Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SEPTEMBER 25 2019 EDITION / VOLUME 22 NUMBER 2 / THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE EMSB





HIGH SUCCESS RATE: At  92.4 percent, the English Montreal School Board has achieved the highest Success Rate among public school boards in the entire province of Quebec based on a seven year cohort - figures just published by the Ministère de l’Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES)show (download abridged version here). In the company of members of senior Management and Executive committee members from the Association of Montreal School Administrators (AMSA), EMSB Director General Ann Marie Matheson delivered a video memo to employees to announce the good news.  You can view video here.



“This success rate figure is all the more impressive given the fact the province-wide success rate, which includes both public and private school results, is 81.8 percent,” remarked EMSB Chair Angela Mancini.   “This achievement was made possible thanks to all of our employees who contribute to the excellent education provided by the EMSB.   From management to teachers, to support and professional staff, to the students themselves - all should be congratulated for their hard work.”

The EMSB has surpassed its target goal in achieving this 92.4 percent - which is an increase by 1.4 percent over last year.  “Our goal is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential,” said Director General Matheson. “And I our diverse educational programs and support services ensure that our goal is accomplished.  From enrichment programs to remediation services, the EMSB has what the students need to achieve their full potential. A 92.4 percent Success Rate is a testimony to how the EMSB, through a variety of pedagogical initiatives and student support strategies (outlined in our Commitment to Success Plan), is fulfilling its mission.No matter what else is going on, we never lose sight of our primary mission: student success!  And the proof is in the pudding” she remarked with pride.

These results are based on a Grade 7 cohort that entered high school in 2011 and were followed for seven years. The numbers were compiled based on how many of these students achieved their final end of high school certification according to MEES criteria. Chairman Mancini extended her congratulations to the EMSB administrators and pedagogues for their commitment to student success.

CHALLENGING BILL 21: The EMSB Council of Commissioners has voted in favor of mandating the external legal firm of Power Law to institute, on its behalf, the appropriate legal recourse to contest the validity of Bill 21. This is based primarily on Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that guarantees minority language educational rights to English-speaking minorities in Quebec. Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms has evolved through the years and successive decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada to include an exclusive right of management and control, as accorded to linguistic minority communities across Canada and operations of their public school systems. 
EMSB teacher Furheen Ahmad.

“Seeking an exemption through the courts concerning Bill 21 is particularly relevant to the EMSB and all  of Quebec’s English school board’s,  which  are grappling with surging parent demand for  access to schools offering high-level second-language French programs, delivered through bilingual and French immersion schools,” said EMSB Commissioner Julien Feldman, who chairs the Human Resources Committee.  

Last March 27 the Council of Commissioners of the EMSB pronounced itself against the proposed Bill 21 - An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, which came into force  on July 16 and will bar public-school teachers, government lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols while at work.  As such individual citizens and public institutions like the EMSB are subject to all laws and regulations that have been adopted by the Parliaments of Quebec and Canada. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini  points out that the validity of Bill 21 is presently being contested in front of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. The EMSB Human Resources Committee met on September 23 to review all possible legal recourses with regards to Bill 21 that are available to the Council.    Furthermore the EMSB will encourage other English school boards, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), and other representative

CAREER FAIR:  More than 2,000  Secondary V students will attend the 19th annual EMSB Career Fair on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday,  October 17 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau).  Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank are the event’s title sponsors. Several on air personalities from the media will be on hand to talk to students about careers in this field and serve as guest emcees. They include: Sabrina Marandola of CBC Radio One, Meghan Kelly from The Beat 92.5 FM, Tim Sargeant from Global TV, Christine Long from CTV and Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed from CityNews.
The Global News team will be back.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 16, the Career Fair will be open to the community-at-large. Organizers note that this is a good opportunity for parents to attend with their children (Grades 10 and 11)  as they look towards post-secondary education options in a one-stop shopping experience. There is no charge and free parking.     Mario Argiropoulos and Harriet Cohen from EMSB Adult Education and Vocational Services are the Career Fair co-chairs. The Student Services and AEVS Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program.   The main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them.  All students will take part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities and some private business colleges.

Students, staff and EMSB officials kick off the academic year in Ville Émard.

RETURN TO VILLE ÉMARD: Seven years after St. John Bosco Elementary School closed, students from Westmount Park Elementary School have returned to that building at 6255 Hamilton Street in Ville Émard.  The 105-year-old Westmount Park facility at 15 Park Place will be closed for at least the next two upcoming academic years (2019-20 and 2020-21) to complete a $12-million project of renovations and repairs. In the interim, the 700 students have been directed to the former St. John Bosco (Westmount Park South Campus) and Marymount Academy International in NDG (Westmount Park North Campus). Andrew Carter broadcast his CJAD morning show live from Ville Émard on the first day of school and we have the clips for you to listen to.




Teachers Lisa Leoni and Sorina Chis


BILL 21 CONTESTATION: The EMSB Council of Commissioners has voted in favor of mandating the external legal firm of Power Law to institute, on its behalf, the appropriate legal recourse to contest the validity of Bill 21. This is based namely on Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that guarantees minority language educational rights to English-speaking minorities in Quebec. Last March 27 the Council of Commissioners of the EMSB pronounced itself against the proposed Bill 21 - An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, which came into force  on July 16 and will bar public-school teachers, government lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols while at work.  As such individual citizens and public institutions like the EMSB are subject to all laws and regulations that have been adopted by the Parliaments of Quebec and Canada. EMSB officials point out that the validity of Bill 21 is presently being contested in front of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. The EMSB Human Resources Committee of the EMSB met on September 23 to review all possible legal recourses with regards to Bill 21 that are available to the Council.  Based on the legal opinion received, the EMSB will now formally mandate Power Law to institute proceedings. Furthermore the EMSB will encourage other English school boards, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), and other representatives of the English-speaking community to participate in this legal action and its fund-raising.

CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY: The EMSB will hold classes as usual on Friday, September 27, but parents may choose to allow their children to attend the major climate change rally that day. EMSB Director General Ann Marie Matheson has advised parents that should they wish to authorize their child to attend the rally they must notify the school in writing. “The English Montreal School Board   is concerned about climate change, and as an organization, we continuously strive to be environmentally conscious,” said Ms. Matheson. “This rally will take place during our regular school hours and this event is not an activity supervised by the school, thus we cannot release our students.”
Ms. Matheson said that EMSB schools are encouraged to hold activities on September 27 to promote the importance of climate change issues. “Our leadership students will certainly have ideas and suggestions to highlight this important topic,” she said.

A number of schools have special environmentally-themed programs planned for Friday. Stay tuned to our website for more.

MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE:  A Major School Change process has been launched by the EMSB to evaluate how best to organize and consolidate the school populations in the north east end territory. The following schools have been identified in the scenarios: Dante, General Vanier, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard; Gerald McShane and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; and Our Lady of Pompei and St. Dorothy in Ahuntsic and  St. Michel. Hearings will be held January 8 and 9. A decision will be made at a meeting by January 30. The documentation is available here.



MEDIA LITERACY WEEK:  Media Literacy Week 2019 will take place October 7 to 9 and coordinated nationally by Media Smarts. This fall they will be encouraging Canadians to “Break the Fake” – to double-check news and information before sharing it online.   A new suite of resources for teachers to accompany the theme is available for free  here on their website. This includes a lesson plan for Grades 6 to 9; an Extended “Break the Fake”  workshop that can be used in classrooms along with the lesson plan (this workshop is also suitable for adults and can be run in a community setting, or even for teachers themselves); Tip sheets; Video; Interactive quiz and posters.

PODCASTS: This month’s EMSB podcasts with Suzanne Desautels include editions focusing on: Transition to Kindergarten with Candace Madden; a look at the new Westmount Park South Campus and another on open houses, recorded at John F. Kennedy High School.  You can check them out here at: https://soundcloud.com/englishmtlpodcasts


CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY: Congratulations to Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Lucille Ducol (above)  who recently became a Canadian citizen at a special citizenship ceremony  held in conjunction with the Girl Guides of Canada at her school. Along with nearly two dozen other individuals, Lucille took her oath in front of her friends and husband, but also in attendance were Grade 5 and 6 students as well as her two Grade 4 classes.  Born and raised in France, Lucille arrived in Canada in August 2011 to pursue her degree in Education at the Université de Montreal. This school year marks her fifth at the EMSB, all at Pierre Elliott Trudeau School.  “Having my students and colleagues watching the ceremony was already a huge celebration for me,” said Lucille. “I will also celebrate with my friends this weekend and my family is coming to visit from France next week; they’ll be bringing some champagne!”


Joanna Wrench
ARCHIVES TURNS 30: In 1989, an Archives / Records Centre was opened in the Administration Building.  This was a result of the 1986 Archives Act from the provincial government making it obligatory for public sector institutions to centralize their historical and vital records. Up to that time, these records were maintained by individual departments.  Some departments are still maintaining their own records.   The aim of the law is to locate legal, and historical records in a centralized location.  This measure assures the confidentiality of nominative records and prevents loss of important documentation.  Thirty years is not a long time in terms of Archives.  The Archives collection dates back to 1867!  "We are fortunate that the employees of the various local board’s decades ago, archived these documents as they constitute a rich history of English language education in this province," says Archivist Joanna Wrench. "The current focus is to archive electronic information.  Let’s hope that this format will last as long as the historical paper collection!"



SENIOR CAMPUS INAUGURATION: Willingdon Elementary School in NDG will formally inaugurate its new senior campus (Grades 5 and 6) with a ceremony on Wed. Oct. 2 at 4850 Coronation Avenue.

