Wednesday, 8 November 2017

November 8th Journal, 2017

The ICS Journal


Wednesday, November 8th, 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 8th - Chapel - Gr 7/8 8:50am   
              - Boys and girls exhibition game vs. STCSS 4-5 pm
      10th - School skate #1 2-3pm
      11th - Remembrance Day
      14th - Girls vball practice 4-5pm
      15th - Chapel - Gr 4/5 8:50am
                 - Boys, girls exhibition game vs. FCA 4-5 pm @ Faith
                 - Board meets 8:00pm  
      16th - PD day - Report card writing
      17th - LDCSS PD day
              - Grade 2/3 field trip to St. Thomas Airport  
      21st - Absentee/Retake Picture day  
                Girls vball practice 4-5pm
      22nd- Chapel - Gr 2/3 8:50am
                School Spirit -Jersey/Team Day
      24th - Sr Volleyball Tournament at LDCSS
      25th - Aylmer Christmas Parade
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:
I want to invite you into a staff meeting discussion from this Monday after school. We were doing a roundtable on “Beautiful Work.” As a teaching staff, we believe that our commitments to Mastery of Knowledge and Skill, and Culture and Character (our other 2 dimensions) find their realization in the beautiful work we pursue together. We shared what we are doing in our classes and across our school to foster beautiful work. Let’s share with you too!
  • Using technology to capture our work, especially voice (Vocaroo) and visuals like gym skills
  • A “great work” board in class
  • A commitment to rough drafts, refining protocols, a “let’s go back” approach
  • A “best work” folder, with student-selected work
  • Public displays, especially our Christmas Celebration of the Arts and our Easter Celebration of Drama and Learning, but also including our doors, hallways and bulletin boards.
  • Taking time to train in our work (including gym class and sports teams), character-building effort as we push close to the “I can’t do it” point…
  • Being proud of the products of our learning, like our 10-5-2-1-0 jingle for the health unit
  • Sending our work home so that you, too, can talk about it and appreciate the Christian learning going on here!
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 John & Suzie Guenther as well as Jodie Hibbert and Cory Hibbert
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Principal Mr. Keith Cameron

T.R.I.P: Order is due Thursday Nov 9th, with pickup on Nov 17th.
Picture Day: Absentee picture day will take place on Nov 21st.
Free vector graphic: Ice-Skates, Ice Skating, Skates - Free Image ...School Skate: A friendly reminder that our first school skate of the year will take place this Friday Nov 10th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at the East Elgin Community Complex.  SK - through Grade 2 must wear helmets, all should wear gloves. All non-confident skaters should also wear a helmet. Skates may be rented at the rink for $2 if needed (helmet rental $1). All parents are welcome! Children may leave with parents after, if you wish.
Free Images : food, green, produce, vegetable, healthy, bell ...

Thank you - To the Voth family for donating peppers that were used in the breakfast program this past week! Did you know that eating bell peppers can help you reach your daily vitamin C value?

ICS Board Meeting: We would like to inform our school community of our upcoming meeting on Nov 15th. If anyone has anything they would like to bring to the board’s attention for this meeting, please do so via a letter. The letter can be sent to the board chair, Jacklyn Versnick @ or the board secretary Helen Friesen @

Remembrance Day: This year November 11th falls on a Saturday. Parents, we strongly encourage you to take part as a family at the Aylmer cenotaph for the ceremony which commences at 10:30am. Please send some change to school for poppies which will be distributed in your child’s classroom.

Raise to Praise Campaign: Raise to Praise Campaign UPDATE:  It has been 1 week since the launch of our Raise to Praise Campaign and as a school we are so blessed to have such a supportive and caring community.  This has been evident in the outpouring of support with a total of $20,000 towards our $40,000 goal!   We completed our Call Campaign on November 1st giving us an opportunity to connect with you and the second round of calls will be completed over the next two weeks.   If you have not received the Campaign package or a call and would like to talk to the team, please feel free to contact Janine Shelton – 519-619-0738.  Please keep ICS and our R2P Campaign in your prayers.  Thanks for your support!

