Tuesday, September 22, 2015


ELECTIONS STUDY PANEL: Following three months of intense study, the Election Systems Study Panel (the Panel) released its final report last week urging the Quebec government to maintain the current practice of electing English school boards by universal suffrage as the best, and perhaps only, way to fulfill the government’s obligation to protect the minority language community’s constitutional rights. The report, which was submitted to the panel’s four sponsoring organizations - Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA), the Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the Québec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA) as well as to Minister of Education François Blais - also suggests a range of measures including online voting in order to increase voter participation. Marlene Jennings chaired the panel.

OUTSTANDING MATH RESULTS: In June, the EMSB students taking the Math 426 Science Option Ministry exam achieved one of the highest success rates of any school board in the province. This year, the percentage of students who passed the exam was 88.4 percent, an increase of 18 percent over the past two years. As a result, the overall success rate for the Math 426 Science Option course was 92.7 percent.  “We would like to congratulate all the students for their success and their teachers for their hard work,” says math consultant Yvan Germain.

It was all smiles at the exciting announcement.
MACKAY CENTRE NEWS: The Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) has authorized a sum of $20.9 million for the EMSB to build a new facility to house the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton Schools. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini and Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco were elated with the news. The Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton Schools have effectively been tenants of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (MMRC), which falls under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Health and Social Services.  For decades, the Philip E. Layton School was located at the Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB) facility on Sherbrooke Street West in NDG, where renovations forced them to move to the Decarie Boulevard building last September.  The Mackay Centre School educates children with physical disabilities, the deaf, and students with communication disorders.  P.E. Layton services the blind and/or physically handicapped and /or intellectually handicapped students. Both schools have a supra-regional mandate and consequently, the EMSB is the only school board to offer services to this particular group of English students, not only in the Montreal region, but in the province of Quebec.   The EMSB  and the MEESR made the news official at a press conference, formally announcing that the future location will be on Terrebonne Avenue, near Madison, behind the former Somerled School in NDG. Ms. Mancini stated that the goal is to have it ready for the 2018-2019 academic year. See the press release.
EBS gets into the KINDERgarten spirit.
KINDERgarten: EMSB Violence Prevention Consultant Daphna Leibovici and Ethics Consultant Anne-Marie De Silva visited the kindergarten classes  of Alison Lydynia and Sharon Friedmann at Elizabeth Ballantyne School in Montreal West on the first day of school to support the EMSB KINDERgarten program, aimed at combatting bullying and acts of aggression while fostering compassion and acts of kindness.  Kindergarten teachers from Elizabeth Ballantyne School, along with six other elementary schools across the EMSB, are among the first to participate in the program by sharing their experiences, ideas, classroom activities, and best practices with the program development team. “ We are excited to implement this new initiative,” said Principal Otis Delaney.

The EMSB has received a professional development grant for the 2015-16 school year  to develop a repertoire of selected activities for kindergarten teachers to use from day one of the academic year to sensitize children to acts of kindness, promote good values, build empathy and compassion, and to stand up for others when witnessing acts of aggression.  The KINDergarten development team consists of kindergarten teachers Jackie Dare (Parkdale), Carole Bergamin (Our Lady of Pompeii), Sharon Friedmann  (Elizabeth Ballantyne), Nancy Omobono  (Honoré Mercier), Melanie Dignard (Westmount Park), Maria Bonadonna (Michelangelo) and Imma Ieraci (Michelangelo). The consultants are Ms. De Silva and Ms. Leibovici.
Focusing on Mindfulness.

MINDFULNESS: EBS has adopted a “Mindfulness Initiative” schoolwide. Rekha Magon is the co-founder of Innerrhythm (www.innerrhythm.ca) and explains that “Mindfulness” is defined  as “ paying attention in a particular way that allows us to respond rather than react. This will bring positive awareness to one’s moment to moment experiences.” She facilitated a Teacher Training workshop that focused on the “Mindfulness Fundamentals.” Through a combination of experiential movement, breath work, and mindfulness practice, educators learn how to reduce stress, increase patience and coping skills, cultivate empathy, strengthen relationships while also building a personal mindfulness practice for themselves. The “Mindfulness Initiative” also comes with a Mindfulness Curriculum Kit for students that helps improve classroom management, behavioural patterns, reduce tension and anxiety, decrease bullying, and helps to improve positive interaction in the school. The school’s first assembly of year involved a Mindfulness training for staff and students in the gym for the entire school. It was such a great experience for the entire EBS school community, says Principal Otis Delaney “Rekha has wonderful presentation skills and she gives students a balanced and healthy experience that keeps them energized, engaged, and ready to learn,” he said. See press release

BREAKFAST TV AT ROYAL VALE: City’s Breakfast TV reported live from  Royal Vale School in NDG on August 31.    Here are the clips.
Marco Scandella is officially thanked for his support,
NHL STAR BACK TO SCHOOL: Marco Scandella, a 25 year old  star defenceman for the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, made a special visit to his former high school, Royal Vale in NDG on September 4 at which time he was named an honourary ambassador of a new elite hockey program. Scandella also attended the EMSB’s Westmount High School for Secondary I and Willingdon Elementary in NDG. The hockey program at Royal Vale is for students at the elementary and secondary levels and coordinated by Greg Orsini of Rapid Hockey Development. Initially it will be offered on and off-ice training before and after school, not conflicting with classes and utilizing the nearby Doug Harvey Arena. Scandella’s former  physical education teacher, Chris  Lagakos, is among those spearheading the program.

Royal Vale Principal Nathalie Lacroix reports that a lot of exciting developments will occur at the school this year. More than   $700, 000 in renovations to the building have been done in recent months, from new windows to a freshly painted auditorium. A new playground structure and climbing wall will soon be ready.  Besides the elite hockey program, a competitive fencing club will be introduced. Academically, on the eve of open house season, the high school will launch sports, music and drama concentration programs for 2016-2017 and for students who do not wish to enroll in French immersion (70 percent of subjects taught in French), a 30 percent option called Français Flex will debut.  “All of these new programs are a wonderful addition to our school, which already offers high quality education and obtains outstanding results,” says Ms. Lacroix. 

See this video on the Scandella visit.  Here is the CTV report.  Watch this report from RDS.

OPEN HOUSES: It is Open House season at EMSB primary and secondary schools. The successful television advertising campaign which ran a year ago is being repeated. Here it is.

NEW DEPARTMENT NAME: With the amalgamation of the Pedagogical Services and Information and Technology Services Departments, under director Sandra Furfaro, a new identity has been approved by Council. It will now be known as Education and Technology Services.

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY: Continuing what has become an annual tradition, students from Royal Vale School in N.D.G. will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7. They will be joined by students and staff from Lower Canada College.The walk will begin at N.D.G. Park (Corner Marcil and St. Antoine) at 7:15 a.m. Students, parents and representatives from the school will have a police escort as they make their way into school.  Elementary school students in over 40 countries will walk to school on this day. Walk to School Day began in 1997 and the success of the campaign has prompted October to be dubbed “International Walk to School” month.  Liberal Member of Parliament and former astronaut Marc Garneau will participate as will Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, School Commissioner Joseph Lalla and Pan-Am  Silver medalists  Steph Valin and Katrina Monton.The participation of more schools is expected to be announced.

