Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October 8th Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, October 8, 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.       13 Thanksgiving Day (no classes)
              14 PA Day: Integrated Study Planning
              15 Chapel
              17 Integrated Studies begins “Journey with Jesus”
              20 Parent/Teacher conferences 4-9 pm
              21 Dental Screening Day (JK, SK & Grade 2)
              22 Chapel
                    “The Big Crunch”      
                    Parent/Teacher conferences 4-9 pm
              23 & 24 No classes: Edifide teachers convention
              29 Walking Wednesday Event at East Elgin
              31 Picture retake day
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

As this goes “to press”, we’re starting our Grandparents Day. This is always a good time to reflect on the “why” of Christian education, and I’d liek to include some details from the recent Christian Schools Canada conference in Victoria, BC. It is good to be a part of a much wider family of schools, encouraging each other! The text that follows is largely courtesy of Paul Marcus, principal of Knox Christian School in Bowmanville.

The main theme of the conference was, “the re-formation work of Christian schools.” The keynote speaker was the Christian author, philosopher and professor at Calvin College, James K.A. Smith.  “Our competition [as Christian schools]”, he says, “isn’t public schools.  Our competition is the cultural liturgies forming our students before they enter our doors”.  The cultural liturgies Smith refers to are those things that our children implicitly learn just by living in a particular culture. All of these underlying values formed who we are, and are forming who our children are.  These are the things that are more often caught than taught. Christian education, Smith says, ought to be a “re-formation project” where ideas, desires, character, etc. are constantly being reformed.  And this takes practice.  What we have here is a call to hard work.  We have a call to develop a Christian way of living that, because of discipline and persistence over time, will become second nature.  We are called as Christians to practice living out a Christian life as exemplified by Christ so that over time we will act Christianity without consciously having to discover right actions or continually looking up the rules. In this way, Christian schools are not places of assembling angels, but rather places for the cultivation and care-taking of Christian character.

This call of ours to live and act as Christians, to become keenly aware of the competing culture around us, is not just worked out in school. In fact, it is more worked out at home and in families than at school. We honoured that family influence in our Grandparents and Senior Friends Day today. It is our privilege at ICS to partner with you and your family, in raising your children to know, follow and love God.

yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: This past week, we prayed for Jeff DeKraker and Katherine DeKraker
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mr. TenBruggencate

PA Day on Tue Oct 14: teachers are planning for our Journey with Jesus integrated study running on Friday afternoons until Christmas.
Is Your Photo Missing? New family photos are still 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!Happy Family
TRIP  Order:  Orders are due Oct 9th with pickup on Oct 16th.
Meat & Baked Goods: Pick up date is Thursday Oct 9th between 2-4pm. If you wish to drop off your coolers ahead of time please put your name on them.
Cheese Order:  Next order form will be sent out on the 22nd
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). All outstanding monies are now due!

Parent Survey 2014: If you have not yet done this, we would cherish a few minutes of your time this week to complete this survey! Go to:, or click on the link in our website Twitter feed.

RIDE for REFUGE 2014. We were thankful for God’s protection and a timely good window amidst poor weather as we put our bikes on the road last Saturday! See photos on Facebook, or at: . $2115 raised = 20 riders + many helpers & supporters. Thanks to all!

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews- Will be held Monday Oct 20th and Wednesday Oct 22nd. Students are welcome to sit in on the interview if you wish. The staff would like to meet with every family for the first set of interviews. If you plan to bring your child to the interview, please fill out the attached Connection form to help prepare for your interview. A sign up form is attached at the end of the Journal. Please complete and return by October the 8th. If we do not receive a completed form back, you will be scheduled in where there is an opening. A confirmation schedule will be attached to the Oct 15th Journal

Lice Check: We would like to thank Mrs. Chris Helder for leading the routine check again. We are happy to report that we are a louse free school!”

Dental Screening: Is scheduled for Tuesday October 21st. Students is JK, SK & Grade 2 will be checked as well as any parental requests. Please let the office know if you are interested, so we can book your child(ren) in. There is a no-cost dental program for children 17 and under that includes check-ups, fillings, x-rays and more. Please call the ServiceOntario INFOline for more details 1-866-532-3161

From the Promotions Committee - Our committee is looking into putting our school Christmas float into the Tillsonburg Christmas Parade this year in order to further promote ICS to the Tillsonburg community.  We are looking for some adult and child volunteers to help with the float on the parade day November 15th.  We realize that this day conflicts with the Annual Christmas Sale at the school, but we feel that this is an opportunity that we would rather not have to pass up on.  If you are not already committed to help with the craft sale, and would like to earn volunteer hours for your family, please contact the school office and leave your name.  If we do not receive enough help for the day, then we will not be able to participate in this parade this year.  Thank you.

*Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has a PD day on Tuesday Oct 14, the bussing for LDCSS will be as follows: Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45am (Students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40.)
Stop at BURC (49823 Talbot Line) at 7:55am
ICS at 8:00am
End of Forrest & Elm at 8:04am
Heimstra’s at 8:10am
Lyons at 8:15am
Corner of Belmont Rd & Wilson Line at 8:25am
Mannning Drive 8:30am
The return trip home will be done in reverse

If you are a young woman in Grades 7 to 10, you're invited to Go ENG Girl!
This is an exciting, informative and hands-on annual event for young women and their parents. This year's Go ENG Girl speakers include Dr. Allaa Hilal (PhD '13), who is the R&D software developer at Intelligent Mechatronic Systems. And once again back by popular demand is a parent panel, consisting of parents whose daughters are studying engineering and other University representatives who help students navigate their studies. Please register online. Go ENG Girl is free of charge and open to the public, but space is limited so registration is required.

