Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November 29th Journal, 2017

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, November 29th, 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

Nov 29th - Chapel - Advent #1 Gr 1/2 with Pastor Dirk Miedema 8:50am

                 Reports sent home, ICS Membership meeting 7:00pm
       30th - Hot Lunch - Pizza day
                 Fall Raise to Praise Campaign ends
Dec   1st  - Grade 1/2 field trip to St. Thomas Airport
               - FFFN - Mingle & Jingle 5-7:30pm
         4th - Prayer group meets at 8:30am- All students gr 5-8 welcome!
                 Triple Ball Tournament - SCCS
         6th - Chapel - Advent #2 Mrs. Kathy Vanderkloet (Resonate Global Mission)
          8th - ICS & LDCSS PD day - curriculum review
        13th -Chapel - Advent #3 with Pastor Corny Bartsch, SMC Aylmer
                  Board meets 8:00pm
        19th - LDCSS Christmas Concert 7:30pm
        20th - ICS Christmas Celebration of Art & Music 8:50am & 7:00pm       
        21st - Hot Lunch - Pizza day
                  School Spirit - Pajama Pants day
                  School skate 2-3pm    
        22nd - Jan 7th - Christmas Holidays   
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
The news is out of our family’s move next year with us accepting the positions at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria of Elementary Principal for myself and Music Teacher for Amanda. We have had very good conversations with many - we will miss this community! We feel that God has worked through all of us as a community over these past 7 years during my time as principal, and since 2005 when our children first enrolled here. For those interested, our chapel guest speaker next Wed Dec 6 will be Kathy Vanderkloet from Resonate Global Mission, who is on home assignment from Jos, Nigeria! She’ll let us know about ongoing work in Nigeria, and she’ll share some Nigerian artifacts with classes after chapel.
It bears restating that we as a community have been blessed in our work at Immanuel, especially as we have together sought God’s consistent vision for the school from our founding in 1954, one of excellence and Christian character. Our Board Executive sits down tonight with Ray Hendriks from the OACS, discussing our new principal search process. We also start that process tonight at our membership meeting as we reflect on the encouraging results from the School Quality Assurance Program survey, discerning what is most important to sustain and build, re-affirming what our vision for Christ-centred excellent education looks like at this moment in time. Join us if you can. Of crucial importance, please sustain the leadership search in your prayers in these coming months as we look for whomever God has been preparing for us!
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: Please pray for Mike & Andrea Klassen as well as John & Anna Krahn.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Bus Drivers: Mrs.Debbie Atkinson, Mrs. Rita Tesselaar and Mr. & Mrs.Walters. Please also keep Mrs Angie Bergen in prayer as she has foot surgery this week (building attendants Matthew Cameron and Katherine DeKraker will be covering for her while she heals up).

T.R.I.P: Order form is attached. Due on Dec 7 with pickup on Dec 14.
Term 2 Hot Lunch orders: Invoices were sent home yesterday as your order confirmation. Please send your payment in as soon as possible. Thank you.
Food Drive: We will start our food drive next Monday Dec 4th. We will be collecting non-perishable food under the decorated Christmas tree located in the front entrance. These items will be picked up by the Corner Cupboard. The missions club would like to see which class can donate the most items. There will be a prize for the winning class, bonus points will be awarded for donations of cereal!
Hats/Mittens/Socks: We will try to bless the less fortunate in our community by collecting new hats, mittens, or socks to put under the tree. The Optimist Club appreciates our involvement in this project.

*Transportation: A reminder that parents are required to inform their bus driver with as much notice as possible if their child(ren) will not be riding the bus (ie the night before). For those on Mr. Walters route, please call his home
# 226-785-2020 or text 519-494-4202 (Mrs. Walters) as his cell phone does not get good reception.  

Christmas Parade: The parade was a hit! The rain stopped just in time and there was a great turn out along the route. Promotions would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Walters for escorting us along the parade route and thanks to the families that came out to ride the bus and hand out candy. An enormous thank you goes out to the grade 7/8 students who gave up their lunch recesses to help design and paint the pictures for the side of the bus, and to Mrs Carrie Vis for creative talent and enthusiasm! There will be pictures posted on Facebook to check out.

Music lessons: There are immediate openings available for private lessons at school with Mr. Guy Miskelly - Guitar lessons, rock, blues, country, jazz, theory and ear training - 519-859-6915 Please contact him directly if you are interested.

Raise to Praise Campaign: Raise to Praise Campaign UPDATE: $39,205!!!! We are very excited about the Raise to Praise Campaign and the support we have been blessed by from our community. Tomorrow will be the final day for the Raise to Praise Campaign, please prayerfully consider a donation so that we can meet or exceed our Campaign Goal of $40,000.

