Wednesday, 11 October 2017

October 11th Journal, 2017

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, October 11th, 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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 12th -WDCS District XC - Stratford CHANGE
      13th - Fall MAP testing period ends
                Grade 2/3 field trip to Howe Farms
      16th - Dental Screening for JK/SK & Gr 2
      17th - Chapel - Protectors #5 8:50am
                LDCSS Principal meets with Grades 7&8
      18th - Picture Day SK - Grade 8
                Parent/Teacher conferences 4:00pm - 8:30pm
      19th - Picture Day JK  
                The Great Big Crunch
      20th - All Ontario Christian School XC meet - Dundas
      23rd - Parent/Teacher conferences 4:00-8:30pm    
      25th - Chapel - SK 8:50am
                 Spirit Day - Wacky Hair Day
                 OACS Marketing conference
      26-27 Edifide Teachers conference - no classes
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
I had the opportunity to tour my parents (and Rachel’s grandparents) through our school yesterday. They were visiting from Ottawa for Thanksgiving. My Mom and Dad will be able to join London Christian High for grandparents day today, and they had a sort of belated grandparents day here too! My post last week highlighted the value of those inter-generational ties that are so important in our family of Christian schools. As I walked through our building, I was able to highlight the work we as a community have done over the seven years I have been principal here: physical infrastructure including bussing, playground, roof, heating, lights; learning structures including specialists and special rooms for art, French, music, phys ed and resource, our focus on multi-age school families, electives and integrated studies; as well as the blessing of organizational health seen in our enrolment, our volunteer board and committees, and an energetic, caring, professional staff team. We as a parent and staff community will have a chance to step through a deliberate review of where we’ve come from and where we’re going in the OACS school quality survey. An email has been sent out to each one with details, and we covet your responses by Oct 24 (in fact we need 100% staff & board and 50% of parent responses!).  I am in awe when I consider how God works through us, and we give Him glory in our school. Let’s keep seeking His guidance as we seek to grow and improve as a school!
Yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Protectors @ Home: This week, we looked at the power of the Bystanders when they become Alongside Standers. Bystanders have way more power than you realize. All you need is a game plan and a little more courage…! Bystanders actually encourage bullying by standing and watching. Remember James 1:19, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Look for ways to help others instead of just standing or walking by.
Each week, during staff devotions we join in prayer for our parents and staff members. We invite you to do so as well.
Praying for our parents: Dan & Janina Dykxhoorn and Ryan & Annette Dykxhoorn.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Grade 7/8 teacher, Mr. Bierman

CROSS COUNTRY: Thank-you for flexibility as we moved to our rain date tomorrow. The junior and senior team will still practice as scheduled at Springwater Thursday Oct 12 after school.  Next week is our last week of the season already! The All-Ontario meet will be held Friday, October 20 in Dundas for competitive junior and intermediate runners.
Chocolate Bars: Thank you to all of those who have sold their chocolate bars! If you have not done so yet, please take care of this as soon as possible. Congratulations to Grade 7/8, the winning class!
*A big thank you to all of those students/families who have sold more than 1 box each! There are still some boxes left. Prizes will be given out to students who have sold more than 1 box and are willing to take additional home. Homeroom teachers will be able to request prizes for their students from the office.
T.R.I.P: Due on Oct 12th with pickup on Oct 19th.
Picture Day: Will take place on October 18th (SK-8) and Oct 19th (JK) Please return LifeTouch order forms to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible. Absentee picture daty will take place on Nov 10th.

Interesting Stats: Our use of electricity in Sep 2016 = 6773 kWh, in Sep 2017 = 2820 kWh! I think the new gym HVAC unit is saving us 2000 kWh monthly, while the LED lighting saves us another 2000+ kWh monthly. Keep turning off lights and watch the AC in the lab (keep door closed); we’re reducing our cost and energy footprint!

