Volume 21, Number 25, March 12, 2020

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General News

Greetings from the school everyone as we bring another short week of teaching and learning to an end. Students and staff alike are looking forward to some rest and relaxation during the March Break. May the Lord be near to us all and keep us safe and in good health during the break, whether we are spending it at home or somewhere else on vacation.  For those travelling during the March Break, in the midst of the COVID-19 (corona virus) concerns, please consult the CDC website https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices for advisories, especially if you are flying out of the country.  If you are planning to travel to a Level 3 zone, please let the school know.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

May the Lord continue to provide for those in our community who need Him in a special way; be it those who are sick, are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the recent death of a loved one.  In particular, we think of the family of Mr. Herman Poort, Mrs. Marilyn Breukelman, and Mrs. Minny Poort and her family in The Netherlands.  

Thank you everyone for your words of comfort and support with the passing away of my dad. They are much appreciated.  We are encouraged and comforted knowing that dad was a man of faith, and he is now in glory with his wife and all the saints.  

A few items for your attention:

*Thanks again everyone for your participation in the annual “Toonies for Anchor” campaign.  The envelopes will be passed on to the Anchor Association.   

*Thank you Dwayne and Nicole Muis for the Kleenex Box donation.  Much appreciated.

*The final for the Grades 4-6 Great Canadian Geography Challenge was held yesterday.  It was a very close competition with less than ten points separating the top ten scores.  We congratulate the following students who finished in the top three: 

1st place             Joel DeVries

3rd place              Theo Witten   

2nd place              Reuben Hofsink

*Basketball practices for all three teams continue on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after the March Break:  Monday after school (Girls’ and Boys’ teams), Wednesday at lunch recess (Coed team) and Thursday after school (Boys’ and Coed teams).  The tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 27 at the Dofasco/Arcelor-Mittal Center in Stoney Creek.  The schedule for the tournament is as follows:

Girls                                                    Coed

9:00        JCS vs Heritage              9:00      JCS vs ACRES

10:00     JCS vs Grace                   10:00     JCS vs Timothy

1:30        JCS vs ACRES                11:30     JCS vs Bellstone

2:30        Semi-finals                        1:30      JCS vs Credo

4:00        Final                                    2:30       Final


8:30        JCS vs Heritage

11:30     JCS vs Timothy

2:00        JCS vs Rehoboth

2:30        Semi-finals

4:00        Final

The girls’ team, the coed team and their coaches will be able to take a bus to the Dofasco Center; however, parents of the basketball players will need to pick-up their children from the venue when our participation is done.  Mr. Joosse and Mr. Witten are looking after arranging morning rides for the boys’ team because of their earlier start.  

*As school community, we are planning a Spring Food Drive in support of West Lincoln Community Care.  The food drive is scheduled to take place from Monday, March 23 to Thursday, April 9. 

*Included with today’s edition of the Chronicle is the ASC spring newsletter.  

*Lost and Found:  We would like to empty the lost and found box again so, if you have an opportunity, 

please look through the box to make sure your child’s belongings have not taken up residence.  


*Just a reminder that the school is still collecting can tabs for wheelchairs.

*The first day back after the break is Monday, March 23.

*Parents whose first child is entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 are reminded of the welcome/information evening scheduled for the evening of April 2nd.  Stay tuned for more details, i.e. time.

*The ASC (Assisting the Special Child) committee has scheduled its annual spring meeting for Thursday, April 30th at Grace Christian School in Millgrove beginning at 8:00 p.m.  The topic for the evening is Disability Education for All Church Members:  Everybody Fits and the speaker is Mrs. Andrea Foster.

Have an enjoyable March Break everyone and we’ll touch base again in a fortnight, D.V. G. Hofsink

Classroom News


Another school week completed for Kindergarten. Thank you to Mrs deBoersap for coming in on Tuesday to teach for Miss Broersma.  The students absolutely loved having you here and for the silyl songs you could sing with them!   In language, the students learned the letter name and sound for Vv.  In math the students continued to learn how to read and solve subtraction sentences.  After the March Break the students will be learning the letter name and sound for Yy.  We will be continuing our learning of subtraction sentences as well as recognizing and writing numbers larger than 20.  Have a blessed March Break and see you all after the break.  JB/NV

Grade 1

It’s hard to believe the March Break is already here.  Both students and teachers have been looking forward to the break.  Today we finished our Bible unit with a test.  Look for the results in your child’s bag.  We have had a lot of fun in our Science unit this week.  Ask your child what a constellation is and if they remember the names of some constellations.  Maybe you could check out the night sky during the break to see if you are able to spot some of them.  We have finished our unit on long vowels and completed the test on Wednesday.   Continue reading with your children and encourage them to sound out the letters to read unfamiliar words.  We will be working on r blends in Phonics after the break.  Congratulations to Matthew Van Dam for reading the most pages in Grade 1A,. and Liam Huizinga in Grade 1B.  Well done, boys!  Keep reading during the break, Grade One.  We pray that you will have an enjoyable Spring break with your children.  May the Lord guide your travels and bring us all safely back to school in due time.  Have a blessed Sunday.

