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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.