Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March 25th Journal 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, March 25th, 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

25 - Lent Chapel #5 - Pastor Peter Barbour
      Jr Boys basketball exhibition game vs Springfield @ 4:00pm
26 - Jr Girls basketball exhibition game vs Springfield @ 4:00pm
28 - District Storytelling Competition at  Legion #18 in Wallaceburg  (Phoebe Sinke & Megan Friesen)
     ICS 60th Anniversary Gala Open House 2-4 pm
     60th Anniversary Dinner at EECC doors open at 5:00pm
31 - WDCS Jr Basketball tournament at LDCSS  
 1- Chess Tournament - Hellenic Community Center, London
       Lent Chapel #6
       April Fools theme day      
  2 - Grade 3 & 4 Tundra Swans field trip
  3 - Good Friday - no classes
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:
Welcome back from March Break! We have lots of exciting news this week:
  • we give thanks and praise to God that, despite a car accidentally backing into the building on Monday, we escaped any injuries. We are working with the driver to correct the damages, and we’re moving forward with the details of that.
  • our board will tender a very tight budget to our membership in April. We continue to grow into a new, larger steady state. We are relying on continued significant donations and fundraising to reduce the tuition cost to families. However, our budget will allow us to respect student-teacher ratios in primary by hiring an additional teacher, and we trust that 8 additional families will be led to enrol at ICS (any grade) to cover that cost.  Since that meeting, we have 2 new enrolments committed to - I will run a tally in this column weekly. Who else will God lead to consider Christian education for their children at ICS?
  • this Saturday, please take advantage of the 60th Anniversary Open House and Gala to connect and celebrate what God has, is and will do through His people working faithfully in the Christian upbringing of their children! See you there!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Ken & Paddi Vandendool, as well as Steve & Bettina Vandersleen.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mrs. Emily Schuurman


T.R.I.P: Next order form will be sent out April 1st.
Cheese orders: Due today, with delivery on April 1st
Meat & Baked Good Sale: Pick up will be on April 2 between 2:30-4pm . Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of time.

Lost & Found: We are gathering a large collection of items ie. snow pants, gloves, hats & mitts.
Please check items in both Lost & Found barrels as we will drop off unclaimed items at Bibles for Missions by Easter.
Did you hear? The Supreme Court recently heard the case of the private Catholic Loyola College in a case of religious freedom. In summary, the Court decision is a "win" for faith based private schools in Canada. Andre Schouten, representing a coalition of Christian schools in the case, states, "Thankfully, the Court was unanimous in finding that religious communities can teach their own faith to their children from their perspective." Although the judges have a split decision on other aspects of the case, this fundamental interference at Loyola is properly curtailed. Read more at: OACS thanks you for your support, interest and prayers regarding this difficult case.

2015 New Registration - With plans for an additional teacher, all grades continue to be open! Parents of JK and SK children step into school at ICS with tuition at 40% and 60% of full tuition respectively. Our board continues to support our New to Christian Education Incentive which allows parents of older children to step into Christian schooling at the same rates - 40% the first year, 60% the second, family tuition thereafter. This allows all to “taste and see” how good Immanuel can be! Please spread the word!

File:Navionics Apple Team.pngHarvest of the Month: In partnership with SCORE Food Hub, we are pleased to be part of the “Harvest of the Month” program. This concept/program will provide ICS with 1 free produce product, delivered monthly to the school until June 2015. The additional fun spin will be information provided on the produce as well. Was it grown locally? What can you make with it? etc. For the month of March the local produce delivered yesterday were apples.
You can review the website at and visit the Farm to School tab, Harvest of the Month link for specific details and further produce information resources.

ICS 60th Anniversary Gala - Sat Mar 28
WOW! Over 320 seats filled for the ICS 60th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala this Saturday!!
For all those who have their tickets - THANK YOU!  You are in for a wonderful evening of great food, top notch entertainment, photo booth fun, and a fancy room full of 60 years of memorabilia and familiar faces - see you Saturday!
Ticket sales are now complete, but if you are still looking to get in, please call the school or email asap.
If you are new to ICS, this event is a unique opportunity to learn more about the school and the interesting history behind it - to bring us where we are today, and because you and your children are now part of ICS's story too!

ICS Open House
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. We will feature classrooms displaying proud student work, as well as an inflatable maze and games in the gym. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of 60 years of God’s faithfulness at ICS!

