Friday, November 13, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, November 13, 2015

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, November  13, 2015.

By: Kori Noel and Aaron White

Winners in the provincial Foster Families Association Poster and Essay Contest. Back (L-R): Arista White, Madison Noel and Charlotte Mercier; front: Katy Hancock. 
Grade six student, Cole Dumaresque, displays the basket weaving project he completed during the Grenfell Art Gallery presentation by Ursla Johnson called  “Mi’Kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)”. 
Students (L-R): Luke Coleman, Allie Lovell, Kate Murphy and Jamie Robertson playing a variety of instruments during the Donna and Andy performance hosted by IHMS. 
Last week our students enjoyed an awesome concert with ECMA winners Donna and Andy. The interactive show was a hit with all the students.
Maria Reynolds and Emily O’Bryan attended a leadership conference in St. John’s last weekend.
The grade six to level two students held a leaf raking fundraiser for their trip to the Intermediate Skills Challenge. The students have been busy preparing for First Lego League Robotics, Wind Turbine, TV Video Production and Graphic Design. The team would like to thank Mr. Scott Reynolds who volunteered last week to work with the Graphics Design team.
Mr. Drew’s grade seven to level two class organized our annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday. The assembly featured the school band and chamber choir, with the each class presenting a poem, song, or presentation about remembrance. We would like to thank Sergeant Katie Thistle who played “The Last Post” and Chief Warrant Officer Emily McLeod who paraded the Canadian Flag during the assembly. Our school was visited by Legionnaires Mr. Sam Greene and Mr. Paul Gillingham and veterans Master Corporal Jason Cull (retired) and Lieutenant (Navy) Cheryl Cull (retired). The Cull family laid a wreath in Remembrance during the ceremony.
Our school will be hosting the provincial chess tournament this year. On Tuesday, our chess club was visited by Mr. Cameron Locke, chess master.
We would like to thank Ms. Kayla Park for the work she did with our junior kindergarten students. Ms. Park finished her placement this week.
We would like to thank Ms. Charlene Lovell who volunteered at the Breakfast Program this past week.
The Recycle My Cell Campaign continues this week. We are collecting used and broken cell phones.
We are once again having an Apple-A -Day fundraiser. The proceeds of the ticket sales are in aid of our music program. Tickets are now on sale for $20 each. The five days of draws will begin in January 11 and conclude on January 15th. Prizes include: a 16GB IPod touch, a 16GB IPod touch and $25 ITunes card, a 16GB  IPad mini 2, a 32 GB IPad Air and Apple TV, and an 11inch MacBook Air 2.
The grade one English and grade one and two French Immersion classes are organizing Operation Christmas Child again this year. Last year they filled 66 show boxes for children in developing countries. This year they hope to fill even more. They are looking for donations of small toys, pencils, sharpeners, tooth brushes, face cloths and other items to pack in the shoe boxes for this program.
The junior kindergarten classes are learning about the letter “A”. The children enjoyed singing in the Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday.
Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class performed the poem "Coquelicot" at the school Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday. They made poppies to accompany their poem. This week they learned the letter “L” and are now able to read three French words! In science they are continuing to learn about living things, and what they need to grow.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is working on needs and wants in social studies class. They are practicing the letter “F”. The class was excited to take part in the Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday morning.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class has started a new unit in math on adding and subtracting up to 12. They have also started a new science unit and are studying the five senses. They made beautiful paintings in honor of Remembrance Day.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class learned more about the importance of Remembrance Day this week when Uriah’s mom and dad, who are veterans, came to speak with the class! This week in social studies they learned about rights and responsibilities. In math they learned about one and two more; and one and two less. The star of the week is Katie.
Ms. Park’s grade two class is observing air conditions in science. They have been practicing for the Remembrance Day poem for the school assembly and are also learning about least and greatest in math.
Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class have busy with an author study on Norman Bridwell. They were busy preparing for the Remembrance Day ceremony this week.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class presented the poem “In Flanders Fields” in French at the Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday. On Thursday the grade four students teamed up with the grade four English students for a field trip to Atlantic Minerals on the Port Aux Port peninsula to investigate the mining process.
Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class both finished their numeration units in math. They read the poem “In Flanders Fields” at the Remembrance Day assembly. They had a guest speaker join their class to talk about his experience as a member of the Canadian Military and his family’s history with the military. They all learned a lot of information and got to see some interesting memorabilia!
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class was excited to play with the older students as part of the school band for the assembly. The grade five students lit candles for peace at the school’s annual Remembrance Day Assembly. The students are finishing up their math units this week.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class enjoyed organizing the Remembrance Day assembly. For many students it was their first Remembrance Day service. The level one and two students finished up their language arts novel studies this week. In religion, the class has been reviewing the celebration of Mass in the Catholic faith.
Report cards will be distributed next week on Wednesday, November 18. Parent teacher interviews will take place that evening from 7:00 -8:30 pm.