March 31, 2016

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Reminder: No School Monday, April 11 – Teacher Workday

Students do not have school April 11. It is a Teacher Workday.  Classes resume Tuesday, April 12.

Financial Aid Applications due Tomorrow

Applications for tuition assistance are processed online by FACTS. All required documentation is due by April 1. There is a processing fee of $30 for this service. Families who are currently receiving aid should have received information in their re-enrollment package. Please remember that a new online application must be completed each year you request tuition assistance. Details are available on our website under Tuition and Financial Aid.

RSVP to the 40th Gala & Auction – Only a few tickets remain!

Plan now to attend the 40th Gala & Auction on Friday, April 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Click to purchase tickets to attend. Hurry…prices increase on April 1. Auction items include vacations, unique student art projects, sports memorabilia, experiences with teachers and more! Don’t miss this great opportunity for fun, fellowship and to thank God for His faithfulness to ICS.

Download the FREE app for the ICS Auction and your kids get a dress down day!

In order to bid on items in our Silent auction for our 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. please download the FREE app (Handbid) from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play store onto your smart phone and create a sign-in. Download the app before Friday, April 8 and your kids will get a free Dress Down Day on April 15. After you download the app you can browse our amazing auction items and even bid on items early!

Thank you, parents, for your generosity!

The faculty and staff send a BIG thank you to parents for the generous show of appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week. The luncheon was delicious. The Upper School teachers appreciated the great snack food that was set out for them during the week as well. Thank you for showing your support in tangible ways to the ICS team. We are truly blessed to have such great faculty and staff at ICS and equally blessed to have so many wonderful parents show support for the ICS team throughout the entire school year. We thank the PTF, especially Kay Hoffman and Kelly Pinzon for organizing this big event. What an amazing team you are!

Malek’s Fun Lunch Snow Make Up Day: Friday, April 8

We will have a make-up lunch for Malek’s on Friday April 8. This is to make up for the cancelled Malek’s lunch due to a snow day back on January 27, 2016. Only if your student ordered the first semester Malek meals will your student receive a make-up lunch. This meal is in addition to the Chick-Fil-A meal served that same week on Wednesday April 6 as regularly scheduled for the second semester. If your
student gets Malek’s and they also get Smart Lunches, please do not order a Smart Lunch for April 8.

Verse Recitation for 3rd Quarter

All students in grades 1-8 will be reciting quarter verses soon.
Lower School: Grades 1-4
• 3rd Quarter: Thursday, March 31 (1st try) & Friday, April 1 (retry)
• 1st & 2nd Quarters: Thursday, April 7 (1st try) & Friday, April 8 (retry)
Upper School: Grades 5-8
• 3rd Quarter: Thursday, April 7 (1st try) & Friday, April 8 (retry)

100 Verse Recitation

There is an opportunity at the end of the 4th quarter for students who wish to quote additional verses to total 100 verses for the year. A special Bible, which the student selects, is awarded at the graduation ceremony for this achievement. Please note that all additional verses must be printed and submitted to the Bible teacher by May 13. All students who want to recite 100 verses must recite them by Monday, June 6. Please contact your student’s Bible teacher for specific details.

TerraNova Student Achievement Testing

Students in grades 3-8 will participate in spring TerraNova testing April 22-29 and May 2. There is no preparation needed except for a good breakfast, a restful sleep and two No. 2 pencils with erasers. It is extremely important that students arrive on time. Please do NOT arrange appointments during the school day for this week of testing. Students with unexcused absences will be retested for a fee of at least $25 per test section. Please see the Parent/Student Handbook for absentee information.

Spring Picture Day – April 13

• Spring pictures are scheduled for ICS students on Wednesday, April 13. This is an optional picture day. Only the students who order pictures will have their picture taken on this day.
• All students, even those not ordering pictures, may dress down. Dress down rules apply: Clothing should not be too tight, too short, or oversized. For girls, dress and skirt length should be within 3 inches of the knee. Shorts must be knee length that reach to the end of their fingertips when their arms are placed by their side and fully extended. Spandex shorts are not permitted alone, but may be worn underneath a pair of shorts or skirt. Cut-off shorts, tank tops, and midriff tops are not permitted.
• If the weather is nice, students will have their pictures taken outside.
• Order forms will be coming home this week. Pay with a check or fill in your credit card information on the form.
• Two parent volunteers are also needed to help that day. Volunteering on Picture Day counts towards Parent Service hours and you will earn $15 off your child’s pictures. Contact Mary Sue Smith to help.

Visiting Day – April 21! Invite a friend to attend ICS for a day!