Commemorating the 9/11 tragedy.
EDUCATING STUDENTS ABOUT 9/11: Students at Honoré Mercier Elementary School   in St. Leonard   marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony on  September 11, which   included a digital visit from Bill Spade, a retired New York City firefighter who was the only survivor from his station (Rescue 5).Mr. Spade and his 11 colleagues responded to the North Tower following the attacks. While Spade managed to escape, his fellow firefighters died when the towers collapsed.   In addition to Mr. Spade, students also had the opportunity to hear from local firefighters Peter Mignacca (Firefighter at Bombardier Aerospace) and Frank Desbiens (Fire Station 41, Ville de Longueuil), as well as from Frank Caracciolo (Witness to 9/11 attacks). The program was organized by Spiritual and Community Animator Vince Lacroce.

Frank Desbiens and his son at HM.
Following the ceremony, students and staff were invited to write messages of peace or create an artistic representation of peace. Their messages and artistic creations will be mailed to the United Nations and fire departments in New York City as well as fire departments in Montreal. See this  CTV report and this one from Global TV.

MISSING CHILDREN: One of the greatest fears of parents is ensuring their child’s safety outside home or school. For that reason, the Missing Children’s Network will be collaborating with Honoré Mercier to empower youth to adopt safe behaviours. The two-month initiative is meant to provide students with both knowledge and in-depth training on how to deal with difficult personal or public situations. The pre-teen prevention program will focus on self-esteem, healthy relationships, empowerment, and independence through interactive role-playing and problem solving. Mr. Lacroce is coordinating this on behalf of the school.

NEW BOOK/CD LAUNCH: On Wednesday October 23 over 350 young singers will walk the red carpet launching their new book/CD in a unique Halloween celebration! Limos, fanfare, a symphonic chamber orchestra, gowns and tuxedos as well as animators and dignitaries will be some of the things these young performers from 25 schools will be looking forward to. This is their baby!

Dimitri Ilias and Maria Diamantis.
A book/CD that they worked hard for after having passed an audition and countless hours of memorizing, rehearsing and intense recording sessions. The EMSB will be represented by nine elementary schools: Gardenview and Cedarcrest in St. Laurent, Pierre de Coubertin and Honoré Mercier in St. Léonard, Edinburgh in Montreal West, Roslyn in Westmount and Royal Vale, Willingdon and St. Monica in NDG. The Carnival of Miracles and Monsters is a massive international co-production of Chroma Musika (Montreal) and the renowned Quebec Publisher Planète Rebelle, written by Mihalis Makropoulos and set to music by Giannis Georgantelis who also wrote the lyrics.

A large group photo of staff, students and guests.
MARYMOUNT COMMUNITY DAY: Marymount Academy International on Cote St-Luc Road, held their third annual Community Day on  September 23.  Their goals were to encourage Grade 6 students from surrounding elementary schools to get involved in their communities and to understand the importance community service. Twelve elementary schools from the west sector were invited to attend, with approximately 250 students participating in the event. These students were given the opportunity to hear from guest speakers Anna-Maria Maccone, director at the PAMA Foundation, and Chris Lockhart, executive director at Tyndale St-Georges Community Center.  They spoke about the rewards of volunteering.  Students then participated in team building activities, with the help of the Marymount Academy International Leadership students. They also took part in hands-on classroom activities which included partaking in science experiments, creating an art display, learning percussion instruments, trying archery, book hunting in the library, as well as learning about the democratic process and casting a vote.
A drumming activities.
Both guests and Marymount Academy International staff members left the event expressing how rewarding it felt to participate in Community Day.  Community service is an essential pillar of student life at Marymount.  As an IB school, all students are obligated to carry out 12 to 20 hours of service per year. Over the past few years, Marymount students have been reaching out to elementary schools within the sector to offer volunteer hours of peer tutoring to 13 different schools. It’s with great pride and commitment that Marymount students take on the role of ambassadors within their community.

Enthusiastic students at Sinclair Laird.
SINCLAIR LAIRD BBQ:  Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension  held their annual Welcome Back BBQ Party.   It was beautiful sunny day on Thursday, September 12  as students, parents and staff enjoyed a day filled with challenging activities, inflatables, friends and family. Corn, hot-dogs and ice cream for lunch were delicious!

Bumble at Carlyle.
BUMBLE A HIT: Staff and students at Carlyle Elementary School in TMR were once again joined by Bumble (The EMS Bee) for the official relaunch of their kindness campaign. This was launched to promote kindness not only in school, but throughout the community. Since the initial launch in May, students have displayed many acts of kindness towards their peers and staff members. There's even a kindness tree "growing" in the main entrance of the school. #beekindalways #kindnessmatters.

FEDERAL ELECTION: Candidates from different political parties will be visiting schools leading up to the October 21 federal election. In some schools, like Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount, mock elections will be held. In St. Lèonard, EMSB Commissioner Patricia Lattanzio is the Liberal candidate while Laurier Macdonald High School grad  Alessandra Szilagi is the Green Party candidate.  Domenic Fazioli did this recent profile on her.

The EMSB Triathlon team.
TRIATHLON: Each year the  EMSB is represented at the Annual Triathlon Esprit Montréal at Parc Jean Drapeau. On September 7, a record high 15 EMSB athletes participated in the sprint distance relay event – a total of five teams. The weather was beautiful and all participants returned to their weekend routines with a shared sense of accomplishment.

The event featured a 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run, with each leg completed by a different team member. The five EMSB teams were: LegIT HR!  with Magdalena Sokol, Coordinator, Legal Services (swim); Ann Watson, Director, Human Resources (bike); and Bob Thomas, Assistant Director,  Education and Technology Services (run). Team EBS: Jessica Doubt, Teacher, Elizabeth Ballantyne School (swim); Ryan Clarke, Teacher, Elizabeth Ballantyne School (bike); and Mike Brown, Principal, Elizabeth Ballantyne School (run). L’ETS GO! Your Pace or Mine: Sara Lynch, Special Education Consultant, Student Services (swim); Julie Tytler, Education Consultant  (bike); and  Anna Villalta, Assistant Director, Educational Services (run). Infini – Infinity: Anik Malenfant, Education Consultant (swim); Sara Iatauro, Education Consultant (bike); and Aliya Somani, Education Consultant (run). EMSB-1: Paul Kettner, Education Consultant (swim); Nicolas Doyon, Education Consultant (bike); and Katherine Baker, Education Consultant (run)

MUHC-R PARTNERSHIP: The partnership between the EMSB and the MUHC Research Institute, a large biomedical research centre, will continue for a second year. This unique partnership is based on the STEAM framework, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. If you would like to read up on last year’s partnership, please click on the following link: Partnership.  The EMSB has been moving, for the past several years, in a STEAM / Makerspace direction. With the understanding that these spaces and their pedagogies help develop students’ global competencies whilst providing them with hands on experience in a multidisciplinary, cross curricular pedagogy, several EMSB schools have jumped into the STEAM movement. This partnership with the RI-MUHC is yet another step in this direction. The goal of this partnership is to have teams of students and teachers work alongside researchers at the Research Institute in a cross-disciplinary STEAM-like manner.

Impact President and CEO Kevin Gilmore and the LBPHS entourage.
IMPACT GAME:  Teacher Paul Karpontinis, joined by members of the Lester B. Pearson High School Student Council, attended the September 18 Monteal Impact-Toronto FC Canadian Championship soccer game at Stade Saputo. Prior to the match they got to meet team president and CEO Kevin Gilmore.  Secondary IV student Ariana Ianniciello, who performs under the professional name Ari Skye, sang the national anthem.  Ari has been busy this past year, releasing some studio-produced singles, acting as a youth ambassador for the Shriner’s Hospital and singing the anthem at Impact home games.  Follow her on Instagram @ariskyeofficial.

The Gerald McShane team.
SUBURBAN BALL HOCKEY: The Suburban Newspaper held a large ball hockey tournament at Centropolis in Laval last weekend, raising money for different charities. Teams from Royal Vale, coached by Norman Katz and Gerald McShane, coached by Tony Becchicchio, represented the EMSB.

Laval Rocket mascot Cosmo with the Royal Vale team.
MONTREAL FAMILIES FAIR: On Sunday September 15, 11 EMSB staff came out to the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire to speak with families about elementary and high schools, eligibility and registration, student services, and the various programs that the EMSB offers.

Some of the EMSB staff who volunteered.
The EMSB joined their counterparts from the Lester B. Pearson School Board, private schools, tutoring centres, and other educational services. The EMSB staff were exceptionally knowledgeable and provided a wealth of information to the public. Wendy Singer coordinated the EMSB presence.

Students learn about railway safety.
RAILWAY SAFETY: September 23 to Sept 29 2019 is Rail Safety Week under the theme Operation Life Saver: Change Your Train of Thought. Constables Andre and Trevor from CN Police teamed up with Spiritual Care & Guidance & Community Involvement Animator Rocco Speranza in order to launch Rail Safety Week.  Visiting  with Cycle 3  students from Edward Murphy, East Hill , Pierre Elliott Trudeau and General Vanier, their message was clear-See Tracks think Trains  The interactive Safety workshops aim to remind students and adults about the importance of  changing their train of thought and being more aware and alert around trains, train tracks, and platforms. One of the growing distractions around tracks is the increased of headphone use and peopled being on their mobile devices(some wanting to take that perfect selfie). In the coming years there will be an increase in the amount of passengers trains in service, the new pink line  and the REM line cleaner and more environmentally friendly means of transportation. Providing students with these workshops  is an excellent reminder about train and rail safety. For more information visit cn.ca and www.mysafetypledge.com. 

