Volume 24, Number 36, June 9, 2023

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General News

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,… You are serving the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23, 24b

We’re reaching the end of the school year with a flurry of activity.  Today the grades seven and eight classes are in Hamilton for the annual track and field meet. The weather has turned more favourable and we wish them blessings as they enjoy God’s gifts in these events.

On Monday the grade 8 class will be heading out to Ottawa.  This event has taken a lot of planning.  The group will be staying at Fitzroy Provincial Park near Ottawa. The regular venue of Gatineau Park was unavailable due to construction at the park. We wish them a blessed week together as they explore our nation’s capital and spend a  week together as JCCS students.

A reminder that our field trips will be on June 20th this year.  K-3 will go to Marineland and 4-6 will go to Wet ‘n Wild.   We are still looking for volunteers and have extended thee deadline to Monday. Volunteers will have to pay their way. The cost is $24.80 for Marineland and $31.50 for Wet ‘n Wild.   Students are to wear JCS t-shirts for this trip.  If you do not have one you can contact the office or have your student wearing a royal blue shirt to match.  This makes it easier for our students to be identified.

I would like to remind parents that we would like to have all of the library books returned to the school so that we can have them all put away and ready for the upcoming school year

On Friday we hope to have our local field day.  We invite you to come and join us at the school as well!.

The staff will challenge the grade 8 class to a baseball game on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:30.  The rain date is June 22nd.  You are more than welcome to join and watch us for this event.

Our closing assembly will be on June 23rd at 11:15 a.m. in the school gym.  You are cordially invited to that as well.

On June 26th our grade eight class hopes to graduate.  The graduation ceremony will be held in the Smithville Canadian Reformed Church at 6:30 p.m.   You are all welcome!   JVI


Wednesday – Grade 7 to Fort George

Friday – Field Day

Classroom News


The highlight of the week was going to Happy Rolph’s and the splash pad! Perhaps the best part of the day, at least for Miss Jes, was seeing the giant ship go through the lock, though the students may have different best parts of the day! Thank you so much to the parents who came along on the trip as well as bus driver Mrs. Brandy for taking us for the day. Thank you again to Mrs. Deboersap who was willing to come in on Monday and Tuesday to teach for me! The students thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you and learning from you! Please return all library books and library bags as soon as possible. Here’s a look at next week:

Monday – CYG – Ryan

Tuesday – Jonah/Kara

Wednesday – Combined day

Thursday – NO SCHOOL for kindergarten

Friday – Combined day – PLAY DAY!

Grade 1

It’s Friday and according to the calendar it is our last regular Friday of this school year! How did the time go by so quickly?

This week we finished up our Church History unit on Church Life. We hope to spend some time switching gears and learning about some men who God used in the history of the church. A huge thank-you to Rev. Bouwman for taking the time to take the grade 1 classes on a tour of Smithville church!

We are looking forward to this coming Friday as we hope to enjoy a day outside with field day activities. Your child will be told their group name and number on Thursday. We are also looking for some more volunteers to lead groups for our year end trip in both classes. We would love to have you come and spend the day with us, please let the office know if you are able to come. In regards, to the trip if you would like a JCS shirt and don’t have one the office has some, or a similar colour all blue shirt will do as well.

This coming week marks the final week of spelling words and memory work:

Memory Work: Hymn 84:1

Spelling words: jump, nice, quit, shout, talk

Have a wonderful weekend! KK, EVG

Grade 2

This week we’ve enjoyed some more activities as we count down to the last day of school! We had an energy day where we watched videos throughout the day for brain breaks, we had a gum day, a picnic lunch, crazy sock day, and today we didn’t wear shoes in the classroom! The students are excited to see what next week’s activities will be! This week we wrapped up our reading unit on Sir Gus. Next week we hope to have some fun with a mini unit on The Day the Crayons Quit! Just a reminder to please make sure library books come back before the end of the year as well as your child’s math fact cards. Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday! RG & BV 

Grade 3

The children are very interested in hearing about the judges of Israel. Ask them about the first few judges and what they did. In math we continue on with our geometry unit. The stories in our CKLA unit are quite interesting. Our memory work has come to an end. Slowly but surely things are winding down. We are looking forward to Local Field Day next week Friday. Remember to wear good running shoes, bring a labelled water bottle, and slip, slap, slop on the sunscreen lotion for that day. The Ladies Auxiliary and all those helping will be providing us with a yummy snack, lunch and fruit. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Thursday: Mission $

Grade 4

We look forward to a field trip this coming Wednesday to wrap up our science unit on habitats and living things. We hope to explore both biotic and abiotic factors in two different habitats/ ecosystems.

Wednesday: Field Trip (dress for the weather)

Thursday: Memory work, Mission money; French Animal Quiz 2 (4B)

Friday: Field Day (Play Day)

Memory Work: Ps. 76: 1; Revelation 21: 3, 4

Grade 5

Even though the end of the year is drawing close, we are still very busy in grade 5! We have finished reading “Mystery at Cranberry Farm” and now are starting our cereal box book report and the students are quite excited about this! We continue to learn about the New Testament Church. 5B will be writing a Quiz on Lesson 5 on Thursday June 15. Devotions for the week are as follows: 5A – Ryan (M), Sawyer (Tu), Sophia (W), Ashleigh (Th), Avery (F). and for 5B – Claire (M), Eddie (Tu), Holden (W), Seth (Th), Azlynne (F). Have an enjoyable weekend! RK/KVL

Grade 6

It is hard to believe that we only have 2 more weeks left in Grade 6 at JCCS. The year has flown by! The next week will continue with our regular work. With the forerunners of the Reformation behind us, both classes are moving back into Bible History. In LA, we are nearing the end of our novel study on “Lost in the Barrens. In Social Studies, we have started looking at the early explorers that came to North America. Next week will close out with Field Day on Friday. A reminder to students to make sure that they have proper footwear/shoelaces. This is also the year where Grade 6 students will either be leaders or runners on their respective teams. This gives them an opportunity to lead by example and encourage their younger brothers and sisters in Christ to use their gifts and talents in a God-glorifying way. We look forward to seeing them step up to this task. Have a great weekend.

Grade 7

The main event of the week was the Track and Field Tournament. Trusting that all went well today, we’re thankful for being able to set and surpass personal bests, and compete in events with others. For many this will be their only exposure to such a format. The Company are now prisoners of the Wood Elves and they have a deadline to meet on the Lonely Mountain; will they make it? In History we learned what responsible government is and how the citizens of Upper Canada achieved it, through open rebellion and violence. Do the actions justify the means? Next week Wednesday will be our Niagara Trip, please refer to the earlier email sent this past week. Enjoy your weekend. 

Grade 8

On Monday morning, at around 4 a.m. the Lord willing, 31 grade 8 students, two haggard looking staff, several crazy eyed chaperones and one directionally challenged bus driver plan to depart for the much anticipated graduation trip to Timbuktu er… Ottawa. Throughout the course of the week, we plan to hike, explore caves, raft down the mighty Ottawa river, and tour our nation’s capital. As such, and considering all the busyness of packing and prepping, we have nothing else to report on for this chronicle edition. Have a blessed weekend, Mrs. Ludwig, Mrs. Tesfaye, Mr. J

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