MINGLE and jingle poster (3).jpgSAVE THE DATE: Friday Family Fun Night returns December 1st. Join us for a Mingle and Jingle Christmas themed Fun Night!  Get out those tacky Christmas sweaters and come enjoy some warm food, hot cocoa and family fun!!More information is on the poster attached to the end of the Journal. Looking to get some G.I.F.T.S hours completed? Sign up to help the Friday Family Fun Night crew at:
Complimentary dinner included!

"LET'S SALSA- Don't forget to submit your homemade salsa for the Fall Membership Meeting snack & contest on Nov.29th!  Send your jar into the office along with your name, recipe and spice level by Nov.29th! Who will the Salsa champion be?! We look forward to your submissions.  Thank you, from the Community Care Committee.

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. Students’ active engagement in a new area of learning in tremendously enriching! Education Committee is brainstorming ideas and seeking leaders for:
  • sewing,
  • geocaching, outdoor adventure,
  • DIY, pinterest,
  • 3D printing,
  • Mad Science,
  • card making and jewellery,
  • video editing.
See Keith if you can help, and if you have other ideas too! Sign up on our volunteer Signup Genius through our website!

Transportation Note for all High School Students - Since ICS has no school (report writing PA Day) on Thursday Nov 16th, the busing for LDCSS will be as follows: Mrs. Tesselaar’s bus will leave her home at 7:45am (students catching the bus at her house should be there by 7:40am). The return trip home will be done in reverse
Corner of Hwy #3 & Carter Rd  at 7:50am
ICS at 8:00 am
End of Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Lyons at 8:15am
Andre Kroondyk home 47000 Wilson Line at 8:25 am
Belmont Arena 8:28
Manning Drive 8:30am

Wanted: Costume Donations Our JK/SK classroom is looking for costume donations for the Dramatic Play area (esp. animals and careers, but no superheroes please). This type of play involves imagination, and results in serious and natural learning. There are so many benefits: teaches self-regulation, encourages language development, teaches conflict resolution, empowers kids to make choices and helps them be more independent with dressing themselves (a great skill as winter approaches!).

Still 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.

Free vector graphic: Paint, Brush, Tin, Can, Splatter - Free Image ...The Promotions committee is looking for leftover or used paint that families may have hanging around the house. If you have some that you're willing to donate please bring to the school throughout the next week. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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! New spots for FFFN and Electives are posted!

Gr 4-6 Triple Ball: Practise Monday 3:30-4:45, and Wednesday during lunch recess.

Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball. Exhibition games, tonight @ ICS with STCCS, and on Tue Nov 14 against FCA @ Faith Baptist Church in St Thomas. Permission forms were sent home.

The G.S.T. Auction is one of our biggest fundraisers at Immanuel Christian School and features live and silent bidding. This year our auction will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 in the school gym.  
What is the G.S.T. Auction?  Individuals and businesses make donations of goods, services and talents.  In the past, we have auctioned items such as gift baskets, baked goods, gift certificates, Police Ride-Along, tools, furniture, house cleaning, meals, desserts, babysitting services, one week’s stay at a cottage or condo, gourmet dinners, seats to a concert, game or play, tractor driving, pool parties, photography services, Ladies’ day out, manual labour and wheels of gouda cheese. Donation items or services would be greatly appreciated to make this night a successful fundraiser for Christian Education. (No used items please!!!) An auction book will be available on the night of the auction. If you are able to donate or would like to make a cash donation, simply fill out the attached form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to
We extend our thanks to Jesse Vannoord, our auctioneer, for agreeing to conduct this evening. For the sake of the auctioneer and those bidding, it is necessary that this evening be for an ADULT AUDIENCE.

New! Term 2 Lunch Orders through Sycamore! Don’t send money yet, we will send you an invoice as your order confirmation. Problems? Call us at the office. Deadline of Nov 24 to have your order in.
To order meal items:
Login to Sycamore (link on our webpage, top left). Go to My Accounting | Cafeteria | Orders | Meal Orders tab.
  1. Enter the quantity of meals to be ordered.
  2. Select meal from drop-down.
  3. Update when complete.
  4. Current meal selections can be printed.

Battle of the Books - KICK-OFF MEETING: JR team - Thursday at snack recess

What an exciting BOOK WEEK we had last week! “Books are Treasures!”

