Wednesday, 4 October 2017

October 4th Journal 2017

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, October 4th, 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   5th - Eat 2 Learn student survey Grades 4-8 2:40-3:20pm
                 Jr & Sr Cross country practice 3:30-5:00pm   
         9th - Thanksgiving Holiday (no school)
       11th - Chapel - Protectors #4 8:50am
                Gr 7 Immunizations - round 1
                WDCS District XC Meet - Stratford
                LDCSS Senior Appreciation Day
      12th - WDCS District XC raindate
      13th - Fall MAP testing period ends
      16th - Dental Screening for JK/SK & Gr 2
      18th - Picture Day SK - Grade 8
               Parent/Teacher conferences
      19th - Picture Day JK      
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
I think it is wonderful how Grandparents’ and Senior Friends Day intersects with our theme this year! Today is an exciting day of generational connections that are much rarer in a more mobile society, where “family” is increasingly restricted to a household. That doesn’t seem to be God’s view, where He calls a whole people and nation to follow in the Old Testament. Jesus extends that invitation to all people who will hear His call, to be joined into His family: “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16).  ICS is a generational “flock”, united by a passion for Christian education for our children, where we speak of “things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants, we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:3,4).

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.
Praying for our parents: Keith & Amanda Cameron and Henry & Jacqueline Dalm.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Grade 5/6 teacher, Ms. Farrow Jones.

Chocolate Bars: If you have not sold your box or paid the activity fee already, please do so as soon as possible. Deadline was Sept 29th. First class to sell all of their boxes or get all of their student fees in gets a tasty treat. Gr 7&8 are now tied with Gr 5&6. Who will be 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.
Playground: The scooter season has ended on Friday, Sept 29th. We ask that anything with wheels not be brought to school for the fall season. It’s a balance of having fun, and also keeping things manageable in the playground!
T.R.I.P: Order form is attached. Due on Oct 12th with pickup on Oct 19th.
Picture Day: Will take place on October 18th (SK-8) and Oct 19th (JK) LifeTouch order forms will be sent home this week. Please return the envelopes to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Care 2 Cycle: We had a great day on Saturday! With our partner organization Grace Community Church, we had a total of 37 riders come out to support Christian service locally and abroad. After expenses, ICS was able to raise a total of $2900, while Grace raised $1300! This family bicycling fundraiser supports our student fund which includes our Sponsor child, field trips and the library. Thanks to our staff, volunteers, cyclists and donors for committing their time and money towards a good cause. Special mention to Pastor Louis & Penny Bosma for your enthusiastic and tireless support of our ride!
File:New.gif - Wikimedia CommonsICS 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 page - 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. 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:
-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)

Cross Country:  The cross country tournament is Wednesday October 11 in Stratford.  The All-Ontario meet will be held Friday, October 20 in Dundas for competitive junior and intermediate runners. Permission forms need to be signed and returned by Oct 6 so we can register.

Gr 6-8 Co-ed Soccer: The soccer tournament was yesterday in Warwick. Our girls and boys played some aggressive, skilled soccer, passing well, really shining as team players and challenging our opponents. We were delighted to bring home a Champions banner! Thank-you to our coaches, Mr Keith Cameron and Mrs Helen Friesen!

Library ( - Remember: “Bring a book back, take one out; bring 0 back, take 0 out, etc.”.  To help you with your child’s checked out books, the first Thursday of the month, I will send out overdue notices to your email. The books listed should be returned the following day to keep the list manageable. Let Mrs. R know if the materials listed cannot be found at home. Needed: plastic grocery/shopping sized bags!  

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 (
Our SK Field Trip day to Great Lakes Farm was fantastic. Thank you to Mrs. C. Wells, Mrs. J. Schuurman, Mrs. L. Bergen and Mrs L. Fehr for volunteering your morning with us.
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 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 2 Dreams, God cared for Joseph when he was in prison.
SK word of the week: yellow (green, red) Letter and sound of the week: Ii. We now know: s, a, t, n and i.
This month’s math focus:
JK - We will continue simple patterning, describing and sorting by colours and shapes.
SK - Printing numerals 1-10, 3D shapes and patterns.
GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Happy 6th Birthday
Danielle Lockyer
Friday, October 6, 2017
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

Memory Work: for Oct. 11 verse 2 Blessed Are The Peacemakers by Ms. Buma
As far as it depends on you, befriend the friendless, and be true;
Live peaceably as you should.
In every big or small upheaval don’t be overcome by evil,
overcome evil with good, be peacemakers.
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Friday, Oct. 6:
Spelling List 5 for Grade 1: up, us, run, fun, to
Spelling List 5 for Grade 2: add, ask, came, name, save, ride, kite, mine, bone, cute
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: The October flyers were sent home today.. 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.
MAP Testing: Students have been working hard to try their best on their reading MAP test this week. We will start our math MAP test on Friday and will be finishing up next week.
Grade 1 Math: The students are continuing to practice number bonds and addition facts to 10.
Grade 2 Math: Please have students look over the review sheet. One way to review may be to have the child explain to you how he or she found that answer. Our quiz will be on Friday, Oct. 6.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Image result for happy thanksgivingWishing you all a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend. May you make many memories and remember to be grateful for all that God has given to you.

