Tuesday, November 7, 2023


NEW EMSB BILL 96 CHALLENGE: The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) announced today that it is seeking a stay of provisions of Bill 96 and the Charter of the French Language requiring the use of French in the majority of the EMSB’s internal written communications, as well as internal documents, and written communications between English school boards, among others.

“We are taking action now,” explained Joe Ortona, Chair of the EMSB, “because in recent correspondence with the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), the situations in which the EMSB is permitted to use English only in internal communications have been interpreted very narrowly . While we offer rich programming in French in our schools and are committed to ensuring our students have strong French language capabilities so that they can live and work in our province, it is important to emphasize that we are an English school board and a key institution of the English-speaking community. 

“We are launching our legal challenge because ensuring student success is our priority, and the restrictive view of the OQLF is interfering with the pursuit of our mission and mandate,” added Mr. Ortona. “It places an unnecessary burden on our staff, diverting their focus from educational priorities and students. Furthermore, while the province is facing a teacher shortage, the government’s approach shrinks our application pool and severely limits the opportunities for unilingual anglophones within the EMSB.” 

Regional Director Jimmy Giannacopoulos, Assistant Director General Pela Nickoletopoulos, Principal Donna Manos, Dan Laxer, Vice-Principals Andrea Dillon and Alex Kulczyk and Dr. Labos.

DR. LABOS RETURNS: As part of the EMSB's 25th Anniversary Alumni Speaker series, Dr. Christopher Labos spoke to a packed auditorium at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent on November 7. He graduated from the school in the EMSB's very first year, 1998-99, and he has gone on to become a very high profile physician. A cardiologist, with a degree in epidemiology, he is  a frequent media contributor in The Gazette as well as local and national radio and television. He gained particular notice as an expert during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Labos was interviewed on stage by CJAD's Dan Laxer and then responded to some questions from students. He credited the EMSB's Hospital Opportunity Program (HOPs) for helping inspire him to pursue a career in medicine. 

From the 1999 LaurenHill Year Book.

"You don't know if you will like medicine until you do it," he explained. "The advantage of HOPs is that it allows you when you are very young to see if this is something you are really interested in or hate with a passion.  Dr. Labos also announced that he has  a newly published book, entitled Does Coffee Cause Cancer?: And 8 More Myths about the Food We Eat.  It is available at bookstores and here  on Amazon.

Lorena D'Alessandro and student Julia Semaan.

TEACHER SEEKS SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Lorena D’Alessandro, a  veteran teacher of 44 years from the English  Montreal School Board’s Alternative Outreach Secondary System, is seeking donations of school supplies for students in the South Pacific island of Aitutaki. Ms. D’Alessandro will return there in mid-November. Last year she travelled to the area for the first time and was asked to visit a school and observe a few special needs students. The biggest need, said  Ms. D’Alessandro,  are blackboard paint, paint supplies, scissors, staplers, staple guns, staples, coloured paper, pouches for laminators and white board markers (laptops, iPads ). The second biggest need is any resource  material  that can be helpful to both staff and their special needs students. She can be reached at ldalessandro@emsb.qc.ca  or 514-798-2136. She is the head teacher at Perspectives II in St. Michel.

The intergenerational program in action.

BRIDGING THE GAP:   Perspectives High School is proud to announce a unique intergenerational exchange program, “Bridging the Gap!” that brings together students and residents of CHSLD Foyer Dante to foster connections between generations. This inspiring initiative, spearheaded by Spiritual and Community Animator Vince Lacroce and the staff members from both Perspectives I and II High Schools, aims to create a bond of shared experiences and wisdom. “Perspectives High School believes that students can learn invaluable life lessons and wisdom from our elders, and the residents of CHSLD Foyer Dante have so much to offer in terms of experience and insight. This heartwarming exchange of stories, knowledge, and laughter will enrich their lives and we are delighted to be a part of this program!” said  Mr. Lacroce. The intergenerational exchange program will run throughout the year and will include a wide range of activities, from team building games, bocce tournaments, friendly chats, and arts and crafts sessions.

COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS: The Quebec Ministry of Education has approved the EMSB’s Commitment to Success Plan, a strategic plan that will guide the Board’s initiatives towards increasing student success for over the next four years. Academic goals continue to serve as the bedrock of the plan, ensuring that students receive high-quality instruction that equips them for success. The Plan includes goals regarding school climate and supporting a healthy and inclusive atmosphere where students and educators thrive. Additionally, the Board has set goals towards increasing digital competency, offering special programs (known in French as les projets particuliers) in high school and supporting vocational education. The Plan is reported on annually and can be accessed by clicking this link.

The kids from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in costume.

HALLOWEEN SPIRIT: Congratulations to all members of the EMSB family for showing such wonderful Halloween spirit. Students and staff were once again so creative. Global Television spent the morning at John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic and here are a few of their reports. Just click on the links.

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CACE CONFERENCE: The Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) held their annual conference at the William Gray Hotel in Montreal. Mike Cohen, Nur Erdem and Wendy Singer represented  the EMSB. On the first day, delegates stood to sing the national anthem, a recording by the students of Nick Batzios  at Willingdon Elementary School in NDG. You can watch it her

ORTONA ELECTED: EMSB chair Joe Ortona has been elected as the new president of the Quebec English School Boards Association. Paolo Galati, chair of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, has been elected as vice-president.  “I am very excited for this new challenge and grateful for the confidence our member boards have placed in me,” Mr. Ortona said. “I also feel quite honored to become the first EMSB chair in our 25 year history to serve in this prestigious position.” 

QESBA Executive Director Russell Copeman noted that Mr. Ortona has been an active member for the organization’s board of directors and a leading voice for anglophone rights in the province. “At this juncture when English school boards are under tremendous pressure from the Québec government, Joe Ortona is the right person for this job,” he remarked.  See  the full press announcement here.   

Jonathan Goldbloom moderates a Bill 40 panel.

BILL 40 SEMINAR: With the decision of the Quebec government to appeal the Superior Court ruling on Bill 40, the QESBA hosted a conference at the EMSB head office entitled: The Fight Against Bill 40: What is at Stake. It brought  together the legal team, experts in education and community leaders to review the impact of the legislation and discuss the ongoing campaign against its implementation. There was an overview of Bill 40 from Russell Copeman, Executive Director, QESBA; details on the legal challenge by Mark Power, Audrey Mayrand and Perri Ravon from Power Law;  a look at Bill 40 from The French Sector Experience by Alain Fortier, former commissioner and President of the FCSSQ prior to the adoption of Bill 40; and the Community Response: A Panel Discussion with Geoffrey Kelley, Past Chair of APPELE Quebec, Katherine Korakakis, President of the English Parents Committee Association (EPCA)  and Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Executive Director of the Quebec Community Groups Network. You can find a link for donations to fight Bill 40 here.  

Julie Rene de Cotret and Mauro Zampini.