Some Dunrae Gardens students enjoy the game.
ALOUETTES NIGHT: Over 700 members of the EMSB community packed Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on September 3 for what is hoped to become an annual #EnglishMTL Night with the Montreal Alouettes. In partnership with the Alouettes, tickets to the evening were sold as a fundraiser that benefitted individual Home & School Associations or Parent Participation Organizations (PPO).   Families from East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P., Royal West Academy in Montreal West, Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle Schools in T.M.R., Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent, Merton Elementary School in Côte Saint Luc, Honoré Mercier Elementary School in St. Leonard and St. Dorothy  Elementary School in St. Michel all enjoyed a wonderful evening cheering on the Alouettes.  As part of their Together at School program, members of the Montreal Alouettes spend their offseason visiting schools while encouraging students to focus on their studies and pursue a healthy lifestyle.  Schools can register for the 2016 Together at School program by visiting this wesbite.

EMSB/ARCTIC PARTNERSHIP:   Head coach Gianni Cantini and a number  of players from the St. Léonard Arctic of the  AAA Quebec Junior  Hockey League visited John Paul I Junior High School on Monday, September 21  to help kick off their 2015-2016 season and announce a new partnership with the EMSB. John Paul I students Marina Genovesi, Vanessa-Marie De Angelis, Cheyenne Sky-appleton-Osbourne and Donna Marrone will sing the national anthem at the game. They did a dress rehearsal at the launch event. Arctic players then took part in a floor hockey scrimmage and shootout with some John Paul I students.
Arctic players and officials, EMSB commissioner Patricia Lattanzio, JP I staff and students.
On Wednesday evening, October 14 (7:30 pm) more than 600 EMSB students will be in attendance when the Arctic host the Montreal East Rangers at Garon Arena  (11212 Garon) in  Montreal North. The team’s St. Léonard local is under renovations. The Arctic have a number of EMSB grads on their roster. Lina Di Giovanni, a long-time EMSB parent volunteer and vice-president/co-owner of the Arctic, is excited about welcoming students and their families to many games this season. She has already decided that team uniforms will have an EMSB logo on the shoulder (see below).  Her husband, Joe
The national anthem singers.
is the co-owner and president. At John Paul I, players were introduced and engaged in a brief ball hockey scrimmage. Michael Fratangelo  and Matthew Valente (Lester B. Pearson High School Sports Études program); Peter Ianatelli and Corey Scalia (Vincent Massey Collegiate), Massimo Lorusso (Pierre de Coubertin Elementary), Dino Landucci (Dante Elementary School) as well as Juliano Lemme, Anthony Fiorino, Guillaume Briand Briere and John Georgaros. Coach Cantini is a graduate of John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald.  See all of the photos from the launch here.
EMSB logo on jerseys.
They will also promote the importance of staying in school while playing hockey at a
high level.

STUDENT CRACKS QMJHL: Alexander Krief  of LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent  has made the roster of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's   Saguenéens de Chicoutimi. He will be completing his final year of high school in Chicoutimi while training regularly.  

Demetra Droutsas, Nadia Sammarco, Audrey McAllister, Claude Dansereau and Marylène Perron.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: LaurenHill Academy held a very successful professional development day for all St. Laurent schools. Guest speaker Audrey McAllister, who addresses the subject of inclusive education, told representatives of the four St-Laurent schools (LaurenHill, Parkdale, Gardenview and Cedarcrest) were reminded of how to bring out the best in children, employees and managers so that every individual's contribution is significant, preserving of good self-esteem, and confidence fostering collaboration. As we educate diverse students in our classrooms, be at the gifted, the shy, the extrovert, the active, the intellectually challenged, or the child with behavioral difficulties, we must meet the challenge to accompany the students on a human level, fostering interdependence, collaboration, and respect of differences. The goal is to create an environment where children may learn, be successful and be accepted for who they are.

A fun start of the year at Cedarcrest.
CEDARCREST GETS SPECIAL VISIT:  On September 15, the students and staff at Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent  kicked  the  year off with a visit from Ilze Luneau from the “basketball family.” Ilze has been featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show and has toured worldwide with a message of reaching your goals and that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Failing is not an option; keep trying until you succeed! This was her first visit to a Montreal area school. Her inspirational message and hands-on presentation was electrifying and appreciated by all!

James Lyng High School is presented its Green Award.
Vincent Massey
GREEN AWARDS: The EMSB Green Committee recognized three winning schools
with awards at the last Council of Commissioners meeting: James Lyng High School, Vincent Massey Collegiate and Willingdon Elementary School.

CAREER FAIR: The 16th annual EMSB Career Fair  will take place October 28 and 29 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau) for more than 2,000  Secondary IV  students. Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank are the event’s title sponsors.. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 28, the Career Fair will be opened 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.  The EMSB Council of Commissioners will also hold their next meeting that first night at St. Pius X. Harriet Cohen from EMSB Adult Education and Vocational Services is the Career Fair chairperson. The Student Services and AEVS Departments of the EMSB  coordinate this  program.  Ms. Cohen 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, Air Canada and some private business colleges.

MEDIA LITERACY WEEK: The 10th anniversary of National Media Literacy Week (http://www.medialiteracyweek.ca) will take place November 2 to 6.  This year’s theme is “Respect in a Digital World,” encouraging young people to be upstanding digital citizens by acting responsibly and ethically in their online environments by respecting themselves, others and the spaces they’re in. This comes at a time when the EMSB Pedagogical Services team of consultants are working with teachers to implement digital citizenship lessons in class.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: With the digital world continuously evolving, parents across the EMSB are invited to a special evening on October 13 at 7 pm at Marymount Academy International (5100 Cote St. Luc Road) where renowned expert, Alissa Sklar, Ph.D. will be holding a session discussing “Smartphones, Sexting & Social Media: What Parents Need to Know.” The presentation and discussion with Sklar will delve into what parents should know when it comes to kids and digital technology and what parents can do to promote safe, responsible, creative and productive use of these tools.  

“Our children are digital natives, growing up in a wired world we could never have imagined during our own school years. The Internet places an incredibly powerful set of resources at their fingertips, allowing them to communicate, entertain and inform themselves at all times and in all places,” said Linda Luca, Spiritual Guidance and Community Involvement Animator at Marymount Academy International. “However, it is vital that children are taught to use technology in ways that are creative and productive, but also safe and responsible.” 

Alissa Sklar, Ph.D. runs risk(within)reason, a Montreal consultancy project focused on kids, technology and risky behaviours. Dr. Sklar has a Ph.D. in communications and cultural studies, taught in the Communication Studies Department at Concordia University and worked in the field of adolescent risk prevention at McGill University. In addition to her academic and consulting work, Dr. Sklar is a mom of three, and a multiple award winning feature writer, with a particular interest in parenting, youth and digital technology issues. 

