December 8, 2016

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Merry Christmas! Have a blessed Christmas celebrating our Lord and Savior’s birth.

Happy New Year.  See you in 2017!

Important Dates-Mark your calendars

  • December 16: Last day of school/Noon dismissal (No Extended Care)
  • December 19 – January 2: Christmas Break
  • January 3:  Classes Resume

All School Christmas Program and Grandparents' Day is Friday, December 16

Family and friends are invited to join our K-8 students for the Christmas program on December 16 at 8:45 a.m. in the Worship Center.  Grandparents will be recognized during the assembly! 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 a visit to their grandchildren’s classroom(s).
  • New this year:  Information about Grandparents’ Day, including the invitation link to email to grandparents is on the website.  RSVP here by December 14.  Please contact the school office if you have questions.
  • The purpose of Grandparents’ Day is for grandparents and other special adult visitors to observe and interact in classrooms. Due to limited classroom space on this day, we ask that ICS siblings refrain from visiting other classrooms. Parents and grandparents are welcome to pick up their child(ren) from classrooms when ready to depart.
  • 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 in the school office to let her know that a parent will be accompanying the guest.

Do my guests need to RSVP?  Yes, we would love to know about how many guests to expect.  The RSVP can be completed online through the  ICS website by December 14.

May I help?  Certainly!  Lots of help is needed.  A sign up through ParentSquare will be coming your way soon.

Student Attire for ICS Christmas Program

Here are some details regarding what students will wear during our Christmas program on December 16:

  • Students in grades K-2 and 7-8 NOT participating in the drama should wear Christmas dress-up clothing (Please, no jeans or t-shirts).
  • Students in grades 3-5 are to wear solid red shirts (no print) with black bottoms, or a red dress.
  • Students in grades 6 and 7-8 participating in the drama should refer to the message/post previously sent to parents regarding the Christmas Drama Costumes.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Reminder: Now is the time to update information or add a grandparent

Please update information for grandparents in ParentsWeb. Click here to log into ParentsWeb.

  • Go to the Web Form “Update Family Contact Information Here”.
  • Go to “Grandparent Information”.  Update or add a grandparent here.

Alumni Survey

Survey:  Please participate in a brief survey about your experience at Immanuel Christian School. The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete. We would love your feedback about how ICS prepared you academically and spiritually for the next step in your educational journey. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential. Thank you very much for your time and cooperation in helping us continue to improve our program here at ICS!
Please click here to go to the survey.

Alumni Donut and Hot Chocolate Bar

We hope alumni can join us on Grandparents’ Day, December 16, for our ICS Alumni Donut and Hot Chocolate Bar from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Terrace Room. Please RSVP here.

Congratulations to students reciting 1st Quarter Bible Verses

Click here to view a list of students who have successfully recited all of their verses for the 1st quarter.

Academic Honor Roll for 1st Quarter

Congratulations to those students who made the Academic Honor Roll for Upper School (grades 5-8) the 1st quarter.  To qualify for 1st Honors, a student must have an academic average of 95% and above and satisfactory citizenship.  For 2nd Honors, students must have an academic average of 90-94% and satisfactory citizenship. Click to view a list of students who made the Honor Roll. 

ICS Christmas Ornaments are here!

Come pick up your ICS Christmas ornament today! For $20 you can pick one up at reception, main office, during hallway dismissal or online. The 8th grade class will also be selling ornaments during Grandparents’ Day. This is a great keepsake ornaments for family, students and alumni. All profits benefit the 8th grade class.

Celebration Books for Grandparents

Honor your grandparents in a unique and lasting way.  Consider adopting a Celebration Book in their name for Grandparents’ Day.  A personalized bookplate honoring your grandparent(s) will be affixed inside your chosen book and presented to them on Grandparents’ Day.  Come see the librarian for requested titles available in the library.  Enjoy the book over Christmas then return it in January as a part of our permanent ICS collection.  Remember celebration books are a tax-deductible gift.

 

Winter After School Clubs

 We look forward to beating the winter doldrums with LOTS of great After School Club offerings. Starting the week of January 9, we will offer the following clubs: art, choir, rocketry, Chinese, Intro to Gaming (STEM class), 3D Gaming (STEM class), dance, chess, martial arts, Legos and SoccerShots! Winter clubs range from fitness, to the fine arts, to STEM-related offerings. Most of them will offer 8 or 10 sessions. Register here. Registration will close January 2. Please contact Allison Masson if you have questions.

