Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 26th Journal, 2017


Wednesday, April 26th, 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.
April 27th - Round 3 gr. 7/8 Immunization Hep B, HIV and Men  
                      Dodgeball mania at ICS 6-8pm
         28th - Sub lunch
                      Friday Family Fun Night 5-7pm
May    1st - Spring MAP testing begins
          3rd - Chapel Gr. 1
          5th -  Hat & Gum Day
          6th -  Bluewater Badminton tournament at LDCSS
         10th - Chapel Gr 2/3
                    Spring Membership meeting 7-9pm
          14th - ICS @ Aylmer CRC 10am
          15th - PA day MAP review (no classes)
          16th - Track & Field (Note new Tuesday date), Hot lunch - Pizza
         18th - Track & Field rain date
         20th - ICS Golf tournament Pine Knot
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:
We’ve been reaching out for your thoughts a lot over these past few weeks, asking for input on myself, on teacher reviews for Ms Karista Smeets or Mr Paul Bierman, and asking for your reactions to our Celebration of Learning. Your feedback is valuable. We want to be growing in our teaching, in our leadership, and in the content of our educational program! Your feedback is also very encouraging as we deal with the complexities of each day, and of each child. I wanted to share one supporter’s reflection in that regard about how the Celebration of Learning, “helps me appreciate the creativity that is encouraged in the children…. As the school year winds down, I would think this ‘fires up’ learning again - lots of positive energy.” Thank-you for sharing with us!
In Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Harold & Robin Winter & Jeff & Katie Zylstra.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Librarian Mrs. Nancy Robinson.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Next order will be sent out on May 3rd.
Recycling:  No more egg cartons please we have plenty now. Thanks to those who have contributed.  
NEW DATES: As we emailed all parents, due to changes at East Elgin, our track and field date has changed to Tuesday May 16, immediately following our PA day. While frustrating, we hope this is early enough to change your schedules...
Christian Education Sundays: We look forward to making an appearance in a few churches every year!
Sunday, May 14th at Aylmer CRC
Sunday, May 28th at Aylmer Full Gospel
We are still seeking 3+ new ICS families for 2017-2018! Spread the word… offer a no-obligation tour of our school with Keith!
  • Our JK program still has room at a price 60% lower than our full tuition!
  • 20% New to ICS Incentive! This ICS discount for a family new to full-time Christian education is worth $2500!
  • Plus a possible $1500-$2500 Off with the Christian School Foundation New Family Incentive! Do you need a “nudge” to reassure you as you enrol? We can apply for a bursary! Up to $1500 regardless of ability to pay, higher amounts based on financial need. Applications for Foundation funds can be made by May 15.

Bluewater District PD Day - Your teachers met in Strathroy last Friday with colleagues from the Bluewater District. We heard from two OACS teachers who are very excited about the culture and climate that the Responsive Classroom approach has helped support in their schools (Timothy Christian and Halton Hills Christian). The approach is consistent with, and would work best, in a Christian worldview. A common approach to learning helps unite a school and gives consistency across teachers, while still allowing for individual gifts and preferences. Ms Pieters and Mr Cameron will participate in a site visit at Halton Hills this Friday as we look at Responsive Classroom in action!

Unplug & Play Week April 23rd-29th - Event tickets have been distributed to students who handed in their order forms. ICS is hosting ‘Dodgeball Mania’ Thurs April 27th. Gr. 1-3 from 6:00-7:00pm and Gr. 4-8 from 7:00-8:00pm. Extra tickets will be available at the door.

Yearbook Advertising: The ICS annual yearbook, captures exciting memories that each child and family can enjoy for years to come. We are very thankful for the business sponsors who help to make this project possible, and look forward to continuing assistance this year. If you would like to advertise your business in our yearbook, please contact the office.
Ad costs: Business Card $40, 1/4 page $60, 1/2 page $100, Full page $160 and inside cover is $300.

File:Bazooka gum.jpg - Wikimedia CommonsCowboy, Hat - Free images on PixabayHat & Gum Day Friday May 5th: This is an annual fun day held to raise funds for local charities. This year the proceeds will be forwarded onto the Corner Cupboard. Students may buy $1 licences to chew gum and wear hats in class for the entire day. Tickets are also sold for $1 each for fun activities in the gym such as, face painting, hair chalk, nail art, basketball shooting and glow bowling! We encourage a $1 donation as well. Students may bring a small amount of money (no more than $6) to participate. Our grade 8 students volunteer to help run Hat & Gum Day along with the Education Committee. If you are available May 5th from 8:30-10:45am, please see the fun volunteer opportunities available at:

Spring Membership meeting - Will be held on Wednesday May 10th from 7-9pm. If you are a member or not, come out and get informed as to what is happening with your school and socialize with other parents. For members without children here, your agenda will either be mailed or placed in your church mailbox. Did you know that attending a membership meeting counts for 2 hrs towards your G.I.F.T. hours?

