Friday, November 29, 2013

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 29, 2013

 


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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, November 29, 2013.


By: Keely Brothers, Chenoah Park, Makenzy Bishop, Anna MacKenzie,  and Alaura Alexander


Photo of Alexandra Chrappa with students from Mme. Ryan's French Immersion class. Ms. Chrappa visited to work on an art project with the students. (L-R): Alexandra Chrappa, Noah Evans, Miriam Ahmad, and Katherine Noel.

 
Photo of Father Mark Cherry who recently visited our school. The grade 6 to level 1 students met with Father Mark to speak to him during his visit. (L-R): Anna Brake and Clara Ryan listen to Father Mark Cherry during his presentation.


Last week at IHMS on Wednesday we had a parent-teacher night. Loads of parents came and received a lot of good news about their kids.
At our bake sale for the Shepherd’s Fund we raised $320. Special thanks to Mrs. Foley and our student leadership council.
IHMS’s grade 1 classes were successful in Operation Christmas Child. They filled 60 boxes! IHMS thanks Mrs. George’s and Mme. Ryan’s classes for a great job.
The recycle my cell challenge finished on Friday. Thank you everyone for the cell phone donations.
The grade 6 to level 1 students had a great trip to St. John’s. They did not leave until Friday because of the bad weather on Thursday. They would like to thank the drivers and chaperons, they were: Mr. and Mrs. Brake, Mrs. Reynolds, Mr. Sparkes, Mr. and Mrs. Brothers, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Hancock, Mrs. McCarthy and Mr. and Mrs. King.
Mr. Drew Nadon visited our school this week. He taught some classes with his brother Mr. Ryley Nadon. Mr. Drew Nadon will begin teaching in our school in January.
On Thursday IHMS had a Movember fundraiser where everyone wore a mustache and donated $1 for cancer research.
IHMS is going to have fun with “The Little Green Thumbs” program. Our teachers Mrs. Foley, Ms. Park, and Mrs. Hodder are going to a special conference in St. John’s this weekend. Good luck to them!
This week our ITV News reporters are: Maria Reynolds, Chenoah Park, Max Chrappa, and Jacob Bursey.

  
Stars of The Week

This week the grade six to nine students attended the Intermediate Skills Challenge in Mount Pearl, NL> We participated in Lego Robotics where for the first time, we had two teams. Hajra Ahmad and Maria Reynolds participated in TV Video Production and did an amazing job. Mira Ismail and Caroline Bruce-Robertson participated in 2-D Computer Animation creating a 11 second video with a sound clip, Alejandra Hernandez and Sara Ismail participated in Wind Turbine and won bronze medals.

Our Lego Robotics team 1 consisting Iker Aguirre, Keely Brothers, Anna MacKenzie, Nicolas Morreno, William Brice-Robertson, Gina Spencer and Clara Ryan all did an amazing job. They received awards for project innovation solution and second place for robot design.

Our second team consisting of Anna Brake, Jayden Lempriere, Douglas MacKenzie, Madison Noel, Cameron Peddle, Juan Carlos Ramirez, Jarius San Jose, and Bridgett Sparkes received an award for strategy and innovation, third place for mission points, and also received bronze medals for placing third overall provincially in all four categories.  And one of the most important awards are for the coaches. Mrs. McCarthy and Mr. Hancock are the two best coaches you could ask for. They helped us through everything and did all the running around all day. We all would like to give a huge thank you to our coaches for everything!

Congratulations to Craig Bishop, Chase Colbourne, and Colin Spencer and who won bronze medals in Karate.

Congratulations to, Isaac Buckingham, Cohen Mackey, Jesse Racicot and Caleb Rashleigh who won bronze medals in a novice hockey tournament this weekend.

Congratulations also to Cohen on receiving karate certificates for Awesome Flying Side Kick and Awesome Respect.
Congratulations to Ava Igno who passed her gymnastics level.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are getting ready for Christmas and doing all kinds of Christmas crafts. They can’t wait for the Christmas concert.

Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is busy getting ready for Christmas and decorating and singing. They’ve been having lots of winter fun. On Monday they built a new student named “Frosty” . They enjoyed wearing moustaches for Movember on Thursday. They hope we raised lots of money for cancer.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is working with five frames in math and also working on the concepts of more, less and same as. They are studying the letter “n” and making Christmas art.

Ms. Parson’s Kindergarten English class is very excited that the elf on the shelf decided to visit them until Christmas. They are very busy making Christmas crafts.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class has been having fun using their addition skills to solve problems and are very excited to start subtraction. They are learning about weather and the instruments to predict the weather. They are also tracking the weather this month.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about adding and doubles in math. They are starting a new unit in social studies about needs and wants.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is making fun winter crafts in art class. They are also enjoying learning about measurement and measuring their partner’s arm, hand and foot to see who is the biggest.

Mme. LaChance’s grade two and three French Immersion class is reading French books about Christmas. They are also learning new words on this topic. With these words they created riddles and they also wrote a Christmas story of their own. They have lots of imagination and creativity.

Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class are writing letters in the great Canadian Mail Race and are very excited to hear back. They received two letters this week from St. Rita’s Catholic Elementary School in Brampton, Ontario.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class really enjoyed the moustache day! The grade five students are learning about maps in social studies. Both classes are going on a trip to the YMCA for health class. The grade six students had a great time at the skills challenge and can’t wait to do it again next year. They were also super excited that Anna MacKenzie was interviewed for Rogers Cable last week!
Ms. Jones’ junior high and level 1 class had a great time in St. John’s last weekend. The grade seven students had a math quiz on decimals, fractions, and percents. The grade eight students are learning how to calculate the volume of prisms.  

Coming Up

IHMS’s Christmas concert is coming up fast. It is on December  12.  All classes are very excited!

They are also very excited for Santa Claus parade and Santa’s visit to our school.

 
  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 22, 2013

 


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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, November 22, 2013.


By: Cheyenne Bursey, Max Chrappa, Jack Ryan, William Bennett, and Madison Noel


Photo of artist, Alexandra Chrappa, with students of Mme Ryan's grade 1 French Immersion class during an art activity (L-R: Hailey Park, Miriam Ahmad, Craig Bishop, Emily Hindy, and Katherine Noel).

 Photo of grade 3 students reading "how to instructions" as part of their language arts class. Students prepared cookies using Cookie Monster's famous cookie dough recipe.(L-R): Lucas Neville, Simon Boitsefski, and Jack Matthews

 
 
This week is healthy beverage week, anti-bullying week and peace week. We encourage everyone to make healthy drink choices, be kind to everyone, and make peace with each other.

The grade 6 and junior high to level 1 class had a successful weekend selling fish cakes at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar parking area. Thank you to everyone who came out to sell fish cakes or purchase them.

Last week Father Mark was here visiting our school from Halifax. He visited with us during chapel, our celebration for All Saints, Friday morning Mass and he did a presentation for the grade 6 to level 1 students. Thank you to Father Mark for his wonderful visit.

Report cards were given out on Tuesday and on Wednesday we had parent teacher night.

The grade six to level one students are travelling to the Intermediate Skills Challenge this weekend. They are taking part in TV Video production, 2-D Computer Animation, Wind Turbine Design, and will have two teams of First Lego League Robotics.
This week our ITV News reporters are Alessandra LeBlanc, Gina Spencer, Douglas MacKenzie and Jack Ryan.


  
Stars of The Week

Congratulations to Gina Spencer and Clara Ryan who represented our school at the 11th Annual David Elliott Memorial Speak Off on Tuesday evening. Gina Spencer was the overall winner. They were both awesome!


Congratulations to Ava Hodder who cut her hair and donated it to “Locks of Love”.

Congratulations to Tyler Dillman for earning his yellow belt and breaking board with his foot in karate.

Good luck to the grade six to level one students in the Intermediate Skills Challenge this weekend in Mount Pearl!

