Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, October 21st, 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.

75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

Upcoming Events

Oct 23 Integrated studies #2 - Canadian stories

           Family Fun Night - Parent Connections focus

         Derrick Drover concert St. Paul’s United Church 7pm
    28 Chapel - All grades participate
         Grandparents day & Sub lunch for JK- Grade 7 (JK & SK day)
    29-30 Edifide Teachers Convention @ Redeemer (school closed)
Nov 1 Daylight savings time ends
      4 Chapel - SK & Resource
          LDCSS Grade 8 Day
      6  Integrated studies #3 - Canadian stories
     11 Remembrance Day - school to join with town parade
          Chapel - Grade 7 & 8
     13 Gallery walk for Integrated studies

From the Principal’s Desk:
The stones will serve as a reminder to you. In days to come, your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’(Joshua 4:6).
Our theme this year, drawn from Joshua, is all about telling “the” story. This is the story of God working in the lives of all his people, as they raise their children, as they work, as they build organizations, institutions and countries. As a Christian school, we declare that God’s hand extends to every corner of this country and world.
Importantly, we do this in community. Our Board vision is, “Inspiring Christian community to sustain and prosper ICS.” That community is expressed in full attendance at parent-teacher conferences, it is strengthened over good food at a Friday Family Fun Night, it is honoured at Grandparents and Senior Friends Day. Our model of school is not sustainable on just tuition-paying families. We need volunteer involvement in key areas of governance, finance, fundraising, promotions, and  transport. Our educational program is deepened by volunteer engagement. Financial support beyond our tuition is key in all new endeavours, in renewing our building and buses, in helping to sustain and prosper ICS so that the next generation, too, may “tell His story”. Prayerfully and faithfully, let us engage in God’s work as we sustain our school for each child enrolled, and for the next generation!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Frank & Rose Fehr as well as Neil & Laura Fehr
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mrs. VanderHoek

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Pickup tomorrow Oct 22nd. Next order is on November 4th
Cheese orders: Order form attached, due by October 25th with delivery November 4th

Back by popular demand FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHTS!! Welcome Back on Friday October 23 5-7pm in the school gym for a delicious dinner and a chance to meet and greet with new families, old families, big families, small families - everyone is welcome!! Cost is Adults $8 Children (10+under) $5 with takeout and delivery to Heritage Place available.  See you there!Family, People, Mother And

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:
Part time photographer (1)
File:New.gifFundraising Committee (2 more)
Friday Family Fun Night (2 more)
Christian Stewardship services (1 more)
Meat and Baked Goods Fundraiser (1 more)
        Reading Partners (2 more)
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.

Grandparents’ and Senior Friends’ Day: Wednesday, October 28th 10:15am - 2:30pm
For the week of Oct 26-30th JK days will be Tuesday and Wednesday. That way they will be able to enjoy Grandparents day with everyone else. The three day SK will be Monday, and Wednesday (the Edifide Teachers Convention runs Thursday and Friday). Students Grades JK - 8 will enjoy a sub lunch on Grandparent's Day. Order forms are at the end of this journal. Grade 8 will be setting up and serving the grandparents.
*If you are willing to make a pot of soup for Grandparent's Day, the Auxiliary would appreciate it!  Please contact the school or Emily Schuurman (877-2320 or
Tina Vyn will also have her Living Books  books and cards set up during Grandparent’s Day. Come and browse and purchase your early Christmas gifts.  20% of sales goes toward purchasing books for the Immanuel Christian School library.  Almost all products will be 50% off the regular ticketed price.”

An empty tin canDid you know? Derrick Drover (one of our private music lesson instructors) is putting on a free concert releasing his new album, Hymns: of those who’ve gone before. There will be a nine piece band as well as a twelve person choir. All are welcome to attend. Friday October 23rd at 7:00pm at St. Paul’s United Church in Aylmer.

