Wednesday, 26 October 2016

October 26th Journal, 2016

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, Oct 26th, 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.
Oct  27-28th Edifide Teachers Convention - no classes
       31st Spirit day - Sports day
              (wear your own or your favorite team jersey)
             Gr 2/3 field trip to the Aylmer Library 10:15am-12pm
Nov 2nd LDCSS Gr 8 Day
       Chapel - SK
       6th - Daylight Saving time ends
       9th - Chapel - Gr. 1
       11th - Remembrance Day
                 Absentee Picture Day
       16th - Chapel - Gr. 2/3
                 School skate at 2pm
       17th - Term 1 ends, AR goals due
       18th - PD Day - report card writing
       19th - Tillsonburg Christmas Parade 2pm
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

NEW: Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
Today is Grandparents’ and Senior Friends Day. As a Christian school, we place importance on the influence from one generation to the next, to the next. That influence may be through time spent with children and grandchildren, through talent (many on our volunteer list have children long since graduated!), and through treasure (our annual Drive is significantly funded by our seniors). In all those areas, we are blessed and our children are strengthened in their faith, character and learning.
In a similar vein, the ICS Board is honoured and delighted to receive a gift from the estate of Wytze and Janny Hiemstra! A $10,000 donation will establish the Immanuel Christian School Aylmer Arts Fund. Funds will be used to provide an annual grant through the Christian School Foundation (over 5 years) to develop and maintain programs in music, visual arts or drama. We feel that such a fund honours Wytze and Janny's love for and commitment to Christian education for their own family and for the ICS and LDCSS community over decades.  Wytze and Janny began their support for Immanuel (not only financially, but prayed continuously for students, staff and parents) before they had any children, and continued that support over the years as their four children, Margaret, Rick, Lynn and Charlie, grew and attended school. Many of their grandchildren also attended ICS. Wytze passed away on Jan 14, 2015, while Janny passed away on Aug 11, 2016.
As Psalm 145:4 declares, we are all blessed when "One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts"! We gratefully acknowledge all our grandparents and senior friends, your influence is felt here at ICS!
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Frank & Rose Fehr and Neil & Laura Fehr.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Health & PE teacher Mr. TenBruggencate.
Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Next order sent out on Nov 2nd, due on the 10th with pickup on the 17th.
Chocolate Bars: If you still have money owing, please take care of this as soon as possible.
Reformation Day: As a Christian school community, we want to speak into all aspects of life. We also acknowledge that our convictions may lead to different decisions in how we act. One of these differences is Oct 31. As a school, we choose to recognize Reformation Day and Luther’s decision to pre-empt All Saints’ Day by nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door. We neither support nor condemn Halloween activities, leaving those decisions where they belong with parents. Knowing that sugar and food colouring make for poor learning, please ensure lunches are reasonably healthy next week still, and avoid sending in “extra” candy to share!

WOW! Thank you to the over 230 people who attended the first Friday Family Fun Night of the school year last week! A wonderful $702.98 profit was raised, over 70lbs of ham consumed, 90 cups of spiced cider enjoyed, and 20 pumpkins creatively carved. It was a great kickoff night, and we had a lot of fun. A special shout out to our amazing volunteers this month: Chantelle Bakker, Tina Hiebert, Victoria Krahn, Val Bokma, Nancy Robinson, Carrie Vis, Amanda Cameron, Cole Versnick, Caleb Krahn, Keith Sinke, Suzie Guenther, Keith Cameron, Ellyn Sinke, Carrie Rempel, Jacqueline Dalm and Wilma Sinke. This group officially holds the record for the fastest clean up time of 7:20pm!Mark your calendars for next month's FFFN - Fri Nov 25 in the ICS gym.
Youth groups, families, bible study groups, church groups and individuals are welcome to reserve your volunteer spot in the next FFFN by contacting the school office 519.773.8476 or emailing

Volleyball: Team selection has now been done for the boys and girls teams. Extra, extra! Mrs Penny Bosma will be running an optional girls volleyball clinic on Thursday from 9-11 at ICS. Come on out and grow those skills, girls!

Cross Country: The junior and senior teams recently participated in the last meet of this year at Dundas Conservation Area.  It was a cold and miserable day outside (perfect running conditions), but our spirits were high nevertheless.  I was very proud of the runners’ efforts and enthusiasm and when the official results are emailed to me I will let the runners know. Thank you to all the parents who helped volunteer to drive for practices and those who cheered us on along the way!

Private Music Lessons: Guitar Lessons are now also 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

Electives: Do you have a special talent you can share with our student body? Electives are a 5 week unit for grades 4-8 in late January to early February. In the past we have included activities such as Woodworking, Cooking & Baking, Badminton, Computers, Small Engines, Cake Decorating, Curling and others. If you can help, please contact the office.

