Wednesday, 10 September 2014

September 10th, Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, September 10, 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

Sept.      11 Grade 7& 8 Class trip to Aylmer Express                      
               17 Chapel 8:55
               22 Immunizations – gr. 7’s and gr. 8 girls
               24 Chapel 8:55
               24 Grade 1&2  trip to Safety Village
Oct.         2 WDCS Soccer Tournament
               4 Ride for Refuge (8-11)
               7 WDCS Cross Country in Startford (gr 2-8)
               8 Grandparents/Senior Friends Day (10-2)
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Christian Ed Foundation (endowment):

From the Principal's Desk:

It was so good to see so many faces at the Back to School BBQ last Friday - 220 rsvps, maybe as many as 275 attendees! Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for the meal, and to Promotions for the new hall photos and 60th anniversary display. We thank God for everyone, students and parents alike. We need to be committed to the challenge of getting to know each other and building strong community amongst our student body and our families.

bee_beard_2014-logo.pngP.S. Bee Aware! I’ll be putting on a bee beard this Saturday at 2:30 pm at Clovermead Apiaries (that’s what happens when our Board Chair keeps bees!). Come on out to see, or check out the photos we’ll post on Facebook!

P.P.S. The fine print. I’ll keep this short this week. Instead of reading more of my words, please re-read last week’s Journal which has so much “getting started with school” information!

yours in Christ,
Keith Cameron, Principal
Praying for our families: Each week, we pray for 2 families at our Thu morning staff devotions. Last week, we prayed for Steve & Debbie Atkinson & Chris & Chantelle Bakker   
Praying for our staff: Each week, we seek prayer for one staff member. This week, please pray for Mrs Groeneweg
TRIP  Order:  Pick up date is Friday, Sept. 12 for this month only. The next order will be sent out Oct1st.  
Meat & Baked Goods: Order form attached, Due Thursday Sept 25th. Pick up date is Thursday Oct 9th between 2-4pm. No Late Orders! If you wish to drop off your coolers ahead of time please put your name on them.
Chocolate Bars/Student Activity Fee: All our boxes are in the hands of our students. Please send the money in as you have them sold. For those not selling a box, please bring the $25 activity fee (full time K-8) or $15 (JK/SK part-time). We would like to finish the sales by the end of September.
Book, Knowledge, Learning
  We need at least two more adult reading buddies! Do you have 30 mins in the morning once weekly to read with a grade 1-5 student? This will help the student gain confidence and skills. Plus, you get to enjoy stories! Please speak to Mrs Vanderhoek if you are available         
logo.gifRide for Refuge Fundraiser Sat Oct 4: The Ride is a Christian umbrella group that raises funds for the displaced, vulnerable or exploited. Partner charities receive from 60-70% of funds raised, depending on amount. We partner with the Ride to raise funds for our school Compassion Child and for our Tuition Assistance fund. Conveniently, we are “riding on our own”, with 10 km, 30 km and 50 km starting from ICS on Sat Oct 4. Registration is at 8 am, with the Ride from 8:30 - 11 am. All families are welcome! Students in gr 5-8 may ride on their own, while parents must accompany younger children. This is a free event, but fundraising is encouraged (forms are available online or in the office). We recommend fundraising by asking family members and friends, any amount is fine. Children raising $75 and adults raising $150 receive a free t-shirt. If you can volunteer with registration, safety vehicle, rest stops or refreshments afterwards, please contact the school. Sign up by clicking the “register” link at the top of the page at:

TRIP Program: During the 2014-2015 school year the Fundraising Team will be taking an opportunity to revitalize the TRIP Program.   In order to do so we need your help.  Please take just a few short minutes to fill out this survey and provide us your insights on the value of this  program and what opportunities there are to make improvements.  We appreciate your support! Click on the link below and you will be taken to the Survey.  Your responses are completely anonymous unless you choose to provide your information.
Thanks from your Fundraising Team Members: Jacklyn Versnick; Bobbie Jo Bennett; Janina Dykxhoorn; Keith Sinke; Chris Bakker; Janine: Shelton
Membership Renewals:  In August you received a letter encouraging you to renew your annual membership ($25 per member).  Please send this in as soon as possible to eliminate mailed reminder notices, and also so you can enjoy the privileges of membership!

Transportation Communication List:  Please look it over carefully to see if your phone #’s are correct and keep near your phone.  How does it work?  If there is a fog or snow cancellation, the bus driver will call the families that have their names underlined and in bold. These families in turn will call their block of people.  Mr. Cameron will start the call for walkers.  Bus disruptions will also be posted on the school Twitter feed on our web page.  In case of illness or absence, if your child will not be riding the bus in the morning, and it’s too late to call the driver, please call the family before your pick up stop and their child can relay the message to the bus driver. This may help to save on fuel costs.  
Test of our Communications List: We will test our communication list Thursday at 6pm. If you do not receive a call, or are unable to reach someone in your block of people, please advise the office Friday morning.

