Wednesday, 17 January 2018

January 17th, 2018 Journal


The ICS Journal
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Wednesday, January 17th, 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

Jan  17th - Chapel Gr 7/8 & Mrs. Ann Walters view from Israel
                   Bluewater Science Challenge Workshop Day - LDCSS
        19th - School Spirit Day - Summer Hawaii Day
                  Girl’s Basketball mini exhibition tournament at LCES
                  New Family Information Night 7:00pm
        22nd - LDCSS study day (no classes)
        23rd - LDCSS exam day
                - Girl’s Basketball Practise 3:30 - 4:45pm
        24th - Chapel Gr 5/6
                  LDCSS study day (no classes)
        25th - LDCSS exam day
        26th - Early dismissal @ 2:00pm PA day - Art curriculum review
                  LDCSS marking day
        29th- Winter MAP testing begins
        30th- ICS Speakfest practice for Gr.1-5a
        31st - ICS Speakfest
Feb  10th- Aylmer Legion Public Speaking
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
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Christian Schools Foundation (endowment): www.christianschoolfoundation.ca

From the Principal’s Desk:
At a recent staff meeting, we each shared our hopes and plans for this term 2, through until March Break. I am excited by what we have planned! Our kindergarteners will be exploring student choice in language learning, starting a Daily 5 routine - not too young to be learning how to learn! Our primary classes are voyaging “north”, with a new learning unit on Nunavut. Our junior classes are focussing strongly on student voice in poem or speeches. Our intermediate grades are engaging in some unique learning opportunities, including a build and design Science Challenge with 6 other schools, and preparing to lead their K-6 school families in a multi-age study on simple machines called “Using the Forces” - wow! Growing strong learning routines in French, also structured around a Daily 5 approach. We are building instruments in our music classes, ranging from rhythm to the instruments of Bible fame. Alongside this, we are preparing for our Spring Drama, which involves our gr 7/8s as actors and our whole school in song. We look forward to sharing exciting, God-centred learning with you at our Easter Celebration of Learning! We cherish your home support and prayers for our teachers as we seek to show our students God’s call in every corner of creation!
Yours in Christian education, Keith Cameron, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

New Family Information Night: This Friday Jan 19th at 7:00pm. Do you know any families interested in ICS? Invite them, and let the office know! Young children can visit with our Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Penner for a JK and SK program. Grade 1-5 children can enjoy an art/craft activity. Grade 6-8 children are welcome to join their parents on the tour. Babysitting will be available for any preschool aged children.

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 Darryll & Tracy Mantel as well as Robyn Allison and Dean Mantel.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Gr 5/6 teacher Ms. Farrow Jones.

REMINDERS:
T.R.I.P: Order is due on Jan 18th with pickup on Jan 25th.

WANTED! We will be looking for new TRIP coordinators for the 2018-19 school year. Janina and Annette have done a great job, and are now looking to train up their replacements. 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.  TRIP coordinators split 10% of TRIP profits, with 50% going to ICS Fundraising and 40% back to individual family tuition credits. The more you put in, the more you earn! Currently, coordinators earn just under $1000 tuition credit each. 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...

Speakfest/Public Speaking: Parents and community members are invited to attend our Speakfest on Wed., Jan 31st, beginning with a brief chapel at 9am. Mark your calendars! Selected students will be able to move on to the Aylmer Legion Public Speaking on Saturday Feb 10th.

Attention all Interior Key Holders: Please see Keith or Tracey for the 2018 office alarm code, or return unneeded keys.

If you are reading this, you care about the everyday activities and functions within the school.  Thank you for that!  How about considering the next step: suggesting your name for consideration for the ICS Board of Directors.  Selected candidates will have a three year opportunity to be directly involved in the the future of Christian education in Aylmer and its surrounding area.  Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, from 8p-10p.  It is an honour that as a Board member, the ICS community believes in you and your skill set enough that you will ultimately make a positive impact on the organization!  Contact h.friesen@immanuelchristianschool.net for more information or to submit nominations.
Sincerely, your current Board members: Dean Mantel, Tina Hiebert, Suzie Guenther, Chantelle Bakker, Keith Cameron, Rose Fehr, Helen Friesen, Carrie Vis, Jacklyn Versnick.

Winter 2018 Electives Registration - Last call for forms, selections will be made this Friday!

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 6, 8, 27th & March 1st from 8:30-11:30am. Please share with anyone who might be interested. Call to reserve a spot!

Sr. Girl’s Basketball:  Our first exhibition game has been rescheduled for Friday, January 19th at London Christian Elementary School for all who can make it. We will try to leave by 3:10 so we can make it to LCES before 4:00 pm. There will be two games (LCES and Woodstock) which are scheduled to be done at 6:15pm. Please return forms to confirm ride, by Thursday.

