Calvin Chronicle – Volume 17, Number 37

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Next week we will finish our study of the final cluster of the Fruit of the Spirit- faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Therefore, some concluding remarks about the fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control – we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4,5). We must know Christ, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfil the intended purpose of the law– to love God and our neighbour.

Good day everyone as we bring the second last week of school to an end. We thank the Lord for the beautiful day He blessed us with today for the annual John Calvin School track and field day. It was great that so many parents and grandparents could come out and enjoy the day with us. We thank the Grade 8 students for assisting the teachers at the various events. Thank you Mrs. Oosterhoff and Mrs. Poort for organizing the day, and thank you very much Ladies’ Auxiliary for the hot dog lunch everyone could enjoy.   The last week of school is just around the corner. May our Heavenly Father provide the students and staff with all they need for the remaining days of instruction, and the administration days for the teachers during the week following.


Thank-you John Calvin School Community!

To all of you who sent me cards, who prayed with and for me, sent your good wishes and encouraged me during the time leading up to and after my surgery….Thank-you. I have truly been blessed, not only with the goodness of the Lord in restoring my health, but also by the support and kindness of the John Calvin School community during this time. A very special thank-you to Mrs. Bouwman and Mrs. Boersema who took responsibility for my class and teaching duties during this time. I am so grateful to be allowed to take up my duties again during the last week of school with the children.      Miss Buist


A few items for your attention:

*Grade 8 vs Teachers basketball/baseball games. Earlier week, several grade eight boys challenged the male teachers to a couple of games of basketball. In the well-contested matches, the teachers prevailed both times. At the annual teachers vs grade eights baseball game, the lead changed hands several times during the game but in the end the teachers prevailed, 15-14. Well done Grade 8.

*Library News: Students in Grades K-7 had until today to return their library books so please check your shelves, children’s bedrooms, and any other places a stray library book may be found. We would like our year end inventory to be complete. Thank you for your cooperation.

*Year End Trips: Bright and early on Monday morning, the Grade 8 students and their teachers, chaperons, cooks, and bus driver will be heading out for their end destination of Gatineau Park in Québec. We wish them a safe and enjoyable trip under the Lord’s blessing and guidance.

Students, staff, and chaperons are looking forward to their year end trip to Marineland on Tuesday, June 21.   Parents are also reminded not to use their cellphones during the trip unless it is an emergency. Please keep them in your purse, pocket or backpack. Please also keep in mind the protocol for class trip volunteers. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For the trip, departure and arrival time are as follows: leave John Calvin School at 8:30 a.m. and return to the school at approximately 5:30 p.m. Parents will need to pick up their children from the school. As per usual, the Student Fund kicks in a significant portion of the cost of the trip but cannot carry it all. Thus we ask that each child contribute $10.00 to a maximum of $30.00 per family. This contribution should be brought to the school as soon as possible. If you pay for the trip and send the money with one of your children, please put a note in the agenda of your other children. It makes record-keeping easier. Beyond that there is no need for students to bring any spending money. This year we would again ask that all students wear John Calvin gym t-shirts while on the trip. Don’t forget to review the class trip rules before we head out on Tuesday. School t-shirts are available in the office for those who require one. Finally, teachers will let the students know what groups they are in, along with the group leaders, on Monday.

Unfortunately, there are only three buses are available for our trip. The transportation committee has been hard at work trying to find another bus but none are available, even from STC. Thank you to the parents who volunteered to drive students to Marineland. That is much appreciated. For children going straight to Marineland be at the park at around 9:30, and please put a note in your child’s agenda. Also, the Grade 7 students will be at school that day so they will need to be picked up by their parents at 3:00.

*Busing for the last week of school: As mentioned earlier, since no bus has been found to replace the bus going to Ottawa, we are down to three buses for the last week of school. Therefore we have come up with the following schedule for the week of June 20-24. Parents who have children on these buses will need to bring their children to school and pick them up. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. FYI, STC Guido buses will still be running their regular routes in the a.m. from Monday to Friday.

Monday- Mrs. VanLuik’s bus

Tuesday- Mrs. Vis’s bus

Wednesday- Mrs. Visser’s bus

Thursday- Mrs. Apperloo’s bus

Friday- Mrs. VanLuik’s bus



*Please continue to be wary of ticks and mosquitoes.

*News and Views will be distributed on Sunday, June 19.

*You are reminded of the closing assembly on Friday, June 24 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the school gym.

*The last day of school is a half-day. Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. and the buses will be leaving at 11:50.

*Graduation on Monday, June 27.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy Father’s Day on Sunday. We hope to touch base again one more time next week Friday.                                                            G. Hofsink


Classroom News

Grade 1

Greetings from Grade 1. We are working like beavers to complete all of our work before the big day-Holidays! We have finished learning about Daniel and are now learning about Esther. Our readers are almost completed and we continue to explore new things in Math. We are also looking forward to our big trip to Marineland on Tuesday. If you have not already done so, please send the money to school on Monday- it will make Tuesday morning a little less hectic. Please remember that all children MUST wear their John Calvin t-shirts, comfortable shoes, a sun hat and have enough to drink (a refillable bottle is great). Parents who are accompanying us will receive  a list of their group (check your child’s Agenda on Monday). If you are planning to take your own children there, please let us know so that we won’t be looking for them- but please also bring them to the bus once we arrive so that they can join their group. By the time you read this, Field Day will be (almost) over. We hope That everyone had a good time. May the Lord bless you with a good weekend. HB & JVB


