Friday, April 27, 2012

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 27, 2012

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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, April 27, 2012.

By: Vanessa Ford, Douglas MacKenzie, Brooklynn Companion

 Immaculate Heart of Mary held an in-school Heritage Fair last Thursday for students from grades 4 through 7. Participants, (L-R): Alex Williams, Gina Spencer, Olivia Park, and Maria Reynolds will be advancing to the Western Regional Heritage Fair at G.C. Rowe Junior High School on Saturday, May 5

It has been a very busy and exciting week here at Immaculate Heart of Mary School! On Monday, we kicked off our week with Earth Day celebrations in honor of Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. We have also been doing many other activities this week to protect our environment as our school is registered with “Pitch-In Canada” and this year’s theme is “Clean Sweep”. Some activities have included writing Earth Day resolutions and poetry, playing Earth Day Jeopardy, creating a robot out of lunch litter, and having a “Litterless Lunch Day” at our school.

On Tuesday evening, our school held its first annual Junior High Speak-Off. We would like to applaud our Junior High Students who participated, namely: Kennedi Boland, Abby Companion, Patrick Davis, Sarah Keeping, Zubia Mahmood, Claire Reynolds, and Jenna Yetman. We also want to extend our congratulations and appreciation to Melissa Castillo, who was a guest presenter.  We extend a big congratulation to Claire Reynolds, who was the overall winner of the Speak-Off.  We want to give our sincere thanks to our judges: Ms. Bernice Hillier and Mr. Pat Duke. We also want to thank Mrs. McHugh and Mrs. McCarthy for preparing the students for this special event.

On Wednesday, our Enrichment students went to Colemans at the Gardens to produce their video on “Work Health and Safety”. We would like to thank Colemans for providing our students with this great opportunity.  Also on Wednesday, some of our students participated in the Virtual Media Festival Screening at our school.  The students who participated in this event were: Abby Companion and Bethany Whelan (Spirit Video), Kennedi Boland and Jenna Yetman (Enviro Video), William Goodridge (Enviro Photo), Aaron Hancock (Enviro Photo), and Nicole Keeping (Enviro Photo).  They did a terrific job and we thoroughly enjoyed watching their Skype Interviews.

On Thursday, Ms. Bennett and Mrs. King left for Québec City with a group of students from Grade 4 to Level I. We are glad they have the opportunity to experience “la Joie de vivre à Québec!”.

Stars of the Week
We would like to congratulate our Grade 4 to Grade 7 students who did a fantastic job with their Heritage Fair Projects. Congratulations to Olivia Park, Maria Reynolds, Gina Spencer, and Alex Williams, who will represent our school at the Western Regional Heritage Fair on May 5th.  We wish these students all the best! We would like to thank our judges: Mr. Charles Cameron, Miss Lindsay George, and Mr. Jerome Jesseau. Also, we want to extend a thank you to Ms. Dwyer, Ms. Morrall, and Ms. Park for the work they put in organizing the fair.  We give our sincere thanks to our families who came for the viewing of this special event.

Congratulations to Jenna Cammie, who won our Recycling Contest.

Congratulations to Claire Reynolds, who won our first annual Junior High Speak-Off.

From The Classrooms
The junior kindergartens are having Orientation for new Kindergarten students on Tuesday, May 1st from 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They have been busy with Mother’s Day Activities and preparing for the Science Fair.

Ms. Wight’s kindergarten French Immersion class is busy with lots of Earth Day activities this week. They are learning new French words that start with the letter “S”.

On Earth Day, Ms. Dwyer’s kindergarten class made a robot picture out of all the garbage that they had collected. They also made Earth Day Resolutions and did some spring crosswords. The kindergarten students are so excited that they won the recycling contest and they chose swimming as their prize.

Ms. Morrall’s kindergarten class is learning about diagrams in Language class, and this week, their diagram is “ch”. They are also having lots of fun doing Earth Day activities. Abigail, Max, and Andrew will have more tooth fairy visits as they are losing teeth “left, right, and center”.