Do you know of a family who is considering a change to private Christian school? Perhaps they have considered Immanuel but feel they need more information? We are offering a great opportunity to show what ICS is all about. Current 3rd through 7th grade students are encouraged to invite a friend to school on Thursday, April 21st, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All visitors will leave before lunch. This event is intended for serious admissions considerations only. Limited space is available – families must register by April 14th. For more information and to RSVP click here. Questions? Please contact Lauren Umble.

You are Invited to the Immanuel’s Got Talent Show: Friday, April 29th

Join us for the 5th annual Immanuel’s Got Talent talent show! There will be an all-school assembly on Friday, April 29 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Worship Center to see performances from students in grades 4-8. You may even see some staff show off their skills! Parents, family members and friends from all grade levels are invited to attend what is sure to be an exciting event! Please contact Lauren Umble if you have questions.

Important Illness Update from School Clinic:

We are seeing a large number of students at school with fevers, sore throats and upset stomachs. In addition, we have had some cases of positively diagnosed Type A and B flu. If your child is complaining about any of the above symptoms, or feels achy and unusually tired, please be sure to take their temperature before going to school, and please err on the side of caution in deciding whether or not to keep them home if your child is just “not themselves”. Your child is 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. They may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (Tylenol or Motrin or cold medications that contain these products). Thank you in advance for doing your part to decrease the spread of contagious illness at ICS.

4th Grade had a FANTASTIC Skype session with our sister school in Romania

The students did a really good job being polite, engaged patient and eager to meet their new friends. A few highlights of the session were: realizing they both like to play soccer, that pizza is a universal food, that we all have similar pets, praying for each other in English and Romanian, and sharing John 3:16 in Romanian and then saying it together in English. We are so thankful to have a very good connection. We hope to skype with them again soon.

Congratulations to these Math Olympians

Six schools, with a total of 130 students in grades 3 – 8 attended Math Olympics here at Immanuel Christian School, Monday, March 14. Everyone who participated deserves recognition. The results are as follows:
3rd grade Computation: Nahom Flagot, Isaiah Sorial, Gwen Smith (participants)
3rd grade Reasoning: Sam Colletti (1st place), Lee Beltran (2nd place), Sammy Layman (4th place)
4th grade Computation: Amelie Loomis (1st), Alexia Varfis (3rd), Eva Portillo (5th)
4th grade Reasoning: Gracie Boutz (1st), Saul Van Horn (5th), Harper Alvarado (participant)
5th grade Computation: Zachary Cohen (1st), Ian Griffin (2nd), Ethan Bittinger (5th)
5th grade Reasoning: Madelyn Taliaferro (3rd), Fei Hung Hsu (4th), Chris Beran (participant)
6th grade Computation: Demetrios Varfis (1st), Sean Kelly (3rd), Aubrey Seat (4th)
6th grade Reasoning: Caleb McIntyre (1st), Steffen Johnson (2nd), Michala Daniels (4th)
7th grade Computation: Isabella Raneri (4th), Pearl Azer (5th), Nathan Eskinder (participant)
7th grade Reasoning: Lars Griffin (1st), Michelle Indelicato (2nd), Daniel Love (5th)
8th grade Computation: Amy Herrema (1st), Joon Kim (2nd), Daniel Kim (4th)
8th grade Reasoning: Anna Boyer (1st), Julia White (2nd), Josh Abtew (4th)
In addition to awarding ribbons for first through fifth place, the ACSI Math Olympics also recognizes students who exhibit a very high percentage of correct answers for each of the testing rounds. Receiving medals and special recognition were ICS students Sam Colletti, Amelie Loomis, Zachary Cohen, Demetrios Varfis, Amy Herrema, Joon Kim, and Anna Boyer.
Congratulations to all participants!

Fun Lunch Shoppers Needed

Shoppers are needed for the second semester. This is a great way to earn the required Parent Service Hours. Please note: A Costco membership is needed. If interested, please contact Lori Slattery, Fun Lunch Coordinator.

ICS Basketball Camp: June 20-24

ICS will again host our summer basketball camp from Monday – Friday, June 20-24. Camp will be held in the ICS Gym from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Camp is limited to both boys and girls entering 4th – 9th grades. Click here to register.

Happy Spring, MOPS moms!

Our next meeting is Monday, April 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in A207. We will enjoy Asian-themed foods for dinner, plus dessert! Our speaker is Sarah Pinkley (former MOPS co-leader) on the topic of “Stretch and Grow- Getting out of Your Comfort Zone”. Please bring your mom friends, their first meeting is free! There are only two meetings left for the 2015-2016 year.

Vacation Bible School at IBC: June 27-July 1

Mark your calendars for June 27 – July 1 for the week of Vacation Bible School.
• AM Program – 9:30 a.m. – Noon (4 years old by 9/30/16 – entering 3rd grade)
• PM Program – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (entering 4th – entering 6th grades)
Registration begins May 1st. $20 per child. Hope to see you there

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