Volume 22, Number 22, February 26, 2021

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General News

The purpose of John Calvin School is to assist and support parents in the education of their covenant children to the glory of God.  In accomplishing this mission, the vision of John Calvin School is to provide excellent Christ-centered education in service to God and our neighbour.

Hello again school community as we wrap another week of instruction at JCS, and in a couple of days’ time bring February to a close.  When we get back to school again on Monday, it will already be March.  Hope you enjoyed Monday’s surprise snow day.  The students still have some snow to play in but it is quickly disappearing thanks to some milder temperatures the last few days.  May our Heavenly Father provide the students, staff, and parents with all they need as they go about their activities for the month of March.

Final reminder regarding March Break:  Last week, in conjunction with Guido de Bres Christian high school and the other Feeder Schools (as well as being consistent with what other schools are doing), the board of JCS made the decision to move the March Break (March 12-19) to April 12-16.  Also, the day off planned for Friday, March 12 has been moved to Monday, March 15, thus creating a long weekend in the middle of March.  This, also, is in alignment with the high school and the feeder schools.   

Parent-teacher conferences: It was good to get together as teachers and parents this week (albeit by telephone or Zoom) to discuss the progress of your child(ren) to the end of the first term.  It was good to speak about matters that may help us to teach your son or daughter more effectively and for you, as parents, to continue to support the teachers on the home front.  May our Heavenly Father continue to bless this important communication between home and school as together we instruct His covenant children in the fear of His Name.  We have one more set of parent-teacher conferences planned (by request, teacher or parent) for the end of April.

May the Lord continue to provide for those in our community who need Him in a special way; be it those who are sick, who are impacted by the virus, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  In particular, we think of Dr. Ted VanRaalte, uncle of Miss VanderLaan, as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury as the result of a snowmobile accident.

We are thankful that Miss Hoeksema could return to her teaching task this week after being away because of mono.  May the Lord continue to provide her with health and strength for her work.  We thank Mrs. Annette Tenhage for filling in admirably in Grade 4A during Miss Hoeksema’s absence.

We congratulate Jason and Becky DeBoer with the birth of their son, Joshua Cornelius.  He is a brother to Taryn (KA).  All is well with the baby, mom, and the rest of the 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 Jason and Becky with everything they need as they raise their covenant children in the fear of his name. 

A few matters for your attention:

*A message to students (and parents):  Please be respectful to those who do or do not wear a mask.  There have been a few reported incidents of students being bullied for wearing a mask or for not wearing a mask.  It is the decision of parents for their child(ren) to wear or not wear a mask so please speak to your children to be considerate of others and to keep their comments to themselves.  Thank-you.

*Book Week, originally scheduled for February 16-19, has been rescheduled to April 19-23.

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

*The JCS Easter concert has been postponed to April 13 & 14, 2022, D.V.

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

Classroom News


Grade 1

We are getting very close to having done 100 days of school and we hope to celebrate that event on Monday.  We hope that the Grade 1 students will dress up as 100 year old people.  Everyone will have an opportunity for Show and Tell that day.  We asked them to bring a collection of 100 things (not food please).  They could be legos, socks, cotton balls, stuffies, etc.  We will read stories about 100 day and we will do some 100 day activities in Math. Please make sure that whatever the students wear, that it is still possible for them to wear snow pants and boots, etc. so that they can enjoy their recess breaks outdoors. With the melting snow, many of the children come inside with wet socks and sometimes pants. Can you please put an emergency pair of pants in their backpacks and some extra socks? We hope to have a Math test on Thursday or Friday of next week.

Memory Work:  Psalm 87:2 (March 5), Text:  Psalm 111:10 (March 12)

Spelling words:  fun, here, new, off, old

sight words:  water, were, earth, nothing, also

Grade 2

Greetings at the end of another week in Grade 2! We have had a productive week of learning. In Church History, we finished learning about John Chrysostom and will write a brief quiz on Monday. We will prepare for the quiz in class and so, we will not be sending notes home for studying purposes. In Science class, we began to investigate Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases. In learning the difference between solids and liquids, we used the words shatter and splatter.  Ask your child about what we did with eggs! It was certainly egg-citing!  As the weather begins to change, it is very apparent that spare socks are important! Please check your child’s backpack to see if they have their spare pair. Have a wonderful weekend! BV/RG 