Staff check out the new Snoezelen Room.
NEW SNOEZELEN ROOM: After three years of planning, Habilitas Foundation (formerly the MAB-Mackay, Constance-Lethbridge and Camp Massawippi Foundations), the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton (PEL) Schools, and the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (previously MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre) unveiled a brand new Snoezelen® room at the Mackay Centre and PEL Schools in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Habilitas Foundation donors on hand to inaugurate the room were Merle Wertheimer, Christine Babkine (Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids), Katrin Nakashima, Doron Altman and Kristine and Richard Daigle. Together, they raised over $75,000 to fund the project. They were joined by the school and rehabilitation centre administrators and staff that were involved in the conception and piloting of the room. The Snoezelen room provides a multisensory environment that offers an array of interesting and controllable sensory experiences that can relax and calm, stimulate, empower, educate, bring joy, and encourage positive interactions and communication. The Mackay Centre and PEL School’s Snoezelen room was designed with the goal of supporting the child’s therapeutic and educational goals, and in turn, enhance their quality of life.  Please read our full story. 

BLIND HOCKEY: Keeping up the EMSB’s commitment to physical literacy, the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton School will host a day of activities with the Canadian Blind Hockey Association on Friday morning, September 27.  The day of activities will begin with an assembly at the Mackay Centre, where members of the Canadian Blind Hockey team will speak to students about overcoming adversity and their experiences playing blind sports.  Following the assembly, students will depart for the arena at Lower Canada College in NDG where they will have the opportunity to meet peers from around the city as well as other blind hockey players. Students will then participate in a morning of workshops,  which will include different blind sports and off-ice conditioning.  Following lunch, participants will take to the ice where they will learn the fundamentals of skating. Students who already know how to skate will participate in advanced drills and on-ice games.

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John Caboto staff show  their results.
DUNRAE AND CABOTO: During the opening Professional Days for teachers, two schools kicked off with a little competition.  John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic and Dunrae Gardens Elementary in TMR challenged each other to a friendly game of Breakout EDU. Breakout is an escape room style of game where the object of the game is to work together as a team to find clues, solve problems and ultimately break into a box locked with a number of different types of locks.  The game is timed and the neighbouring schools were keeping score.  Although the results were extremely close, Dunrae Gardens edged John Caboto Academy having broken into the box about 30 seconds quicker.  The two teams had fun and established some great team dynamics helping to propel them into a new and exciting school year. Both Principals, David Servello and Despina Michakis, were previously vice-principals together at LaurenHill Academy.

Preparing the corn.
CABOTO CORN: On Friday September 13, John Caboto Academy held their annual corn roast. Parent volunteers spent the day helping students shuck corn and then prepared the corn for lunch. Students were also given a frozen treat before heading out to the park to cheer on their grade 6 class as they took on the teachers in a friendly game of soccer. The students gave a teachers a tough time but in the end the staff won 3-2. Everyone had a fun day being all together as a school on a beautiful sunny day.

Set for soccer.
SOCCER ACTION: John Caboto Academy proudly participated in the GMAA soccer play day at Rosemount High on September 24. The cycle 3 students were divided up into four teams each headed by one of their teachers as they played against other EMSB schools. Everyone had fun and the students enjoyed a competitive and fair play atmosphere with their peers. The importance of leading an active lifestyle and having fun was the emphasis of the day thanks to Joseph Romano, physical education teacher at John Caboto.



 ADULT EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL SERVICES


Vanessa Grimaldi (second from the left).
SLA GRADUATION:  The St. Laurent Adult Education Centre held its Honour Roll Assembly recently, a long-time tradition where they recognize students who obtain an average of 85 percent or higher in their course. Former EMSB teacher and reality TV star Vanessa Grimaldi made time in her busy schedule to address the students as the invited guest speaker.  She gave an inspiring and motivating message to our students who were very excited to meet her.


Ready to shoot some hoops.
BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER: On September 7, a Family Basketball Fundraising Event was hosted by SLAEC (St Laurent Adult Education Centre)  in partnership with TWMG Inc. (Total Wealth Management Group) and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to help raise funds for research. A day of great fun was had by all and for a good cause. St. Laurent Adult Education Center put together a team comprised of both teachers and students .  The event has raised $2,110.25, which will go towards breaking research for Type 1 diabetes.

The parade of flags.
PARADE OF FLAGS: John F. Kennedy Adult Education Centre kicked off the new school year with a parade of flags along St. Michel boulevard. The goal was to highlight the cultural and ethnic diversity of its student body and to celebrate inclusivity - the very quality that makes JFKAEC so great!

Kittens like this need a home.
CONCERT FOR THE CATS AT WAGAR: The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) will hold its annual benefit concert on Thursday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.) at the Syd Wise Auditorium (5785 Parkhaven) of the Wagar Adult Education Centre.  Featured performers  for Broadway’s Greatest Hits will be the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Milo. Some members of his orchestra  will  also present solo performances by soprano Olivia Charette-Hacinsky, baritone Burney Lieberman and saxophonist Gideon Vigderhaus. Funds raised will go towards the CSLCC’s Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program.   Tickets are only $15 each (tax included).  For tickets email mcohen@emsb.qc.ca.

A visit to the gardens.
LANGUAGES AND THEATRE AT GALILEO: On September 20 Michel Corbeil Garden welcomed Galileo languages students to their gardens. A wonderful place of relaxation colorful and filled with over 150  flower fragrances varying with the season.  Students and teachers observed, discussed, and learned  several thematic gardens, and interacted with monarch butterflies. Practicing their language skills in communicating their interests in flowers, plants, trees, and butterflies. At the end of the day each student and teacher cultivated their own plant to bring home and share with their family.

Reviewing the scripts.
On September 13, the Galileo students in Melissa Grimaldi's Secondary V English class participated in a theatre workshop given by Milva Franzini, from Yellowbug Theatre School. Students had the chance to  bring to life the theatre concepts they had been introduced to in class. The workshop not only enabled the students to practice monologues and scene re-enactments, but it gave them a newfound confidence and love for acting and the world of theatre. Milva found it important for the students to be able to identify with the characters they were representing. She provided a script for each student based on their age, gender and personality. It was a delight to see the students come out of their shells and be able to connect to the concepts discussed in class through this creative outlet. The workshop was a real success and the students look forward to integrating more workshops in their English course.

Cosmo Della Rocca and some of his staff.
DELLA ROCCA SALUTED: A party was held in honour of Cosmo Della Rocca last week, who retired  following a distinguished 44 year career in public education. He was most recently Director of Adult Education and Vocational Services. He began his career in education as a high school teacher at Monsignor Howard Doran in the English sector of la Commission des Écoles Catholiques de Montréal – also known as the Montreal Catholic School Commission or MCSC. He was  later promoted to the Human Resources Department,   where he worked until 1998  when the confessional school boards were abolished in favor of the current linguistic boards.  He joined the EMSB   as Coordinator in the Human Resources Department, responsible for the  teacher staffing in AEVS soon becoming Assistant Director and then director.   Mr. Della Rocca played an integral role in the growth of the EMSB’s AEVS Department and was a “trail blazer” in the creation and development of the International Student Recruitment and Training program.


ÉDITION DU 26 SEPTEMBRE 2019 / BULLETIN DE LA CSEM

TAUX DE RÉUSSITE: La Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) a enregistré le taux de réussite le plus élevé, soit 92,4 %, parmi toutes les commissions scolaires publiques de la province, basé sur une cohorte de sept ans, comme en témoignent les données que vient de publier le ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) (télécharger la version abrégée). Entourée de membres de l’équipe de la haute direction et de membres exécutifs de l’Association des cadres scolaires de Montréal (ACSM), la directrice générale de la CSEM Ann Marie Matheson a annoncé la bonne nouvelle aux employés par l’entremise d’une vidéo. Vous pouvez visionner la vidéo ci-dessous.

« Ce résultat est d’autant plus remarquable que le taux de réussite provincial, qui regroupe les écoles publiques et privées, s’établit à 81,8 % », a souligné la présidente de la CSEM Angela Mancini. « Cette réalisation est le fruit d’efforts collectifs de la part de tous ceux et celles qui contribuent à l’excellence de l’enseignement à la CSEM, qu’il s’agisse de la direction, des enseignants, des professionnels, du personnel de soutien, sans oublier les élèves. Tous méritent des félicitations pour leur travail acharné. »

La CSEM a surpassé son objectif en affichant un taux de réussite de 92,4 %, soit une hausse de 1,4 % par rapport à l’an dernier. « Notre objectif vise à faire en sorte que tous les élèves développent leur plein potentiel », a déclaré la directrice générale. « Et nous y parvenons grâce à notre offre diversifiée de programmes éducatifs et de services de soutien. Qu’il s’agisse d’enrichissement ou de rattrapage scolaire, la CSEM offre aux élèves tout ce dont ils ont besoin pour réaliser leur plein potentiel. »

« Le taux de réussite de 92,4 % témoigne de la façon dont la CSEM, par l’entremise d’une foule d’initiatives pédagogiques et de stratégies d’appui aux élèves (exposées dans notre Plan d’engagement vers la réussite), s’acquitte de sa mission », a renchéri Mme Matheson. Quoi qu'il arrive, nous ne perdons jamais de vue notre mission première : la réussite des élèves! Nos résultats en sont la preuve, » ajoute-t-elle fièrement.

Le taux de réussite de 92,4 % est basé sur une cohorte ayant fait son entrée en 1re secondaire en 2011 et suivie pendant sept ans. Les données ont été compilées en fonction du nombre d’élèves de cette cohorte qui ont obtenu un diplôme de fin d’études secondaires, selon les critères du MEES.
La présidente Mme Mancini a félicité les administrateurs et les pédagogues de la CSEM pour leur engagement envers la réussite des élèves.

RÉORGANISATION SCOLAIRE MAJEURE : La CSEM a lancé une vaste consultation sur la réorganisation scolaire afin d’évaluer la meilleure façon d’organiser et de consolider les effectifs scolaires dans la partie nord-est de son territoire. Les écoles suivantes font l’objet de cette consultation : Dante, Général Vanier, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, John Paul I et Laurier Macdonald à Saint-Léonard; Gerald McShane et l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson à Montréal-Nord; de même que Our Lady of Pompei à Ahuntsic et St. Dorothy à Saint-Michel. Les audiences se tiendront les 8 et 9 janvier prochain. Une décision sera prise lors de la réunion qui se tiendra le 30 janvier. Nous vous invitons à consulter les documents pertinents à :
https://az184419.vo.msecnd.net/emsb/emsb-website/en/docs/2019-2020/consultations/3-emsb-major-school-change-consultation-2019-2020-1.pdf.

