Friday, April 29, 2016

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 29, 2016

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
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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, April 22, 2016.

By: Simon Boitsefski, Cole Dumaresque, Emily Murley, and Emily Payne

Mrs. Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountain Riding,
with Simon Boitsefski during her recent visit to the school.

Duracell box (L-R): Alessandra LeBlanc, Rondinelly Duarte De Oliveira Junior, Arabella LeBlanc and Aaron Payne pose for a picture outside the battery recycling box. Mr. Drew's homeroom class made the battery themed box to collect all our recycled batteries during the Eco Kids Battery Buster Contest. 

Jamie White-Robertson (left) and Rotém Phillips Grobelaar planting seeds in the school greenhouse after a day of clean up and preparation for the new growing season.

Last Friday, Father Raymond De Souza visited our school. Father Raymond is the chaplain for Newman House, the Catholic chaplaincy at Queen's University. He toured our school and met with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group after school.

To celebrate Earth Day on Friday all classes posted a pledge to protect the Earth. Classes had “lights out” from 9:30-10:30 am to remind us the importance of conserving energy. Many classes all created recycled artwork to show that items can have multiple uses.

Mrs. Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for The Long Range Mountains, visited our school on Monday as part of School Rep Day. Mrs. Hutchings met with students in grades four to level 2. She spoke about our system of government and her role as MP for our riding. Mrs. Hutchings also answered students’ questions and posed for a group photo.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class hosted a very successful used book sale last week. The class raised $115 for their humanitarian project. They are very excited to be able to purchase necessary supplies for a community in need.

On Monday evening, our school hosted a parent information session for parents for our full day Junior Kindergarten and full day English and French Kindergarten students for September 2016.  Parents had the opportunity to visit the classrooms and talk to the teachers about the program and daily routines.

The Eco Kids Battery Busters contest officially ends today. Thank you to our families for their support of this initiative. We will continue to recycle batteries as part of our regular recycling program. 

IHMS is hosting the Grade Six Boys’ Soccer Tournament this weekend. The first game is on Friday at 3:15 pm. The Grade Six Girls’ Soccer Tournament is being hosted at Sacred Heart.

Our school is hosting skating for our families on Saturday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Kinsmen Arena. All are welcome!

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club who hosted its annual year end ice show with guest performer Patrick Chan. Congratulations to our IHMS skaters:  Brooklyn Collins, Emma Cook, Jenna Cammie,  Emma Gaudett, Rebecca Janes, Ella Rashleigh, and Leah Lainey.

Congratulations to Mark Janes who received his yellow stripe certification by breaking two pieces of board in Tae Kwon Do.

Congratulations to Nikola Verbiski who caught the largest fish (90 pound) tarpon at a fishing competition in Islamorada, Florida!

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are learning about the letter “p” and talking about Mother’s Day. They would like to congratulate Rylan Andrews whose family welcomed a new baby, Isaac!

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class has finished their alphabet books. They are talking about migratory birds and are finishing their recycled bird feeders. The class is excited to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe today!

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is learning about capacity in math. In science, they are learning about which items float and which items sink.

Mrs. George’s grade one English class has been learning about the different kinds of penguins. They picked their favourite penguin to do some thorough research on. They are loving it! They are very excited to be going to the Arts and Culture Centre today to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. They would like to wish Meteghan a very Happy Birthday. The star of the week is Uriah.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class is excited to see The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe today. The class has just begun a unit on living things in science class. They are excited to report that some of the vegetables they started in the greenhouse are sprouting.

Ms. Park’s grade two class is excited to go see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Arts and Culture Centre today. They would like to congratulate Lily who is in the show! This week they are making cool recycled crafts out of juice boxes.

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class worked very hard this week on posters about climate change. The students were very excited to plant in the greenhouse this week.

Ms. Crockers’s grade three and four classes are excited about going to see the play today at the Arts and Culture Centre. The grade three students are working on a unit on media in language arts. This week they are focusing on advertisement, helpful signs, and nonsense signs. In math, they are finishing their unit on measurement. The grade four students visited the outdoor classroom this week and are finishing their unit on fractions and decimals in math.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class has been very busy. The grade five’s are conducting experiments in science and reading about the Legend of King Arthur. The grade six students are studying for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge and reviewing their math units for the provincial assessment in June.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class is getting ready for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge and Underwater Robotics. The grades seven to nine students are beginning speeches for the Junior High Speak-Off.

Coming Up

Registration for full day junior kindergarten and full day English and French Immersion Kindergarten is ongoing. Please contact the office for an application or for further information.
The Spring Photo Shoot is on Monday. This is a full uniform day for all classes.

The Underwater Robotics team will travel to St. John’s next week for their challenge.

Students in grades six, seven, and eight will compete at Grenfell Campus for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge on Friday.