Thank you! We now have enough parent and student volunteers for a primary games station, a junior games station, and a senior games / bouncy castle supervision station in the gym:
  • primary games station (Mrs Groenewg and Ms Pieters), Mrs Susie Klassen & Mrs Laura Fehr
  • junior games station (Ms Buma and Ms Jones), Mrs Sue Guenther & Mrs Tina Hiebert
  • senior games / bouncy castle + maze (Mr TenBruggencate, Mrs VanderHoek and Mr Cameron), Amanda D, Jessica F, Jennifer K, Caleb K, Victoria K
The teacher assigned to your station will be in contact with you to chat on game ideas and supervision. Mr. Cameron will be available throughout to circulate and check on the gym. We'd want to set up in time for 1:45 pm on Saturday, with doors open right at 2.

File:Chess Set.jpgChess Tournament: Will be held on Wednesday April 1st at the Hellenic Community Center, 133 Southdale Rd. W in London. The schedule for the day has been sent home along with the permission forms. Please return the forms to the office if you have not already done so.

Hockey: Just before the March break, the ICS Hockey team was blessed with the opportunity to participate  in the 44th Annual District Christian School Hockey Tournament in Strathroy.  The ICS team placed second after playing against all the other schools in the Small Schools Division.  In the semi-finals, the team lost to Wallaceburg.  Great effort and sportmanship was evident throughout the day! Thank you to all the family members and friends for their support and encouragement during the practices and at the tournament.  A special thank you to the coaching staff, Mr. S. Vandersleen, Mr. D. VanGurp, Mr. J. Vannoord, Mr. K. Vannoord, and to others who shared their time, skills, and hockey knowledge.

Golf Club, Klub, Golf,We are pleased to announce that the date has been set for this year’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament. This will be special year with more prizes and contests for your enjoyment. Contests include Most Uniquely Dressed Golfer, Longest Drive with Opposite Driver and many more. The Golf Tournament is being held once again @ Pine Knot Golf Course in Dorchester on Saturday May 16. Entry forms are available in the office. Make sure you get your team entered for the Early Bird Draw. E-mail your team list today to

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.

LIBRARY NEWS: Before the break, all students were given a pink slip of paper listing library materials they have currently checked out on their record. Unless they have already been renewed, all materials are due or overdue tomorrow. Pack them into your backpack tonight! If you cannot find an item and think it may already be returned, please let Mrs. Robinson know. We’ll double check the shelves. ( We’ll double-check the shelves.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Helen and Lydia for giving the library walls a fresh coat of paint, to Chantelle and Chris Bakker for the rainbow-coloured shelves and tables, and to the Grade 7 & 8 students who moved all the books! Stop in the library and take a peek!

Mathletics: ICS has entered the Mathletics March Madness Competition. This is a national Math challenge focused on students mastering curriculum activities and practicing their mental math skills. Prizes will be awarded for top performing schools.  Encourage you child(ren) to log in and show you from home!

After 8:  Enrolments are now being accepted for the the LDCSS 2015-16 school year!  If you have a grade 8 student who will be coming to LDCSS this September please send your enrolment forms in asap. Enrolment packages were sent home with all grade 8 students in January. Online forms and further information can be found at  
‘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


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten...
Bible: Triumphal Entry
         Preparing for the Passover
         The Last Supper
Letter and sound: x
Sight word: me
Math: making sets of 10
SK: some students are still practicing...."I Can Tie My Shoes".

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters  (

Memory Work: for Wed. April 1
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5: 6, 8
Spelling: for the dictation test Friday, March 27 will be words from unit 23
Words for Gr. 1: fast, last, nest, must, most, step, stamp, still
Words for Gr. 2: this, then, thing, thank, bank, with, wish, think, sing, these

Kleenex: Oh No! After all our drippy noses and achoos!
               We have used up all our boxes of tissues.
               And so we would like to make you aware,
               We would be very thankful if a kleenex box you will share.
Scholastic Book Club: The April book order forms went out today. Orders are due next Thursday, April 2.

