Friday, December 4, 2015

Lion's Roar - Friday, December 4, 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, December 4, 2015.

By: Ryan Bennett, Clare Coleman, Arabella LeBlanc, and Aria Kazerouni

Alyssa Power and Jemma Butler display their poetry and art work at the grade three English and French Immersion students' presentation at the Corner Brook Public Library.

Front: Logan McCarthy (Joseph), Katie McGinn (Mary), and Back: Danyael Jacobs (Shepherd), and Mrs. Jackie George. 

Aaron Keough and Cameron Bishop, kindergarten French Immersion students, working on a puzzle centre. 

Our students from kindergarten to level two were off school on Monday for a teacher professional development day. The teachers took part in sessions on Mindfulness with Dr. Kate Laferty, Dr. Erin Smallwood, Family Physicians with Western Health; and Dr. Michael Newton, Professor with Memorial University, Grenfell Campus.  In the afternoon teachers explored educational applications for Ipad with Mme. Foley and took part in departmental meetings.

On Tuesday, Mrs. George’s grade one class lit the first candle on the Advent Wreath to begin our season of Advent. Also, on Tuesday, in observance of a day of remembrance for veterans, Simon Boitsefski sang “O’Canada” in our two official languages.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Skills Challenge Team on a great performance last weekend! We would like to thank all the community and businesses that supported our team and made donations of their money, time and talents. We would like to thank Mr. Jason King, Chief Administrative Officer of Western Regional Waste Management, who met with our robotics team to discuss their project and to Mr. Scott Reynolds who worked with our graphic design team.

Congratulations to our LEGO Robotics team consisting of Makenzy Bishop, Myles Calbert, Rebekah Calbert, Jose Garcia, Max Chrappa, Ryan Bennett, Cole Dumaresque, Emily Murley, Kori Noel, and Ryan Miller who won third place in the Trash Trek Project category.

Congratulations to our LEGO Robotics Demonstration team consisting of Maria Luisa Dias, Maria Reynolds, Genesio DeLima, Lucas Lisboa, Emily O’Bryan, Nico Hermillio, Maria Jessica DeAlmeida, Maria Roseli DeLima, Thiago Pereira who received  the award “Against All Odds” which was for the team who had the greatest challenge in attending the competition.

Congratulations to Anna MacKenzie and Madison Noel who won gold medals in the Wind Turbine Challenge.

Last Sunday was our second week of Chase the Ace. This fundraiser is in conjunction with the SPCA. Mrs. Marjorie Deckert won $250. Thank you to Angela Brown, Lisa and Alma Clarke for providing the entertainment for this event. We will continue to “Chase the Ace” this Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets are 3 for $5. This event will feature a “Dog Show and More Show”. Pet registration begins at 6 pm with a cost of $5 per pet.
The Student Leadership Council is collecting items for Stockings for Seniors, the Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive and the Food Bank Christmas Food Drive.

Congratulations to Colin Spencer who received a gold medal in the Royal Conservatory Level 2 for 2014-2015. Colin travelled to Nova Scotia last week to receive his award.
Congratulations to Caleb Rashleigh’s team who won medals in the Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Atom House League Hockey Tournament in Corner Brook over the weekend.

The junior kindergarten classes are doing some Christmas crafts and decorating the classroom. All the children are excited and looking forward to the Christmas concert. One of the students had a birthday party over the weekend where the parents donated money to the Ronald MacDonald house in lieu of presents. The total raised was $500.00.

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is learning new sight words for December. They are learning the letter “t” in language and about the numbers that come before and after in math. They have an elf visiting their classroom. They named their elf “Neige”. 

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about more, fewer and same in math. In language arts they are working on the letter “x”.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is practicing the song “O Come Divine Messiah” in French to prepare for the lighting of the third Advent candle. The class is looking forward to the skating party on December 15th. 

Mrs. George’s grade one English class was very excited to light the first candle on the Advent wreath on Monday. This week they are writing friendly letters to Santa. They read the story stone soup, a beautiful story about cooperation and trust. They made their own stone soup yesterday. It was delicious!

Ms. Park’s grade two class is conducting mini research on a Canadian animal in language arts. They are starting Christmas crafts this week. They are looking forward to visiting and giving their Christmas cards to seniors at the Long Term Care Centre today!

Mme. O’Dell’s grade two French Immersion class has been busy practicing for the Christmas concert and making props. They are doing a lot of drills to learn addition and subtraction facts. They are learning about place value and the relationship between addition and subtraction. They are getting very excited for Christmas!

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class are doing some Christmas writing activities in French. They will be choosing their own elf names to base their writing on! Congratulations to grade four students, Caleb Rashleigh and Isabelle Mercier, and grade five students, Simon Boitsefksi and Carly Johannesen, who were chosen for the school Scripps Spelling Bee next week.

Ms. Horner’s grade three and four class is going to the Long Term Care Centre today to deliver Christmas cards with Ms. Park’s grade two class. They are very excited to deliver their handmade cards. The grade three and four students have started subtraction in Math. The class would like to congratulate Reyd Ward and Natalie Parsons who were chosen for the school Scipps Spelling Bee next Monday afternoon.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class would like to congratulate Isaac Buckingham, Clare Coleman, Aria Kazerouni , Arabella LeBlanc, Colin Spencer, and Aaron White and who were chosen for the school Scipps Spelling Bee on Monday.  The grade six students are continuing their reading of the novel “Raven Quest”. It is very suspenseful! The students are working on making and checking predictions.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class had an excellent trip to St. John’s for the Intermediate Skills Challenge. The students participated in a workshop at the MUN Mineral Lab, toured the Basilica, visited Signal Hill, rock climbed at Axtion and went swimming at the MUN Aqua Arena.

Santa Claus is visiting our school for photos on Monday.

The IHMS Scripps Spelling Bee is being held on Monday at 1:00 pm for selected students in grades four to eight. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.
The IHMS annual Christmas concert “The Bells of Christmas” is on December 10th at 7 pm..