Friday Family Fun Night returns this Friday December 1st! Join us for a Mingle and Jingle Christmas themed Fun Night. Don’t forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and come enjoy some warm food, hot cocoa and family fun!! Tina Vyn will also have her Living Books & Cards on display for sale. Looking to get some G.I.F.T.S hours completed? We are still looking for volunteers.
Sign up to help the Friday Family Fun Night crew at: Complimentary dinner included!

Seeking Potential Electives Leaders! Electives for our grades 4-8 are an important part of our education program here at ICS. Students choose in-depth workshops. Electives run from Feb 2 - Mar 2, 2018. If we call you, please consider helping. We are looking for those with talents and hobbies to share, as well as parent helpers for primary electives too. Students’ active engagement in a new area of learning in tremendously enriching! Sign up on our volunteer Signup Genius through our website!

Gr 4-6 Triple Ball: Final practice Wednesday during lunch recess. Tournament Monday, Dec. 4th. Please complete and return permission forms by Friday.

Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball. Great volleyball, ICS girls' and boys' teams! Fridays' tournament saw excellent skills, teamwork, determination and coaching with stiff competition for the banners. In an emotionally charged final, the girls played excellent three-hit volleyball, and dug deep, placing second following a 16-14 loss in the third game against Wyoming. The boys faced a similarly challenging opposition, and took the third game against the St Thomas team to gain the champions banner. We competed hard, played to the best of our skills, and honoured God and our opponents - in elementary sport, many of our players meet again on the same team in high school! Well done all!

Sr. Basketball: Boys and Girls tryouts have begun this week. Boys this Thursday and next Monday, and girls on Friday. No after school practises for boy or girls until the new year.

Art Class: Volunteers wanted on Monday afternoons the next few weeks to help students with Christmas projects. Just stop by, your help will be very appreciated! Donate: Resourceful supplies- plastic egg cartons or ice cube trays!

We need your donations!  What can you donate to support our Auction???  Here are some of the donations we have received:
-Decorative Pumpkin Porch Package for the fall
-12 Pots of Soup around the Year
-5 Piece Suitcase Set
-Wheels of Gouda Cheese
-Weekend at the Cottage
We will be having a complimentary Lasagna dinner!  Please REGISTER if you are attending dinner by emailing Tammie Vannoord at  You will also be issued your bidder number upon registration.
If you are able to donate an item or service or would like to make a cash donation, simply fill out a Donation Form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to

Cambridge Christian School welcomes supporters and alumni to join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary on Saturday, April 28, 2018. An open house will be held at our school from 1pm to 4 pm featuring Decade displays.  Tickets are on sale for our Gala Evening which will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 28. Contact office@cambridgechristianschool for more information or to let us know you are coming. Follow us on our Facebook page:  We praise God for His faithfulness and look forward to celebrating 50 years of Christian education in Cambridge.

Peanut, Allergy, Food ...Reminder: Due to allergies,  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.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Memory Work: for Dec. We will sing with the Gr.½ class  Silent Night! Holy Night!   By Franz Gruber
Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!
THANK YOU: Mrs. Krahn for spending part of her placement here at ICS in our classroom.
Scholastic Book Club: The December 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 Wednesday, Dec. 6, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Zechariah’s Surprise, (Luke 1:5-25) and Surprises for Mary and Joseph, (Luke 1:26-79, Matthew 1).
SK word of the week: at & an Letter and sound of the week: Dd.
We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m & d.
This month’s math focus:
JK - Exploring numbers 1-20.
SK - Comparing heavy and light. (Review terms: heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest)

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Dec. 6  Silent Night! Holy Night!   By Franz Gruber
Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!
Creation Studies Field Trip: Our field trip to the St. Thomas Municipal Airport is this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. We will leave the school at 1:15 PM and return just after 3:00 PM. Thank you to Mrs. A. Walters who will be our bus driver and to our other volunteers, Mr. Nathan Bokma, Mrs. Cally Manning, Mrs. Julie Peters and Mr. Keith Sinke . There is still room for more volunteers if you would like to experience this exciting field trip with us.
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Friday, Nov. 24:
Spelling Lists 12 for Grade 1: cats, pigs, beds, bugs, tops
Spelling Lists 12 for Grade 2: candy, puppy, by, my, went, sent, like, time, take, didn’t
Free photo Flightless Black White Aquatic Birds Penguin - Max PixelDon’t forget to make reading a nightly habit. Students who use their READING LOG, colouring  in one treasure chest every evening they spend some time reading for the month of November, will qualify for a classroom draw on Thursday, Dec 7. Happy reading! While you’re reading, don’t forget to also review your ball words.
Bible: The students are hearing the Christmas story and responding by working through some Bible activity pages. They are also writing and illustrating a Christmas message for the Aylmer Express - Christmas Edition which will be coming out just before Christmas.
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order for December please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Wednesday, Dec. 6, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Grade 1 Math: Focus is on numbers to 20
  • Image result for subtraction regrouping posterReading and writing numerals and number words to twenty
  • Addition and Subtraction to 20
  • Practice facts using Live Math in Mathletics Program

