Thursday, May 3, 2018

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (1/5/18)

By:  Molly George and Candace Johannesen
Mme. Ryan and Mme. Moss’ aquaponics project is well underway. The students are very excited to begin planting seeds next week. They have set up their fish tanks, ordered their equipment, and are anticipating the arrival of their fish today! Both classes hosted bake sales to aid in covering the cost of the materials. Thank you to everyone who helped with the initiative.
Students in grade six to eight participated in the Let’s Talk Science challenge at Grenfell Campus on Tuesday. Our school sent three teams to the event. The first team included: Carly Johannesen, Fatima Alkhalil, Mohamed Al-Zubaidy, and Aaron White, team two included: Rosemary Owolabi, Kira McCarthy, Keira Clarke, and Emily Payne; and team three included: Isabelle Mercier, Graham Zilkowsky, Christian Mouland, and Max Pittman. The teams performed very well.
On Tuesday we celebrated the May Crowing with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group. It was a beautiful celebration in church with our school family.
The grade six boys and girls soccer teams are participating in a tournament this weekend. The first game was on Thursday at 3 pm.
The level I to level III students travelled to St. John’s on Thursday for the Mate ROV underwater robotics competition being held at the Marine Institute. The students are competing in challenges today to maneuver their robots to complete missions in the “ocean”.
The Recycle My Cell Campaign has officially ended. Thank you to all our students, families, and community members who helped with this initiative.
Our Student Leadership Council is collecting used coffee cups for the City of Corner Brook’s Cash for Cups Campaign. Last year we recycled 4,000 cups. This year our goal is 5,000!
We have fourteen students participating in the Regional Heritage Fair at Corner Brook Intermediate on Saturday. Our participants include: Fatima Alkhalil, Luke Coleman, Keira Clarke, Ava Hodder, Erica Kennedy, Kira McCarthy, Charlotte Mercier, Christian Mouland, CarlyRae Mouland, Alister MacDonnell, Kate Murphy, Max Pittman, Gabriel Rowsell and Brooke Watton. Public viewing will take place between 1:45-2:45 pm, with the awards scheduled to begin at 3 pm.
Apple A Day Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $20 each. There are five days of prize draws and each ticket is entered in all five draws. Prizes include: an apple TV, apple watch, an iphone 8, an ipad, and a 13inch Macbook air. There are also prizes for the seller of each winning ticket, and there will be an ipad draw for students selling more than 20 tickets. For every 20 tickets sold, the student will have his or her name entered in the draw. The draws begin on May 7th.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Charlotte Mercier who cut and donated her hair for Cancer this week.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are learning about insects and bugs and making a terrarium for worms and snails. They are enjoying their outside play.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is continuing their simple addition in math. They taste tested their garden tomatoes this week. They are learning about the dangers of ocean pollution to animals.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about plant parts in science and doing lots of planting themselves. They were sad that their class fish, Pickle, died. They wrote about him in their journals and placed him in their our school’s outdoor classroom where he is surrounded by nature.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class has been learning about how animals care for their babies. They are excited to see the plants that they have planted have already sprouted.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is learning about measurement in math. They are continuing their study of matter in science. They are really enjoying working in the greenhouse.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class has begun their aquaponics project. The students are very excited to start planting. Their class fish are arriving today!
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class is started their second novel study for the year. The students are excited to be reading Pippi Longstocking.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is preparing presentations in social studies. They are doing a great job writing about sequencing in language arts. They also wrote beautiful descriptive poems.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class is continuing to work on their STEM project in science. They are excited to do a chocolate taste test next week for their novel study on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class wrote essays this week about what they would do if they were mayor of the City of Corner Brook for a day. The students had a great time at the Let’s Talk Science Competition at Grenfell Campus on Tuesday.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class is continuing their novel study discussion groups on the book The City of Ember. The students enjoyed the Let’s Talk Science activities on Tuesday.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class would like to wish the Level 1 to Level 3 students good luck in the Underwater Robotics Competition today in St. John’s. The students are finishing off their unit on Shakespeare in language arts.
Coming Up

