Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

                                                          Wednesday, April 23, 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 24  8:00 p.m. Will Clinic
          25  ICS/LDCSS District PA Day- no school
          27  Participation at Grace Community Church
          27 -May 3 - TURN OFF THE SCREENS WEEK
          30  8:00 p.m ICS Membership meeting
May    1    Students attend afternoon Getty concert
           3     WDCS Badminton tournament
           4-11th Christian Education week
           4     Participation at Aylmer CRC
           7     Chapel 8:55am; Open House 8:45-12
          11   Participation at Tillsonburg CRC
          17   ICS Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Knot
          19   Victoria Day Holiday- no school
          23   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:

It was good to declare the Hope we have on Easter Sunday, and again at the junior basketball tournament devotions: He is risen! He is risen indeed! Our Christian school, and our wider Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools is a blessing we should never take for granted, and one that should have us very excited!

Our Spring Membership Meeting is a chance to understand where our school is going, and to catch the excitement! It will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at 8:00 in the gym. Agendas went out last week.  Come out and get informed as to what is happening with your school, vote for new board members, and socialize with other parents. Volunteer hours: Did you know that when you attend a membership meeting it counts for 2 hours towards your volunteer time?  If you’re a parent and not a member, you should be, you can get an application from the office. If you are a member and cannot make it out, please remember that proxy votes are now allowed (see your agenda sent home last week for details).

Last Thursday I visited a wonderful school just outside Brockville. They have only 35 students from JK-8 - you don’t have to be big to be a good school, but you have to be creative and energized. Heritage Community Christian School Principal Jennifer Feenstra will be speaking at our membership meeting on thriving as a smaller school - hear what they are doing! Also, we have very interesting plans to balance this year’s budget, encourage family participation and keep tuition below the inflation rate - learn about the Universal Bursary Program and possibilities for teaching assignments! Are you interested yet?

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer (my ‘business’ title!)

Praying for our families: Thursday we prayed for Pete & Charlena Ypma and Jeff & Katie Zylstra.
Praying for our staff:  This week let’s pray for Mr. Cameron.
Praying for our community: Keep Marie Smit in your prayers as she goes for her second chemo treatment this week. Please remember in prayer the family of OACS Director Ray Hendriks as they mourn the recent loss of a wife and mother, Doreen.

Junior Basketball: Well done to our junior (grades 3-6) boys and girls. We had some really good plays, passing and sportmanship out there in the Bluewater Tournament yesterday! Girls played until the quarterfinals, while the boys played until the semis, all had fun and have shown great skill growth! Thanks to Mr Cameron and Ms Jones, our coaches!
Immanuel Christian School is once again opening their 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, but you are welcome to visit throughout the day.  This is a great opportunity to see your children/grandchildren's accomplishments throughout the school year.
Celebrating Christian Education in our Churches. Annually, we try to join supporting churches for a Sunday service to celebrate the gift of Christian education. If you would like a visit to a church not listed below, please speak with Keith! Plans for this year include:
  • Sunday Apr 27 @ Grace Community Church in Aylmer, meet at 9:40 AM. Gr JK-2 children will sing, while Gr 3-8 children attending will be participate in a readers’ theatre. Mr Cameron has been asked to speak, and will bring greetings from ICS as well as a message from the John 9 scripture connected to our upcoming Gifts of Healing multi-age study.
  • 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. Gr 5-8 children attending will be asked to lead in a responsive reading.
  • 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.

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 starts 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!

Meet our New Admin Assistant: Please welcome ICS alumni Mrs Tracey (Kers) Morren to the position starting on yesterday! She will cover for Mrs Smit until 30 Sep. She will work Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri, while Leinie will cover Thu as a volunteer commitment. Please drop in to greet or meet Tracey with a smile and your name!

Help Wanted: Volunteer School “Courier”!  The late Mr Herman Bremer played in key role in supporting the school office, making weekly runs for cream, stamps, bank deposits, recycling drop off, and sundry supplies. A community member or a parent with time during the day to commit an hour a week would be very helpful! Is this you or someone you know? Please speak to Mr Cameron or Mrs Morren at the office.

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

Meat & Baked Goods: Thank-you to all who purchased  from our Easter Meat & Baked Goods fundraiser.  We made $469.07.  Our next  M & BG fundraiser will be June so you will be able to stock up for the summer BBQ season...   :o)  Thanks Katherine, Annette & Irene.
Care Group: The ICS Auxiliary would like to initiate a Care Group within our ICS supporting community to occasionally make a meal for those of our families who are temporarily experiencing a trying time.  If there are enough volunteers, your services may only be required once or twice per year.  If you would like to use your gifts in this area or for more info, please contact Bettina Vandersleen @226-373-0584 or

Keith and Kristyn Getty Concert Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Aylmer CRC. Tickets are available by email
The Auxiliary is in need of a couple more volunteers to help the afternoon of the Getty Concert (3-5pm and 5PM-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

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: New Unit - Jesus’ Ministry
- Jesus’ Baptism
- Jesus and His Disciples
Letters and Sounds: K to O
Show and Tell: JK - Thursday, April 24
                     SK - Monday, April 28
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Happy 7th Birthday
Jedidiah Klassen
Sunday, April 27, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Wed. April 30
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Psalm 24: 1 and 2
Spelling: dictation test is on Monday, April 28
Grade 1: funny, bunny, puppy, penny, happy, kitten, mitten, little
Grade 2: put, push, pull, could, would, found, round, around, something, brown

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Spelling: will resume next week.  There will be no dictation this week.  
Social Studies Test:  Australia - Thursday, Apr. 24 - Refer to your Study Guide girls and boys when you are reviewing your notes. Remember to bring your duotangs back to school tomorrow.
Memory Work:  John 11: 25 - 26:  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma

Memory Work Wed. Apr. 30, (Verse 3 and Refrain of the song, By Faith.)
By faith the prophets saw a day, when the longed-for Messiah would appear,
with the pow’r to break the chains of sin and death, and rise triumphant from the grave.
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: There will be no Dictation this week.
Thursday Morning Devotions:  Kaylynn Mantel
Bible Studies Test: The Beatitudes: Wed. Apr. 30
Science: Disaster News “broadcasts” were due today for our earthquake structures project. We also had a lab (contest) constructing structures to hold up a Cadbury egg with spaghetti, marshmallows, card and maybe a jubejube… What designs are stronger? And which resist “earthquake” forces too? Ask a gr 5/6 student!
Welcome: To Kayla and Julia who joined our class as a one-day “jump into grade 5” trial today! Pray for all Christian parents considering school choices for their children...

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

Memory Work: Nicene Creed
Math Test: Tuesday, April 29th on both chapters 9&10- Data Management
Spelling Quiz on Thursday April 23, List 9 words: Abolitionist, susceptible, imagination, omniscient, conspicuous, doctrine, distortion, formidable, piquant, patriarchal
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).
Pot Luck: Wednesday, April 30th
Did you forget to send this form in on Tuesday? Please let us know how you can help celebrate our school!

Child's Name: _______________________________

Participant in (band / worship team / class choir / reader): ___________________________________

 My child will attend Grace Community Church on Sunday 27 April

 My child will attend Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Sunday 4 May

 My child will attend Tillsonburg Christian Reformed  Church on Sunday 11 May