Wednesday, 11 June 2014

June 11th Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, June 11, 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

June  12 PA Day - report card writing
         13 Grade 7/8 Baseball with Strathroy (in town)
         18 Student Awards Chapel@ 9 am  (all welcome!)
         19 Library summer book sign out
              Ice Cream Sundaes for those who achieved their
              third term reading goals                                                      
         20 Last day of school - some final changes!
            - Grd 8’s 12:30 early dismissal with permision
            - dismissal at 2:30 (students home 1 hr early)
            - graduation ceremony 7:30 pm
📫: 75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
📧 School:
📧 Principal:
📞: 519-773-8476
LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Christian Ed Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
We like to celebrate and reflect as we complete this year. Thank-you to all who came out and supported the Last Hurrah Family Fun Night, and to the Fundraising Committee and the staff for helping run it! I trust you also took the opportunity to visit the multi-age Gifts for Healing display on the stage - creative, engaging work was evidenced in  plenty! As a staff, we’ll reflect on the year gone during the last week in June, looking to preserve what went well, and improve in other areas. The Board, staff and I would also value parental and supporter input into that process. To provide encouragement in these last days of June, all survey returns will be entered in a draw for a $25 Timmies gift card! Clink or copy: I look forward to seeing you all at our Awards Chapel or Graduation next week, as we celebrate God’s work in the growth of our children!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This week we pray for John & Suzie Guenther and Cory & Jodie Hibbert
Praying for our staff: This week we pray for Mrs. Vanderhoek.  
PA Day for Report Cards: no school for students tomorrow! Teachers are hard at work...
GIFTS Program: How are your GIFTS hours coming along? June 30 is the deadline. If you have completed your hours, please send your form to the school office.
T.R.I.P Orders: Orders are due Thursday June 12 at 9:00am and pickup is June 19.
Meat & Baked Goods: Pickup on Thursday June 19th between 2-4 pm.

From TRIP: Because the tuition is structured differently for the next school year, we have to close our TRIP year a month early May 31. ‎ This means that next TRIP year will have 13 months. Orders are due by Thursday June 12 with pickup on June 19. A reminder to you that, in accordance with Revenue Canada rules, 40% of your profit is delegated to your personal TRIP credit. 50% goes to the ICS Fundraising budget, while 10% covers costs. As always, No Frills and Tim Horton gift cards will be available at Roszells, Clovermead and Family Flowers for the summer. We will have some of the other gift cards in stock. Please contact Theressa DeJong or Grace Schipper for these. Thanks.

Universal Bursary Program and Registration: We are asking all parents to confirm their intent to register for 2014-2015, and their intent to apply to the bursary, by June 30 (earlier is better). 18 of our families have now completed this process! Are you among them? A hard copy of the form was enclosed with last week’s Journal, or you may use the shortcut link at: Our bookkeeper, Teresa, will be sending out tuition invoices this week. Do you have questions? Please speak to Keith or Cliff, our new Treasurer. We are excited and we praise God for next year’s enrolment, with potentially 94 students, including 10 JK, 13 SK and 7 new families!

Graduation Update: We celebrate Kindergarten and grade 8 graduates at ICS. This evening also involves all our students in the mass choir. Parents, if your child is unable to attend, please let your child’s teacher know. The times are:
12:30 pm- grade 8 early dismissal (with parental permission, some are going out for lunch)
2:30 pm - early dismissal to allow all to get ready (bus times 1 hour ealier)
5 pm - gr 8 families and staff gather at the ICS gym for refreshments
5:15 pm - photographs
5:30 - 6:30 pm - meal and program run by gr 8s
7:00 pm - band members and students participating in prelude meet at church
7:15 pm - graduates and SKs meet at church
7:30 pm - ceremony begins at Aylmer CRC. Babysitting available.
8:30 pm (approx) - strawberry reception in the school playgroundHave you got musical talent? Ms Pieters is looking for students of any age who have the confidence and ability to play for the prelude before the graduation ceremony starts. We need about 6 students, and the prelude begins at 7 pm.

Have you got musical talent? Ms Pieters is looking for students of any age who have the confidence and ability to play for the prelude before the graduation ceremony starts. We need about 6 students, and the prelude begins at 7 pm.
Transportation Update:
On Thursday June 12th, Monday June 16th and Thursday 19th & Friday 20th LDCSS has exam study dates and turn around days. Mrs Tesselaar's bus will leave 25 minutes later in the morning.

New ICS T-shirts: You asked, we heard! We have some new fabric options! Breathable, wicking polyester as well as 100% cotton. We can only print 1 colour on the poly fabric, so there’s a lower price at $12! Students in gr 3-8 need a shirt for gym class, most of our younger students have one too. Order in time for Fall 2014 (due by August 14). An order form is attached.

