Wednesday, 15 June 2016

June 15th Journal, 2016

The ICS Journal  

Wednesday, June 15th, 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

June15 Elgin Farm Safety day at ICS
       16 PD day - no classes (report card writing day)
       17 Grade 5&6 field trip to UWO and Fleetway
            FFFN 5-7pm
       20 Awards Chapel 9:00-10:00am
       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
       29 LDCSS Graduation 8pm @ North Park Church
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Foundation (endowment):  
From the Principal’s Desk:
A huge thank-you to Malahide Fire Chief, Mr Jim Legg, and Ms Dianne Pond from Elgin Farm Safety Council, as well as all the presenters, for hosting the 18th annual Shirley Bechard Keep Kids Safe Day at ICS today! Check out all the safety information and stories your children will bring home today!

We approach the end of our school year with a report writing PA Day on Thursday, our Awards Assembly on Monday at 9 am (you are invited!), graduation practices, and then the whole-school Graduation on Wednesday June 22 at 7:30 pm at ACRC. Wow, time certainly flies! But, think of how your children have grown, in body, mind and soul, since September. Perhaps we have too? Let’s Tell the Story of God’s work in our children this past year!

in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Brett & Tara Foster and Jim & Helen Friesen.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our French teacher Mrs. Schuurman, who also celebrated her birthday this past Monday. Congratulations Emily!
Farewells to our staff: At Graduation, we will be 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 during the Friday Family Fun Night and 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 during the Friday Family Fun Night and after Graduation.

Meat & Baked Goods: Thank you very much to Katherine Irene, Lindsay and Leona for all your hard work this year on the Meat and Baked Goods Fundraiser!   Thank you also to those who ordered meats and baked goods for all your family gatherings this year. This school year $1,524.62 was raised from this fundraiser.  We would love to continue serving the school community in this area next year.  Anyone interested in helping us next year?  Meat orders get put out 4 times in the school year.  Think about it and let the office know if you are interested!  Any questions can be asked at Have a great summer!

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Pickup will be on Friday June 17.
Are you ready for summer?! Excited to take the kids to Clovermead Adventure Farm this year?! 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.

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: The promotions committee will be selling the current 11x14 photos that are displayed in the hallway by the gym. To cover the costs of printing for the next year we are asking $15 per photo. These photos make great keepsakes. Stop by to take a look. First come first serve!

Reach the Beach 2016: Looking for a fun way of connecting with some ICS families over the summer? Try “Reach the Beach”, a family-friendly run / walk on Aug 12 in Port Stanley! $60 by Jun 30 covers a family registration, with proceeds going towards the Elgin County Nutrition Program (aka the breakfast program which we are a part of). Join the “Immanuel Christian School” team! See Keith C for more info, or go to:

School Camping Weekend – August 26 - 28
We are very excited to announce our first Immanuel Christian School Camping Trip!!!
This image rendered as PNG inWe have a block of camp sites set aside for ICS families at Golden Pond RV Resort just outside of Putnam, Ontario. These sites are serviced with Hydro and Water and some with Sewer. Golden Pond Resort is a great family campground that is close by and has many amenities!!
  • Restaurant (serves breakfast & fast food), General Store
  • Swimming Pool & Patio with umbrellas, Large Pond for fishing (catch & release), paddle boat(s) rentals
  • Laundry Room (centrally located, coin-op machines), Modern & clean Washroom Facilities (centrally located, coin-op showers)
  • Children's Playground, Shuffleboard, Beach Volleyball, Miniature Golf, Large pavilion with washrooms
  • HorseShoe Pits, Tennis/Basketball Court
Please check out their website: This would be quite informal with each family looking after booking their own site within a “block” of sites.  Everyone would look after their own meals, tents or trailers, etc. We plan to have a potluck supper on the Saturday evening (more details to follow).
Please book your site today - Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  Use “ICS” as a reference so they know you are part of our group: Golden Pond RV Resort 1-519-485-0679 or toll free 1-888-990-9920 or e-mail (

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER Friday Family Fun Night will be on Fri Jun 17 from 5-7pm in the school gym (**please note the date change)  Adults $8 Children (10+under) $5 and all proceeds go directly back to maintaining affordable tuition for all school families.  It is the last one of the season - so let's fill the gym and playground with socializing and smiling faces :)

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.
Thanks - Transportation Committee

logo-school.jpgWebsite Update! We have “soft launched” our website redesign - check out We will celebrate our renewed logo at our Back to School BBQ, with updated school spirit wear.

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: All books should now be back in the library! Emails went out to families with books still outstanding.  ALSO, if you find any ICS books that are not on the list, we will gladly receive them back, no questions asked. Students are allowed to check out up to 10 books for the summer if they have parental permission. Fill out the form below, 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!

Whole-School Memory Work: Graduation song - Mighty to Save
Everyone needs compassion, A love that's never failing, Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness, The kindness of a Saviour, The hope of nations
Chorus: Saviour he can move the mountains, My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save, Forever author of salvation. He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave
So take me as you find me, All my fears and failures, Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow, Everything I believe in, Now I surrender
Chorus x2
Shine your light and let the whole world see, We're singing for the glory of the risen king Jesus( x2)
Chorus x2
Shine your light and let the whole world see, We're singing for the glory of the risen king Jesus (6x)
Graduation - Instrumental Musicians - Students who have signed up to be a Prelude Player at Graduation, will be bringing a note home including details of their participation before the ceremony begins, this Friday.
* Prelude Players need to submit the title of their musical piece by Friday, June 17 to Ms. Buma.  Thank you.
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.

