Wednesday, 24 September 2014

September 24th Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, September 24, 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.      24 Chapel 8:55
                    Grade 1&2  trip to Safety Village
Oct.         2 WDCS Soccer Tournament
                    Head lice Check
               4 Ride for Refuge (8-11)
               7 WDCS Cross Country in Stratford (gr 2-8)
               8 Grandparents/Senior Friends Day (10-2)   
                   International Walk to School Day
              14 PA Day
              17 Integrated Studies begins
              29 Walking Wednesday Celebration Event at East Elgin
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6

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

From the Board:

Please find below a summary of our recent Board work - there’s lots going on, and we have dedicated, passionate board members working to discern God’s guidance for our school!
- Committees have been working on their action plans to help the Board fulfill their 2014/15 Board Vision: Resourceful with God's gifts, we strive to be an excellent, innovative, affordable, decidedly Christian school. We seek to excite and involve the area Christian community, alumni, and parents to prosper our school.  We ask you as a school community to help us by getting involved.
- Numerous policies were updated.  Two new polices were also approved:
- Tuition Payment Policy 11.03 guides Finance Committee in seeking tuition payments, particularly those in arrears
- Duties of a Lead Teacher Policy 3.17 outlines Ms. Pieters current role, instead of the standard Vice Principal role
- Fundraising committee needs more help, and plan to drop the monthly dinners unless they receive volunteers to oversee them.
- There continues to be interest among new families to enroll at ICS, but since the grade 1/2 class is full, plans were made for an assistant to help Ms. Pieters if more registrations were received.
(For more detailed minutes, see the board minutes posted on our website:

on behalf of the ICS board - Jane Weverink, Secretary

Praying for our families: This past week, we prayed for Larry & Irene Buis as well as the Cameron family.
We would also like to keep the families of Keith & Ellen Sinke as well as Dave & Charlene VanGurp in our thoughts and prayers. They have lost a brother in law and uncle this week to liver disease. Bob Forsyth was well known in our community and will be dearly missed.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms. Buma


Happy Family
Send to School: New family photos are being added to the Gallery. Please bring an updated Family photo for our school families wall, so we can put names to faces. Stop by and take a look!

TRIP  Order:  The next order will be sent out Oct1st.  
Meat & Baked Goods: Due this 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:  Due today 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 519-773-8476 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.

*Tina Vyn will also have her Living Books displayed. There will be 50% off the total bill for Grandparents & Senior Friends. Check out Christian books and cards.  Lots of variety for all ages! We hope you enjoy your shopping experience.

Breakfast Program:  ICS has received two cheques in support of our School Nutrition Program!
The first cheque is based on our application to The Ontario Student Nutrition Program in the amount of $1763. This goes toward our food purchases. The second cheque is from Eat 2 Learn in the amount of $800. These funds have been raised locally to help cover any costs associated with operating the program. Also included in this cheque are Grant funds from Breakfast Club of Canada and Breakfast for Learning. Thanks to Mrs Jodie Hibbert, Mrs Carrie Rempel and our student breakfast teams as we work together to ensure our students get “morning fuel for learning”!

Recycle, Green, Earth
Recycle & Earn money for Immanuel  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.

Ride for Refuge Fundraiser Sat Oct 4: Permission Cards have been sent home with your children this week. So we can assess numbers, these are due back on Friday, please!logo.gif
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 (all donations received must be brought on ride day, cheques made out to Ride for Refuge, amounts over $20 will be receipted).

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:

Lice Check: A routine back to school Lice check will be completed on Thursday Oct 2nd and Monday Oct 6th. We would like to thank Mrs. Chris Helder for leading this again.  We are in need of a couple volunteers to assist Mrs Helder at 8:30am either on Oct 2 or Oct 6th. Please call the office to let us know if you can assist 519-773-8476

Soccer: The Bluewater Christian Schools, Division B, Soccer Tournament is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 2, at the Warwick Soccer Complex.  The rain date is Friday, October 3.  Information and a schedule were sent home yesterday (Tues.) with team members.  DRIVERS will be needed. The permission and transportation form must be returned to Mrs. VanderHoek by this Friday, Sept. 26.  
Warwick Soccer complex address and website: 7159 Arkona Road, Warwick Township, ON (south of Arkona)

