Wednesday, 17 February 2016

February 17th, 2016 Journal

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Mission:  Immanuel Christian School assists parents in raising children to follow Christ with an excellent elementary program and a focus on Christian character growth.

Upcoming Events

Feb 17 New registration day 2016/17
           Chapel - Lent #2 Pastor Nate Arena -Tillsonburg Alliance Church
       19 Electives #4
       22 Jump into Kindergarten #3
       24 Chapel - Lent#3 Pastor Mike Wall- Somerfeld Mennonite
            LDCSS drama workshop at ICS - gr 5-8
       26 Jump into Kindergarten #4
            Electives #5 - Last one, Swim to Survive, Gr. 3
       27 Legion Zone Public speaking - St. Thomas Legion
Mar   2 Term 2 ends
            Chapel - Lent - 4
         3 PA Day - report card writing, no classes
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:
Preparing for our monthly Board meeting, I was reflecting on how our enrolment has changed over the past few years here at Immanuel. Right now, we are on the borderline of being full for SK through to gr 4! God has blessed us! The blessing extends beyond just more students in Christian education. Our growth last year directly led to a much more favourable “cost per student” number, meaning your 2015 tax receipts are bigger. We have changed our New to Immanuel incentive to allow us to better meet our costs. But, without the former tuition incentives filling up “empty” seats, we would have a much emptier school of maybe 79 children - in fact, we are at 121! Without the growth, we would have had to consider amongst tough choices: increasing tuition a lot, or letting a teacher go, and triple grades in 3/4/5 or 6/7/8… That is not the story today - instead it is one of our board committed to managing growth well, preserving program excellence and growth in Christian character. Our community is enriched by every family, “core” or “new” - let’s tell that story!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Protectors @ Home: We’re in the OACS news! See our Facebook post for the link. As well as being published (which is good for encouraging others to think on this too), we want to keep our focus on taking courage and doing the right thing. We have attached a booklet to this Journal to help with that at home. May God bless our actions as we seek to be faithful to him in this area and grow community.
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Murray & Georgie Rodenburg and Alec & Elaine Saarloos.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our bus drivers: Mrs. Rita Tesselaar,  Mr. Case Vannoord and Mr. & Mrs. Walters.           
Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Orders will be ready for pickup on Feb 18th.
Are you in need of an oil change or service for you car? Don’t forget North End Auto & Factory Muffler will give a percentage of your bill back to ICS TRIP! North End Auto gives 10% and Factory Muffler gives 15%!
Just let them know you want the percentage to go to ICS TRIP.
Cheese orders:  The February cheese order is attached. Orders are due Feb 24 with delivery March 2
Meat & Baked Goods: Our Easter order is attached.  New companies have been added to our order from, such as Grandma’s Oven and Poultry Specialties from Tillsonburg!  
Orders are due March 3rd with pick-up on March 24th
All new registrations for 2016-2017 are due today, Wednesday February 17, the office will be open until 5pm.. All parents with children entering SK are asked to apply for the 3 or 5 day options by this date. We have limited space in the 5 day program. In fact, we are watching all our primary class sizes quite carefully. We are thankful that registration appears to be very healthy!

Muchas Gracias for another great Friday Family Fun Night!!  Last Friday we had a gym full of new faces, old friends and a Mexican Fiesta like no other!  In addition there was a $615.85 profit for the evening too, which goes directly back into the school fundraising budget for every school family to benefit from.  THANK YOU to Rose F. and Tina H. and the volunteers who treated us to a wonderful meal.  And a shout out to a new ICS family that not only joined in, but brought another family with them too!
SAVE THE DATE: for the next Friday Family Fun Night - Fri Mar 4

Untitled.pngEmails have been sent out to all families who have not yet joined to sign up for Remind! Once registered, you will receive a text or email to let you know of bus fan out details like snow days or cancellations! Text @icsbus to (226) 774-0016, or send an email to You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @icsbus' or email a reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.  Our goal is to have everyone on board to avoid making early morning phone calls through our bus call list.  You will receive your text or e-mail as soon as a decision is made.  