Class News
 
The junior kindergarten classes are learning about hibernation.
Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class would like to wish Tyler Dillman and James Hurley Happy Birthday this week. They all enjoyed dressing up as Disney characters on Monday for our Disney theme day. They have been reading about what it means to be a good friend. They are practicing being bucket fillers, not bucket dippers.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is working on the letter “w” and learning Christmas songs for the variety show. They are learning number spelling in math.
Ms. Parson’s Kindergarten English class is comparing needs and wants in social studies using Christmas catalogues. They are doing number spelling in math and learning new words with the letter “w”.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class would like to thank local artist Alexandra Chrappa for visiting them on Friday. They look forward to future visits. They have begun their addition and subtraction unit. And will be making up addition stories. Their class is proud to say that they are learning a difficult French song for the Christmas concert.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is preparing the materials and packing the boxes for Operation Christmas Child. They would like to thank everyone who donated!
Ms. Park’s grade two class had fun making math robots and predicting the future in social studies.
Mme. LaChance’s grade 2 and 3 French Immersion class is having a discovery week. The grade three’s are learning about invisible forces and had some fun experiments with magnets. They had a lot of fun. The grade two students are talking about how technology changed the world, especially the Confederation Bridge.
Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class are excited for snow! They are working on research projects on famous structures and musical instruments. In math they have begun their unit on addition and subtraction.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class made globes in religion to describe how the world is today and how the world will be in the future. They also created slogans for the 2014 Winter Carnival slogan contest. The grade six students are very excited about the Skills Challenge. They had a lot of fun this week preparing and presenting speeches on the topic of peace. Everyone presented their speeches in the class speak off. They hope everyone did great on their report cards!
Ms. Jones’ junior high and level 1 class is looking forward to the skills challenge in Mount Pearl this weekend!

Coming Up

 
There will be a Gideon Bible presentation to the grade 5 students on Monday.

On Thursday we are wearing “mustaches” for Movember.  Students are encouraged to wear a mustache on Thursday and donate $1 for this cause.

 
 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 8, 2013

 


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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, November 8, 2013.


By: Telicia Young, Samuel Michael, Bridgett Sparkes, and Anna Brake



Elwood Rolle trying on the firefighting gear during a presentation about firefighting with the junior kindergarten students. Elwood is pictured with Firefighter Mark Griffin.
  


Karen Rashleigh with her children Ella and Caleb at our school pancake breakfast on Tuesday morning. 

 
 
Last week our school celebrated Halloween. Each class had a class party with Halloween treats and every class went to the gym for Halloween activities. Thank you to Mrs. Foley and the student council members for organizing the day.

On Friday our school had a school assembly. Our students who won the provincial Foster Family essay contest and the provincial Good Governance essay contest read their essays for students, parents and staff.

Last week our basketball teams began practicing. The grade 3-5 boy’s basketball team is being coached by Mr. Mark Hillier and Mr. Michael Quigley. Our junior high basketball team is being coached by Mr. Nadon.

On Tuesday our school had our first pancake breakfast for the year. Thanks to Mrs. George, Mrs. King, Mme. LaChance, Ms. Park, Mrs. Vincent, Mrs. Foley, and Ms. Parsons for helping with the yummy breakfast.

Mrs. George’s class has started Operation Christmas Child. They are very excited and hope to be able to fill 56 boxes this year!

Yesterday we had our Remembrance Day assembly. Thank you to the junior high students and Mr. Nadon for organizing the event. It was a nice ceremony.

School is closed today and Monday. On Monday, our school is closed for the National Day of Remembrance.
This week our ITV News reporters are; Wesley Calvalcante, Cheyenne Bursey, Chenoah Park, and Colin Spencer




Stars of The Week
Congratulations to all our students and families on all the used cell phones they have brought to school. We are still collecting until Nov. 22.