Memory work: Psalm 110:4 

Text: Luke 9: 23, 24

Spelling: Review 

Quiz: Church History – Monday

Grade 3

Bonjour! Welcome back after another short week. We finished our Church History unit with a quiz on Rev. de Cock and look forward to hearing Bible stories dealing with the book of Exodus. In our Science classes, we continue to explore heat and temperature. Ask us to define:  evaporation, condensation, melting, freezing, heat, and thermal energy. Math is all about division and sharing things in EQUAL groups.  Continue to practice your multiplication facts too, girls and boys. Thank you, parents, for your continued support and prayers in this term.  May the LORD continue to bless our efforts of covenantal education for His glory. J.B./M.P.

WORDS:  by, buy, one, won, winner

Hymn 2:1; Text:  10 plagues

Memory Work on Friday.

Mission $$ on Friday.

Library Books in a BAG on Thursday.

Grade 4

We are so thankful that Mrs. Tenhage was able to fill in for Miss Hoeksema while she was home recovering from mono. We look forward to Miss Hoeksema being back in the classroom full time soon as well. Keep working on the times table practice (4A, 6 times table and 4B, 7 times table). Students should also still be reading at least 20 minutes daily at home.

Spelling Unit 23: she’s, you’re, wore, someone, we’re, born, won’t, storm, everyone, fort, nothing, forgot, twelve, doesn’t

Thursday: Science Test Living Things

Friday: Spelling Test Unit 23

Memory work: Psalm 121: 5-8, Psalm 9: 4, 5 (next week Psalm 30:1)

Grade 5

We were able to fully wrap up our work with “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” this week.The students presented their dioramas, which were very well done, and we watched the movie today. We are almost finished Unit 4 in Bible, and we will be having a test on that on Thursday. After that, we will begin Unit 5, our last Bible unit, where we will study Christ’s suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension. Have a good weekend and a blessed Sunday. RK/KV

Devotions: 5A – M. AJ, Tu. Jackson, W. Katie, Th. Jacob, F. Charlotte

5B – M. Kingston, Tu. Sarina, W. Gavin, Th. Lucas, F. Jenna   

Grade 6

We are going to complete our study of Genesis soon. This week, we discussed how it would have been a challenge for Joseph to remain faithful to the LORD while he was in Egypt. We also discussed the change that happened between the brothers over the 20 years since Joseph had been sold. This would make the way for unity through confession of sin and forgiveness. As we study more about the brain, we are again amazed at our amazing Creator. Ask the students which side of their brain is the dominate one and also what activities they would be interested in as a result. Have a blessed weekend. AW/CV

Grade 7A

After taking a pause to compare our novel study, “The Hobbit” with the screen adaptation, we’ll delve back into the story next week with hills and riddles. In Church History, Ulrich Zwingli has joined the Reformation in Zurich and next week he will join Luther for a colloquy at Marburg; will the Swiss and German Protestants come to an agreement and join forces against Roman Catholic persecution? We’ll wrap up rates, ratios and percents in Math next week and move on to measurement, both imperial and metric. Be sure to ask your child what battle they are researching from the War of 1812, also ask them what their Independent Study journal article is about. Enjoy your weekend. 

Grade 7B

In Church History, we have seen how the LORD prepared Zwingli to become a Reformer throughout his early life, and next week we will see how this preparation helps him in reforming Zurich. In History, we have started our large War of 1812 project, and will continue that next week as well. In Language Arts, we continue working our way through the novel, “The Hobbit”. In Math, we will begin Chapter 8 next week, looking at Measurement and converting measurements to different units. Independent Study has moved to the next stage of the process, looking at journal articles. We have selected our journal articles and next week we will create an annotated bibliography with those articles! Have a great weekend!

Grade 8

What a difference five days can make! From a surprise snow day on Monday to a steady melt the rest of the week. In Accelerated Math we continued to work our way through unit 7 and will have a mid-unit test on Tuesday. In History we continue through Ch.9 and our writing unit, ‘Introduction to Essay writing.’ This week we worked on our thesis and points and students have their rough drafts due on Monday. This week we also began our unit on the Reformation in Scotland. We spent time learning about the situation in Scotland in the 16 century and also covered the story of Patrick Hamilton. Finally, on Friday we wrapped up our mini ball hockey unit and hope to begin Basketball next week. Have a blessed weekend. Cheers, Mr. J & Ms. P

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