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

Spelling Dictation - Fri. March 27 -  Grade 3 - aren’t, partner, hard, chart, farm, start, large, more, before, horse, north, morning, care, stare, warning, cart, forward
Grade 4 - frighten, flight, brighter, flashlight, mighty, delight, tighten, nightly, brought, ought, thought, fought, sight, caught, daughter, taught, naughty, fault, haughty, sought.
Fri. March 27 - Grade 3 Multiplication Checkup 5  Multiplying with 5 as a factor,
(eg. 5 x 6 =  30, 7 x 5 = 35, 5 x 8 = 40)
Science Field Trip: Why are birds so amazing? The magnificent tundra swans have finally returned to southwestern Ontario! We are looking forward to our afternoon Field Trip on Thursday, April 2, to the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area Habitat, thought to be the best place in North America, to see wild swans up close! The tundra swans are making their Spring migration between their Atlantic coast watering areas and arctic coastline breeding grounds. Local swan expert, Mr. Keith Malcom, said he suspects that the timing of the migration depends on the weather conditions, and that the arrival of the swans this year as well as last year, has been delayed due to our longer, colder winters. We are looking forward to being able to observe many other birds as well, both migratory and non-migratory species: Canada Geese, Mergansers, Teals, Mallard, Wood Ducks and many other fowl, along with some of the more common birds.  “The robins have arrived here just ahead of the swans,” said Mr. Malcolm. He will be receiving us at the Aylmer Viewing Area next Thursday. We would require one or two adult supervisors to accompany us on this outing. Please call me at school or at home, if you are able to accompany us on our outing. Any further details will be included in next week’s Journal. Thank you!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Aiden Boldt. Next Week: Marcel Guenther
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Stand Your Ground.”
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Practices will be Wed (girls) and Tues. (boys) lunch recess, after school on Friday 3:30 - 4:30pm for boys only. Permission slip for tournament is at the end of Journal.
Exhibition games this week: Wednesday 3:30-4:45 (Boys), Thursday same time, hosting Springfield Public School.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work For next week Wed, April 1 or 2 -  Luke 22: 39-46  And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
POTLUCK: Rescheduled for this Friday!!!images-19.jpeg
Thoughtfulness.pngMath: Unit test Thursday.  Grade 5 pg. , Grade 6 pg.
L.A.: Read from World of Literature - Mother Theresa
Bible: Finish Worksheet by Friday.
Health: Next Wednesday students will be tested on Unit 3: Connecting (pp. 24-32  in ”Staying Healthy”).
Science: Bring in Project supplies for Wed, Thurs. and Friday
Social Studies: Duotangs are to be handed in on Friday *completed: Animal and Plant chart (pictures must be coloured and facts need to be clearly written) and Country Facts sheet.
Spelling: List 22 Quiz this Friday.
immature, immobile, imperfect, immortal, immediate, unsure, unlikely, unreliable, uncertain, inability, inanimate, incautious, independent, inconvenient, underneath, undercover, underage, underestimate
adding spelling words wed am
Music: Students are working on the Ninth Symphony, 4th movement by Beethoven. Students are now able to play the entire Soprano 1 part.
French: Unit 5 French test on Thursday April 2nd. Study sheet will be handed out tomorrow.
Claymation: I will be at the school on Saturday if students want to continue working on claymation video. Please contact me if you are interested.
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Practices will be Wed (girls) and Tues. (boys) lunch recess, after school on Friday 3:30 - 4:30pm for boys only. Permission slip for tournament is at the end of Journal.
Exhibition games this week: Wednesday 3:30-4:45 (Boys), Thursday same time, hosting Springfield Public School.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Colossians 3:13
Math: Unit Test Chapter 8 Thursday, March 26th.
LA / Poetry: Our “Birches and Bear Claws” project due date has been extended to March 26.
French: Unit 5 French test on Thursday April 2nd. Study sheet will be handed out tomorrow.
Science: Science Fair is here! The projects submitted are all very interesting, and our students have represented themselves well in the interviews with members of our Education Committee (Mrs Tina Hiebert and Mr Ray Kaastra) and Mr Cameron. We will host a parent open house for science fair project viewing on Sat Mar 28, 2-4 pm (bring your son / daughter with you). The Ontario Christian Schools Science Fair will be on 9-10 April, selected students will be announced shortly. Those students will be able to “step up” their projects for even better results in a highly competitive environment. Well done!
Music: Theory Quiz on Tues. March 31. Please read the review sheet provided and submit any outstanding theories beforehand.
Art: Complete Pop artwork by Friday for display.

Jr Basketball Tournament - Our district Jr Basketball Tournament will be held next Tuesday, March 31st at LDCSS in London. Start time is 8:45am. Players should bring lunch, good snacks, and some money for the concession, if desired. Semi finals play until 4pm, with finals after that.  
  • Ms Jone & Mr Cameron, coaches
My child  _____________________ has permission to attend the tournament.

My child needs a ride ______Yes ____ No
I can drive to the tournament      _____________________  I have room for   _____ people in my vehicle

I can drive home from the tournament _________________ I have room for   _____ people in my vehicle

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