Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, October 30, 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, October 30, 2015.

By: Clare Coleman, Emily Payne, and Simon Boitsefski

Mr. Jim Cox, with winners in the  Foster Families Association Provincial Poster and Essay Contest (L-R): Katy Hancock, Charlotte Mercier, Madison Noel and Arista White. 

Jeanette Higgins and daughter, Grace Brake-Higgins checking out some books outside the school Scholastic Book Fair this week.
Students in Mme. Moss and Mr. Ryley Nadon's science class participated in an archaeological dig in the school yard. The students had to unearth treasure using a grid map and archaeology techniques. (L-R): Colin Spencer, Caleb Rashleigh, and (back) Jacob Bursey.

Last Saturday, our school hosted the first Western Region Robotics Invitational Competition. We hosted six teams for a day of workshops, teamwork activities and LEGO League Robotics. Mr. Clarence Button, Regional Partner with First LEGO League Robotics Newfoundland and Labrador was on site to promote First LEGO League and assist with the official competition. Everyone had a fantastic day! We would like to thank our sponsors Colemans; Nadon Jewelry; the Department of Business, Culture, Tourism and Rural Development; McDonald’s; The Empire Atlantic; and First LEGO League. Our robotics team #2 “Humber Hood” received an award for TeamWork and our team #1 “Raging Robos” received an award for Team Spirit”. The first place school was Our lady of Mercy Elementary, the second place school was Jakeman All Grade, and the third place school was William Gillett Academy. Congratulations to all the Teams!

We would like to welcome Mrs. Thelma Coade as a volunteer to the breakfast and Lunch program this week. We also welcome Ms. Carol Bellows who is volunteering in the office.

The running club attended their last meet on Monday afternoon at Templeton Academy. Congratulations to Mme. Moss, Mrs. McCarthy and the team on a great season. The team will have a group picture and team party next week.

Our students in grades three to six visited the Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday for the show “Tale of a T-shirt” about how the cotton seed eventually becomes a t-shirt and its travel around the world.

The Recycle My Cell Campaign continues this week. We are collecting used and broken cell phones.

This week we are focusing on our water conservation project, “Go With the Flow: Save Our H20”. The grade five and six students hung a banner in the main lobby. We are encouraging students to bring reusable water beverage containers to school as well as conserving water around our homes. Our goal is to eliminate recyclable plastic water bottles in the school. Classes made live broadcasts about activities they did this week about water conservation.

We are collecting children’s winter clothing for the Humber Rotary. Clothing donations are being accepted until October 30.

Congratulations to Adreia Coles who cut her hair last week and donated it to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Congratulations to our runners who represented our school at the Regional Cross Country Running Meet last week in Kippens. Representing our school in grade four we had Cole Boyd-Martyn, Isabelle Mercier, Natalie Parsons, Caleb Rashleigh, Trinity Rouse, and Reyd Ward. In grade five we had Carly Johannesen, Aria Kazerouni and Clare Coleman.

Congratulations to our winners in the Foster Families Association Provincial Poster and Essay Contest. In Kindergarten Katy Hancock won first place. In the grade two and three category, Charlotte Mercier won first place for her story. Madison Noel received second place in grade 8 for her essay on the importance of fostering, and Arista White placed second in Level 2 for her essay about family diversity.

Congratulations to Rebecca Janes and Jenna Cammie who participated in the Rebecca Pack Invitational Figure Skating Competition last weekend in Gander. Both girls had good skates at the competition. Jenna won a gold medal in the Star Skate 4 Category.

The junior kindergarten classes are enjoying talking about Halloween and doing crafts. Today they are having a Halloween party in their class. They would like to thank all the parents who brought in treats today.

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class was so proud of Katy Hancock who placed first in the Foster Family Association poster contest. This week in kindergarten they celebrated red and pink day as well as purple day. They made spider hats and are looking forward to their Halloween party today.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class has been learning about bats in science. They participated in water conservation week activities and are looking forward to their Halloween party today. The class welcomes Megan Cochrane.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class has been working on a project about bats. They made haunted houses in art class this week. They are very excited to report that they have two newts in their class. The newts names are Miss Frizzle and Liz.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is estimating quantities to 20 in math class. They are learning about how seasonal change effects animals in science. The star of the week is Ivor.

Ms. Park’s grade two class made Frankenstein monsters and are working on descriptive writing about him. They are learning about clouds in science and what makes rain fall. They are so excited to be dressed up for Halloween today!

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class have been busy writing stories on Halloween and solving Halloween riddles. The students are excited to be dressed up for Halloween today.

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class are doing Halloween themed math activities and pumpkin process writing in French. The students are looking forward to some spooky Halloween spelling during their Halloween party today.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class have been working on Halloween stories and reading them to Mrs. George’s grade one class. In math, the class is working on numeration. They are excited to celebrate Halloween today!

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class had a great time on Wednesday doing spelling activities with a special Halloween spelling list. The grade five students had a lot of fun writing descriptive Halloween sentences with the spelling list. The grade six students are reading an interesting book full of information about ravens and raven lore. The students enjoyed the show at the Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class had a great time at the Western Region Robotics Invitational Tournament. Many students acted as volunteers and judges. They were all wonderful ambassadors for our school. The class is sponsoring a leaf raking fundraiser for their upcoming trip to St. John’s. The leaf raking begins on November 7. Please call the school if you would like your lawn raked.

Operation Christmas Child begins next week.
The Junior High Class is raking leaves on November 7. Please call the school to book your lawn.
School will be closed on November 11 in observance of Remembrance Day.