Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December 13th Journal, 2017

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, December 13th, 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

Dec   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   
Jan    8th - Return back to school
        10th -  Chapel - SK & Mrs. Ann Walters
                   Hot Lunch - Pizza day
        12th - Bluewater Science Challenge Workshop Day - LDCSS
                 - School skate 2-3pm
        19th - School Spirit Day - Summer Hawaii Day
                   New Family Information Night 7:00pm   
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):
From the Principal’s Desk:

Where we’re at affects how we see. Today at chapel we talked about the third advent candle of Joy. As examples, I used two different reactions to the news of Jesus’ birth. The angels spoke to the shepherds of good news causing great joy. Yet, when the wise men spoke of the same news, all Jerusalem was disturbed. As a Christian school, we declare that the name of Jesus is good news. The certainty of that affects us far beyond our school years and gives us a life-giving perspective on all of this world!

Mark your calendar! - The ICS Christmas Celebration of Art & Music will take place on Wednesday December 20th. Matinee at 9:00am and evening performance at 7:00pm. Come join us as we unwrap the “pieces of the nativity” with Jesus being the best present of all
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 Chad & Amanda Lapadat as well as Abe & Leona Loewen.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Gr 1/2 Teacher Ms. Marianne Pieters.
We are regretfully saying farewell to the Lockyer family, Andrew and Keli-Lyn, as Danielle transfers to McGregor Public and Aryanna transfers to Davenport. Please let them know they remain in our thoughts and prayers even as they step out of our Christian education community.

T.R.I.P: Pickup will be tomorrow Dec 14. The next order will be sent out Jan 11th.
FYI - No Frills gift cards will no longer be accepted at the gas bar after December 31st.
Term 2 Hot Lunch orders: Please send your payment in if you have not done so already. Thank you.
School skate: Thursday Dec 21st 2-3pm. SK, gr. 1 and 2 students are required to wear helmets. All students are required to wear mitts or gloves. All parents are welcome!
Food Drive: We have been  collecting non-perishable food under the decorated Christmas tree located in the front entrance. 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.

Jump into Kindergarten! We have attached two postcards to this week's Journal for our upcoming Jump into Kindergarten days. Children entering JK & SK are invited to experience the Kindergarten classroom at ICS. Children can enjoy the morning leaning letters, shapes, and numbers in a Christian setting. New families to ICS are welcome to attend 2 mornings and existing families may attend 1 morning. The program runs Feb 6, 8, 27th & March 1st from 8:30-11:30am. Please share with anyone who might be interested. Call to reserve a spot!

New Family Information Night: The new year will start our 2018 registration season. Our New Student/Family Information evening will be held on Friday Jan 19th at 7:00pm. We feel strongly that many of our prospective parents are attending churches in our local area. Advertising in our local churches is very important. We will be sending home an advertising poster and postcards for our Jump into Kindergarten program for selected families (church ambassadors). If your family has received one and it’s alright with your church, we ask that you please post it in your church right after Christmas in time for the first Sunday of 2018. Do you know any families interested in ICS? Invite them, and let the office know!

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.

Sr. Basketball:  Boys practice Tuesday and Thursday at lunch, girls on Monday and Wednesday. No after school practises for boy or girls until the new year.

We need your DONATIONS!!!!  What can you donate???   Gift baskets, baked goods, house cleaning, babysitting, gift certificates or gourmet dinners.  The sky’s the limit!  Please consider donating an item or service or by making a cash donation.  Simply fill out a Donation Form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to
Here’s an update of the donations received this week:
Themed Classroom Baskets
ICS staff hosting “Dinner at No. 11”, dinner party for 6-8.
Soup of the Month
Games Night with the Dykxhoorns and Zylstras
Principal for a Day
Farmhouse Clock
Wheels of Gouda Cheese
Vannoord Family “Mystery Dinner”
Front Row Seats at Graduation for 2018 and 2019
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.