May 10 is World Catholic Education Day.
Students from IHMS participated in the Let's Talk Science Challenge at Grenfell College on Tuesday morning. Pictured (L-R): are Carly Johannesen, Fatima Alkhalil, Mohamed Al-Zubaidy, and Aaron White. 
Mr. Ryley's grade five class had a great time this week in the greenhouse learning about plants. (L-R): Kate Murphy, Brooke Watton, and Molly George enjoyed planting their own seeds in homemade planters.
Daley Merrigan, Jayson Griffin, an I.J. Felipe prepare their robot for the Mate ROV Underwater Robotics Competition on Friday in St. John's. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Grade 5/6 New's article - Lion's Roar (27/4/18)

By:  Katherine Noel, Aaron Payne, Gabriel Rowsell, Kate Murphy and Carter Bromley
We would like to congratulate the junior and senior high class for their performances in the Western Regional Drama Festival in Springdale last week. The junior high students presented their play “The Great American Talent Show” and the senior high class presented their play “If Girls Asked Boys for Dates”. The students had a great time and put off wonderful shows. They would like to thank their teacher directors: Mme. Moss, Ms. Cunning, Ms. Guy and Mrs. McCarthy; as well as Isac Burton, Myles Calbert, and Ryan Miller who assisted with lights and sound.
IHMS hosted a grade five boys’ soccer tournament last weekend. The IHMS team won gold medals and were undefeated in the tournament. We would like to thank Mr. Ryley and Mr. Drew Nadon who coached the team. We also would like to thank our many parents and volunteer who supported the tournament.
Students and staff celebrated Earth Day on Monday. We celebrated by wearing blue, green, and brown and taking part in activities that show we care about our planet.
Our annual Heritage Fair was held on Wednesday morning. We would like to thank all students for the amazing projects they presented. Our judges for the event were Natasha Wells, Mme. Marie Claude Renard, Mrs. Marie Ryan , Mr. Drew Nadon, Mr. Ryley Nadon, and Mrs. McCarthy. At the end of the fair the judges awarded 13 medals for outstanding projects. Medal winners included: Fatima Alkhalil, Keira Clarke, Ava Hodder, Erica Kennedy, Carly Johannesen, Charlotte Mercier, Christian Mouland, CarlyRae Mouland, Alister MacDonnell, Kate Murphy, Max Pittman, Gabriel Rowsell and Lily Smallwood.
Mme. Moss’ French Immersion class held a bake sale on Wednesday at recess in aid of their Aquaponics project. The class raised $100 towards their project. They are very excited to pilot this new program in the school.
The grade two class counted and collected over 20,000 plastic bags for the Plastic Grab Bag Challenge. The bags were delivered by the class to Walmart on Thursday morning.
Junior Kindergarten and kindergarten parent information session took place in our school cafeteria on Thursday evening.
Apple A Day Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $20 each. There are five days of prize draws and each ticket is entered in all five draws. Prizes include: an apple TV, apple watch, an iphone 8, an ipad, and a 13inch Macbook air. There are also prizes for the seller of each winning ticket, and there will be an ipad draw for students selling more than 20 tickets. For every 20 tickets sold, the student will have his or her name entered in the draw. The draws begin on May 7th.
The Recycle My Cell Campaign officially ends on Tuesday. We are challenging every student to bring in one more cell phone to help us reach our goal.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to students from our school who participated in the annual Silver Blades Ice Show on Saturday evening. Students who performed include: Imogen Ash, Riley Baggs- Anderson, Alexis Caines, Leah Caines, Jenna Cammie, Ian Cook , Donna Fraitis, Rebecca Janes , Leah Lainey, Molly MacDonnell, Israela Ngania, and Rhyan Wheeler.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are  having a lot of fun in the greenhouse. They are exploring their senses. Their ECE students finished their work placement this week.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is doing spring activities and drawing pictures. They are enjoying getting outside in the warmer temperatures.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class really enjoyed their Earth Day and greenhouse activities this week. They have started their geometry unit in math.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class is excited about starting up aquaponics in their classroom. The grade one’s are making books and the grade twos are learning about measurement this week.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is loving the spring weather. They enjoyed their greenhouse visit and are looking forward to their new science unit: Animals Grow!
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class were very excited to see the Heritage Fair. The grade four to six students were proud to show off their French projects for parents and judges.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class garden is flourishing! Their purple peacock beans have started to grow. They can’t wait to see their kale and basil sprout.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is buzzing about all the interesting topics at the heritage fair on Wednesday. They are using clay and nets to make 3D shapes in math.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class had a great time at the school heritage fair on Wednesday morning. They are looking forward to starting the spring season in the greenhouse.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is writing essays about why they would like to be Mayor of the City of Corner Brook. They realize that it is a lot of responsibility for one person. They are also studying for the upcoming Let’s Talk Science Challenge.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class had a great time at the Western Regional Drama Festival in Springdale last weekend. The students participated in some STEM activities this week to prepare for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge. They are continuing to work on probability in math.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class is continuing to build their ROV for the Underwater Robotics Competition. Math 1201 students are completing their chapter on quadratic equations and Biology 2201 students are beginning to learn about the digestive system.
Coming Up
The Underwater robotics for students will travel to St. John’s on Thursday for the Mate ROV competition.

