Wednesday, 21 January 2015

January 21st Journal 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, January 21st, 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.      23 No school for LDCSS
            26 No school for LDCSS - turn around day
            27 Basketball Tournament
            28 Chapel (1 & 2)
                 Hot lunch day - Pizza
                 Aylmer Knights of Columbus free throw contest
            30 Electives begins
Feb.     2 Jump into Kindergarten #1
           4 Chapel (SK/Res)
           9 ICS Speakfest starts at 9:15 am
              Jump into Kindergarten #2
          11 Registration day for JK/SK
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Lead Teacher’s Desk:

This morning we were blessed at Chapel. Ms. Buma and grades 3/4 shared the message of Psalm 139, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are thankful to God for making all of us different and special, and in God’s image. Like snowflakes, we are also special because of our differences. Each one of us can bring glory to God each day!
Ms Marianne Pieters, Lead Teacher

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Robyn Allison and Ryan & Jennifer Meesters.
Please also keep Darryl & Helen Klassen and family in your prayers are they are going through a difficult time, with Helen currently hospitalized for a recurring illness. If you are able to help, some items that would be appreciated are prepackaged snack/lunch items or a grocery gift card. Please contact Keli-Lyn Lockyer for more details at 519-617-0779.
Please continue to remember the Weesjes and Hiemstra families as they mourn the recent loss of loved ones. May the God of all comfort sustain them and grant them all they stand in need of during this time and as they continue down life’s pathway without their loved ones by their side.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mr. TenBruggencate as he travels to California for professional development.

T.R.I.P: Order is due on the 22nd with pickup on Jan 29th.
Cheese orders: Order is attached, due by the 28th and delivered on Feb 4th
Hockey: The next practice is Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the East Elgin Community Complex.  A note regarding ice rental fees was sent home today with the team members.  Please have the payment submitted to Mrs. VanderHoek by Thursday, January 29th.  The District Schools Hockey Tournament is scheduled for March 11, 2015 at the Gemini Arena in Strathroy.
Curriculum Review Day: Your teachers were hard at work on Mon. Jan. 19, reviewing our creation studies curriculum document. As a school, we draw upon our wider Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, on Christian Schools International, on our own research, and on the Ontario Ministry of Education, in order to develop our curricular perspective and goals. We’ve enclosed a draft copy of our 2015 Creation Studies Perspective as an example of the work. We also map specific expectations and units of study to each grade level, which helps ensure that classroom studies have a distinct Christian perspective, are developmentally linked, and in the end, tie in with high school expectations. Once complete, the full document will be briefed to our Education Committee, and is available upon request to interested parents.

Electives: Thank-you to all our community volunteers - we are ready with help in all electives! Electives will occur on Friday afternoons from 1:15 - 3:15 from 30 Jan - 27 Feb.
  • 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!

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. Permission slips for all gr 7/8 students are due on Friday Jan 23!

ICS Skating Rink - is back after many years! In order for everyone to enjoy the rink safely, we have posted a tentative schedule and some rules.The ice surface is open at lunch from 12:35-1:00
Monday: gr 7/8, Tuesday: gr 5/6, Wednesday: gr 7/8, Thursday gr 5/6, Friday: K-4 (gr 8s allowed to sign up to assist with skates, must sign up with class teacher, on ice only after last student is on)
  1. If skating only = gloves, skates, helmet for K-2. No boots
  2. Ice Skating, Children, Fun,If sticks, puck = hockey helmet, protective gear for goalies
  3. Christian school tournament rules: no contact, no stick above waist before or after shot
  4. If you mess up the ice, clean it up please!
  5. If rules broken, offender on wall, suspended from skating for rest of day. If needed, the whole ice may be closed for the day.

Memories...all those memories: Are you still holding on to those school projects, art work or perhaps pictures of class trips or sporting events? Well we would love to share your memories of ICS with your fellow alumni at the Gala. We will start collecting items in the near future, so please help us complete a 60 year trip down memory lane. If you have items to contribute please contact Carrie Vis - or 519-765-3290.

