October 12, 2017

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First Look Friday Admissions Preview Days are back – First one is tomorrow!

We have 10 First Look Fridays scheduled this school year – help us spread the word about Immanuel Christian School by inviting friends, co-workers and neighbors to visit ICS! They will have the chance to view curriculum, meet the ICS leadership team and have a tour to see the school in action. Information was sent home with your child about how you can help promote ICS in our community. Thank you for helping us share the word about ICS! Click here for the full First Look Friday schedule and for more information. Questions? Contact admissions@icsva.org.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up: October 19-26

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, November 3, Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher(s) to discuss student progress and receive the first quarter report card.  The conference sign-ups will take place October 19-26 through ParentSquare.

  • Families with multiple children at ICS will sign up Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21.
  • Families with 1 child at ICS will sign up Sunday-Thursday, October 22-26.
  • Please sign up through ParentSquare.  A ParentSquare post will be sent from each teacher to sign up.
  • Middle School ParentsOnly need to schedule conferences with teachers if there is a particular concern or desire for a conference, since there is open access to student grades and progress via ParentsWeb.

End of Quarter Verse Recitation: October 25 & 26

Verse Recitation will take place for students in grades 1-8 on Wednesday, October 25 (1st try) and Thursday, October 26 (retry).  Memory verses for each grade are available on the school website.  Watch for volunteer sign-ups.

Serve-A-Thon is off to a GREAT start!

After our all school commissioning chapel Tuesday morning; Kindergarten,1st and 2nd grade did a great job kicking things off by serving right here at ICS.  5th grade and 7th grade will round out the week at 4 local fire stations and by continuing to build relationships with 1st graders at Annandale Terrace Elementary School.  It has been a FANTASTIC week of team building and service.

  • Please continue to pray for safety and good weather as we keep the excitement going while we serve next week.
  • Remember to send out the link to the Team Fundraising pages so family and friends can support and encourage the classes. This year our team goals are $3,500 per class and $70,000 school-wide.  Also, don’t forget that you can add a note of encouragement to your student that will scroll on the team page.
  • Click here for more information about Serve-A-Thon 2017.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers. We cannot serve without your help!

School Picture Retakes: Wednesday, October 25

Parents who are unhappy with their child’s individual pictures or who missed picture day in September should plan to have their child’s picture taken on Wednesday, October 25.  Recommended attire is dress clothes for that day.  Students not having pictures taken should be in uniform on this day.  Please bring in your previous photos to turn in during retakes.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Sue Smith

Lost and Found Next Week: October 24-26

Lost and Found items will be on display on Tuesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 26 in the glass breezeway. Items not claimed will be donated on Friday, October 27. 

Parent Service Hours: New Instructions for recording hours

Please click here to see the new instructions to record your Parent Service Hours.  Parent Service Hours are now recorded on ParentSquare, not on ParentsWeb.

Upcoming ICS Annual Book Fair: Travel Through a Good Book

Come join us in the Library for a great selection of books and educational games from Bookworm Central, Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10 from 8:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Extended hours:  Wednesday, November 8 until 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for fair set-up, take-down, class visit assistance and promotion.  Contact Library Staff here or call 703.941.1220 to help.

Process for delivering late items to school

Help us protect instructional time! Classes will not be interrupted to deliver late items to your children. Lunches, homework, PE clothes, athletic uniforms and birthday treats brought to ICS after the school day has started should be dropped off at Reception. Please know there is no guarantee that the item will get to the student until break or lunchtime. The teacher will receive an email from office staff alerting them of the drop off.  Items will be kept in Reception (K-4th) and in the Middle School Office (5th-8th) until a convenient time for the student to pick up the item.

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 Art Merkel or sign up on ParentSquare.

It’s not too late to sign up for Orchestra, Beginning Strings or Percussion - only $220 - $325 for the year!

Students will have opportunities to learn basic foundations of music for good performance skills for only $220 – $325 for the year!  To register, please complete the Web Form on ParentsWeb.  Contact Sarah Layman if you would like more information.

Amazon Smile Orders Benefit ICS

Did you know that shopping on Amazon through Amazon Smile directly benefits ICS? Bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1025245 and every time you shop from the link 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated back to our school! Thanks for supporting the work of ICS through Amazon Smile.

JV Girls Basketball (winter), and Varsity Girls Lacrosse (spring) Coaches Needed

The commitment is a maximum 3 days a week for 2 hours (no weekends or holidays). This is a great way to get involved in the ICS family, and show our children how to honor God in all areas of life.

Contact Travis Briggs if you have questions.

Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids Seminar: November 11 at Immanuel Bible Church

It’s tougher than ever to be both a kid and a parent today! The world’s culture is continually pushing an anything-goes sexuality on our children. Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids gives you gospel-centered principles and practical helps to disciple your kids’ hearts and nurture their faith as they face the sexual chaos of their world. Join the staff of Harvest USA, November 11th at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.  The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 Single, $15 Couple. To purchase tickets please go to: ibc.church/harvest.  This is for parents only.


School is back in full swing now and we are beginning to get into our school year routines.  Please join us Wednesday, October 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207. We will have some food, fellowship and rich teaching by Deshua Joyce!  Among the many joys of motherhood, introducing our children to the Savior stands out as #1.  We have the privilege of passing on the truths of the Bible and the lessons we’ve learned on our journey. Plan to come and hear about “NO GREATER JOY – Leaving a Spiritual Legacy”. Find out more and register on our website at www.ibc.church/emoms.

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