Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September 17th, Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, September 17, 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.      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 Stratford (gr 2-8)
               8 Grandparents/Senior Friends Day (10-2)        
              14 PA Day
              17 Integrated Studies begins
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6

LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Christian Ed Foundation (endowment):

From the Principal's Desk:

I see all sorts of new faces dropping in at the office and picking up children after school - it is great to have added many new families, both JKs and all other grades! I am still getting to know everyone, and Amanda and I would intend on visiting with our new families in Oct or Nov to see how you’re doing in the ICS community. Our Education Committee has also re-invigorated our Parent Partnership program, with new families being grouped with an established “sponsor” family. I’ve also seen new friendships starting in the school yard, and birthday party invitations including new students. We need to be intentionally friendly in order to get to know each other - if there’s someone you do not know, please introduce yourself to him or her! All these things help us build the Christian community for which ICS is known, and through which God blesses us in so may ways.

P.S. Bee Aware Again! Though postponed due to cold, wet bee-unfriendly weather last weekend, I’ll be (somewhat) looking forward to putting on a demo bee beard this coming Saturday at 2:30 pm at Clovermead Apiaries! Come on out to see, or check out the photos we’ll post on Facebook!

yours in Christ,
Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This past week, we prayed for Dave & Angie Bergen as well as Jake & Lydia Bergen
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms. Pieters

Happy Family
Send to School: Family photo for our school families display, so we can put names to faces
If you handed in a photo last year
TRIP  Order:  The next order will be sent out Oct1st.  
Meat & Baked Goods: 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.
Cheese Order: Order form is attached. Due by Sept 24th, with delivery on October 1st.
Chocolate Bars/Student Activity Fee: 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.

All Grandparents’ and Senior Friends’ are invited to attend our ICS Grandparents’ and Senior Friends’ day to be held on Wednesday, October 8th this year. This is also the same day as our annual school wide thanksgiving dinner. We would like to share a meal, have a time of fellowship and a time to celebrate the special people in our lives. The day will start at 10:45 with refreshments and fellowship in the gym, visiting the classrooms, lunch and an assembly. End time is approximately 2:30pm. We hope you will be able to join us.
To help us with meal planning, please RSVP by Sep 26 to let us know if you will be attending. You may call the school at 519-773-8472 or email at
Parents: Ladies Auxiliary is looking for 5 volunteers to help prepare/clean-up the meal. If you are able to help for the morning, please contact the office.
Students: Grandparent and Senior Friends invites are being sent home today for you to pass on. Extras are available in the office, on the counter
The Thanksgiving dinner is treated as a hot lunch, so we ask each student to bring $4 ($20 max per family) to cover the cost of the meal for students and our Grandparents and Senior friends.
Recycle & Earn money for ImmanuelRecycle, Green, Earth
A big Thank-You goes out to everyone that has been collecting recyclables. Together we raised $2700 last year! These funds go directly into the Student Fund. We want to encourage you to continue saving, attached is a list of items we are currently collecting. Please post it on your fridge at home.
*Note: We are no longer collecting Personal Care & Beauty products or Ziploc Bags
We are now collecting Lunchable Containers and wrappers as well as Squeezable Applesauce pouches.

Book, Knowledge, Learning
  We need at least one more adult reading buddy! 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         

Ride for Refuge Fundraiser Sat Oct 4: We have learned that all riders wanting to receive t-shirts at the RIDE need to be registered online, with fundraising logged, by midnight Sep 21! One week only!logo.gif

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. We have received around $2000 in the past, making this a good fundraiser!

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. This is a family event, and all ages are welcome! To conform with RIDE rules, only students in gr 7-8 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 meet the 21 Sep deadline.

We also need help! 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:

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!!

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)

Cross Country:  Change in Run Times! Due to adult reading buddies, the Grades 2-8 students will train with Mr. Cameron from 8:30 – 8:50 on Fri, with a Mon practice for gr 5-8.  All: come ready to have fast fun this Fri!    

East Elgin Youth Basketball Clinic: An 8 week long clinic beginning the week of Sept 29th. See registration form attached. All forms and $ must be handed in to Ms. Jones by this Friday.

Library News: 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.
JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....

Bible: Noah
Letter and sound: t
Math -  All About Number: 3
           Counting and matching activities
JK - sorting, simple patterning

October 8th is a special day for our school: it's Grandparents Day!
JK students are invited to come to school on either Wednesday, Oct.8th or Thursday, Oct.9th.
Please inform the office by Sep 26 of which day your JK child will be attending. Thank you!          

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.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Happy 7th Birthday  
Gavin Hibbert
Saturday, September 20, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
Happy 7th Birthday
Joshua Meesters
Sunday, September 21, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Sept. 24 verse 1 of We Will Glorify
We will glorify the King of kings, we will glorify the lamb;
we will glorify the Lord of lords, who is the great I Am.

