October 29, 2015

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No School - Check Dates Here

  • Friday, October 30: Teacher Work Day
  • Wednesday – Friday, November 4-6: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • School Resumes: Monday, November 9

Parent Teacher Conferences Next Week: November 4 - 6 (Wednesday-Friday)

The teachers look forward to meeting with you.

  • NO SCHOOL for students on conference days.
  • Office hours during conference days:  Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 4 & 5) 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday (Nov. 6) 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oakwood School Presenting “Keeping Our Children Safe in our Digital World”

Join us Thursday, November 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Oakwood School, 7210 Braddock Road for this presentation on internet safety. The internet offers our children an unprecendented opportunity for learning and entertainment, but it also threatens their safety and well-being. Come see this overview of the dangers that children encounter online, as well as concrete tips and tools to protect your child from Internet dangers. This event is free, but please register here.

ICS to Celebrate During Blue Ribbon Week with an All-School Dress Down Day: Friday, November 13

On Tuesday, November 10, the school leadership will represent the parents, teachers and students of ICS at the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School award ceremony in Washington, D.C. As one of only five private schools in Virginia and one of twelve schools throughout the state to receive this award, ICS is honored to receive this national recognition as a high-performing school thanks to our talented and creative faculty. During the week of November 9-13, ICS will celebrate this recognition with special treats and fun activities. A special all-school dress down will take place on Friday, November 13. Students should wear BLUE clothing; blue jeans are permitted!

Serve-A-Thon 2015 Season of Service UPDATE

Congratulations! Serve-A-Thon community service projects are completed….but there is still work to do. Every grade has successfully completed an area of service to our community. Each ICS class, supported by valuable parent volunteers, did a GREAT job cleaning, planting, reading, packing, drawing, writing notes of encouragement and praying for each other these last three weeks! We hope our students learned how much fun it can be to serve the Lord by serving others.

But, we can’t stop now! We have just a little over ONE more week to SERVE by GIVING!   Please email the Class (team) pages to your friends and family and ask them to support our school. Need help locating the class pages? Simply click this link for more information. Plus three international schools will benefit because ICS will share 10% of our Serve-A-Thon donations!

We need EVERYONE to participate and work hard to help us reach our goal! To date, we have raised almost $24,000 so we have a LONG way to go to reach our goal. Money raised during Serve-A-Thon is essential in helping us pay teacher salaries, purchase curriculum and fund student activities.

Don’t forget…the deadline for donations to count for team prizes is Friday, November 6. There is still time to change the rankings so your class wins the prize on U DID IT DAY! The team rankings are as follows: 3A, 1A,3B,2B,7B,2A, 4B,KB,1B,4A, 8B,5A, 8A,7A, A,6B,5B,KC,6A

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.  Look for the Teacher Wish List display in the library and gift the book your teacher really wants!

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!

NEW! High School Selection Seminar: Fair and Forum on November 10

Please join us on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium for a parent panel discussion and the opportunity to meet with representatives from several local high schools including Trinity, Flint Hill, Dominion, Bishop O’Connell, Thomas Jefferson and more! Come to learn about the variety of high school options, to hear more about factors to consider when choosing a high school and what to expect with the high school transition. All parents welcome! Please RSVP here by Friday, November 6th. Questions? Email here.

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.

ICS Elementary Choir Performance: Friday, November 20

The ICS Choir will be performing “Jonah’s Druthers” Friday, November 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the Worship Center.  All family members are welcome! Any questions?  Contact Cindy Wade, Choir Director.

New Upper School Homework Detention and Late Work Grading Policies

For students in grades 5-8, after-school Homework Detention may be assigned when a student’s work is two days late.  An email will be sent home with the information regarding the detention.  Homework Detention is designed to provide accountability for a student who has not completed assignments on time and could result in the loss of participating in after-school activities.  Successive Homework Detentions will occur if the assignments are not completed and turned in following the initial Homework Detention.  The late work grading policy for grades 5-8 states that 10% is deducted off a student’s final grade for an assignment for each day it is late.

