kira Saarloos
Cole Versnick
Nicole Friesen
Ben VanderDeen

Are you considering London District Christian Secondary School for your child’s future education?  We invite you to join us Thursday, February 6th, 2014, at 7p.m. at London District Christian Secondary School for an Information and Desert Evening. Tour the school, Meet the teachers and Learn more about LDCSS. If this date is inconvenient, please feel free to arrange another time to visit. This evening is open to families with students in grades 6-8.  For more information please contact Margaret Schmor at     



Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…
Bible: Samson
Letter and sound: f
Nursery Rhymes: Ten Little Snowmen
Matching mittens
Graphing activities
Shapes: oval and diamond
Left and right
What to feed birds in winter

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Happy 7th Birthday
Owen Vis
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
Memory Work: storytelling story
Spelling: Spelling Dictation words for Friday, January 31
Grade 1: we, me, he, be, see, need, tree, sheep
Grade 2: her, girl, turn, hurt, first, were, card, part, start, are
Storytelling and Poetry Presentations: Yesterday was our first exciting day of storytelling and poetry presentations. We are looking forward to hearing the rest of our classrooms presentations this Thursday and Friday. If your child has chosen a story or poem that is not in the envelope, remember to have him/her bring the book or a copy to school on his/her presentation day. Parents will be notified by phone when the top two storytellers from grades 1, 2 and 3, and the top poetry reciters from Grade 4 have been chosen. These students will have an opportunity to present their stories and poems in the gym on Tuesday, February 4 at our Grades 1 to 4 practice session, and then on Friday, February 7, 2014 at our I.C.S. Speakfest in the gym.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Storytelling/Poetry Presentation Schedule: Please continue to practise your story/poem.  Have fun being expressive and including some actions!  Please bring your story/poem to school on the presentation date if it is not in the storytelling/poetry envelope.  Thank you.  
Thurs., Jan. 30 - Jocelyn, Victor, Claire, Allie, Ben, Joshua
Fri., Jan. 31 - William, Mariah, Selena, Randall, Hayden
Memory Work:  Memorize and practise your story/poem.
Math:  We are studying multiplication.  Grade 3 :  Review the 6 and 7 times tables. Grade 4:  Review the 8 and 9 times tables.
Spelling:  Spelling Dictation will be on Fri., Jan. 31.
Grade 3:  pointing, oily, boy, voice, oyster, voyage, loyal, joined, coin, choice, poison, destroy, enjoy, choose, chocolate, demolish, amuse
Grade 4:  early, earth, search, service, wonder, surface, curly, shirt, thirty, doctor, sailor, shower, bakery, another, barber, collar, worse, world, globe, short
Grade 3 will be participating in the Red Cross Swim to Survive program at the St Thomas YMCA on Fridays from Jan 31 to Feb 28.  Please bring your bathing suit and towel.   Grade 4 will be attending electives on those dates.
French Quiz:  Wed. Feb. 5 - Conjugating Avoir - To Have

GRADE 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma  

Congratulations:  We would like to wish Jordyn Vandendool a very happy birthday tomorrow, Jan. 30. God’s richest blessings, Jordyn on your special day!

Friday Morning Devotions: (Jan. 31) Grace Vording
Memory Work:  Speeches
We have heard a number of speech presentations already.  The variety of topics, interests and individual ways of presenting speeches from introductions to conclusions, has been a delightful listening experience! We are looking forward to hearing our remaining speakers present their speeches.
*Thurs. Jan. 30 - Cody, Michael, Josiah
*Fri. Jan. 31 - Seth, Braden, Dylan
Spelling Dictation:  Fri. Jan.31 - Unit 15
Bible Studies Test: Wed. Feb. 5 - Jesus’ Birth and Early Life - Refer to your Study Guide and notes.
Science: We enjoyed informative presentations and skits explaining how advancements in the technology of telescopes expanded our view of the universe. Awaken the awe: keep on with your moon observations until your sheet is complete. We are looking at Canadian contributions to space exploration, and students have just chosen a body of our solar system to research. Following the research, we will create an outdoor scale model along Caverly Road to demonstrate how big our solar system really is! Mr C
Le Fran├žais:  The students have the results from the French test.  We enjoyed preparing pizza in preparation for the test on the unit, “La Pizza.”  

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
ART: Some amazing sculptures have been made for the 100's project while exploring and experimenting.
Health: Students are discussing the issue of harassment and decisions making.
L.A.: Rough drafts are due Thursday, January 30th.
In class presentations are scheduled for:
February 3rd for Grade 8 selections. (must be over 1 minute in length, memorized.)
February 4th for Speeches (3-5 mins. long) See: for more details.
Gr.8's are also to submit a Creative Writing piece for February 7th. This is not presented in class but will be entered into the Young Writers Creative Writing Contest. (Grade 7 students may participate in this for extra credit)
Spelling: No further quizzes will be scheduled until the end of electives. Spelling will be graded as applied to everyday work.
Upcoming Tests:Tomorrow both grades 7&8 will be tested in mathematics on Chapter 6.  
On Friday a Science test will be given on Force, Work, and Energy.  Students must review their notes, all handouts,  and Unit 2 of the textbook Science Today 2.
Memory Work: Public speaking presentations.

Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, February 12
__________________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,
Feb. 6.   No late orders please!

Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, February 12
__________________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,
Feb. 6.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, February 12
__________________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,
Feb. 6.   No late orders please!

Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, February 12
__________________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,
Feb. 6.   No late orders please!