August 22, 2019

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ALL - Back-to-School Nights: Mark your calendars!

Due to space limitations these nights are for parents only. Please make childcare arrangements for your children.

Middle School (Grades 5-8): Tuesday, September 3

7:00 – 7:30          Meet the Leadership in the Library (new parents only; watch for RSVP on ParentSquare

7:30 – 8:30          Meet the Teachers in classrooms (all parents)

High School (9 & 10): Thursday, September 5

7:00 – 9:00          Meet teachers in classrooms (all parents)

Elementary School (Grades K-4): Tuesday, September 10

7:00 – 7:30          Meet the Leadership in the Library (new parents only; watch for RSVP on ParentSquare)

7:30 – 8:30          Meet the Teachers in classrooms (all parents)

Back-to-School Night is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about expectations for the year from your child’s teacher
  • Meet class Parent Service Organization members and learn about volunteer opportunities
  • Meet the parents of your child’s classmates

ALL - Parent Service Organization Kick-Off Meeting: Friday, August 30

The Parent Service Teams will have a meeting on Friday, August 30 at 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the Student Union.  Please contact Jen Baxter to join!

ALL - First ICS Dress Down Day: Friday, September 6

Mark your calendars; the first dress down day of the school year is scheduled on Friday, September 6 for the Back-to-School Picnic that evening. Celebrate your school spirit by wearing the school colors (navy & gold) or wear any ICS apparel with our school logo. Jeans are permitted.

ALL - Back-to-School Picnic 2019: Mark Your Calendar for Friday, September 6

Back-to-School Picnic will be held Friday, September 6, from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. (food, fun, and fellowship) and 7:45 – 9:00 p.m. (Cars). Mark your calendar and plan on attending this year’s picnic. Watch for RSVP on ParentSquare.

 Classic Cars

We’d love to offer our parents and students the opportunity to see some classic cars at the Back-to-School picnic. The show will be 6-7:30 p.m. on September 6. Please email Laura Tweed if you have a car that you are interested in displaying. Pass the word along to friends and co-workers!

 Bike Donations for Nicaragua Collected September 6 at Picnic 

Bike donations for Nicabikes will be collected again this year at our ICS Back-to-School Picnic, Friday, September 6.  Please save bikes of any size or condition and bring them to the picnic to help the needy people of Nicaragua.  For more information on Nicabikes, please click on the following links:

http://www.nicabikes.com

http://vimeo.com/99476413

 GET YOUR CAR WASHED DURING CARPOOL AND AT THE PICNIC ON SEPT. 6

Does your car need a wash? Drive your dusty and dirty car to afternoon carpool on September 6 and our high school students will gladly wash your car while you wait for your K-8th grade students. The car wash will take place in front of the Immanuel Christian Bookstore so you can pull in before or after you pick up your lower school or middle school students. You can also come to the picnic and get your car washed from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be reserved parking for those who want to get their car washed when they arrive at the picnic. Simply pull into the reserved spaces and walk away! You’ll return to a clean car at the end of the night! All donations raised support the ICHS Winterim trip to Europe!

ALL - Student Accident Insurance

ICS carries Student Accident Insurance underwritten by Gerber Life Insurance Company.  The program provides secondary coverage for school-time accidents. Optional 24-hour accident coverage is also available for parents to purchase. Click here for more information.

K-8 Wednesday Fun Lunch

  • First Semester Dates: September 11, 2019 – January 15, 2020.
  • Second Semester Dates: January 22, 2020 – May 13, 2020.
  • To see the Fun Lunch Schedule, click here. Second Semester ordering will be open around December/ January timeframe.
  • Four vendors (Papa John’s Pizza, Malek’s Italian, Subway, and Chick Fil- A) rotate throughout the semesters and provide “Fun Lunches” for our students and our faculty and staff.

To order, click here. ALL – Parents, the deadline for ordering/payment for fun lunches are 30 August!!!! Yes….30 August…..it’ll pass you by quickly – Sorry, we cannot except late ordering based on order processing time and vendors’ submission requirements.  Please work with Mandy Croushore, Director of Finance, for Fun Lunches payment questions. 

***ALLERGY ALERT***
Items that are ordered for Fun Lunches may contain milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts (for example, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.  While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination or food-sharing, we cannot guarantee that any of our snacks are safe to consume for students with food allergies.  ICS cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Fun Lunch event.  Please feel free to contact nurse@icsva.org if you have concerns about Fun Lunches and your child’s allergies.

ICHS Friday Lunch

  • First Semester Dates: September 13, 2019 – January 14, 2020.
  • Second Semester Dates: January 28, 2020 – May 15, 2020.
  • To see the ICHS Lunch Schedule, click here. Second Semester ordering will be open around December/ January timeframe and will start after Winterim.
  • Four vendors (Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and Panera – rotate throughout the semesters and provide lunch to the high school students and high school faculty and staff only.