SEMAINE ÉDUCATION MÉDIAS : Campagne nationale annuelle organisée par HabiloMédias, la Semaine éducation médias 2019 aura lieu du 7 au 11 octobre. Cet automne, la campagne a pour thème « FAUX que ça cesse » et vise à inciter les Canadiens à vérifier les nouvelles et les informations avant de les partager en ligne. De toutes nouvelles ressources destinées aux enseignants pour appuyer cette thématique sont disponibles gratuitement sur le site Web d’HabiloMédias (http://mediasmarts.ca/mlw). Il s’agit notamment d’un plan de leçon pour les élèves de la 6e à la 9e année, d’un atelier « FAUX que ça cesse » à utiliser en classe en guise de complément au plan de leçon (cet atelier convient également aux adultes et peut être présenté dans un cadre communautaire ou encore aux enseignants), de fiches-conseils, d’une vidéo, d’un questionnaire interactif et d’affiches.

RETOUR À VILLE-ÉMARD : Sept ans après la fermeture de l'école primaire St. John Bosco située au 6255, rue Hamilton à Ville-Émard, ce bâtiment revit avec l’arrivée des élèves de l'école primaire Westmount Park. Vieux de 105 ans, le bâtiment Westmount Park au 15, place Park sera fermé pendant au moins les deux prochaines années scolaires (2019-2020 et 2020-2021) afin de mener à bien un projet de rénovation et de réfection de 12 millions de dollars. Dans l'intervalle, les 700 élèves seront relocalisés dans l’ancienne école St. John Bosco (campus sud de Westmount Park) et à l’Académie internationale Marymount à NDG (campus nord de Westmount Park). Andrew Carter a diffusé son émission matinale sur les ondes de CJAD en direct de Ville-Émard.

INAUGURATION DU CAMPUS SENIOR: L’école primaire Willingdon à NDG inaugurera officiellement son nouveau campus senior (pour les élèves de la 5e et 6e année) lors d’une cérémonie qui aura lieu le mercredi 2 octobre au 4850, avenue Coronation.

SENSIBILISER LES ÉLÈVES AUX ATTENTATS DU 11 SEPTEMBRE : Les élèves de l’école primaire Honoré Mercier à Saint-Léonard ont souligné le 18e anniversaire des attentats terroristes du 11 septembre lors d’une cérémonie spéciale le 11 septembre. Bill Spade, pompier retraité de New York et seul survivant de sa caserne (Rescue 5), a assisté virtuellement à cette cérémonie. Lors des attentats, M. Spade et ses 11 collègues avaient été dépêchés à la tour nord. Si M. Spade a réussi à s’en tirer, ses collègues ont quant à eux tous péri dans l’effondrement des tours. Outre M. Spade, les pompiers locaux Peter Mignacca (pompier chez Bombardier Aéronautique) et Frank Desbiens (pompier à la Caserne 41 de Longueuil) de même que Frank Caracciolo (témoin des attentats du 11 septembre) se sont adressés aux élèves. Après la cérémonie, les élèves et le personnel ont été invités à rédiger des messages ou à réaliser des créations artistiques sous le thème de la paix. Ces messages et créations seront envoyés aux Nations Unies et à des services d’incendie de la ville de New York et de Montréal. Voir le reportage de CTV.

LANCEMENT D’UN NOUVEAU LIVRE-CD: Le mercredi 23 octobre, plus de 350 jeunes chanteurs défileront sur le tapis rouge lors du lancement de leur nouveau livre-CD à l’occasion d'une célébration unique pour souligner l'Halloween! Limousines, fanfare, orchestre de chambre symphonique, robes de soirée et smoking, animateurs et dignitaires, autant de surprises que ces  jeunes artistes provenant de 25 écoles attendent avec impatience. C'est leur bébé! Un livre-CD pour lequel ils ont travaillé d’arrache-pied après avoir auditionné et passé d'innombrables heures à mémoriser, à répéter et à réaliser des sessions d'enregistrement intenses.

La CSEM sera représentée par neuf écoles primaires : Gardenview et Cedarcrest à Saint-Laurent, Pierre de Coubertin et Honoré Mercier à Saint-Léonard, Edinburgh à Montréal-Ouest, Roslyn à Westmount ainsi que Royal Vale, Willingdon et St. Monica à NDG.

Le carnaval des merveilles et des monstres est une coproduction internationale d’envergure réalisée par Chroma Musika (Montréal) et la célèbre maison d'édition québécoise Planète Rebelle, écrite par Mihalis Makropoulos sur une musique de Giannis Georgantelis qui a également écrit les paroles.

Des élèves des commissions scolaires English-Montréal et Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, et d’autres de l'école Socrates / Démosthène, chantent les chœurs. Sous la direction vocale des chanteurs d'opéra Maria Diamantis et Dimitris Ilias, ces jeunes oiseaux chanteurs auront non seulement l'occasion de découvrir la magie de l'orchestre symphonique du point de vue de l'interprète lors du lancement, mais ils ont également appris comment une telle superproduction est mise en scène, de l'enregistrement et du mixage aux illustrations et à l'impression. L'enregistrement a eu lieu dans la salle de concert Oscar Peterson. Dr Mark Corwin, professeur au département de musique de l'Université Concordia, a assuré l'enregistrement, le mixage et le montage. Katerina Veroutsos, diplômée des Beaux-Arts de Concordia et l’une des plus grandes illustratrices de livres pour enfants à Athènes, a donné vie au livre. Le 23 octobre, en reconnaissance de leur engagement dans ce projet, cette chorale grandiose aura droit à un traitement de star. En effet, ils seront transportés par limousines à la salle de réception Palace, déambuleront sur le tapis rouge, interpréteront des chansons tirées de leur CD et participeront à une séance de dédicaces de livres.

ENFANTS-RETOUR : L’une des plus grandes peurs des parents est d’assurer la sécurité de leur enfant en dehors de la maison ou de l’école. C’est pourquoi le Réseau Enfants-Retour fera équipe avec l’école primaire Honoré Mercier (8280, rue Nantes) de Saint-Léonard pour donner aux jeunes les moyens d’adopter des comportements sécuritaires. Cette initiative qui s’échelonnera sur deux mois vise à fournir aux élèves des connaissances et une formation approfondie sur la manière de gérer des situations personnelles ou publiques difficiles. Le programme de prévention destiné aux préadolescents mettra l'accent sur l'estime de soi, les relations saines, l'autonomisation et l'indépendance par l’entremise de jeux de rôle interactifs et de résolution de problèmes.

FOIRE DES CARRIÈRES : Plus de 2 000 élèves de la 5e secondaire prendront part à la 19e édition annuelle de la Foire des carrières de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal le mercredi 16 octobre et le jeudi 17 octobre au Centre de carrières St. Pius X situé au 9955, avenue Papineau à Ahuntsic. Jack Dym de Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. et la Banque Royale RBC sont les commanditaires en titre de cet événement. Plusieurs personnalités des médias seront sur place pour renseigner les élèves sur les carrières dans ce domaine et agiront à titre de maîtres de cérémonie.

La Foire des carrières sera ouverte au grand public le 16 octobre, de 18 h à 20 h. Les organisateurs tiennent à souligner qu’il s’agit là d’une excellente occasion pour parents et élèves de se renseigner sur les options postsecondaires qui s’offrent à eux. L’admission et le stationnement sont gratuits. Mario Argiropoulos des Services de l’éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle (SEAFP) préside la Foire des carrières. Les Services aux élèves et les SEAFP de la CSEM coordonnent ce programme. M. Argiropoulos souligne que l’objectif principal de la Foire des carrières vise à sensibiliser les élèves aux divers programmes d’enseignement qui s’offrent à eux.

Tous les élèves assisteront à une brève séance d’information générale dans l’auditorium du Centre de carrières St. Pius X. Ils auront ensuite l’occasion de visiter les divers kiosques d’information/d’exposition et de s’entretenir avec des représentants d’établissements anglophones, à savoir des centres de formation professionnelle, des cégeps, universités et certains collèges privés.

PARTENARIAT AVEC L’IR-CUSM : Le partenariat entre la CSEM et l'Institut de recherche du CUSM, grand centre de recherche biomédicale, sera maintenu pour une deuxième année. Ce partenariat unique repose sur le cadre STIAM – une approche pédagogique en matière d’apprentissage qui fait appel aux sciences, à la technologie, à l’ingénierie, aux arts et aux mathématiques pour orienter les questionnements des élèves, susciter le dialogue et développer la pensée critique. Pour en savoir plus sur le partenariat de l’année dernière, nous vous invitons à cliquer sur le lien : Partenariat. Depuis quelques années, la CSEM tend vers l’approche STIAM / Makerspace (classe d’expérimentation). Sachant que ces espaces et leurs pédagogies contribuent au développement des compétences globales des élèves tout en leur permettant d’acquérir une expérience pratique par le biais d’une pédagogie multidisciplinaire et transversale, plusieurs écoles de la CSEM se sont jointes au mouvement STIAM. Ce partenariat avec l'IR-CUSM constitue un pas de plus dans cette direction, l’objectif étant que des équipes d’élèves et d’enseignants puissent collaborer avec des chercheurs de l’Institut de recherche, en adoptant une approche transdisciplinaire de type STIAM.

