Wednesday, 22 April 2015

April 22nd, 2015 Journal

Wednesday, April 22nd, 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


    24- District PA Day (Strathroy) - LDCSS has class

       25- Megan Friesen @ Area Public Speaking in Strathroy  
       27 - May 1 - Turn off the screens week
       28 - Dodgeball Mania at ICS, Up to Gr 3: 6-7pm,
              Gr 4-8 :7-8pm
       29 - Spring Membership meeting 8:00 -10:00
       30- K-4 @ “The Sound of Music” at Faith Christian Academy
May 2 - Badminton tournament
         3 - ICS video presentation @ Aylmer Full Gospel     
    6 - Open House - “Bring Your Parents to School Day!”
      10 - Christian Education Sunday @ ACRC
   17 - Christian Education Sunday @ TCRC
   31 - Christian Education Sunday @ Grace Community
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

You are invited! On behalf of our Board, I’d like to extend an invite to (and may I say, suggest!) our Spring Membership Meeting next Wednesday evening at 8 pm. This is a time to hear from our Board, to vote to affirm 3 new Board members, and to affirm our budget (and consequently next year’s tuition). This is also a time to grow as a community. We have invited Ken VanMinnen, Principal of Strathroy Community Christian to share on thriving Christian education in a different community… and, we have food! Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is pleased to announce that SPECIAL SUPREME SUNDAES will be served at break! All are welcome. As a Christian organization, it is important that we “not give up meeting together... but encourage one another” (after Heb 10:25). You need to be a school society member in good standing to vote (members simply fill out an application indicating their commitment to ICS and their agreement with our statement of faith). Fees are only $25 per person, and membership applications are available at the office. What’s a SPECIAL SUPREME SUNDAE? Come and find out!

yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

New families needed for the 2015/2016 budget: 4 of 8! I am meeting with another two interested families this week...

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Pete & Charlena Ypma as well as Jeff & Katie Zylstra
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms Heo.

T.R.I.P: Next order will be sent out May 6th
Cheese orders: Order forms are attached, due by the 29th with delivery on May 6th.

District PA Day this Friday. Research in education has clearly shown the importance of focusing intentionally on students’ mindsets—their sense of belonging, engagement, and commitment to growth in learning through effort. Perhaps our mindsets as teachers are as important as the mindsets of our students. With Justin Cook from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools leading, our teachers will foster growth mindsets that empower our students and each other as learners in our communities.

"Bring Your Parents to School Day" is coming up as part of our Spring Open House on Wed, May 6th as part of Christian Education week at ICS. The morning offers you the opportunity to take part in your children's school morning. The morning starts with chapel at 8:50, followed by classroom visits until morning recess. We would like also to invite those that are interested in learning more about ICS to come for a visit. We hope to see you there! If you need a note for the bus, please see below!

Bus Note for Parents
Dear favourite bus driver,
I, ______________________ (student’s name) would like to give my Mom / Dad permission to ride the school bus with me in the morning on Wed May 6 for Bring My Parents to School Day. Thank-you!
_________________________ (student’s signature)

Grade 2/3 and Music Teacher Sought!
We are pleased to announce a vacancy for a full-time position teaching grades 2/3 and rotary music for grades 2 through 8. Position term runs from 15 August 2015 to 30 June 2016, with the possibility of a follow-on permanent position. Formal music teaching qualifications, including instrumental band, are preferred. Evidence of successful music teaching experience is also acceptable. Ontario College of Teachers certification required, Christian School Teacher’s Certificate preferred. Please forward a resume, a statement of your philosophy of Christian education, evidence of successful classroom teaching and references including a pastoral reference by 15 May 2015.
Please pass this on if you know of someone interested!

The ICS Spring Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 29th at 8:00pm in the gym. Agendas and a special letter were attached to last week’s Journal. Come out and get informed as to what is happening with your school and socialize with other parents. For members without children here, your agenda will either be mailed or placed in your church mailbox. Volunteer hours: Did you know that when you attend a membership meeting it counts for 2 hours towards your volunteer time?

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!