To order, click here. ALL – Parents, the deadline for ordering/payment for fun lunches are 30 August!!!! Yes….30 August…..it’ll pass you by quickly – Sorry, we cannot except late ordering based on order processing time and vendors’ submission requirements.  Please work with Mandy Croushore, Director of Finance, for payment questions for HS Lunches. 

***ALLERGY ALERT***
Items that are ordered for Friday Lunches may contain milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts (for example, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.  While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination or food-sharing, we cannot guarantee that any of our snacks are safe to consume for students with food allergies.  ICHS cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Fun Lunch event.  Please feel free to contact nurse@icsva.org if you have concerns about Friday Lunches and your child’s allergies.

K-8 - Smart Lunches for K-8 only: Healthy and Flexible Lunches Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

ICS partners with Smart Lunches© to offer fresh and healthy lunch options, delivered for your convenience. Reminder: There will be no Smart Lunches on Wednesdays. You have the flexibility to choose how often you wish to order! Several hot or cold choices, as well as drinks and snacks are available. Fall ordering now open!  Click here for more details and to order.  Contact Diane Carnahan for questions.

ALL - Fall Picture Day: Wednesday, September 11

Lifetouch will be taking photographs of all ICS students and staff on Wednesday, September 11.  Wear your dress-up clothes (follow ICS dress code).  No jeans are allowed on this day.  These will be your yearbook pictures.  Your student will bring home the picture order form next week.  Separate order forms and checks are needed for each student, or you may pay with a credit card online before Picture Day (instructions are on the order form). Please turn in picture order forms and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before Picture Day.  A few parent volunteers are needed to help that day.  Please contact Julie Neville if you can help.  Earn Parent Service Hours!

ALL - Parents in Prayer Ministry

You are invited to join other parents every Tuesday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the Library (until construction is finished) to pray for our students, teachers and staff. This is a vital ministry that benefits all of us here at ICS. Our ICS Prayer Guide is sent to every family via email, approximately every 3 weeks during the school year. Please take advantage of this guide and pray for the needs that are outlined there, even if you cannot come to Parents in Prayer each week. You are especially encouraged to participate in Parents in Prayer when your child’s class is being featured for focused prayer. A notice via ParentSquare will be sent to you prior to this event.

ALL - Don’t Lose It – Label It!

Order labels for clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.Be sure to identify your child’s belongings by ordering some labels from Mabel’s Labels. No more searching through Lost & Found. Mabel’s Labels are waterproof and durable.  Learn more here.  ICS now has an account so click here to order.

ALL - School Uniforms

Please see the attached ICHS 2019-20 Uniform List and K-8 2019-20 Uniform List and the notes below:

  • All polos and outerwear require logos
  • All uniforms are available through Lands’ End and Tommy Hilfiger
  • One style of jumper and longer skirt options are ONLY available on Lands’ End
  • Due to shipment issues, we are extending a grace period until September 20, 2019

ALL- Notes from the Clinic about Forms, OTC, Allergies, and Policies

Welcome to the beginning of another school year!  This year, the school clinic will be staffed from 8am to 3:30pm each day school is in session.  Liz Brennan and Susan Colletti are both returning as nurses to the school clinic and are looking forward to working together this year to serve the health needs of all of our students!

  •  All forms are on ParentSquare under files > Medical Forms
  • As a reminder, the clinic will no longer stock Over the Counter (OTC) medications for students (Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Neosporin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Tums, Cough Drops). If you anticipate your child will need Tylenol or Motrin at various times during the school year for headaches, muscle aches, orthodontic pain or menstrual cramps please fill out and sign our Medication Authorization Form.Tylenol and Motrin need a parent signature only on this form. Please send in the form along with an original, un-expired small bottle/container of Tylenol or Motrin labeled with your child’s name and the dosage you want administered. For ALL other OTC medications (i.e. Lactaid, Claritin, allergy eye drops), you will need a physician’s signature on the Medication Authorization Form in order to have these items available to your student for the whole school year.
  • Emergency Medications
    Does your child have a severe allergy and need an Epi Pen or Benadrylavailable at all times, the clinic will need the physician orders and medications on the first day of school. Please print the Allergic Reaction Care Plan and have your physician sign the orders for the 2019-2020 school year. If your physician orders Benadryl to be given for a mild allergic reaction, YOU MUST provide a pharmacy labeled container of Benadryl to the school. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions.

For students with asthma, please print the Asthma Action Plan and have your physician sign the orders for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you have any questions about what is needed for other health conditions or medication administration during the school day, please contact the clinic at nurse@icsva.org.