COMEDY FOR A CAUSE: Rosemount High School’s Comedy for a Cause will take place on Friday October 9  (7:30 pm) in their auditorium). This comedy night will have a fantastic lineup of standups. Host    Neil Janna will be  followed by Gino Durante, Andrew Searles  and headliner Sebastian Bourgault.  The cost is $20 and no tickets will be available at the door. 
Andrew Searles

Proceeds will help build a school in Africa through the Free the Children Organization,  an international charity and educational partner. It is unique among Canadian charities in that it operates collaborative programs, both domestically and internationally. The other portion of the money will be reinvested at Rosemount High School to help facilitate activities and programs for the students of this community.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rosemount High School at (514) 376-4720 or  Vince Lacroce at 514.483.7200 ext. 5252 or via email at vlacroce @emsb.qc.ca.

Fun at the BBQ.
ROSEMOUNT BBQ: Students at Rosemount High School kicked off Labour Day weekend and celebrated their return to school with an old fashion BBQ, a Felix and Norton Cookie Food truck, and great music. Spearheaded by the administration at Rosemount along with the House Leaders from Fox, McCrae, Peterson, Richard and Stowe.  The intent of the BBQ was to celebrate the school's diverse multicultural community as well as officially welcome the new staff and students of the school. A special thank you to  the staff members and students who helped cook and set up the day.

CHORALE SEASON: After celebrating its 35th anniversary season last year with special concerts
and new works, the EMSB Chorale is ready to start another exciting season of music-making. Auditions began on  September 12. Students from Grades 4 to Secondary V may audition at any Saturday morning rehearsal in September. The EMSB Chorale is a special Pedagogical Services program that offers exceptional music training and opportunities to work with professional musicians, to learn the best classical and multicultural literature, and to sing in some of Montreal’s top concert venues. Rehearsals take place at Westmount Park School.  Info: pabbott@emsb.qc.ca.

CHESS UPDATE: Last June,  Lester B. Pearson High School (LBPHS)  Chess Club President, Joseph Ceraso,  and Vice-President  Francesco Mignacca   received awards from the City of Montreal. Both seniors were recognized for their perseverance and outstanding work in organizing and delivering 12 chess meets for the 2014-2015 academic year, culminating with the interschool chess tournament, “Battle of Thrones,” against Royal West Academy.   The highlight of the ceremonies for the seniors was signing the city’s “golden book.”  Both seniors, Ceraso and Mignacca, intend to remain involved this school year with training the new group of LBPHS Chess Club organizers as they gear up for their 2015-2016 season.

ORIENTATION DAY: Lester B. Pearson High School Secondary I students were welcomed into the family on August 31 when Student Council held its annual Orientation Day.  Members of the Council began working out plans over the summer and tested out activities during the annual leadership camp. Plans culminated during a successful day filled with activities.  New students were given tours of our facilities, lead through ice breakers, experiential activities as well as treated to a pizza lunch.  These annual welcome activities are planned to ease the transition to high school. students enter the building on the first day of classes with more confidence and a positive sense of the Lester B. Pearson community. 

STUDENT BUSINESS PROGRAM: Lester B. Pearson High School students were recognized at a gala with over 1,500 students from other schools at the Palais des congrès de Montréal  on September 8 to celebrate this year’s Student Business Career Exploration Internship Program. During the summer months, these students participated in a week-long internship where they were presented with hands-on learning in a professional setting. This program was offered to all students in Secondary III aiming to inspire them and explore professional possibilities. The project was coordinated by guidance counsellor Michael Plescia and made possible through Montréal Relève. Student Council’s Victoria Sicurello was singled out with a certificate of merit.

Excited with their award.
LEADERSHIP AWARD: A dozen students from Lester B. Pearson High School were honoured on September 8  by the McGill High School Community Leadership Award. Students were recognized for making valuable contributions to Student life, enriching the lives of those in their high school communities. The award was the first in what will become an annual event orchestrated by the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office. Students in Grade 10 last year were nominated for demonstrating leadership, initiative and innovation in their schools and wider community. Current Secondary five student and Student Council Co-President Cristina Mignacca was selected as one of four finalists and took home the grand prize. 

Fasulo and Pacella
SPORTS ÉTUDES RECOGNITION: Lester B. Pearson High School Sport Études students received academic achievements awards as members of the Impact Academy. Tristano Fasulo is a Secondary IV Sport Études student. He  finished his last year with an 86 percent overall average. Daniel Pacella is a Secondary III Sport Études student. He finished his Secondary III year with an 88 percent overall average.  

CORN ON THE COB: On September 11, the administration at LBPHS prepared a treat for the entire student body, a corn roast to give a sweet and savoury end to the week. Members of Student
Corn anyone?
Council prepared approximately 2,000 ears of corn on the cob and served them to the student body. Weather was on their side as it was a beautiful and sunny late summer afternoon celebration.  

A CALL OUT FOR PK SUBBAN: David Saracino is a Grade 6 student at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard. David has Crouzon Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes an infant’s skull and facial bones to fuse early, impeding normal bone growth and posing a severe threat to the brain. A first operation when David was a month-and-a-half old separated his cranial bones to give his brain room to develop. He underwent a second operation at eight months old. He has been an ambassador for the Montreal Children's Hospital for many years. Recently, he did this video—a call out to Canadiens defenceman PK Subban whom he met at the hospital two years ago. As a result of this video, Subban did call David at home for a chat. The two then met again in person when Subban announced his seven year, $10 million commitment to the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  “This boy has been in our hearts since kindergarten,” said Principal Donna Manos. David’s dad Frank is the school’s Governing Board chairperson and his mom Tina is  a top volunteer.

NESBITT MEMORIAL: On September 11,  Nesbitt Elementary School in Rosemount held a Vince Lacroce,   along with Cycle 3 teachers Nancy Saltarelli  and Connie Cassetta. As part of the tribute day, students wrote 300 letters of remembrance, hope and peace to the New York Fire Department to mark the lives lost that day.
service of commemoration for the victims of the 9/11  tragedy. A memorial table of candles and quotes of peace was placed in the main plaza area in honour of 2,977 victims of September 11. The event was coordinated by Spiritual Community Animator

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: In honour of the International Day of Peace, September 21, the Cycle three students from Nesbitt  officially launched the Helping Hands campaign. The program will be overseen by Connie Cassetta and Vince Lacroce. The goal of
the Helping Hands campaign is to spread awareness of the importance of creating a safe and peaceful school environment. Students will be producing cards, bookmarks and other stationary items that will be sold to benefit the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation. The latter prides itself on its collaboration with professional educators by developing a school culture that encourages safety, security, peace, and love for one another. The program will culminate December 11.