APPOINTMENT:  Mauro Zampini has been appointed as the interim assistant director of Student Service. Assuming his role as Principal of Royal Vale School is Otis Delaney. Andrew Mangal has moved from Vice Principal at John F. Kennedy Adult Education Centre to taking Mr. Delaney’s spot as Principal at Cedarcrest Elementary in St. Laurent.

Principal James Fequet and students thank their teacher.

WORLD TEACHERS DAY: On World Teachers Day, the EMSB and Marymount Academy International honoured Ayesha Khan, a Grade 10 and 11 Science, Physics and Chemistry teacher. In addition to taking on the role of mentor teacher to new teachers starting out at Marymount Academy, Ms. Khan is an outstanding role model and mentor to her students. Ayesha embodies the spirit of Marymount Academy in so many ways. Her positivity, her commitment, and her willingness to help others has earned her the respect she truly deserves. Thank you to Ayesha and all EMSB teachers for always going above and beyond to make our school board such a special place.

See this report on Global TV  

Nadine Neema

MERTON AUTHORS:  Grades 3 to 6 students at  Merton  Elementary School in Côte Saint-Luc recently welcomed author Nadine Neema. Ms. Neema is the author of Journal of a Traveling Girl, an award-winning historical fiction youth novel about the Tłı̨chǫ People's way of life in the North Western Territories, their land claim and self-government agreement. Ms. Neema brought the students a wealth of photos and videos illustrating her experience living among the Tłı̨chǫ people for three years, and she shared priceless anecdotes to help our students understand the richness of indigenous culture and the depth of their connection to the land. We are also grateful to Ms. Jessica, our Spiritual Animator, who brought special experiences to many other classes to mark this special week – and of course to all our teachers, who made this week memorable.

One of the Holocaust Museum exhibits (Emanie Arslan, Photo).

HOLOCAUST PROGRAM:   Students from John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel visited the Montreal Holocaust Museum. This was part of  a series of visits by East End high schools, funded by local businessman Henry Zavriyev. Following the tour, the students had a pizza lunch funded by Mr. Zavriyev and then met with an expert for a detailed discussion on what they had just seen and heard. Ontario has made Holocast education mandatory this year. British Columbia has announced it will too, as of 2025. The EMSB has adopted a resolution calling for Quebec to to the same.

Listen to this CBC news report. Mr. Ortona is clipped at the 2:48 mark here

Mr. Ortona with Mayor Black and Ms. Di Gulielmo.

MAYOR OF MONTREAL NORTH: Chair Joe Ortona met for the first time with Montreal North Borough Mayor Christine Black, Borough Director Tonia Di Gulielmo and Political Attaché Bienvenu-Olivier Nyumba. They discussed issues of green spaces at Lester B. Pearson High School, pick up and drop off spots at Gerald McShane Elementary, green space and accessibility of the green space at Galileo Adult Education Centre and  a new sports complex  the borough would like to construct There was an interest as well to meet with the administrations of the schools in the area.

Anna Gainey, Joe Ortona and students.

ANNA GAINEY VISITS:  Newly elected Westmount-NDG Member of Parliament Anna Gainey visited Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount to speak with Grade 6 students about her new career. She is a graduate of Roslyn, which made the appearance so special. Students provided some questions she could ask on their behalf to the Prime Minister and what it was like to grow up as the daughter of the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Bob Gainey.

Johnston, Lank, Copland and Fullerton.

ROSLYN REUNION: Phil Johnston, David Lank, Ken Copland and Jim Fullerton reunited this past September for lunch in Kingston, Ontario, 80 years after first meeting as Kindergarten students at Roslyn School in 1943. The lunch, arranged by two of the men’s daughters, featured many laughs as memories from their childhood days were shared. 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: The EMSB Student of The Month  for November is Gerard (JJ) Blaize Buakasa from John Grant High School in Côte Saint-Luc. In the past, JJ has struggled with regulating his emotions and making good decisions under pressure, however, he has truly begun to demonstrate changes which has positively affected his personal educational journey and those around him. Recently, on more than one occasion, he has demonstrated that he is capable of stepping back from potential conflict and redirecting his frustration towards finding an appropriate solution. Furthermore, he has stepped up as a leader in the John Grant community by drumming up interest amongst his classmates for a basketball program. We’re all proud of JJ and his transformation.

Students with their parents at the open house.

EDUCATION AND CAREER FAIR: More than 2,000  Secondary V students attended the 23rd  annual EMSB Career Fair on October 25 and 26 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau).  Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd is the event’s title sponsor.  Several on air personalities from the media were on hand to talk to students about careers in this field and serve as guest emcees, as well as motivational speaker and former school teacher Thierry Joubert. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 25, the Education and Career Fair was open to the community-at-large. This was  a good opportunity for parents to attend with their children (Grades 9, 10 and 11) as they look towards post-secondary education options in a one-stop shopping experience.  

Students gather around Thierry Joubert.

Mario Argiropoulos from EMSB Adult Education and Vocational Services is the Education and Career Fair chair. The Student Services and AEVS Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program.   The main objective is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them.  All students took part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students then had the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres,  CEGEPS, universities and some private business colleges.

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EMSB PARENTS COMMITTEE: On October 19 the EMSB Parents’ Committee members met for the first time this year to elect their executive members and observer to a Board Governance Committee: Chair, Katherine Korakakis,   Westmount High School; Vice-Chair, Jason Trudeau,  Rosemount High School; and Treasurer, Stephanie Passucci,  Laurier Macdonald High School (also elected to the Transportation & Safety Advisory Committee).  Parent Commissioners are  Maria Corsi (Elementary), Tony Speranza (High School), Daniel Tatone (no designation) and Rosemarie Federico (ACSES).  The parent representatives to the English Parents Committee Association (EPCA) are Ms.  Korakakis) and Jessica Houde- Woytiuk (Royal West Academy). 

Luba Kalba on the set.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT: This summer, Luba Kalba, a long-time teacher at Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou heard the most famous words in all of game-show television “Come on Down!” With her husband and son watching in the audience, Luba was selected as a contestant on The Price Is Right. Even with all the excitement, she managed to also give a shout-out to Dalkeith School while spinning the wheel. Way to go, Luba! To see her segment and find out how she did, follow this link

Here is Luba's interview on Global News Morning.

These three students represent the top winners from each of the three Italian Integrated PELO schools; East Hill, Dante and Pierre de Coubertin.

WEEK OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE: On the occasion of the 23rd edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World on October 20, the conference  Italian in Quebec: State of the Art and Prospects for the Future  was held in Collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Montreal.  Consul General of Italy, Enrico Pavone, created a space for the role of Italian in Quebec.  The EMSB was represented by Assistant Director of Educational Services  Anna Villalta  as one of the panelists speaking on the role of Italian in schools at EMSB.  At the end of the conference, three top winners from the “Il Pianeta che Vorrei” Contest ( “The Planet I Wish For”) were awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Embassy of Italy in Montreal.  

