Wednesday, 22 October 2014

October 22nd Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, October 22, 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

Oct.       22  Chapel, “The Big Crunch”, Conferences 4-9 pm
             23  & 24 No classes: Edifide teachers convention
             29  Walking Wednesday Event at East Elgin
             31  Picture retake day

Nov.        2  Daylight Saving Time ends
               5  Chapel, Grade 8 Day at LDCSS
               7  Gr.1/2 trip to Chartwell
               11 Remembrance Day
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

Welcome to another new family: Jake and Lisa Boldt of Springfield, with Vanessa (gr 7) and Aiden (gr 4) start on Mon Oct 27. We continue to praise God for strong enrolment interest! Please make them feel welcome and encourage your children to be intentionally friendly!

As a school, we belong to a family of like-minded schools, represented in the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS), and internationally in Christian Schools International (CSI).
OACS, represented by our teachers’ association, Edifide, is the catalyst for our annual teachers’ convention taking place tomorrow and Friday. This valuable time is made possible by you keeping your children at home on those days, which we appreciate greatly! The convention is a time of worship, fellowship, visioning and professional conversations about our vocation and practice as
Christian educators. More to follow next week in the teacher updates!

Logo.pngCSI is a source of valuable encouragement and guidance. CEO Dave Koetje recently responded to recent news events including the Ebola virus, the military actions against the Islamic State militant group, and tensions with Russia. “As parents cope with the recent news stories and alerts that may cause fear and worry in their children, we understand that children need more than their parents to circumvent their fears or worries. Children need other caring adults in their lives who also see them as children of God as they bravely make their way through a sometimes scary world. The Christian school provides those other caring adults. In a world that may seem chaotic, our children need the security of a place where parent and teacher values are aligned. Our children need a place of sanctuary where any adults in the child’s space are guided by the same spiritual values that shape the parents’ interactions with their children. Our children need a place where they can reach out to an adult and know that the Christ who is continuously shaping that adult is the same Christ who is at work molding the child. The Christian school provides that place. The journey on which our children find themselves is difficult at times. Never underestimate the power of the Christian parent and the Christian school coming together to help our children calm fears and provide encouragement. Remember that when we are dealing with the tough stuff, God will never let our children go.”

yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This past week, we prayed for Abe & Margaret Fehr and Frank & Rose Fehr.
Please also keep the family of John & Suzie Guenther in your prayers. John’s mother Anna Guenther recently underwent surgery.  As well, please uphold the families of Jake & Lydia Bergen and Jim & Helen Friesen with the passing of Lydia and Jim’s grandmother Froese last Friday. Pray for God’s grace and peace in all our families, in all our situations.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mrs. VanderHoek

Happy FamilyReminders: Is Your Photo Missing? New family photos are still being added to the Gallery. We’ll be contacting you to ask for your best photo if we’re still missing yours!
Cheese Order:  Order form is attached, due by Oct 29th with delivery on November 5th.
T.R.I.P: Next order will be sent out November 5th.

Meat & Baked Goods: Thank you to all who participated in the meat and baked goods fundraiser, we made $405.64 Next fundraiser will be before Christmas.  Katherine, Annette and Irene

Living Books- The display will be taken down during Parent/Teacher interviews tonight. It will be set up again at the Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale at ICS on Saturday Nov 15th from 9:00 - 2:00pm

Building for our Children's Future!
Wed. Nov. 12, 2014, 8:00pm
Immanuel Christian School Gym
Deep fried Mars Bars!  Luscious Desserts!

Immanuel is growing and we are thankful for God's blessings!
On Wednesday night, November 12  we invite parents, grandparents, members and friends of ICS to come together as a community to talk about the future of ICS.
Dessert social where we will seek your input and advice.
(Please Note: Replaces the Fall Membership Meeting)

Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale: Is coming up on November 15.   We have many local craft vendors coming as well as fresh outdoor pots and centrepieces for sale.   This year we are trying a few new things too.  We plan to have a children's fun area with games and prizes for kids, cotton candy, popcorn and a grab-a-prize barrel.  In the kitchen we plan to sell croquettes, Janneke Kroondyk's famous boterkoek and a German soup called "Zumbartsch".  We need volunteers to help run some of the kid's games (high school students needing volunteer hours are welcome!), babysit preschoolers and help in the kitchen.  If you cannot help out, be sure to stop by the sale for some Christmas shopping!

Aylmer iWALK Celebration Day - Wed. Oct 29, 2014- Students from Assumption, McGregor, Davenport and Immanuel Christian schools will be celebrating their participation together by: walking to East Elgin Secondary School (starting at 2pm), walking some laps of the track, gathering for a group photo, being congratulated by Aylmer Council and exiting with a big group fitness break. Let’s encourage walking as a healthy activity all year long!

