Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December 17th Journal

Wednesday, December 17th, 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

Dec.      18  Grade 1 & 2 trip to Chartwell at 1:30pm
                   LDCSS Christmas Concert  7:30 p.m
            19 Red & Green Day. Last school day before Christmas Holidays, dismissal 20 minutes early due to LDCSS early dismissal.
Jan.       5  Classes resume
             7  Chapel
             9  Hat & Gum Day
            14 Hot lunch; school skate
            19 PA Day - no school for ICS/LDCSS
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

We are glad so many parents, siblings, grandparents and friends came out for our school-wide Journey with Jesus this past Monday and Tuesday! With Mrs Ina Groeneweg laying out the overall teaching unit and our essential questions, our students and teachers worked both to learn and creatively portray an aspect of what it might have been like to live when Jesus did. It remains our prayer that you will have been touched by at least one aspect of a familiar, but wonderful, story made new - our students will certainly remember their roles!

The New Year will start our 2015 registration season. Our New Parent Information Evening is Friday Jan 16! We feel strongly that many of our prospective parents are all attending churches in our local area. Advertising in our local churches is consequently very important. We will be sending an advertising poster and postcards for our Jump into Kindergarten program home this week for selected families (our Church Ambassadors, plus some of our newer families).  If your family receives one, and is it alright with your church, we’d ask that you please post it in your church right after Christmas, in time for Sunday Jan 4! Strong enrollment strengthens our school, and makes Christian education as affordable and high quality as possible!

May God bless you and your family this Christmas season as we celebrate our school’s namesake - Immanuel, God with us!

yours in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Andre & Janneke Kroondyk & Andy & Esther Kroondyk. Please also keep Joshua Meesters (gr 2) in prayer as he recovers from a nasty ice rink finger injury that required stitches yesterday...
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms Pieters.

T.R.I.P: Pickup tomorrow, Dec 18th.
Christmas Meat & Baked Goods Sale: Pickup tomorrow, Dec18th.
Cheese orders:  Delivery will be on Jan 7th.
Samko and Miko toy sale fundraiser: Make sure to bring your original itemized stamped receipt to the ICS office by January 12th in order for us to receive 10% back from your purchase

a pile of red and greenRed & Green Day: The School spirit team will be hosting a Red/Green Day on Friday, Dec 19th.  
Please look in your closets and dress-up boxes to see what you can find to wear. Be ready to show your Christmas colours and all their finery! We are looking for the best dressed/most creative Red/Green girl and boy in each grade. Prizes will be delivered at lunch time. Remember to include your smile!

Service Projects for this Christmas Season
Food Drive for the Corner Cupboard & Hat/Mittens/Socks for the Optimist Club: Items will be picked up Friday, so tomorrow is your last day to contribute!  Thank you for your contributions so far!

London District Christian Secondary School presents… Gloria in Excelsis Deo. You are cordially invited to join us for our annual Christmas concert  this Thursday, December 18, 2014,in the school gymnasium for an evening of choral & instrumental music selections, scripture readings, and community carol singing. We hope you can join us!

School Desks: We now have brand new desks in our primary classroom!  Are you interested in a bit of nostalgia? We have a number of ‘retired’ Gr. 1 & 2 student desks available for your home.  Going soon… desks will be recycled after Jan 4...

Transportation Job Opportunity: The Transportation Committee is looking for applications for a spare bus driver. Applicants should ideally have a B-license and a clean driving record. If accepted, ICS would cover medical certification. If interested, or you know of someone who is interested, please let the office or our Tpt Chair, Jim Vording, know.

Britannica at home! Be sure to add this to your favourites on your home computer: (Britannica Online Reference Centre – School Edition)
Username = ics Password = aylmer

SAVE THE DATE:  60th Anniversary Gala – March 28, 2015

image003.jpgAlumni, Parents, Staff, ICS Supporters…Come and celebrate with us 60 years of God's faithfulness at ICS on March 28, 2015 at the East Elgin Community Complex.
This is sure to be a great evening with dinner and entertainment!  More details will be provided in the coming months, but please check out our entertainer for the evening..Bob Cates – Comedy in Motion!!  Nominated "Best Variety Act" at the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards.
Tickets will be available in January.   $80/ticket or $600/table (8 people).
Contact any of the Fundraising Committee members for more information:  Janina Dykxhoorn; Bobbie Jo Bennett; Grace Miedema; Jacklyn Versnick; Keith Sinke; Chris Bakker; Janine Shelton

Hat and Gum Day Fri Jan 9: This is an annual fun day held to raise funds for Christian teaching materials through the Canadian Christian Education Foundation ( Students may buy $1 licences to chew gum and wear hats in class for the entire day. Tickets are sold for $1 each for fun activities in the gym (face painting, hair braids or washable colour, basketball shooting, bake sale, etc) are also available. Students may bring a small amount of money (no more than $5) to participate. Our grade 8s help run this, with parent volunteers. Can you come in on Friday Jan 9 between 8:30 and 10:45 and help in any way? Please call Chantelle Bakker or Tina Hiebert from Education Committee!

