Wednesday, 9 December 2015

December 12th Journal 2015

Wednesday, December 9th 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

Dec 10 Grade 7/8 Field Trip to Woodstock Museum
      11 EESS representative to speak with Grade 7/8 students
      15 NEW DATE “Christmas Stories”  2:00pm Matinee
      16  Chapel - Advent #3 - Pastor Peter Barbour
           “Christmas Stories” 7:00pm
      17 Sub Lunch - order form see last week’s Journal
           Last day of school and skate 2-3pm
           LDCSS Christmas Concert 7:30pm
      18  PA Day - Expeditionary Learning - LDCSS has classes
      21 - Jan. 3 Holidays
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:
This past Thursday and Friday I had the opportunity to join about 80 other OACS principals and teachers at a site seminar at the Genesee Community School in New York State. What can we do if we clearly articulate what it means to seek after mastery in knowledge and skills, character growth, and high quality student work? We saw one example of that! What is the transformation when field trips become field studies? Do we generate student project work of a quality where we can sell it? The Genesee school is following an Expeditionary Learning model where students become “crew, not passengers.” The movement’s founder is a Christian. On reflection, there is much we are already doing in this regard at ICS, and our decidedly Christian approach allows us to grow real character and depth of learning! We can be more detailed in our aims, more collaborative as a school and more public in our program, though… Expeditionary Learning goes beyond good curriculum to encompass a learning model for how we do school. It’s exciting to consider what we can do here, and as we break for Christmas, your teachers will spend the Dec 18th PA day doing just that!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our families: Please join our staff as we pray for Jake Klassen and Susie Klassen as well as John & Anna Krahn
Farewell: We will bid a farewell to Abe and Martha Rempel with David (gr 7) at Christmas. Abe has secured work in Texas, and the family will be moving for the immediate future. Good-bye is the shortened version of “God be with you”!
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our newest teacher Mrs. Penner.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Orders are due tomorrow with pickup on the last day of school Dec 17th. Please attach payment to order form.
Cheese orders: Next order is attached. Due by Dec 16th with delivery on Jan 6th. Orders can be accepted up until Dec 29th by calling Keli-Lynn at 519-617-0779 or email
Meat & Baked Goods: Pickup on Dec 17th. Coolers with names on them can be dropped off ahead of time.

Christmas Stories logo.pngThe ICS Christmas program, “Christmas Stories” will take place on Tuesday December 15th for a 2pm matinee and in the evening on December 16th at 7pm. This is considered a mandatory event for all students. “Sunday best” attire. Parents, grandparents, friends welcome!
- class presentations, readings or readers theatre on the stories behind some of our Christmas carols
- community carolling
- special features from our gr 5/6, 7/8 music classes, our band and our choir.

New Student/Family Information Night: The new year will start our 2016 registration season.
Our New Student Information Evening is Jan 16th at 7:00pm. We feel strongly that many of our prospective parents are attending churches in our local area. Advertising in our local churches is very important. We will be sending an advertising poster and postcards for our Jump into Kindergarten program home this week for selected families (our Church Ambassadors). If your family receives one and it’s alright with your church, we ask that you please post it in your church right after Christmas in time for the first Sunday of 2016.

Service Projects for this Christmas Season
Food Drive (6209647308).Food Drive for the Corner Cupboard: Dec 1st started the “The Food Under the Tree” drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food under the decorated Christmas tree located in the front entrance. These items will be picked up by the Corner Cupboard and distributed to needy families at Christmas time. Please help us by picking up a few extra items with your weekly groceries and send them to school with your child(ren).
We’ve themed our donations this year:
- Dec 10: Babyfood Thursday
- Dec 15: Toothbrushes and Paste Tuesday
- Dec 17: Cereal Thursday
Socks, Red, Foot, Clothing,
Free vector graphic: Mitten,Hat/Mittens/Socks: We will try to bless the less fortunate in our community by collecting new hats, mittens, or socks to put under the tree. The Optimist Club works together with the Corner Cupboard. They both appreciate our school being involved in this project as well. Thank you!