Ms. Perez-Diaz’s grade one French Immersion class is talking about how maple syrup is made and they are also watching their plants grow. As well, the students are doing an author study on Robert Munsch.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is talking about all the ways you can take care of the earth and they are planting seeds. They also had a visit from the Nurse who spoke about caring for our teeth.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is learning about dinosaurs. For Earth Day, they made robots using leftovers, such as scrap material.

Ms. Bennett’s grade three and four class celebrated Earth Day by playing a game of “Eco-Jeopardy”! Some of the questions were tricky, but the class sure learned a lot about climate change, wildlife, energy, water, and land use!  The students had a Social Studies test on Wednesday. They are excited about their upcoming Wildlife field trip next week!

Ms. Williams’ grade five and six class is busy working on writing essays. The grade five students are writing about what person or charity they would give to if they had one hundred dollars. The grade six students are preparing essays for the grade six “Mayor For A Day” contest.  In this contest, students will write to our Mayor, Neville Greeley, telling him what they would do if they were given the opportunity to be Mayor of Corner Brook.
Mr. Hancock’s junior high and level one class went to the Speak-Off on Tuesday and is now filming in Enrichment.

Coming Up
Next Monday, April 30, we will celebrate “International Dance Day”. Bernice Winsor from the Y.M.C.A. will be doing a dance activity with all students and staff. Monday is also casual day, and our casual day money will be donated to one of our former students, Hailey Kawaja, who will travel to Africa this summer to work on an HIV project in a Health Center.

On Tuesday, we will be welcoming a new group of junior kindergarten students for an orientation session. There will also be an orientation session for kindergarten (English and French Immersion) as well as an orientation for grade one (English and French Immersion). On Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at All Hallow’s Church, our grade 3 students will be participating in the “First Reconciliation Celebration”.

Grades kindergarten to grade 6 classes will attend the “National Wildlife Exhibit” at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday.  On Wednesday morning, Kindergarten Graduation pictures will be taken.

In lieu of mass on Friday morning, we will celebrate the May Crowning at the All Hallow’s Church.  Also, on Friday, the school will hold a Science Fair for grades kindergarten to 6. Parent viewing for the fair will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that day. 

The Western Regional Heritage Fair will take place on Saturday at G.C. Rowe Junior High School.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 20, 2012

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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, April 20, 2012.

By: Maria Reynolds, Hannah Sparkes, Bruce Patey, Kiya Morrissey

WW2 and Korean War Veteran Mr. Frank Dyke speaking with students as part of the Memory Speakers Bureau. Mr. Dyke spoke to the students about his involvement in several major battles. Mr. Frank Dyke with (L-R): Bethany Whelan, Maria Reynolds, Alex Williams, Brooklynn Companion and Jenna Yetman 

We would like to welcome everyone back from Easter break.  We hope you had a great holiday!  This week is volunteer week at our school.  We would like to thank our volunteers for their time and commitment to our school.  We want to wish them all a “Happy Volunteer Week”!  We also extend sympathies to Mrs. Margaret Farrell, one of our valuable and dedicated volunteers, on the loss of her husband, Dr. Tom Farrell.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Farrell and the family.

We had a busy and exciting week after our Easter break!  On Tuesday, we hosted our “Favorite Activity Day”.  Students and staff were dressed up for a wide variety of their favorite activities ranging from beach attire to basketball uniforms.  We would like to thank Miss Morrall’s class for suggesting this wonderful theme!

We said goodbye to Mrs. McCarthy on Tuesday as she begins her maternity leave.  We give our best wishes to her and her husband, Bryan, as they anxiously await the arrival of their baby girl in May!  We can’t wait until you come back, Mrs. McCarthy!

We would like to extend an I.H.M.S. welcome to Ms. Krista Williams, who will be filling in for Mrs. McCarthy while she is away.

