Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 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:    519-773-8476Check us out on Facebook:      
LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360

Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund):

Upcoming Events

Feb.  13  JK/SK, all grades Registration 1-6 p.m.
        14  Electives;  Term 2 ends; AR goals due
        15  Legion Public Speaking
              Annual LDCSS Curling Bonspiel  
        17  Family Day - school closed
        18  P.A. Day -report card writing - no classes  
        19  Chapel 5/6;  Board meets @ 8
        21  Electives

From the Principal’s Desk:

We’re coming to an end of the second term this Friday, with AR goals due and a time to reflect on how the term has gone as report cards come out. As a Christian elementary school, we aim to promote growth academically, socially, physically and spiritually. Report cards are meant to help all students to celebrate strengths and to highlight areas to grow. They are not meant to sort students into those who “succeed” at school and those who do not. We aim for much higher than that, striving to prepare all our students to “meet the challenge of the world and the culture they live in as young and growing Christians.” Your child’s teacher will carefully consider the report card comments on academic performance and growth in Christian character. Our reports are a reflection of the faithful parent-teacher partnership behind an education at Immanuel. Enjoy a long Family Day weekend as we take a PA day to write those reports!
in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last Thursday - Darryl & Krystal Schipper and Gerald & Grace Schipper.
Praying for our Staff:  Let’s pray for our office staff: Mrs. Janssen and Mrs. Smit.

Reminders:  T.R.I.P. orders are due tomorrow 9 a.m. Thurs Feb. 13.

     Parent-Teacher Conference Monday, March 3. Conference request forms are due tomorrow, Thursday, February 13. A sign up form is printed at the end of the Journal.  Confirmation schedule to come home with the Feb. 26th Journal. Teachers will request interviews for all students experiencing challenges.

Tomorrow is the Junior, Senior Kindergarten, All Grades Registration from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, February 13. Please bring along a copy of our child’s certificate, health card and immunization record.  We will photocopy the necessary documents for you. Mr. Cameron will be available to do an admission interview with you. If you cannot make the registration day please call or e-mail the school and we can get the paperwork to you or you may drop in at any time at the office.  We would appreciate having your completed paperwork as soon as possible as we are looking at numbers for class sizes before the next Board meeting.

Happy Valentine's Day!  Join us for Friday Family Fun Night's Valentines Dinner this Friday, February 14 from 5-7pm in the school gym.  Enjoy a 'hearty' :) meal of fresh Salad, homemade Chicken Pot Pie, lovely Drinks, and Chocolate and Fruit for Dessert served by the Cupid Couples of Aylmer CRC Sonlight Bible Study Group!  Adults $8, Children 10+ under $5.  
Delivery to Heritage Place and Takeout (519.773.8476) will also be available.

From Transportation Committee:  This winter we have had a number of issues with several of our buses.  Sometimes it seems as if these maintenance issues come in bunches.  As Transportation Committee, along with the help of our maintenance providers, we continue to monitor this and seek to get the buses back on the road as quickly as possible, recognizing that safety always comes first.   This can be frustrating for bus drivers as well - they strive to give the best possible service.   We thank you for your patience in this matter and hope that with warm weather coming soon, these issues will resolve on their own.
- Eric Hartemink, committee chair

Transportation Note for LDCSS Students: I.C.S. has a P.D. day on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45 a.m. (Students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40.)  She will stop at Carter Road at 7:50 then to the school, leave I.C.S. at 8:00, stop at Hiemstra’s at 8:10, and stop in Lyons at the Fire Hall at 8:15, stop at Hwy 74 and Wilson Rd. at 8:20 then on to L.D.C.S.S. Return trip will be done in reverse.

Fish Tales: We are very excited to be starting practice on our musical! We are in need of some fishing paraphernalia such as fishing nets, lobster traps, etc. as well as a Big Mouth Billy Bass (singing fish on the wall). If you are able to help us in this area, or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cameron, Ms. Jones or Mrs. Groeneweg. Thank you!