Maintenance Committee Update: With funding from our budget, our Spring Drive, an OACSF grant, a TDFEF grant, and other donations, the committee will be moving forward on the following projects in priority:
  • replacement of the remaining asphalt roof with steel - July
  • replacement of the badly degraded gym doors (handicap assist to be added later) - July
  • replacement of swingset to meet safety code, final playground improvements - July / August
  • renewal of lighting in Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 - July
  • new look & refresh of paint in entrance and halls
  • replacement of carpet in Kindergarten - end July (if funds permit)

Property Maintenance: Are you looking to make some more room in your garden? If so I.C.S would kindly appreciate any donations of perennial plants and shrubs. Preferred drop off times are Thursday June 12th from 9-12 and Saturday June 14th 9-12. If those times do not work for you feel free to email Helen Friesen at to arrange an alternate date/time.

IT Update: Using the Federal Government Computers for Schools program, all computers will be replaced with Win7 machines. Upgrades to the school wifi will occur over the next year. We’re looking for two gr 6 or 7 students to help Jake Bergen “clone” computers after school finishes! Pay: the reward of cool IT work, and lunch at McDonald’s!

Christian Schools 8th Annual Getaway Weekend: Here’s the scoop.  Every fall the OACS affiliated schools have 2 PA days at the end of October.  I have been organizing group discount block of rooms at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for 8 years and it has become a very popular event.  This year’s PA days fall on Thurs. Oct. 24th and Friday Oct. 25th.  The cost is $169.99 for up to 4 people with an additional 2 persons allowed for a small cost per person.  A one night stay gives you a chance to play in the water park for 2 days. (There is no minimum stay requirement)  Reservations can be made at: or 1-888-878-1818.  Our group code is: 1410CHRI   To have a flyer forwarded to you or for more details, please contact myself (Tammy Veld, Calvin Christian School, Hamilton) at or 905.765.3869  Feel free to share this with your family and friends!

Involvement Opportunities 2014-2015:
Cheese Orders: We are looking for one volunteer to help distribute the cheese orders the first Wed. of each month for approx. 1.5 hours.
Maint Committee: We are looking for a “handyman” able to regularly commit a few hours a week for an hourly stipend to tidy up the small repairs always present in a busy school - please apply to Keith Cameron if interested. We also have room for a hands-on, motivated individual with a heart for our facility development to join our existing team of Andy Kroondyk (chair), Jeff Zylstra, Ryan Meesters, and Frank Fehr. Thanks to Jim Vording as our outgoing chair for your service!
Breakfast Program update: Jodie Hibbert and Carrie Rempel have done a great job starting this new program out - thanks so much! Thank-you to both ladies for signing on again for next year!

From the Library:
1. By now all library materials should have been returned. Notes and emails listing replacement costs are being sent out for students still listed as having items out.
2. Our Used Book Sale will wind up the middle of next week.  Check now to see if you still want some of our old treasures.
3. WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA SETS - I have been able to get a newer set of encyclopedias so we have 2 sets available to a good home. The 2004 and 2006 sets are out-dated but still have useful information in them.  If you would like a set, FREE!, for your home, call the school office before next Wednesday. First call gets first choice!
4. SUMMER SIGN-OUT - Students wanting to check out up to 10 books from the library for the summer need to return the signed slip (found below) or a note/email from a parent by next Thursday.

My child ________________________________ may sign out up to __________ (#) books for the summer.  I acknowledge that is is our responsibilty to replace any items lost or damaged.  Materials need to be returned by Sept 6.

Parent signature: ________________________________________

Private Music Lessons: Currently we have 4 music teachers working with our students during the school day. We have Mrs. Paula Richardson on Tuesday mornings for piano (519-633-7986), Mrs Amanda Cameron on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for piano (519-550-7312 or, Mrs June Elley on Wednesday morning for violin, guitar and piano (519-765-3316), and Mr. Derrick Drover on Thursdays as well for guitar and piano ( or 519-765-4990). If you are interested in pursuing lessons please talk to the music teacher directly.

LDCSS upcoming events:London District Christian Secondary School invites you to come celebrate our graduates with us!  Tuesday, June 24th, 8 p.m. at North Park Community Church.

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.


Accelerated Reader Goals: Our students from gr 1-8 who met their individual term 3 goals will receive a free sundae next Thu. Those who did not make their goals, but who wish to participate, may do so for $2 sent in to their homeroom teacher.