ICS Spirit Wear: Please take a look at some of the new items we have for sale such as baseball caps and board toques in both youth and adult sizes:

Parent/Teacher Interviews: Are scheduled for Oct 18th & Oct 23rd. The Fall conferences are considered mandatory for all families. We will be using our new Sycamore database to book your interviews. All parents will receive an email with a link to our Sycamore database (see more details on the last Journal - How to Use Sycamore?). If your child is in grades 4-8 Resource, we will also schedule a conference with Ms Smeets once you book with your homeroom teacher. If you wish a conference with our music teacher, phys ed teacher or our Principal, please call the office and we can schedule that in. Please book by Fri Oct 13. Thank-you.

GIFTS - Every family needs to Get Involved For The Students (GIFTS) - click on Volunteer on our webpage!
Thank you to those who have signed up for our ongoing volunteer opportunities! We still have a few spots open:
- Lunch recess playground supervisors 12:00-12:55pm Wednesdays to allow staff to have lunch together (3 more)
- Theme it up Decorate our front entrance with a seasonal theme (2 more)
- Family Fun Night/Community Care -Food prep, serving or cleanup 6x per year (8 more)
- Yearbook team (3 more)
- Art Class helpers - Assist Ms. Farrow Jones Monday afternoons for one period or all aftn (3 total)

Gr 6-8 Volleyball: The season is starting! Boys tryouts next week, practices on Mon and Thu at lunch. Mr T coaching. Girls tryouts next week, practices Tue after school and Fri at lunch, first try out on Tue Oct 17! Mr Keith Sinke and Mr Cameron coaching. Tournament is Fri 24 November.

Gr 4-6 Triple Ball: Triple ball is a volleyball work up sport, with a friendly tournament on Mon 4 December. Mrs Tara Foster has agreed to coach, with practices generally Mon & Fri after school. Try outs this Fri and next Mon at 3:45-4:45pm. Fri Oct 20th should be the first practice.

Library ( - Did you get an overdue notice by email last week? Those books should come back tomorrow. Let Mrs. R know if the materials listed cannot be found at home.  

Art Room: The pine cones are falling, and Christmas is a few months away. If you are able to bring some pine cones into the Art Room in the next month or two it would be greatly appreciated.

Peanut, Allergy, Food ...Reminder: We have students with peanut allergies, so no peanut-based products are allowed at school or on the buses. Additionally, we ask that you limit egg-based items in Kindergarten lunches including boiled eggs and cream salad dressings. We need your cooperation with this policy in order to keep everyone at school safe

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Scholastic Book Club: The October flyers were sent home this week. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form inside the flyer and return it to school by this Friday, Oct. 13, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Joseph and his family.
SK word of the week: blue (yellow, green, red) Letter and sound of the week: Pp. We now know: s, a, t, n, i and p.
This month’s math focus:
JK - We will continue simple patterning, describing and by colours and shapes.
SK - Printing numerals 1-10, 3D shapes and patterns.

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Oct. 18
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Psalm 105:1
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Friday, Oct. 13:
Spelling List 6 for Grade 1: pup, bus, but, tub, I (This week’s focus: spell short u words and to recognize I as a special word)
Spelling List 6 for Grade 2: be, he, she, see, bee, sheep, green, queen, got, shop (This week’s focus: spell words with the long e sound spelled e or ee and spell short o words)
Sight Words: Keep practicing to read the sight words on the sports balls pages.  The students will receive a new list when they are able to read all 20 words fluently.
Scholastic Book Club:  If you wish to place an order for October please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, Oct. 13, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.

Grade 1 Math: The students are continuing to practice number bonds and addition facts to 10.
Grade 2 Math: Our new addition and subtraction unit has begun! Students are encouraged to spend extra time during this unit on Live Mathletics. This will help their addition fact fluency. Additional math fact practice is available on Xtra Math (Link on Grade ⅔ wikispace page).
Having family math fact races with flash cards could also be beneficial to increase their fact knowledge. We are working toward learning our facts up to sums of 20 (10+10, 9+8, 6+7, etc.).

