Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 30th Journal, 2016

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, Nov 30th, 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.
Tonight:  Fall Membership Meeting 7pm
Dec    1st  Food Under the Tree begins
         7th  Chapel - Advent#2 with Rev. Harold Winter
         9th  PD Day
         Christmas Concert - Derrick Drover & Amanda Cameron 7pm
       14th  School Chapel - dress rehearsal
                ICS Christmas concert 7-8:30pm
       21st  Chapel - Advent#4 with Pastor Franz Friesen
                Board meets 8pm
      22nd  Last day of school
                School skate 2-3pm ( JK / SK has alternate plans)
      23rd - Jan 8th Christmas Holidays
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6

Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
Parents, you will have received your children’s reports home with this Journal. I think the following article, emailed to me yesterday, by Dr. Robert Bruinsma published on Oct 24 in the Christian Courier is appropriate:
Being able to read is a great gift from God. … Reading has many uses, not the least of which is being able to access the Bible, God’s love letter to us. Then there is the immense enjoyment and enlightenment that comes from reading non-biblical literature. Finally, there is the usefulness of being able to read more functional print such as reports, memos, manuals, recipes, medicine bottles and road signs. Parents understand the importance of reading. “What can I do to help my child be a better reader?” was one of the most frequent questions I heard during my long career as a teacher and reading educator. My answer? “Read with each of your children for 15 minutes each day.” That’s it. “That’s it?” many ask. “Surely there’s more to it than that!”
“Nope. That’s it.” … Find a quiet spot and take an unhurried and uninterrupted 15 minutes each day with your children, preferably one-on-one, and share a good book (or even a not so good book if your child isn’t interested in the classics). Read to your child and talk about what you’ve read. Have the child read a few words or sentences, or just point at a familiar letter or a picture that goes with what you’ve read. Make this a special time so that reading becomes associated with your love for each other. For what a child (or any one of us) experiences as a loving, enjoyable, special time is the greatest motivator for wanting to continue with that activity, whatever it is.”
Canadian literacy expert, Dr. Frank Smith, has said that learning any worthwhile skill is largely a function of the company we keep, whether that’s learning to play hockey, fly fish, bake a cake or read. Our children emulate those whom they love and respect, both real and virtual people.…. Having your kids seeing you read often and avidly, will be a great incentive for them to be like you and become readers too.
Does this sound too easy? Well, it’s not. Finding 15 dedicated minutes a day of reading time with each of your kids is probably one of the hardest things you can do. It’s hard to make this much unhurried, dedicated time available in the midst of a busy life of work, household chores, errands, meetings, phone calls, emails, Facebook, Twitter, dog walking, nose wiping, homework helping, TV watching and all the other seemingly endless things that take our attention as parents. Your kids’ teachers will do many wonderful things at school to help them unlock the intricate code of written language. The best thing you can do is read with each of them 15 minutes per day.
I hope to see you at the Fall membership meeting tonight - hot dips to entice you, good conversation on how we’ve done as a school over the last year, and thoughts on where we’re going together...
in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Farewell: to Darrell and Helen Klassen with Seth, Devon and Jedidiah. Devon and Jedidiah had been in our part-time homeschool partnership program for math. They have now transferred to McGregor and Davenport Public schools. We have been a school home for the Klassens for 4 years following the tragic death of their daughter, and we wish them God’s continued presence and strength in their daily walk.
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Cliff & Christine Janssens and Abe & Sara Klassen.
  • Please also remember the Lockyer family in your prayers as Andrew's aunt Sally has passed away after a long and difficult journey. They are thankful that she is no longer in pain and is now in heaven with our Lord.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Bus drivers: Mr Abe Miller, Mrs. Rita Tesselaar and Mr. Doug & Mrs. Ann Walters. Thank you for taking our students/children to and from school each day, in a safe and timely manner.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Order form has been attached. Due on Dec 8th with pickup on Dec 15th.
Meat & Baked Goods: Pickup will be on Thursday Dec 15th from 2:30 - 4pm.
Service Projects for this Christmas Season:
Dec 1st starts the “The Food Under the Tree” drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food under the decorated Christmas tree located in the front entrance. These items will be picked up by the Corner Cupboard and distributed to needy families at Christmas time. Please help us by picking up a few extra items with your weekly groceries and send them to school with your child(ren). We’ve themed our donations again this year:
- Dec 2: Tuna Thursday
- Dec 6: Pasta Tuesday
- Dec 8: Babyfood Thursday
- Dec 12: Toothbrushes and Paste Tuesday
- Dec 14: Cereal Thursday
Hats/Mittens/Socks: We will try to bless the less fortunate in our community by collecting new hats, mittens, or socks to put under the tree. The Optimist Club works together with the Corner Cupboard. They appreciate our schools involvement in these projects. Thank you!

