Wednesday, 18 February 2015

February 18th Journal 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, February 18th, 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

20 Jump into Kindergarten #4 8:30-12:30
    Electives #3
21 & 22 Family meal at the Central Restaurant
25 Lent Chapel #2 Pastor Paul Robinson, Tillsonburg Presbyterian
    AR Subs
    Report cards sent home
27 Electives #4
2-6 Theme week -Random Acts of Kindness
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

imagesFrom the Principal’s Desk:

This Family Day weekend, my family travelled to Ottawa. We have friends and family there, and it was also the final (very cold) weekend of Winterlude. Still, there were line ups at the Beavertail stands - flat, deep-fried sweet pastries which for many have become a symbol of Winterlude and skating on the canal. Why the line-ups? Well, as we discovered, they were good, and people were willing to wait, anticipating something delicious at the end!

In a similar way, the church season of Lent, which started today, marks the beginning of the 40 day wait for Easter. Pastor Randy Fehr, from Aylmer Grace Community Church, joined our chapel this morning. I look forward to other area pastors joining us in the weeks ahead. As a Christian school, we seek to create a culture of anticipation for the greatest Christian celebration - Easter, Jesus’ death for us, and his resurrection to eternal life. Join us at Lent chapels, Wednesdays at 8:55, and in your daily activities, look forward to Easter with your children (or grandchildren)!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Kelvin & Rose Saarloos as well as Nathan & Beth Saarloos
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mr. Cameron
T.R.I.P: Next order will be sent out Feb 25th, due on March 5th with pickup on March 12th.
Cheese orders: Order has been sent out today, due by the 25th with delivery March 4th.

2015 New Registration! Calling all parents of children who will be age 4 (JK) or age 5 (SK) by December 31, 2015 to register. Please bring in your child’s birth certificate and immunization record. We are asking currently enrolled parents to also register, and especially for our JK parents to let us know if you would prefer the core 3-day or the optional 5-day program. Space is limited, please register on time so we can make appropriate plans to include you!

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Coming up on March 4th. This conference is intended for anyone who wishes to have an update on their child’s progress. If your child has Resource with Mrs. Vanderhoek you will be scheduled in for a time slot. A sign up form is printed at the end of the Journal. Confirmation schedule will be sent home with the February 25th Journal.

Occasional Building Attendant required: We are looking for someone to help with opening/closing and cleanup of occasional gym & school rentals. If you are interested, please submit a resume to Mr. Cameron.
Congratulations: We are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected as grade-level Speakfest winners here at ICS. Story-tellers and speakers competed at the Aylmer Legion on Saturday. All students are to be congratulated for their excellent performances. As one of our graduateexpectations declares, “I have a voice!’

Grade 1: Rachel Cameron
Grade 2: Phoebe Sinke (Legion winner for gr.1-3)
Grade 3: Sarah Janssens, Naomi Poortinga (Legion runner up)
Poetry Presentations:
Grade 4: Selena Kroondyk & Lily Sinke
Grade 5: Megan Friesen (Legion winner for gr 4-6)
Grade 6: Holly Cameron
Grade 7: Jennifer Klassen (Legion runner up)
Personal Choice:
Grade 8: Dylan Vandersleen (poem / song)
Phoebe Sinke and Megan Friesen will now have the opportunity to compete at the zone level for the
Public Speaking and Storytelling Contest to be held at the St. Thomas Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, February 28 at 9:30 A.M.

ICS in the OACS News! Our article on our Journey with Jesus has hit the (e) press! The OACS News gives us a view of what’s happening in our sister schools, and it can serve as a point of initial contact for new families (more web presence helps our Google results!). Check out Mrs Groeneweg’s article at:

Let's get together for an ICS Family Meal!
SMALL IMAGE (PNG)Public DomainImmanuel Christian School is partnering with the Family Central Restaurant to raise funds for our school.  This Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st you are invited to the Family Central located at 62 Talbot St E in Aylmer.  The Family Central will donate 10% of the funds we make on your meal towards the school and in addition another 10% for the unplugged discount.   In order for the 20% donation to happen you must bring in the invitation that will be created for this event.   Each family will receive an invitation attached to this week's journal.   Please call / email / visit the school for additional invitations for your friends and family to participate!

