Friday, September 26, 2014

Lion's Roar - Friday, September 26, 2014


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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, September 26, 2014.

By: Makenzy Bishop, Max Chrappa, Cole Dumaresque, and Paige Walsh

The following are pictures from our National Forestry Week activities at Margaret Bowater Park on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Angel McCarthy's grade 5 and 6 class attended information sessions and the tree planting ceremony for National Tree Day.

Emily Murley tries out some firefighting equipment.
William Bennett plants a tree.

Students in Ms. Rumbolt and Mr. Ryley Nadon's science class display their food project as part of their learning about rocks and minerals (L-R): Isaac Buckingham, Aria Kazerouni and Clare Coleman.
This week we held our student leadership council elections. Maria Reynolds was elected Prime Minister, Anna MacKenzie was elected Deputy Prime Minister, William Bennett was elected as secretary and Telicia Young was elected as primary representative. Congratulations to all students who took part in the election this year. Classes are busy choosing their classroom representatives. Thank you to Mr. Drew Nadon and Mrs. McCarthy for organizing the election.
This week our school celebrated National Forest Week. The grade 5 and 6 class participated in the official opening ceremonies and a variety of activities at Margaret Bowater Park.

On Wednesday, for National Tree day we held a “paperless” day at school. Also, students in our school made leaves to hang on a school tree in the main lobby and talked about the importance of our trees.

 On Thursday we had a theme day where students wore fall colours. As part of our schoolyard naturalization project we planted bulbs and crocuses around our school. Thank you to all of our families for donating these plants and to Mr. Dave Smith and his team for assisting with the planting.

This Wednesday our cross country runners participated in their second meet. The run was hosted by J.J. Curling School. Mr. Drew Nadon has started a grade seven to level 1 running team. The team meets every Wednesday after school.

Our teachers hosted a curriculum night in our school gym on Thursday evening from 7-8:30 pm.

This year our school lunch program is being run by Mrs. Barb Anderson. We would like to welcome back our breakfast volunteers Mrs. Barb Anderson and Mrs. Shirley Porter.  Our breakfast program is very busy and we are grateful to have you! We also would like to welcome back Mr. Charles Cameron who dedicates time to improving our school library. Thank you, Mr. Cameron.

This week we welcome Mr. Paul Butler to our afterschool program. Mr. Butler is hosting a chess club for students every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm.

 We would like to thank Murphy Brothers for donating the bus for our junior high to level 1 students to go on their field trip to Bonne Bay Pond last week.

The grade six to level 1 students are hosting a car wash at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar this Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. All money raised will help the team with the cost of equipment and travel to the Intermediate Skills Challenge held each year in Mount Pearl.

We would like to congratulate Jacob Bursey and his family on the birth of their new daughter this week!  Olivia Sheppard and her family also welcomed a new baby girl this week, congratulations!

Congratulations to members of our cross country runner club who participated in the meet at St. Gerard’s last week. Our runners included: Makenzy Bishop, Brandon Brake, Isaac Buckingham, Jacob Bursey, Cole Boyd-Martin, Jakson Ganz, Clare Coleman, Emma Doman, Aria Kazerouni, Isabelle Mercier, Lucas Neville, Natalie Parsons, Caleb Rashleigh, Myles Young, and Telicia Young.

The junior kindergarten classes are learning the letter “b” and “z”. They are making apple scented bubbles and tasting apples.

Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is doing tree art for National Tree Day. They are also learning about the golden rule.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class had a lot of fun planting bulbs for National Forest Week. They are learning about patterns in math and living and non-living things in science.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is writing about things they like to do in the fall. They have started their second unit in math. They are celebrating National Forest Week by learning about trees and planting seedlings (thank you Ms. Hamlyn!) and doing some fun leaf crafts. The star of the week is Ben-Bellows-Davis.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is leading in chapel this week. It is their first time leading the prayers in French. They were very excited. They have started to do some activities about fall and apples. They are learning a lot!

Ms. Park’s grade two class is having fun making sunflowers using tissue paper and sunflower seeds in art class. They are exploring the schoolyard to discover the signs of fall and making a fall or autumn book in language arts. They are doing science experiments to find out if there is any water in the air.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is learning to count by 2,5, and 10. They are also doing pattern naming attributes and extending on their patterns.

Ms. Rumbolt’s grade three and four class has been very busy this week. The students in running club had a great time at their second running meet. In science, the grade three students are welcoming a guest to their classroom next week to help them learn about composting. The grade four students are almost ready to display their “line art”.

Mme. LaChance’s grade three and four French Immersion class is learning about patterns in math. Students have been very creative in writing their own patterns. In science the grade threes are learning about different parts of plants and the grade fours are learning about the interaction between animals and nature. The grade three students are excited about writing postcards from school to a special friend in English class.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class had a great time on their field trip this week. They would like to thank Mrs. Dumaresque, Mr. Walsh and Ms. Chrappa for driving them to their field trip. It was a little cold, but they had a great time. They especially enjoyed the hot chocolate donated by Mrs. Dumaresque and Ms. Chrappa afterwards! They really enjoyed reading “Being a Genie: A Beginners Guide” this week and writing about “Wishes that Annoy Genies”. They agree that genie’s would be annoyed by someone wishing for more wishes!
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class has been busy preparing their script acting for theatre arts. The students are looking forward to their car wash fundraiser this weekend from 11-4 at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar to help raise money for their skills challenge trip.

Vegetable orders are due Oct. 2.

School will be closed for students in kindergarten to level 1 on October 2nd for professional development. The junior kindergarten program will remain open.

We are having a theme day on October 3 for the Western Memorial Radiothon.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, home of The Lions!