March 8, 2018

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Re-enrollment FACTS Account Withdrawal March 23

Your re-enrollment deposit for 2018-2019 will be collected through FACTS on March 24. If you have questions, please contact Mandy Croushore. Click here to see the 2018-2019 rates.


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.


Tuition Assistance

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.

Annual School Spring Assessment Week: March 19-23

K-8th grade students will participate in the annual Assessment Week, March 19-23 during the morning hours of 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily, with the exception of Friday, March 23.  Students in grades 3-8 will be administered the Iowa Basic Achievement Test (Iowa). Students in grades K-2 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) only. Grades 5 and 7 will take both the Iowa and CogAT. At ICS, the results of these assessments are used as a diagnostic tool to evaluate and guide curriculum planning and instruction.

To prepare for Assessment Week, please consider the following now:

  • Make sure your child has plenty of time to unwind before going to bed
  • Start the morning routine early enough to have a good breakfast together
  • Leave home early enough so your child is at school by 8:15 a.m. or earlier (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Reschedule appointments that were made for the morning hours of March 19-23 now.

Students with unexcused absences during testing hours will be retested in April for a fee of $25 per testing sections.  Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for absentee information.

Verse Recitation

All students in grades 1-8 will be reciting verses soon.

March 15:             5th – 8th (3rd Quarter) 1st Try
March 16:             5th – 8th (3rd Quarter) Retry
March 22:            1st Grade (A-T 1st – 3rd Quarters) 1st Try
March 23:            1st Grade (A-T)  Retry
March 22             2nd – 4th Grade (3rd Quarter) 1st Try
March 23:            2nd – 4th Grade (3rd Quarter) 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 for this achievement. Your student’s Bible teacher sent home information to the student about the 100 verses recitation. Please note that all additional verses must be printed and submitted to the Bible teacher by April 21.  All students who want to recite 100 verses must complete them by May 21 (retry May 22) for all grades. Please contact your student’s Bible teacher for additional information.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week: April 16-20

The ICS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Tuesday, April 17 is fast approaching. Every year the Parent Teacher Fellowship hosts this event. This year parents of 1st and 3rd  graders will be helping, but we still need a small army of parent volunteers from other grades to help with the many details involved in serving lunch to about 100 ICS employees. There are volunteer opportunities that you can complete at home in the weeks before the event or you could volunteer to set up, serve or clean up on the day of the luncheon. We are also making plans to do something new and exciting for our 2018 PTF gift to teachers and staff.  Please make plans to attend our next PTF meeting, Friday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the Hospitality Room to hear all about our gift and find out how you can help practically.   Watch for a  ParentSquare post to volunteer specificallyfor the April 17 luncheon and to help with the gift from PTF.  If you have any questions, please contact Kay Hoffman, PTF Coordinator.

Visiting Day is Monday, April 16! 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 Monday, April 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All visitors (and their ICS buddies) will enjoy a pizza lunch as well! This event is intended for serious admissions considerations only. Limited space is available – families must register by April 9. For more information and to RSVP click here. Questions? Please contact Lauren Gessner.

Job Openings for 2018-2019

ICS is now accepting applications for Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Resource Teacher (part time) and Elementary School Teaching Assistants (part time). All teaching positions are full-time and require an education degree and classroom experience. Visit for more details and to apply.

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!

Spring Sports Coaching Opportunities

The ICS athletic department is currently looking for passionate and qualified individuals who are willing to coach boys’ softball or girls’ lacrosse. This is a great way to invest in our students as they look to you for an example of how to honor and glorify God in the arena of athletics and life. This is a commitment of no more than three afternoons a week with absolutely no weekends or holidays required. If interested please click here and fill out an application.  If you have questions, please contact Travis Briggs.

ICS Talent Show - Immanuel’s Got Talent: Mark your calendars for May 11!

It’s time to prepare for the 7th annual ICS Talent Show…Immanuel’s Got Talent! We are excited to see what new talent this year brings! We are looking for a variety of acts from students in 5th through 8th grade to be showcased during an all-school assembly on Friday, May 11 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m.). Acts may be individual or group and should be no longer than four minutes in length. Permission forms are available in homerooms (or click here to download a copy) and must be completed and turned in by April 9. Auditions will be held during middle school lunch/recess on April 17 and April 19. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Gessner.

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 (Grades K-4) or Rachel Reno, Upper 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.

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.

EMOMS: Next Meeting March 21

Calling all elementary school MOMs!  You are NOT going to want to miss our March EMOMs meeting on Wednesday, March 21 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Atrium. Our speaker is our own Kathy Holley who will be speaking on “Embracing Your Child’s Unique Personality”!  Kathy says that whether they are a ‘chip off the old block’ or your polar opposite, God has designed their unique personality with a purpose!  Come join us in exploring tools to discover our children’s ‘wiring’ as we guide them to connect with God.  Even if you’ve never been to a meeting before, come anyway.  You won’t regret it!  And …. bring a friend if you like and make it even more fun!  See you there!

Vacation Bible School at IBC: June 25-29

Mark your calendars for June 25-29 for the week of Vacation Bible School.

  • AM Program – 9:30 a.m. – Noon (4 years old by 9/30/18 – entering 3rdgrade)
  • PM Program – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (entering 4th– entering 6th grades)

Registration begins April 1st. $15 per child (increases to $20 on May 1st). Hope to see you there.

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