Schoolbus, Kuning, PenggerakSpare Drivers: We are in need of Spare Bus Drivers to be available as required to fill in on routes. A valid B License is required. We will assist anyone interested in obtaining their License. Anyone interested in this, please contact the office.

Hockey: The next practice will be Wednesday, February 25th, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the EECC.  The District Schools Hockey Tournament is scheduled for March 11, 2015 at the Gemini Arena in Strathroy. We will require parent drivers.

Battle of the Books: By now, most student have finished or almost finished reading the 10 books for their division. In order to qualify for the team, a student must have read all 10 books by March 15! Keep on reading - talk to Mrs. Robinson if you need encouragement or a long-awaited title!
This week, students received 2 envelopes of questions - one for Lightning Round and one for Battle Round. The best way to practice is to have someone else (from the family) read the question so they can give the answer. These sets of questions should be returned on Practice Days (Sr team on Mondays and Junior Team on Thursdays) so they can be exchanged for a new set.  
Our competition with other area Christian school will be held here in Aylmer on Thursday, April 16!

‘Welcome Wednesdays’ come to LDCSS!  Grades 9-12 Admissions Open Houses. Dates:  March 4, April 1, and May 6, 9:30-11:30 AM, 12:30-2:30 PM.   Come experience LDCSS in action!
Please RSVP: 519-455-4360 ext.231 or LDCSS school tours are also available by appointment. For more information visit
LDCSS invites you to enjoy ‘An evening in Paris’ at their Spring Banquet on Saturday, March 7th.  Featuring the musical talents of LDCSS students as well as special guest artists, The Wiebes. We look forward to treating you to a gourmet dinner, great entertainment, and a silent auction just for fun!  RSVP by March 2, 2015 to

Staffing News. Mr TenBruggencate will be coming off his disability leave and resuming more teaching duties as of Mon Feb 23. Mr T will pick up responsibility for grades 7/8 Language Arts from Mr Cameron, and History / Geography from Ms Heo. Mr Cameron will still teach Science and Tech, and will be able to increase his administrative time. Ms Heo will continue to share her significant gifts of music with grades 3-8 on Mon and Tue. We ask for your prayers and encouragement for our teachers: for Mr T as he is keen to resume his former duties, while he still deals with the chronic pain from being struck while cycling; and, Ms Heo as she focuses on music while this staffing change reduces her teaching time.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten....
Bible: Esther Becomes Queen
         Esther Saves Her People
Letter and sound: z
Sight word: see
Math: making sets of 6 and 7
Geometric Solids: sphere, pyramid, cylinder, cube, cone
Nursery Rhymes: There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
                            One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (    
Memory Work: for Wed. Feb. 25 Father in Heaven (The Lord’s Prayer)
(Verse 1) Father in heaven great is Your name
Today and tomorrow You are the same
We want to see Lord Your Kingdom come
On earth as in heaven Your will be done.

(Refrain) May your heart be pleased by what we say
May we see You work as we learn to pray
Father, Father, hear us as we pray.

Spelling: for the dictation test this Friday, February 20 will be words from list 20
Words for Gr. 1: late, feet, cone, line, snake, gave, jeep, use
Words for Gr. 2: have, give, love, from, live, friend, much, such, old, told

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

Memory Work: Fri. Feb. 20 - All Night, All Day
(Refrain:) All night, all day, angels watching over me, my Lord.
All night, all day, angels watching over me.
(Verse 1) Now I lay me down to sleep. Angels watching over me my Lord.
Pray the Lord my soul to keep. Angels watching over me.
Memory Work: Wed. Feb. 25 - All Night, All Day
(Verse 2) Lord, stay with me through the night. Angels watching over me my Lord.
Wake me with the morning light. Angels watching over me.
Words and Music: African-American spiritual

