Wednesday, 24 February 2016

February 24th, 2016 Journal

Wednesday, February 24th, 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  24 Chapel - Lent#3 Pastor Mike Wall- Sommerfeld 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 Pastor Friesen - Bradley St Church of God
         3 PA Day - report card writing, no classes - L
         4 Family Fun Night Dinner
         9 WDCS Hockey Tournament - Gemini complex Strathroy
             Chapel - Lent#5 Pastor Louis Bosma - Aylmer CRC
             Report cards sent home
         11-18 March Break
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

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

From the Principal’s Desk:
It is already time to think about re-enrolments for 2016-2017! We praise God for increased interest in Christian education at ICS and we are committed to growing in a healthy manner. We are on the border of needing classroom assistance or another class. Dealing with past deficit budgets, we also want to ensure that growth generates the tuition income to fund it. We may need to run a wait list, but we want to make that a short term arrangement. So, by March 30, 2016, we are asking all families to confirm their places at ICS by completing the enrolment confirmation form at: (also emailed to you, and on our Facebook site). A postdated nonrefundable cheque of $1000 will be required to confirm enrolment. Cheques should be dated 1 Sep 2016. Tuition will be confirmed at the May membership meeting. It is expected to remain in its current range, though the Universal Bursary may be discontinued. Your tuition invoice in May or June will reflect a credit for the tuition deposit as well as your TRIP income. We appreciate that this is a much earlier time frame than in the past, but the vast majority of our families are committed to education from K through to gr 8. Please speak with me with any questions.
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Nathan & Beth Saarloos and Henk & Joanne Schuurman
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Administrative assistants: Mrs. Leinie Hartemink, Mrs. Tracey Morren and Mrs. Marie Smit

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): The next order will be sent home March 2nd.
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: Orders are due today with delivery March 2
Meat & Baked Goods: 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.
The Meat & Baked Good Fundraiser wants YOU!!!
Approx 6 hrs of volunteer hours are earned with every sale...times that by 4 sales a year and it would be about 24 hrs per school year! As a committee we gather info from varies companies about their products and any price changes, assemble the order form for the journal, tally orders and fax the companies then when day of pick up comes we sort the products into separate orders for customers to pick up. We would love to see your new face helping on the committee! Come and join us!  Please contact the office if you are interested.
Did you get your test “Remind” test message on Monday? If not, 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.  

Transportation - Since ICS has a PD day on Thursday, March 3rd, 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

NEXT FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Will be held on March 4th 5-7pm in the ICS school gym.
$8 for adults, children 10 and under $5. All proceeds will go to ICS Fundraising. Menu to be announced soon
See you there!

Policy Updates. Our board is working to manage our recent growth well. Please read the complete details at: The policy changes will help us in the details of enrolment, re-enrolment, withdrawal, and tuition incentives:
- 11.03 Tuition Payment. Added that “Enrolment and re-registration carry a financial obligation (see policy 11.04). Enrolments and re-registrations will be considered provisional until a post-dated deposit has been received.  The date for registration will be set by the Principal, in consultation with the Board, annually.” Rationale​: our classes for 5 day SK, gr.1, gr.2, gr.3 are currently full already with next year’s predictions. We do not want to turn away potential new families if we will have vacancies from non­ returning families.
- 11.04 Tuition Refund. Upon enrolment or re-registration, the first and last month’s tuition is a non-refundable deposit to allow for staff hiring and materials ordering. Rationale:​ first and last month is an easily understood penalty for breaking a tuition commitment. We incur costs by committing to salaries and materials. A revised tuition refund policy is also required to firm up next year’s enrolment earlier.
- 11.06 Tuition Incentives. No changes to our New to Immanuel discount of 80% tuition the first year. Pastoral incentive has been withdrawn. Rationale: ​pastoral incentive is controversial to administer. Our New to Immanuel incentive for new families or Tuition Assistance for those in need is available for all.
- 11.10 GIFTS. GIFTS hours are no longer tied with the Universal Bursary but with a premium fee of $200 for those who do not complete and submit their hours. Rationale: we still need a financial incentive for GIFTS tied with tuition. The Universal Bursary may or may not be the best way to use Spring Drive donations - ideally, the Drive funds capital (big purchase) projects, not school operations.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher conferences: Term 2 report cards will be sent home on March 9th. The second set of Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on March 23rd after returning from March Break.

Ontario Student Nutrition Program:  Please help support our school’s student nutrition program by Taking the Pledge and Say Yes to Good Food in Schools!   For every NEW pledge directed for ICS, OSNP will donate a free breakfast or snack to our school’s nutrition program.  It cost you nothing, only a minute of your time.  First, go to & enter your name. Next, enter our school’s address: (75 Caverly Road, Aylmer, N5H 2P6).  It’s that simple.  Students can take the pledge too and are encouraged to do so as well using their school e-mail address.  This 2nd round of the campaign will run until June 29, 2016.  We recently received a cheque for the number of pledges that were directed at our school last fall.  Thanks to all participated.  

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.