There was much enthusiasm as students participated in various book-related activities, and browsed and shopped at the book fairs!

Thanks to your purchases at the Scholastic and Living Books displays, we are able to add more than 100 books to our library from Scholastic, and each teacher could choose a devotional book for his/her classroom. Thank you for that overwhelming support! A special THANK-YOU to Mrs. Tina Vyn who has worked so hard to set up and sell Christian books and cards for many years, with proceeds going to the ICS library!

Congratulations to the D&A Bergen family for winning the Family Draw and to Miss Loewen who was the lucky teacher! Special congratulations to all our draw winners (though we are all winners when we find treasures in books!)

Don’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 Dec 7.

Thank you for supporting our school library and our Book Week!


Vote for your favourite book to enter CBC's Fan Choice Contest for your chance to win: a visit by one of the finalist authors to your school, copies of that author's book for all of the students in your class, $2000 donation to your school library and $500 spending money.


You can enter every day. Find details at the CBC website. Contest closes Nov 19!

SAVE THE DATE - LIBERTAS MALE CHOIR, "SOUNDS OF THE SEASON" CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: Martin Mans director, Martin Zonnenberg, organ, Special guest - Tenor, Berand Wiltjer from the Urker Mans Formatie. Wednesday Nov. 29  2017 @7:30pm - Knox Presbyterian Church  59 Riddell St.  Woodstock. Thursday Nov 30  2017 @7:30pm - Georgetown Christian Reformed Church 11611 Trafalgar Rd.  Georgetown. Friday December 1 2017 @7:30pm - St. Andrews Presbyterian Church   47 Owen St.  Barrie. Saturday December 2  2017 @ 7:30pm - Redeemer University College  777 Garner Rd. E.  Ancaster. Order tickets online or contact or call 905-522-0001. Adult $20, Youth $10, Children under 10, Free.

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.

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Riley Guerreo a very happy birthday. Riley turned 5 on Monday. May God richly bless you in your new year of life.
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible:The Plagues. God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. God is powerful and rules over nature and all people (Exodus 7:14-10:29).
SK word of the week: brown & purple (the, and, to, colour words) Letter and sound of the week: Hh.
We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e & h.
This month’s math focus:
JK - Exploring numbers 1-20.
SK - Exploring numbers 1-100 and Ten frames.

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Nov. 15           
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Psalm 105:5 and 6
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Friday, Nov. 17:
Spelling Lists 9 for Grade 1: pet, let, get, red, fed
Spelling Lists 9 for Grade 2: some, come, home, fun, funny, run, running, ran, us, use

Remembrance Day Free Stock Photo - Public Domain PicturesFile:Poppy.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLegion Poster Contest: Forms were sent home last week. Please complete sections B, D, and E and return this form by tomorrow so that it can be attached to your child’s poster. Thank you.
Don’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.
Free photo Flightless Black White Aquatic Birds Penguin - Max PixelScholastic Book Club: The November 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, Nov. 17, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Grade 1 Math: Focus is on subtraction within 10: make number stories for subtraction, write subtraction equations using - and =, solve problems using subtraction, write two addition equations and two subtraction equations for a given number bond, count back to subtract 1, 2, and 3 from a number within 10, begin memorizing subtraction facts for -1, -2, and -3.
Grade 2 Math: We are beginning to learn what regrouping means in addition this week. We have  also been working on using a “making 10” strategy to improve our mental math. You can help your child by asking them how they can make ten with basic addition facts.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Nov. 15 is  Psalm 105:1- 4 (Same as last week to allow for smooth reciting!)
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
List 7 quiz on Friday, Nov. 10.
Grade 2: no, go, going, most, kind, find, gave, so, do, doing, singing, mind
Grade 3: missed, willing, balloon, spelling, pretty, still, off, added, letter, different, pattern, middle, Mississippi, zipper, carry, where, office
Creation Studies Field Study: We have had 2 parents volunteer already for our trip! We are excited to learn more about what a flight engineer does on Nov. 17 at the St. Thomas Flight School from 1:30-3:00. If you would like to join us, please send a note in your child’s planner.
Library: Remember to bring library books back for tomorrow!
Accelerated Reader: Almost every student has achieved their goal! We have two more days for the rest of you to get your goal (Nov 10!).  
Remembrance Day Free Stock Photo - Public Domain PicturesLegion Poster Contest: Forms were due today Wednesday, Nov. 8. Please complete sections B, D, and E so that it can be attached to your child’s poster. Thank you.
Scholastic Book Club: The November 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 Fri, Nov. 17, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thanks!
Grade 3 Math. We’re working on adding and subtracting BIG numbers with regrouping (6,557 + 2,469 = ?). Goals for Mathletics are 1000 points / week. 10 of 15 students are achieving this, can we all get our goal next 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. Happy reading!

