Wednesday, 16 September 2015

September 16th Journal 2015

Wednesday, September 16th, 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

Sept. 16 Chapel @ 9:00- Student School Family kick off
             Grade 1 field trip to Safety Village
              LDCSS Golf Tournament Forest City National Golf Course
         21 - 25  Protectors Theme for devotions & chapel
                      MAP fall testing begins
        23 Chapel - Grade 7&8 (Protectors Theme)
        29 Grade 3/4 Field trip to Marsh Quest
Oct    2 PA Day
          3 Care2Cycle fundraising ride
          6 Cross Country meet (Stratford)
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

Moving into MAP: “What does it mean for my children?” This next week is our first Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. All SK-8 students will take 3 online tests in reading, writing and math. These tests are adaptive, getting harder or easier so every child is challenged at his or her level. Primary grades (K-2) have an audio component. The idea is to move beyond standardized tests that peg student "at", " below" or "above" grade level and give us only general school-wide information. We hope to move towards a focus on growth in our God-given potential, and to show parents, teachers and students where growth is happening and where we can concentrate. Teachers can “see” each child better and can adjust instruction to suit the class, parents get a fuller picture of their child(ren), and our students can chose to set growth goals - unlike a wall height chart, effort and focus in a specific area can lead to increased growth!

We are moving into MAP with numerous other Christian schools in our OACS association. As with anything new, I’m sure we’ll encounter some technical challenges along the way, but we are committed to the ongoing work required to build on excellence in our Christian school!

in Christ, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Chris & Chantelle Bakker and Jake & Tina Banman
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms. Pieters.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Delivery/Pick up tomorrow Sept 17th.
Welcome to a new school year at ICS! We would like to introduce ourselves as the new TRIP Coordinators. We are very excited to be sharing this great resource with you, and hope to be able to make it easier and more convenient for everyone. If you have any questions about the program please do not hesitate to contact us! If you do not know whether or not you have an existing TRIP number please contact one of us to find out. Or if you are in need of a TRIP number please stop by the ICS office to fill out a form so we can assign you one! There have been a few changes on the order form, including the addition of Bath and Body Works at 7%! We would like to let those who don’t know that we also take standing orders (Monthly orders that are the same each month) so you don’t need to fill an order form each month. Please contact one of us to have this set up for you! Attached is the information about our TRIP program. Please seriously consider using it as it not only helps you with your tuition but also our school! *If possible when paying for gift cards, please use a cheque as the bank charges for cash & coin deposits.
your TRIP coordinators: Janina Dykxhoorn and Annette Dykxhoorn,
Cheese orders: The next order will be sent out Sept 23rd with delivery on Oct 7th
Meat & Baked Goods: Due tomorrow with pickup Oct 8th 2-4pm. Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of time.
Recycling: Did you know we can earn money from garbage? See the attached poster for what you can bring into the school. * Note we are no longer able to accept Tassimo discs, please dispose of these at home!

Care 2 Cycle - Saturday October 3 @ 8am! This is a local fundraiser with Grace Community Church replacing Ride for Refuge. This is the sole fundraiser for the ICS Compassion Child (Helen Michel Guevara Arias), with any excess going to our Tuition Assistance fund.  We are very excited to join with Grace Community in their efforts to fundraise for their Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship!
Register by Sep 23 for a t-shirt (children under 12 are $15, those 12+ are $25). Designate your donation, or contribute to both causes!  Seek donations from family and friends! Come out and cycle the 10km Family Ride, the 30km Leg Stretcher or the 50km Calf Burner. There's even a “Rabbit Rodeo” for ages 4-8, bring a bike and play at ICS after. Volunteer to help with food and rest stops! Every little bit helps us meet our charitable commitments, and have fun while doing so! A registration and donation form is attached. Check out!

From the Ladies Auxiliary
A big thank you to everyone that came out for the back to school BBQ!  Thanks to the ladies for their work in the kitchen and to Jeff Vannoord and Ken Vandendool for BBQing.  Also thank you to the Weesjes’ for donating the tomatoes, to Berry Hill and M&M Meat Shop for the discounts they gave us on the sweet corn and the burgers.

APPLE PIES!!  The ladies auxiliary will be making apple pies on Wednesday Oct 7 Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!   They can be ordered using  the form at the end of this week's journal for $6.00 a piece.  They are unbaked and need to be picked up at school on the same day between 2:30 and 3:30.  So stock up for Christmas too and all those cold winter nights! Please see the order form at the end of the Journal
Reminder: Everyone who comes into the building needs to report to the office.. Even if you are making a quick stop-in visit, please pop into the office, so we know who is in the building. Volunteers working with students, must sign in at the office.