I.C.S. BIANNUAL GOODS, SERVICES AND TALENT AUCTION - FEBRUARY 3, 2018
We need your DONATIONS!!!!  If you would like your donation to be listed in the Auction Booklet, please note that the DEADLINE is Friday, January 19th, 2018.  Of course we will still be accepting donations after the deadline.  Simply fill out a Donation Form and drop it off at the school office or, alternatively, send an email to jtvannoord@amtelecom.net. Here’s an update of some new donations:
Re-Coop Spa Gift Certificate
“Primal” Outdoor Adventures
One Bushel of Frozen Applesauce
Beautiful Wooden Toy Box/Chest
Clovermead Adventure Package
Weekend Camping at Lake Whittaker
Boterkoek
One Whole Old Heritage Pig (butchering included)
Grand Theatre Tickets to Chariots of Fire
We will be having a complimentary Lasagna dinner!  DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER if you are attending dinner by emailing Tammie Vannoord at jtvannoord@amtelecom.net.  You will also be issued your Bidder Number upon registration.

FROM THE CLASSROOMS…
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 (s.penner@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Scholastic Book Club: The January flyers were sent home. If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by this Friday, Jan. 19, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you (**If you still have a birthday or library prize coupon for a FREE book upto $6, don’t forget to use it!)**.
GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Remember to bring in your $5.00 contribution towards our class Gift Basket for the Auction. Thank you!
Some of the things we are doing in Kindergarten.....
Bible: The Fall of Jericho, Joshua 5:13-6:27. God Helped the Israelites defeat the people of Jericho.
The Sun Stands Still (Joshua 9:1-10:28). God helped the Israelites defeat the Amorite kings.
Letter and sound of the week: Jj We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, o, g, b & j.
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 (m.pieters@immanuelchristianschool.net
Storytelling: Practice telling your story with great expression!
Parents, thank you for your assistance in helping your child learn his/her story well enough to be able to share it in his/her own fun way. We are looking forward to the variety of presentations that we are sure to learn from, and enjoy!
In-class presentation schedule for next week is as follows: Please come to school with your story.

Mon. Jan 22
Tues. Jan 23
Wed. Jan 24
Thurs. Jan 25
Fri. Jan 26
Wyatt M.
Jolene
Claire
Cameron
Brooklyn
Audrey
Elaina
Sawyer
Jaidyn
Andrew
Bentley
Anna
Preston
Chelsea
Tristan
Zoe
Wyatt P.
Alexa
Felicity

Travis





GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Many have already brought in their $5. We are only missing a few. Please bring the money in as soon as possible! Shopping for our basket has begun! Thank you!
Spelling: List 15 dictation will be on Friday, January 19.
Grade 1: make, lake, shake, came, game, ate, tape, come
Grade 2: wait, rain, chain, paint, way, away, today, play, played, chase
Creation Studies: We are so excited to begin our next unit on Global Communities with a focus on The Canadian Arctic. We will be exploring where and how the people of the Arctic live and will be comparing it to how we live in our community. Our Celebration of Learning night will be a chance for you to see all that we are discovering about this wonderful, unique community!
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class.
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order, please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, January 19, with the payment, (cash, cheque, or pay online). Thank you!
Grade 1 Math: Focus is on addition and subtraction to 20. Some challenges are writing the equation for story problems and filling in the missing numbers of equations to 20.
___  +  9 = 17          ___  -  5  = 7         16  -  ___  =  8          7  +  ___   =  13
Students are also encouraged to finish assigned activities in the Mathletics program as well as practice Live Mathletics at home to help improve math fact fluency.
Grade 2 Math: We are working to complete our length unit early next week. Students already know how to measure things that are a m and cm long. Continuing to practice Live Mathletics at home will help students to improve their math fact fluency.

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (a.loewen@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Spelling: List 13 quiz will be on Friday, Jan 12
Grade 2: less, tell, well, will, still, off, letter, little, silly, happy, button, shuffle
Grade 3: lady, ladies, surprise, surprises, toys, shoes, shy, cry, cried, study, studied, story, only, finally, family, stories, fries
Parents, thank you for your assistance in helping your child learn his/her story well enough to be able to share it in his/her own fun way. We are looking forward to the variety of presentations that we are sure to learn from, and enjoy!
In-class presentation schedule for next week is as follows: Please come to school with your story.
Mon. Jan 22
Tues. Jan 23
Wed. Jan 24
Thurs. Jan 25
Fri. Jan 26
1 Ella
6 Maddilynn
11 Temiah
16 Rosemary
21 Tyler
2 Caelum
7 Ethan A
12 Gabriella
17 Eve
22 Dennis
3 Wyatt
8 Katelyn
13 Jayla
18 Ethan Z
23 Jarvis
4 Eleanor
9 Maxwell
14 Rachel
19 Hollis

5 Colton
10 Roenan
15 Deserae
20 Elizabeth

Creation Studies: We are so excited to begin our next unit on Global Communities with a focus on The Canadian Arctic. We will be exploring where and how the people of the Arctic live and will be comparing it to how we live in our community. Our Celebration of Learning night will be a chance for you to see all that we are discovering about this wonderful, unique community!
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Scholastic Book Club:If you wish to place an order please fill out the form on the back and return it to school by Friday, Jan. 19, with the payment (cash or cheque or pay online). Thank you
GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Many have already brought in their $5.We are only missing a few. Please bring the money in as soon as possible!

