Wednesday, 18 June 2014

June 18th Journal

 The ICS Journal  

 Wednesday, June 18, 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  19 Library summer book sign out
              Ice Cream Sundaes for those who achieved their
              third term reading goals                                                      
         20 Last day of school
            - Gr 8’s 12:30 early dismissal
            - dismissal at 2:30 (students home 1 hr early)
            - graduation ceremony 7:30 pm
         23-25 Teacher work days, office open
September 2 First day of school, parents able to drop children off at their classes.
                  3 School theme chapel at 8:55 am
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
School email:
Principal email:
tel: 519-773-8476
LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Christian Ed Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
Wow, acknowledging God’s hand in all our efforts, we’re completing 1000 hours of classes at Immanuel which brings us to the close of our school year! At our awards assembly this morning we were able to celebrate achievement throughout the year with our final awarding of the WinIt certificates (the Yearbook also recognizes participation in various forms, and will replace those next year), the Public Speaking awards, the Mission Poster awards, and the gr 8 Graduation Awards. I’d also like to recognize our grade 8 graduates and bid them God’s blessings as they pursue their education in high school, “meeting the challenge of the world and culture they live in as young and growing Christians.” Graduates, you have matured and grown so much over your years here - you have also grown into our hearts, and your teachers and I will miss seeing you each school day!
Matthew Cameron - Marcia Booy Memorial Math Award - LDCSS
Kiley DeKraker - Lioness Award for Most Improved Student - East Elgin Secondary School
Nicole Friesen - Valedictorian - East Elgin Secondary School
Kameron Guenther - LDCSS
Tyler Kaastra - LDCSS
Ryan Kroondyk - LDCSS
Ben VanderDeen - Providence Reformed Collegiate
Megan Ypma - Jim Dieleman Memorial Discipleship Award - LDCSS
As stated by the teacher of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything,” a time for school and a time for vacation! Enjoy!
Yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This week we pray for John & Tina Hiebert and Cliff & Christine Janssens
Praying for our staff: This week we pray for Mrs Robinson
Cheese Orders: Attached is the order form for September. Orders can be dropped of at the school until Friday June 20th with delivery on Wednesday, Sept.3rd. If you had a standing order this year and would like it to continue, please fill out a form to indicate that. You can still place your order up until Aug 27th but you need to call or email Keli-lyn Lockyer at 519-617-0779 or Thanks for supporting this fundraiser all year!
GIFTS Program: June 30 deadline to send your form to the school office.
T.R.I.P Orders: Pickup will be Friday morning June 20.
Meat & Baked Goods: Pickup on Thursday June 19th between 2-4 pm.

Graduation: 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 earlier)
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 playground

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the LAST Hoorah Friday Family Fun Night!  A big thanks to the ICS Teachers and Staff (and families) who set up, cooked and cleaned all night long!  $871.02 profit was made and it was an enjoyable evening of beautiful weather and lots of socializing.  Fundraising Committee is grateful to all the volunteers, Heritage Place residents, and school supporters for making the last two years of Friday Family Fun Nights such a success.  It truly has been a bunch of FUN nights. God has blessed us through all the finances that came in, but also through new relationships and rekindled family time together.  THANK YOU!

Do you have 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,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.

2014-2015 Tuition Invoices: The tuition invoices for next year are attached to this Journal. If you did not receive one, please call the school. Please note that a condition of the bursary program is that post-dated cheques must be sent in to the school by June 30. Thank you.

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). So far, 26 of our families have completed this process! Are you among them? A hard copy of the form was enclosed with the 4 June 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 96 students, including 9 JK, 14 SK and 8 new families!

From TRIP: 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.
The 11 month TRIP year (July 1/13 - May 31/14‎) profit totalled $21,196.18.. Of this total, Fundraising receives $11,762.50 which helped them to reach their budgeted total this year! The rest is designated to individual parents who participated according to their credit earned and a portion goes for administration. Thank you to everyone who supported the TRIP program by purchasing gift cards this year. Thanks.

ICS Fundraising Committee is so excited to announce that the $80,000 fundraising goal for this school year has not only been met, but surpassed!!  We thank God for blessing us all with such a supportive school community and so many talented individuals to organize the opportunities to raise this money.  Thank you to everyone who has participated through the:
  • TRIP Program ($11,762.50 ICS profits)
  • Friday Family Fun Nights ($3,274.49)
  • Golf Tournament ($32,274.18)
  • GST Auction ($26,828.65)
  • Meat + Baked Good Sales ($849.16+Jun profits)
  • Will Clinic (ongoing)
  • Clovermead Family Night ($2,569.47)
  • and various public grants ($6000.00)

The 2014/15 goal is set for $80,000 once again - so keep up the great work supporters!  All the money raised comes right back to you - through each school family's tuition.
Fundraising Committee is also looking for individuals to join their team.  Meetings are once a month, and it is a night out of the house - socializing and planning fun events!  Contact the school office or for more information.

Parent and Member Survey 3013-2014: The Board, staff and I would also value parental and supporter input into our routine review processes. 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:

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). Pick up on the first day of school.

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!

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)

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!

From the Library:
1.The World Book Encyclopedia sets (2004 and 2006) are still available.  Call the school office if you are interested.
2. SUMMER SIGN-OUT - Students with permission forms/notes will check out their books tomorrow. Books need to be returned the first week of school in the fall.
3. Students who read during the summer are at a better starting point in the fall. Develop the habit of reading every day to keep your skills sharp. Stop in at your local public library to see what they have to offer.  Most will be running a Summer Reading Program: EUREKA!!!