On Wednesday afternoon, we hosted our D.A.R.E. Graduation for the grade 5/6 class. Congratulations to everyone!  Maria Reynolds won the D.A.R.E. Essay Award. Hannah Sparkes won the D.A.R.E. Penmanship Award.  The D.A.R.E. mascot, Daren the D.A.R.E. lion, was won by Vanessa Ford. Keagan Sheppard accepted the School Certificate. Hailey Colbourne presented a certificate of thanks to V.O.C.M. cares, and Douglas Mackenzie closed the ceremony by thanking everyone. We want to extend our thanks to our special guest speakers, Inspector Terry Corbin with the R.N.C., and Mr. Stan Kruchka, our community sponsor with V.O.C.M. Cares Foundation. We also want to give a special thank you to Constable Bursey for teaching the D.A.R.E. program.

On Wednesday evening, we hosted a Parent Information Session for parents who will have their child enrolled in Junior Kindergarten for full day English or full day French Immersion Kindergarten Program for September 2012.  If you missed that session, please feel free to contact the office for further information regarding any registration requirements.

On Thursday, grades 4 to 7 participated in the Heritage Fair.  Congratulations to everyone for their great projects!  We want to thank Mr. Charles Cameron, Mr. Jerome Jesseau, and Ms. Lindsay George, who were judges for the fair.  We also want to thank Ms. Park and Ms. Morrall for organizing the fair.  We give our sincere thanks to parents for having attended this special event.

Stars of the Week

Over the Easter holidays, Caylie Blake participated in a figure skating seminar in St. John’s.  Caylie also participated in a seminar in Corner Brook along with Kennedi Boland, Olivia Park, and Bethany Whelan.

Congratulations to Makayla Ianni, who was a winner in the Corner Brook Plaza’s 2012 Easter Coloring Contest.

From The Classrooms

The junior kindergartens are learning about recycling and what materials they can recycle. They are also learning how to make kites and necklaces.

Ms. Wight’s kindergarten French Immersion class had a GREAT Easter break!  They’re now back to school, ready again to start learning more French!  They are learning new French words that start with the letter “R” and their five new sight words for the week.

Ms. Dwyer’s kindergarten class is doing their last letter, “Z”, in their printing workbooks.  They are making some wooden book marks as well as doing lots of other spring activities.  They are learning about the water cycle and are having fun with adding as well.

Ms. Morrall’s kindergarten class is excited to see that the spring weather has arrived!  They are learning about 3D shapes in Math and the letter “Z” in Language.  The class wants to thank Adam’s daddy, Jeff, “Tic-Tac”, for taking the time off to teach them about beavers.

Ms. Perez-Diaz’s grade one French Immersion class is learning about 3D geometric solids in Math.  They planted tomato seeds on Monday, and they are ready to record the growth in Science.  They are also drawing portraits in Art and are learning about vegetables.  

Mrs. George’s Grade one English class is learning about sorting and copying 3-D objects in Math.  In Religion class, they are celebrating the new life in Easter and in Nature.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is writing letters to their pen-pals in Winnipeg.  They are going to learn how to write 2-digit numbers.

Ms. Bennett’s grade three and four class is excited to be back from Easter break. The grade 4’s participated in the Heritage Fair on Thursday. The grades three’s are starting measurement in math.

Ms. Williams’ grade five and six class had their DARE graduation on Wednesday. They celebrated “Favourite Activity Day” and brought in their favourite collections to share with the class. On Thursday the students participated in the school Heritage Fair.

Mr. Hancock’s junior high and level one class is busy working on their speeches for the junior high speak off next Tuesday. They are excited about the Québec trip at the end of this month.

Coming Up

Next Monday, April 23, our school will be celebrating Earth Day.

On Tuesday, April 24, our school will be hosting the Junior High Speak Off at 7:00 p.m. in the School Library.

Our Québec City trip is next Thursday, April 26.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lion's Roar - Thrusday, March 5, 2012

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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 Thursday, April 5, 2012.

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

Grade 2 class visit to the SPCA. (L-R): Darcy Brake and Ryan Murphy cuddle with a cat during their visit to the SPCA. Ms. Park's grade 2 class collected items over the past few weeks for the animals at the SPCA.

This week is Holy week. Our school closes for Easter Break on Thursday at 2:50 pm. There is no afterschool program.