Music, Note, Symbol, Black,
Private Music Lessons:  Not every school is blessed with 6 experienced musicians interested in providing music lessons during the school day!  These teachers are not part of the ICS staff; we simply make a room available to them.  These teachers take students from their classrooms to have private lessons right at school.  If you would like to make arrangements for private lessons at school, contact the teacher:  
  • Miss Angela Ashby - (flute, piano, specialized program for young students starting at ages 4-5 and students with learning disabilities) 519-550-1758 or
  • Mrs. Paula Richardson (piano) – Home 519-207-2185  Cell 519-661-7986 or
  •  Mrs. Emily Schuurman (piano) – no longer accepting new students this year
  •  Mrs. June Elley (violin, voice, guitar and piano) – 519-773-2811 or
  •  Mr. Derrick Drover (piano, guitar, basic vocal) - 519-765-4990
  •  Mrs. Amanda Cameron (piano) – no longer accepting new students this year

JK/SK Job Posting: Do you know anyone that should apply? Deadline is Oct 1!
Please and click on “Job Postings.”

Volunteers. Each family needs 25 hours of Getting Involved For The Students (GIFTS). Thank-you to those who have signed up for our ongoing volunteer opportunities! We are still looking for:
Fundraising Committee (2 more)
Building and Maintenance (2 more)
Friday Family Fun Night (3 more)
Ladies Auxiliary (1 more)
Meat and Baked Goods Fundraiser (1 more)
Thursday Morning Playground Supervision (during staff devotions) (1 more)
Reading Partners (4 more)
Please go to: and click on “Volunteer Opportunities” to sign up.

Communication List: We have a few changes that need to be made to your list.
Rita’s route- The Sinke family has been added under Charlena Ypma’s list
Ann’s route- Leona Loewen will be making the calls instead of Lydia Bergen
        Kees & Anita de Dreu have been added under Helen Friesen’s list
Case’s route- Lois Hardman has an additional contact number. Cell phone is 519-495-2149

Test of our Communications List: To be prepared, We will test our communication list this weekend. Our bus divers will call their fan out contacts, who are asked to call their block and speak to you in person or leave a message. If you do not receive a call, or are unable to reach someone in your block of people, please advise the office Monday morning.

Fog Delays/Cancellation: Our policy aims to avoid bus delays. Our policy also considers both student and staff safety in traveling to school in inclement weather.  Snow creates potentially dangerous road surface conditions, which impact both buses and teachers.  Fog creates reduced visibility, which impacts students getting on and off buses safely. Fog, while causing delays and requiring slower speeds and increased attention, is not seen to create the same driving risks as snow. In inclement weather situations, our delays or cancellations will be guided by decisions for East Elgin Secondary, as posted on
a) TVDSB snow cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
b) TVDSB snow delay = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
c) TVDSB fog cancellation = ICS bus cancellation, ICS closed
d) TVDSB fog delay = ICS AM bus cancellation, ICS open, PM buses run normally
For now a phone call will follow to confirm this. We also update our Twitter feed and the Easy101 website.
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.

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, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.  For further information, please contact Tammy Veld - or call/text: 905.745.5609​  

Friday Family Fun Nights!  You have spoken and we have 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. Need more information, want to volunteer, have an idea - contact Jacklyn at Coming soon to the 2015-16 school year near you :)

We Want You! The front entry on-screen ICS Family Picture Display helps us put names to faces, so please send a new picture (one from this summer) of your family to the office! Email or hard copy...

Looking for Music and Instruments: If you have a red Standard of Excellence band book (for any 

instrument) laying around your house that belongs to ICS, please return it to school as soon as 

possible so that it can be used for our students this year. Also, if you have any band instruments at 

your house that no one is playing and you would be willing to donate them to ICS, please contact 

Intramural Soccer:  Students in grades three to five interested in participating in intramural soccer 

are invited to sign up by Thursday, Sept. 17.  Sign up sheets are in their classrooms.  All games are 

played during the noon-hour recess.  No soccer shoes or shin pads are needed.

Soccer:  We welcome Mrs. Helen Friesen and Mr. Abe Giesbrecht as coaches of the 2015 ICS 

Soccer Team.  Tryouts and practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school from 3:30 to 

5:00 p.m.  Players will need to arrange their own transportation home after the tryouts and 

practices.   The next tryout will be tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17. from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.   

