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Student Council President Blog for April 2019

Student Council President Blog for April 2019

Hello I.H.M! With yet another month of school under our belts let's take a look at everything we did during the month of March.

As usual, we would like to congratulate and recognize our sports teams. Good luck to our Jr. and Sr. Boys Volleyball teams as they both have begun their seasons with a 2-0 start. We would also like to congratulate the Sr. Hockey team for finishing as semi-finalists in the B Division in the Daryl Mahler tournament.

Although our month was shortened due to a March Break that we hope everyone enjoyed, we still have many things to be proud of. Beach Day, before the March Break, was a huge success and everyone in our school community had a great time. We congratulate all those who won our I.H.M. awards for the first term. The list of winners is available on our school website. Our winning classes for D.R.E.A.M.S also received their pasta lunch. Also, another congratulation goes out to all those in our school. Our FDK to Gr.3 students all competed in a poetry contest and our Gr.4 to Gr.8 students all participated in public speaking. An extra congratulations goes out to all those students who moved on from their classes and competed in the gym on Friday, March 29. A big thank you goes out to our Catholic School Council for helping to organize and send out our chocolates for our school fundraiser. What an amazing month March was. I know we have it in us to keep up the good work I.H.M.!

As we look forward to April, there are many new things on the horizon. Our chocolates from World’s Finest Chocolates can be sold until after Easter and if any new boxes are required, they can be ordered through School Cash Online. Funds raised from the chocolates will go back to our school and will be used to help upgrade various things. A reminder that prizes can be won from selling boxes so let's try our best to sell as many boxes as we can. As the warmer weather finally approaches, a reminder that everyone dresses according to what the weather will be. As we continue the season of Lent, we are all reminded to uphold our Lenten promises. On Sunday April 14 we begin Holy Week. Throughout the month of April, we will be having Battery Bonanza. This initiative led by our fantastic Eco- Team continues until April 22. All batteries will be sent to the Raw Materials Company for processing.

We as a school community have plenty to look forward to in the month of April, so let’s keep it up Hurricanes!

Gio C., Student Council President
Student Council President Blog Mar. 1st

Student Council President Blog Mar. 1st

Hello I.H.M! Since we have completed yet another month of school, let's see all our accomplishments of the previous month.

As always, we would like to congratulate our sports teams. Congratulations to the Jr. and Sr. Boys Basketball teams, along with our Jr. and Sr. Girls Volleyball teams for completing their seasons. An extra congratulation is in place for our Jr. Girls Volleyball team as they finished second in their league. In a month filled with snow days and bus cancellations, we accomplished some fantastic feats. Our Valentine’s Day Raffle was a huge success as 44 prizes were donated and won and $1086.90 was raised. All this money will be going back to school, mainly for the purpose of technology. With all those snow days our yard was covered in snow most of the month we displayed good self–regulation while acting properly when the snow was on the ground. Especially, when our yard was condensed because of snow and ice. As February ended, so had our D.R.E.A.M.S. campaign. The class that brought in the most items will be receiving a free dress down day and pasta lunch courtesy of Mr. Colella. Also, if we defeated St. Gabriel's in our quest to bring in the most items, our whole school will receive a dress down day. I know we have it in us to keep up our good work, so let’s keep it up I.H.M!

As we look ahead to another short month; March we have plenty to look forward to. On Tues. March 5th, the Catholic School Council will be making pancakes for us to celebrate Shrove Tues. On Wed. Mar. 6th Ash Wed, we will receive ashes during our mass at IHM Parish. We will be having our monthly assembly and announce the winners of our new I.H.M. awards near the end of March. On Friday March 8, we will be having Beach day. Along with dressing down, the Student Council will be running various events including: Tacky Tourist Competition, Hula Hooping and a pudding or Jell-O eating contest. After Beach Day, we begin March Break. I hope that we all obtain some rest and relaxation during our week off. While we relax, Mr. Colella will be making us proud by travelling to the Dominican Republic as part of D.R.E.A.M.S, to help construct a house. During the last week of March our school community will begin our second major fundraiser of the school year. We will be selling chocolates from World’s Finest Chocolates. Everyone who sells a box will receive a ticket that will be placed in a draw to win a Hoverboard. As the awesome school we are, I know we can make March our best month yet. Let’s go Hurricanes!


