December 10, 2019

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ALL: Important Dates:

  • This Friday, December 13: Christmas Dress Down Day (Don’t forget to dress in red, green and or white for this dress down day.)
  • December 19: Last day of school/noon dismissal; no afternoon Extended Care)
  • December 20 – January 3: Christmas Break
  • January 6: Classes resume

ALL: School Christmas Program and Grandparents' Day is Thursday, December 19

Family and friends are invited to join our K-8 students for the Christmas program on December 19 at 8:45 a.m. in the Worship Center. Grandparents will be recognized during the assembly! Please take note of important details below:

  • Worship Center doors open at 8:15 a.m.
  • School doors open at 8:00 a.m. as usual. Extended Care for those registered opens at 7 a.m.
    School closes at noon. Carpool pick up will begin at 11:45 a.m. Please note there is no lobby pick up for carpool and no afternoon Extended Care.
  • After the program, grandparents and guests are invited to the Atrium for coffee and music by our instrumental music students and then a visit to their grandchildren’s classroom(s).
  • Questions?Below are some of the commonly asked questions and answers.

May parents and siblings attend the Christmas program? Yes! Everyone is invited.

Are parents able to visit the classrooms with the grandparents? We request that only grandparents or special guests visit the classrooms because space is limited. If grandparents need special assistance, please contact Kim Akers in the school office to let her know that a parent will be accompanying the guest.

May I help?  A sign-up is available on ParentSquare.

  • RSVP Grandparents:

NOW IS THE TIME to RSVP, update contact information; add a grandparent or other family member in Family Portal/ParentsWeb. Click here to log in and go to the Grandparent WebForm.

Alumni Invited Back on Grandparents’ Day

Christmas is just around the corner and is a great time to reconnect with former ICS classmates! We host grandparents on our last school day before Christmas vacation with an all-school Christmas program. This year, we are also extending an invitation for alumni to join us! Relive your youth by reserving a seat for the Christmas program beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 19 and plan to stay to enjoy a hot chocolate and visit with former classmates from 10-11:30 a.m. in the gym.

Click to let us know you’re coming! RSVP needed for alumni only for this event. Alumni can come for the Christmas program or just the hot chocolate and fellowship…or attend both! We look forward to seeing you on December 19!

K-8: Attire for Christmas Program on December 19

Please have your child come dressed in this clothing on the morning of the program. We look forward to your attendance on December 19.

Student Christmas Program Attire:

  • Elementary Choir: Shirts provided the day of the performance, dark pants or skirt
  • Kindergarten: Sunday dress clothes
  • Grades 6-8: Not participating in the play should wear dress clothes (no jeans please). Participants will have costumes.
  • Grades 1-5: Red tops or dresses and black bottoms

Please contact Cindy Wade at Cynthia.wade@icsva.org for questions.

ALL: Celebration Books for Grandparents

Honor your grandparents in a unique and lasting way. Consider adopting a Celebration Book in their name for Grandparents’ Day. A personalized bookplate honoring your grandparent(s) will be affixed inside your chosen book and presented to them on Grandparents’ Day. Come see the librarian for requested titles available in the library. Enjoy the book over Christmas then return it in January as part of our permanent ICS collection. Remember, Celebration Books are a tax-deductible gift.

ALL: ICS Christmas Ornaments available for purchase

Purchase your ICS Christmas ornament today! For $20 you can pick one up at Reception. The 8th grade class will also be selling ornaments during Grandparents’ Day. This is a great keepsake ornament for family, students, and alumni. All profits benefit the 8th grade class.

ALL: Inclement Weather Policy

When there is inclement weather in the Washington Metropolitan area, we are asking you to use the following means to confirm the ICS decision:

  • Check your email, text, and phone messages for emergency notification from ICS.  This will be sent by ParentSquare.
  • Check the front of the ICS website. Go to www.icsva.org.
  • See ParentSquare>Resource Documents for more information here.

A decision to delay or cancel classes will be made as early as possible. When Fairfax County decides to delay or close, we will always post the ICS schedule for that day, usually by 6:00 a.m.

*Immanuel Christian School will usually follow Fairfax County decisions for closings and delays related to weather or road conditions especially in the case of new precipitation. Exceptions to Fairfax County decisions will occur when county conditions do not apply to Immanuel Christian School. For example, we will not close due to heating or air conditioning problems in county facilities, or due to vehicle problems in county bus transportation, or due to sidewalk conditions for neighborhood schools.

ALL: Siblings of current students: APPLY NOW for the 2020-2021 school year!

If you are planning for another one of your children to come to ICS for the 2020-2021 school year, now is the time to apply! Applications are steadily coming in and spaces are limited.

ALL: Second Tuition Payment for the 2019-20 School Year

If you are paying tuition on the semi-annual plan, the 2nd payment is due January 15. FACTS withdrawals will be made on that date. If you have any questions, contact Mandy Croushore, Finance Director.

Rising 7th grade Immunization Requirement for 2020-21

All rising 7th graders need a Tdap for 2020-21.  Students who received a Tdap immunization at age ten will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter 7th grade.  Please review your child’s immunization record and make plans to fulfill this requirement by August 1, 2020, if not already completed.  Please provide the school clinic with a physician signed Tdap immunization record once the immunization is received.

*July 1, 2019 legislation changed the Tdap requirement from 6th grade to 7th grade.

K-8: Winter After School Clubs

It’s that time of the year when the weather is getting colder and we are looking for ways to have fun indoors! See Winter Club registration on ParentSquare. Winter session begins the week of January 6 and includes a variety of clubs that will appeal to all ages. Registration will fill quickly so sign up as soon as possible. Any questions about registration or course content should be directed to Allison Masson. Registration will be closed January 3, 2020.

ALL: Fun Lunch/Friday Lunch Second Semester Sign Up Opening Soon

ALL – Parents, the ordering for Fun Lunches will open soon so watch Parent Square for the date that ordering opens. Please note that the deadline for ordering/payment for Fun Lunches is January 12, 2020!!!! Sorry, we cannot accept late orders due to order processing time and vendors’ submission requirements. For ordering K-8 Wednesday fun lunch click here. If ordering Friday ICHS lunch please click here.  For any payment or ordering questions regarding your Fun Lunches please email Mandy Croushore, Director of Finance.

***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.

EMOMs

Elementary school moms! Come celebrate the Christmas season with us on Wednesday, December 18th 7-8:30 p.m. at IBC, Room A207. We will have a special evening as we gather for light refreshments and hear Sonya Spillmann on “Reflecting Christ through Joy and Hope.”  Come and enjoy a relaxing evening with other elementary moms. Find out more and register for EMOMS at https://immanuelbible.church/women/emoms.

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