Volume 22, Number 5, October 9, 2020

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General News

Thank the Lord and come with praise;

Songs of jubilation raise

When the crop is gathered in

Ere the winter storms begin.

God, our Maker will provide

For our wants to be supplied.

Let his people all confess

His unchanging faithfulness.

Good Friday morning parents, grandparents, and supporting community as we bring another week – the first full week of October – of learning and teaching to a close.  Aside from some rain on Wednesday morning, we could enjoy some nice weather this week. For at least part of the weekend, the weather is also looking good for those going camping or cottaging. May our Heavenly Father continue to provide us with all we need as we go about our daily work whether it is at school or at home. We congratulate David and Brooke Baartman with the birth of their son, Carter Joshua. He is a brother for Avery (KB) and Evan (2B). All is well with mom and son, and the rest 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 David and Brooke with all they need as they raise their children in the fear of His Name.

A few items for your attention:

*Reminder:  The past week or so, we have noticed that a number of parents are dropping off their children after school has started.  Please note that school starts at 8:00.  Thank you.

*Today, the goods collected from our food drive were picked up by West Lincoln Community Care. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work that is being done to provide for the needy in West Lincoln and the surrounding communities.  Thanks again everyone for your participation in this act of service for the broader community.

*New fundraiser: Last week, an email was sent to the school community about this new opportunity to raise funds for the school, in particular class trips. Here it is again, one more time:

     As you know, we were unable to run our annual World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser in September, but our fundraising needs have not gone away.

     We have found a remarkable new eco-friendly product our families can purchase through an online store created just for our school. Our school will earn 20% of the profit from every purchase, which will help fulfill our fundraising needs while doing the earth a great deal of good! All products purchased ship directly to the purchaser, with no shipping charges.

     Tru Earth Eco-Strips are the smartest way to clean laundry, period. They are ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly; just one strip will power through dirt and grime in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE). Additionally, they are:

·  paraben-free

·  phosphate-free

·  free of added dyes

·  free of chlorine bleach

·  free of 1,4-dioxane

·  biodegradable

·  vegan



·  the perfect choice for a fundraiser we can run all year!

     You’ll find several other eco-friendly products on our online store (produce bags, wool dryer balls, washable makeup remover pads, metal straws, bamboo cutlery… Our school earns a 20% profit on every purchase we make through our online store for the entire school year. Prices start as low as $12.95.  Visit our online store at https://fundraising.tru.earth/JohnCalvin   All products purchased ship directly to the purchaser, with no shipping charges. The campaign remains open until the end of the school year, so you can place orders at your convenience and replenish your stock as needed while supporting our cause.

     When you use Tru Earth Eco-Strips, you will feel confident that you are taking care of your family and their future on this planet. If we all make the switch to Tru Earth, our profits will really add up! Please share our school store https://fundraising.tru.earth/JohnCalvin with friends and family everywhere. Our school will earn profits on their purchases as well.   Our school store is open now. Be sure to check it out and place your orders right away!

*Special Lunch:  Thanks again, Ladies Auxiliary, for the delicious Hot Dog lunch last week Friday.

*Veggie Chop-Chop: The grade eight students along with their parents and teachers have already solicited many of you to buy chopped veggie packs and jars of red pepper jelly to help raise funds for their year-end trip to Gatineau Park and the nation’s capital. Once again, we have been given permission to use the facilities at Niagara Gleaners in order to chop the veggies. They will be chopping on Tuesday of next week and the veggies will be bagged at and distributed from the school on Wednesday.  Veggie pick-up will take place from the church parking lot.  We are again very thankful to the Niagara Gleaners for the opportunity to use their facility. 


*A couple of reminders from the Library: 

* If students are unable to find a library book, they need to pay $10.00 for the missing book.  Some students have been bringing in book donations as a “payment” for lost library books, but this means that the library often receives multiple copies of books already in the library.  The $10.00 allows the librarians to replace lost books. 

* Please send back overdue books from last school year with your child/children as soon as possible.  The librarians will appreciate it.  Any books not returned will be presumed to be lost and students (parents) will be asked to pay whatever they owe for the lost books. 

