Friday, May 22, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, May 22, 2015

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On Tuesday evening we held our 12th annual Elementary School Speak Off!


This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, May 22, 2015.

By: Amna Ahmad, William Bennett, Makenzy Bishop, Cole Dumareques

Kindergarten students Lucas Kennedy and Charlise Simmonds making an art project during their orientation session in grade one English with Mrs. George.

Students (L-R) Jake Morey, Ava Hodder and Luke Coleman in Mrs. George's grade one English class with their Pope puppets they made for World Catholic Education Day last week.
Last week Mr. Drew’s class gave a special presentation in chapel for World Catholic Education Day.

Last Friday the students and teachers played an intense game of indoor soccer to kick off the long weekend. The score was tied 2-2 when the end of day school bell rang. Thank you to Matthew Young for refereeing the game. The students and teachers played an excellent game and everyone had a lot of fun.

On Tuesday evening we held our 12th annual Elementary School Speak Off. Eight students represented the grades 4, 5, and 6 classes. In grade four:  Isaac Buckingham, Clare Coleman and Colin Spencer represented their class; in grade five:  Cole Dumaresque, Emily Murley and Aaron White represented their class; in grade six: William Bennett and Max Chrappa represented their class. We would like to thank our judges Mrs. Glenda Belbin, Ms. Stephanie Howell, and Ms. Paula Grudich for volunteering their time. The overall winner was Clare Coleman with her speech about facing her fears. Congratulations to all the speakers.

Also on Tuesday we dressed up for a theme day to raise money for the grade 6 to level 1 girls’ basketball team to travel to St. John’s for a tournament. Everyone dressed up wearing clothes to show their favourite activity. The team also hosted a hot dog sale on Wednesday.

The grade one and two French immersion classes are happy to report that they raised $211.10 at their bake sale last week! This means that they raised enough money for five children in Rwanda to go to school! Thank you to all our students and families for supporting this fundraiser.

On Wednesday, our school hosted the annual junior kindergarten, kindergarten and grade one orientation sessions in English and French Immersion. There were many new little faces visiting our school and some very excited new kindergarten and grade one students in our school!

Staples General Manager, Wendy Paul along with manager Rhonda Brothers and employee Jennifer Warren delivered our new technology equipment on Wednesday. We received $25,000 in new equipment for our classrooms. We have new ipads, new imac computers, a new projector, two Elmo digital cameras, a new school SLR camera and a new digital video camera.
The grade three and six English students began writing their provincial assessments on Thursday. The students will continue writing today, Monday and Tuesday. All students in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will be writing these assessments at the same time. We wish all the students the best of luck.


The junior kindergarten classes really enjoyed attending the kindergarten orientation on Wednesday. They spent a lot of time outside this week enjoying the spring weather.

Mme. Brett’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is learning the sight word “c’est”. This week they are learning about watersheds and drawing a poster for the ACAP Humber Arm student art challenge. They are continuing their lessons on subtraction and addition in math.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class was excited to spend the afternoon in grade one with Mrs. George on Wednesday.  This week they are learning about the earth and the solar system in science. In math they are learning about length.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning about living things in science class. They are learning about the Holy Spirit in religion. They are doing lots of practice for the upcoming musical. They would like to wish Kate Lombard a very happy 7th birthday!

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is learning about watersheds and how humans can ensure we are doing our best to protect them. The children are excited that their classroom butterfly kit will arrive today!

Ms. Park’s grade two English class is learning about the attributes of objects in math. They have learned about watersheds and created posters for the ACAP Humber Arm art contest. Brooke is the student of the week!

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is doing some poetry reading and writing of their own. The students are really enjoying being authors! They will be doing some class presentations of their work.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class has been practicing hard for the musical this week. The class would like to congratulate Colin, Isaac and Clare for being chosen to represent the class at the annual IHMS Elementary Speak Off on Tuesday evening.  The grade three students began their provincial assessments in language arts and will continue writing them on today and on Monday and Tuesday.

Mme. Lachance’s grade three and four French Immersion class had a busy week with science activities. The grade three students have finished their unit on invisible forces and are learning about soil. The grade four students are doing experiments about sound movement in air, water, and space.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class is enjoying the spring weather this week. The students enjoyed playing a variety of sports outside during their gym classes, intramurals and lunch break. In addition to our playground equipment, we now have tether balls, soccer nets, soccer balls, basketball nets, basketballs, and footballs.  The class is busy preparing their recycled art piece for the art show coming up in June. They are still collecting plastic bottle caps!
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high and level 1 class has been busy this week completing units in language arts, math and science. They are less than one month away from final exams! The class has also been working in art on painting the background for the school’s upcoming musical

Registration is still available for our full day junior kindergarten and our English and French Immersion kindergarten program for September 2015. Please call the office for more information.

Our annual science fair will be next Thursday at 1 pm in our school gymnasium. This event is open to all our families