SALLE SNOEZELEN: Au terme de trois années de planification, la Fondation Habilitas (anciennement les Fondations MAB-Mackay, Constance-Lethbridge et Camp Massawippi), le Centre Mackay et l’école Philip E. Layton (PEL) ainsi que le Centre de réadaptation Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay (anciennement le Centre de réadaptation MAB-Mackay) ont dévoilé une toute nouvelle salle Snoezelen au Centre Mackay et à l’école PEL à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Étaient présents à l’occasion de l’inauguration de cette salle les donateurs à la Fondation Habilitas Merle Wertheimer, Christine Babkine (Fondation immobilière de Montréal pour les jeunes), Katrin Nakashima, Doron Altman de même que Kristine et Richard Daigle. Ensemble, ils ont recueilli plus de 75 000 $ pour financer le projet. Se sont joints à eux les administrateurs et le personnel de l'école et du centre de réadaptation ayant pris part à la conception et la mise à l’essai de la salle.

La salle Snoezelen est un environnement multisensoriel offrant un éventail d’expériences sensorielles intéressantes et contrôlables propices à la détente et au calme, à la stimulation, à la responsabilisation, à l’éducation, aux interactions et à une communication positives. La salle Snoezelen du Centre Mackay et de l’École PEL a été conçue dans le but de soutenir les objectifs thérapeutiques et éducatifs de l’enfant pour ainsi améliorer sa qualité de vie. Nous vous invitons à lire l’intégral de l’article à : https://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb/articles/habilitas-donors-inaugurate-state-of-the-art-snoezelen-room-at-mackay-centre-and-pel-schools.

ÉDUCALOI : Depuis 20 ans, Éducaloi renseigne les Québécois sur leurs droits et obligations. Depuis les tout débuts, cet organisme travaille de concert avec les enseignants pour aborder des thèmes juridiques en classe. Nul besoin pour les enseignants d’être experts en droit! Le matériel d’Éducaloi renferme tout ce dont ils ont besoin. Vous trouverez les outils pédagogiques gratuits au www.legallifeskills.ca. Pour tout renseignement, adressez un courriel à education@educaloi.qc.ca ou composez le 514 954-3408, poste 3658.


SERVICES DE L’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES ET DE LA FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE

REMISE DES DIPLÔMES AU CENTRE D’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES SAINT-LAURENT : Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Saint-Laurent a tenu récemment sa cérémonie du Tableau d’honneur, une tradition de longue date qui vise à souligner la performance des élèves affichant une moyenne de 85 % ou plus. Vanessa Grimaldi, ex-enseignante à la CSEM et vedette de télé-réalité, a su se libérer en dépit de son horaire chargé pour s’adresser aux élèves à titre d’invitée. Elle a livré un message inspirant et motivant devant des élèves tous très contents de faire sa connaissance.

Le prochain numéro de Fielding Focus sera publié le 30 octobre 2019. La date limite pour soumettre un article est fixée au vendredi 25 octobre.

 The next Focus will be on October 30, 2019.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 25.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

AUGUST 28, 2019 EDITION / VOLUME 22 NUMBER 1 / THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE EMSB





These students are excited to get back to the classroom.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Students of the EMSB's primary and secondary institutions will return to class on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Kindergarten children must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2019 while Grade 1 (Cycle 1) students must be six years old on or before the same date.  Registration continues for elementary and secondary schools. Parents are asked to call the school in their neighbourhood to make an appointment. Parents are urged to consult the Board’s website at www.emsb.qc.ca, which also contains information about the successful adult education and vocational training programs. E-mail inquiries can be sent to informationdesk@emsb.qc.ca or you can call 514- 483-7200.   The EMSB serves more than 40,000 students at 35 elementary schools, 17 secondary schools, eight alternative outreach high schools, seven social affairs institutions and 10 adult and vocational centres.   All pupils registering for the first time are required to provide a birth certificate and vaccination records to the school the child will be attending. Parents will be asked to fill out forms which will allow the school to apply for the certificate of eligibility for English schooling. Under the Charter of the French Language, a certificate of eligibility is generally granted to children who did the majority of their elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada; whose mother or father did the majority of his/her elementary studies in English in Canada or whose brother or sister did the majority of his/her elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada. Please note that as a result of Quebec law, this criteria excludes studies completed in the Quebec Private School system.

See this video about supporting your child's transition to Kindergarten.

Global TV records our commercial.
GLOBAL TV COMMERCIAL: Kim Sullivan recorded this community service announcement for Global TV to promote the return to classes. She did so in the company of Principal Derrek Cauchi and some of his students at Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension. 

RETURN TO VILLE ÉMARD: Seven years after St. John Bosco Elementary School closed, students from Westmount Park Elementary School will return to that building at 6255 Hamilton Street in Ville Émard for the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 3 (7:50 am).  The 105-year-old Westmount Park facility at 15 Park Place will be closed for at least the next two upcoming academic years (2019-20 and 2020-21) to complete a $12-million project of renovations and repairs. In the interim, the 700 students will be directed to the former St. John Bosco (Westmount Park South Campus) and Marymount Academy International in NDG (Westmount Park North Campus). Andrew Carter will broadcast his CJAD morning show live from Ville Émard. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini will be on hand, as well as senior administrators and local elected official including Liberal MNA and Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti.

ENROLMENT FORECAST:  The Ministry of Education is forecasting an enrolment of 19,915 students in the EMSB youth sector for 2019-20. That would be an increase of 150 students from the same time last year.



EMSB EXPRESS: The fall edition of the EMSB Express Newspaper is out. This super-sized full colour 20 page edition features special sections on Volunteer Appreciation Evening and  a snapshot of all high schools. You can read it here. A more detailed high school guide will be published shortly.

Tanya Alvares
ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:  Newly appointed principals for the next academic year are: Steven Rebelo (Our Lady of Pompei), Lester B. Pearson High School; Angela Vaudry (John Grant/LINKS)  Royal West Academy; Anna Sanalitro (Pierre Elliott Trudeau), Mackay Centre/Philip E. Layton; Tanya Alvares (vp at St. Pius Career Centre), Pierre Elliott Trudeau; Dina Vourdousis (vp a Galileo) Carlyle; Despina Michakis (interim vp at FACE), Dunrae Gardens; Civita Tudino (Cedarcrest), James Lyng Adult Centre; David Lee (Hampstead), Westmount Park; Demetra Droutsas (Gardenview), Westmount High; Jennifer Le Huguet (vp Westmount High), John Grant; Lucy Buscemi (John Caboto), Hampstead; Myrianne Lusignan (East Hill),  Gardenview;  Elena Zervas (Dunrae Gardens), Cedarcrest;  Sabrina Petrocco (Carlyle), East Hill; Lisa Ancona (vp at Vincent Massey Collegiate), Our Lady of Pompei; David Servello (vp at LaurenHill Academy), John Caboto; Nicholas Romano (vp Laurier Macdonald High School), Nesbitt; John Pevec (regional director), Rosemount Technology Centre (as of October);  Joe Anne Desir (interim principal James Lyng Adult Centre), interim at Rosemount Technology Centre;  Harry Michalopoulos (Rosemount Technology Centre), High School of Montreal Adult Centre); Grace Fanelli (vp John Grant/LINKS), LINKS (as of 2020-21); Maria Caldarella (St. Pius X), LINKS (interim).
(present school in brackets) will be:

Maya Doughan
Newly appointed vice-principals will be: Laura Fiumidinisi (interim vp Marymount), Marymount; Maya Doughan (interim vp Willingdon/Westmount Park), Willingdon; Holly Kusiewicz (mat leave Marymount), Westmount Park; Laetitia Kachmar (teacher, Parkdale), Westmount High; Danica Lewington (vp Roslyn), James Lyng Adult Centre; Andrew Mangal (Rosemount High), LaurenHill Academy; Mireille Tehbelian (teacher, Willingdon) LaurenHill Academy; Véronique Carrié (interim John Paul I), John Paul I; Cynthia Canale (interim vp Laurier Macdonald), Laurier Macdonald; Laura Fundaro (teacher, Dunrae Gardens), Roslyn School; Alain Belair (Rosemount Technology Centre),  St. Pius X;  Antoinette Scrocca (principal Nesbitt), St. Pius X; Antonella Russo (interim vp St. Pius X), St. Pius X; Santina Miceli (teacher, Galileo), teacher/vp Galileo; Marco Rosa, teacher Vincent Massey Collegiate (Vincent Massey Collegiate); Ruben Azevedo (interim vp, Rosemount Technology), Rosemount Technology Centre; and Rania Delis (St. Pius X),  Rosemount High

Tony Pita  (Royal West) will be taking a sabbatical. Patrizia Ciccarelli (Mackay/Philip E. Layton) is retiring. Lester B. Pearson High School Principal Joseph Vitantonio has assumed the duties of interim assistant director of human resources.



Lew Lewis is surrounded by many of his staff after the retirement announcement.
LEWIS TO RETIRE: After a remarkable 52 year career in public education, including 47  years working out of 6000 Fielding Avenue for the  EMSB and the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, Lew Lewis has announced he will retire as Director of Student Services. His last day of work will be October 18. A psychologist by profession, Mr. Lewis worked tirelessly in his role with Student Services,  which promotes the continuous progress of students by helping them overcome the difficulties they meet, seeing to their psychological and physical well-being and developing their sense of responsibility, their autonomy, initiative and feeling of belonging to their school and community. The department also coordinates the special education programs and contributes to the management of complementary services in social affairs, regular and/or outreach schools by providing psychological, health, social, guidance, drug education and speech and language services. It acts as a liaison between the Board and the hospitals, community and social services centers, coordinates the work of psychologists, speech and language therapists, guidance counsellors, occupational therapists, spiritual community animators, childcare workers. special education consultants, oral interpreters, nurses, social workers and resource people specializing in drug use.  

“I want to leave at the top of my game,” said Mr. Lewis. “Life does not go on forever and I want to spend more time with my family. Retirement means you retire from work, not from life.”

