Friday, December 17, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, December 17, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, December 17, 2010.

By: MacKenzie Brothers, Abigail Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes, and Bethany Whelan.

Christmas Character Day. From L-R: Kyra Hodder, Simon Boitstefski and Jack Matthews.

Last Friday we had our very first Dog Show and More Show. Thank you to Ms. Dutton and the grade 3 and 4 class. The show was a huge success. They raised over $400 for their SMARTboard. Thank you to Dr. Michael Tipple and Ms. Park for being judges and to all the students and families for supporting the show.

This past Saturday students participated in a fundraiser at Dominion. Students helped customers by putting their groceries in their cart. We raised $1,601.61 for our playground project. Thank you to Dominion for offering us this fundraiser and to the parents and students who participated.

This week Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten class did the third week of Advent celebration in chapel. They did a great job. Many of their parents came to watch.





Our Christmas concert on Tuesday was a great success. Thank you to all the students and teachers for all your hard work. Thank you to Mr. Graham and Mrs. McHugh for leading the choirs and bands, Claire Reynolds and Mrs. McCarthy for filming the entire concert, Mr. Danny Piercey for doing the sound and Mr. Kennedy and the staff for decorating the gym. Also, we would like to thank Santa for the early gift of a new sound system.

Also on Tuesday we had a Christmas Character Theme day. Our theme day was in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.

On Wednesday night our school choir sang for the annual Tree Lighting at Remembrance Square.

Stars of the Week

Students, staff and families have collected items for the food bank, stockings for seniors and the fire fighter’s toy drive. Thank you everyone!

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are enjoying their Christmas party today. They are doing Christmas activities and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Their intern Sara Rozee finished her internship on Thursday.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class are learning more Christmas vocabulary. Joyeux Noel!

The English Kindergarten class is talking about sharing and making Christmas decorations.

The grade one class is making Christmas cards for their parents and making surprise crafts. Some students in their class are participating in the variety show on Monday.

The grade two class is learning how to add big numbers. They are also making Christmas crafts.

The grade three and four class are brainstorming about their next fundraiser for their SMARTboard. They are having their Christmas party today.

The grade five and six class is busy preparing for their class Christmas party. On Monday Bethany Whelan will be helping Constable Edwards with the Christmas Food Drive.

The junior high class is working very hard. They have mid-term exams coming up in January. They helped to edit the Christmas concert video this week.

Coming Up

Monday is IHMS T-Shirt day, variety show, and Christmas parties.

The mini-reporters are wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, December 10, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, December 10, 2010.

By: Sarah Campbell, William Goodridge, Aaron Hancock, and Nicole Keeping

Tree trimming social: Rebecca Janes, the youngest Junior Kindergarten student, lights the tree with help from Mrs. Madonna English.

On Monday we celebrated the second week of Advent with the Kindergarten French Immersion class. We have now lit the second Advent candle on our wreath.

Santa Claus visited our school last week. His special helping elf took class photos and individual photos with students.

Students and staff had a great time at the Christmas parade this year! Afterwards we had our annual tree trimming and family social. Thank you to all the families, students and staff who helped with the float and the social. Rebecca Janes, the youngest junior kindergarten student, lit our Christmas tree.

On Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at All Hallows with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group. Every student got a prayer rock to keep.

Tonight the grade 3 and 4 class is hosting a “Dog Show and More Show” at 6 pm. All pets are welcome! You can register your pet at the door for $5. There will be lots of prizes for different categories.

We are still collecting items for stockings for seniors, the firefighter’s toy drive and items for the food bank.

Our school has been chosen to pilot the Tennis for Schools Program. Thank you to Mrs. Dutton for applying for this program for our students.

We have raised over $3,000 for our IHMS Community Playground project. Thank you to our families who have donated.

Stars of the Week

Darcy Brake, Clare Coleman, Aaron Gillard, Sydnee Hynes, Clara Ryan, and Charlotte Sweetapple were interviewed by CBC Radio this week about Special Christmas Memories.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are preparing for the Christmas concert and are making Christmas crafts.

The Kindergarten English class is working on the letter “w” and are getting ready for the concert.

The Kindergarten French Immersion class is preparing a song and a poem for the Christmas concert called “Ce Soin C’est Noel” and “Gentil Pere Noel”. They are sad to say good-bye to Madame Robertson the intern who has been working with their class this term. Everyone will miss her a lot.

The grade one class is preparing for the Christmas concert. Also they are learning to subtract and learning about needs and wants in social studies.

The grade two class is making wink streamers, number stories in math, and snowmen decorations. They are excited about Christmas Character Day.

The grade three and four class is excited about their Dog Show and More Show. They are learning about Canada in social studies,

The grade five and six class is preparing for their Christmas party and painting a Christmas scene in the cafeteria window.

The junior high class is decorating their classroom for Christmas. They are making a movie from a play in religion class. They are beginning a new unit in science.

Coming Up

Tomorrow we are having a fundraiser at Dominion. Students will be placing grocery bags in customer’s carts for donations to the IHMS Community Playground project from 10 to 4 pm.

On Tuesday we are having a Christmas Character theme day in aid of a parent who is traveling to Costa Rica for Multiple Sclerosis treatment. Also, Tuesday night is the Christmas concert beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5.

School closes for Christmas break on December 20th at 12:15 pm.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lion's Roar Friday December 3, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, December 3, 2010.

By: Nathan Anderson, Vanessa Ford, Maria Reynolds, and Jenna Yetman


Grade 3 and 4 class who was one of the classes to participate in the Jump Rope for the Heart and Stroke Foundation this week. Front (L-R): Anna MacKenzie, Keagan Sheppard, Clara Ryan, Bridgett Sparkes, Nicola du Toit, Brooklynn Companion. Back (L-R): Tyra Ruth, Olivia Gallant, Keely Brothers, Hailey Colbourne, Anna Brake, Caylie Blake, Alex Williams, Olivia Park, Kiya Morrissey.

This week the grade 1 class lit the first candle on our advent wreath. Last Sunday was the beginning of the season of Advent.

Last weekend our school had a drop and shop fundraiser in aid of the Shepherds Fund. We raised $361. There were many activities like cupcake decorating, arts and crafts, board games and gym activities. Thank you to our staff and families and to Mrs. Vincent who organized the day.

Thank you to everyone who donated used cell phones. Our used cell phone collection is now over.

We are now collecting for stockings for seniors, the firefighter’s toy drive and food items for the food bank.

On Monday our students participated in Jump Rope for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Everyone had fun. Thank you to Ms. Dutton and the junior high class.

The junior high class had a great time in St. John’s at the Skills Canada Intermediate Skills Challenge last weekend. On Tuesday we had a school assembly to celebrate their projects. We watched a wind turbine demonstration, a Lego Robotics demonstration, a video created by the TV video production team and a video of a job demonstration showing how to make cupcakes. Thank you to Mrs. Du Toit, Mrs. Keeping and Mrs. Reynolds for driving the students to St. John’s and to Mr. Hancock and Mrs. McCarthy for supervising.

