Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 14th, 2018 Journal

The ICS Journal

Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018

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

       15th - Sr Battle practice 10:20am
                 Jr Battle practice 12:05pm
                 Chess Teams Championship 9am - 12pm in London
       16th - Winter Electives #2, Swim to Survive #2
       17th - LDCSS Curling Bonspiel
       19th - Family Day holiday (no school)
       20th - PA day (report writing, no school)
       21st - Chapel Lent #2 with Pastor Mark Barrett (North Broadway Baptist)
                 Jr. Girls Basketball - lunch recess practise
       22nd- Jr Battle practice 10:20am
                 Sr Battle practice 12:05pm
       23rd - Gr 1-3 Children’s Museum Field Trip
                  Winter Electives #3,
       26th-  Sr Battle practice 10:20am
                  Jr Battle practice 12:05pm
                  Public Speaking Awards at 7 PM at The Aylmer  Legion
       27th - Hockey practice 7:30-8:30am
                  Jump into JK/SK #3
Mar   1st - Jump into JK/SK #4
         2nd -Friday Family Fun Night
                 Winter Electives #4, Swim to Survive #3
         3rd -Legion Public Speaking Contest -  Zone Level  in St. Thomas.  
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):

From the Principal’s Desk:
For our Finance Committee, Board and for myself, this time of year is budget time! We ask questions about what we need to sustain our school. How many new families will enrol for next year (our preliminary budget seeks 5 new families)? Will all our current families be able to continue? How are we doing on repaying the last of our growth debt? Can we replace a bus? With every budget, there are a set of values represented. The real questions are: What things do we value at ICS? And, where is God leading us as His school? The cost of Christian education in the province of Ontario is not cheap. But the value is immense. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Pr 22:6). Our mission declares that we “assist parents in raising children to follow Christ, with an excellent elementary program and a focus on Christian character growth!” Please help us plan with your prompt re-enrollments (see below). Please keep our Finance Committee and Board in prayer as we seek to follow God’s leading in planning the coming year.
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 Nathan & Beth Saarloos as well as Henk & Joanne Schuurman. Also, Neal Shelton, grandfather to Jocelyn and Eden, passed away this afternoon after a very short battle with cancer. They located two tumours in his brain less than a month ago and he had just started his chemo treatments.  Please keep Stu and Jocelyn/Eden and the extended family in your prayers
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Music teacher Mrs. Amanda Cameron. Also, please keep Mrs. Marie Smit in prayer as she experiences significant back pain, and has not been working this week.

In order to budget plan, we need to hear from our current parents now. Please confirm your registration for 2018/2019 using the Sycamore button on our homepage as soon as possible. 20 families have completed this - thank-you! If you have not re-enrolled, we will contact you by email to remind you. You’ll need your family login information.Tracey will be able to talk you through any questions / login details / challenges you may encounter. Thank-you!

T.R.I.P: Pickup is tomorrow Feb 15th. The next order will be sent out on Feb 22nd, due on March 1st, pickup on the 8th.
Friday Family Fun Night: ALOHA! The next Friday Family Fun Night is March 2nd and we're having a Hawaiian Luau!! PIE IN THE FACE- got some spare change? Bring it in and vote for the teacher you would like to see get a Pie in the face at the next Friday Family Fun Night! Who will it be? Mr.Bierman, Mr.Cameron or Ms.Smeets?! Vote by putting your change in the jars located in the office. The best dressed Hawaiian at the Family Fun Night March 2nd will get to throw the pie at 6pm! Looking to get some G.I.F.T.S hours completed? Sign up to help the FFFN crew here. Complimentary dinner included!
*NEW*- to assist with planning, you can now pre-order your FFFN admission tickets. (See form attached to this journal). Advanced admission is: $8/adult and $5/child(12 and under) At the door admission will be: $10/adult and $7/child (12 and under).  The deadline to pre-order is Friday, Feb. 23rd.  

Jump into Kindergarten! 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 8, 27th & March 1st from 8:30-11:30am. Please share with anyone who might be interested. Call to reserve a spot!

LAST CALL! We will be looking for an additional TRIP coordinator for the 2018-19 school year. We have one interested parent, is someone willing to come on board and make a team? Coordinators are in charge of placing orders, making bank deposits, distributing gift card orders and ensuring stock is available. This is a lot of work, so this is a “paid volunteer” spot.  Interested? Send an application (email or letter) to Fundraising Committee via the office please!

