Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, November 4th, 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

Nov  6  Red and White Spirit Day

           Integrated studies #3 - Canadian stories
     11 Remembrance Day - school to join with town parade
          Chapel - Grade 7 & 8
     12 Dessert evening open house at LDCSS
     13 Absentee picture day
          Gallery Walk for Integrated studies
          Family Fun Night - Farewell to Mrs Ina Groeneweg
     16 Book Week begins with visit with author Eric Walters
     18 Chapel - Grade 5 & 6
     20 Pizza Day - order form at end
          Last day of Term 1 - AR goals due
          No school for LDCSS
     21 Aylmer Christmas parade
     23 PA Day - Report Card writing
     25 Grade 2/3 Field Trip to the Gay Lea Museum
          ICS Fall Meeting 8:00pm

From the Principal’s Desk:
SMALL IMAGE (PNG)Public DomainA brief note this Journal! Our annual theme is telling God’s story: “In the future, when your children ask … tell them…” (Joshua 4:6). This week we are in our final session of telling Canadian stories in our Friday afternoon integrated studies. Next week, we are joining with the Aylmer area public in remembering and retelling our national experiences with war and conflict. Parents, please send some change for poppies. You are welcome to join gr 1-8 classes as they walk to the Aylmer cenotaph and join the ceremony - let us know if you can help! We depart ICS by foot at 10:15. Dress warmly and appropriately - we go rain, shine or cold!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for George & Susie Guenther as well as John & Suzie Guenther
Praying for our staff: Please pray for Mr. Cameron
Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Order form attached, due on Nov 12 with pick up on Nov 19
Cheese orders: Delivered today. Next order form sent out on Nov 18 (last one before Christmas)
Meat & Baked Goods: Order form will be sent home next week Nov 11

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! Still need to get involved? 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 APPRECIATION NIGHT for Mrs. Groeneweg - is on FRI NOV 13 from 5-7pm in the school gym.  Enjoy a dinner of roast pork, oven baked potatoes, veggies, celebration cake, coffee, tea and hot cocoa all while being part of a tribute to our wonderful Kindergarten teacher!  A farewell opportunity you don't want you or your children to miss out on...
Adults $8 and Children (10+under) $5, delivery to Heritage Place and takeout also available.  All proceeds go directly back to ICS Fundraising.
Please help spread the word to Mrs. Groeneweg's alumni students #MrsG #FFFN
Parents and supporters, this is a great opportunity to get connected, and this is our opportunity to express our appreciation to Mrs Ina Groeneweg for her faithful service teaching JK/SK. If you would like to volunteer click on the “Volunteer Opportunities” link on our web page to sign up.
Christmas Parade: The promotions committee is looking for children participation to ride on the ICS Christmas float. The Tillsonburg parade will be on November 21st at 2pm and the Aylmer parade is November 28th at 2pm. If your children can help, please email Mrs. Helen Friesen at to work out the details.
The G.S.T. Auction is one of our biggest fundraisers at Immanuel Christian School and features live and silent bidding. This year our auction will be held on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 in the school gym.
What is the G.S.T. Auction?  Individuals and businesses make donations of goods, services and talents.  In the past, we have auctioned items such as gift baskets, baked goods, gift certificates, Police Ride-a-Long, tools, furniture, house cleaning, meals, desserts, babysitting services, one week’s stay at a cottage or condo, gourmet dinners, seats to a concert, game or play, tractor driving, pool parties, photography services, Ladies’ day out, manual labour and wheels of gouda cheese. Donation items or services would be greatly appreciated to make this night a successful fundraiser for Christian Education. (No used items please!!!) An auction book will be available on the night of the auction. If you are able to donate or would like to make a cash donation, simply fill out the attached form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to
We extend our thanks to Jesse Vannoord, our auctioneer, for agreeing to conduct this evening. For the sake of the auctioneer and those bidding, it is necessary that this evening be for an ADULT AUDIENCE.  Babysitting will be available in the Church Nursery across the parking lot.  Kindly contact Jill Vording at if you require babysitting services during the auction.

Building Christian Community to Sustain ICS!
Fall Community Meeting, Wed. Nov. 25, 2014, 8:00pm
Immanuel Christian School Gym
“Sparkle and Cheese” food theme!

We are thankful for God's blessings, and our board vision is to build our school community!
On Wednesday night, November 25  we invite parents, grandparents, members and friends of ICS to come together to hear what’s going on (activities, finances, plans) and discuss how we work together to sustain a school - it’s much different than the public school model!

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 last week’s Journal was an order form of Eric Walters’ books. Return the form and payment to the school office TOMORROW, Thursday, Nov 5. Parents, mark your calendars to join us for his presentation the morning of Nov 16 (SK- 4 @ 9-9:50 and Gr 5-8 @ 10:30-11:30). We are pleased to share our visit with students from Assumption
  • Book Week - Eric Walters’ visit will kick of Book Week at ICS with a variety of activities planned. . Students will have an opportunity to buy books from Mrs. Tina Vyn, who will have her Living Books display of Christian titles set up. Also, start thinking of how you might “Dress-up as your favourite book character” for Thursday, Nov 19. More details will follow, next week.
  • Battle of the Books - Interested students will have a meeting in the library at snack recess this coming Monday, Nov 9. to go over some details. Parents - Contact Mrs. Robinson 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).
Volleyball: Boys volleyball will practice Tue, Wed and Fri at lunch. Girls will practice Mon at lunch and Weds after school from 3:45 to 4:45. tournament date is Fri Nov 27.

