800 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, Ontario

Phone: 519-539-1492


February 2019

"Sick" has always been one of my favourite Shel Silverstein poems. A little while ago I read it to my class and they thought it was so funny, especially because they thought my voices and actions were funny - I mean who listens to a teacher complaining about having to go to school? If I’m being honest, I never really cared for poetry growing up. I never understood it, and really didn’t want to. But then I became a teacher and began to discover all these incredibly funny poets - poets who write meaningful ideas that you can actually understand. 
Over the past month, grades 1-4 have been looking at poetry in various ways. All students were tasked with choosing a poem and memorizing it to share with their peers, possibly at the Poetry Meet this week, and possibly at OASIS with some seniors from our community. As I have watched my students learn their poems, and their grade 8 buddies help them with some presentation skills, I can't help but think about God's amazing community, community from inside our school and outside, being bonded together through a single form of writing.  

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SNOW DAY MONDAY FEBRUARY 25: Buses are cancelled and the school is closed for the day due to blowing snow and squalls.

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FEBRUARY 21.   FOG DAY PROCEDURE.   Due to icy County and gravel roads, the morning buses will not run today. The school is open and parents may bring students when they feel it is safe to do so. Temperatures are rising and we hope to send out PM buses at 330pm. 

Please note that LDCSS is closed. The London bus shuttle will not run today.

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WCS PANCAKE BREAKFaST in support of EDUDEO. Did you know that at least 72 Million primary school-age children worldwide are not in school? Children either live too far from schools, need to work/earn money to support their families, or they can’t afford essentials such as uniforms or school supplies. Our annual pancake breakfast @ WCS helps support our neighbours around the world. This year, breakfast money is designated for Edu-Deo Ministries. The focus of Edu-Deo is on the transformative power of Christian education worldwide. Edu-Deo Ministries (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) is a Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview. Education is one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty. Edu-Deo Ministries promotes sustainable schools by partnering long-term with existing school associations and mission organizations. Their goal is to take the effective tool of education and combine it with the transforming message of the Gospel. Woodstock Christian School, on Wednesday, get comfy, get ready for pancakes, and help us support Edu-Deo! For more information see edudeo.com

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February 13 Snow Day

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13 - - - Due to road conditions, squalls, and drifting, WCS buses are cancelled. The school is closed for the day. Kindergarten registration will be postponed to Wednesday, February 20th. Early morning ice hockey practice is cancelled. Electives are cancelled as well today. 

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Winter storm is approaching. Warnings are in place re freezing rain, snow, and wind to impact driving conditions for the day. WCS buses are cancelled. School is closed. 

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As valentines approaches let's remember what it was like for us as a child. Remember carefully picking out which card would go to each person in class. Excitedly handing them out in class to each person, being careful not to miss anyone. Then after getting home, finding a spot to lay out every card. Then basking the the feelings of affirmation that people in class appreciated you. It can be such an exciting time as a child to celebrate Valentine's Day. Unfortunately these feelings of appreciation fade over time. If we teach our students to rely on God's love, during Valentines, we will build a security of His goodness. 1 John 3:1a “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” And that is what we are! Let's use this week show love to those we care about and remember the great love the father has for you.
Mrs. K. Poort
God's Valentine gift of love to us
Was not a bunch of flowers;
It wasn't candy, or a book
To while away the hours.
His gift was to become a man,
So He could freely give
His sacrificial love for us,
So you and I could live.
He gave us sweet salvation, and
Instruction, good and true--
To love our friends and enemies
And love our Savior, too.
So as we give our Valentines,
Let's thank our Lord and King;
The reason we have love to give
Is that He gave everything.
By Joanna Fuchs
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THURSDAY JANUARY 7TH: Due to poor road and driving conditions in our region, WCS buses are cancelled and the school will be closed for the day.

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SNOW/ICE DAY: Wed Feb 6 - Due to poor road and weather conditions, WCS buses are not running and the school is closed. Hockey practice and electives are cancelled. Kindergarten registration day will be rescheduled. 

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Go Outside and Marvel!

Get Outside and Marvel!
Public Health agencies across Ontario are promoting a WinterWalk day this week. They are recognizing and promoting the benefits, not only for regular physical activity and leaving the car at home, but of getting outside. What an amazing world God made for us to explore: icicles, animal tracks, snow of various textures from powder to packing, trees with a variety of branching patterns and colours, migrating birds, and so much more. I recently read of an old fashioned Christian practice, called 'marveling' which involved taking walks every Sunday afternoon and finding things to marvel at and to share with others. When we take the time to 'marvel', we are appreciating the beauty and detail in creation, developing our sense of wonder, which translates into thankfulness to God for his creative goodness.
We have seen the traffic snarls around local schools at drop-off and pick-up times. Because almost all of our students are bussed from all over the city and county, walking to school is not an option. However, we can take advantage of the opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walking outside improves physical and mental health, creates a healthier environment, safer streets, opportunities to make friends and have fun! It's also a great cure for winter blues and helps students concentrate better in class.
Check out the Winter Walk I-Spy game at http://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Winter-Walk-
C. Verbeek, Principal
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