Gio C., Student Council President

Student Council President Blog, Feb. 1st

Student Council President Blog, Feb. 1st

Hello I.H.M! Now that we have completed yet another month of school ,let's take a quick look at everything we did in the last month.

We congratulate our Sr. and Jr. Boys Basketball teams, along with our Sr. and Jr. Girls Volleyball teams who are all off to terrific starts of their seasons. During our January 8th assembly, the student council introduced some new student awards that will be given out at the end of the first and second term. These awards will be given to five students per class. They include: the Math Growth Mindset Award; Responsible Citizen Award; A Caring I.H.M Family Member Award; Collaborative Contributor Awarda, and the Effective Communicator. At the end of the month or in the first week of February, the Student Council will be going around to each class with posters stating the criteria of all five awards. On Jan.19, we had our eco day where every student brought in two dollars and was given a brand new I.H.M water bottle courtesy of the ECO Team. On Jan.24th, we had our Snuggle up and Read day. We send out a big thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time to read to the classes. As the snow finally fell this month, we all showed that we can behave well with snow. Keep up the good work!



As we begin the month of February, let's keep an eye out for what's ahead. In yet another display of their leadership, the Grade 7 students have begun a new drive for the Demazenod Door. This time, they are asking for gently used, but clean bedsheets, comforters, sleeping bags and pillowcases to support the homeless population that visits the Demazenod Door. On Valentine's Day, the Student Council will be hosting our Valentine’s Day Raffle. We are asking for baked goods that are peanut and gluten free if possible, gift cards and gift baskets, from any families that are interested in donating. During, the March Break, Mr. Colella along with other principals and teachers will be going to the Dominican Republic to help build a home. Mr. Colella is asking us to begin to collect various items for the children during his D.R.E.A.M.S trip. Thanks to Mrs. Claudino’s Gr 5 class who will be spearheading a campaign to collect these goods. As a school ,we will be competing against St. Gabriel to see who can raise the most items. Let’s make February the best month so far. Let’s go Hurricanes!

Gio C., Student Council President
Student Council President Blog, Jan 2019

Student Council President Blog, Jan 2019

Hello I.H.M! As we completed our fourth month of school, let’s look back at what we did and how we can improve. In December, we completed our Hat and Mitt Drive. All proceeds have been dropped off to the Demazenod Door. We thank everyone who participated in the drive, especially Mrs. Slack's Gr.7/8 class who brought in the most hats and mitts. We also completed our Christmas Hamper program on Dec.6. We continued to show our incredible ability to serve others throughout this campaign. Each class brought in a boatload of household items and other products for their families. Thank you for everyone who participated. During the last week before our Christmas holidays everyday was a civvies day for free. Any money that was brought in is dubbed our gift that keeps on giving. We don’t know the total of that money yet but knowing how well we have done for charitable causes this year, we most likely did very well. Dec.21, the last day before our break began, we celebrated our second Joy Day of the month. On the first Joy Day, we participated in arts and crafts within our own classrooms. On our second Joy Day, we celebrated together as a school. We had our final Advent ceremony, the Student Council had our Name That Tune challenge, Santa visited us, and we watched a slide show of all that our school has accomplished during the four months before the Christmas break.