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.
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
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

Soccer:  Congratulations goes out to the 2014 ICS soccer team on winning the Bluewater Christian Schools, Division B, Soccer Tournament  last Thursday in Arkona.  The ICS team was undefeated in the three round robin games, the semi-final and the final game.  Way to go, players and coach! We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the parents who provided transportation and to all those who came out to offer their support and encouragement. A BIG thank you to Coach Helen Friesen!  We truly appreciate all the time and enthusiastic effort you spent sharing your knowledge and skills with the team.

Cross Country: Congratulations to our gr 3-8 teams on placing 2nd overall at our district meet in Stratford on Tue Oct 7! All runners ran well, with special recognition going to:
  • Selena Kroondyk - 3rd in midget girls
  • Jessica Friesen - 2nd in senior girls
  • Dean Rollins - 1st in senior boys

Volleyball: Gr 7-8 are encouraged to try out!
Boys’ volleyball tryouts and practices will be Tuesdays & Thursdays at lunch, starting Thursday Oct 9th, with Mr TenBruggencate coaching.
Girls volleyball will start on Monday after school Oct 6th until 5pm as well as Wednesday lunch with Mrs Bosma and Mr Cameron coaching.

Corner Cupboard Food Drive


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac
Letter and sound: n
New Unit - God's Changing Seasons: Awesome Autumn
Rhyming activities
Counting activities
Number recognition
Math -  All About Number: 6
JK - Trace and count numbers 1 - 5
SK - Print numbers 1 - 5

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (

Happy 6th Birthday
Connor Mantel
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Oct. 15

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
remember the wonders he has done, his miracles,
and the judgments he pronounced,
O descendants of Abraham his servant,
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Psalm 105:4-6

“Due date” not until Spring! Sh! The little black swallowtail caterpillar in our classroom is fast asleep inside it’s chrysalis.  It’s waiting for the cold winter season to pass and the warm weather in Spring to come before it will turn into a beautiful black swallowtail butterfly.
Spelling: Here are the words for the spelling dictation test on Friday, Oct. 10:
Grade 1 words are:pup, bus, but, tub, I

Grade 2 words are: be, see, got, she, sheep, shop, queen, been, bee, he
Scholastic Book Order: If you wish to place an order for October please fill out the form in the book order flyer and return it to school by Oct. 9 with the payment (cash or cheque).

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Fri. Oct. 10 - Spelling Dictation. Unit 6- Grade 3 save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, close, clothes
Grade 4 strong, wrong, copy, cloth, problem, October, whole, explode, control, shown, bowl, bottom, smoky, coach, throat, toast, doughnut, foe, goat, remote
Fri. Oct. 10 - Memory Work: Psalm 8: 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.
Fri. Oct. 10 - Social Studies - Mapping Skills test. Refer to your Study Guide, everyone, as you review your notes for our test this Friday.
Accelerated Reader: Keep reading and taking your quizzes weekly, girls and boys!  Remember to bring due books back to school for tomorrow’s Library class. Take the opportunity to sign out some good books for the holiday weekend!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Uri Dalm.
Next week: (Oct. 15 - 17) Marcel Guenther.
Scholastics:  October Book Order forms are due this Friday, Oct. 10. Thank you.
Music: Students are able to draw treble and bass clefs and can read notes on lines and between spaces.
Thanksgiving Dinner with Grandparents and Senior Friends: We’re glad that we could enjoy a special day with our special grandparents and senior friends! It was fun to have them visit with us in the classroom, share a Thanksgiving dinner with them in our gym, and participate in the afternoon assembly held in their honour.  We’re thankful to God for the blessing of families and friends. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Psalm 8:1-5
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

Spelling:  See your planners for the spelling list. Quiz on Friday.
Planners: Thank you for checking planners and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
A number of students have been behind on work. Notes are made in the planner if work is incomplete. Please sign and leave a note as to why work cannot be completed at home when needed.
Chocolate Bars:  Please complete and return orders. A few orders are still outstanding.
Art: Rainbow colours - the colour wheel. We are exploring colour through paint. Please bring in an old button up top or apron to wear on paint days. They will be stored at school.
Math: If work cannot be completed in class, more time is needed at home. Please have it complete for the next day so to participate in group activities.
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".
Math: Unit 1 Math test - Thursday, October 8
Bible: I am still missing signed tests.

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

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

Memory Work: Romans 12:17-18

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

Math: Unit 2 Test  tomorrow, October 11th for both grades 7 and 8.
Language Arts (Mr C): Our short story project is winding up! We started story-telling presentations today, with 2 at the Grandparents Day assembly. Students will be presenting their stories aloud in class, as posters, to family, friends and  reading buddies over the next few days.
Language Arts - Spelling (Mr C): Dictation on Fri. Students with marks lower than 14/20 need to get their dictation signed - with studying, most students can get 18 or more correct.
Language Arts - Grammar (Mr C): Capitalization quiz on Thu Oct 9.
Science (Mr C): Cells “mastery project” gallery walk on Wed Oct 29.
Art (Ms. Jones): Colour Theory projects due Wednesday, October 15. Arrange time to use the art room to finish work before Wednesday.
Music: Still waiting for the form to be returned - “Music Classroom Expectations & Instrument Loan Contract”
French: Tests have be marked and returned.  Ask your son or daughter how they did.