Grade 2 Math:  We have begun our unit on Subtraction with Regrouping. This can be a challenging concept for students to understand. You can help your child by practicing similar  questions at home and by using Mathletics. We talk about “trading” 1 ten back into 10 ones so that we can subtract the ones from the bottom number.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Dec. 6
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14
List 10 quiz on Friday, Dec. 1.
Grade 2:place, make, making, help, here, want, nice, to, two, into, racing, baking
Grade 3: children, search, teacher, reached, think, together, with, where, everywhere, short, push, finish, sure, who, whole, cheerful, share
Language Arts: This week, we have been working hard to finish our Information Writing unit. We have written about Remembrance Day, something we are an Expert at, and Christmas. Our final writing piece will be featured in the Aylmer Express Christmas edition!
Creation Studies: We have been spending the last few weeks studying different kinds of planes. Our focus this week is on Jets: their features, their purposes, and their history.  
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Scholastic Book Club: For Christmas, each child received a book coupon attached to their book order. They are able to choose any book worth $6. If you wish to purchase more items, feel free to do that and complete the form as usual. Please return all orders to school by Wednesday, Dec. 6, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online) and the coupon. Thanks.
Grade 3 Math. We’ve started multiplication and division - a goal is to memorize our math facts to 7 x 10. I was proud that our students could “pull apart” multiplication. For example, grade 3 can do: 5 x 3 = (1 x 3) + (4 x 3)! Goals for Mathletics are 1000 points / week. Wow, 14 of 15 students made it this week!
Don’t forget to make reading a nightly habit. Students who use their READING LOG, colouring in one backpack every evening they spend some time reading for the month of Nov, will qualify for a classroom draw on Dec 7.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Dec. 1, Spelling: Unit 9, Grade (4) - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, January, February, July, August, September, November, month, year, holiday, autumn, season, calendar, second, minute, early
Spelling Grade (5) - baby-sit, first aid, flashlight, high school, goalkeeper, all right, airmail , one-way, bodyguard, something, good-bye, birthday, outside, everybody, everyone, anything, themselves, himself, outfield, apart.
Wed. Dec. 6: Memory Work: Away in a Manger (Verses 1 and 2)
  1. Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
                              the stars in the bright sky looked down where  he lay; the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.   
2. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from on high and stay by my side until morning is nigh.
Words: American Carol, 1885
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

Math (4) - Thurs. Nov. 30: We have almost completed our unit on The Four Operations of Whole Numbers. We can multiply a 3-digit number or a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number. (Example: 228 x 3 = 684 or 4,576 x 4 = 18,304). Now, we are learning to multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number. (Example: 28 x 31 = 868, or 49 x 14 = 686).
Tomorrow, we will have a multiplication quiz, focusing on the above mentioned concepts.
Library Class: Remember to return your books for tomorrow.
Scholastic Book Orders: The December 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 Thursday, Dec. 7, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
French: Quiz next Wed Nov 29 & Audio #1 Due Thurs Nov 30 (Fiche 13 - Les questions). Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 4/5 Wikispaces, merci!

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Bible: Test corrections due Friday.
Math 5: Practise long division with mathletics and online videos such as MathAntics and Khan Academy.
Math 6: Singapore TB 47-56 WB 45-49 Ex1,2 Due Thursday. Incomplete work will be sent home to finish.
LA: Grammar Worksheet due Thursday, quiz Friday.
Writing: Writing a thesis, or introduction paragraph for speeches.
Reading: New AR goals set. Students who did not reach goal last term will need to complete it with new goal this term.
Creation Studies:  Culminating Project: Presentations:  Mon. Dec. 18-Tues. Dec. 19
                           Test and Reflection: Wed. Dec. 20
French: Quiz next Wed Nov 28 & Audio #1 Due Wed Nov 29 (Fiche 17). Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 5/6 Wikispaces, merci!

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Congrats VB players on a successful tourney. Well done.
Spelling/Vocab: List #10: Fri, Dec. 1
Memory Work: Habakkuk 1:5-11: The Lord´s Answer: Tu. Dec 5 (fill in blank)   
Bible: If I Were in Charge of the World poem. Friday, December 1.
Math: Test: Ratios, Rates, Proportions, Simple Interest, Commission, Sales Tax: Tuesday, Dec. 5
Science/LA: Essay: Prewriting Stage:  -Outline: Friday, Dec. 1
     Rough Copy: Thursday, December 7
     Final Copy:  Friday, December 15
Art: Watercolour techniques!
Music: Band instruments need to be at school every Wednesday and Friday.
French: Audio #1 Due next Thurs Nov 30 & Quiz next Wed Dec 6 (Fiche 10 - Dans un magasin de vĂȘtements de sport).
Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 7/8 Wikispaces, merci!