Private Music Lessons: Guitar Lessons are still available at Immanuel with Guy Miskelly. Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Theory and Ear Training. For more information contact Guy Miskelly at 519-859-6915 or

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. 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.

LDCSS: ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ Grades 9-12 Admissions Open Houses are back!   Upcoming dates: March 2, April 6, and May 4, 9:30 -2:30 PM.  Come experience LDCSS in action!  Tour the school, meet faculty and staff, and receive admissions information.  LDCSS school tours are also available by appointment.  For more information contact Margaret

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

Hockey: The last practice will be Tuesday March 1st, from 7:30-8:30am at the EECC. The WDCS Hockey Tournament will be held on March 9th at the Gemini Arena in Strathroy.  Information regarding the tournament was sent home yesterday with team members.  Transportation forms must be returned to Mrs. VanderHoek by Wednesday, March 2nd.

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 were sent home last week.

Jr. Basketball: Tryouts will be held this Thursday at lunch recess for boys, and Friday for the girls. There will be an after school practice next week for team members - Tuesday 3:30-4:45 for boys and Wednesday 3:30-4:45 for girls. We have confirmed our involvement in the League play that will start after March Break.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…..
Bring to school: Library books on Mondays and Sound books on SK days (M/W/F).
Bible: Jonah’s journey
Letter and Sound: x
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. 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, Y, L and new X
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?

We had another great day with our Jump into JK friends!  
 GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters  (
Memory Work: for Wednesday March 2
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15
Spelling: words to learn for Friday, Feb. 26.  
List words for Unit 21: ropes, bones, kites, bees, cakes, boxes, foxes, roses
Scholastic Book Club Order: The March flyers were sent out today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form and return it to school with your payment (cash, cheque or pay online) by Friday March 4. Thank you.
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 Club order due March 4

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work for March 2:
Joshua 1: 9
Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”
Dictation Quiz on Friday, February 26: Review List 4
Grade 2 words: good, school, what, soon, down, about, our, first, turn, were, are, start
Grade 3 words: didn’t, it’s, wouldn’t, that’s, grown, follow, around, house, group, should, babies, even, silent, dear, future, those, April
Math: Grade 3 will be doing their 9 times table quiz. Please work on your facts during the week! The grade 2’s will focus on perfecting their 4 times tables!
We will have library class this Thursday, so please bring in your books.
Accelerated Reader: Goals due by March 2, 2016. Keep working hard on achieving your goals!
Scholastic Book Club Order: The March flyers were sent out today. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form and return it to school with your payment (cash, cheque or pay online) by Friday March 4. Thank you.
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School
  • Library books that are due, and any completed AR books
  • Scholastic book order, if purchasing
  • Swim wear and towels for grade 3’s

GRADES 3 and 4 – Ms. Buma (
Thurs. Feb. 25 - Science Test - Rocks and Minerals - Refer to your Study Guide and read through your notes, girls and boys.
Fri. Feb. 26 - Spelling Dictation, Grade 3 words are: April, babies, over, hello, even, we silent, tiny, menu, future, dear, raise, white, used,those, skates, tying
Grade 4 words are: cinder, circle, cardinal, cereal, cycle, concert, dancer, celebrate, twice, dangerous, strange, ledge, damage, geography, gentle, signal, regular, sugar, giant, castle
Fri. Feb. 26 - (Grade 3), Math Facts Checkup, Multiplying with 9 as a factor.
(Grade 4) Math Facts Checkup Review. Multiplying with 12 as a factor.
Wed. March 2 - Memory Work: Song - I Want Jesus to Walk with Me - (Vs. 2)
2. In my trials, Lord, walk with me; in my trials, Lord, walk with me;
when my heart is almost breaking, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
.Words and Music: African-American spiritual.
Accelerated Reader: Students are reading towards their Second Term goals. Over half of the class have already achieved their reading goal. Well done! Please be reminded that the goal due date is Wed. March 2!
Keep reading, everyone!
Student of the Week: This week, we are enjoying “Student of the Day”. Next week, we will be starting the cycle over again through to June, ‘16, beginning with Noria Atkinson.
Scholastic Book Orders: March flyers were sent home with your child today. Please return any completed book order forms by Friday, March 4. Thank you!   
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School
Scholastic Book Orders:
  • Library books that are due, and any completed AR books
  • Swim wear and towels for Grade 3 students

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Memory Work: Our schedule has changed and we will be doing memory work during Monday class. New memory work will be given each week.
James 1: 2-46 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Mathematics: Math Test - Fractions Unit on Tuesday, March 2
Health: In the next few weeks students will be learning about the changes in adolescence. A parent /student activity is part of the unit.
Spelling: List 18 worksheets and quiz due on Friday. eagle, example, towel, special, legal, little, whole, several, terrible, label, question, frequent, telescope, instead, instrument, celebrate, declare, address
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: Bring an empty cereal box or the like on Thursday.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: Jeremiah 29:11-13
Science: Forces @ Work. Building time. Project display scheduled for a class gallery walk on Feb 25th. Display for gr 3/4 and parents on Mar 9.
Music: Bring your red duo tangs on Monday.