Memory Work: for Oct 11 is  1 Timothy 4:4(NIRV)
Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it.

List 4 quiz on Friday, Oct 6.
Grade 2: up, it, him, I, for, or, four, we, man, men, acorn, sun
Grade 3: rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also, hope, coaches
Creation Studies: Our in-class research reports are to be completed by Friday, Oct. 6. We are continuing to study the properties of air and of wind.
Scholastic Book Club: The October flyers were sent home this week. 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.
MAP Testing: Students have been working hard to try their best on their reading MAP test this week. We will be having our math MAP towards the end of the week and finishing up next week. Results will be discussed with students over the next few weeks and reports will be shared at parent-teacher conferences.
Grade 3 Math: Great work, 11 of 15 students achieved a Mathletics certificate (1000 points) last week! Our Number unit tests, with corrections and parent signatures, were due today. We are still working at fully grasping rounding, and a review sheet was also sent home for those needing extra practice. Mr Cameron.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Ryan Penner a very Happy Birthday! Ryan will be turning 9 years old on Tuesday, October 10. Happy Birthday, Ryan! May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Fri. Oct. 6 - Spelling Dictation: Gr. 4 words: then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, spelling, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, people, squeeze, defend, deer
Grade 5 words: obey, ocean, poem, echo, hello, wrote, goal, approach, owner, tomorrow, program, broken, potato, throat, oldest, followed, spoken, awoke, oatmeal, Ontario
Bible: Our first unit in Bible Studies is called The Bible. Students are learning some lesson highlights including the following: The Bible is the written Word of God. It is not to be admired, but to be studied and obeyed. Writing developed in the Middle East over a long time. The Bible was written over a long time period. The Old Testament is divided into four parts: the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetry, and Prophets.
Wed. Oct. 18 - Memory Work: Memorize the following books 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: AR Reports will be sent home this Friday, October 6. Students should be setting a steady reading pace towards achieving First Term Goals.  
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 for some extra reading over the holiday weekend, girls and boys!
Scholastic Book Club: The October flyers were sent home today. 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: Students have been working hard to try their best on their Reading MAP test this week. Grade 5 students have also completed their Math MAP test. Students in Grade 4 will complete their Math MAP test this Thursday, and will finish their Language MAP test on Friday of this 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. Quiz -Thursday October 5th "Les pièces de la maison" Fiche 5A, Fiche 5B. Please connect with Miss Smeets for any questions or concerns about French, merci!

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Please use wikispaces and planners as communication tools and please email me if you need any further information.
Wikispaces will provide the daily schedule. Note there are some changes to the morning schedule with Language Arts and Bible.
Bible: Lesson 2 notes due Friday.
Memory Work: New memory work is Matthew 28:6-8, due by Friday.
Math 5: Week 4 work: Work pages 6-19
LA: Spelling worksheet due and quiz this Friday.
Writing Activity 1 ready for edit.
Creation Studies: 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: Working on colour Spectrum assignment
French: Students are encouraged to check the 5/6 Wikispaces Page weekly for news, updates, and detailed class information regarding quizzes and audio recordings.

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Soccer: Congrats to the ICS Lions on a successful day!
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!
Grade 8 Day at LDCSS is scheduled for November 1st. Parents, if you are interested in joining the students while we visit and explore what Christian education looks like at the high school level- or see how God is at work in the lives of LDCSS staff and students, feel free to contact Mr. Bierman. Grade 7 students will be welcome to join again this year.  
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.
Spelling:  Friday
Science: History of Atmospheric Discoveries essay: due Fri. Oct. 13.
Art: Painting colour wheel needs to be started by Thursday’s class.
Music: Band instruments have been assigned. Bring back signed instrument sign-out sheet on Fri, Oct 6. Practice sheets sent home.  Practice 3x a week, and have parents initial the practice sheet. After grandparents day, instruments will need to be at school for all music classes - Wednesdays and Fridays.
French: Students are encouraged 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!


So, How Do I Use Sycamore?

How Do I Login to Sycamore?

  • Click on the leaf Untitled.pngon the top of the ICS webpage:, or
  • Use the email link sent to you by the office, or
  • Try out the Sycamore App found in the Play Store or Apple Store

You need a family login and password, which will be emailed to you from the office. Login and then change your temporary password please. Choose My Organizer on the left hand menu, Utilities and password.

How Do I Book a Conference?
Parents can access their P/T conference schedule either from the school's Sycamore Homepage by clicking on 'Check Your Schedule' or under My School | P/T Conference.
  • Select a student.
  • Select a date.
  • Click on one of the green squares to schedule a conference for that time slot.
Please call the office if you have troubles - don’t get frustrated by a new booking system!