Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January 10th, 2018 Journal


The ICS Journal
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Wednesday, January 10th, 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  12th - Bluewater Science Challenge Workshop Day - LDCSS
                 - School skate 2-3pm
                - Girl’s exhibition bball game at LCES
        16th - Girl’s Basketball Practise 3:30 - 4:45pm
        17th - Chapel Gr 7/8 & Mrs. Ann Walters view from Israel
        19th - School Spirit Day - Summer Hawaii Day
                  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
       31st - ICS Speakfest
75 Caverly Rd, Aylmer, N5H 2P6
Telephone: 519-773-8476
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LDCSS:  www.ldcss.on.ca   519-455-4360

Christian Schools Foundation (endowment): www.christianschoolfoundation.ca
From the Board Chair’s Desk:

Principal Search Update #2:  We are pleased to inform you that the Principal Search Committee (PSC) is in place!  This strong committee is focused on the challenging and rewarding task of finding the school’s new leader.  The PSC includes 3 parents who are society members, 2 non parent society members, 2 staff members and 1 board member.  A Prayer Team has also been formed and these individuals will be praying for wisdom and insight for the search committee, for openness and a sense of purpose in the hearts and minds of the candidates, and for a blessing on the decisions that are made.  An updated ad for the available COO position at ICS has been posted, and will soon be complete to include a detailed principal profile.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the Principal/COO position at ICS, please email search@immanuelchristianschool.net.
We will continue to keep you updated on the search and thank you for your support through this adventure!
On behalf of the ICS Board, Jacklyn Versnick j.versnick@immanuelchristianschool.net

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 Marianne McLeod as well as Dean & Cally Manning.
Praying for our staff: Please pray for our Gr 4/5 Teacher, Ms. Tine Buma.

A Very Big Thankyou to Everyone! All of the staff, office personnel and bus drivers would like to thank everyone for their best wishes, treats and gifts received throughout the Christmas season. We truly appreciate all the kind gestures and thoughtfulness and goodwill. The ICS community is truly a blessing to be part of, and we greatly appreciate you!

REMINDERS:
T.R.I.P: Order form is attached. Due on Jan 18th with pickup on Jan 25th. .
School skate: Friday Jan 12th  2-3pm. SK, gr. 1 and 2 students are required to wear helmets. All students are required to wear mitts or gloves. Parents are welcome!

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

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...

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.

Speakfest/Public Speaking - Parents and community members are invited to attend our Speakfest on Wednesday 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.

Chess: Gr 3-8 are invited to sign up for the Chess team. Practices will start on January 15th from 12:05-12:55pm.

*Transportation note - if you are texting your bus driver to report an absence, please make sure to include your children’s names.

Winter 2018 Electives Registration - Winter electives are programs for students in grades 4-8 that offer a wide range of activities for students to begin to explore and gain skills found in our community. The program runs for 5 weeks on Friday afternoons 1pm-3:15pm from Feb 2 to Mar 2. Each student needs to contribute $20 to cover costs. Students are requested to choose a first, second and third choice. First consideration will be given to students who choose electives they have not previously done, and to those who promptly return the form with payment. Forms have been sent home this week.

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!

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!

Sr. Girl’s Basketball:  Our first exhibition game is scheduled for Friday, January 12th at London Christian Elementary School for all who can make it. We will try to leave by 3:15 so we can make it to LCES before 4:00 pm. Some senior students may already be at LDCSS for the Science Challenge and will get a ride from there. There will be two games (LCES and Woodstock) which are scheduled to be done at 6:15pm. Please return forms to confirm ride.

I.C.S. BIANNUAL GOODS, SERVICES AND TALENT AUCTION - FEBRUARY 3, 2018
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 jtvannoord@amtelecom.net.
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 jtvannoord@amtelecom.net.  You will also be issued your Bidder Number upon registration.

