Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, October 28, 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  29-30 Edifide Teachers Convention @ Redeemer (school     

Nov 1  Daylight savings time ends

       3 Family Flu Clinic @ Elgin St. Thomas Public Health 4-7pm
      4 Chapel - SK & Resource
          LDCSS Grade 8 Day
      6  Red and White Spirit Day
           Integrated studies #3 - Canadian stories
     11 Remembrance Day - school to join with town parade
          Chapel - Grade 7 & 8
     13 Gallery walk for Integrated studies
          Family Fun Night - Farewell to Mrs Ina Groeneweg

Please note: Each year, we have the privilege of having our teachers gather with Christian teachers from across Ontario at Redeemer University for an annual time of worship and professional development. There is no school this Thursday and Friday as we do so - thank-you to parents for giving us this time!

From the Principal’s Desk:

Our board vision for this year is: “Inspiring Christian community to sustain and prosper ICS.” The Family Fun Night last Friday was a start to that emphasis - good food and a chance to mingle! This is especially important for our newer families and their partner families as we get to know each other. Our school community also extends beyond the nuclear family. Today is Grandparents and Senior Friends Day, and we see the wisdom and support of grandparents as God’s plan as we “tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4)!

As a Christian school community, we want to speak into all aspects of life. We also acknowledge that our convictions may lead to different decisions in how we act. One of these differences is Oct 31. As a school, we choose to recognize Reformation Day and Luther’s decision to pre-empt All Saints’ Day by nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door (see the door displayed in the school entry!). We neither support nor condemn Halloween activities, leaving those decisions where they belong with parents. Knowing that sugar and food colouring make for poor learning, please ensure lunches are reasonably healthy next week still, and avoid sending in “extra” candy to share!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Jim & Helen Friesen as well as Abe & Tricia Giesbrecht
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mrs. Robinson

New Enrolment! Welcome to Isaac and Margaretha Dyck, with Esteban (gr8), Juanito (gr2) and Pancho (gr1) starting school on Monday! The family has been in Canada just 2 years, and we are pleased they have decided on ICS for their children’s education!

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Next order will be sent out on November 4th
Cheese orders: Due today with delivery on November 4th

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:
File:New.gifPart time photographer (1)
Fundraising 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.
Friday Family Fun Night Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, organized, ordered and ate at last Friday’s welcome back night. It was an excellent kick off with 149 coming through, lots of pumpkins carved, desserts devoured and $622.87 profit over the two hours! What a blessed evening!
See you next month, on Friday Nov 13th for Appreciation Night!

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. Attached to the Journal is an order form of Eric Walters’ books. Return the form and payment to the school office by Thursday, Nov 5 if you would like to order any books. Parents are welcome to join us for his presentation the morning of Nov 16.
  • Battle of the Books - Interested students have signed up and should now read ONLY Battle books until they have finished all 10. Enjoy your reading!  Parents - Contact Mrs. Robinson for more information or if you are willing to help with a team on Battle Day 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 week, we are finishing “teaching interviews”. Please pray for God’s wisdom as we move forward in this!

Family Friendly Flu Clinic: St. Thomas Elgin Public health is holding a family flu clinic from 4-7pm. It will have crafts, face painting and other fun in order to make the experience for children better.  FluMist is now available for age groups 2-17 years old. Save time, get your consent form online at

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 Becomes a Ruler
          Moses as a Baby
Letter and Sound: e
All About Number: 8
SK-  Sight words: and
       Counting by 10's, Counting to 100
       Numeral recognition
       Printing numerals to 9
       Extending patterns
JK - Rhyme matching activities
      Counting to 10
      Nursery Rhyme: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
      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. Nov. 4 learn Genesis 12:2. This verse continues what the LORD had said to Abram.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.”
Genesis 12:2
Spelling:Here are the words to learn for Monday, Nov. 2:
Review Spelling Lists for Units 1 - 7. The students typed their words in their google doc accounts. The students can also work in their accounts at home: they will use their A.R. log-ins plus two stars after their password.
Scholastic Book Order: The November flyers were sent home today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form and return it to school by Nov. 5 with the payment (cash, cheque or pay online).
An empty tin canA 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
  • scholastic book order if you are placing an order
  • clean empty tin cans (from soup or vegetables)

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Matthew Voth (Oct. 22)! Matthew turned 8 and we wish him a great year ahead!
A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rebecca Krahn (Oct. 30)! Rebecca is turning 7 and we wish her a great year ahead!
Memory Work: for Nov. 4- Summary of Ten Commandments from Exodus 20
  1. No gods before Me.
  2. No idols for yourself.
  3. Do not misuse God’s name.
  4. Remember the Sabbath.
  5. Honour your Father and Mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not give false testimony.
  10. You shall not covet.
There will be no spelling quiz this week.
Language Arts: The students all did a wonderful job on our descriptive owl unit! We finished the unit with an informational brochure on a specific species of owls. The students did research in books and on the computer to find the information for their brochure. We welcome you to stop by our classroom to read all about them!
Creation Studies: Thank you for working hard on your family scrapbooks. They look beautiful and were a nice addition for Grandparents Day. Students will take Tuesday and Wednesday to present them, concluding our Community Unit.
Our next unit is titled The Wonder of God’s Care and is all about wonderful things that God has created: Space, Humans, and other parts of creation!  
AR Goal Due Date:  Fri., Nov. 27. Great job on remembering to do your quizzes! Some of you have already reached your goal and many are right on track!
Student of the Week: Our next student will be Presley Fehr (Nov 2-6). After that, it will be Rebecca Krahn (Nov 9-13).
Scholastic Book Order: The November flyers were sent home today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form and return it to school by Nov. 5 with the payment (cash, cheque or pay online).
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
  • Scholastic book order if you are placing an order

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Wed. Nov. 4  - Memory Work - (Song) - Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called
the sons and the daughters of the living God.
Following the Prince of Peace and trying each day,
to live out the truths that He taught.
Verse 1:
You must unto others do as you would have them do to you.
Be fair, be helpful and kind.
When somebody won’t give in that’s when somebody should step in to help -
And that’s where you’ll find a peacemaker!
Creation Studies: Leaf Projects - Please refer to your Leaf Project Outline Requirements and Student Leaf Project Evaluation pages while working on your projects, girls and boys! Many students are in the process of drying their leaves and working on their  Project Title Page.  
Projects may be handed in between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
Thurs. Nov. 5 Grammar Test - (Rules 1 - 5).
Accelerated Reader: *AR Reports were sent home with your child today. Keep working steadily on your AR goal, girls and boys, completing quizzes shortly after finishing your books! *Goal due date is Fri. Nov. 27
Scholastic Book Orders: November Book Orders were sent home with your child today. Please return any completed Book Order Forms by Friday, November 6. Thank you.
Student of the Week: Our next Student of the Week is Marcel Guenther, (Mon. Nov. 2 -  Fri. Nov. 6).

wpid-wp-1442532583615.jpegGRADE 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
galatians-6-9.jpgGr. 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.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Habakkuk 1:2-4
Mathematics: Unit 2  test has been graded and returned.
History- New France assignment due Wednesday, October 28th.  Creative Response Tues Nov 3
Science: Continue po due by Nov 12. Science quiz was Mon Oct 19 on atoms, will be sent home for parent signatures on Thu Oct 22.
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