Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April 30th Journal

                                   Wednesday, April 30, 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.

Upcoming Events

April  30  8:00 p.m ICS Membership meeting
May   1    Students attend afternoon Getty concert
          2    Gifts of Healing study starts
          3    WDCS Badminton tournament
          4-11   Christian Education week
          4     Participation at Aylmer CRC
          7     Chapel 8:55am; Open House 8:45-11
          11   Participation at Tillsonburg CRC
          14   Gauss Math contest Gr 7&8
          17   ICS Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Knot
          19   Victoria Day Holiday- no school
          21  Track & Field Day (rain date May 26)        
School’s email address:
Principal’s email address:
ICS Website:    519-773-8476
Check us out on Facebook:       
LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
Christian Education Foundation (endowment fund):

From the Principal’s Desk:

I am excited by the ways God works! As a community, we have been working hard this past year to get the message about ICS “out there” to other Christian parents. Last week, ICS joined Grace Community Church in worship, these coming weeks we join Aylmer and then Tillsonburg CRC. Promotions Committee has been active in making contacts, and hosting “dodgeball mania.” Finance Committee has been developing and advocating for a new universal bursary program. Fundraising Committee has been working with our GST and Golf Committees, and building community support through Friday Family Fun Nights. Our teachers have been stretching their wings with Fish Days, the Fish Tales musical, and starting this Friday, with the new Gifts of Healing multi-age study. Lots of exciting things, keep being excited by it all!

And at the same time, God has opened new doors through means we haven’t directly cultivated! We have had three families send students to “school for a day,” and one family has just indicated that they wish to register their daughter for gr 7 next year! We were sought out by a homeschool family, with a view to an immediate start in early May (see my welcome below!). We have an invitation to present in Tillsonburg Alliance and North Broadway Baptist in June. God does have plans for “a hope and a future” (Jer 29:11) as our school poster declares! As important as our work is, we must also be faithful and committed in prayer. Our God opens doors in hearts that we cannot even think of! Come out to our membership meeting tonight in an excited and prayerful attitude!

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This week we pray for Chris & Chantelle Baker and Dave & Angie Bergen.
Praying for our staff:  This week let’s pray for Mrs. Groeneweg. Please remember in prayer the Janssen family as Bernie starts his chemotherapy treatments this week. Also keep Marie Smit in your prayers as she has completed her second treatment last week and needs lots of rest.  

Daffodil Days Update: Over the course of the last 2 weeks, ICS raised $108.26 in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s work towards research and caring for those with cancer! Thank-you for your support!

T.R.I.P Orders: Are attached with this weeks journal. Orders are due May 8th by 9:00am, with pickup on May 15th.

New registration!  We have a new family to welcome to our community! Starting on 12 May, we have Pastor Steve and Debbie Atkinson (Abundant Life Fellowship in St Thomas) with Abigail (9), Noria (8), Promise (6) and Ethan (5) from Sparta. The children have been homeschooled to date, and after placement interviews, they look forward to stepping into ICS for the remainder of the year!

Celebrating Christian Education in our Churches.
  • Sunday May 4 @ Aylmer CRC, meet at 9:45 AM. All available band members are asked to attend. JK/SK and gr 1/2 classes will sing. Our music team will also present. Gr 7-8 children attending will be asked to lead in a responsive reading or reflection on their school work.
  • Sunday May 11 @ Tillsonburg CRC, meet at 9:10 AM. Student worship team is asked to attend. Gr 5-8 children attending will be asked to lead in a responsive reading or reflection on their school work.

PAUSE FOR PLAY - TURN OFF THE SCREENS WEEK - April 27 - May 3, 2014.  
Did you know…….   You need to be active for a minimum of 60 minutes every day?
You need to bend and stretch every day?
You need to run, jump, skip or walk many times a day?
Experts recommend that children and youth should view screens no more than 2 hours per day.  On average, Canadian children and youth spend 4 - 6 hours a day viewing screens.  That is a lot of time sitting down and being inactive!!!  Pause to Play started on April 27th.  For 7 days, students will record the time they spend viewing screens along with the time they spend on physical activities.  The goal is to increase your physical activity to 60 minutes a day.  Regular physical activity helps to make you stronger, feel good, and have more energy.  You will find a Log Sheet and a Ticket Order form attached to the Journal this week.  Sheets need to be turned into your child’s homeroom teacher by May 5 to be entered for a draw for a participation prize!