Fog Delays / Cancellations. Weather delays have in the past been much more difficult for parents to deal with than have cancellations. To that end, our policy aims to avoid bus delays. Our policy also considers both student and staff safety in traveling to school in inclement weather.  Snow creates potentially dangerous road surface conditions, which impact both buses and teachers.  Fog creates reduced visibility, which impacts students getting on and off buses safely. Fog, while causing delays and requiring slower speeds and increased attention, is not seen to create the same driving risks as snow. In inclement weather situations, our delays or cancellations will be guided by decisions for East Elgin Secondary, as posted on
a) TVDSB snow cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
b) TVDSB snow delay = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
c) TVDSB fog cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
d) TVDSB fog delay = ICS AM bus cancellation, ICS open, PM buses run normally
For now a phone call will follow to confirm this. We also update our Twitter feed and the Easy101 website.

ICS Fundraising Committee needs YOU!!
There are some great upcoming events in the works - like a big evening in January, a Farm Crawl in Spring, a Road Rally, Food wagon/French Fry Truck opportunities and more...  You are wanted to assist with these events and/or join the Fundraising Committee.  It is a fun, hands on committee that meets 11 times a year - a great way to be directly involved in your child's education, get to know your fellow school families, put in your volunteer hours, and keep tuition costs in check.  
The fundraising goal this year is once again $80,000 - which was exceeded by $6,396 last year!!
Please contact the school office or to jump on board... or be prepared to receive a phone call soon asking for your participation :-)  THANK YOU!!

Private Music Lessons:  Not every school is blessed with 5 experienced musicians interested in providing music lessons during the school day!  These teachers are not part of the ICS staff; we simply make a room available to them.  These teachers take students from their classrooms to have private lessons right at school.  If you would like to make arrangements for private lessons at school, contact the teacher:  
    Mrs. Paula Richardson (piano) – Home 519-207-2185  Cell 519-661-7986 or
    Mrs. Emily Schuurman (piano) – 510-877-2320 or
    Mrs. June Elley (violin, voice, guitar and piano) – 519-773-2811 or
    Mr. Derrick Drover (piano, guitar, basic vocal) - 519-765-4990
    Mrs. Amanda Cameron (piano) – 519-550-7312 or

Grades 6-8 Coed Soccer: Based on student numbers, we are fielding a coed team again this year, under the direction of our coach, Mrs Helen Friesen.  Practices will be Tue and Thu at lunch, and Wed after school until 5 pm.  Students need to arrange their own rides home for the Wednesday  after-school practice.  Please come prepared with shin pads, soccer shoes, socks, shorts and a T-shirt. The Bluewater District School Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, in Oil Springs. The rain date: Friday, October 3, 2014. (Coordinator: Mrs. T. VanderHoek)

Intramural Soccer: Interested students in grades 3-5 are invited to sign up for intramural soccer.

Cross Country:  Grades 2-8 are encouraged to train with Mr. Cameron from 8:30 – 8:50 on Mon, with a Fri practice for gr 5-8.  Come ready to run and have fun!    

Library News: All classes, SK-Gr.8, had their first visit to the library this past week. All materials are out on a 2 week loan.  Students are encouraged to check the date due slip in each item to help them return their checkouts on time.  Transporting library books to and from school in a plastic bag is a good way to protect them from leaky water bottles.  If you have questions about the library, feel free to contact Mrs. Robinson.

Student Activity Fee/Chocolate Bar SalesWe are selling World’s Finest Chocolate bars!  Please return choc bar sales money when the box is sold! For children not selling chocolate bars, the Student Activity Fee is due: $25 per full-time student, $15 for JK or SK part-time students.    

Lunches – Recess is at 10:25 and lunch is at 12:20.  Please ensure your child has a good healthy snack for snack recess.  We are allowed to set out only 9 bags of garbage each week.  To keep within these limits, and to be stewardly with God's creation, please send lunches in reusable containers.  Uneaten food should also be packed back home.  


Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....

Bible: Creation
Letters and sounds: s and a
Math -  All About Numbers: 1 and 2
           Counting and matching activities
Show and Tell: SK - Monday, Sept 15
                        JK - Tuesday, Sept 16

Please provide some extra clothing for your child to keep at school, in the event of an accident.