Costa Alihos (third from the left) is congratulated by senior management and commissioners.

RETIREES DINNER:  A total of 123 people attended the annual retirees' dinner, which took place on October 24 at Le Crystal Reception Hall in St. Laurent. The evening honoured 93 retiring employees of the EMSB who worked as educators, administrators, professionals and support staff, and whose combined years of service to the Board added up to 2,242 years.  A video message of well wishes from EMSB Chair Joe Ortona was played to the guests present.  Where he wished he stated “As you embark on his new chapter of your life, remember that retirement is not the end but a new beginning.  It’s time for you to explore your passions, travel, take up new hobbies, or simply savor the joy of doing nothing at all.  The choice is yours, and that’s the beauty of retirement – you get to write your own story from here on out.” 

You can read a full recap here

Here are all of the photos from the evening

Staffer Bianca Latin and Ella.

CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME WEEK: Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School  in Ahuntsic marked  Canadian Down Syndrome Week. All students were asked  to participate in a sock colouring activity to display on the Student Life bulletin board.  Previous Student Council members  Rebecca Guerrera, Simone Ferro, Adriana Pineda and Corentino Corso Masone  went to visit each class to discuss the importance of celebrating Down syndrome and uniqueness of the extra chromosome!  See this video with Ella, a student at the school who has Down Syndrome:

Please watch the video here 

The dental clinic in action.

LINKS DENTISTRY: Natasha Benvenuto, Physical Education Teacher at LINKS High School in Ahuntsic, teamed up with Madeleine Sinclair, Youth Program Coordinator and Tristan Delmas, Director of Health Communities from Special Olympics to create a mutually rewarding experience for everyone involved. DEFIS and MAP students hopped on the bus on October 18 to visit the state-of-the-art McGill Dental Clinic where fourth year dental students   performed a dental screening and cleaning. Each LINKS student was assigned their own dental student and individual cubicle along with regular check ins with their supervisors. Natasha explains: “We knew this partnership was extremely important because many of our students have a lot of apprehension and fear about visiting the dentist due to sensory issues, for example. On the other hand, exposing dental students to the particular needs of our students is crucial, so that when they have patients with neurodiversity, they are comfortable and have acquired the skills to serve this clientele with the care and sensitivity they require.  As one can see from the photos of our smiling and relaxed students, the visit was not as scary as they anticipated.”  Most people associate Special Olympics with sporting activities, but they go beyond physical activities through partnerships with organizations that promote other types of health and wellbeing workshops. The importance and benefits of dental hygiene and care was shared with the students at the level of their understanding. Everyone went home with a personal detailed dental report, a toothbrush, toothpaste and more. Each student left the clinic feeling proud of themselves, more confident and excited to show off their clean, fresh teeth. 

FACE students.

FACE STUDENT PRODUCTION: The  Secondary V students  at FACE School worked extremely hard to create their student production this year and it was a success! Students brought The Lorax to life and performed two shows on October 20. The student production is a tradition for the Secondary V class. This production is created, directed and led by the students. This year they also included the  kindergarten class to enrich their play. This experience and production really is a testament to the FACE spirit!

Country singer Brittany Kennell will be one of the guests at My Montreal.

MY MONTREAL CONFERENCE: Perspectives I & II Alternative High Schools (7770 20th Avenue)  in St. Michel will host a special inspiring event called  “My Montreal” conference on Monday, November 27. This motivational summit, organized by Spiritual Community Animator Vince Lacroce, Perspectives staff members Stefano Castricato and Diana Borges, along with Creations Marketing PR Owner Christina Capobianco and Joseph Ruvo of Les Delices Lafrenaie, is a collaborative effort involving local community leaders, professionals, and influencers who are passionate about uplifting the youth in the community. The intent of this event will provide outreach high school students with valuable guidance and inspiration to unlock their full potential as they navigate through the challenges of life and education.

You can read all of the details here  

BEWARE OF SCAM: We have received multiple reports of an individual(s) purporting to be a representative of the English Montreal School Board. In all cases, these individual(s) were offering self-defence classes directed at youth, specifically, young females. Please be aware that these calls are not legitimate and the individual(s) are not EMSB employees. Should you receive a call, please write down the phone number and all details and email them to: communications@emsb.qc.ca and we will transfer this information to the proper authorities.

Everyone had a great time at the Family Fair.

FAMILY FAIR:  The Lester B. Pearson High School’s first annual Family Fair was held on  September 28, welcoming students and their families to kick off the school year with a sense of community and celebration. “We believe building strong connections between school and families are crucial for a student’s educational success,” states Principal Joseph Vitantonio. The event was held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and more than 450 staff, students and their families came to enjoy the evening on the  school field. The night was a fun and relaxed atmosphere making it easier for families to engage as they enjoyed music, games and delicious, sweet treats offered by the school.  

Click the link here for a glimpse at the event 

Commissioner Joseph Lalla, Veronica Santaguida, Principal Carmen Nicolas, VP Peter McKelvie and students.

THE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE: Two moms of students from Willingdon Elementary School  in NDG have collaborated on  a new children’s book. On October 23,  on the occasion of Canadian School Library Day, author Veronica Santaguida read the book to Kindergarten students. Veronika Gruntovskaya  serves as the illustrator. Ms. Santaguida  has two children at the schools, one in Kindergarten and another in Grade 3. Ms. Gruntovskaya also has two student pupils in grades 1 and 4, with one more on the way. The new publication is called  "The Girl with the Big Voice,” a captivating rhyming children's book that takes young readers on an empowering journey of self-discovery and resilience. This heartwarming tale is set to inspire children aged three to eight to embrace their uniqueness and stay true to themselves. "The Girl with the Big Voice" follows the story of Emma, a little girl whose big voice has always been a part of her confident self-expression. But when criticism and discouragement dim her vibrancy, a new friend helps her embrace her uniqueness and stay true to herself. Parents and children alike will delight in Emma's transformative journey as she navigates the challenges of self-doubt. "The Girl with the Big Voice" is a beautifully written and illustrated story and a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers seeking to instill self-confidence in children. 

See the complete press release

Ryan leads the students in tree planting.

COME GROW WITH US: Grade 6 Green Committee students at Willingdon  had an amazing day planting trees along with the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi) under the amazing coordination of Ryan Oxley, Green Initiative Advisor with the EMSB. In science class, Grade 6 students have been learning about trees with science teacher, Dr. Kathleen Usher, and are working on a mapping exercise of the trees of Senior Campus and Loyola Park. Thanks to Ryan  and his fellow Green Initiative Advisor, Shannon Holton's, efforts at coordinating with Soverdi, the school now has 17 more trees to add to their map. The native species include Butternut, Serviceberry, Bur Oak and Hackberry along with a veritable orchard of pear, apple and cherry trees! Students loved the experience and certainly were learning with both hands! Soverdi's team arrived with all the equipment and supplies and Green Committee supplied the enthusiasm. Soverdi is an organization dedicated to the greening of our city with the objective of creating denser, more biodiverse urban forests that will improve Montrealers' quality of life.  