IMG_1075.JPGChristmas parade: The promotions committee would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Tillsonburg & Aylmer parades. Our sincere appreciation to Guenther Trucking for the use of the trailer, all those involved in creating the float, as well as all the parents and students who braved the cold to ride the float.

A Wedding to Remember: We are excited to invite you to our wedding themed auction fundraiser on January 28, 2017! By now we hope most of you have received the news about our event and are looking for more info!  Even if you haven’t received the details, tour our site and stay tuned on our ICS Facebook page. Over the next few weeks leading up to our big event, we encourage you to check back for fun facts, updates, photos and information. Reservations can be made on our website or by calling the school office. Tickets are $25/pp or $200/table and can be purchased at the school office. We have limited seating and anticipate a sold out event, so please RSVP quickly! We hope you will say "I Do" and join us! It will definitely be a Wedding to Remember!

Volleyball: Great volleyball playing last Friday at the Bluewater Small Schools Tournament! Skill level was high this year for all schools, and both our teams played well in sometimes very close, nail-biting games! Girls placed second overall, boys placed third! Well done giving glory to our Lord in sport! Thanks to our coaches: Mr Cameron & Mr Sinke for the girls, Mr TenBruggencate for the boys!

Sr Girls Basketball: Girls will be notified today if they have made the team. All afterschool practises will be Tuesdays. Lunch recess practices are tba. Thank you to all who tried out.

Jr. Volleyball (Tripleball): Tournament is December 5th, there was no parental response regarding driving so we will be taking a bus there and back. Bus will leave at 8:30 and return by 3:20.

From the Art Room - If you have sewing skills please let me know if you can volunteer in art class - Mondays 1-2:30, Fridays 1-2:30. Thanks!!

Christmas Carols & Hymns.jpgInvite a Friend! Friday December 9th, Christmas Carols & Hymns by Derrick Drover and Amanda Cameron! Cards are attached to this Journal - invite a friend to share the sounds of Christmas and the “reason for the season” with!

A screening of a documentary on the issue of pornography, is to be held 7 pm Tuesday December 6th, at Westfield Public School in Tillsonburg. Attached is a link to the website for the Over 18 documentary:  You can view the trailer here. There is also a FB link to this event

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
We would like to wish Lucas Kroondyk a very happy birthday. Lucas turned 4 years old on Sunday, November 27. Happy Birthday, Lucas! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
JK/SK Preparing for Christmas,
Memory Work for Wed., Dec. 7  The Little Drummer Boy Verse 3
Mary nodded, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
The ox and lamb kept time, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my drum for Him, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my best for Him, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,
rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum
Then He smiled at me, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Me and my drum.

Library: Please return your books each Monday with your library bag.
Bible: Forty Years of Wondering, Numbers 13-14, Deuteronomy 2:7. Entering the Promised Land, Numbers 20:1-13.
Letter/Sound of the week: m We now know: s, a, t, i, n, p, c, k. e, h, r  SK words: a, the, at, I, in, it, God, blue, green, red and yellow, purple, orange, black and brown.
SK Math: Shapes
JK Math: Size, order, describe and retell sequence.
Cross curricular theme for November: Preparing for Winter and All About Bears.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (
Dennis Fehr was excited to show us his new baby brother.
We marvelled at how beautifully God created him.

Memory Work for Wed., Dec. 7  The Little Drummer Boy Verse 3
Mary nodded, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
The ox and lamb kept time, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my drum for Him, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my best for Him, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,
rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum
Then He smiled at me, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Me and my drum.
Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Friday, Dec. 2 Grade 1 words are: cats, beds, bugs, pigs, tops,
Two review words plus a sentence is also part of each week’s dictation quiz.
Remember to bring to school:
  • Library Books are due tomorrow

