Wednesday, 25 October 2017

October 25th Journal, 2017

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, October 25th, 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  26-27 - Edifide Teachers conference - no classes
Oct 30th - Nov 3rd - Book Week!
       30th -Triple ball practice 4-5pm
       31st - Girls vball practice 4-5pm
 Nov 1st - Fall Raise to Praise begins
                Chapel - Gr. 5/6 8:50am
                Grade 7/8 day at LDCSS
                Author visit - Kari-Lynn Winters
        6th- Triple ball practice 4-5pm
        7th -Girls vball practice 4-5pm
        8th -Chapel - Gr 7/8 8:50am   
      10th -School skate #1 2-3pm   
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
A few words on “Reformation Day”: As a Christian school community, we want to speak into all aspects of life. We also acknowledge that our convictions may lead to different decisions in how we act. One of these differences is Oct 31. As a school, we choose to recognize Reformation Day and Luther’s decision to pre-empt All Saints’ Day by nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door. Did you know that 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of a renewed focus on the Bible as our guide in faith and life, and an emphasis on salvation through grace (Eph 2:8)? As a school, we neither support nor condemn Halloween activities, leaving those decisions where they belong with parents. Knowing that sugar and food colouring make for poor learning, please ensure lunches are reasonably healthy next week still, and please avoid sending in “extra” candy to share!

Enjoy the “long weekend” while our teachers have the chance to join with hundreds of Christian educators from across the province at Redeemer University for worship, inspiration and encouragement at our annual teachers’ convention. We greatly value this time that you give us, parents - thank-you!

Yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Each week, during staff devotions we join in prayer for our parents and staff members. We invite you to do so as well.
Farewell: to Harold and Robin Winter as Abigail (gr 5) transfers to homeschool on Oct 25. We may still have some home-school connections around art, music or phys ed, and we remain part of the same faith community. We will miss you in our classes, Abigail!
Praying for our parents: Please pray for Brett & Tara Foster and Jim & Helen Friesen.
Prayers would also be appreciated for Lydia Loewen’s father Tony Loewen, for his body to be healed of pain and cancer. For all of the family to stand strong in faith and to trust God in this storm.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Health & Phys Ed teacher, Mr. TenBruggencate.

T.R.I.P: The next order will be sent out on Nov 2nd.
Picture Day: Absentee picture day will now take place on Nov 21st.
Have we heard from you?  OACS School Quality Assurance Program (SQAP) survey. We need 100% staff and board participation, as well as 50% of our parents - we’re still missing 10-12 families! A reminder email is out, and your thoughtful consideration is much appreciated.

Raise to Praise Campaign:  Immanuel Christian School has launched its Raise to Praise Campaign for the month of November.  We are excited about the future of our school and what God has in store for the families and friends who believe in our mission and want to partner with us on our journey.  You should receive all the information to prayerfully consider your partnership with Immanuel Christian School and we look forward to discussing this with you on November 1st during our Call Campaign from 6:30-9:00.  
If you did not receive a package, kindly call or email the school office and we would be happy to send this out.  Thanks so much for your prayers, support, and faithfulness to Immanuel Christian School.  We are so grateful to everyone who makes Christian Education a possibility for our children. Janine Shelton, on behalf of the Finance Committee.

November 29th, Fall Membership Meeting: The Community Care Committee would like to provide a Mexican style snack with a bit of a challenge to all ICS families who make their own homemade salsa. If you are willing to submit your salsa along with your name and recipe, we will have a salsa tasting contest to all those in attendance. Please indicate whether your salsa is hot or mild and send your jar into the office.  We look forward to your submissions.  Thank you, from the Community Care Committee.

Wanted: Applicants for Building Attendant: Responsible applicants are sought for rental building attendant duties. You must be available to unlock, lock and clean following evening or weekend rentals. High school students are welcome to apply. Pay is $20 for sports rentals (unlock, lock, spot clean) and $55 for functions (unlock, lock, mop and clean gym, kitchen). For more details, or to submit a brief resume, please see Mr Cameron.

Proposed New Student Teams: Grades 5-8 are invited to sign up to join the Prayer Team (led by Mrs Manning) or the Missions Team (led by Mrs Foster). Both teams will meet monthly during the school day. Another way to practically “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18)!

Family Fun Night: Our October Family Fun Night is postponed. Chantelle, our board rep for our new Community Care Committee wants to start these events off on a strong note Our first FFFN will be Friday December 1st. Stay tuned for more exciting details next week!