The Willingdon soccer players.

SOCCER EXPERIENCE:  The Willingdon girls soccer team  recently participated in the annual LCC tournament. During this exciting event, they had the opportunity to play games against primarily private schools from within the Montreal area. There were even a couple of schools from out of town. The tournament hit a feverish pitch when Willingdon faced off against Kuper in the finals. The championship game went right down to the wire when Kuper scored a game winning goal with only a couple of minutes left in the game. Despite a heart-breaking loss in the finals, the Willingdon coaching staff was very proud of their team’s effort. The girls did a great job of representing their school by battling hard every game while demonstrating great sportsmanship. It should also be mentioned that if there was an award for the loudest soccer fans, the Willingdon parents would have taken it home. 

Nikki Gouskos, Dennis Klapsis and Emine Arslan Avci at the EMSB table.

QPAT CONVENTION: The EMSB had an information table at the annual Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT) convention at the Hotel Bonaventure. It was a nice opportunity for discussion and an exchange of information. The   EMSB Human Resources  Department was represented to talk to prospective teachers. LaurenHill Academy Secondary V student Dennis Klapsis was on hand to assist as well.

Students from Westmount High always volunteer at the QPAT convention.

HOME AND SCHOOL: The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA) hosted  its 2023 Fall Conference  on  Sat.  Nov. 4 at Merton Elementary School  in Côte Saint-Luc. The event gives parents and the wider education community an opportunity to reconnect, share ideas, and gather valuable information. This year's workshops included Learning with LEARN: A presentation about the educational resources available from LEARN combined with an interactive discussion on AI with Dr. Michael Canuel, CEO of LEARN;  Is My Child Okay? Supporting Your Child’s Mental Well Being: A presentation on the mental health challenges that children may experience, what parents need to watch for, and various ways parents can offer support and foster resilience  with Zmira King, psychologist with the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB); and Winning Homework Strategies for Parents: A presentation that   helped  parents lose the pain and stress of homework time by providing simple hands-on strategies to get their children working independently with Caroline Chang and Dianea Phillips, Teacher Training and Education Support Specialists.

Students from LDVA listen to a firefighter.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: To commemorate Fire Prevention Month, Leonardo Da Vinci Academy, Pierre de Coubertin Elementary  and Nesbitt Elementary collaborated with several EMSB alumni, including Alessandro Piscitelli (Montreal Firefighter from Caserne 50  | Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and graduate of Leonardo Da Vinci Academy), Frank Desbiens (Montreal Firefighter from Caserne 41 | Ville de Longueuil and graduate of Laurier Macdonald High School), and Brigitte O'Driscoll (Montreal Firefighter from Caserne 35 | Ahuntsic-Cartierville, and the Montreal Fire Department to host an educational and interactive Fire Prevention workshop. This exciting event featured "The SIMulator," a state-of-the-art recreational vehicle designed for fire prevention activities, spearheaded by the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (Montreal Fire Department - SIM), along with testimonials and safety prevention tips from the invited guests. The Fire Prevention workshops took place on October 24 (Nesbitt) October 25 (Leonardo Da Vinci Academy), and October 27 (Pierre de Coubertin). The central attraction, The SIMulator, is a remarkable 35-foot-long RV specifically tailored to teach both children and adults essential safety behaviors in disaster scenarios. This initiative aims to empower our community with life-saving knowledge and skills that can be applied in emergency situations. The program for this event was developed by the schools’ administration teams, Spiritual and Community Animator Vince Lacroce,  Acting Head of Section 165 – Citizen Relations and Awareness Émilie Barbeau-Charlebois and Prevention Officer- Citizen Relations and Awareness Keven Bisson.

Louise Campbell with students.

ARTISTS INSPIRE: For yet another year, Royal Vale Cycle  II elementary students have had the pleasure of welcoming an artist from ELAN's Artists Inspire. They explored what they saw, heard and felt when in nature and when listening to Louise Campbell play her clarinet. The students expressed the emotions they felt through their senses by translating them to color on coffee filters and creating artwork. The students also got a chance to suggest an emotion and to witness how Ms. Campbell played her instrument differently to express the different emotions requested. Cycle 2 is an important age when interpersonal communication is facilitated. It was useful for the students to understand that there are many different ways to express emotions from the beginning of the school year to help set the tone for positive exploration, management and expression of emotions. Their teachers are hoping that the ELAN grant is extended for many years come.

Dr. Maija-Liisa Harju talks to students.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: Royal Vale's Truth and Reconciliation Commitee, supported by their administration of Otis Delaney, Steve Spetsieris and Chris Lagakos, hosted Dr. Mindy Carter and Dr. Maija-Liisa Harju from McGill University's Walk Alongside project. They were introduced to the project's website to discover a host of resources that they can refer to when trying to walk alongside indigenous partners during the path to reconciliation. The staff and the workshop's leaders discussed the importance of continuing to explore and include indigenous culture beyond orange shirt day and strategies for doing so. It was stated that in the past, some students graduating from schools and even university may not have heard of residential schools and that it is important that today's graduates understand the injustices that have taken place in order to move forward with a true reconciliatory spirit. The staff reiterated that teachers share a love for children, that all children do indeed matter and that it is part of their mandate to keep children safe

CHILDREN'S GRIEF AWARENESS DAY: The loss of a parent or sibling is one of the greatest tragedies that any child can endure and on November 16 (1:30 PM) at Roslyn Elementary School (4699 Westmount) in Westmount, the English Montreal School Board and Myra’s Kids Foundation will come together to mark Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Children’s Grief Awareness Day was created to help individuals understand the needs of grieving children and ensure that these youth receive the proper support as they cope with their new reality. On November 16, Roslyn, along with other EMSB schools, will also be holding fundraisers for Myra's Kids Foundation. Students will be wearing blue, the international colour symbolizing children’s grief, in support of their peers who have lost a parent or sibling. To recognize the day, Jon Reider, the founder of Myra’s Kids Foundation will be speaking to students. In his talk, Jon, who lost his mother when he was three years old, speaks to his own childhood and how important the support of friends is when dealing with the loss of a parent or sibling.  That evening, a number of EMSB families will also be taking part in a special ceremony (7 pm) in the Old Port as La Grande Roue de Montréal will be lit in blue to support all grieving children.  For the past eight years, Myra’s Kids Foundation has dedicated itself to providing critical support for grieving youth in Montreal. Every summer, Myra’s Kids Foundation runs a free bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17.  Additionally, throughout the year, the foundation provides free resources, such as grief support groups for children, parents and their extended family as well as access to trained professionals to help in the healing process.

