Wednesday, 17 May 2017

May 17th Journal, 2017


Wednesday, May 17th, 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.
May   19th - Track and Field NEW DATE
          20th - ICS Golf tournament @ Pine Knot
          22nd -Victoria Day - school closed
          24th - Chapel Gr 3/4
          26th - Gr 7&8 swim test & canoe trip training at YMCA 10:00am
          28th - ICS @ Aylmer Full Gospel 10am
          31st - District Track & Field in Strathroy (ICS closed)
June     1st - District Track & Field raindate
           2nd - ICS band at Canada’s Wonderland Music Festival
            7th - Chapel Gr 5/6
            8th - JK/SK field trip to Clovermead 9:30-3:00pm
         8-9th - Gr. 7/8 Canoe trip
           13th - School spirit day Canada Day
           14th - Chapel Gr 1
           15th - PA Day - Report card writing
           16th - K-Gr 4 field trip to African Lion Safari
                     FFFN 5-7pm
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:
Track and field is a hot topic when you have to reschedule! We had calendar issues earlier, and weather issues this week - thank-you for your graciousness as a community. With challenges, frustrations, wins and losses, determination and training, sport can be used as an analogy of the Christian life. An oft-quoted verse is 2 Corinthians 9:24 - “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” In chapel this morning we watched the inspirational video of Heather Dorniden, a college runner in 2008, as she fell during a critical race. Watch the video on YouTube to get the full effect: She is quoted after the race as declaring, “I feel like the Lord just filled me up and gave me the opportunity to show what amazing things can happen through Him.”
God works amazing things through all of us, and those things are not always what may be seen to be as great as this race, but goodness and grace in everyday events are no less amazing. Along those lines, I want to acknowledge two families who graciously topped up our long jump pits with sand on their own initiative, another family who in a discussion on kitchen improvements, volunteered to donate the needed countertop upgrade! There are other events like these on a frequent basis - it is a blessing to be in the ICS community as God works through each of us!
In Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Dave and Angie Bergen & Jake and Lydia Bergen.
Let us also remember the Lockyer family in our prayers. Keli lyn would like to ask for prayers and peace for their Grandfather who is in a nursing home and is not doing well.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our JK/SK teacher, Mrs. Penner.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): Pickup the 18th. Next order will be sent out on May 31st.
We have clovermead passes available for the adventure farm again!! The farm opens June 1, make sure to get your passes from TRIP! You'll save the tax and help out yourself and the school!!
Meat & Baked Goods: Due on May 25th with pickup on June 15th from 2:30-4pm.
We are still seeking 2+ new ICS families for 2017-2018! I have had many family interviews over the past few weeks, but no enrolments yet… Pray… Spread the word… offer a no-obligation tour!
  • 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.

Membership Meeting Recap - Thank you for attending last week's Spring Membership Meeting!  We picked up some fresh perspective from Justin Cook from OACS and took care of school business, including approval of the budget for the upcoming 2017/18 school year. Membership renewal for 2017/18 can be done now at the school office. If you have any questions regarding Membership, Membership Meetings and the process of becoming more involved in YOUR school, please email

We are looking for:
  • An occasional handyman. We maintain a list of minor building faults, most of which require a bit of time, a few tools and a bit of know-how. Fixing small things promptly can save us big repairs later on. Do you know someone (maybe partially retired) able to commit 1-2 hours weekly at ICS? Please let Mr Cameron know!
  • A source of clean topsoil. Our soccer goals are getting hollowed out and need some topsoil and grass seed. Again, if you can deliver some topsoil, we can save on playground maintenance!
  • Minor painting volunteers over the summer.  Can you help with minor touch-ups over the summer months? Doorways, doors, playground lines can all be touched up…. Waiting longer means a much bigger job!

Yearbook Advertising: You still have a chance 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.

Transportation Update - as briefed at the membership meeting, we did not have enough families who were able to jump off the bus for next year to offer a tuition rebate. We are looking at options for a small bus replacement this summer and we appreciate the good work done to date on scheduling - thank-you Transport Committee!

IMG_0527.JPGThe Promotions committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the families that come out on Saturday for the 150th parade and helped to fill our Birthday Bus! It was a great time spent with our school families while representing ICS with our presences in Aylmer.  A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Tesselaar for escorting the Birthday Bus along the parade route. It was truly a great time.

Golf - Free images on PixabayThe ICS Golf Tournament has one opening as we have had one team that is not able to attend. If you would like to enter a team, please contact Jeff Vannoord today @ 519-520-0943. For all those already registered, please be advised that we will be holding a Silent Action on the day of the tournament. The following items will be available for auction:
1. 200 feet of eavestroughing and downspouts - Hiebert Enterprises
2. Authentic "Maple Leafs" Golf Bag - Jeff Vannoord
3. Platinum Reconditioning Package - Goodwills Used Cars
4. Camper Trailer and Reserved Campsite at the Golden Pond Campgrounds August 26 weekend - ICS School Camp Out Weekend  - Trailer provided by Kevin Smit, Campsite donated by Golden Pond
5. Bed & Breakfast in Port Rowan - Phil and Kay Baese
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

2nd Annual ICS Camping Weekend!  If you still wish to sign up in the group area contact See you in August!!!


JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Happy Birthday to Sawyer Sinke (May 20) who is turning 6 years old and Garrett Schuurman (May 21) who is turning 5 years old! We wish you both many blessings and a wonderful year.
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your library bag.
Bible: Feeding 5, 000. Mark 6:30-44, John 6:1-13.
Number of the week: 9, nine (What makes 9? Can we spell it? Can we make it rhyme?)
We now know: the whole alphabet! Continue to review letter names and sounds at home.
SK baseball sight words: Congratulations to all of my hard working SK students, and 5 students who have already mastered ALL of their baseball words! We will continue to review these throughout the month.
SK Math: Introduction to subtraction.
JK Math: Introduction to ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (

   Happy 7th Birthday          
Ella Foster
Friday, May 19, 2017
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

   Happy 7th Birthday          
Caelum Bergen
Saturday, May 20, 2017
    “May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Exciting Surprise: First thing Tuesday morning as the students were coming in I heard Roenan excitedly say, “Ms. Pieters the butterfly hatched!” Hollis had brought this chrysalis to school in September. The students all gathered around to watch how the tiny butterfly’s wings started to grow as it pumped the blood into its wings. It was a beautiful miracle the Lord created. Now we are eagerly watching Elaina’s chrysalis. We’re hoping her chrysalis will soon reveal a beautiful swallowtail butterfly also.

Memory Work: for Wed. May 24 The Fruit of the Spirit song by Steve Green
After Jesus had gone up to Heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. Galatians 5:22, 23 and 25
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness.
The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Since we live by the spirit let us keep in step, keep in step with the Spirit.
Since we live by the spirit let us keep in step, keep in step with the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness.
The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Tuesday, May 16
Grade 1 words will be from list 30: book, look, took, good, wood, stood, take, stand
Remember: Library Books due tomorrow, To enjoy reading your books and Sports Ball sight word page(s)

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
We would like to wish Deserae Rempel a very Happy Birthday! Deserae turned 8 on Monday, May 15. We wish you a great year!
Memory Work: for Wednesday, May 24
“The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner,
I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Genesis 17:8
Spelling Dictation quiz on Tuesday, May 23: List 26
Gr 2 : stick, trick, back, zoo, root, quick, look, looked, pack, cook, shock, attack
Gr 3:  ghost, neighbour, high, knew, knot, unknown, rewrap, wrong, written, wrapper, unwrap, climb, limb, gnaw, gnat, doubt, knight
Math: We are wrapping up our time unit. Grade 2’s should be able to read digital and analogue clocks, to the nearest 5 minutes. Students are working hard to remember that “quarter to 5” and “4:45” are the same time.
Grade 3’s have been working hard on elapsed time: How much time has passed from 5:45-9:25?
Creation Studies: We have come to truly love our country during our Canadian Symbols and Celebrations Unit. Students completed their final quiz and assignment for the unit today.
Our next unit examines the animal kingdom! To kick start our unit, students are asked to bring in a symbol and 3 clues (Green Sheet) that describes their animal. For example: My symbol may be a pair of glasses. Clue #1: I am found on every continent except Antarctica. Clue #2 I have wings. Clue #3 I like to fly about at night and can see very well.
Homework: Symbol and Clues need to be brought in on Wednesday, May 24.
Library: Library class tomorrow. Remember to return your books!

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (
Spelling - There will be no Spelling Dictation this week.
Wed. May 24: Memory Work: Genesis 17:7 (NIV)
I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Fri. May 26: Grammar Quiz: Rules 10 - 16.
Tues. May 30: Science Test: Birds - Students should review their in-class notes and refer to their Study Guide page which they will be bringing home next week Thursday, May 25.
Student of the Week: This week’s Students of the Week are: Josiah Kroondyk, Aryanna Lockyer and Gloria Loewen.
Next week: Jaywynn Loewen, Allyson Mantel, Connor Mantel
Remember: Library Books due tomorrow.

GRADE 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (
Memory Work: - New unit starting next week.
Bible: Finishing parables with picture stories. Due Thursday May 18th.
LA/Reading: Grammar due Thursday.
Spelling/Grammar: Grammar quiz next Friday, May 26
Math: Practice pgs. 330-331 #1-5, pick 3 from #6-12; Gr 5& 6 workbook pg 168, 169, 172, & 173
Thank you parents for joining us in our nature adventure!

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Student Led Devotions - This Week: Th- Alyssa
Memory Work: 2 Corinthians 4:18 plus 2 of the following:  
-Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, John 16:33, Matthew 5:9, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 4:8, II Thessalonians 3:16...Wed. May 17th
History:  Complete research/note taking for Middle Ages research paper:  Th. May 18th. Outlines due: Wed. May 24th.
              Middle Ages Test- Thursday, May 25th.
Music:  BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO SCHOOL - every Monday and Wednesday! We are preparing for the Music Festival at Canada’s Wonderland on June 2!  Permission forms for Canada’s Wonderland went home today.
June 8th-9th Canoe Trip Training: Our training session is on Friday May 26. For the swim test, we depart for the YMCA at 9:30 am, returning at 11:30. With or without a lifejacket, all students need to complete: a rolling entry (backwards or forward) into deep water, tread water for 1 minute, swim 50m continuously any stroke. To pass a gear check that day, students must bring in the “canoe bag” that they plan to bring with them on the water, including a set of dry clothes in a waterproof bag, rain gear, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.