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 an Open House at ICS involving students, current and former teachers, parents, grandparents, community members and alumni on Sat from 2-4 pm (new time). 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: Saul's Sin and Rejection
         David Anointed
God's Changing Seasons: Winter Wonder
Letter and sound: L
Penguins - mini unit
Counting to 100
Opposites (day/night, old/new, happy/sad, in/out.....)
Sizes (small/medium/large, big/small, long/short....)
Nursery Rhymes: Three Little Kittens

JK - Grade 2: Black snowpants, black mittens.....too many to count....please parents initial your child's clothing so we can identify "lost" snowpants/mittens.
Thank you!
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (    
      Happy 8th Birthday          
                                                                      Eden Shelton
Friday, January 23, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15            
Memory Work: for January will be your story for Storytelling. Practice a little everyday so that you can tell your story well with lots of expression.
Spelling: dictation test for Friday January 23 will be words from list 17
Words for Gr. 1:gate, rake, name, bake, fine, bike, hide, mine
Words for Gr. 2: now, down, how, out, shout, about, our, house, slow, show
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.

Storytelling schedule: in-class storytelling dates. Please have your child bring to school their storybook/script on their presentation day.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Friday, Jan. 30
Monday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Wednesday, Feb.4
Delilah K.
Gavin H.
Jedidiah K.
Madyson B.
Presley F.
Phoebe S.
Dylan R.
Kahlen H.
Avery B.
Rebecca K.
Josiah K.
Joshua M.
Promise A.
Rachel C.
Jaywynn L.
Allyson M.
Owen V.
Makayla Z.
Rhodé D.
Connor M.
Eden S.
Aryanna L.
Matthew V.
Shane D.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (

Memory Work: for January will be a story for storytelling (Grade 3) or a poem for poetry presentation
(Grade 4).
Fri. Jan. 23 - Spelling Dictation.  
Grade 3-  don’t, didn’t, I’ll, I’m, it’s, let’s, you’re, we’re doesn’t, o’clock, won’t, wouldn’t, its, can’t, that’s shouldn’t, hadn’t
Grade 4- leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves, potato, potatoes, roof, roofs, family, families, library, libraries, journey, journeys, hero, heroes, ditch, ditches, passenger, passengers
Storytelling Schedule:  In class story-telling and poetry presentation dates. Please have your child bring their storybook/poem to school on their presentation day.  Thank you!

Thurs., Jan. 29
Fri., Jan. 30
Mon., Feb. 2
Tues., Feb. 3
Wed., Feb.4
1. Aiden Boldt
1.Sarah Janssens
1.Devon Klassen
1.Noria Atkinson
1.Sharon Klassen
2. Will Mantel
2. Jefferson Loewen
2. Josh Vannoord
2. Victor Hiebert
2. Naomi Poortinga
3. Caleb Poortinga
3. Gracie Bergen
3. Lily Sinke
3. Marcel Guenther
3. Xavier Bergen

4. Mariah Rempel
4.Claire Vording
4. Selena Kroondyk
4. Uri Dalm

Accelerated Reader:  AR Reports will be sent home Friday, Jan. 23. *Goal due date is Fri. Feb. 13. Some students have kept a steady reading pace throughout, while others need to return to regular reading and completion of AR quizzes. Remember that tomorrow is Library class girls and boys. Please return any books that are due, so sign-outs for AR reading can be arranged.
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Josh Vannoord.
Next week: Claire Vording.  .
Music: Students have started to play boom whackers. We are in the progress of learning “The Chopsticks” and “Amazing Grace” in small group setting.

keep-calm-and-be-helpful-22.pngGRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work (for Thursday, Jan. 22)
Luke 12: 22-26
Then 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?

Student Merit Award for the month of January is Helpfullness.