Fri. Feb. 20 - Spelling *Review Dictation. (Based on Units 16-19)
Grade 3-  didn’t, you’re, doesn’t, o’clock,shouldn’t, ground, about, would, cousin, babies, future, raise, those, disagree, money, change, tired
Grade 4- wolves, potatoes, families, libraries, passengers, cough, officer, caution, lawyer, because, cinder, cardinal, cereal, dangerous, geography, junior, truth, whose, conclusion, choose
*Fri. Feb. 20 - Grade 3 - Remember to bring swim wear and a towel to school for our second afternoon Red Cross Swim to Survive lesson at the St. Thomas YMCA.
Accelerated Reader:  Third Term AR goals will be sent home with the students this Friday, Feb. 20.  Girls and boys, aim for a steady reading pace.  Make good use of your early morning in-class reading time! Choose to take AR quizzes soon after you have completed reading a book. Begin signing out books already for Term 3, tomorrow.  Remember to bring any overdue books back to school for our Thursday Library class.
Student of the Week: Our Students of the Week this week, include a few students who had shorter weeks for their turn, or perhaps missed some days. Next week we will begin anew, with Gracie Bergen as our Student of the Week. *Completed Stars for our Star Student poster will not be needed this time.
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Fishers of Men.”
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Junior basketball girls try outs at lunch today, and boys this Fri. Feb. 20. Make sure they have proper gym wear for try outs. Practices will be Wed and Fri lunches for both teams, with the exception of Fri. Feb. 27, for which a scheduled Junior dodgeball game is planned.
Field Trip:  Further to our study on First Nations’ of This Land, we are looking forward to a class trip to the Museum of Archaeology in London on Thurs. Feb. 26.  We will require one or two adult supervisors to accompany us on this outing. A letter including additional details, will be sent home on Thurs. Feb. 19.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work - Psalm 23 for Wednesday Feb. 18th and Thursday 19th
Bible: Mary and Martha Lesson Notes.
Spelling: No quiz this week!
Science: Energy centre notes to be complete by Friday.
Music: Students are working on the Ninth Symphony, 4th movement by Beethoven. Students will have a “Surprise Symphony - Sop. 2” Playing Test on Mon. Feb. 23. Please advise your child(ren) to practice at home.
French: Unit 4 French Test is on Thurs. Feb 12. Review sheets were handed out yesterday
Integrated Studies - Oriental Cooking: Bring a 10-inch frying pan and a plastic container with lid on Fri. Feb. 20
Claymation: Day 3 class will be held in the Art room.
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Junior basketball girls try outs at lunch today, and boys this  Fri Feb 20. Make sure they have proper gym wear for try outs. Practices will be Wed and Fri lunches for both teams, with the exception of Fri. Feb. 27, for which a scheduled dodgeball game is planned.
Notes will be handed out to each player trying out. Please have them returned by Monday, Feb. 24.

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

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

Memory Work:  Galatians 3:26-28
Math: Unit 6 tests have been graded and returned to the students.
LA / Poetry: Our “Birches and Bear Claws” unit focuses on the poetry of Robert Frost and Pauline Johnson.
Science: With a solid hypothesis and background research, students should have begun their experiment / study / innovation. Procedures need to be shared with Mr Cameron by Feb 20! Parents, please see:
Music: Practice E-flat concert scale and the “Sawmill Creek” piece we began to practice (p. 20).
History: Study for the test on Fri. Feb. 20
Art: Fraction Art due Tuesday, Feb. 24. Please see Ms. Jones at recess if you need help.

Parent/Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Please indicate on this form the approximate time and which teacher(s) you would like to see for your scheduled conference. If your child has Resource support, please book a conference with your child’s classroom teacher and with Mrs. Vanderhoek as well. If after these conferences you wish to speak to one of the other teachers, please call him/ her to schedule an appointment. Please note a teacher may make a request to have parents come in for an interview as well.

Students from grades 3-8 may also attend the conference with you. You will notice a self reflection form included with this term’s report cards which may be used during the conference.

Please select a first and second choice to help us in our scheduling.

I prefer the following time: 4:00-5:00_______ 6:00-7:30________ 7:30-9:00_________

I wish to see the following teacher(s)

Teacher Child

_________________________ concerning ______________________

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