May 16, 2019

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  • Monday, May 27 Memorial Day Holiday
  • Friday, May 31 Teacher Workday

Admissions Preview for K-8 grade: May 17

Help us spread the word about Immanuel Christian School by inviting friends, co-workers and neighbors to visit ICS.

  • First Look Friday for K- 8th grade: May 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Click here for the full Admissions Preview schedule and more information.

Questions? Contact

Please note changes to the end of year calendar

Due to the Immanuel Bible Church construction in the Worship Center here are some changes to the school calendar. For additional information see the post in ParentSquare here.

  • May 21: End of Year Assembly: Grades K-8 at 8:30 a.m. in the Gym.
    • Recognition of Marty Crabtree’s 20thyear of service to ICS
    • Homeroom teachers in grades 3-8 will present a Scholastic Award and a Citizenship Award
    • Students reciting 100 verses will receive their award.
    • The 2019 Yearbook will be presented.
  • May 31: 8th Grade Graduation: “A Night to Remember”, 8th grade families and special guests only 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Atrium
  • June 3: Noon Dismissal
    • Last day for kindergarten
  • June 4: Noon Dismissal
    • No Graduation
    • Fundraiser at Silver Diner by Springfield Town Center from 5:00 – 8:00
  • June 5: Noon Dismissal
    • No Awards Assembly
    • Aloha Day
    • Dress Down Day – dress in summer or Hawaiian themed attire

Parent Service Hours were due May 15

Parent Service Hours are past due. Instructions to log your hours into ParentSquare can be found here. Families should serve 20 hours total. Parents who enrolled their children after September should pro-rate their required hours at the rate of 2 hours per month. Single parents serve half the number of required hours. Parents who have not submitted their hours in ParentSquare by the end of the school year will be billed for the unserved hours. Please contact Becky Klapmust if you have any questions.

Last Fun Lunch & Smart Lunch Next Week, May 22 & 24

As we get to the end of the school year here is the schedule for lunches for the last weeks of school:

  • May 22: Last Fun Lunch
  • May 24: Last day for SMART Lunch
  • May 27: Memorial Day-No School
  • May 30: Sports Day-Hot Dog Lunch for everyone. (Bring lunch only if your student doesn’t want hot dog lunch.)
  • June 3-4: NOON DISMISSAL-Only extended care students bring lunch
  • June 5: NOON DISMISSAL-No lunch, no extended care

Extended Care: Thank you to parents and Last Week of School Schedule

Parents, it’s been a privilege to work with you in Extended Care this year and we will miss the students over the summer break. Here is a schedule for Extended Care for the last few days of school:

  • May 31: Teacher Work Day
    • NO Extended Care unless you signed up and paid for the Teacher Work Day (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)
  • June 3: Noon Dismissal
    • Last day of Extended Care for Kindergarten – 8th grade (Noon – 6:00 p.m.)
  • June 4: Noon Dismissal
    • Last day of Extended Care for Grades 1-7 only (12:00-6:00)
  • June 5: Noon Dismissal – Aloha Day
    • NO Extended Care offered

If you have any questions about these dates and times, please reach out to Allison Masson via email.

End of Quarter Verse Recitation

Lower School (Grades 1-4):
1st Grade: A-Z verses
Wednesday, May 22 (1st Try)
Thursday, May 23 (retry) 

Grades 2-4
3rd & 4th Quarters:
Wednesday, May 22 (1st Try)
Thursday, 23 (retry) 

Middle School (Grades 5-8):
Thursday, May 23 (1st try)
Friday, May 24 (retry)

Middle School Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 28
8:45-10:30 a.m.

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts Exam in classrooms
6th Grade Math Exam 

Wednesday, May 29
8:45-10:30 a.m.
8th Grade Math Exam
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 7th Grade Math Exam

Used Uniform Giveaway: May 22-30

Drop off donations and/or pick up items in the breezeway Wednesday, May 22 – Thursday, May 30

ICS Library’s Two Day USED Book Sale: May 22-23

Come and join us in the Library for a great selection of used books, Wednesday, May 22 – Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go to support the ICS Library! Bring book donations by May 20.

