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ICS Essentials December 5, 2013 In This Issue Important Information

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All-School Christmas Chapel and Grandparents' Day: Friday, December 20 Mark Your Calendars!

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CALENDAR Christmas Program & Grandparents' Day Friday, December 20 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. Grandparent Refreshments 10:00 a.m.

All family and friends are invited to join our K-8th students for the Christmas Chapel on December 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the Worship Center. Students will be sharing Christmas music and presenting the musical "We Three Spies." Grandparents will be recognized during the Chapel and enjoy visits to the classroom following the program. We look forward to seeing you as our students share the joy of Christmas. Schedule for the day:  All-School Christmas Chapel: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Refreshments in Atrium for grandparents: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Grandparents visit classrooms: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Dismissal: 11:30 a.m. Student Attire for Christmas Chapel : 

K-2 Christmas Colors: Red, Green, Black and White. Christmas dresses, skirts, suits, vests, etc.

Classroom Visits 10:30 a.m.

Early Dismissal December 20 11:30 a.m.

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Grades 3-5: White Shirts for both girls and boys (uniform shirts work great), black or navy bottoms, and a black or grey necktie (from dad, older brother, cousin's closet!) Grades 6-8: Christmas Colors: Red, Green, Black and White Remember no blue jeans!

For further details, see the article below under "News and Notes." Serve-A-Thon 2013 Wrap Up Our Serve-A-Thon fundraising concluded this past Tuesday, Dec. 3. We have now completed the awards based on the amount donated by the deadline. Serve-A-Thon was a success this year as we raised $78,815 to date. The money raised will not only support our school in meeting our financial needs for the year, but 10% will be donated to our 3 sister schools in India, Romania, and Rwanda. Students who have earned an award were given a letter yesterday indicating their prize level along with a list of prizes. All prize redemptions are due by Friday, December 6. Class parties will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 for the classes that completed the requirements to earn an ice cream sundae/pizza party. Classes that earned this award will be notified. Thank you for your great support. We are always glad to continue to receive donations anytime! ICS Inspires Me...  Help us spread the word about Immanuel Christian School by contributing to our word of mouth campaign called, "ICS Inspires Me." We are looking for thoughts, statements, paragraphs, and testimonies from our parents about what inspires you at Immanuel Christian School. What do you love about ICS? What makes us unique or incredible? What motivates you? What makes you happy to be part of our school? These insights will then be used in a variety of formats to promote our school.  You can provide your thoughts by clicking on this link. We appreciate your support of our new campaign. Please direct any questions or comments to Jennifer Baxter, Communications Coordinator. Subscribe to the ICS Blog Keep up with all the ICS blogs! Click here to provide your email address to receive notification when a new blog is posted. You can always read the most recent blog and catch up on ones you may have missed from the link on the ICS homepage.

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News and Notes Thanksgiving Boxes THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Boxes this year. We took 35 boxes (complete with $25 gift cards) to Annandale Terrace Elementary School right here in our own neighborhood. The Principal and Staff of ATES are always so excited and overjoyed with your generosity. They greatly appreciate this partnership and look forward to it each year. The boxes go to very needy families who are speechless with gratitude! In fact, we were the only donators of Thanksgiving boxes to ATES this year, which makes this ICS tradition even more special! Thank you so much for your support and participation. A special thank you to Jill Rummell and her Parent Service Teams... you always do a great job organizing this project. And thanks to Officer Jordan for helping Mrs. Atkinson load the boxes and to Mrs. McIntyre for helping deliver. What a great team! Note from Clinic We are seeing a large number of students at school with fevers, sore throats and upset stomachs. If your child is complaining about any of the above symptoms, please be sure to take their temperature before going to school. Your child is not allowed to come to school if they have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours. They must also stay home if they have had a fever of 100 degrees or higher) within the last 24 hours. They may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without being on fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Motrin). Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our kids from spreading illness. Wilderness Retreat Reception Tonight Do you want to hear more about your 8th grader's days in the woods other than "it was ok" or "we had fun"? Come join the 8B class and the Wilderness Retreat staff for an evening of sharing. You will be blessed through personal narratives of the trip and a special video. Please plan to join us for this special event. 

8B: Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room

Lost & Found Displayed Next Week Lost and found items will be on display on Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13 in the glass breezeway. This will be the last opportunity lost and found will be on display prior to the Christmas vacation. If you are missing an item you are always welcome to check the various bins located around the building at any time. Lost items with a name on them will be returned to the owner. Other items not claimed will be donated to the Immanuel Bible Church Hope Ministry on Wednesday, December 18. Las Posadas Next Week - December 11 On December 11, the 2nd grade students will be celebrating Christmas in a native South and Central American tradition with a traveling nativity play called Las Posadas. The children will be singing and performing the entire event in Spanish. All are invited to come and enjoy. The

procession will begin with 2A in the 2nd grade hallway at 9:30 a.m. and with 2B at 2:00 p.m. It will finish in the Youth Room. Parents please contact Susan Cathell at if you have any questions. *NEW* Beginning Woodwinds Class Mrs. Edmiston will be offering a beginning class for students in grades 4-8 interested in starting a woodwind instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe, or saxophone). The class will meet every Monday at 8:00 AM in the Worship Center, starting January 6 and will conclude May 19. There is a fee for the class. Cost will include a book, but parents will need to provide the instrument. To register, please email: Grandparents' Day on Friday, December 20 Since 1995, we have been inviting grandparents to Immanuel Christian School to be a part of our school-wide Christmas celebration. Grandparents are a special part of ICS, and we enjoy the opportunity to include them in the life of our school. After the All-School Chapel, grandparents are invited to the Atrium for light refreshments and music by our orchestra, followed by visits to grandchildren's classroom(s). 