Transportation Note for all High School Students: Since ICS has no school (PA day) on Tuesday Feb 20th, the bussing 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 will be done in reverse.
Corner of Hwy #3 & Carter Rd at 7:50am
ICS at 8:00am
End of Forest & Elm at 8:04am
Lyons at 8:15am
Andre Kroondyk home at 47000 Wilson Line at 8:25am
Belmont Arena 8:28am
Manning Drive 8:30am

Congratulations to the Aylmer Legion Public Speaking Winners. Awards will be given at the Aylmer Legion on Monday, February 26 at 7:00 PM.
The students who placed 1st at the Aylmer Legion will continue on to the Legion Zone competition in St.Thomas on Sat, March 3, registration at 9:30 AM.
Storytelling: 1st  - Elaina Kroondyk
2nd - Preston Bergen
3rd - Wyatt Bakker
Junior Level: 1st - Allyson Mantel
2nd - Keira Giesbrecht
3rd - Sarah Janssens
Intermediate: 1st - Megan Friesen, 2nd - Claire Vording

Chess Team update: We have registered for the Annual London Teams Chess Championship on Thursday Feb 15th. Selected students form 1 primary team, 2 junior teams and 1 senior team, and are ready to compete!
Hockey: Practices are on Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 am.
Basketball: Jerseys still missing: Jocelyn 34, Alyssa 30, Claire 4, Victor 19, William 17, Jonah 31, Dawson B 22 & Kahlen.
Jr. Basketball Tryouts: Girls - Wednesday, Feb. 14. (lunch recess), Boys -Thursday, Feb 15 (lunch recess).

Needed for Spring Drama: Dry ice/Fog machine... Please contact the office if you have one we can borrow. Thanks!

Art: Submissions for the Art Exhibition at the St. Thomas Public Art Centre are still being accepted. Bring classroom artwork to Ms. Farrow Jones by Friday. Invites will be sent out to students (and families) who have work in the exhibition.


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 (
We welcome Melissa Dyck into our classroom for the mornings of Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for her Co-op placement from E.E.S.S. We are appreciating her helping hands already!
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: Elijah and God’s Care, (1 Kings 16-29-17:24).
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, (1 Kings 18).
Letter and sound of the week: Ll We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, o, g, b, j, z, f, w & l.
This month’s math focus:
JK - Patterns & Shapes
SK - Graphing, Shapes & Solids

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Wed., February 21
Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Matthew 6:9, 10, and 11
Spelling: List 19 dictation will be on Friday, February 16.
Grade 1: go, so, no, home, note, robe, do, you
Grade 2: more, store, stone, stand, star, sting, ring, blew, flew, new,
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order this month please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, Feb. 16, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class.
Creation Studies FIELD TRIP to the London Children’s Museum will be on Friday, February 23. We are planning to leave at 8:45 am and return to school by 3:15 pm. All parents are welcome to join us. Thank you to our bus driver Mrs. Walters and to our volunteer Mrs. Sara Loewen. We are still welcoming more volunteers.
Grade 1 Math: Our new unit focus is on common shapes. Students will:
  • Sort shapes by shape, size, orientation, or number of corners and sides
  • Describe or continue a pattern according to one or two attributes such as shape, size, or colour
  • Combine shapes to make a basic shape or new shape
Grade 2 Math: Our focus this week is on the 2 and 3 times tables! Students are working hard to show word problems using pictures and writing equations. Keep practicing your facts at home!  

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Memory Work: for Feb 21 is  Look for Hope verse 1
Life has turned you upside down
And you feel alone.
You are needing help right now
Need to find a home.
Where’s the answer?
Where’s the truth?
What’s a kid supposed to do?
Spelling: List 16 quiz will be on Friday, Feb 16
Gr 2:too, good, book, shook, school, when, what, took, who, soon, where, moon
Gr 3: don’t, didn’t, I’ll, I’m, it’s, let’s, you’re, we’re, doesn’t, o’clock, won’t wouldn’t, its, can’t, that’s, they’re, their
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Language Arts: The Winter Olympic Games have begin and our class has been busy learning all about them. We are so excited to continue learning and using that information to help us write stories.
Creation Studies  FIELD TRIP to the London Children’s Museum will be on Friday, February 23. We are planning to leave at 8:45 am and return to school by 3:15 pm. All parents are welcome to join us (the chaperones are free!). Please inform me if you would like to come along. More details to be included in next week’s journal.  
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home today. Many of you have already achieved your Term 2 goals! We are also working on becoming Gold Medal readers this month. Make sure you are tracking your minutes.
Scholastic Book Club: The February flyers were sent last week. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, Feb. 16, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you.
Grade 3 Math. Parents, Mathletics at home is the easiest and best supplemental practice you can do. Students who have been regular in this have all experienced significant gains in their MAP Growth math tests, especially students who struggle. Aim for 1000 points to grow!   Mr Cameron
Swim to Survive: We all enjoyed our first learning session at the Family YMCA in St. Thomas! Remember to bring your swimwear and a towel to school again this Friday, Feb. 16, Grade 3!
*Due to the Grades 1 - 3 Field Trip on Friday, February 23, our third Swim to Survive Session will be held the following week on Friday, March 2. Thank you! Ms. Buma