Hat and Gum Day Fri Jan 8: This is an annual fun day held to raise funds for international Christian education through the EduDeo Ministries (  Students may buy $1 licences to chew gum and wear hats in class for the entire day. Tickets are also sold for $1 each for fun activities in the gym (face painting, hair braids or washable colour, basketball shooting, bake sale, etc). Students may bring a small amount of money (no more than $5) to participate. Our grade 8s help run this, with parent volunteers. Can you come in on Friday Jan 8 between 8:30 and 10:45 and help in any way? Please call Chantelle Bakker  from Education Committee or the office.

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.  If you are able to donate or would like to make a cash donation, simply fill out a form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to Extra donation forms are available in the office.

Festive Fun at Aylmer Library- As the holidays approaches, Aylmer Library has seasonal fun and activities planned for kids of all ages. Until December 24th, please visit the library to make and take home a weekly seasonal drop-in craft. On December 21st at 6:30pm, we will be sharing the classic story “Polar Express” at our Evening Family PJ Storytime. All family members are invited to put on PJ’s and join us for stories, songs and a take-home treat!

Christmas Recital - Paula Richardson, one of our private music teachers, will be holding her annual Christmas recital Monday, December 14th at 7pm at Faith Church, St. Thomas (corner of Fairview & Southdale).  All students, their families and friends are invited!

Transportation - Since ICS has a PD day on Friday December 18th, 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 Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Hiemstra’s at 8:10am
Lyons at 8:15am
Kroondyk’s on Wilson line at 8:23am
       Manning Drive 8:30am
      The return trip home will be done in reverse

Auxiliary - The Ladies Auxiliary still have some beautiful outdoor Christmas decor pots available for sale. The prices are $15, $25, & $40. Stop by the school to see them for yourself, before they are gone

LDCSS - We invite you to join us for our 2015 Christmas Concert: Joy To The World! Thurs Dec 17th at 7:30pm. With alumni joining and special guests - A Christmas Celebration of our Musical History.

Intermediate Basketball Teams have been selected. Girls practice Tuesday, lunch recess and Thursday 3:30-5:00 pm. Boys practice Tuesday 3:30-5:00 and Thursday lunch recess. Coaches are Ms. Jones and Mrs. Friesen.


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…..
Bible: Shepherds in Luke 2:8-20, Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:21-38.
Letter and Sound: o
All About Numbers: 17 and 18
Science: Winter Wonders, freezing and melting.
SK- Please remember to bring your book of letter sounds to school each day
       and your library books on Monday.
       We have been working on memorizing our Christmas poem.
       Sight words: no
       Counting by 5’s, Counting to 100
       Numeral recognition 50-100
       Math: We have started our new measurement unit.
      What can we use to measure height or length?
JK - We have been working on our new Christmas song.
       Jolly Phonics review the letters and sounds we already know:
                      S, A, T, N, I, P, R, H, C, K, D, G, O
       Math: We are working on understanding more, less, and same.
       Shape: Oval

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (
Memory Work: for Wed. Dec. 16 Go, Tell It on the Mountain
The shepherds feared and trembled when lo! above the earth
rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Saviour’s birth.
Down in a lowly stable the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.
Spelling: words to learn for Friday, Dec. 11
Spelling List for Unit 13: hill, bell, fell, ball, fall
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
  • Sub lunch order forms

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Dec. 16 - The spoken words your child will say at our Christmas Program. Your child took home a separate sheet highlighting what he/she needs to memorize. We will also be singing the last verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  
Dictation Quiz on Friday, December 11.
Spelling words grade 2: send, pick, end, both, fast, last, must, just, bath, black, earth, past
Spelling words grade 3: into, today, without, something, become, upon, myself, everyone, everybody, maybe, outside, basketball, homework, skateboard, earthquake, product, shorten
Library class will be Thursday, so please return any books that are due.
Bible Studies Test - Thursday, Dec. 10. *A Study Guide was sent home with your child.
Creation Studies Quiz: Our quiz will be on Monday, Dec. 14. The study notes were sent home today.
Student of the Week: Our last student of the week before Christmas will be Kahlen Hiebert (Dec 14-17). Our first student of the week when we return will be Phoebe Sinke (Jan 4 - 8).
Class Celebration: On Thursday, December 17, we will be having a class celebration before the holidays. A letter with more information will be sent home on Friday, Dec. 11!
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
  • Gym clothes on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Sub lunch order forms