Turn Off the Screens Week: This is an excellent, fitness-oriented week with great community support.
On average, Canadian children spend 4-6 hours a day viewing screens. That is a lot of time sitting down and being inactive! Experts recommend that children and youth should view screens no more than 2 hours per day. A log sheet is attached to the end of the Journal. Sheets need to be turned into your child’s homeroom teacher to be entered in a draw for a participation prize!
*Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has a PD day on Friday, April 24th, the busing for LDCSS will be as follows: Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45am (students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40am)
Stop at BURC (49823 Talbot Line) at 7:55am
ICS at 8:00 am
End of Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Hiemstra’s at 8:10am
Lyons at 8:15am
Corner of Belmont Rd & Wilson Line at 8:25 am
Manning Drive 8:30am
The return trip home will be done in reverse

Spring is Coming and new footwear is required!!!   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.
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 jtvannoord@amtelecom.netGolf Club, Klub, Golf,

Yearbook: If you would like to advertise your business in our yearbook please contact the office.
Business Card $40, ¼ page $60, ½ page $100, Full page $160, Inside cover $300

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.

London District Christian Secondary School - Student Connections Night
If your family has a child registering for (or considering) Grade 9 at LDCSS this September, your child is invited to attend the 7th annual Student Connections Night May 8-9. New students are invited from 5 p.m. Friday - 9 a.m. Saturday morning, for food, games, and icebreaker actives with the goal of building new friendships. If your child is attending please RSVP  We are looking forward to getting to know the class of 2019!

Battle of the Books: We were so excited to welcome the other Christian schools to ICS for Battle Day! After weeks and months of reading and practicing, it was good to be at this point. Both teams worked together very well, as evidenced in Finalist banner for the Junior team and Champion banner for the Senior team. WELL DONE TEAMS!  A special thanks to everyone who helped with question preparation as well as those who were involved in making the day run smoothly - thanks Mrs Robinson for organizing! Readers, look for the 2016 Battle reading list release in October :)


K-4 @ “The Sound of Music” at Faith Christian Academy in St. Thomas. We are looking for volunteers to assist in all three classrooms. Please notify the school by Monday April 27 if you are able to help on this theatre trip, Thursday April 30, from 9:30 A.M. to approximately 12:45 P.M.
Thank you, Mrs. Groeneweg, Ms. Pieters, Ms. Buma

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten...
Bible: Lost Son
         Pharisee and Tax Collector
Sight Words: up, to
Reading Colour Words
Beginning and Ending Sounds
Counting by 5's
Addition to 10
God's Changing Seasons: Spring Splendour - Life Cycle of a Butterfly
                                                                      - Parts of a Flower
                                                                      - From Chick to Chicken
JK : Identifying Letters A-Z
      Numbers 1-10

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters  (
   Happy 8th Birthday          
Jedidiah Klassen
Monday, April 27, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Wed. April 29 Sandy Land
Don’t build your house on the sandy land; don’t build it too near the shore.
Well it might look kind of nice, but you’ll have to build it twice;
oh you’ll have to build your house once more.
You’d better build your house upon the rock. Make a good foundation on a solid spot.
Oh, the storms may come and go, but the peace of God you will know.
Words and music: Karen Lafferty

Spelling: dictation test will be Thursday April 23 - words from unit 27
Words for Gr. 1: car, far, jar, star, start, farm, harm, are
Words for Gr. 2: birthday, people, present, candle, cake, children, gifts, party, game, bring
Scholastic Book Club: The May flyers were sent home today. Please return any completed book orders by Thursday, April 30. Thank you

