January 12, 2017

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January/February Holiday Schedule

  • Monday, January 16   No School/Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Monday & Tuesday, February 6 & 7 No School/Teacher Workday and Inservice

Homecoming and Spirit Week: Next Week, January 17-20

We are excited to have themed dress down days throughout this week. Students who choose not to participate in the dress down theme will wear their regular uniform. With the themed dress down days, dress code rules still apply.

  • (No school Monday – MLK Day)
  • Tuesday: Superhero Day Aside from your regular superheroes, feel free to invent your own superhero with your own special abilities and costume! Or perhaps choose your favorite Bible hero! Be creative – we know we are a school full of superheroes!
  • Wednesday: School Spirit Day – Show your ICS spirit by wearing school colors navy blue and yellow or your favorite ICS gear! Basketball players should wear their jerseys to school over a t-shirt. Make sure you plan to come to the Homecoming Basketball Games on Wednesday!
  • Thursday: Hat Day – Wear your favorite hat or crazy hat to school! Your teacher may ask you to remove your hat during class, but if you wear a hat you may dress down as well. Also join ICS at Jersey Mike’s in Springfield for dinner for a special fundraising night (see below)!
  • Friday: Jersey Day – Represent your team, whether it is football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cricket or rugby! Any jersey for any team will work.

Homecoming Basketball Game: Wednesday, January 18

Come cheer on the ICS Varsity Basketball Teams as they take on Holy Spirit School. The girls’ game is first at 4:00 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 5:00 p.m. We will have games and giveaways during halftime, special concessions, the opportunity to get your picture taken with Wayne the Warrior and more! Don’t miss this great event!

ICS Fundraising Spirit Night @ Jersey Mike’s: Thursday, January 19

Join us at Jersey Mike’s in Springfield (7000B Brookfield Plaza) Thursday, January 19 between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. for our ICS Fundraising Night! Your child will receive this flyer on Thursday at the end of the day for you to take with you to Jersey Mike’s so ICS can receive 15% of all proceeds. This is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal as a family and support ICS. See you there!

End of Quarter Verse Recitation

Lower School (Grades 1-4)

1st and 2nd Quarters:

Thursday, February 2 (1st try)

Friday, February 3 (retry)

Upper School (Grades 5-8):

1st and 2nd Quarters:

Thursday, January 26 (1st try)

Friday, January 27 (retry)

Grades 6-8 Mid-Term Exam Schedule

All testing will take place in regularly scheduled classrooms.

Tuesday, January 31

8:40-9:27 a.m. – Language Arts (8A)

10:25-1:07 a.m.  – Language Arts (8B)

12:00-12:45 p.m.  – Language Arts (8A)

2:20-3:05 p.m.     – Language Arts (8B)

Wednesday, February 1

8:40-9:27 a.m. – Language Arts (8A)  Essay portion of mid-term.

10:25-11:07 a.m.  – Language Arts (8B) Essay portion of mid-term.

Thursday, February 2

9:30-10:15 a.m. – Math 6 & 7 – (6A/6B)

10:25-11:07 a.m.   – Math 7, Pre-Algebra (7A/7B), Algebra 7

11:10-11:57 a.m.   – Math Pre-Alg. /Alg. (8A/8B), Geometry 8

Early morning math classes (Algebra 7 and Geometry 8) will be cancelled on February 2 due to exams.  All other classes will run as regularly scheduled.

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 hereSecond 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© are delivered daily to ICS. Click here for more details about meal options and prices.

Express Your Appreciation to Dr. McCoy and Mrs. Dorian Smith for 20 years of service to ICS!

Immanuel Christian School is blessed with dedicated, talented and loving faculty and staff who serve our parents and students. Please take this opportunity to thank Dr. Eleane McCoy, Lower School Principal, and Mrs. Dorian Smith, receptionist, for their 20 years of faithful service to the students, parents and teachers of ICS. You may also upload a picture using the file upload option.  Don’t forget to include your name with each entry! Submit your notes of appreciation here!  The deadline for submitting your notes of appreciation is February 28. Thank you for blessing Dr. McCoy and Mrs. Smith with your words!