Class News
 
The junior kindergarten classes enjoyed the firefighters Deputy Chief Bill Griffin and firefighter Mark Griffin who visited them on Monday. They gave an interactive presentation. They are finishing up their Remembrance Day activities.
Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is continuing with their math unit on numbers. They are learning about Remembrance Day and making poppies. In the ceremony on Thursday they recited their French poem.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class really enjoyed the Remembrance Day service. They have been busy this week reading story books and working on numbers in math.
Ms. Parson’s Kindergarten English class is continuing their number unit. They are focusing on the letter “a” and learning about special people in their lives. They are making cards to share with the most special person in their life.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class  is starting a new unit in math about adding and subtracting up to 12. This week they also learned about Remembrance Day. They would like to say congratulations to Alex King who won a silver medal and two bronze medals in a karate tournament last weekend.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is very excited to be heading up Operation Christmas Child in our school this week. They had a great time at the pancake breakfast and the Remembrance Day service.
Ms. Park’s grade two class is learning about base ten blocks in math and will be making math robots using base ten blocks.  They are learning about different habitats in science and researching which animals live in each habitat. They are so very happy to have Fares Azouni back in our school from Dubai.
Mme. LaChance’s grade 2 and 3 French Immersion class was discussing Remembrance Day this week. They talked a lot about the different wars that Canadians were involved in. They learned how animals did a great job helping in the army. Not just dogs, but cats, pigeons, and bears too. At the Remembrance Day service they showed a slideshow about what they learned and challenged everyone to change their Facebook profile to a picture of a poppy to honour Canadians who have served their country.
Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class welcomed Dr. T.A. Loeffler to their classroom on Thursday. Dr. Loeffler is from St. John’s and has climbed six of the “Seven Summits” which are the highest peask on each of the seven continents. She spoke on the challenges explorers and climbers face, reinforcing their social studies unit on exploration.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class was very busy this week with assignments, essays and spelling tests! They would like to congratulate McKenna Batstone, Max Chrappa, William Bruce-Robertson and Clara Ryan who were selected to read their Remembrance essays in our Remembrance Day ceremony. All  the essays were very good! The grade 5 students had a blast making up their own sports broadcasts in language class.
Ms. Jones’ junior high and level 1 class was very busy this week preparing the school’s Remembracne Day service with Mr. Nadon. Also, last Saturday they were out leaf raking to raise money for their trip to the Skills Challenge. They would like to thank all the families who supported this fundraiser.




Coming Up

Weather permitting the junior high classes will be continuing the leaf raking on Saturday.
School will be closed on Monday for Remembrance Day.

 
 
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 1, 2013

 


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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, November 1, 2013.


By: Sam Antle, William Bruce-Robertson, Jayden Lempriere, and Gina Spencer



Pictured (L-R) are: Wesley Calvalcante, Nicolas Moreno, Iker Aguirre, and Nathan Anderson


We had a busy week at Immaculate Heart. On Tuesday the skills challenge team hosted a Zumba fitness class with instructor Rhonda McMaster as a fundraiser for their trip to St. John’s. They had a great turn out. Thank you, Rhonda, for an awesome class! Also, thank you to Wesley Calvalcante, Caroline Bruce-Robertson and William Bruce-Robertson for volunteering at the event.

Our student leadership council had a successful pajama and slumber party last week for the janeway. They raised over $5oo!! This week they planned Halloween activities for the whole school including a parade of costumes in the gym.  Thank you to Mrs. Foley and the council for a fantastic day.
Cross country running is officially over for the season. They had lots of great runs. They had a party at Menchie’s to celebrate on Tuesday. Basketball has officially started at our school. Practices were held this week for grades 3 to Level 1.
Today we are having an assembly at 11:30 for our provincial winners in the Foster Family Essay Contest and the Good Governance Essay contest.
Our school is still collecting cell phones for the Recycle My Cell Campaign.
Last week on Friday while we were at home the teachers had a professional development day. All the teachers had a session with Dr. Michael Newton on the topic of mindfulness. The French Immersion teachers had a session with Mrs. Gerene O’Dell about French learning resources. Some of the other topics throughout the day were about technology, literacy, math centres, and best practices for report cards.
Our ITV school reporters this week were Samuel Michael, William Brice-Robertson, Aria Kazerouni, and Ale Hernandez.
Have a great weekend everyone!
 



