Wednesday, 3 June 2015

June 3rd 2015 Journal

Wednesday, June 3rd, 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  9- Band practice 3:30-4:30
    10 -Chapel (5/6), Grade 5-8 Art reception 4-5pm
         11 -Grades 1-4 Field trip to African Lion Safari (Mrs Walters’ pm route cancelled)
        12 - AR goals due, term 3 ends
                Grade 7 & 8 Trip to Canada’s 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
          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:

Wow! Out of our 7 new families needed for the 2015/2016 budget, we are now at 7 of 8 (113 students so far)! Welcome to Tony & Lindsay Zondag with Elizabeth entering JK in the fall. We also welcome Gerhard & Susana Guenther with Jonah (gr 6), Delayna (gr 5) and Rachel (gr 1). At the same time, we will bid a farewell to Jeff Dekraker and Katherine Dekraker who will transfer Ashley to Mt. Salem Christian School in September, and to Abe and Margaret Fehr with Joseph (gr 8) and Elizabeth (gr 5) who are moving to Alberta this summer and enrolling in Christian school there.

As a school board, we felt that moving to hire an additional teacher for grades 2/3 was consistent with our calling to excellence in Christian education. We did not see the additional families needed at the time, but we moved forward in faith. And, we praise God for his faithful provision! We still have more enquiries in process. Many families see God’s provision in terms of finances to pay for Christian education. As a whole school, we’re seeing his provision in terms of families and students!

in Christ, Keith Cameron

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Dan & Janina Dykxhoorn and Ryan & Annette Dykxhoorn
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Bus Drivers: Mrs. Tesselaar, Mr & Mrs Walters and Mr. Vannoord.

ICS Connection: We have attached two copies of our Spring edition at the end of the Journal. Please share with your extended family members and anyone with interest in ICS! We will be sending home copies with selected Church ambassadors next week as well.
From Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)...: Last order of the year will be send out on June 3rd, due June 11th 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: Delivery today. 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: June 11th between 2-4pm. Coolers with names on them can be dropped 

off ahead of time.

Congratulations ICS Track and Field Athletes! 50 students competed in their track and field events today at the District event in Strathroy. Well done, working to the best of your growing abilities! Thank-you to our parents for supporting, and to Ladies’ Aux for running the (very busy) concession stand!

Registration: The bursary registration deadline has now passed. We still need all families to register for 2015-2016, including those on “New to Christian Schooling” and “Pastoral” tuition discounts. If you have not yet registered:
1. Go to and register.
2. Send in your post-dated cheques by Monday, June 15 once you receive an invoice.

Hiring Update: Following interviews, we have decided to split the new position into a gr 2/3 portion and a music portion. I am pleased to introduce Ms Amanda Loewen as our new part-time (78%) gr 2/3 teacher. Ms Loewen lives in Aylmer, is a graduate of Mt Salem Christian School, and a recent BEd graduate from UWO, qualified at the primary / junior level, and with interests in mathematics, technology, drama and language (Low German). She attends the Bradley St Church of God. She has assisted in the gr 7/8 math class this year, and has completed a “teaching interview” doing a lesson in gr 1/2). Ms Loewen is keen to get to know her students and dive into her first year of teaching starting 1 August! We are still finalizing options for a music specialist.

Meet Our New Board! At our May board meeting, board members voted for the executive positions and we assigned board members to committees. An intentional effort was made to allow everyone’s gifts to be employed, and to provide for succession planning. Our board is:
Chair: Cliff Janssens Vice-Chair, Membership: Janine Shelton
Treasurer: Jim Vording Secretary: Carrie Vis
Finance: Suzie Guenther Transport: Keith Sinke
Promotions: Helen Friesen
Fundraising: Chris Hiemstra, Keith Sinke, Tina Hiebert
We thank our outgoing board members Jane Weverink, Jacklyn Versnick, and Chris Bakker. We also thank Chris for his second term of service as board chair. It was his idea to ensure leadership continuity by transferring to Fundraising, and allowing Cliff to serve as chair, before the completion of his third year on board.  As a school, we have been very blessed by all our board members’ faithful service!

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!!

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 (

Photos 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!

Free movie night: Friday June 5th at 6:30pm Assumption students in grade 6 have been working 

closely with St. Thomas Elgin Public Health to bring a Movie Night to the Aylmer Community of 


Last year (when they were in grade 5!) they worked together to educate their entire school on the 

negative effects that smoking can have on the environment.  The did a fantastic job and this year 

have decided to broaden the awareness!   The focus this year is on smoke free movies and the 

students are raising  money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Bring your own blankets, chairs 

and pillows to get comfy for the showing of Disney’s Big Hero 6. Popcorn and juice boxes will be 

available tor purchase. We are asking people to register for the FREE event to get an idea of the 

numbers.  Just follow the link below or visit to get your free ticket.

SCHOOL’S OUT for the SUMMER!  Looking for an excellent way to reward your kids for a job 

well done?  Treat them to the CLOVERMEAD FAMILY NIGHT on Sat Jun 20 from 4-9pm 

(Raindate: Sat Jun 27 4-9pm).  Cost is $10/person (incl. tax, cash only) and gets you unlimited 

access to the whole adventure farm – even after it is closed to the public!  Snacks, drinks and 

dinner options will be available on site (cash only) and the event is open to all ages – even 

grandparents J by invitation.  All proceeds go to Immanuel Christian School Fundraising.  So pack 

up the family, invite a few friends and bring your camera – make some great end of school 

memories!  More info available at:

** INVITATIONS are included in today’s journal – for your extended family, friends 



In need a fax machine? You can be the owner of a Brother Fax-2820 machine. This fax machine 

acts as a copier as well. In great condition (users manual included). Price is by donation. Please 

contact the office if interested.

bicycle to e-bike.Bike Fair in St. Thomas: On Saturday June 6th the Downtown Bike Festival will be held from 9am-12pm at the L&PS Corridor. For a schedule of events or more information on the event check out

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, 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.

