Friday, October 23, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 23, 2015

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
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Tomorrow our school is hosting the Western Region Invitational Robotics Competition. We are hosting schools in the Western Region to learn about First Lego League Robotics and compete in team work and robot challenges.

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, October 23, 2015.

By: Jacob Bursey, Kori Noel, Alessandra LeBlanc, and Aaron White

Jeanette Higgins and daughter, Grace Brake-Higgins checking out some books outside the school Scholastic Book Fair this week.
Israela  Ngania, with her younger sister ,Sara Ngania, Kaitlyn Coade and Ella Rashleigh during a classroom family visit where the students discussed schools of the past. 
Aaron White (back) and Isaac Buckingham work with the school's new robot in preparation for the upcoming Western Region Invitational Robotics Competition we are hosting this weekend.

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success again this year. We sold $3,390.00 in books. This will bring new books into our classrooms. Thank you to all of our school families for their support. Thank you also to Mrs. George and her team of teachers for helping with the fair.

Last Friday evening we had Clare Coleman, Carly Johannesen, Aria Kazerouni, Arabella LeBlanc, Alessandra LeBlanc, and Colin Spencer represent our school at the fourth annual AgriFoods and Garden Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of our spellers! Aria placed second overall and Arabella placed third.

Our school hosted a “Make the Cut” fundraiser on Sunday for the Canadian Cancer Society. Grade one student, Meteghan Kane, and level one student, Maria Jessica De Almeida, collected donations and cut off their hair to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. Mallory Chambers was unable to attend on Sunday, but donated her hair to Ms. Tarragh Shannahan in chapel on Monday morning.

This week we celebrated Waste Reduction Week. The week started with a blue theme day for water conservation and the launch of the Recycle My Cell Campaign. On Tuesday we went paper free, Wednesday we brought litterless lunches, on Thursday we upcycled unwanted items, and today we are conserving water.

Our cross country running team participated in the Regional Cross Country Running race in Stephenville on Wednesday afternoon.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School will be collecting used and broken cell phones until November 19. Please help us by bringing in your used or broken cell phones or calling the school to make your donation.

The Student Leadership Council is busy preparing a spooky haunted house for Halloween next week. Don’t forget to wear your costumes to school. We will be hosting our annual Halloween costume parade.

Congratulations to Jemma Butler, Keira Clarke, Ethan Lahey and Emily Hindy who won the candy guessing game at the book fair. Congratulations to Lauren Green who was the closest guess for the number of pages contest at the book fair. Congratulations to Claire Patey who won the $25 family door prize and to her class who also won $25!

Congratulations to Carter Bromley who won third place in the grade four boys race hosted by St. Gerard’s Elementary School last week. Our team was represented at the race by 26 runners. Good work everyone!

Congratulations to Rebeakah Calbert who won a silver medal in a provincial orienteering, map and compass competition with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets last weekend in St. John’s.

Congratulations to grade eight students, Madison Noel and Anna MacKenzie who won first prize for their pumpkin in the junior high category at the AgriFoods and Garden Show on Sunday.


The junior kindergarten classes are talking about Halloween. The children are getting very excited to celebrate with their friends. They are enjoying talking about ghosts, bats, pumpkins, and jack o’lanterns. They cannot wait until next week!

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class celebrated les fêtes de bleu et vert this week. They made haunted houses out of milk and juice cartons for the upcycling day on Thursday. They were very pleased and proud to lead in chapel this week for the very first time.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is starting a new unit in science on plants. The students are working on the letter “e” and making Halloween crafts this week.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is learning to represent numbers that are larger than ten. They are working on a new Halloween song and doing a lot of activities based on the song. They are going to make monsters using recycled cereal boxes.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is writing Halloween alliteration and illustrating their pieces. They really enjoyed their guided imagery in religion where they imaged they were back in Israel during Jesus’ time. The star of the week is Heidi.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is making spooky silhouettes in art for Halloween. They are learning how to count money in math. They are also learning what happens to water in the air. For a fun activity they are making clouds.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class continued their unit in social studies talking about the past and how it has affected our future. They realize that there are many people in our past that have influenced our lives in a positive way.

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class is working on spooky Halloween themes in art. They are revising stories in French and writing acrostic poems with adjectives. The grade four students teamed up with the grade four English class for a fun science experiment.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class had a great time at the AgriFoods and Garden Show last. The students are working on Halloween themed writing. The class welcomed Ms. Susanna Appelin  who is working with the class through an Access partnership with Grenfell College.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class have been working on homonyms in language arts class. The grade five students are finishing off biographies on Canadian and international heroes. The grade six students are busy writing descriptive paragraphs for Halloween. In health, the grade five students are writing comics about the respiratory system. The grade six students are excited to start work on their First Lego League Robotics missions for the Intermediate Skills Challenge.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class had an excellent field trip to the Chrappa’s property on Friday. The students picked apples from the orchard and enjoyed a marshmallow and wiener roast. The students have been busy this week preparing for the Western Region Invitational Robotics Competition we are hosting tomorrow.

Tomorrow our school is hosting the Western Region Invitational Robotics Competition. We are hosting schools in the Western Region to learn about First Lego League Robotics and compete in team work and robot challenges.

The grade six to level 2 students will be having a leaf raking fundraiser on Saturday, November 7 (weather permitting). Please call the office to book your lawn today.