ARE YOU CREATIVE? Do you enjoy scrap-booking? Then we have a job for you!!!   The Yearbook committee is looking for a few people who would be interested in creating a few pages for the ICS student yearbook. The students love reminiscing about all they have done at ICS,  This would be another great way to get some volunteer hours for the school.  Please let the office know soon, so we can begin designing the 2015/16 yearbook.

Golf, Sunset, Sport, Golfer,MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the upcoming 16th Annual ICS Golf Tournament being held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club.  There will be a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.  The price per golfer will be $150.00 – which includes Lunch, Green Fees, Power Cart and a Rib and Chicken dinner. There is also a door prize for ALL golfers !!!!  Entry forms will be available in the near future. Questions – call Jeff and Tammie Vannoord at 519-773-5593.  Last year, our tournament was full with 144 Golfers so you will want to register early if you would like to participate in this fantastic event!  Early Bird Registration  date is May 2nd, 2016.  
Early Bird registrants will qualify for a draw for a door prize.  The final registration date is May 14th, 2016.
We will also have Sponsorship opportunities, as follows:
Tournament Sponsor  - $2,500.00
Includes prominent signage in the Banquet Hall, Tournament Sponsorship Sign on two Tee Decks and 1 Cart and 4 entries into the Tournament (one team)
Platinum Sponsor -  $1,250.00
Includes Platinum Sponsorship sign on two Tee Decks and 1 cart, prominent display on sponsorship sign at registration area and recognition at the awards banquet.
Gold Sponsor - $800.00
Includes Gold Sponsorship sign on 1 Tee Deck, prominent display on sponsorship sign at registration area and recognition at the Awards Banquet.
Silver Sponsor - $500.00
Includes display on sponsorship sign at registration area, Sponsorship sign on one golf cart and recognition at the Awards Banquet.

Mark the Date - Saturday, April 16, 2016. We invite you to join us as we celebrate 50 years of faith, learning and life at London District Christian Secondary School!
‘Homecoming’ & Community Open House at LDCSS 1:00-3:00pm. 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London. Tickets are now on sale! $50 each ($60 After March 1). Order your ticket at or online at

Hockey: The next practice will be Tuesday February 23rd, from 7:30-8:30am at the EECC.

ChessChess: ICS players are registered to participate in the Grade-by-Grade Chess Tournament which will be held at the London Hellenic Center on Wed. March 30th. A bus will leave ICS at 8:30am and return back to the school around 2pm. Permission forms, tournament rules and a schedule for the day, will be sent home this week.


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…..
A great big WELCOME to Ella Foster and her family! The JK/SK students were so excited to have another friend join our class this week and hope you feel welcome and a part of our community here.
Bible: Hezekiah’s journey
Letter and Sound: y
SK-  Sight word: We will not be adding any new sight words until March.
Let's review:
       and, at, a, can, go, God, in, is, it, I, Jesus, like, my,
       no, one, see, the, to, two, with, you, yes.
Math: 2D and 3D shapes
At Home: Please practice sounding out the words that have been added to your sound books. Word box #3 has been added if you brought your sound book to school this week. New sight word books will be coming home in March.
JK - Jolly Phonics review the letters and sounds we already know:
                      S, A, T, N, I, P, R, H, E, M, C, K, D, G, O, B, J, Z, W, U, V and new L
At Home: Thank you for practicing at home, I see improvement already. Please continue to practice the letters in your child’s name. What is the name of the letter? What sound does that letter make?

