Wednesday, 23 September 2015

September 23rd Journal, 2015

Wednesday, September 23rd, 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. 23 Chapel - Grade 7&8 (Protectors Theme)
        24 Grade 3/4 Field trip to Marsh Quest -rescheduled
        28 SK & Gr 1 field trip to Apple Orchard
        30 Chapel Grade 5/6
 Oct   2 PA Day (LDCSS has classes)
          3 Care2Cycle fundraising ride
          6 Cross Country meet (Stratford)
          7 Chapel Grade 3/4
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:

You should be proud of your staff - I certainly am! There is much behind-the-scenes work that goes on to make your child’s education at Immanuel happen. We started off our school year with a full-day staff retreat, where we took the time to deepen connections with each other and make plans for the coming year. Since then we have successfully started the brand-new Measures of Academic Progress testing (with very few technical hiccups!), and we are now discussing how we might use the data to meet students’ needs and direct our instruction. Mrs Groenewg and Mrs VanderHoek planned the launch of our student school families at last week’s chapel, which have been instrumental for fostering real community across grades. Ms Pieters and Ms Buma have led us in planning for our upcoming Fall integrated study, which will involve teaching and learning in those same student school families. Mr TenBruggencate recently led a staff professional development session challenging us on our mathematical instructional philosophy, and the need to ensure a strong foundation in the basics. Ms Loewen has proved a quick learner in many areas, and has been very helpful in suggesting ways to implement the many details of our MAP testing, and suggesting improvements to our duty schedule. Ms Jones has been stretching herself, sharing her artistic talents in instruction with every grade level from K to 8! Mrs Robinson fosters a love of reading, and co-teaches with me what we call “information literacy” (how to find out things, both library and online). Mrs Schuurman and Mrs Cameron are similarly sharing their gifts of French and music, prompting new student excitement and growth in both subjects. And of course, our admin team backs us all up! Mrs Morren has fit into our office and community so well, and she will expand some of her duties to include payroll. We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Smit back from sick leave at two half-days a week! We are so thankful for her cancer remission, and she sees a day a week as the best ft for her life right now. Mrs Janssen works largely unseen as our bookkeeper, but her diligent work (and tracking our tuition and expense payments) is foundational. Mrs Bergen’s work may also be less noticed, but all credit for our school looking good and clean is because of her! Wow! At our last staff meeting, I felt personally blessed, and we should feel collectively blessed, to have such a teaching team of Christians working together to allow Christ to shine in our children’s lives.
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Dave & Angie Bergen and Jake & Lydia Bergen. We would also like to remember in prayer three of our school families who have dealt with significant losses this past week: Henk & Joanne Schuurman on the passing of Henk’s father Ruud; Abe & Tricia Giesbrecht on the passing of an uncle; and Jake & Susie Klassen along with Jennifer, Malachi, Sharon, Ezra and Uriah on the serious illness of a grandfriend.

Praying for our staff: Please pray for Ms. Buma

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Next order form will be sent out on Oct 7th
Cheese orders: Order attached due by the 30th 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: * 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 hope to raise $3000, Grace’s need is much higher… We are very excited to join with Grace Community in their efforts to fundraise for their Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship!
Last Call - 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
APPLE PIES!! - Only one week left to order apple pies for Thanksgiving!!  We are only accepting orders until Friday, Oct. 2.  The form is at the back of the journal.  We would love to have you come to help for some or all of the day ... peeling apples, assembling pies, labelling...we'll find a job for you!!  We'll begin at 9:00 and soup and bun lunch (and pie to sample for dessert!) are provided for volunteers.  So come out for a fun day.
*Please note that the auxiliary will not be hosting its annual Christmas Sweets Treats and Treasures sale this year.  The Apple Pies will be one of our main fundraisers!
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:  
    Music, Note, Symbol, Black,
  • 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)
Reading Partners (4 more)
Part time photographer (1)
Please go to: and click on “Volunteer Opportunities” to sign up. All volunteers working with children will need to have a police record check done - our office will provide a letter. A GIFTS record sheet is attached at the end of the Journal

