Thursday, May 20, 2010

A New Batch Of D.A.R.E. Program Graduates At IHMS

This is a copy of the Grade 5 news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star on May 21, 2010.

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

Anri Vermooten (left) who won the Indeavour award for the Cupids Postage Stamp Contest and Carla du Toit (right) whose artwork will be displayed on envelopes sold in Cupids this summer as part of their celebration.

On Friday of last week Faith Yates (pictured above) was informed that she won the Mayor for a Day Essay Contest for Municipal Awareness Week. On Wednesday she was picked up by a fire truck at school and driven to the Mayor’s Office. She spent the day helping with a municipal barbeque, touring the city hall, attending a press conference and getting a ride in a police car. Exciting!

Last week we also celebrated World Catholic Education Day. Grade 2 students along with the grade 5 and 6 class made a school banner and grades 3-6 wrote letters to Bishop Crosby to tell him why our school is so special. Thank you to Mrs. McCarthy for organizing the activities.

Last Friday was the D.A.R.E. graduation. Congratulations to Faith Yates who won the D.A.R.E. essay award and Claire Reynolds and Jasmine Penny who won the penmanship award. Also Nicole Keeping won Daren the D.A.R.E. lion draw. Thank you to Constable Kelly, Constable Edwards, and Daren who taught this class to be drug free! Also thank you to our school D.A.R.E. sponsors the Elks Lodge and the Royal Purple Lodge.

On Monday evening Faith Yates, Sarah Keeping and Nicole Keeping attended a Mock City Council Meeting where they sat in council chambers and held a meeting with other six grade students from Corner Brook.

All this week Mr. Graham has been organizing musical practices for the big performance next week.

Yesterday the grade 5 and 6 students and then parents attended a D.A.R.E. presentation by Constable Kelly and Constable Edwards. The presentation was about what can happen to their bodies if they do make the choice to do drugs.

Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Yvette Coleman a graduate from IHMS who has been awarded a 58,000 dollar scholarship from Queen’s University. She has also won the provincial rotary festival for voice. Congratulations also to Mr. Graham our school’s music teacher who also teaches Yvette.

Class News
The Junior Kindergarten classes are working hard on the number 9. They are almost done their alphabet book. They are also making Chia dads for Father’s Day.

The grade one class is very excited to have heard back from one of their favorite authors, Mo Willems who writes the pigeon books! He sent them a letter, posters and a thank you card all the way from New York City. Lucky (pigeons)!

The grade two class is excited about the musical next week. They are enjoying nature walks in science class.

The grade three and four class finished their math booklet and is learning about magnets in science class and about landscaping in social studies.

The grade 5 and 6 class are started a new unit in social studies about global issues. Mrs. McCarthy gave the grade 5’s a million dollar bill each for their essays.

The junior high class went geocaching at the participark and Corner Brook stream trail on Tuesday. They are almost finished their sewing projects. They are working on novel posters in language class.

Coming Up
Next week is the musical, 101 Dalmations. On Wednesday there are two performances for local schools at 9:30 and 1:15. There is also a performance for schools on Thursday morning at 11:00. The main performance is at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

This weekend is Victoria Day weekend. Everyone enjoy the long weekend. We’ll see you on Tuesday. The mini-reporters are relaxing. We’ll be back with more news next week.