Cross Country:  Competitions Coming Up! All are invited to the Optimist fun run this Sat in Waterworks Park in St. Thomas at 9:30 am. Our district meet will be held in Stratford on Tue Oct 7. We will depart from ICS at 8:35 right after the morning bus arrives, and hope to return just after lunch.  Your child should dress for being outside, bring a packed healthy lunch and extra snack, money for the canteen if desired (no more than a few dollars), spare clothing and running attire including the ICS Athletics t-shirt.We will take a bus there, and we are seeking parent chaperones to accompany us (see permission form at the end). Parents are also welcome to spectate. Runs begin at 10:30 am at Stratford District Christian School.

Volleyball: We’ll start boys’ and girls’ volleyball practices right after volleyball and cross country. Boys’ volleyball tryouts and practices on Tue and Thu at lunch, with Mr TenBruggencate coaching, girls volleyball on Mon after school and Wed lunch with Mrs Bosma and Mr Cameron coaching. Gr 7-8 are encouraged to try out!

Library News: Last week was the first time we encountered overdue books.  Remember that all materials are out on a 2 week loan. If students need their books longer, they should renew them during library time.  Last week, a reminder list was given at noon to students with overdue books.  In the future, this overdue list will be on PINK paper which is meant to be a bright reminder to go looking for books.  Students with overdue books may be restricted in checkouts that week. THURSDAYS ARE LIBRARY DAYS FOR GRADES 1 TO 8!

Volunteer Classroom Assistant Sought: We have a new family wanting to register, with children in SK and gr 2. With a very full gr 1/2 class, we can only accept this registration with a classroom assistant in place 5 days a week in the mornings when we teach math and language. Ms Pieters would be best helped by a consistent (2, 3 or 5 days), qualified, volunteer(s). Recognizing the time commitment, we are able to offer a small annual stipend. Enquiries and applications should be made to Ms Marianne Pieters ( by this Fri Sep 26 at 3 pm.

Kids Plus Accident Insurance - If you wish to receive coverage, complete and mail directly to the company
East Elgin Community Complex Day Camp Flyer
International Walk & Wheel to School Day Announcements
Elgin Public Health information sheet

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

Bible: Noah, Tower of Babel
Letter and sound: i
Math -  All About Number: 4
           Counting and matching activities
Rhyming words games - rhyming is an important early phonics skill.
Show and Tell - JK: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

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 6th Birthday
Presley Fehr
Friday, September 26, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Oct. 1 Trust and Obey
When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey,
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

Bible: Each student wrote a poem about God’s creation. Here are some of their thoughts.
I AM . . .
I am glad that God created the day so that I can  discover the woods. (Joshua M.)
I am happy God created the winter season so that I can  build a snowman. (Presley F.)
I am delighted that God created the colour blue because it is the colour of the sky and sea. (Promise A.)
I am pleased that God created apples because they are so juicy. (Allyson M.)
I am excited that God created kittens because they’re quiet. (Kahlen H.)
I am thankful that God created the Sabbath when I can go to church. (Connor M.)

“Due date” we think is between now and October 1: We are hoping we may witness the miracle of a swallowtail butterfly being born right in our classroom sometime soon. Come in and see our chrysalis and marvel with us how intricate God’s creation is.
Field Trip to the Children’s Safety Village: Today the students enjoyed their exciting trip to the Safety Village. Enjoy their stories tonight.
Spelling: Here are the words for the spelling dictation test on Friday, Sept. 26:
Grade 1 words are: as, had, sit, six, ran
Grade 2 words are: up, it, him, I, for, or, four, we, man, men
Scholastic Book Order: The October flyers were sent home today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Oct. 9 with the payment (cash or cheque).

