Volume 24, Number 9,  November 4, 2022

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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

This week we began with a beautiful Reformation Day assembly.  We thank the grade 2b and 3a classes for an assembly which brought focus on the act of reforming or reshaping in the church but also to the importance of prayer. 

I have also heard from the Fall Fest committee that we have raised $40, 922 through this event.   Thank-you to the committee who put so much effort into this event. We also thank the community for there generous support in contributing to this event.

Today as you read this memo Miss VanderVeen will be getting married.   Congratulations!  She will, d.v. be returning to the school in a week as Mrs. Kelly.  This means that we will have two Mrs. Kellys at the school! (Gr 1 & 5). 

On Sunday Mr. Joosse will celebrate his birthday. I’m sure that he will be well spoiled by his family.  May God continue to bless you in your task in the upcoming year.

Our Early Years Mornings have been well attended.  We hope to have another one of these events on Wednesday.

Parents with students in grades six through eight may have seen an invitation for students to audition for the play Beauty and the Beast.  It is the first time in quite a while that we have had a production like this.  We thank the coordinators for their efforts.   The production of this event will likely happen at the end of March.

May God richly bless this coming week. JVI


Nov 6 – Mr. Joosse’s Birthday

Nov 9 – Early Years Morning

Nov 11 – Progress reports sent home

Nov 15/17 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov 18 – PD Day

Classroom News


We have started learning the first sounds of the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program. The students have learned the letter “m” and “a” sounds. They also have learned the difference between a consonant and a vowel.  Perhaps you could ask your child what the difference is! In Math we are learning how to print and recognize the numbers 6-10. These numbers are a little bit more tricky to make and a little bit more tricky to recognize.  Please practice counting to 10 with your child at home. Count as you walk up the stairs, while you walk to the bus stop or while you brush your teeth.  In Bible we have started to learn about a new Biblical character: Joseph.  We will see how the Lord remains faithful and present in the life of Joseph amidst the struggles that Joseph experiences.  Here’s a look at next week’s schedule:

Monday – SH: Sophia, Letter sound: t

Tuesday – SH: Ryland, Letter sound: t


Thursday – SH: William, Letter sound: d

Friday – SH: Jack, letter sound: d

Have a blessed weekend everyone. JB/SV

Grade 1

Just like that another Friday is upon us. We are thankful that so many students could return back to school after being sick and we continue to pray for those who are still away and not feeling well. Grade 1b was able to welcome Mrs. vanBrederode on Wednesday this week, as Miss VanderVeen prepared for her wedding today, Friday. We pray that she and Mr. Kelly have a wonderful day today as they begin their married life. Coming up next week, both classes hope to complete their social studies unit on Transportation and begin the next unit in science: Investigating Our Senses. Don’t forget that Monday’s are our Library days.

Memory Work: Hymn 54:1 Exodus 20: 2&3

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

Have a blessed weekend

Grade 2

It’s very clear from the many exciting stories we heard that the students enjoyed their long weekend. As teachers, we enjoyed the opportunity to gather in Fergus and delve further into the topic of treasuring our Reformed schools. The students and teachers alike were refreshed and ready to work on Monday morning! In Science class, we have been busy further exploring the properties of liquids and solids. In Math, we’ve learned about quadrilaterals and pentominoes. In Bible, we grew to understand how Jesus is the Bread of Life. We look forward to a new Language Arts unit called ‘Kids Excel’. It’s nice to switch topics to keep the students excited about their growing skills as readers. That’s all for this week! Have a blessed weekend! BV/RG

Grade 3

The Lord has given us another week to serve Him and each other.  May the Lord continue to bless the work of our hands for His glory.

Many students have been ill this week, and we pray for healing. Thank you to Grade 2b, 3a and their teachers for leading the Reformation assembly. On Tuesday, we have a Bible test.  Take the time to study boys and girls.  This is working heartily for the Lord.  We will switch to Church History after this test. Our novel study of Sarah, Plain and Tall has come to an end.  We now move on to classic tales such as Aladdin. We’re almost finished with our pioneer unit.  A test will follow soon.  Check your child’s agenda. Finally, we pray for Mrs. Poort as her husband has been diagnosed with cancer.  May the Lord grant strength and patience in this trial.  He is faithful.

Words; beautiful, before, discover, enough

Psalm 34:3; Text:  Genesis 15:5-6

Library books on Thursday.

Spelling Dictation, Memory Work, and Mission Money on Friday.

Grade 4

There are lots of fun things going on in grade 4: learning about the colour wheel, interesting Bible stories, new French words, and more. Looking ahead to next week, 4B will have a Bible quiz on Tuesday. Two quizzes on Thursday: grade 4A will have a music quiz (note names) Grade 4B will have a French quiz (clothing). On Friday, 4A will have a French quiz on je, tu, … Have a blessed and exciting weekend! MVA & KO 

Memory Work: Psalm 21: 1, 2; Text: Psalm 100: 4, 5

Spelling Words: art, master, smart, sisters, bar, finger, bark, paper, part, barrel, sand, says, matter, because

Grade 5

We enjoyed the assembly on Monday afternoon for Reformation Day. It’s good to stop and reflect on how God has guided all of history to where we are today. We praise Him for using the reformers to bring the church back to His Word. To Him alone be the glory! Both classes will be having a mid-unit 2 test for Bible class next week. Grade 5B will be writing theirs on Tuesday, and Grade 5A will be writing theirs on Wednesday. Grade 5B hopes to wrap up Unit 2 in Math with a test next week as well, after which we will move on to Unit 3, “Multiply Whole Numbers”. We look forward to going to the cenotaph on Friday. Details can be found elsewhere in the Chronicle.

Devotions for next week are as follows:

5A – M. Keziah, Tu. Macen, W. Michael, Th. Ryan, F. Sawyer

5B – M. John, Tu. Zac, W. Zion, Th. Addison, F. Claire

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday! RK/KV

Grade 6

We continue to enjoy the beautiful weather during our recess breaks. Thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the fall fest, especially the organizers. Along with learning about trade, the students will also be learning 10 European countries and capitals. The students are working hard to complete their oak leaf template during art and soon hope to have them hanging in the hall. We will be using our keyboarding classes to research a bird in the coming week. Have an enjoyable weekend. TB/CVA

Grade 7

With the changing of the seasons so evident outside, it is only fitting that we are learning about climate in Geography. It has been an interesting discussion as we consider the possibility of climate change as well as the prospect of this change being caused by humans. Next week we will wrap up Bible History with the fulfillment of God’s promise of Kingship to David, and transition to Church History with the Holy Roman Empire at the start of the sixteenth century. In Science we are nearing the end of our structural strength and stability unit as we learn about the principles of stability. Also in science, the students are making head way on their science fair projects; be sure to ask your young scientist what their “question” is. In P.E. we were introduced to volleyball as well as to the multi-stage fitness test…BEEP TEST! Enjoy your weekend.

Grade 8

We have had some fun in science doing a week-long experiment with eggs to investigate how osmosis works over a selectively permeable membrane. This has also been an example of how students might set up their own experiment for the upcoming Science Fair. Last week 8B wrapped up a mini unit on coding using VEXcode VR and this week 8A took a turn. Students are enjoying programming a robot to make its way through a maze, crash a castle and draw some artwork. In writing class personal essays have been submitted (I have really enjoyed reading them!) and we move on to demonstrative speeches. Students will need to have their topics ready for the demonstrative speeches by Tuesday. Presentations will begin either Thursday or next Tuesday. 

Have a great weekend, AL, MJ, RT

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