Thanks: Volunteer School “Courier”!  Mr Pete Mantel has affirmed his desire to act as our “courier” in supporting the school office, making weekly runs for cream, stamps, bank deposits, recycling drop off, and sundry supplies. Thank-you!

Cheese Orders: Orders are due Wednesday, April 30th with delivery on Wed., May 7.

Keith and Kristyn Getty Concert Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Aylmer CRC. Tickets are still available by email
The Auxiliary is in need of a couple more volunteers to help the afternoon of the Getty Concert (3-5pm and 5-end) with meal prep/serving for the Getty group. They also require 4-5 big pots of soup.  Please contact Bettina Vandersleen 226-373-0584 or

Coming Up! Gifts of Healing Multi-Age Study: We are going to look at this passage over 4 Friday afternoons in May, starting this Friday! In our multi-age “school family” groupings, we will work together to learn and delight in an aspect of our world. In this study, called Gifts of Healing, we’re looking at the healing of the man born blind in John 9, and at a modern-day medical healer. Each group will look at a different person - Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Frederick Banting, Clara Barton, Louis Pasteur, or Jonas Salk. What will tie us together is the common story of Jesus’ healing of the blind man, and 4 “essential questions”:
1. Why is there illness in our world? What is wrong?
2. How are we called to work in the world today?
3. How should we respond to illness or wrong in our world?
4. Who really saw in this story? How do we really see?
Questions are good. If we can think of a question, we’re learning how to dig deeper in what we read or hear. If we can answer a question, we’re beginning to understand on a deeper level. Make this a dinner-table conversation on Friday night!

So What Do Teachers Do on a PD Day? Well, it’s our turn to learn, to get better at our teaching, and to be creative! Your teachers met in grade-level groups in Strathroy last week. We explored Project Based Learning (PBL): how it honours kids as image-bearing culture makers, how it might be structured into the school program, how it relates to Differentiated Instruction and assessment, how it might look in our K-8 classrooms. Each participant worked on a project design, there were great ideas posted around the gym by day’s end! Examples include: an urban design project, a Special Olympics project, a water safety project, and a five senses kindergarten project. Many of your teachers will be attending the 5 day Ontario Christian Teachers Academy this summer. We will look forward to bringing learning ideas to fruition in and out of the classroom at all grade levels!

Open House: We are once again opening our doors for the annual Spring Open House on Wednesday, May 7. This gives both Parents and Grandparents the opportunity to come into the school and join us in the Morning Chapel, enjoy refreshments and be able to visit with their children and grandchildren in their classrooms. Chapel begins at 8:50 AM, and you are welcome to visit up until (and including) morning recess.  This is a great opportunity to see your children/grandchildren's accomplishments throughout the school year.

Transportation:Bus Schedule for September 2015
ICS Transportation Committee is already preparing for the 2014-2015 school year. Bus routes are changed every year to accommodate new and graduating students. Sometimes the changes are minor and other times routes can be changes significantly. If you are moving or have any special needs please advise Jeff Vannoord by e-mail – by May 15, 2014. If you currently have a mixed pickup or drop off schedule for your children we need to know if this need will still be required as well for the upcoming school year. If you no longer require bus transportation as well please let us know. If you require your high school children require busing please advise us.

Scooters -If your child is bringing their scooter on the bus it must be folded. If you are unable to fold the scooter it cannot be brought on the bus for safety reasons.