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.

*Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has a PD day on Monday November 23rd, the busing for LDCSS will be as follows: Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45am (students catching the bus at her house should be three by 7:40am)
Stop at BURC (49823 Talbot Line) at 7:55am
ICS at 8:00 am
End of Forrest & Elm at 8:04am
Hiemstra’s at 8:10am
Lyons at 8:15am
Corner of Belmont Rd & Wilson Line at 8:25 am
Manning Drive 8:30am
The return trip home will be done in reverse

Are you considering London District Christian Secondary School for your child’s secondary education?  We invite you to join us Thursday, November 12th, 2015, at 7p.m. at London District Christian Secondary School for a Desert Evening Open House. Tour the school, Meet the teachers and Learn more about LDCSS.   Parents and students grades 5-12 welcome.

The LDCSS Music department - is looking for graduates who would be interested in singing in a special alumni choir at the 2015 Christmas Concert (Thursday, December 17 @ 7:30 pm), as part of our school’s 50th Anniversary celebration. If you are interested, please send your name, graduating year, and voice classification (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass) to Mr. Matthew Atkins (
Red and White Day: Friday, November 6! This Friday, come to school wearing a lot of red and white as we end our Integrated Study sessions! The best dressed classroom and best dressed student in each class will win a prize!

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Groeneweg (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Moses and the Burning Bush
          The Plagues
Letter and Sound: h
All About Number: 9
SK-  Sight words: and
       Beginning sounds
       Counting by 10's, Counting to 100
       Numeral recognition
       Printing numerals to 10
       Extending patterns
JK - Rhyme matching activities
      Counting to 10
      Nursery Rhyme: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
      Sorting - colour/shape/size
Show and Tell:  SK - Monday, November 9  
                        JK - Tuesday, November 10

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (
A warm welcome to our new friend Pancho Dyck who joined our class on Monday. Pancho came to visit our classroom for devotions last week Wednesday along with his dad. Our devotion was about Zaccheus and so we sang the song about Zaccheus. Pancho’s dad then shared with us that their family knew how to sing this song in German and sang some of it for us. It made our hearts rejoice.

Memory Work: for Wed. Nov. 4 learn Genesis 12:1-3. This verse finishes what the LORD had said to Abram.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:3
Spelling: words to learn for Friday, Nov. 6:
Spelling List for Unit 8: not, on, the, dog, got
Google doc accounts:  The students can work in their accounts at home:
To log-in students will type their first intial dot last name
Their password is the same as their mathletics password plus two stars (shift 8)
Scholastic Book Order: If you wish to place an order for November please fill out the form and return it to school by Nov. 5 with the payment (cash, cheque or pay online).
Accelerated Reader: The students took home their A.R. reports today. Please check to see if your child completed the A.R. quizzes for the books you have read at home with them. Students may do a quiz on any school day so please send the books to school as they are read so that students will have more time to read with their reading buddies every Thursday morning.
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 on any school day
  • scholastic book order due tomorrow if you are placing an order Thank-you.
  • clean empty tin cans (from soup or vegetables)

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
We would like to send a warm welcome to Johnny Dyck and his family! He joined our class on Monday morning. We have already been blessed by his joyful attitude as he has adjusted to our class. Welcome, Johnny!
Memory Work: for Nov. 11- In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (1915)
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Spelling words grade 2: no, go, going, most, kind, find, gave, so, do, doing, love, rope
Spelling words grade 3: missed, willing, balloon, spelling, pretty, still, off, added, letter, different, pattern, middle, Mississippi, zipper, carry, planned, spill
Language Arts: As Remembrance Day draws near, we will be studying newspaper articles and books about how animals have helped in war times. We are exploring explanatory writing through this unit.
We will be collecting donations for poppies from the legion for our Remembrance Day activities!
Creation Studies: Thank you for the many stories you shared about your family heritage. Each family is unique and special. As a class, we have learned a lot about where we have come from and how we are all part of one community.  
On Tuesday, we will begin our next unit with space! Our guiding thought will be I Wonder…
AR Goal Due Date:  Fri., Nov. 27. Great job on remembering to do your quizzes! Some of you have already exceeded your goal and many are right on track!
Library class will be Thursday, so please return any books that are due!
Student of the Week: Our next student will be Rebecca Krahn (Nov 9-13). After that, it will be Jaywynn Loewen (Nov 16-20).
Scholastic Book Order: The November flyers need to be returned to school by Nov. 5 with the payment (cash, cheque or pay online). There are many great books in the flyers, especially for Christmas gifts!
Heritage Field trip: Our class will be going on a field trip to the Gay Lea Heritage Museum on Wednesday, November 25. We will be leaving right after snack time and plan to return by 3:00. This trip will involve learning how to make butter, ice cream, and about various other parts of Canadian heritage. Parents, if you would like to join us, please send me an email, write it in the planner, or stop by and let me know. I need to know parent volunteers by Friday, November 13. The photo/video release forms that were sent home today also need to be returned by Friday, November 13. These forms give the museum the right to take pictures or videos of your child for the publications of the museum. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
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
  • Photo/Video Release Forms
  • Poppy donation