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)
- Book Fair sales person - Help students with their purchases on Wed., Nov 1 or Thurs., Nov 2 - even a short shift helps!

CROSS COUNTRY: The All-Ontario meet was held Friday, October 20 in Dundas for competitive junior and intermediate runners. Lil ol Aylmer has the heart of a Lion! ICS placed 5th overall, competing against 24 other Christian elementary schools at the all Ontario XC meet today in Dundas.  What a gorgeous day for a run! Team: We will go for the “Great Canadian Slurpee Run” on Tuesday.  Afterwards you are invited to eat your lunch in Mr. Bierman’s  room!

Gr 4-6 Triple Ball: Tryouts are complete, team list is posted. Mon Oct 30 is next practice.

Screenshot 2017-10-24 at 4.15.16 PM.pngCongratulations!! to Mrs Cameron, Ms Pieters and the gr 1/2 class for creating and performing a 10-5-2-1-0 health jingle for the ESTPH (health unit) contest.  Their jingle recording won 2nd place out of 19 entries and they won $500 for the school.  Well Done!!

Battle of the Books titles were introduced to students in Grades 4-8 this week.This is an exciting competition focussing of  books. There are 2 teams (JR Gr 4-6 and SR Gr 7-8), and we compete with 4 other Christian area schools at Battle Day, the end of March.  In order to read their set of 10 books by the end of January, students should read only Battle books. To stay on track, they should aim to finish at least one book every 2 weeks. Beginning in Feb., we will have team practices to review details and study questions. If you have questions or would like to help with either team, please contact Mrs. R.

BOOK WEEK IS COMING! “Books are Treasures!” Oct 30 - Nov3

Praise the Lord for the gift of reading and books. Get ready for an exciting week in the Library!
See the attached flyer for details!
Feel free to join us for our author visit on Wednesday morning. Kari-Lynn Winters is a St. Thomas native who has authored more than 20 books. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches language arts and drama-in-education, and mentors teacher candidates in their elementary cohort group.You can find more information about her If you would like to order any of her books, information is available at the office. Orders should be in by Wed morning so they can be filled while Kari-Lynn is here.
Volunteers are still needed to help with book sales - Tues to Thurs - see the Volunteer sign-up ( even part of a session will be helpful).

Living Books, (through Tina Vyn) which sells Christian books and Christian boxed cards, will have a large selection of Christian books, cards and CD's set up for people to browse and purchase during Book Week.  On Thursday evening, November 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., the school will be open to come and check this display out to browse and purchase items.  All proceeds go to the school library.  We are looking forward to seeing many people come out.

Art Room: Volunteers appreciated for Monday afternoon classes starting at 1pm. 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 (
Library: SK students have a library book exchange each Monday morning. Please use the red and blue polka dot library bag to help your child keep his/her library books safe from hiding on the shelf with home books. Please remember to return these books in the red and blue polka dot library bag each Monday (or earlier).
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Joseph and his family, how did Joseph apply Matthew 7:12? How can we apply this today?
Reformation reminds us of God’s faithfulness and His amazing grace for us, through faith.
SK word of the week: white (black, blue, yellow, green, red) Letter and sound of the week: Kk.
We now know:s, a, t, n, i, p, c & k.
This month’s math focus:
JK - Sorting big and small. Words to talk about at home: big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest.
SK - Printing numerals 1-10, shapes and patterns, and intro. to ten frames.

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Happy 7th Birthday        
Anna Lapadat
Sunday, October 29, 2017
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
Memory Work: for Nov. 1
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Psalm 105:3
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Monday, Oct. 30:
Review Spelling Lists 1-7 for Grade 1 and Grade 2
The students took a review list home on Monday. They also attempted to type all their words into their google docs account. Students may also access their accounts from home by typing their first initial dot last name and then typing in their school password which is the same as their mathletics password with two stars/asterisks ** added.
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.
Library: Remember to bring library books back for tomorrow.
Grade 1 Math: The students are continuing to practice number bonds and addition facts to 10. Students are also able to practice their math facts using Live Math in the Mathletics program. Please see the ICS wiki page for the Mathletics link.
Grade 2 Math: The students are working on standard form of addition and subtraction. We are practicing adding the ones place and then adding the tens and hundreds places. Keep practicing in Mathletics, too!

