1 March 26, Bully Brave SAVE THE DATE APRIL 18th at 7:00 p.m. As you know, we have been taking time at school to have all our our students take part in Bully Brave sessions. These are student friendly educational sessions that teach our students how to recognize and handle bullying, our second session of Bully Brave is coming up this week! Parents, now you too will have an opportunity to attend a session on Bullying specifically for PARENTS. Join us on April 18 at 7:00 p.m. to hear from the experts at Bully Brave as they share on topics such as conflict vs bullying, different types of bullying and how you can support your child whether they are the target or the aggressor. This promises to be a very informative session, and suitable for parents with students of ALL ages. Child care will be provided however we ask that you let us know in advance if you will be bringing your children. All parents who attend will also be credited TWO volunteer hours! See you there! Spring Drive 2018 Annual Spring Fundraising Drive will be wrapping up this week. We hope to have all donations received by April 13. Remember, every donation makes a difference no matter how big or small! You can donate online by visiting: - or send a donation along to the school with your child. Thank you for your support! Red Cross Courses Parents, you are invited to register your child for the Red Cross Home Alone Course hosted by John Knox. The program is for students in Grades 4-8 and will run at Lunch recesses from 12:15-1:15 on Friday, April 13, 20, 27, May 4 & 11 See the attached registration form for more details. Cost is $ REGISTER SOON as there is limited space. Registration closes April 11. This week's Hot Lunch is Pita Pit. The scheduled volunteers are: Lindsay Venema, Sumarni Kemala, Hanako Bautista, Janey Abraham ad Lovette Wilson. If you are unable to help please me at Thanks! Calendar Tuesday, March 27 Student Led Conferences continue Wednesday, March 28 Walk-in Wednesday Wednesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 29 Bully Brave Sessions Gr 1-8 Thursday, March 29 Grade 7 French Trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area Easter 2:15 p.m. All are welcome! Friday, March 30 Good Friday - NO SCHOOL Monday, April 2 Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL Wednesday, April 4 Grades 1 & 2/3 to Terra Cotta Conservation Area Grade 5 through 8 Peel Music Festival Thursday, April 5 Visiting Author- Sigmund Brouwer Check us out on Facebook and be sure to SHARE the good things happening at JKCS! Volunteers All chaperones and school helpers are required to have a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check on file with the school office. What's your VSCRC Status?? Make sure you have an up to date Police check ready so that you are able to volunteer! We must retain the original, embossed copy for our files. Issue 26
2 Philippians 2:2-4 'Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don t be selfish; don t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.' Parent News From the Library Reading program Grades 1-4: We have read the 10 nominated titles for this year's Forest of Reading Blue Spruce award. In the next couple of weeks students will vote for their favourite book and we will submit the vote totals to the Forest of Reading to add to students' votes across Ontario. Results are published in May. The Forest of Reading program highlights Canadian literature A.R. (Grades 2-5): Goal 6 began March 19 and ends April 13. Students should be half-way towards their goals by this Friday. Coming up... Children's Used Book Sale on Wednesday May 2 and Thursday May 3. If you have any children's books you are finished with you may donate them to the sale (suitable for Grades K-8). Please bring them to the Library during any school day. Proceeds of the sale will go towards purchasing library books on the Students' Wish List. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Children's Used Book Sale: Wednesday May 2, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (setup); Thursday May 3, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (sales and cleanup). Please contact Mrs. Grift if you can help. Walk in Wednesdays & Ready Set School! Don t forget to tell your friends about our Walk in Wednesdays starting this week! Also, invite friends with preschoolers or kindergarten age children to attend our Ready Set School programs' Last planned date is; April 27 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. It s a free program to help children familiarize themselves with our classrooms and teachers. Remind your friends to enroll before April 1 to qualify for our Early Bird discount. Student Council Dress-up Day Students Council is organizing a Character Dress Up Day on March 28. Students are invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book. Parents, please monitor their choice of characters to ensure their choices are appropriate. Cookie Fundraiser Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27, the grade 7 class will be selling cookies to raise money for our World Vision Sponsor child, Josiebelle. Students may choose triple chocolate chip or white chocolate fudge. The cost is $1.00 per cookies. A gluten-free option is also available! Cookies are purchased from Terra Cotta Cookies ( and are individually wrapped. They are peanut and nut free! Community Classroom News Gala and Golf All Parents and friends of John Knox are invited to attend our