Senior Kindergarten
Library:  On Mondays we will visit the library. Students are able to sign out two books to take home for the week.  Please ensure all books are returned at the beginning of each week.
Sound Book:  We will be learning one letter per week. The letter of the week will be glued in their Sound Book which students will take home to review with their parents (letter name, letter sound and how to print).  Please ensure Sound Books are returned to school each school day.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters

Memory Work: for Sept. 17
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1
Bible: The book of James encourages Christians to show others and tell others that they believe in Jesus Christ. On Monday the students took home their first page titled Wisdom from Heaven. God shares His wisdom with us. We are called to make wise choices for God. After your child has filled in the “At home this means: ...” section please have him/her return it to school. The students will share in class what they wrote. Thank you for helping.
Field Trip: Thank you to the following volunteers who have offered to help on Wed. Sept. 24:
Mrs. Debbie Atkinson, Mrs. Amanda Cameron, Mrs. Anna Krahn, Mrs. Keli-Lyn Lockyer, and bus driver Mrs. Ann Walters.
Spelling: Here are the words for the spelling dictation test on Friday, Sept. 12:
Grade 1 words are: in, is, it, big, did
Grade 2 words are: as, has, fox, box, mix, egg, jam, pet, nap, big
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order please return the order form with payment (cash or cheque) by tomorrow Sept. 11.
Thank you: for returning the Highlights and Chickadee order forms so quickly.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma

Congratulations:  We would like to wish Xavier Bergen a very Happy Birthday.  Xavier turned 8 years old today!  Happy Birthday, Xavier!  May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Fri. Sept.12 - Spelling Dictation. Unit 2 - Grade 3 words are:  next, left, help, please, believe, many, very, been, seen, she, between, three, easy, sea, leave, cheese, funny
Grade 4 words are: attach, where, sandwich, change, watch, singer, slippery, spring, gather, these, thread, athlete, worth, thirsty, whisper, whistle, awhile, nowhere, chapel, thoughtful
Wed. Sept. 17 - Memory Work: Psalm 8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Accelerated Reader Reading: Each morning, from 8:35 - 8:55, the students are given independent reading time.  They should have a chapter book to read during this time. Our next Library Class is Thurs. Sept. 11.  Students will be bringing home a brief note today, that includes their AR goals for the First Term.
AR Goal Due Date:  Thurs. Nov. 13.
Scholastics Book Orders: If you would like to place an order for September, please have your child return it to school by Friday, Sept. 12.  Thank you!
Chocolate Bars:  Some students have already sold their box, or submitted an Activity Fee.  Thank you, Grades 3 and 4!.  Keep up the good sales efforts!
Gym Foot Wear:  Physical Education classes are scheduled for Monday, Thursday and Friday.  Although the students may have their indoor running shoes, please ensure that your child’s outdoor shoes on those days, are also running shoes. Thank you.
Kleenex Boxes: Thank you for your recent donations to our kleenex box supplies!
Music: We have been practicing a couple of worship dance songs in the classroom - “Hosanna” and “More More More.”
Student of the Week: We will begin our Student of the Week program starting next week.  The students will be taking home an envelope this Friday, Sept. 12, with the necessary information inside. We will proceed alphabetically through the class list.  Next week, Sept. 15 - 19, the Student of the Week is Noria Atkinson. Gracie Bergen follows, and is scheduled for the week of Sept. 22 - 26. Parents, if you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms Jones

Memory Work: Psalm 8:2 Through the praise of children and infants
   you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
   to silence the foe and the avenger.
Spelling:  See your planners for the spelling list. Quiz on Friday. List 1 average was 104% !!!!
Planners: Thank you for checking planners and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
Accelerated Reader Reading:  Each morning, from 8:35-8:55, the students will be given independent reading time.  Students have been given their goals.
Chocolate Bars:  Sales have begun for students who have brought a box of chocolate bars home. The Student Activity Fee is another means for Field Trip fundraising instead of selling the chocolate bars.

Phys. Ed. -  Physical Education classes are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Gym wear includes ICS gym shirts, please bring shorts to change into.

Kleenex Boxes:  We need to build up our kleenex box supply again at the start of this new school year. Thank you for sending along any contribution to our supply.
Social studies: We are reading The Lightening Thief by  Rick Riordan along side our study of Ancient Greece due to the many references of Greek Mythology.
Art: Working on 1 and 2 point perspective.
Music: Students have been playing recorders and are now able to play tunes such as “Hot Cross Buns,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” with or without music. Students are encouraged to bring their own recorders!

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate / Mr Cameron

Please see our class wikispaces page (linked from the school website) for important info and links.

Memory Work: Esther 4:13-14

PE wear includes ICS gym shirts, please bring shorts to change into.

Immunization Consent Forms: Are due this Friday
Music: Students have completed a diagnostic assessment and we will continue to work on fundamental music theory.
Language Arts: The newspaper-style reports of students’ summer activities were creative and interesting. We will work to improve sentence structure throughout this year. Articles should be revised, typed and shared with Mr Cameron in Google Apps by Thu. As an entry event to our short story-telling project, we will visit the Aylmer Express on Thu. One or two parents are sought to accompany us.
Science: Lab 1 was due today, we continued with microscope lab 2 in our cells unit.
Art: 1 or 2 point perspective final assignment due Tuesday, September 16th. See duotang for information.
Contact: Please feel free to contact us as needed, by telephone at the school or by email: or