Public Speaking and Story Telling:  We are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected as grade-level Speakfest winners:
grade 1: Phoebe Sinke
grade 2: Naomi Poortinga
grade 3: Lily Sinke
grade 4: Megan Friesen (poetry)
grade 5: Holly Cameron
grade 6: Victoria Krahn
grade 7: Luke Schuurman
grade 8: Nicole Friesen (poetry)
Students in grades 1-3 and 5-7 will be competing in the Legion speaking contest on Saturday, Feb 15 held at the Legion at 1:00 p.m.  Registration will be held at 12:30 p.m. for all speakers.  Poetry recitals are very important (which is why we do them), but are not part of the Legion contest. All students are to be congratulated for excellent performances, giving glory to God with their voices - as one of our graduate expectations declares, "I have a voice!".

Each of the contestants was selected to represent their schools at the Aylmer contest, through competitions held at their respective schools.  The winners of the Aylmer Contest now advance to the District Championships to be held on Sat. Feb. 15th,  in Tillsonburg at the Monsignor O’Neil Catholic School.
Jocelyn Shelton and Ben Weesjes will be representing I.C.S. at the Championships this year!

Battle of the Books: This year the Battle of the Books competition, again hosted by Strathroy, will be held on Wednesday, April 9.  Currently we have 6 readers on the Senior team and 4 on the Junior team.  We must have at least 3 players in order to qualify, and up to 6 players will play for each game.  It looks like we should be able to send 2 teams again this year.  At this point, students are reading the 10 books on their lists and making questions to use during practice times.  Our aim is to finish all the reading by the end of this month, so we can move forward with the practices.  At that point, students will also receive an envelope of questions to review and study. Please keep in mind that we will need parent drivers on the competition day.  If you would like to join us, let Mrs. Robinson know.  Keep up the good work, team members!  You are making great progress!!

LDCSS Spring Fundraising Dinner, March 1, 2014.  Enjoy a short comedy by senior drama students, special music by LDCSS praise team members, great food, and wonderful fellowship.  New for this year, we plan to include a silent auction.  If you have an item or service that you would like to donate please let us know.  For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact:  Margaret Schmor or Dennis Goforth 519-273-3936,

KINDERGARTEN - Mrs.Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…
Bible: Elijah
Letter and sound: j
Exchange Valentine Cards: JK - Thursday, Feb.13
                                            SK - Friday, Feb 14
Welcome back Ms. Wall. We are excited to have you in our classroom the next two weeks.
Memory Work: JK and SK (from the Fish Tales musical)
                                                      God Is Great, God Is Good
God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food.
But even more we thank Him for loving us, loving us.
We break our bread before You and pray You use it for
our strength to serve You better and our hearts to love You more.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: for Wed. Feb. 19 God Is Great, God Is Good
God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food.
But even more we thank Him for loving us, loving us.
We break our bread before You and pray You use it for
our strength to serve You better and our hearts to love You more.
Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, Feb. 14
Grade 1: late, feet, cone, line, snake, gave, jeep, use
Grade 2: have, give, love, from, live, friend, much, such, old, told
Scholastic Book Club: Please return any completed book orders for February by Thursday, Feb. 13. Thank you

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Memory Work: for Wed., Feb. 19 Come to Jesus (from the Fish Tales musical)  
Come to the one who came down to earth for you.
Come to the one whose love is always true.
Come to Jesus.  He’s calling your name.
Come to Jesus.  His love doesn’t change.
Come to Jesus. He patiently waits.
He is waiting.  He is calling.  Come to Jesus.
Spelling Dictation:  Fri., Feb. 14
Grade 3 Words:  follow, below, own, grown, town, ground, around, found, about, house, group, would, should, country, cousin, fallen, could
Grade 4 Words:  also, bought, cough, almost, false, officer, soft, stalk, halt, faucet, saucer, caution, lawyer, awesome, stall, crawl, awful, because, almighty, future
Science Test:  Rocks and Minerals - Thurs. Feb. 13 - Refer to your notes and Study Guide.
Math:  Multiplication:  Keep practising the 11 and 12 times tables.
Accelerated Reader Goals are due on Fri., Feb. 14.  

