Wednesday, 3 May 2017

May 3rd Journal, 2017


Wednesday, May 3rd, 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   5th -  Hat & Gum Day 8:30 -10:30am
          6th -  Bluewater Badminton tournament at LDCSS
         10th - Chapel Gr 2/3
                    Spring Membership meeting 7-9pm
          13th -Town of Aylmer 150th Festivities & Parade 11:00am
          14th - ICS @ Aylmer CRC 10am
          15th - PA day MAP review (no classes)
          16th - Track & Field (Note Tuesday date), Hot lunch - Pizza
          18th - Track & Field rain date
          20th - ICS Golf tournament @ Pine Knot
          22nd - Victoria Day - school closed
          24th - Chapel Gr ¾
          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
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:
As a Christian school, we join with Daniel as we declare that our God, “changes times and seasons… He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning” (2:21). Wisdom is knowing what to do, and then demonstrating learning by doing that. We can demonstrate that in our academic choices, and we can also demonstrate that in physical challenges. We think both are important, and one focus of our Spring season at Immanuel is our whole-school track and field competition. Thank-you for your forbearance with our difficulties in scheduling the East Elgin track. We look forward to a day of community encouragement and challenge on Tuesday May 16, as we seek for each student to be able to try for his or her best in the many events! We need parent helpers - please click on the “Volunteer” button on our webpage to go to the Track & Field sign up. See you there!
The District track competition on Wed May 31 in Strathroy is an opportunity for our top-performing athletes to compete in a wider venue and hone their skills. This year, all teachers will act as event coaches, running practices for the students selected to represent ICS at District, and supporting those students at the competition. We are considering providing a bus for students (and families) to travel to and from the meet. Let us know if that option interests you.
In Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Praying for our parents: Please join us as we pray for Steve & Debbie Atkinson and Chris & Chantelle Bakker.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Administration team Mrs. Hartemink, Mrs. Morren and Mrs. Smit.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P): May order form is attached.  Orders are due May 11th with pickup the 18th.
Meat & Baked Goods: Order form is attached, due on May 25th with pickup on June 15th from 2:30-4pm.
For sale:The Breakfast program has 1 container of MacMillan's oatmeal chip cookie dough (2.7lbs) & 1 container of banana chocolate chip muffin mix (2L) for $15 each or $30 for both. Let the office know if you would like to purchase one or both.
Lost & Found: We have lots of items! Please ask your children to check the lost & found. The remaining items will be dropped off at the thrift store after the Membership meeting on May 10th.
Christian Education Sundays: We look forward to making an appearance in a few churches every year!
Sunday, May 14th at Aylmer CRC. Our participation includes “The Voice” presenting, a responsive reading involving all ICS students, a video showcase of “Why Christian Education”, and an art display.
Sunday, May 28th at Aylmer Full Gospel
We are still seeking 3+ 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.

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.

Cowboy, Hat - Free images on PixabayFile:Bazooka gum.jpg - Wikimedia CommonsHat & Gum Day Friday May 5th: This is an annual fun day held to raise funds for a local charity. 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! 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:

Thank you for joining us at the FFFN Spaghetti Dinner on Friday night! It was a smaller crowd, but we enjoyed spending time together, socializing (aka volunteering) and eating!  $354 profit came in for the evening and will go directly to the annual ICS Fundraising goal.  A big shout out to Frank F, Helen F, Cally M, Margaret V, Jasper S, Danielle B, Margaret K, Tina H, Ellyn S, Rose F, Nathan B, Keith C, Carrie R, the Grade 8 class (for setup), and all those who found their way into the kitchen or cleaning crew!

You are invited to the biannual Membership Meeting on Wed May 10 at 7pm here at the school.  If you would like to renew or activate your ICS membership, please submit the attached application and $25 payment to the office or upon arrival at the May 10 meeting.  We are now accepting membership renewal for the upcoming 2017/18 school year also.
Why should you be an ICS Member?  Direct involvement in your child/grandchild's education, opportunity for involvement at higher levels of governance within the school, a token of moving ICS -your school, forward. For more information or questions about the upcoming meeting, please contact the school office 519.773.8476 or

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: We are heading into our final week of the Campaign and the final tally will be shared next week. The current donations received are over $70,000…God is good and we are so grateful. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jim Vording – 519-644-0989 or Janine Shelton – 519-619-0738.

winning-logo.jpgSchool, Bus - Free images on PixabayBirthday Bus: In celebration of Canada 150, the ICS Promotions committee will be joining with the town of Aylmer festivities. We will have a decorated school bus in the Aylmer Parade on May 13th. Meet us at 10:30am at the Aylmer Fairgrounds, dressed in your red & white and help us fill the Birthday bus! Freezies will be enjoyed afterwards at the school.

Golf - Free images on Pixabay2017 ANNUAL ICS GOLF TOURNAMENT on May 20th 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.

Senior Badminton: Tournament @ LDCSS Saturday May 6. Warm-ups start at 8am. Games begin at 8:30am. End time of around 4pm. Practices: this Wednesday after school and Thursday at lunch.

GREAT WOLF LODGE, 2017….It's that time of year again! A block of rooms has been reserved during the annual Fall Teacher Conference days for our Christian schools. Discounted rates are available for the dates of Oct. 26 & 27, 2017.   Room rates start at $179.99/night. Our group booking code is: 1710CHRI_001.  To book your room go to: or call: 1-866-949-9653.  Booking deadline is Sept. 26, so reserve early to avoid disappointment!  For further information, please ONLY contact Tammy Veld - or call/text:  905.745.5609


Library News: Mrs. Robinson (
Overdue notices were emailed on Monday. Please return books that are due.

