Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February 15th Journal 2017


Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Mission:  Immanuel Christian School assists parents in raising children to follow Christ with an excellent elementary program and a focus on Christian character growth.
Feb 15th - New Registration Day
                 Chapel - Gr 3/4
                 School skate 2-3pm
       16th -100 days of school!
                 LDCSS Gr’s 5-8  workshops at ICS
       17th - Jump into Kindergarten #4
                 Winter Electives #4, Cross-Fit Gym, Grade 3
                 (Deadline to confirm your 2017-18 registration)
                 LDCSS PD Day - (no classes)
      20th - Family Day Holiday (no classes)
      21st - PD Day (MAP review)
      22nd- Hockey practice (7:00-8:00am)
                Hot lunch - Pancake Day              
                Chapel - Gr 5/6
      24th- FFFN 5-7pm
Mar 25th - Royal Canadian Legion District public speaking
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476
LDCSS:   519-455-4360
Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):

ICS Spirit Wear: check out the possibilities on:
From the Principal’s Desk:
For our Committees and for myself, this time of year is budget time, as we prepare submissions for next year to our Finance Committee. We ask questions about what we need to sustain and grow our school. How many new families will enrol for next year? Do we replace a bus (or two)? Should we invest in a proper school database instead of multiple unlinked spreadsheets? What is our priority and plan to repay our debt incurred in fostering our growth over the past few years? Should we add an ECE to maintain a high-quality JK program alongside a 5-day SK program? Do we go for a student activity fee, or keep with chocolate bars, small fees throughout the year and other fundraisers? What is our role as a school as a partner with our families, and what resources are needed? What is an idea for now, and what isn’t? What should we do more of? Less of? With every budget, there are a set of values represented. The real questions are: What things do we value at ICS? And, where is God leading us as His school? The cost of Christian education in the province of Ontario is not cheap. But the value is immense. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Pr 22:6, NIV). Our roadside sign declares that ICS partners with families in raising children. Our mission declares that we do that “with an excellent elementary program and a focus on Christian character growth!” Please keep our Finance Committee and Board in prayer as we seek to follow God’s leading in planning the coming year.
In Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Randy and Bettina Poortinga and Fred and Carrie Rempel.  
Let us also keep the Schuurman family in our prayers as they travel to Pembroke for the funeral of Joanne’s Grandfather Bryan Kenny. May God grant you strength, peace, and comfort during this difficult time.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Grade 1 teacher Ms Pieters.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P):  Pickup tomorrow Feb 16th. Next order will be sent out on Feb 22nd.
New, New Logo, New Sign, New ...The Meat & Baked Goods committee will be trying out a new company for our Easter sale. Our regular businesses will  continue for our June sale. Please go to your family and friends and collect as many orders as you can to help support the school! Watch for next week’s journal to find out what company it is!

2017-2018 Registration: We are asking you to confirm your registration for 2017/2018 using the link at (also on FB) by this Friday 17 Feb. Thank-you for your help in this. Please contact Keith if you have any questions or wish to chat about your options!

image1.jpegDo you have any old or broken crayons? Tara Foster, through Tillsonburg Alliance Church, is collecting them for Operation Christmas Child. They will be melted down and made into new crayons which will be put into shoeboxes for children 2-4 years old. Please bag and send in to the office if you have crayons to dispose of!

Legion Zone Public Speaking:  Congratulations to Katelyn Janssens (2nd place Primary level) and Josh Vannoord (1st place Junior level) at the Legion Zone competition last Saturday in St. Thomas. Josh will now be able to compete at the Legion District Public speaking competition in Lucan on Saturday, March 25.

Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has no school (MAP PA Day) on Tuesday February 21st, the busing for LDCSS will be as follows: Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45am (students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40am). The return trip home will be done in reverse
ICS at 8:00 am
End of Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Lyons at 8:15am
Andre Kroondyk home 47000 Wilson Line at 8:25 am
Belmont Arena 8:28
Manning Drive 8:30am

ARE YOU CREATIVE? Do you enjoy scrapbooking? Then we have a job for you!!!   The Yearbook committee is looking for a few people who would be interested in creating a few pages for the ICS student yearbook. The students love reminiscing about all they have done at ICS.  These pages can be done at home at your convenience so this would be another great way to get some of your volunteer hours in for the school year.  Please let the office know soon or contact Mrs. Cameron at so we can begin designing the 2016/17 yearbook.

Sports Update: We will begin junior basketball and senior badminton practices soon. These will run during the school day for Feb, with after-school practices starting in Mar:
Girls junior (gr 4-6) basketball: Fri @ lunch (after electives) - coach: Ms Farrow Jones. (After school in March on Tue) We will try next Wednesday for tryouts.
Boys junior (gr 4-6) basketball: Tue @ lunch - coach: Mr Bierman (After school in March on Thu)
Mixed senior (7-8) badminton: Thu @ lunch - coach: Miss Smeets (After school in March on Weds)

SCHOOL CAMPING 2017We are planning our 2nd annual School Camping Weekend. It is scheduled for August 25 – 27 at Golden Pond RV Resort near Putnam. So..... save this date and if you have something else planned for that weekend..... Change it!! Last year was a ton of fun and this year will be even better!!!  Those who weren’t there last year missed out on a great, fun weekend. More details to follow including booking information.

FFFN - Take a night off from cooking and bring your whole family to enjoy this month's Friday Family Fun Night on Friday, February 24 from 5:00-7:00pm in the school gym.  Cost is Adults $8 and Children (10 + under) $5 and all proceeds go directly back into the school!  Invite a family along with you - they'll love the break from cooking dinner :)
Invitations are available to make things easier or share the event link on facebook:  
Delivery to Heritage Place and Takeout are available. Spots are still available if you are looking to spend some good quality time with the Friday Family Fun Night crew.  Sign up today at:
Complimentary dinner is included!

