Volume 20, Number 23, March 1, 2019

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General News

Hello again school community as we wrap up another four-day week of instruction at JCS.  We were hoping for a five-day week but another snowstorm (snow day #5) prevented that from happening.  Hopefully everyone enjoyed the impromptu day at home.  And now we are in March.  FYI, I was looking at notes from last year and we had a snow day on March 2.  May our Heavenly Father provide the students, teachers, and parents with what they need as they go about their activities during the short week leading up to the March Break, and then for the rest of the month of March.  Just a reminder that the March Break begins on Friday, March 8.

May our Heavenly Father continue to provide for those in our school community who need Him in a special way; be it those who are sick, those who are in mourning or those who are dealing with difficult family situations.  We think especially of Mrs. deVisser who began her chemotherapy treatments this week.


A few items for your attention:

*Thank you everyone for your participation in the “Toonies For Anchor” campaign which wrapped up today. However, the students will have until Monday, March 4 to return their “toonie” envelopes. Thank you students for your participation in this fundraising activity.

*This week Grade 5A could visit Kilean Lodge and Grade 3B could visit Shalom Manor.  We are thankful that the children in these grades were able to participate in this service opportunity of visiting the elderly in our broader community.

*We wish our three student teachers all the best as they prepare for another week of practice teaching; week #3 for Miss Vis, Miss Breukelman, and Mrs. Folkerts.

*Congratulations to the Devries Destroyers who came out on top at the Book Trivia Contest last week Friday.  The contest had to go to a tie breaker where they defeated the Rockin’ Readers.  The class that read the most pages (42 617) for the Book Reading Contest was Grade 5B.  They will be able to enjoy a pizza lunch on Thursday, March 7.

*Basketball practices for the boys’ and girls’ teams continue next week Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-4:00.  The tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 22 at the Dofasco/Arcelor-Mittal Center in Stoney Creek.

*Request from Grade 5:  If you have any shoe boxes in your home and would like to donate them to the school, please send them with your child as they need them for making dioramas.  See the Grade 5 Classroom News for more details.

*For your reading pleasure and being informed about this LCRSS committee, the spring edition of the ASC newsletter is included with today’s Chronicle.



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

*March Break is from March 8 – March 15.  The first day of the break is Friday, March 8 and the first day back after the break is Monday, March 18.

*Please note the following changes to the school calendar:  The Special Membership meeting re:  Mission and Vision document is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20; and the Spring Membership meeting originally scheduled for May 22 has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 24.

Enjoy you weekend everyone and we’ll touch base again next week Thursday, D.V. May the Word of God strengthen you once again on Sunday.     G. Hofsink

Classroom News


Although this week was only four day week, we still managed to accomplish a lot in kindergarten. On Monday and Tuesday KA and KB enjoyed purple day! They loved learning about the letter Z and the number nine. Everybody did a fantastic job singing their memory work! Good job kindergarten! This week we will continue to look at numbers larger than 10. Please continue to practice counting and printing the numbers 11-20 with your children. During Bible studies we will be learning about Samuel and Saul. This month we will be focusing on health and nutrition for our social studies unit, this includes a field trip to the Super Store! Just a friendly reminder to send in your Toonie for Anchor envelopes back to school. Have a lovely weekend! NR&JB

Letter of the Week: Ww

Words of the Week: with, orange, ten

Memory Work: Text-Psalm 136:1 Song-Hymn 56:1


Grade 1

After the surprise of another snow day and lots of snow to enjoy, we have reached the beginning of March. How time flies! On Monday, we hope to visit the Agape Valley sugar bush.  Please send students with boots, snow pants, mitts, and hats. We have wrapped up Unit 6 in Math with a test on Thursday. Look for them in your child’s bag today. In our next unit, we will be reviewing numbers to 100. Thanks to all who have already sent in their toonies for Anchor! Our tissue supply is dwindling, if you are able to send a box we would appreciate it. Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Sunday.

Memory Work for Thursday, March 7 – Ps. 93:4;  Ps. 8: 1

Spelling Words:  call, car, find, now, who


Grade 2

Grade 2 has been very busy this week, studying further about the clothing and the homes in Zimbabwe, learning about the pirate Blackbeard in our Guided Reading, and hearing about John Chrysostom’s work as a preacher in Church History. At the same time, we’ve had a number of “bugs” in our classroom and have seen lots of students missing a day or two to recover. Thanks parents, for catching them up in their work! Next week we will press on in our studies. In Church History we will learn about Polycarp. Have a wonderful weekend! BV/RG

Spelling: Review; see agenda

Memory work: Psalm 24:5; Text: Matthew 5:14-16


Grade 3

Book week was a great success! Thank you boys and girls for reading so many books.  We encourage you to keep this up! We continue to hear the stories of Rev. deCock.  Ask your child what this means, “If I had to add one sigh to my salvation, I would be eternally lost.” We hope to have a quiz on Thursday to wrap this up. In our Science unit, we learned and hypothesized about conduction and convection.  Ask us all about it! Geometry is what it is all about in Math! Lines, line segments, angles, plane figures, congruent figures and much more! Don’t forget to practise your multiplication facts too. Thanks for bringing in those toonies for Anchor, boys and girls. If all could go well, Grade 3B went to Shalom Manor on Friday to sing and play Scattergories with the residents!  Ask them all about it! That’s it for now. Have a blessed weekend! J.B./M.P.

