Wednesday, 4 March 2015

March 4th Journal 2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 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

2-6 Theme week -Random Acts of Kindness
  4- Lent Chapel #3 Rev. Dirk Miedema
      AR Subs
      Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-5pm and 6-9pm
  6- Last Elective session
11- Lent Chapel #4 Pastor Steve Atkinson
      WDCS Hockey tournament- Gemini Arena Strathroy
13-20 March break
28 District Storytelling Competition at  Legion #18 in Wallaceburg Phoebe Sinke & Megan Friesen
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

Our committees have been engaged in some really important work over the last little while as we complete this year and begin planning for next school year. Let me speak about just two for now...

I’d first like to highlight our Fundraising Committee working on the 60th Anniversary - please see the notices below on the events. These are intended to build community as we work together to build ICS financially, and these look to be fun events! Did you know that over 20% of ICS’ budget is donations and fundraising, which is essential to keeping our tuition as affordable as possible?

I’d also like to highlight our Finance Committee, keeping us on track this year, and preparing next year’s budget. Our student numbers are looking very similar to this year, which is a blessing. However, we have more graduating families than new registrations. Our New to Christian School incentives have brought in new faces, and we are still growing towards sustainability. I am touring many prospective families through the school, but we don’t have registrations yet. For the number of teaching staff we feel is ideal for our students and for educational quality, specifically please pray for 8 new families, with at least 3 with their oldest child in JK. The story of ICS throughout 60 years is one of His faithfulness, of His plans for “a hope and a future” for our children. We do “praise God’s name” this anniversary year!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Eric & Emily Schuurman, as well as Janine Shelton and Stu Shelton
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Bookkeeper, Mrs. Teresa Janssen,
T.R.I.P: Order is due March 5th with pickup on March 12th.
Cheese orders: Delivered today.
Meat & Baked Good Sale: Orders are due Wednesday March 11th  with pick up on April 2 between 2:30-4pm . Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of time.
*Please note all non-alcoholic sparkling fruit beverages from Quai du Vin are now $6 (not $5.50 as listed on the order form)

Additional Music Lessons: Piano or flute lessons available with Ms. Caroline Heo on Mondays (for flute must provide own instrument) Cell 416-889-2332 or

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!
Christian Home and School Journal. The e-version of the magazine from Christian Schools International is out, found here: We will have some hard copies available too. There’s a timely article on “How to Talk to your Child’s Teacher” on page 7!
congratulations by Sean
A big congratulations goes out to Megan Friesen and Phoebe Sinke for both moving on to the District story telling and public speaking competition Saturday, March 28th in Wallaceburg: Registration@9:00 AM, Speaking@9:30 AM, Lunch@11:30 AM. Location: Royal Canadian Legion #18 Wallaceburg, 52 Margaret Ave., Wallaceburg, ON N8A 1Z9, 519-627-6663.

AT 9:00 A.M.
Details to follow

All Grades Mathletics: ICS has entered the Mathletics March Madness Competition. This is a national math challenge focused on mastering curriculum activities and practicing their mental math skills. Prizes will be awarded for top performing schools. There is also a free Mathletics app for tablet devices (iPad and Android) that students can use to access Mathletics from anywhere. Have your child(ren) show you how it works from home!

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!
  • The ICS Open House involves students, current and former teachers, parents, grandparents, community members and alumni from 2-4 pm. We will feature classrooms displaying proud student work, as well as an inflatable maze and games in the gym. Parents, please see the permission letter attached to this Journal, and let us know availability by Mar 10.
  • The Anniversary Gala is 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

Still looking....that's okay, there’s still time. We would love to share your or your children's elective projects, art work, needle point or wood working projects with your fellow alumni at the 60th Anniversary Gala. We will be collecting these items soon, so keep looking. If you have items to contribute please contact Carrie Vis at 519-765-3290 or or  ICS at 519-773-8476 or

Schoolbus, Kuning, Penggerak
Spare 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.

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

Hockey: Information regarding the District Schools Hockey Tournament was sent home yesterday with team members.  Transportation forms must be returned to Mrs. VanderHoek by Thursday, March 6th.
Battle of the Books: Students who have not finished reading all 10 books need to focus on that reading. In order to qualify for the team, a student must have read all 10 books by March 15!
Those who have finished their reading have received 2 envelopes with questions to practice. Reviewing the questions will help you remember details of the books you have already read.  Be sure to bring the envelopes back on practice day (Mondays for Senior and Thursdays for Junior), so you can trade them for new ones. We are also ready to assign “experts” for each book. An Expert will re-read the designated book and study the setting and characters so they come quickly to mind.
Battle Day is Thursday, April 16!