Canadian Test of Basic Skills 2014: CTBS is a standardized test completed across OACS schools as a means of establishing performance benchmarks for individual students, classes and between schools (both within and outside of OACS).  While the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (test which CTBS is based upon) has been updated, CTBS still follows old norms for this year. This lack of updating is of concern, but there are few readily available or affordable alternatives. To give us continuous tracking, gr 3-8 students at ICS will complete the Language and Math tests from Oct 20-27 (one or two tests per day). As far as possible, please ensure that your student is present at school over this time (avoid discretionary absences).

2014 Christmas Parade Float - This year our school will be participating in the Tillsonburg Christmas Parade on Saturday November 15 at 2pm as well as the Aylmer Christmas Parade on Saturday November 29 at 2pm.  Promotion Committee would like to thank the 2 families who have volunteered so far to help at our Tillsonburg parade - your help is greatly appreciated and has allowed us to put a float in Tillsonburg for the first time!  We still need more help.  Our parade float will need to have a pickup truck and driver for both days to pull our float which will be set up on a hay wagon.  We also will need adults and children who will be able to ride the float and hand out candy at the Aylmer parade.  We could still use more help at the Tillsonburg parade as well.  If you are able to help at either parade, please send an email to Charlena Ypma - or contact the school office and let Tracey know.  Remember that when you help with this extra-curricular activity you are earning valuable volunteer hours.

Library News:  (
  • Some students were given pink slips on Thursday. These indicate books that are no overdue.  Please send them back to the library.  IF you are sure the book was returned and you can't  find it, send a note to the classroom teacher or Mrs. Robinson. IF a student needs the book longer, it needs to be brought to the library to be renewed.
  • Missing book: The Final Hour by Andrew Klavan - please check at home and send it in!
  • REMEMBER to explore the Britannica website login: ontarioacs  password: ontarioacs
  • On Monday, students received the list of 10 titles to be read for Battle of the Books.  This is in  preparation for a competition held in April against other district Christian schools.  Students who enjoy reading and are able to read the designated 10 books before the end of January are encouraged to sign up. For the past 10 years we have sent both Junior and Senior teams who had a lot of fun and represented our school well. We look forward to a good team again this year. If you have any questions, be sure to talk to (contact) Mrs. Robinson.
Intramural Soccer: Twenty-one boys and girls from grades 3 to 5 enthusiastically participated in intramural soccer, two noon hours per week, during the past month.  All the exciting games resulted in low scores.  

Congratulations goes out to Team B for accumulating the most points.  Team B members were: Megan F, Hayden G, Victor H, Joshua V, Jefferson L, Lily S, and Naomi P.  A big THANK YOU to the grade 8 students who refereed the games: Dyllon B, Amanda D, Jessica F, Joseph F, Dean R, and Luke S.

Electives: Do you have a special talent you can share with our student body? Electives are a 5 week unit for grades 4-8 in late January - early February. In the past we have included activities such as Woodworking, Cooking and Baking, Badminton, Computers, Small Engines, Cake Decorating, Curling and the like. Can you help? Please contact the Ed Ctte chair, Ray Kaastra (, or the office by November 15th

LDCSS: Join us for Grand Parents’ & Seniors’ Appreciation Day at London District Christian Secondary School.  All seniors (friends, supporters, and grandparents) are invited to visit us on Wednesday, October 22  (9:30 a.m. – 1p.m.), to celebrate God’s faithfulness in Christian Education.  We look forward to showing you around, and treating you to lunch and a special assembly just for you.

Journey with Jesus
All students need a tunic for the presentation of our Christmas Program. Its not too hard to make one at home. If you need assistance with this, or are willing to assit someone else with this, please contact the office
For Primary: Adult-sized t-shirt in white, cream or brown.
Grades 3 and up: Tunics made out of a white, cream or brown sheet or tablecloth.
All grades: For head covering bring a towel and a dark coloured headband. Belt: leather or made out of yarn.
Due Date: November 21, 2014

How to make a tunic - These pictures show three ways to make a tunic from cloth.
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JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

JK/SK- Scholastic Books Orders: When placing an order for JK & SK only - we are no longer able to accept cash payments. Please make your cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible : Jacob and Esau                                                                                                                
Letter and sound: c and k
Nursery Rhymes - The Itsy Bitsy Spider  
                           - Little Miss Muffet
Math -  All About Number: 7

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (

                       Happy 7th Birthday          
Matthew Voth
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
Memory Work: for Oct. 29
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:10-12

