Volume 20, Number 31, May 3, 2019

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General News

Greetings parents, grandparents, seniors, and other supporters of our school community on this cool, spring day (a nice day for a brisk walk) as we bring another busy week of learning, teaching, and other activities to a close at John Calvin School.  Thankfully the rain has stopped; hopefully for the remainder of the day.  We are looking forward to an exciting day as many of you are planning to visit the students and teachers this morning and, then, this afternoon a number of you will be joining them on the Hike for Hospice in support of McNally House.    

Thank you Ladies’ Auxiliary for providing coffee and snacks, and the delicious lunch that the grandparents and seniors could enjoy.  We thank the Lord for His blessing on this special day and may He continue to provide us with all we need for our daily tasks during this busy time of year. 

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who need the comfort, encouragement and guidance of our Heavenly Father in a special way.

A few items for your attention:

*Thanks again for participating in the Hike for Hospice to raise money for McNally House.  You may return the money collected at anytime next week.  Please see the note below for the return procedure for the money collected. 

*It was good that the students in Grade 5B were able to spend time on Monday afternoon with our special needs brothers and sisters at the Beacon Home in Dunnville.  This completes our cycle of “home” visits for the 2018-2019 school year.

*Four students (Ava W., Kierra R. and Clarissa L., and Caleb V.) will be participating in the first LCRSS Science Fair which will be held at Maranatha Christian School in Fergus on Saturday.

   We plan to hold our local Scitory Fair on Tuesday, May 7.  In addition to the Science Fair projects, four students (Jewel B., Ilse R., Leah R., and Mya W.) will be displaying their History Fair projects at our local fair.  

*Baseball practices continue next week Monday and Thursday after school from 2:50 until 4:00 as the boys’ and girls’ teams prepare for the tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 25 in Dorchester, the same venue as last year.

*The ASC committee is organizing its annual spring meeting for Monday, May 6th at Covenant Canadian Reformed Church in Grassie beginning at 7:30 p.m..  The topic for the evening is a continuation of the theme, Belongingness, and the speaker once again will be Mrs. Sara Pot. 


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

*It’s that time of year again, so please continue to be wary of ticks and mosquitoes.

*Dental screening on May 6 & 7 for students in Grades K, 2, 4, 6, and 8.  Parents do have the option to opt out.  Please contact Niagara Health and let them know if you choose to opt out of the program.

*Grades 7&8 will be writing the annual Gauss Math contest next week Wednesday, May 15.

*Victoria Day on Monday, May 20

*Teachers College graduation on Friday, May 24.  The Lord willing, one of the graduating student will be teaching at John Calvin School next year—Mrs. Alanna Folkerts (Grade 6B).

Hike for Hospice

• Please collect all money before handing in the pledge forms.

• Please fill in the correct names and addresses (no Oma or Opa)

• Please fill in the T-shirt order form ($50.00 in pledges per child for a T-shirt)

• Do not return pledge forms and money until after the walk.

Enjoy your weekend everyone and have a blessed day of worship.  We’ll touch base again in a week’s time, D.V.

                                                G. Hofsink

Classroom News

Grade 1

Another busy week of learning has come to an end in Grade One. We have finished our Bible unit and completed a review on Friday.  We will write our Bible test on Monday.  We have also completed our Math unit with a review and will write the Math test in the coming week. We have finished our Mapping unit as well and tests and have been sent home.  We are beginning a unit on the Family next week.  Please return the sponsor sheets and the money collected on Monday.  We hope you enjoyed visiting our class today.  Hopefully we were able to go on the McNally walk today.

