Sunday, March 27, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 25, 2011

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 25, 2011.

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


Trudy Brothers showing a book to her son, Will Brothers, at our school book fair last week. Will is a student in Junior Kindergarten.

Last Friday was Apple Day for the Kids Eat Smart Program. We had lots of food with apples in it including Mrs. George’s apple muffins and apple parfaits. There were lots of apple prizes and stickers for everyone. Thank you to Mrs. Hodder, Mrs. George and Mrs. McCarthy for helping serve and prepare breakfast.

Also last Friday a team of 20 students from grades 3 to 6 participated in Snow West Mini Olympics. They had a lot of fun running a snowshoe relay, running an obstacle course, building a snow sculpture and toboggan racing. The team won an award for the Best Snow Sculpture and the Overall Winning Team. Good job everyone! Thank you to Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Sheppard, Mrs. McCarthy and Ms. Dutton for driving the team to Marble and coaching them. Mrs. King and Ms. Bennett had a BBQ at Marble and raised $178 for our playground project. Thank you Snow West for organizing a great day.

Last week our school held a book fair. It was a great success! Thank you to Ms. Bennett, Mrs. McCarthy and all the teachers who helped with the fair! Our school also received $500 in books donated by the local Rotary club and we will receive a $1,000 certificate from our book fair to use for our school.

Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Stevenson and volunteers are hard at work putting our library back together. We look forward to reading in the library again!

On Wednesday there was a parent information session for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students for September 2011. Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended.

Thomas Bradbury a kindergarten student in our school, created a movie called Thomas the Dragon and His Princess. He held a film showing in our gym to raise money for the playground project. Thanks, Thomas!

Our school was the recipient of a random act of kindness this week. Thank you to Diane Parsons, Sherry Ellsworth and Debbie Taylor Chaulk who are members of the Women’s Ministries for the Westside Tabernacle who brought us a basket of treats and a thank you note for all we do.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Nicola and Carla du Toit who participated in the Marble Cup last weekend. The Marble Mountain racing team won the Marble Cup.

Congratulations to Kaden Rodrigues and his team “Team Rascal” who won a trophy last weekend at the Blow Me Down Loppet. His team skied a total of 1400 kms! Kaden skied 15 kms himself.

Congratulations to Simon Boitsefski who received a medal while on a cruise for singing his ABC’s in French. Bien Fait!

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are starting learning about healthy eating and spring activities. The Public Health nurses came in and talked to them about washing their hands.

The kindergarten French Immersion is continuing to learn about the different types of transportation in French and is printing the letter “p”.

The kindergarten English class is working on Canada’s Food Guide and word families.

The grade one class is sorting 2D shapes. They did special activities in their class for Lent.

The grade two class almost caught a leprechaun last week. They had a liquid race to see which liquid went faster.

The grade three and four class is excited that the Junior High class is doing activities with them in gym today. They are holding debates on school topics in social studies. They are finishing their snowman paintings in art and are starting novel studies in language arts.

The grade five and six is going to Marble today for the school skiing program. They are almost finished their novel study on Bridge to Terabithia. They are doing a project with a group of senior citizens. This week they are having tea together and discussing how this activity was an important social event.

The junior high class made mini-pizzas this week in Enrichment and watched a video about how the Rotary Club built a school in Afghanistan. They are doing science experiments in science class.

Coming Up

March 26th is Earth Hour. We will be turning off the lights to save on energy and keep our planet healthy.

Next week is Multiculturalism Week.

The Rotary-Read-A-Long is March 30th.

Our school is hosting an auction for the Playground on April 16th at the Legion . It is called “Swing into Spring”. There will be lots to bid on and local entertainment. Tickets are $5 and there will be a door prize of $200 in gas.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Immaculate Heart of Mary to offer Level 1 in September

This is a copy of an article that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Immaculate Heart of Mary to offer Level 1 in September

BY DIANE CROCKER
STAR STAFF WRITER

CORNER BROOK Elaine King believes in meeting the needs of the individual student and starting in September Immaculate Heart of Mary School will take a further step in doing just that.

The independently operated, privately funded Catholic school, where King is the director of education, is adding Level l to its curriculum.

King said the Level 1 program will offer all the required courses of the provincial high school curriculum, but will also allow for some individualized programming to meet students’ needs and interests.

“We have to offer a program that’s going to enable children to be able to graduate,” she said.

This includes the regular courses of math, English, science, Canadian studies and healthy living.

The optional courses, the number of courses a student completes and student interests are where the individualized part of the program comes in.

“Really in many ways the rest is open,” said King.

