March 12, 2015

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Easter Break Dates Changed: No School - Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3

Snow Days Make-Up Plan Announced

In an effort to reclaim lost educational time missed due to winter weather, we will now have school on Monday, April 6th and Monday, April 13th.  Both days are now scheduled as a full day, 8:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.  As always, students who will miss school on these previously scheduled holidays should notify their teacher in advance.  Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Noon Dismissal on Monday, March 23

As you may be aware from the school calendar, ICS will close at Noon (12:00 p.m.) on Monday, March 23rd.  We are privileged to host the ACSI Math Olympics in the afternoon.  We expect over 150 students from six different schools to compete.  Carpool will run from 12:00-12:20 p.m.  Students who leave at noon will not be eating lunch that day so pack a great snack for your child!  Only students remaining for Extended Care and after school activities should bring a lunch.  There will be no Smart Lunches delivered. Extended Care will run from noon until 6:00 p.m.  Elementary Choir, Chess Club and Art Club will run from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  There will be no Chinese class.

After School Clubs: Snow Make-Up Days

Please click here for important information regarding schedule changes.

Re-Enrollment for 2015-16

If you are re-enrolling, you should have recently received information from FACTS regarding your deposit payment scheduled for withdrawal on March 20th. Contact Mandy Croushore, Finance Director, if you have questions.

Financial Aid Applications due April 17

Applications for tuition assistance are processed online by FACTS. All required documentation is due by April 17. There is a processing fee of $30 for this service. Families who are currently receiving aid should have received information in their re-enrollment packet. Please remember that a new online application must be completed each year you request tuition assistance. Details are available on our website under Tuition and Financial Aid.

Spread the Word – First Look Friday Open Houses, March 13 & 27

We have a few First Look Friday Open Houses left for this school year. They are scheduled for Friday, March 13 & 27, April 24 and May 15 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tell a friend or neighbor. Please RSVP here.  Spaces are filling up for 2015-2016!

Invite Friends to Visiting Day - 4/17: RSVP Needed

Do you know of a family who is considering a change to private Christian school? Perhaps they have considered Immanuel but feel they need more information? We are offering a great opportunity to show what ICS is all about! 3rd through 7th grade students are encouraged to invite a friend to school on Friday, April 17th, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  All visitors will leave before lunch. This event is intended for serious admissions considerations only. Limited space is available – families must register by April 10th. For more information and to RSVP click here.  Questions? Please contact Lauren Umble.

Thank you parents for your generosity!

  • The faculty and staff send a BIG thank you to parents for the generous show of appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week. The luncheon was delicious and the gift baskets were amazing. It’s so fun to hear the stories of those who won the different gift baskets. The Middle School teachers appreciated the great snack food that was set out for them during the week as well. Thank you for showing your support in tangible ways to the ICS team. We are truly blessed to have such great faculty and staff at ICS and equally blessed to have so many wonderful parents show support for the ICS team throughout the entire school year.
  • We thank the PTF, especially Dee Rutkowski, Kay Hoffman and Sharon Bittinger, and Shelly Luisi for organizing this big event. What an amazing team you are!

Faculty Updates for 2015-16

Each year, we say farewell to faculty members. Some are moving, others are new mothers, and several are retiring or taking a leave of absence.  We want to thank the following employees for their years of faithful service to students, parents, co-workers and above all, the Lord: Jessie Abella,  Christi Colyer, Lorena McCurdy, Ashley Waldroup, Chris Pate, Nancy Ferrell, Wayne Davis and Mary Jo Copeland.

The following people are changing positions: Jody Lubenec will be moving out of the Kindergarten TA position to become the 1st-4th grade Bible teacher and Allison Masson, also a Kindergarten TA, will become the Extended Care Director.  Linda Bethke will transition from her role as a 3rd grade teacher to a new position as a Classroom Resource Assistant. Sarah Garcia will now oversee the K-4th grade Spanish instruction and Erin Smith is leaving as the 6th grade Language Arts teacher to become the newly appointed Upper School Principal.  Currently, we are busy interviewing and making decisions about new candidates for these openings and look forward to welcoming another group of highly qualified, spiritually mature men and women the Lord will add to the ICS faculty.