Gio C., Student Council President
Student Council President Blog, Dec. 1st

Student Council President Blog, Dec. 1st

Hello I.H.M! As part of the Student Council’s goal to connect with our school, we will be writing monthly reports on our school and success and what we have improved on. We would like to congratulate all our sports teams who completed their seasons last month. Especially, our Sr. Girls Flag Football team, Jr. Boys flag Football team and the Sr. Mixed Hockey team who all won their championships. We also congratulate Massimo Paletta in Gr.8 who won a Week of The Child and Youth award. On Nov.16 the Gr.7 students volunteered at the De Mazenod Door and St. Patrick’s Church. The De Mazenod Door serves those who live in poverty by providing them with meals every day. Observing the need for warm winter clothing the Grade 7’s took it upon themselves to start a Hat and Mitt drive with all donations going to the De Mazenod Door. The drive will run from November 26 to December 10. The student council has also opened the Suggestions Box various times and are contemplating some of the ideas put forward. Some ideas that are in consideration of being added include: soccer teams in the spring and purchasing skipping ropes for a “skipping club’’. Despite our best efforts to have all ideas added some we couldn’t because of government regulations, like adding pop vending machines. We thank everyone for their input.

As we begin the month of December, we have many things to look forward to. Christmas is fast approaching and many of us can’t wait for the snow to start falling. As a school community we have begun our Christmas Hamper program. For our program, we will serve others by creating baskets for family in need during the Christmas season. All donations must be collected by Thursday, December 6. We also continue our Hat and Mitt drive this month. As the snow begins to fall, we are all reminded to play safe with the snow, which includes no throwing or kicking snow. This month we will also be celebrating various Joy Days, along with multiple civvies days closer to the Christmas break. Every Monday we will celebrate another week of Advent by having Advent ceremonies to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let’s Keep up the good work I.H.M. and have a great month.

G. Cuda, Student Council President
Snuggle Up & Read and Pyjama Day January 23rd

Snuggle Up & Read and Pyjama Day January 23rd

On Thursday, January 23rd we will be having our Snuggle Up and Read Day and Pyjama Day. We welcome and thank all of the volunteers who will read to our many classes.
Dust off your favourite comfy slippers, grab your coziest pyjamas, pull your favourite book off the shelf and join in on our first spirit day of 2014.
"The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think." -James McCosh
Red & Green Day Fri., Dec. 6th

Red & Green Day Fri., Dec. 6th

On Friday, December 6th, our IHM Christmas Wish Campaign comes to an end. As a way of celebrating our fundraising goal, the members of the Student & Principal's Council will be having a "Red & Green" Spirit Day.
We are encouraging staff and students alike to donate a "toonie". Money collected on this day will be added to our Christmas Wish Campaign.
Thanks again for your support!
IHM Move-a-thon Huge Success! IHM Move-a-thon Huge Success!

IHM Move-a-thon Huge Success!

On October 30th & 31st, staff and students took part in their annual Halloween Move-a-thon. This event is our school's big fundraiser and money collected will be used towards purchasing items for the school. This year's Move-a-thon was a huge success and fun was had by all! Students demonstrated school spirit by dressing up in great costumes, dancing to music, and creatively decorating class pumpkins. Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2013 Halloween Move-a-thon a success, especially, Mlle Bagnoli, Mme Ventura, Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Reynolds and the whole Student and Principal's Council. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, and guests who joined us as well.


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Halloween Move-a-thon Dates & Times

Halloween Move-a-thon Dates & Times

Our Halloween Move-a-thon is fast approaching. As always, it promises to be a fun-filled and "spook"tacular event! Remember to collect pledges from family and friends. There are many great prizes to be won for students and classes in each of the divisions. Start thinking of neat and creative ways to decorate the class pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest.

Move-a-thon class visits are as follows:

Wed. Oct. 30th - alternate JK/SK classes 9:30 a.m.
Thurs. Oct. 31st - JK - Gr. 3 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Gr. 4 - Gr. 6 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Gr. 7 & 8 12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

We look forward to seeing the many fabulous costumes and wish everyone a safe Halloween.

Thanksgiving Food Drive A Big Success

Thanksgiving Food Drive A Big Success

On behalf of the Student & Principal's Councils, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the IHM community for supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Food Drive was a great success. All of the donations were given to the Good Shepherd Centre and will definitely help many people in need.
We collected 104 boxes of non-perishable food items weighing in at approximately 3,000 pounds.
Way to go IHM!
Student Council Class Reps 2013 - 2014

Student Council Class Reps 2013 - 2014

Congratulations to the following students. They have been selected by their classmates to serve as class reps on this year's Student Council.