*Bullying Awareness Week:  We are planning our first theme week from October 13-16.  This year it will focus on raising awareness about bullying.  The theme chosen for the week is:  Being A Light!  The theme text is 1 John 2:9,10, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brighter is still in the darkness.  Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.”  The theme songs for the week are:

• Singing:  This Little Light of Mine (Grades K-2)

• Singing:  They’ll Know We Are Christians (Grades 3-8)

• Listening/Sing Along:  Don’t Laugh At Me by Mark Wills

 Several activities have been planned for the week including: 

• Pre-Bullying Awareness Week:  Each class was involved in making posters or colouring pages devoted to bullying awareness.

• Daily messages from the Bullying Awareness committee

• Theme Activities:  Grades K-3 – Lend a Hand to Stop a Bully; Grades 4-8 – Performing a skit or song based on the theme with a focus on Cyberbullying

• Culminating activity:  recording the singing of the theme songs outside on the church parking lot, weather permitting

• Tuesday:  Introduction to the theme week; in-class activities 

• Wednesday:  Wearing yellow/white to reflect the theme- Being a Light!

• Thursday: heightened awareness about cyberbullying, reviewing the revised Bullying Awareness Protocol

• Friday:  Virtual skit or song presentations by students from Grades 4-8.

• Please spend time at home discussing the topic with your children.

*Due date for News and Views contributions is Monday, October 19.

*The due date for picture orders is Thursday, October 15.  Picture retakes are tentatively scheduled for November 4.

*The annual Anchor Work Day is coming up in three weeks time (October 30).  The usual information about the event will be sent home with your son or daughter next week.  The confirmation slip needs to be returned on or by Monday, October 19.  When considering job opportunities with your son or daughter, please keep in mind COVID-19 protocols.  It is good for the students in Grades 7&8 to be involved in this community service for one of our Reformed institutions.

                Enjoy the long weekend everyone whether you are spending it at home, camping or at a cottage.  Have a blessed Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday.  The Lord willing, we will touch base again in a week’s time.  G. Hofsink

Classroom News


Wow! We have completed our first week in October! Time is going by so fast and the students are quickly settling into the routines and structures of kindergarten. Keep up the good work, kindergarten! The month of October always seems to provide the most challenges in what our students should wear to school.  In the morning, it is quite cold and then by lunchtime it is quite warm.  Please try to dress your child in layers so that they can adapt to the changing weather. This week the students have worked very hard learning how to make patterns. They have learned how to make an ABAB, ABBABB, AABAAB, ABCABC, and ABCD pattern! I’m so impressed by how quickly they learned these patterns. In Bible we continued to learn about the life of Abraham. The students were amazed that God truly can give babies to old people! The sacrifice of Isaac caused many different emotions for the students from joy to sadness to some anger. We talked about how we need to love God more than anything else in our lives as well. Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!  JB/NV

Grade 1

We will be finishing another Bible unit by the end of the week.  Students will be tested on Friday. Please read over the notes with them on Thursday night. If your child missed a day, take some time to review the stories they missed. Spelling and sight words are presenting quite a challenge for the students as is the Memory Work. Please take some time to review these items each evening. They can all be found in your child’s agenda. We will be reviewing sight words from the last four weeks…. no new words, but review is still badly needed. Both grade one teachers are posting work in the Google Classroom when a child misses a day. Please check it out. Wishing all grade ones and their families a wonderful thanksgiving.

Memory Work:  Psalm 116:1 and Genesis 17:7

Spelling words:  at, be, from, have, this

Sight words:  20 words (see agenda)

Grade 2

This week, our science unit on bones and muscles has come to an end. The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about our bodies and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We will have a quiz on Thursday and will begin our next unit which is on health and safety. Please put extra socks/clothes in student’s bags; with wet weather we have had students coming inside with wet feet. We are looking forward to our theme week next week to learn more about bullying awareness. Enjoy the long weekend! Happy Thanksgiving! LS/BV

Memory Work: Psalm 43:3; Text: Isaiah 9:2

Wednesday: Wear yellow or white

Thursday: Bones & Muscles Quiz

Spelling Words: really, what, our, line, whom

Grade 3

What a busy week! The children had their Pioneer quiz, and Church History quiz on John Eliot. Great job, boys and girls. We will turn back to Bible History after the long weekend, DV. In Reading class we have been reading about Pioneers and are working on our pamphlets. They are looking really great! Soccer skills keep us busy in gym class. Our Pioneer day is tentatively set for Wednesday, October 28. Details will follow soon. Greetings, and have a blessed Thanksgiving. Let all the earth, O God our Saviour, your love and faithfulness extol. The land has yielded through your favour its harvest rich and bountiful (B.o.P. Ps. 67:3 1st part).

