Friday, March 27, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 27, 2015

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
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This week IHMS is celebrating World Water Day!
This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 20, 2015.

By: Ryan Bennett, Emma Doman, Emily Murley, Kori-Lee Noel, and Aaron White

Junior Kindergarten students (L-R): Aaron Keough, Addison MacArthur, Lysea Ngania colouring in the Apple A Day Goal chart. We are nearly at our ticket sales goal!
Jakson Ganz (left) and Kira McCarthy (right) touch a star fish at the World Water Day celebrations at City Hall last Friday. The touch tank was part of the Bonne Bay Marine Station presentation.

Mme. O'Dell's grade two French Immersion students display the puppets they made for their re-telling of "Goldilocks and The Three Bears". Back (left-right): Katherine Noel, Summer Gale,  Noah Evans, and Craig Bishop. Front (left to right): Charlotte Mercier and Mariam Ahmad.
This week IHMS is celebrating World Water Day with a week-long “Bring Your Re-Usable Water Container to School”. Our school community is encouraging everyone to re-think disposable water bottles and think about the impact recycling all those bottles has on our environment. The IHMS Green team collected all the plastic bottles recycled in our school for a whole month and built a plastic sculpture for the main lobby. The sculpture is called “The Tree of Waste” and it reminds everyone to bring their own container to school for drinking water. In addition, the school cafeteria is not selling bottled water – instead, students can get a cold glass of refreshing tap water. There are also student made posters around the school encouraging everyone to “Take Back the Tap” or “Use the Fountain”. We encourage you to re-think your water habits too!
This week was also very exciting because we have our first three draws for the Apple A Day Fundraiser!! Check with the office to see if there are any tickets left to get in on the draws for next week!  Prizes include Ipod touches, an Apple TV, an Ipad mini, Ipads and an 11 inch Macbook Air computer. Tickets are $20 each.
Ms. Katie Broadhurst from Learning for A Sustainable Future visited our school on Friday to do a presentation with the grades six to Level 1 students called “Food For Thought”. The presentation was about where the foods we eat come from and the impact on our environment.
Also on Friday, the grades four to six students attended activities at City Hall to celebrate World Water Day.
The public health nurse came to visit all the grade two and three students last week to do a presentation for nutrition month. It was a tasty presentation!
Boys’ indoor soccer practices began this week.
The grade 6 girls’ basketball team participated in the Humber Invitational Basketball tournament on Wednesday. They played against Humber Elementary and J.J. Curling School.
Tomorrow we are hosting the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition at 11 am in our school gym.  This is open to boys and girls aged nine to fourteen.

Our junior high to level 1 students travelled to Pasadena on Thursday to take part in the Regional Drama Festival. The students had a lot of fun and got a lot of laughs with the play “Bling Midas”.
This week we had some really great news! The grade three and four class was received runner up in the Hot Shots Energy provincial contest they participated in during the fall. The class wins two Ipads for their classroom!
Congratulations to our Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Primary Choir, School Choir and School Band on their performances in the Rotary Music Festival last Thursday. Everyone performed very well.

Congratulations to our students who performed in the Rotary Music Festival this week. Congratulations to Colin Spencer who placed first in Class 509 Piano Concert Group, 10 and under and first in Class 210- Vocal Concert Group, 10 and under; and to Alessandra Leblanc who placed first and Arabella Leblanc who tied for second in Class 653 – Album 2, Not over 12, baroque and Classical last Tuesday.

Congratulations to Colin Spencer who was invited to perform in the Junior Rose Bowl last Friday evening for the Rotary Music Festival.

Congratulations to Simon Boitsefski, Sarah Buckingham, Clare Coleman and Colin Spencer who all performed and received scholarships for the Rotary Music Festival at the Stars of The Festival. Sarah Bucking received a 425 scholarship for voice and piano, Clare Coleman received $50 for piano, Simon Boitsefski received $50 for voice and musical theatre, and Colin Spencer received $50 for junior piano, $100 for piano duet and $100 for the Junior Rose Bowl Nomination.

Congratulations to Samuel Michael and Jemma Butler who participated in the Provincial Chess Tournament in Gander on the weekend.
The junior kindergarten classes are learning about the letter “L” and reviewing numbers 1-10. They have started their Easter crafts and are also learning the true meaning of Easter. They would like to welcome Jacob Simmonds and Noor Altaee to their junior kindergarten classes this week.

Mme. Brett’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is busy this week getting ready for Easter by learning some Easter vocabulary and making decorations. They will also be making bird feeders out of milk cartons to welcome the spring and learn how we can turn waste into something useful. Joyeux printemps!

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about how plastic water bottles affect our environment. The students had a lot of fun playing math addition games. The boys team won!

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about maps in social studies. They are learning about things people have invented in science. They would like to wish Brady Green a very happy 7th birthday!

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion is learning about the Emperor Penguin. These penguins are about the same size as some grade one students! The students are also beginning some Easter activities this week!

Ms. Park’s grade two English class is doing some Easter activities and writing. They are also learning about the Stations of the Cross in Religion class. This week, the star of the week is Ty.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is learning about the conservation of water and how we use our water. They hope everyone realizes how fragile our water is and that we cannot afford to waste it!

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class is celebrating water day by doing lots of water activities. In social studies the grade threes are learning about positive interactions in their community. The grade fours are getting ready for the heritage fair. The grade three students enjoyed the presentation from the public health nurse about nutrition.

Mme. Lachance’s grade three and four French Immersion class celebrated World Water Day this week. On Friday, the class, along with the other grades four to six students went to a presentation at City Hall. They learned lots of interesting facts and had fun interacting with the variety of activities. They learned about water security, the water cycle, invasive species and marine animals. In class, they watched a video about bottled water. In science, the grade threes have begun a unit on invisible forces and the grade fours have begun a new unit on sound.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class really enjoyed the water day presentation on Friday at City Hall. A lot of the topics they learned about during the presentation are things they are also learning about through the National Geographic Classroom Energy Diet. The class made posters to post around the school to remind students to bring a re-usable water container to school instead of plastic water bottles. One of the main things they have learned is that plastic water bottles are made from oil, and even though they are recyclable, they are not good for our environment. The students posted signs that said, “Bring Back the Tap – Ban Plastic Bottles” and “Don’t Forget Your Re-Usable water Bottle”.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class performed their play “Bling Midas” last night in Pasadena for the Regional Drama Festival. The students had a lot of fun preparing and performing this show! They would like to thank Mrs. Deckert for her help with the costume fixes, Mr. Hancock and Mrs. King for driving the group to Pasadena and Mrs. McCarthy for directing the play. The class is also very excited about starting underwater robotics!