September 12, 2019

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K-8 - Annual Fall Assessment Week – September 23-27, 2019

Please see ParentSquare Link below.

ALL - IBC Service and Prayer for Students and Educators, September 15, 5:15 p.m. in the Atrium

The focus of IBC teaching pastor, Jesse Johnson’s message will be on education for the glory of God.

We will:

  1. Hear from a home-schooling parent about ways to pray for home school moms
  2. Hear an update from Rachel Reno on the ICS high school, and hear how we can pray for this ministry of Immanuel
  3. Hear from a school teacher about the blessings and opportunities of teaching, and how we can pray for those in public schools
  4. Have a time devoted to praying in groups for the students and teachers at IBC and ICS.
  5. Hear a sermon from Psalm 19 on education to the glory of God
  6. Close by singing the ICS hymn

It is hoped that whatever faculty or parents are able to attend will leave encouraged with a renewed confidence in how their calling to teach glorifies God and magnifies the gospel.

ALL- Fun Lunch and Friday Lunch Started Yesterday

The first Fun Lunch began Wednesday, September 11,2019 for those who pre-ordered, schedules are listed below.

K-8 - Smart Lunches: 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. Check the Smart Lunches website for the monthly calendar.

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.

ALL-School Picture Retakes: changed to Tuesday, October 22

Parents who are not satisfied with their child’s individual picture from Lifetouch, or who missed picture day in September, should plan to have their child’s picture taken on Tuesday, October 23. Recommended attire is dress clothes for the picture. This is going to be a Serve-A-Thon dress down day for all students and staff, so those getting retakes are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for the remainder of the day. Please return your previous photos on retake day. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Carnahan

ALL - Parents in Prayer Ministry

You are invited to join other parents every Tuesday morning from 8:00 – 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 through ParentSquare, 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 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 - Free Money Programs That Help ICS: Designate ICS for Participating Business and CFC

  • AmazonSmile: Did you know that 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!
  • Harris Teeter: Your card needs to be linked every year for this program. As you check out, ask the cashier to link your VIC card to our school or register online at Harris Teeter – Together in Education our school ID number is 5117.
  • Office Depot: Complete your online purchase and enter our school’s ID 70104941 on the Thank You Confirmation page. If you are shopping in the store, when you check out, simply provide our school’s name or school’s ID 70104941 to associate. If you forget to give your school’s name or ID at checkout, you can also enter your in store or online purchase and credit ICS here.
  • Mabel’s Labels: To access this program Click here. Click the fundraiser button in the top right then select “Immanuel Christian School PTF (Springfield)”. ICS will receive a small portion of the proceeds.
  • Combined Federal Campaign:

In addition to the programs above, federal employees can contribute through Combined Federal Campaign to ICS through their payroll deductions using ID #74453

ICS at D.C. United!

Join the Warrior soccer teams at the Sunday, Oct. 6th D.C. United soccer game against FC Cincinnati!  Game time is at 4PM at Audi field.  Tickets are $35. Ticket orders can be turned in to Dale Pinkley by Wednesday, Sept. 18th.  Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.  Go Warriors!  Go D.C. United!

ALL - Express Appreciation to Tom Cowles as he Retires: Deadline September 15, 2019

For over 37 years, Tom Cowles has served on staff at Immanuel Bible Church as the Head of IBC Building and Maintenance Ministry. He has been vital in supporting the ministry of ICS, overseeing such important aspects as setting up classrooms, assisting with clean up when students are sick, updating the facility in preparation for the start of each school year, removing snow from the parking lot and sidewalks, overseeing mechanical units for heating/air conditioning, assisting construction projects, and many other responsibilities too numerous to list. It is safe to say that Tom Cowles has had an essential role at ICS which impacts all students, employee, and parents.

This November, Tom and his wife Debbie will be retiring and moving to the Richmond, VA area to be closer to family. Before Tom leaves us, we wanted to give the congregation of Immanuel an opportunity to thank him for his loyal service to Immanuel Bible Church and Immanuel Christian School. You may leave your note of thanks and encouragement here:

If you have a photo to share, please email it to

The deadline for submitting your note of appreciation is Sunday, September 15.

Thanks in advance for your kind words to Tom Cowles – a faithful servant of the Lord!

ALL- Mrs. Pence to sign Marlon Bundo books again

Last year, ICS Art Teacher Mrs. Pence, and her daughter, Charlotte Pence, hosted a student assembly about the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing books. Their series of children’s books feature real-life Pence family pet Marlon Bundo and was written by Charlotte Pence (Marlon Bundo’s “mom”), and illustrated by Mrs. Karen Pence. These books feature a bunny’s-eye view of the Vice President’s workday, including riding in his limo, attending meetings, visiting the Capitol, talking to the president on the phone, and reading the Bible before bedtime. The assembly was a great opportunity to inspire and encourage our students in their own creative writing endeavors and art projects.

Mrs. Pence is happy to sign books once again (Christmas is coming….and a new Marlon Bundo book will be released soon!) this year. Marlon Bundo books are available in the Immanuel Christian Bookstore (mention that you are an ICS family to receive a discount!) as well as online retailers. Simply purchase your book(s), place a Post-It note with the student’s name and grade/section on the inside cover of the book (please do NOT write the student’s name anywhere on the book), and have your child give the book to his/her homeroom teacher. Mrs. Pence will sign books and return them to students as time permits.

Immanuel Bible Church Ministries

  • EMOMs

Elementary school moms! You won’t want to miss our first EMOMs meeting of the new school year. Please join us Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Room A207. Michelle Jones is the speaker and she will help us kick off the year. This year’s theme is “Reflecting Christ”, with Romans 12:2 as the theme verse. We will have light refreshments, a great speaker, and encouraging fellowship with other moms in the same season of life. Find out more and register for EMOMS. The future EMOMs Wednesday meeting dates for this year are October 16, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 19, March 18, April 15, and May 20.

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