combined Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner and Auction at Lionhead Golf and Country Club on May 12. Join us for a round of golf starting at 1:00 p.m. and then stick around to enjoy a delicious dinner and put your bid on some fantastic auction items doors open at 6:00 p.m. To register, go online to our website: or see the attached registration form. You can sign up to just golf, or just attend the Gala and Auction, or both! For more information or to donate an item to our auction, please contact Christine Soultanidis at or call the school This year, we will be asking parents to sign up to be a Parent Class Rep to solicit the other parents in your child s class to join you at a table of eight at the Gala Dinner and Auction. VOLUNTEER HOURS will be awarded to Parent Class Reps for their time. If you would like to be a Parent Class Rep, contact Christine Soultanidis at Treasurer Sought... The John Knox Christian School Board of Directors is in need of a Treasurer. All interested parties are invited to contact Marlene MacKenzie, Board Chair at:
3 Classroom Upcoming High School Reunions The Class of 2008 celebrates its 10 Year Reunion on Saturday May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the TDChristian High School Atrium. Tell your friends and enjoy getting together to share stories and see each other again! If you are part of the Class of 91, 92, 93, you are invited to a 25 Year Reunion also on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm, in the TDChristian Commons. Check out the Facebook invitation and plan on coming out for a great evening of strolling down memory lane. Any questions about either reunion? Contact Patty Schuurman at Interested in a 40 Year Reunion? Contact William Groot (Class of 78) at Who knows what may happen?! Cambridge Christian School Anniversary Cambridge Christian School welcomes supporters and alumni to join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary on Saturday, April 28, An open house will be held at our school from 1 pm to 4 pm featuring Decade displays. Tickets are on sale for our Gala Evening which will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 28 at the Waterloo Police Association, 1128 Rife Road, Cambridge. Contact for more information or to let us know you are coming (and share your contact information). Follow us on our Facebook page: We praise God for His faithfulness and look forward to celebrating 50 years of Christian education in Cambridge. Classroom News French - Mme. Jacqueline mmesybersma.weebly.com Parents, if you travel to Quebec for business or pleasure, please consider picking up a few flyers from stores like Walmart, grocery, Toys R Us, Canadian Tire, Home Depot etc. Merci! K-3 French Parents, have your children been singing French songs at home? You are always welcome to check out my webpage mmesybersma.weebly.com for links to songs and videos featuring vocabulary and expressions that we are learning! We continue to practice greeting each other and making small talk. We are practicing the alphabet by spelling our names using the names for French letters. This week we will also talk a little about le Vendredi Saint et les Joyeuses Pâques. Grade 4 Using games, guided dialogues, online and written exercises. we will continue to learn how to hear, say, read and write the days of the week, parts of day, months, numbers and seasons. La Chanson de Tasse is our new memory work that is due every Monday. We practice in class, but students will also need to practice at home. Students have been given a paper schedule, but they are also encouraged to use the links on my web page for tutorials and further practice with <Les Tasses.> Grade 5 This week we continue to talk about les animaux en danger. While we learn the names of animals, we will continue to practice using ER verbs like habiter and manger, irregular verbs like avoir, etre, and adjectives. We will also learn some French words and a song related to our blessed Easter season (le Vendredi Saint et les Joyeuses Pâques). Grade 6 We had a great time last Thursday at the Kortright Centre while we learned a little more about le sirop d'érable (maple syrup). This week on Wednesday we will be making smoothies with "Incroyable Érable!" as one of our ingredients. We could use at least one parent helper in our classroom (1:20-2:15). We'd like each group of 4 students to have a blender, so if you are able to safely send along a blender to school, please let me know by Grade 7 This Thursday, March 29 we will be going to Mountsberg Conservation Area for a French field trip to learn about le sirop d'érable (maple syrup). Plan to dress well for spending 2+ hours outside in the cool temperatures! We'll be leaving at 8:45 and returning at 1:30. A pancake lunch with a drink will be provided, but students should also take along a couple of snacks. Thanks to all those who support the JKCS Gala Auction and dinner, there is no cost for this trip! If you would like to join us, we could use another chaperone. Grade 8 Using various topics, this week we will practice talking about opinions using comparative and superlative (ex: good well, better, best) Junior Kindergarten - Mrs. Boschman Hello from Junior Kindergarten! I am having trouble believing that it is already the last week of March and it is a busy one! Please check the classroom dojo page for reminders this week. On Monday we have a special presentation from the Region of Peel about waste reduction! The JK students have been doing their best to put garage and recycling in the right bin by looking at the pictures on the signs posted above each bin. Tuesday is our last evening of student-led conferences. It has been a wonderful experience to watch the students express their learning with big smiles on their faces and I am looking forward to watching the rest of the JK students experience this. I am a very proud teacher! Wednesday is a school wide dress up day! We are to come dressed as our favourite book characters! On top of all the special events going on this week we will be wrapping up our monthly academic units in Math, Language Arts and Social studies. We will also be tying in an Easter theme