Antoinette Scrocca, Anna Villalta and students.
TERRY FOX RUN: In honour of the 35th anniversary of  the Terry Fox Run, the entire staff and student body from Nesbitt had a dress up day  on   September 17 acknowledging their favorite Canadian Heroes, from PK Subban to Batman.  The school wide program was organized in conjunction with the administration, Physical Education Department teachers Lisa Palmieri and Antonio Farinaccio and Mr. Lacroce. Nesbitt School   reflected on Terry Fox’s courage, determination and how he has inspired generations of Canadians  “Our students reflected on the courage and determination of Terry Fox,” said Mr. Lacroce. “He continues to inspire generations of Canadians.” 

PEACE AT OTHER SCHOOLS: International Peace Week was marked at other schools. Students at Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension and Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in TMR marked the significant week with a special visit from Karl Morel, a retired Canadian Forces Peacekeeper. 
Committed to peace.

Mr. Morel, who serves as Quebec Provincial Director of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CANVUP) as well as the Editor-in-Chief of “The Blue Beret” newsletter and Communications Officer for the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association (CPVA), presented to students as a follow up to their class lessons on virtues.  “His presentation was captivating, drawing in all the students’ attention with hundreds of pictures showcasing the life and experience of the Canadian Peacekeeper, sharing his stories of his time in Bosnia, Cypress, and many other places around the world,” said Puynung Choy,  Spiritual and Community Animator.  “The students had fun wearing his uniform and carrying his military accessories. It was evident, that the students’ interest was peaked, and much of his lesson and storytelling was valued greatly. At the end of the session, the students had a ‘broader’ perspective of the Canadian military and its multi-faceted role in the world. This spiritual event covered various elements of history, language arts, and ethics. An educational experience linked with real life experiences – a moment to remember.”

PERSPECTIVES I COMMEMORATION:  In honour of the International Day of Peace, the students from Perspectives I  Alternative High School in St. Michel will be writing letters of remembrance, hope and encouragement for multiple fire houses in New York City. The school held a service of commemoration based on Mother Teresa famous quote “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” for the victims of September 11.  Students watched a September 11 video created by   Vince Lacroce,  and were asked to dialogue with their peers on how to better improve themselves and the others in our community. The event was coordinated by Mr. Lacroce, Head Teacher Barbara White and the rest of the teaching staff.

PITCHING IN: On Monday October 5 students from Perspectives I will be launching their “Perspectives I Pitches In” initiative with The Benedict Labre House. This program will be spearheaded by Mr. Lacroce. The intent of the visit is to expose Perspectives I students to the homeless situation in Montreal and become proactive citizens by volunteering their time and giving back to the community. Students from Perspectives I will be serving a full course meal, setting tables and clearing them up afterwards for the clients who frequent the Benedict Labre House. The Benedict Labre House is located on 308 Young street in the Griffintown area of Montreal. This year long partnership will also include heartfelt testimonials from the clients of the Benedict Labre House along with an Art through theory program projected to launch in 2016. 

YOUTH CALENDAR: Here is a link to the 2015-2016 youth calendar

COMMERCIALS: The EMSB is once again airing commercials on CTV Montreal in September and October to promote high school open houses.   In addition, a campaign is also airing on CJAD Radio.

GENERAL VANIER TEST DRIVE:   General Vanier Elementary School in St. Léonard is extending an invitation to all licensed drivers in neighboring communities to help us raise money for the school by test-driving a Buick on Sept 24 from Noon to 9 p.m.  There is no additional obligation, just 10 minutes of your time! The target is 500 test drivers that will enable the school to collect $10,000 to hold events for 2015-16 such as Welcome Day, Community Breakfast, Grade 6 graduation, Robotics and Chess pedagogical programs and much more.  For all details, log on to  www.emsb.qc.ca/gvanierelemé. This event is being organized by General Vanier’s PPO committee with the support of staff and parents, and the team looks forward to receiving you with goodies and tons of fun! Please see the flyer.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:  Work has begun at Rosemount High School on the lighting in halls, stairways, and classrooms which will be converted from fluorescent to the latest LED technology. This will save energy, last longer, and simplify maintenance while maintaining or enhancing lighting levels.  Last spring, the EMSB launched  its second major initiative aimed at bolstering energy efficiency in school buildings. This $24.6 million project with energy efficiency experts Énergère will initially focus on 17 specific schools and centers. 

In 2009, another company outfitted six schools with technology that cut their energy bills by 47 percent. This amounted to an annual reduction of 2,480 tons of greenhouse gases and greatly reduced the EMSB’s carbon footprint, equivalent to removing 876 cars from the road.  The company optimized the heating network and ventilation, installed more efficient hot water boilers, efficient lighting and heat recovery equipment which included geothermal heating and heat pump systems.  This investment of $8,425,292.51 had an 11 year payback plan. Once the project is completed in December, the 17 buildings will achieve a 53 percent reduction in energy consumption and  74 percent or 4,070 tons of CO2 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to removing more than 1,400 cars from the road. The LED technology phase  accounts for $9 million of the budget. Savings overall are projected to amount to more than $1.17 million per year once all measures are in place. The initial investment is expected to be covered in 14 years and four months, taking into account $9.9 million in grants from Hydro-Québec, Gaz Métro, Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques (BEIÉ) and the MEESR.

The 17 schools and centres are: Rosemount High School and Technology Centre and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount; Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North; Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard; Royal West Academy in Montreal West; Leonardo Da Vinci Academy, Michelangelo International and East Hill Elementary Schools in Rivière des Prairies; St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St.-Charles; John F. Kennedy High School and Adult Education Centre in St.-Michel; High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre in the Plateau; Marymount Academy International in NDG; Laurier Macdonald High School and Vocational Centre and John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard; St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic; Shadd Business and Health Centre in NDG; Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount.

EMSB EXPRESS: The fall edition of the EMSB Express is online here.   Copies were sent home with students and made available to others via a variety of means. In this edition, there is a special four page section on Volunteer Appreciation Evening, special coverage on our energy efficiency project, a listing of high school open houses and other important news.

James Lyng students with Adrian and Nathalie Bercovici, Nick Morena and Commissioner Joseph Lalla.
GENERATIONS FOUNDATION: The Generations Foundation, which provides hot meals and summer camp experiences to needy students across Montreal, had their annual Bagel-a-thon at St. Viateur Bagel and Café in NDG.  The husband and wife team of Adrian and Nathalie Bercovici continue to do a wonderful job steering the ship of this organization. They thanked Nick Morena for his generosity. Students from the EMSB`s James Lyng High School in St. Henri were there as volunteers. EMSB Commissioner Joseph Lalla, Shadd Health and Business Centre Principal Roma Medwid and other staff were on hand.

