Friday, December 11, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, December 11, 2015

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Santa Claus visited our school on Monday for class photos and family photos. Everyone enjoyed seeing him during this busy time of year. 

This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, December 11, 2015.

By: Isaac Buckingham, Carley Johannesen, and Colin Spencer


Madison Noel and Anna MacKenzie display their wind turbine design. The girls won gold medals at the Intermediate Skills Challenge in St. John's.

Members of the "Humber Hood" Robotics team (L-R) back: Rebekah Calbert, Kori Noel, Ryan Miller, Jose Garcia, Myles Calbert, and Makenzy Bishop. Front (L-R): Coel Dumaresque, Ryan Bennett, Max Chrappa, and Emily Murley. The team won third place in their project for the First LEGO league Robotics competition in St. John's held in conjunction with the Intermediate Skills Challenge. 
Front: Logan McCarthy (Joseph), Katie McGinn (Mary), and Back: Danyael Jacobs (Shepherd), and Mrs. Jackie George. The students in Mrs. George's class lit the first candle on the Advent wreath.
Mme. Ryan and Mme. O’Dells’ classes lit the second candle on the Advent wreath this week in chapel.
On Monday, our school hosted the IHMS Scripps Spelling Bee. We had thirteen students participate in the bee representing grades four to seven.  In grade four Isabelle Mercier, Caleb Rashleigh, and Reyd Ward; in grade five Simon Boitsefskii, Clare Coleman, Carly Johannesen, Aria Kazerouni, Alessandra LeBlanc, and Colin Spencer;  in grade six Isaac Buckingham and Aaron White; and in grade seven Myles Calbert and William Bennett represented their classes. The overall winner was Isaac Buckingham with runner- up Isabelle Mercier. Both students are invited to attend the Telegram Scripps Spelling Bee in St. John’s to be held in February.
On Tuesday, Father Chris celebrated a mass with the grades seven to level two students in our school chapel. In the afternoon, Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group held a celebration for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at All Hallows Church with kindergarten to grade six students. It was a quiet time for prayer and song to celebrate Mary.
Last night we held our annual Christmas concert. The theme for this year was “The Bells of Christmas”. Thank you to Mr. Graham, Ms. Lewis, Mr. Reynolds and all of our teachers and students for all of their hard work in preparing the beautiful concert.
Congratulations to the grade six boys’ basketball team who played in the Tiny Titans Tournament last weekend. They finished first in their division, winning all four games, but lost the battle in the semi-finals. Thank you to their coaches Mr. Ryley, Mr. Drew, Ms. Bishop and Ms. Wamboldt.
Last Sunday was our third week of Chase the Ace. This fundraiser is in conjunction with the SPCA. Mr. Greg Johannesen won $250. This event featured a “Dog Show and More Show”. It was a wonderful success with more than 25 pets taking part. Thank you to our two judges for this event. Ms. Angela Boyd-Martyn, owner of the Animal Health Care Centre judged this event along with French Immersion teacher, Heather Moss.  Ms. Jessica Couture won the Dog Show and More Show door prize of a $50 gift certificate from the Humber Valley Vet Clinic. We would also like to thank the Animal Health Care Centre for the many prizes they donated.
We will continue to “Chase the Ace” this Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets are 3 for $5. In conjunction with this project, we are hosting an open mic night featuring Emma Peckford and friends. Student admission is $2 and adult admission is $5. There will be prizes awarded.
The chamber choir, accompanied by Mr. Graham, is singing this afternoon at the Seniors’ Complex Bungalows.
The Student Leadership Council has finished their collection for Stocking for Seniors. They are still collecting items for the Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive and the Food Bank Christmas Food Drive. The deadline for these items is Monday


Congratulations to Cole Boyd-Martyn who won gold medal at the Tae Kwon Do Tournament last weekend.
Congratulations to our figure skaters, Jenna Cammie, Kaitlyn Coade, Rebecca Janes, Rotém Phillips-Grobbelaar, and Ella Rashleigh, who participated in a competition this past week.
Congratulations to Natalie Parsons who participated in the 2015 Body Quest Heats and Finals Invitational that took place in St. John’s last weekend. Natalie participated in five separate categories for under swimmers 12.

The junior kindergarten classes really enjoyed singing in the Christmas concert. They were all so happy to see Santa on Monday. This week they are making Christmas crafts and learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class are working on their reindeer pastels in art. They were excited to sing “Gentil Père Noël” in the Christmas concert for their family on Thursday night.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class had a great time at the Christmas concert. The students are doing more, fewer and the same as in math. They are also making Christmas crafts. They transplanted some of their seedlings from the Little Green Thumbs Program.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class has been working on addition and subtraction in math. They have been exploring with manipulatives and games.  They have been talking about the sense of touch.  The students are thinking about Christmas and the difference between needs and wants.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class really enjoyed their Christmas concert last night. They are doing subtraction stories in math this week and made some lovely Christmas crafts. The star of the week is Logan.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is doing Christmas crafts this week. They are doing a fun little writing activity called “If Santa was stuck in my chimney...”. The class enjoyed taking part in the Christmas concert last night.

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class is working on the rough drafts for their original Clifford stories. They are working on addition and subtraction in math. They were very excited to showcase their hard work on Thursday night at the concert.

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class is writing twelve days of Christmas notes to each other. The class will share their notes before Christmas vacation.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class finished their units on addition and subtraction. They are writing Christmas stories and can’t wait to share them with each other. The grade four students have finished their read aloud book “To the Top of Everest” and are discussing the dreams they have for their future.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class had a lot of fun in language class this week reviewing the parts of speech with “Mad Libs” activities. The stories were so funny they almost fell out of their seats. The students are looking forward to all the fun activities leading up to Christmas vacation. They boys played in the Tiny Titans Tournament last weekend. The team won their first four games and lost in the semi-finals.  The class is busy planning the Tree Trimming social taking place this Saturday.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class was busy this week preparing for the Christmas concert. The grades seven to nine students are busy working on novel studies in language arts. The English 1201 and 2201 students are focusing on different types of media and visuals.

The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a skating party on December 15th.

Our school will host a pancake breakfast and pyjama day on December 17th.
School closes for kindergarten to level two on December 18th at 2:50 pm with after school program running until 5 pm.