4 as we get ready to celebrate Jesus death and resurrection! Looking forward to this busy and exciting week! Senior Kindergarten - Mrs. Dutt Hello from Senior Kindergarten. Easter is almost here! There is a spirit of newness, refreshing, and peace that comes with spring and especially Easter. I'm so thankful for the cross and the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf. What a wonderful Father. Here's a look at the week ahead... For Language, we will do a journal focusing on spring as well as some sight word booklets. We will also add more words to our word wall (had, say, must, soon) For Math, we will be comparing lengths and looking at forms of measurement. An anchor chart will be made as well. We will also continue to practice addition and use a number line to help us. We continue to talk about the Easter story during Bible time and will do a mosaic and watercolour art activity with this theme. On Tuesday it will be the first cookie sale! Cookies are $1.00. Wednesday is book character dress up day for the whole school. You can dress up as your favourite character from a book. On Thursday we will have our Easter assembly to close off the week. There's a lot going on but we're looking forward to this busy week! Let's have a good one! Happy Birthday to Shekinah who celebrates on March 30th. Grade 1 - Mrs. Hayashi Welcome to the last week of March. I really enjoyed the student led conferences last week and look forward to more this week Tuesday evening. I am so proud of my students. They have all grown in so many ways since the beginning of the year. Praise be to our Father! He is so good to us. May we you be blessed this week as you remeber what he has done for us, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit." - 1 Peter 3:18 Here is an update of what we are doing in grade one... Class Trip: A letter came home last week with more information about our class trip to the Maple Syrup Festival on Wednesday, April 4th. Please me or write a note in your child s agenda if you are interested in coming along. Thank you for returning the consent forms so promptly. Please return them as soon as possible if you have yet to do so! Bookometer:Keep reading grade one! Parents, keep encouraging your child to read at home. They benefit from this so much! Math: We continue to work on Number Sense. We are doing some problem solving, skip counting, and learning whether to add or subtract when given a problem. Language Arts: This week we will be focusing on writing stories and reading in our small Guided Reading groups. We will also be riding the 'Reading Train'. I wonder where we will go? Social Studies: This week we will be starting our Project Based Learning unit. We will be focusing on endangered species in the jungle. There will be a letter coming home explaining this in more detail. Word Wall Words: There are no new words this week. Challenge Words (Students may choose if they want to learn these): There are no new words this week. Spelling Test: There is no spelling test this week. Show and Tell: Group C (AeJah, Max, Rebekah, Jessi, Ben) has show and tell on Tuesday (that s tomorrow). Topic: Something to do with spring. Students should come prepared with three clues about their show and tell as well as three things they want to share about it. Scholastic: March orders were submitted last week and should arrive this week. Grade Ms. Wymenga Welcome to another busy week of learning, even though it is a short week! Here are some things to think about for the week ahead: Math: Grade 2 will be working through a Geometry unit, focusing in on symmetry. Every day both grades will continue to do 5 minutes of drill work on subtraction facts. Practising these facts at home will help students to work more accurately and quickly. Bible: We will begin hearing about the stories leading up to Christ s arrest, death and resurrection. AR Reading: We are now into our second week of Goal #6. Continue to encourage your child to read every day. Spelling: Due to a short week, there will be no new spelling words or test. Creation Studies: This week we will begin our projects on reptiles and amphibians of Ontario. We will become 'herpetologists' as we become an expert on one of these creatures. More information will be sent home today. Cookie Orders: Every Tuesday, cookies (triple chocolate chip or white chocolate fudge) will go on sale for $1. Funds will go to help out Josiebelle, our World Vision Sponsor child. Student Led Conferences: It was wonderful to see students speaking about their learning and their progress in learning. A big thank you to parents who were so supportive to their children. I look forward to being a part of the remaining conferences on Tuesday evening. MAP testing results will come home this week.