Library - Congratulations to our reading log winners: Gavin M., Stewart W., Jaidyn D., Andrew S., Ethan A., Colton D., Blake M., and Jaywynn L.! They, along with Word Search winners Dennis F. and Travis D., get to choose a free, $6.00 book from any upcoming Scholastic book order flyer between now and June. Give your order to Mrs. Robinson. Way to go! Keep growing your reading skills!

GST Auction student contribution: has your child brought their $5 contribution in? Teachers will take care of purchases. This allows everyone to partner on supporting this great fundraising event.

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!
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: -Finish up on Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20), An angel announced Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were frightened and amazed at the announcement of Jesus’ birth.
-Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:21-38)
The people of Israel were waiting for the coming Messiah.
SK word of the week: baby, Jesus Letter and sound of the week: Gg.
We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, o & g.
This month’s math focus:

JK - Exploring numbers 1-20.
SK -We will finish up comparing heavy and light. Begin unit on Capacity: full and empty (How many cups of water does it take to fill the small bucket compared to the big bucket?)

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Dec. 13  Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come   By Isaac Watts, 1719; based on Psalm 98
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.
Spelling: spelling dictation words for Friday, Dec. 15:
Spelling Lists 14 for Grade 1: she, ship, shell, dish, wish
Spelling Lists 14 for Grade 2: boat, coat, float, long, along, belong, paw, fawn, tall, wall
Storytelling: This year we are sending out the storytelling packages earlier so that selections may be confirmed before Christmas break begins. This will give your child more time to master his/her story for storytelling. Please have your child bring in his/her story selection by Wednesday, Dec 20. If you have chosen a story from home please bring the book(s) to school for approval. Please ensure that the story is not a rhyming story. Stories should be 3 to 5 minutes long. You may edit a story for appropriate words to use and also to make it the right length. Thank you

Grade 1 Math: Focus is on numbers to 20
  • Relate numbers from 11 to 19 to a ten and ones
  • Add and subtract within 20 using various strategies as well as the rekenrek
             Make ten by splitting up one of the numbers
                     8 + 5 = 10 + 3 = 13
                         2  3
             Subtract the ones from the ones
                     18 - 6 = 10 + 2 = 12
                   10  8
  • Practice facts using Live Math in Mathletics Program

Chickens have arrived! This morning we were stretching our mathematical thinking to understand Elaina Kroondyk’s show and tell.
Yesterday Elaina said that a big truck delivered 2,000 chickens to their farm. Elaina said there were 60 chickens in one tall rolling cage and that there were 6 chickens in small cages inside the big rolling cage.  So all the grade 1 and 2 mathematicians started counting by 6 and then by 60 to figure out how many cages there were. We saw how amazing God’s world of number patterns worked once again.
Pattern - 6, 2, 8, 4, 0 continued throughout our counting.
Grade 2 Math: Subtraction with regrouping continues to be a challenging concept for many of the students. We are wrapping up our addition and subtraction unit early next week. Students, keep practicing your math facts and your regrouping by using Mathletics at home! Can you show your parents how we solve 500-78?

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Dec. 13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13
List 11 quiz on Friday, Dec. 15.
Grade 2: send, pick, end, both, fast, last, must, just, bath, black, friend, wreath
Grade 3: into, today, without, something, become, upon, myself, everybody, everyone, maybe, outside, basketball, homework, skateboard, earthquake, snowflake, reindeer

