Volume 20, Number 11, November 22, 2018

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General News

Hello again everyone as we bring another week, albeit a shorter one, of learning and teaching to an end at John Calvin School.  Time keeps marching along! At the end of next week, D.V., we will be flipping the calendar page to December. We thank and praise the Lord for His many blessings and we pray that He will continue to provide for the needs of the students and staff during the next  weeks leading up to the Christmas break.

We congratulate Melvin and Ashley DeBoer with the birth of their daughter, Seraya Joy.  She is a sister to Ryeanne in Grade 4B, Kaden in Grade 3B, and Macen in Grade 1B.  All is well with mom and daughter and the rest of the family too.  (“Our children all are gifts of God, our sons and daughters his reward—each one a blessing from the LORD, as heritage on us bestowed.” Psalm 127:3, BoP).  May the Lord provide Melvin and Ashley with all they need as they raise their children in the fear of His Name.

Tomorrow the teachers will be professionally developing themselves as they work with and incorporate information/ material they received from the workshops they attended at the Teachers’ Convention, along with other PD activities.  Students (and parents) may enjoy a three day long weekend.

Reminder:  The Fall Membership meeting is scheduled for next week Wednesday, November 28.  The membership packages were placed in your church mailboxes this past Sunday, November 18.  We hope to see you all next week.


A few items for your attention:

*There is still some outstanding chocolate bar money (8 boxes x $90.00) that needs to come in.  Please get the money in as soon as possible.

*A couple of students still brought in Anchor Work Day money this week so the grand total is now over $3400.00.  Once again, excellent job all participating students!

*Grade 7A is planning to visit Beacon Home on Monday, November 26.

*Grade 3A is scheduled to visit Anchor Home on Wednesday, November 28.

*Grade KA is hoping to visit Shalom Manor on Friday, November 30.

*Triple Ball practices continue after school on Monday and Thursday of next week.  The tournament, hosted by Guido De Bres Christian high school, takes place Friday, November 30 at the Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco Center located on First Road East in Stoney Creek.  A bus will be bringing the athletes to the tournament but parents will need to pick up their children from the venue at the end of the tournament which will be determined by the success of the team. Players will be receiving a tournament schedule either today or on Monday.  All the best at the tournament athletes and coaches (Mrs. Nikki vanBrederode, Mr. Breukelman and Mr. Hofsink).

*The third skating session at the Smithville arena is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28.  Grade 2 will skate from 12:15-1:15 and Grades KA and 1A will skate from 1:15-2:15.  In the interest of safety and concussion prevention, students in Grades K-3 must wear helmets when on the ice.  They can be either hockey helmets or bicycle helmets. Students in Grades 4-8 are recommended to wear them.  Those playing hockey must wear them.

*Grade 3A had a good visit to Kilean Lodge today.  It is good that our students have this opportunity to sing and interact with the elderly and shut-ins at the Lodge.

*Grade 4 had an enjoyable day in Hamilton today visiting the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College and Ebenezer Villa.



*Please continue to collect tabs for cans for Jude VanVeen so he and his family can get a wheelchair for his sister Anna.

*Scholastic orders are due by December 7th so that the order can be received before the Christmas holidays.  Please make sure your cheques are payable to John Calvin School.

*The fourth skating session at the Smithville arena is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5.  Grade 3 will skate from 12:15-1:15 and Grade 7 will skate from 1:15-2:15.

*An EA and TA conference is scheduled for Friday, December 7th.

*The Ladies Auxiliary is planning a Pizza Lunch (which will include a drink, fruit, and a snack) for Thursday, December 13.  In the words of Wodney Wat: Woot! Woot! Wooty-toot-toot! No lunches to make. For those children with allergies, the Ladies Auxiliary will look after heating up/preparing the food that they bring for lunch that day. Thank you very much Ladies Auxiliary!

May our Heavenly Father continue to refresh us physically and spiritually over the course of the weekend and we hope to touch base again next week Friday.              G. Hofsink


Classroom News


Kindergarten had another fun filled week! On Monday and Tuesday we had the opportunity to visit the local fire station in West Lincoln. At the fire station we learned more about fire safety and had an opportunity to explore the fire trucks. On Wednesday KB enjoyed skating for an hour in the afternoon; it was a fun time! This week we look forward to blue day on Monday and Tuesday, please send your child to school wearing blue! In Bible we will start to learn about Moses and the work that he will do for God’s people. During Math class we will begin learning how to print the numbers 0 to 5. Please continue to review sight words and the letters that we have learned so far. Have an enjoyable week!

Letter of the week: Rr

Words of the week: and, blue, three


Grade 1

We have finished another week in grade 1. Even though it was a short week, we have done a lot. Grade 1B had a great time skating at the arena on Wednesday. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to skate with us. This week we finished a unit in Bible, Math, and Science. Wow, great job grade 1! Grade 1A will be skating on Wednesday November 28 @ 1:15 – 2:15. Please remember your skates and HELMET. You will not be allowed to go on the ice without a helmet.  We would love to have you join us on the ice.  If you are planning on coming along to skate, please jot a note in your child’s agenda. Continue practicing your spelling and sight words at home.  Have a great long weekend and a blessed Sunday.