2014 ICS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Mark your calendars for the upcoming ICS Golf Tournament being held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club.  There will be a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.  The price per golfer will be $120.00 ($110.00 for Early Bird registration by May 1st, 2014).  Entry fee includes lunch, green fees, cart and steak dinner.  Enter your team today!  Questions – call Lisa Vankemenade at 519-775-2622 or Tammie Vannoord at 519-773-5593. Pick up an entry form at the office or contact one of our committee – Harry Knibbe, Dean Mantel, Tracy Mantel, Ken Vandendool, Lisa Vankemenade, Jeff Vannoord, Tammie Vannoord, Jim Vording, Harley Zylstra or Jeff Zylstra

Summer Smash Volleyball Camp - London District Christian Secondary School is planning to have the 4th annual Summer Smash Volleyball Camp this year on August 18-22.  Registration forms can be found on the website and will cost $160 per person.  Registration is limited to 30 individuals so register early.   Please email Steven Wassing at if you have any questions.

KINDERGARTEN - Mrs.Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…
Bible:  Jesus Blesses Children
          Jesus Teaches about Prayer
Letters and Sounds: P to T
Syllable Awareness
Dice Math Activities
Ordinal Numbers Practice
Learning about Plants - what plants need to grow
                                  - parts of a plant
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Memory Work: for Wed. May 7
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Psalm 24: 7 and 8
Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, May 2
Grade 1: review words from lists 22 to 28
Grade 2: review words from lists 22 to 28
Students typed their word lists in their google accounts. Have a look to see how they did. They also took home a review list to work from.
Scholastic Book Club: The May flyers went out today. Please return your order with payment (cash or cheque) by Thursday, May 8. Thank-you.
GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop
Memory Work:  Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Psalm 96: 1 & 2  
Spelling:  Dictation will be on Fri., May 2.
Grade 3 Words:  phone, photograph, orphan, alphabet, graph, nephew, enough, father, half, Friday, cough, unhappy, happier, happily, happiness, phonics, Thursday
Grade 4 Words:  lazy, volcano, flavour, piano, recent, really, item, pilot, triangle, climate, gigantic, program, obey, puny, prepare, vacant, pulley, menu, reality, preparation
Math: Test on Fractions - Wed., May 7
GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma
Memory Work Wed. May 7, (Verse 5. and Refrain of the song, By Faith.)
By faith this mountain shall be moved and the pow’r of the gospel shall prevail,
for we know in Christ all things are possible for all who call upon His name.
Refrain:  We will stand as children of the promise. We will fix our eyes on him our soul’s reward.
‘Til the race is finished and the work is done. We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.
Words and Music:  Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townsend
Spelling Dictation: Unit 24.
Friday Morning Devotions:  Kaylynn Mantel
Bible Studies Test: The Beatitudes - Tues. May 6
Science: With new knowledge about God’s design in nature, and how forces act, we are re-built our spaghetti structures today. There will be a quiz on forces inside structures on Friday. Students will need to describe tension, compression and shear, as well as the three types of structures..
Music:  Quiz on Musical Dynamics - Wed., May 7
Scholastic Book Club: May flyers were sent home today.  Please return any completed Book Order forms to school by Fri. May 9. Thank you.
GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
* Reminder; Fair Glen money needs to be submitted ASAP; there are still a number of outstanding accounts.
Memory Work: Ephesians 2:8-10
Math Test: The recent test has been graded and returned to the students.
Le Français:  Quiz  - Les Adverbes - mercredi le 7 mai - See page 36 in your Mission Monde workbook for studying.      
Bible: Next week Thursday the student church reports need to be submitted.
Art: have ideas for final project. An extension of any project we already did this school year using other medium. Keep in mind that you will be required to bring in your own supplies (except paint and drawing/construction paper).
History: Complete Reflection sheet for Thursday. (Black Loyalists)
Health: Read purple sheets for Thursday. Have “Who I am” work sheet completed.
L.A.: Summarizer and Connection Maker are due Friday. (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
Phys. Ed.: Track and Field Activities. Make sure students bring suitable gym wear for indoor and outdoor.
Spelling: New list words will be introduced this Friday for quiz the following week.