Electives: Winter electives programs for students in grades 4-8 offer a wide range of activities for students to begin to explore and develop skills found in our community; the program runs for 5 weeks on Friday afternoons from Jan 30 to Feb 27. Thank-you to our many volunteers and Education Committee for helping coordinate! This year, we have:
  • badminton - Mr John Elliot, Mr Keith Cameron
  • oriental cuisine - Ms Caroline Heo
  • personal grooming - Mrs Chris Helder
  • firearms safety - Mr Jamie Pake, parent volunteer
  • woodworking - Mr Jasper Sinke, Mr John Smit
  • Emergency level first aid - Red Cross instructor
  • crochet - Mrs Sharon Schipper, Mrs Amanda Cameron
  • baking - Mrs Rose Fehr
  • claymation - Ms Katrina Jones
  • Red Cross Swim to Survive for grade 3s (St Thomas YMCA instructors)
Students are requested to choose a first, second and third choice for for electives. Each student needs to contribute $15 to cover costs. First consideration will be given to students who choose electives they have not previously done, and to those who promptly return this form with payment. Registration by Jan 9!


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.
There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might.
Jeremiah 10:6 ESV                     
       Happy 6th Birthday          
Rachel Cameron
Sunday, December 21, 2014
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for January will be a story for storytelling (Public Speaking)
As you read storybooks over the Christmas break lay some stories aside that you think may be great for storytelling. Bring them to school after the Christmas break for approval. Stories should be 3 to 5 minutes long. You may edit a story for appropriate words to use and also to make it the right length. More information about storytelling will be given after the Christmas break.

Spelling: dictation test for Friday Dec. 19
Words for Gr. 1: review words from lists 8 to 14
Words for Gr. 2: review words from lists 8 to 14

Visit with Grand-Pals: Thursday Dec. 18 is an exciting day for the students will get to meet their Grand-Pals, the Lord willing.  We are planning to go to Chartwell at 1:15 and return back to school around 2:45. Thank-you to Mrs. Loewen and Mrs. Cameron who have volunteered to help us.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.n

Fri. Dec. 12 - Spelling Dictation.  Unit 13
Grade 3- looked, good, brook, football, cookie, stood, full, put, food, school, truth, room, true, chew, due
Grade 4- cleaner, cleanest, bigger, biggest, earlier, earliest, quicker, quickest, busier, busiest, rougher, roughest, heavier, heaviest, happier, happiest, lazier, laziest
Fri. Dec. 12 - Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Naomi Poortinga.  
When we return: (Jan 5-9th) Mariah Rempel

                          Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (


We have started a Math Unit in measurement and the students have designed and measured gingerbread houses for a fundraiser. Silent Auction sheets are posted outside the Music Room from Wednesday to Friday. You may also come by the classroom for a viewing (smelling) of these excellent creations! Funds will be given to our Compassion Child and toward the purchase of animals for families in need.

The students did a great Job with the Journey with Jesus presentations! Thank you for supporting them.
Spelling: Monster Quiz on has been moved to Friday, December 19th.
Social Studies: Title page and journal response to be complete by Friday
French: We will have a final quiz for Unit 3 on Thursday Dec 18.  This will be on the verb "faire", telling time on the hour and 1/2 hour, some adjectives and times of days words.  They were given a list from which to study yesterday.
Science: All worksheets complete and handed in by Friday, Dec.19th. Biodiversity title pages due.
Presentation letters will be due the second week back in the New Year.
Ask your children about who visited them this week!
Class party and gift exchange: Please join us for a potluck/parent appreciation class celebration on Friday. Starting at 12 noon, Ms. Jones is providing lunch (shepherd’s pie), please come join us!
For the gift exchange, students have been asked to bring a gender neutral gift  (approx. $5 value) by Friday.

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

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

Bible: “Help Wanted” poster due Friday.

Class Gift Exchange and Potluck: Friday Dec 19, gift exchange during AR, students have assignments for potluck items for lunch. Each table group is also asked to bring a game for after lunch…!
Language Arts - Spelling / Grammar: Spelling and grammar are on alternate weeks. Tomorrow we need to complete spelling dictation on list 12 - we were delayed last week due to Journey with Jesus preps!
Language Arts: Students should start thinking on a speech topic (gr 7) or choice of story, poem or speech for gr 8. ICS Speakfest is Feb 4...
Science: Most students have preliminary science fair project ideas. If you do not, work on brainstorming an idea with personal interest.
French: Our final quiz for unit 3 will be Thursday Dec 18 on the seasons, place setting words, numbers to 100 and the prepositions "à" and "de". Students have been given review sheets from which to study.
Ice Rink Project: To be continued in Jan when it’s colder!
Possible Fundraiser for Spring Class Trip! Last date for a gr 7/8 parent to volunteer to coordinate this is Fri Jan 9. After that, I will ask Ladies Aux if they wish to help, with funds being directed to Aux. As a school, ICS hosts the Bluewater Small School Basketball Tournament at LDCSS on Jan 27. Last year the gr 7/8 class ran the concession stand and made $600. This year, the highschool has classes that day, so profits could be more! We need one or two parents to lead organization of the concession stand, and the students can can contribute their labour to run it. If interested, please contact Mr Cameron.
Art: We will be holding a class celebration on Wednesday, Dec 17. Students are asked to bring small finger foods, treats and appetizers for the celebration. A full potluck is not necessary (as we had discussed) since it is sub lunch day. Table groups can choose to work together to bring items.
Example: Cole V and Dylan V - something bacon related?; Dean, Luke - drinks; Kira, Amanda, Jess - desserts; Grace, Emily, Vanessa - desserts; Samantha, Victoria, Jordyn - appetizers; Michaela, Jennifer, Lindsay - appetizers. Dyllan, Matthew, Joseph - snack foods; Correy, Dyllon, Caleb - napkins, plates, cups. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Have a Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year!
Commemorating Jesus' birth