This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion's Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, September 15, 2012.
By: Hailey Colbourne, Olivia Park, Mira Ismail, and Bruce Patey
Brooklynn Companion and her mother Joanne Companion on the first day of school
Immaculate Heart of Mary School would like to welcome new and returning staff and students back for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. Our school would also like to extend an extra welcome to four Brazilian students; Gabreielli Renata B. da Silva,Matheus de Souza Simoes Viante,Dayana Carla Batiste de Lima, and Luam Henrique Marcolino Dias, who have arrived to our school. We hope they will enjoy their stay with us.
All the staff and students would like to send thanks to Ms. Cindy Kawaja who has been helping keep I.H.M.S beautiful by attending to our flower garden out front.
Another thank-you being passed along is to Bishop Hundt for officiating our school opening mass, Friday, September 7th.
Over the summer I.H.M.S. had a student who excelled in an extra-curricular heritage/ history project. Gina Spencer, in grade 5, competed in a country wide contest held by Canada’s History for Kids, and has been chosen out of hundreds of applicants. Gina’s video was voted as one of the top thirty videos in Canada! Gina’s project features an informational video on catholic educators, The Presentation Sisters of Newfoundland and Labrador. Gina Spencer will find out if her video and project will advance to the finals in October, when judges will choose the top six projects in Canada. Good luck Gina!
Over the past weekend, Gina Spencer and Mr. Gary Graham lent their musical talents to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Our school would like to congratulate them on their efforts and on attending such an important event.
This week many events will be taking place for I.H.M.S. Students, these events include:
Thursday: Immaculate Heart of Mary School is proud to celebrate its’ 13th Birthday. To commemorate this anniversary students and faculty will participate in a theme day as well as a birthday party in the gymnasium.
Next Weeks’ Special Announcements
Monday: The Breakfast Program begins on Monday at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. This will operate daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
After School Activities will begin on Monday, September 16th.Wednesday: Teachers will be hosting a curriculum night on September 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. We welcome all parents to come along and see what teachers will cover in your child’s class this year.
The Junior Kindergartens: There are 46 Junior Kindergartens attending I.H.M.S. this year. Our school would like to welcome the new J.K. teachers; Ms. Simms, Ms. Peddle and Ms. Hickey.
Ms. Dwyer’s Kindergarten class: The Kindergartens are happy to inform us they are getting use to Kindergarten and learning new things. Letter of the week is I.
Ms. Perez-Diaz’s grade one French Immersion class: The French Immersion grade one’s are currently exploring communication, patterning in Mathematics and participating in healthy lifestyle activities.
Ms. Mondoux grade one and two class: The grade one and two French Immersion class is happy to announce three birthdays this week. Birthday salutations go out to Jack Matthews, Alexander Card and Benjamin Card.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class: The English grade one class is currently learning about healthy snacks and exploring patterning in Mathematics.
Ms. Park’s grade two class: The grade twos report they are currently learning about life cycles in Science, furthering their knowledge in patterns, and creating acrostic poems for the I.H.M.S. anniversary on Thursday.
Ms. Payne’s grade three and four class: The grade threes and fours would like to extend a thank-you to Max Chrappa’s Grandmother for her kind gesture. Max’s grandmother brought in fresh, delicious apples for his classmates to enjoy. Ms. Payne would like to inform parents of the Comfy Chair Schedule for September. The schedule allows for all students to have a fair turns sitting in the awesome chair during mornings, recess, and lunch.
Ms. Neary’s grade five and six class: The grade five and sixes are excited and preparing for the 13th anniversary of I.H.M.S. Students have been preparing costumes and creating ideas in preparation for the special day.
Mr. Hancock’s junior high and level one class: The junior high school students are excited to be back at school. The junior high school students are excited to welcome their new classmates from Brazil. This week the grade 9’s will be travelling to the marina in Curling to attend the Books for Boats program.
A final thank-you to all of the parents of our students for making the first week back to school enjoyable.