Wednesday was school photo re-take day. Anyone who missed picture day was able to have their photo taken.

Students have been hard at work this week preparing our annual Christmas parade float. Thank you to Mlle. Robertson, Mrs. McCarthy and Mr. Kennedy for organizing the float.

Our students have designed their own Christmas cards this year. The cards can be ordered for $1. All proceeds will go to the playground project.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the junior high class on their projects for the Skills Canada Intermediate Skills Challenge. Everyone did a great job! Our Lego Robotics team won an award from the First Lego League for Innovation and Strategy and Carla du Toit won a bronze medal for her job skill demonstration decorating cupcakes.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are doing Christmas activities and getting ready for the Christmas concert. They welcome back Ms. Sara Rozee to their class for another internship.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class are starting their Advent wreath and learning French words about Christmas.

The English Kindergarten class is learning the letter “M”.

The grade one class is learning how to protect their senses. They did the first Advent celebration and they are writing letters to Santa.

The grade two class made pizza on Wednesday and they baked cookies after they read the book “MMM Cookies.”

The grade three and four class is planning a Dog Show and More Show on December 10th at 6 pm. They are starting grade 4-9 intramurals for basketball this week.

The grade five and six class is getting ready for some tests. They are learning how to plan a special event in language arts. They are planning their Christmas party. They are excited to announce Abigail Companion and William Goodridge were nominated for the People to People Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The junior high class is tired from their trip to St. John’s. They are busy working on songs in band for the Christmas concert. The grade 7’s are writing research papers and visiting the Corner Brook Public Library today.

Coming Up

Saturday is our annual Tree Trimming Social from 12 pm to 2 pm. We will enjoy some treats, decorate our tree and sing Christmas carols.

The grade 3 and 4 class is organizing a Dog Show and More Show. This will take place in the IHMS gym on Friday, December 10th at 6 pm. Registration is $5.

There will be a Christmas character day on December 14th. The money raised will be donated to one of our parents who is travelling to Costa Rica on December 6th for treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

The Christmas concert “Follow That Star” is on December 14th at 7 pm.

The mini-reporters are jumping rope for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lion's Roar Friday, November 26, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, November 26, 2010.

By: Abigail Companion, Hannah Sparkes, MacKenzie Brothers, Douglas MacKenzie, and Bethany Whelan

The grade one class, with the help from the entire school, were thrilled to have filled 45 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, beating last year's record! The organization delivers to millions of children in poor and war-torn countries around the world. This year, the boxes are going to Haiti.

Front row: Charlotte Sweetapple, Brooke Ruth
Middle Row: Ryan Murphy, Kaden Rodrigues, Michael Sheppard
Back Row: Derek Attwood, Darcy Brake, Aaron Gillard, Ryan Bennett
Missing from photo: Megan Williams, Harrison Squires, Noah Colbourne


In our first game of the season, Nicole Keeping scored the first basket seconds after the tip off.

The girl’s basketball team played a game on Monday against Sacred Heart School in our gym. The girls played very well. Go team, go! Thank you to Mr. Taaffe, Mr. Whelan and Ms. Dutton who coach the girls on Saturdays and after school.

Report cards went home on Tuesday. We hope you all did great. Parent teacher interviews were held on Wednesday night.

Our school was accepted for “A Mon Meilleur”. We received a French teaching guide for Kindergarten to grade 3, which included worksheets, CDs and physical activity equipment.

There was $661 dollars raised by our parents at the toy and clothing sale last weekend. We now have over $1,000 for our playground project.

Today we are having a casual day for the Canadian Catholic School Trustee Association. They give money to schools for kids who need tuition help.

The Junior High students are in St. John’s. Today they are visiting the MUN Botanical Gardens and the Fluvarium. The skills challenge is tomorrow. They are competing in Lego League Robotics, Wind Turbine Design, Job Skill Demonstration and TV Video production. Good luck everyone!

Stars of the Week

 Nicole Keeping

Jenna Yetman

The YMCA David Elliot Memorial Peace Week Speak Off was Wednesday night. The two students that attended from our school were Jenna Yetman and Nicole Keeping. They both did a great job! Jenna Yetman was chosen as the overall winner.

The junior high class was on Corner Brook Café this week for the Skills Challenge. Mrs. McCarthy, Carla du Toit and Andrew Dolomount were interviewed by Wendy Woodland.

Congratulations to figure skater Caylie Blake who skated in a competition in St. John’s last weekend.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are decorating their classroom for Christmas. They are also doing Christmas activities.

The English Kindergarten class is going to the fire station on Wednesday. They are working on the letter “a”.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is learning the letter “w”. They are learning about vocabulary in French and learning their songs for the Christmas concert.

The grade one class is reading a book called “Stone Soup”. After they finish the book they are going to make their own stone soup.

The grade two class is starting a book talk and they are making a class lunch. They will be making pizza.

The grade three and four class are making Christmas cards to prepare for the holidays. They are also making a cityscape out of paper.

The grade five and six class is learning about the Burmese Python and the Everglades in language arts class. Today in art they are making monster faces with paint.

The junior high class designed Christmas cards for a fundraiser. The band is practicing for the Christmas concert.

Coming Up

There will be a drop and shop on Saturday, November 27 from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Christmas concert is December 14th at 7 pm.

The mini-reporters will be back next week with more great news!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 19, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, November 19, 2010.

By: Sarah Campbell, William Goodridge, Katerina Hamann, Aaron Hancock, and Nicole Keeping.


Constable Robert Edwards who visited our Kindergarten French Immersion Class as a guest speaker for their unit on community helpers.

Operation Christmas Child is now over. Thank you to Mrs. George and the grade one class who organized the drive. They are busy packing up all the boxes. Also, thank you to everyone who brought in items for the drive.

Our school is participating in the school milk contest called “Catch the X”. Whenever a student buys a milk they check the bottom to see if there is an x. If there is an x they win a free milk.

We are still collecting used cell phones. This is the last week for the cell phone collection. We have two full boxes of used cell phones.

Next week in intramurals the wolves will play the panthers in polo hockey.

On Tuesday, Patrick Davis, Maria Reynolds, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman visited Academy Canada with Mrs. King to say thank you for cooking our Thanksgiving dinner.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to grade two student McKenna Batstone who was a winner in the poster contest for child advocacy week. Her poster will be printed in their annual calendar. Also, William Sullivan received an honourable mention.

Good luck goes out to Joshua Buckle, Adam Lambswood, Gavin Staples, Gordon Staples, Wesley Torraville and Peter Vaskovsky who are participating in their first minor hockey tournament this weekend.

