Wednesday, 10 June 2015

June 10th, 2015 Journal

Wednesday, June 10th, 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

June 10 - Chapel (5/6),
         11 - Gr 1-4 to African Lion Safari (Mrs Walters’ pm route cancelled)
        12 - AR goals due, term 3 ends
                 Gr 7/8 to Wonderland (Mr Vannoord’s pm route cancelled)
         15 - PA Day -report card writing
         16 - Awards Assembly with music celebration - 2 pm
                 Grade 1/2 final trip to Chartwell 11:30 -1 pm
          17 - Chapel - (Principal), AR sundaes,  
                 Grade 5-8 Art reception 11:30am -1:00pm
          20 - Clovermead Family night
         22 - Graduation at 7:30pm
          23 - Last day of School       
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

We approach the end of our school year next week with a report writing PA Day on Monday, our Awards Assembly on Tuesday at 2 pm (you are invited!), Accelerated Reader reward sundaes, graduation practices, and then the whole-school Graduation on Monday Jun 22 at 7:30 pm. Wow, time certainly flies! But, think of how your children have grown, in body, mind and soul, since September. Perhaps we have too? We praise God for that growth and His work in us all!

Last Friday we concluded our “Who Discovered Math” integrated multi-age study. As staff and parents, we sometimes wrestle with unconventional teaching. Is it worth the time and effort? Is there academic value for mixed ages? On the flip side, at ICS we have opportunities to be creative in teaching, and to develop Christian character and broaden gifts in our students. We have seen young students’ eyes light up considering that “IV” and “4” represent the same number! We have seen grade 7 / 8 students to ask their mentor teacher to step back and give them more space to lead and teach! We have some unexpected leaders emerge in the mixed-grade family groupings, in teaching or caring roles.  We aim for excellence in education through both our basic skills and our breadth.

New Families: Welcome to Nathan and Valerie Bokma with Cameron (JK)! For next year’s enrolment, we are now at 8 of 8 families (115 students so far) with others still possible! Let us be thankful, and also bold, as we pray for families to replace our departing families as well!

in Christ, Keith Cameron

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Abe & Margaret Fehr and Frank & Rose Fehr.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our bookkeeper Mrs. Teresa Janssen

Bus Disruptions due to Field Trips: Please note that with some field trips returning after the end of the day, we will unfortunately need to cancel the following routes, with parents needing to pick up children:
Thu Jun 11 - Mrs Walters’ afternoon route is cancelled
Fri Jun 12 - Mr Vannoord’s afternoon route in cancelled
Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP): Last order of the year due tomorrow and delivery on June 18th. The TRIP year end was May 31. After calculating the figures, the profit raised  from this gift card program for this year is $23,513. Half of this profit is designated for Fundraising. The other half is tuition credits for families who have purchased gift cards (40%) and administration (10%). Thank you so much to those who participated in this program this year. Theressa deJong and Grace Schipper TRIP coordinators.

Original (2270 × 1602)Cheese orders: The next order will be sent out with the last Journal on June 17th and delivery will be the first Wednesday of the new school year.
Mrs. Keli-Lyn Lockyer currently handles the ordering and delivery of our cheese orders each month.She will be looking for a helper for the 2015-16 school year. This would go towards completing you G.I.F.T.S hours. If you can help please contact the office.
Meat & Baked Goods: Delivered tomorrow June 11th between 2-4pm. Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of time.

ICS Fundraising Committee - is proud to announce that we are almost there!  To date $69,170.18 has been raised, so that means there is $10,829.82 until we reach the annual fundraising goal of $80,000!  Praise the Lord for all the blessings He bestows upon us year after year, and for the talented individuals He brings forward to do the work!  We welcome our new committee members: Rose Fehr, Tina Hiebert and Chris Hiemstra and thank our outgoing members for their dedication: Bobbie Jo Bennett, Grace Miedema, Janine Shelton and Jacklyn Versnick.
       - the ICS Fundraising Committee:  Chris Bakker, Rose Fehr, Tina Hiebert, Chris Hiemstra, Keith Sinke and Janina Dykxhoorn

Real Estate, Sign, Sale,T-shirts: Having to do laundry too often? We are offering the cotton ICS t-shirts at a reduced price of $6 each! Contact the office if you would like to purchase one.