“Due date” in about three weeks: On September 4 Phoebe brought in a caterpillar that was eating dill leaves. After careful examination we discovered it was a swallowtail caterpillar and not a monarch caterpillar like we had last year. On September 8 we watched the caterpillar preparing itself to hang on the branch. The next day it was hanging. On September 10 the caterpillar shed its skin and turned into a chrysalis. The chrysalis now looks just like the bark of a branch. We are hoping we may witness the miracle of a swallowtail butterfly being born right in our classroom sometime between September 24 to October 1. Come in and see our chrysalis and marvel with us how intricate God’s creation is.
Bible: Please have your child return all the Bible pages that they took home  to complete the at home section regarding the book of James. Thank you
Field Trip to the Children’s Safety Village: Volunteers for Wed. Sept. 24: Mrs. Debbie Atkinson, Mrs. Amanda Cameron, Mrs. Anna Krahn, Mrs. Keli-Lyn Lockyer, and bus driver Mrs. Ann Walters.
Please pack a bus friendly lunch, along with some fun activities to enjoy while travelling on the bus. We plan to leave the school around 11:10 A.M. and return around 3:00 P.M.
Spelling: Here are the words for the spelling dictation test on Friday, Sept. 19:
Grade 1 words are: pan, man, can, cat, sat
Grade 2 words are: is, his, and, hand, land, an, can, all, call, small

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (

Fri. Sept. 19 - Spelling Dictation. Unit 3 - Grade 3 words are: pitch, drink, swim, life, while, I, my, light, buy, eye, which, find, why, kind, try, smile, think
Grade 4 words are: fact, began, clasp, rapid, able, later, space, stranger, grade, display, main, explain, freight, neighbour, weigh, vein, April ankle, grasp, create
Wed. Sept. 24 - Memory Work: Psalm 8: 3 - 5 When I consider your heavens the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory, and honour.
Accelerated Reader Reading: Each morning from 8:35 - 8:55, the students are given independent reading time.  Students should have a chapter book to read during this time. *Complete your AR quizzes shortly after you have finished reading your  books, girls and boys! Remember to bring in your due books for Library class, Thursday.
AR Goal Due Date:  Thurs. Nov. 13.
Chocolate Bars:  More boxes are being sold each week! Keep up the good effort, Grades 3 and 4!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week program began this week with Noria Atkinson. Next week: (Sept. 22 - 26), Gracie Bergen.
Highlights and Chickadee Magazines:  On Friday, Sept. 19, the students will be bringing home Order Forms for Highlights and Chickadee magazines. Three Order Forms are for the Highlights company, (Highlights Magazine, Puzzlemania, and Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures) and one Order Form is for the Chickadee company. Please return all signed Order Forms marked “Yes” or “No” by Friday, Sept. 26.  Both companies will give our classroom free gifts, or a magazine subscription, for all returned Order Forms that are parent signed. Thank you.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Psalm 8:3 When I consider you heavens,
the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place...
Spelling:  See your planners for the spelling list. Quiz on Friday. List 2 average was 102% !!!!
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: 1 point perspective drawing due on Friday, Sept 19.
Math: Due Friday: GR. 5: Three place Subtraction p36-37, ex. 1-19, Prac *pick 10, Solve 24,25. GR. 6: More addends p 34-35, Ex 1-10, (estimate using clustering), Review 1-14.
L.A. - Read Goodbye Tizzy from World of Literature text.
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 (am) / Mr. Cameron (pm) or

Please see our class wiki page (linked from the ICS website, for homework info and links. Use of planners is recommended for all, required for any students with 5 or more late assignment demerits.

Memory Work: Ephesians 6:11-12

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

Music: Students have completed a diagnostic assessment and we will continue to work on fundamental music theory.
Language Arts (Mr C): During our visit to the Aylmer Express last Thu, we learned about the importance of telling local stories. We are now moving forward with drafting short stories to honour a respected person’s good choices or decisions. Our classes will look at character, setting and plot. Brainstorming Part 3 due tomorrow, Part 4 due on Mon. Drafts should be started in class and complete by the end of next week to allow for editing and presentation work.
Language Arts - Spelling (Mr C): Dictation on Fri. Studying the list makes a difference!
Art: bring 6 objects for colour wheel painting for Tuesday Sept. 23. (if metal or plastic, please sand before class)
Science (Mr C): We are looking at what makes up a cell, and how each part of a cell works together with the others. Cell diagrams due for Wed Sep 24. Students who own iPods or similar devices with cameras may bring them to class next Wed to take pictures through our microscopes!
Math: Unit 1 Test on Monday, September 22nd.