Wednesday, 7 February 2018

February 7th, 2018 Journal

The ICS Journal


Wednesday, Feb 7th, 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

Feb    8th - Jump into JK/SK #2 8:30-11:30am
         9th - Winter Electives #2, Swim to Survive #2
       10th - Aylmer Legion Public Speaking
       12th - Jr Battle of the Books practice 10:20am
                 Sr Battle practice 12:05pm
       13th - Hockey practice 7:30-8:30am
                 School Spirit day - 100th day
       14th - Chapel Lent # 1 with  Pastor Louis Bosma
                 New Registration day
                 Hot Lunch - Pancake day
       15th - Sr Battle practice 10:20am
                 Jr Battle practice 12:05pm
                 Chess Teams Championship 9am - 12pm in London
       16th - Winter Electives #3, Swim to Survive #3
       17th - LDCSS Curling Bonspiel
       19th - Family Day holiday (no school)
       20th - PA day (report writing)
       21st - Chapel Lent #2 with Pastor Mark Barrett (North Broadway Baptist)  
       22nd- Jr Battle practice 10:20am
                 Sr Battle practice 12:05pm
       23rd - Gr 1-3 Children’s Museum field trip
       26th-  Sr Battle practice 10:20am
                  Jr Battle practice 12:05pm
       27th - Hockey practice 7:30-8:30am
                 Jump into JK/SK #3
Mar  2nd - Friday Family Fun Night
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476

LDCSS:   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment):

From the GST Auction Committee:
Our GST Auction was a huge success and raised an AMAZING sum of $67,132.08!  We would like to express our appreciation to Jesse Vannoord and the professional auctioneering services he provides for our auction at no charge. We also would like to thank Larry and Irene Buis and our entertaining spotters, Jason Vis and Dan Dykxhoorn! A HUGE THANK YOU to Sjon Hulst, our Computer Tech for working tirelessly to develop a new unique application for use at our auction!!! It worked splendidly, resulting in a quick and easy checkout for our buyers! A special thank you to Family Flowers, who aided the Auction Committee with the use of plants and display supplies. Thank you to our kitchen volunteers – Grace Vording, Kaylynn Mantel, Kennedy Vandendool, Nichola DeDreu and Cassie Vannoord, who diligently plated lasagne dinners, sold beverages and snacks and brought the kitchen back to its normal state at the end of the night. A special thanks to Chantelle Bakker for creating the design for our posters and Auction Booklet. A big shout out to Shane Harkness of Harkness Printing in Belmont for printing our auction booklets for us! And, last but not least, a HUGE THANK YOU to our generous donors and buyers. Whether your donation or purchase was large or small….it all made a difference. God has indeed blessed us with a community who supports quality Christian education!
Serving you on the auction committee, Chris Bakker, Tina Banman, Nathan Bokma, Tricia Giesbrecht, Tracy Mantel, Carrie Rempel, Nathan Saarloos, Tammie Vannoord and Jill Vording
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 Randy & Bettina Poortinga as well as Fred & Carrie Rempel.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Health & PE teacher Mr. Evert TenBruggencate.
Praying for our volunteers: Let us also remember in prayer our longtime faithful Journal assembler, Mrs. Trudy Wiebenga. Trudy has not been feeling well and has also been experiencing some pain and difficulty while swallowing food. After meeting with the doctors it has been determined that the cause of the discomfort is that there is a mass on or near the esophagus. Further tests are needed to see what the course of action will be. She would greatly appreciate “praying they will know more soon and that this will be a quick and simple procedure with no lasting effects.”
Condolences: To Lydia Loewen on the passing of her father Tony Loewen. Lydia was able to travel back to Belize to be with her mother & family for the funeral.  
In order to best serve all students and parents, we need to hear from our current parents now. We are asking you to confirm your registration for 2018/2019 using the Sycamore button on our homepage by Wednesday 14 Feb. 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 for your help in this.
T.R.I.P: Orders are due on Feb 8th with pickup on Feb 15th.
Valentines Day: We encourage red, white or pink clothing, and cards exchanged among all students, but we ask that you limit any candy please!
Friday Family Fun Night:  ALOHA! Next Friday Family Fun Night is March 2nd and we're having a Hawaiian Luau!! Stay tuned for some exciting details....*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.  