Grade 6-8 students will take part in the Let’s Talk Science Challenge at Grenfell College on Friday.
Grace Coleman, McKinley Targett and Emma Tran work with the sand in Junior Kindergarten class this week. The class had fun making their own.
 Grade two students Zachery Burden and Makayla Reddy sort through and count plastic bags as part of the Plastic Grab Bag Challenge the class organized this year. They collected over 20,000 plastic bags for recycling.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (20/4/18)

By:  Maitham Al-Zubaidy, Destinee Lawrence, Keira Clarke, Isabelle Mercier, Leah Lainey and Jacob Cull
Our school celebrated National Talk With Our Kids About Money Day on Wednesday with classroom activities around balancing budgets, credit VS debit discussions, and talking about money values. The grade six class organized a school wide Talk With Our Kids About Money Expo on Thursday with stations in the gym for classes to take part in activities about money.
Mr. Adam Kennedy presented a session on Search and Rescue for the grade five and six students last Friday afternoon.
Our grades 5-7 students took part in a Junior Achievement program with Mr. Kevin Young last week.  
Our School greenhouse is coming to life! Our classes have been busy planting and preparing for another season on growing.
IHMS is hosting the Grade Five Boys’ Soccer Tournament this weekend. The first game is Friday at 3 pm.
The Junior High and Senior High students are performing their drama production in Springdale on Saturday. The first performance for the group is 2 pm at Indian River High School.
Our students in kindergarten to grade six submitted their Kids In Charge (K-I-C) energy project submissions this week.
We are still collecting plastic bags for the Grab Bag Challenge. This will conclude on April 26th. The Recycle My Cell Campaign will conclude on April 30th.
Apple A Day Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $20 each. There are five days of prize draws and each ticket is entered in all five draws. Prizes include: an apple TV, apple watch, an iphone 8, an ipad, and a 13inch Macbook air. There are also prizes for the seller of each winning ticket, and there will be an ipad draw for students selling more than 20 tickets. For every 20 tickets sold, the student will have his or her name entered in the draw. The draws begin on May 7th.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Carter Bromley who was awarded the Atom Hockey Player of the Year Award at their year end banquet.
Congratulations to Brooke Watton who cut off her hair last week to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Congratulations to Keira Clarke and Max Pittman who performed with the Jorgën Ballet on Wednesday night in their performance of Anastasia.
Congratulations to Daley Merrigan and Graham Zilkowsky who competed in the NL Provincial Ski Races in St. Anthony. Daley was first place in the 5 km classic and first place in the 5 km free technique. He was also the second fastest overall across all age groups.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are exploring their five senses and doing fun activities. They are enjoying the outdoor play space.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about money. They really enjoyed the money expo on Thursday. They had a lot of fun in the greenhouse this week with Ms. Galliott.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is really enjoying their research unit on penguins. They are learning about symbols, legends, and directions on maps in social studies. Rhylan is the star of the week!
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class has been having a lot of fun exploring measurement. The grade two students are estimating and finding measurements of various objects using non-standard units of measurement. The grade one students are exploring mass by comparing and weighing items in the classroom.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is very excited about their new unit on matter in science class. They really enjoyed the money expo and love counting coins using skip counting in math.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is learning about balancing budgets as part of the Talk With Our Kids About Money initiative. They are excited to start their fundraiser for their aquaponics project.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class has created their own class museum to display artifacts from the past to compare them to their modern day equivalent.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is working hard on their heritage fair projects. They are finishing their fraction and decimal unit in math.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class enjoyed their presentation with Mr. Kennedy last week on Search and Rescue. They have been busy all week preparing for the Heritage Fair.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is preparing for the Heritage Fair. The class was really excited to host the Talk with Our Kids About Money Day Expo in our school gym on Thursday.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class is putting the finishing touches on their drama production for this weekend. The group will present their play in Springdale on Saturday. The grade seven and eight students are working on a NHL probability unit in math.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class is continuing their construction of the Remote Operated Vehicles and beginning to develop their company profile. The Biology 2201 students had a test this week on the respiratory system.
Coming Up
Our school Heritage Fair is Wednesday, April 25.
Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten Orientation Sessions is on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 pm in our school cafeteria.
 Carly Johannesen, Christian Mouland, Aaron White and Mohamed Al-Zubaidy work out a engineering problem during an activity for the Let's Talk Science Challenge. 
Jayson Griffin and Jesse Hickey work on constructing the Remote Operated Vehicle they will use in the Mate ROV Underwater Robotics Competition in St. John's at the beginning of May.
 Students in Mrs. George's grade one class enjoyed an afternoon working in the school greenhouse. Pictured here is Fabian Ryan (left) with Grayson Roberts (right) planting seeds with the help of Ms. Jessica Galliott.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (13/4/18)