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.:
Library Class: Sign out one or two books for in-class reading, and one or two other books for at home reading, girls and boys. Remember to bring due books back to school for Library Class on Thursday.   
Memory Work: Wed. Apr. 29 Song - Song of Joseph (Verse 5)
God can turn evil into good, and right he makes from wrong.
O praise his name forevermore and fill each day with song.
From: Songs for Life #101
Words: Bonnie Bratt Meyer, Music: Emily R. Brink
Spelling Dictation - Thurs. Apr. 23: Grade 3: phone, photograph, orphan, alphabet, graph, nephew, enough, father, half, Friday, cough, unhappy, happier, happily, happiness, pheasant, recently
Grade 4: lazy, volcano, flavour, piano, recent, really, item, pilot, triangle, climate, gigantic, program, obey, puny, prepare, vacant, pulley, menu, ocean, iris
Thurs. Apr. 23 - Grade 3 Multiplication Checkup Test 7(2) and Test 8 (A)  Multiplying with 7 as a factor, (eg. 7 x 3 =  21, 1 x 7 = 7, 9 x 7 = 63, and 2 x 8 = 16, 8 x 8 = 64, and 4 x 8 = 32)
Science: Why are birds so amazing? From Just For Kids - The Banner,  May, 2013
Birds are everywhere in the Bible! According to Genesis 1, God created birds even before other animals and people. Later, Noah sent out a raven and a dove to see if the flood waters were going down.  After the Israelites left Egypt, God sent them quail in the desert to keep them form starving. When the prophet Elijah was scared and hungry, God told some ravens to bring him food. And the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove Don’t you wonder why God chose a dove and not another animal or bird? Birds live in every country on earth-even in Antarctica! Wow!
We are learning about how our Creator, God, cares for birds, and about how he trusts us to care for them. We are learning about their variety, that they live everywhere in the world, and that they are uniquely designed for living in their many different habitats. We have classified birds into groups: Water Birds, Marsh and Shore Birds, Birds of Prey, Perching Birds and Ground Birds. Now we are getting ready to choose one bird to research for an upcoming Bird Project. *Students will be bringing a Project Outline home tomorrow, Apr. 23. Parents, please review your child’s Project Outline together with your child. Further details will be included in next week’s Journal. Thank you.
French Quiz: Wed. Apr. 22 We wrote out numbers quiz (Les Nombres) from vingt (20) to cinquante (50) today. A quiz on Les Animaux was returned this past  Monday. For a few students, the Quiz Re-Write for Les Animaux is Thurs. Apr. 23.
Bible Studies Test - Fri. May 1. Joseph - Students should review their notes and refer to their Study Guide.
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Devon Klassen. Next Week: Sharon Klassen.
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Stand Your Ground” and “Living Water.”
Scholastic Book Club: May Book Orders were sent home today. Please return any completed orders by next Friday, May 1. Thank you.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Planners are being sent home if students have incomplete work. Please check them at home to see how your child is managing with assignments and tests. Contact me or stop by anytime if you have any questions.
images-23.jpegMemory Work: For next Wednesday, April 29 John 14: 15-20 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
Potluck: Is it potluck time again already????!!!! Yes it is, the second last one before the summer holidays. Friday, May 1st.
L.A.: Ch 4&5 Literature circle roles due Thursday for discussion. Read Chapters 6&7 only for next Wednesday.
A.R. Goals are to be over half way complete. When reading focus on punctuation, capitals and sentence structure. Read like a writer.
Spelling: List 24 quiz this Thursday: admitted, answered, concluded, exclaimed, insisted, remarked, whispered, advised, blurted, commented, demanded, explained, mentioned, observed, replied, whined, screamed, inquired.
Bible: Unit test next Tuesday, April 28
Health: A unit test on “Growing and Changing” will be given next Wednesday, April 22nd.
Science: We are beginning a new unit on Flight.
Please send in any empty plastic water/pop/juice bottles.
Social Studies: All reports completed and duo tangs handed in by Wednesday, April 22.
French: Quiz on farm animal words on Tuesday April 21st
Music: Students are working on the Ninth Symphony, 4th movement by Beethoven. Students are now able to play the entire piece. Soprano 3 m.49-end will be tested.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Romans 8: 35, 37-39
Math: The Chapter 9 Unit Test has been graded and returned.
Integrated Study Student / Staff PA Day on May 19! Thank-you for your support - this PA day with gr 7/8 participation is a go! There will be no busing, and students are requested to make arrangements to attend at ICS from 8:30 am to 12:30pm (including lunch).
L.A.: Next Wednesday, April 29, students will be tested on their knowledge of  “The Sentence and Its Parts”, Section 1 of Building English Skills.
Science: We continue lab work on the effects of heat. Students need to complete lab write ups following each class if not done during the lab.
Music: Continue to practice “Sawmill Creek” on page 20 and “Montego Bay” on page 21.
Art: Photography work due to be uploaded by Tuesday, April 28th for class critique.