Wednesday, 5 November 2014

November 5th Journal

 The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, November 5th, 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

Nov.       7  Gr.1/2 trip to Chartwell
             11 Remembrance Day- School to join with townparade                                                                                                     
             12 Chapel (SK,Res)
                   Building for our Children’s Future- ICS Fall Social8pm
             14 PD day for ICS/ LDCSS- report card writing
             15 Tillsonburg Parade 2 p.m.
                   Sweets, Treats, Treasures Sale at ICS
                   OACS Governance conference
             17  Protectors Week begins
             19  Chapel (Protectors) Pizza lunch, AR Skate 2-3pm
             21  WDCS Volleyball Tournament
             22  Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 p.m.
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:

Our Board vision for this year is to “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.” As part of that, we have changed the format of our Fall membership meeting to the friendlier “Building for our Children’s Future” social advertized below. We’d hope to go way beyond our “normal” crowd of 30 or so, mainly board and staff members - please add this to your calendar for next week and join together as a community excited by Christian education at Immanuel!

As well, with the same vision of building community, I would like to visit with each new family, regardless if your child is new to Kindergarten or grade 8. Ideally, my wife and I would join you for coffee or tea at your home, and we can connect. In the past, these connections have been very enjoyable and valuable! I will be making calls to arrange convenient times over the coming weeks.

yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Each week our staff meet for devotions at 8 am on Thursday. We pray for all our school families on a rotational basis. Please join us as we pray for John & Suzie Guenther and Cory & Jodie Hibbert. As well, we pray for other families needing God’s grace and comfort right now.
Praying for our staff: On our staff rotation, please pray for Mr. Cameron. As well, we have a praise item for Mrs Smit who has been declared “cancer free” following her treatments!

Happy FamilyReminders: Is Your Photo Missing? Thank-you to those families who have added photos to our Gallery. We’ll be asking you for your best photo if we’re still missing yours. Let’s fill up the wall!
T.R.I.P: Attached today. Orders are due Nov 13 with pickup on Nov 20. It’s not too early to start thinking about picking up your gift cards for Christmas giving
    Cheese orders: Delivery today.

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)
cute_musical_instruments_clip_art.jpgInterested in joining the school band? The school band is designed for musicians ranging from the most talented and proficient to the less experienced. Now as a part of our education program, it is open to Grades 5 to 8 at no additional cost. You will have an opportunity to develop instrumental playing skills, music making and reading skills, and teamwork skills.
Band Expectations:
1. Take ownership of instruments and resources provided.
2. Commitment for attendance and practising regularly outside the school (45 min./week).
3. Be cooperative and respectful to Ms. Heo and band members.
4. Listen and follow instructions given. Do not play any of unassigned instruments in the music room.
5. Same terms and conditions apply for possible loss and damage made to instruments as outlined in Immanuel Christian School: Instrument Care and Loan Contract form.
Important Dates:
Tues. Nov. 4 – Fri. Nov. 7: Complete sign-up sheet posted in the music room.
Mon. Nov. 10 and Mon. Nov. 17: Practice during lunch at 12:35pm.
Mon. Nov. 24: After school practice begins from 4:00-5:00pm
Additional Notes:
If you are in Grade 7 or 8, you will have the instruments you play in the music class. If you are in Grade 5 or 6, there is a limited choice of instruments, so sign up early! If you own one, you may bring your own instrument.There is going to be a try-out, and we are seeking drummers to audition.

SMALL IMAGE (PNG)Public DomainNov 11th, Remembrance Day. As we have traditionally done in the past, all classes will gather at the Aylmer parade at the Cenotaph by Town Hall. We will depart ICS at 10:15, returning by 11:30. One or two parent helpers for each class would be helpful. Thank-you to Mrs Rose Fehr for offering to help with grade 1& 2. Please let the office know if you can accompany. Please send some change for poppies, and dress your children appropriately - with the exception of JK/SK who will remain at ICS, we go rain, snow or shine!

Sweets, Treats and Treasures Sale: Is coming up on November 15.
Since there is currently no one with a baking table at our craft sale this year, the Ladies Auxiliary would like to put a school table in the sale. If you are able to bake something for our table, we would greatly appreciate that!  
Please drop off your donations on Friday or Saturday next week.  If you could package them in "sell-able" sizes, that would be even better.  Things that sell well are brownies, fresh breads, pies, cupcakes and anything chocolate!  
We still 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!

Pizza, Los Alimentos, RebanadaPizza lunch November 19: This will be our first hot lunch of the school year and is tied to the Accelerated Reading skate.Orders are due by Thursday November 13th. No late orders please! The order form is attached at the end of the Journal.

For Sale:  2 Uniden FRS Radios and charging cradle for $25.  Please contact the office if interested.

FACTORY SHOE FUNDRAISER - Last week Fundraising distributed the Factory Shoe Fundraising Cards.  This fundraising program is a great way for Immanuel Christian School to raise money!  It is easy…simply use this card when you buy footwear from Factory Shoe and they will donate $5 for every purchase over $35.
Example:  A family of four comes in and purchases 4 pairs each valued at $35 pre-tax, you've now raised $20 towards your fundraising budget.  If all 105 students purchased at least one pair we would raise $510.
Things to Know:
1.      The card can be kept by the person they are in possession of and can be used until the fundraising period has ended –  June 1, 2015
2.      Cards can be reused infinitely until the end of our fundraiser period
3.      Each card has a small number located on the back lower right corner from 1-100.   We will track the card under family names and a prize will be awarded to the family with the highest donation
4.      For additional cards to distribute to your family and friends please call or email Janine Shelton at 519-765-2471 or or visit the School Office.