By:  Destinee Lawrence, Keira Clarke, Isabelle Mericer, Leah Lainey, and Jacob Cull
We would like to welcome everyone back from the Easter holidays. The Prayer Group held a special celebration of the Divine Mercy on Sunday in our school chapel.
April is a big month for recycling at IHMS. We are continuing or Plastic Grab Bag Challenge and working on the Recycle My Cell Campaign. We are asking our families to collect plastic bags, old cell phones, pdas, and pagers for these initiatives.
The school greenhouse has been cleaned and prepared for the upcoming season by Ms. Jessica Galliot. Ms. Galliot will be working with classes throughout the spring in the greenhouse.
IHMS was deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred resulting in the deaths of hockey players on the Humboldt Broncos team. On Thursday we joined other schools across the country to wear hockey jerseys and place sticks outside our door. We also collected money for the families and surviving players.  
Our grades 4 to 9 students have been busy preparing for the school heritage fair scheduled for the end of this month. The theme of the fair is “Lessons From Our Past, Shaping Our Future”.
Apple A Day Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $20 each. There are five days of prize draws and each ticket is entered in all five draws. Prizes include: an apple TV, apple watch, an iphone 8, an ipad, and a 13inch Macbook air. There are also prizes for the seller of each winning ticket, and there will be an ipad draw for students selling more than 20 tickets. For every 20 tickets sold, the student will have his or her name entered in the draw. The draws begin on May 7th.
We would like to welcome to our staff Ms. Chelsey Curl who is working as an assistant in the office and Ms. Ingrid Watkins who is operating the cafeteria.
Soccer season is in full swing as we prepare for the upcoming tournaments for grade five boys to be held at our school April 20-21. The girls’ grade six soccer team is preparing for their tournament on May 5-6.
We would like to wish one of our grandmothers, Mrs. Rebecca Parsons, a happy birthday on Saturday. She will be celebrating a special birthday.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Carter Bromley and Noah Colbourne, members of the Atom A hockey team, who participated in the provincial competition in St. John’s last weekend.  The team played well, but lost in the bronze medal game.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are welcoming to their class Ian Cook this week. They are having a fun week with blockplay and outside play.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about spring and new life in science. They are continuing to learn about time in math and are being introduced to money.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is very happy to see all their friends again. They all had a terrific Easter break. They are very excited to start their penguin unit this week.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class was happy to see their friends after the Easter break. They began the week by discussing sings of spring and active wild life. The students are excited to continue this into the spring in the outdoor classroom and the greenhouse.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is excited to be back to school. They have counted over 9,000 bags for the Plastic Grab Bag Challenge. Please remember to keep bringing them in! They are starting a new unit in science called, “Matter, Matter, Everywhere”. There is so much to learn!
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is eagerly working on their Heritage Fair projects. They are also excited to be learning about fractions in math.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class finished off their Green Garden Reports this week. The class is actively watching their worm farm which has now moved up to the second level.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is enthusiastically working on a skit and video as a class project. They worked hard all week practicing their fractions in math.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class is busy preparing for the upcoming Heritage Fair. The students are researching and collecting information to be included in a report for the fair. They are excited to be reading the Roald Dahl book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in language arts.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is continuing their novel study on the book “Holes”. They are excited to be organizing a school event for National Talk With Our Kids About Money Day next week.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class is looking forward to the re-scheduled drama festival on April 20-21. The students will perform on April 21. They have begun preparing for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge in May. The class completed their poetry unit with a test today.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class is preparing for the Underwater Robotics competition. The students are planning their ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) and business plan. Science 1206 students are beginning to learn about acceleration.
Coming Up
The Regional Drama Festival school performances are on April 21 in Springdale.
The Let’s Talk Science competition n St. John’s is on Thursday, May 3.