The details are now available for our 2nd Annual ICS Camping Weekend!!!! Last year was an awesome weekend with 12 families camping together. It would be great to have even more families join us this year!! It will be August 25, 26 and 27 (two nights) and  located at Golden Pond RV Resort, Putnam, Ont. – same location as last year. There are a group of sites held for us until May 10 so please book your site before this date but it is first come, first served!! They require a $50.00 reservation fee. Check out the link for all the details about the park and contact information for booking your site. Please contact Cliff Janssens at 519-276-1883 or if you have any questions. See you in August!!!

Raise to Praise Campaign UPDATE: Week #6 and we are well over 65% of the current Campaign Goal of $100,000!!!!  We are now entering into the final weeks of the campaign and so you still have time to prayerfully consider how you would like to partner together on the ICS journey.  Our goal is to continue building partnerships so that a Christ centered education can be offered for  many more children and for many more years to come.  Please join us on this journey and keep ICS and our R2P Campaign in your prayers!   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jim Vording – 519-644-0989 or Janine Shelton – 519-619-0738.

Poster.pngFFFN: Gather round with the whole family and enjoy a family style meal at this month's Friday Family Fun Night this Fri Apr 28 from 5:00-7:00pm.  Dinner will be a Spaghetti and Meat Marinara, tossed Caesar Salad, toasted Garlic Bread, Tomato Caprese Salad and Dessert.  Vegan and Gluten Free options available.  Cost is Adults $8 and Children (10 + under) $5 and all proceeds go directly back into the school!  Delivery to Heritage Place and Takeout are available.
Looking to spend some good quality time with the Friday Family Fun Night crew? Sign up today at: Complimentary dinner included!
*Tina Vyn will also have the Living Books & Cards displayed and available to purchase.  

Golf - Free images on Pixabay2017 ANNUAL ICS GOLF TOURNAMENT - The upcoming Annual ICS Golf Tournament being held on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club is now full of golfers! Thanks to all who registered for this wonderful event! There will be prizes for the “Best or Most Uniquely Dressed Golf Team.” Photographer needed: The Golf committee is looking for a photographer for the tourney. After taking photos they will need to be able to put together a slide show. Can you help? Let the office know.

Jr. Basketball: Congratulations to the Jr. Girls and Boys teams as they both placed 3rd in the league tournament in St. Thomas yesterday.  Thank you for all of your hard work.  The coaches wish to thank Mrs. Poortenga and Mr. Bokma for their assistance as well.  It was so great to see so many parents cheering for their kids.  It was a fun day.
Please return any school jerseys to Ms. Farrow Jones.

Senior Badminton: Practice next week: Wednesday May 3. Tournament @ LDCSS Saturday May 6. Time:  8:15am until 4pm (everyone is guaranteed 3 games)

Jr and Sr Battle of the Books: Our teams performed so well at last week’s Battle Day! They faced tough competition, so they did not come home with prizes, but they worked wonderfully in their teams. It was fun to be at the point of testing their recall of the 10 books they had read over the winter. Well done everyone! Keep on reading and enjoying your books! Thanks to Rev. Winter, our extra driver and coach (who had also read all the Senior books!)..

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
A huge THANK YOU to Miss Helena as she finished off her last placement in the Fanshawe Early Childhood Education program. We really appreciated all her time and energy with our kinders.
Happy Birthday to Cecilia Saarloos (April 24), who turned 5 on Monday! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.
Scholastic Order: If you are purchasing anything, please return the order by May 12 with payment: cash, cheque or online.

JK and SK Homework: What’s in my egg? Please return this egg on a day most convenient for you throughout the month of April. This activity will take place of all Show & Tell for the month and special helpers will be drawn randomly.
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your library bag.
Bible: Noah’s Ark and Parables.
Number of the week: 2, two (What makes 2? Can we spell it? Can we make it rhyme?)
We now know: the whole alphabet! Continue to review letter names and sounds at home.
This week’s SK 4 baseball sight words: that, he of, but.
SK Math: Addition JK Math: Extending patterns and printing numerals 5-10.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (
Happy 7th Birthday          
Roenan Hiebert
Friday, May 1, 2017
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
Memory Work: for Wed. May 3
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Ruth 1:16
Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Friday, May 5
Grade 1 words will be from list 27: car, far, jar, star, start, farm, harm, are
Scholastic Order: The May flyers went home today. If you are purchasing anything, please return the order by May 12 with payment: cash, cheque or online. Thank-you.
Math: Grade 1s are learning how to read and draw the pictures for multiplication equations. The first number tells how many groups there are and the second number tells how many to put in each group. 2 x 4 = ?
  • Library Books due tomorrow
  • To enjoy reading your books and Sports Ball sight word page(s)
  • Connect to Grow forms (included in the report card envelope)