Attachments: Updated Recycle for Immanuel Poster, TRIP information sheet and policy
Kids Plus Accident Insurance forms - If you wish to receive coverage, complete and mail directly.

Reminder: we have a student with a peanut allergy, so no peanut-based products are allowed at school or on the buses. We need your cooperation with this policy in order to keep everyone at school safe.

Chocolate Bars:
A tasty treat! Chocolate bars sales (we make $30 / box) 

remain our main fundraiser for the Student Fund, helping with the costs of 

school skates, field trips, and co-curricular activities. It’s also a way of talking 

about our school! There’s a tasty prize for the class with all sales or activity fees 

in first!

Parent Lunch Tips: We are trialling an afternoon recess this year, so that may affect food packing. 

We allow time for a snack at the morning recess (10:25-10:40), 15 min for lunch at noon, with 35 

min outside after (12:05-12:55), and 15 min in the afternoon, with water and a small snack for the 

primary grades after (2:25-2:40). With this hot weather, please pack a re-useable water bottle. A 

class microwave is available for grades 5-8. Our younger students do better with lunches not 

requiring preparation. Thank-you!

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible:  Introduction to the Bible
Letter and Sound: s and a
All About Number: 2
Math: JK - simple patterning
                sorting colours and shapes
         SK - matching
                 counting 1-20

Show and Tell: JK - Tuesday, September 22
                       SK - Monday, September 21

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (

Memory Work: for Wed. Sept. 23 is Joshua 4:7
“Tell them that the LORD cut off the flow of water in the Jordan River.
Tell them its water stopped flowing when the ark of the covenant of the LORD went across.
The stones will always remind the Israelites of what happened there.”
Joshua 4:7

Field Trip to the Children’s Safety Village: Today Grade one learned about safety risks and safe practices. Please enjoy hearing their stories of what they learned and how they practiced staying safe. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped us with our field trip.
Kleenex Boxes: Please send a box of Kleenex with your child for our classroom’s yearly supply. We have a few boxes come in already. Thank you.
Spelling: Each Friday we will have spelling dictation. Here are the words the students should know for Friday, Sept.18.
Spelling List for Unit 2: it, in, is, big, did
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order for September please fill out the form on the back of the scholastic flyer and return it to school by Thursday, Sept. 17 with the payment (cash or cheque). Thank you.
Accelerated Reader Program: Some students have enjoyed doing a quiz on the library books they have read at home marked with a pink happy faced sticker on the spine. Please let me know when your child is ready to do a quiz on their A.R. book.
Reading Buddies: Our Grade 7 and 8 Reading Buddy program will be starting tomorrow morning 8:30 to 8:55 A.M. If you have read an A.R. book at home with your child please send the book to school so he/she can do a quiz on it with their Reading Buddy during this time.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (

Memory Work: for Sept. 23
...Tell them that the Lord cut off the flow of water in the Jordan River. Tell them its water stopped flowing when the ark of the covenant of the Lord went across. The stones will always remind the Israelites of what happened there.”
Joshua 4:7
Planners: Thank you for checking planners and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
Spelling Grade 2: as, has, fox, box, mix, egg, jam, pet, nap, big, was, with
Spelling Grade 3: next, left, help, please, believe, many, very, been, seen, she, between, three, easy, sea, leave, before, threw
Scholastics Book Orders: If you would like to place an order for September, please have your child return it to school by Friday, Sept. 18.  Thank you!
Highlights and Chickadee Magazines:  On Friday, Sept. 18, the students will be bringing home Order Forms for Highlights and Chickadee magazines. Please return all signed Order Forms marked “Yes” or “No” by Friday, Sept. 25.  Both companies will give our classroom free gifts, or a magazine subscription, for all returned Order Forms that are parent signed. Thank you.
Chocolate Bars:  Some students have already sold their box, or submitted an Activity Fee.  Thank you, Grades 2 and 3!.  Keep up the good sales efforts!
Gym Foot Wear:  Physical Education classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.  Although the students may have their indoor running shoes, please ensure that your child’s outdoor shoes on those days, are also running shoes. Thank you.
Kleenex Boxes: Thank you for your recent donations to our kleenex box supplies!

Student of the Week: We will begin our Student of the Week program starting next week.  The students will be taking home an envelope on one week before he or she is the star, with the necessary information inside. We will proceed alphabetically through the class list.  Next week, Sept. 28-Oct 2, the Student of the Week is Faith Abell. Madyson Bakker follows, and is scheduled for the week of Oct 5-9 . Parents, if you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me.
Please feel free to communicate with me in the agenda, telephone or email!