Congratulations to figure skaters Caylie Blake, Olivia Park and Bethany Whelan who participated in a figure skating clinic last weekend. All skated very well. Caylie and Olivia were medal winners for spins and jumps.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are working on “I am special” activities.

The Kindergarten class are working on the letter “a” and learning about community helpers.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class are learning about community helpers. This week they had many guest speakers. They had a doctor, a radio broadcaster, a real estate agent and a travel agent visit their class.

The grade one class is packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. They had a bake sale to raise money for the postage of the shoeboxes. They are subtracting and adding up to 12 in math.

The grade two class is doing a novel study on the author Robert Munsch.

The grade three and four class have finished their weebly websites. The grade fours had a math test on Thursday. They have made an eco-friendly friends club.

The grade five and six class is working hard on their grammar work. The grade 6’s wrote speeches for the YMCA Peace Week Speak Off.

The junior high class is all finished painting their media centre. They are very excited about visiting St. John’s next weekend. This week Mr. Dru Kennedy visited and helped them learn how to use their video equipment to make movies.

Coming Up

There will be two Christmas card making classes in the school cafeteria on Saturday. The first class is 11am-2pm and the second is 3pm-6pm. Registration is $20. Proceeds are for the playground project.

Also there is a gently used toy and clothing sale this Sunday, November 21 from 2 to 4 pm. Call the school for more details.

Report cards go home next week.

There will be a drop and shop on Saturday, November 27 from 10 am to 3 pm.

The mini-reporters are looking forward to decorating for Christmas!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lion's Roar - November 12, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, November 12, 2010.

By: Nathan Anderson, Vanessa Ford, Maria Reynolds, and Jenna Yetman
Remembrance Day Service. (L-R): Keagan Sheppard and Anna Brake pin poppies on the remembrance wreath with help from Anri Vermooten and Skylar Anderson.

The Junior High class leaf raking fundraiser last Saturday went great. They raised over $1,200 for their trip. Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers and supporters. All proceeds will pay for the Skills Canada competition trip on November 27.

On Monday our students went to Robin Hood at the Arts and Culture Centre. Jenna Yetman and Mr. Hancock were called up on stage! They were the stars of the show. Everyone really enjoyed the play.

This week is Veteran’s Week. We remember those who fought for us. Our Remembrance Service was on Tuesday. Thank you to Father Hynes for saying our opening prayer and to the junior high class who organized the ceremony. Also special thanks to our guests Ms. Yvonne Lyver who represented the Legion, Ms. Amber Elms and to Ms. Kelly Hartley who played “Last Post”. All classes participated in our assembly by singing songs, reading poems, acting in plays and laying poppies on our wreath. Students were busy this week preparing essays, poems and drawings for the annual Legion contest.

On Wednesday we had a school wide breakfast. Pancakes and French toast were served. Thank you to our wonderful teachers for cooking for us!

We are still looking for Operation Christmas Child items and used cell phones. Thank you to all who have already donated.

Stars of the Week

Mr. Hancock and Jenna Yetman starred in “Robin Hood” at the Arts and Culture Centre on Monday.


Carla du Toit participated in a job experience placement at Colemans on Monday. She worked in the bakery decorating cupcakes, cakes and cookies. This will help her prepare for the Skills Challenge Job Skill Demonstration of decorating cupcakes.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes worked hard all week on Remembrance Day activities and preparing their wreath for the school assembly.

The Kindergarten class performed a short poem called “Poppy” for the Remembrance Day service.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class recited a French poem about poppies called “Jolis Coquelicots”.

The grade one class enjoyed seeing “Robin Hood”. They did the poem “Little Poppy” for the Remembrance Day service.

The grade two class is learning about Remembrance Day. They did the poem called “Remembrance Day” for our service.

The grade three and four class performed a short play based on the poem “In Flanders Field”. Alex Williams read a poem she wrote called “I will Remember” and Hailey Colbourne read a poem written by her grandfather. This week the class did surveys on recycling and made poppies. The class might be getting a pet bunny.

The grade five and six class worked on Remembrance Day essays this week. They are learning about Hercules and Superman in language arts. Abigail Companion read her essay called “How I Will Remember” for the Remembrance Day service.

The junior high class is excited about the Skills Challenge and the long weekend. Everyone worked really hard over the weekend raking fall leaves.

Coming Up

Operation Christmas Child ends on Monday. The grade one class is having a cookie sale on Tuesday.

The gently used toy and clothing sale is on Sunday, November 21 from 2 to 4 pm.

The mini-reporters are enjoying the long weekend. We’ll be back next week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 5, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, November 5, 2010.

By: MacKenzie Brothers, Abigail, Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes and Bethany Whelan.

Donation of computers made to our school by Computers for Schools. Our school received 5 computers last week. Front (L-R): Abigail Companion and Aaron Hancock.

On Tuesday there was a prayer service for All Saints Day with the prayer group, several volunteers and Mrs. Coleman. Thank you to celebrating with us.

Everyone enjoyed our Haunted House and Halloween parties on Friday.

Operation Christmas child has started. The grade one class is collecting items to pack in shoeboxes for children in poor countries. They would like our students to bring in stuff like: small dolls, pencils, toothbrushes, hairbrushes or clips, hard candy, socks, etc.

The junior high class is raising money for their trip to St. John’s for the Intermediate Skills Challenge. They are raking leaves on Saturday. If you need your lawn raked give them a call!

We are still collecting used cell phones. Many students and staff have donated already. Thank you!

The Junior Kindergarten classes held a class fundraiser last week to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. It was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who bought things.

Running club ended this week. Thank you to Ms. Dutton and all our runners who represented our school at different fun runs.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the winners of the Halloween costume contest last Friday. The winners were: Heather Cooper, Summer Ingram, Will Drover, Megan Williams, Chole Colbourne, Tyra Ruth, Sarah Campbell, Carla du Toit, and Brian MacKenzie.

Alex Williams represented our school at a fun run at Xavier Junior High in Deer Lake last Thursday. Way to go!!

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are working on Remembrance Day crafts and activities.

The Kindergarten class is learning about numbers in math. Also, they are learning the letter “t”.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is beginning to learn the names of communities. The students are learning how people contribute to our city. Today, Constable Edwards is visiting their class to talk about his work.

The grade one class is learning about the parables Jesus told in Religion. In language arts they are writing class stories.

The grade two class is starting to learn how to handwrite. They are working very hard at it!

The grade three and four class watched the movie “Wall-e” to complete their unit about our environment. They are starting a unit on nutrition. They are learning their three times tables in math and learning about habitats in science. Their websites on world countries are nearly complete.

The grade five and six class is working on Remembrance Day Essays and learning about the format of an essay. They wrote rock stories in religion class. In math they are learning about rounding numbers.

The junior high class are raising money for their big trip at the end of this month. They are busy planning the Remembrance Day assembly for the school.