Mr. Lewis has already registered for some new professional development courses. For 40 plus years he has been working out at the local YM-YWHA as of 6 am most weekdays. He intends to continue that regimen.  Joking about his name,  Lew Lewis, he quipped: “My parents liked me so much they named me twice!”

TWO RECESS PERIODS: To promote the overall development, health and academic success of elementary students, the EMSB has adopted the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur’s (MEES) plan to implement two full 20-minute recess periods during the school day.  Beginning on September 3, students will have two recess periods: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These periods will be independent of entry, lunch or dismissal.  To accommodate for this extra period, each elementary school has extended their school day by 15 minutes.

NEW PRE-KS: The EMSB will welcome 13 new Pre-Kindergarten classes funded by the Ministry of Education. Set to receive new Pre-K classes for the 2019-2020 academic year will be : Sinclair Laird in Park Extension (1), Parkdale in St. Laurent (2), Dante in St. Leonard (2), Dalkeith in Anjou (1), Westmount Park (3), Gerald McShane in Montreal North (1), Coronation in Côte des Neiges (1), Mackay Centre/Philip E. Layton in NDG (1), Pierre Elliott Trudeau  (1) and Nesbitt in Rosemount (1),  Bancroft in the Plateau (1) and Michelangelo in RDP (1).  The   conditions and criteria considered when making theses selections were the  poverty index, schools with existing half-day Pre-K’s and available space and  teachers. At the present time the EMSB has 12 Ministry funded Pre-Ks, including four of the aforementioned schools: Gerald McShane (2), Pierre Elliott Trudeau (2), Bancroft  (2) and  Coronation (1). The list also is composed of Nesbitt in Rosemount (1), John Caboto  (1) and Our Lady of Pompei (1) in Ahuntsic, St. Dorothy (1) in St. Michel and St. Gabriel (1) in Pointe St. Charles.  

NEW WEBSITES: The Communications and Marketing Division of the EMSB is pleased to announce after much hard work, the new Lester B. Pearson High School website has been published. This is the second new site to go online via the Agility platform. With a full component of webmasters now in place work is being finalized for sites for Pierre Elliott Trudeau, St. Monica, Our Lady of Pompei and Inspirations. 

The Chorale in action.
CHORALE IS READY: The EMSB Chorale will begin its 40th anniversary season on September 7 at its new rehearsal venue, Royal Vale School Auditorium in NDG. Upcoming activities include the choir’s annual fall music camps and several exciting concert projects, including a guest appearance with the renowned St. Lawrence Choir, a radio broadcast and the choir’s own annual Holiday Concert on December 7 at Mountainside United Church. Students in Grades 4 to Sec. V may audition at any Saturday rehearsal during September. For more information, contact conductor Patricia Abbott at 514-483-7200, ext. 7234 or pabbott@emsb.qc.ca.



BOOK AND CD LAUNCH: The  book and CD of the Carnival of Marvels and Monsters, in which 300 children from eight  EMSB schools participated,  will be presented in a red carpet- concert event on  Wed. Oct. 23 (7 pm) at The Palace Reception Hall in Laval.   This is a Chroma Musika/Panarmonia Atelier Musical co-production with our school board. Chroma Musika and Panarmonia Atelier Musical were founded by Greek-Canadian opera singers Maria Diamantis and Dimitris Ilias who run vocal workshops in the eight schools. Their work has promoted high quality music activities for Canadian children, their families, their local communities as well as the general public. They have produced a plethora of concerts, seminars and recordings ranging from ancient Greek music to contemporary Canadian and Hellenic composers and video game audio material. The storyline for the Carnival of Marvels and Monsters is as follows: This is not a city like any other! It’s the magical city of the Carnival, the city of the terrifying King of the Night with his demons and the good Queen of the Day with her army of animals and birds.  Eleven-year-old Finn and eight-year-old Chloe leave their village to visit the carnival dressed with the costumes that their mother has sewn. The King of the Night gets jealous of their costumes and abducts them to find their secret. The two smart children fight back with a lot of courage. Will they succeed, in this wondrous and funny tale full of adventure and music?

IMPACT OFFER: As part of the EMSB’s partnership with the Montreal Impact, tickets for the September 18 against FC Toronto at Saputo Stadium are being made available for prices starting at $17.40 plus tax. This  much anticipated game marks the first leg of the Canadian Championship series. Click on this link to take advantage of the offer.


EDUCATION  FAIR: Parents who are concerned about making good academic choices for their children should attend the 14th annual Montreal Families' Education Fair. The EMSB and Inspirations Newspaper will be at the fair again this year, showcasing our respective products. It all takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 (Noon to 4 pm) at the Holiday Inn Pointe Claire (6700 Trans-Canada Highway). There will be more than 40 booths representing   schools, tutoring centres and other education-based programs from around Montreal. Some of the schools and companies exhibiting cater to kids with special needs.  In addition, there will also be representatives from companies that offer extracurricular courses and activities. This FREE event gives parents a chance to get more information about these schools, organizations and school boards. Parents are encouraged to bring the children - entertainment will be provided. To see an updated list of participants, please go to  www.montrealfamilies.ca.

EMSB PODCAST GETS MEDIA TREATMENT:  Veteran Montreal broadcaster Suzanne Desautels, who now hosts the EMSB Podcast, was the subject of thisnice feature story in The  Montreal Gazette.   On Friday, August 30 she will be the guest of Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV News at Noon. You can listen to past podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/englishmtlpodcasts. Please subscribe on your iPhone or Android.

Sandra Leveille with new Sec V Westmount High student Gabriele from Italy and his relatives enjoying some poutine.
Marymount teacher Michael  Bunn,  Sec. IV LaurenHill student
 Amirhossein Ashtari from Iran and Sandra Leveille.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS GATHER: The school year started a few days earlier for more than 100 students from around the world as the EMSB recently held an orientation day for the youth and their families at Royal Vale School. Students from over 10 countries were given a warm welcome by EMSB Director of School Organization Sandra Léveillé and her staff, helping build excitement and calm some very visible nerves before the start of a new and exciting educational experience.

Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to not only meet their peers, but learn what to expect during the upcoming year as well as some key tips and tricks to living, studying and enjoying Montreal. Following their orientation, everyone came together for a delicious Quebecois meal of poutine and hot dogs, from Kitchen 73.  The latter is owned by EMSB parent Carmine Anoia, an EMSB parent.
Carmine Anoia (right) and members of his team.

CAREER FAIR: More than 2,000  Secondary V students will attend the 19th annual EMSB Career Fair on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday,  October 17 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau).  Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank are the event’s title sponsors. Several on air personalities from the media will be on hand to talk to students about careers in this field and serve as guest emcees.  


A look at the crowd at last year's Career Fair.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 16, the Career Fair will be open to the community-at-large. Organizers note that this is a good opportunity for parents to attend with their children as they look towards post-secondary education options in a one-stop shopping experience. There is no charge and free parking.     Mario Argiropoulos and Harriet Cohen from EMSB Adult Education and Vocational Services are the Career Fair co-chairpersons. The Student Services and AEVS Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program.  Mr. Argiropoulos notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them.  All students will take part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities and some private business colleges.

QESBA AWARDS: This year there were a total of five recipients of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) Awards of Excellence in Education, two of which went to the EMSB.
The following EMSB initiatives were celebrated, demonstrating the board’s continuous dedication to
the success of our students and school communities.


The first award for Innovation in Teaching or Program Delivery went to the EMSB for our program “The Two-Table Model”.


Presented to the EMSB in the Community Engagement category was our “EMSB-RI-MUHC Partnership.” The teams responsible for these projects (above) were congratulated at the last Council meeting.

SUPPORTING EARLY TRANSITIONS: Children and families entering St. Monica Elementary School in NDG will be starting the school year with a sense of excitement.  After attending the Early Childhood Transition Forum offered by the EMSB last March, pre-kindergarten teacher Cynthia Di Rienzo was inspired to create booklets distributed to all children and families who attended the school’s annual Welcome to Kindergarten event. 

The booklets highlighted some of the activities that the children could look forward to when starting school, familiarized them with key locations in the school (e.g., locker area, gymnasium, playground) and incorporated images of school staff they would be meeting in the new school year.  In order to facilitate positive anticipation about starting school and to get both parents and children comfortable with their first transition into school, parents were encouraged to enjoy these booklets at home with their children.  Thanks to teachers at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary School, students entering Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 are also looking forward to the new school year.   In June, both the kindergarten and Grade 1 team (teachers: Sandra Recine, Alexandra Cervone, Emilie Légaré, Angela Burrascano, Hamid Boumahdi, Joseph Glicakis) met with future students. Teachers read stories to the children and facilitated a question period addressing any concerns that the children had about starting a new grade.  Kindergarten children, who normally eat in their classrooms, also had the chance to eat in the gymnasium for the day in preparation for grade one.  While pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students met with future teachers, grade one students had a chance to meet with the pre-kindergarten team (teachers: Mary Carone, Leesa Santia, Anita Sacco). Both students and teachers discussed what the highlights of their school year had been. 

MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE:  A Major School Change process has been launched by the EMSB to evaluate how best to organize and consolidate the school populations in the north east end territory. The following schools have been identified in the scenarios: Dante, General Vanier, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard; Gerald McShane and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; and Our Lady of Pompei and St. Dorothy in Ahuntsic and  St. Michel. Hearings will be held January 8 and 9. A decision will be made at a meeting by January 30. The documentation is available here.

The EMSB Mud Run team.
MUD GIRL RACE: Congratulations to our dynamic team of 14 EMS (Queen) Bees on completing the challenging 5K Mud Girl race in Ste-Julie! The team consisted of Evelyne Alfonsi, Angela Vaudry, Tanya Alvares, Eugenia Carystios, Cristina Celzi, Laura Fiumidinisi, Sandra Léveillé, Myrianne Lusignan, Irini Margetis, Despina Michakis, Jessica Monti, Lucie Roy, Patrizia Tummillio and Ann Watson. Funds raised from the Mud Girl race are donated to breast cancer research. See this video.

