Thursday, November 2, 2017

Grade 5/6 News Article-Lion's Roar (9/14/17)

By:  Candace Johannesen, Molly George, Rebecca Janes, Reyd Ward, Nikola Verbiski,

IHMS would like to welcome everyone to another school year at IHMS. This year we are celebrating our 18th anniversary.

Once again we have had a busy start back to school. Early in the first week we welcomed thirteen Brazilian exchange students who will be with us for the first half of the year. We would like to give a special welcome to new students and staff members to our school. New teachers to our school include Ms. Caitlyn Simms, Junior kindergarten, Ms. Heather Cunning, grade two, Ms. Gina Guy, grade four, Ms. Dianna Alteen, school band, and Mrs. Jennifer Beynon-Martinec, school choirs. We would like to extend best wishes to Mrs. Barbara Dicks during her leave of absence.

Our school opened on Wednesday, September 6 with a school wide assembly. The cross country running team has begun practicing for the first race of the season and basketball skills development will be starting soon. The chess club met this week to kick off another great year of chess.
The Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Program began operating this week.
On Wednesday of this week the grade seven to level three students were visited by Molly Conway-Bayliss and Joe Gunby, youth ministry representatives from England, who were visiting our diocese this week. The students led an icebreaker activity and period of quiet prayer and reflection in the school chapel.
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Luke Coleman and Max Pittman who went to St. John’s for the Provincial Boy Choir’s session last weekend.
Congratulations to Zoe McCarthy who participated in a 1 km kids race at the Veitch Physiotherapy Fall 15 race last Sunday morning.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are learning all about each other and the classroom routine. They are having a lot of fun!
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class is very excited to be at school. They are learning new routines and having fun with new friends.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is super excited to be back in school. They are learning about friendship and apples. They are having their apple test today! Yum!
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class is very excited to be back for another school year. The students are enjoying reviewing their French vocabulary and learning new school routines.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class is learning about patterns in math, all about change in social studies, and is very curious about science. They are enjoying “book shopping” and reading with a partner.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is doing an in depth introduction to the daily 5 literacy activities. In their new pilot French enrichments program they are learning about managing mental health through meditation, muscle relaxation, and breathing techniques.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class has started to look at multiplication by looking at equal groups, repeated addition, and arrays.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class has become explorers in science and social studies. They are self-monitoring in language arts and finding patterns in math.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class is learning about meeting basic needs and maintaining healthy body unit in science. They are reading about being genies in language arts.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class is working on building their reading stamina and learning about the tree of life. They are busy planning their performance in the IHMS birthday celebration for next week.
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class has started algebra units in math. Students have been working on ecosystems in science.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class welcomed their newest group of Brazilian exchange students. They are looking forward to their trip to Mrs. King’s cabin at Bonne Bay Pond.
Coming Up
We are celebrating IHMS’ 18th birthday on Monday! We will celebrate with a theme day and special class presentations in the gym.
National Tree Day is September 21. We will have a fall theme day and make a special display in the main lobby.
Grade one students Fabian Ryan (left) and Rylan Hodder (right) make apple suncatchers as part of their study of apples.

French Immersion students Robert Morrissey (left) and Brooklyn Pittman (right) compete against their classmates in a contest on place value in math.