Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Grade 5/6 New's Article - Lion's Roar (8/12/17)

By:  Noah Colbourne, Erica Kennedy, Trinity Rouse, Brooke Watton
Immaculate Heart of Mary students are beginning to get excited about Christmas. This week Mrs. George’s class lit the first candle of Advent in chapel. On Thursday Santa Claus visited our school this week to take class photos!
Volleyball practice began this week in our school gym.
Our Brazilian ensemble played at a meditation retreat on Sunday evening in Pasadena. The students played contemporary songs and Christmas carols.
Our school will host a live and silent auction on Saturday night. The doors open at 6:30 with auctions starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5.
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We are celebrating with a special presentation by the prayer group at All Hallows.
The Student Leadership Council prepared a video quiz on the 12 Days of Christmas. All classes are watching a daily video clip from popular Christmas movies. The challenge is to identify all the movies for a prize at the end.
We are continuing our collections for stockings for seniors, the allergy friendly food drive, and the Firefighters’ toy drive. All donations are greatly appreciated.
We would like to extend best wishes to Luke Coleman and Max Pittman who are travelling with the Provincial Boys’ Choir to Germany this week. They will have a busy 10 days of performances. Have a great trip!
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Allie Lovell and Lily Smallwood who performed in St. John’s last weekend with the Provincial Girls’ Choir.
Class News
The junior kindergarten classes are learning about the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class transplanted their Little Green Thumbs Garden this week. They are working on the letter “p”. They were excited to see Santa visit their school on Thursday.
Mrs. George’s grade one English class is learning all about Advent. They wrote friendly letters to Santa. Their classroom elf, Chippy, has come back again this year to make sure everyone is being the best they can be.
Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class is excited to light the second candle of Advent next week. They are doing Christmas activities and are counting down the days to Christmas.
Ms. Cunning’s grade two English class was excited to see Santa this week. They are learning about the importance of giving during Christmas.
Mme. Moss’ grade three, four, five and six French Immersion class is excited to begin their new partnership with the NL SPCA West. As part of their French Enrichment program, they are organizing a French Shelter Buddies Program. The students visited the animals this week to read to them in French.
Mrs. Bishop’s grade three class has begun a new science unit on invisible forces. Students have started an exploration called “hopper popper” where they explore forces all around us.
Ms. Guy’s grade four class is learning about analyzing as a language arts strategy. They read an interesting book about Orca whales.
Mr. Ryley’s grade five class has started their STEM activities this week. They are really enjoying their novel study on Number the Stars.
Mrs. McCarthy’s grade six class had a race on Wednesday to see who was the “fastest kid in the sixth grade” as part of their novel study on Bridge to Terabithia. Rosemary was the winner of the race!
Mr. Drew Nadon’s grade seven and eight class has started a new unit on data management. They are exploring Christmas traditions around the world.
Mr. Hancock’s grade nine to level three class would like to thank the Walsh family for donating a tree to their classroom. Students learned about creating a personal budget and budgeting for the future this week. They also took part in the student budget consultation for the upcoming federal budget.
Coming Up
Next Wednesday IHMS will host the annual School Scripps Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 in the school gym.
Our school will go skating on Tuesday, December 19. Following skating we will have a Christmas social in the gym at 11 am.

Our last day of school before Christmas will be Wednesday, December 20. We will finish the afternoon with a variety show at 1:00 pm.
Mrs. George's grade one class lit the first candle on the Advent wreath on Monday. Jaxon Clarke dressed up as Joseph, Carrie Hoskins dressed up as Mary, and Rhylan Hodder carried the star.
Grade five students work with Legos during a STEM class. Students were challenged to build the North Pole out of Legos. Back (L-R): Leah Lainey, Destinee Lawrence, Ava Spearing, Molly George, and (centre) Brooke Watton.
 Santa Claus visited IHMS on Thursday morning for class photos. Pictured with Santa are Mikayla Mugford and Madison Noel.