RANGERS  TAKE TO THE ICE: While the Junior AAA Montreal North Arctic have suspended operations, the EMSB is now embarking upon a partnership with the Montreal East Rangers from the same league. Players will visit East End schools throughout the season and tickets will be provided as well. Here is their schedule. Co-owner John Struthers is an EMSB parent.  GM and head coach Gianni Cantini is an  EMSB grad.





EMSB ATTENDS COMICCON! On the weekend of July 5 to 7, the EMSB and Inspirations had the opportunity to meet the public, dressed up as their favourite superheroes, aliens and Disney characters, at Comiccon Montreal 2019 at the Palais des congrès. The popular EMSB table was staffed with representatives from Shadd Health & Business Centre, Rosemount Technology Centre, Inspirations, and the Vincent Massey comic club. A special appearance was made by EMSB Secretary General  Nathalie Lauzière!

RTC's Melissa Urso and Pikachew.
Our table welcomed many EMSB families and staff as they passed by to say hello while taking in the art, celebrities, sci-fi attractions, and reveling in the impressive and often exquisite cosplay. It was a great opportunity to share the many programs the EMSB has to offer with the public-at-large. If you’d like to participate in Comiccon Montreal 2020, email Wendy at wsinger@emsb.qc.ca.

SCHOOL MARKETING NEEDS: For all marketing & promotional guidance, Mediatomic Group has many years of experience in radio, TV, billboards and on-line options.  They do all the research and make sure to deliver the best media options available, based on the location and demographics of the school.  For more info and to set up a meeting, reach out to; Steve.wise@mediatomic.com  or call 514-360-6954

COMPANION FOR SENIORS COURSE: Interested in working with seniors? Ometz is offering an 18-week course, September 8 to January 24, 2020.  Ometz offers occupational training to become a companion for seniors. Senior care services is a growing industry, and their experts will take you through the steps that are required to work in this field.  You can find all of the details here.  Information: Sharon Bishin | 514.342.0000 # 3329 | sharon.bishin@ometz.ca This course is a partnership with the EMSB; the teacher is hired by EMSB and  r candidates all adhere to the EMSB rules of participation.


 ADULT EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL SERVICES



Chair Angela Mancini, DDGEvelyne Alfonsi, Cosmo Della Rocca, DG  Ann Marie Matheson and DDG Benoit Duheme.

SALUTE TO DELLA ROCCA:  Cosmo Della Rocca was formally thanked by the Council of Commissioners for his many years of service as Director of Adult Education and Vocational Services. He recently retired.


Matthew Moses and Rookie.
AUTISM SPEAKS DOG WALK: With his dog Rookie by his side, 22 year old Wagar Adult Education Centre student Matthew Moses is set to lead the pack at Autism Speaks Canada’s 2nd annual Dog Walk on Sunday, September 8 (9:30 to 11:30) at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle) in Cote Saint Luc.  The public is invited to participate in this annual fundraiser to celebrate the unconditional love of dogs and their therapeutic benefits to families and individuals living with autism.

“Rookie is very special to me and my family as he understands my feelings especially when I’m sad. He also makes me laugh all the time being his goofy self and loves all of us unconditionally,” said Matthew. “I feel dogs are a very good comfort when life throws curve balls, please join us with your dog and sign up to the Dog Walk. Your fundraising supports families, children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.”

Matthew’s school, Wagar Adult Education Centre, is located in the heart of Côte Saint Luc and welcomes students from 49 countries, with all levels of education and life experiences. The centre is home to a special needs program with 250 part-time and full-time special needs adults who follow the MELS Social Integration Services Program. Additionally, the centre offers both full and part time French and English courses at beginner and intermediate levels.
“Everyone in the Wagar community is very proud of Matthew’s work, not only as a student but as an advocate for autistic people,” said Nick Katalifos, Principal of Wagar Adult Education Centre. “This is why we at Wagar are thrilled that Autism Speaks Canada is working with a young man of character, an ambassador, like Matthew. On behalf of our staff and all of Matthew’s classmates, congratulations Matthew and Autism Speaks Canada - we know the walk will be a huge success!”
In addition to the one-kilometer dog walk, participants will also be able to meet canine specialists and community organizations, participate in dog-friendly and family-friendly contests and perhaps win some great prizes at the raffle gift table. The first 250 participants will receive a complimentary Nutrience gift bag with dog treats.


ÉDITION DU 29 AOÛT 2019 / BULLETIN DE LA CSEM

RENTRÉE SCOLAIRE: Les élèves du primaire et du secondaire de la CSEM reprendront le chemin de l’école le mardi 3 septembre 2019. Les enfants de la maternelle devront être âgés de 5 ans au plus tard le 30 septembre 2019, tandis que ceux de la 1re année (1er cycle) devront avoir 6 ans au plus tard à cette même date. La période d’inscription se poursuit dans les écoles primaires et secondaires. Nous invitons les parents à communiquer avec l’école de leur quartier pour prendre rendez-vous. Veuillez consulter le site Web de la Commission au www.emsb.qc.ca où vous trouverez également de l’information sur nos excellents programmes d’éducation des adultes et de formation professionnelle. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez composer le 514 483-7200 ou adresser un courriel à informationdesk@emsb.qc.ca. La CSEM compte un effectif de plus de 40 000 élèves répartis dans ses 35 écoles primaires, 17 écoles secondaires, 8 écoles secondaires innovatrices, 7 écoles des affaires sociales et 10 centres d’éducation des adultes et de formation professionnelle. Si vous inscrivez votre enfant pour la première fois, vous devrez fournir son certificat de naissance et son carnet de vaccination à l’école qu’il fréquentera. Les parents devront remplir des formulaires afin de permettre à l’école en question de présenter une demande de certificat d’admissibilité à l’enseignement en anglais. En vertu de la Charte de la langue française, un certificat d’admissibilité est généralement accordé aux enfants qui ont reçu la majeure partie de leur enseignement primaire ou secondaire en anglais au Canada, dont la mère ou le père a reçu la majorité de son enseignement primaire en anglais au Canada ou ceux dont le frère ou la sœur a reçu la majorité de son enseignement primaire ou secondaire en anglais au Canada. Veuillez prendre note qu’en raison de la législation qui régit les langues, ce critère exclut les études complétées dans une école privée au Québec.

ANNONCE PUBLICITAIRE SUR GLOBAL TV: Kim Sullivan a enregistré cette annonce de service communautaire diffusée sur les ondes de Global TV afin de promouvoir la rentrée scolaire. Elle l'a fait en compagnie du directeur Derrek Cauchi et de certains élèves de l'école primaire Sinclair Laird dans Parc-Extension. https://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb/articles/emsb-back-to-school-commercial-on-global-tv.

RETOUR À VILLE-ÉMARD : Sept ans après la fermeture de l'école primaire St. John Bosco située au 6255, rue Hamilton à Ville-Émard, ce bâtiment s’apprête à revivre avec l’arrivée des élèves de l'école primaire Westmount Park, lors de la rentrée scolaire le mardi 3 septembre à 7 h 50. Vieux de 105 ans, le bâtiment Westmount Park au 15, place Park sera fermé pendant au moins les deux prochaines années scolaires (2019-2020 et 2020-2021) afin de mener à bien un projet de rénovation et de réfection de 12 millions de dollars. Dans l'intervalle, les 700 élèves seront relocalisés dans l’ancienne école St. John Bosco (campus sud de Westmount Park) et à l’Académie internationale Marymount à NDG (campus nord de Westmount Park). Andrew Carter diffusera son émission matinale sur les ondes de CJAD en direct de Ville-Émard.

PRÉVISIONS DU NOMBRE D’INSCRIPTIONS: Le ministère de l’Éducation prévoit que le nombre d’inscriptions atteindra 19,915 élèves au secteur des jeunes de la CSEM pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020, ce qui représenterait une hausse de 150 élèves par rapport à la même période l’an dernier.

EMSB EXPRESS : Le numéro d'automne de la publication EMSB Express est maintenant disponible. Cette édition en couleurs de 20 pages grand format renferme des articles sur la soirée annuelle de reconnaissance des bénévoles et un aperçu de toutes les écoles secondaires.

NOMINATIONS ADMINISTRATIVES : Voici la liste des nouvelles nominations de directions pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020 (ancienne école entre parenthèses) : Steven Rebelo à l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson (Our Lady of Pompei); Angela Vaudry à l’Académie Royal West (John Grant/LINKS); Anna Sanalitro au Centre Mackay/Philip E. Layton (Pierre Elliott Trudeau); Tanya Alvares à Pierre Elliott Trudeau (directrice adjointe au Centre de carrières St. Pius); Dina Vourdousis à Carlyle (directrice adjointe au Centre Galileo); Despina Michakis à Dunrae Gardens (directrice adjointe par intérim à FACE); Civita Tudino au Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng (Cedarcrest); David Lee à Westmount Park (Hampstead); Demetra Droutsas à Westmount High (Gardenview); Jennifer Le Huguet à John Grant (directrice adjointe à Westmount High); Lucy Buscemi à Hampstead (John Caboto); Myrianne Lusignan à Gardenview (East Hill); Elena Zervas à Cedarcrest (Dunrae Gardens);  Sabrina Petrocco à East Hill (Carlyle); Lisa Ancona à Our Lady of Pompei (directrice adjointe au Collège Vincent Massey); David Servello à John Caboto (directeur adjoint à l’Académie LaurenHill); Nicholas Romano à Nesbitt (directeur adjoint à l’école secondaire Laurier Macdonald); John Pevec au Centre de technologie Rosemont à compter d’octobre (directeur régional); Joe Anne Desir, nomination par intérim au Centre de technologie Rosemont (directrice par intérim au Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng); Harry Michalopoulos au Centre d’éducation des adultes High School of Montreal (Centre de technologie Rosemont); Grace Fanelli à LINKS dès l’année scolaire 2020-2021 (directrice adjointe à John Grant/LINKS); Maria Caldarella à LINKS par intérim (St. Pius X).