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (

Congratulations: We would like to wish Sarah Janssens (Gr. 3) and Lily Sinke (Gr. 4) a very Happy Birthday on Saturday, September 27!  Sarah will be turnng 8 years old, and Lily will be turning 9 years old on that day! Happy Birthday, Sarah and Lily!  May God richly bless each of you, in your new year of life!
Fri. Sept. 26 - Spelling Dictation. Unit 4 - Grade 3 rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also, know, chocolate
Grade 4 then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, spelling, people, squeeze, please, between
Wed. Oct. 1 - Memory Work: Psalm 8: 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
Accelerated Reader Reading: Each morning from 8:35 - 8:55, the students are given independent reading time.  Students should have a chapter book or novel to read during this time. *Complete your AR quizzes shortly after you have finished reading your  books, girls and boys! Remember to bring in any due books for Library class on Thursday. AR goal due date is Thurs. Nov. 13.
Chocolate Bars:  Most of our boxes have been sold!  Well done girls and boys!  We have one week left before our time for finalizing sales is completed. Keep working to finish it up by Sept. 30, Grades 3 and 4! You can do it!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Gracie Bergen.
Next week: (Sept. 29 - Oct. 3), Xavier Bergen.
Highlights and Chickadee Magazines: Thank you for returning the parent signed Order Forms for Highlights and Chickadee magazines, girls and boys!. Remember to bring in 3 Order Forms for the Highlights company, (Highlights Magazine, Puzzlemania, and Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures) and 1 Order Form  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!
Tues. Sept. 30:  French Quiz: *Refer to your Study Guide, Grades 3 and 4, when you are reading over your notes, in preparation for your quiz. *Students will be bringing a Study Guide home on Wed. Sept. 24.
Music: Students are now able to play “Hot Cross Bun” on recorders. They are also able to identify black and white keys on the keyboard and the name of each key.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Psalm 8:4
Bible: Test Tuesday, September 30.
Spelling:  See your planners for the spelling list. Quiz on Friday. List 3 average was 95%
Planners: Thank you for checking planners and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
Chocolate Bars:  Please complete and return orders.
Art: Value Drawing due Friday, Sept 26.
Creation Studies: Weather permitting, we are hoping to take a walk to Lions Park Friday afternoon and need a couple parent volunteers.
Potluck, Friday Sept. 26: Main Course - Blue Group, Appetizers - Green Group, Drinks, plates and napkins - Red Group, Desserts and clean up - Yellow Group
Ideas for potluck: chilli and buns (sloppy joes), soup, stew, pizza, meatballs, and rice, tacos, corn on the cob, salsa and dip, veggies, fruit, bacon wrapped anything!, juice, pop (limited), fizzy drinks, iced tea, brownies, cupcakes, tarts.
We can accommodate slow cookers and food that needs to be heated in the kitchen.
Music: Students have been continuously working on their recorder playing skills. They just had their first playing test on Tuesday, September 23. Students are encouraged to bring their own recorders on Mondays and Tuesdays.  

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: Colossians 3 :12&13

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

Music: Students are now assigned with instruments and books. Please read “Music Classroom Expectations & Instrument Loan Contract” information thoroughly and bring the form back by Friday, September 26, so students can sign out instruments over the weekend to practice.
Language Arts (Mr C): We continue with drafting short stories to honour a respected person’s good choices or decisions. Drafts have been started in class and must be complete in Google Apps by Friday to allow for editing and presentation work.
Language Arts - Spelling (Mr C): Dictation on Fri. Studying the list makes a difference!
Art (Ms. Jones): Bring device to take pictures. Working with colour wheel and colour theory.
Science (Mr C): We continue looking at and making field of view drawings of various types of cells. Students will need to choose their “mastery project” topic by next Weds.
Math: Unit 1 Test has been graded and returned to the students. Parental signed tests need to be submitted by tomorrow.  Retests will be held on Friday.
French Test: Tuesday, Sept 30.  Students need to know everything on the sheet given them entitled "Everything you need to know for Unit 1" except the verb "etre".

Permission Form (please return permission form on Oct 1).

My child ______________________________ has my permission to attend the Woodstock District cross country meet on Tue Oct 7.

I am / am not (delete as applicable) available to help as a chaperone.

parental signature and date