Siblings of current students: Apply Now for the 2017-2018 school year!

If you are planning for another one of your children to come to ICS for the 2017-2018 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. Sibling application fees are only $75. Forgot your username or password or have any questions? Contact Lauren Gessner, Enrollment Manger.

Second Tuition Payment for the 2016-2017 School Year

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

Wednesday Fun Lunch: 2nd Semester Orders due by Friday, January 20

We serve Fun Lunch on Wednesdays during the school year: Subway, Malek’s Pasta, Papa John’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 see the Fun Lunch Schedule click here.Second Semester Lunch Dates: February 8, 2017 – May 31, 2017. 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 daily to the Terrace Room. Click here for more details about meal options and prices.

Parent Service Hours - Due January 16

Parent Service Hours for the first semester are due January 16.  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 parent’s accounts.  Contact Becky Klapmust, Finance Assistant, if you have any questions.

Auction May 5, 2017! There’s no time for Siesta, it’s time to Fiesta!


Please join us Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:30-9:00PM in the Atrium for a special evening celebrating Immanuel Christian School. This is sure to be a fun night for all – filled with a Live and Silent Auction, delicious food, entertainment, testimonials and great fellowship. For this evening to be a success, we will need a team of volunteers. Please check out this link on ParentSquare to see if there’s a spot calling your name! Please email Allison Masson with any questions.

Parent Square Tip-Looking for Documents?

  • When looking for a document posted by a teacher, be sure to look in the Photo/Files section for the FULL list of documents.
  • The list of files on the main screen are only the most recent.
  • Click the “View All” button at the top to see all documents or photos.
  • All posted files will be found in the files tab on the left side of the computer screen or in the photo tab on your phone app.  When you click on Photos, there will also be a “Files” tab.

ICS Homecoming & Spirit Week – Coming in January 2017!

Mark your calendars for the week of January 17–20 for ICS Spirit Week and the Homecoming Basketball Game on Wednesday, January 18th against Holy Spirit School!  We will have themed dress down days and special treats and opportunities throughout the week, plus great fun during the Varsity Basketball games on Wednesday – this will be a week to remember! More details to come.

Lost and Found – December 12-14

Lost and Found items are on display in the glass breezeway December 12-14. Items not claimed will be donated on December 15. 

First Look Friday Open Houses: Next One January 6


Help us spread the word about Immanuel Christian School by inviting friends, co-workers and neighbors to visit ICS for a tour! They will have the chance to view the facility, see teachers and students in action and to meet current staff and parents. Click here for the full First Look Friday schedule and for more information. Questions? Contact admissions@icsva.org.

Upper School Spanish Sub Needed January-March

A long-term Spanish substitute for Grades 5-8 is needed mid-January through the end of March. If interested, please send your resume to Erin Smith, Upper School Principal, at employment@icsva.org and complete the teacher application found here.

7th & 8th Grade Science Trip to the Grand Canyon: Last Chance to sign up!

If you are interested in sending your 7th or 8th grader on the science trip of a lifetime, please click here to learn more about our trip.  ICS will be going during Spring Break, April 10-14.  Some highlights of the trip will be visiting the Valley of Fire State Park, Hiking the Narrows, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, float trip down the Colorado River, Grand Canyon and more!  Mr. Pinkley will be leading the trip along with Upper School Science teacher Mrs. Alvarado and Mrs. Tinev.  Our plan is to take this trip every other year.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pinkley.

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 Lola Hollenbeck, Lunchroom Coordinator, and to help with recess, contact Julie Neville.

General Mills Box Tops

Keep clipping and saving box tops! Please contact Jennifer de Vallance with any questions or to help with our Box Top clipping and counting drive.

Earn AmazonSmile Donations to ICS for Christmas

When you do your Christmas shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to Immanuel Christian School.  Bookmark the link:  and support us every time you shop.   Bookmark this link.  Thanks for supporting the work of ICS through Amazon Smile.

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Mark your calendars for “Be Still-Finding True Rest for Your Soul” on March 24-25 at Immanuel Bible Church.

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