Grade 2

It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at this point with only 5 school days remaining! With only one week remaining, we have completed our memory work and spelling lists for this year. As part of our countdown this week, we switched teachers for an hour, switched seats for the day, and read books with the other class. The students are excited to spend the day outside with their teammates during Field Day. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for providing a delicious lunch and treats. We are excited for our trip to Marineland next week. If you have volunteered to come along with us please check your child’s agenda on Monday for a list of students in your group. Please be sure to stop by the office on Tuesday morning to pick up a JCS shirt for your use that day. It promises to be a lot of fun! Have a wonderful weekend! RG/HV


Grade 3

If all has gone well, we have had Track and Field today. We hope and pray that the children had a lot of fun participating in their teams. Thank you to the Ladies’ Auxiliary for their outstanding help. The lunch and refreshments were lovely on such a sunny day. In Bible History we could hear of the sins of the Israelites for which the Lord sent judges to save His people. Our LORD never broke His promises. In Science we have turned our attention to “Investigating Structures”. We were introduced to many different types of structures and materials through the use of a PowerPoint presentation. If you have blueprints to share with our classes we would love to look at them. Grade 2 has visited us to see the play “Les Trois Petits Cochons”; we hope you enjoyed it. Next week we hope to present it to the parents in our classrooms. Please come a few minutes early so we can start on time. For our school trip, please bring sunscreen, hat, labelled water bottle, salty snack, and lunch (no microwavable lunch please). The children and leaders are required to wear a JCS t-shirt for that day. We are so excited for this trip! Don’t forget to bring in the monies for this trip! We wish you a blessed weekend. MP/JB

Memory work: Ps 122:1; Text: Ps 32:1,2

Spelling words: through, threw, when, vacation, structure


Grade 4A

In Bible classes the students are enjoying hearing the stories about Daniel, and the wisdom and power that God gave to him and his friends. In the math classes during the past week your children were the teachers. We reviewed all the terms in the glossary. They had to explain the concept using the black board, drawing what they needed to make clear to their fellow students. I was deeply impressed with their knowledge and the way they were teaching. I did not give a mark, but all of the students received a great compliment for the neatness and the precision they showed. How encouraging for all of them! The package will go home on Wednesday so if you would like to enjoy the same activity as we did at school, simply ask your child to explain the concept they explained to class! We reached many different goals: getting over shyness; drawing precisely, explaining in your own words so that we all know what you know. School continues to be exciting until the very last week! The excitement today is for Field Day. Enjoy your weekend together.

M:PhysED clothes T:Marienland 😊 Th: PhyED clothes & Memory Work Devotions: Jewel


Grade 4B

We woke up this morning to an absolutely beautiful day for our annual Field Day. By the time you are reading this Field Day will be a thing of the past. I am sure that the children thoroughly enjoyed their day. It is hard to believe that next week is already the last week of school. We in Grade 4B are busily wrapping up a number of units. We are almost done our novel study of Charlotte’s Web and most students just need to put the finishing touches on their Rocks and Mineral posters. Next week will be a week of review in Math with a focus on Math Drills. The students should be able to recite/write out all drills to 11. Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Sunday. Happy father’s Day to all our fathers as well. SO

Memory Work: Ps 76:1

Text: Revelation 21:1-4

Devotions: M. Reuben, W. Susanna, Th. Elijah


Grade 5

It’s been a pleasure being here in Grade 5. We are thankful to welcome Miss Buist back for the last few days of school! have a wonderful summer under God’s care!


Grade 6A

As we approach the last week of school it is a time of reflection. We are thankful that the LORD has continued to provide us with strength and wisdom to do our task. In thankfulness we could continue in freedom to teach and receive instruction using the Bible as our guideline. The students look forward to their year end trip and class party. May the LORD continue to bless Liam and Caleb’s recoveries. This past week the students wrote letters to Christopher Columbus applying for a job on his ship. They also wrote entries for a ship’s log. During the coming week we will briefly discuss the book of Judges. Have a blessed weekend.

Devotions: W-Meah Th-Lydia


Grade 6B

We had a very busy week here in 6B! In Bible we are finishing up our unit on Joshua. In French students are busy making houses and props for our French play which we will be presenting to the 6A class next week. In Literature students are working together in groups to discuss our novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, which we hope to finish next week. In Social Studies this week we looked at the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot and how Europeans were looking for a new route to Asia. Next week we hope to look at Jacques Cartier and his voyages. On Tuesday we will be heading to Marineland, parents please remind your children to wear their John Calvin t-shirt and sunscreen! Have a lovely weekend! MDB

Memory Work Song: Psalm 118:1 (June 23)

Devotions: M. Sylvanna     W. Shaelan     T. Cameron


Grade 7A

Next week in Math we’ll be working with trapezoids, irregular figures, polygons, quadrilaterals and circles. Many students have found the geometry to be a nice change from the “ordinary” Math. After sampling populations in a lawn ecosystem using quadrants, we’ll estimate total populations within the ecosystem. We’ll then move on to climate and biomes. In Geography we’ve learned about commodity, chains, and agribusiness; we’ll wrap up the chapter on Agriculture by looking at specialized agriculture and reviewing through a quiz. In Music we’ll appreciate opera through the Donizetti piece, “Lucia di Lammermoor”. Ask your child about the plot, costumes and dramatization used in this story put to music. Enjoy your weekend.


Grade 7B

While the students have one more week in school, today is my last day as I will be joining the grade 8 class in Ottawa. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given throughout this past year and wish the students a safe and happy summer vacation. Of course I hope to see the students back in only a couple of months with their bright smiling faces as I look forward to teaching grade 8 in September.

Devotions week of June 20 – Dylan


Grade 8

Ten months ago I said, ‘ten months to go.’ It seems I was right. Here is some math for you. An average of 4 days per week at 4 weeks per month…multiplied by 7 hours means that we have spent around 280 hours together. I still have no idea who is worse for wear. Cheers, Mr. J

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