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Lion's Roar - Friday, October 19, 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 19, 2012.

By: Olivia Park, Madison Noel, Mira Ismail, and Jayden Lempriere

Student Keely Brothers learns how to milk a cow at the Agricultural Fair

We are slowly moving into winter, though the cold has not stopped all of the exciting activities taking place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. We have been busy learning about the world around us and busy helping others.
Last Friday, students from K-6 participated and enjoyed the Agricultural Fair at the Pepsi Center.
During the Agricultural Fair, two of our students took part in the spelling bee. We would like to congratulate Clara Ryan and Gina Spencer on their involvement and for doing such a great job! We would like to thank Ms. Neary for organizing the participation of our school in this activity.
The Cross Country Running Team participated in the J.J. Curling Fun Run last week and all participants had excellent runs! Their next meet is Tuesday, October 23rd  at Humber Elementary. We would like to thank Miss Payne and the drivers; Mrs. Sam Meade, Mr. Alex Peddle and Mrs. Nancy Sweetappple.
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week our school had our Annual Scholastic Book Fair. This was a tremendous success exceeding our goal of $ 2,250. We had $ 3,350 in sales. We would like to thank all of our students, family and staff for their support of the book fair. We would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Jackie George and her great team of teachers who organized the fair this year.
Thank you to the Junior High Students for all of their promotion of the Book Fair from the Media Center. They did an outstanding job.
Congratulations are extended to Clara Ryan who won a poster for the caramel “Candy Guessing” game. We would also like to congratulate Matt De Souza who won the “Guessing the number of pages in the book” game. Matt won a book.
We would like to welcome College of the North Atlantic student Charlene Edmunds to our school. She is doing a 6 week placement in the Junior Kindergarten program.
Thank you to our school’s Public Health Nurse, Denise Graham, who did a hand washing session with our Kindergarten Class and a Needs Assessment with all of our students.   
The grade 5’s would like to extend a thank you to the representatives from Gideon, Ross and Debbie Rowsell, who presented the grade 5’s with their New Testaments.
Girls’ basketball practice, Grade 3- Level 1, is taking place every Saturday from 10:00a.m.-12:00. All are welcome!
Next Week’s Special Announcements
Next week we are celebrating Reading Rocks NL Library Month Contest. We are hosting an art contest for students for students from Junior Kindergarten to Level 1 around the Reading Rocks NL. Our school has been awarded a $1,440 grant from the Raise-A-Reader Foundation for the purpose of revitalizing our Newfoundland collection, engaging students in reading books written by Newfoundlanders about our culture, history and people. There will also be Newfoundland authors visiting our school to read to our students.
Next week is Foster Family week in Canada. Our students participated in the annual Provincial Foster Families’ Contest. We are delighted to inform everyone that Will Goodridge placed 2nd in the Junior High Essay Division and Keira Clarke placed first in the Grade 1 poster category.
Class News
The Junior Kindergartens: They would like to welcome Jacob Payne to J.K. The children are excited to announce they are making creepy crawly spiders for Halloween! They are excited Sherry Rumbolt is reading to them in the upcoming week.
Ms. Dwyer’s Kindergarten class: This week Ms. Dwyer’s class is learning the letter F. They too are getting ready for Halloween by creating and decorating Jack-o-lanterns. They are talking about plants in Science.  
Mme. Perez-Diaz’s French Immersion Kindergarten class: They really enjoyed the Agricultural Fair and the bus ride there. They enjoyed watching the chickens hatch from their eggs. They were pretty excited when a nurse came in and talked to them about washing their hands and for reading them a story about germs.
Mme. Mondoux Grade One and Two French Immersion class:  They are learning about clouds and how they help predict the rain or snow.
Mrs. George’s Grade One English class: They would like to welcome their new student Fares Azzouni all the way from Dubai. In Social Studies they are learning about rights and responsibilities. They are making haunted houses in Art and writing about how spooky their houses are.   
Ms. Park’s Grade Two class: This week the Grade 2’s are learning about odd and even numbers in Math. They are also learning about people who made big changes.  They are going to start learning about spiders very soon.
Ms. Payne’s Grade Three and Four class:  The students in Ms. Payne’s class just finished up a unit on patterns. There will be a multiplication quiz on 8’s next Friday.  
Ms. Neary’s grade five and six class: The Grade 5’s and 6’s are getting excited about Halloween. They are going to start decorating their classroom today! They would like to report they had an awesome time at the Agricultural Fair and really liked petting the animals.   
Mr. Hancock’s Junior High and Level One class: They are still preparing for Skills Canada. Some of the activities include prepared speech, video production, robotics, cooking and building wind turbines.