Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 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

April   11  Friday Family Fun Night Dinner
          14  1:30 p.m.Fish Tales afternoon matinee
          16  8:55 Chapel gr. 7/8; Pizza Lunch
               7:00 p.m.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
          28 - May 1 - TURN OFF THE SCREENS WEEK
          30  ICS membership meeting:  Come on out!!!
May      1  Getty Concert at Aylmer CRC
          17   ICS Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Knot
          23   Track & Field Day (rain date May 26)

From the Principal’s Desk:

This is the last week before Easter! Celebrate Easter with us by attending the Fish Tales matinee next Monday, or the production next Wednesday night!

Last week at Chapel, Pastor Randy Fehr brought us the image of a fancy Easter dress representing Christ’s image which we have received as believers. In our daily actions, we need to be careful to not damage that image: “just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him” (Col 2:6). That is good encouragement to live lives honouring God at school and at home.

It seems as if we are suddenly faced with many needs amongst our community (see the prayer requests below), comfort in times of grieving, health, healing and strength… In times like these, we do need to remember that we are a family who shares a common hope in a living, powerful God, and a common aim in bringing up the next generation to know that! Let us be faithful in our prayers and may we support one another as we do so!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Next Chapel: Our gr 7/8 class will be bringing presentations to next week’s final Lent chapel, with Pastor Franz Friesen from the Bradley St Church of God speaking. Join us at 8:55 am!
Praying for our families: Thursday we prayed for Jim and Jill Vording and Albert & Grace Weesjes.
Praying for our staff:  This week let’s pray for Mrs. VanderHoek.
Praying for our community:
  • Our condolences to Doug and Ann Walters in the passing of her sister, Suzie, who suffered from ALS.  May God surround and comfort them and the extended family in the days ahead.
  • Lift up Bernie and Teresa Janssen in prayer. Bernie, our bookkeeper's husband, recently learned that he faces continued treatments to deal with a cancer.
  • Keep Marie Smit in your prayers as she has completed her first chemo treatment, and recuperates at home.
  • Maranatha Academy is a sister OACS school in Windsor. We received sad news on Monday that one of their grade 9 students, James Broom, passed away in Detroit Children’s Hospital.  He had been ill for a short time and it was thought it was only the flu.  His mother Patty works part-time in the office. Please pray for the Broom family and for the staff and students of Maranatha.

Meat & Baked Goods order is available for pick up tomorrow, Thurs. Apr. 10 between 2-4 p.m.  
T.R.I.P. Orders may be picked up on Thursday, April.17..
Our next Pizza Lunch is Wed April 16th.  Orders are due tomorrow, April 10.  Order forms in previous Journals.

YOU ARE INVITED…..To the Fish Tales Play!!!!  Our Matinee will be held on April 14th at 1:30 p.m. and our evening performance will be held on April 16th at 7:00 p.m.  “Fish Tales aren’t fishy when they come from God’s Word.”  Please see the attached page of invitations which you can pass along to family and friends.

Next Week: “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.

April Fool’s Theme Day:  CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the best funny hat CONTEST.  The classroom winners are:
SK Avery Bergen                        Grade 5 Kaylynn Mantel
Grade 1 Owen Vis Grade 6 Jordyn Vandendool
Grade 2 Sarah Janssens Grade 7 Amanda DeJong
Grade 3 Selena Kroondyk Grade 8 Ben VanderDeen
Grade 4 Megan Friesen Teachers          Mr. Cameron

AND…. The Grade 1/2 Class was awarded the trophy for the best overall funny hats as a Classroom.

Primary Dodgeball Intramurals:  Congratulations to Team C!  They are the champions for primary dodgeball intramurals!  The Team C players are Aryanna Lockyer, Kahlen Hiebert, Delilah Krahn, Josiah Kroondyk, Xavier Bergen, Mariah Rempel, Lily Sinke, Victor Hiebert and  Allie Weesjes.  Thank you to our refs - Amanda DeJong, Kira Saarloos and Matthew Cameron..
Junior Dodgeball Intramurals:  Three teams, D, E, and F, played out a weekly series of fast and fun noon hour games.  Congratulations to Team D winners!  Cody Bergen, Megan Friesen, Victoria Krahn, Josiah VanGurp, Grace Vording, Ben Weesjes.  A big thank you to our referees: Lindsay VandenBrink, Caleb Krahn, Kameron Guenther.

Family Fun Night:  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... DUTCH DELITE NITE!  Join us for this month’s Friday Family Fun Night this 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.

Family Fun Night - Kid’s Night
Thank you to the kids of all ages who enjoyed last month’s Friday Family Fun Night KID’S NIGHT dinner!  It was an entertaining time, the gym was a blur of activity from 5pm to 7:45pm, and all the Venus Fly Traps found new homes.  A huge holler out to the Youth Group from Grace Community Church and Helen Friesen for setting up the serving team – you all did a great job in the kitchen and running the games!  It was wonderful to see lots of new faces and watch people sit and socialize all evening long.  Thank you for your continued support and success of the Friday Family Fun Night dinners!  See you on the 11th.