Stars of The Week
Congratulations to our runners in the Templeton running meet last Thursday. Our runners were Isaac Buckingham, Jacob Bursey, Chloe Colbourne, Clare Coleman, Heather Cooper, Aria Kazerouni, Jack Matthews, Ryan Murphy, Lucas Neville, Simon Boitsefski, Emma Doman, Clara Ryan, Jack Ryan, and Telicia  Young. All of our runners did awesome.

Clare Coleman placed 3rd and Heather Cooper placed 7th in the grade 4 girls category, Ryan Murphy placed 4th, Aria Kazerouni placed 7th and Isaac Buckingham placed 9th in grade 4 boys category. Chole Colbourne placed 10th in the grade 5 girls category and Clara Ryan placed 9th in the grade 6 girls category. Jack Ryan placed 9th in the grade 5 boys category.

Thank you to coaches Mme Brake, Ms. Scott and Mr. Nadon for a great season.

Congratulations to Tyler Dillman who received a certificate from Bennett’s “Tae Kwondo” for Awesome Form.

Bridgett Sparked had a swimming competition last weekend. She placed 11th in the 50-metre free style and 14th in the 100-metre free style at the Corner Brook Rapids Performance Meet.

Also, congratulations to Ben Griffin who placed 4th in the Frost and Furious race held in Steady Brook on Saturday.

Class News
The junior kindergarten classes would like to thank Sylvia Phillips for donating storage containers to the JK program.  They are finishing up Halloween activities this week. They are excited about the fire fighter who will be visiting their classroom on Monday.
 
Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with their pumpkin carving for Halloween. We had lots of fun doing their pumpkin investigations. They would like to welcome Eva Willis to their classroom. She is a new student to our school. They are very excited to have her in their class. They would also like to say, Awesome costumes everyone!
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class had a great time at their Halloween party on Thursday.  They are working on the letter “a” and started a chapter on numbers.
Ms. Parson’s Kindergarten English class is learning what their names mean this week. They are doing a new unit on numbers. They would like to welcome Mallory Chambers to their class this week.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class was super excited about Halloween this week. They are working on haunted houses and learning about why they are special. They are starting to learn about addition and subtraction in math.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class really enjoyed the Halloween party and parade. In science they are learning about how plants and animals change as the seasons change. They had lots of fun acting out the wedding at Cana in religion class.
Ms. Park’s grade two class had a super fun Halloween! They did pumpkin carving, estimating the number of pumpkin seeds and then roasting them. They are also learning all about spiders! Creepy!
Mme. LaChance’s grade 2 and 3 French Immersion class had a count down to Halloween. They made spiders with paper cups, wrote about their Halloween costume and created a witch potion. They also made a Halloween bag for Halloween night. They were really creative.
Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class had a great week leading up to Halloween. They used warm and cool colours to create pumpkin and ghost collages. They also finished up their class novel “Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins. They were in suspense right up until the end. They highly recommend it!
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is working on Remembrance Day essays and posters this week. They spent a lot of time talking about the importance of Remembrance Day and watching videos and listening to music. They had a fantastic time at their Halloween party on Thursday and enjoyed the class Halloween scavenger hunt! The grade six students are creating surveys in social studies.
Ms. Jones’s junior high and level 1 class had a movie and treats for Halloween on Thursday afternoon. They have so many students from different countries, they thought it would be fun to try foods they eat at times of celebration. For some students it is their first time celebrating Halloween.


Coming Up
There will also be a leaf raking day on November 2 from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you would like to have your lawn raked for a donation you can contact the main office.

Mrs. George’s grade 1 class will be starting Operation Christmas Child next week. Stay tuned for more updates.
 
 
 

Congratulations to Gina Spencer!