Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May 21st Journal

Wednesday, May 21, 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

May  23  Gifts of Healing #4
        26  Track & Field Rain Day
              Pizza lunch. JK day
        27  JK/SK Orientation
        29  JK-2 Field Trip Greenview Aviaries
        28-30 Gr. 7 & 8 to Fair Glen
        30  3-4 Field Trip Port Rowan
              5-6 Field Trip Long Point
June  4  WDCS Track & Field
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ICS Website:    519-773-8476
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LDCSS Website:   519-455-4360
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From the Principal’s Desk:

The forecast rain that resulted in today’s Track and Field meet being postponed also threatened last Saturday’s Golf Tournament, though with different results. The skies cleared and over 120 golfers enjoyed their afternoon in the spring sunshine! This year my eldest son, Nathan, took my place in my foursome, and I joined Amanda at the Closest to the Pin competition at Hole 8. By doing so, I was able to chat with every golfer in our tournament, which was quite exciting! Whether it is the GST Auction, the Spring Drive, the Golf Tournament, a Friday family Fun Night, or any of the other school society events, with a 60 year history, we are blessed with a supportive community of grandparents, parents, long-time supporters, alumni, related businesses and friends.

We also need to strengthen and safeguard our supporting community. Our fundraising contributed $2700 per student in 2012-2013 - that’s a direct reduction of tuition costs! We recognize that it takes a community to sustain a thriving Christian school. That community includes every one of us reading this Journal. If you are not a member of our school society, I would encourage you to join (ask at the office for an application). If you have not been out to many of these events, I would really encourage you to come out, have fun and support our school! And remember, we are reaching out with the gift of Christian education which God has entrusted to us - talk ICS up, invite your friends in!

in Christian education,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This week we pray for Kelly & Theressa DeJong and Pete & Sherry DeKraker.
Praying for our staff:  This week let’s pray for Mrs. Drop
GIFTS Program: How are your GIFTS hours coming along? June 30 is the deadline. If you have completed your hours feel free to send your form to the school office.
Meat & Baked Goods Order Form: Orders are due: Friday May 30th  (please no late orders) with pickup on Thursday June 19th between 2-4 pm. Stock up for the summer bbq season!

New Enrolment! Welcome to Laura and Neil Fehr, with their son Dennis joining JK in the Fall! The Fehrs live just outside Tillsonburg on Hawkins Rd and attend Tillsonburg Alliance. Each new enrolment is a blessing!

Celebrating Christian Education in our Churches.
  • Sunday Jun 1 @ Tillsonburg Alliance (9:30), North Broadway Baptist (10:30). We will just show our video, Keith will speak and we will have our promotions board displayed.

    ICS Track and Field has been rescheduled to the raindate of Monday, May 26. Those who have already signed up to help: thank-you! Can you still help on Monday? Please confirm by calling the office. A reminder to all students to bring extra water and for gr 1-8 to wear their ICS t-shirts!

    Pizza Lunch: The Auxiliary will also be looking for volunteers for their track and field lunch crew. It’s a wonderful way to increase your volunteer hours. Note: All our track and field volunteers will get free lunch tickets (1 pizza, 1 drink, and 1 freezie).  Volunteers may purchase extra items also.  As soon as we have our volunteer list finalized it will be sent home with your child. Thank you

    Fundraising Update! This is a very exciting time of year, with our two major fundraising events, the Spring Drive and the Golf Tournament. Our sincere thanks go out to our Finance Committee and Canvassers (Dave VanGurp, Cliff Janssens, Darryll Mantel, Teresa Janssen) and Golf Committee (Harry Knibbe, Dean Mantel, Tracy Mantel, Lisa Vankemenade, Ken Vandendool, Jeff Vannoord, Tammie Vannoord)! Our totals today stand at:

    Spring Drive: is currently at $58,000

    Golf Tournament: $32,268. Our 14th Annual Golf tournament which took place last Saturday was a huge success! Thank you to all of your many sponsors!!! We had a total of 120 golfers and everyone was thankful for a “dry” day! A huge thank you to Jeff and Nancy Robinson who manned our Putting Challenge and to Keith and Amanda Cameron and Kaye Baese who manned the Closest to the Pin event!  A huge thank-you also goes out to Rose Fehr who was our photographer for the day.  She managed to take many candid shots of individual golfers and teams and presented a wonderful slide show for our viewing after the tournament.  A wonderful meal was prepared by Pine Knot"s kitchen crew and was thoroughly enjoyed.  All in all, we had a beautiful day, a wonderful day of golf, a delicious dinner and door prizes for all.  

    We thank God for all our faithful donors, individuals and businesses! These are fantastic amounts and speak to the strength of our community. However, we also note the shortfalls against targets of $65,000 and $35,000, which may lead to an underfunding of the 2014-2015 Universal Bursary (a lesser bursary for all families?), and an underfunding of our current year’s budget. With two third-party grants to help, our needed capital projects (roof replacement, swingset,and gym entry doors) should still be able to proceed. Our Board and Finance Committee will prayerfully consider the implications of this deficit, and will update you on the planned way forward.