SAY CHEESE: The  EMSB Chorale is once again holding its popular annual cheese fundraiser. They are happy to offer a delicious selection of cheeses from l’Abbaye de St-Benoit-du-Lac at prices lower than the retail price in stores. These lactose-free, vacuum-packed cheeses come in attractive boxes perfect for gift-giving or for your own holiday table. Many of you have purchased these products or have expressed an interest in the past few years so the EMSB is happy to give you the information for this year’s campaign. The money they raise goes towards buying music scores, concert production, the organization of music camps, workshops and giving choristers the opportunity to work with professional musicians. Last year’s campaign also helped them to finally make it to the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival (Powell River, BC), in July, after having been postponed from 2020. They returned inspired and musically enriched, and the choristers were fantastic ambassadors for the board, city and province.   Orders must be received and paid for by November 21. They  will receive and package the boxes on Friday, December 15 and your orders can be picked up at the end of the day in the 6000 Fielding cafeteria. You can call 514-483-7200 ext. 7234.  à

Gail Bernstein was a winner of a PM Award last year.

PRIME MINISTER'S AWARD: Consider nominating an educator for a 2024 Prime Minister’s Award!  Help  celebrate those who go above and beyond to create safe spaces for their students, continue to work hard to make learning fun and inspire the next generation to be bold innovators and creators. Prime Minister’s Awards recipients for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM and Excellence in Early Childhood Education can receive: a certificate from the Prime Minister or national recognition and promotion of their best teaching practices Looking for inspiration? Check out some previous teaching and early childhood education award recipients. Go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/science/researchfunding/researchawards/prime-ministers-awards.html 

East Hill students use their media skills.

MEDIA LITERACY WEEK:   Media Literacy Week (MLW), promoted by Media Smarts, is an annual event promoting digital media literacy across Canada, taking place each October. Schools, libraries, museums and community groups organize events and activities throughout the week. Media Literacy Week 2023 took place October 23 to 27. This year they also brought  back Digital Citizen Day on October 25. To  mark the occasion, East Hill Elementary School’s Nadia Barrafato and her students used their media skills to put together an Instagram reel and highlight the skills they’ve learned in her class. To watch these responsible digital citizens in action, follow this video link.  

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: During the month of October, Cycle 2 and 3 students at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.   Mariana Lopez, Cycle 3 teacher at Pierre de Coubertin,   Claudina Leonora Ocando Pena, Art Specialist, and Spiritual and Community Animator Vince Lacroce, have been instrumental in providing students with exceptional learning opportunities to learn more about the positive impact of the Hispanic Community in Canada. Students have embraced the importance of the contributions of the Hispanic community and their impact on the fabric of Canadian culture.   Juan Pablo Rodríguez PC MP, an Argentine Canadian politician who has served as Canada's Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant since 2023, was so touched by all the great work done by the school regarding the importance of multiculturalism and its impact on the Hispanic Community in Canada. See his heartfelt personal message to the students of Pierre de Coubertin here. 

GROWTH MINDSET: Students at Marymount, Willingdon and Merton have been learning about Growth Mindset and how to start the school year off on the right foot with Spiritual and Community Animator, Ms. Jessica. They learned about tips and tricks to adopt a growth mindset, as well as the science behind it and the power of “yet.”  At Merton Elementary, the students made a bulletin board of MIND MAPS, brainstorming words associated with adopting a growth mindset.

Remembrance Day ceremony at Nesbitt.

REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENTS: In November, Cycle 1 and 2 students from Leonardo Da Vinci Academy, Nesbitt Elementary, and Pierre de Coubertin Elementary will take part in interactive classroom-based workshops by Spiritual Community Animator on the topic of Remembrance Day, Peace, and the origins of the poppy. Students had an opportunity to create Stained Glass Poppy Art and Origami Remembrance Day Poppies. This project is a celebration of the symbolism of poppies and is a beautiful display for Remembrance Day.

Pierre de Coubertin students prepare their artwork.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the “Heart of a Soldier” contest, Cycle 2 and 3 students from Leonardo Da Vinci Academy, Nesbitt Elementary  and Pierre de Coubertin Elementary, under the guidance of Spiritual Community Animator Lacroce, will be creating paintings, sculptures, and drawings for different military units around the island of Montreal. The winning submissions will be delivered to Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital in the West Island by Retired Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Dion. He is a veteran having served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, namely as Lieutenant-Colonel in Afghanistan in 2010. Eric completed six international deployments and eight domestic operations. He holds an MBA from HEC and a PhD in public strategic management from l’ENAP. Eric is a contract professor at ENAP and a senior specialized instructor at Canadian Forces College. His research focuses on the relationship between global defense and national security through strategic management. At the Multidimensional Conflict Observatory of the Raoul Dandurand Chair in Strategic Studies at UQÀM, he holds the rank of associate member. Synergy, the title of his debut novel, was released in 2017. In addition, Eric leads an executive consulting company as CEO. Eric enjoys being outdoors and is a proud father. Some of these student-made entries will also be chosen by him and Rosemount Legion members in the community for the yearly National Youth Remembrance Day competition. A monetary reward is given to each national winner for their efforts. Senior First Place Winners are eligible for our most prestigious award – a trip to Ottawa and an opportunity to represent the youth of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.

On November 7 at Perspectives High School, students will pay tribute to those serving in the Canadian Armed Forces with interactive classroom-based sessions with Major Warren Lambie. The sessions will complement the current work discussed in both English and History classes at the school. This program was developed by Spiritual Community Animator Lacroce and Head Teacher Melissa Modica

On November 7 at Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in RDP, Cycle 2 and 3 students will pay tribute to those serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. This commemoration, spearheaded by Spiritual Community Animator Lacroce, will feature testimonials by Capt. Marc-Antoine Vigneau, Sgt. Eric Washburn  and Master Warrant Officer John Petrou, a symbolic peace lighting candle ceremony, and an Exhibition on Canada’s role in Italy during World War II by the Je Me Souviens Organization facilitated by Program Manager Marina Smyth. Je Me Souviens (JMS) is a Canada company education program created in collaboration with the Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) Foundation and le Royal 22ieme Regiment (R22eR). JMS provides free teaching materials to supplement the new Quebec history curriculum to help students gain a greater knowledge of Quebec’s role in military conflicts throughout the last 100+ years, and ultimately to help them understand the long-term impacts of war upon all facets of our peaceful society. The exhibition will highlight the paths of several Canadian heroes through Sicily and up the Italian mainland as they battled back against the Germans from 1943 to 1945. The exhibition also looks at the impact of the war on the Italian community in Canada.

On November 8 at Nesbitt Elementary in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Cycle 2 and 3 students will pay tribute to those serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. This commemoration spearheaded by Spiritual Community Animator Lacroce will feature testimonials by Capt. Vigneau, Sgt. Washburn, and Retired Lieutenant-Colonel Dion, a symbolic peace lighting candle ceremony, and an exhibition on Canada’s role in Italy during World War II by the Je Me Souviens Organization facilitated by Program Manager Smyth. 

