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Not Unto Us: Unsung Servants at ICS

February 12, 2018
By Matt Parker

Behind the scenes of ICS, faithful women and men labor each school day in loving service to their Savior and the school. The unsung nature of their lives echoes the words of the psalmist,
“Not unto us Lord, not unto us, but to your name be the glory!” Psalm 115:1

These selfless servants play key roles at the school including secretarial, reception, organization, finance, marketing, admissions, maintenance, technology, and special projects.

What do operational team members do? They make it easy for faculty and staff to educate their students. They implement the vision of the principals and head of school. They meet the practical needs of 55 staff members, 340 students, and over 200 families.

But what do they really do?
They tirelessly coordinate hot lunch and parent-teacher conferences, while answering phones, and comforting a sick or injured child, ALL AT ONCE!

They faithfully note the weekly MS and HS student birthdays and ball games, schedule daily subs, and email report cards out on time.

They carefully calculate tuition, needs-based assistance spreadsheets, and bank deposits, then graciously answer any and all monthly billing questions.

They creatively design snazzy MAROON Lion T-shirts and keep the website and school-wide announcements up-to-date and on point.

They joyfully introduce the school to new families and patiently walk with them each step of the way as new students apply and enroll.

They dutifully book soccer fields and basketball gyms, corral the myriad of school activities and events into a usable master calendar, keep score at games, and schedule buses to get all the students safely to their various destinations right on time.

They meticulously set-up Surface Pros and Chromebooks, reconnect printers, align projectors, maintain wireless networks, and troubleshoot equipment errors.

They amazingly pull off memorable events like Annual Fund Celebration and Day of Service, rarely missing a detail.

They humbly plunge clogged toilets, change burnt out light bulbs, and setup and tear down the cafeteria and gym for chapel, lunch, and basketball games.

Whew - it’s a lot of work to help a school operate!

While these servants may often go UNNOTICED, let's hope they never go UNAPPRECIATED.

How thankful we are to God that ICS can offer an exemplary education because of their tireless work, their joyful smiles, and their constant example of faithful lives serving the God they love!

Setting an Example

November 28, 2017
By Lauri Bradt

Our elementary students were excited to have the opportunity this month to help individuals who had been affected by the hurricanes. Their eagerness to help reminds me of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Some may say they are too young to help, but they are setting an example for us all in their willingness to do what they can to make a difference.

We recently shared in chapel about the parable of the Good Samaritan. When we see others in need we don’t want to just walk by, we want to go out of our way to help them. How are we helping? We are hosting a used book swap. Students participated by donating used books, and then found ways to earn money to buy each other's books. All of the books were sold for $1 each and the money made was donated to Samaritan’s Purse to purchase things like solar lights, tarps, and water buckets for those in need.  

To raise money to purchase the used books children were encouraged to rake leaves or offer to do extra chores around the house. One family even decided to re-pot some plants and sell them as a way to raise money to donate to this important cause. If you see an ICS elementary student, commend them for what they are doing to help others in need, and then follow their example!


An ICS Book Club Story: Marleni Pimentel Digs Deeper

November 06, 2017
By Shelley Davidson

To say stories impact our lives isn't saying enough. Reading takes us places we many never go, and we experience the stories deep down in our subconcious thoughts and beliefs. When the last page is read and we lay aside the book, our experience still lingers, bouncing around in our minds.

Marleni, a student of 5th grade teacher Heather Hope, and her mother chatted on their way home from our October Book Club about Frances, the main character of several stories by Russell Loban. Experiencing Frances's dilemma, Marleni believed Russell Loban had more gold nuggets to share. That evening, like all ICS Book Club events, we read a picture book and did a literary analysis. We became detectives and dug deeper into what the author was really saying.

On that evening, after decorating warm donuts, we discovered a character, Frances, who had some growing up to do. We readied ourselves with detective tools (eyes and ears) and intentionally listened as Mr. Valdez (Trinity's dad) mesmerized us with his reading of A Bargain for Frances. When the story ended we had much to discuss concerning friendship, manipulation and putting others before self. Marleni found much joy coming through the illustrations as our story was read, knowing an excellent illustrator leaves hidden clues. On this evening, she was not disappointed.

While on her way to bed, Marleni and Mrs. Pimentel discovered the hidden message of Russell Loban choice of a tea set which would become the bargain made between playmates. Like a precious friendship, one where love, patience and kindness has been poured, china is delicate, fragile and easily damaged or destroyed. Gloria, Frances's playmate, owned a plastic, red tea set. Frances, who once had a china set that had been accidentally broken, was saving up for a new one. The plastic set that Gloria owned, wasn't the real deal. It was plastic and cheap, and there was no need to be careful because there was no need to care for and protect it. The set that caught Frances's eye required safekeeping, heedfulnees and attentiveness.

It was clear to Marleni and her mom that Russell Loban purposefully chose a china tea as the sought after toy for Frances to weave the value of friendship into the reader's mind. Like all authors, he wanted us to enjoy his story, but he also knew there were readers like Marleni who want to dig deeper, who find pleasure in basking in the story a bit longer, chatting with their mothers about growing up into the persons God has planned for them to be.

Russell Loban's story, the experience that he made available to Marleni, helped create in her the belief that friendship is precious, fragile and worth the time and energy it takes. She grew up a bit more on that car ride home, and I for one am certain she'll continue to seek the good in stories she reads, allowing them to seep in, becoming a part of who she's growing to be and being thankful for the storytellers like Russell Loban.

What's up in Middle School?

October 12, 2017
By Denise Buckley


“What should be improved?” I hear Ben Gutzwiller, 6th Grader, ask. His STEM class is working on their latest project: figuring out how to have a paper cup travel down fishing line carrying a marble which must exit into a dish of sand upon reaching the end of the fishing line. As Mr. Wirkus walks around asking questions and offering assistance, none of the groups have yet witnessed success. But they are persevering.

Outside, Mrs. Lyzenga’s Heart and Sole class is loud with laughter. They are doing some sort of physical strategic game to strengthen their bodies...and their hearts. I am confident the laughter is doing as much to build their stamina as the exercise.

This morning Mrs. Edwards gave the 7th graders a section of the MAP test, something new this year. Both the teachers and the students are embracing the learning curve with energy and positive attitudes. Later today, our volleyball and soccer teams will show their skills on the court and field; Mr. Longoria works hard to make sure we have coaches, refs, and enough games on our schedule to make learning the sport fun.

Tomorrow we will have chapel: Mr. Hope will lead worship while Ms. Kari Elshaug from K2 will speak to our students. I am looking forward to what she has to say to us, though I will also miss our small group time. We have some great curriculum this year and I love the time I get to meet with my group of middle school girls to talk about real life issues.

Friday will bring the MSLT event at Cornbelly’s. I am not sure who is more excited: Mr. Schaap or the kids. He loves the chance to have fun with our students. Mrs Edwards will drive the bus and the students will enjoy each other’s company all the way to Thanksgiving Point, before challenging themselves in the corn maze.

This is a peek into a week in the ICS Middle School. Students learning. Teachers encouraging. Spiritual, emotional, and physical growth right alongside academic pursuits. A Middle School Team that cares for their students inside and outside the classroom. And an assistant principal who is grateful for her front row seat to witness the Christ-centered learning community our school provides as we equip and inspire our students to thrive.

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