Term Help Wanted: Admin Assistant! Serve as the ICS admin assistant from hiring until 30 September 2014 (no summer work 1 July - 10 August). The ideal candidate would work 4 days a week, with responsibilities for school administration and reception. See the  job description link. Rate of pay is hourly, with exact wage dependent on the candidate's skills. Skills required include:
- member of the school society
- friendly, interpersonal skills
- skilled with office administration practices and IT software
- trustworthiness and ability to handle petty cash and student fund fiscal tracking
- basic first aid skills (training can be provided)
Is this you? Is this someone you know? Please send your name and brief resume to Keith. by Apr 11!

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

ICS and Christian Stewardship Services will be holding a free Will clinic at ICS on April 24th at 8 pm and one of the topics we will discuss is how the Charity Child can fit into an estate plan.
"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.  
Take a moment to talk to or contact Grace Miedema at to reserve your seat.

LDCSS Drama Department presents The Matchmaker.  Evening performances will be held 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

The Auxiliary is in dire need of volunteers to help the day of the concert (9-4) with meal prep/serving for the Getty group. They also require some pots of soup.  Please contact Bettina Vandersleen 226-373-0584 or

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.


FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.

KINDERGARTEN - Mrs.Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…
FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Bible: The King of the Jews
          Empty Tomb
Unit: God's Changing Seasons - Spring Splendour
Sight Word: said
Monday, April 14th will be an extra school day for JK students.
We would love to have them participate in our  Fish Tales play.
Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Memory Work: for Wed. April 16 Stop! And Let Me Tell You
Stop! and let me tell you what the Lord has done for me.
Stop! and let me tell you what the Lord has done for me.
He forgave my sin and he saved my soul;
he cleansed my heart and he made me whole.
Stop! and let me tell you what the Lord has done for me.

Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, April 11
Grade 1: cow, now, down, town, brown, show, row, low
Grade 2: stick, trick, back, zoo, root, quick, look, looked, pack, cook
Scholastic Book Club: Please return book club orders for April by Thursday, April 10. Thank you

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy birthday to Selena Kroondyk!  She turned 9 years old on April 8!
FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee (Mon., April  14) and evening production (Wed., April 16.)
Spelling Dictation: Friday, April 11
Grade 3 words:  threw, through, thoughtless, caught, fault, taught, because, one, once, water, watch, wanted, wonder, wonderful, walk, steam, brook
Grade 4 words:  calf, walked, ghost, gnawed, climber, wreath, listen, island, scent, wrench, judge, fasten, wrist, doubt, knock, answer, knelt, sign, reply, attach
Memory Work for Wed., April 16 -   Continue to practise singing the song, “Come to Jesus,” with a rich, clear voice.  
French Quiz - Les Couleurs (The colours) Use the colour chart page based on Unit 4 in Mission Monde for your Study Guide page, girls and boys.

GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma

FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Memory Work: Wed. Apr. 16 - Practice Fish Tales songs, A Good Day on a Bad Day, and Fish Tales, for our Mon. Apr. 14 afternoon matinee, and our Wed. Apr. 16 evening drama. If you bring your Classroom Songbooks home, please return them to school the following day.
Math Test: Fri. Apr. 11 - Gr. 6 - lowest common multiples, greatest common factors, prime and composite numbers, factor trees, order of operations, using a letter for unknown quantities in equations
Spelling Dictation: Fri. Apr. 11 - Unit 22
Scholastic Book Club: Please return book club orders for April by Fri. Apr. 11.  Thank you.
Social Studies: We have completed our study on our American neighbour. Students wrote letters addressed to the US Consulate explaining what they’d learned - we will send the best ones and see what the response is!
Science: We’re starting a new study on forces and structures. Ask how high your child got their golf ball! Using the 2010 Haiti earthquake, we’ll investigate how we can help stop buildings from falling down. We brainstormed “what we need to know” today, and we’ll look at earthquakes, how buildings are held up, and what we can learn from God’s design in nature. With a “real”engineer as our audience, we’ll finish this project-based unit by designing, presenting, and testing a column made from spaghetti and hot glue!

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

FISH TALES:Students are asked to wear blue jeans (with their white t-shirt) for our afternoon matinee and evening production.
Memory Work: The Apostles’ Creed
Bible: The Bible Essay Test is due on Thursday, April17.
Geography: There will be a test on the Grasslands on Tuesday, April 15.
Badminton: The school team consisting of eight players has been chosen.  Practises for the May 3 tournament will be held every Monday at lunch and 3:30-4:40 after school on Thursday.