  • Medication Policies

Please remember at both ICS and ICHS, students are not permitted to self-medicate.  The exception to this policy is for students who have been given written physician permission to carry emergency medications (epi-pen, Benadryl, inhalers for asthma).

  • Preventive checks for lice

We recommend regular lice screenings at home, particularly for children in the younger grades.  Early detection makes treatment easier and lowers the risk of transmission to other family and friends.   Mark your calendar and check your child’s head for lice once a month. Contact the school nurses at nurse@icsva.org with any questions.

Extended Care Employment Opportunities

Extended Care is growing our team this fall. 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. We are also hiring for Morning Care. Those hours are 6:45-8:15 a.m. in the gym. Please email Allison Masson, our Extended Care Director, for more information.

K-8 - Orchestra Program

Students will have opportunities to learn basic foundations of music for good performance skills.  To register, please complete the Web Form (2019-2020 Orchestra and Band Pre-Registration) on ParentsWeb.

  • Beginning Strings – 8:00 am Monday & Wednesday: $350
  • Concert (Intermediate and Strings) – 8:00 am Tuesday and Thursday: $350
  • Beginning Band – 8:00 am Monday and Wednesday: $350

K-8 Carpool Notes

  • General Reminders: We have these rules set up for the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Carpool drop-off and pick-up will take place at Entrance #3.
  • Enter and exit the campus with a right turn. Carpools should enter and leave heading either northbound on Backlick or eastbound on Braddock.
  • Students should enter and exit the vehicle from the passenger side only.
  • Please refrain from cell phone use during carpool. We need your full attention!
  • If you need to pick up your student for an appointment, please do so BEFORE 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m. students will be dismissed at regular time.
  • See Carpool Map hereK-8 Morning Drop-Off Reminders: (8:00-8:20 a.m.)
  • Students must enter through the Entrance 3 Glass Breezeway (not the Braddock Road entrance) and go directly to the gym.
  • Extended Care students and siblings (and other morning activities, i.e. orchestra) will enter through Entrance 8 – directly into the gym between 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Please give yourself enough margin in the morning to allow for delays. You may drop off no earlier than 8:00 a.m. (unless enrolled in Morning Care). School starts promptly at 8:20 a.m., so please plan on arriving by 8:15 a.m.
  • Please remember to drive slowly and do not pass other vehicles during carpool.K-8 Afternoon Pick-Up Reminders:
  • Every family will have their own carpool number. Each family will get numbers to be brought daily to be used to dismiss students. Our dismissal system uses QR codes to be scanned daily to dismiss your student!  It is very important to bring your carpool number form daily! If you need more than 4 copies contact Diane Carnahan.
  • The carpool numbers will be issued at the Meet & Greet.
  • Those wishing to walk inside to pick up their carpool must park and enter through the Braddock Road church entrance (Entrance #1) and wait in the church lobby. Please bring your carpool number with you.
  • Please follow the directions and instructions of the faculty members on duty.
  • Pick up students by 3:30 p.m.

ICHS Carpool Notes

We will not be using carpool numbers for high school dismissal.  Parents may park in the south parking lot and wait for their high school student to be dismissed at 3:45 p.m. Please note that the parking lot will be busy with K-8 carpool until 3:35 p.m. each day. See carpool map on ParentSquare in Resource Documents.

Morning Drop-Off Reminders:

  • Students should be dropped off in the parking lot near entrance by the T-Suite patio.
  • Students will enter/exit the building using the door directly into the T-Suite from the patio.
  • The high school entrance opens at 7:45 a.m. School starts at 8:00 a.m.

Afternoon Pick-Up Reminders:

  • The end of the school day is 3:45 p.m. Students will be dismissed and allowed to exit the building to meet their ride in the parking lot.
  • Please pick up your student by 4:00 p.m.

All - Our Parent Service Organization

(PSO) is our version of the PTA! The PSO is the volunteering and relationship-building organization for ICS parents. There are four areas where parents can serve at ICS!

  • Classroom & Teacher Support: Parents partner with teachers in the classroom to provide support and encouragement. This includes class communication and encouragement, class events and field trips, and teacher affirmation. * Our classroom support team has been identified and they will be reaching out to individual classes once school starts. A special thank you to all who are faithfully serving in this way.
  • School Wide Events & Community Building: Parents help promote fellowship within the ICS community through school-wide events, parent education, and faculty and staff affirmation. This area focuses on the Back-to-School Picnic, Grandparents’ Day and Christmas program, dinner events, speaker events, parent education seminars, faculty and staff appreciation, Sports Day, Fun Lunches and Box-Tops. *We are looking for parents to help lead individual school-wide events. Please click here if you would like to help or lead a school wide event.
  • Prayer: Parents connect the ICS community in prayer through Parents in Prayer meetings, HS prayer initiatives, monthly prayer guides and classroom prayer sheets. *Parents in Prayer will continue on Tuesday mornings with each month having a different class and school focus. Please click here if you would like to join our prayer warriors.
  • Character-in-Action: Parents build relationships through hands-on service activities that challenge and encourage Christ-like qualities in our students. *Serve-A-Thon is during the month of October and class community projects begin in January. Please click here if you would enjoy serving in this capacity.