Coming Up

There will be a girls basketball practice on Saturday morning from 10-12.

Our Remembrance Day Service is on Tuesday, November 9th at 10:35 am.

There is a school wide breakfast on Wednesday, November 10th. There is no school on November 11th or 12th.

The RNC and the Corner Brook Crime Prevention Committee are having a public information session on Internet Safety / Internet Luring for all parents and members of the public. This is on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at Presentation Junior High.

The mini-reporters are busy collecting items for Operation Christmas Child.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Junior High Leaf Raking Fundraiser

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 29, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 29, 2010.

By: Sarah Campbell, William Goodridge, Katerina Hamann, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping


Grade 1 students donating used cell phones for recycling.

This afternoon we are celebrating Halloween. Happy Halloween everyone! Many students and teachers are dressed up in costumes. At lunch there will be a costume contest and haunted house by the grade 3 and 4 classroom and the Student Leadership Council.


Last Friday there was a foster family presentation. Mr. Albert Buckle and Mrs. Linda Buckle presented to our three provincial winners at a school assembly. Each student received a framed certificate and the school received a plaque.


On Saturday there was a basketball practice. Thank you to Mr. Taaffe and Mr. Whelan for training with the team.


Monday was picture day this week. Everyone looked great. All week the Student Leadership Council sold vampire popcorn to raise money for the school playground. Also, Mrs. Neville, the cafeteria lady sold cupcakes for the playground. Yum! Yum!


On Tuesday we practiced our first school wide lock down. All students did a great job!


The new school SMARTboards are now installed and working in the classrooms.


This week we welcome three nursing students doing a clinical placement to our school. Michelle Skanes, Brittany MacDonald and Mike Taylor are all working with the Junior Kindergarten classes.


We have many parent volunteers this week helping with our school breakfast program and the lunch program. Thank you everyone!


Stars of the Week


Several students took part in fun runs this week. On Wednesday Alex Williams, Jenna Yetman and Nicole Keeping ran in a fun run. There was a second run at Xavier Junior High in Deer Lake on Thursday.


Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are starting Remembrance Day activities.

The Kindergarten class is working on what Remembrance Day means.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is finishing up Halloween vocabulary and will celebrate Halloween today. This week the students are working on the letter “h” and are learning French words that begin with “h”.

The grade one class is starting Operation Christmas Child. They are learning about spiders and are excited about their Halloween class party.

The grade two class is doing fun Halloween based math problems and are excited about their Halloween party today.

The grade three and four class had a French party on Tuesday. They got a new whiteboard and have a new seating arrangement.

The grade five and six class painted rocks in religion class this week. They got their new SMARTboard installed and they gave their old whiteboard to the grade 3 and 4 class. They are looking forward to games and crafts at their Halloween party today.

The junior high class has begun designing a new robot and working on this years missions. The theme is Body Forward Challenge. All the missions have to do with the function of the human body. Some students are also working on other challenges including: wind turbine design, job skill demonstration, prepared speech and worksite safety.

Coming Up

There will be a girl’s basketball practice on Saturday morning from 10-12.

The mini-reporters are celebrating Halloween and will be back next week with more ghoulish news!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 22, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 22, 2010.

By: MacKenzie Brothers, Abigail Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes, Bethany Whelan


Photo from the Scholastic Book Fair: (L-R): William Goodridge, Nicole Keeping, and Jenna Yetman. Front: Lauren Davis.

This week our school had a Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday. We sold $2,286.00 in books! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy and all of the other teachers and volunteers who helped out. There were lots of great books. The theme was “A Book Safari”. Many students won book and toy prizes in the contest “I wish I Could Win”. Also, Nicola du Toit won the family door prize. Her family won $25 and her teacher Ms. Dutton also won $25.

Girls basketball try-outs were held last weekend. Thank you to Mr. Whelan and Ms. Dutton for training with us. All the girls worked really hard.

The Student Leadership Council canteen services began this week. They are selling: 100 calorie chips, cheese strings, water, milk, and ice cream at recess. On Wednesday they held a bake sale to raise money for a haunted house display they are working on with the grade 3 and 4 class. The bake sale raised $84.00. Also, all next week they will be selling bags of vampire popcorn for $0.50. This money will be donated to the playground project.

This week is Foster Family Week and Waste Reduction Week. We are still trying to get as many used cell phones as we can. If we win the contest we will have $1,000.00 for our outdoor classroom project. We had several draws for Waste Reduction Week. Students received prizes made from recycled materials.

We now have a perfect attendance wall posted next to the office. Thank you to Ms. Bennett for your artwork. Many students were excited to see their name on the list.

There was a special mass of Bishop Crosby on Thursday at the cathedral. Many students and staff attended. Congratulations to Bishop Crosby on your new job.

Stars of the Week

This year we had three provincial winners for Foster Family Week. For the Kindergarten poster contest our first place winner was Makayla Ianni. Our primary student winner in grade 3 for her story was Keely Brothers and for elementary in grade 4 for her story Hailey Colbourne. There is a special assembly for them this afternoon in the gym. Also, our school received to plaques for the wall.

Also congratulations to Alex Williams and Hailey Colbourne who ran in the St. Gerard’s fun run last week and did awesome.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are learning about the number “3” and the letter “g”. They are making lots of Halloween crafts.

The Kindergarten class is working on the letter “h” and talking about Halloween.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is beginning to learn French vocabulary. They are working on the letter “t”.

The grade one class is learning about rights and responsibilities.

The grade two class is preparing for their Halloween party. They are learning about money.

The grade three and four class is having a birthday party this week. They are looking forward to Halloween and are busy planning their haunted house.

The grade five and six class decorated their classroom this week. They are working on poster contests in art class and learning about tornados in language arts.

The junior high class has started putting together their Lego work station and building a new robot design for the Skills Challenge. They enjoyed the book fair this week and decorating their classroom.

Coming Up

Monday is our picture day. We hope everyone looks their best!

Next Friday all classes will be having a Halloween party. We hope you all have fun!

The mini-reporters are smiling for the camera.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 15, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 15, 2010.

By: MacKenzie Brothers, Abigail Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes, Bethany Whelan

Junior High class trip to Steady Brook Falls. Back (L-R): Christopher Barnes, Brian MacKenzie, Patrick Davis, Andrew Dolomount, Taylor Morrissey, and Anri Vermooten. Front (L-R): Carla du Toit, Claire Reynolds and Sarah Keeping.

On Friday we had our Thanksgiving dinner. It was fantastic! Thank you to Academy Canada for the delicious turkey. Thank you to Mr. Graham for leading the choir and Mrs. McHugh for conducting the band.


Everyone was very generous when it came to the food bank donations. There were two full tables of food items, a $50 Coleman’s gift card donated for fresh items and five bags of vegetables. Sarah Keeping, Claire Reynolds and Sam Antle presented the items to Mrs. Agnes McCarthy from the local food bank.