Financial Planning Workshop for Private Education – April 22

Do you have friends who are interested in sending their children to ICS and would like financial tools to help make it possible? Invite them to a workshop, Setting Your Financial Course: Planning for Private Education, on Wednesday, April 22 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Library.  This workshop, taught by ICS parent, John Griffin, will offer practical financial tools based on principles found in Scripture, to help set priorities and chart a course for families. Current ICS families are also invited to attend this workshop!  Click to RSVP.  Childcare is available for $10 per child and advanced reservations are required.

Kindergarten Readiness Seminar: March 26 - RSVP Needed

Have friends in Alexandria?  Tell them about our Kindergarten Readiness Seminar at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on Thursday, March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about different educational philosophies, what kindergarten teachers look for on the first day of school and activities to do at home to prepare for kindergarten.   RSVP @ www.icsva.org/KRS_CHB

All-School Cereal Drive for Food Bank: March 16-20

Help us bless families in our community by participating in our Cereal Drive. ICS 4th graders go to the Food Bank regularly and are hosting this drive.   Bring cereal boxes to the breezeway from March 16-20. The cereal will be taken to the Food Bank on March 20th. 4th grade students will be kicking off this drive in Elementary Chapel tomorrow, March 13th at 8:30 a.m.   For more information click here.

Tributes Needed for Faculty and Staff 20th Anniversaries: Deadline March 18

We encourage you to send a word of appreciation for the following faculty and staff members for their faithful service to Immanuel Christian School.  Your message can include memorable moments, photos, as well as expressions of gratitude.

  • 20th Anniversary Tributes for Mrs. Carnahan, Mr. Davis, Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Wallis  Help us honor Diane Carnahan, Wayne Davis, Ann Marsh, and Ronda Wallis for their 20 years of faithful service to Immanuel Christian School.  Click here to write a tribute to them.  Please submit these to us by March 18th.  There will be an assembly the morning of April 20th for students and parents to recognize their service.  Memory albums with your messages will be presented at this assembly. Watch for further details about the assembly in the weeks to come.

Retirement Tributes Needed for Mrs. Copeland and Mr. Davis: Deadline May 27

We will be celebrating the retirements of Mary Jo Copeland and Wayne Davis in June.  We welcome your tributes for their faithful service. The deadline for these tributes is May 27th. Please click here to send your words of appreciation.

Verse Recitation for 3rd Quarter

All students in grades 1-8 will be reciting quarter verses soon.

  • Elementary: Grades 1-5
    • 3rd Quarter: Thursday, March 26 (1st) & Friday, March 27 (retry)
    • 1st & 2nd Quarters: Thursday, April 9 (1st try) & Friday, April 10 (retry)
  • Middle School: Grades 6-8
    • 1st-3rd Quarters: Thursday, April 9 (1st try) & Friday, April 10 (retry)

100 Verse Recitation

There is an opportunity at the end of the 4th quarter for students who wish to quote additional verses to total 100 verses for the year. A special Bible, which the student selects, is awarded for this achievement. Your student’s Bible teacher will provide information to the student about the 100 verses recitation. Please note that all additional verses must be printed and submitted to the Bible teacher by May 13. All students who want to recite 100 verses must complete them by June 1 for all grades. Please contact your student’s Bible teacher for additional information.

ICS Talent Show: May 1 - Mark your Calendar!

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual ICS Talent Show…Immanuel’s Got Talent! You are invited to the all-school assembly on Friday, May 1 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Umble.

Lost and Found on Display March 24-26

Lost and found will be on display Tuesday -Thursday, March 24-26 in the breezeway. Many lost and found articles, especially coats and jackets, have accumulated over the winter months. Please stop by the display tables to check for items your student may have lost. All items not claimed will be donated to Immanuel’s Hope Ministry on March 27.