Words:  by, buy, didn’t doesn’t, general, governor, something, sometimes, one, won, unhappiness, winner, your, you’re

Psalm 47:2; Text:  Psalm 24:4-6

Gym clothes on Monday and Thursday.

Library books on Tuesday.

Mission $ and Dictation on Friday.


Grade 4

Wow! It is hard to believe that we have already reached the week before March Break! We have a busy week ahead of us. Here are a few things to note:

Grade 4 A and B: Social Studies Test about Canada on Thursday, March 7. This is a large test with a lot of information. The students will be spending the beginning of the week reviewing the topics at school, but they will also need to do some test preparation at home. A review sheet will be given to help them with this.

No spelling lesson this week.

Memory Work: Thursday, March 7: Song- Ps. 6:1/Text- Matt. 6: 19-21 (Friday, March 22: Song- Hymn 42: 2,3/Text- Daniel 2: 20 – 22)

Please continue to practice math facts and reading at home.


Grade 5

We have finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! We are now finishing off our lapbooks, and then we will be doing shoebox dioramas. Parents, if you have extra shoeboxes at home and can part with them, please send more than one with your child to help out those who may not have any at home. We are hoping to be finished with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardbrobe by the time we leave for the March Break. On Tuesday, March 5, we will be having a Bible test on Unit 4. We will then be starting our last Bible unit for the year (after which we will do Church History), which is about Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Have a wonderful weekend! RK/KV

Memory Work: Ps. 144:1

Devotions: 5A – M. Micah, Tu. Jude, W. Jacob, Th. Leanne

5B – M. Amanda, Tu. Declan, W. Kaden, Th. Tabitha


Grade 6

The students have been busy with a variety of activities again this week. They have started a research project about one of the states. The research, typing, and putting together of the booklet will be done at school throughout the month of March. 6A has started a design for their beanbag project while 6B is doing an activity with Mrs. Bouwman. The students made a valiant effort in trying to win the reading contest. 6A placed third, thanks to the many who helped achieve this. We continue to pray for Mrs. deVisser that the LORD will bless her treatments and heal her. Have a blessed weekend. DB/CV


Grade 7A

This week, our Grade 7A visit to Anchor Home had to be postponed; please remind your child to exercise their generosity muscle and fill their “Toonies for Anchor” envelope, preferably with their own donation. Church History and our study of Zwingli has come to an end, we’ll pick it up the Reformation again shortly and learn about John Calvin. In our new Bible History unit we’ll focus on Solomon and the Kingdom of Peace. In Math, we have moved on to our next chapter on ratio, proportion, and percent, with our focus being on cross products. After a brief overview of the War of 1812 in History, we’ll start our big project where we’ll learn more about a particular battle from the war and present our findings on it. Independent Study has moved into the next step of the process, which is the interview. We will be looking at who we can/should interview and how we interview. Please begin discussing/thinking about possibilities of experts/professionals that would be willing and able to be interviewed! Enjoy your weekend!


Grade 7B

In Church History, we have come to the end of Zwingli and the Swiss Confederation. Our next Bible History Unit will be on Solomon and the Kingdom of peace. In Math, we have moved to our next chapter on ratio, proportion, and percent. In History, we had a brief overview of the War of 1812, looking at the major events of the war. Next week will be the start of our big project. Independent Study has moved into the next step of the process, which is the interview. We will be looking at who we can/should interview and how we interview. Please begin discussing/thinking about possibilities of experts/professionals that would be willing and able to be interviewed! Devotions – Eli DV. Have a good weekend!


Grade 8A

This week Mrs. Folkerts took over the majority of lessons as she settled into her placement. She began a unit on Paul’s first missionary journey, non-fiction writing, as well as Canada’s history of expanding into the west. So far, so good. Next week is the last week prior to the break and here is a brief reminder regarding toonies for anchor. Please pass those along asap. Cheers, Mr. J


Grade 8B

We are still hoping for a five day week! We’ll try again after the March Break. (The snow is beautiful this time, though…Did you notice how it sparkles?) Although delayed, students did write their Geography test. Look for marked tests later this week. We have enjoyed having Miss Breukelman teaching a few lessons here and there. Students were challenged this week to create an artistic response to the stories told about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. They can work on this project at school or at home for the next week. Together with the 8A, we have begun thinking about our PBL activities for this year.

Devotions:  Kierra, Zach, Caleb, Jeremy

Memory work:  Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God


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