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (

Memory Work for Wed., Nov.  30 Angels We Have Heard on High verse 1, 3

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Glo-o-o-o-o-ria in excelsis Deo
Glo-o-o-o-o-ria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the newborn King
Glo-o-o-o-o-ria in excelsis Deo
Glo-o-o-o-o-ria in excelsis Deo
Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, Dec 2 : List 10
Gr 2 words:  place, make, making, help, here, want, nice, to, two, into, solid, Christmas
Gr 3 words: children, search, teacher, reached, think, together, with, where, everywhere, short, push, finish, sure, who, whole, liquid, Christmas
Math: Grade 2’s have been working hard to learn addition and subtraction with regrouping (Try solving 275- 168)! Check in with your child and see if he or she can explain that to you. We have even been learning a poem to help us remember. Mathletics is another great resource to help solidify and practice what we have been learning in class.
Creation Studies: Our new unit, God Speaks Through Solids, Liquids, and Gases, has begun and we have been working hard to discover where we can see these different states of matter. A few interesting questions that we have discussed are: How would you classify light? Would ooblek (a slimy substance) be a liquid or a solid?
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Katelyn Janssens. Next week: Deserae Rempel
A.R.: New goals have been set and written in your child’s planner (on Tuesday). Let’s remember to pace ourselves and read good fit books!  
A reminder list of things to bring to school:
  • All Library Books are due tomorrow
Please feel free to communicate with me in the agenda, telephone or email!
We’ve started! All the Grade 3 students are studying Multiplication and Division together. We have learned how multiplication groups numbers in different ways - ask your child to draw 5 + 5+ 5 = 3 x 5 = 5 x 3 = (1 x 5) + (2 x 5)! Good work! We all need practice to help our memory! All Grade 3 students should complete 20 minutes of Mathletics at night, one activity is assigned, the rest of the time can be Live Math.

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Dec. 2 - Spelling Dictation. (Grade 3 words are): into, today, without, something, become, upon, myself, everybody, everyone, maybe, outside, basketball, homework, skateboard, earthquake, before, midnight
(Grade 4 words are): didn’t, that’s, they’re, you’re, couldn’t, haven’t, o’clock, we’re, isn’t, I’m, it’s, who’s, they’d, could’ve, they’ve, you’ll, don’t, aren’t, you’ve, mustn’t
Wed. Nov. 30: Memory Work: We Three Kings, (Verse 2 and the Refrain)
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain. Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.
By: John Hopkins Jr.
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Delilah Krahn. Next week: Josiah Kroondyk.
See grade 3 math note above...
Library Class: Tomorrow is Library class. Please return any due books.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (
Memory Work: Next week’s memory work - New Testament books of the Bible
Writing: Using cursive writing to tell others about Jesus during Christmas.
Reading: Starting second term AR goals.
Math: Workbook Exercises 1 - 2 due no later than Friday.
Art: If you like to sew or just have fun in art class, please join us. If you can join us Friday, Dec 2, to decorate a storefront in the afternoon, please let me know asap. so I can confirm arrangements. If you have decorating items to lend for a few weeks they would be greatly appreciated. Small chairs, metal pails or wooden boxes, material with Christmas Theme.
Bible: The library of the Bible activity is will be completed on Friday.
French: check out the French section of the 5/6 Wikispace! Access classroom resources and our calendar!  
Click here 5/6 Wiki or scan below…

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GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
*On Friday the class will take the high school bus to go to LDCSS to enjoy a concert- held from 9-10. After that we may be going to The Banting Museum, to learn more about insulin and the process of diffusion, which we learned about in our recently completed Cell Unit in Science.  
Bible: Students have received the Esther Multimedia Project expectations.  We will work on these in class throughout the unit and in Computer classes on Monday mornings.  Students lagging behind will need to catch up at home.
Memory Work:  “I am faithful when…” personal response. Due Friday.
Geography: This week, students should be working to complete part 2 and 3 (of 5 parts) of their Endangered Animal Project.  They will present their projects beginning December 19th.
Music:  Band instruments need to be at school on Mondays and Wednesdays for music class.  Continue to practice 3x every week and get your practice sheet signed.
Art: Please bring colourful socks by Monday. Do you know of any sewing volunteers?
French: QUIZ next week, Tuesday Dec 6th!
You will be tested on: être, avoir, aller, faire and verbs that end in -ER and -RE (all in the present tense).
Go to the 7/8 Wikispace for more information and to access Quizlet sets to help you study or scan here...
Practice for French Quiz on Dec 6th (verbes ending in -ER and -RE in the present tense.jpgPractice for French Quiz on Dec 6th (présent avoir, être, aller, faire).jpg