Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January 14th 2015, Journal

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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

Jan.      16 Hat & Gum Day rescheduled
                 New family/student information night 7:00pm
            19 PA Day - no school for ICS/LDCSS
            21 Chapel  (3 & 4)
                 No school for LDCSS - study day
            23 No school for LDCSS
            26 No school for LDCSS - turn around day
            27 Basketball Tournament
            28 Chapel (1 & 2)
                 Hot lunch day - Pizza

Feb.      9 ICS Speakfest starts at 9:15 am
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

Following our in-house PA day focusing on curriculum review in Creation Studies, both Mr TenBruggencate and myself will be away on different professional development courses next week. Mr TenBruggencate will be joining an Ontario-wide group of Christian elementary educators journeying to San Diego to learn more about the great project-based learning championed by the ‘High Tech High’ family of K-12 schools. I am joining the Christian Schools International Principal Development Institute in Orlando. Both opportunities are underwritten by our wider Christian education associations, OACS and CSI.

Untitled.pngA prerequisite for my course is a reflection paper on an “aching concern or challenge that burdens you as you reflect on your school moving forward into its future”. I’m not sure about the ache, but I’ve come to think more on our school’s culture, especially as we grow. The graph shows the demographic changes over the last 5 years. We are changing! And, we are blessed with that growth. There is a potential for financial sustainability, excellent local Christian education, amidst diverse heritages, gifts and talents. We have a challenge here too: we need to be “sticky”! Our school needs to become “ours” for everyone, demonstrated in a welcoming atmosphere for all parents and students, board and committee service, volunteering, financial support of the school, student friendships and staff interactions. All this seems to fall under “growing in community.” Are there areas where you or your children can grow in community more? Are you actively involved in ICS? How can we encourage each other in this? Let’s be in prayerful consideration and loving in words and spirit as we seek to form a community that is “one in Christ Jesus” (Galations 3:28)!

yours in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Darryll & Tracy Mantel and Dean & Jennifer Mantel.
Clipart - Baby boy crawlingCongratulations to Nathan & Beth Saarloos and family with the birth of a new baby boy!
Gideon Graham came into the world weighing 8lbs and 11.5 oz. on Friday January 9th.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms Heo.

T.R.I.P: Next order will be sent out Jan 14th, due on the 22nd with pickup on Jan 29th.
Cheese orders: Have been delayed. We will contact you once it arrives. The next order will be sent out Jan 21st, due by the 28th and delivered on Feb 4th

Hockey: The first practice is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the East Elgin Community Complex.  

Electives: Please see the list at the end of the Journal for selections. Electives will occur on Friday afternoons from 1:15 - 3:15 from 30 Jan - 27 Feb.
  • firearms safety - we are in need of some parent drivers on Feb 6 and 13 to make this elective happen - Please call the office if you can help
  • crochet - Mrs Sharon Schipper wants all Moms of gr 4-8 students to know that you can join too - please call the office if interested in a spot!

ContentsHat and Gum Day Fri Jan 16: 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.Thanks for those who volunteered: Mrs Bosma, Mrs Sinke, Mrs Hibbert, Mrs Saarloos, Mrs Cameron, Mrs. Fehr, and to our Ed Ctte organizers, Mrs Bakker and Mrs Hiebert - we are well staffed!  

Small Schools Basketball Tournament: Tue Jan 27 at LDCSS. Ladies’ Auxiliary has agreed to take on running the concession stand - thank-you! We will extend an opportunity for gr 7/8 students who are not on the teams to serve at the concession stand for the day. The tournament starts at 9am and finals conclude by 5:45pm. Students needing a ride to the tournament may ride the high school bus that morning, and students serving at the concession stand may return on the afternoon high school bus.

Need New Shoes????   FACTORY SHOE FUNDRAISER.  Fundraising distributed the Factory Shoe Fundraising Cards in November please consider shopping at Factory Shoe…this fundraising program is a great way for Immanuel Christian School to raise money!  It is easy…simply present the card when you buy footwear from Factory Shoe and they will donate $5 for every purchase over $35.  You can re-use the card as often as you like and we have more cards for you to share with family and friends.  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.

ICS Alumni and Families find yourself at
Like the page to stay informed on the upcoming festivities this year, tag your friends to reminisce and connect!

ICS 60th Anniversary Gala - Sat Mar 28
Alumni, Parents, Staff, ICS Supporters…Celebrate 60 years of God's faithfulness at ICS on March 28, 2015 at the East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer.  Evening begins at 5pm, full catered dinner at 6:30 and professional entertainer Bob Cates at 8:30. Tickets are available now $80/ticket or $600/table (8 people) from the school office or any Fundraising Committee member:  Janina Dykxhoorn; Bobbie Jo Bennett; Grace Miedema; Jacklyn Versnick; Keith Sinke; Chris Bakker; Janine Shelton

We will also hold a no-cost Open House at ICS involving students, parents, grandparents, community members and alumni on Sat from 1-3 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of 60 years of God’s faithfulness at ICS!


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
Bible: Israel Wants a King
         Saul Anointed
God's Changing Seasons: Winter Wonder
Letter and sound: u
Counting to 100
Nursery Rhymes: Three Little Kittens

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (                 
Memory Work: for January will be your story for Storytelling
Spelling: dictation test for Friday January 16 will be words from list 16
Words for Gr. 1: five, time, like, dime, ride, nine, my, by
Words for Gr. 2: too, good, book, shook, school, when, what, took, who, soon

Scholastic Book Club: Please return any completed book orders for January tomorrow Jan. 15. Thank you
Reading Buddy Time: Your child may practice their story for storytelling during our reading buddy time ever Thursday morning. Please have your child bring in their story for this practice time..
Grades 1 -  4: Storytelling and Poetry: Most students have submitted their stories/poems for approval and have begun to memorize them. Students who have not yet submitted their selections should do so as soon as possible in order to begin preparations for telling/reciting. Next weeks Journal will include in-class storytelling and poetry recitation dates.