GREAT WOLF LODGE, 2015….It's that time of year again! A block of rooms has been reserved during the annual Fall PA days for our Christian schools. Discounted rates are available for the dates of Oct. 29th, and 30th.   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 ONLY contact Tammy Veld - or call/text:  905.745.5609

Test of our Communications List: We tested our communication list this weekend. If you did not receive a call, or were unable to reach someone in your block of people, please advise the office!
A few additional changes that need to be made to your list
Rita’s route only - Mike & Anne Reimer have an additional contact number, a text can be sent to daughter Rachel at 226-545-0223.
Also a correction to George Guenther’s cell phone number 226-448-3388 and Susie Guenther’s cell number 519-520-7379.

*Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has a PD day on Oct 2nd, the bussing for LDCSS students 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 7:40.)
Stop at BURC (49823 Talbot Line) at 7:55am
ICS at 8:00am
End of Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Hiemstra’s at 8:10am
Lyons at 8:15am
Corner of Belmont Rd & Wilson Line at 8:25am
Manning Drive 8:30am
The return trip home will be done in reverse

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.

Camera, Photography, LensWe 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 

Soccer:  The 2015 ICS team has been selected.  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 practices.  The next practice is Thursday, September 24.  The Bluewater Christian Schools, 

Division B, Soccer Tournament is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 15, at the Warwick 

Soccer Complex (Arkona).  The rain date is Friday, October 16.  Drivers will be needed.

Cross Country: The 2015 Woodstock District Cross Country Competition will be held on Tue Oct 6 at Stratford Disctrict Christian School. We will depart from ICS at 8:35 right after the morning bus arrives, and hope to return just after lunch.  Your child should dress for being outside, bring a packed healthy lunch and extra snack, money for the canteen if desired (no more than a few dollars), spare clothing and running attire including the ICS Athletics t-shirt. Parents may also ride the bus, and I’m hoping for a few of you to act as chaperones! Please send in the permission form at the end of the Journal for next Weds.

Library: All students have now visited the library and checked books out. Since we lend materials for 2 weeks, many of the items are due back tomorrow. Get into the habit of checking the date due slip in the front pocket to see if the book needs to be returned. Renewals are allowed if there is not a long waiting list for the item. We try to send out pink “overdue” slips each week. Students should take them home as reminders of what needs to be returned. If there is an error in your child’s overdue record, send a note to school or an email to Mrs. Robinson ( so we can work together to sort it out. Students are encouraged to use plastic bags when transporting their books to give a little extra protection against backpack spills.

Attachments: GIFTS Form, Cheese order form,


Chocolate Bars: There’s a tasty prize for the class with all sales or activity 

fees in first!

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (

Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Creation
          Sin Enters the World
Letter and Sound: t
All About Number: 3
Math: JK - simple patterning
                sorting colours and shapes
         SK - matching
                 counting 1-20
Library: On Mondays we will visit the library. Students are able to sign out two books to take home for the week. Please ensure all books are returned along with your child,at the beginning of each week.
Sound Book: Please ensure Sound Books are returned to school each school day. Thank you!
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 with the payment (credit card or cheque- no cash). Thank you.
Apple Tree, Tree, Apple,Field Trip: Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1. On Monday, September 28, 2015 we hope to visit Mr & Mrs. Hordyk's Apple Orchard. We are in need of two volunteers for SK and two volunteers for Grade 1. If you are able to come with us, please inform the school by phone or write a note. Please wear proper footwear and outerwear for this outdoor activity. We will leave at 9:40 AM and will be back around 12:00 PM. Thank you in advance.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (

Memory Work: for Wed. Sept. 30 is 1 John 3:1
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1
Apple Tree, Tree, Apple,Field Trip: Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1. On Monday, September 28, 2015 we hope to visit Mr & Mrs. Hordyk's Apple Orchard. We are in need of two volunteers for SK and two volunteers for Grade 1. If you are able to come with us, please inform the school by phone or write a note. Please wear proper footwear and outerwear for this outdoor activity. We will leave at 9:40 AM and will be back around 12:00 PM. Thank you in advance.
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:Here are the words the students should know for Friday, Sept.25.
Spelling List for Unit 3: can, pan, man, sat, cat
Chocolate Bars: Wow! Grade 1 you’re doing great! Thank you for working so hard at selling your box of chocolate bars! Keep bringing the money in as you finish selling your bars.
ChickaDEE Magazine: Today the students brought home an order form for ChickaDEE magazine. Please take a moment to read through this offer and then return your signed order forms marked “Yes” or “No” back to school by Thursday, Oct. 1.  Our classroom will receive free gifts, and a subscription to the ChickaDEE magazine, for all returned Order Forms that are marked “YES” or “NO” and are parent signed. 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 started last week will continue every Thursday 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. It is also library day so please bring back all the books that are due.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (

A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Presley Fehr (Sept. 26)! Presley is turning 7 and we wish her a great year ahead!
Memory Work: for Sept. 29
Jesus said to them, “What I’m about to tell you is true.
It is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven. It is my
Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.”
John 6:32
Planners: Thank you for checking planners and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
Spelling Grade 2: is, his, and, hand, land, an, can, all, call, small, Canada, tall
Spelling Grade 3: pitch, drink, swim, life, while, I, my, light, buy, eye, which, find, why, kind, try, culture, cry
Creation Studies: We are talking about multiculturalism and our family heritage in the next few weeks. Please speak with your parents about their family heritage. Don’t forget to ask your Grandma’s and Grandpa’s too, if you can!
Accelerated Reader Reading: Each morning from 8:35 - 8:55, the students are given independent reading time.  Students should have a chapter book or novel to read during this time.
*Complete your AR quizzes shortly after you have finished reading your  books, girls and boys! Remember to bring in any due books for Library class on Thursday.
AR Goal Due Date:  Fri., Nov. 27
Chocolate Bars:  More boxes are being sold each week! Keep up the good effort, Grades 2 and 3!
Student of the Week: Our Student of the Week program began this week with Faith Abell. Next week: Madyson Bakker (Sept. 28-Oct 2),.
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!
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 Sarah Janssens a very happy birthday. Sarah will be turning 9 years old on Sunday, September 27. Happy Birthday, Sarah! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Fri. Sept. 18 - Spelling Dictation. Grade 3, (Unit 3) - pitch, drink, swim, life, while, I, my, light, buy, eye, which, find, why, kind, try, ditch, smile
Grade 4 (Unit 3) fact, began, clasp, rapid, able, later, space, stranger, grade, display, main, explain, freight, neighbour, weigh, vein, April, ankle, gate, plain
Wed. Sept. 30 - Memory Work:
Land of the Silver Birch
  1. Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
where still the mighty moose wanders at will.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more,
boom di-di boom boom    boom di-di boom boom    boom di-di boom boom    boom.

2. High on a rocky ledge, I’ll build my wigwam,
Close by the water’s edge, silent and still.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more,
boom di-di boom boom   boom di-di boom boom   boom di-di boom boom    boom.
Field Trip- MarshQuest - We are looking forward to our Field Trip excursion tomorrow to Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area-Herb Kebbel Wetland. Students received their letters of information for this outing last Friday, Sept. 18. Please refer to it for lunch planning, outerwear and general preparations. Thank you to Mrs. Christine Janssens, Mr. John Krahn and Mrs. Leona Loewen, for assisting us on our Field Trip! Transportation has been arranged through Badder bus lines. We will leave school at 9:00 A.M. and plan to return by 2:30 P.M.
ChickaDEE Magazines: Today the students brought home an order form for ChickaDEE magazine. Please take a moment to read through this offer and then return your signed order forms marked “Yes” or “No” back to school by Thursday, Oct. 1. Our classroom will receive free gifts, and a subscription to ChickaDEE, for all returned Order Forms that are marked “YES” or “NO”, and are parent signed. Thank you.
Chocolate Bars: Keep up the good sales efforts, Grades 3 and 4! Thank you also for Student Activity fees that have come in so far!
Kleenex Boxes: Thank you for your recent donations to our kleenex box supplies. We are gradually building up our supply for the cold weather that is sure to come.
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Markus Abell. Next week: Noria Atkinson.

