Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Grade 5/6 News Article

Our school celebrated Thanksgiving Day on Friday with a meal with our school family. We would like to thank the Quality Inn for preparing the meal, Ms. Cindy Kawja for accompanying our junior kindergarten and grade three and four choirs, the grade one and two French classes for their performance, and our parents and grandparents who served dinner. 

Ms. Ruth Brewer, representing the Bay of Islands Food Bank, with students Heather Cooper, Mohamed Al-Zubaidy and Reyd Ward. Students and staff collected items to donate to the food bank for Thanksgiving. 

This week is fire safety week. Our classes are learning about fire safety and practicing a school fire drill. On Wednesday afternoon members of the Corner Brook Fire Department visited our school for a practice fire drill. 

Students in grades three to six have been participating in basketball skills development clinics with Mr. Ryley, Mr. Drew and Mrs. Bishop.

Our running team participated in the St. Gerard’s running meet on Wednesday afternoon at Margaret Bowater Park. Congratulations to our runners on a great race. 

We would like to thank our families for their generous donation to the Western Regional Memorial Hospital Foundation. We have collected a total of $637.35.

The junior kindergarten classes have begun a project called “Helping Hands”. They are collecting warm clothing for those less fortunate. This includes hats, boots, socks, mittens, coats and snow pants of all sizes and for all ages. 

Additionally, we are collecting for “Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive”. The focus for this drive is athletic shoes; however, all footwear will be accepted. All footwear will be donated to Vine Place. We are collecting donations until Friday, October 14th. 

We are also collecting batteries for an upcoming battery recycling contest.

We would like to extend our condolences to Bishop Hundt and his family on the passing of his father this week. 

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Cross Country Running Team who participated in the C.C. Loughlin race last week. In the grade four boys category we had: Carter Bromley, Jacob Blackwood, Luke Coleman, Noah Colbourne, Jacob Cull, Noah Evans, Oscar George, Matthew Kemp and James Lao. In the grade four girls category we had: Sarah Buckingham, Molly George, Kate Murphy, Alyssa Power, and Brooke Watton. In grade five girls category we had: Rebecca Janes, Isabelle Mercier, Rosemary Owolabi., Trinity Rouse, and Reyd Ward. In grade six girls category Heather Cooper represented our school. Carter Bromley received first place in grade four boys with Luke Coleman also placing in the top ten. In grade four girls, Kate Murphy and Molly George placed in the top ten. Heather Cooper placed in the top five in the grade six girls category. Congratulations to all our runners on an excellent running meet. 

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are learning about fire safety. The class had local firemen visit them on Thursday to teach them about how to be fire safe. 

Junior Kindergarten students, Lexi Wight (left) and Zoe McCarthy (right) examine some butterflies in the outdoor classroom before their tree planting session with Mrs. Hamlyn.

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is working on the letter “L” and ABC patterns in math. They are continuing their exploration of living and non-living things in science. 

Mme. BaugĂ©’s Kindergarten French Immersion class would like to thank Mrs. Hamlyn who offered a tree planting session to their class last Thursday. They really enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day dinner. This week, they are learning new expressions about the weather and a new song. They are learning about different shapes in math and vocabulary for a variety of fruit in Health. They are making une surprise for Mme. BaugĂ©. 

Mrs. George’s grade one English class is really excited about incorporating a Halloween theme into all of their learning. They are enjoying their new math unit on representing numbers to 20. 

Mme. Ryan’s grade one French Immersion class is discussing the four seasons in science. They are talking about how seasons cause changes in the world around them. The students planted some cilantro this week. When it is ready they will harvest the peppers and tomatoes with it to make salsa. 

Ms. Kane’s grade two English class has been busy this week working on their math and writing in language arts.  They enjoyed the Thanksgiving Day dinner on Friday. 

Mme. Howlett’s grade two French Immersion class really enjoyed taking part in the Thanksgiving Day dinner last week. 

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is finding creative ways to find French verbs and practice their French vocabulary. 

Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class is continuing to learn about soil in science. They are looking at the concept of division along with their multiplication. They have been learning about empathy. 

Mrs. Passmoor’s grade four class collected non-perishable food for the Thanksgiving Food Drive last week. They participated in a fire drill on Tuesday and celebrated Thanksgiving at a special lunch held in the gym on Friday. They learnt more about the explorer Christopher Columbus and wrote about their science experiments on rocks using the Scientific Method.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class had their first math test of the year on Thursday. The students began new strategy units in language arts this week. The grade five students are working on making connections and the grade six students are inferring. The grade six students are working on their project and robot missions for the Intermediate Skills Challenge. 

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level three class is busy preparing for the Western Region Robotics Competition on October 22. Our school is hosting the event. The class is involved with the planning and preparation. They are also starting a new art project this week.

Coming Up

School will be closed for all students on Friday, October 21 for teacher and staff professional development. 

Our school will host the Western Region Robotics Invitational Competition for intermediate schools in the western region on Saturday, October 22.

By:  Jacob Bursey, Clare Coleman, Rebecca Janes, Rosemary Owolabi