A student may want to take choral, or ensemble performance, or the school could offer a robotics program.

If they are interested in sports, time could be built into their program to allow them to pursue that. And course selection could be more focused on career interests.

“There’s loads of flexibility,” said King. “We would cater to the best of our ability to the students’ needs.”

In the regular school system a student completes 14 credits a year to graduate with 42 credits, ' but King said students only need 36 credits to graduate.

So if a student wants to take fewer courses that will be an option.

She said this will be good for students who may struggle with a full course load or others who want to focus more on outside interests.

“I think we've got to be so careful in terms of our education system in terms of how we engage and empower versus how we disengage and disempower.”

King said her school always promotes “a safe, respectful, family-oriented environment.”

In the last couple of years the school has also expanded its junior kindergarten and French immersion programs.

King said she started with the foundation “and now I want to expand at the other end of the spectrum.”

And she feels there is “a desperate need” in the city for the type of high school experience that Immaculate Heart of Mary is planning to offer.

“The beauty with our school is there's an alternative, there's an option.”

She said school doesn't have to be that rigorous and that you can think outside the box.

“It’s really important that we respect the mandate of the provincial curriculum,” said King. “But I also respect that kids need different things and they need their approach to curriculum handled in different ways.”

“It's really important I think that we respect and we appreciate the different career paths the kids want to take and their different interests and that we tap into those to have them empowered and engaged.”

dcrocker@thewesternstar.com

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 18, 2011

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 18, 2011.

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


Our school Moo Off in honor of Milk Spirit Week. (L-R): Avery Brothers, MacKenzie Brothers and Heather Cooper.

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Our annual St. Patrick’s Day potluck dinner was a success yet again. Congratulations to the Morrissey’s who won the prize for most dressed up family. Great job! Mr. Steve Colbourne won the Door Prize, Mr.Barry Hodder won the basket and Mr. Kevin Gallant guessed the most jelly beans? Thank you to Mrs. Trudy Brothers and her parent group for organizing the event and to Miss Bennett who did the face painting.

This week we are celebrating Milk Spirit Week by doing classroom activities, milk trivia and a Moo Off on Wednesday at lunch. After the Moo Off we had milk and cookies! Yum! Our class Moo Off winners were: Jonas Payne, Liam MacArthur, Gordon Staples, Heather Cooper, Avery Brothers, Darcy Brake, Aaron Gillard, Ryan Murphy, Kaden Rodrigues, Liam Dawe, Sam Antle, Keely Brothers, Brooklynn Companion, and MacKenzie Brothers. Thank you to Jenna Yetman, Bethany Whelan and Mackenzie Brothers for emceeing.


On Tuesday we celebrated Pi Day. We had a contest to see who could memorize the most decimal places. Zubia Mahmood won first place with 54 decimal places, runners up were Alex Williams with 52 and Maria Reynolds with 51. Also, there were classroom games and each class winner won a pie! The class winners were: Arabella LeBlanc (K English), Walker Reid (K French), Ryan Murphy (grade 1), Chenoah Park (grade 2), Caylie Blake (grade 3), Alex Williams (grade 4), Hannah Sparkes and Maria Reynolds (grade 5), Abigail Companion (grade 6), Claire Reynolds and Sarah Keeping (grade 7), Anri Vermooten (grade 8), Andrew Dolomount (grade 9).

This week we had our scholastic book fair. The family event was Wednesday night and classes visited on Thursday. Sam Antle won the Family Door Prize of $25.00. His homeroom teacher, Miss Park will receive $25.00 coupon to buy books for her class. On Monday we had a book fair quiz. Five students won coupons for the book fair. Jenna Yetman, Vanessa Ford, Alex Williams, Keely Brothers, and Clara Ryan all won $5 coupons. We also had a classroom door decorating contest. All the doors looked great!

On Thursday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. The student leadership council sold gold coins for $0.25 each. Everyone dressed in green.

Today we are celebrating Apple Day in the breakfast program and the grade 4-6 students are participating in Mini-Olympics at Marble Mountain.

Congratulations to Miss Dutton who received a $500 Wellness Grant for our school.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Olivia Park, Brooklynn Companion and Anna Brake who skated last weekend in the Junior Provincial Skating Competition in Corner Brook. Olivia Park won a gold medal and Brooklynn Companion and Anna Brake placed fourth in their division. Congratulations girls!

Congratulations to Carla du Toit who raced last weekend in Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia at the Jerry Giorno Cup. Carla placed 11th overall in Atlantic Canada and had the 2nd best time from the Marble Mountain team.

