Friday, January 7, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, January 7, 2011

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, January 7, 2011.

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

Maria Reynolds (grade 5) wishing a Merry Christmas to residents of the Senior's Complex. The Chamber Choir visited and sang Christmas carols for the residents.

First we would like to say welcome back and happy New Year to everyone!

Before Christmas we had our Christmas parties and Christmas Variety Show. There were many great acts that performed. Thank you to Carla du Toit and Jenna Yetman who did a wonderful job as emcees. Also on the last day of school we donated items to the food bank, stockings for seniors and the Firefighters toy drive. Thank you to everyone who brought items in. Derek Atwood even donated his birthday money for the toy drive and stockings for seniors! Bethany Whelan helped with the RNC with the annual delivery of food items to the Salvation Army.

Also before Christmas the Chamber Choir sang at the Senior’s Complex. Thank you to the girls and Mr. Graham, and to Mr. Brothers and Mrs. Du Toit who helped by driving them.

Our Christmas Character theme day raised $250.00 for Multiple Sclerosis. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated.

Students made their own Christmas cards, which were printed and offered for sale for $1 each. There were some very nice cards, great job everyone! Thank you to everyone who participated and purchased Christmas cards.

Maria Reynolds and Alex Williams presented a cheque for $500 to Monsignor Gale for the Shepherd’s Fund. This money was raised from our Shop and Drop Fundraiser before Christmas.

We would like to send a reminder that Christmas Concert DVDs are still available at the office. These DVDs were produced by our Enrichment team. Donations for the videos have raised $358.48 for the playground project.

The Student Leadership Council had a recycling drive this week in aid of the school library. Recyclables can be dropped off at the school on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The grade 3 and 4 class is selling Eco-Friendly Friend Bracelets and promise cards for $2 each to raise money for their SMARTboard and to show that “going green matters”.

Ms. Renee Hinks, a College of the North Atlantic student, has started her work placement in the JK classes this week.

Thank you to Ms. Robyn McHugh who has been volunteering her time with the Junior Kindergarten classes and band program.

Stars of the Week

We had five winners in the annual Remembrance Day Contest. Caylie Blake won first place in the primary colour poster contest, with Olivia Gallant placing third. In the junior essay category William Goodridge placed second and Maria Reynolds placed third. Carla Du Toit won first place in the intermediate grade essay contest. All winners received a certificate and a cheque at a ceremony on December 20.

Congratulations to Abigail Companion and William Goodrdige who have been nominated to attend the People to People Leadership Conference in Washington, DC this summer.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are learning about different families and doing all about me activities. They welcome to their class Georgia Perrett and Katrina Verge.

The kindergarten English class is talking about needs and wants in social studies class. They talked about their Christmas vacation together.

The kindergarten French immersion class is beginning a winter theme and learning lots of vocabulary about winter. They welcome to their class a new student named Anna DeCarl.

The grade one class is learning about how paper is made, about number stories in math and planning fun activities to celebrate the New Year.

The grade two class did show and tell and they are doing new years activities.

The grade three and four class is studying different animals in Canada. Each person is studying a different favourite animal. They are excited about a projector they got for their classroom.

The grade five and six class is getting back into the routine of school. They are doing data relationships in math and are excited about a class spelling bee next week.

The junior high class is preparing for midterm exams at the end of January. They are working on a school video project and learning all about cameras and shooting scenes. They are “on location” all around the school.

Coming Up

The Student Leadership Council recycling blitz ends on Saturday. Recyclables can be dropped off between 10 am and 4 pm.

There will be a meeting for the St. Pierre trip on Wednesday, January 12, at 7 pm in our school cafeteria for parents of students in grade 4 to 9.

The girl’s basketball team will play at St. Gerard’s next Wednesday after school. All are welcome to cheer on our team!

Junior High exams begin on January 21.

A school musical “Annie” will be performed in May.

The mini-reporters are celebrating the New Year with back to schoolwork.