Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September 28th, Journal 2016

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, September 28th, 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

Sept  29th District Cross Country meet
        30th Hot lunch - Subs
                Cross Country rain date   
                Early dismissal at 2pm (buses run 1.5 hrs earlier). PD for class “Send Out”projects. LDCSS PA day.
Oct   1st  ICS Slo Pitch tourney
        3rd - 6th MAP Fall testing week #2
        5th  Chapel - Gr 2/3
        7th  PD Day - MAP review - no classes
       10th Thanksgiving - no classes
       12th  Chapel Gr 3/4
       15th  Care 2 Cycle 8am -1pm
       17th Parent teacher conferences #1 (4:00-8:30pm)
       19th Picture day SK - 8
               Parent teacher conferences #2 (4:00-8:30pm
       20th Picture day JK
               The Great Big Crunch
       21st  Round 1 vaccination clinic for Gr 7&8
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

NEW: Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
Thank-you, parents, for your patience as we closed ICS yesterday for the funeral of ICS graduate and LDCSS student Jordan Hiemstra, 17. You may refer to the Clovermead Facebook site, or view the slide montage of Jordan’s life at: Christians from many different churches crowded into the Aylmer CRC, the Aylmer cemetery and the ICS gym as we mourned Jordan’s death. The service was honest, with the parents, my friends, Chris and Christy Hiemstra recounting the joy of Jordan’s life, the great pain of his death, acknowledging mental illness on physical and spiritual levels, and encouraging openness in seeking help. Chris powerfully related that our Heavenly Father calls out to each of us to live under his grace and love: choose to respond, and not numb your life to God’s calling. Through song, Scripture, preaching and story, the whole service pointed to the hope in Jesus that our school is built on: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1) and that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 29). Honest conversations have been started on many levels amongst our students; please carry them on at home, over dinner and at family devotions. Please hold the entire Hiemstra family in your thoughts and prayers. May God grant them comfort and strength, granting them all that they stand in need of as the reality of their loss begins to sink in.
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Nathan & Valerie Bokma and Jake & Lisa Boldt.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Grade 3/4 teacher Ms. Buma. We also covet your prayers for the Bierman family. For those of you not aware, Danielle is dealing with some serious health issues and would like to share honestly what is happening in her life and the life of their family. She has shared with us a link to her blog in hopes that it will be helpful to our community
Don’t forget! This Friday is our first “early dismissal” PD day. After a sub lunch, our students will depart ICS at 2 pm (buses run roughly 1.5 hrs earlier). Your teachers will spend the remainder of the afternoon planning our class Integrated Study projects. Integrated Studies are part of what makes an “excellent elementary program with a focus on Christian character growth”. Integrated Studies combine several curriculum subjects, and may be whole class or multi-age groupings. This year, based on the second part of our theme (“Come follow me, and I will send you out…”), we will develop whole-class “send out” projects where ICS and Christ can impact our community in diverse ways.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): The next order form will be sent out on Oct 5th. Due on the 13th with pickup on the 20th.
The Ladies Auxiliary - still have some extra large (900 g) bars of Black Diamond medium cheddar cheese  (bought at Costco)  $10 each, as well as Sealtest sour cream (500ml) $2 each. Please inquire and leave payment in the office.
*Please note that the Apple Pie fundraiser pick up date has been changed to Oct 4th instead of Oct 5th
Tuition Payments using Pre-Authorized Automatic Withdrawal: Please return the form to the school office by September 30. Thank you.

CameraWe Want You! The front entry on-screen ICS Family Picture Display helps us put names to faces, so please send a new picture (one from this summer) of your family to the office! Email or hard copy…

Chocolate Bars: Our aim is to have all the chocolate sold by Sept 30th. First class to sell all of their boxes or

get all their student fees in gets a tasty treat!

Cross Country. Our District Christian Schools meet is tomorrow, Thursday Sep 29 at Stratford Community Christian School. We have about 45 students from gr 2-8 going! We depart ICS by bus at 8:45. All runners should have a red ICS shirt, extra warm clothes for the weather, a packed lunch and a few dollars for the canteen if desired. Races start at 10:30. We return to ICS by 2 pm. Parent chaperones are able to ride the bus too!

Soccer. We will play an exhibition game against STCCS on Thu Sep 29 at 4pm at Steen Park. Parents are invited. Our district Christian Small Schools tournament is Wed Oct 5 at the Taxandria Soccer Complex - 7159 Arkona Road, Warwick, Ontario. Devotions are at 8:45 and our first game is at 9 am. Permission forms and driver forms will be sent home Thursday.

[UPDATE] Woensdag nieuwe PC!

