Friday, September 28, 2012

Lion's Roar - Friday, September 28, 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, September 28, 2012.

By: Mira Ishmal, Hailey Colburne, Gina Spencer, and Keely Brothers

Anna Brake and Bridgett Sparkes take part in water activities During National Forest Week

There is always something new and exciting happing at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and this week has been no different. Staff and students have been participating in numerous educational and fun activities.

Over the past weekend, our first girls' basketball practice took place. Many talented young ladies attended and would like to thank Mr. Whelan for coaching their team.

The Grade 7-Level I students had a wonderful field trip to Bonne Bay Pond. They would like to thank Dr. Mahmood for the delicious food he prepared for the group. A great time was had by all.

We would like to extend best wishes to Ms. Kimberley Stead and Ms. Tanya Morrissey who finished their Occupational Health and Safety work placement at our school today. Their hard work in helping to make improvements in health and safety at our school is very much appreciated.

On Monday, Constable Alexander visited our school and made a special appearance in our Media Center. The students enjoyed viewing his live message from the center. We would like to extend a thank-you to him for visiting our school.

Wednesday, the students of Immaculate Heart of Mary School celebrated and took part in activities for National Tree Day. One activity that students took part in was planting seedlings outside our school. Mrs. George made a tall tree inside the school for all students to decorate with self-made leaves, all in our recognition/celebration of National Tree Day.

As a part of National Forest Week, Ms. Neary's Grade 5/6 class attended the opening ceremonies held at Margaret Bowater Park. Students took part in lots of fun educational activities like; learning about search and rescue animals, fire prevention, and getting to plant their very own seedlings in the park. They spent the whole day in the park and had so much fun! 

Wednesday also brought the appearance of a special guest to our school. Mrs. Donna Ball was kind enough to talk with the students of I.H.M.S. on her interactions with Terry Fox. She was Terry Fox's pen pal throughout his battle with cancer. Students sat and listened to the remarkable stories she had to share. We would like to thank her for coming to our school. Mrs. George did a broadcast on Terry Fox for our whole school to watch.

We would like to extend a thank-you to Mr. Aubrey Sanders who did a running clinic with our running club. The Running Club will be heading to C.C. Loughlin on Wednesday for their first meet.

On Thursday students had a casual day and participated in a walk around our school to remember and recognize Terry Fox’s struggle.

Today is our Medical Theme Day. Medical Theme Day was in aid of The Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation. When you took a look around our school today you can find students dressed up as both medical professionals and patients.

Next Week’s Reminders

Monday will bring the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day Food Drive. Each classroom will have a different type of food to collect, and the food drive will span over the course of the week and end on Friday.

Brad Dyke and Shane Nolan, two nursing students, will be visiting the Grade 3 / 4 class to talk about healthy living.

Monday means the Veggie Orders are due. Veggie Orders will be distributed on Wednesday from our cafeteria.

Class News

The Junior Kindergartens:  The JK's did some apple taste testing and painted some apples with colours they thought represented their favourite flavours. They were also excited to paint their leaves for our National Tree Day tree.

Ms. Dwyer's Kindergarten class: The Kindergartens are happy to inform us they working on their posters for the upcoming Foster Family Week. They are learning about the letter Ee and are having loads of fun with patterns in Mathematics.

Mme. Perez-Diaz's French Immersion Kindergarten Class: The Kindergarten class is currently exploring healthy choices in their Health class. The healthy choice they have been discussing are apples with apple tasting and apple art.  

Mme. Mondoux’s grade one and two class:  The Grade One French Immersion class is learning about increasing patterns in Mathematics. The Grade Two class is discussing environmental changes in Social Studies.

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 Two’s made a Fall class book, were learning about increasing patterns in Mathematics, and learning about life cycles in Science.

Ms. Payne's Grade Three and Four Class: Grade Three and Four’s will be taking a field trip to Little Rapids on Monday. They will be leaving at 10:00a.m.

Ms. Neary's Grade Five and Six Class: The Grade 5/6 class are still pretty excited for their trip to Margret Bowater Park this past week for National Tree Day. The Grade 5/6's had lots of fun learning about trees and how to protect trees in the future. The Grade 5/6's had an amazing day and would like to thank their guides from the Model Forest.

Mr. Hancock's Junior High and Level One class: The Junior High Students and Level One class are excited to announce they had instruction this week on photography skills. They would like to thank Mr. Spencer for this wonderful opportunity. They are also happy to report they are starting Lego Robotics in Technology. Finally, they are getting prepared for the upcoming Skills Canada.