“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, And his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
And his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalm 100- A psalm for giving thanks)
Celebrate1517: Today, the focus is on the fifth and final pillar, Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone), the Only Ambition. All glory and honour is due to God alone.
Good Friday morning everyone on this wet, autumn morning as we bring to an end the first week of learning and teaching at John Calvin School for the month of October. At the same time, we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving weekend; whether at home, camping, or at a cottage. As we reflect on the past year, we have indeed much for which to be thankful. Above all, we thank the Lord for providing us with what we needed each and every day.
If you are free this afternoon, you are welcome to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Assembly beginning at 1:30. Mrs. Lemstra is leading the assembly and is focusing on Thanksgiving in the Bible. As she makes her way through the topic, Mrs. Lemstra will take a closer look at Sin, Salvation, and Service; words we also connect to our Heidelberg Catechism. Special mention will also be made about the non-perishable items that were collected for West Lincoln Community Care. The goods collected were brought to Community Care by the Grade 7 students and their teachers. Thanks again Mr. Witten and Grade 7A for spearheading the drive. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work that is being done to provide for the needy in West Lincoln and surrounding communities. Thanks again everyone for your participation in this act of service for the broader community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Debbie VanEgmond and her family (Austin, Grade 8) as their mother/grandmother passed away earlier this week. May our Heavenly Father comfort them with His Word and Spirit during the funeral today, and as they continue to mourn her loss. We also continue to remember those who are dealing with serious illness, or who are experiencing difficult family situations. May our Heavenly Father continue to surround them with His love and grace.
Next week Wednesday we plan to welcome Mrs. Inge deVisser and Miss Danielle Aalbers to the JCS staff. Today, we say farewell to Mrs. DeBoer who begins her maternity leave. We wish her and her husband all the best and the Lord’s blessing during the remaining weeks of her pregnancy, and we pray that in due time they will be blessed with the birth of a healthy son or daughter.
A few items for your attention:
*With gratitude, we can report that over $1600.00 was raised for the Grade 8 Gatineau/Ottawa trip at the Soccer Tournament. Thank you students, parents, and Grade 8 teachers for looking after the concession stands at the tournament.
*A number of Grade 7 students and their teachers served and enjoyed lunch with the residents of Anchor and their care givers this past Tuesday. We thank the Lord for this service opportunity.
*Most of the money from the chocolate bar fundraiser is in; however, there is still some that needs to be returned. Let’s get that in asap so we can wrap things up. We still have three boxes of chocolate remaining to be sold so if there are any enterprising young men or women who would still like to sell a box or two, please stop by the office and pick one up.
*Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8th – 15th with the theme being, “Every second counts – plan two ways out”. It is a reminder for families to have a home escape plan that includes two different ways to exit your home in the event of a fire. The West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting a fire drill and inspection of all schools, including John Calvin. No notice of the date and time of the inspection will be provided in advance but we do know that it will happen this month. This year our Grade 4 students will once again be participating in the “Fire Chief for a Day” contest. Participants will be drawing a home escape plan showing two ways out of the home. Contest forms and escape planning sheets have been provided by the Fire Department. All the best students!
*We congratulate the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams with their first place finishes at the NACE Cross Country competition at Agape Valley Bible Camp on Tuesday of this week. Well done runners! Today, the boys’ and girls’ teams are running at Dundas Valley in the annual Guido De Bres Invitational Grades 7&8 Cross Country Meet. At the time of writing, we don’t know the final results but we do know that the runners gave their best effort and, hopefully, most if not all of them were able to run their personal best for the 3.2 kilometer course. Thanks again Mrs. Groen and Mrs. Heemskerk for preparing the runners for the meets.
*Thanksgiving Monday and PD Day Tuesday means no school for students. On Tuesday, the staff will be busy with a staff meeting, a Report Card workshop, and committee meetings: JCS Service Teams, Celebrate1517, and Convention.
*Due date for News and Views contributions is Tuesday, October 10.
*Wednesday, October 11 is the first Hep B vaccination for the Grade 7 students. Students are reminded to eat a good breakfast and wear a short-sleeve shirt.
*The Calvin Chronicle will not publish the week of October 23 because of the short week.
*We are hosting the CRTA Teachers’ Convention later this month. The convention is scheduled for October 26 & 27 and the staff of JCS has been given Wednesday, October 25 as a prep day for the convention in order to get the school ready for the event. The students (and parents) may enjoy a five-day long weekend.
*A head’s up for the students in Grades 7&8: The annual ANCHOR WORK DAY is coming up in three week’s time. The usual information about the event was sent home with your son or daughter today (an orange or yellow sheet). Perhaps the students and parents can think about the odd jobs in which students can be involved.
Enjoy the long weekend everyone and have a blessed Sunday and Thanksgiving. The Lord willing, we will touch base again in a week’s time.
Next week we begin with a day off for both classes; Monday is Thanksgiving Day, and Tuesday is a PD Day. Then we will get back to school to learn a new letter, Nn, and a new sight word, in. We will continue to learn about patterns in Math, and Social Studies will focus on Thanksgiving and Fall. Our Bible stories will be about Jacob and Esau. Psalm 75:6 will be due at the end of the week. Students are also asked to bring in $1 each for the upcoming Field trip (not to get mixed up with Mission Money!). We wish you a refreshing long weekend as you celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the very many reasons for thanks that our faithful Father has given to each one of us!