TEDxYOUTH: EMSB students are being invited to be placed on centre stage - the TEDxYouth@Montreal stage! On November 14, the fourth annual TEDxYouth@Montreal conference will be held at Collège de Montréal, Salle Érmitage from 1pm to 5:30 pm.  There is always a panel of adults ready to share and inspire the young audience; but this year, they are making room for a teen to speak to their peers.  Organizers want to give an outstanding student the opportunity to join  their list of extraordinary speakers at the upcoming event.   They are looking for teens with something to say!   (give an opinion, share a story, motivate,  make people cry, make people laugh, make people think)

The contest will run from September 14 to October 5 for students’ ages 12 to 18.  A semi-final event will be held in late October where the top six youth contestants will be able to present on stage. The winner will be determined at the end of the semi-final event. The winner of the TEDxYouth@Montreal contest we will receive the possibility of presenting their Talk at the upcoming conference in front of 250 to 300 youth participants where the Talk will be recorded and uploaded onto the internet to inspire and motivate other youths around the world!  The winner will also be provided with two additional guest tickets to attend this event. Please log on to   www.tedxyouthmontreal.com or do not hesitate to contact allison.tedxyouthmontreal@gmail.com for further information.

GRANTS FOR D’ARCY McGEE SCHOOLS: D’Arcy-McGee MNA David Birnbaum has announced that his office will provide two $1,000 grants to eligible schools and community associations in the riding who develop innovative programs to improve English and French second-language skills. Submissions will be assessed by an expert panel, with two winners selected in early October. The panel members will be Birnbaum, a former Executive Director of the Quebec English School Boards Association, Charley Levy, former English Montreal School Board Director General and Association of Jewish Day Schools Executive Director and Ruth Rosenfield, former President of the Montreal Teachers’ Association.

“Our riding prides itself on the bilingual, often trilingual capacity of so many of its residents, Birnbaum noted, “but there are seniors, newcomers and others who simply haven’t had the privilege or the opportunity to perfect their English or French. I want to offer a modest stimulus to help some schools or community groups give them that chance.”

The two grants, made available through the National Assembly’s Volunteer Work Program, will be awarded for the development, implementation and staffing of innovative conversation groups or exchange initiatives that bring together adults or students to perfect their English and French second-language skills.  A list of schools and community groups within the riding have been invited to submit their proposals by September 30th. For further information, please contact the D’Arcy-McGee Riding office at 514-488-7028.

AUTHOR AVAILABLE TO SPEAK: Dr. Sima Goel is the author of the memoir, Fleeing the Hijab: a Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, published in March 2014. Her book has been described as inspiring and riveting and she has a valuable lesson to share with students. As the beginning of the new school year is upon us, she is inviting high school teachers who wish to teach their students the importance of freedom of expression, resilience, compassion and empathy from a first hand source. “Mine is a true story - my quest to live a life with freedom of choice—from matters of dress, to
education, to political and religious expression –things I dreamed of while a young girl under house arrest in Shiraz,” said Dr.  Goel. “I was challenged to keep my creative soul alive while living under great repression, and I learned what it means to counter despair with the power of the human heart. As a teenager, I faced great dangers after I spontaneously defended a Baha’i classmate, an action that eventually led to my flight across the desert. My memoir is a testament to the human need for freedom of expression and to the power of forgiveness and empathy. In every way, this book is a love story to the free world and will remind the reader of this country’s greatest strength: the right to be the person you were born to be. I do believe that I have an exceptional and unique story to share. I would very much welcome the opportunity to speak with your students. I have already shared my story through a number of different platforms and I have seen people of all ages respond enthusiastically to my message.”

Dr.  Goel notes that this is an election year across North America. She believes it is time for youth to absorb her message in hopes that they will realize how truly they are to live in open democracies. She can be reached  at drsimagoel@gmail.com. Log on to  www.fleeingthehijab.com

KID CON: Anticipation is building for the first ever KidCon, a two-day event aimed at children aged three to 12, September 26-27, 2015 inside  Stade Uniprix (the old Jarry Park).  Exhibitors will be showcasing all types of products for kids, featuring favourite brands like Marvel, Disney, Shopkins, Monster High, Star Wars and much more in the 75,000 square foot facility.   Highlights will include a special screening of the Frozen Sing-Along Edition movie,  a video game zone, author Roch Carrier and his animated classic The  Sweater, Toopy and Binoo live, characters from Star Wars, inflatables, a costume parade and food trucks. One and two day passes are available. Log on to www.kidconmtl.com.

WORLD PREMATURITY DAY: The Jewish General Hospital is one of the largest birthing centers in the province of Quebec with approximately 4500 deliveries each year. Its world-class Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for about 700 premature babies and ill newborns. The JGH Auxiliary's Tiny Miracle Fund is committed to purchasing vital, life-saving equipment for the NICU. Thanks to our many committed supporters, we have raised awareness as well as over $300K with a goal of $500K. The Tiny Miracle Fund provides a wonderful teaching opportunity for students. It demonstrates the importance of charity, and allows the students to be part of an important global event. Participating schools will be eligible for a NICU nurse visit during the year, where a short presentation and video will be shown. This past year, eight schools participated and organizers look forward to increased involvement.  Please consider the Tiny Miracle Fund for your special class or school wide projects for the 2015-2016 academic year.  November 17marks World Prematurity Day all over the world. This special day can be celebrated in your school, by asking your students to wear purple clothing or a purple accessory and make a $2 donation.  For further information, please call the JGH Auxiliary at 514.340.8216 or email us at thetinymiraclefund@gmail.com.  

BIG CLEANUP: Year after year, Montrealers of all ages are invited to take part in the Big Cleanup. This program helps to beautify public or private places, parks, alleys, sports fields and schoolyards. It involves the community in an eco-responsible project.  Organizers are called upon schools to mobilize massively and get children involved for a successful sixth edition of the Big Cleanup.     The city can provide garbage and recycling bags, garden picks, rakes, brooms or shovels. It can also supply t-shirts for special school draws.   This cool activity is an opportunity to show community leadership, and teach children about garbage and recycling containers. It is great way to take care of the environment and make new friends for the new school year.  See this flyer for how to join. You must register your Big Cleanup project at least 72 hours in advance to receive your material, organizer’s guide and safety instructions. Info: Julie Millette 514 872-0588 or  julie.millette@ville.montreal.qc.ca  

CENTAUR THEATRE OF TOMORROW PROGRAM:   Centaur Theatre Company announces its Luminous Theatre of Tomorrow (TOT) Program for the 2015-2016 Season.  . The TOT program makes live English theatre accessible to High School students at a discounted price. Tickets remain at $16.00 for another year thanks to our sponsors. Program benefits include a teacher’s guide providing background information, discussion topics and improvisation activities; and talkback sessions following the performances where students meet the cast, voice their comments and ask questions. I hope that you and your students will be able to join us at Centaur Theatre Company this upcoming season, as we have a very exciting season to share. LINK

SEGAL CENTRE OFFERS:  The Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Snowdon is committed to giving its audience the most engaging theatre experience possible. For families and students of all ages, they offer a number of public programs for each season free of charge, including their Sunday @ the Segal series, Monday night talkbacks, Study Guides, and behind-the scenes videos and insights on their blog.  Students can attend for up to 50 percent off the price of an adult ticket. Call 514-739-7944 for more information or to reserve, or buy your tickets online at segalcentre.org. In addition, school groups are welcomed for weekday afternoon performances, including reduced ticket prices, private tours, and talkbacks. Log on here or contact Patrick Lloyd-Brennan (plbrennan@segalcentre.org) at 514-739-2301 ext. 8360 for more information.

