Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April 1st 2015 Journal

Wednesday, April 1st, 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

April 1- Lent Chapel #6
            April Fools Theme day
            Chess tournament in London, ON
        2- Grade 3/4 Tundra Swans field trip 1:30-3
       3- Good Friday - No classes
        6- Easter Monday - No classes
       7- PA Day - CTBS and math curriculum review.
            LDCSS has classes - see pickup points below
       9- OACS Science Fair
       13-17 - Book week
      14- Grade 5-8 LDCSS presentation of “Annie”
       22- Hot lunch - Pizza day
       25- Area Public Speaking Contest at Legion #116 in Strathroy,   10:30 am (Megan Friesen)
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

Welcome Jessica Friesen, our youngest grade 8 student, as our April 1st “Principal for the Day”! The tradition comes from my days at Collège militaire royal, where the hierarchy switched roles in a playful fashion for the day. At ICS, we see a very definite role for teacher-directed learning. We also see ourselves as student-centred, and being playful is part of that! Principal Friesen extended all recesses by 10 minutes today!

Our final Lent chapel this morning focused on the entire Easter celebration, using Jelly Beans as the concrete illustration - ask your child which colour reminded him or her of what. Easter is the greatest holiday in the Christian calendar. May you be blessed as you remember Jesus’ death and resurrection this weekend. As a school, we hope that our Tuesday PA day, while allowing time for teachers to review curriculum, serves to make this an extra-special holiday for our students! He is risen… indeed!

New families needed for the 2015/2016 budget: 2/8. We are pleased to welcome Jake and Tina Banman, with Julia (gr 7), Dawson (gr 6) and Owen (gr 3), as well as Ms Jones with Aiden (gr 7)! We also had 3 more enrolment discussions with other families last week...

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Dave & Charlene Van Gurp & Jeff & Tammie Vannoord
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mrs. Groeneweg.
T.R.I.P: Order form attached, due April 9th with pickup on April 16th.
Cheese orders: Delivery is today. Next order will be sent out April 22nd.
Meat & Baked Good Sale: Pick up will be tomorrow Thursday April 2 between 2:30-4pm . Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of 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!
A Big Thank-you! to all who attended the ICS 60th OPEN HOUSE or the ANNIVERSARY GALA last Saturday night! It was an excellent afternoon and evening of fellowship, re-connecting, celebration, entertainment and great food! A final profit tally will be announced soon - but the evening was a success! Praise God for all His blessings and for each other! Pictures are posted at Alumni

*Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has a PD day on Tuesday April 7th, the bussing 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 three by 7:40am)
Stop at BURC (49823 Talbot Line) at 7:55am
ICS at 8:00 am
End of Forrest & 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

Ingyenes Vektorgrafika:Congratulations: This past Saturday, Phoebe Sinke and Megan Friesen participated at District level in the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking Contest. Phoebe and Megan both presented extremely well. Congratulations to Phoebe who received Honourable Mention and to Megan who received first place. Megan now has the opportunity to represent District ‘A’ in the next level of competition. The next level of competition is Area; which will be held on April 25, 2015 at Branch #116 - Strathroy, 266 Metcalfe St., registration at 10:30 A.M. with speaking to begin at 11:00 A.M.

Dress Code Reminder: Spring will arrive soon (we hope!) and so will summer clothing. As you are are shopping for or with your child, please keep our dress code in mind. Our dress code complements the LDCSS dress code. This would apply to all school events including: classes, sports, field trips, and graduation. Our clothing should be consistent with our goal to honour God with our bodies, as we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.6:19, 20). This still allows for creativity and individuality, but also requires modesty and an awareness of the impact our dress has on others in our community.
  • All tops must have sleeves
  • Skirts must come down to at least the knee
  • Shorts must have an inseam longer than 5’’. (“Finger-length” is a guide for shorts.)
  • Tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, bare feet, bare midriffs, low necklines are not permitted
  • No undergarments should be visible.
  • Wearing a hat, hood or a toque is not permitted in the school building during the school day.
Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to change (substitute clothing will be available to wear for the day) or will contact home to make arrangements to get suitable clothing for the remainder of the day.

