Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 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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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
April 3 gr. 5-8 to LDCSS drama production (leaving school at 9:45 and returning after lunch)
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
22 WDCS Jr Basketball tournament -LDCSS
24 8:00 p.m. Will Clinic
25 ICS/LDCSS District PA Day- no school
30 ICS membership meeting: come on out!

From the Principal’s Desk:

We continue with our pastoral Lenten stories. Pastor Randy Fehr from Grace Community church spoke to us this morning, and I’ll feature his illustration next week. Last week, Pastor Peter Barbour (Aylmer Full Gospel) spoke from 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.”  Pastor Barbour brought in a dead-looking stick (actually a cutting from a corkscrew willow). The “tree” started as a decorative stick in a flower arrangement, but when placed in water it grew shoots and eventually became a prolific tree which has shared shoots around the community and the province! At ICS we are called to grow roots. God makes even “dead” sticks grow, how much more our hearts towards Him! Like that small shoot, we also are called to then overflow with thankfulness in our community and around our world - our alumni can share many exciting stories! Willow Roots.jpg

Mrs Marie Smit has been greatly touched by the outpouring of support to her. Please commit to keeping her in your prayers. She has recently received a diagnosis of lymphoma, and commenced chemo treatment yesterday. She will take sick leave over the next 6 months as she completes treatments. Over the coming months, she’ll be at home; let her know that she is absent from school, but not from our thoughts! As a staff, we reflected on Psalm 103 last week - amidst a serious illness, let us together seek our Lord “who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him” (v2,3,17).

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Next Chapel:  Pastor John Twinem and the gr SK class will be sharing with us next Wed.
Praying for our Families: Thursday we prayed for Dustin & Jacklyn Versnick & Jason & Carrie Vis.
Praying for our Staff:  This week let’s pray for Ms. Jones.


Meat & Baked Goods order is available for pick up on Thurs. Apr. 10 between 2-4 p.m.  Coolers with names are  welcome.
T.R.I.P. form is attached to today’s Journal.  Orders due Thurs. Apr. 10, pick up Thurs. Apr. 17.
Our next Pizza Lunch is Wed April 16th.  Orders are due on Thur April 10.  Order forms at the end of the Journal

Thank-you: to Eric and Lenie Hartemink and their helpers for organizing the Euchre Tournament last Saturday night. Good fun was had by all, we appreciate this come-out-and-have-fun event!

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!  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!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... DUTCH DELITE NITE!  Join us for this month’s Friday Family Fun Night on Friday, April 11 from 5-7pm in the school gym.  Enjoy a full hearty meal of Snert, Boerenkool Stamppot, Applemoes + Rijstebrij!  Unsure about the translation?  Trust us – you will enjoy it. Adults $8, Children 10+ under $5.  Delivery to Heritage Place and Takeout (519.773.8476) will also be available.

***There is still an open serving opportunity for Dutch Delite Fun Nite – if you are interested, or have a group interested in joining us for a couple hours, please contact the school office or Jacklyn at 519.773.9817 It includes a free dinner…

Coming up: “Daffodil Days”. Amidst fundraising for our school, we also feel called to look outwards. Our Hat and Gum Day supports wider Christian curriculum. We support a Compassion Child annually. As spring enters in, and with many members of our community facing or having faced cancer, we’d like to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days during the week prior to Easter (14-17 Apr). All funds raised will fund research and provide support to local cancer patients. We’d ask students to bring in small amounts ($2 to $5), perhaps even a small share of an allowance. For every donation of any size, we’ll post a daffodil sticker on a display on the Student Centre by the office.

Battle of the Books: One more week!  We are eagerly looking forward to an exciting day next Wed., Apr. 9 in Strathroy!  Our teams have been busy reading and practising, and there is a great team spirit in both divisions.  We are now almost ready for competition.  Keep practising the questions in your envelopes, everyone!
Last week an information note went out via email, and on Monday lunch order forms (due back this Friday!) were given to students.  If you need a copy of either one of these, let Mrs. Robinson know.
A copy of the day's schedule, as well as the games schedule, will be given to players on Thursday. You are welcome to join us if you are interested in seeing what Battle actually looks like.
Regarding transportation: Mrs. Robinson will meet Holly, Amanda and Caleb at school and leave after the bus arrives. Students will be brought home at the end of the day.  Mrs. Sherry DeKraker will meet Megan, Jessica, Nicole, Luke and Micah at the Lyons bus transfer. NOTE: please make sure your children have a note informing the bus driver that they have your permission to go with her.  Also, contact Sherry regarding pick-up/drop-off at the end of the day.
Thank you for your support of this exciting reading program. Please keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a good day.