Auction May 5, 2017! There’s no time for Siesta, it’s time to Fiesta! Click for Parent Service Team information, committee members needed and wish list.

Please join us Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. 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. This will be our last auction for several years so save the date on your calendar and line up a babysitter early!

Fiesta Planning Meeting for Parent Service Teams
Parent Service Teams (PST), please join us Wednesday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the library to learn more about our upcoming Fiesta and how the PST will be involved. We will talk about Fiesta and more specifically about gift baskets that individual homerooms will assemble and donate to the Silent Auction. Younger children are welcome at the meeting which will be about 30 minutes. We look forward to partnering with you! Please contact Allison Masson  or Carey Taliaferro  with further questions.

Fiesta Committee Members Needed
We continue to build our FIESTA TEAM so come join our committee PRONTO! It’s a great way to make new friends, get your creative juices flowing and earn Parent Service Hours while benefitting our school. Please consider how your gifts and talents might be maximized for we know that “many hands make light work”! …and we will DEFINITELY have fun doing this together! The Fiesta Committee Sign Up is on ParentSquare. Inquiries, questions and suggestions should be sent to Allison Masson or Carey Taliaferro.

Fiesta Wish List
We are so excited about Fiesta 2017! Fiesta will include a Live Auction, Silent Auction, Teacher Experiences, student-created projects, Student Portraits and a Piñata “Pull”. To pull this off we’ve created a Wish List. Please consider contributing in some way. Proceeds from Fiesta go to the ICS Partnership Fund providing annual revenue to bridge the gap between tuition and education costs by supporting mission-critical expenses. Gifts of all amounts, both large and small, will continue to provide opportunity for our students to develop the academic skills and spiritual depth they need to make a difference in the world. Fiesta-related emails can be directed to Allison Masson.

Re-Enrollment Coming Soon

AUTOMATIC RE-ENROLLMENT for 2017-2018 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 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 space is 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.

Parent Service Hours

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.

Attention Parents of Rising K-4th Graders: Save the Date for Just Around the Corner – Friday, February 10

All parents of rising kindergarten through 4th grade students are invited to attend the information session Just Around the Corner on Friday, February 10th from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Terrace Room. Don’t miss it! Attend this important event 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! Click here to RSVP. This orientation is for parents and free childcare is available – sign up for childcare through the RSVP link by February 3rd. Questions? Email admissions@icsva.org.

PTF Pasta Palooza Family Night – February 24

Break out your favorite board games and bring along your appetite to the Pasta Palooza spaghetti fellowship dinner and game night sponsored by the ICS PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship). Mark your calendars for Friday, February 24, 2017 because you don’t want to miss this fun evening featuring delicious food, games, ICS bingo with prizes, fellowship and music! This fellowship night is a great opportunity to spend the evening eating delicious food while visiting with friends as you play board games with other ICS families. Click here for more details and to purchase your tickets. Don’t delay…last time this event was held it sold out!

All School Dress Down Day: Friday, February 3

There will be an all-school dress down day, Friday, February 3 marking the end of the 2nd quarter.

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 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 31-February 2 in the breezeway.  All items not claimed by February 2 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 Your 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 Rachel Reno, Upper School Principal (Grades 5-8).

ICS Used Book Sale May 31-June 1

The library is now accepting gently used donations of Children’s and Young Adult fiction, Adult fiction and all ages Non-Fiction for our Used Book Sale coming this Spring. The Used Book Sale dates are May 31-June 1 (Wednesday-Thursday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. in the school library (Room C202). Contact ICS Library staff at icslibrary@icsva.org or 703.941.1220 to schedule donation evaluation and drop off. Thank you for your support!

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.

Coming this Spring – IBC Women’s Conference

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

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