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
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 22 at 2pm.  The Promotions Committee would like to thank the 5 families who have volunteered so far.
Your help is greatly appreciated and has allowed us to put a float in Tillsonburg for the first time!
We still need more adults and children who would be able to ride the float and hand out candy at the Aylmer parade. The display will be a living Room setting and we still require a few items:

An old carpet/throw rug, artificial plants and non-breakable Christian ornaments for the tree.

If you are able to help at either parade, or donate some items please send an email to Charlena Ypma - or contact the school office. Remember that when you help with this extra-curricular activity you are earning valuable volunteer hours.
Journey with Jesus.jpgJourney with Jesus: All students need a tunic for the presentation of our Christmas Program. It’s not too hard to make one at home. If you need assistance with this, Mrs Tracy Mantel has found polar fleece blankets (in neutral colours) at Dollarama for $3 a piece. Tracy and Mrs Nellie Buis are willing to cut and sew them on Nov 6 & Nov 12th.If you are interested, please buy your fleece for your child(ren) and bring to the school office by next week Monday.

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.Tunic 1_0002.jpgTunic 1_0001.jpg


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Mrs. Michelle Vyn is covering until my return on Monday, November 10. Here’s an action shot of the Kindergarten class with Mrs Vyn!

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Nov. 12
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
“Let’s go the Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Luke 2:15-16

Spelling: dictation test for list 9 words will be on Nov. 7
Words for Gr. 1: pet, fed, let, get, red
Words for Gr. 2: some, come, home, fun, funny, run, running, ran, us, use

Intergenerational Project: We are looking forward to going to Chartwell Aylmer Retirement Residences this Friday Nov. 7.  We will bring all our gifts to Chartwell and help pack them into boxes for the Operation Christmas Child project. Thank-you to our two volunteers  Mrs. Deb Atkinson and Mrs. Rose Fehr. More volunteers are welcome to come.
Gift suggestions for boys or girls 5-9 years old are:
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.

Grand-Pal Program: Recently we received our first Grand-Pal mail from Chartwell. The students were very excited to read all their letters and find out a little bit about their Grand-Pals. Then the students each chosen some special to have as their Grand-Pal. This week they have been busy writing their first letter to their Grand-Pal using their google docs account. Have your child log on to his/her account at home to show you what they have typed. Their first letter was to introduce themselves and something they enjoy doing or are learning to do. We hope to take them along on Friday when we go to Chartwell.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (

Congratulations: We would like to wish Sharon Klassen a very Happy Birthday!  Sharon will be turning 9  years old on Sunday, November 9 . Happy Birthday, Sharon!  May God richly bless you in your new year of life!  

Thurs. Nov. 6 - Bible Studies Test - The book of Ephesians, including a focus on the Armor of God. Refer to your daily notes and last week’s study guide in preparation for tomorrow’s test, girls and boys.
Fri. Nov. 7 - Spelling Dictation. Unit 8 -
Grade 3 swimming, swam, getting, coming, came, having, doing, ended, happened, happening, started, joked, received, smiled, smiling, neglected, neglecting
Grade 4 - follow, matter, summer, million, dollar, scissors, cattle, address, office, suppertime, blizzard, penny, wrapper, wallet, occurrence, village, collide, battle, riddle, blessing
Fri. Nov. 7 - Social Studies - Canada Map Test 2 for students whose recent Canada Mapping tests from last week, required parent’s signature. *Be able to label provinces and territories on a map of Canada.  *Be able to match the provinces and territories with their capital cities.
Wed. Nov. 12 - Memory Work - Matthew 5: 43 - 44. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ but I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”
Wed. Nov. 12 - French Quiz - Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Seasons
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home today. Two thirds of the class have achieved their First Term goals. Well done! Keep reading, everyone else!  You can do it!  AR goal due date is next Thursday, Nov. 13.
Scholastic Book Orders - November Book Order forms were sent home with your child today. Parents, if you would like to place an order, please have your child return it to school by next Friday, Nov. 14. Thank you.
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Devon Klassen.
Next week: (Nov. 10 - 14) Sharon Klassen

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Old Testament Books of the Bible for next Thursday. See hand notes and chart in notebook.
Art: Collage due Friday November 7
Health: Unit test next Wednesday on “The Habit of Wellness” and the “Respiratory System”
Spelling:  Spelling List 9 Quiz and worksheets due.
Student Merit Award: October Character trait is thankfulness - will be announced next journal
A.R. Goals due Thursday November 13. See planners for reading schedules (if needed).
L.A. - Read “Teammates” pg 37 in text by next Wednesday November 12.

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

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

Memory Work: Matthew 6:25-26

Please note that a number of unit tests are coming up next week. We discussed these as teachers, and feel that with the in-class review sessions, these are manageable by our students.
Math: Unit tests next Thursday, November 13 on Fractions
Health: Test this Monday on the skeletal system and muscles.

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

Language Arts - Spelling: Dictation on Fridays
Science: Science “lab test” moved to Wed Nov 12, with in-class review on Thu 6 Nov.
French: French Test Unit 2 on Thursday, November 13.  Please see the stapled pages entitled "Everything you need to know for French Unit 2" for studying.