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 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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 still 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: Are your Library books packed, ready to bring to school tomorrow? Each week we give students pink slips of paper listing library materials they currently have due or overdue. Students who have not returned their books on time will not be able to take more books out. If you cannot find an item and think it may already be returned, please let Mrs. Robinson know. We’ll double check the shelves. (

Battle of the Books is in 2 weeks! Players, keep reviewing your books and questions. Spectators are welcome to join us to see our teams in action!


AT 9:00 A.M.

Details to follow

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!

Mark the date! The LDCSS 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament will be held on WEDNESDAY, September 16, 2015, at Forest City National Golf course in east London, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start.  Come enjoy great sport, great food and great fellowship in support of LDCSS!  We are welcoming golfers and inviting sponsors from the LDCSS community to come together to support Christian Education. For more information or to register visit

Join us for ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ at LDCSS!  Grades 9-12 Admissions Open Houses. Dates:  April 1 and May 6, 9:30-11:30 AM, 12:30-2:30 PM.  Come experience LDCSS in action!  For more information visit

Junior Basketball: Our junior teams played really well at the tournament yesterday. The boys showed great skills with tough competition! The girls gelled well as a team, playing cheerfully the whole time, placing 2nd! Well done, all! Thanks to Ms Jones as lead coach, Mr Cameron as girls’ coach, our student coaches, Jessica and Dylan, and our parent volunteers!
LDCSS Drama:
  1. The LDCSS Drama Department presentsAnnie. April 17-18, 24- 25 @ 7:30 pm.  Tickets $12 Adult matinee: Wed., April 22 @1:00 p.m. To reserve your tickets call 519-455-4360 or email

  1. Annie - Junior SchoolOn Tuesday, April 14th the grades 5-8 students will be attending a sold out school showing of “Annie.” Along with Ms. Jones and Mr. TenBruggencate we would like to have a total of two parent volunteers. Please contact the office if you would like to join us.


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten...
Bible: Easter Story        
Letter and Sound: q
Sight Words: he, she, we, me
Beginning and Ending Sounds
Math: JK - Number Patterns, Missing Numbers, Shapes and Sizes
         SK - Printing 1-60, More/Fewer, Graphing
Memory Work : John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters  (

Memory Work: for Wed. April 8 All Glory, Laud, and Honour v.1
All glory, laud, and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosanna ring.
You are the King of Israel and David’s royal Son,
now in the Lord’s name coming, the King and Blessed One.
Spelling: for the dictation test Thursday, April 2 will be words from unit 24
Words for Gr. 1: day, may, stay, play, away, boat, coat, toad
Words for Gr. 2: why, try, trying, eat, mean, read, sunny, fly, treat, each
Kleenex: Thank you for two more kleenex boxes so far.
Scholastic Book Club: The April book orders are due tomorrow, Thursday, April 2.

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

Memory Work: Wed. April 8  - Song - I Sing a Song by David Ritsema, Age: 9
I sing a song to Jesus Christ, my risen Lord, my Saviour.
He is the King of everything, both great and small, my Saviour.
I love Him so, He is my God, He lives inside of me.
I sing a song, salvation song, to Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
French Quiz: Les animaux - Thurs. Apr. 9 - Refer to your in-class duotang work, to prepare for this quiz, girls and boys.
Spelling Dictation - Thurs. Apr. 2 -  Grade 3 - threw, through, thoughtless, caught, fault, taught, because, one, once, water, watch, wanted, wonder, wonderful, walk, flock, salt
Grade 4 - calf, walked, ghost, gnawed, climber, wreath, listen, island, scent, wrench, judge, fasten, wrist, doubt, knock, answer, knelt, sign, half, wren
Thurs. Apr. 2 - Grade 3 Multiplication Checkup 6  Multiplying with 6 as a factor,
(eg. 5 x 6 =  30, 7 x 6 = 42, 6 x 8 = 48)
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! We plan to leave school at 1:15 P.M. and hope to return by 3:15 P.M. *Please dress appropriately for the weather.  We will be received by local swan expert, Mr. Keith Malcolm, at the Aylmer Viewing Area upon arrival.. A special thank you to our bus drivers, Mr. Doug and Mrs Ann Walters, and to our adult volunteers, Mrs. Debbie Atkinson, and Mrs.Tina Hiebert.
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Marcel Guenther. Next Week: Victor Hiebert.
Scholastic Book Orders - April Book Orders will be sent home on Thursday, April 2. Order forms will be due next Fri. April 10. Thank you.
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Stand Your Ground” and “Living Water.”