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:
  • Coming up: In order to have time to inventory the collection, we close the library before the end of classes. All books will need to be returned by June 11, and no further books will be checked out. Students should explore other libraries to make sure they have something for silent reading times.
  • INVENTORY - If you can help, let me know (
Thursday, June 11 (9-4) Monday, June 15 (9-3) Wednesday, June 17 (9-4)
Thursday, June 18 (9-3)


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....

Bible: Saul's Conversion
         Paul Begins His Journey
Printing Practice    
Beginning and Ending Sounds
Addition and Subtraction Activities
Measurement - length

Our SK class is making a Friendship Fruit Salad (lesson on friendship) on Monday, June 8. Each student is invited to bring his/her favourite fruit to add to our salad. Thank you!

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4: Students in Grades 1-4 will be going to the African Lion Safari on 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. Anna Krahn 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 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters  (
        Happy 7th Birthday          
Avery Bergen
Saturday, June 6, 2015
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for June 10 The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 23:1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; I’ll walk with him always.
He leads me by still waters; I’ll walk with him always.
Always, always, I’ll walk with him always.
Always, always, I’ll walk with him always.
Spelling: Dictation test will be Friday, June 5.
Dictation test will be a review of the words students have learned.
Scholastic Book Club: Orders for June are due today June 4. Thank you!

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.:
Accelerated Reader - AR Reports were sent home today. Several students have reached their AR goals, and a few are continuing to read towards that end as well! Keep reading, Grades 3 and 4!
Goal due date is Fri. June 12. Remember to bring library books that are due, back to Library Class tomorrow! *Students are still able to sign out library books for one more week!
(All library books should be returned to the library by Thursday, June 11.)
Memory Work: Wed, June 10 - Matthew 5:14 - 16 ~ You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.  (NIrV Kids’ Study Bible)
Spelling Dictation - Unit 29 - Fri. June 12 - Grade - air, against, all right, until, presents, beautiful, favourite, clothes, people, vacation, remember, already, hospital, minute, straight, divisor, doesn’t
Grade 4 -  multiply, imagination, favourite, computer, citizenship, invisible, undercover, enjoyment, discussion, America, unusual, example, melody, temperature, understanding, experiment, explanation oxygen, haphazard, exaggeration
Wed. June 10 - Science Test on Discovering Birds. Refer to your in class notes and Study Guide..

Science: Why are birds so amazing? From some of our Grades 3 and 4 Science Projects
  • The Bald Eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species up to 4 m deep and 2.5 m wide. (Will M.)
  • The Baltimore Oriole is important for protecting forests. It eats insects which are pests, such as the tent caterpillar. (Caleb P.)
  • The cardinal is the official bird of seven states. It can live up to 15 years.(Noria A.)
  • Cowbirds often take one of the Scarlet Tanager’s eggs out of the nest and replace it with its own egg without the Scarlet Tanager noticing. The Scarlet Tanager can’t tell the difference between the Cowbird’s egg and her eggs, so when it hatches, she raises it like it’s part of her family. (Sarah J.)
  • The female Kiwi lays a bigger egg than almost any other bird of its size. (Uri D.)
  • Did you know that the Red-tailed Hawk has a Wingspan of 48 - 65 cm? Amazing! (Victor H.)
Scholastic Book Club: June Book Orders are due this Friday, June 5. Thank you!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week this week is Naomi Poortinga.
Next week: Mariah Rempel and Lily Sinke
Music: Students are working on playing pieces with boom whackers. We are currently working on a piece called “Higher Ground”.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Students are choosing their own memory work to say on Wednesday, June 6th, (4 verse minimum).
Health: Next Wednesday there will be a health test on “Family”
L.A.: Ch 16&17 Literature circle roles due Friday for discussion. Read Chapters 18&19 only for next Wednesday, June 6th.
Spelling: List 29 quiz: eruption, interrupt, bankrupt, rupture, spectator, suspect, respect, spectacle, signature, insignia, signet, microscope, telescope, stethoscope, uniform, reformat, reformatory, transform
Bible: No final test in Bible but all work in notebooks will be due Thursday, June 7th for assessment.
Science: Unit test on Flight is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th
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.
Band: There will be a band practice on Tues. June 9 @3:30pm, instead of on Monday, June 8. Please inform Ms. Heo about any conflicts you may have.
Field Trip: We will be heading to the Engineering Building at University of Western Ontario for a Lego Robotics lab.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Proverbs 14:29-30
Math: Next Tuesday, June 9th a test on Algebra (Ch.12) will  be given to both grades.
Science: Heat Projects (model and written work) are due in class on Mon 8 Jun. We will have our unit open-book quiz on the same day.
Art: Have supplies/equipment for next week’s class to work on final art project.
Band: There will be a band practice on Tues. June 9 @3:30pm, instead of on Monday, June 8. Please inform Ms. Heo about any conflicts you may have.
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.