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.
Potluck: Wednesday, September 30. Please send items for 11:45 in the art room. (beside ⅚ homeroom)
Tribes groupings are YELLOW- Main Course; RED- Appetizers (no this does not include cookies!); PURPLE- Drinks/cups; GREEN- Desserts; BLUE- Clean up, plates, forks, spoons.
Chocolate Bars: Please have all sales or student fee in by Friday.
Multiple Intelligences: Students have completed a self assessment on their learning styles. Ask them about it :) Yellow sheets were sent home.
A/R: Star Reading test was completed, and report was sent home along with reading goal.
Memory Work:
John 20:17-22 for next week Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Spelling: WOW! List 1 average (out of 18 with 2 bonus words) was 103%!!!
List 2: afraid, explain, payment, sleigh, laid, raise, straight, freight, height, they, favourite, April, able, radio, station, relation, daybreak, trace. Bonus word are taken from classroom work. For example, I have noted that many students do not know how to spell disciples. Hopefully they have made corrections to daily work to notice this.
L.A.: We will be reading Run by Eric Walters.
Bible: Lessons will start with the Resurrection of Jesus!

French:We will have a mini-test on the material we have covered in September next week Tuesday, Sept 29.  Students will be given a review sheet to study from entitled "What you need to know for French test Unit 1."
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
Music:  Newfoundland Ugly Stick assignment was been sent home on Monday, Sept 21.  Ugly Sticks are due on Oct 5.   This is meant to be a fun, but not expensive project.  You can use bits from the garage or tool shed or thrift store.  Parental assistance would be helpful when putting in screws . Be creative and have fun making them! See Wiki Spaces for video links with ideas.  Contact Mrs Cameron if you have any questions
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,

Reminder: Signed Immunization forms are due tomorrow Thursday Sept 24th
Memory Work: Genesis 45:4-5
French - Our quiz on the verb "avoir" was postponed from yesterday to tomorrow (Thursday).  Also, we will have a mini-test on what we have covered so far in September on Tuesday, Sept 29.  Tomorrow,students will be given a review sheet to study from entitled "What you need to know for French test Unit 1".
Science: Classroom Assignment 2a (atoms and molecules) is due online by Thursday. Start thinking about which 10 at-home experiments you want to do...
Music:   Students have an orange sheet about instrument care and practice, to be signed by a parent and returned to school on Monday.  PLAYING TEST on Monday, Sept 28.  Learn Hot Cross Buns #16 or Au Claire de la Lune #17 to play individually for Mrs Cameron.
Go ENG Girl is an exciting opportunity for Grade 7 - 10 girls to visit the University of Waterloo and learn about the wonderful world of engineering. Meet women currently studying engineering, learn about some of the amazing things women engineers are doing, and participate in a cool hands-on activity.
See the link for more information:
WHEN Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE University of Waterloo

ICS Apple Pie Order form (due by Oct 2nd)

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

_______   the money is enclosed

_______   I will pay when I pick them up

Name ___________________________________

Pies need to be picked up on Oct 7th between 2-4pm.

Cross Country Permission Form (please return permission form on Sep 30).

My child(ren) __________________________________________ has/have my permission to attend the Woodstock District cross country meet on Tue Oct 6.

I am / am not available to help as a chaperone.

parental signature and date