January 14, 2016

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January Holiday Schedule

  • Monday, January 18 No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Friday, January 29 No School/Teacher Workday

New ICS Team Members

Please join us in welcoming Heidi Joye (K-6th grade Music teacher), Travis Briggs (Athletic Director and Boys 4th-8th grade PE teacher) and Oriana Augustus (Long-term sub in Spanish) to the ICS team!  We also want to welcome Joel Van Kampen.  Joel is a Cedarville University student doing his student-teaching in our P.E. department this spring.

Wednesday Fun Lunch: 2nd Semester Orders due January 20

We serve Fun Lunch on Wednesdays during the school year: Subway, Malek’s Pasta, Domino’s Pizza, and Chick-Fil-A are delivered on a rotating basis. You have the flexibility to choose any or all meals, a semester at a time (NO weekly ordering). The second semester of meals must be pre-ordered online and paid for by January 20. To sign up, click here to go to the Fun Lunch ordering site.  Second Semester Lunch Dates: February 3, 2016 – June 1, 2016. Thank you!

Smart Lunch: Monday - Friday Lunch Option

In addition to our Wednesday Fun Lunches above, ICS partners with Smart Lunches© to offer a daily lunch option. You may select a hot or cold option and order as often or as little as you need! Orders can be placed or changed up to three days in advance. They can accommodate many dietary restrictions, too. Smart Lunches© delivers to ICS daily. Click here for more details about meal options and prices.

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)


Here is the link to our Gala information on the Immanuel website. Check back often!

Help Needed for the Auction and Gala

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 if you are interested. Come join us!

End of Quarter Verse Recitation

Lower School (Grades 1-4):
2nd Quarter:
Thursday, January 21 (1st try)
Friday, January 22 (retry)

1st Quarter:
Wednesday, January 27 (1st try)
Thursday, January 28 (retry)

Upper School (Grades 5-8):
1st and 2nd Quarters:
Thursday, January 21 (1st try)
Friday, January 22 (retry)

Grades 6-8 Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Grades 6-8 mid-term exams will be given Tuesday – Thursday, January 19-21.  Parents, please do not schedule appointments during these days.  Note that exam days will be regular full days for students.

  • Tuesday, January 19
    • 8th grade- Language Arts comprehensive mid-term
  • Wednesday, January 20
    • 6th grade- Math 6 & 7
    • 8th grade- Language Arts mid-term essay
  • Thursday, January 21
    • 6th-8th grades- 1st-2nd quarter verse recitation
    • 7th grade- Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra
    • 8th grade- Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry

NEW this year: Just Around the Corner & Beyond is for ALL Lower School Parents (Rising K-4)

All parents of rising kindergarten through 4th grade students are invited to attend an information session on Friday, February 19th from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Terrace Room. (Previously just for K-2nd grade parents, now we’ve expanded this session to include rising 3rd and 4th grade parents as well.) Don’t miss it! Attend this important meeting to visit with upcoming teachers, learn how to continue navigating your child’s education within a Christian framework and preview more specifically what is coming in your child’s next grade. Come early and enjoy light refreshments! This orientation is for parents. Free childcare is available with advanced reservations. RSVP for childcare by February 12th and to attend the event at www.icsva.org/JATC.

All School Dress Down Day: January 28

There will be an all-school dress down day, Thursday, January 28 marking the end of the 2nd quarter. Students are encouraged to wear our school colors, navy blue and gold, to celebrate the homecoming basketball games after school.

ICS Homecoming Basketball Game: Thursday, January 28

Come on out to the ICS gym to cheer on our varsity basketball teams on Thursday, January 28th for our first ICS Homecoming Game against Congressional! All students, parents, friends, family and alumni are encouraged to come! Players will be announced, shooting competitions during halftime, win prizes, get your picture taken with the new mascot AND….the mascot’s new name will be revealed! Join us for this great school spirit event – you don’t want to miss it!

ICS Basketball Season 2015-2016

Basketball season is here! Come support our boys and girls JV and Varsity teams!

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.

Re-Enrollment Coming Soon

AUTOMATIC RE-ENROLLMENT for 2016-2017 will take place in February and deposits will be collected through FACTS in March. Watch for IMPORTANT details in the Re-Enrollment Packet coming home with your child in mid-February.

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.

Second Tuition Payment for the 2015-2016 School Year - Due TOMORROW

If you are paying tuition on the semi-annual plan, the 2nd payment is due January 15.  FACTS withdrawals will be made on that date.  If you have any questions, contact Mandy Croushore, Finance Director.

Parent Service Hours

Parent Service Hours for the first semester are due January 15. Please record your Parent Service Hours on ParentsWeb. Log into ParentsWeb, click on Family Information, your name, and then the Service Hours tab. Select your service description and enter the hours, note what you did, and add the contact person in “verified by.” To enter hours served by another family member, just add it to one of the parents’ accounts. Contact Sharon Dotson, Finance Assistant, if you have any questions.

Thank you parents: You are appreciated!

Special thanks to all the parents who volunteered and donated refreshments on Grandparents’ Day. Also, teachers and office staff also appreciated all the thoughtful and delicious gifts you gave during the Christmas season. Thank you for thinking of us. We appreciate YOU!

Lost and Found

Lost and Found will be on display Tuesday – Thursday, January 26-28 in the breezeway. All items not claimed by January 28 will be donated to Immanuel’s Hope Ministry.

Note from Clinic

We are seeing a large number of students at school with fevers, sore throats and upset stomachs.  If your child is complaining about any of the above symptoms, please be sure to take their temperature before coming to school. Students are not allowed to come to school if they have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours. They must also stay home if they have had a fever of 100 degrees (or higher) within the last 24 hours. Students may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without being on fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Motrin). Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our kids from spreading illness.

Label Jackets, School Uniforms and PE Uniforms with your Student’s Name

Winter is here! The weather is colder and jackets and sweaters are being worn to school. Please label your items with your student’s name. Many school clothing items are left behind after PE and sports activities. Items with a name in them will be returned to the student.

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 Julie Neville, Recess Supervisor.

Coming This Spring – Women’s Conference!

This spring, March 4-5, Immanuel Bible Church has the privilege to welcome acclaimed speaker and Bible study author, Nancy Guthrie, for our Women’s Spring Conference right here at Immanuel.  Nancy will be teaching on the lives of Joseph, Job and David as she answers the question, Can This Possibly Be God’s Good Plan for my Life?  Early bird registration is open to all women whether you call Immanuel your home church or not.  Register now to get the early bird rate and be entered to win one of three giveaways at the conference.  Register online or in the Immanuel Christian Bookstore.

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