Private Music Lessons: Currently we have 5 music teachers working with our students during the school day. We have Mrs. Paula Richardson on Tuesday mornings for piano (519-633-7986), Mrs Emily Schuurman Tuesday from 11:15-3pm ( 519-877-2320), 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 ( posted on: We will be interviewing next week.
1. Part-Time Music Instructor- (4 classes a week for gr 3-8).
2. Part-Time French Teacher- (7 classes a week for gr 5-8).


Accelerated Reader Goals: Our students from gr 1-8 who met their individual term 3 goals will receive a free sundae tomorrow.. 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…

What a GREAT year!!!
I was so blessed to have such a wonderful group of children again this school year.
They all have touched my life in very positive and rewarding ways.
Wishing all of you a good summer holiday and God's blessings.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

God has given us rich soil for our roots to grow in. He has blessed our year together. Keep growing in His love!
Friendship Recipe from the Kitchen of Jedidiah:
2 cups worshipping God
1 cup swimming
½ cup cheerful
½ cup loving
1 teaspoon friendly
a dash going to the park
a pinch letting you choose the game
Directions: Mix it all well and meet at our tent.
Friendship Recipe from the Kitchen of Naomi:
2 cups generous, faithful, and loving
1 cup kindness
½ cup willing, joyful
½ cup believing in God
1 teaspoon helpful
a dash friendly
a pinch cheerful
Directions: Mix it all well and meet at the pool.
Memory Work: Graduation Songs
Happy 7th Birthday: Dylan Rempel, Friday, July 25, 2014birthday-wishes05.jpg
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Happy 7th Birthday: Phoebe Sinke, Thursday, July 31, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Happy 8th Birthday: Marcel Guenther, Thursday, July 31, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:1

GRADES 3 and 4 – Mrs. Drop

Happy Birthday to the students who will be celebrating summer birthdays:  Joshua Vannoord (Aug. 12), Mariah Rempel (Aug. 12) and  William Mantel (Aug. 20)!
Memory Work:  Practise the two songs for Graduation.  
Spelling Dictation: will be on Thurs., June 19.  
Grade 3 Words: air, against, all right, until, presents, beautiful, favourite, clothes, people, vacation, remember, already, hospital, minute, straight, person, since
Grade 4 Words:  multiply, imagination, favourite, computer, citizenship, invisible, undercover, enjoyment, discussion, America, unusual, example, melody, temperature, understanding, experiment, explanation, oxygen, debate, rhythm
Reading:  Please share one or two books from home for our silent reading time in the morning.  
Please bring your favourite board game from home to enjoy with a classmate(s) on Fri., June 20.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and blessed summer!  It has been a joy to teach you!

GRADES 5 and 6 - Ms. Buma

Enjoy your summer Grades 5 & 6! May you have many opportunities to explore God’s world.  Read some good books, play some great games, and enjoy your time with family and friends. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all this year!  Ms. Buma
Memory Work:Wed. June 18: Practice our songs (1 and 2) for Graduation
Spelling Dictation: Friday, June 20 - “Twenty Words from Thirty Lists”  
Friday Morning Devotions: Samantha Vannoord, Grace Vording, Matthew Ypma
Student Vote: The class “voted” and ran the vote in this parallel election last Thursday. The class vote results closely paralleled the real vote in Elgin-Middlesex-London, with PC candidate Jeff Yurek “winning”!
Relay for Life:  We have completed the luminaries. They have been picked up by Mrs. Kerry Kers from the Canadian Cancer Society, and will be placed along the track at East Elgin Secondary School for this Friday’s June 20th evening Relay for Life event. I have appreciated the thoughtful and caring work of the students in the completion of their luminaries! Thank you.
Phys Ed: Grades 5-8 will be going to Steen Park to play disc golf on Thursday, June 19th from 10:30-12:30. Bring  your Phys. Ed clothes; we will be stopping by the water park on the way back to school. Students will need dry clothes for when they return.
Summer Birthdays:  Our summer birthdays include:  Kaylynn Mantel (Mon. June 23), Ms. Buma (Thurs. July 10), Samantha Vannoord (Tues. July 15) and Braden Vandersleen (Wed. Aug. 6) An early Happy Birthday to each one of you!  May God richly bless you all in the coming year!
Birthday Treats and Board Games: This Friday afternoon (1:30-2:15) we will celebrate summer birthdays (treats optional) while enjoying some favourite Board Games.

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Ms. Jones
Memory Work:  Graduation song
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: Final projects are on display in the hall! Come and see some amazing work!
History: Please have tests signed and returned by Thursday. Class average: 74%
Author’s Release Forms: Please have forms in by Thursday: Amanda DeJong, Nicole Friesen, Ben VanderDeen and Megan Ypma. Prize winnings are awarded after publication. Prizes include computers, cash prizes for up to $100 and are dependent on your release form completion. If you wish to order a book “The River’s Song”, an anthology of creative writing, please fill in the amount of $22.95.
Pot Luck lunch and Class Party Thursday afternoon. Food assigned by table groups but not limited to: : (Snacks and clean up) Correy, Dylan V, Tyler, Kameron;  (Drinks) Matthew, Ben, Megan, Kira;  (Dessert/Treats) Dean, Dyllon, Cole, Caleb; (Fruits/Veggies/salad) Luke, Ryan, Jessica, Amanda; (Plates, napkins, cups) Kiley, Lindsay, Nicole.