November 24, 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving

May God bless this special day in your lives.

No School

  • November 25-27 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Classes Resume Monday, November 30

Serve-A-Thon: Final Update

Thank you for helping to make our Serve-A-Thon a success! Our students served others as they cleaned classrooms, worked in parks, washed fire trucks, packed school supplies for needy students and built relationships with students in two area public schools. This is a great opportunity for our students to put their faith into action and focus on others. Our students will continue to serve the community throughout the year in various classroom projects.

Additionally, our fundraising efforts during Serve-A-Thon help us raise essential funds for ICS and for Christian education around the world. Because of your generosity we raised over $64,000! Thank you for contacting family and friends and asking them to support our classes. Our students celebrated their efforts during an all-school celebration which featured student testimonials, video and music. It was a wonderful celebration and culminated with a donut treat for students. A special thank you to parent volunteers who shopped, cooked and helped make this treat a success. Thank you!

ICS Families Bless Annandale Terrace Elementary Families with Generosity!

Every year we are blown away by the generosity of our ICS families.  We consistently donate many Thanksgiving boxes full of food, decorations, games and a $25 gift card to Annandale Terrace Elementary School.  This year we donated 23 boxes. The ATES staff is always so appreciative of this amazing partnership.  They cannot say enough about the difference this gift makes for their families.

Thank you to each of you who donated to your child’s class Thanksgiving baskets.  When we all give a little, God uses it to help many. The ICS students made precious pictures and cards to personalize the gifts. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!  Serve the Lord with gladness! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1,2,5

All are invited to Immanuel Christian School's Christmas Program and Grandparents’ Day – December 18.

On Friday, December 18 from 8:45-10:00 a.m. our students will perform a special Christmas program through song, dance and instrumental music. Grandparents will be recognized during the assembly and can visit their grandchildren’s classrooms following the program.
To RSVP to attend the event please click here.
We hope you will join us for this special annual event!

Please take note of important details below:

  • Worship Center doors open at 8:15 a.m.
  • After the program, grandparents are invited to the Atrium for coffee and music by our instrumental music students and then to visit their grandchildren’s classroom(s).
  • Information about Grandparents’ Day was included with your youngest child’s report card.  Please mail invitations to grandparents, special adult relative or guest as soon as possible. We would like RSVPs by December 11.  Need additional invitations or have questions? Contact Kim Akers.

Questions?  Below are some of the commonly asked questions and answers.

  • May parents and siblings attend the Christmas program?  Yes!  Everyone is invited.
  • Are parents able to visit the classrooms with the grandparents? We request that only grandparents or special guests visit the classrooms because space is limited.  If grandparents need special assistance, please contact Kim Akers.
  • Do my guests need to RSVP?  Yes, we would love to know about how many guests to expect.  The RSVP can be mailed back to ICS or can be completed online through the ICS website.
  • If I am mailing the invitation do I still need to update my grandparent information on ParentsWeb?  Yes, we would like to know grandparent contact information so we can mail them a Christmas greeting.
  • May I help? Certainly!  Lots of help is needed so please click here to volunteer.

To find out more information on Grandparents’ Day and special Christmas Program please click here.

REMINDER:  Parents, now is the time to update grandparent information in ParentsWeb.  Click here to log in to ParentsWeb.  Once you are logged in, click on the name of the person whose information you want to update.

Alumni Reunion Brunch on Grandparents' Day – Spread the word!

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 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 Sarah Pinkley,
Alumni Coordinator.

Gift Cards are back – but only for Christmas!

Don’t run all over town. Get gift cards to all of your favorite restaurants and retailers right here. Click here to download the order form. Bring the order form, along with your check made out to ICS by noon, Wednesday, December 2 and the cards will be available for pick up Monday, December 7. We will do a second and final order Wednesday, December 9 for pick up Monday, December 14. Don’t miss out!

Winter After-School Clubs – Register Now

Registration is underway for the winter session of After School Clubs. Art Club begins November 30 and the rest of the clubs start the week of January 11, 2016. Registration for all winter classes can also be found on the website. The deadline for registration is December 16. Click here to see our offerings. Please contact Allison Masson with questions.

Siblings of current students: APPLY NOW for the 2016-2017 school year.

If you are planning for another one of your children to come to ICS for the 2016-2017 school year, now is the time to apply! Applications are steadily coming in and spaces are limited. Log on to your online application account to begin the sibling application today. Forgot your username or password or have any questions? Contact Lauren Umble, Enrollment Manger.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items will be on display on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10 in the glass breezeway. Items not claimed will be donated on Friday, December 11. 

Splendid Portrait Thanksgiving Sale: Order additional school pictures this weekend

Happy Thanksgiving from Splendid Portraits!  As our way of giving thanks, we’re letting you know about our non-public sale on Portrait Downloads. From Friday, November 27 – through Monday, November 30, downloads on six different backgrounds at will be just $18.  That’s 40% off of our regular price.

Wilderness Retreat Receptions: Mark your calendars

Do you want to hear more about your 8th grader’s days in the woods other than “it was ok” or “we had fun?” Come join the 8th grade class for an evening of sharing.  You will be blessed through personal narratives of the trip and a special video.  Please plan to join us for this special event.

  • 8A:  Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room
  • 8B:  Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room

Las Posadas - December 9

Join the 2nd grade students for Las Posadas as they celebrate Christmas in a native South and Central American tradition with a traveling nativity play.  The children will be singing and performing the entire event in Spanish.  Second grade parents are invited to come and enjoy.  The procession will begin with 2A in the 2nd grade hallway at 9:30 a.m. and 2B at 1:30p.m.  It will finish in the Youth Room.  Parents please contact Sarah Garcia, Elementary Spanish teacher, if you have any questions.

ICS Gala and Auction on Friday, April 15

Auction Wish List: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)

Seeking Live Auction Chairperson(s)  We are still in search of 1-3 enthusiastic parents to chair this committee for our 40th Anniversary Gala on April 15. Please contact Allison Masson if you are interested or would like more information. We want to hit this out of the park!

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 15. 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 Basketball Season 2015

Basketball season is just around the corner!  Varsity boys and girls are already practicing for the season.

Tryouts for the JV teams will be held as follows:

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.

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: 12:45-1:30 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 and EMOMS – Christmas Meeting

MOPS and EMOMS are combining in December for a wonderful evening, Monday, December 7 from 7:00-9 p.m. in the Atrium.  Our special speaker for the evening is Deshua Joyce who will be sharing with us on Unwrapping God’s Gifts.  A lovely lasagna dinner and desserts will be provided and we will end the evening with Christmas music.  If you have a child in the preschool or elementary years, please join us for this festive and free evening of nourishment for the body and soul.

IBC Women's Spring Conference: March 4-5, 2016

Mark your calendar for the women’s spring conference.  It will be held right here at Immanuel Bible Church. The theme is “Can this really be God’s good plan for my life?” Nancy Guthrie will be the speaker. Click here for additional details and to register.

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