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Nov. 1 is  Psalm 105:3
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Psalm 105: 3
Review List 1 quiz on Friday, Nov. 3.
Grade 2: be, see, got, she, sheep, shop, queen, green, bee, he, keep, frog
Grade 3: save, give, have, live, move, above, alive, alike, to, two, too, know, do, blew, blue, eight, ate
Language: The students have been working so hard to use descriptive writing. We have already written about our trip to the patch and about our pumpkin that we took home. We will work on finishing up this unit next week.
Creation Studies: Students have been learning so much about flight and how birds have taught us a lot about flying. We focused this week on thrust and lift. Ask your child if he or she can explain what those two forces are! Stay tuned for a field study coming up Nov. 17.
Library: Remember to bring library books back for tomorrow!
Accelerated Reader: Goal due date is Fri. Nov. 10. Reports came home today. The green boxed number is the child’s current points earned.
Book Fair Coming up! See notes above!
Grade 3 Math: We are now working on modeling addition and subtraction, using the part-whole model to help us decide if we need to add or subtract. Keep working on Mathletics at home! Ask your child about “the deal”! Mr Cameron.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Rebecca Krahn a very happy birthday. Rebecca will be turning 9 years old on Monday, October 30. Happy Birthday, Rebecca! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Spelling: There is no Spelling Dictation this week. Students will receive their Review List words from Units 1 - 6 next week.
Wed. Nov. 1- Memory Work: We are continuing to memorize the  books of the Bible (Old Testament) in their order.
Prophets (2).Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Wed. Nov. 8 - Unit Test, The Bible. A Study Guide will be sent home on Friday, Nov. 3.
Book Fair Coming Up! See notes above!
Accelerated Reader:.Goal due date is Fri. Nov. 10. AR Reports were sent home today.
French: Quiz Wed Nov 1st - Des mots pour décrire des positions. Audio Recording #2 Due Wed Nov 1st - Des mots pour décrire des positions.  Students are strongly 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!
Music: Bring in your recorder from last year.  Talk to Mrs Cameron if you need to buy one.  They are $5 each.

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Wow, congratulations Ms Farrow Jones on obtaining your Christian School Teacher's’ Certificate and formal recognition on your art specialty! All our teachers are both professionally certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, and complete additional work through our Edifide teachers association for the CSTC, often involving 4 additional university-level courses. Good job!  - Mr Cameron and the staff
Potluck rescheduled to Nov. 3.
Bible: Preparing for chapel.
Memory Work: Luke 24:13-16 is due by Nov. 3
Math 5: Student are working on multiplication skills daily. Workboo
k ex 4 pg 38-41. Textbook pgs 35-38 Due next Thursday, Nov. 2nd.
Math 6: Quiz on Fractions next Monday
LA: No new work due.
Creation Studies: Ontario Unit Test- Friday November 3.  We will review next week.
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: Final still life due next Friday, Nov. 3rd at the end of class.
French:  Quiz Wed Nov 1st - Les continents. Audio Recording #3 Due Wed Nov 1st - Les continents.Students are strongly encouraged to check the 5/6 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!

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
NOTICE: Parents- Grade 8 Day at both LDCSS and EESS: November 1st. All students in grade 7-8 (except grade 8 students going to EESS) will be going on a class trip to LDCSS.  East Elgin (grade 8 only) prospective students are kindly asked to get a signed note from their parents turned in before the teacher’s convention next Thursday. More details from LDCSS below.
Chapel: The 7/8 chapel has been rescheduled for November 8.
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.
Memory Work: Romans 11:33-36- Friday
Geography:  Final copies of the student designed planet will be submitted Monday, October 30th.
Art: Fingerprint - Monday, Nov. 30th is the last class period for this project.
Music: Band instruments need to be at school Wednesdays and Fridays. Signed practice sheets due on Wednesdays.
French: Quiz Thurs Nov 2nd- Fiche 9 On met le dialogue en ordre and  Le dialogue au magasin. Students are required to check the 7/8 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!
Grade 7/8 day at London Christian High - Grade 7/8 students from across our region are invited to be students at London Christian High for the day on Wednesday, November 1st, 9:30 am – 2 pm.  Parents are highly encouraged to join us for the day as well! The parent program is designed to provide parents with information to make an informed decision about enrolling their child at London Christian High, and includes lunch! For more information or to register, please contact Gabriella at or 519-455-4360 ext. 231.