Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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, which also contains information about the successful adult education and vocational training programs. E-mail inquiries can be sent to 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

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

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 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

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;  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 | 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.


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.


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 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 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.

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.

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

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. 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 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


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

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.