5 Bully Brave workshop: We look forward to learning more about bully prevention on Thursday. Have a great week! Grade 3 - Ms. M. Lutgendorff Hello from grade 3! I enjoyed the Student-Led conferences last week and look forward to those taking place on Tuesday night as well. Spelling: The first 5 words are: almost, whole, always, were, weather. The next 5 words are from a differentiated list of words with the y says long e spelling pattern. List B- costly, frosty, sleepy, bumpy, stormy List C- orderly, activity, probably, property, perfectly A.R. Reading: Remember to read each night. Math: We are working on a Data Management unit. Please sign and return the math test and quizzes that will come home today. Grade 4 - Ms. A. Kroezen Math: We are wrapping up the measurement unit. We completed a review. The test will be on Thursday. Our next unit will be an introduction to division and learning the division facts and data management. At home, we still need to be practicing all the multiplication facts. This will be very helpful when we start practicing our division facts. We have assignments on mathletics.com that need to be completed at home before Thursday. Language Arts: Reading is thinking. We need to read every day to improve our reading stamina. We should be half-way to our AR goal by the end of the week. In class, we have finished reading the novel, Underground to Canada. We should have finished the questions. We are working on a culminating activity. It is due next Wednesday. Creation Studies: We continue our unit, First Nations of this Land. We are finishing up our research of the First Nations Groups and will be working on our celebration of learning. Bible: We will be focusing on the Easter story and beginning our study of King Saul. Some of us are still preparing for our Student led conferences. We look forward to sharing our learning and our goals with you. Grade 5 - Mr. Fernhout I hope you had a great weekend. This week is a four day week as we celebrate Easter. We will have a Bully Brave visit to the grade 5 class on Wednesday morning. A big thanks to all those who have handed in items and money for the Gala basket. There is still time to do so. Here is what we will strive to accomplish this week: Accelerated Reading: Today the second week of goal period 6. (Topping 2). I will be meeting with students today to try to ensure they are on track. An update will be sent home to sign later in the week. Literature: We continue on with, Because of Winn-Dixie we hope to progress to chapter We will also do a story in our WOL unit, Growing and Changing. Math: We will continue on with Patterns and Algebra. We will should complete the book work by the end of the week and will have a small quiz on the unit on Wednesday April 4. PE: Badminton and Small-sided games. Spelling: This weeks activities and test will be lesson 16: Worldy Wise. Grade 6 - Ms. Nyholt Students did an excellent job sharing their portfolio with their parents last Thursday. Tuesday night another round of conferences will begin. It's a been a journey for students to reflect on their work through the year. This week, we will start working on our fundraiser for HungerFree that will take place on May 2, our Celebration of Learning night. Here is the news for our week: Math: Students are reminded to turn in their signed Measurement tests. We will continue in our unit on Patterns in Geometry. This is quite a short unit and our wrap up test will be next Tuesday, April 3. Language: Last week, students started creating their 'Profile Thumbprint'. Ask your student what they said about themselves! Novel Study: Camp X, section 2 is due next Thursday, April 5. Spelling: We'll have our Les. 26 test this Wednesday. Students will complete pg. 122 #1, pg. 123 #2,1-3, pg. 124 #1-3 Creation Studies: We will continue our unit on The Immune System. Students will be bringing home a family survey to complete by next Tuesday. Bible: As we enter into this Easter weekend, I pray you all enjoy your time reflecting on the importance of the cross with your families. We will spend time talking about the events leading up to Jesus' death in class. Students are reminded about their memory work task this Wednesday. Art: Renaissance Art History Slide Show is due March 26th. We will present on that day.
6 Grade 7 - Mrs. Woudstra Here s what you need to know for the week: Bible: This week we re studying the various feasts that the Israelites celebrated. Math: We re well into our unit on algebra basics. Daily assignments are given. Students are encouraged to continue reviewing their multiplication facts if they still have trouble recalling them. Language: We continue with our novel study of, I Am David. Students were given instructions for their next book report. They have a lot of time for it, but are encouraged to work on it regularly. Science: Today we had a workshop presented by the Region of Peel; Ask us about it!!! Socials: Our Grasslands unit is complete. The test is next Wednesday, April 4. Art: Art History Slide Shows need to be completed by April 5th. Drama: Our next Theme Play performance will be at our Easter Assembly this Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Grade 8 - Mrs. Mulder Language Arts: Students need to have finished reading and collecting clues for the Westing Game up to chapter 21 by next Thursday. Interactive Grammar Notebook pages on Four Types of Sentences and Practice & Assess worksheets are due next Wednesday. Words of Inspiration journal response is due Thursday. Theme Quilt book report assignment will be due April 27. Details will be given out this Friday. Math: Students are encouraged to purchase an inexpensive compass, if they do not have one already. Practice p #2, 3, 4, a), b), 7, 8 is due Tuesday. Mid-Unit Review p.252 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 b), 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 is due Thursday. Practice p. 255 #1-5 will be due next Tuesday. History: Final R.A.F.T. assignment is due April 11. Students will receive instructions for this assignment this Wednesday. Geography: Sustainability Letter to a Friend will be due next Wednesday. Science: Microscope Lab #3 diagrams of four wet mounts and answers to questions about the four specimens will be due next Tuesday, if not completed in class. Drama: Students need to know all their lines by the end the month. We are also looking for a parent volunteer to help with picking up wood supplies and set construction. If you are interested, please me. Art: Art History Slide Shows need to be completed by April 5th.