Tuition invoices: Have been sent home Friday June 5th. If you have not received one, or have any questions please contact Teresa Jansen at or by calling the office.

Custodian Update: We are pleased to announce that Angie Bergen has been selected as our new custodian! She is a familiar parent in our school community, and she has experience in the custodial area. She has been noted to be thorough, reliable, with a keen eye for detail, and she should be well-placed to continue to uphold our high standard of cleanliness at ICS! Mrs Justina Bergen, Angie's mother-in-law, will continue to assist with duties as required (as has been the case with Helen for the last few months). It is envisioned that Mrs Helen Friesen will complete a handover with Angie over the week of June 15-19, with Angie assuming all duties no later than 1 July. We thank both Helen Friesen and Lydia Bergen very much for their work over the last 2 years, and bid them God's blessing as they embark on other employment or fostering.

Music Specialist Farewell. Please note that Ms Caroline Heo respectfully declined an offer to continue in her part-time music position for gr 3-8. She emphasized that she would miss her students, but that the small percentage made commuting costly, and did not allow her enough certainty to settle closer. Ms Heo has certainly brought talent to the ICS music program, introducing more hands-on music for all grades. She also covered History and Geography at the gr 7/8 level in Mr TenBruggencate’s absence. We will wish her God's blessings as she seeks other opportunities where her gifts can be employed.

Music Specialist Sought. Part-time position (4-7 periods weekly) runs from 15 August 2015 to 30 June 2016. Evidence of successful music teaching experience, including instrumental band is required. Ontario College of Teachers certification required, Christian School Teacher’s Certificate preferred. Please forward a resume, philosophy of Christian education, evidence of successful teaching and references to Ms Marianne Pieters by Jun 17.

From the Grade 8’s:This year the grade 8 grads are asking if you can help by donating or lending your: old lanterns, mason jars (any size), a wooden bench and some fake/plastic bushes or trees. If you have one or more of these items and want to lend or donate them, please contact Amanda DeJong ( or Luke Schuurman (

CameraPhotos for sale: The promotions committee will be selling the current 11x14 photos

that are displayed in the hallway by the gym. To cover the costs of printing for the 

next year we are asking $15 per photo. These photos make great keepsakes.

Stop by to take a look. First come first serve, they are going fast!

SCHOOL’S OUT for the SUMMER! - Clovermead Family Night - Sat Jun 20 4-9pm $10/person 

(cash only).  Announcements and posters have gone out to all the school family churches and we 

still have 10 days to invite family and friends!  See you there!

GREAT WOLF LODGE, 2015 - It's that time of year again!  A block of rooms has once again

been reserved during the annual Fall PA days for our Christian schools.  Discounted rates are 

available for the dates of Oct. 29th, 30th and 31st.  Room rates start at $174.99/night.  Our group 

booking code is:  1510CHRI_001   To book your room go to: or call: 1-

888-878-1818.  Booking deadline is Sept. 29. For further information, please contact Tammy Veld - or call/text: 905.745.5609​  


heard you :)  The 2015-16 school year will see the return of the once a month Friday night dinner 

and family nights at the school, which also brings opportunity for youth groups, church groups, 

family + friends to assist with an evening.  For more information, or to sign up please email Jacklyn 

at See you in September!

THANK YOU to the amazing ICS Golf Committee: Frank Fehr, John Hiebert, Harry Knibbe, Dean Mantel, Tracy Mantel, Ken Vandendool, Lisa Vankemenade, Jeff Vannoord, Tammie Vannoord, Jim Vording, and Jeff Zylstra.  Your organization, efforts, determination and talents have benefited each and every family at ICS - for that we thank you!  And thank you to all the GOLFERS and SPONSORS - all the profit brought in makes up almost half of the annual fundraising goal!   - the ICS Fundraising Committee

Busing 2015-2016. The Transportation Committee will be working on the bus schedules for the 2015/16 School Year over the summer. We  need to know any address changes that you may have. Also please let us know if you require busing for your high school students next year so we can arrange them on our routes. Please e-mail of any necessary changes that need to be made. Thanks - Transportation Committee.Schoolbus, Kuning, Penggerak
Spare 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.