The Underwater Robotics Competition in St. John’s is on Friday, May 4.
:Brooklyn Pittman, Willow Boland and Israela Ngania practice their fractions with a game during a math class. 
Reyd Ward (left) and Rebecca Janes (right) sit in their cardboard sled as they prepare for the Shriner's Cardboard Sled Race held at Marble Mountain on April 7.
(L-R): Cameron Bishop, Carter Bromley, and Mark Janes display our school banner for the families and everyone affected by the tragedy in Humboldt. Students wore jerseys in honour of the team and placed their hockey sticks outside.

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (30/3/18)

By:  Ava Spearing, Kira McCarthy, and Rosemary Owolabi
This week we launched the annual Apple-A-Day fundraiser. Tickets are on sale for $20 each. There are five days of prize draws and each ticket is entered in all five draws. Prizes include: an apple TV, apple watch, an iphone 8, an ipad, and a 13inch macbook air. There are also prizes for the seller of each winning ticket, and there will be an ipad draw for students selling more than 20 tickets. For every 20 tickets sold, the student will have his or her name entered in the draw. The draws begin on May 7th.
This week was Canadian Agricultural Literacy Week. We had representatives from Rideout’s Farm, Robin’s Farm and the Department of Agriculture visit our classes to read books to our kindergarten to grade six students. A chicken named Mindy and a rooster named Igor also visited from Robin’s Farm.
The student leadership council organized an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for our classes on Thursday. The treat at the end was a basket of chocolate Easter eggs.
School officially closes for Easter on Thursday, March 29 and will re-open on Monday, April 9th.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Mark Janes received two silver medals for sparring in Tae Kwon Do, Israela Ngania who received a gold medal in Sparring and in Form (Belt Category), Lsea Ngania who received a silver medal in Form (Belt Category), Madeline Murphy who received gold in Sparring (Belt Category).
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes enjoyed the visit from the Department of Agriculture on Monday. The students are making Easter crafts and enjoying the spring temperatures.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class added a new try to their vermin-composting and are anxiously waiting for the worms to migrate to the new level. On Monday the students had Mrs. Karen Kennedy from the Department of Agriculture read to their class for Candian Agricultural Literacy Week.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class had a visit from Mrs. Crystal Baggs Anderson on behalf of the Department of Agriculture for Agricultural Literacy Week.  The students enjoyed their Easter centers and activities this week. They are learning about the true meaning of Easter in Religion class. They would like to wish our readers a happy Easter and a wonderful spring!
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class had a great week. The students are excited for the Easter break. They had so much fun with their Easter centres. This week they learned a lot about bees and why the Newfoundland Bee population is so special. They also discussed worms and the important part they have in food production.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class really enjoyed meeting Igor the rooster and Mindy the chicken on Monday. They learned about agriculture, specifically about the farms we have right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was exciting listening to Igor “Cock-a-doodle-do”.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is working hard on their KIC energy project. They are excited for the Easter break.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class is excited to start the Apple A Day fundraiser. They are eager to sell their tickets and get entered for the seller’s prizes! The students are looking forward to the Easter break.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is enjoying talking about candy pizza in math. They are making felt eggs for Easter. They are excited about taping their KIC Start video.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class is excited to build cardboard sleds for the Marble Mountain Cardboard box races over Easter. They are finishing off their cause and effect report writing.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is started their new novel study on the book Hole by Louis Sacher. They are looking forward to the Easter break.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class had a math test on fractions on Wednesday. The students are preparing for the Marble Mountain Cardboard Sled Races.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class is beginning their ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) designs. History 1201 students are learning about WWII. Science 1206 students are studying distance / time graphs.
Coming Up