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Happy Birthday to Eve Sinke (April 28), who is turning 8! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.
Memory Work: for Wednesday, May 3
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from
sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though
they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
~ 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV)
Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, April 28: List 24
Gr 2 : why, try, trying, eat, mean, read, sunny, fly, treat, each, clean, reply
Gr 3:  colour, odour, store, calendar, dollar, party, liar, after, number, better, doctor, weather, every, forty, sugar, worst, encourage
Math: The grade 2s have completed their unit on multiplication and division. We have practiced our 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 times tables. These are great things to continue practicing throughout the year or over the summer!
We have just begun our unit on Fractions! We aim to understand how to write fractions, find fractions of a whole, compare and order unit fractions, and make a whole with two or more fractions of the same denominator. You have help your child succeed in this unit by showing them real-life examples of fractions or asking them how many ______ would make a whole. Mathletics can also be a helpful resource.
Creation Studies: The presentations went so well and we were able to share with each other the neat things we had learned. Some students even knew people in their province/territory and told personal stories. Well done!
The symbol for this week: Nature in Canada.
Bible: Our journey through the Old Testament continues with Abram. We have seen time and time again that God is faithful and keeps His promises. The stories of Abram, Sarai, and Lot highlight these attributes so well.
Library: Library class tomorrow. Remember to return your books!
Scholastic Order: If you are purchasing anything, please return the order by May 12 with payment: cash, cheque or online.

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Friday, April 28, Spelling - Unit 26.
Grade 3 words are: ghost, neighbour, high, knew, knot, unknown, rewrap, wrong, written, wrapper, unwrap, climb, limb, naw, gnat, kneel, wheel
Grade 4 words are: herd, heard, clothes, close, hour, our, two, too, their, there, ceiling, sealing, shoot, chute, strait, straight, medal, meddle, knight, night
Scholastic Book Order: May flyers were sent home today. Please have your child return any completed Book Orders to school by Fri. May 12 with payment. Thank you.
Math: Friday, April 28: Grade 4 Quiz: Addition and Subtraction of 2-place decimals.
Creation Studies: What an array of interesting and colourful Bird Projects, girls and boys! From far away birds, to backyard birds, student projects span four of the five major bird groups! We are looking forward to our in-class Project Share Day on Friday, May 12. Further project details will be included in next week’s Journal.
Wed. April 26: Memory Work: 1 Peter 2:10 (NIV) Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Student of the Week: This week’s Students’ of the Week are: Promise Atkinson, Madyson Bakker, Owen Banman.
Next week: Avery Bergen, Rhode Dalm, Luke Foster.

  • Connect to Grow forms (included in the Report Card envelope)
  • Library Books due tomorrow
  • May Book Orders for Scholastics due Fri. May 12

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (
Memory Work: - 1 Samuel 16:7-11 Due this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Bible: Healing of the 10 Lepers! Questions and Journal Entry due Friday.
LA/Reading: Ch. 14& 15 work due Tuesday May 2nd
Spelling/Grammar: Grammar test on Verbs, verb tense, adjectives, conjunctions, and prepositions is  Friday, April 28th. Worksheets due Thursday, April 27.
Math: Relating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents pages 312-315. Text work due by Friday Practice #1(a-d) 2-12, (gr 6 ex #7 in Singapore Math Workbook)
Volunteers: We would like to go to Steen Park on Friday from 1:00-2:15 for some nature appreciation/exploration. We need 2 parent volunteers to join us.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Student Led Devotions - This Week: Th- Tyson.  Next week: Tue- Alyssa, Th- Cody, Fri- Braden
Memory Work:  Philippians 4:6,7- oral by Friday.
Math: Algebra Test- Friday, April 28.
Music:  BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO SCHOOL - every Monday and Wednesday! We are preparing for the Music Festival at Canada’s Wonderland.
June 8th-9th Canoe Trip: We’d hope to have registration and payment complete by Fri Apr 28. As Mr Bierman and I have discussed this trip, we see that to keep the focus on teamwork and challenge, we’d like to make this an “electronics fast” as well. Cell phones don’t like water anyways, so be prepared that all electronics stay on the bus! Please contact Mr Cameron or Mr Bierman with any questions.
Art: Fraction Art is due by Monday, May 1st. Photography proposal is due before next class, see Google Classroom.