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.