From the Aylmer Public Library: PD Board Games Day! Oct 28/16

free-skate.pngFree Skate: Looking for something to do with your children on the upcoming PD day? Kindred Credit Union has rented the ice rink at EECC on October 28th from 1-3pm.  Skate rental NOT included.
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JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your new library bag.
November Scholastic book orders: due Nov. 11.
Bible: Abraham & Jacob’s Journey unit review.
Letter/Sound of the week:  c We now know: s, a, t, i, n, p. SK words: a, the, at, I, in, it, God. Continue to review these letters/words 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: Counting, identifying corresponding numerals.
JK Math: Sorting objects by: colour, size, number, shape and position. Can we make a pattern?
Cross curricular theme for October: Signs of change and apples.
October 31: Sports Day! Come wearing your favourite sports team shirt/hat or how about wearing your own jersey from the sport you played?

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (  
Today was an exciting day at school because we shared our day with many grandparents and senior friends who came to visit us.  We thank the Lord for them all.           
Spelling: Dictation quiz was a review of Lists 1-7 today.
Mathematics: The students are practicing addition and subtraction facts up to 10. They are learning to write fact families.
Scholastic Book Orders: November flyers were sent home today. Please return by Fri. Nov. 4. Thank you.
Harvest Storytime at the Aylmer Public Library: Yesterday we had a beautiful visit to the library. We also took a little bit of the library back to our classroom so we can enjoy some more stories. Thank you to all our helpers.
Remember to bring to school:
  • Form: Information Technology Form
  • Book Order due November 4
  • October 31: Sports Day! Come wearing your favourite sports team shirt/hat or how about wearing your own jersey from the sport you played?

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Happy Birthday to Rebecca Krahn (October 30), who is turning 8! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.

Memory Work for Wed., Nov.  2

I have hidden your word in my heart
   that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
   teach me your decrees.
Psalm 119:11-12   
Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, Nov.4  : List 6
Gr 2 words: be, see, got, she, sheep, shop, queen, been, bee, he, top, read
Gr 3 words: save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, threw, none
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Colton Dykxhoorn. Next week: Gabriella Friesen
Harvest Storytime at the Aylmer Public Library: We are planning to walk to the Library on Monday, October 31 for this Harvest Storytime and also have each student sign out one book to take back to the classroom.. The time frame would be from 10:15a.m.- 12:05p.m. Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered. We are still able to take more volunteers! Please write me a note in your child’s planner or email to confirm if you would like to volunteer!
Math Facts: Our first set of addition facts were sent home on Monday. Please practice these often with your children. Our first quiz will be on Monday, Nov.7 !
A.R.: A few students already have their goal! Great work. Reminder that goals are due November 17!
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
  • Book Order due November 11
  • October 31: Sports Day! Come wearing your favourite sports team shirt/hat or how about wearing your own jersey from the sport you played?
Please feel free to communicate with me in the agenda, telephone or email!
Thank you Grandparents for coming to our class today! May God bless you all.

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Spelling Dictation. There will be no Spelling Dictation this week. Our next Spelling Dictation will be on Fri. Nov. 4, with a Review of Units 1 - 7.
Math Quiz - Wed. Nov. 2: (Gr. 3) Addition with Regrouping, eg.) 84 + 17 = 101, 430 + 97 = 527
(Gr. 4) Order of Operations, eg) 20 - 5 - 4 - 1 = 15 - 4 -1 = 11 - 1 = 10  or  27 - 2 x (3 + 5) = 27 - 2 x 8 = 27 - 16 = 11
Student of the Week: Next week, our Student of the Week is Rhode Dalm.
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home yesterday, (Tues. Oct. 25). A few students are close to achieving their goals. A number of students are still reading steadily.Take out some time to read over the long weekend, girls and boys.  Aim to carefully complete some quizzes when you return to school next week. You can do it!
Scholastic Book Orders: November flyers were sent home today. Please return by Fri. Nov. 4. Thank you.
GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (
Memory Work: Next week’s memory work - Colossians 3:12-14
Spelling Quiz: November 4th - see review notes in binder
Creation Studies:  ---There will be a test on Biodiversity on Friday, November 4.  We will review next week.
Writing: Writing poetry together
Reading: Students are asked to set reading goals each night, such as a chapter per night and talk with someone about it.
Math: Workbook: Exercise 8 will be reviewed and finished on Monday, Unit Review on Tuesday, Unit Test Thursday, November 3.
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.
Volunteers for Send out project: We hope weather will allow us to go to the park Nov. 4th, please let me know if you are available. We need 2 adult helpers.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
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AR:  A reminder that students are to achieve their AR goals for term 1 by Thursday, November 17.  Some students have yet to take an AR Test.
Bible:  -Students are interviewing grandparents and reflecting upon the wisdom they share with us.  Reflections are due on Wednesday, November 2.  
-Final submission of Proverbs journals will be Friday, November 4.  
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Music: Parent Commitment forms are due in to Mrs Cameron with the damage deposit of $50. 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.
Library/Tech: Is your public library card number recorded in your planner?
Art: Complete illumination for next week Monday. Some class time will be given to complete written assignment (shared document).