ICS is hosting a Gala and Auction on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 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!

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

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 next event is Friday, November 13. Click here for more information and to RSVP. Questions? Contact the Advancement Team.

All School Grandparents' Day and Christmas Program, Friday, December 18: Grandparent Updates Needed

Since 1995 we have been inviting grandparents to ICS to be a part of our school-wide Christmas program.  Grandparents are a special part of Immanuel Christian School and we enjoy the opportunity to include them in the life of our school.  The invitations will be in your child’s 1st quarter report card envelope.  PLEASE VERIFY that your grandparent information is up to date by going to ParentsWeb and use the Web Form “Update Family Contact Information Here”.

We can use your help!  To volunteer, click here.

Alumni Reunion Brunch on Grandparents' Day

Christmas is just around the corner and is a great time to reconnect with former ICS classmates!  We are extending an invitation to all ICS Alumni to join us once again for Grandparents’ Day, followed by a brunch in their honor, Friday, December 18 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Last year’s event was a big success and we look forward to seeing many of our alumni back on campus. Enjoy a delicious brunch, catch up with former classmates and see how ICS has changed. Click to RSVP.  Questions?  Email here.

Write an Online Review of ICS and get a Free Pizza Lunch with Mr. Danish & Mr. Pinkley for your student!

Write an online review of ICS by Monday, November 9, 2015, on one of the following sites and your child will get a free pizza lunch with Mr. Danish and Mr. Pinkley! Online reviews are important to promote our identity and community to new families who are researching our school. Your personal experiences within classrooms and the school, and interactions with teachers, staff, and the administration are all great anecdotal stories to speak about to help those new families become acquainted with the importance we place on developing the whole child within a Christian world view.

Please provide your ONLINE REVIEWS on the sites listed below:

Google, Yelp, Yahoo, Facebook (on the bottom right side there is a Review section), Great Schools, Private School Review, School Digger, City Search,or DC  School HUB

Below are some GUIDELINES on writing an online review:

  • Be informative and insightful, keep it real, and be respectful.
  • Every good online review should include a few things, including the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of your experience. It’s also important to keep other families in mind when you sit down to write your review. Think about what you look for in online reviews and write in a similar manner.
  • Be as specific as possible in your online reviews.
  • What made your experience worthy of a review?
  • Also, remember to keep it simple. Try to convey your point to other potential families as quickly as possible. They will find it much more helpful.

ICS Basketball Season 2015

Basketball season is just around the corner!  Tryouts will be held as follows:

Varsity Boys: November 12 and 13, 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls: November 16, 1:30-3:15 p.m. and November 17,  3:15-5:00 p.m.
JV Boys: December 3 and 4, 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
JV Girls: December 9 and 10, 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

The tryout dates, practice dates and game dates are available for you here, as well as on the school calendar on the ICS website. There are hard copies available outside the upper school office and the main office. If your child wishes to try out for basketball this year, please sign and return an Intent to Participate Form and the concussion form to the upper school office.  An electronic version of the Intent to Participate Form is available on the school website under Parent Resource Documents and Forms. Hard copies of this are also available outside the main office and the upper school office.  The Intent to Participate Form is due no later than Thursday, November 4.

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.

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).

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.

MOPS

Hello, Mothers of Preschoolers!  The next MOPS meeting is Monday, November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207.  Kathy Weeks, a mother of five, will be speaking.  The title is “This meal brought to you by the color Yellow!”  The meal theme is “Breakfast for Dinner” and dessert will also be provided.  Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship!

IBC Women's Retreat: March 4-5, 2015

Mark your calendar for the women’s spring retreat.   The theme is “Can this really be God’s good plan for my life?” Nancy Guthrie will be the speaker. Registration opens November 7. Click here for additional details.

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