    Volunteer Opportunities 2014-2015:
    1. Grocery Tapes: We are looking for someone to take care of tabulating our grocery tape receipts and bringing them in for a refund.  This helps with your volunteer hours commitment. Please contact the office.
    2. Breakfast Program: Jodie Hibbert and Carrie Rempel have done a great job starting this new program out - thanks so much! They would be looking for a few new volunteers to come on board for next year. Responsibilities include snack menu planning, shopping, tracking receipts and supervision of the student service team. With well-trained, eager students, you might only need to be at ICS a few mornings a week.

    WDCS Track & Field June 4th:
    Is in need of volunteers from bbqers and cooks to booth runners. Shifts will be approx. 2 hrs in length starting at 9am and ending at 5pm for cleanup. Please contact Bettina Vandersleen if you can assist.

    Teacher Job Postings: If you know anyone looking, please let them know about these (also posted on:
    1. Part-Time Music Instructor
    Immanuel Christian School is looking for a dynamic, talented music instructor, able to inspire and instruct multi-age student groupings in elementary music and instrumental band. Classes are grouped on Mon and Tue mornings and the position is 10.7% of a full-time position (4 classes a week). Although a teaching degree is not required, a valid teaching degree will be given preference. Position may also be expanded to include our co-curricular band leader after school on Mondays (additional stipend). For qualified applicants, there is a possibility that this position may be combined with the Part-Time French Teacher position. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, statement of faith, and Christian philosophy of education to Keith Cameron at by Saturday June 14, 2014.
    2. Part-Time French Teacher
    Immanuel Christian School is looking for a dynamic, talented French teacher, able to inspire and instruct grades 5-8 students, with an emphasis on conversation and identifying with the French-speaking church in Canada and around the world. Classes are grouped on Mon, Wed and Thu mornings and the position is 16.7% of a full-time position (7 classes a week). For qualified applicants, there is a possibility that this position may be combined with the Part-Time Music Instructor position. Depending on enrolment, this position may possibly be expanded to cover gr 7/8 History and Geography (an additional 3 periods a week). To apply, please send cover letter, resume, statement of faith, and Christian philosophy of education to Keith Cameron at by Saturday June 14, 2014.

    Leftover Paint? - The Grade 8 class is looking for donations of leftover paint to assist with a graduation project. Please let us know if you can help

    Yearbook: If you would like to advertise your business in our yearbook please let us know.
    Business Card $40, ¼ page $60, ½ page $100, Full Page $160, Inside cover $300
    If you have any photos of school events and kids, please send to the school

    Ongoing! Gifts of Healing Multi-Age Study: Over 4 Friday afternoons in May, we’re looking at the healing of the man born blind in John 9, and at a modern-day medical healer. Each “student family” 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? (This week’s question)
    What did your son / daughter learn? Make this a dinner-table conversation on Friday night!

    Gifts of Healing Field Trip:  Mrs. Drop’s school family has been studying  about Sir Frederick Banting and his discovery of insulin for diabetes.  They will be going on a field trip on Fri., May 23, from 12:30 - 3:30, to the Banting House Museum in London for a guided and interactive tour.  Please sign the permission form below and return tomorrow.  The school family members are Madyson Bakker, Aryanna Lockyer, Gavin Hibbert, Xavier Bergen, Claire Vording, Selena Kroondyk, Hayden Guenther, Micah Schuurman, Victoria Krahn, Amanda DeJong, Cole Versnick and Matthew Cameron.  Thank you to Mrs. Walters, who will be the bus driver for the trip!  Parent volunteers are welcome to assist on the trip.  Please contact the school, if you are interested and available to come on the trip.  

    _______________ may attend the Banting House Museum field trip on Fri., May 23.
    (Child’s Name)
    Parent’s Signature

    KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Groeneweg

    Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…

    Bible: Turning Water into Wine
              Calming a Storm
    SK : How to Tie Your Shoes
    Butterfly Life Cycle
    Monday, May 26th will be a JK day so all students can participate in Track and Field.
    Tuesday, May 27th - orientation morning for new students.
    Field Trip: A big thank you to Mrs. Rose Fehr, Mrs. Carrie Vis and Mrs. Annette Dykxhoorn for volunteering to come with us on May, 29th to Greenview Aviaries. Leaving at 8:45 - back at school 3:10.
    Please see the note above, under Gifts of Healing, about the Banting House Museum field trip on Fri., May 23.
    5 Day SK Option: Please note that we have offered a space-available option of 5 day SK for those parents interested. We are very happy with the academic preparation from our 3 day core SK program, so this is completely optional. Costs are the same as full tuition for gr 1-8 (no SK reduction). With recent JK enrolments, we currently have only 2 spots still open if you are not yet decided… please confirm with the office soonest!

    GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
    Memory Work: for Wed. May 28
    The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.
    The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
    Psalm 145:13-14
    Spelling: dictation test is on Friday, May 23
    The students added the words of lists 29-30 to their spelling review list of words in their google account. They all took home a complete list of words. Please have your child finish typing their words if they didn’t complete it at school.
    Grade 1: review lists 22-30
    Grade 2: review lists 22-30
    Intramurals:  Next T-ball game is tomorrow for grades 1 - 3.
    Field Trip: On May, 29th we are planning to go to Greenview Aviaries for the day. Leaving at 8:45 - back at school 3:10. We are looking forward to having our volunteers Mrs. Jodie Hibbert, Mrs. Christine Janssens, and Mrs. Esther Kroondyk help us on this trip. Mrs. Ann Walters will be our bus driver. Thank-you.
    Please see the note above, under Gifts of Healing, about the Banting House Museum field trip on  Fri., May 23.

    GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

    Intramurals:  T-ball continues for grades 1 - 3 tomorrow!
    Memory Work:  At the time of the sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed:  “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.”  1 Kings 18: 36
    Spelling Dictation:  will be on Fri., May 23
    Grade 3 Words: useful, quietly, slowly, careful, careless, quickly, useless, worthless, fearful, fearless, joyful, smarter, fastest, funniest, happiest, quickest, happier
    Grade 4 Words: quiet, quite, angel, angle, already, all ready, desert, dessert, weather, whether, pitcher, picture, loose, lose, aisle, isle, dairy, diary, mineral, rectangle
    Accelerated Reader:    Keep reading and taking quizzes!  AR goals are due on Fri., June 6.
    Please see the note above, under Gifts of Healing, about the Banting House Museum field trip on Fri., May 23.
    Field Trip: On Friday, May 30, we will be going on a Field Trip to Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Port Rowan. We plan to leave the school at 8:30 a.m. and hope to return by 3:30 p.m. Thank you to our bus drivers, Mr. Doug and Mrs. Ann Walters who will be bringing us to Backus, (and Grades 5 and 6 to Long Point!) on this day. This is a Field Trip about Pioneer Life, how the pioneers settled and built homes, and how they worked in family and village communities.  We will discover how these settlers lived off the land, using God’s gifts of creation and depending on his faithfulness to survive the hardships of making a new home. We will finish the day with ice cream at Twins in Port Rowan. A letter, including further details about our Field Trip, will be sent home with your child this Friday, May 23. Thank you.  

    GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma
    Congratulations:  Happy Birthday to Dylan Kroondyk who will be celebrating his birthday this Friday, May 23. May God richly bless you, Dylan, in your new year of life!
    Gifts of Healing: Please see the note above about the Banting House Museum Field Trip on Fri., May 23.  Memory Work: Matthew 25:34-36 - *Thursday, May 22 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
    Spelling Dictation: Unit 27, Friday, May 23
    Accelerated Reader: Continue to read for enjoyment, and also towards achieving your individual AR goals, due on Fri. June 6. AR Reports will be sent home this Friday, May 23.
    Social Studies: Our final unit will look at the ongoing Provincial election! Student Vote is a parallel election program for students under the voting age that coincides with official election periods. Students learn about the democratic process, party platforms and local candidates through classroom learning, campaign events and take-home activities. The program culminates with an authentic in-school vote on the official election candidates where by students take on the roles of election officials.
    Field Trip: Our class is planning a “wide open adventure” field trip on Fri May 30 (weather permitting) to Long Point and Port Rowan. We will take advantage of the unique sand dunes in Long Point Provincial Park, appreciating the natural wildlife, playing manhunt and capture the flag, roasting octopus hotdogs and making s’mores, and finishing the day with an ice cream at Twins in Port Rowan. In the interests of safety, students will not be in or at the edge of the water. Mr Cameron will be supervising (Ms Buma also teaches Grades 3 and 4 Creation Studies, and will be at Backus Conservation Area at the same time), and 2 parent chaperones are sought! Please send in your name if interested, by Fri. May 23.

    GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
    Memory Work: none (Track and Field)
    Science: There will be a science unit test this Friday, May 15 on Chemical Combinations.
    Art: Bring supplies for final project. Be prepared. Remember Report is due as well on June 11th as well as art folder and all other unfinished work.
    History: An upcoming test on final unit is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th. This is an open notebook test. Students will be given a class to look over and organized notes prior to test. Reading through notes 10-20 minutes a day is the best study plan for optimum learning. There were A LOT of notes this unit!! Hopefully students completed work well in class and read the suggested text pages to enrich learning.
    Spelling: Quiz this Friday (gr. 7) List 12: violated, Appalachians, Tecumseh, ammunition, animosity, antagonist, Napoleon, incitement, infringed, allegations. (Grade 8 Grad prep)
    Phys. Ed.: Please remember to bring a note if you cannot participate in class. If your muscles hurt do the stretches taught at the beginning of Track and Field Unit.
    Games with our Friends at Chartwell Retirement Residence is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th from 1:30-3:00.
    Please see the note above, under Gifts of Healing, about the Banting House Museum field trip on Fri., May 23.