Friday, March 28, 2014

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 28, 2014


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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, March 28, 2014.

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

Back L-R: Steven, Deidre, Molly (front), Sadie and Alister MacDonnell who won the best dressed green family prize at our annual St. Patrick's Day Potluck and Family Social on Sunday evening.
Ari Magnusson from the British Council visited the grade six students last week as part of their Commonwealth Education Initiative. (L-R): Ari Magnusson, Madison Noel, Cheyenne Bursey, Jayden Lempriere, Anna MacKenzie, Anna Brake, Gina Spencer, Clara Ryan, Keely Brothers, Bridgett Sparkes and Mr. Ryley Nadon.
Winners of our Pi Day contest. Students recited as many decimal places of pi as they could remember. (L-R): Hajra Ahmad, Kate Murphy, Colin Spencer, Ryan Murphy, Clara Ryan and Gina Spencer.
Last week we celebrated spirit week. On Friday we dressed in blue to show our school pride. We had a classroom Roar Off competition. A lion named Gus visited out school to bring some spirit as well as Lioness Mrs. George.
On Sunday our school had its annual St. Patrick’s Day Pot Luck Dinner and Family Social. Lots of families and staff were dressed in green to celebrate. Thank you to Mrs. Trudy Brothers and Mrs. Janice Coleman for organizing this event. Colin Spencer correctly guessed the number of green candies in the jar. Mrs. Barb Anderson won the 50/50 and Mrs. Mary Lannon won the door prize. The MacDonnell family won the award for best dressed green family.
This week is nutrition week! We made an extra effort to bring healthy snacks to school and some classes visited Coleman’s for nutrition tours. As well the Student Leadership Council held a daily nutrition trivia contest.
Our pre-festival showcase was cancelled on Wednesday because of the possibility of a bad storm hitting Newfoundland. It will be held after the festival is over.
Our students have been doing the Stations of the Cross with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group during morning chapel. We finished all the stations on Tuesday. On Wednesday the primary classes attended a special exhibition of the Host in chapel.
The Rotary Music Festival Starts today!  Our school choir is singing at the Arts and Culture Centre at 9:30 and our Chamber Choir is singing at 9:50. It is open to the public.
Today we are celebrating apple day in our school breakfast program with yummy apple parfaits and other apple treats! Yummy!
This week our ITV News reporters are: Sam Antle, Anna MacKenzie, Clara Ryan, and Paige Walsh.

Stars Of The Week
We would like to congratulate our hockey players who won medals last weekend. Our hockey medalists include: Ella Rashleigh, Carter Bromley, Matthew Buckle, Natalie Caines, Noah Evans, Aiden Lamswood, Luke Murphy, Saleem Obeid, Yazan Ismail, and Alister MacDonald.
Congratulations to Éloi Boucher, Samuel Blackwood, Luke Coleman, Hala Parsons, Lydia Parsons, Natalie Parsons, Rotém Phillips- Grobbelaar, Simon Boitsefski, Yazan Ismail, and Tyler Dillman who won medals at the Blow Me down end of season awards ceremony last weekend.
Congratulations to Roar Off Class winners in junior kindergarten: Éloi Boucher, Liam Gaulton, Katy Hancock, Saleem Obeid, and Lilah Walsh; in kindergarten: Benjamin Griffin, and Alister MacDonnell; in grade 1 Daniel Osmond, Ewan Jenkins, Jacob Blackwood, Kate Murphy, and Hailey Park; in grade two Sadie MacDonnell, Caleb Rashleigh, and Myles Young; from the grade three and four class: Colin Spencer, in grade five: Samuel Michael, and in grade six students: Gina Spencer and Cameron Peddle.
Congratulations to Jasmine Batstone who won a Figure Skating medal in Grand Falls last weekend.
Congratulations to Keira Clarke and Abigail Woodford who both received Perfect Spelling Certificates for term 1 at our assembly last week.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are learning all about Canada’s food guide. Mrs. Vincent and Mrs. English class did a nutritional tour with Mr. Corey Conrad and Mr. Ian Tucker at Coleman’s on Humber Road this week.  They would like to thank Lisa Doucette, Sarah Lavallee, Nadia Cook, Sylvia Phillips and Candy Kennedy for donating items to their classrooms. They welcome Liam Brinstone and Bryant Osmond to their class.

Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is learning about healthy choices in health class. There were lots of birthday’s this week including Brady, Mme. Brake and her dog Gus! Happy birthday to everyone!

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about fish in science and beginning a geometry unit in math. They are very much looking forward to enjoying the apple treats in the breakfast program today!

Ms. Parsons’s Kindergarten English class has just finished their addition unit in math. They are starting geometry this week. They are also finishing their “Our Roots” unit in social studies.  They are welcoming a new class pet this week. They would like to wish Jordyn a happy belated birthday!

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is learning about verbs and finishing their unit on penguins. They are watching “March of the Penguins” today. They are excited to report that they are welcoming three new fish to their classroom fish tank. They are looking forward to beginning some spring activities.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class has started their geometry unit in math. We finished our penguin research and celebrated by watching a documentary “March of the Penguins”.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is learning about movement in science and measurement in math. Last week, Keira was student of the week. This week’s student of the week is Max.

Mme. LaChance’s grade two and three French Immersion class welcomed spring last week, however there were no changes in the weather! This week the students worked on creating a spell in French to help spring show its magic tricks, including: disappearing snow, appearing flowers, and brown trees changing to green. What a great magic show nature will give us with maple syrup.

Mrs. Foley’s grade three and four class are looking forward to the Rotary Music Festival. Their class is participating with the school choir and a number of students are also in chamber choir. Best of luck to Colin Spencer, Arabella LeBlanc, Isaac Buckingham, Alessandra LeBlanc and Clare Coleman who are participating in other performances during the festival.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is working on their speeches for the elementary speak off in language class and their heritage fair projects in social studies. In gym they are playing tchouk ball. A really fun game where you throw a ball off a spring board and someone else has to try and catch it.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class is still practicing for the drama festival coming up on April 10th. Also, they have started to work on their heritage fair assignments in language arts.

On Tuesday, April  1 the primary choir will have their workshop at the Arts and Culture Centre from 10:30 am until noon.

On Wednesday, April 2 the junior kindergarten and kindergarten students will perform for the festival at 10:30 at the Arts and Culture Centre.

On Thursday, April 3 the grade five band and the grades 6-9 band will perform on Thursday at 10:30 am at the Arts and Culture Centre.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School, home of The Lions!