Congratulations to Samantha Meaney, a nursing student who is working with the JK classes, who won a silver medal at the Provincial Ladies’ Volleyball Tournament last weekend.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing St. Patrick’s Day crafts. They are also working on printing there names and they’re looking forward to the Book Fair.

The kindergarten French Immersion is learning about modes of transportation. Also they had fun decorating the door for the contest and they are doing St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

The kindergarten English class learned about healthy food and unhealthy foods. They are reading lots of books.

The grade one class is doing nutrition this month and sampling healthy foods. They are excited for their unit on penguins for science.

The grade two class is making a trap for the leprechaun. The public health nurse is coming to talk to their class. They are also starting to learn uppercase letters in handwriting.

The grade three and four class is writing essays about their favourite celebrations. They enjoyed the book fair and the grades 4’s are looking forward to the mini Olympics.

The grade five and six was busy this week working on there door decorations. They have begun a novel study on Bridge to Terabithia. They are getting a new book in science called “Putting It In Motion”.

The junior high class is getting ready for the music festival and is also doing presentations on Newfoundland musicians, authors, artists, and how they express culture. They have begun a unit on cooking in Enrichment.

Coming Up

The parent info session for JK and Kindergarten students starting in September is next Wednesday night at 7 pm in our school cafeteria.

March 26th is Earth Hour. We will be turning off the lights to save on energy and keep our planet healthy.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

IHMS Appears In Progress Magazine's 2011 Progress Preferred Book of Lists

Immaculate Heart of Mary School was recently mentioned in Progess Magazine's 2011 Progress Preferred Book of Lists.

IHMS was ranked 13th (by number of full-time students), of all Independent schools in Atlantic Canada (see the magazine's cover page and specific page where IHMS is mentioned below).

IHMS was noted as having one of the best Faculity to Student ratios (1:8), combined with the lowest Tuition of all schools on the list.

To see an electronic version of this edition of Progress Magazine go to:






REGISTRATION FOR 2011/2012 SCHOOL YEAR

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 11, 2011

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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


Our pancake and french toast breakfast on Monday to celebrate the beginning of Education Week. (L-R): Hannah Sparkes, Alex Williams, Brooklynn Companion, Nicola du Toit and Abigail Companion.

On Friday of last week we had a special guest visit our school. Mrs. Priscilla Butcher introduced us to Ms. Lorrie Williams who spoke about educating girls in Kenya and her foundation called the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES). It was a great presentation on the work she is doing!

On Monday we had a breakfast with pancakes and French toast to celebrate Pancake Day and the beginning of Education Week. Yummy! Thank you to Mrs. King, Mrs.George and Mrs. McCarthy for cooking for us.

For Education Week we are doing in class activities and having a teacher and student basketball game this afternoon. The theme is “I Think. I can. / Pouvoir. C’est Penser.”

On Wednesday we went to a special Mass for Ash Wednesday. Everyone received their ashes. Also, on Wednesday report cards went home for JK to Grade 6. We hope everyone did good!

Thursday night was parent and teacher conferences.

Our school received a Platinum Award for Quality Physical Education for the second year in a row!

On Monday, R.B. Matthews, a JK student, donated his penny collection to the Playground Project. He donated $35.00 that he had been saving for a long time. Thank you R.B. for your donation. We almost have $16,000!

Our school website is up and running. Thank you to Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Hancock who have been working very hard on updating the site.

Stars of the Week

The Enrichment team did very well at the Geoscience and Engineering Bridge Building Competition. Their strongest bridge held about 103 pounds. Thank you to Mr. Hancock and Mrs. McCarthy for preparing the students.

Congratulations to Bethany Whelan who won a bronze medal on the Pre-Juvenile Division at the Provincial Figure Skating Competition in St. John’s last weekend. Caylie Blake received the Elizabeth Samm’s award at the same competition.

Congratulations to Keely Brothers who won a silver medal in beam and a bronze medal in vault at the Snowball Gymnastics Competition in St. John’s this past weekend.

Congratulations to Brandon Blake, Adam Lambswood, and Wesley Torraville who participated in a Timbit Hockey tournament in Deer Lake on Saturday. All players received a medal.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing St. Patrick’s Day activities and are learning about nutrition.

The kindergarten French Immersion class is are learning St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary, the four food groups, things they can and cannot eat and do.

The kindergarten English class is doing measurement in math and are learning about nutrition in science.

The grade one class is learning about Geometry in math, are celebrating Education Week in class and are doing a trivia challenge.

The grade two class played pacman in gym class and are doing St. Patrick’s Day crafts and writing activities.

The grade three and four class got their SMARTboard this week. They are doing water paint pictures. They are listening to the book The City of Ember in language arts.