"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given what comes from your hand." (David, 1 Chron. 29:14)
The word 'charity' according to the Bible concordance I use, is derived from the word 'love' and probably says it all.  Throughout our lives we teach our children to keep a place in their heart for the Lord, to remember Him in our daily studies, work, and leisure.  How appropriate then, in our last will and testament to reserve a place for 'A child Called Charity': a share for the charities you support or would like to support.
Some things to consider when you include 'A Child Called Charity' in your Will:
1.  Are your own adult children economically self-sufficient?
2.  Have you assisted your children in obtaining higher education?
3.  Have you assisted your children in purchasing their own home or a business?
If the answer is "yes" the 'Child Called Charity' concept would work very well.  It is a fair, biblically justified way of dealing with your estate.  ICS and Christian Stewardship Services will be holding a free Will clinic at ICS on April 24 at 8 pm and one of the topics we will discuss is how the Charity Child can fit into an estate plan. Take a moment to talk to or contact Grace Miedema 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), call Marg Driesman @ 519-633-1544 or e-mail at  

Media and My Child? We use many materials from for our tech classes. The web site features reviews of current media - movies, games, apps and the like. While not explicitly Christian, the content is very informative and stresses thriving in the midst of today’s media, which is very consistent with our graduate expectation of a “discerning believer.” You can sign up for a weekly emailing on current topics - check it out!

Bluewater District PA Day - Fri Apr 25. As a staff, we considered the value in attending this PA day, against the value of a make-up day of classes to compensate for the snow days. Teachers are reporting that we are on track for much of our curriculum, with some extra effort needed in mathematics. The PA day will be run by the OACS Director of Learning, Justin Cook, and will be an interactive exploration of project-based learning. As a school, we want to focus on this type of teaching, which emphasizes high standards, connections, involvement and teamwork. This type of learning will form the focus of our summer professional development, and we feel that it would be very valuable to attend this PA day. We will continue to dedicate extra focus as needed on mathematics, using some of our Friday integrated study periods to add time within the school day.


KINDERGARTEN - Mrs.Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…

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.

Bible:  Gethsemane
          Betrayed With A Kiss        
Letter and sound: q
The Grocery Store provides many opportunities for mathematical activities:
Sorting items - tinned goods, produce, breakables
Measurement activities- which is the largest box, which box of cereal contains the most, which is the heaviest, etc.  We also discussed food groups, healthy eating, and breakfast/lunch/dinner.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: for Wed. April 9
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55: 6 and 7
Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, April 4
Grade 1: all, wall, call, small, will, tell, well, smell
Grade 2: trip, tree, say, said, hop, train, number, stop, stopped, one
Scholastic Book Club: The April flyers were sent home today. Please return any completed book orders by Thursday, April 10. Thank you
Storytelling: Phoebe Sinke, who was the youngest competitor, presented her story very well last Saturday at the District Level in Essex at the Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest. Here’s where Phoebe’s exciting storytelling journey for the Legion’s Public Speaking contest finishes. There were six presenters in the Grades 1 to 3 category. A grade 2 boy telling the story of The Dot was given the happy news that he was chosen to tell his story at the next level.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Spelling Dictation:  Fri., April 4
Grade 3 Words:  aren’t, partner, hard, chart, farm, start, large, more, before, horse, north, morning, care, stare, warning, evening, south
Grade 4 Words:  frighten, flight, brighter, flashlight, mighty, delight, tighten, nightly, brought, ought, thought, fought, sight, caught, daughter, taught, naughty, fault, brother, strength
Memory Work: Review of the song for the Fish Tales Production:  “Come to Jesus”  Now practise singing the song with a clear voice, being sure of the words.
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.
Social Studies Map Quiz: Friday, April 4 *Capital cities of Australia. Use your “home map” as a Study Guide, girls and boys.
Math:  There will be a math test on measurement on Tues., April 8.
Grade 3:  Please practise with the review page on page 139.
Grade 4:  Please practise with the review page on page 117.  
Book Orders were sent home yesterday.  Please send in any completed order forms by Thurs., April 10.  Thank you!

GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma

Fish Tales Production: *Almost all of 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.
Memory Work:  Fri. Apr. 4 Review of Verse 2 for the Fish Tales production: A Good Day on a Bad Day
The devil meant that day to be the worst day, a cursed day;
To leave those who love Jesus in their tears.
But little did they know He’d turn their “cry day” to “Good Friday.”
For on Easter morning, Christ appeared!
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Math Test: Fri. Apr. 4 - (Grade 5) Extension Unit: Multiplication and Division
Spelling Dictation: Fri. Apr. 4 Review List
Social Studies: We will be completing our unit on our American neighbours by writing letters of appreciation. We may be able to send our letters to our contact at the US Consulate in Toronto, so there’s a real audience involved! This will be a Google Docs assignment, which should be refined at home for a class editing session on Friday.
Scholastic Book Orders: April Book Orders were sent home today.  Please return any completed book order forms by Friday, April 11. Thank you.

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.  
Fair Glen:  Please submit fees, as indicated by the letter sent home this week , before Friday, May 2nd. There will be a Fair Glen info session for all parents during coffee break at the Apr 30 membership meeting.
Grad Shirts:  Students interested in purchasing grad shirts need to order them by Friday April 9.
Memory Work: Fish Tales class song -The Sign of Christ
Music:  Christian music presentations with slide shows will begin on Fri., April 4.  Please send it in for review by Thurs., April 3.
Recent science tests have been graded and returned to students.
History: Finish Creative writing- 2 pages, double spaced (every other line). "The Seven years war is Over! What now?" Write your own outcome using historically relevant, situations of the time, from a different perspective. Establish new Acts to replace the Proclamation and Quebec Act. Rough Draft due Thursday. Consider: What event(s) could have changed the outcome? What lead up to the victory? How would your group have prevailed? What difference would your victory make on Canada?