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Congratulations! We would like to wish Gavin Hibbert a very happy birthday. Gavin will be turning 8 years old on Sunday, September 20. Happy Birthday, Gavin! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Fri. Sept. 18 - Spelling Dictation. Grade 3, (Unit 2) - next, left, help, please, believe, many, very, been, seen, she, between, three, easy, sea, leave, cheese, breezy
Grade 4 (Unit 2) attach, where, sandwich, change, watch, singer, slippery, spring, gather, these, thread, athlete, worth, thirsty, whisper, whistle, awhile, nowhere, match, wheat
Wed. Sept. 23 - Memory Work: Joshua 4:7
”Tell them that the LORD cut off the flow of water in the Jordan River.
Tell them its water stopped flowing when the ark of the covenant of the LORD went across.
The stones will always remind the Israelites of what happened there.”
Creation Studies - The Trees of the Field - Trees are God’s grand garden gifts.
In an introductory lesson, students were already able to share many facts about trees: Trees start small. They are living. They clean the air. They give shelter. Trees are colourful. They produce fruit. They offer a place to perch. Some trees keep their leaves. Some trees lose their leaves. They are decorative. Trees can be climbed.
Here are some of their questions, things they want to know more about: How do trees grow? What lives in trees? What diseases do trees get? Are they targets during electrical storms? Why are some trees hardier than others? Why don’t ALL trees lose their leaves in winter? How do leaves grow? How strong is a tree? Can trees remain standing if other trees fall on them? Why do trees fall? How much can a tree weigh? How high can a tree grow? How do roots suck up water?
Stay tuned.In this unit, students will be invited to marvel in the many gifts that trees give to animals, the earth, as well as God’s children. Not only is God’s design for trees intricately detailed, their potential for gifts is vast. In recognizing this, the students will also examine their role in conserving trees so that each generation can enjoy their beauty and potential.
Accelerated Reader Reading: Each morning from 8:30 - 8:55, the students will be given independent reading time. *They should have a chapter book (or novel) to read during this time. Our next Library Class is tomorrow, Sept. 17.
*Students will be bringing home a brief note today, that includes their AR goals for the First Term.
Scholastics Book Orders: Parents, if you would like to place an order for September, please have your child return it to school by Friday, Sept. 18. Thank you.
Chocolate Bars: Some students have already sold their box or submitted an Activity Fee. Thank you, Grades 3 and 4! Keep up the good sales efforts!
Gym Foot Wear: Physical Education classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, Health is scheduled for Monday.. Although the students may have their indoor running shoes, please ensure that your child’s outdoor shoes on those days, are also running shoes. Students are reminded that Gym Wear includes ICS gym shirts as well.
Kleenex Boxes: Thank you for your recent donations to our kleenex box supplies.
Student of the Week: We will begin our Student of the Week program starting next week. The students will be taking home an envelope this Friday, Sept. 18, with the necessary information inside. We will proceed alphabetically through the class list. Next week, Sept. 14 - 18, the Student of the Week is Markus Abell. Noria Atkinson follows, and is scheduled for the week of Sept. 21 - 25. Parents, if you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

I will check the planner daily and use it as a communication tool with you. Students will learn to keep track of work and events. It is not necessary to sign it daily, but I will encourage the students to set up a routine of having their planner available for you to see each night.
Memory Work: John 20:11-16
Spelling: rough, grudge, stunt, thumb, once, another, does, trouble, cousin, began, oxygen, copy, very, until, umpire, sudden, which, city
L.A.: We will be reading Run by Eric Walters.
Bible: Lessons will start with the Resurrection of Jesus!
Science: What is Matter?
Math: Please practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. See math links on WikiSpace as well as using Mathletics at home.
Social Studies: Canadian Government
Kleenex Boxes: We need to build up our kleenex box supply again at the start of this new school year.  Thank you for sending along any contribution to our supply.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Genesis 39:20-21
French: Grade 7/8 quiz on the verb "avoir" on Tuesday, September 22
Science: Good work getting into Google Classroom! Assignment 1a (physical or chemical change) is due online by Thursday. See the parent letter regarding our at-home experiments.
Music:  Band instruments were assigned on Tuesday.  Students have an orange sheet about instrument care and practice, to be signed by a parent and returned to school on Monday.  Students, please work on learning the first note, second note and third note on pages 4&5 of your red instrument book for Monday.

ICS Apple Pie Order form

I would like to order _______   pies at $6.00/each.

_______   the money is enclosed

_______   I will pay when I pick them up

Name ___________________________________