Electives: Beginning in February, we will be spending our Friday afternoons doing electives. The grade 3 class will be going swimming with Ms. Buma in St. Thomas. We are looking for parent volunteers to help the K-2 elective run smoothly. Please email or send a note in your child’s planner if you are willing to help.
Grade 3 Math. We’re working on 3 digit multiplication and long division! Memorized times tables to 9 are a huge help in this - we’re doing the math frenzy in class, ask your child his or her score! Go over time tables at home, please.

GRADES 4 and 5 - Ms. Buma (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Spelling: Unit 13, Grade (4) - lived, living, rattled, rattling, studied, studying, traveled, traveling, changed, changing, appeared, appearing, raced, racing, hoped, hoping, wrapped, wrapping, timed, timing
Spelling: Grade (5) - urgent, Thursday, purpose, thirsty, camera, wonder, smuggler, remember, surprise, earth, certain, person, dollar, colour, collar, early, mayor, doctor, presenter, projector

Public Speaking: Enjoy learning your poems and preparing for your speeches, girls and boys. Practice reciting and presenting with expression and clarity! Thank you parents, for assisting/coaching your child in his/her public speaking preparations.
Monday, Jan. 22: Ryan, Shane, Blake, Avery
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Gloria, Rachel, Presley, Rhode
Wednesday, Jan. 24: Rylee, Madyson, Rebecca
Thursday, Jan. 25: Connor, Jaywynn, Conner, Alana
Friday, Jan. 26: Matthew, Dylan, Gavin, Owen

Math: Grade 4 students are enjoying their new Fractions unit. We are learning about equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and how to reduce fractions to simplest form.
French: Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 4/5 Wikispaces, merci!
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class, girls and boys.
Scholastic Book Club: If you wish to place an order, please complete the form and return it to school by Friday, Jan. 19, with the payment, (cash, cheque, or pay online). Thank you!
Battle of the Books: You are making great progress! Keep on reading and returning your books so others can read them!
GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Many students have already brought in their $5.00 contributions. We are only missing a few. Please bring the money in as soon as possible. Shopping for our basket is ongoing. Thank you!
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GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (k.farrowjones@immanuelchristianschool.net)

Bible: Memory Work: Acts 2:1-4 by Friday. Lesson 3 notes due Wednesday Jan. 24th.
Math 5: Starting Fractions this week. Please use mathletics at home to practise work.
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 Thursday. Quiz on Friday.
Writing: Speech good copies by Friday, Jan. 19.
Wednesday, Jan. 24: Kiera, Naomi, Samuel, Luke, Delilah, Michael, Joshua
Thursday, Jan. 25: Noria, Vince, Promise, Owen, Xavier, Sarah, Kahlen, Josiah, Eden
Friday, Jan. 26: Allyson, Phoebe, Dawson, Jeff, Makayla, Marcel
Monday, Jan. 29: Any absentees
Reading: AR goals due in just over a month.
French: Updated calendar and more details about upcoming events can be found on the 5/6 Wikispaces, merci!
Battle of the Books: How is your reading going? We will meet tomorrow at recess. Bring any books you have.
Potluck! Friday, Jan. 26th. Duties tba.

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (p.bierman@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Science Challenge:  Today, the grade 7 and 8 class will travel to LDCSS and participate in teams of 4-5 in a science workshop. Students will design and build a machine using hydraulics to complete a task. Selected teams will later compete in a competition to be held after March Break. More information available at: https://bluewaterscience.wikispaces.com/home.
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. Come to school in January knowing what you will be presenting.
Art: Bring 100 of something by Thursday.
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!
Health:  On Tuesday, January 16, there will be a Health test on “Created Sexual: Male and Female.” Students need to review their notes, handouts, and the Fully Alive  Ch. 3
Battle of the Books: Keep on reading! We are losing track of some Battle books! If you see a copy of Undergrounders (Skuy), Okay for Now (Schmidt), Shattered (Walters) or A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle), or have a personal copy you would lend to us, please send it to school!
Basketball Tournament and Concession.  Tue 30 Jan. Thanks to Mrs Suzie Guenther and Mrs Tina Hiebert for agreeing to lead this! Permission letters for basketball have gone home today.