Friday, December 20, 2013

Lion's Roar - Friday, December 20, 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, December 20, 2013.

By: McKenna Batstone, Chloe Colbourne, Cameron Peddle, Clara Ryan, and Paige Walsh

Students in Mrs. Deckert's afterschool sewing group proudly presenting their finished products (Back L-R): Gavin Staples, Reyd Ward, Gordon Staples and (front) Rebecca Janes.

It has been a really busy week at IHMS. We would like to congratulate the winners in the Remembrance Day contest who received their certificates on Monday night. They also presented their work in chapel on Wednesday morning.

We would like to thank St. Gerard’s school for lending us the risers for our annual Christmas concert last week. The concert was a great success. Thank you to Mr. Graham and Mrs. Michael for all your hard work and thank you to our volunteers and those who donated baked goods or items for sale and to our families for supporting our big show! Also thank you to Mr. Spencer for taking wonderful photos for us during the show.

We received a $500 wellness grant for our health program, and a $1,000 Coleman’s Kids Get Active Grant. Thank you to Mr. Nadon for working on the grants. Our school also received $3,500 from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for a project with our greenhouse. Thank you to Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs. King who worked on that proposal.

On Tuesday Keely Brothers along with other grade 6 students in the city visited locations around the city collecting food items for the food bank.

Thank you to all our families for their donations to the food bank, stockings for seniors and toys for the firefighter’s toy drive.

On Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in our chapel with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group.

We also celebrated some Christmas activities this week. On Wednesday we had a school pancake breakfast, skating on Thursday sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and a school variety show in the afternoon organized by the student council.

Ms. Park’s class lit the third candle on the advent wreath on Tuesday and Mme. LaChance’s class lit the fourth candle on Wednesday.  Thank you for your beautiful prayers and celebration.

This week our ITV News reporters are: Hajra Ahmad, Simon Boitsefski, Isaac Buckingham, and Emily Murley.
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Stars of The Week

We would like to congratulate Aiden Lamswood on receiving a medal in hockey last week.
Class News

The junior kindergarten classes would like to congratulate Mark and Rebecca Janes’s family who moved into their new home for Christmas. They would like to wish best wishes to Deborah McCarthy and Felicia Ginn who finish their ECE placement with us on Friday. The students enjoyed making reindeer food this week and creating presents for mom and dad. The students are having their Christmas party on Friday.

Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class had a very exciting week. It was full of Christmas fun including: cookie decorating, Christmas carols, gift wrapping and more snow fun. We are wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class made Christmas tree crafts for their classroom. The most important thing that happened this week was that they received a letter right from Santa!

Ms. Parsons’s Kindergarten English class made homemade cinnamon Christmas decorations in the cafeteria. They also made melted snowmen in a baggie. They are super excited for the Christmas break and had a great time skating on Thursday.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is very busy this week cluing up activities before the Christmas break. They had so much fun with all the activities this week.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is making a special surprise for parents for Christmas. They are sad to announce that two of their classmates are moving in the New Year. Erica is moving out of the province and Nikola is moving out of the country. They will miss them a lot, but will stay in touch. They would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year too!

Ms. Park’s grade two class enjoyed lighting the third advent candle in the chapel and making Christmas ornaments in class. They would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Mme. LaChance’s grade two and three French Immersion class were busy being Santa’s elves and doing lots of things for their parents this week. They are enjoying making cards for each other and were excited to light the fourth advent candle in chapel and sing their French song for the school.

Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class celebrated Mr. Nadon’s birthday with a Maple Leafs themed party on Friday. In art class they created beautiful stained glass nativity scenes for the windows. On Wednesday they got creative with some Christmas –themed science experiments and activities. They are enjoying all the snow and looking forward to Christmas.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is really looking forward to Christmas break. The grade five students are learning about point of view by reading a play about the birth of Jesus. The grade six students are learning about data in math. Both grades had a lot of fun doing their surprise “Mummer Song” performance at the variety show on Thursday.
Ms. Jones’s junior high and level 1 class was busy this week creating a video for the variety show about Christmas memories. Last week the grade 8 technology class made a radio ad about why smoking is a bad idea. The students are excited to have a two week vacation!

Coming Up
School will be dismissed for Christmas break on Friday at noon and will re-open on Monday, January 6, 2014.