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Happy Birthday to Hollis Fehr (October 12), who is turning 7! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.
Memory Work: for Oct 18 is  Psalm 105:1
Give praise to the Lord and announce who he is.
   Tell the nations what he has done.
Psalm 105:1
List 5 quiz on Friday, Oct 13.
Grade 2: add, ask, came, name, ride, bone, save, kite, cute, mine, nine, made
Grade 3: under, such, much, young, touch, use, your, you, unite, cute, few, new, fuel, human, music, pumpkin, clue
Language Field Study: We are preparing to go to Howe Family Farms on Friday, Oct. 13 from 12:45-2:30. By experiencing the patch, we will better be able to write our Descriptive Writing paragraphs. Stay tuned for examples of our best work. We still need 2 parent volunteers. If you are able to join us, please write a note in your child’s planner.
Bible: We will begin our new unit, An Old Testament Review, later this week. We will spend a few weeks taking a brief overview of God’s mighty works throughout the Old Testament. It is amazing to see God’s faithfulness and His plan unfold.
Library: Remember to bring library books back for tomorrow!
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, Oct. 13, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Grade 3 Math: We are now working on mental addition and subtraction. Keep working on Mathletics at home! Practice the “making ten” strategy. Mr Cameron.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Connor Mantel and Alana Bierman a very happy birthday. Connor will be turning 9 years old on Saturday, October 14, and Alana will be turning 9 years old on Tuesday, October 17. Happy Birthday, Connor and Alana! May God richly bless each of you in your new year of life!
Fri. Oct. 13 - Spelling Dictation: Gr. 4 words: since, which, inch, string, picnic, shrimp, title mind, wild, decide, why, skyscraper, buy, right, lightning, write, cypress, bicycle, bright, kitten
Grade 5 words: I’ll, they’ve, don’t, we’re, didn’t, isn’t, couldn’t, haven’t, o’clock, you’re, who’s, whose, aren’t, it’s, doesn’t, there’s, won’t, I’ve, hasn’t, can’t
Wed. Oct. 18 - Memory Work: Memorize the following books of the Bible in their order. Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and History Books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings,
1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther).
Accelerated Reader: Apply a steady reading pace, girls and boys, as you read towards achieving your First Term goals. Goal due date is Fri. Nov. 10.
Library Class: We are continuing to develop library skills through our Thursday morning lessons in Library class. *Be sure to sign out an AR book alongside your other choices.
Scholastic Book Club: The October flyers were sent home. If you wish to place an order, please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, October 13 with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
MAP Testing: A few students who were absent this past week, will be completing their missed make-up MAP test (Language) later in the week
French: Students are encouraged to check the 4/5 Wikispaces Page weekly for news, updates, and detailed class information regarding quizzes and audio recordings. Please connect with Miss Smeets for any questions or concerns about French, merci.
Language Arts ~ From Student Journal Entries:
I Love Grandparents Day, by Gloria Loewen
We had Grandparents and Grandfriends Day at school. My Grandma’ and Grandpa’ came to my class. We had a performance and it was lots of fun doing it! We did an interview of Ten of My Favourite Things. I loved Grandparents Day!
Grandparents and Grandfriends, by Connor Mantel
We had Grandparents and Grandfriends Day at school. My grandparents are so much fun! We did a Word Search together. When I am sick, my Grandma’ is always there to help! For the afternoon assembly, I was the little red set of boomwhackers!
A Special Day, by Rebecca Krahn
Yesterday was Grandparents and Grandfriends Day at school. It was a lot of fun! I liked the big performance with our boomwhackers. My boomwhackers were orange, and my rhythm was rest, ti-ti, rest, ti-ti. My Nana came to visit me. She loved it! I did too! It was also Sub Lunch for anyone who ordered. It was yummy! I loved the whole day! The end.
Thanksgiving Day, by Shane Dykxhoorn
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. Our family went to church. Then we went to our Grandparents’ house two doors over. We carved pumpkins too. It was so much FUN!

