Friday, March 26, 2010

A Week Filled With Stars and Apples

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on March 27, 2010

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

Photo: Apple Day breakfast we held last Friday as part of the Kids Eat Smart Foundation. Students enjoyed apple parfaits, a variety of apples, apple juice, fruit salad, smoothies made with apples and apple cinnamon muffins. (L-R): Student volunteers Jenna Yetman and Faith Yates with Kids Eat Smart Co-ordinator Ms. Stepahnie O'Brien.

IHMS chamber choir sang in “The Stars of the Festival” on Tuesday. They did a great job. The chamber choir received the $50 Bonnell Cole Janes Scholarship.

Last Friday we were very busy. We celebrated Apply Day at the breakfast program and had a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt. We searched for items like green pencils and calculators. Everybody had fun. The winners were the grade 1 class in the primary category and the grade 5/6 in the elementary category.

Also last Friday Patrick Davis, Sarah Yetman, Andrew Dolomount and Mrs. McCarthy went to the Winter Carnival awards ceremony. We got a plaque and a cheque for $100 as the winner of the elementary snow sculpture contest. The students also received cool winter carnival hats. Hats off to everyone for your hard work!

There was a parent information session for September 2010 for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten parents on Wednesday. The orientation for the new students will be next Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

Today classes are observing Earth Hour 2010. This is a time when we turn out the lights and think of ways to conserve energy and keep our earth green!

Today is our monthly casual day. Lots of students are wearing their jeans and t-shirts.

Stars of the Week
Students Jasmine Penney and Carla Du Toit won scholarships at the Rotary Music Festival. Jasmine won the $50 Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship for singing and piano and Carla won the $50 Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship for singing. Congratulations everyone! Our school would also like to congratulate IHMS graduate Yvette Coleman who was the Senior Rose Bowl winner.

Hard work really does pay off. Congratulations to IHMS graduate Haley Kawaja who has been awarded a scholarship to Queen’s University for $95,000.

Congratulations to grade 1 student McKenna Batstone who won a gold medal last weekend at the Marble Mountain Ski Race. Good Job!

Class News
The Junior Kindergarten classes are doing Easter crafts and welcoming an intern from The College of the North Atlantic who will be helping with the class. Her name is Vicki Janes.

The Kindergarten class is learning length in math and about families in social studies.

The Grade 1 class is adding and subtracting in math. They are learning about structures in science and the true meaning of Easter in religion.

The Grade 2 class is doing a novel study and Easter activities.

The grade 3 and 4 class has got a new class pet. He is a hamster named Nibbles. They are doing a challenge to keep all their stuff off the floor. Last Friday as part of science class they went on a tour of the new town hall building site. They learned about structures from city engineer Mr. Jim Warford.

The Grade 5 and 6 class has finished their photo essays. They are working hard at their D.A.R. E. essays and their speeches for the Elementary Speak Off.

The Junior High class is looking forward to making pancakes from scratch for their last cooking class. They are keeping track of their daily spending habits and learning about financial fitness.

Coming-Up
On Sunday the girls basketball team will play two exhibition games one against the parents at 6:00 pm and then against the teachers at 7:00 pm. All students, parents and family members are welcome to come and cheer on the teams.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school on March 29th for a family event from 7-9 pm and March 30th from 9-12 and 1-3 pm.

Easter break begins on Thursday, April 1st at 2:50 pm. There will be no after school program on April 1.

The mini-reporters are counting down the days until Easter. We’ll be back next week with more great news.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Music Festival & St. Patrick's Day Kept Us Busy

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on March 19, 2010

By: Abigail Companion, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman

Junior Kindergarten class dressed up in their St. Patrick's Day outfits. (L-R): Clare Coleman, Caylie Browning. Sidney Hynes, Arabella LeBlanc, and Hailey Veitch.

Yay! The Rotary Music Festival has started. The IHMS choirs sang on Wednesday at Corner Brook Regional High and did great. Our school choir song “I Love to Laugh” was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to our teachers and Mr. Graham for helping to make it a success.

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Short clip of our Chamber Choir performing at the 2010 Corner Brook Rotary Music Festival

Many of our students have performed in the Rotary Music Festival this week including: Tarik Rodrigues, Anna Brake, MacKenzie Brothers, Nicola Du Toit, Aaron Hancock, Nicole Keeping, Jasmine Penney, Carla Du Toit, Sarah Keeping, Patrick Davis, and Andrew Dolomount. Congratulations to you all.

