October 1, 2015

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First Look Friday Open Houses

We have 8 First Look Fridays scheduled this school year.  Help us spread the word about ICS by inviting friends, coworkers and acquaintances to visit ICS for a personal tour and to hear more about our mission to inspire students for purposeful lives! Be sure to look for information coming home with your child about how you can help promote ICS in our community. The 1st First Look Friday of the year is October 23.  Click here for more information and to RSVP. Questions? Contact the Advancement Team.

Serve-A-Thon 2015 Begins Next Week – October 5

We are excited to kick off our annual “season of service”!

Events taking place next week:

  • Monday, October 5: Blessing Chapel at 8:20 a.m. in Gym & 3rd Grade serving at Hidden Pond
  • Tuesday, October 6: KA, KB, KC serve here at ICS
  • Thursday, October 8: 2nd Grade serving ICS and IBC

Here’s what you can do to help Serve-A-Thon be successful:

  • Mark your calendars for Serve-A-Thon service month:  October 5-23. Click here for the specific class service schedule. (Click here for 1st grade schedule.)
  • Sign up to help!! Drivers are needed! You can sign up through your child’s class SignUpGenius page.
  • Contact friends and family to support your child. Search for your team (class) here to email your team fundraising page or mail postcards and raise support for students as they serve in the community. Additional postcards are available in the school office.
  • Donate online or mail donations to the school office. Last day for donations to count towards team prizes is Friday, November 6.
  • Click here for all detailed information about Serve-A-Thon 2015.

Long-Term Recess Supervisor Substitute Needed

ICS is currently seeking an interim Recess Supervisor. The Recess Supervisor is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe and positive play environment for ICS students, grades 1-8. Applicants must be able to handle disciplinary situations appropriately, direct parent volunteers capably, and communicate with school faculty and administration effectively.  Candidates must be available to work 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For an application, please go to our website and download a Substitute Teacher Application. For more information about the position or salary, please contact Dale Pinkley, Assistant Head of School.

No School: Monday, October 12 – Columbus Day

There will be no school Monday, October 12. Classes resume Tuesday, October 13 at 8:20 a.m.

Bonus Verse Family Lesson from Mr. Danish

“When I was young, I used to love to play King of the Hill. If my older brother and I found any large pile of dirt or gravel, it was like an instant call to battle….Click here to continue.

Parent Teacher Conferences Sign Up Coming Soon: October 16-23

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday – Friday, November 4-6.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teacher(s) to discuss student progress and receive the first quarter report card.  The conference sign-ups will take place October 16-23.  Families with multiple children will sign up Friday, October 16 (at the end of the school day) – Monday, October 19 and the rest of the families will sign up Tuesday – Friday, October 20-23.  Please sign up through your class SignUpGenius account.  An email will be sent from each teacher with a link to sign up.

Upper School Parents:    Upper School parents only need to schedule a conference with a teacher if there is a particular concern, since there is open access to student grades and progress via ParentsWeb.

ICS 40th Anniversary T-Shirt for sale

Show your school spirit and order an ICS baseball-styled 40th anniversary T-Shirt. Don’t wait….orders only accepted until October 16! Click here to place your order. We have sizes for the whole family!

PTF Interest Meeting – Thursday, October 29

The ICS Parent-Teacher Fellowship group is looking to expand our team! Please come to an interest meeting to hear more about the vision of PTF and learn how you can make a difference at ICS. The information meeting will be on Thursday, October 29 at 8:45 a.m. in B201 after quarter verse recitation is done. Use the SignUpGenius link here to indicate your interest and availability for the interest meeting.

Lunch and Recess Help 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 are in need of 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. To help with lunch, contact Daniel Padilla, Lunchroom Coordinator and to help with recess contact Dale Pinkley.

Thomas Jefferson High School Applications Due October 16

Please visit the TJ Admissions website for more information and to apply online here. Erika McKellop, Upper School Administrative Assistant, is our TJ Liaison counselor and would be glad to answer any questions.

College Fair at Trinity Christian School – October 8

Trinity Christian School is pleased to be hosting the 4th annual Fairfax Christian College Fair on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on their Braddock Road campus. Over 30 Christian colleges from around the country will send representatives to share information and answer questions for high school students who are considering their college options.

165 BIKES COLLECTED!!!!

Together with IBC we collected over 165 bikes for Nica Bikes.  Please read a thank you note below from Cal Covert with Nica Bikes.

Dear Friends,
Last week’s bike collection was a colossal success.  We’re so grateful for all that you put into it to ensure the great results. I let our Nicaragua team know how well it went and they are thrilled.  These bikes are a blessing and each one will make a real difference for the ministry in Nicaragua.

We thank God for friends and partners like you.  It really means a lot.  So, on behalf of our Nica Bikes team, THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

Yours in Christ,
Cal Covert
Nica Bikes

Free Money Programs: Help ICS - It's time to Designate ICS for Grocery Stores

Every year you can designate ICS with your grocery store’s Bonus Club/Discount Card program.  Giant and Safeway stores (and others) will donate part of your store purchase if you designate ICS as your fundraising choice by adding our school code to your shopping card.  Information is listed below for easy access to store websites:

  1. Giant Bonus Card:  Sign up at any Giant store or by going to www.giantfood.com/aplus.

Our school code is 02077.  Credit for your purchases made between October and April goes directly to ICS.  Please renew now to avoid a lapse in participation.

  1. Safeway Club Card:  In order to participate using your Safeway Club Card, you must designate your donation to ICS each year by using Safeway’s website www.escrip.com.  The ICS identification number is 6518952.
  2. Harris Teeter:  As you check out, ask the cashier to link your VIC card to our school or register online at www.harristeeter.com.  Our school ID number is 5117.
  3. Target:  Using your Target Visa or Red Card, you can designate ICS as your school of choice.  Our school ID is 23735.
  4. Office Depot:  Use the ICS school code 70104941 at check out to donate.

Combined Federal Campaign  In addition to the programs above, federal employees can contribute to ICS through payroll deductions using ID #74453.

Support ICS Soccer Teams!

Come to a game and support the soccer teams!

JVG 10/1/2015                   Home 4:30 p.m.

JVB 10/1/2015                   Home 3:30 p.m.

VG 10/5/2015                   @Green Acres 3:45 p.m.

VB 10/5/2015                    @Green Acres 4:45 P.M.

JVG 10/5/2015                  @St. Pats 3:15 p.m.

JVB 10/5/2015                  @St. Pats 4:15 p.m.

VG 10/6/2015                    Home 3:45 p.m.

VB 10/6/2015                     Home 4:45 p.m.

VG 10/7/2015                    @Congressional 3:30 p.m.

VB 10/7/2015                     @Congressional 4:30 p.m.

JVG 10/7/2015                   Home 4:30 p.m.

JVB 10/7/2015                   Home 3:30 p.m.

VG 10/8/2015                    Home 4:45 p.m.

VB 10/8/2015                     Home 3:30 p.m.

JVG 10/9/2015                   Home 4:45 p.m.

JVB 10/9/2015                   Home 3:45 p.m.

VB 10/13/2015                   Home 3:00 p.m.

We Collect Box Tops

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. Remember 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, Jennifer deVallance.

Substitutes Needed

Immanuel Christian School is accepting applications for substitute teachers (a bachelor’s degree is required).  Find the application here.  Please send your cover letter, resume and application to Eleane McCoy, Lower School Principal (K-Grade 4) or Erin Smith, Upper School Principal (Grades 5-8).

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 our school! Thanks for supporting the work of ICS through Amazon Smile.

Follow ICS on Social Media

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!

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