Language Arts:  Our reindeer unit has begun and students are learning many interesting things. Did you know that reindeer are also called caribou? Students continue to work on comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction information about these animals. Our reports will be sent home after the holidays.
Storytelling: This year’s packages went home on Monday. Please have your child bring in their story selection by Wednesday, Dec 20. This will allow you to start working on it over the break!
Creation Studies: This week, we introduced our final project for our unit on flight: A Paper Airplane challenge. The project will be completed during class time and is due on Dec 19. We will be making airplanes, testing them, and sharing about our planes.   
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Grade 3 Math. Have you challenged your child to a multiplication math game - “multiplication war” or “clockwork”? We’ll have a quiz on our multiplication skills from 0 to 9 on Friday.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Dec. 15, Spelling: Unit 11, Grade (4) - didn’t, that’s, they’re, you’re, couldn’t, haven’t, o’clock, we’re,  isn’t, I’m, it’s, who’s, they’d, could’ve, they’ve, you’ll, don’t, aren’t, shouldn’t, wasn’t
Spelling Grade (5) - surrounded, skiing, swimming, loving, studied, traveling, carried, trading, bragged, worried, beginning, exciting, finished, laughed, quickest, weaker, tiniest, lonelier, illustrated, apologizing
Wed. Dec. 20: Memory Work: Micah 5:2 - But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me, one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Wed. Dec. 20: Science Quiz on Habitats and Communities. Study Guides will be sent home on Fri. Dec. 15.
French: Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 4/5 Wikispaces, merci!
Library Class: Remember to return your books for tomorrow.
Battle of the Books: You are making great progress! Keep on reading and returning your books so others can read them!
Secret Gift Share: Students are bringing home their Secret Gift Share note for Thurs. Dec. 21.
GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Remember to bring in your $5.00 contribution towards our Gift Basket for the Auction. Thank you!

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Bible: We are starting a new unit from Pentecost to Paul’s conversion. Title pages due at the end of Wednesday’s class.
Math 5: Practise exponents on 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: Spelling corrections due Friday.
Writing: Students are working on Speeches. All work is linked to Google Classroom that can be accessed during the holidays. Requirements are: 3- 5 min. speech on a topic of choice. Format is designed to make a 4 paragraph essay: Intro/thesis, Paragraph 2, 3 and 4, with conclusion. One minute per paragraph is a good way to plan time. Three minutes is too short since students usually speak faster during presentation.
Reading: AR goals! ¼ of the way !
Creation Studies:  Culminating Project: Presentations:  Mon. Dec. 18-Tues. Dec. 19
           Test and Reflection: Wed. Dec. 20
French: Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 5/6 Wikispaces, merci!
Battle of the Books: You are making great progress! Keep on reading and returning your books so others can read them!
Christmas Celebration and gift exchange Thursday, Dec. 21st. Bring a cultural treat or celebration item to share with the class. It is a hot lunch day as well.

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Christmas Banquet:  We will be celebrating our class Christmas banquet on Thursday, December 21.  We will reschedule our pizza lunch for the day prior. The students have organized the food and drinks that will be prepared for this day.  Thank you to all who are willing to make a dish.  The kids are really looking forward to it.  Mrs Boldt and Mrs. Vannoord have volunteered to help us on that day.  We could use one or two more people to help prep, serve, and clean up.  Please let me know if you are available. We aim to eat at 11:30 as there is skating at two o’clock...  
Speeches/Poems:  Grade 7 is required to write a speech (3-5 minutes long) and Grade 8 has the option to write a speech or recite a poem.
Science/LA: Essay: Final Copy:  Friday, December 15
Math Test: Exponents: Wednesday, December 20
Art: Watercolour techniques!
Music: Band instruments need to be at school every Wednesday and Friday.
French: Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 7/8 Wikispaces, merci!
Battle of the Books: You are making great progress! Keep on reading and returning your books so others can read them!
Basketball Tournament Concession.  We’re looking forward to our senior basketball tournament on Tue 30 Jan at LDCSS! In addition to the tournament play, our 7/8 class has the opportunity to run the concession stand. The proceeds from the stand will go to offsetting the costs of our end of the year class trip.  Participation is not mandatory, but is encouraged. The profits will be divided equally among the participants. We’re looking for a few parent volunteers to head up the concession - without volunteers, we will not be able to direct the profits towards the 7/8 class. Please let Mr Bierman or Mr Cameron know if you can help!