GRADE 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma 
Memory Work:  (From our Fish Tales Musical) - A Good Day on a Bad Day
It was a good day on a bad day.  You heard it right, I’ll say it again,
It was a good day on a bad day, when Jesus died to rise again.  
Because He gave His life upon the cross and paid the price of sin for us,
that good day on a bad day was a great day for me.
Copyright 2000 Kathie Hill Music (admin. by Word music, Inc.)
Congratulations:  We would like to wish Josiah VanGurp a very happy birthday tomorrow, Feb. 13.  God’s richest blessings, Josiah, on your special day!
Friday Morning Devotions:  (Feb. 14) Cody Bergen
Spelling Dictation:  Fri.  Feb. 14 - Review List (Units 13 - 16)
Accelerated Reader:  AR Reports were sent home yesterday.  Fri. Feb. 14 is our 2nd Term goal due date.
Scholastic Book Orders:  Please return completed book orders for February, by Friday, Feb. 14.  Thank you.
Science: Do you know how far away Pluto is? How are the planets similar? Different? Who do you see when you look up at night? Ask your son or daughter in grade 5/6! Using the sidewalk along Caverly Road, we modelled the solar system today. Don’t forget the take-home test due on Thursday, and the moon journal! We complete this unit on space on Friday.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
LDCSS Registrations are due on Friday, Feb. 14.
Grade 8 students and their parents are invited to attend Providence Reformed Collegiate’s New Student Day, scheduled for March 5th.  Students are welcome to come on the bus or arrive at the formal start of the day at 10:10.  For more information or to register, please contact the principal, Mr. Chris deBoer at 519-471-0661or
Geography: Animals of the Tropical Rainforest Report due Thursday, February 20, 2014
On Thursday, February 20th the grade 7&8 class will be tested in mathematics on Chapter 7: Exponents Memory work for Wednesday, February 19th- Matthew 3:8-10
Music:  The students are working on music projects, based on bucket drumming.  They will be working in their groups in music class on Wednesdays and Fridays.  They need to come to class with their supplies and be ready to work. Performances will be on Wed., March 5!  Have a one page (or more) written presentation about what your group has learned about bucket drumming - i.e. history, rhythms, construction of instruments etc. Have fun creating music!  For more information, please see wikispaces.
Group A: Matthew, Jessica, Caleb
Group B: Megan, Lindsay, Luke, Tyler
Group C: Kiley, Amanda, Dean, Ben
Group D: Nicole, Ryan, Dyllon, Correy
Group E: Kameron, Kira, Dylan, Cole
ART/LA (Media): Working on a Business Plan using forms of media to advertise a product. Poster is due at the end of class this Thursday. Presentations will be Thursday, Feb. 20th
L.A.: Creative Writing assigned edits are due Wednesday, Feb. 19th.


Parent/Teacher Conferences – Monday, March 3, 2014
            This conference is intended for everyone who wishes to have an update on their child’s progress or has a special concern to discuss.  If you wish, students from grades 3-8 may also attend the conference with you.  You will notice a self reflection form included with this term’s report cards which may be used during these conferences.
A teacher may make a request to have parents come in for an interview as well.
Please indicate on this form the approximate time and which teachers you would like to see for your scheduled conference.  We ask that you only book a conference with your child’s classroom teacher.  He or she will have marks and or comments from the rotary teachers.  If your child has Resource support, please book a conference also with the Resource teacher.  If after these conferences, you wish to speak to one of the other teachers, please call him/her to schedule an appointment.
            Showing a (1) for first choice and a (2) for second choice will help us in our time scheduling.  A “Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule” sheet serving as your confirmation will be attached to the Journal the week before the conferences.
I prefer the following time:  4:00 - 5:00 _____  6:00 - 7:30  _____  7:30 - 9:00  _____                     
            I wish to see the following teacher(s):
                              child’s teacher                                               child
            ____________________________ concerning ________________
            ____________________________ concerning ________________
            ____________________________ concerning ________________
            ____________________________ concerning ________________
                                                                                             Parent’s name (please print)