October 15, 2015

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ICS Named National Blue Ribbon School

Immanuel Christian School is pleased to announce we have been named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Immanuel Christian School is one of only fifty private schools nationally and one of only five private schools in Virginia to be designated as a National Blue Ribbon School this year. The award is based on our school’s overall academic excellence. Find out about all the awesome things we are doing on our website. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @icsva.   

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Begins Tomorrow, October 16

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.  Families with multiple children should sign up Friday, October 16 (at the end of the school day) – Monday, October 19 and the rest of the families can sign up Tuesday – Friday, October 20-23.  Please sign up through your class SignUpGenius for conferences.  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.

End of Quarter Verse Recitation

Verse Recitation will take place for students in grades 1-8 on Wednesday, October 28 (1st try) and Thursday, October 29 (retry). Memory verses for each grade are available on the school website.

School Picture Retakes: Wednesday, October 28

Parents who are unhappy with their child’s individual pictures or who missed picture day in September should plan to have their child’s picture taken on Wednesday, October 28. Recommended attire is dress clothes. Students not having pictures taken should be in uniform on this day. Please bring in your previous photos to turn in during retakes. If you have any questions, contact Mary Sue Smith.

Faculty Farewell

Midyear goodbyes are always difficult as some move and others transition into new roles.  We want to thank Shawna Nimocks and Karen Brinson for their years of faithful service to students, parents, co-workers and above all, the Lord, as they transition from ICS this month.

Faculty Welcome

We want to welcome Christy Kruger to our kindergarten team as the KB Teaching Assistant and Lisa Oliver to our 2nd grade team as the 2B Teaching Assistant.

Serve-A-Thon 2015 Season of Service UPDATE

We are serving DIFFERENTLY this year because the service projects are taking place over three weeks instead of just one week!

Week 1

A great success! Thank you parent volunteers. We can’t do Serve-A-Thon without you! “THAT WAS FUN!”  “We had a GREAT time!”  “Can we do that AGAIN?” These are the expressions that fill the halls as our students serve and return from their service opportunities. Our kindergarten students worked hard mulching, picking up trash, weeding and planting flowers and also cleaning the IBC Worship Center.  Check out the beautiful flowers by the ICS sign and flag! Our 2nd grade students worked hard cleaning Deerlick Park, unclogging our ICS creek after the heavy rains and encouraging the Immanuel Bible Church staff by delivering hand written notes and goodies to their offices with big smiles and hugs.

Week 2

Our serving continues this week. On Thursday, our 6th and 8th grade students will travel to DC and serve students and teachers at Garfield Elementary School. On Friday our 5th grade students will serve four local fire stations and clean Fairfax County parks.

We have raised $6,831. As students serve, remember to send out the link to the Team Fundraising pages so family and friends can support and encourage the classes.

Col 3:17 “And WHATEVER you DO, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

ICS Book Fair: November 10-13

Come join us in the library for “A Harvest of Good Books”. There will be a great selection of books and educational games from Bookworm Central.   Hours will be 8:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday, November 11 until 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for book fair set-up, take-down, class visit assistance and promotion. Contact Library Staff here to volunteer or call at 703.941.1220. See you at the Book Fair!

Ethics in Public Education: Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., Atrium

Join FCPS Board member Elizabeth Schultz, along with Family Research Council Senior V.P. Rob Schwarzwalder, in a public forum regarding Fairfax County Public Schools.  Mr. Schwarzwalder will address a biblical view of parents & education.  Mrs. Schultz will address the FPCS Family Life Education curriculum, controversial gender accommodation policies, as well as FCPS practices deserving greater public scrutiny.  The entire FCPS board will be elected on November 3.  Mrs. Schultz will explain how even a small number of voters can greatly influence our county.  Q&A session will follow the lectures.   For more information, contact the Adult Education & Groups Office, hartman@immanuelbible.net

High School Selection Seminar: November 10

Please join us on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium for an informative panel discussion with parents representing a variety of high school options – public, private, parochial, military and home school. We will also have admissions literature available and representatives on site from several local schools. Come hear about factors to consider when choosing a high school and what you can expect with the transition to high school. Invite your neighbors and friends – all parents welcome! Please RSVP here by Tuesday, November 3rd. Questions? Email admissions@icsva.org.

Save the Date: Christian Worldview Parent Seminar-November 12, 7:30 p.m.

As part of our worldview conference for 6th-8th grade students on November 12 & 13, there will be a parent program in the evening on November 12.  Please plan to attend and learn more about what your student is learning during the day.  Some of these topics will be followed up during our chapel programs as well.  Watch for more details.