On November 9 at Pierre de Coubertin in Saint-Leonard, Cycle 2 and 3 students will pay tribute to those serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. This commemoration spearheaded by Spiritual Community Animator  Lacroce will feature testimonials by Sgt. Christopher Nune and Capt. Johnathan Lai, a symbolic peace lighting candle ceremony, and an exhibition on Canada’s role in Italy during World War II by the Je Me Souviens Organization. The exhibition will highlight the paths of several Canadian heroes through Sicily and up the Italian mainland as they battled back against the Germans from 1943 to 1945. The exhibition also looks at the impact of the war on the Italian community in Canada.

SPECIAL PRICE FOR HABS TICKETS: Hockey season is in full swing! Do you want to bring your family to a Habs game this year? The EMSB has partnered with the Canadiens to offer our families tickets to the December 4 game vs. the Seattle Kraken at a special reduced rate. Limited seats are available. To buy your tickets, click here. If you or your family needs special accommodations, such as wheelchair seating, please contact: Max Murdoch at: mailto:MMurdoch@canadiens.com.

CHANGEMAKERS: The Community Recreation & Leadership Training Program (CRLT) at Dawson College will present  "Being a Change Maker." This interactive speakers' event promises to be an incredible journey of inspiration and learning for your students. It is being hosted by the CRLT program at Dawson College, and they hope to inspire students while exposing them to the CEGEP environment.  The goal is to help Grade 11 students learn more about Change Making careers in the field of Recreation and Community Development. This event will provide interactive activities to enable them to discover strengths and passions while getting an introduction to college life, Dawson College, and exploring whether CRLT may be the program for them to apply to.   The ideal participants are Grade 11 students with an interest in leadership, sports, activism, event planning, education, sustainability, and/or those who have the desire to help others.  It takes place on November 14 from   9:30 am to 2:30 pm  at Dawson ( 2000 Atwater, New Dome Theater) . The cost is  $10 per student. The deadline to register was October 30. However, you can   contact crlt@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: The NDG Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Christmas Day in the St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church Hall, 4455 West Broadway, north of Sherbrooke, from 1 to 7 pm.All NDG citizens are welcome and warmly encouraged to attend, there is no charge and we do not solicit donations at the dinner. The Christmas Dinner has been held continuously since 1988 and, in that first year, 125 people participated. Thirty-five years later we are serving over 1,000 meals which include turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, hot vegetables, baked goods for dessert, juice for the children and coffee. Alcoholic beverages are not served nor are they permitted in the hall. The Christmas Dinner is an informal, all-volunteer activity (we number about 200) that we start planning around mid to end October. We don’t hold meetings, there are no committees and we don’t have a president. Nor do we seek individual recognition. We just, sort, of get together and get going.  

The turkeys are bought, roasted and delivered to the Church by NDG citizens. Desserts are baked, also, by NDGers and delivered to the Church. All the other food items are bought with money raised through donations received during the year.This year, no thanks to inflation and rising costs of food and most other necessities, food insecurity has touched all corners of NDG and, so, we are asking for your help. Organizers  need roasted turkeys, desserts, volunteers and donations. If you are able, and would like to donate a roasted turkey, please contact Paul at 514-895-6337, e-mail paulshubin@sympatico.ca. Anyone who likes to get flour all over themselves, and would like to do some holiday baking, should contact Sharron at 514-262-6411, e-mail sharron.schwartz@gmail.com. They need volunteers in both the kitchen, the hall and for other “tasks” on the 24th and 25th. If you’ve got some time and would like to spend it in a friendly, festive atmosphere call Paul for kitchen duties and Kathryn, e-mail santashelpersndg@gmail.com for hall, and the various other, activities—and there are many! Finally, those wishing to make a donation should make it payable to the NDG Community Council, 5964 NDG Avenue, Suite 206, Montréal, Québec, H4A 1N1, and specify that it is for the Christmas Dinner. Please be sure to include your name and complete address as the Council will issue a receipt for a charitable income tax deduction.

THE AMAZING RACE: Following THE AMAZING RACE CANADA’s landmark 100th episode and Season 9 finale, and the Season 10 renewal announcement, CTV has confirmed that casting is now open for the upcoming season. Aspiring competitors can apply for their chance to experience the adventure of a lifetime. Those looking to experience this unforgettable adventure are invited to pair up with a teammate – a friend, sibling, parent, grandparent, partner, or anyone else they share a relationship with – and submit their application for this once-in-lifetime opportunity. Further casting details, including instructions on how to submit an application, are available at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada, with additional updates on the show’s official accounts on Facebook, X, and Instagram.  Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery, Season 9 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is the most-watched program of the 2022/23 broadcast year among total viewers and the key A25-54 demo with an average audience of 1.7 million viewers. The series is also the Top Summer Program and the most-watched Canadian Program for the 2022/23 broadcast year among total viewers and in all key demos, and ranks in the Top 5 on CTV.ca and the CTV app.  Let’s get some EMSB competitors. Click here

Simon Chang seen here at a school.

SIMON CHANG: Simon Chang, who has become a generous benefactor for the EMSB and Inspirations Newspaper, produced this video with his own version of the alphabet. You can watch it here 


Guest speaker Jean Lortie.

PROCEDE: The Provincial Organization of Continuing Education Directors, English (PROCEDE)  will hold a conference at St. Pius X Career Centre (9955 Papineau) in Ahuntsic on Friday, November 10. PROCEDE was established in 1976 and supports the development and delivery of adult, vocational and service to business training to Quebec’s nine English-language school boards. The objective of the conference is to assist member boards build bridges with industry representatives with whom the English boards have not historically built partnerships. It falls in line with the provincial government’s recent announcements to modernize vocational training  and to intensify efforts to meet the labor shortages in various sectors including in the construction trades. For the complete press release click here.

EMSB officials visited the offices of Dress for Success Montreal.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: The EMSB  Service to Business Group (SBG) has announced a new partnership with  Dress for Success Montreal, which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools, at no cost, in order to help women thrive in work and in life. SBG provides customized training to businesses, aiming to provide creative, advanced, and modern training practices designed to assist companies build better performance and productivity within their corporate structure.  These tailor-made instructional packages are specifically customized to meet each business’s training needs.   Instruction can be done in person or online. In  October clients of Dress for Success Montreal began participating in a series of five workshops at an EMSB adult education centre on how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. “We feel very fortunate to have an opportunity like this provided to our clients from the EMSB,” said  Dress for Success Montreal Executive Director Sophie Katz-Milo. Added EMSB Assistant Director of Adult Education and Vocational Services Rick  David: “We are very pleased to be assisting these clients to develop new skills so that they can re-enter the workforce.”  Please see the full press release.
Preparing smoothies.