Whole-School Memory Work: We’ll be singing “Young” from Seeds of Worship, and “Roots in Christ Jesus”  as graduation songs, so all our classes will be focusing their memory work in that area:

(Keep reviewing…)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young
But set an example for the believers
In speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity First Timothy 4:12
(Add to it…)
Do you  (do you) Have your (have your)
Roots in Christ Jesus?
Do your roots grow deep, deep, deep,
Do your leaves grow high, high, high,
in faith and thankfulness?
KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Groeneweg

Some of the things we have done in KINDERGARTEN…
Memory Work : Graduation Song
Bible: Jesus Walks on Water
          Catching Fish
JK: Identifying letters A - Z
     Matching numbers
     Printing numbers 1-9
     Left and right
SK: Review sight words
      Identifying beginning and ending sounds
      Adding and subtracting
      Colour words
      Counting by 5's
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters
Memory Work:Graduation Song
Class trip to Chartwell: It was an exciting day yesterday for the students in Grades 1 and 2 got to meet their Grand-Pals who they were corresponding with all year. The students wrote one more letter to their Grand-Pals and put them in a Merry-Go-Round card and gave it to their Grand-Pals. We sang “God is Great, Good is Good” for our Grand-Pals and then shared a pizza lunch with them outside around tables with umbrellas. There were many happy smiles and great conversations happening. Ask your child to read their letter to you.  It’s in their google account.    
We like to thank Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Shelton for helping us on our visit.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy Birthday to Hayden Guenther! Hayden will turn 10 years old on June 16th!
Memory Work:  Practice the two songs for Graduation.  
Spelling Dictation: will be on Fri., June 13
Grade 3 Words: they’re, there, their, soup, night, knight, right, write, weight, wait, piece, peace, hour, our, wrote, written, feast
Grade 4 Words:  disappear, disappoint, disagree, dishonest, unable, uncertain, unbeaten, uncomfortable, unkind, unknown, rewrite, review, rebuild, recall, misbehave, misuse, misunderstand, misspell, misquote, unavailable
Reading:  Please share one or two books from home for our silent reading time in the morning.  
      GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma
Memory Work:Wed. June 18: Practice our songs (1 and 2) for Graduation
Spelling Dictation: Unit 30, Friday, June 13
Friday Morning Devotions:  Samantha Vannoord and Grace Vording.
Student Vote: The class “voted” and ran the vote in this parallel election. “Results” will be released next week after the election. We learned about the candidates, party structure and provincial issues. Students are encouraged to visit a real polling station with their parents tomorrow!
Relay for Life:  Several thoughtfully made luminaries have been completed already.  We learned much about the work and support of Relay for Life in class discussions, through viewing a short video called Celebrate, and from reading some non-fiction and picture books about cancer.  Our luminaries will be placed along the track at East Elgin Secondary School,  Friday evening, June 20. Thank you to all who have donated so far.  All of the money raised goes to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Le Français:  The students have been invited by a local school  to be part of the La Grande Course Postale Canadienne (The Great Canadian Mail Race.)  They have written French letters to other junior classes to be mailed to different schools in Canada.  Over time, we’ll see who receives a French reply first!
There will be a French quiz on Fri., June 13.  Please study the verb Faire ( to do , to make) and your vocabulary in your Mission Monde book.
Phys Ed: Grades 5-8 will be going to Steen Park to play disc golf on Tuesday, June 17th. Parent Volunteers required - see form below.
GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
Memory Work:  Graduation song
Math: There will not be a mathematics exam this school year for the following reasons:
  1. The combined teaching of grade 7&8 mathematics makes scheduling an exam for half the class problematic. While it is a means of practice for high school, the exam is not a curricular requirement.
  2. The class recently competed  in the Guass Mathematics Contest.
  3. More time can be devoted to teaching algebra.
Below are the Top three scores of the Gauss Contest (out of a possible 150)
Grade 7:   Luke Schuurman-144,  Correy Mantel-144, Caleb Krahn -131
Grade 8:   Matthew Cameron-128, Nicole Friesen-120, Megan Ypma- 86.
Art: Culminating projects will on display starting Wednesday June 11th in the afternoon.
Congratulations to Dyllon Bergen for winning this months Student Merit award - Wisdom and Discernment.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
Baseball with Stratford Christian School: Bring your glove! The gr 7/8 class from Stratford will be coming to Aylmer for a friendly slowpitch baseball game on Friday 13 from 10-12. We will play at the Optimist Park baseball diamond off of Elm St. Students are asked to bring in “potluck” contributions to supplement for lunch. Hotdogs and ice cream will be supplied.
Phys Ed: Grades 5-8 will be going to Steen Park to play disc golf on Tuesday, June 17th. Parent Volunteers required - see form below.
French Project:    Please have “Allons en Mission” completed for Fri., June 13.
Music Project:  Be ready to submit your work on Fri., June 13.  They will be shared with the primary grades next week.  
Creative Writing: Five students from ⅞ have had their work chosen to be in an anthology called “The River’s Song”. Author’s release and order forms have went home with Kiley Dekraker, Amanda DeJong, Nicole Friesen, Ben VanderDeen and Megan Ypma. If you wish to order please fill in the amount of $22.95. Have form into Ms. Jones by Tuesday, June 17th.

Parent Volunteer Form (need to know by Friday June 13)


I can volunteer to help with Grades 5-8 Disc golf at Steen Park June 17th 1:30-2:30pm