Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 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.   6  LDCSS Open House & Information Evening
          7  ICS Speak-Fest in gym;  Electives
        12  8:55 Chapel 3/4, Pizza Hot Lunch; Skating
        13  JK/SK, all grades Registration 1-6 p.m.
        14  Electives;  Term 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  

From the Principal’s Desk:

Our 6th snow day today! In the interests of the safety of our children, our policy continues to be to follow the best judgement of the Southwest Ontario Student Transportation Services. We appreciate your patience with us in this. In terms of the effect on our program, we already run 50 more hours (the equivalent of 8 days) than our public schools, giving us some flexibility. We track our instructional progress monthly and I’ll review our January reports this Friday.

Lots of important announcements below to read, so I’ll be short this week! We’ve got a lot going on, and a lot you can be involved in. We sometimes take the gift that is ICS for granted, but a pastor and his wife who toured the school on Monday were astounded by what we have here! There is anticipation and transition as our board, our staff and I look to next year. Keep our enrolments in your prayers, as we seek to be good stewards of our school and reach new families with the gift of Christian education!

in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our Families:  Last Thursday we prayed for Graham & Janet Saarloos and Wilf & Joanne Saarloos.
Praying for our Staff:  Let’s pray for our bus drivers who travel many kilometers in all kinds of weather.

Pizza Lunch:  Orders/money are due tomorrow, Feb. 6th.
Busing:  If your child(ren) will not be riding the bus in the a.m. please give the driver a call. Lost and Found check for missing items.
Breakfast Snack Program:  any parents/grandparents interested in baking 90 banana muffins or oatmeal cookies If interested please call Carrie at 519-765-3433.
Newspapers need to be dropped off at our storage shed at 48180 Talbot Line, west on Hwy 3.

T.R.I.P. order for Feb is attached. Orders are due 9 a.m. Thurs Feb. 13 with pick-up Thurs Feb. 20 in the p.m.

Our final School Skate is on Wednesday, February 12 from 2-3 p.m.  SK to grade 2 are asked to wear helmets, and all students are encouraged to wear mitts to protect their fingers.  Students are asked to carry their skates in a cloth or recycling bag to prevent  injury with the sharp skate blades.  Parents are invited to come and help out.  

Promotions would like to send out a big thank you to all those who made soup for our Information Night. It was great to see so much support form the ICS community as we try to spread the word about our great school! We also want to extend thanks to all who were involved with the evening and helped to pull it all together.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten, All Grades Registration all day 1-6 p.m. on 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 to 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.

Our next Parent-Teacher Conference is scheduled for Monday, March 3.  This conference is intended for everyone, whether you wish to have an update on your child’s progress or you have 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.
Teachers will request a conference for anyone achieving below the ‘C’ level in any subject, so everyone is asked to check the schedule when it is sent home with the February 26th Journal.  Conference request forms are due Thursday, February 13. A sign up form is printed at the end of the Journal.

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!

Congratulations to the following students who will be going to the gym this Friday for our Speak-Fest!
Grade 1: Phoebe Sinke, Owen Vis
Grade 2: Sarah Janssens, Naomi Poortinga
Grade 3: Lily Sinke, Claire Vording
Poetry Presentations:
Grade 4: Megan Friesen, Jocelyn Shelton, Ben Weesjes
Grade 5: Holly Cameron, Kaylynn Mantel
Grade 6: Victoria Krahn, Samantha Vannoord
Grade 7: Amanda DeJong, Dyllon Bergen
Personal Choice:
Grade 8: Nicole Friesen, Matthew Cameron



Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…
Bible : Elijah
Letter and sound: b
Graphing activities
Shapes: hexagon
Counting activities and printing numbers
Please bring in your Teddy Bear for a check-up at our new centre: The Doctor’s Office.
The dates are: JK on Thursday, Feb. 6th and SK on Friday, Feb. 7th

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: for Wed. Feb. 12
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  Exodus 15:2
Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, Feb. 7
Grade 1: go, so, no, home, note, robe, do, you
Grade 2: more, store, stand, star, blew, flew, new, stone, sting, ring
Scholastic Book Club: The February flyers were sent home today. Please return any completed book orders by Thursday, Feb. 13. Thank you
Storytelling: Thank you parents for your assistance in helping your child learn his/her story so well. Our week was filled with blessings as the students shared their stories with each other in class.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy birthday to Caleb Poortinga!  He will celebrate his birthday on Feb. 10!
Spelling Dictation: will be on Fri., Feb 7.
Grade 3 Words:  don’t, didn’t, I’ll, I’m, it’s let’s, you’re, we’re, doesn’t, o’clock, won’t, wouldn’t, its, can’t, that’s, they’re, aren’t
Grade 4 Words:  leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves, potato, potatoes, roof, roofs, family, families, library, libraries, journey, journeys, hero, heroes, ditch, ditches, echo, echoes
Scholastic Book Orders:  If you wish to order from the flyer, please send in the completed forms by Fri., Feb. 14.
Accelerated Reader:  Second term goals are due on Fri., Feb. 14.  Keep reading!  
Wonderful work with the storytelling and poetry recitations, grades 3 & 4!  Way to go!

Memory Work: I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.  Psalm 105: 33 - 34
Math:  Multiplication:  Grade 3:  Practise the 8 - 10 times tables.  Grade 4:  Practise the 10 - 12 times tables.
Science:  Rock and Mineral Scavenger Hunt page is due on Fri. Feb. 7.
Thurs. Feb. 13 - Science Test on Rocks and Minerals - Refer to your notes and Study Guide. Students will receive their Study Guide on Fri. Feb. 7.

GRADE 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma  

Friday Morning Devotions:  (Feb. 7) Matthew Ypma
Spelling Dictation:  Fri. Feb. 7 - Unit 16
Accelerated Reader: Some students have already achieved their 2nd Term goal. AR goal due date is Friday, Feb. 14.  Continue reading and completing quizzes if you are still working towards achieving your goal, Grades 5 & 6.  AR Reports will be sent home on Thurs. Feb. 6.
Public Speaking:  Well done with your in-class speech presentations, everyone!
Memory Work:  John 3:16-17 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Scholastic Book Orders:  February Book Orders were sent home today.  Please return any completed Book Order forms by Friday, Feb. 14.  Thank you.
Science: We continue to research and present the bodies of the solar system. Next Wednesday, we will model the solar system along Caverly Road. How far away is Pluto if we use a sun the size of a small balloon? God’s creation is impressive! Coming up: take home test this Friday, due Weds Feb 12. All moon observations should be handed in by Fri Feb 14.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
LDCSS Registrations are due on Friday, Feb. 14.
L.A.: Creative Writing due Tuesday, Feb. 11th.
Wonderful job with the in-class public speaking!!
FishTales Practise: Thursday, Feb. 6th, Tuesday, Feb 11th at lunch recess for main characters.
Basketball! Gr. 8’s vs Allstar team, Grade 8’s vs staff/parents team on Wednesday, Feb 12th at lunch recess. The Allstar team consists of Dyllon Bergen and Jessica Friesen for best sportsmanship, Dylan Vandersleen and Kira Saarloos for best Offense and Dean Rollins for best Defensive player. Well Done!! Please come out for the fun :)


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)


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!