Please email Jen Baxter, Parent Service Organization (PSO) Coordinator if you would like more information. We are so thankful for the many parents who volunteer their time and talents for our children each year. We couldn’t do it without you!

ALL- Fall Sports at Immanuel

High School

  • Cross Country: The Cross-Country team will start Monday, Aug 26 after school until 5:30
  • Volleyball: High School Girls Tryouts are Tuesday, Aug 27 after school until 5:30.
  • Picture Day: ALL fall sport athletes will have picture day scheduled during the season.  As soon as we have the date scheduled, we will let you know.  Please ensure that your child brings his/her game uniform to school that day.
  • All sports require a signed “Intent to Participate” Form and should read the article about concussions on ParentSquare. The schedule may be viewed via the calendar on ParentSquare.

If you have any questions about our cross-country or volleyball teams, please contact our athletic director

Middle School

  • Soccer: Middle School Boys soccer tryouts are Monday, Aug 26 and Tuesday Aug 27 after school until 5 pm.
  • Volleyball: Middle School Girls Volleyball tryouts are Monday, Aug 26 after school until 5 pm.
  • Cross-Country: The Cross-Country team starts on Monday, Aug 26 after school until 5 pm
  • Picture Day: ALL fall sport athletes will have picture day scheduled during the season.  As soon as we have the date scheduled, we will let you know.  Please ensure that your child brings his/her game uniform to school that day.
  • All sports require a signed “Intent to Participate” Form and should read the article about concussions on ParentSquare. The schedule may be viewed via the calendar on ParentSquare.

If you have any questions about our cross-country, soccer or volleyball teams, please contact our athletic director

 5/6

  • Soccer: Boys 5/6 soccer tryouts are  Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Cross- Country: The Cross- Country team starts on Monday, Aug 26 after school until 5 pm.
  • Picture Day: ALL fall sport athletes will have picture day scheduled during the season.  As soon as we have the date scheduled, we will let you know.  Please ensure that your child brings his/her game uniform to school that day.
  • All sports require a signed “Intent to Participate” Form and should read the article about concussions on ParentSquare. The schedule may be viewed via the calendar on ParentSquare.

If you have any questions about our soccer team, please contact our athletic director Ben Finley

K-8 General Mills Box Tops

Calling all ICS friends and families: We need you to support our school through the General Mills Box Tops for Education program! We earn 10 cents for every Box Top submitted, so clip and submit your Box Tops today. New for this year: electronic submission! Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then you may scan your store receipts. The app will automatically credit our Box Tops earnings online.  Please contact Jennifer de Vallance with any questions or to help with our fall Box Top clipping and counting drive.

All- Women’s Bible Studies at Immanuel Bible Church

Never read the Bible the same way again! Women’s Ministry at Immanuel invites you to experience the joy and transforming power of not just reading but digging deep – really studying God’s Word. Immanuel offers a variety of women’s Bible study groups during the week that offer a place to study His Word together with a group of friends, willing to encourage and support one another. Bible study groups will start the week of September 9 and meet right here at Immanuel, as well as in homes in the community. There are both morning and evening groups with childcare available for most groups that meet at Immanuel. Whether or not you call Immanuel Bible Church your home church, we would love to have you join us. To find out more about the many Bible study choices available this fall and to register, click here.

MUMS (formerly MOPS): Meeting Sept. 9

Are you a mom who is pregnant or has a child in kindergarten or younger? If you answered yes, then MUMS, Moms Uplifting Moms, (formerly known as MOPS) is for you! We invite you to join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 9 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207. We will have great food and edifying conversations. Come check us out and meet other MUMS.  Please invite your friends – their first meeting is free! You can find out more and register on the Women’s ministry page on our website.

Immanuel Christian Bookstore

The bookstore welcomes the Immanuel Christian School families back for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Shop with us and enjoy the discounts throughout the year.

  • 20% discount every day on all regular priced items
  • $10 coupons issued when you use your frequent buyer phone number.  These coupons may be used in addition to your ICS discount and other store specials
  • Special ordering for books, cds, gifts, cards and DVDs.  We order for you and you don’t pay the shipping.
  • Free gift wrapping.
  • Great customer service.  We are glad to help you!

Bookstore Hours:  Open Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., after Labor Day Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Closed Monday, Friday and Saturday.

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