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

Memory Work: for January will be a story for storytelling (Grade 3) or a poem for poetry presentation
(Grade 4).
Fri. Jan. 16 - Spelling Dictation.  Review List
Grade 3-  with, where, whole, become, basketball, ourselves, longer, bought, brought, surprises, studied, finally, stood, truth, youth, voice, choose
Grade 4- among, again, pedal, mountain, they’re couldn’t, o’clock, it’s, however, chalkboard, outfield, keyboard, living, studying, travelling, earliest, happier, happiest, earth, surface

Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Lily Sinke.
Next week: Josh Vannoord.  
Scholastic Book Order - Please return any completed January book orders by Friday, January 16.  
Thank you.
Music: Students have started to play boomwhackers. We are in the progress of learning “The Chopsticks” and “Amazing Grace” in small group setting.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work (for Thursday, Jan. 22)
Luke 12: 22-26
images-7.jpegThen Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Visitor: We will be having a little visitor next Tuesday :)
Spelling: List 15 Quiz on Friday. I’m still missing signed Monster Quiz sheets. Students will not receive their grade if it is not returned signed.
Social Studies: Presentations on Friday
Science: Letters to the Hannah’s due at the end of class this Thursday.
Music: Still waiting for some students’ theory test back - reviewed and signed by parent(s).
French: Study sheets will be handed out,  quiz to follow on Thursday Jan 23rd.
Language Arts: Tips on Good Speech Preparation
Document #1-9 Due Thursday December 22.
Bible: Notes Due Friday January 16

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

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

Welcome to Mrs VanDyvendyk, covering while Mr T and Mr Cameron are away on professional development courses next week!
Mathematics: Tests on Chapter 5 are graded and returned to the students. Ask them how they did.
Memory Work: Luke 4:33-34, 36
Language Arts: Students should have a speech topic (gr 7) or choice of story, poem or speech for gr 8 by Jan 15. Class presentations start on Jan 26.
Science: Unit test on Solutions is Thu Jan 22. Review period tomorrow.
Music: We will continue our playing test on Jingle Bells on Fri. Jan. 16. Practice at home and bring your
French: Study sheets will be handed out,  quiz to follow on Thursday Jan 23rd.
EESS & LDCSS: Please ensure the forms that were given out last week are returned by Friday for students interested in enrollment

Winter 2015 Electives
badminton (gr 6-8)
Singles, doubles, no experience needed. Improve your skills to try out for the school team!
Cody Bergen (6)
Braden Vandersleen (6)
Emily Hill (7)
Dyllon Bergen (8)
Correy Mantel (8)
Dean Rollins (8)
Dylan Vandersleen (8)
Micah Schuurman (6)
Joseph Fehr (8)
Luke Schuurman (8)
Mr John Elliot
Mr Keith Cameron, staff rep
- in gym
oriental cuisine (gr 4-6)
Learn to cook like you’re in Korea or China, using foods you can buy in No Frills!
Jocelyn Shelton (5)
Kayla Klassen (6)
Kaylynn Mantel (6)
Jedidiah Dalm (5)
Ms Caroline Heo
- in ICS kitchen
personal grooming (gr 6-8)
Learn some new hairdressing and beauty techniques. Also, reflect on true Godly beauty from within.
Jennifer Klassen (7)
Amanda DeJong (8)
Kira Saarloos (8)
Lindsay Vandenbrink (8)
Micaela Reimer (7)
Jessica Friesen (8)
Mrs Chris Helder
- in Resource Room
firearms safety (gr 6-8)

*need volunteer drivers to make this happen*
Safe care and use of a .22 cal rifle on the East Elgin Sportsman’s Association Range. Technique, practice and hand-eye coordination to get on target!
Seth Klassen (6)
Dylan Kroondyk (7)
Josiah VanGurp (7)
Matthew Ypma (7)
Caleb Krahn (7)
Cole Versnick (7)
Mr Jamie Pake, Ken Marlatt + parent rep

- East Elgin range
woodworking (gr 4-6)
Develop or hone your creative skills!
Uri Dalm (4)
William Mantel (4)
Caleb Poortinga (4)
Josh Vannoord (4)
Jordyn Vandendool (7)
Sam Vannoord (7)
Mr Jasper Sinke
Mr John Smit
- SW classroom
(gr 4-8)
All knotted up? Learn how to create fashion!
Megan Friesen (5)
Victoria Krahn (7)
Grace Vording (7)
Vanessa Boldt (7)
Mrs Sharon Schipper, Mrs Amanda Cameron
(gr 4-6)
Make your clay creations come alive - an arts and video elective!
Lily Sinke (4)
Abigail Atkinson (5)
Mariah Rempel (4)
Devon Klassen (4)
Claire Vording (4)
Holly Cameron (5)
Aiden Boldt (4)
Victor Hiebert (4)
Malachi Klassen (6)
Ms. Katrina Jones-
in art room
(gr 4-8)
Produce delightful and tasty treats!
Gracie Bergen (4)
Hayden Guenther (5)
Selena Kroondyk (4)
Elizabeth Fehr (5)
Lucas Krahn (5)
Mrs Rose Fehr-
in ACRC kitchen

Hot Lunch Order Form

Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, January 28th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)                                 
______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
             ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Jan 22.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, January 28th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)                                 
______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
             ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Jan 22.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, January 28th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)                                 
______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
             ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Jan. 22.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Wednesday, January 28th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)                                 
______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
             ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Thursday,
Jan. 22.   No late orders please!