SK, Grades 1 and 2 Team Building Skills Elective: On Elective Fridays the primary students in SK-2 will be in teams playing a variety of games with each other.  To help add to our selection the students may also bring in a game for our Friday elective.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (
Memory Work: for Wednesday February 24
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus 15:2
Spelling: words to learn for Friday, Feb. 19.  
List words for Unit 20: late, feet, cone, line, snake, gave, jeep, use
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
  • bring a game for Friday
  • your homework envelope
SK, Grades 1 and 2 Team Building Skills Elective: On Elective Fridays the primary students in SK-2 will be in teams playing a variety of games with each other.  To help add to our selection, the students may also bring in a game for our Friday elective.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
We would like to send a warm welcome to Luke Foster and his family. Luke is in grade 3 and we hope you feel welcome and loved in our classroom!
Memory Work for February 17:
Acts 17: 26-27
From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. God did this so that people would seek him. And perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us.
Dictation Quiz on Friday, February 19: List 18
Grade 2 words: her, girl, turn, hurt, first, were, card, part, start, are, church, circle
Grade 3 words: April, babies, over, hello, even, we, silent, tiny, menu, future, dear, raise, white, used, those, spider, depend
Math: Grade 3 will be doing their 8 times table quiz. Please work on your facts during the week! The grade 2’s will continue to practice facts from 0-5 to get their multiplication sundaes all caught up!
We will have library class this Thursday, so please bring in your books.
Accelerated Reader: Goals due by March 2, 2016. Many of you have already achieved your goal. Great work!
Student of the Week: It is Blake Milmine this week (Feb 15-19). Next week, Luke Foster will be the student of the week (Feb 22-26).
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School
  • Library books that are due, and any completed AR books
  • Scholastic book orders, if purchasing
*Reminder For All Grade 3 Students: Our next Swim to Survive class at the St.Thomas YMCA, is scheduled for Friday, February 26.

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Fri. Feb. 19 - Spelling Dictation, Review List - Grade 3 words are: surprises, cried, finally, suddenly, truth, due, should, voice, loyal, poison, choose, we’re, doesn’t, its, follow, below, country
Grade 4 words are: travelled, appearing, changed, hoping, earlier, quickest, busier, happiest, service, doctor, bakery, barber, potatoes, roofs, families, libraries, faucet, caution, lawyer, stall
Fri. Feb. 19 - (Grade 3), Math Facts Checkup, Multiplying with 8 as a factor.
(Grade 4) Math Facts Checkup Review. Multiplying with 10 and 11 as factors.
Wed. Feb. 24 - Memory Work: Song - I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
I want Jesus to walk with me; I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
Words and Music: African-American spiritual
Thurs. Feb. 25 - Science Test - Rocks and Minerals - A Study Guide will be sent home this Thursday, February 18.
French Tests were sent home today. Many students achieved good results. Ask your child how he/she did. Any re-take tests will be done tomorrow, February 18. Students should review their test page.
Accelerated Reader: Students are reading towards their Second Term goals. Goal due date is Wed. March 2! Many students have already achieved their goals. Well done! Keep reading, everyone!
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Eden Shelton Next week will be for assigned students, followed by a new cycle.   
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School
  • Library books that are due, and any completed AR books

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Our schedule has changes and we will be doing memory work during Monday (next week Tuesday) class. New memory work will be given each week.
Galatians 5:22-26 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
Mathmatics: We are starting new units that continue with Fractions. Try online games to practice this skill.
Spelling: List 16 quiz and worksheet is due on Friday.
Health:  Test on Monday, Feb. 22 covering “People Need People”. Students may sign out test books from Mr. TenBruggencate.
Language Arts: LA is easily applied as a cross curricular. Is your child struggling to use capitals in the correct place, knowing proper punctuation, spelling and how to start and end a sentence with good grammar? LA is being applied in penmanship by learning literary devices such as hyperbole, simile, alliteration and metaphors. Ask your child to explain what these are. Novel reading helps us through teacher modeling of expression, comprehension and recognition of literary devises. We are currently reading The City of Ember.
Social Studies: Some students are not getting their notes complete to their grade level. Please check planners to see if your child needs some help. Books are sent home for completion if they don’t ask for help at school.
Art: Bring an object you want to draw for Wednesday, February 17th.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Proverbs 3:5-7
L.A.: Next week  Wednesday, February 24 students will be tested on the content of their group novel. All novels should be read by this Friday.
Mathematics: Tomorrow,  Feb. 18, there will be a test on Chapter 7: Exponents.
Science: Forces @ Work. Building time. Project display scheduled for gr 3/4 on Feb 25th!
Music: Bring your red duo tangs on Monday.