AFTER-SCHOOL AND CAMP PROGRAMMING: The Segal Centre Academy offers a wide variety of after-school musical theatre training courses. There is Broadway Stars,  Grades 2 to 8, which offers training in classic and contemporary musical theatre;  Young Artists for Young Audiences, (YAYA), Grades 2  to 6 (YAYA Kids) & 7- to 11 (YAYA Teens) which provides musical theatre training from the perspective of Jewish heritage and Yiddish culture; the new Glee Academy - Grades 4 to 8, which gives kids the chance to build their confidence by learning to sing, dance and perform in an environment that’s friendly, supportive and nurturing and also new, Acting Up- grades 2-6, a Sunday morning class that focuses primarily on theatre. All courses run from October 2015-June 2016. Segal Centre Camps include one for SPRING BREAK- February 29 to March 4 and SUMMER CAMP- offered in 2 sessions- July 4 to 15 and August 1 to 12, 2016. Camps are open to kids in Grades 2 to 6.

Registration now open! http://www.segalcentre.org/whats-on/academy/courses-for-kids/  For more information please contact: Liana Wiener at .739.2301 x8331 (lwiener@segalcentre.org)

PROMOTIONAL ITEMS:  Funkins was a sponsor of the EMSB’s most recent Volunteer Appreciation Evening. They are a leading supplier of customized promotional products. Call or email Steven Mitchell at 514-333-9552 or steven@funkins.ca.


SHADD BARBEQUE: The staff and administration of the Shadd Health and Business Centre in NDG hosted a Welcome to Shadd BBQ for new and returning students on a beautiful sunny Thursday,September 1.  As Principal Roma Medwid notes, "It is difficult to have students in a vocational training centre, who are there for a short period of time - depending upon their programs - feel part of the centre. Hosting a BBQ was one of the events that will be held this year to create ties to our Shadd family."
Enjoying the  BBQ.
The staff and administration prepared and served 500 students in record time. Students feasted on hamburgers, hot dogs, May Wests, chips, corn, McIntosh apples and drinks. There was a party atmosphere in the cafeteria as students were dining to the music of Pit Bull provided by   Vice Principal Maria Caldarella.  The day students were feted at lunch while the staff pulled it all together once more, for the evening students at supper time. As you can see from the pictures, there were many smiling faces on all the students. They truly appreciated the effort put in by the entire staff and for some students it was their first experience eating hamburgers and hot dogs.  "It was great to see the appreciative faces and hear the many thank you’s the staff received as students left for the day,"  said Ms. Medwid.


KINDERgarten: La conseillère en prévention de la violence de la CSEM et la conseillère en éthique, Anne-Marie De Silva ont visité les classes de maternelle d’Alison Lydynia et de Sharon Friedman de l’école Elizabeth Ballantyne de Montréal-Ouest, le premier jour d’école pour le programme KINDERgarten de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal qui vise à combattre l’intimidation et les actes d’agression tout en encourageant la compassion et les gestes de gentillesse. Les enseignantes de maternelle de l’école Elizabeth Ballantyne ainsi que de six autres écoles primaires de la CSEM sont parmi les premières à participer au programme en partageant leurs expériences, idées, activités de classe avec l’équipe de développement du programme. « Nous sommes enchantés de mettre en œuvre cette nouvelle initiative » déclare le directeur Otis Delaney.

La CSEM a reçu une subvention de perfectionnement professionnel pour l’année scolaire 2015-2016 pour développer un répertoire d’activités sélectionnées que les enseignant(e)s de maternelle utiliseront à partir de la première journée de l’année scolaire pour sensibiliser les enfants aux gestes de gentillesse, promouvoir les bonnes valeurs, créer de l’empathie et de la compassion et prendre la part des autres lorsqu’ils seront témoins d’actes d’agression. L’équipe de développement de KINDERgarten est formée d’enseignantes de maternelle : Jackie Dare (Parkdale), Carole Bergamin (Our Lady of Pompei), Sharon Friedmann (Elizabeth Ballantyne), Nancy Omobono (Honoré Mercier), Mélanie Dignard (Westmount Park), Maria Bonadonna (Michelangelo) et Imma Ieraci (Michelangelo). Les conseillères sont Mme De Silva et Mme Leibovici.

RETOUR À L’ÉCOLE D’UNE VEDETTE DE LNH : Mario Scandella, une vedette de 25 ans de la défense de l’équipe Minnesota Wild de la LNH a visité son ancienne école secondaire, Royal Vale à NDG, le 4 septembre et a été nommé ambassadeur honoraire d’un nouveau programme d’élite de hockey. Scandella, qui a fréquenté l’école secondaire Westmount pour le secondaire I et l’école primaire Willingdon de NDG, était accompagné de Michael Baslyk, qui est diplômé de l’école primaire Edinburgh et de l’Académie Royal West de la CSEM. .

Le programme de hockey de Royal Vale s’adresse aux élèves du primaire et du secondaire et il est coordonné par Greg Orsini de Rapid Hockey Development qui offrira initialement une formation sur glace avant et après l’école sans déranger les classes et utilisera l’aréna Doug Harvey. L’ancien enseignant d’éducation physique de Scandella, Chris Lagakos, fait partie des promoteurs du programme.

MARCHONS VERS L’ÉCOLE: Poursuivant une tradition annuelle, les élèves de l’école Royal Vale de NDG participeront à la Journée internationale de la marche vers l’école le mercredi 7 octobre. En compagnie d’élèves et du personnel du Collège du Bas-Canada, la marche débutera au parc NDG (coin Marcil et Saint-Antoine) à 7 h 15. Les élèves, les parents et les représentants de l’école auront une escorte policière tout au long de leur marche vers l’école. Les élèves d’écoles primaires dans plus de 40 pays marcheront vers l’école. Cette initiative a vu le jour en 1997 et son succès a fait en sorte que le mois d’octobre est connu comme le « mois international marchons vers l’école ». Le député libéral du Parlement et ancien astronaute Marc Garneau participera à la marche ainsi que le maire de Côte Saint-Luc Anthony Housefather, le commissaire Joseph Lalla et les médaillés d’argent Steph Valin et Katrina Monton. La participation de plus d’écoles devrait être annoncée bientôt.

CEDARCREST REÇOIT UN VISITEUR SPÉCIAL: Le 15 septembre, les élèves et le personnel de l’école primaire Cedarcrest de Saint-Laurent ont commencé leur année par la visite d’Ilze Luneau de la « famille de basketball ». Ilze a été mis en vedette à l’émission d’Ellen Degeneres et a fait le tour du monde portant le message d’atteindre vos objectifs et que tout peut être réalisé si on y met l’effort. L’échec n’est pas une option; essayez jusqu’à ce que vous réussissiez! Ceci a été sa première visite à une école de la région de Montréal. Son message inspirateur et sa présentation ont été électrisants et appréciés de tous.