Aylmer Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships:  Immanuel had a strong showing at last week’s free throw competition, placing only 4 points from the first place Davenport Public School even with having only a partial team. Congratulations to Claire Vording who placed first in the 12 year old girls division. She now advances to the next level, in Tillsonburg!

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!

WANTED! 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!

WANTED! Does our Breakfast Program sound like a great idea to you? Want it to continue? We need an additional helper to ensure the future sustainability of this program. The job would require snack planning, shopping weekly and monthly tracking of finances. Our student breakfast team does the majority of daily prep and clean up! Please see Mrs Sue Guenther or Mr Keith Cameron...

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

Chess Team update: We have registered for the Annual London Teams Chess Championship on Thursday Feb 15th. Chess practices will now be on Mondays and Thursdays at lunch. We will be selecting 1 primary team, 2 junior teams and 1 senior team based on play to date and the ICS tournament on Thursday!  More details to follow for selected students.

Battle of the Books: At this point, readers should be finished or almost finished reading the 10 titles for their division. Keep an eye out for any of our “missing” books! Next week we will start practices - Mondays and Thursdays at snack recess and lunch time.  The schedule switches between Junior and Senior groups to try to also accommodate Chess and Basketball practices. Students must attend one practice each week, preferably 2! If this is going to be a problem, be sure to talk to Mrs Robinson. As part of practice, students will receive a set of questions in an envelope. These questions follow the format of questions on the competition day, so it very helpful work through them and become very familiar with them. Battle Day is Tues., Mar 27 at LDCSS. We will need a parent be the adult in charge for one team. You would be welcome to join for any practice days, but the main focus would be on Battle Day. Contact Mrs. Robinson if you would like to be a parent volunteer for this fun event!

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).

Announcing a Retirement: This week, Mr. Evert TenBruggencate let us know that he will be retiring from his position of P.E. / Health teacher at the end of this contract year. He writes that, “It has been a blessing and a huge pleasure to be employed by and affiliated with the Immanuel Christian School Community for the past 34 years. It is with some sadness, but with many good memories that I close this chapter in my life. I pray that God will continue to bless you as you endeavour to seek His will in educating children in the way they should go.” We as a community have been hugely blessed by Evert’s service over the years, and we've walked many joyful and tough roads during those years, declaring God's faithfulness throughout. May he continue to know God's blessing as he open a new chapter of life! We'll farewell Evert as a school community at Graduation.


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.

Congratulations to the ICS Speakfest winners. The students participating in storytelling and speeches will be moving on to the Aylmer Legion Public Speaking on Saturday, Feb. 10th. Registration will start at 12:00pm and competitions will begin at 1:00pm.
Grade 1: Preston Bergen
Grade 2: Elaina Kroondyk
Grade 3: Eve Sinke (due to Eve being away this Saturday Wyatt Bakker will have the opportunity to participate)
Poetry Presentations:
Grade 4: Rachel Cameron, Presley Fehr
Grade 5: Allyson Mantel
Grade 6: Keira Giesbrecht and Sarah Janssens
Grade 7: Claire Vording
Grade 8: Megan Friesen
Grade 8: Alyssa Giesbrecht

JR / SR KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Penner (
Scholastic Book Club: The February 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, Feb. 16, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Photo to the right: We have really enjoyed getting so much mail from other kindergarten classes across the map. To celebrate friends/Valentine’s, handcrafted hearts have been mailed across the map. We pray for our other kinder friends to know and love Jesus in their parts of the world too, to shine or continue to shine His great light!
Bible: Ruth Stays with Naomi (Ruth 1) Ruth leaves her home to Moab and goes to Bethlehem with Naomi. Letter and sound of the week: Ww We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, o, g, b, j, z, f & w.
This month’s math focus:
JK - Ordinal numbers 1-10.
SK - Comparing numbers
“5 is more than 2, how many more? 3 more
or “1 is less than 6, 5 less.”

