Friday, April 17, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 17, 2015

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The Junior High girls’ basketball team is hosting
a tournament at our school this weekend.
The first game was on Thursday.

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, April 17, 2015.

By: Max Chrappa, Samuel Michael, Emily Murley, Kori-Lee Noel

Students (L-R):  Emily Murley, Brooklynn Pittman and Kori-Lee Noel enjoy some tasty apples during the Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Program Apple Day!
Students in Mrs. George’s grade 1 class and Ms. Park's grade two class enjoyed a beautiful day of snow shoeing at Blow Me Down Ski Park. (L-R): Oscar George and Sarah Buckingham pause for a photo on the trail. 

Welcome back from Easter break!

This week is National Volunteer Week. We would like to thank all our school volunteers for their hard work. We will host a special volunteer appreciation event in June.

Our Apple A Day fundraiser was a huge success. Thank you to everyone for supporting our school in this fundraiser.  The winner on the first day was John Perrett, day two winner was Lucas Neville, day three winner was Brian McCormack, day four winner was Ida Doucette, day five winner was Jerry Kean, day six winner was Darrell Oram, and day seven winner was Amanda  Lao. Cole Dumaresque was the top selling student. He sold 88 tickets! This fundraiser was in aid of our school technology project.

Over the Easter break Phone Tech completed our internet and wireless network upgrade. Three new smart boards have been ordered and many of our new technology equipment items have been ordered.

On Thursday before the Easter break our school held an assembly to honour our environmental initiatives and celebrate that we were a finalist in Staples Superpower Your School Contest. All of the classes prepared performances and demonstrations for the event. The grade five students presented a banner that said “We only have one earth, be smart, be green”. Ms. Wendy Paul, general manager, and Mrs. Rhonda Brothers, Manager, from Staples also visited with us to announce that we are the winners! Our school won the $25,000 prize to purchase technology equipment!

Last Sunday Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group hosted the Divine Mercy at All Hallows Parish.

Our school is participating in the Staples inkjet recycling program. As well, Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six students are collecting plastic bottle caps (of all sizes and colours) for a recycled art project. They will be collecting these caps for the next four weeks.

The Junior High girls’ basketball team is hosting a tournament at our school this weekend. The first game was on Thursday.
We would like to wish a happy birthday to Rebecca Parsons Green who volunteers with our lunch program!

Congratulations to Jaidyn Prosper who cut her hair off before the Easter break to donate for cancer patients.
Congratulations to winners in the National Geosciences and Engineering Month poster contest. Charlise Simmonds received first place in Group A for kindergarten to grade one. Ella Rashleigh received second place and Luke Coleman received third place. Isabelle Mercie received first place in Group B for grades two and three, Caleb Rashleigh received second place and Reyd Ward received third place.
Telicia Young received first place in Group C for grades four to six, Paige Walsh received second place and Lucas Neville received third place.


The junior kindergarten classes are happy to be back in school from Easter break. They all enjoyed talking about what th Easter bunny left for them and what they did. This week they are working on the letter “m”. The class would like to congratulate Lauryn Collins on the birth of her baby sister Madisyn Jade Collins.

Mrs. Hodder’s kindergarten English class has harvested some of their lettuce from the greenhouse and tomatoes from their classroom garden. They sampled the foods and talked about healthy eating. The students are working on the letter “j” and on their April poem.

Mme. Brett’s kindergarten French Immersion class is learning all about soil and composting. This week they will be starting their very own worm compost! Did you know that worm in French is “ver de terre”?

Mrs. George’s grade one English class has started their penguin unit. They are really enjoying learning about the 17 kinds of penguins. They are learning about different kinds of structures in science and went on a structure hunt around the school.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is busy drawing life size pictures of themselves to create a collage of healthy foods. They have transplanted their tomato plants to the greenhouse with the help of the grade six students. They have started a new unit in math on adding and subtracting numbers up to 22.

Ms. Park’s grade two English class started a new chapter in science called “Matter, Matter, Everywhere”. They went on a scavenger hunt in their classroom looking for matter. In math, the class is learning about days of the week and months of the year. They have learned two new songs to help them remember. The students are happy to be back from Easter break and see all of their friends again.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is continuing their author study on Barbara Reid. They have started their illustrations made out of play dough. Their cilantro and lettuce have germinated. Now they can measure their growth.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class is working very hard on their heritage fair projects. They are starting to make their paper maché hot air balloons in art this week. The classroom garden is growing beautifully.

Mme. Lachance’s grade three and four class is working very hard on their heritage fair projects this week. They are looking forward to showcasing their projects next week. The grade three students are writing shape poems in language arts. The grade four students are finishing their short story writing in language arts class.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is looking forward to the heritage fair next week. The grade six students have begun preparing for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge coming up in May. The students have been working on different experiment challenges to improve their teamwork and use their imagination. The grade five and six students are also preparing their band pieces to perform next week in our post festival showcase.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven to level 1 class is preparing for the underwater robotic competition in St. John’s at the end of the month. The grade seven students are also working on the Let’s Talk Science Challenge coming up in May. The grade nine girls’ basketball team is hosting a tournament this weekend. The first game was Thursday evening at 6:30 pm.

We will be hosting our school Heritage Fair on April 21 from 11:00 am to noon in our school gym.

IHMS will be hosting a used book and DVD sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 2 pm. Donations of books and DVDs for all ages are welcome! Fill your own reusable bag at the book sale for only $10.