Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 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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Upcoming Events

March 29  Public Speaking Contest at the Royal
                 Canadian Legion in Essex at 8:30 a.m.
           29  Euchre Tournament 7 p.m.
April     2  8:55 Chapel gr. 5/6 - Lent 4
            3  gr. 5-8 to LDCSS drama production
            9  8:55 Chapel SK - Lent 5; Battle of the Books
          11  Friday Family Fun Night Dinner
          14  Fish Tales afternoon matinee
          16  8:55 Chapel gr. 7/8; Pizza Lunch
               Fish Tales evening drama
          18  Good Friday - school closed
          21  Easter Monday - school closed

From the Principal’s Desk
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For this season of Lent (looking towards the celebration of Easter), I’ve asked pastors of area churches to tell us a story illustrating an aspect of our 2013-2014 theme verse from Col 2:6-7: “You received Christ Jesus as Lord. So keep on living in him. Have your roots in him. Build yourselves up in him. Grow strong in what you believe, just as you were taught. Be more thankful than ever before.”  Our hope with story is that it sticks with us. Test that thought out - show the pictures to your child (grandchild) and see if they can remember the lesson… Pastor Paul Robinson from The Mission spoke about being rooted deep and growing strong and high, how we are to be more like long-lived, tall oak trees than fast-growing, short-lived squash plants. Rev Dirk Miedema from Aylmer CRC stressed that we are to keep on being built up, in a similar fashion that an airplane needs to keep moving to stay aloft. Pastor Peter Barbour from Aylmer Full Gospel spoke to us this morning, and I’ll feature his illustration next week. It is a privilege at ICS to teach all our subjects within a great, true story, His story, of which we are a part!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Next Chapel:  Pastor Randy Fehr and the gr 5/6 class will be sharing with us next Wed.
Praying for our Families: Thursday we prayed for Dave & Charlene Van Gurp and Jeff & Tammie Vannoord
Praying for our Staff:  This week let’s pray for Mr. TenBruggencate. Let’s also pray for several health needs, and for families who are considering Christian education.

Reminders:  Euchre Tournament this Sat., March 29 at 7 p.m Please pre-register by contacting Eric & Leinie Hartemink @ 765-4121 or

Our next Pizza Lunch is Wed April 16th.  Orders are due on Thur April 10.  Order forms at the end of the Journal

April Fool’s Theme Day:  The School Spirit Team will be hosting a “Funny Hat Day” on Fri. April 4.  Find a hat and decorate it with buttons, feathers, stickers or ideas of your choice!  Be part of the “Funny Hat Day.”  Prizes will be given to the student with the best funny hat, per grade.  A trophy will be awarded to the overall Best Funny Hat class winner. Have fun!
Dress Code Reminder: Spring will arrive soon, and so will summer clothing. As you are shopping for or with your child, please keep our dress code in mind. Our dress code was refined by our gr 7/8 class last year, and complements the LDCSS dress code. This would apply to all school events including: classes, sports, field trips, and graduation. Our clothing should be consistent with our goal to honour God with our bodies, as we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19,20).  This still allows for creativity and individuality, but also requires modesty and an awareness of the impact our dress has on others in our community.
  • All tops must have sleeves.
  • Skirts must come down to at least the knee.
  • Shorts must have an inseam longer than 5”. (“Finger-length” is a guide for shorts.)
  • Tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, bare feet, bare midriffs, low necklines are not permitted.
  • No undergarments should be visible.
  • Clothing with objectionable logos or suggestive slogans is not permitted.
  • Wearing a hat, hood or a toque is not permitted in the school building during the school day.
Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to change (substitute clothing will be available to wear for the day), or will contact home to make arrangements to get suitable clothing for the remainder of the day.  Parents may also be notified.

Are You a Painter? Check out the new Brick Red stripe and two doors as a taster for what a paint refresh might look like! The hall doors, kitchen, equipment room and bathroom doors still need attention. If you want to “adopt a door” and paint it up, we have the supplies and can suggest a time when painting will not conflict with school classes or renters. Thanks to our volunteers who started us off! Please call the office if willing!

