Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January 7th, 2015 Journal

Wednesday, January 7th, 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.      9  Hat & Gum Day
            14 School skate 2-3 pm
            16 Last day of Semester 1
                 New family/student information night 7:00pm
            19 Curriculum Review PA Day - no school for ICS/LDCSS
            21 No school for LDCSS
            27 Basketball Tournament
            28 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:

Back to school and a snow day already! The winter weather also starts our 2015 registration season. To help, Mrs Tracey Morren will be picking up additional duties as a Volunteer and Advancement Coordinator, working on Thursdays. Our New Parent Information Evening is Friday Jan 16 from 7 to 8:30! We have a list of potential families and enquiries, but we also need your referrals. Nothing advertises stronger than word of mouth! To support your referrals, we have extra invitations - please ask at the office.

Our prospective parents are likely all attending churches in our local area. Advertising in our local churches is consequently very important. Selected families will have received an advertising poster and postcards for our Jump into Kindergarten program home (our Church Ambassadors, plus some of our newer families).  If your family has received one, and it is alright with your church, we’d ask that you please post it in your church right now!

Strong enrollment strengthens our school, and makes Christian education as affordable and high quality as possible! We also firmly believe that choosing Christian education is a faithful response to our Lord’s call to raise our children to love God with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). You can help others become a part of ICS too!

yours in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal

File:Thank You.jpgA Very Big Thank-You Everyone! All of the staff, office personnel, and bus drivers would like to thank everyone for their best wishes, treats, and gifts received throughout the Christmas season. We truly appreciate all the kind gestures of thoughtfulness and goodwill. The ICS community is truly a blessing to be part of, and we greatly appreciate you!

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Andrew & Keli-Lyn Lockyer and Abe & Leona Loewen. As well please keep the Guenther family in your prayers as they lost a mother and grandmother over the holidays. Also, keep in prayer our bus drivers Mr. Doug Walters with the passing of his mother Mable May Walters on Dec 20th. May the comfort of the Lord and the promise of heaven sustain and strengthen their hearts. Please pray for continued recovery and strength for Mrs Marie Smit, still on sick leave following successful chemo treatments.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms Buma.

Bus Cancellation Calls: If you did not receive a bus cancellation call on Weds morning from your driver, please let the office know. We had a few people without the latest list…
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 delivered today. The next order will be sent out Jan 21st, due by the 28th and delivery on Feb 4th
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

New Parent Information Evening - 7:00pm Friday January 16th
Do you know someone that has expressed interest in Immanuel Christian School? Perhaps you know a family that has young children that are now school age and are beginning to think about the kind of education that they would like for their children. The Promotions committee is once again hosting an information evening for those who are interested in visiting ICS, to see what our school has to offer. After enjoying some desserts, parents and gr 7-8 children are invited to stay and listen to a short presentation in the gym with opportunities for questions afterwards.

Young children can visit with our Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Groeneweg for a JK/SK program. Grade 1-6 children can enjoy a visual art session and learn about some of the programs available for them as well. Babysitting will be available for any preschool aged children. Please RSVP to the office if you plan to attend.

ContentsHat 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.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!  

Skating on Wednesday January 14th. We will have the ice from 2-3pm. SK - through Grade 2 must wear helmets, all should wear gloves. Skates may be rented at the rink for $2 if needed. (helmet rental $1). Parents / Grandparents - can you attend, either helping children with changing or getting on or off the ice? Sadly, we had one injury last time in the transitions, we’d covet your presence if able!

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.
All books are due tomorrow: All library materials checked out before Christmas needs to be returned for tomorrow’s library class. To help you know what to look for, students were given a pink slip listing all their titles.  Return or renew what needs to come back; let Mrs. Robinson know if there are errors on the list (we’ve found on the shelves, still checked out to the last user).
Britannica at home - Take a look at some of the activities found in the STUDENTS section of Britannica.  The Learning Games and Interactive Activities provide a fun way to review things learned in class (Britannica Online Reference Centre – School Edition)
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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 (1:15 - 3:15) 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 - cancelled due to lack of a Red Cross instructor
  • crochet - Mrs Sharon Schipper, Mrs Amanda Cameron (by the way, Moms of gr 4-8 students, you can join too - please call the office if interested in a spot!)
  • 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.....