Memory work: Ps. 19:1   Text: Gen. 3:15

Spelling words: getting, laughed, schools, to, too, two (and know when to use them)

Library on Thursday, Mission $ on Friday

Grade 4

We hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy your time spent with family. Keep reading and practicing your math facts!

Thursday: 4B Addition Quiz

Friday: 4A Bible Test David, Spelling Unit 6, Memory Work: Psalm 130:2, 1 Sam. 15:22

Memory Work: Hymn 76:3

Grade 5

This past week, Grade Five has wrapped up the first Bible unit about Jesus’ early years.  We will spend a few days reviewing and plan to write our test on Thursday.  We have been building on our estimating and addition skills in Chapter 2 of our math program and will be working with decimals next week.  Many beautiful posters have been created in preparation for our Bullying Awareness Week and we look forward to seeing others in the hallways around the school.  Devotions scheduled for  5B are as follows:  Tu.- Tanya, W. – Blake, Th. – Liam, F. – Ella.  We wish you a restful weekend, worshipping on Sunday and reflecting on His goodness to us.  There is so much to be thankful for! RK/KVL 

Grade 6

Welcome to October, Grade 6! How beautiful the colours of autumn are to behold and how lovely the cool crisp air is each morning.  Grade 6has been hard at work in all their subjects. We have been spending time learning about how God used men such as Charlemagne and Hildebrand to preserve His church.  One of the students asked the great question…Why did God use men like this when they weren’t necessarily good men?  This was a beautiful stepping stone to the reminder that we are all sinful but that God uses sinful men for His glory and to further His Church.  What fabulous discussions we have been having in our Church History classes. Science tests have been written and we will continue with our unit on Flight. In Math we are near the completion of Chapter 1 so tests are on the horizon there as well. Make sure to check your child’s agendas for further notices on that. Have a fabulous long weekend and a blessed Sunday. SO/CV

Grade 7A

Another productive week has come to an end in Grade Seven “A” as we continue training for a life of service to God and the neighbor. We worked with greatest common factors and least common multiples in Math and we’ll wrap up our chapter soon with a test. In Geography we’ve been designing our own watershed in Google Drawings and next week we hope to visit Wainfleet Public Beach in order to create our watersheds and test them; more details to follow.  In History we learned about the Roman Catholic Church’s response to the Reformation, the counter-Reformation, and in turn we learned about the Jesuits and their role in Canadian history. Our Grade Seven “A” initiated Food Drive for West Lincoln Community Care came to a close this week. We typically bring the food donations to WLCC and get a tour of the facility and volunteer in some capacity, but due to COVID that was not the case this year. Enjoy your long weekend.

Grade 7B

In Bible History, we have seen David anointed by Samuel as the king after the LORD’s heart, and next week we will look at how the LORD spares David from Saul’s attacks. In History, we are nearing the end of the Fur Traders and Missionaries and will be looking at how the Crown takes charge. In Geography, we look forward to our trip to the Wainfleet Public Beach to build our river systems. Please remind your child to bring their supplies (shovel, large pail, and strainer) to school on Tuesday. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Grade 8

And just like that Thanksgiving weekend is here! Many of us were absent already on Friday and we pray that all may enjoy a safe and healthy weekend with family and friends. This past week we wrote our first math test in accelerated math. In History we analyzed 5 different factors that pushed the BNA colonies towards Confederation. Our PE class was rained out on Wednesday but we were still able to complete our beep test and a fun game of capture the flag! In Science we discussed diffusion, osmosis, mitosis and active transport. Have a great weekend and blessed Thanksgiving. Cheers, Mr. J & Ms. P

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