Recognizing that everything God entrusts to us is His, we as stewards are charged with the responsibility of managing it all in the Owner's best interest.  Therefore, Christian Stewardship Services promotes the concept of giving the "First Fruits" back to Him during our life and when we pass away.
Immanuel Christian School and Christian Stewardship Services will be holding a FREE "will clinic" at the school on Thursday April 24 at 8 pm.  We will review the planning process to fulfill your desire to be good stewards, looking after yourselves and your children while furthering the work of God's kingdom. This clinic is for everyone, young and less young! Take a moment to contact Grace Miedema by calling 519-495-1760 or email at to reserve your seat!

LDCSS Drama Department presents The Matchmaker.  A Seniors matinee on Wed April 9 at 1 p.m. Evening performances will be held on Fri & Sat, April 4 & 5th at 7:30 p.m.and on Fri & Sat, April 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 each.  Please contact LDCSS @ 519-455-4360 or e-mail  

Keith and Kristyn Getty Concert Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Aylmer CRC. Background choir features London District Christian Secondary School students and director, Mr. Matthew Atkins. Tickets are available by email

If anyone is interested in a free Hammond organ, full pedal board in good condition or an upright piano (sustain pedal squeaks) can call Marg Driesman @ 519-633-1544 or e-mail at  

KINDERGARTEN - Mrs.Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…
Bible: Jesus Sets an Example
        The Last Supper
Letter and sound: x
New Units: God’s Gift of Food, The Grocery Store
Fish Tales Production:  All the t-shirts are in…...THANK YOU!  Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Show and Tell: JK - Thursday, March 27
                     SK - Friday, March 28


GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: for Wed. April 2
But Ruth replied,
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, March 28
Grade 1: day, may, stay, play, away, boat, coat, toad
Grade 2: why, try, trying, eat, mean, read, sunny, fly, treat, each
Fish Tales Production: Thank you! All the t-shirts are in. Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Storytelling: Phoebe Sinke will be participating, the Lord willing, at District Level this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 A.M. in Essex at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 201, 103 Talbot Street North, Essex, ON. We’re praying for you Phoebe that you will have fun telling your story to a new audience and that you will enjoy hearing the other children’s stories.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Fish Tales Production: Thank you! All the t-shirts are in. Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Spelling:  Dictation will be on Fri., March 28.
Grade 3 Words:  word, work, world, were, first, girl, turned, learn, bird, fire, here, nurse, jury, stirred, wear, hear, court
Grade 4 Words:  enough, tougher, fifty, pharmacy, alphabet, nephew, trophy, paragraph, telephone, photograph, giraffe, forest, figure, refrigerator, draft, phrase, traffic, chief, forty, chimpanzee
Memory Work: Review of the song for the Fish Tales Production:  “Come to Jesus”
Verse 1:  Come to the one who came down to earth for you.
 Come to the one whose love is always true.
Refrain:  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 .  
Verse 2:  Come to the One who’ll always be your friend,
 Come to the one who’s coming back again.  

  1. GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma

Congratulations: We would like to wish both Holly Cameron and Michael Drop a very Happy Birthday on Friday, March 28.  May God richly bless you, Holly and Michael, in your new year of life!
White T-Shirt:  *Please bring in your t-shirt for the Fish Tales production.  Please print your child’s name on the tag or if no tag then on the bottom hem at the back.  Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Friday Morning Devotions:  (March 28) Victoria Krahn
Spelling Dictation:  Fri., March 28, (List 21)
Memory Work: From: O Sacred Head Now Wounded, Verse 3. (A Recitation)
What language shall I borrow to thank you, dearest Friend,
for this, your dying sorrow, your mercy without end?
Lord, make me yours forever, a loyal servant true,
and let me never, never outlive my love for you.
Text: German tr. Paul Gerhardt, 1656, tr. James W. Alexander, 1830 alt.
Tune: Hans L. Hassler, 1601; adapt. and harm. Johann S. Bach in St. Matthew’s Passion, 1729
Social Science: We’re in the process of looking at the story of our American neighbours. We looked at 5 key events, and at some of the original documents (Declaration on Independence, Gettysburg Address, “I Have a Dream” speech). Great job working through some of the big words, and appreciating the difficulty of the language used! I recently received word that the US Consulate has sent us a package of “goodies” to help us remember the US - should be exciting when it gets here!

  1. GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones

White T-Shirt:  Please bring in your t-shirt for the Fish Tales production. Please have your name printed on the tag or if no tag then on the bottom hem at the back.  Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.  

Memory Work: Fish Tales class song -The Sign of Christ