Information about grandparent visits was included in your youngest child's 1st quarter report card along with two invitations. We would like RSVPs by December 9. If you need more than two invitations please contact the school office.

Questions? Below are some FAQ's about Grandparents' Day. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact the school office.  May parents and siblings attend the Christmas Chapel program? Yes! Everyone is invited.  Are parents able to visit the classrooms with the grandparents? Space is very limited in the classrooms; therefore, we request that only grandparents or special guests visit the classrooms. If grandparents have physical limitations or need special assistance, please contact Susan Huber in the school office to let her know that a parent will be accompanying the guest.  Do my guests need to RSVP? Yes, we'd love to know about how many guests to expect. We also have included with the grandparent invitation a short form to complete that will tell us a little about them. The RSVP can be mailed back to ICS or can be completed online through the ICS website.  If I am mailing the invitation do I still need to update my grandparent information on ParentsWeb? Yes, we'd like to know their contact information so we can mail them a Christmas greeting from ICS.  May I help? Certainly! A SignUp Genius has been created. Please click here to log on and see how you can volunteer to help on this special day!

Gift Cards for Christmas Gifts Gift cards for select area merchants are available for purchase through the ICS Office, for stores such as: Starbucks, Domino's Pizza, Chipotle, grocery stores, restaurants, Home Depot, etc. The merchant gives ICS a rebate based on a predetermined percentage. Click here to download the order form or stop by the office for a form. Earn money for ICS while you shop! LANDS' END Adult Choices Company Store for ICS - Great Christmas Gift idea! ICS is offering several LANDS' END clothing choices that are for parents and other adults only. These items all have our ICS logo on them. To see what is available, access the ICS website here. On the Parents' page, you will see a link in the right margin in the LANDS' END box, for "Clothing for Adults Only". Click on this link, where you will see options for shirts and outerwear for both men and women, plus a canvas tote bag. You may order items directly from this site. Questions? Contact Mary Sue Smith at the ICS Office. Second Tuition Payment If you are paying tuition on the semi-annual plan, the 2nd payment will be due January 15. FACTS withdrawals will be made on that date. If you have any questions, contact Mandy Croushore, Business Manager. 2014-2015 Sibling Enrollment Online We are already receiving online applications for new students for next school year. ICS families may now complete applications for new siblings. Click here to apply. You may add this information to your current account or create a new one if you have not done so in the past. Please apply as soon as possible. Contact Diane Carnahan, Admissions Coordinator for questions. Celebration Books for Grandparents Honor your grandparents in a unique and lasting way. Consider adopting a Celebration Book in their name for Grandparents' Day. A personalized bookplate honoring your grandparent(s) will be affixed inside your chosen book and presented to them on Grandparents' Day. Come see the librarian for requested titles available in the library. Enjoy the book over Christmas, and then return it in January as a part of our permanent ICS collection. Remember: Celebration books are a taxdedutible gift. Parent Service Hours Parent Service Hours for the first semester are due January 15. Please record your Parent Service Hours on ParentsWeb. Log into ParentsWeb, click on Family Information, your name, and then the Service Hour tab. Select your service description and enter the hours, note what you did, and add the contact person in "verified by." Contact Sharon Dotson, Business Assistant, if you have any questions. Box Tops - Keep Them Coming Thanks to all those that have submitted Box Tops to support ICS. Keep them coming! Please bring them in Ziploc bags labeled with your child's name, grade and amount in the bag. Don't forget to sign up and support ICS at Once you register, you will receive coupons for Box Top products and have the opportunity to play fun games and earn eBox Tops for our school. If you have questions, please contact our coordinator, Sophia Edwards.

Label Your Jackets, School Uniforms, and PE Uniforms With Your Student's Name The weather is getting cooler and jackets and sweaters are being worn to school. Please label your items with your student's name. Many school clothing items are left behind after P.E. and sports activities. Items with a name in them will be returned to the student. MOPS and EMOMS Christmas Meeting - Next Monday, December 9 Mark your calendars for Monday, December 9 for a joint Christmas gathering. Meeting will be in the Atrium from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Facebook Don't forget to "like us" on Facebook at "Immanuel Christian School - Springfield VA". Watch for new photos and updates on the life of the school.

Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Grandparents' Day Help Needed A SignUp Genius has been created. Please click here to log on and see how you can volunteer to help on this special day! Hot Lunch Help Needed Servers Needed: We are in need of 5 to 6 parents to serve Hot Lunch each week. It is a once-amonth commitment on Wednesdays between 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This is a great way to satisfy your Parent Service Hours. It is always a blessing to serve side by side as a team interacting with the students and other ICS parents. We'll even treat you to lunch! If you are interested in helping, please contact Lori Slattery or call her cell at 703.338.8828.

December 5, 2013