Last Friday we celebrated Mass in our chapel. Thank you to Father Leonard who held the mass.

Will Drover, a student in Madame Noseworthy’s class, donated $119 towards a playground for our school. He was saving up for a dirt bike, but decided to donate it to us instead. Thank you, Will!

On Thursday we had our annual Terry Fox walk. It was a lot of fun! Thank you to Mrs. George who spoke to students about Terry Fox. Also, did you know that Terry Fox visited our school when it was still called All Hallows?

Also on Thursday there was a fun run at St. Gerard’s. A few students ran in this race and did very well. Thank you to Ms. Dutton for training the athletes.

Stars of the Week

Last week Nicole Keeping, William Goodridge and Jenna Yetman ran a fun run at C.C. Loughlin. All did very well, way to go! Congratulations to Anri Vermooten who travelled to Gander last weekend to participate in YC 2010.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are playing Halloween games, making pumpkins and bats. They are learning about spider webs in science and they are decorating their classroom.

The Kindergarten class is learning about plants in science and learning their letter “E”.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class has almost finished learning about Thanksgiving in French.

The grade one class is doing lots of Halloween writing and some cool crafts. In math they are learning to “count on” and to build numbers on a ten frame with pumpkins.

The grade two class is getting ready for Halloween and making bird feeders from milk cartons.

The grade three and four class is working on a birthday party for everyone in their class including their hamster Nibbles. They are also having a Halloween party. I think it is going to be a scare! Boo!

The grade five and six class is learning about poems. They had so much fun in art when they made recycled bracelets and key chains out of old newspaper and shopping bags. They had a great time on the Terry Fox walk.

The junior high class went on a hike to Steady Brook Falls. They also did some geocaching. They are preparing for the Skills Canada Intermediate Skills Challenge.

Coming Up

Basketball try-outs are on Saturday at 10:00 am for girls in grades 4 to 6.

Next week Immaculate Heart of Mary School is collecting used cell phones for waste reduction week. If we can collect enough we can win a green grant for $1,000 to go towards our playground.

On Tuesday our school is having a book fair. We have lots of books for you. It is on Tuesday from 6-9 and Wednesday from 9-5.

All the mini-reporters loved the turkey dinner, yum! See you next week.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 8, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 8, 2010.

By: Katerina Hamann, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping, William Goodridge

Junior Kindergarten students Sadie MacDonald and Peter Vaskovsky celebrate IHMS's 11th birthday.

Last week we had medical theme day. We raised $658 for the Western Memorial Hospital Foundation. A lot of kids dressed up. Thank you everyone who donated money.

Running club began on Friday. The first running meet was held at C.C. Louglin on Wednesday after school. Thank you to Ms. Dutton for coaching the team.

This week was fire prevention week. We had two practice fire drills.

This week the Student Leadership Council is organizing a thanksgiving food drive. We are collecting food to create food baskets. Each class has been assigned an item to bring in.

On Monday the grades 3 to 6 had a presentation for Foster Families week. Thank you to Amey Kendell and Denise Molloy for presenting. Foster Family week is October 17-23. Many students drew pictures, and wrote stories or essays for Foster Family week.

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Rosary with a special Prayer of the Rosary at lunch. Thank you to Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group for organizing this event.

Today is our annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. Thank you to all the chefs from Academy Canada, the band for playing and the choirs who sang.

Stars of the Week
William Goodridge (top pic), and Anna MacKenzie (bottom pic), starred on CFCB radio network promoting the Thanksgiving food drive this week.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are excited about doing Thanksgiving activities, fire drills, and science activities.

The Kindergarten class is doing a thanksgiving act and they’re learning their letter sounds.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is learning more and more French words everyday. They enjoyed their Colemans nutrition tour with the other Kindergarten class on Wednesday.

The grade one class is colouring turkeys. They are thankful for Thanksgiving dinner and they’re reading bible stories.

The grade two class is cutting out paper turkeys and doing patterning in math with corn.

The grade three and four class raised $240 from their bake sale for a SMART board. They are also making a haunted house for Halloween. They are going on a forestry field trip today.

The grade five and six class just completed essays for Good Governance Week. They are looking forward to the math contest and the long weekend.


The junior high class enjoyed their forestry walk on Wednesday with the Model Forest of Newfoundland. They learned about all sorts of plants that are safe to eat. The grade 7’s have math and science tests coming up. They were excited to help with the veggie orders.

Coming Up

School is closed on Monday for Thanksgiving Day. Also, there is no school on Tuesday for Kindergarten to grade 9 for a teacher’s Professional Development. There will be school for all Junior Kindergarten students.

The Scholastic Book Fair is on October 19 and 20.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 1, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 1, 2010.

By: Nathan Anderson, Vanessa Ford, Maria Reynolds and Jenna Yetman.

Grade 1 and 2 class trip to Colemans. Front(L-R): Aluara Alexander, Chenoah Park, Rogan Seaward, Jack Ryan. Centre(L-R): McKenna Batstone and Tamara Campbell. Back (L-R): Madison Copp, Sam Antle, Liam Dawe and Chole Colbourne. Also Dietician Heather Joyce Allen and Colemans employee Jason House.

Today is medical theme day for the Western Memorial Hospital Radiothon. Everyone looks great all dressed up! Our Terry Fox walk was postponed yesterday because of all the rain this week. We look forward to our walk in early October.

Student Leadership Council Elections are over. Our Co-Presidents are Carla Du Toit and Sarah Yetman, Vice-President is Sarah Keeping, Secretary is Claire Reynolds and Primary Representative is Jenna Yetman. The class representative for grade 5 is Maria Reynolds and grade 6 is Nicole Keeping. We hope to have all the class representatives chosen before our first meeting.

Running club started this week. The running club meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school to practice.

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have been helping with the breakfast program in the morning and at lunch time this week.

The grade 3 and 4 students have decided to raise money for a SMART board for their classroom. They started with a bake sale on Wednesday and they raised almost $200!! The cookies, cupcakes and fruit kabobs were yummy. More plans are already being made for more fundraisers.

On Monday public health nurse Becky Newton did a hand washing presentation with the Kindergarten classes.

All the kids in soccer intramurals are having lots of fun!

Stars of the Week

Patrick Davis and Andrew Dolomount have joined the city of Corner Brook Community Band. They play saxophone.

Congratulations to Sarah Yetman who was promoted to ALC last week at Air Cadets.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are learning about the letter “c” and the number 2. They are doing Thanksgiving crafts, and science activities.

The Kindergarten class is learning about living animals in science and working on the letter “l”.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is learning about the importance of family and their role in their family. In math they are learning about patterning. They have been working on the letter “I”.