GRADE 1 and 2 - Ms. Pieters (
Memory Work: for Wed., February 14 Song The King of Glory Comes by Willard F. Jabusch, 1966  #156 in Songs for Life
(refrain) The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices. Open the gates before him, lift up your voices.
(verse 1) Who is the King of glory? What shall we call him? He is Immanuel, the promised of ages.
Spelling: List 18 dictation will be on Friday, February 9.
Grade 1: we, me, he, be, see, need, tree, sheep
Grade 2: her, girl, first, turn, hurt, card, part, start, are, were
Scholastic Book Club: The February 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, 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 (the chaperones are free!). Please inform your child’s teacher if you would like to come along. More details to be included in next week’s journal.
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: Multiplication and division continue to be our focus. We are working hard to memorize the 0-2 times tables and will have an assessment on Friday. There are many creative ways to help your child learn their facts: flashcards, Kaboom games, songs, etc. Keep working hard, girls and boys!

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (
Happy Birthday to Tyler Vis (February 10), who is turning 9! We wish you many blessings and a wonderful year.

Memory Work: for Feb 14 is  Malachi 3:1
“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Spelling: Review List quiz will be on Friday, Feb 9
Grade 2: letter, happy, will, fawn, long, tall, played, wait, rain, making, didn’t, doing
Grade 3: ladies, family, finally, surprises, truth, true, looked, awful, brought, tough, happened, usually, choice, enjoy, pointing, everywhere, everybody
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Language Arts: The Winter Olympic Games begin this Friday! Our class has been busy comparing the first games to these games. We know where they will be held and some of the sports that will be competed in. We are so excited to continue learning and using that information to help us write stories.
Creation Studies: This week, we discovered that there are no flights from Toronto to Iqaluit during the month of February! Flying from Ottawa to Iqaluit costs $1,562+. Wow! We continue to be amazed at how God made our cultures unique and the land different.  
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 your child’s teacher if you would like to come along. More details to be included in next week’s journal.  
Scholastic Book Club: The February 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, Feb. 16, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you

Grade 3 Math. Oh no! With the change in math class to focus on MAP testing, we’ve forgotten to do Mathletics at home. I had 5 of 15 students reach 1000 points last week, instead of my goal of 15! Parents, for children growing in math, this Mathletics practice routine directly results in class growth!   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. 9, and each Friday following, for the duration of the program, Grade 3. Thank you! Ms. Buma

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (
MAP Testing - Thurs. Feb. 8 - Language
Fri. Feb. 9 - Spelling Dictation: List 15 Grade (4) - early, earth, search, service, wonder, surface, curly, shirt, thirty, doctor, sailor, shower, bakery, another, barber, collar, worse, world, verse, worship
Spelling: Grade (5) - about, algebra, quiet, other, compare, thousand, happen, different, along, equator, dozen, animal, second, region, quarter, lecture, puncture, again, countdown, double
Bible Studies: Unit Test - Ruth - Thurs. Feb. 15 - Refer to your Bible duotang notes, girls and boys. Study Guides will be sent home this Fri. Feb. 9.
Memory Work: Wed. Feb. 14 - Ruth 1:16 - But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
French: Audio Recording Due February 15th Fiche 17 - On décrit des suspects. Check out the 4/5 Wikispaces page, merci!
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class, everyone.
Accelerated Reader: AR Reports were sent home today. Some students have already achieved their 2nd Term goals, while others are closing in on getting their goals. Keep up the good reading, Grades 4 and 5!
Scholastic Book Orders: February flyers were sent home today. 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
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. All work due by this Friday!
LA: Writing: Letter writing: Cover letters and Formal essay writing format.
Reading: AR goals due in 3 weeks!
French: Audio Recording Due February 14th - “À la douane”.Check out the 5/6 Wikispaces page, merci!
Battle of the Books:. Our aim is to have all 10 books finished by Feb 15. Practices start next Mon. See note above!
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.    
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 Due: Le 8 février. Fiche 12 “Ping-pong !”. Check out the 7/8 Wikispaces page, merci!
Battle of the Books: Our aim is to have all 10 books finished by Feb 15. Practices start next Mon. See note above!
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!


Preorder your tickets for the next Friday Family Fun Night - March 2nd
Advanced admission is: $8/adult and $5/child(12 and under)

Friday Family Fun Night - March 2nd
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Friday Family Fun Night - March 2nd
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