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Nov. 10 Spelling: Unit 7: Grade (4) - blush, crutch, crunch, grumpy, much, umpire, uncle, none, does, fuel, cute, cubicle, human, future, usual, uniform, used, beautiful, until, somehow
Spelling Grade (5) - gloomy, school, choose, loose, route, clue, truth, duty, ruin, Tuesday, usually, threw, understood, neighbourhood, rookie, could, should, bulletin, sullen, zoology
Wed. Nov. 15  Song: Thy Word
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)
Verse 2
I will not forget Your love for me and yet my heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide, and hold me to Your side, and I will love You to the end.
CCLI Song #14301
Wed. Nov. 8 - Unit Test, The Bible.
Accelerated Reader AR Reports were sent home today. A number of students have already achieved their goals.Well done! Keep reading persistently towards achieving your goals, those who are still working to do so. Goal due date Fri. Nov 10th
Legion Poster Contest:  Almost all of the forms have been returned. Thank you! Forms will be attached to your child’s Remembrance posters and literary contributions. Posters and poems will be forwarded to the Legion on Friday, Nov. 10.
French: Audio Recording #2 was due Wed Nov 1st - Des mots pour d√©crire des positions. If you’re having issues with Vocaroo, you can use your smartphone to record and then email to  Audio recordings are an important part of the French program and it only takes a few minutes to do :) Please see Miss Smeets if you’re not able to do the recordings at home, merci!
Music: Almost all recorders are back at school. Is yours? If not, bring it in asap. Talk to Mrs Cameron if you need to buy one. They are $5 each.

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Bible: Lesson 5 - Emmaus - corrections
Memory Work: Luke 24: 25-27 is due by Nov. 10
Math 5: Student are working on multiplication skills daily. Workbook ex 4 pgs. 12-14.  Due Thursday, Nov. 9th.
Math 6: Quiz on Fractions next Monday
LA: Spelling list 4 due Thursday, quiz Friday. Start thinking of speech topics.
Art: Final still life due Friday, Nov 10th at the end of class. Bring in Legion forms if you want to make a submission.
French: Audio Recording #3 was due on Nov 1st - Les continents. If you’re having issues with Vocaroo, you can use your smartphone to record and then email to Audio recordings are an important part of the French program and it only takes a few minutes to do :) Please see Miss Smeets if you’re not able to do the recordings at home, merci!

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Chapel: The 7/8 class did such an amazing job in chapel this week.  A well planned, wonderfully delivered, and a purposeful message came through.  It literally brought a tear to my eye. BRAVO!
AR: Goals due this week
Math: Fractions quiz redo, Friday.
Computers:  Animal Research Assignment: Due Monday November 13th.
Bible: Joseph Test:  Tuesday, November 14.
Memory Work: Students will consider a message or theme from the story of Joseph that resonated with them. From the story they will select an appropriate passage to memorize and reflect upon.  The passage must be at least 5 verses long. This assignment will be part of their test (see above): Due Tuesday.
Science: -Atmosphere Test: Friday November 10. Students will be presented with their Science/LA research paper assignment on air pollution this week.  We will work through the stages of writing a well written paper and they will be submitting a 3 page paper before Christmas.            
Library: Research assignment due Monday, November 13.
Art: Remembrance Day work period this week.
Music: Band instruments need to be at school every Wednesday and Friday.
French: Audio recordings are an important part of the French program and it only takes a few minutes to do :) There are a number of students that have not submitted their recordings.  If you’re having issues with Vocaroo, you can use your smartphone to record and then email to Please see Miss Smeets if you’re not able to do the recordings at home, merci!