PERFECTIONNEMENT PROFESSIONNEL: L’Académie LaurenHill a organisé une journée de perfectionnement professionnel couronnée de succès pour toutes les écoles de Saint-Laurent. La conférencière invitée Audrey McAllister qui a abordé le sujet de l’éducation inclusive a rappelé aux représentants de quatre écoles de Saint-Laurent comment faire ressortir les meilleures qualités des enfants, employés et gestionnaires afin que chaque contribution individuelle soit significative, préserve l’estime de soi et encourage la collaboration. Alors que nous éduquons des enfants doués, timides, extravertis, actifs, à déficience intellectuelle ou avec difficultés de comportement, nous devons relever le défi d’accompagner les élèves sur un niveau humain, d’encourager l’interdépendance, la collaboration et le respect des différences. L’objectif est de créer un environnement où les enfants peuvent apprendre, réussir et être acceptés pour ce qu’ils sont.

SEMAINE ÉDUCATION MÉDIAS: Le 10e anniversaire de la Semaine Éducation Médias http://www.medialiteracyweek.ca aura lieu du 2 au 6 novembre. Le thème de cette année est « Respect dans un univers numérique » qui encourage les jeunes à être des citoyens numériques modèles en agissant de façon responsable et éthique dans leur environnement en ligne en se respectant ainsi que les autres et les espaces où ils se trouvent. Cet évènement a lieu alors que l’équipe de conseillers  des Services pédagogiques de la CSEM œuvre avec les enseignants pour mettre en place des leçons de citoyenneté numérique en classe.

SAISON DE LA CHORALE: Après avoir célébré son 35e anniversaire l’an dernier avec des concerts spéciaux et de nouvelles œuvres, la chorale de la CSEM est prête à commencer une autre saison excitante de musique. Les auditions ont commencé le 12 septembre. Les élèves de la 4e année au secondaire V peuvent passer une audition lors de n’importe quelle répétition du samedi en septembre. La chorale de la CSEM est un programme spécial des Services pédagogiques qui offre une formation musicale exceptionnelle et des occasions de travailler avec des musiciens professionnels pour apprendre la meilleure littérature classique et multiculturelle et de chanter lors de quelques concerts spéciaux de Montréal. Les répétitions ont lieu à l’école Westmount Park. Info : pabbott@emsb.qc.ca.

EXAMEN DE CONDUITE DE GÉNÉRAL VANIER: L’école primaire Général Vanier de Saint-Léonard invite tous les conducteurs détenteurs d’un permis de conduire des quartiers environnants de l’aider à lever des fonds pour l’école, en faisant l’essai routier d’une Buick le 24 septembre, de midi à 21 h. Il n’y a aucune autre obligation, seulement 10 minutes de votre temps!  L’objectif est 500 conducteurs qui permettront à l’école de recueillir 10 000 $ pour organiser des évènements pour 2015-2016, dont la Journée de bienvenue, le petit déjeuner communautaire, la remise de diplômes de la 6e année, les programmes de robotique et d’échecs et plus. Pour tous les détails, consulter www.emsb.qc.ca/gvanierelemé . Cet évènement est organisé par le comité PPO de Général Vanier avec l’appui du personnel et des parents et l’équipe a hâte de vous recevoir avec des friandises et beaucoup de plaisir!

NOUVELLES DU CENTRE MACKAY: Le ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) a accordé à la Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) la somme de 20,9 millions de dollars pour la construction d’un nouvel établissement qui logera les écoles du Centre Mackay et de Philip E. Layton. La présidente de la CSEM, Angela Mancini, et la vice-présidente, Sylvia Lo Bianco ont été ravies de cette nouvelle. En effet, les écoles du Centre Mackay et de Philip E. Layton ont été les locataires du Centre de réadaptation MAB-Mackay, qui relève du ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux. Pour plusieurs décennies, l’école Philip E. Layton a été logée à l’Association montréalaise pour les aveugles (MAB) sur la rue Sherbrooke ouest, à NDG, où des rénovations l’a obligée à déménager en septembre dernier au bâtiment du boulevard Décarie. L’école du Centre Mackay dessert des enfants atteints de handicaps physiques, des élèves sourds et ceux atteints de troubles de communication. L’école Philip E. Layton dessert des élèves aveugles et/ou ceux physiquement ou intellectuellement handicapés. Les deux écoles ont un mandat suprarégional et, par conséquent, la CSEM est la seule commission scolaire qui offre des services à ce groupe particulier d’élèves anglophones, non seulement de la région de Montréal, mais de toute la province de Québec. La CSEM et le MEESR ont officiellement annoncé que le nouvel établissement sera situé sur l’avenue Terrebonne, près de Madison, derrière l’ancienne école Somerled à NDG. Mme Mancini a déclaré que l’objectif était d’avoir l’établissement prêt pour l’année scolaire 2018-2019.

JOURNÉE D’ORIENTATION: Les élèves du secondaire I de l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson ont été accueillis le 31 août dernier lorsque le conseil d’élèves a tenu sa journée annuelle d’orientation. Les membres du conseil ont commencé à élaborer des plans au cours de l’été et ont mis à l’essai des activités au cours du camp annuel de leadership. Les nouveaux élèves ont fait la tournée de l’établissement, ont participé à des activités expérimentales ainsi qu’à un déjeuner de pizza. Ces activités annuelles sont planifiées pour faciliter la transition à l’école secondaire. Les élèves entrent en classe le premier jour de classe avec plus de confiance et un sens positif de la communauté de Lester B. Pearson.

SERVICE COMMÉMORATIF À NESBITT: Le 11 septembre, l’école primaire Nesbitt a tenu un service commémoratif pour les victimes de la tragédie du 11 septembre. Une table commémorative de chandelles et de citations de paix a été placée en honneur des 2 977 victimes du 11 septembre. L’évènement a été coordonné par l’animateur de vie spirituelle Vince Lacroce ainsi que les enseignantes du Cycle 3 Nancy Saltarelli et Connie Cassetta. Dans le cadre de cette journée, les élèves ont écrit 300 lettres d’espoir et de paix au service d’incendie de New York en l’honneur des vies perdues lors de cette journée.

EFFICACITÉ ÉNERGÉTIQUE: Les travaux ont débuté à l’école secondaire Rosemont pour l’éclairage dans les corridors, les escaliers, les classes, qui sera converti de fluorescent à la dernière technologie DEL. Ceci permettra d’économiser de l’énergie, durera plus longtemps et simplifiera l’entretien tout en maintenant ou rehaussant les niveaux d’éclairage. Au printemps dernier, la CSEM a lancé une initiative majeure visant à renforcer l’efficacité énergétique des bâtiments d’école. Ce projet de 24,6 millions de dollars, en collaboration avec Énergère, se concentrera au début sur 17 écoles et centres spécifiques.