LDCSS is planning to host the 4th annual Summer Smash Volleyball Camp this year August 17-21. Registration forms can be found on the website and will cost $160 per person. Registration is limited to 30 individuals so register early. Please email Steven Wassing at if you are considering the camp and have any questions.

Library News: (
  • The library is now closed for checkouts: All books need to be returned tomorrow, June 11.
  • On Monday, I gave teachers a send-home list of all checkouts. IF THERE IS AN ERROR and an item is listed that you believe was returned, please send me a note so we can look for it. Also, if you find ICS Library books NOT recorded on your list, we look forward to getting them back too!!
  • INVENTORY - If you can help, let me know or just stop in. No experience is necessary; we do on-the-job training! Students in Gr 7&8 - you are welcome to join us if you would like to help on Monday (PA Day!)
Thursday, June 11 (9-4) Monday, June 15 (9-3) Wednesday, June 17 (9-4)
Thursday, June 18 (9-3)
  • SUMMER SIGN-OUT - Students wanting to check out up to 10 books from the library for the summer need to return the signed slip (found at the end of the Journal) or a note/email from a parent by Thursday, June 18.


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible:  Paul Begins His Journey
          Paul in Jerusalem
Fruit of the Spirit
Printing Practice  
JK:  Opposites
      Number Patterning
      Review Letters and Sounds
      Numbers 1 - 15
SK: Review Sight Words
      Numbers 1 - 100
GRADES 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters  (
Summertime birthdays:

   Happy 8th Birthday          
Dylan Rempel
Saturday, July 25, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

   Happy 8th Birthday          
Phoebe Sinke
Friday, July 31, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

        Happy 7th Birthday          
Jaywynn Loewen
Friday, July 31, 2015
                      “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

   Happy 8th Birthday          
Promise Atkinsonl
Sunday, August 23, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Grand-Pal Luncheon at Chartwell: On Tuesday, June 16, at 11:30 AM we are planning to visit our Grand-Pals and have a pizza lunch with them. We will need two helpers for this exciting visit before school is finished. This week the students have been typing their letters in Google Docs. The students may work on their letters at home as well. We are planning to have the letters completed by this Friday so that they can be added to their cards. We thank the Lord for blessing our friendship together with our Grand-Pals from Chartwell. Summer blessings: The students may continue to write and visit with his/her grand-pal over the summer.
Spelling: Dictation test will be Friday, June 12. Dictation test will be a review of the words students have learned.

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4: Students in Grades 1-4 will be going to the African Lion Safari tomorrow, Thursday, June 11. A big thank-you to our bus driver, Mrs. Ann Walters, and to all those who volunteered to accompany us on this day! Mrs.Tina Hiebert, Mrs. Margaret Zylstra and Mrs. Keli-Lyn Lockyer will assist us in Grades 1 and 2. Mrs. C. Janssens, Mrs. J. Kroondyk and Mrs. L. Loewen will assist us in Grades 3 and 4. Students should wear suitable footwear so that they can comfortably walk distances, and actively participate in the many play activities at the Safari.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.:
Accelerated Reader - AR Reports were sent home again today. Several students have reached their AR goals, and a few are continuing to read towards that end as well! Keep reading! Goal due date is Fri. June 12. Remember to bring any library books to Library Class tomorrow, June 11.
Memory Work: Wed, June 17 - Matthew 6: 26 - Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Fri. June 12 - Spelling Dictation - Grade 3 - End of Year Review List - said, between, which, sew, young, know, different, received, usually, whole, become, bought, studied, due, choose, you’re, cousin, guard, calendar, measure
Grade 4 -  Review List - bridge, eclipse, switch, attach, whistle, neighbour, edge, since, explode, fuel, scissors, address, battle, calendar, purchase, could’ve, keyboard, travelled, busiest, service, families, officer, wound, refrigerator, physician
French: Quizzes on Les Parties du Corps were returned on Tuesday. Quiz re-takes will be this Friday, June 12.
Student of the Week: Our Students of the Week this week are Mariah Rempel and Lily Sinke.  
Next week: Josh Vannoord and Claire Vording.
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Higher Ground”.
Happy (Summer) Birthday - The following students will be celebrating their summer birthdays next week: Marcel Guenther will be celebrating his 9th birthday, (July 4) on Tues. June 16, Mariah Rempel and Josh Vannoord will be celebrating their 10th birthdays, (Aug. 12) on Wed. June 17, and Thurs. June 18, and Will Mantel will be celebrating his 10th birthday, (Aug. 20) on Fri. June. 19. The following week, on Mon. June 22, we’ll celebrate Ms. Buma’s birthday, (July 10). Hip Hip Hooray for our summer birthdays and our week of in-class celebrations !