Les nouvelles nominations à titre de directions adjointes sont les suivantes : Laura Fiumidinisi à Marymount (directrice adjointe par intérim à Marymount); Maya Doughan à Willingdon (directrice adjointe par intérim à Willingdon/Westmount Park); Holly Kusiewicz à Westmount Park (congé de maternité à Marymount); Laetitia Kachmar à Westmount High (enseignante à Parkdale); Danica Lewington au Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng (directrice adjointe à Roslyn); Andrew Mangal à l’Académie LaurenHill (école secondaire Rosemont); Mireille Tehbelian à l’Académie LaurenHill (enseignante à Willingdon); Véronique Carrié à John Paul I (par intérim à John Paul I); Cynthia Canale à Laurier Macdonald (directrice adjointe par intérim à Laurier Macdonald); Laura Fundaro à Roslyn (enseignante à Dunrae Gardens); Alain Belair à St. Pius X (Centre de technologie Rosemont); Antoinette Scrocca à St. Pius X (directrice à Nesbitt); Antonella Russo à St. Pius X (directrice adjointe par intérim à St. Pius X); Santina Miceli enseignante/directrice adjointe à Galileo (enseignante à Galileo); Marco Rosa au Collège Vincent Massey (enseignant au Collège Vincent Massey); Ruben Azevedo au Centre de technologie Rosemont (directeur adjoint par intérim au Centre de technologie Rosemont); Antonella Rousseau à St. Pius X (Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng); Rania Delis à l’école secondaire Rosemont (St. Pius X).

Tony Pita (Royal West) sera en congé sabbatique. Patrizia Ciccarelli (Mackay/Philip E. Layton) prend sa retraite. Le directeur de l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson Joseph Vitantonio assume les fonctions de directeur adjoint des Ressources humaines.

NOUVEAUX SITES WEB: La Division des communications et du marketing de la CSEM est heureuse d’annoncer qu’au terme de grands efforts, le nouveau site Web de l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson a vu le jour. Il s’agit du deuxième site Web à être mis en ligne par l’entremise de la plateforme Agility. Toute l’équipe de webmestres s’affaire maintenant à finaliser les sites suivants : Pierre Elliott Trudeau, St. Monica, Our Lady of Pompei et Inspirations.  http://www.lesterbpearson.emsb.qc.ca/lesterbpearson

SALON DE L’ÉDUCATION : Les parents soucieux de faire de bons choix pour l’éducation de leurs enfants sont conviés à la 14e édition annuelle du Salon de l'éducation des familles de Montréal. La CSEM et la publication Inspirations seront à nouveau au salon cette année et nous y présenterons nos services respectifs. Cette activité aura lieu le dimanche 15 septembre (de midi à 16 h) au Holiday Inn à Pointe-Claire (6700 Transcanadienne).
Il y aura plus de 40 kiosques sur place représentant des écoles, des centres de tutorat et d'autres programmes éducatifs de partout à Montréal. Certaines écoles et entreprises représentées desservent les enfants ayant des besoins particuliers. De plus, des représentants d'entreprises offrant des cours et des activités parascolaires seront également présents. Cet événement GRATUIT permet aux parents de se renseigner davantage sur les écoles, organismes et commissions scolaires. Les parents sont invités à y amener leurs enfants – il y aura de l’animation. Pour voir la liste à jour des participants, visitez le www.montrealfamilies.ca.

TRAITEMENT MÉDIATIQUE POUR UN BALADO DE LA CSEM : Suzanne Desautels, animatrice montréalaise chevronnée qui réalise désormais des balados pour le compte de la CSEM, a fait l’objet d’un bel article de fond publié dans le quotidien The Montreal Gazette. https://montrealgazette.com/news/media-veteran-suzanne-desautels-is-the-new-voice-of-the-emsb-podcast. Le vendredi 30 août, elle sera l'invitée de Mutsumi Takahashi sur les ondes de CTV News, à midi. Nous vous invitons à écouter les balados antérieurs à https://soundcloud.com/englishmtlpodcasts. Abonnez-vous.




FOIRE DES CARRIÈRES : Plus de 2 000 élèves de la 5e secondaire prendront part à la 19e édition annuelle de la Foire des carrières de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) le mercredi 16 octobre et le jeudi 17 octobre au Centre de carrières St. Pius X situé au 9955, avenue Papineau à Ahuntsic. Jack Dym de Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. et la Banque Royale RBC sont les commanditaires en titre de cet événement. Plusieurs personnalités des médias seront sur place pour renseigner les élèves sur les carrières dans ce domaine et agiront à titre de maîtres de cérémonie.

La Foire des carrières sera ouverte au grand public le 16 octobre, de 18 h à 20 h. Les organisateurs tiennent à souligner qu’il s’agit là d’une excellente occasion pour parents et élèves de se renseigner sur les options postsecondaires qui s’offrent à eux. L’admission et le stationnement sont gratuits. Mario Argiropoulos des Services de l’éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle (SEAFP) préside la Foire des carrières. Les Services aux élèves et les SEAFP de la CSEM coordonnent ce programme. M. Argiropoulos souligne que l’objectif principal de la Foire des carrières vise à sensibiliser les élèves aux divers programmes d’enseignement qui s’offrent à eux. Tous les élèves assisteront à une brève séance d’information générale dans l’auditorium du Centre de carrières St. Pius X. Ils auront ensuite l’occasion de visiter les divers kiosques d’information/d’exposition et de s’entretenir avec des représentants d’établissements anglophones, à savoir des centres de formation professionnelle, des cégeps, universités et certains collèges privés.

RÉORGANISATION SCOLAIRE MAJEURE: La CSEM a lancé une vaste consultation sur la réorganisation scolaire afin d’évaluer la meilleure façon d’organiser et de consolider les effectifs scolaires dans la partie nord-est de son territoire. Les écoles suivantes font l’objet de cette consultation : Dante, Général Vanier, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, John Paul I et Laurier Macdonald à Saint-Léonard; Gerald McShane et l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson à Montréal-Nord; de même que Our Lady of Pompei à Ahuntsic et St. Dorothy à Saint-Michel. Les audiences se tiendront les 8 et 9 janvier prochain. Une décision sera prise lors de la réunion qui se tiendra le 30 janvier. Nous vous invitons à consulter les documents pertinents à
https://az184419.vo.msecnd.net/emsb/emsb-website/en/docs/2019-2020/consultations/3-emsb-major-school-change-consultation-2019-2020-1.pdf.


SERVICES DE L’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES ET DE LA FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE


PROMENADE DE CHIENS D’AUTISM SPEAKS : En compagnie de son chien Rookie, Matthew Moses âgé de 22 ans et fréquentant le Centre d’éducation des adultes Wagar mènera la 2e édition annuelle de la Promenade de chiens organisée par Autism Speaks Canada le dimanche 8 septembre, de 9 h 30 à 11 h 30, au parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau (6975, rue Mackle) à Côte Saint-Luc.

Le public est invité à participer à cette levée de fonds annuelle pour célébrer l’amour inconditionnel de la race canine ainsi que les bienfaits thérapeutiques de ces compagnons pour les familles et les individus qui vivent avec l’autisme.

« Rookie est très important pour moi et ma famille; il flaire bien mes émotions surtout lorsque je suis triste. Rigolo, il me fait rire constamment et il nous aime tous sans condition », déclare Matthew. « Les chiens sont d’un grand réconfort lorsqu’on encaisse des coups durs. Je vous invite vous et votre chien à vous inscrire à la Promenade de chiens. Vous appuierez ainsi les familles, les enfants et les adultes atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme. »

Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Wagar que fréquente Matthew est situé au cœur de Côte Saint-Luc et accueille des élèves provenant de 49 pays et dont le niveau de scolarité et les expériences de vie varient. Ce centre offre un programme destiné aux élèves ayant des besoins particuliers. Ce sont pas moins de 250 élèves adultes à temps partiel et à temps plein qui suivent le programme des services d’intégration sociale du MEES. Le centre offre également des cours de français et d’anglais à temps partiel et à temps plein pour débutants et intermédiaires.

« Toute la communauté Wagar est immensément fière du travail accompli par Matthew, et ce, aussi bien à titre d’élève que de défenseur des intérêts des autistes », a déclaré Nick Katalifos, directeur du Centre d’éducation des adultes Wagar. « C’est pourquoi nous sommes ravis que l’organisme Autism Speaks Canada travaille avec un jeune homme de caractère, un ambassadeur comme Matthew. Au nom du personnel et de tous les élèves de la classe de Matthew, nous félicitons Matthew et Autism Speaks Canada – nous sommes persuadés que l’activité de promenade de chiens remportera un franc succès! »

Nous vous invitons à découvrir le balado d’Inspirations de Mark Bergman à
https://soundcloud.com/inspirationsnews/autism-speaks-canada-dog-walk-montreal-more-than-just-a-dog-walk

Outre la promenade de 1 km, les participants pourront également rencontrer des spécialistes du monde canin et des organismes communautaires, prendre part à des concours qui s’adressent aux chiens et à la famille et peut-être même remporter de superbes prix. Les 250 premiers participants recevront un sac-cadeau contenant des collations pour chiens, gracieuseté de Nutrience.


Le prochain numéro de Fielding Focus sera publié le 26 septembre 2019. La date limite pour soumettre un article est fixée au vendredi 20 septembre.



 The next Focus will be on September 26, 2019.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20.