Spelling: This week the students will review all the words in lists 1 to 7. The students started typing these words on the computer in their google docs account. The students may wish to finish typing their words at home by logging into their accounts at home using their Mathletics password with two stars. The students took home their review list on Monday. Spelling dictation test for all 7 lists of words will be on Monday, October 27.
Creation Studies Home Project: Today the students took home a mapping project. They are to make a map of their bedroom at home. The students may not use metre sticks for this project but will measure using their footsteps. One of their footsteps will represent one square on the grid paper. They may receive some help in measuring their bedroom, furniture, window, closet and door using their footsteps.  Students  will need to add a legend and scale to their maps.
Scale: One square represents one footstep
Legend: for the legend draw symbols and colour them the same way as on the map
             label the symbols in the legend
Have fun! Please bring your bedroom map back to school on Monday, October 27.
Intergenerational Project: Chartwell Aylmer Retirement Residences is starting a new HOPE (Helping Others for Purposeful Engagement) Project. This year they are filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child and they have invited us to join them in this project. As a class we would like to gather supplies for 13 boxes that can be given to boys or girls 5-9 years old. Donations may be brought in anytime before Nov. 7. Chartwell will be doing the same for boys and girls 2-4 years old and 10-14 years old. On Nov. 7 at 1:45 p.m. we hope to join the residence at Chartwell for a packing party. We will bring all our gifts to Chartwell and help pack the gifts into shoeboxes. If each one brings in $4.00 we could also cover the $7.00 shipping cost per box.
Gift suggestions:
School Supplies:such as pens, pencils, pencil crayons, note pads, picture books that could be a Bible story
Hygiene Items:such as facecloth, toothbrush, comb, soap (please place soap in a sealable bag)
Toys & Other Gifts:such as stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewelry, t-shirts, socks, candy (loose, individually wrapped, hard candy in a sealable bag)
Do not include:
  • decks of standard playing cards
  • food or any chewy, crumbly, or soft candy: including gum (due to custom regulations)
  • used items (due to custom regulations)
  • toothpaste (due to custom regulations)
  • liquids or items that could leak, melt, freeze, or break: shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, mirrors, or glass, etc. (these can damage other items in the shoeboxes)
  • items that can scare or harm a child: war-related toys, knives, toy guns, etc.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (

Congratulations: We would like to wish Naomi Poortinga a very Happy Birthday!  Naomi turned 8 years old today, Oct. 22. Happy Birthday, Naomi!  May God richly bless you in your new year of life!  
Wed. Nov. 5 - Memory Work - Commit the remaining verses of Psalm 8 to memory.
...all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.  
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Thurs. Nov. 6 - Social Studies - Canada Map Test - Be able to label provinces and territories on a map of Canada.  Be able to match the provinces and territories with their capital cities.
Daily Work: Students with subject duotangs at home, French (grey) and Social Studies, (green) are asked to return their duotangs to school, so that ongoing daily work can be included, and notes can remain organized and intact.
Accelerated Reader: A few students have already achieved their 1st Term goals. Keep working hard Grades 3 and 4!  *AR Goal due date is Thurs. Nov. 13.
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Victor Hiebert.
Next week: (Oct. 27 - 31) Sarah Janssens.
Music: Students are able to draw treble and bass clefs and can read notes on lines and between spaces.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Psalm 9: 1-5
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
   I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
My enemies turn back;
   they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
   sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
   you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

Memory work: Wednesday, October 29
Spelling:  The spelling format has changed. The students now have a 20 word list and worksheets in their binder. Small handouts will be available to keep in their planners.
Music: Students had a chance to explore alto and tenor recorders and are able to play a 3-part piece. Students are encouraged to bring their own recorders on Mondays and Tuesdays.
French: We will have our first unit test on Thurs. Oct. 16.  Students need to study for a page entitled "Everything you need to know for French Unit 1".
Potluck: Friday, October 31
Student Merit Award: Congratulations goes to Abigail Atkinson for winning the September’s Award of Most Respectful.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (am) / Mr. Cameron (pm) or

Please see our class wiki page (linked from the ICS website,

An invitation to Grade 8 day at London District Christian Secondary School- Current Grade 8 students are invited to be a student at LDCSS for the day on Wednesday November 5th. For more information visit

Memory Work: Psalm 139:13-16

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

Language Arts (Mr C): Students should be bringing home their short-story portfolio for signature. Students were challenged to keep organized and to focus on 1000 words. At the same time, the stories told often honoured a parent’s or grandparent’s good choices, the editing process allowed the quality to be significantly raised, and students were able to explore a new aspect of writing! Well done.
Language Arts - Spelling (Mr C): Dictation resumes normal schedule on Fridays
Language Arts - Grammar (Mr C): No homework, CTBS tests ongoing.
Science (Mr C): Cells “mastery project” set-up / work period on Mon Oct 27, gallery walk on Wed Oct 29.
Art: Have collage materials in for work periods Oct. 28 and 29. Collage will be due at the end of class on the 29th. Extra Credit work (free form drawing) is also due that Wednesday.