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Congratulations: We would like to wish Sharon Klassen a very Happy Birthday! Sharon will be turning 10 years old next  Monday, November 9. Happy birthday, Sharon! May God richly bless you in your new year of life!
Wed. Nov. 11  - 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 2
As far as it depends on you, befriend the friendless, and be true;
Live peaceably as you should.
In every big or small upheaval don’t be overcome by evil,
overcome evil with good, be peacemakers.
Words and Music: T. G. Buma

Creation Studies: The refrain below, is from a song that we have sung in class while learning about
The Trees of the Field, our first Creation Studies unit. The words are written by musician, Ken Medema, and are based on Psalm 1 : 3.  
“I’ve got roots growing down to the water, I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine;
And the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown, I am nest for the birds of the heaven;
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be;
A strong young tree.
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*Unit Test will be on Tues. Nov. 17.
Leaf Projects will be returned on Wed. Nov. 11. *Our Project Share Class will be held on Thursday, Nov.12. For their Project Share class, the students will need to bring their projects back to school, but should leave their evaluation page at home.  
Thurs. Nov. 5 Grammar Test - (Rules 1 - 5).
Fri. Nov. 6 - Spelling Dictation, Unit 7
Grade 3 words are: missed, willing, balloon, spelling, pretty, still, off, added, letter, different, pattern, middle, Mississippi, zipper, carry, worry, funny
Grade 4 words are: blush, crutch, crunch, grumpy, much, umpire, uncle,none, does, fuel, cute, cubicle, human, future, usual, uniform, used, beautiful, unique, ukulele
Tues. Nov. 10 - French Quiz - (Numbers 1 - 20)
Accelerated Reader: *AR Reports were sent home today with your child. Keep working steadily on your AR goal, girls and boys, completing quizzes shortly after finishing your books! A few students have already achieved and exceeded their goals. Well done! *Goal due date is Fri. Nov. 27
Library Class -Thursday, Nov. 5 - Remember to return any books that are due tomorrow, and continue to sign out AR books if you are working towards your Nov. 27 goal due date.
Scholastic Book Orders: Please return any completed November Book Order Forms by Friday, November 6. Thank you.
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Marcel Guenther, Next week: Gavin Hibbert.
Poppies: We will be receiving poppies next week on Remembrance Day, and welcome any donations towards the poppy fund. Thank you.

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.
Next weeks Memory Work: Continuing from last week to allow students to catch up from as short week.
Spelling: List 7 Quiz on Friday: gloomy, school, choose, loose, route, clue, truth, duty, ruin, Tuesday, usually, threw, understood, neighbourhood, rookie, could, should, bulletin.
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 6.
Bible: We will be studying Acts 6:1-7. Please discuss with your children the responsibilities of your church’s elected servants so we can have a more informed discussion in class.
French: Grade 5&6 - Unit 2 test on Tuesday Nov 10.  Study sheets were handed out yesterday
Social Studies: Unit on Government. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Science: Short Story or Comic about The Particle Theory and Changes of State. Due the end of class Tuesday, Nov 10th.
Math: Please practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. See math links on WikiSpace as well as using Mathletics at home.
Unit Test Tuesday, November 10th - Review Monday November 9th
The above 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: Next potluck is December 2nd and is Ms. Jones Christmas treat of Chicken Chili Sloppy Joes. Salads, desserts and drinks are welcomed as well as parents :) 11:45 start.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jedi and Selena for winning the class character award for Thankfulness! Next months trait is Self Control :)

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Welcome to Steven Dyck, making it a class of 28!
Memory Work: Habakkuk 1:2-4
Mathematics: Unit 2  test has been graded and returned; retest on Thursday, November 5.
History- New France assignment creative response is due.
Science: Chemistry review due in class on Thu Nov 5, with a mandatory after-school tutorial for those not yet caught up from 3:45 to 4:30. Parents, if your child needs extra help or has not taken time to complete assignments, please make arrangements for pick-up. Continue at-home experiments - due by Nov 12.
French: Unit 2 test on Tuesday Nov. 10.  Study sheets were handed out yesterday.

Pizza Order Form - Friday, November 20th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)  Grade ____
       ______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
            ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Friday,
Nov 13th.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Friday, November 20th __________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)   Grade ___
       ______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
            ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Friday,
Nov 13th.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form - Friday, November 20th __________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name) Grade ____                                
       ______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
            ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Friday,
Nov 13th.   No late orders please!
Pizza Order Form -Friday, November 20th
__________________would like to order the following:
(child’s name)  Grade ____                               
       ______ 1.00/slice
            ______ juice .50 cents
            ______ ice cream .50 cents
            ______ Total enclosed
Parent Signature___________________________
Orders and money must be in by Friday,
Nov 13th.   No late orders please!