ICS & STCCS Slowpitch baseball tournament: STCCS has accepted our invitation and

has joined our tournament. We are very excited to have a full tournament with 8 teams!

The tournament is this Saturday, October 1, at the Malahide Community Complex in

Springfield. Games will be begin at 8:00am. With a home run derby at 2. We are running

a food stand where snacks and drinks will be available to purchase as well as pizza for

lunch. (All proceeds go back to the schools!) Spectators welcome!! Come out and cheer on our


Care 2 Cycle - Save the Date of Saturday October 15 @ 8am! This is a local fundraiser supporting excellent Christian education through our Student Fund, including our ICS Compassion Child, field trips and our library. There's something for everyone - Rabbit Rodeo for ages 4-8, a 5km walk, 10, 20 and 50 km cycling routes, and volunteer positions. We’d see our students asking family and friends for donations, not going door to door. Our target donors are those who already have a connection to ICS through past involvement, children or grandchildren. Please go to to register online by Oct 5 and let us know that you are coming!

Volunteers. Each family needs 25 hours of Getting Involved For The Students (GIFTS). Thank-you to those who have signed up for our ongoing volunteer opportunities! We still have a few spots open:
-Lunch recess playground supervisors. 12:05-12:55 pm on Wednesdays to allow for staff to have lunch together (4th Wednesday of each month) - 1 more
-Electives leaders. Introduction to life skills and hobbies for grades 4-8. What skill or hobby would you like to share? (Friday afternoons for 5 weeks starting Jan 20th - Feb 24th) - 6 more
-School Health Team (Lice checks) - 3 more
-Theme it up. Decorate our front entrance with a seasonal theme - 3 more
-School volunteer gardener. Help keep the front flowerbeds looking vibrant and beautiful, playground weeded and playable
Please go to : (link through our webpage) to sign up.

From the ICS Library ( - Last week your child may have come home with a orange slip listing books still checked out to him/her. This is the reminder to go looking for those titles and return them this week. If you do not have the books or previously returned them, please let Mrs. Robinson know,
YIKES! In spite of our best efforts we are looking for 3 books missing from our library - Sisters, Loot and Old School. If you see one of them at home, please send it to school.


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Happy Birthday to Brooklyn Rempel (September 28), who is turning 5 today! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year
WoW! We are already approaching the end of September. I am so very proud of my ‘kinder friends’. We are learning so much and improving to follow rules and routines of the classroom every day. We are enjoying the Bible story of creation, learning new songs and making many new friends too.
Continue to encourage your child to be independent with shoes and coats each day.
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your new library bag.
Bible: We will continue reading through Genesis 1, Creation day by day.
Letter/Sound of the week:  t
We now know: s, a,
Continue to review these letters each week with your child. Look for them in books, at the grocery store, on your drive, in your full name, they are everywhere!
SK Math: alike, different, same, same but…
We are learning to describe various attributes while comparing a set of objects.
JK Math: We are beginning to look at numbers 1-10.
Cross curricular theme: Nursery rhymes and shapes.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work for Wed., Oct. 5
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22

Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Friday, Sept. 30 Grade 1 words to learn to spell are: as, had, sit, six, ran
Remember to bring to school:
  • Library Books: It’s our library day tomorrow. If you still have your white library bag from Kindergarten, bring it along to use instead of a plastic bag from the backpack. It’s a great way to keep your books safe!
  • Chickadee Magazines: Please return all signed Order Forms for the Chickadee Magazines marked “Yes” or “No”.  This company will give our classroom free gifts, or a magazine subscription, for all returned Order Forms that are parent signed. Thank you.
  • Form: Please return the Information Technology Form
  • Creation Studies: Thank you for helping your child learn the meaning of his/her name as well as his/her address. Please return homework envelopes.
  • Kleenex box
  • Chocolate Bars sales: Bring all your money in quickly! First class to sell all of their boxes or get all their student fees in gets a tasty treat!

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Happy Birthday to Gabriella Friesen (October 1), who is turning 7! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.

All the best to our classmates who are competing tomorrow at the District Cross Country Meet! Let’s go grade 2/3 !!

Memory Work for Wed., Oct. 5

“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by
your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.”.
Jeremiah 32:17
Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, Sept. 30:
Gr 2 words: his, is, an, and, can, all, call, land, hand, small
Gr 3 words: pitch, drink, swim, life, while, I, my, light, buy, eye, which, find, why, kind, try
Creation Studies: Thank you for working with your children! We are learning a lot about directions and how maps work. I would encourage you to continue marvelling at maps together with your child and pointing out the directions and the scale on maps you see.
AR: Let’s keep working hard toward our goal! Most of us are already on our way. Goals are due November 17, 2016!
Student of the Week: We will begin our Student of the Week program starting next week. The students will be taking home an envelope this Friday, Sept. 30, with the necessary information inside. We will proceed alphabetically through the class list. Next week, Oct.3-7, the Student of the Week is Ethan Atkinson.
Wyatt Bakker follows, and is scheduled for the week of Oct. 10-14. Parents, if you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me.