Peanut, Allergy, Food ...FROM THE CLASSROOMS…
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)
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Paisley Bakker and Gloria Dalm a very happy birthday. Paisley will turn 6 on Jan. 11th and Gloria will turn 6 on Jan. 12th. May God richly bless you both in your new year of life.
Scholastic Book Club: The January flyers were sent home this week. 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 (**If you still have a birthday 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: Israel’s New Leader, (Joshua 1-2), God equipped Joshua to lead his people.
Crossing the Jordan River (Joshua 3:1-5:12), God is the God of all nature. Letter and sound of the week: Bb
We now know: s, a, t, n, i, p, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, o, g & b.
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: Thank you for helping your child find just the right story to tell. 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. Please come to school with your story this month. We will be working on reading them over during our reading time and work on sharing what we know with a partner. We also will use our Reading Buddies time each week to practice storytelling stories.  
GST Auction Classroom Gift Basket: Please remember to bring in your $5.00 contribution towards our class Gift Basket for the Auction. Thank you!
Spelling: This week we will review words from Lists 8-14. Spelling dictation will be on Friday, January 12.
Library: Remember to return your books for tomorrow’s Library class, girls and boys.
Scholastic Book Club: The January 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, January 19, with the payment, (cash, cheque, or pay online). Thank you!
Grade 2 Math: A new year is a great time to start a new math unit! We are working on understanding measurement (cm and m).  There are many ways to practice this with your child: can you draw a line that is 10 cm? How long does it take to walk or run 100m? How many steps does it take to walk 1 m? Is there something in your house that is exactly 1 m long?

GRADES 2 and 3 – Miss Loewen (a.loewen@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Welcome back! I am so excited to see what God has in store for our class in 2018. I know He will do mighty things as we continue to trust in Him.
Spelling: List 12 quiz will be on Friday, Jan 12
Grade 2: candy, went, sent, take, like,  puppy, time, didn’t, by, my, sorry, fine
Grade 3: awful, called, falling, mall, small, straw, drawing, strongest, longer, song, along, bought, brought, rough, tough, enough, squall
Storytelling: Please come to school with your story this month. We will be working on reading them over during our reading time and work on sharing what we know with a partner. We also will use our Reading Buddies time each week to practice storytelling stories
Creation Studies: Students have begun working on their final flight project: building and presenting a paper airplane they have made and tested. Presentations will take place on Tues, Jan 16 and Wed, Jan 17. Stay tuned for pictures!
Library: Remember to return your library books for tomorrow.
Scholastic Book Club: The January flyers were sent home this week. 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: Shopping for the basket has already begun! Has your child brought in his or her $5.00?.
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. 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 (t.buma@immanuelchristianschool.net)
Spelling: Unit 12, Grade (4) - anyone, however, everything, himself, birthday, herself, somewhere, afternoon, chalkboard,  daydream, downstairs, grandparents, breakfast, outfield, scarecrow, nobody, dragonfly, keyboard, proofreading, checklist
Spelling: Grade (5) - countries, addresses, women, lessons, people, skis, friends, roofs, calves, fences, flies, lives, cherries, businesses, guesses, families, leaves, pictures, services, nations
Public Speaking: Students received their Poetry and Speech envelopes yesterday, (Jan. 9). Parents, please review the envelope information with your child. Poem Selections and Speech Topics require teacher approval by Friday, January 12. Thank you!
Math: Grade 4 students have begun their first, of two units on Fractions. Presently, we are learning about equivalent fractions, (fractions that equal the same amount) as well as arranging fractions in increasing order.
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: The January 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, January 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: Shopping for our basket has begun!  Many students have already brought in their $5.00 contributions. Thank you!
Elective Forms: Please return your forms as soon as they are completed.

GRADES 5 and 6 – Ms. Farrow Jones (k.farrowjones@immanuelchristianschool.net)

Bible: We are starting a new unit from Pentecost to Paul’s conversion. Memory work starts next week.
Math 5: Finishing Unit review. Starting Fractions next week.
Math 6: Singapore TB 47-56 WB 45-49 Ex1,2 Due Thursday. Incomplete work will be sent home to finish.
LA: Grammar corrections due Thursday. Quiz on Friday.
Writing: Students are working on Speeches. All work is linked to Google Classroom rough  draft due on at the end of class on Friday. 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 !
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!

GRADES 7 and 8 – Mr. Bierman (p.bierman@immanuelchristianschool.net)
EESS: There is a parents’ night on Thursday, Jan 11th at 6:00-7:30 pm for those with grade 8 students. The grade 8 students will also have an opportunity to meet with an EESS representative at 9:00 am that morning at ICS.
LDCSS: Mr Buma from LDCSS will meet with the Gr 8 students at 9:00am on Jan 15th.
Science Challenge:  On Friday, January 12 the grade 7 and 8 class will travel to LDCSS and participate in teams of 4-5 in a science workshop. Important note: All students need to take the LDCSS bus transfer or get on the bus departing ICS at 7:50! This week we will prepare with a few in class activities to gear up for the big challenge.  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.  If there are any parents who would like to come for the day and chaperone, please contact the school. 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: Watercolour techniques!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbDawbOO8XY
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: 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 still 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!





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