Bible: Samuel's Birth, Samuel's Call
Letter and sound: o
Sight word: like
New Unit: God's Changing Seasons - Winter Wonder
Math: SK - counting to 100
         JK - counting to 20
Show and Tell: SK - Monday, January 12
                        JK - Tuesday, January 13
Song: 10 Little Snowmen

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (                 

      Happy 7th Birthday          
Shane Dykxhoorn
Friday, January 2, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

      Happy 8th Birthday          
Aryanna Lockyer
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
“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)

Spelling: dictation test for Friday January 9 will be words from list 15
Words for Gr. 1: make, came, lake, game, shake, ate, tape, come
Words for Gr. 2: way, away, today, chain, wait, chase, play, played, rain, paint

Scholastic Book Club: The January flyers were sent home today. Please return any completed book orders by Thursday, Jan. 15. Thank you

Grades 1 -  4: Storytelling and Poetry: The students took home their Storytelling (Grades 1 - 3) or Poetry Presentation (Grade 4) Envelopes today. Please help your child choose a story/poem from the suggestions in their envelopes, or visit your local community library for many other possibilities. Look for stories with great character voices and a repeating pattern of events, such as are found in the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Stories should be 3 to 5 minutes long. Stories may be edited for appropriate word usage or to meet required telling length. Please have your child bring in the story book or your edited version for approval by Monday, January 12.
Poetry selections are also due next Monday, January 12. Please keep in mind the Guidelines for Poetry Recitations that are included in the envelopes. A variety of poetry books are available to students in our classroom, ICS library, local libraries and online. Thank you parents for your assistance in helping your child find just the right story/poem!

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.n
Congratulations:  We would like to wish Uri Dalm and Gracie Bergen a very Happy Birthday. Uri turned 10 years old on Monday,January 5, and Gracie will be turning 10 years old on Saturday, January 10! May God richly bless you, Uri and Gracie, in your new year of life!

Memory Work: for January will be a story for storytelling (Grade 3) or a poem for poetry presentation (Grade 4).

Fri. Jan. 9 - Spelling Dictation.  Unit 15
Grade 3-  pointing, oily, boy, voice, oyster, voyage, loyal, joined, coin, choice, poison, destroy, enjoy, choose, chocolate, boiling, moisture
Grade 4- early, earth, search, service, wonder, surface, curly, shirt, thirty, doctor, sailor, shower, bakery, another, barber, collar, worse, world, southern, pursue

Wed. Jan. 14 - French Quiz - Review La Cuisine - Also, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Vocabulary and the Food Pyramid.

Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Mariah Rempel.  Next week: Lily Sinke.

Scholastic Book Order - January flyers were sent home today. Please return any completed book orders by Friday, January 16.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (


Memory Work - Matthew 6: 9-13 (NIV)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Thank you for your support with the Gingerbread house fundraiser! We raised $111.00 for our Compassion Child and Free the Children Agriculture Support Program.
Spelling: List 14 Quiz is Friday, January 9. Worksheets are also due.
Social Studies: Daily Life Questions 1-8 are due Friday.
Science: Presentation letters to the Hannahs to be completed by Thursday, 15th. All work will be handed in that day.

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

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

Student Teacher! Ms Amanda Loewen, a Christian and a teacher candidate at UWO, is volunteering her Monday mornings helping and teaching in gr 7/8 from January to March. Welcome!
Language Arts - Spelling / Grammar: Spelling and grammar are on alternate weeks. Spelling is this week on Friday following Hat and Gum clean up.
Language Arts: Students should start thinking on a speech topic (gr 7) or choice of story, poem or speech for gr 8. Topics are due by Jan 15. Class presentations start on Feb 2.
Mathematics: This Thursday students will be tested on Chapter 5, covering the following concepts: percent, fractions, decimals and, for grade 8, ratios and rates.
Memory Work: Luke 4:18-19, 21
Science: Science Fair project hypotheses and research list due on Wed Jan 15. Unit test on Solutions on Thu Jan 15.
Art: Wire Art project - 3 work periods planned for Jan 7, 13, (14?)
Ice Rink Project: With the cold weather, we have started flooding. Student teams will help in building the base, flooding, as well as rule and schedule preparation.
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 high school 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 contribute their labour to run it. If interested, please contact Mr Cameron.
LDCSS: Mr Paul Buma will meet with the gr 7/8 class on high school options and course selections on Thursday Jan 8th at 1:15pm
EESS: Will meet with interested students from the gr 7/8 class on Thursday Jan 8th at 9:00am