HEALTHY HAVEN:  Healthy Haven is a James Lyng Adult Education Centre student-led initiative. Students in   Holly Commeford’s “Leaders & Changemakers” class prepare, serve and market freshly made smoothies. Healthy Haven is, however much more than a smoothie – it is the belief in the power of community collaboration and philanthropy. It strives to create a positive environment where students can come together to create the highest quality and most nutritious smoothies while connecting with their community. Students manage production, accounting and market their product, and on opening day, a line could be seen as students eagerly awaited to place their order. The best part is that proceeds go to the Mission Bon Accueil. Smoothies are served every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

JAME LYNG STUDENT SINGS: CBC TV recently did a wonderful feature on James Lyng Adult Education Centre student Brayon Jackson and Project Development Officer Garth Service. Jackson has produced an impressive music video, streaming  here on YouTube.

See the CBC Report  

Students listen attentively to the Coast Guard presentation.

COAST GUARD VISIT: The St. Laurent Adult Education Centre  had an exciting visit from the Canadian Coast Guard that was an educational event to remember. Our 200 academic students had the opportunity to learn about the crucial work the Canadian Coast Guard does and explore the exciting career paths it offers. The presentation highlighted the various benefits of working with the Coast Guard, sparking curiosity and enthusiasm among our students. Administrators say that it  was great to see the level of engagement by the students. Many of them had thought-provoking questions, showing a genuine interest in the possibilities that lie ahead. This is a testament to their eagerness to learn and grow.

Students pack their candy bags.

 WAGAR CANDY:  Students at the Wagar Adult Education Centre in Côte Saint-Luc prepared candy bags to be distributed on Halloween to those that may need a little extra joy with a treat. This students  decorated, prepared, labelled and packed 150 candy bags that were delivered to Place Kensington Senior's Residence. 

Students attend a Chabad Lifeline session.

CHABAD LIFELIFE SESSION: On November 2 Galileo Adult Education Centre in Montreal North proudly hosted a workshop by CHABAD Lifeline, an addiction Care Recovery Center. Students had an opportunity to listen to an informative talk from a member CHABAD Lifeline, an organization for individuals recovering from substance use disorder.  The workshop was interactive and allowed for honest conversation about various additions and recovery.  Students also heard about a member’s journey from addiction to recovery and how they were able to get clean, stay off of substances and rebuild their life.  A second part of this series will take part on late November and will be an interactive workshop, hosted by CHABAD Lifeline, on the use of substances, its effects, ways to detox and stay clean. 

Students visit the St. Pius X booth at the Skills event.

SKILLS EVENT: EMSB high school students visited John F. Kennedy High School on November 7 to attend a fair marking the annual National Skilled Trade and Technology Week. Stay tuned for more details in next month's edition.


LOI 96: La Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle demandait un sursis aux dispositions de la loi 96 et de la Charte de la langue française exigeant l’utilisation du français dans la majorité des communications écrites internes de la CSEM, ainsi que dans les documents internes et les communications écrites entre les commissions scolaires anglophones, notamment. Communiqué ici

COLLECTE DE FOURNITURES SCOLAIRES PAR UNE ENSEIGNANTE: Lorena D'Alessandro, enseignante chevronnée qui cumule 44 années de service au sein du réseau des écoles secondaires innovatrices à la Commission scolaire English-Montréal, sollicite des dons de fournitures scolaires destinés aux élèves d'Aitutaki, une île du Pacifique Sud. Mme D'Alessandro se rendra à nouveau sur cette île à la mi-novembre. L'an dernier, elle s'est rendue dans la région pour la première fois et a été invitée à visiter une école où elle a pu observer quelques élèves ayant des besoins particuliers. Les besoins les plus pressants, a déclaré Mme D'Alessandro, sont les suivants : peinture pour tableau noir, matériel de peinture, ciseaux, agrafeuses et agrafes, papier de bricolage, pochettes pour pelliculeuses et marqueurs pour tableau blanc (ordinateurs portables, tablettes). Ils ont également grand besoin de matériel ressource pour le personnel et les élèves aux besoins particuliers. Il est possible de la contacter à dalessandro@emsb.qc.ca  ou par téléphone au 514 798 2136.

CONFÉRENCE DE L'ACACE : L'Association canadienne des agents de communication en éducation (ACACE) a tenu sa conférence annuelle à l'hôtel William Gray à Montréal. La CSEM y était représentée par Mike Cohen, Nur Erdem et Wendy Singer. Lors de la première journée, les délégués se sont levés pour chanter l'hymne national, enregistré par les élèves de Nick Batzios de l'école primaire Willingdon à NDG. Pour visionner la prestation : https://vimeo.com/878722467.

ÉLECTION DE JOE ORTONA : Joe Ortona, président de la CSEM, a été élu à la présidence de l'Association des commissions scolaires anglophones du Québec. Paolo Galati, président de la Commission scolaire Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, a été élu vice-président. « Je suis très enthousiaste à l'idée de relever ce nouveau défi et reconnaissant de la confiance que les commissions scolaires membres ont placée en moi, a déclaré M. Ortona. Je me sens également très honoré de devenir le premier président de la CSEM en 25 ans d'histoire à occuper ce poste prestigieux. »

Le directeur général de l'ACSAQ, Russell Copeman, a souligné que M. Ortona a été un membre actif du conseil d'administration de l'organisation et s’est fait le défenseur des droits des anglophones dans la province. « À l'heure où les commissions scolaires anglophones subissent d'énormes pressions de la part du gouvernement du Québec, Joe Ortona est la personne tout indiquée pour ce poste », a-t-il fait remarquer. Voir le lien : https://qesba.qc.ca/en/nouvelles/joe-ortona-elected-as-new-president-of-the-qesba/. 

NOMINATION : Mauro Zampini a été nommé directeur adjoint par intérim des Services aux élèves. Otis Delaney lui succédera en tant que directeur de l'école Royal Vale. Andrew Mangal, auparavant directeur adjoint au Centre d'éducation des adultes John F. Kennedy, remplace M. Delaney à titre de directeur de l'école primaire Cedarcrest, à Saint-Laurent.

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES ENSEIGNANTES ET DES ENSEIGNANTS : À l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des enseignantes et des enseignants, la CSEM et l'Académie internationale Marymount ont rendu hommage à Ayesha Khan, enseignante de sciences, de physique et de chimie en 4e et 5e secondaire. En plus d'être mentore pour les nouveaux enseignants qui débutent à l'Académie Marymount, Mme Khan est un modèle exceptionnel qui sait guider ses élèves. Ayesha incarne l'esprit de l'Académie Marymount à bien des égards. Sa positivité, son engagement et sa volonté d'aider les autres lui ont valu le respect qu'elle méritait. Merci à Ayesha et à tout le personnel enseignant de la CSEM de toujours se surpasser pour faire de notre commission scolaire un endroit si spécial.