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
Fri. Feb. 16 - Spelling Dictation: List 16 Grade (4) - leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves, potato, potatoes, roof, roofs, family, families, library, libraries, journey, journeys, hero heroes, ditch, ditches, hundred, hundreds
Spelling: Grade (5) - awhile, where, thought, athletes, truthful, purchases, exchange, though, rhythm, children, chocolates, friendship, together, white, watches, arithmetic, months, length, through, catches
Bible Studies: Unit Test - Ruth - Thurs. Feb. 15 - Refer to your Bible duotang notes, girls and boys. Study Guides were sent home on Monday, Feb. 12.
Memory Work: Wed. Feb. 21 - Song: Everywhere I Go - Verses 1 and 2
Everywhere I go, the Lord is near me. If I call upon him, he will hear me.
Never will I fear, for the Lord is near, everywhere I go.
In the dark of night should things alarm me, ever in his sight, no ill may harm me.
I will be of cheer, for the Lord is near, everywhere I go.
Words and Music: Natalie Sleeth, arranged by Charlotte Larsen, 1992

French: Audio Recording Due tomorrow, Feb 15. Fiche 17 - On décrit des suspects. Check out the 4/5 Wikispaces page.
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class, everyone.
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home today. Seven students have already achieved their 2nd Term goals, while seven others are closing in on getting their goals. A few students have significant points to acquire yet, and should aim to sign out AR Books from our ICS Library tomorrow, Feb. 15.  Keep up the good reading, Grades 4 and 5!
Scholastic Book Orders: February flyers were sent home last week. If you would like to place an order, please complete the form and return it to school by Friday, Feb. 16 with the payment (cash, or cheque, or pay online). Thank you.

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (

Bible: Memory Work: The Apostles’ Creed due Wednesday Feb. 21.
Math 5: How do you find the LCD to make equivalent fractions? Please use mathletics at home to practise work.
Math 6:  Percentage Change -Singapore Textbook pages 80-82/Workbook pages 67-68. Division of Fractions - Math Duotang. Incomplete work might need to be done outside of class time.
LA: Writing: Letter writing: Cover letters and Formal essay writing format. Starting opinion essay on bullying at ICS. We are talking about concerns and solutions to bullying at school.
Reading: Olympic Reading Challenge. Keep track of chapters read in your planner. AR points prize also!
French: Audio Recording Due today, Feb 14th.  “À la douane”/. Check out the 5/6 Wikispaces page for more info, merci!
Battle of the Books: Keep reading and practicing your questions!
FYI: Students have lost the privilege of using the microwave due to not cleaning up after numerous reminders.

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (
Grad Trip Permission Form:  A permission form for the grad trip to Fair Glen had been distributed this past Friday.  Please complete and return to Mr. Bierman before this weekend. Interested chaperones should email me by Feb. 14  with the details requested  on the permission form. Thanks.    
Basketball Tournament Concession: Thanks to all who participated in bringing in items for sale, staffing the table, keeping score, and to Mrs Suzie Guenther and Mrs Tina Hiebert for organizing and supporting! After expenses, we raised $861! That saves each participating student $39, plus the student fund contributes another $50 per student.
Science Challenge:  If you are interested in seeing detailed information or to see what your child is doing for the next couple weeks, check out the website: . All project work will be done at school and one ICS team will be selected to compete at the final competition held after March Break.
Bible/MW:  Psalm 139:13-16- next Wednesday
Art: Complete Pop art assignment on Google Classroom by Thursday, Feb 8.
Music: Band instruments need to be at school every Wednesday and Friday.
French: Audio Recording was due last week; is yours done? Check out the 7/8 Wikispaces page for more info, merci!
Battle of the Books: Keep reading and practicing your questions!
Grade 9 Fall Registration at LDCSS: Registration is now open for the 2018-19 school year! We're excited about welcoming new students to our school and growing in community with us! Want to apply? Download the application at or give us a call. Interested in checking out learning at London Christian High? Connect with Gabriella at 519-455-4360 ext. 231 or email to book a tour.We look forward to hearing from you! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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