Friday, November 28, 2014

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 28, 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, November 28, 2014.

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

The grade 5 and six band students (L-R): Samuel Michael, William Bennett, Jordan Park, (back) Aaron White and Max Chrappa practice their song "Let it Be" for the school Christmas concert.
Students in Ms. Rumbolt's grade four class show off their moustaches for the school Movember fundraiser (L-R): Alessandra LeBlanc, Colin Spencer and Arabella LeBlanc.
Cameron Peddle (left) and Madison Noel (right) work on producing a one minute commercial using iMovie. The students are preparing for the TV Video production competition at the Intermediate Skills Challenge next weekend in St. John's.

The grade one classes were very happy to report that they filled 84 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year they packaged 60 boxes. A special thank you goes out to all our students and families for their support of the fundraiser.

Our school will continue to collect bread tags until December 11. We reached our goal of 5,000 bread tags and have collected another 2,200 bread tags. For every 5,000 bread tags collected a wheelchair will be purchased for an elderly person in South Africa.

This week students in kindergarten to grade six took part in presentations on Monday and Tuesday with representatives from Newfoundland Light and Power. The theme was “Take Charge”. Sessions were given by Ashleigh Halliday and Carl Bishop. All the classes really enjoyed the presentations.

On Thursday our students and staff wore special moustaches to support Movember. Students donated $1 for men’s health initiatives. Student Leadership council students were collecting donations and painting moustaches for students throughout the day.

The grade 6 girls’ basketball team is playing in a tournament this weekend at Grenfell Campus. The first game is today at 5:30 pm.

This Saturday our grade 6 to level 1 students are hosting a Drop and Shop Fundraiser. Families are invited to drop their child at the school between 10 am and 4 pm while they Christmas shop. Children aged three and over are welcome to attend for a minimum donation of $20.

Sunday is our annual Tree Trimming Social. New families are invited to bring an ornament to hang on the school Christmas tree. Join us for prizes, snacks and singing from 4:00-5:30 pm.

The gym classes will continue broomball for the next week. After this, Mr. Ryley Nadon will be starting the first annual Christmas mini-hockey tournament.

The junior kindergarten classes are learning the letter “f” and number “6”. They have begun practicing for the Christmas concert. They welcomed Shane Matthews to their classroom this week.

Mme. Brake’s Kindergarten French Immersion class are busy learning their French song for the Christmas concert. They were very excited to wear their moustaches on Thursday.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is excited that their plants have started to grow. They have tomatoes, peas and basil. They made moustaches for Movember to wear on Thursday. The class would like to wish Katie McCarthy a happy birthday!

Mrs. George’s grade one English class read a beautiful story this week called “Stone Soup” and made their very own delicious soup! They are learning about volunteers in social studies. They were filled to have filled 84 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. They would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. The star of the week is Kate Lombard.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class has begun a new math unit on subtraction. The students are learning about the five senses and are excited to learn how their sense of hearing works.

Ms. Park’s grade two English class has started a new unit in science. The students are very excited to learn all about movement. They are reading the story “Mmm Cookies” by Robert Munsch and baked some yummy cookies of their own. They are also working on beautiful Christmas scenes in art.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is pleased to see that their lettuce is finally growing. It took eight days for the seeds to germinate in the green house. They have begun a new unit on reindeer in preparation for Christmas. The students are getting excited for Christmas as they have started practicing for the Christmas concert.

Ms. Rumbolt’s grade three and four class is working on painting snowmen using warm and cool colours this week. The class enjoyed a pizza party on Wednesday to celebrate meeting and beating their goal of collecting 50 cell phones. The grade three students are looking forward to watching the TV commercials they produced!

Mme. Lachance’s grade three and four French Immersion class were very busy this week. The grade three students learned about germination. They planted and observed a bean coming up out of the soil. Did you know that there is a tiny plant in a bean? The grade four students read about Braille’s alphabet and Louis Braille. He was a blind man who created an alphabet that blind people could read. Louis Braille changed the lives of many people who wanted to read and learn.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class were writing Remembrance Day essays this week. They are all looking forward to seeing everyone at the Tree Trimming Social on Sunday. The students were busy planning the different activities for this event.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class is hosting a Drop and Shop Fundraiser on Saturday. The students are one week away from their big trip to St. John’s!

Mrs. George’s class will light the first candle on the Advent wreathe in chapel on Monday. All are welcome to attend.

Santa Claus will be visiting our school for photos on Wednesday, December 3.