Last Thursday night our drama group performed “The Monsters Under the Bed” at the Regional Drama Festival. It was a great show!

Last week we had a casual day in aid of the breakfast program. We raised a total of $300.00!

On Tuesday night we held our 11th annual Elementary School Speak Off. Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who attended. It was a great night. Thank you to our judges Ms. Sherry Rumbolt and Mr. Paul Quigley. Also, special thanks to Mr. McWhriter, Mr. Hiscock, Mrs. King and Mrs. McCarthy for organizing the event.

Also on Tuesday we celebrated the Passion at All Hallows with Mrs. Coleman, the prayer group and special volunteers Caitlyn Davis and Edmund Walsh.

The grade 5/6 intern, Mr. Peter Hiscock, finished his internship at our school this week. We wish him all the best from our IHMS family.

Mrs. George’s class and Ms. Park’s class went on a nutritional tour at Colemans on Humber Road this week.

The Top Your Total Campaign is completed. Thank you to all students, families and community members who supported our contest.

This month is national Poetry month.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our school who received a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant for $1,760.00 for our IHMS Keen on Green –Greenhouse project.

Congratulations to the participants of our speak off Gina Spencer, Clara Ryan, Keely Brothers, Olivia Park, Alex Williams, Hannah Sparkes, Maria Reynolds and Douglas MacKenzie. Congratulations to Maria Reynolds who was chosen as the overall winner.

Congratulations to the hockey players who played in the Timbit Tournament in Deer Lake last weekend. Congratulations to Carter Bromley, Coen MacKay, Adam Lambswood, Mattie Azizan, Will Brothers, Liam MacArthur, Brandon Brake, Max Antle, and Ryan Lombard.

From The Classrooms
The junior kindergarten classes had a party on Thursday for Easter. They had fun doing an Easter egg hunt. They are busy getting ready for spring.

Mlle. Wight’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is doing all kinds of Easter crafts. They are very excited for their Easter party and Easter break. Happy Easter everyone!

Ms. Morrall’s Kindergarten English class had a spectacular week learning about Easter. They made stained glass eggs with balloons and had an Easter party on Wednesday. Have a safe and happy Easter everyone.

Ms. Dwyer’s Kindergarten English class is learning all about the letter “z” and are very excited for Easter break and making Easter crafts.

Mme. Perez-Diaz’s grade one French Immersion class is learning about Easter in religion. They are having fun doing Easter crafts and Easter words. In math they are doing skip counting by two’s, five’s, and ten’s.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about Easter in religion. They are learning how materials are used and they have a new class pet. Their pet is a fish named Blueberry.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is learning and writing about the symbols of Easter. They visited the SPCA to drop off items they collected for the animals. They got to see many cats and dogs and learned about the importance of the SPCA and what they do. They would like to thank all the students and families for their generous donations. Also thank you to Mrs. Sheppard and Mrs. Vandeheide for driving the students to the SPCA and to Mrs. Francis Drover for a wonderful tour.

Ms. Bennett’s grade three and four class is getting ready for Easter break. They would like to congratulate Keely, Gina and Clara for an excellent job at the Elementary Speak Off on Tuesday night. In social studies they are learning about the earth’s physical features and in French they are learning about families.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is learning about angles in math and perimeter and volume. They presented their DARE essays to Constable Bursey on Wednesday morning. Their DARE graduation is on April 18th. In French they are doing a café.

Mr. Hancock’s junior high and level 1 class had a great time at the Regional Drama festival. They would like to thank Ms. Sherra Lee Robinson and her committee of teachers and students for a great weekend and for making them feel so welcome. Thank you to Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. Whelan for driving them to workshops and to Mr. David Gillard, Mr. Bruce Gillard and Mr. Al McWhriter for working on the set. Also thank you to Ms. Morrall for all her help and directors Mr. Taaffe and Mrs. McCarthy. The students all received participation certificates for performing in the festival.  The class went downhill skiing on Wednesday for Enrichment.

Coming Up

Next week is Easter Break - enjoy!