The grade one class is learning how to count to 20. They are going on a nutrition tour to Colemans very soon.

The grade two class is playing lots of fun math games and doing fall crafts in art.

The grade three and four class is making websites about a country. They are reading Storyworks magazine and practicing handwriting in language. They would like to thank Mr. Rob Ryan for presenting “bones” to them this week.

The grade five and six class is writing about memories in language arts and their teaching is reading “How Come the Best Clues are Always in the Garbage” to them.

The junior high class is busy with tests and quizzes. In gym class they are making their own games. In Enrichment they learned about Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope.

Coming Up

Vegetable orders are due today. They will be delivered to the school on October 5.

The Scholastic Book Fair is on October 19 and 20.

The mini-reporters.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, September 24, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, September 24, 2010.

By: MacKenzie Brothers, Abigail Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes, Bethany Whelan


IHMS Teacher vs. Student soccer game last week for National Sports Week.

The school breakfast program started on Monday. We are so happy to see all the students enjoying a yummy breakfast.

The Student Leadership Council elections began on Monday. Carla du Toit and Sarah Yetman have been elected Co-Presidents. The Vice-President is Sarah Keeping. Congratulations to you all.

The grade five and six class has participated in a forestry day at Margaret Bowater Park on Monday. Thank you to Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. McCarthy, Mr. Hancock, and Mrs. King who drove the students. This event was for National Forestry week. Thank you for a great time.

The soccer intramurals has started and everybody seems to love soccer.

There was a curriculum night for parents on Thursday night. Also, Thursday was our school’s eleventh birthday celebration and theme day. Everyone dressed up for the theme 11. The grade 5 and 6 class wrote an acrostic poem to celebrate and everyone had cupcakes and milk.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are learning the letter A and the number 1. They went on a nature walk on Wednesday. They are also excited about their new water table.

The Kindergarten class is learning about sorting in math. They are also learning about family in social studies.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is learning songs in French. They are learning how to write their letters and how to count in French.

The grade one class is learning about patterns in math and made pattern necklaces. They had their first spelling test this week. They loved the theme day so much.

The grade two class is learning about time lines. They went on a trip to Colemans. They enjoyed the soccer games this week. They welcome, Madison Copp a new student to their class.

The grade three and four class is learning about Terry Fox. They are learning about patterns in math and birthdays in French. They went on a nutrition tour at Colemans last Friday. They really enjoyed their loot bags.

The grade five and six class had a great time on their field trip. They are very excited to welcome the new mini-reporters. The new grade five class is writing the newspaper articles and the grade six’s are acting as leaders. Great job everyone!

The junior high class are having a math test next week. They are busy preparing for the Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge in November. They are excited to explore new skill areas like job interview skills, workplace safety, job skill demonstration and prepared speech.

Coming Up

The Terry Fox walk is on September 30th. We are accepting open donations.

Vegetable orders are due October 1st.

The mini-reporters are celebrating IHMS birthday and enjoying awesome cupcakes. Got milk?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lion's Roar - Friday, September 17, 2010

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, September 17, 2010.

By: Abigail Companion, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman

Olivia Park (right) a grade 4 student and Anna MacKenzie a grade 3 student sharing a hug during the first day of school.
Welcome back students and families. We hope you are all ready to enjoy a new year of school. We have some new teachers to welcome to our school this year. Mrs. Tina Arklie and Ms. Lana King both work with our Junior Kindergarten students. As well, Mrs. Barbara Dicks is now working full time with the Junior Kindergarten classes. Mme. Noseworthy is our new French Immersion Kindergarten teacher and her intern is Mlle. Nikki Robertson. Also, Mr. Greg Taaffe is teaching grades 3 to 9 math.

Over the summer Mr. Kennedy did a lot of work getting our school ready for September. He did a very good job! We have a new band room, a new French immersion kindergarten room, a new office and a new staff room. Also, thank you to Ms. Heather Sweetapple who worked in our office helping Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. King over the summer.

Mrs. Agnes Neville will be running our school lunch program this year. Thank you for the yummy cinnamon rolls she made for everyone last week.

Last Friday we had our school opening mass. Thank you to Bishop Crosby and Monsignor Gale who made it extra special. Also thank you to Mr. Graham for playing the organ.

The school was closed on Monday because there was no water. We hope you enjoyed your extra holiday!

On Tuesday we had a sports theme day and we had a banner presentation ceremony for a Platinum Award for Quality Physical Education we got last year. Congratulations to Ms. Dutton for all her hard work. We also had a students vs. staff soccer game and we all played awesome. Soccer intramurals has begun and will run every Tuesday Thursday during September.

This week we have a new student intern in our office named Kayla Simmonds who will be with our school for 26 weeks.

Stars of the Week

Welcome back to Carla du Toit and Jenna Yetman who represented our school in Washington at the People to People Leadership Conference.

Patrick Davis traveled to St. John’s this weekend to participate in the Invitational Pee Wee Tournament. His team played very well.

Congratulations to Aaron Hancock who won the school draw from Cycle Solutions.

Class News

The Junior Kindergarten classes are learning about apples. They are excited to be in school for the first time.

The Kindergarten class is learning the classroom rules and all about patterns. They welcome to our school four new students: Makayla Ianni, Summer Ingram, William O’Flaherty, and Heather Cooper.

The French Immersion Kindergarten class is enjoying learning all kinds of French words and singing songs with Mme Noseworthy and Mlle. Robertson. The class welcomes new students Lauren Davis and Ben Hamilton.

The grade one class is welcoming two new students to their class Michael Sheppard and Noah Colbourne. They are learning about apples and will soon have a taste test.

The grade two class welcomes Chole Colbourne to their class. They are learning about patterns in math.

The grade three and four class is learning about patterns in math and writing about themselves in language arts. They really enjoyed the soccer game. They have three new students this year Cheyenne Bursey, Hailey Colbourne and Keagan Sheppard.

The grade five and six class got a new cage for their gerbil Lunch called Habitrail Suite. They are learning about collages and made one in art about their favourite season. They welcome to their class this year William Murphy-Goodridge and Bethany Whelan.

The Junior High class has a new student named Zubia Mahmood. They are learning about the geography of Canada and latitude and longitude in social studies. In enrichment they are working on teambuilding in groups. On Wednesday they worked together to build something to protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped.

Coming Up

Cafeteria services begin on Monday. After school program and breakfast program also start on Monday.

Student Leadership Council elections begin next week.

Thursday, September 23 is our curriculum night.

The mini-reporters are back again for another exciting year of news!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 2010 Newsletter

Elaine King,
Director of Education
Welcome!

On behalf of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Community, I would like to welcome you to the 2010-2011 school year; one that will prove to be most rewarding. A very special welcome is extended to our new families. We look forward to meeting and working with all of our students and their families.