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Students are choosing their own memory work to say on Wednesday, June 10th, and 11th. (4 verse minimum)
L.A.: Ch 18&19 Literature circle roles due Thursday for discussion.
Spelling: List 30 quiz: environment, Antarctica, international, peninsula, constitutional, bureaucracy, patriotism, hemisphere, archeology, atmospheric, cartographer, coordinates, parallelogram, perpendicular, rhombus, theorem, polyhedron, circumference
Bible: No final test in Bible but all work in notebooks will be due Thursday, June 11th for assessment.
Science: Unit test on Flight is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th. Bring in supplies for kite building.
French: Grade 5&6 Unit 7 test on Thursday June 11. Study from the sheet handed out on Thursday.
Music: Students are working on a three-part recorder piece, called 1812 Overture. Please advise your child(ren) to practice O Canada at home.
Field Trip: We will be heading to the Engineering Building at University of Western Ontario for a Lego Robotics lab Friday, June 19th. Please notify the office or myself if you are able to help supervise and drive. We will be leaving the school at 8:35 and planning to be back to ICS by 5pm.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Graduation 2015: Graduation is fast-approaching and Grade 7 parents, we need your help!  This year we have decided to once again prepare and serve dinner to the graduates, their parents and the staff.  While the dinner itself will be prepared by members of our Ladies Auxiliary, we do require all Grade 7 parents to sign up for serving and cleanup following the meal.  As well, we will be having a strawberry social immediately following the graduation ceremony, an ICS tradition, and will again need volunteers to help serve and clean up.  Please sign up for one of the following time slots and remember, next year will be your turn to be served!!
Thank you!!!
5-6:30 - We need 3 couples for set-up and serving of dinner
6:30-8 - We need 3 couples for clean-up and dishes after dinner
8:30-9:30 (approx.) - We need 3 couples to serve strawberries and ice cream and clean up.
Please contact Amanda Cameron or Christine Janssens.  Again, we greatly appreciate your help!!
History: A final test on the Reformation will be given on Thursday, June 18.
L.A. : Subject/verb agreement test on Thursday, June 11
Math: Algebra (Ch.12)  tests have been returned to the students.
Science: Heat Projects (model and written work) were due today, and will be on display in the Discovery Room - check them out! Next week, we have a “mini-engineering catapult challenge” to finish up the year! Those with overdue projects:
  • students may work after school on Thu or on the PA Day Mon, under supervision in the Discovery Room
  • any student still with overdue work must stay after school on Tue Jun 16 from 3:30-4:30 to complete it, unless Mr Cameron receives a parental note before that date with alternate arrangements. Parents will need to pick up their child at 4:30.
Art: All work (posters) due Wednesday, June 10th. Class critique scheduled for next Tuesday, Final reception and potluck on Wednesday 11:30 - 12:35.
French: Unit 7 and Final Review Test on Thursday June 11.  Study from the white Unit 7 review sheet and also from the rainbow coloured review package that we completed in class.



My child ________________________________ may sign out up to __________ (#) books for the summer.  I acknowledge that it is our responsibility to replace any items lost or damaged.  Materials need to be the first week of school (i.e. by Sept 10).

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