Memory Work for Friday, May 10 – Hymn 44:1;  The Lord’s Prayer

Spelling Words:  best, can’t, friend, now, school

Grade 2

At this point of writing, Open House and the McNally Walk are just before us. There is high excitement in the Grade Two classes.  The thoughts of visitors and special fun activities is at the forefront of the students’ thinking.  And to top it all off, the students plan to present their Drinking Gourd plays for their loved ones.  We hope that they are well enjoyed by our guests! We are hoping to bring our Science unit to a close this week, so that we can begin our next unit on Investigating Animals in time for the spring weather. We will wrap up with a quiz on Wednesday. That’s all for now! Have a wonderful weekend! BV/RG

Memory work: Ps.146:1

Spelling words: which, favourite,  thought, work, your

Science quiz: Wednesday

Grade 3

Greetings from Grade 3 and their teachers! First of all, thank you to ALL who joined us for the Open House and McNally Walk on Friday! What a beautiful way to spend the day as a communion of saints! We finished our Bible unit dealing with the tabernacle and move on with the Israelites as they travel toward the Promised Land. What is division? Ask us about some strategies. Continue to practice those multiplication facts, Grade 3! Even the adults at Open House agreed that this was SO important.Can artwork have patterns and rhythm? Ask us. It was great to see so many students from Grade 2 and 3 wanting to try out for the text reading for the upcoming concert; it takes a lot of courage. Chelsea B has been chosen to represent the Grade 2 and 3 classes; we wish her much joy and strength. We enjoyed a couple of grade eight PBL group presentations.  Nice to see the leadership and hard work put into this so far.  Wishing you God’s blessings on this! That’s it for now.Have a blessed weekend!

Psalm 80:7;Deut. 18:18

Words:  also, almost, always, impossible, independent, lovable, thought, were, weather, whether, whole, hole

Gym clothes on Monday and Thursday

Library Books on Tuesday

Dictation and Memory Work on Friday

Grade 6

The students have been busy completing their art projects which are placed above their hooks in the hall. A job well done students. In Bible we are travelling along with the Israelites as we study the book of Numbers. Ask the students why this is such a suitable name for this Bible book. We learned the importance of keeping everything in an organized way and how this was done also with the use of trumpets. As we are reading the novel we are going over the vocabulary and deciding what part of speech each word is. Some words are a challenge. Do you know what adroitly, thrust of the canoe, maelstrom, flotilla, steerageway, and hummock mean? We hope that you were able to join us at the Open House. Have an enjoyable and blessed weekend.

Grade 7A

What a pleasure it was to have the community visit our class during, “Open House”. What a blessing it is to have home and school united in a common aim with a solid foundation. We start a new unit next week in science focusing on pure substances and mixtures. We’ll wrap up our study of how Upper Canada develops in history class and then begin a new unit examining the conflict and change surrounding the Rebellion of 1837. After learning why our school is named after John Calvin, we’ll switch back to Bible History and the Divided Kingdoms. In P.E. we’ll start practicing our track and field events as we prepare for the school meet…details to follow. Enjoy your weekend.

Grade 7B

We come to the end of our Church History unit on John Calvin and come back to Bible History looking at the Divided Kingdom. In Math, we come to our chapter on Global Economics, looking at the different types of markets in the world today. In Language Arts, we begin our novel study on “The Hobbit”. Independent Study continues with the interview confirmations and conducting the interviews. Please make sure that your student have sent the email requests and follow up on them so that way the interviews can get done in a timely manner! Devotions – Leah R. Have a great weekend!

Grade 8A

A busy week has quickly passed us by and we now enter the last full month of school in Grade 8! This week the students continued working/wrangling with inequalities during Math. In History we witnessed our long awaited PBL CPR presentations. In Science we began discussions on evaporation, sublimation, vaporization and more! Today we had the opportunity to welcome the supporting communities into our classrooms! Weather permitting, we also enjoyed our annual Hike for Hospice. Have a blessed weekend. Cheers, Mr. J

Grade 8B

Grade eights enjoyed all of the visitors at the open house.  We are continuing to work on our PBL projects and some of the plans are really starting to come together.  Ask your children to show you the results of their Church History tests.  Most students have good reason to be proud of their work.  We are beginning to study the reformation in France. 

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