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Sept. 30 - Spelling Dictation.
Gr 3 words: rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also, locket, toast

Gr 4 words: then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, spelling, people, squeeze, eighteen, please

Memory Work: Wed. Oct. 5

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
“Honour your father and mother” -
which is the first commandment with a promise.
Ephesians 6: 1-2
MAP: Students completed their MAP Language test on Monday. They completed their MAP Math test today. This Friday,  they will complete their MAP Reading test.
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Promise Atkinson. Next week: Madyson Bakker.
Accelerated Reading: We are beginning to take quizzes towards achieving our individual reading goals. Keeping a steady reading pace, and completing AR quizzes shortly after finishing books, are sure ways for students to achieve their AR goals. *First Term goals are due on Thursday, November 17.
Health: The grade 3&4 students are reminded to have parental input on the Organ Donation Survey assignment.
Forms: Almost all of the Information Technology forms have been returned. Thank you also, parents, for signing the Chickadee forms. We are looking forward to receiving our first monthly magazine through our free classroom Chickadee subscription.
Scholastics: October flyers were sent home with your child today. Please return any completed orders by Friday, Oct. 7.
*A new feature with Scholastics, is that total class orders per month under $25.00, will have a shipping charge. Should this occur, that specific class order will be cancelled. Thank you.

Chocolate Bar Sales: Thank you to everyone who sold their boxes of chocolate bars so far, some, even two boxes, or who brought in their activity fees! Let’s try to complete our sales by Friday, Sept. 30, or sooner. *Have you heard about a tasty treat, for the first class with sales complete?

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Memory Work for Wednesday, October 5: Colossians 1:9-10 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Spelling: Monthly quiz - Friday, September 30th. Consists of 10 words from the Word Work activities.
Writing: Help wanted ad. (descriptive writing)
Reading: Students are asked to set reading goals each night, such as a chapter per night and talk with someone about it.
Math: Workbook: Factors and Multiples
Planners: Students have received planners and will use them to keep track of their weekly activities and assignments. Parents, please review your child’s planner daily, to assist communication with home and school.
Phys Ed: Classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Please have gym wear and shoes available at school.
Kleenex Boxes: We need to build up our kleenex box supply again at the start of this new school year. Thank you for sending along any contribution to our supply.
Potluck postponed to Friday, October 14th.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Math:  We have begun chapter 3, Fractions
Language Arts:  Students will be taking their MAP language test Friday.
Geography:  To accommodate for the school closure yesterday and the absence of several people tomorrow for cross country, the Biome and Climate Quiz has been moved to the upcoming Tuesday. It will now be known, however, as the Biome, Climate, and Population Density Quiz.
Bible: - Students are expected to read through chapters 6-12 in Proverbs by Thursday, October 12. I have enjoyed reading through many of the entries thus far.  I encourage students to take the opportunity to use this “assignment” as a personal devotion more than a summary of certain selected verses.   
         -Lesson 4: Parts A,B are due Tuesday.  Part C, Opinion: How do you define a successful person? Paragraph will be turned in with the journal next Thursday.
Science:   -Tuesday: The field trip lab on the 8 characteristics of living things needs to be submitted.
               -Next Thursday (Oct. 6) the students will demonstrate their knowledge of plants and animal cells as well as the functions of cell organelles.  There are lots of organelles, so get a good start on preparing for this quiz.
Music: Band instruments were handed out today.  Please take good care of each instrument on the bus and at home.  Music classes are Mondays and Wednesdays.  Instruments will need to be at school for those days, as we do not have extras. Parent Commitment forms are due in to Mrs Cameron with the damage deposit of $50 by the end of Sept. Students should be practicing their instruments for 15mins 3x a week. Practice sheets are to be signed by parents and shown in class every Monday. Students may not sound like Mozart when they first play, but let’s encourage them as they learn their new instruments. Please let Mrs Cameron know of any issues with the instrument right away.
Phys Ed: Classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Please have gym wear and shoes available at school.

ICS Apple Pie - Fundraiser (due by Sept 30th)
(Ladies Auxiliary supports ICS with food at social events, and funds special school projects)
I would like to order _______   pies at $10.00/each.

_______   the money is enclosed

_______   I will pay when I pick them up

Name ___________________________________

*Pies need to be picked up on Oct 4th between 2-4pm.