Staff

It is my pleasure to welcome Mme. Anne Noseworthy, Mlle. Nicole Robertson, Mr. Greg Taaffe, Mrs. Tina Arklie and Ms. Lana King to our Staff. The following is the 2010 I.H.M.S. Staff:

Mrs. Tina Arlie – JK
Ms. Tara Crocker – JK
Mrs. Barbara Dicks – JK
Mrs. Madonna English – JK
Ms. Lana King – JK
Mrs. Lesa Vincent – JK
Mrs. Stephanie Hodder – Kindergarten (English)
Mme. Anne Noseworthy – Kindergarten (French Immersion)
Mlle. Nicole Robertson – Intern for Kindergarten French Immersion
Mrs. Jackie George – Grade 1
Ms. Krista Park – Grade 2
Ms. Lindsay Dutton – Grade 3-4 Homeroom, Phys. Ed and French
Mrs. Angel McCarthy – Grade 5-6 Homeroom, Language Arts, Religion and Enrichment
Mr. Ron Hancock – Junior High Homeroom, Science, Technology and Enrichment
Mr. Gary Graham – Music
Mrs. Alison McHugh – Band, Language Arts
Mr. Greg Taaffe – Math (Grades 3-9)
Mr. Dennis Kennedy – Facility Caretaker
Mrs. Dianne Kennedy – Director of Administration
Mrs. Elaine King – Director of Education, Junior High French

Junior Kindergarten: We have once again expanded our Junior Kindergarten Program to forty children. Our program consists of 3 classes; two classes of 16 and one class of 8.

French Immersion: This year is the first year for our school to facilitate French Immersion. Our French Immersion Class is located on the Main level next to the Staff Room.

Offices: Our offices and Staff Room have located to the main level. We hope the new location of our offices proves to be more accessible and convenient for our families.

Summer Maintenance: Our maintenance over the summer months was quite extensive. All classrooms and the gymnasium were painted, cleaned thoroughly and all floors were stripped and waxed. We are very committed to providing our students an environment which is conducive to learning.

Band Room: Our Band Room is now located on the top floor. It is in the former upstairs Lunch Room.

Cafeteria Services: Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will eat in the Cafeteria which is located on the main level. The Junior High Students have the option of eating in their classroom or in the cafeteria. The Junior Kindergarten children will eat in their classroom. All students will be able to avail of services from the cafeteria.

Until the cafeteria services begin, the school will sell pizza on Friday and hot dogs on Monday. More information will follow.

Allergies: Our school is a peanut and scent free school due to the sensitivities of some of our students and staff.

School Calendar: The monthly calendar is a very important communication tool that will outline the specific month’s events. Please keep this calendar in a highly visible area as we would not want your child (children) nor you to miss any events. The September calendar will be distributed to your child on Tuesday, September 7th ( Kindergarten to Grade 9) and on Wednesday, September 8th (Junior Kindergarten Classes).

Monthly Staff Meetings: Our Monthly Staff Meetings will take place this year at the end of the school day. Therefore, there will be no interruption to the regular school day nor to the After-school Program.

Important Dates:

September 7th: 1:00 p.m. Orientation Session in our Gymnasium for K-9 Students

September 8th: 12:30 p.m. Orientation Session in our gymnasium for the JK Classes

September 10th: Parents, family members and friends are invited to join us at our School

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The End Of An Amazing Year!

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on June 25, 2010.

By: Abigail Companion, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman.

Student of the Year Recipients Jasmine Penney (left) and Carla du Toit with Mrs. King.

Last weekend was the Provincial Herseys Track and Field Meet in Mount Pearl. Congratulations to Patrick Davis and Brayden Ryan who represented our school. Also thank you to Ms. Dutton who drove to St. John’s to cheer on our school.

On Monday there was a spelling bee for grades 3 to 9 students. Winners we’re buzzing about are Alexandra Williams, Maria Reynolds, Jenna Yetman, and Sarah Keeping. Congratulations to all the S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S!

Our final school breakfast was held on Tuesday morning. We enjoyed homemade French toast, and waffles. Thank you to Ms. Agnes McCarthy, Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs. King for cooking for us! Also Tuesday was sports day. It was a lot of fun. Thank you to Ms. Dutton and the junior high class who organized everything.

We had a year end mass and assembly on Wednesday morning. Both the band and choirs performed, and there was a slideshow of pictures prepared by the junior high class. Thank you to Mr. Reynolds for the beautiful program and certificates for each student.

Thank you to all the volunteers this past year. To show our appreciation there was a volunteer luncheon on Thursday.

Teachers are finished school today after two days of final clean up and paperwork. See you in September.

Jenna Yetman and Jasmine Penney are off to Washington for the People to People Leadership Conference. Congratulations and good luck.

Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Corner Brook Regional High Graduates this week especially Yvette Coleman, Haley Kawja, Brandon George, Nathan Burke-Earle and Elizabeth Murley who all graduated from grade 9 at IHMS!

At our annual awards assembly many students received awards for their hard work this year.

Coach’s Awards
Girls Under 12 Basketball - Carla du Toit
Girls Soccer - Nicola du Toit
Track and Field - Brayden Ryan and Patrick Davis.

Monsignor Boone Memorial Award(s) - Keely Brothers, MacKenzie Brothers, Katerina Hamann, Claire Reynolds, Maria Reynolds, Clara Ryan, and Bridgett Sparkes

The Bishop O’Reilly - Mark Patey

Sister Mary Matthew Byrne Award for English- Nicole Keeping

The Jim Gash Memorial Music Award- Carla du Toit

Excellence in Band Award - Patrick Davis and Andrew Dolomount

Academic Excellence for Math – Claire Reynolds

Academic Excellence for Science – Andrew Dolomount

Academic Excellence for Language Arts – Faith Yates

The Enrichment Award – Sarah Yetman

The Bernice LaVallee Memorial Award – Megan Williams

Perfect Attendance – Patrick Davis

Most Improved Student(s) – Brian MacKenzie, Brayden Ryan, and Bridgett Sparkes

Student of the Year – Carla du Toit and Jasmine Penney

Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are happy with the outcome of their birthday party for all JKs. They had lots of fun!

The kindergarten class made a spring book and had fun making them. Also they had fun making scrapbooks for the end of the year.

The grade one class enjoyed their teddy bear picnic and sports day on Tuesday. They made books for their classmates telling why they like them.

The grade two class enjoyed math games, robot making and the end of the year party.

The grade three and four class loved the spelling bee on Monday and doing class inventory.

The grade five and six class enjoyed a lunch from Subway and ice cream cake by Jasmine’s mom, Janice Penney. They also loved the spelling bee and sports day.

The junior high class is enjoyed the awards ceremony which they helped to prepare. They also enjoyed sports day and are excited because it is summer break!

We will miss all our great readers. We hope to write you next year. Mini-reporters out (peace).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Raised $466.36 For The Janeway Children's Foundation

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on June 18, 2010.

