Friday, September 16, 2011

First Lion's Roar Post For The 2011/12 School Year - Friday, September 16, 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, September 16, 2011.

By: Hailey Colbourne, Katerina Hamann, Olivia Park and Keagan Sheppard

Photo from our 12th birthday celebration. (L-R): Gordon and Gavin Staples.
Welcome back to school everyone!  We welcome some new teachers like Ms. Dwyer in Kindergarten English, Mlle Wight in Kindergarten French Immersion, Mme. Perez-Diaz in grade one French Immersion, Mr. Spencer who teaches science and Mr. Gillard our new gym teacher. Mr. Davis also started as our new maintenance person this week. We wish Mr. Kennedy a happy retirement!
This year we have our first international student. Welcome to Melissa Castillio who is doing level 1.

We also have a new swing set on the front playground and an outdoor classroom in the backyard.  We hope to get some more playground things soon. The junior kindergartens also have lots of new play things in their playground.

Our new learning resource centre will be opening soon. Our library automation started over the summer. Thank you to the students who came in and helped during summer vacation including Hannah and Bridgett Sparkes, Sarah and Nicole Keeping, Claire and Maria Reynolds, and MacKenzie Brothers.

On Monday we had a 12th Birthday celebration and everyone dressed up for a 12 theme day. Also, the after school program started on Monday.
Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our school on getting a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant for our outdoor classroom project. We were given $2,500 for our green projects. Thank you to Mrs. McCarthy and Mme. Noseworthy who worked on the grant proposal. In the next few weeks we will be planting trees around our outdoor classroom.

Congratulations to Mme. Noseworthy on her new baby granddaughter.

Congratulations to Abigail Companion on her trip to Washington, D.C. for the People to People Leadership Conference.

From The Classrooms

The junior kindergarten classes made friendship salad and crafts. They are learning about friendship.

Mme. Wight’s Kindergarten French Immersion class likes the new playground and they are making new friends.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about living and non living things in science and learning to sort things in math.

Ms. Dwyer’s Kindergarten English class is learning about what makes them special.

Mme. Perez-Diaz’s grade one French Immersion class is learning about the five senses in science and are having fun doing patterns with cubes in math.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about different ways to communicate in social studies. They are learning the difference between day and night in science. They are really excited to be back in school.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is learning about animals in science and are learning about patterns in math. They are also doing back to school art.

Ms. Bennett’s grade three and four class is learning about exploration in social studies and patterns in math. They had a great first week back.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is having a marble championship today. They really enjoyed the 12th Birthday celebration and had their first spelling test this week.
Mr. Hancock’s junior high and level 1 class went on a hike and geocaching at Three Bear Mountain trail on Wednesday.
 Coming Up

Our school breakfast program begins on Monday at 7:45 am and will run every morning.

Curriculum night for parents and teachers is Wednesday at 7 pm in our gym.

The grade 5 and 6 class is going on field trip on Thursday for National Forest Week.