Visitor: We are enjoying the company of our class pet Sheldon. He is smart and a compulsive cleaner and does not follow the rules of a typical hamster: nocturnal, no climbing for starters. He has been busy building places to power nap. He seems like a good fit for the ⅚ class :)

Spelling: List 16 Quiz on Friday. I’m still missing signed Monster Quiz sheets. Students will not receive their grade if it is not returned signed. Quiz averages have been lower than I would like them to be. Please make sure you study the spelling and meaning of the list words!
Social Studies: We will be starting a new unit called Our Global Neighbours.
Science: We will be starting a new unit on The Conservation of Energy.
Music: Still waiting for some students’ theory test back - reviewed and signed by parent(s).
French: There is not a quiz tomorrow as was listed on the last journal.  It will be Mon. Jan 26 instead.  Study sheets were given out yesterday.
Language Arts: Tips on Good Speech Preparation
Document #1-9 Due Thursday January 22.
Bible: Notes Due Friday January 23

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!
Health: Tests on Nutrition Thursday, January 29.
Memory Work:  Romans 8:28-29.
Science: Unit test on Solutions is Thu Jan 22. Homework for Lesson 12 is due on the test day.
LA / Spelling: dictation for List 14 on Friday.
LA / Bronze Bow: Final WIT log reflection due on Wed Jan 28. AR on Bronze Bow complete by 30 Jan.
LA / Speakfest: in-class presentations for stories / poems / speeches start on Mon 2 Feb. Be ready with a draft for small group practices on Wed Jan 28.
Music: We will continue our playing test on Jingle Bells on Fri. Jan. 16. Practice at home and bring your
French: There is not a quiz tomorrow as was listed in the last journal. It will be Mon. Jan 26 instead.  Study sheets were given out yesterday.
EESS & LDCSS: Please ensure the forms that were given out last week are returned by Friday for students interested in enrollment
Art: Wednesday, January 21 was the last work period for wire art sculptures and written work.

ICS Perspective Statement - Creation Studies, Science, Health, History, Geography (2015 draft)

References: ICS Policy Statement 5.08, School’s Program
Van Brummelon, Harro. Steppingstones to Curriculum, Purposeful Design Publications: Colorado Springs, 2002.

“He is in all things and in him all things hold together,” (Colossians 1: 17). God has placed us in a wonderfully complex and exciting world. If we are to be effective citizens, and if we are to fulfill Jesus' mandate to, "Go into all the world and make disciples", we need to understand our world, its people, its places, its environments, its past and its problems.

Social studies: The goal of teaching and learning social studies, including history and geography, at ICS is:
  • To understand and respond, with a biblical worldview, to the process of cultural development and differences.
  • To evaluate the past and present, in various social contexts, in order to challenge and build hope for a God-honouring future.
  • To reinforce Biblically based citizenship in order to be caring, responsible and collaborative.

Science: The goals of teaching and learning science at ICS are:
  • To investigate physical and living things as part of God’s plan. The world is an ordered and consistent creation reflecting God’s laws. Science is not religiously neutral, but reflects the worldviews of those involved.
  • To experience science as a cultural activity that honours God and his creation. Scientific applications are to be used responsibly. We are called to use science, in part, to restore brokenness in our world.

Health: The health curriculum seeks to teach students how the Lordship of Christ results in healthy living. The focus is on issues of healthy living such as nourishment, safety, community living, growing, and grooming. Permeating these lessons and discussions is the acknowledgement that we are image bearers of God and that the Bible is our guidance for morality. The goals of health education include:
  • To use health knowledge to achieve and maintain optimal health in order to serve God and others meaningfully and obediently.
  • To behave in ways that are personally and socially responsible.
  • To respect differences among people with regard to physical and health attributes.

In our primary grades, social studies and science are combined into creation studies. During the junior grades, our program divides into social studies and science. In the intermediate grades, students study science, geography and history. Health is taught throughout, often alongside physical education.