Volunteers are needed for fair set-up, fair take-down, class visit assistance, and promotion. Sign up here to help. See you at the USED Book Sale!

2019-2020 ICS School Calendar

Click here to see the updated 2019-2020 ICS School Calendar.

Please note:

August 30, 2020: Classes will be held as usual on the Friday prior to Labor Day, August 30. We are aware that Fairfax County will no longer hold classes on this date as mandated by state law. As a private school, ICS has the option to design an independent calendar from local county school systems and we have decided to continue with a normal school schedule on this date. As always, our families have the option to notify the school of their child’s absence in the event this schedule conflicts with your family plans.

March 12, 2020: Early Dismissal. We will once again host the ACSI Math Olympics on March 12, 2020. Grades K-8 will be dismissed at noon on this day in order to accommodate our guests for this event.

4th Grade Enrichment Class Launching Businesses on Wednesday, May 22

The 4th Grade Enrichment students will launch their businesses on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23.  They will have their businesses set up in the hallway next to the library and will be selling their products between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The businesses launching that day are:  Sweet Friends, Hope Through Clay, Nate’s Notes, Salvation Slime, Gifts for All, Pastry Universe, and WWW (World Wide Water).

Please stop by and support their great efforts.

*Special Note:  Dr. Turner suggests that parents discuss money expenditure restrictions with their children.  The goal is for your children to stock up on great books for summer reading, not a ton of sugar before dinner!  J  Hopefully, there will be a good balance between books and business items.

Thank you for your support!

Return Library Books by May 24

It’s that time again! All ICS library books not related to class assignments need to be returned by Friday, May 24, 2019. Lists of overdue items will be sent to parents and posted in all classrooms as a reminder to students. Failure to return books will result in a fine for the replacement cost of the book plus a $5.00 processing fee per title. Unpaid fines will result in report cards being withheld. Questions? Contact library staff.

Lost and Found: May 28-30

Lost and Found will be on display Tuesday – Thursday, May 28 – 30 in the breezeway.  All items not claimed by May 30 will be donated to Immanuel’s Hope Ministry.


Sports Day is May 30 – Parent Help Needed

Sports Day is coming!  This is one of the students’ favorite days of the school year!  It takes many volunteers to pull together this day of fun, camaraderie and fitness for our students.  We need your help to make this day special.

  • Lunch Helpers Needed:  A ParentSquare post was sent for you to sign up for a time slot.
    Grades 1 & 2 sign up here.
    Grades 3-8 sign up here.
    Grades 1 & 2 will enjoy activities coordinated by Mark Warden, while grades 3-8 will enjoy Sports Day activities coordinated by Lisa Fisher.
  • Students and teachers will wear their Serve-A-Thon t-shirts from the fall.A hot dog lunch will be served to students, volunteers, siblings, alumni, and teachers. Volunteers may use this time for Parent Service Hours.
  • Faculty vs. 8th grade volleyball game will be in the gym at 1:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you May 30!

High School Alumni Invited Back on Sports Day

ICS alumni currently in high school are invited back to campus to join us for lunch starting at noon and then stay to compete in the annual Alumni vs. 8th grade volleyball game on Sports Day, Thursday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.

Notes from Clinic

Notes from Clinic:

  • Pick Up Medications: Please remember to pick up all medications you have on file in the clinic.  All medications must be picked up no later than Wednesday, June 5.  All over the counter medications will be discarded if not picked up.
  • PLAN AHEAD New medication/allergy/asthma forms are needed each year, so please keep this in mind if you visit the doctor this summer.  Forms are available online. Password is ICS-VA.
  • Forms for siblings new to ICS next year:  If your current student has a sibling who will be joining ICS next year, please remember to provide a current physical and a record of all immunizations prior to August 1, 2019.  If you have any questions about what is required, please contact us at

Rising 6th grade Immunization Requirements for 2019-20

Rising 6th graders will need an additional TDAP immunization. Please review your child’s immunization record and make plans to fulfill this requirement at your next doctor’s appointment or by August 1, 2019. Bring documentation to the school nurse or email at


Silver Diner Fundraiser: Tuesday, June 4

We have a school fundraising night scheduled at the Silver Diner in Springfield (6592 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 22150, near Springfield Town Center) on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Take out and dining in options are available! This is a great opportunity to close out another year and say goodbye to friends just before summer!

