Volume 21, Number 15, December 20, 2019

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General News

Greetings everyone as we share with you the last Chronicle for the calendar year, 2019.  The students and staff are looking forward to the two-week Christmas Break; a time for family and friends and renewed energy.  Thank you, parents, for the support you continue to show to the staff through prayer and commitment to Reformed education; and as an extension of that support, through cards and gifts your children have given to their teachers and staff during the past week and earlier.  This is all very much appreciated.  May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work that the parents and the staff do together in instructing the covenant children He has entrusted to us.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

                This past Wednesday afternoon and again last evening, we could enjoy two wonderful performances of the JCS Christmas concert, The Promise of the King is Fulfilled.  The students did a great job as did our director, the accompanists, the student musicians, and the descant singers.  We thank the Lord for the many gifts and talents that He has given our community.  It was great to see such a large audience of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and members of our community in attendance at both performances; the church was full for each performance.  Thank you for coming out and joining the students and staff in singing praises to His Almighty Name.  Thanks also to those who helped in cleaning up the risers, etc. after the concert.  Much appreciated.

During this festive season, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who need the Lord in a special way, whether they are grieving, dealing with serious illness, or coping with difficult family circumstances.  At Christmas, it can often be a more lonely and difficult time for those who are experiencing these situations.  May our good and gracious God be near to them

                We thank and praise the Lord that Mrs. Lorna Schulenberg has been hired to teach Grade 2A when Mrs. Gansekoele goes on maternity leave.  Mrs. Schulenberg will be teaching the duration of the second semester, beginning February to end June.  Welcome on board the JCS team, Mrs. Schulenberg!

A few items for your attention:

*Lost and Found:  All remaining unclaimed items have been taken to the GBF, Bibles for Mission, or Value Village.

*You are invited to our “welcome back” New Year assembly on Monday, January 6 beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the gym.


*Today is a 2/3 day of school.   Students will be dismissed at 12:00 and the buses will be leaving at 12:10.  The Christmas Break is scheduled for December 23 to January 3.  The first day back in the new year is Monday, January 6.

We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a blessed 2020.  Have a safe and relaxing Christmas Break whether spending it at home or travelling elsewhere.  The Lord willing, we’ll touch base again in the new year.  G. Hofsink

Classroom News


What a week it has been in kindergarten.  Each day had a special activity.  Monday was PJ Day for KA.  Tuesday was green day for KB.  Wednesday was the matinee concert.  Thursday was green day for KA.  And it wrapped up with an evening concert on Thursday!  The students did such a great job singing!  Well done kindergarten! Both classes also were able to enjoy buddy reading and crafts with Gr 4A and Gr 6B.  After such a busy week, I’m sure the students will enjoy this much needed break.  Thank you so much for all the many Christmas presents!  We were definitely spoiled! We pray that you have a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year.  See you all in 2020.  JB and NV

Grade 1

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas concerts as much as we enjoyed performing for you.  The students are ready for the Christmas break.  Thank you for all the words of encouragement, cards and gifts we received. The Bible tests should be in your child’s bag today.  We will begin a unit in Church History in the new year.  We will also begin a Mapping unit in Social Studies.  Have an enjoyable break with your families and a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Memory Work for Jan. 10 – Hymn 7:2; Ruth 1:16, 17a

Spelling Words:   some, like, would, her, make

Grade 2

It seems hard to believe that we’ve arrived at the final Chronicle for 2019. The students (and teachers) are quite ready for the holiday. We’re thankful for all your support and good wishes to us at this Christmas season. Thanks for coming to see our concerts…the students worked hard to learn all the songs, and it sure showed! In the new year, we will complete our Church History unit. We will also continue our studies of Nunavut in Social Studies. In the first week back, we also plan to hand out the remaining addition facts. The students are quite excited about it! Have a blessed holiday! BV/RG

Memory work: Hymn 65:1; Text: Deuteronomy 6:4,5

Spelling: were, sure, truck, sister, beautiful

Grade 3

“The LORD has once to David sworn,

An oath from which He will not turn:

“There will to you a child be born,

A Son who from your line will spring,

Whom on your throne I’ll set as king.”

Psalm 132:6  (Book of Praise)

Thanks for all the gifts, cards, encouraging words and prayers.

We appreciate it all immensely.To God be the Glory! J.B./M.P.

M.W.  Psalm 135:2,3; Text: Proverbs 3:9,10

Spelling Words:  See your child’s agenda

Grade 4

We hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and we wish you the Lord’s blessing in the upcoming New Year. We hope the break is restful and refreshing.

Memory Work: Psalm 13:1, (following week: Hymn 6:1, Bible Memory John 1: 1-4)

Grade 5

We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas concerts as much as we did. What a beautiful way to praise the Lord! Have a merry Christmas and we’ll see you back in the New Year! RK/KV

Devotions: 5A – M. Laura, Tu. Olivia, W. Angelina, Th. Silas, F. Logan

5B – M. Reuben, Tu. Ryeanne, W. Daeton, Th. Ella, F. Torey

Grade 6

And that’s a wrap! The students worked hard this week finishing up projects and preparing for the concert! Grade 6B students did a wonderful job performing joy to the world on the ukulele at the Christmas concert. Grade 6A has some amazing looking projects hanging in the hall after completing research on a specific bird of their choice! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas holiday! AF/CV

Grade 7A

After the break we’ll switch back to Bible History and carry on with the Shepherd King. In Math we’ve wrapped up plane geometry; it was a nice change and next we move on to expressions and equations. Thermal energy and heat technology is the focus of our new Science unit; next work week we’ll build a better energy barrier. Our independent study moves along as we’ll learn about academic writings and use Google Scholar to find a “white paper” about our topic. Enjoy your Break.

Grade 7B

The final week of the 2019 school year was a busy one of wrapping up a number of units in Math, Church History, and History. We look forward to starting up new chapters in the new year. I wish everyone a blessed Christmas break as we remember the birth of Christ and also the LORD’s providential care over us in 2019. Have a great break and see you all back on January 6, 2020! Devotions – Derek VW.

Grade 8A

By the time you are reading this, we will have completed two concerts.  Well done everyone! It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  We’ve been working hard to complete projects and assignments so that little/no homework needs to be done over the Christmas break.  On Thursday, we launched our PBL activity for this school year.  Students will have to do some thinking, talking and researching a skill they would like to learn.  They have been tasked with gathering information about their gifts, talents and characters so that they can make a decision about how they can learn a new skill in order to use their gifts and talents to serve the LORD and their community. Students will need to have narrowed down the possibilities on or before January 10, 2020.  Mr. Joosse has established a google classroom on which we will post project information. Thank-you to those who have shared a card and/or a gift with us. Also from us, we wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year. Miss Buist, Mrs. deBoer, Mrs. Holtvluwer, and Mr. Joosse

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