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work for Wed, April 1 or 2 -  Luke 22: 39-46  
L.A.: Test Next Wednesday, April 8 on World of Literature - Mother Theresa, Sister to the Poor.
self-control-1.pngBible: Finish Worksheet by Friday.
Health: As part of the health curriculum next week students will be viewing the film, “Sex and the New You”.  Ms Jones/ Mr. T will lead the girls/boys in discussion afterwards.
Science: Unit test next Thursday, April 9 - see duotang for study notes.
Spelling: no quiz this week. Great job with last weeks quiz! We are aiming for over 85% average each week!
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 on Tues. April 7.
Calling all grade 5-7 student singers: Ms. Heo would like to form a small choir to perform at this year’s graduation ceremony. If you would like to be part of the choir, please speak with Ms. Heo directly.
The first practice will be April 13th at lunch.
French: Unit 5 French test tomorrow. Use the study  sheets that were handed out to prepare.
Congratulations Megan and Holly for being voted most thoughtful, Abi and Kayla for the most generous by fellow students.April’s Character trait to practise is Self Control.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: 2 Corinthians 4:18
Math: Integrated Study Student / Staff PA Day! Sound unusual? It is, but this is in line with our emphasis on multi-age learning and integrated studies. Our gr 7/8 class is starting on a Math Days integrated study (“Who discovered math?”). Our gr 7/8 students will present to the class, and then will teach the whole school in our student family format. We will do this in a rotary format on Friday afternoons on 22 and 29 May, 5 and 12 June. Staff will act as school family mentors for the gr 7/8 leaders. To allow for instructional planning, we seek to involve all gr 7/8s in the May 19 PA day from 8:30 to 12:30 including a BBQ lunch (this is also a class day at LDCSS). Gr 7/8s participating would then get a special gr 7/8 “PA day” off on Mon May 25. For this innovative idea, we need parental agreement - please see the response form below!
LA / Poetry: Our “Birches and Bear Claws” Unit test is tomorrow, April 2nd.
Math: Last week’s unit test was graded and returned to the students.
French: Unit 5 French test tomorrow. Use the study  sheets that were handed out to prepare.
Science: Fluids unit test on Fri Apr 10. Review session at lunch on Weds Apr 8. See class review sheet.
Science Fair. Congratulations to our finalists gong to the Ontario Christian Schools Science Fair on Apr 10: Matthew Ypma (“Can We Can the Sun?”), Vanessa Boldt and Victoria Krahn (“Tie Dye Milk”), Correy Mantel and Dean Rollins (“Making Patterns With Sound”), and Luke Schuurman (“Third World Water”).
Music: Continue to practice “Sawmill Creek” on page 20 and “Montego Bay” on page 21.
Calling all grade 5-7 student singers: Ms. Heo would like to form a small choir to perform at this year’s graduation ceremony. If you would like to be part of the choir, please speak with Ms. Heo directly.
The first practice will be April 13th at lunch.
Art: Complete Pop artwork by Friday for display.

Integrated Study Student / Staff PA Day!  - Please return by Wed Apr 8!
Sometimes innovative teaching approaches require innovative planning! Please support the ICS Math Days planning!

___ Yes, my son / daughter ________________________ can participate in the Student / Staff PA Day from 8:30 - 12:30 on Tuesday May 19. Students need their own transportation to and from ICS that day. All participating students will have a special “PA day” off on Monday May 25.

___ No, my son / daughter cannot participate.

Parent name: _________________________
Parent signature: _______________________