Extended Care Employment Opportunities

Extended Care is growing our team. If you need part-time work, love children and want a flexible schedule, please consider joining us. Extended Care runs every afternoon immediately following dismissal and on Teacher Workdays. It is a perfect job for someone who is interested in 10-20 hours a week, but still wants to be home by 6:00 p.m.! Student applicants are welcome but must be at least 16 years of age. Please email Allison Masson,  Extended Care Director, for more information.

Employment Opening - Recess Supervisor Position for 2019-2020

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in the Recess Supervisor position for next year, please email Dale Pinkley.


ICS Basketball Camp: June 17-21 Registration Open Now!

Registration is now open for the ICS summer basketball camp! This exciting basketball camp is for rising 4th-9th grade students.  Please register online here. Cost is $225. PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction at Immanuel Bible Church this summer, our basketball camp will be held at Holmes Middle School (just two miles from ICS!) Click here to see more information.

Faculty/Staff Farewells for 2019-2020

Each year, we say farewell to faculty members. We want to thank the following employees for their years of faithful service to students, parents, co-workers, and above all, the Lord:

Sandy Potter (Interim Lower School Principal)
Marianne Booth (Kindergarten teacher)
Amanda Anthony (4th grade teacher)
Mark Warden (PE Teacher and Athletic Director)
Marty Crabtree (Curriculum Coordinator)
Ruth Dowdell (Resource Teacher)
Susan Hawk (School Nurse)
Art Merkel (Recess Supervisor)
Dorian Smith (Receptionist)
Carol Fox (Receptionist)

Need a Tutor for the Summer?

Looking for an opportunity to keep up with your reading and math skills?  The following people will be tutoring this summer in many different subjects.  You may contact the tutor by calling or emailing her directly.

New Student Buddy Program – We Need You!

Remember what it was like to be the new kid? Having a friend before school starts can make all the difference and we need your help! This is a great opportunity for rising 2nd through 8th grade students to help new students and families get acclimated to ICS. (Kindergarten and 1st grades have scheduled grade-wide visiting days on the playground.) During the first month of school, new students and their buddies will also enjoy a fun pizza lunch at school! Click here to view the guidelines and student and family expectations. Please contact Lauren Gessner with the name and grade of each student who would like to volunteer. Thank you!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Summer Visiting Days

Kindergarten and 1st graders for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to join us for a grade level summer visiting day here on the ICS playground. This is a great opportunity for students to connect over the summer, meet new ICS families, and interact with the teachers! We hope to be outside on the playground but if it rains, we will move into the gym. Click here to RSVP to attend one or both!

  • Kindergarten Visiting Days
    • Thursday, August 1: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, August 8: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • 1st Grade Visiting Days
    • Wednesday, August 31: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 7: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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.


Amazon Smile Orders Benefit ICS

Shopping on Amazon through Amazon Smile directly benefits ICS! Bookmark this link and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated back to our school! Thanks for supporting the work of ICS through Amazon Smile.


Vacation Bible School: Saturday, June 22 (one day only)

Due to upcoming renovations in the Worship Center this summer, we are changing things up! Instead of a week of VBS, we will have a one-day event. The cost is free but registration is required. Register here.

Come as a family and spend the afternoon learning about our “second” birthday, playing fun games, making crafts and listening to some great worship music. We’ll also have face painting, inflatables and food trucks with yummy food available for purchase!

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