SK, Gr. 1 & 2 Field Trip: For our last Friday during electives we will be going bowling. We will need 6 volunteers to help us on February 24 from 1:05pm - 3:15pm. Please let us know soon if you will be joining us for this exciting afternoon. Thank you.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your library bag.
Bible: God’s Amazing Love, Esther Becomes Queen, Esther 1-2.
Letter/Sound of the week: w We now know: s, a, t, i, n, p, c, k. e, h, r, d, m, g, o, u, f, l, b, x.
SK words: a, the, at, I, in, it, God, blue, green, red and yellow, purple, orange, black, brown, white, & with. CVC words: -at, -it, -an, -in and -ing. New Words: and & can.
JK Printing: Please continue to work on writing your name at home, using the proper lowercase letters.
SK Math: Exploring the Ten Frame. What Makes 10?
JK Math: Exploring the Ten Frame.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Wed. Feb. 22 As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Friday, Feb. 17
Grade 1 words will be from list 20: late, feet, cone, line, snake, gave, jeep, use
  • Library Books are due tomorrow
  • To enjoy reading your books and sight word page(s)
  • Pancake Lunch - Wed., Feb. 22nd

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground’ Genesis 1:28

Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, February 17: List 17
Gr 2 : now, down, how, out, shout, about, our, house, slow, show, town, allow
Gr 3: follow, below, own, grown, town, ground, around, found, about, house, group, would, should, country, cousin, crowd, wound
Accelerated Reader: A few students already have their Term 2 goals! Are you taking ARs each week?
Student of the Week: This week: Shane Dykxhoorn. Next week: Presley Fehr
Bible Test: Thurs. Feb. 16. In The Beginning God...Students brought their Study Guides home on Mon, Feb. 13.
Creation Studies Quiz: Stay tuned for information on our Solids, Liquids, Gases  unit quiz on Mon, Feb 27.
Remember: Library books are due tomorrow
*Gr 3 Students: On Friday, Feb. 17, we are looking forward to an afternoon session at the CrossFit Gym in St. Thomas. We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson for extending an invitation to us to be able to enjoy some physical activities and games. Thank you to our bus drivers, Mr. Doug and Mrs. Ann Walters. Our I.C.S departure and return time, is the same as with our Swim to Survive lessons. * Please note: Students will not require swimwear or towels this Friday, Feb. 17. They may wear their ICS Gym clothes. Our final session at the St. Thomas Family YMCA will take place next Friday, Feb. 24. We will be receiving our Swim to Survive standard from the Canadian LifeSaving Society during that time, and will also enjoy a recreational swim.  Ms. Buma

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Memory Work: Wed. Feb. 22.  Song: I Am the Light of the World
I am the light of the world. I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me
will never walk in the dark, will never walk in the dark, but have the light of life.
Words: John 8:12
Music: June Fischer Armstrong
Library Class: Tomorrow is Library Class. Please return any due books.
Accelerated Reader: AR goals are due March 1. AR Reports will be sent home on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Fri. Feb. 17 - Grade 3 words are: disagree, again, given, other, money, problem, does, of, some, laid, change, tired, read, nice, lower, please, unlock
*Grade 4 words are: shoes, clues, wound, junior, truth, duty, news, through, few, who, schoolroom, whose, conclusion, June, shampoo, cruel, choose, ruin, lose, groups
Student of the Week: This week’s Student of the Week is Dylan Rempel.
Next week: Wed. Feb. 22, Josiah Kroondyk, Thurs. Feb. 23, Gloria Loewen, Fri. Feb. 24, Michael Penner.
Bible Test: Thurs. Feb. 16. In The Beginning God…
Thurs. Feb. 23 - Creation Studies Science Quiz - Light. Refer to your in-class duotang notes, girls and boys.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (
Memory Work: John 10:14-18 Students have memory work books that they write in and practise from. Due next week Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Bible: Finishing Unit overview in class
LCH_workshop-AD-FEB.jpgReading: Daily reading has a direct link to academic confidence and success. Students are reminded to not see reading as a hassle but a privilege.
Math: Unit test Wednesday, February 22nd
LA: We will be studying The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Students will be reading a chapter per week.
Check out Epic Books - Sign in under my email and use ICSfollow as a password to check out Audio books and online reading.
Spelling: Feb 17th quiz.
GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
LDCSS- The staff of LDCSS will visit ICS Thursday to lead the students in several fascinating workshops.  Ask your child(ren) about the exciting things happening at the local Christian high school over dinner tomorrow.  
Student Led Devotions - This Week:  Thursday- Abigail, Friday- Tyson
Next Week: Tue- Lucas, Thu- Hayden, Fri- Micah
Memory Work: Students will select three of the statements/passages found on page 103 of the Esther unit.  They are to determine if they agree, disagree, or believe the statement could go either way- and give justification for their opinions. Due: Friday, Feb. 17.
Science:  Students have been provided a lessened homework load to allow them to work on their science fair projects at home.  A reminder that careful planning and diligence will keep stress in check and produce better results.  Reminder: there is a planning guide found on the class wiki to assist on keeping on track.  Students should be working on their research paper at this point.  In addition, they should have identified variables and suggested an hypothesis.  Limited class time will be used from this point forward.  
Reading:  Test on the Bronze Bow. Friday, February 17.
Art: Wire art projects due, displayed work and written work.