Memory Work for Nov. 30: Hymn 7:2, Ruth 1:16-17a (Dec.7)

Spelling: an, each, which, there, use (Dec.7)


Grade 2

This week we learned about being a good neighbour. We discussed ways that we could show love to those people that God puts on our path. The students were quite excited about this and came up with good ideas! In math we added some new math facts to our bag. Ask your child to show you how the Magic 9 works! Next Wednesday we are looking forward to going skating. Tying laces is a huge job and we would be very thankful to have lots of parents join us to help out! We will be skating from 12:15 – 1:15. The students MUST wear a helmet.  (Bicycle helmets work great!) That’s all for now! Have a blessed weekend! BB/RG

Spelling: found, stop, after, some, they

Memory work: Psalm 150:1; Text: Deut.6:4,5

Thursday: Science test


Grade 3

We are listening to stories dealing with church life in our Church History classes. Ask us how we share in eachothers’ joys, sorrows, and troubles.  Christ is the Head and we are so thankful that we belong to His Body. At this point, Miss Breukelman would like to thank you for all your prayers and kind words concerning her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Marilyn. The Lord is good and knows the plans for us all. We continue to pray for healing and patience. In our Math classes we are finishing off our unit with subtraction. Continue to practise the multiplication facts of two! You are doing a great job, grade three! On Thursday, Grade 3A visited Kilean Lodge.  We could share our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ with the residents in story and song.  Praise the Lord for this opportunity. Thanks to Mrs. Roze Ravensbergen for playing the guitar with us!! Thanks to our bus driver, Mrs. Trudy VanLuik, for driving us to and fro. J.B./M.P.

Words: beautiful, before, discover, enough, first, hopeless, journal, let’s, recycle, their, there, they’re, went, when

Hymn 17:1,3; Text:  Proverbs 3: 9,10

Gym clothes on Monday and Thursday

Library books in a BAG on Tuesday

Mission $ on Friday.


Grade 4

Grade 4A (Miss Hoeksema) Math Quiz on Tuesday, November 27. Science Quiz on the digestive system Thursday, November 29.Grade 4B (Mrs. Lemstra) Math Test on Thursday, November 29 (L. 4.8-4.13)

Memory Work: Psalm 5:1 (Nov. 30) Psalm 54:1 (Dec. 7) John 1:1-4 (Nov. 30)

Review Lesson 12! said, know, too, off, because, friend, where, chief surprise, write, please (grade 4B) temporary, ignore, capable, rickety, perplexed, predicament


Grade 5

Thank you to all those who came skating with us and/or helped us tie skates! We really appreciate you being there, and we had a lot of fun. On Wednesday, we will be having another recorder quiz, this time on Jingle Bells. Next week Thursday, November 29, 5A will be having a Bible test on Unit 2. 5B will be having their test on Friday. Duotangs will be going home two nights before the test for studying. Have a wonderful long weekend and a blessed Sunday. RK/KV

Memory Work: Ps. 61:2,3; Text (for Dec. 7): Matthew 22:37-40

Devotions: 5A – M. Lani, Tu. Rylee, W. Kiera, Th. Madison, F. RaeAnna

5B – M. Theo, Tu. Gabrielle, W. Mya, Th. Isaac, F. Kelty


Grade 6

We will be completing the novel study and the first unit about trade this week. The students and their families were asked what items they would really want to have with them if they could only choose a few items. In the trade unit we saw what caused the decline of the fur trade and what replaced it and why. We compared the two signs of the covenant, namely, circumcision and baptism. The students in 6A have started to research a bird of their choice. The research, writing, typing, and the display will be completed at school. The students may bring in pictures to go along with their project. Have a blessed weekend. IdV/CVA


Grade 7A

We’re enjoying our read of short stories as we work with plot, character and setting. In History we’ll learn about the War of Independence and what Loyalists are. The students are getting ready to present the low order cooperative game they were assigned as a group; each group will lead us through a lesson. Although David is a man after God’s own heart, we’ll learn why he cannot be the Messiah. Enjoy your weekend.


Grade 7B

In Church History, we are nearing the end of our Martin Luther unit and there will be a test coming toward the end of the week. In History, we look at the Seven Years War and more specifically the aftermath of that war, with the Royal Proclamation and the Quebec Act. In Geography, we continue to look at climate and how the LORD created different factors, both locally and globally, to give us the climate that we know and love. In Independent Study, we are watching and taking notes on our documentaries. Thank you for filling out the permission forms and getting them to school in a timely manner. Devotions – Julia R. Have a great long weekend!


Grade 8A

Another week has flown by in Gr. 8A. We continued our work on our history projects and wrapped up our second math unit. A test is this coming Tuesday (Nov. 26). Enjoy an extra day off this week as teachers spend the day in professional development. Next Friday is the volleyball tournament. Have a blessed weekend. Cheers, Mr. J


Grade 8B

Students have written mid-term math quizzes. We have started our novel study “Shattered” by Eric Walters.  We will probably read most of the novel together, since the subject matter can be rather intense.

Memory Work:  Psalm 29:3

Devotions:  Elyse, Liam, Evan Kierra, Ilse

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