Students have started selling QSP magazine orders. We love to read. These sales will continue until March 29. Congratulations to Teagan O’Reilly who won the ostrich in the first prize draw on Monday for the QSP magazine orders. There will be more draws to come.

There was a sock hop and green theme day on Tuesday to celebrate St. Patricks’s Day. The sock hop was in aid of the girls’ basketball team. Everyone looked fantastic in green. Also to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Student Leadership Council had a scavenger hunt with pot of gold prizes for classes and a chocolate gold coin sale.

Today is apple day. As part of the Kids Eat smart breakfast program we will be doing apple activities and enjoying apples with our breakfast. Some of the treats we will have are yogurt apple parfaits and apple fruit salad.

This weekend grade 6 student, Jasmine Penney, will travel to the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls. Jasmine will be competing in figure skating. We wish her lots of good luck!

Class News
The Junior Kindergarten classes are starting the number 7 and the letter “J”. They are doing apple tasting for apple day.

The Kindergarten class is learning their sight words and working on their letters. They are also learning about fruits and vegetables.

The Grade 1 class had a great time with their trivia challenge “Reach for the Stars” on Monday. The student’s parents came in to watch and they had a lot of fun. On St. Patrick’s Day they tried to catch a leprechaun, but he kept getting away.

The Grade 2 class is doing leprechaun activities in computer class. They had lots of fun examining leprechaun’s footsteps and reading the poems he left behind.

The grade 3 and 4 class made a cake in math for fractions. They enjoyed the sock hop and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Grade 5 and 6 class is almost done their sewing projects. They decorated the classroom for St. Patrick’s Day. Their paper mache solar system is now hanging from the ceiling.

The Junior High class made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies this week in Enrichment. After Easter they will begin a sewing unit and will learn about how to budget.

Coming-Up
There will be an information session on Wednesday, March 24th at 7 pm in the gym for parents of our September 2010 Junior Kindergarten classes and our full day English and French Immersion Kindergarten.

Next Thursday is staff meeting and early dismissal for students.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school on March 29th and 30th.

The mini-reporters love green apples. See you next week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Who Knew Education Week Could Be So Fun?!

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on March 12, 2010

By: Abigail Companion, Nicole Keeping and Jenna Yetman

Our Under 12 girls basketball team played an exhibition game with the RNC last week and the score was a close one 38 to 41 for IHMS Lions.

Click below to watch a video clip from the game.

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Click below to watch a Classic Blooper from the game.

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Our St. Patrick’s Day Pot Luck was an evening to remember (see picture below). Everybody had fun. Thank you to the parents who helped to organize the dinner. The Du Toit family won the award for most family spirit and green clothing.

The winners of last week’s “Moo-off” for milk spirit week were grade 1 student Chenoah Park and grade 4 student Maria Reynolds. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Saturday at the Corner Brook Plaza the Junior High Enrichment class participated in National Science and Engineering Month Bridge Building Competition. Sarah Yetman, Anri Vermooten, Skylar Anderson and Taylor Morrissey won the award for Most Aesthetically Pleasing Bridge Design. An $80 cheque was also given to them.

The QSP Magazine Fundraiser began Monday of this week and ends on March 29. Students have the chance to win lots of fun prizes for each magazine subscription they sell. On Monday there will be a school draw for the singing and dancing ostrich.

This week was Education Week. The theme was “My Place”. We hope all our students had a great week celebrating with trivia, guessing which teacher is shown in each baby photo, and watching the staff vs. students basketball game.

On Wednesday grades 4-9 went to Reconciliation for forgiveness.

On Thursday was our staff vs. students basketball game (see picture below) and the school pre-festival showcase for students and parents.

Click below to watch a video clip from the game.

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On the weekend there was a Shamrock Challenge skating competition in Deer Lake that five of our students participated in. Caylie Blake won a gold medal, Abigail Companion and Anna Brake won silver medals and Olivia Park and Jasmine Penney both received bronze medals. Congratulations girls!

Class News
The Junior Kindergarten classes had fun participating in Education Week activities in art, circle time, and science.

The Kindergarten class is learning about healthy eating and weather in science.

The Grade 1 class is doing research on penguins and learning all about St. Patrick.

The Grade 2 class is starting a new book study and learning how to measure in math.

The grade 3 and 4 class has finished their math mini-Olympics and received their medals. They are working on writing adventure stories in language.

