Friday, October 12, 2012

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 12, 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, October 12, 2012.

By: Keely Brothers, Olivia Park, Caylie Blake, and Anna Brake


These Junior Kindergarten children are enjoying the annual I.H.M.S. Thanksgiving Day Dinner." Left - Kaitlyn Coade, Alister MacDonnell, Brook Babstock. Right- Chase Colbourne, Hailey Batt and Taylor Mercer
The exciting month of October continues to unfold for students and staff at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. While this past week was a short one, students and staff are continuing their hard work. Next week will lead us into, another busy and fulfilling week at I. H.M.S.
We would like to thank our students, families and staff for their generous donation of food items to The Thanksgiving Day Food Drive. Thanks are extended to the parents and grandparents who helped serve the delicious dinner prepared by Academy Canada. We would like to thank the wonderful chefs! The Grade 1 and 2 choir and Grade 6 band performed at the dinner and did a great job. Many thanks are extended to Mr. Graham and Mrs. McHugh for organizing the music and Olivia Park who was our emcee, Thanks!
Congratulations are extended to Makayla Lanni and her family. Makayla has a new baby sister!
Last weekend, Douglas Mackenzie participated in YC in St. John’s. We hope you had a great time and learned a lot!
Four figure skaters from our school travelled to Grand Falls this weekend. Anna Brake, Claire Brake, Caylie Blake, and Olivia Park took part in a figure skating seminar that allows the girls to further their skating skills.
Congratulations are extended to Caleb Rashleigh and Ella Rashleigh who won a medal at a marathon for diabetes in Goose Bay.

Our Cross Country Running Team participated in the J.J. Curling Fun Run on Wednesday and had a great showing. Congratulations are extended to the team and to their Coach, Ms. Payne. The team would like to thank Mrs. Sweetapple, Mrs. Meade and Mr. Antle who provided the transportation.
On Tuesday teachers participated in their first Professional Development Day. Teachers focused on their particular teaching areas. Teachers also met on grade levels discussing such things as CRT assessments. They would like to thank Mr. Hancock for his informative presentation on Smart Board and Smart Board software.
The I.H.M.S. community raised $911.95 for the Western Memorial Radiothon. Congratulations and thanks are extended to students, parents and staff for their generosity to the fundraiser.
Recycle My Cell Phone Challenge begins on October 15th and runs until November 15th. We are asking for our families and community to donate any used cell phones. Last year, we recycled 1300 cell phones and we would like to beat that number this year.  
This evening the Grade 5’s will be participating in the Annual Agriculture Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee will be taking place at the Pepsi Center starting at 7:00p.m.
Next Weeks’ Special Announcements:
Monday: Students can wear their work-out outfits to school in aid of the Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Donation for this day is $1.
Tuesday: We are excited to announce the annual Scholastic Book Fair will be holding its Family Night from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. in the library. We would like to invite everyone to drop by and have a look!
Class News
The Junior Kindergartens: The children are excited to announce they are learning about Fire Prevention week. They are making fire trucks and fire hats. They are also learning to stop, drop and roll, in order to help protect them from fire!
Ms. Dwyer’s Kindergarten class: This week Ms. Dwyer’s class is learning the letter T. Her class is very excited about visiting the Agriculture Fair. They plan to take in the animal petting farm and the farmers’ market.
Mme. Perez-Diaz’s French Immersion Kindergarten class: The French Immersion Kindergarten class is excited about the Agriculture fair. They are also happy to report they are learning about the letter D and about French words that begin with D. In Language Arts, they are learning about seasonal changes, colors, and how they connect with words and ideas.
Mme. Mondoux Grade One and Two French Immersion class:  We are happy to be using our new Language Art (French) program called AIM. We are gesturing our way to speaking French fluently.
Mrs. George’s Grade One English class: In Language Arts they have started Halloween writing. In Mathematics they are learning about numbers and ten frames. They are really excited about the book fair coming up next week. 
Ms. Park’s Grade Two class: This week the Grade 2’s are learning how to skip count in Mathematics. They are excited to report they are starting Halloween crafts to prepare for their favourite time of year.  
Ms. Payne’s Grade Three and Four class:  Next week there will be a Math test on patterns and numbers. We would like thank Derek Atwood and Ryan Bennett for hosting in our media center this week.  
Ms. Neary’s grade five and six class: The Grade 5 and 6’s are excited to report they are looking forward to the Agriculture Spelling Bee tonight. They would like to wish all participants good luck!
Mr. Hancock’s Junior High and Level One class: They are still preparing for Skills Canada. They would like to inform some of the areas they are preparing for include Robotics and Public Speaking Skills.