We have been busy, busy, busy in grade one. What a great trip we had on Tuesday to the Safety Village! Driving the pedal cars through the pretend village was the highlight of the day. Lunch at the park was fun too. Too bad the wasps made eating a little unpleasant. We have gotten into the rhythm of learning the sight words. We practice reading the words everyday. Grade 1A is tested on Thursdays and Grade 1B is tested on Wednesdays. We hope to review all of the spelling words we have learned so far. So, we’ll have lists of ten words for the next two weeks. We are almost finished our first reader (Funny Surprises). We are very impressed at how well the students are beginning to read. We’ll send home a folder with all of the stories. Please listen to your child read the stories to you.
Memory Work: Psalm 116:1, Genesis 17:7
Spelling Words: a, and, of, the, two, in, is, it, that, you
Sight words: is, The, Ted’s, draw, pet, pets, read, colour
Due to the shortened week, we will skip show and tell next week. Grade 2A will resume with Week 1 the following week, and Grade 2B will resume with Week 2 the following week. Towards the end of next week, we will begin testing the students on their doubles and +1 facts. Please continue to practice with your child; they should be able to answer all the facts in less than a minute and a half. We wish you all a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend — the weather promises to be beautiful! RG & JA
Spelling: really, what, our, line, whom
Memory Work: Psalm 43: 3
Greetings from grade three and their teachers! We had a great week! We finished hearing the stories of John Eliot. Ask your child how he brought the gospel to the natives of New England.> Stay tuned for the quiz, grade three! Mrs. Poort introduced us to Mr. Artist, Wassily Kadinsky. He works with squares and concentric circles. We hope to have this art up in the hall by the end of October! Thanks for the cool power point presentation, Mrs. Poort! (And daughter Julia who inspired her) Just a reminder of our pioneer trip coming up on Monday, October 16. (DV) Don’t forget to get that outfit ready…Miss Bee and Mrs Poort are working on their’s too! On Friday, Mrs. Lemstra led us in a thanksgiving assembly. We have so much to be thankful for! And finally…thanks to Mr. Joosse , Nathaniel, Caleb, and Jordan from grade eight who came in and fixed some of the seats of our desks. We love the service! Have a joyous and blessed weekend. J.B./M.P.
Words: getting, laughed, pretty, prettier, prettiest
Psalm 19:1; Text: Genesis 12:1-3 (two weeks)
Gym clothes on Monday and Thursday.
Mission $ on Friday.
We are coming to the end of our unit in Church History about Church Life. We plan to visit the Teachers’ College, Theological Seminary and Guido on Thursday October 12. This will be an all-day event. We continue with our Science unit on organisms and their habitats. In math, we are doing an addition unit. Miss H and Mrs. L
Spelling Review: Lesson 6 – their, were, wait, holes, takes, there, autumn, such, hear, watch, cried, apple
Word of the day words – compete, treacherous, conceal, permanent
Memory Work: Psalm 130:2 (October 13) Hymn 76:3 (October 20) 1 Samuel 15:22 (Oct.13)
Greetings from Grade 5! We’ve had a busy week and are looking forward to having a long weekend away from school! In our short week next week, we will be starting a new unit in Bible about Jesus’ ministry. We will also be wrapping up the section on engineering in our Social Studies unit and the first chapter in Math, meaning there will be a Social Studies test on Thursday, and a Math test on Friday. Please remember to send along clothes for Phys. Ed., as they do not participate if they do not have their clothes. We had a great pizza lunch today and really enjoyed being together with all of Grades 4 and 5. Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!
Memory Work: Ps. 29:1; Text: Luke 1:46-50
Thursday: Social Studies Test; Friday: Math Test
Devotions: 5A: W. Derek, Th. Owen, F. Thomas
5B: W. Natasha, Th. Lukas, F. Jordan
The students had a very enjoyable trip to the Warplane Museum. Our guides reviewed some of the terms discussed in class, the students made a water sprayer, got to go into the ‘Buffalo’, saw a variety of other planes, and watched some experiments. They put together their own plane and added some ailerons. When put to the test Isaac’s went the furthest. Thanks to Mrs. Vis for driving us. We say goodbye to Mrs. DeBoer. May the LORD bless her and her husband with the birth of a healthy child. Have a blessed long weekend. MDB/CV
As a class, we performed well inside and outside the classroom. The cross- country team did well at their N.A.C.E. tournament practice Tuesday and the Anchor Lunch went well. At the time of writing, we’re looking forward to delivering the Food Drive donations on Friday morning while our peers are at Dundas Conservation Area. Next week in History we’ll learn about the Counter-Reformation and the Jesuits. In Science it’ll be contortion, tension and shearing as we examine forces. Enjoy your weekend.
It is the long weekend! I think we are all ready for it as it has been a very busy week in Grade 8! On Tuesday we placed first in both the boys and the girls division of the cross country race. We hope that today goes well too. Next week will be a shorter week; only three days. We hope to have both a Chapter 1 Math Test and a Chapter 1 Science Test on Thursday. The students continue to work on their Independent Research Project and should be done or close to done their book report by now. In Bible we started learning about Christ’s ministry; we discussed in class where Christ was born. In a barn? A cave? Are the nativity scenes we see at Christmas time correct? It may make for an interesting discussion. I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. KG/MJ
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