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Congratulations: We would like to wish Josiah Kroondyk a very Happy Birthday! Josiah will be turning 8 years old on Saturday, December 12. Happy Birthday, Josiah! May God richly bless you in your new year of life!
Wed. Dec. 16 - Memory Work - The Huron Carol by Jesuit missionary, Father Jean de Brebeuf (1593 - 1649).  (Verse 4)                       O children of the forest free, O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy who brings you beauty, peace, and joy.
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born: In excelsis gloria!”
English words by J.E. Middleton, (1926)

Fri. Dec. 11 - Spelling Dictation, Unit 11 - Grade 3 words are: into, today, without, something, become, upon, myself, everybody,everyone, maybe, outside, basketball, homework, skateboard, earthquake, itself, indoors
Grade 4 words are: didn’t that’s, they’re, you’re, couldn’t, haven’t, o’clock, we’re, isn’t, I’m, it’s, who’s, they’d, could’ve, they’ve, you’ll, don’t, aren’t, can’t, shouldn’t
Accelerated Reader: Students are beginning to read towards their Second Term goals. Set a steady weekly reading pace, girls and boys, towards your next goal due date (which seems far off)...Wed. March 2!
Bible Studies Test - Friday, Dec. 11. *Students should refer to their Study Guide and duotang notes.
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Delilah Krahn. Next week: Josiah Kroondyk
Class Celebration: On Thursday, Dec. 17, we will be having a class celebration before the holidays. A letter with more information will be sent home on Friday, Dec. 11.
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School
  • library books that are due, and any completed AR books
  • Sub lunch order forms

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Next week’s Memory Work: Christmas Production - lines, and song “Tell the Story”.
Spelling: List 11 -  surrounded, skiing, swimming, loving, studied, traveling, carried, trading, bragged, worried, beginning, exciting, finished, laughed, quickest, weaker, tiniest, lonelier.
L.A.: Grammar worksheets due Wednesdays.
Social Studies: Students will be conducting a mock election. How can we create a government that can build unity and create positive change? Final election is this Friday, Dec. 11 at 9:15 in the gym. Parents welcome!
Math: Students are starting a routine of lesson work, check work and centres. They check their own work now to see how they did, this helps them reflect on learning and be accountable for corrections.
Science: Final unit test Wednesday, December 16th. Bring a question to class by Wednesday for a review game - cue cards will be given for this (question on one side/answer on the other). All duotang notes and title page will be collected.
Christmas Exchange: Please plan to bring a small gift for a gift exchange by Thursday Dec. 17th.
Art: We will be starting a Christmas craft this week. Please bring $2 to cover supplies. Students will have a nice craft/gift when they are done!
Triple Ball Tournament: The Grade 6’s represented the school well with skill growth and attitude! Great work!!

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Mathematics: The test on “Probability” has been graded and returned.
Science: We are starting our “Forces @ Work” exhibit project. The Prepare for Our Entry Event worksheets are due Thu before the field trip.
Art: Please bring in $4 to cover cost of Christmas Crafts. Students will be at 2 different craft stations the next 2 weeks. They will bring home completed crafts. Thanks!
French and Science Field trip: Thursday, Dec 10
Location: Woodstock Museum National Historic Site, 466 Dundas St, Woodstock,
Depart ICS: 12:25
Return to ICS: 3:15
Christmas Program: Each Gr. 7 & 8 student is asked to bring 2 dozen cookies or squares to school for the Christmas Program.  Please bring them on Mon. Dec. 14 or Tues. Dec. 15.  All students participating will receive $5 off their Fair Glen Trip expenses from the Ladies Auxiliary.