Friday, April 24, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 24, 2015

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This weekend our school is hosting a grade 6 boys’ invitational soccer tournament.
This begins today and continues over the weekend.

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, April 24, 2015.

By: Ryan Bennett, Emma Doman, Paige Walsh, and Aaron White

Madison Noel (left) and Anna MacKenzie (right) display their research projects for the annual heritage fair. 

Mme. Brett with students Saleem Obeid, Jamie White and Lilah Walsh prepare the classroom vermicompost.

Medal recipients for our annual heritage fair: Back (L-R): Max Chrappa, Isaac Buckingham, Madison Noel, Paige Walsh, Amna Ahmad, Hajra Ahmad, and Maria Reynolds. Front (L-R): Clare Coleman, Simon Boitsefski and Colin Spencer.
Last weekend IHMS hosted a junior high girls’ basketball tournament. The girls had a great weekend of basketball. Thank you to the coaches, parents and volunteers for a great tournament.
The whole school celebrated the Divine Mercy with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group at All Hallow’s on Monday afternoon.
Our annual Heritage Fair was held on Tuesday morning for grades three to Level 1 students. Parents and younger students were invited to view the projects before lunch. We would like to thank our judges, Mr. Matthew Young, Mr. Rick Solo, Mr. Don Downer and Mr. Drew Nadon.
April 22 was Earth Day! Our school celebrated this day by wearing earth themed clothing, planting, seeds, turning off the lights, making recycled art crafts and learning about ways that we can protect our Earth. CBC Radio and Rogers Cable visited our school to interview students and staff about our activities.
On Wednesday evening our school hosted a post Rotary Music festival concert. This featured our choirs, school band as well as some talented individual and group pieces performed by our students during the festival.
Kindergarten graduation photos are being taken today.
Mme. Brett’s kindergarten French Immersion class has introduced our school to vermi composting. This is the first class in our school to begin this type of composting.
This weekend our school is hosting a grade 6 boys’ invitational soccer tournament.  This begins today and continues over the weekend.
Congratulations to Kate Murphy who won the Marble Cup Championship for Under 8 Girls and Reegan Curtis who also received a medal from Marble Mountain.

Congratulations to Rotém Phillips-Grobbelaar who won a medal from speed skating.

Congratulations to Aria Kazerouni who finished second place in the Provincial Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition in Grand Falls last Saturday.

Congratulations to the members of the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club on their ice show last weekend. We had many skaters in the show, including: Marian Ahmad, Jenna Cammie, Kaitlyn Coade, Ivor Cook, Rotém Phillips-Grobbelaar, Carter Hubley, Rebecca Janes, Leah Lainey, Ella Rashleigh, Charlise Simmonds, and Lilah Walsh.
Congratulations to all the students on their wonderful heritage fair presentations. Congratulations to Isaac Buckingham, Simon Boitsefski, Clare Coleman, Colin Spencer, Amna Ahmad, Max Chrappa, Paige Walsh, Madison Noel, Maria Reynolds and Hajra Ahmad who received school medals for their projects. Douglas MacKenzie received an honourable mention for his project.

The junior kindergarten classes are learning about ways to save the Earth. The children had lots of fun planting seeds in the greenhouse on Wednesday. The students are enjoying spending time outside playing together.

Mme. Brett’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is getting ready to plant some bean and sunflower seeds for Earth Day. They had lots of fun taking care of their composting worms and even made worm sock puppets.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class celebrated Earth Day by turning off the lights, eating a litterless lunch and making Earth crafts. They are learning a lot about bats from Dr. Erin Fraser, a biologist who visited their classroom. Thank you, Dr. Fraser!

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is each researching their favourite penguin and making life-sized penguins. They had lots of fun on Earth Day especially making “litter bugs” from recycled materials.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class had a very exciting Earth Day on Wednesday. The students made bird feeders by up-cycling old milk cartons. This was a great way to repurpose an item that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The class has been extra busy in the greenhouse too. They prepared another bed for lettuce and planted Romaine. Mmm! They also started some zucchini in pots and will be bringing them home when they are ready. This has been an exciting week of learning about plants and the environment.

Ms. Park’s grade two English class is finished reading the book Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure. They made their own Stanley and will send them all over the world to their families and friends. The class really enjoyed celebrating Earth Day. They planted some flowers and did some recycled art. Congratulations to Tyler McCarthy who was a winner in the Corner Brook Plaza Easter colouring contest.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class has been busy planting and will continue for Earth Day. This week they are writing in their journals, and will be recording and measuring their plants’ growth as part of their math unit on measuring. We hope that everyone celebrates each day as Earth Day!

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class had a great time participating in the school heritage fair on Tuesday. The class planted flowers for Earth Day and are writing Earth poems. They had fun making recycled artwork.

Mme. Lachance’s grade three and four French Immersion class read, wrote and learned about maple syrup. They learned about how it’s made, the tools needed to harvest maple syrup and the different kinds of products that can be made out of maple syrup. They also worked on a maple math worksheet! The students were also busy painting the recycling box designed and built by Lucas’s dad, Warren Neville. The box is located in our main lobby.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class really enjoyed the school heritage fair on Tuesday. There were a lot of interesting projects displayed. The class learned about different types of spiders this week. Did you know that a spider’s brain is in its stomach? The grade six students are looking forward to the Let’s Talk Science Challenge and the Quebec City trip in the beginning of May.  The class is still collecting plastic bottle caps. They would like to thank Scotia Recycling Depot for collecting bottle caps for their recycled art project.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class have been busy preparing for the underwater robotics competition coming up next weekend as well as the Let’s Talk Science Challenge. On Wednesday the group visited the Greenwood Inn and Suites pool to test their underwater robot. The robot has propellers on both sides and a neutral buoyancy device to keep it in place in the water. The robot is also equipped with a camera that allows the driver to direct the robot to complete missions. The class would like to thank Mr. Warren Neville who helped with the electrical set-up for the robot. The class is also participating in their in class speak off today. The annual speak off will take place on Tuesday evening.

The Junior High to Level 1 Speak Off will take place in our school on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm in the cafeteria.

There will be a meeting for parents of students attending junior kindergarten or kindergarten English and French Immersion for September 2015 on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. Our full day kindergarten program is offered in both English and French. Please contact the office for registration for September 2015.