School re-opens on April 9, 2018.
 Teresa Coleman and Logan Butt pet Igor and Mindy who visited our school for Agriculture Day on Monday. The rooster and chicken are owned by Robin's Farm.
(L-R): Jack Watton, Mikka Chua, and Liam Couture display the prizes for the school's annual Apple-A-Day Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 each the draws begin on May 7th. Every ticket is entered in the draw for all five days.
Fatima Alkhalil (left) and Carly Johannesen (right) pose with the model bridge they created for the National Geoscience and Engineering Month Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (24/3/18)

By:  Molly George, Rebecca Janes, Candace Johannesen and Reyd Ward
On Monday, IHMS celebrated St. Patrick’s Theme Day. Many of our classes came back to school to discover that the leprechaun had visited their class and narrowly escaped some of their inventive traps.
Thursday was World Water Day. This is a special day to educate and think about our impact on the world’s water source. Please remember to turn off your taps while brushing your teeth and do your part to conserve water.
We also celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday. Classes read and shared special poems. The grade nine to twelve students reflected on their favourite poems and created new poems with lines from their favourite poems. Lauren Green read a poem for the school in chapel.
The junior and senior high classes were disappointed that the Regional Drama Festival was postponed because of poor weather in Newfoundland. The festival is rescheduled for April 19-21.
The grades 5 to 8 classes have begun a program with Junior Achievement. The students will take part in four different sessions in the coming weeks.
Our Plastic Grab Bag Challenge is now in full swing. The grade two class has collected 6,000 bags and counting. Please bring in your plastic bags. These should be recycled and not sent to our landfills.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Isreala Ngania who received her blue stripe belt in Tae Kwon Do last week and congratulations also to her sister, Lysea Ngania, who received her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Congratulations to Mark Janes and Danyael Jacobs who travelled to St. John’s for a hockey tournament last weekend. Their team won bronze overall. Congratulations to Mark who also received a Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament.
Congratulations to our students who took part in the annual Rotary Music Festival over the past week and a half. We would like to congratulate Logan Butt who placed third in Class 655-A- RCM Piano Level 2 not over 12- Romantic, Modern & Inventions;  Maggie Coleman who placed first in Class 355 Girls’ Solo- 7, and tied for third place in Class 374 Girls’ Solo – 7 and under; Teresa Coleman who placed second in Class 355 Girls’ Solo- 7 and under, and first place in Class 374 Girls’ Solo – 7 and under; Luke Coleman who placed first in Class 363 Boys’ Solo- 10 and under, second in Class 377 Boys’ Solo – 9 and under, and second place in Class 655-A- RCM Piano Level 2 not over 12- Romantic, Modern & Inventions, and second place in Class 241-A Musical Theatre / Movie Musical – 9 and under; Ava Hodder who placed first in Class 554 Solo 12 and under-Canadian Composers, and third in Class 657-A RCM Piano Level 4 Not over 10- Baroque & Classical; Carly Johannesen third place in Class 238 Musical Theatre / Movie Musical – 12 and under, and second place in Class 259 Newfoundland Folk Song Solo, any voice – 12 and under;