En 2009, une autre compagnie avait équipé six écoles d’une technologie qui avait réduit de 47 % leurs factures d’électricité. Ceci équivalait à une réduction annuelle de 2 840 tonnes de gaz à effet de serre et a grandement réduit l’empreinte carbone de la CSEM, équivalant à éliminer 876 véhicules automobiles de la route. La compagnie a optimisé le réseau de chauffage et de ventilation, installé des réservoirs d’eau chaude plus efficaces et de l’équipement plus efficace de récupération d’éclairage et de chauffage, incluant des systèmes de chauffage géothermal et de pompes à chaleur. Cet investissement de 8 425 292,51 $ a un plan de remboursement de 11 ans. Dès que le projet sera terminé en décembre, les 17 bâtiments atteindront une réduction d’énergie de 53 pour cent. La phase de technologie DEL compte pour 9 millions de dollars du budget. Des économies générales de plus de 1,17 millions $ par année sont prévues dès que toutes les mesures seront en place. L’on s’attend que l’investissement initial soit couvert en 14 ans et quatre mois en tenant compte de 9,9 millions de dollars de subventions d’Hydro-Québec, Gaz Métro, du Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques (BEIÉ) et du ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR).

Les 17 écoles et centres de formation sont : L’école secondaire et le Centre de technologie Rosemont, l’école primaire Pierre Elliott Trudeau à Rosemont; l’école primaire Gerald McShane à Montréal-Nord; l’école primaire Dante à Saint-Léonard; l’Académie Royal West à Montréal-Ouest; l’Académie Leonardo Da Vinci et les écoles primaires Michelangelo International et East Hill à Rivière-des-Prairies; l’école primaire Saint-Gabriel à Pointe-St-Charles; l’école secondaire John F. Kennedy et le Centre d’éducation des adultes à Saint-Michel; l’école secondaire de Montréal et le Centre d’éducation des adultes sur le Plateau; l’Académie Internationale Marymount à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce; l’école secondaire Laurier Macdonald et le Centre de formation professionnelle et l’école secondaire John Paul I Junior à Saint-Léonard; le Centre des carrières St. Pius X à Ahuntsic; le Centre d’études commerciales Shadd à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce; l’école primaire Roslyn à Westmount.

VISITE D’AUTEUR: Le Dr Sima Goel est l’auteure du mémoire Fleeing the Hijab, évasion d’une femme juive d’Iran, publié en mars 2014. Son livre a été décrit comme inspirant et captivant et elle a une leçon précieuse à partager avec les élèves. Au début de l’année scolaire, elle invite les enseignants du secondaire qui désirent enseigner à leurs élèves l’importance de la liberté d’expression, de la résistance, de la compassion et de l’empathie à partir d’une source de première main. Mon histoire est véridique – ma quête de vivre une vie avec la liberté de choix – en matière d’habillement, d’éducation, d’expression politique et religieuse—toutes choses dont j’ai rêvé en tant que jeune fille confinée à la maison à Shiraz. J’ai été mise au défi de garder mon esprit créatif vivant tout en vivant sous une forte répression et j’ai appris ce que signifiait de faire face au désespoir avec la force du cœur humain. À l’âge adolescent, j’ai affronté de graves dangers après avoir spontanément défendu  une camarada Baha’i, un acte qui a éventuellement mené à ma fuite à travers le désert. Mon mémoire est un testament du besoin humain de liberté d’expression et du pouvoir du pardon et de l’empathie. Ce livre est une histoire d’amour /du monde libre et rappellera à chaque lecteur la plus grande force de ce pays : le droit d’être la personne que vous êtes née. Je crois que j’ai une histoire exceptionnelle et unique à partager. J’apprécierai beaucoup l’occasion de m’adresser aux élèves. J’ai déjà partagé mon histoire par le biais de diverses plates-formes et j’ai vu des personnes de tout âge répondre avec enthousiasme à mon message.

Le Dr Goel souligne que c’est une année d’élections à travers l’Amérique du Nord. Elle croit qu’il est temps que les jeunes absorbent son message dans l’espoir qu’ils réaliseront la chance qu’ils ont de vivre en démocratie. Elle peut être rejointe à drsimagoel@gmail.com.

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DE LA PRÉMATURITÉ: L’Hôpital général juif est l’un des plus importants centres de naissances de la Province de Québec avec près de 4 500 accouchements chaque année. Son unité de soins intensifs néonatals (USIN) de renommée mondiale s’occupe de près de 700 bébés prématurés et de nouveau-nés malades. Le JGH Auxiliary’s Tiny Miracle Fund est engagé à acquérir un équipement vital et qui peut sauver des vies pour l’unité de soins intensifs néonatals. Grâce à nos nombreux partisans engagés, nous avons relevé la sensibilisation et recueilli plus de 300 000 $ de notre objectif de 500 000 $. Le Tiny Miracle Fund offre une excellente occasion d’apprentissage aux élèves. Il démontre l’importance de la charité et permet aux élèves de participer à un important évènement global. Les écoles participantes seront admissibles à une visite d’une infirmière de l’USIN au cours de l’année, au cours de laquelle une courte vidéo sera présentée. L’an dernier, huit écoles ont participé et les organisateurs espèrent voir une participation accrue.  Veuillez considérer le Tiny Miracle Fund pour vos projets de classe ou d’école de l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Le 17 novembre souligne la Journée mondiale de la prématurité à travers le monde. Cette journée spéciale peut être célébrée dans votre école en demandant aux élèves de porter des vêtements pourpres ou un accessoire pourpre et faire un don de 2 $. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez appeler les Auxiliaires de l’Hôpital juif, au 514-340-8216 ou adresser un courriel à thetinymiraclefund@gmail.com.

GRAND NETTOYAGE: Année après année, les montréalais de tous âges sont invités à participer au Grand Nettoyage. Ce programme aide à embellir les endroits publics ou privés, les parcs, les allées, les terrains de sport et les cours d’école. Il implique la communauté à un projet éco-responsable. Les organisateurs demandent aux écoles de se mobiliser massivement et de faire participer les enfants à une sixième édition du Grand Nettoyage, La ville peut fournir des sacs de poubelle et de recyclage, des pelles, des râteaux et des balais. Elle peut aussi fournir des t-shirts pour des tirages au niveau de l’école. Cette activité est une occasion de faire preuve de leadership communautaire et d’enseigner aux enfants l’utilité des conteneurs de déchets et de recyclage. C’est une excellente façon de gérer l’environnement et de faire de nouveaux amis pour la nouvelle année scolaire. Consultez ce dépliant sur la façon d’adhérer.  Vous devez vous inscrire au projet Grand Nettoyage au moins 72 heures à l’avance pour recevoir votre matériel, le guide d’organisateur et les instructions de sécurité. Info: Julie Millette 514-872-0588 ou julie.millette@ville.momtreal.qc.ca.

The next Focus will be published on  October 29. Submissions should be made to Michael J. Cohen preferably by e-mail (mcohen@emsb.qc.ca) by October 23 at Noon.

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