Used Book Donations Needed for Used Book Sale

The ICS Library is now accepting donations of used books for the Used Book sale.  Children’s books (Grades K-9),  DVDs, coffee table books and adult Christian fiction in good condition are welcome. Let’s recycle those “gently used” books on your shelves!  Please bring items to the ICS library (Room C202) during school hours. For questions please contact Library staff: (703)941-1220/ icslibrary@icsva.org

Spread the Word: Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Attention current high school students: ICS Classes of 2011-2014 are invited back to campus to join us for lunch and to compete in the annual Alumni versus 8th grade volleyball game on Sports Day, June 4 starting at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP here.
  • College and Career Alumni: Join us for an evening of BBQ and backyard games at Phil, Diane, Jessie and Jackie Bond’s house, May 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $10 and those who RSVP here by May 8th will receive an ICS alumni t-shirt!

Gift Card Fundraiser Ending

ICS will not be taking future orders for gift cards; however, we still have a large supply of gift cards available in the school office including Giant, iTunes, Starbucks, Panera and many other restaurants and retailers. Come by the main school office and support ICS by purchasing these cards before they are gone.

Amazon Smile Orders Benefit ICS

Did you know that shopping on Amazon through Amazon Smile directly benefits ICS?  Bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1025245 and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated back to school! Thanks for supporting the work of ICS through Amazon Smile.

We Collect Box Tops

Please keep the Box Tops coming. Bring your Box Tops in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child(s) name and grade to Reception and make sure you check the dates on the Box Tops as expired dates will not be counted in the totals.  Please do not forget to sign up and support ICS here.  Once you register, you will have access to coupons for box top products and have the opportunity to play fun games and earn eBox Tops for our school. If you have questions, please contact our coordinator, Sophia Edwards.

Follow ICS on Social Media

Did you know that ICS is on Facebook, Instagram (@icsva) and LinkedIn?  If you haven’t already done so, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and connect with us on LinkedIn. Also, check out our Alumni group on Facebook.  We’d love to hear from you!

Substitutes Needed

Immanuel Christian School is now accepting applications for substitute teachers (a college degree is required).  Click here to download the application. Mail applications to Mary Jo Copeland at 6915 Braddock Road, Springfield, VA  22151. 

Lunch and Recess Help Still Needed

Parent volunteers are needed to help in the lunch room and at recess from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. daily (K-4: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and grades 5-8: 12:45 p.m. -1:30 p.m.). While you help, you can eat lunch with your child, see them interact at recess and get to know fellow parents and your child’s classmates. We need regular volunteers to help one day a week or every other week. Your help gives our teachers a little break in the middle of their day to enjoy their lunch. Please contact Art Merkel, Lunchroom Supervisor or Todd Westfall, Recess Supervisor, to volunteer.

High School Homeschooling Informational Meeting: March 19

Join Robin Fouse and Wendy Blackwell at Immanuel Bible Church on Thursday, March 19 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. (Room A209) to discuss homeschooling during the high school years.  Whether you are brand new to this season, a veteran of the process, or just considering your options, this is a profitable evening you don’t want to miss.  Both Robin and Wendy have children who have graduated from high school, as well as children still in high school. They will be able to provide encouragement, as well as share information about potential high school level classes to be offered next year at IBC.  Feel free to contact Robin or Wendy if you have any questions.  RSVP to Wendy if you plan to attend.

MOPS @ IBC - Next Meeting March 16

All mothers of preschoolers are welcome to attend the March 16th meeting from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207/209. Kelly White will be speaking on “Raising Kids Who Can Face Fears.” We’d love to have you join us.

Vacation Bible School at IBC: June 22-26

Mark your calendars for June 22- 26 for the week of Vacation Bible School.

  • AM Program – “The King of the Jungle”: 4 years old by 9/30/15 – entering 3rd grade
  • PM Program – “My Heart Radio”: entering 4th – entering 5th grades

Registration begins May 1st. For more information, click here. Invite your friends and neighbors! Hope to see you there.

The Gospel of John Presented at Immanuel Bible Church

Talk about a Bonus Verse!  Bring your whole family on Saturday evening, March 28 at 6:00 pm. to Immanuel Bible Church. IBC is hosting The Gospel of John, presented by Marquis Laughlin.  Marquis will do a word for word performance of the passion story, from John, Chapter 11 through the end of the book.  This will be an outstanding event, both inspiring and evangelical.  Tickets are only $7 per person. Purchase tickets online or at the IBC Bookstore.

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