Alister MacDonnell first place Class 1005 Percussion Solo “C” Complete Drum Set and first place in Class 1010 Snare Drum Solo “C, first place in Class 241-A Musical Theatre / Movie Musical – 9 and under; Robert Morissey second place in Class 661 Preparatory (B) Not over 9; Israela Ngania who placed second in Class 554 Solo 12 and under-Canadian Composers, and first place in Class 659-A RCM Piano Level 1, not over 10-Romantic, Modern & Inventions; Max Pittman who placed first in Class 651 RCM Piano Level 3 Not over 13- Classical; Rotém Phillips-Grobelaar and Audria Peddle who placed first  in Class 62- Piano Duet- 8 and under; and Rotém Phillips-Grobelaar and Kirsten Sigurdsson who placed third in Class 665 Preparatory (A) Not over 8; Lily Smallwood who placed third in Class 351 Girls’ Solo- 9 and under, first place in Class 509 Piano Concert Group – 10 and under, third place in Class 241-A Musical Theatre / Movie Musical – 9 and under, and third place in Class 659-B RCM Piano Level 1, not over 10- Romantic, Modern & Inventions; Lily Smallwood and Luke Coleman who tied for second place in Class 270 Newfoundland Folk Song Solo, any voice- 9 and under; and Ava Hodder and Israela Ngania who placed first and Lily Smallwood and Calista Burden in Class 616 Piano Duet- 10 and under.
We would also like to congratulate winners and performer in the Stars of the Festival show at the end of the Rotary Music Festival. Congratulations to the MacDonnells who received a $50 scholarship for vocal trio, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Chamber Choir who received a $150 Choral Award, Rotém Phillips-Grobelaar who received a $25 scholarship for Junior Piano, Teresa Coleman who received a $25 scholarship for Junior Voice, Alister MacDonnell who received a $150 scholarship for Junior Drum and $25 for Musical Theatre, Israela Ngania who received a $25 Piano scholarship, Ava Hodder who received a $25 Piano scholarship and Lily Smallwood who received a $50 Musical Theatre scholarship and $50 Piano Scholarship.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes set traps late last week for the leprechaun, but they did not catch him. He left them a treasure hunt and they found gold. The classes welcomed three Early Childhood Education students, Alexis Taylor, Jade Raymond and Samantha Neil, to their classes this week. The students are doing a five week placement.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class was happy to have a visit from the leprechaun who left them treats even though they did not catch him. They are continuing to learn parts of the clock and time to the hour. They enjoyed celebrating World Water Day this week.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class had fun constructing leprechaun traps! They didn’t catch one, but he did leave them with some chocolate and lucky coins. They are doing some writing about spring this week.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class was happy to welcome spring this week. They are surprised to see that none of their leprechaun traps were successful. They drew Easter bunny pictures in their art class and began discussing Easter. They have been talking about the changes that take place in spring.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is well underway with their Plastic Grab Bag Challenge. They have counted over 6,000 bags! They are very excited about spring and are looking forward to the season changing. Please remember to collect plastic bags!
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is doing word work with their spring vocabulary and are working hard on their Kids In Charge energy project.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class is grooming their Little Green Thumbs Garden. Some of their plants are growing very quickly. They should see some beans sprouting very soon.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is continuing their novel “Slacker” in language arts. It is very exciting. They are learning fractions and decimals in math.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class is finishing off their Kids In Charge (K-I-C) project and are very excited to share their ideas. In language arts they are writing a report on what they have learned about spiders.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is writing problem and solution reports. They are learning to multiply decimal numbers and are finishing off their country report in social studies.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class is travelling to Springdale on Saturday for their drama production. Students had a fractions test on Thursday.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class is preparing for the drama festival this weekend in Springdale. Biology 2201 students are learning about the respiratory system. The grade nine students are learning about solving equations in math.
Coming Up

School closes for Easter break on March 29, 2018 and will re-open on April 9, 2018.
Danyael Jacobs and Mark Janes received bronze medals in a Novice Hockey Tournament in St. John's. Mark also received an award for Most Valuable Player for the tournament.