By: Abigail Companion, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman.


Kindergarten class making their donations for the Janeway Children's Foundation last week. Collectively our school raised $466.36.

Last Friday we had a school track and field meet. Many students raced in a variety of categories including long jump and 500 m running. Congratulations to all who participated in the meet. The winners are invited to a track and field meet in Mount Pearl on June 20th.Good luck everyone! Thank you to the Junior High Class and Ms. Dutton for organizing the event.

Last Friday we also had the Cirque du Coeur (Circus of the Heart). The grade 5 and 6 class performed a circus act for all students that included hula hoops, cartwheels, pyramids, juggling and clowning. After the introduction students were taught how to do various circus activities by the grade 5 and 6 students. Thank you the grade 5 and 6 class and Ms. Dutton! Everyone had a lot fun. There were even students dressed up in funny costumes.

On Tuesday the grades 3 to 9 participated in the salmon release at Hughes Brook. It was very rainy and muddy, but everyone still had fun. Also on Tuesday was the Kindergarten graduation ceremony. The Kindergartens sang songs and recited the ABC’s of what they learned this year. Congratulations to you all.

Junior High exams took place this week. We’re sure everyone did well.

On Wednesday the primary students went on a field trip to the bowling alley. Their picnic had to be rescheduled because of the all the rain. They hope to have a Teddy Bear picnic on another day.

Yesterday the grade 5 and 6 class had a Celebration of Life service (funeral) for their class gerbil Recess who died over the weekend after an unpleasant accident. Thank you to all the students and staff members who attended the service. Also Thursday was formal day. It was nice to see everyone in their dresses and shirts and ties.

On Thursday the Du Toit family departed by Washington, DC, for the People to People Youth Leadership Conference. We would like to wish Carla a great trip.

Today is the last day for the lost and found table at the main entrance. All items will be packed up to be donated at the end of the day.

IHMS is welcoming a new teacher to our school Mr. Greg Taaffe for September 2010. Mr. Taaffe has a lot of experience in math, science, and technology. Also, beginning in September Ms. Nicole Robertson will be doing her internship in our kindergarten French immersion class with Mme Noseworthy.

Stars of the Week
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Heresy Track and Field meet last Friday you are all stars of the week!

Congratulations to Carla du Toit and Jasmine Penney who are co-recipients of the Student of the Year Award. These awards were given out on Thursday because both girls are travelling to the People to People Youth Leadership Conference and will not be in school on June 23 for the awards assembly. Congratulations.

Class News
The junior kindergarten classes had a teddy bear picnic this week. They are finalizing their Father’s Day gifts and reviewing their letters and numbers. They are enjoying the last few days of the school year.

The kindergarten class enjoyed their graduation. They are learning about transportation in Social Studies.

The grade one class really enjoyed the bowling trip on Wednesday. They are super excited about the big party at Mrs. George’s house this weekend.

The grade two class had a guest speaker this week come and talk to them about wildlife. They loved the centre bowl trip.

The grade three and four class had their last spelling test on Monday. The grade three’s enjoyed their trip to centre bowl. This week Ms. Dutton threw them a class birthday party. There were cupcakes, streamers and they made toutons.

The grade five and six class said goodbye to a great friend and pet Recess. We will miss you. They are worked very hard on his funeral choosing, bible readings, hymns and personal messages. They are looking forward to the spelling bee on Monday.

The junior high class is finished their exams. They are busy preparing for the awards assembly on Wednesday. They are excited for summer break.

Coming Up
There is a spelling bee for grade 3 to 6 students on Monday. Students are asked to wear yellow and black. On Monday homeroom will be extended for school book return.

There is a school breakfast on Tuesday at 8:30 am and it will also be a sports day.

On Wednesday there will be a family mass at 9:00 am and the awards assembly will begin at 10:00 am. School closes on Wednesday ay 12:00.

The mini-reports are sad that Recess is gone. We’ll be back for one more week of news.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

IHMS Holds First Annual Art Exhibition

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This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on June 11, 2010.

By: Abigail Companion, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman.


Alex Williams (right) and Maria Reynolds view junior kindergarten art portfolios at the first annual Art Exhibition.
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Our Art Exhibition was a great success. There was a great variety of art from or very talented artists. Thank you to all students, families and staff for making this show a success. Thank you to grade 7 student Anri Vermooten for taking photographs during the show. The grade 5 and class won a pool rental for their perfect attendance at the art show. On Wednesday they enjoyed a morning of swimming at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College pool. Thank you to Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. du Toit for driving us to the pool.

Last week students donated artwork for the Relay for Life annual banquet. We sent many beautiful butterflies and rainbows to decorate the walls.

This week our school raised money for the Janeway Children’s Foundation. Thanks to our families and staff we raised $466.36!

From Tuesday to Thursday the grade 3 and 6 students wrote their math CRTs. They are now finished language and math CRTs.

Today is casual day. Each student and teacher brought in $1 in aid of Cirque du Coeur (Circus of the Heart). This afternoon we will be participating in circus style gym activities.

Our track and field meet is today. Top finishing runners will be invited to Mount Pearl for another track meet on June 20th.

The annual junior high retreat is today from 3 to 9 pm. The prayer group would like to wish Mrs. Coleman a happy birthday this week.

Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Faith Yates who won the 12-15 year old Junior Sport Female category in Cycle Solutions Mudslide race over the weekend.

Also, Noah Hynes, Tarik and Kaden Rodrigues all participated in a fun run over the weekend. Noah placed 3rd and Tarik placed 4th.

Congratulations to Keely Brothers who won a silver medal as part of a team last weekend for the Saltos Gymnastics Club at the Spring Provincials in Corner Brook.

Class News
The junior kindergarten class is reviewing the letter s. They are also making Father’s Day crafts.
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The kindergarten class is getting ready for their graduation next week. They are writing stories in language arts.

The grade one class is learning about plants and animals in science and how to meet their needs. They are also starting to secret Father’s Day activities.

The grade two class is working on geometry in math. They really enjoy art and gym class. They enjoyed the art show and are looking forward to summer break.

The grade three and four class is learning about government in social studies ad re looking forward to the track and field meet today. Their class pet Nibbles got a new addition to her cage. It is a new home and tunnel system.

The grade five and six class had a great time swimming on Wednesday. They were very busy this week preparing he opening act for Cirque du Coeur this afternoon. They are also preparing for the end of year spelling bee.

The junior high class is studying really hard for exams and are excited for their retreat this evening. They are busy organizing the end of year assembly and slideshow.

Coming Up
The junior high exams are coming up. Good luck to everyone.

The Kindergarten graduation is next Tuesday at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there.

School closes for summer break on June 23 at 12:00.

The mini-reporters are running as hard as they can and we will be back next week with more super fast news.