Collecting clean empty soup or vegetable tin cans: Please don’t throw out any clean empty tin cans but bring them to school to be used during our integrated studies unit beginning Oct. 16. You may bring them to the Grade 1 classroom. Thank you, Ms. Pieters

Ash Borer, oh, no - our playground trees are dying! We have had our playground shade trees assessed, and the ash borer is killing off the limbs, requiring their removal this Fall. Commercial felling will cost around $1000, but our Maint Ctte is considering doing the job in-house. If you might be interested in purchasing ash firewood to defray the costs, please contact the office. As well, we are seeking ideas for replacement trees which will be native to this area, will provide shade, not drop fruit and have smaller leaves which will not cover the play area in the Fall. Have ideas - please contact the Principal!

Library - Mrs. Robinson (
  • Have you read an Eric Walters book yet? Be sure to fill in a stone to add to our wall.
  • Battle of the Books is a reading program culminating in a competition with other schools in the Bluewater Christian School District next April. Students in Senior (Gr. 7&8) and Junior (Gr. 4-6) divisions are given a list of 10 books which they need to read and study. Until January the focus is on reading the books and preparing some questions for them. Then we use those questions in weekly practices to improve teamwork and book knowledge. Anyone who is a fairly strong reader and enjoys reading a variety of books is welcome to try out for the team. Book title release date is your next Library class! (Jr on Thursday and Sr on Monday!)
  • Contact Mrs. Robinson for more information or if you are willing to help with a team or by reading a book and preparing questions for practices

Band: The ICS band has started after school practices on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm. This band is open to Grade 7&8 students only, as we have limited instruments available. The band will be playing different music than what is being practiced in Gr 7/8 music class. Band will be meeting every Monday after school, except the first Monday of each month (as Mrs Cameron needs to attend the ICS staff meeting).
Update on Farewell to Mrs Groeneweg and JK/SK Teacher Hiring: Please mark your calendars for Fri Nov 12 - the Friday Family Fun Night will be our community farewell for Mrs Ina Groeneweg and her husband Ef as they prepare to move to Comox, BC. One of Mrs Groeneweg’s departing tasks is assisting with the hiring process for a new JK/SK teacher (along with the Principal, Ms. Pieters and Mrs Chantelle Bakker as Ed Ctte rep). Over the next few weeks, we are conducting “teaching interviews” with 3 promising candidates spending time in the JK/SK classroom and the gym, as well as in a traditional office interview. Please pray for God’s wisdom as we move forward in this!
Intramural Soccer: Twenty-eight boys and girls from grades 3 to 5 enthusiastically participated in intramural soccer during noon hour recesses in September and the beginning of October. Sportsmanship and good effort were evident throughout the games played by the four competing teams. Congratulations goes out to Team D for accumulating the most points. Team D members were: Mariah Rempel, Caleb Poortinga, Jefferson Loewen, Noria Atkinson, Samuel Peters, Phoebe Sinke, and Owen Banman. A special thank you goes out to the referees: Holly Cameron, Dylan Kroondyk, Micah Schuurman, Jordan Vandendool, Josiah VanGurp, and Samantha Vannoord.

Soccer: Last Thursday, The ICS Soccer Team had the privilege of participating in the Bluewater Christian Schools, Division B, Soccer Tournament. After playing against each of the other three competing schools, Aylmer was in third place. The ICS team was defeated 2-0 by Wallaceburg in a semi-final game. (Wallaceburg went on to win the final game 2-0 against Stratford.) Good sportsmanship and effort was demonstrated by the ICS team members. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the parents who provided transportation, and to those who came out to offer their support. A “BIG Thank You!” to Coach Helen Friesen, and to those who assisted her at practices: Mr. Abe Giesbrecht, Miss Nicole Friesen, and Miss Jessica Friesen.