The grade five and six class is doing a novel study on Bridge to Terabithia. They are making slideshows on animals in computers class and played fun “Minute to Win It” activities for Education Week.

The junior high class had an excellent presentation for Pharmacist Week from Ms. Krista Taylor a pharmacist at Shopper’s Drug Mart on Wednesday. They also played “Minute to Win It” games and trivia for Education Week.

Coming Up

Our annual St. Patrick’s Day social will be held tomorrow from 5-7 pm. We hope to see you there!

Next week is Milk Spirit Week. There will be lots of moo-rific activities.

The Student Leadership Council is selling chocolate coins next week Students can order coins on Monday and Tuesday for $0.25. They will be delivered on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Scholastic Book Fair is being held in our school next week on Wednesday from 7-9 pm and on Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be lots of great books.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday March 4, 2011

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 4, 2011.

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


Grade 5 basketball team with their banner. Front (L-R): Ms. Lindsay Dutton, Alex Williams, Olivia Park, Maria Reynolds, Brooklynn Companion, Caylie Blake, Katerina Hamann and Mr. Greg Taaffe. Back (L-R): Vanessa Ford, Hannah Sparkes, Nicola du Toit, Sarah Campbell, Kiya Morrissey, and MacKenzie Brothers.

Family Fun day this past Saturday was a big success. Thank you to Ms. Susan Haffey, all the parents, teachers and families for making it a great day. Also, thank you to the many businesses who contributed and donated for this day. We made $2,300 for our school playground project. Everyone had lots of fun playing games, throwing pies, having their faces painted and watching JoDo the clown. Mrs. Sharon Clark won the 50/50 draw and Mr. Chris Brothers won the basket.




The grade 6 girls also played in a basketball tournament at J.J. Curling. The girls played really well. Thank you to Ms. Dutton, Mr. Whelan and Mr. Taaffe for coaching the girls.



Last week we built an outdoor slide and castle walls for our Winter Carnival sculpture. We found out on Sunday that we won for the Elementary school category. Congratulations everyone!



We had a school term 1 awards assembly and banner raising on Monday. The grade 5 basketball team had their official photo taken with the new banner. We got to see the school video made by the students called “Recycle-It’s the Thing to Do”. Many people received certificates for spelling, perfect attendance, and honours and distinction awards for junior high.



Tuesday was World Math Day. Everyone had a great time doing math activities.

On Wednesday we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Students and teachers dressed up as characters from Dr. Seuss books and classes did Dr. Seuss activities. It was a lot of fun!



Today Constable Tanya Campbell is doing a session with the junior high class on Cyber Bullying and the grade 8 and 9 students are dong a session on STRIVE.

We welcome nursing students who are working in our Junior Kindergarten program. They are: Alison Wight, Samantha Meaney, Alison Boone, Patti Mitchell, Shauna Chaffey, Aleta Chipp, Travis Sheppard, Tanya Bellows, Justine Snook, April Kelly, Rebecca Nippard, and Jeanette Park.

Thursday was World Spelling Day.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to William Goodridge who won the grade 6 category at the Winter Carnival Spelling Bee last week.


Congratulations to Abigail Companion, Nicole Keeping, and Jenna Yetman who received Player of the Game awards last weekend at the basketball tournament.

Congratulations to Sydnee Hynes and Kaden Rodrigues who competed in a cross-country skiing race in Gander last weekend.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing Dr. Seuss activities in circle time. They are started St. Patrick’s day crafts. They are learning about nutrition.

The kindergarten French Immersion class is learning French vocabulary for the meat food group and are printing the letter “q”.

The kindergarten English class is working on the letter “g” sounds and is learning vowel sounds.

The grade one class is talking about friendship and celebrating belonging to God’s family in religion. They are also working on art sculptures.

The grade two class is measuring themselves in math. They are creating winter trees in art.

The grade three and four class made commercials in language arts. They had a movie screening on Wednesday morning. In art they made 3-D letters and made stories about explorers and then explored the school. They are raising money for a world vision charity program.

The grade five and six class is making a word wall made out of recycled material in the shape of cars and trucks. They are hard at work on their novel study. They enjoyed Mr. Taaffe’s Dr. Seuss style book about their math class called, “Use Your Noodle”.

The junior high class is going to the Bridge Building Competition this weekend. They have some pretty neat bridge designs. The grade 8 and 9’s are working on a business essay.

Coming Up

March 6-11 is Education Week. The theme is: I think. I can.

March 11-18 is Milk Spirit Week. There will be lots of moo-rific activities.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and Grade 1.