The Grade 5 and 6 class is excited about the QSP magazine selling. They are writing photo essays in language class and picking their speech topics for the annual IHMS speak off.

The Junior High class is started cooking in Enrichment class and is enjoying their new unit in science about cells and tissue.

Coming-Up
The Student Leadership Council will be taking orders for St. Patricks’s Day gold coin sale on Monday, March 15. Coins are $ 0.25 and will be delivered on Tuesday, March 16.

There will be a school sock hop at lunch on Tuesday, March 16. The cost for the sock hop is $1. Tuesday is also green theme day.

On Wednesday morning our school choirs will be performing for the Rotary Music Festival at Corner Brook Regional High. Good luck.

IHMS is currently accepting registrations for our Junior Kindergarten classes and full day Kindergarten in both English and French Immersion. Please contact the school for more information.

The mini-reporters had fun for Education Week and HOPE you did too!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Milk Spirit Week...Mooooo

During our school milk spirit week IHMS hosted a "Moo Off". Students took turns demonstrating their best "moo" sound. Afterward milk and cookies were served to all students. In this photo (L-R) Mr. Ron Hancock, grade 6 student Carla Du Toit, and Mrs. Alison McHugh dressed up as cows to celebrate the end of milk spirit week with the Moo Off Challenge.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kindergarten student’s visit Colemans for nutrition month

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on February 26, 2010

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

Kindergarten student’s paid a visit to Colemans for nutrition month with Dietitian, Mrs. Heather Allen Joyce.

The girl’s basketball tournament last weekend was great. They played really well. There were awards given for the player of the game for each game. Carla Du Toit, Abigail Companion and Claire Reynolds won these awards. Congratulations to the whole team.

Also on Wednesday the girl’s basketball team played the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary team. The girls won by only one point with a score of 41 to 40. It was a very fun and exciting game for everyone.

Last Saturday the Corner Brook Winter Carnival held “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” Nicole Keeping went and represented our school. She correctly answered a lot of the questions and helped many adults win money.

Congratulations go out to Caylie Blake, Olivia Park and Anna Brake who participated in a skating competition last weekend in Clarenville. Anna Brake won a gold medal in stage 7. Also Keely Brothers participated in her first gymnastics competition and Carla Du Toit won a medal at the Snow Stars festival skiing race. Congratulations to all of you.

Wednesday was World Math day. Students celebrated by playing math games and making math crafts.

This week is milk spirit week. Students are participating in milk related activities such as a milk carton treasure hunt and a “moo-off” today.

Class News
The Junior Kindergarten classes had fun celebrating world math day by doing sequencing, patterning and weighing things in science. Jack and Avery are representing the JK classes in the moo-off today.

The Kindergarten class enjoyed their field trip to Colemans for nutrition month. They are making cats in art class.

The Grade 1 class is working on activities for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Ms. Bennet’s supervisor came to talk to the class on Wednesday.

The Grade 2 class is having fun making things with clay. They are all finished their Olympic medal tally.

The grade 3 and 4 class is finishing up the mini-Olympics in math class and having fun making menus in language class.

The Grade 5 and 6 class is working on the YMCA logo contest and learning about metaphors in language class.

The Junior High class is busy solving construction problems. They are making the finishing touches on their Popsicle stick bridges. The National Engineering and Geoscience bridge building competition is on Saturday at 10 am in the Corner Brook Plaza. Their bridges will be tested to see how much weight they will hold without breaking. Good luck and have fun.

Coming-Up
Tomorrow is our school’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Pot Luck from 5-7 pm we hope to see everyone wearing lots of green!

Next week is Education week. All classes will be participating in special activities to celebrate.

Tuesday is Reconciliation for grades 3 to 9 at All Hallows Parish.

On Thursday there will be a pre-festival showcase for students and parents at 1:50.

Moo-ooo drink milk and be healthy straight from the mini-reporters.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1st Place Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture

Congratulations to all students and teachers who participated in the 2010 Corner Brook Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Challenge!

As a result of your effort, IHMS was awarded 1st Place for your igloo sculpture!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

25 New Computers For Computer Lab

Recently our school received 25 new computers from Suncor.

The donation was presented by Mr. Jamie Dolomount. Pictured (L-R): Sarah Yetman, Anri Vermooten, Taylor Morrissey, Skylar Anderson, Andrew Dolomount, Patrick Davis, Brian MacKenzie, Mark Patey, Mr. Ron Hancock and Mr. Jamie Dolomount.