Greenview Aviaries 2016 #2.jpgJR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Bring to school: Please return all library books as soon as possible.
Some of the things we have done in Kindergarten…..
Bible: Philip and the Ethiopian, Acts 26-40 and Saul’s Conversion, Acts 9:1-22.
SK- Reading poems.
Math: Spelling numbers one to ten!
-Counting by 5s.
JK- Matching uppercase letters with lowercase letters.
Printing letter Zz
IMG_1030.JPGMath: Numbers 10-20, racetrack dice games.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (

Field Trip to Greenview Aviaries: We had a day filled with joy and wonder as we explored Greenview Aviaries.
A reminder list of things to do:
  • Return all library books
  • Keep practicing to read your sight words so you will be able to add another certificate to what you have accomplished this year.
Class News: We will be celebrating all of our summer birthdays on Wednesday, June 22.
If any parents would like to accompany us on our class picnic on June 23, please email, text, or write a note. Thank you.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Thank you! A big thank you to Mrs. Margaret Voth, Mrs. Marg Zylstra, Mrs. Amanda Cameron, Mrs. Judy Milmine, Mrs. Tara Foster, and Mr. and Mrs. Walters for helping out on our class trip. We had a blast hunting for insects and examining God’s creation. We also raced through Backus Mills, doing a scavenger hunt like the monarch butterfly and ended our trip with delicious ice cream from Twins. We are grateful that we could learn more about God’s design for creatures and their habitats.
Library: Almost all of our library books are back! Please return any that you may still have.
AR: I am so proud of each of you for how many books our class has read this year and how many AR quizzes you have taken! Keep up the reading over the summer!
Class News: We will be celebrating all of our summer birthdays on Wednesday, June 22 after last recess.
If any parents would like to accompany us on our class picnic on June 23, please email, text, or write me a note.
Reminder List of things to bring:
  • Library books that are due

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. June 17 - Spelling Year End Review Dictation, Grade 3 words are: eight, next, ditch, pocket, such, alive, different, swam, usually, search, earthquake, brought, shoes, truth, loyal, o’clock, own, silent, disagree, danger, nurse, warning, once, sugar, cough, rewrap, careful, measure, they’re, remember
Grade 4 words are: bridge, watch, stranger, edge, decide, problem, future, blizzard, holiday, compass, shouldn’t, don’t, raced, quickest, service, wolves, awesome, circle, cruel, choice, trophy, frighten, scent, attention, gigantic, medal, diary, sadness, unknown, explanation

Accelerated Reader: Well done, everyone!
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Eden Shelton. Next week: Naomi Poortinga.
Class News: We will be celebrating all of our summer birthdays on Wed. June 22, after last recess. Birthday celebrants are: Kiera Giesbrecht, (July 5), Ms. Buma, (July 10), Dylan Rempel, (July 25), Marcel Guenther, (July 31), and Samuel Peters, (August 18). Hooray for birthdays and reasons to celebrate! Our last school day includes a class picnic, with games following.
A Reminder List of Things to Bring to School:
  • Library books that are due, and any completed AR books

52fae956825cf0af2fbb993b7c558140.jpgGRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Jones (

L.A. Literature circles Chapter 8 roles rough copies due at the beginning of class Tuesday, June 21th. Plan your time effectively so you can have your good copy completed by first period after lunch.
Science: A continuation of Forces and Structures that tied in with Integrated Studies. We are making an interactive notebook!
Music: STOMP presentations are on Monday, June 20.
Math: Red book due Tuesday, June 21
flag.pngFriday, June 17th is our end of the year class field trip. Please see information on the class wiki page. There is a bus leaving the school at 8:30 and returning by 3:20. Lunch options are: bring your own picnic lunch or Dairy Queen (see document download for order form). We have 3 parent volunteers, which is enough but please contact me if you are interested in going.
Potluck: Thursday, June 23. Bring your favourite picnic drink, snack or meal.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. TenBruggencate (

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

Memory Work: For Wed. June 8 Ephesians 6:11-12
Science: X-51 pop bottle rocket challenge - launch date is Mon Jun 20! Selected (surviving) rockets will be launched for spectators at lunch on Weds.
P.E.: After track and field we will be playing softball so please bring gloves to school.
French: Our final unit and year end test in French is on Tuesday June 14. Review sheets were given out today.
Music: Musical Instruments in the Bible presentation will continue on Mon, June 20 and Tues, Jun 21.  Please have your instrument and presentation ready.
GRADUATION: It is tradition at ICS that the Grade 7 parents help the Auxiliary to prepare, serve and clean up the graduation dinner for the Grade 8's, their parents and the staff. Both parents (or other adult members representing your family) are expected to help. Thanks to those who have already signed up! Please email the school office to sign up for a time slot that works for you. Remember, next year it will be your turn to be served.
Wed.  June 22 1-3 p.m. (prep)  4 people - Abe & Tricia Giesbrecht, Amanda Cameron
                    3-5 p.m. (prep) 4 people - Tara Foster, Helen Klassen (4:15-5:15) Bettina Vandersleen
                    5-7 p.m. (serving) 4 people - Hank & Marg Klassen, Darryl & Tracy Mantel
                    7-8 p.m. (dishes)  4 people - Lydia Bergen, Anna Redecop & Robert/Ricky
         Serving strawberries and ice cream after grad 4 people - Jake & Tina Banman, Abe & Sara Klassen


My child ________________________________ may sign out up to __________ (#) books for the summer.  I acknowledge that it is our responsibility to replace any items lost or damaged.  Materials need to be returned the first week of school (i.e. by Sept 8).

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