Thursday, 23 June 2016

June 22nd Journal, 2016

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, June 22nd, 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

June 22 Last day of school for all SK & Gr 8 students

             Graduation 7:30 pm, whole school event
         23 Last day of school for JK and Grade 1-7
         26 ICS at Tillsonburg Alliance Church starts at 9:30am
         27-28 Teacher work days
         29 LDCSS Graduation 8pm @ North Park Church
Aug   12 Reach the Beach fun run - Port Stanley
         15-18 Office reopens
         18 Staff planning retreat

Sep   6th School resumes for 2016/17
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476
LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Foundation (endowment):  
From the Principal’s Desk:

2015-16-bannerLarge.jpgSchool is a great place to tell stories, especially stories of what God has done, and is doing, at Immanuel!

We have had a school full of rocks this year, in our front entrance, in our classrooms. We were reminded of the story in Joshua chapter 4 where a leader from each tribe stood up rocks taken from the middle of the Jordan River. Why? So that when the children asked, their parents, grandparents and teachers could tell them the story of what God had done. And what about us now? Well, let me leave 3 challenges with you, whether you are a parent, grandparent or teacher, a Kindergarten or grade 8 student:

1. Make sure you have a story to tell! Have you made room in your heart for God’s work?
2. Plan and work to tell the story! Story-telling does not happen by itself. Choose one time this past year when you know God was working.
3. Tell the story! Write it down, draw a picture. Use the yearbook as a reminder to re-tell the story of God at work in you during this past year.

Grade 8 graduates, you are maturing into young men and women of God! Those Graduate Expectations we have for you are a high calling - discerning believer, lifelong learner, collaborative contributor... Many teachers will have had an impact on your lives over your time at ICS, and our prayers go with you as you move on to another stage in your education. It will not be easy to live for Christ, but you are called to! Feel free to come back, and bless us with stories of what you have been doing! Seek Him personally in all you do.

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Abe & Tricia Giesbrecht and George & Susie Guenther,
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Grade 2/3 teacher Ms. Amanda Loewen.
Farewells to our staff: At Graduation, we are bidding farewell to three staff this year. Mrs Tilda VanderHoek is transitioning after 29 years of teaching. We will be presenting a scrapbook with selected photos and best wishes - it will be available for signing after Graduation. We will also bid farewell to Mr Case Vannoord, retiring after 8 years of driving bus, and Mrs Emily Schuurman, returning to the farm after 2 years of French instruction. We will have memory frames for both, available for signatures after Graduation.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the ICS community for giving me the privilege of being a participant in the teaching of your children. Thank you for your prayers, words of wisdom, support, encouragement, and compassion.  It has been a blessed experience serving at this Christ-centred school.        T. VanderHoek


Meat & Baked Goods: Anyone interested in helping us next year?  Meat orders get sent out 4 times per school year. Think about it and let the office know if you are interested! Questions can be asked at

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P):  We want to give a big thank-you to all who participated in the TRIP program this year! The school's portion of the return totalled $11,732.47!! If you would still like to buy some grocery cards throughout the summer they are available at Clovermead and Roszell's  Furnishings as well as through Annette Dykxhoorn and Janina Dykxhoorn. (Monthly orders start again in September). For those of you who don't use the TRIP program we want to encourage you to start! Using the TRIP program not only helps the school but it also helps you pay for your tuition. Our highest return towards someone's tuition this year is $491.37!! Wouldn't you like to save that next year? Contact us for more details.
Annette Dykxhoorn 519-860-6332, Janina Dykxhoorn 519-709-6620
Do you have your Clovermead Adventure Farm tickets for the summer? If you buy your adventure farm tickets through TRIP and 100% of your money goes back to the school and toward your tuition!!! If you buy your adventure farm tickets through TRIP you'll be saving the tax! No tax and 100% return!? That's a deal you can't beat! *TRIP is now accepting e-transfer as another form of payment. If you pay by e-transfer, please send it to Please make a note on your order form or online, so we know to look for your payment.

Tuition invoices: Due this week. If you have not received one, or have any questions please contact Teresa Janssen at or by calling the office.

Cheese orders: Our supplier has run into a problem getting some of their cheese products. We will keep you informed about how this impacts us for the fall. Thank you to everyone who has purchased cheese this year, providing funds for our Library!

The last FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT of the school year on Friday brought in another $530 profit! Thank you to all the kitchen volunteers, to all of you who attended the dinners, to the Heritage Place residents who placed orders and to everyone who has made each of these evenings a success!!  This school year's FFFN profits, over seven dinners, adds up to a whopping PROFIT TOTAL OF $5,400!  And that is in addition to all of the relationships created (both inside and outside of the kitchen), the socializing, the kids enjoying free time together, and family bonding within the ICS school family.  THANK YOU!  See you all in the Fall :)
(and a heartfelt thanks to Jacklyn Versnick and Rose Fehr for leading much of this effort!)

Back to School Shopping:  Your Back to School Shopping list for September is attached to the Journal.

Recycle for ICS: Thank you for bringing in all of the items to recycle and earn money for the school! We will have totals of the money earned this past year and the new recycle poster attached to a Journal in September. For the summer we will not be collecting any items at the school, due to cleaning schedules and office closure. Please continue to save your items over the summer. Pop cans and newspapers can still be dropped off at the shed over the summer. 

Photos for sale: Still a few left! Stop by and take a look.

Busing 2016-17: The Transportation Committee will be working on the bus schedules for the 2016/17 school year over the summer. We need to know of any address changes that you may have. Also please let us know if you require busing for you high school students next year so we can arrange them on our routes. Please email of any necessary changes that need to be made by Jun 30.