Electives: Do you have a special talent you can share with our student body? Electives are a 5 week unit for grades 4-8 in late January to early February. In the past we have included activities such as Woodworking, Cooking & Baking, Badminton, Computers, Small Engines, Cake Decorating, Curling and others. If you can help please contact the office.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Joseph
Letter and Sound: c and k
All About Number: 7
SK - Rhyme matching activities
       Sight words: the, at
       Counting by 10's, Counting to 100
       Numeral recognition
       Printing numerals to 8
       Extending patterns
JK - Rhyme matching activities
      Counting to 10
      Nursery Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
      Sorting - colour/shape/size
      Identifying days of the week; yesterday, today, tomorrow
      Identifying months of the year

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (
Memory Work: for Wed. Oct. 28 learn Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram,  “Leave your country,
your people and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you.”
Genesis 12:1
Spelling:Here are the words to learn for Friday, Oct. 23:
Spelling List for Unit 7: his, dig, pat, sun, put
A reminder list of things to bring to school:
  • library books to return and an A.R. book you have read so you can do a quiz
  • clean empty tin cans (from soup or vegetables)
  • sub orders

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Oct. 28- Isaiah 46: 4
“I will continue to carry you even when you are old.
   I will take good care of you even when your hair is gray.
   I have made you, and I will carry you.
I will take care of you, and I will save you.
   I am the Lord.”  
Planners: Thank you for checking planners, and please continue to initial new notes left during the week.
Our dictation quiz will be on Friday, Oct. 23.
Spelling Grade 2 (List 6): be, see, got, she, sheep, shop, queen, been, bee, he, top, read
Spelling Grade 3 (List 6): save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, Grandma, Grandpa
Language Arts: Over the past week, we have been studying Owls and descriptive writing. The students have done a wonderful job describing these amazing creatures in unique ways. Our unit will wrap up with a brochure about Owls by the end of the week.
Creation Studies: Please continue working on the Family Scrapbook and return by October 27, 2015.  
Library: Remember to bring in any due books for Library class on Thursday.
AR Goal Due Date:  Fri., Nov. 27. Great job on remembering to do your quizzes! Some of you have already reached your goal!
A reminder list of things to bring to school:
  • library books to return and an A.R. book you have read so you can do a quiz
  • Sub order forms (Due on Monday!)

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Congratulations: We would like to wish Naomi Poortinga a very Happy Birthday. Naomi will be turning nine years old on Thursday, October 22. Happy Birthday, Naomi! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Thurs. Oct. 21 - French Quiz (2) for students who will be completing their Retake Quiz. *Review Quiz 1 to prepare for Quiz 2 tomorrow. Remember to bring signed quizzes back to school. Thank you.
Fri. Oct. 23- Spelling Dictation - Grade 3 - save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, piece, peace
Grade 4 - strong, wrong, copy, cloth, problem, October, whole, explode, control, shown, bowl, bottom, smoky, coach, throat, toast, doughnut, foe, remote, chosen
Wed. Oct. 28 - Memory Work - (Song) - The Trees of the Field
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
there’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands, the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the fields will clap their hands, while you go out with joy.
Words: Isaiah 55:12-13; st 1 by Steffi Karen Rubin
Music: Stuart Dauermann, 1975
Creation Studies: Leaf Projects - Students should be collecting the required number of leaves for their project. Allow up to a week for drying, girls and boys. Please refer to your Leaf Project Outline Requirements and Student Leaf Project Evaluation pages while working on your projects. Look for variety when collecting your leaves.
Accelerated Reader: Keep working steadily on your AR goal, girls and boys, completing quizzes shortly after finishing your books. *AR goal due date is Fri. Nov. 27.
A reminder list of things to bring to school:
  • books that are due for Library Class tomorrow
  • chickaDEE forms (just a few more)
  • sub order forms (due on Mon.)
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Kiera Giesbrecht. Next week:Mon. Oct. 26,
(Noria Atkinson), Tues. Oct. 27, (Xavier Bergen), Wed. Oct. 28, Jedidiah Klassen,