Kindergarten Readiness Seminar: November 17

Please join ICS and IBC on Tuesday, November 17 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Library. The seminar includes navigating your child’s education within a Christian framework, reviewing educational philosophies available in Northern Virginia, learning about what kindergarten teachers look for on the first day of school and applying practice activities to help students prepare for kindergarten. RSVP here. Childcare is available.

Hearing/Vision Screening at ICS: Tuesday, October 27

The Annandale Lions Club is coming to ICS on Tuesday, October 27 for hearing and vision screening of kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grade students.  There is no cost for this service, but the Lions Club has asked us to partner with them in their collection of any used eye glasses and hearing aids.  These may be dropped off in the school office.  If your child is not in K, 3rd or 7th grades and you would like your child tested, please fill out a permission slip available in the information rack outside the school office.  Parent (or grandparent) volunteers are needed to help escort students from their classroom to the hearing and vision testing location.  You may use this time for Parent Service Hours.  If you are interested in helping, please contact one of the school nurses.

Lost and Found on Display October 27-29

Please stop by the glass breezeway to check for items your student may have lost.  Please remember to label ALL clothing, including uniform items, PE clothing and outer wear so we can return items to you.  All items not claimed by the end of the school day on Thursday, October 29 will be donated to Immanuel’s Hope Ministry.

ICS is hosting a Gala and Auction on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Do you have connections or items to donate for our auction?

This is our first auction in many years and we are excited for this opportunity to raise funds for our students and teachers. We know that many ICS parents have connections and relationships that will assist the auction committee as they gather items for the live and silent auction but we need to know who you are! Please contact Allison Masson and let her know if you have some of the following connections or are willing to donate items or experiences :

*Sports/Entertainment items/experiences or connections
*Political connections or experiences
*Theater, music, television experiences or connections
*Tourism connections (airline, hotel, vacation homes)
*Personal service connections (chefs, pet services, health/beauty, photography, medical services)
*Child-oriented items/experiences (summer camps, lessons)

40th Anniversary Gala: Silent Auction/Live Auction Help Needed!

We are looking for a few good men and women to join the 40th Anniversary Gala team. The Gala committee is being formed for our big celebration on April 15th. Here’s a sneak peak at our theme: “A Night at the Ballpark”. Please contact Allison Masson here if you are interested. Come join us!

ICS 40th Anniversary T-Shirt Sale: Order Deadline Tomorrow

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!

Process for delivering late items to school

Help us protect instructional time! Classes will not be interrupted to deliver late items to your children. Lunches, homework, PE clothes, athletic uniforms and birthday treats brought to ICS after the school day has started should be dropped off at Reception. Please know there is no guarantee that the item will get to the student until break or lunchtime. The teacher will receive an email from office staff alerting them of the drop off.  Items will be kept in Reception (K-4th) and in the Upper School Office (5th-8th) until the teacher decides a convenient time for the student to pick up the item.

Copies of abridged Julius Caesar Play Needed for 5th Grade

If you have a former ICS 5th grader with a copy of the abridged Julius Caesar play (published by Steck Vaughn), we would greatly appreciate having your copy donated back to ICS.  It is no longer in print and difficult to find.  Copies can be given to Reception.  Thank you!

First Look Friday Open Houses

We have eight 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 tour and to hear more about our mission to inspire students for purposeful lives! The 1st First Look Friday of the year is October 23.  Click here for more information and to RSVP. Questions? Contact the Advancement Team.

Recess Supervisor Needed

ICS is currently seeking a 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 apply online. For more information about the position or salary, please contact Dale Pinkley, Assistant Head of School.

Come Support our Soccer and Cross Country Teams!

XC Meet 10/19/2015       @Langley 3:30 p.m.

JVG 10/20 & 21/2015      Tourney @Langley TBA

JVB 10/20 & 21/2015       Tourney @St. Pats TBA

XC Meet 10/22/2015       Home 3:30 p.m.

VG 10/27 & 28/2015        Tourney @Langley TBA

VB 10/27 & 28/2015         Tourney @ St. Pats TBA

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!

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.


Moms with kids in elementary school: Please join us at EMOMS on Wednesday, October 21, 7–9pm, Room A207, when ten local women will share about “The value of friendship & discipleship through the many changes & challenges of life.” These fun, thoughtful women have been meeting, reading and eating together for over ten years. They will share their experiences and treat us to food from their recently published cookbook, “Fully to Enjoy: An Invitation to Our Abundant Table.” Register for EMOMS here.

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