We have received a number of books about the Royal family (especially Diana). If you are a fan, or know someone who is, you are welcome to stop in and take your pick from the box behind Mrs R’s chair.

FREE Comic Book Day @ your local Elgin County Library branch, Saturday, May 6th! Comics, costumes & more!

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Testing is ongoing this week and next. Please avoid absences over this period, as each child gets to demonstrate their growth in learning over the school year! We will share results with you in June.

Track & Field Practice: JK-Gr3 will be practicing at EESS Mon May 8th & Tues May 9th from 11:30am - 12:20pm.We could use some parent helpers if you are available during those times.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (

Scholastic Order: If you are purchasing anything, please return the order by May 12 with payment: cash, cheque or online.
Library: Please return your books each Monday with your library bag.
Bible: Turning Water into Wine, Proverbs 20:11. Catching Fish, Luke 5:1-11.
Number of the week: 5, five (What makes 5? 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: a, in, she, had.
SK Math: Finishing up the unit, addition and number bonds.
JK Math: Finishing up with extending patterns and printing numerals 5-10.

GRADE 1 - Ms. Pieters (

Memory Work: for Wed. May 10
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
And to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55: 6 and 7
Spelling: Dictation quiz will be on Friday, May 5
Grade 1 words will be from list 28: funny, bunny, puppy, penny, happy, kitten, mitten, little
Scholastic Order: If you are purchasing anything from the May book order, please return the order by May 12 with payment: cash, cheque or online. Thank-you.
Library Books due tomorrow
To enjoy reading your books and Sports Ball sight word page(s)
May Book Orders for Scholastics due Fri. May 12

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (

Memory Work: for Wednesday, May 10
Review of 1 Peter 2: 9-12
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 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.
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
12 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.
Spelling Dictation quiz on Friday, May 5: List 25
Gr 2 : trip, tree, say, said, hop, train, number, stop, stopped, one, track, storybook
Gr 3: phone, photograph, orphan, alphabet, graph, nephew, enough, father, half, Friday, cough, unhappy, happier, happily, happiness, phrase, fractions
Math: Students have been working hard to understand fractions! Which is bigger: 1/5 or 1/9? We will conclude our fractions unit on Thursday, and then begin our new Time unit next week. We look forward to having the grade 3s join us again!
Creation Studies: The symbol for this week: The Bluenose.
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!
Library Books due tomorrow
May Book Orders for Scholastics due Fri. May 12

GRADES 3 and 4 - Ms. Buma (

Congratulations: We would like to wish Madyson Bakker a very Happy Birthday. Madyson will be turning 9 years old on Saturday, May 6. Happy Birthday, Madyson! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Friday, May 5, Spelling - Unit 27.
Grade 3 words are: useful, quietly, slowly, careful, careless, quickly, useless, worthless, fearful, fearless, joyful, smarter, fastest, funniest, happiest, mindful, hopeful
Grade 4 words are: quiet, quite, angel, angle, already, all ready, desert, dessert, weather, whether, pitcher, picture, loose, lose, aisle, isle, dairy, diary, write, right
Scholastic Book Order: May flyers were sent home last week. Please have your child return any completed Book Orders to school by Fri. May 12 with payment. Thank you.
Math: Grade 4 Quiz: Multiplication of Decimals - Multiplying tenths or hundredths by a 1-digit whole number. Example: (5.86 x 4 = 23.44, and 24.57 x 9 = 221.13)
Creation Studies: How do birds fly? God gave birds wings, feathers, bones and muscles that are just right for flying! A lot of creative, masterful thought goes into one flap of the wings! In class, we tried flapping our arms for one minute without stopping. After thirty seconds, we were all on the count down! We found out that a hummingbird can fly straight up, inside down, and backwards! An albatross can sleep while it flies! Cruise control? Next week, our projects will be returned. We will bring our assessment sheets home on Thursday, May 11, and we will have our Project Share Class on Friday, May 12.
Wed. May 3: Memory Work: 1 Peter 2:11 (NIV). Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home with your child today. Keep a steady reading pace towards achieving your Third Term goals in June, girls and boys!
Student of the Week: This week’s Students of the Week are: Avery Bergen, Rhode Dalm, Luke Foster.
Next week: Gavin Hibbert, Kahlen Hiebert, Delilah Krahn
Remember: 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. (continued)
Bible: The Persistent Widow, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Questions and Journal Entry due Friday.
LA/Reading: Ch. 16&17 work due next Tuesday.
Spelling/Grammar: No quizzes this week due to MAP testing
Creation Studies: Electronic Circuit Project/Presentations due: Friday, April 5.
Math: pg 318-319 #1-11 (grade 6 ex #8-9 pgs 80-84)
Volunteers: We would like to go to Steen Park on Friday, May 12th from 1:00-2:15 for some nature appreciation/exploration. We need 2 parent volunteers to join us.
Potluck: Friday May 12th - Nacho Party. See Wiki page for roles.

GRADE 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (

Student Led Devotions - This Week: Th- Tyson. Next week: Tue- Alyssa, Th- Cody, Fri- Braden
Memory Work: Phil. 4:6,7 (Friday 5 May)
Math: The students will take the Gauss Math Contest soon (whenever they arrive). If you would like to practice using previous Gauss tests they can be found (with answer keys) here:
Music: BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO SCHOOL - every Monday and Wednesday! We are preparing for the Music Festival at Canada’s Wonderland on June 2!
June 8th-9th Canoe Trip: Registration and payment should be complete - is yours in? We are planning a training session on a Friday afternoon in May, with a swim test and some lessons on canoeing, tenting and outdoor cooking. Stay tuned for details. Please contact Mr Cameron or Mr Bierman with any questions.