Angelina B., Isabella B., Daniel B., Olivia B., Matteo B., Joe C., Speranza F., Erica F., Sabrina G., Natalia G., Spencer H., Olivia I., Calli K., Trinity L., Chiara L., Andrew L., Joshua P., Nicole R., Isabella S., Liam T., Peter T., Matteo T., and Ariana W.
Principal's Council 2013 - 2014

Principal's Council 2013 - 2014

Congratulations to the following Grade 7 and Grade 8 students. They will serve on this year's Principal's Council.

Gabriel A., Adrian B., Nina C., Mikayla D., Isabella F., Filip G., Marissa G., Marissa G., Hannah G., Juliana G., George L., Olivia L., Macey M., Joy M., Cristian N., Lance O., Marc P., Vanessa P., Cassandra P., Daniel T., Olivia V., and Audrey V.
Student Council Executive 2013 - 2014

Student Council Executive 2013 - 2014

Congratulations to the following Grade 7 and Grade 8 students for being elected by their peers. They will serve as members on this year's Student Council Executive.

Secretary - Celeste D.
Treasurer - Maddison B.
Vice-President - Elle C.
President - Marcus G.
Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 30 - Oct. 10, 2013

Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 30 - Oct. 10, 2013

We will be holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive. The drive will begin on Monday, September 30 and end on Thursday, October 10. All of the donations we collect will be donated to the Good Shepherd. We thank everyone in advance for their contributions and generosity. Let's rally together to help families in need this Thanksgiving.
A Successful Lenten Campaign A Successful Lenten Campaign

A Successful Lenten Campaign

On behalf of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Student Council and the entire IHM family, we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to everyone for their generous donations and contributions towards our Change for Change Lenten Campaign. Once again, the Immaculate Heart of Mary community has demonstrated its “giving heart” and compassionate nature.

Our campaign came to an end on Holy Thursday and proved to be a great success! Together, we collected over $4500.00! All of the money raised will be going to HARRRP, the Jamesville Community Centre in downtown Hamilton, and will assist those in need.

We wish everyone a Blessed Easter and extend our appreciation and sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to this year’s campaign.

Way to go IHM!


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Beach Day and Kernels Popcorn

On Friday, March 8 the members of the Student & Principal's Councils will be hosting its annual Beach Day. Students in the alternate JK / SK classes will celebrate Beach Day on Thursday, March 7.

Staff and students are encouraged to participate in the event by coming to school dressed in school appropriate beach wear. Students will participate in a tacky tourist contest.

We will also be selling Kernels Popcorn on March 8 (and on March 7 for the alternate JK / SK classes). Each bag of popcorn will be sold for $2.00 with a portion of the proceeds going towards our Change for Change Lenten Campaign.
IHM Ash Wednesday Mass Kicks off Change For Change Lenten Campaign 2013

IHM Ash Wednesday Mass Kicks off Change For Change Lenten Campaign 2013

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School Community celebrated Ash Wednesday together as they begin their Lenten journey. Approximately 1000 people attended the celebration with Father Bill and the mass was enjoyed by all. The mass was also used as an opportunity to kick-off the school's Lenten campaign.
This year, the Student and Principal's Councils are encouraging everyone to take part in the 3rd annual Change For Change Fundraising Campaign. The money collected will be donated to HARRRP, the Jamesville Community Centre in downtown Hamilton which provides the most vulnerable of residents with free services and programs.
Last year, our school raised over $2000.00 for HARRRP. Your generous donations helped to offer many services to those in need.
This year, our goal is to surpass last year's total. It is our hope that we can once again rally together and help make a real difference. The Change For Change Campaign will begin on Wednesday, February 13 and end on Thursday, March 28.