Thanksgiving at My Aunts House, by Blake Milmine
I liked Thanksgiving because I got to see all of my cousins. We had Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house. We had a hay bale ride. My cousins started to build a shelter. When we were done, we went back to the house and there was a camp fire. So we got some marshmallows and roasted them. Then we mushed some cookies together. Later we played Spies and that was the end of the day.

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Please use wikispaces and planners as communication tools and please email me.
See planners or wiki page for information about Potluck on Friday, October 20th
Bible: Lesson 4 notes due Friday.
Memory Work: New memory work is 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22 due by Friday.
Math 5: Workbook pg 30-34 ex 1&2, Textbook pgs 30-33 #1-13. Due Thursday by the end of class.
LA: Grammar worksheet due and quiz this Friday.
Writing Activity 2 ready for edit.
Creation Studies: Ontario Worker Interview (page 126)-due Friday
-Current Events: Each student should have their presentation date in the agenda. Students will be responsible for reading one newsworthy article within Ontario. They will also summarize, respond, and briefly share their article with the class.   
Art: Complete on colour Spectrum assignment. No more class time available. Use Wednesday at lunch work periods to catch up. Bring in Still Life objects if you want.
French: Students are encouraged to check the 5/6 Wikispaces Page weekly for news, updates, and detailed class information regarding quizzes and audio recordings.  Quiz: Tuesday October 17th: provinces and territories of Canada and Continents. Audio Recording #2 Due: Wednesday October 18th - Ô Canada! (students need to recite or sing one verse from the French national anthem). Please connect with Miss Smeets for any questions or concerns about French, merci!

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Souper Students: While the soccer team was representing the school on the pitch, the rest of us made 13 huge pots of soup for Grandparents’ Day. Thank you so much for your help!  We were also able to bless the St. Thomas community with the leftovers.
NOTICE: Parents- Grade 8 Day at both LDCSS and EESS is scheduled for November 1st.  I am requesting that all parents who desire their grade 8 child to go to the East Elgin day to submit a signed permission note to Mr. Bierman before the end of Friday, October 13th.  I will send supplementary information to those students when they are determined.  The remaining students will come to LDCSS with myself and all of the grade 7 class on that day. Parents are invited to join us as we take the bus and explore some of the exciting things going on at the district Christian high school. Please let the school know if you intend to join.
Bible: Each student is responsible for presenting one of the elements of the story of Joseph throughout the first term.  Students have their schedule date indicated in their agenda.
Math: Chapter 11: Integers Test: Tues- Oct. 17.
Mathletics:  All students are required to work through their remaining mathletics lessons by the end of the week.
Science: History of Atmospheric Discoveries group paper/slideshow: due Fri. Oct. 13.
Geography: To close our first unit students are designing their own planet.  They are to include each of the 6 biomes we studied and use the 8 factors that affect climate to help determine where and why the biomes are placed where they are.  It’s been a lot of fun to watch them discover how intricately God designed Earth.  Final copies will be submitted Wednesday, October 25th.
Art: Have a verse for Monday’s class. Starting fingerprint project that requires fine tip markers/sharpies.
Music: Band instruments need to be at school Wednesdays and Fridays. Bring back signed instrument sign-out sheet ASAP. Signed practice sheets are expected at school on Wednesdays.
French: Students are encouraged to check the 7/8 Wikispaces Page weekly for news, updates, and detailed class information regarding quizzes and audio recordings.  Quiz on Tuesday October 17th and Audio Recording #2 Due on Friday October 20th -“De l’équipement pour pratiquer des passe-temps”. Please connect with Miss Smeets for any questions or concerns about French, merci!
Health: On Tuesday, October 17 there will be a brief quiz on the rules governing flag football. Extra rule sheets are available from Mr.T