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. I also comment about AR goals, spelling list and other concerns. It is not necessary to sign it daily, but if I have a note please initial so I can know that you have seen it and I will do the same. Students have been asked to set out planners nightly for you to see.
Memory Work: Acts 2:1-4  “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
Spelling: List 6 Quiz on Friday: idea, silent, myself, lying, apply, knight, quite, I’m, license, buy, inquire, higher, variety, smiling, diagram, rhyme, widest, python. Bonus words will be from lesson on The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
A.R. See planners for AR completion. Some students have needed specific goal setting to complete the half way mark.
L.A.: Hand in penmanship, spelling notes and corrections from last weeks list by this Friday.
Grammar will be due on Wednesday. Next week is Rule 5.
Bible: Lessons 1-3 to be completed by Friday.
French: Please bring a few grocery store flyers in for French class on Monday, Oct 19 as we beginning to study food words.  Also, look at the labels of you food products  at home and come to school with  a list of 5 French food words you have found - due Tuesday Oct 20.
Social Studies: Bring in news (print or online) about the election or relating to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms lesson. If online, please send a link through email or a shared google docs file before next class (Tuesday, Nov. 3rd).
Math: Please practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. See math links on WikiSpace as well as using Mathletics at home.
Gr. 5 Pages 302 #1-16, 303 (pick 5 from each section - 1-9, 10-18, 19-26) * label accordingly. Pg 304 #1-15
Gr. 6 Pages 140 #1-10, 141 # 1-14, #15-25, Four Fives, Mental Arithmetic pg 142 #1-15, pg 143 (pick 3) 1-26
Math work is assigned Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The other days we have Mathletics. Assigned classwork is due Thursday at the end of class or first thing Friday morning. Students are reminded that they can complete work at their own pace but not to save all work to complete on Thursday. Math Redbook has addition, subtraction, multiplication, division skills that is due by the end of the term. This can be daily assisted homework as long as the student does not use a calculator. Please leave me a note if you wish it to be sent home.
POTLUCK: Wednesday, November 4th. See planners for duties.

galatians-6-9.jpgGRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Rom 11:33-36
Mathematics: Unit 2 Test on Tuesday, October 27th
History- New France assignment due Wednesday, October 28th.
Science: Continue posting at-home experiments- due by Nov 12. Science quiz was Mon Oct 19 on atoms, will be sent home for parent signatures on Thu Oct 22.
Grandparents Day: Wednesday, October 28. Grade 8 volunteers will be setting up, serving and eating with the grandparents (no need to order, sub platters will be available). Grade 7s and non-participating grade 8s will need to complete the sub order.
Grade 9 options: parents, our board supports and recommends our affiliated high school, London District Christian Secondary School, as a great option after ICS. The LDCSS option is also supported by our bus routes, and each school provides a reduction if siblings are enrolled in both schools (for example, we do not charge for busing to LDCSS). As parents, take the time to understand your options and prayerfully make your choices. We will publish LDCSS information, and you will easily find information for East Elgin Secondary (regular program and ASPIRE), Providence Reformed Collegiate, or other schools of interest (contact the office if you need help, please).
Grade 8 day at LDCSS: Wednesday, November 4 (corrected date) - Current Grade 8 students are invited to be a student at LDCSS for the day. Regardless of possible high school choice, we allow all our grade 8s to participate in this day together. New this year - parents are also invited for a separate tour and information session. For more information or to register email Margaret at
9:00am - Mrs Walters bus depart ICS
9:30-10:00am – Arrival/Sign-in
10:00am – Short assembly for both parents and students
10:15am – Students and parents split for the day on separate programs
12:00pm – Lunch is provided for all guests (students, teachers and parents)
2:00pm – Short closing assembly for both parents and students
2:30 - Mrs Walters bus returns to ICS

Subway order Form - Wednesday,  October 28th
Due Monday Oct 26th


White or whole wheat (circle one)
Turkey  (2.75)_________
Ham (2.50)_______
Roast Beef (2.75)________

toppings I would like
___  lettuce
___  tomatoes
___  green peppers
___  cucumbers
___  black olives
___  green olives
___  hot peppers
___  jalapeño peppers
___  sub sauce
___  pickles
___  mayo
___  mustard

Total enclosed ___________
Parent Signature
Subway order Form - Wednesday, October 28th
Due Monday  Oct 26th


White or whole wheat (circle one)
Turkey  (2.75)_________
Ham (2.50)_______
Roast Beef (2.75)________

toppings I would like
___  lettuce
___  tomatoes
___  green peppers
___  cucumbers
___  black olives
___  green olives
___  hot peppers
___  jalapeño peppers
___  sub sauce
___  pickles
___  mayo
___  mustard

Total enclosed ___________
Parent Signature