February 8, 2017

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February Holiday Schedule

Monday, February 19                       No School/Presidents’ Day


Spirit Night Fundraiser at Jersey Mike’s: Tonight, February 8

Pick up dinner for the family on Thursday, February 8 at Jersey Mike’s in Springfield (7000 Brookfield Plaza) between 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and mention ‘ICS’ when you pay and ICS will receive a percentage of that night’s proceeds. Enjoy a delicious meal and support ICS all at the same time! Click here for more information.

Middle School Just Around the Corner (Grades 5-8): Thursday, February 22, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

RSVP today to attend Just Around the Corner – an event designed to share with current and prospective parents about what to expect in their child’s next grade. You will have the opportunity to meet grade level teachers and learn more specifics about what Middle School will look like for your child. Prospective families also have an opportunity to meet principals and hear from school leadership. Please join us! Childcare is also available with advanced registration.

To RSVP and register for childcare, click here. If you have questions, please email admissions@icsva.org.

Congratulations to students reciting 2nd Quarter Bible Verses

Click here to view a list of students who have successfully recited all of their verses for the 2nd quarter.

Academic Honor Roll for 2nd Quarter

Congratulations to those students who made the Academic Honor Roll for Middle School (grades 5-8) the 2nd 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.

Automatic Re-Enrollment for 2018-2019 – FACTS Account Withdrawal March 23

Important re-enrollment information will be sent home next week. Please review it carefully. Click here to see the 2018-2019 rates. You MUST notify the school via ParentsWeb by Friday, March 2, 2018 if you do NOT want to be automatically re-enrolled, otherwise your re-enrollment deposit will be automatically collected through FACTS on March 23. If you are not re-enrolling or your plans are uncertain, complete the Re-Enrollment Opt-out/Withdrawal Web Form on ParentsWeb. If you have questions, please contact Lauren Gessner.

Siblings of current students: APPLY NOW for the 2018-2019 school year!

If you are planning for another one of your children to come to ICS for the 2018-2019 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.

Financial Aid

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. 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.

New Tax Law Expands 529 Savings Plans

The recent tax reform law expanded 529 savings plans so that they now allow tax-favored savings for K–12 tuition expenses. The maximum distribution for K–12 tuition is $10,000 per year per child. Parents can now save for both college expenses and K–12 tuition expenses and the earnings will grow free of federal tax. Current 529 account owners may begin using these funds immediately for K–12 tuition expenses. More information is available here.

School Calendar for 2018-2019

  • Meet & Greet: Monday August 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • First day of school: Wednesday, August 29 – Full Day
  • No School: Professional Development, September 24
  • No School: Teacher Workday/Professional Day, October 26 & 29
  • Teacher Conferences: November 7-9
  • Thanksgiving Break: Monday-Friday, November 19-23
  • Grandparents’ Day: Thursday, December 20 – Noon Dismissal
  • Christmas Break: December 21-January 4, Classes resume January 7
  • No School: Teacher Workday/Professional Development, January 25 & 28
  • No School: Teacher Professional Day, February 19 following Presidents’ Day
  • No School: Teacher Workday, March 29
  • Spring Break: April 15-22, Classes resume April 23
  • No School: Teacher Workday, May 31
  • Noon Dismissals: June 5-7
  • Graduation: Thursday, June 6
  • Last Day of School: Friday, June 7 – Noon Dismissal

No school on the following federal holidays:  Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day.

NO Medications in Backpacks or Lunch Boxes

Students are NOT allowed to have medication in their backpack or lunch box!  This includes herbal supplements and oils.  If your child is sick and could benefit from a dose of cold/cough medicine, cough drop, etc., we are happy to dispense this in the clinic.  Parents will need to fill out/sign this form and send in the medication in its original packaging.  The nurses can dispense some over-the-counter medications to students if the parents have given us approval at the beginning of the school year on the Student Medical Form on ParentsWeb (Tylenol, Motrin, TUMS, cough drops, hydrocortisone cream, Neosporin, Benadryl).  If you have any questions, please contact the nurses: nurse@icsva.org

Note from Clinic

We are seeing 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.

ICS & The Harlem Globetrotters!

ICS is headed to the Harlem Globetrotters! Come join other ICS families at the Harlem Globetrotters game Saturday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. at EagleBank Arena.  Tickets are only $25.  Please fill out form (available in the Breezeway) and return it to Mr. Pinkley by Wednesday, February 14.  A special 3rd-5th grade ICS choir will be singing the National Anthem before the game!  Come join the fun!

Express Your Appreciation to Mrs. Mary Sue 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 Mrs. Mary Sue Smith, Receptionist, for her 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 March 15. Thank you for blessing Mrs. Smith with your words!

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, Elementary School Principal (Grades K-4) or Rachel Reno, Middle 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.  Please sign up on ParentSquare.

Varsity Girls Lacrosse (Spring) and Boys Softball Coach 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 students how to honor God in all areas of life.

Contact Travis Briggs if you have questions.

ICS Basketball Camp: June 18-22 (Note new date!)

Mark your calendars!  ICS will again host its annual ‘funtastic’ basketball camp from Monday – Friday, June 18-22.  Camp will be held in the ICS Gym from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Basketball camp is for both boys and girls entering 4th – 9th grades. More information to follow soon.


Are you an elementary school mom?  Join us Wednesday, February 21 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207 for our next EMOMS meeting.  David and Bethany Drum will be speaking on marriage as they encourage us to Keep Calm and Communicate.  Come and hear what they have to share and meet other moms in the same season of life.   Find out more and register here.

Women’s Conference – Even Better Than Eden! March 9-10

Women’s Conference – Even Better Than Eden!  March 9-10

It is not too late to be part of our conference on March 9-10!  Don’t miss this amazing time with the women of Immanuel as we welcome an outstanding Bible study author and teacher – Nancy Guthrie.  In addition to some of the best teaching we will enjoy joyful corporate worship, a delicious dessert reception and breakfast, and a fabulous photo booth provided by Mad Props.  Register now and join us for this encouraging time together.  You can register online at www.ibc.church/guthrie or in the IBC Bookstore.

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