Memory Work for Friday,  March 27 – Psalm 93:4; Psalm 8:1

Spelling Words:  run, tell, us, went, why

Grade 2

In Church History this week we have finished learning about Polycarp. We were able to see how the Lord used Polycarp to confess His word before men. When we come back from the March Break we will continue with Church History and learn about Martin Luther. In Reading we have started our novel study on “The Drinking Gourd”. The students are very interested in the novel and are looking forward to reading the rest of it! The students have also been very hard at work in writing class! They are very eager to bring home their letters and can’t wait for parents to read them, so enjoy! Have a safe and relaxing March Break, see you when we come back! LS/BV

Memory Work: Psalm 139:1 and Luke 9: 23-24

Spelling Words: phone, ride, skate, children, best

Grade 3

Here we are again! March break is around the corner! We finished our Exodus unit with a test. Please check your child’s agenda for the results. Our next unit will be Church History.  We hope to hear about a man named Rev. H. deCock. In Math, we continue to explore perimeter, area, transformations, and symmetry. Continue to practise multiplication facts, Grade Three. Science is all about heat and conduction. Ask us about all the activities that we’ve done! That’s it for now. Have a blessed and safe March Break.

Words:  another, confusion, I’m, its, it’s

Hymn 37:1,2; Text:  Exodus 20: 1-6

Gym clothes on Tuesday and Friday. Library books on Thursday.

Mission $$ on Friday.

Grade 4

Grade 4 students have been hard at work completing their Canada brochures! After the break, the students will wrap up this project with a short presentation to the class on what they have learned about their province/territory. In Science, we have been looking at living things and their habitats. We are almost at the end of this unit as well, so the students can expect a science test in the second week after the break. After that, we hope to move on to the highly anticipated Medieval unit! More details to come on that. We hope that you have a restful March Break.

Spelling Words: caught, everyone, people, having, houses, doesn’t, knew, nothing, cherries, remember, cupboard, think.

Memory Work: Hymn 35:4/Psalm 121: 1-4

Upcoming Memory Work: Hymn 22:1/ Psalm 121: 5-8

Grade 5

We had an enjoyable afternoon on Wednesday at the Geography Challenge. Well done, Logan K., Madden, Logan T., and Reuben, as well as all the other participants! We fully wrapped up our novel study on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeby watching the movie today, and the dioramas went home. We all thoroughly enjoyed this book! We will be having a Bible Test on Friday, March 27 on Unit 5. Duotangs will be going home Wednesday and Thursday for studying. That will also mark the end of Bible for the year, after which we will be moving on to Church History.

It sounds like many of the students have gotten started on their planet projects, which is great to hear. Just a reminder – this should be an inexpensive project. 🙂 Have an enjoyable and relaxing March Break! RK/KV 

Devotions: 5A – M. Morgan S., Tu. Meghan, W. Madden, Th. Maraya, F. Sierra

5B – M. Russell, Tu. Logan, W. Taiya, Th. Jenna, F. Camrynne

Grade 6

The students participated in the final round of the geography challenge. Congratulations to Joel, Reuben H., and Theo for placing in the top 3. We would appreciate having some stuffing for our art projects. If you have old pillows please bring them to school so that we can reuse the stuffing. Have an enjoyable and safe break. AF/CV

Grade 7A

It has been a busy past few weeks in Grade 7A. Our, “extra curricular” events are done with and there are fewer interruptions to our daily schedule. We’re able to “fire on all cylinders” and make headway into assignments and projects. Some students are finding themselves “in a hole” at work; they’re not done a task or assignment and while they try to finish their work, more work is assigned. The advice given to students who “find themselves in a hole” is.to stop digging. The expectations placed on students are are realistic and attainable; as was pointed out to them, the students are closer to the start of Grade Eight then they are to the beginning of Grade Seven. In LA we compared the first six chapters of the novel “The Hobbit” with the movie “An unexpected Journey”. The verdict is that the book is always better. Students have finished their annotated bibliography in Independent Study and have provided concise, effective reviews of their topic journal articles. We wrapped up Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation; we move back to Bible History and the Kingdom of Peace under Solomon. Enjoy your Break.  

Grade 7B

Following the March Break, we are beginning a number of new chapters. In Accelerated Math, we will be looking at Rates, Ratios, and Percentages. We have come to the close of our Church History unit on the Swiss Reformation and now we will be switching gears and looking at how the LORD establishes a Kingdom of Peace with David’s son, Solomon. In Language Arts, we will be moving on to chapters 7-8 of “The Hobbit”. Independent Study is beginning an exciting new step of the research process, which will be the interview. In History, we have also started our War of 1812 Project, where students will be researching and re-enacting a battle from the War of 1812. Have a restful March Break!

Memory work – Ps. 31:13 and Isaiah 53:9-12.

Devotions – Mon – Mr. B, Tues – CDV, Weds – DG, Thurs – JK, Fri – DR.

Grade 8A

After the busyness that January and February bring to the senior grade levels we look eagerly to the break ahead. Students were busy this week with Density Investigations in Science. In Geography, we discussed how Christians should work with Sustainability. We also worked on producing a scale drawing of Solomon’s Temple in Mr.J’s Math class. Have a restful break! Cheers,Mr.J

Devotions: KJ

MW: Ps. 91: 2,3; Eph. 2: 1-5

Grade 8B

We have arrived at a much anticipated March Break.  Students have done a lot of work in the past weeks.  By the time you are reading this, they will have presented a brief French puppet play.  We have come to the end of our Church History unit.  I hope to have tests marked and returned after the March Break, along with a number of other outstanding assessments.  Some students would be well advised to work on their PBL projects for a while during the break.  We hope the students enjoy their time away from regular school routines and that they return with a renewed focus in a week’s time.

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