Part-time, occasional custodian helper sought! Our custodian, Mrs Angie Bergen, is after help with moving furniture, stripping and waxing floors. High school students welcome to apply. Work is paid hourly, involves 3-4 hours for two or three days a week for three weeks in July-August. Interested applicants should contact Mrs Bergen, then Mr Cameron.

Maint volunteers sought! Two tradesmen in our community are volunteering their time to assist with replacement work in our classrooms this summer. We need two or three skillful volunteers to assist them:
  1. Mr Neil Fehr, replacing flooring in the computer lab and grade 1 rooms, in the July time frame.
  2. Mr Jesse Nieman, replacing lights in the computer lab and grade 2/3 room, in the August timeframe.
Please contact Andy Kroondy, Maint Chair, or sign up online through our webpage (click on volunteer).

LDCSS - Interested in Hosting an International Student? LDCSS is seeking Christian families and single Christian adults who can provide an encouraging and supportive living environment for our international students from September 2016- June 2017. To learn more about our homestay program please contact the International Student Coordinator, Sharon at

LDCSS invites you to join us as we celebrate the graduating class of 2016. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 29th at 8pm, at North Park Community Church.


File:Librarian.pngICS Library: Students may still participate in Summer Sign-out tomorrow if they have proof of parental permission.  Fill out the form on last week’s, Journal, send a note to school or send Mrs. Robinson an email ( Make trips to your local public library part of your summer plans, and see what their WILD Summer Reading Clubs have to offer! Mrs. Robinson is looking forward to hearing about the books you read over the summer!
NEW!! We have just added 2 “audiobooks” to our collection! If you would like to borrow Adventures in Odyssey - The Drop Box or “Adventures in Odyssey - The Adventure Begins” for entertainment during long summer car rides, contact Mrs. Robinson or the school office.

Graduation - Instrumental Musicians - Students who have signed up to be a Prelude Player at Graduation, should be ready to play their piece at 7:15 P.M. Please join fellow prelude players in the  pews closest to the piano at the front of the church.
Band at Graduation - All band members need to arrive at the school at 7pm for warm-up and set up for the graduation ceremony.  Band members will play 2 songs while the graduates enter, then they will sit with their families, and clean up after the ceremony.  All instruments and stands need to be returned to ICS that evening.
Graduation Ceremony - begins at 7:30 pm in ACRC

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Happy (summer) Birthdays  to Jaidyn (July 21) and Preston (July 24) who are both turning 5, and to Wyatt (Aug 10) and Elaina (Aug 17) who are both turning 6. We wish you God’s rich blessings in this next year.
SK- Wednesday is our last day of school!
Report cards and yearbooks will be sent home.
Graduation: Please meet Mrs. Penner after supper in the side room at church for 7:15pm sharp.
JK- Thursday is our last day of school!
Report cards and yearbooks will be sent home.
Thank you to all of the parents and students for making my year amazing. Wishing all of my kindergarten friends a super summer, full of excitement and fun.
See you back safe in September!

IMG_1002.JPGGRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (
Blessings: Each student brought joy and delight to our classroom.
It was a privilege and a blessing to lead each one in God’s truths. Thank you also for all your prayers and concern for my mom’s recovery. She is looking forward to strengthening her right arm and neck muscles after her neck brace comes off next Wednesday.
In Christian love, Ms. Pieters
Last day fun: We will be going to Lions Park for a picnic and games. Please pack a picnic lunch and be prepared for a great time.
Parents, you are more than welcome to join us from 11:30-2:45 for this celebration.
Happy 7th Birthday          
Wyatt Bakker
Thursday, July 7, 2016
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Happy 7th Birthday          
Maxwell Bergen
Monday, August 15, 2016
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Happy 7th Birthday          
Ethan Zylstra
Wednesday, June 4, 2016
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Last day fun: We will be going to Lions Park for a picnic and games. Please pack a picnic lunch and be prepared for a great time.
Parents, you are more than welcome to join us from 11:30-2:45 for this celebration.
Happy Summer! I would like to wish each of you a great summer with many adventures. I encourage you to read, play, laugh, and explore. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces back in September with many new stories to share. May God bless you and protect you in this season as you continue to tell His story!
Happy (summer) Birthdays  to Johnny Dyck (July 4) and Jaywynn Loewen (July 13) who are both turning 8, and to Phoebe Sinke (July 31) and Promise Atkinson (August 23) who are both turning 9. We wish you God’s rich blessings in this next year.
GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Class News: Today, is the day for celebrating summer birthdays! Birthday celebrants are: Kiera Giesbrecht, (July 5), Ms. Buma, (July 10), Dylan Rempel, (July 25), Marcel Guenther, (July 31), and Samuel Peters, (August 18). Dylan will be turning 9, and Kiera, Marcel, and Samuel will be turning 10. We wish each of you God’s rich blessings in this next year.
Last Day Fun: We will be going to Lion’s Park for a picnic and games. Please pack a picnic lunch and be prepared for a great time. Parents, you are more than willing to join us from 11:30 - 2:45 for this celebration.
*Enjoy your summer girls and boys, playing in God’s beautiful creation! May you have many opportunities to have fun exploring God’s world. Read some good books, play some great games, and enjoy your time with family and friends. It has been a pleasure teaching you all this year! Ms. Buma

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

Potluck: Thursday, June 23. Bring your favourite picnic drink, snack or meal.
Lunch will be in the Discovery Room with the gr. 7’s at 11:45.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (
Art: Please stop by the school to look at the grade ⅞ art work. All work can be picked up Thursday after school.