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: Jesus Teaches about Prayer
         Jesus and Zacchaeus
Letter and sound: v
Sight words: he and she
Math: making sets of 7 and 8
SK: some students are still practicing...."I Can Tie My Shoes".
We will be starting a new unit this week: Musical Instruments
I would like to ask for your help in collecting some items for our classroom: magazines, tp rolls, paper towel rolls, lids from containers, buttons, washed milk cartons. Thank You!

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (  
Memory Work: for Wed. March 11
A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:34-35
Spelling: for the dictation test this Friday, March 6 will be a review of words
Words for Gr. 1: lists 15-21
Words for Gr. 2: lists 15-21
Scholastic Book Club: Please return any completed book orders for March by Thurs. Mar 5. Thank you.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.n
Congratulations:  We would like to wish Claire Vording a very Happy Birthday. Claire will be turning 10  years old on Saturday, March 7. Happy Birthday, Claire! May God richly bless you in your new year of life!
Memory Work: Wed. March 11 - Song - Everywhere I Go
(Verse 3 - different melody) He is with me day by day; he will be my strength and stay;
from his path I will not stray but follow in his way.
(Verse 4) In the coming days of joy or sadness, I will praise his name with songs of gladness.
For to me it’s clear that the Lord is near, everywhere I go.
Words and Music: Natalie Sleeth
Thurs. March 5 - French Quiz on les traits geographiques, et les sports. Review your in class work in your duotangs, girls and boys.
Fri. March 6 - Spelling Dictation
Grade 3-  word, work, world, were, first, girl, turned, learn, bird, fire, here, nurse, jury, stirred, wear, purse, heard
Grade 4- enough, tougher, fifty, pharmacy, alphabet, nephew, trophy, paragraph, telephone, photograph, giraffe, forest, figure, refrigerator, draft, phrase, traffic, chief, forecast, foundation
Fri. March 6 - Grade 3 Multiplication Checkup 3 and Checkup 4 - Multiplying with 3 and 4 as factors, (eg. 3 x 9 = 27, 4 x 1 = 4, 9 x 4 = 36)
Grade 4 Review Test of 6, 7, 8 and 9 Times Tables (eg. 9 x 7 = 63, 8 x 3 = 24, 12 x 6 = 72)
Fri. March 6 -  Grade 3 - Remember to bring swim wear and a towel to school for our last lesson in Swim to Survive at the YMCA.
Scholastic Book Orders:  Please return any completed Book Orders for  March, by Friday, March 6. Thank you,
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week, is Xavier Bergen  Next week: Uri Dalm.
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Father Abraham.”
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Practices will be Wed (girls) and Tues. (boys) lunch recess, after school on Friday 3:30 - 4:30pm.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work -  Romans 8: 37-39 .. in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This term presents a continuation in release of responsibility to the students for their own learning. Planners will continue to be used to organize assignments and events. Work not completed in class will need to be done during school time unless student has shown responsibility to complete work at home. Some student may need to use an after school time to complete work if necessary.

L.A.: Young Writers Creative Writing Stories are due Wednesday, March 11. All Students are submitting work. Have your story edited and shared by that date or sooner.
Bible: Tests need to be signed and returned by Friday.
Health: Next Wednesday students will be tested on Unit 3: Connecting (pp. 24-32  in ”Staying Healthy”).
Spelling: List 21 Quiz this Friday.
Music: Students are working on the Ninth Symphony, 4th movement by Beethoven. Students received their playing test results back. Ask them how they did.
French: Quiz on body parts and past tense Tuesday March 10
Integrated Studies - Oriental cuisine - Please bring a wide pot with lid and strainer.
Claymation: Day 5 class will be held in the Lab.
Junior Basketball (gr 4-6): Practices will be Wed (girls) and Tues. (boys) lunch recess after school on Friday 3:30 - 4:30pm.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work:  None due to hockey tournament.
LA / Poetry: Our “Birches and Bear Claws” project due March 10.
LA/Spelling: List 18 tomorrow dictation and lesson.
Health: Test on the nervous system / drugs Monday, March 9.
Science: Science Fair minus 18 days! Students are welcome to use the lab / Discovery Room over recess and lunch as needed to prepare. Make use of our online Britannica for reliable reference material. The link is on our wiki page under Library and Tech (user name: ics  p/w:aylmer). Don’t leave it until March Break! Projects are due in the Discovery Room on Mar 23. For more info, please see:   
Tech: “My Media” log is due for tech class tomorrow.
Music: Theory Quiz on Tues. March 3. Submit your theories before the quiz.
French: Quiz on body parts and past tense Tuesday March 10