Reportage de Global TV : https://vimeo.com/871656731?share=copy 

AUTEURES À L'ÉCOLE MERTON : Les élèves de la 3e à la 6e année de l'école primaire Merton, à Côte Saint-Luc, ont récemment reçu la visite de Nadine Neema. Mme Neema est l'auteure de Journal of a Traveling Girl, un roman jeunesse de fiction historique primé qui traite du mode de vie du peuple Tłı̨chǫ dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, de sa revendication territoriale et de l'accord d'autonomie gouvernementale. Mme Neema a apporté aux élèves une multitude de photos et de vidéos qui illustrent bien l’expérience qu’elle a vécue parmi le peuple Tłı̨chǫ pendant trois ans, et elle a partagé des anecdotes inestimables pour aider nos élèves à comprendre la richesse de la culture autochtone et la profondeur de leur lien avec leur territoire. Nous sommes également reconnaissants à Mme Jessica, notre animatrice de vie spirituelle, qui a fait vivre des expériences exceptionnelles à de nombreuses autres classes dans le cadre de cette semaine spéciale et, bien entendu, à tout notre personnel enseignant, pour cette semaine mémorable.

PROGRAMME SUR L'HOLOCAUSTE : Les élèves de l'école secondaire John F. Kennedy de Saint-Michel ont visité le Musée de l'Holocauste de Montréal. Cette visite faisait partie d'une série de visites effectuées par des écoles secondaires de l'est de la ville et financées par l'homme d'affaires local Henry Zavriyev. Après la visite, les élèves ont eu droit à un dîner-pizza, gracieuseté de M. Zavriyev, puis ils ont rencontré un expert pour discuter en détail de ce qu'ils venaient de voir et d'entendre.

MAIRESSE DE MONTRÉAL-NORD: Le président Joe Ortona a rencontré pour la première fois Christine Black, mairesse de l'arrondissement de Montréal-Nord; Tonia Di Gulielmo, directrice de l'arrondissement; et Bienvenu-Olivier Nyumba, attaché politique. Ils ont discuté des espaces verts à l'école primaire Lester B. Pearson, des débarcadères à l'école primaire Gerald McShane, des espaces verts et de leur accessibilité au Centre d'éducation des adultes Galileo, d'un nouveau complexe sportif que l'arrondissement aimerait construire. Il y a aussi un intérêt à rencontrer les directions des écoles du quartier pour discuter d'autres enjeux. 

SÉMINAIRE SUR LA LOI 40 : À la suite à la décision du gouvernement du Québec de faire appel de la décision de la Cour supérieure entourant la loi 40, l'Association des commissions scolaires anglophones du Québec a organisé une conférence au centre administratif de la CSEM ayant pour thème The Fight Against Bill 40 : What is at Stake. L’équipe juridique, des experts en éducation et des leaders de la communauté se sont tous réunis pour se pencher sur les répercussions de cette loi et discuter de la campagne en cours contre sa mise en œuvre. Russell Copeman, directeur général de l'ACSAQ, a présenté un aperçu de la loi 40; Mark Power, Audrey Mayrand et Perri Ravon du cabinet Power Law ont abordé la contestation judiciaire; Alain Fortier, ancien commissaire et président de la FCSSQ avant l'adoption du projet de loi 40, a décrit l'expérience du secteur francophone; et les réactions de la communauté furent présentées par Geoffrey Kelley, ancien président d'APPELE Québec, Katherine Korakakis, présidente de l'Association des comités de parents anglophones et Sylvia Martin-Laforge, directrice générale du Quebec Community Groups Network.

ÉLÈVE DU MOIS : L'élève du mois de novembre de la CSEM est Gerard (JJ) Blaize Buakasa de l'école secondaire John Grant à Côte Saint-Luc. Dans le passé, JJ a eu du mal à gérer ses émotions et à prendre de bonnes décisions lorsqu'il était sous pression. Cependant, il a entamé une transformation qui a eu un impact positif sur son parcours scolaire et sur ceux qui l'entourent. Dernièrement, à plusieurs reprises, il a démontré qu'il était capable de prendre du recul par rapport à un conflit potentiel et de canaliser sa frustration vers la recherche d'une solution adéquate. En outre, il s'est imposé comme un leader au sein de la communauté de John Grant en suscitant l'intérêt de ses camarades de classe pour un programme de basketball. Nous sommes tous fiers de JJ et de sa transformation.

FOIRE DE L'ÉDUCATION ET DES CARRIÈRES : Plus de 2 000 élèves de 5e secondaire ont pris part à la 23e édition annuelle de la Foire de l'éducation et des carrières de la CSEM les 25 et 26 octobre au Centre de carrières St. Pius X à Ahuntsic (9955, avenue Papineau). Jack Dym de Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd est le commanditaire en titre de l'événement. Plusieurs personnalités des médias étaient sur place de même que Thierry Joubert, ancien enseignant et conférencier motivateur, pour renseigner les élèves sur les carrières dans ce domaine. Le 25 octobre, de 18 h à 20 h 30, la Foire de l'éducation et des carrières a ouvert ses portes au grand public. Ce fut une excellente occasion pour parents et élèves (3e, 4e et 5e secondaire) de se renseigner sous un même toit sur les diverses options postsecondaires qui s’offrent à eux.  Mario Argiropoulos du Service de l'éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle (SEAFP) de la CSEM préside la Foire de l'éducation et des carrières. Coordonnée par le SEAFP en collaboration avec les Services aux élèves de la CSEM, cette foire vise principalement à sensibiliser les élèves aux nombreux programmes d'enseignement qui s'offrent à eux. Tous les élèves ont assisté à une brève séance d'information générale dans l'auditorium de St. Pius X. Ils ont ensuite eu la possibilité de visiter les divers kiosques d'exposition/d'information afin de s'entretenir avec des représentants d'établissements d'enseignement anglophones notamment des centres de formation professionnelle, des cégeps, des universités et quelques écoles de gestion privées.

COMITÉ DE PARENTS DE LA CSEM : Le 19 octobre, les membres du comité de parents de la CSEM se sont réunis pour la première fois cette année afin d'élire les membres de l’exécutif et un observateur au sein d’un comité de gouvernance de la commission scolaire : présidente – Katherine Korakakis, école secondaire Westmount; vice-président – Jason Trudeau, école secondaire Rosemont; trésorière – Stephanie Passucci, école secondaire Laurier Macdonald (également élue au comité consultatif de transport et sécurité). Les commissaires parents sont : Maria Corsi (écoles primaires), Tony Speranza (écoles secondaires), Daniel Tatone (sans désignation) et Rosemarie Federico (CCSAS).  Les représentants auprès de l'Association des comités de parents anglophones (ACPA) sont Mme Korakakis et Jessica Houde-Woytiuk (Académie Royal West).

ARTISANS DU CHANGEMENT : Le programme Community Recreation & Leadership Training (CRLT) du Collège Dawson présentera « Being a Change Maker ». Cet événement interactif de conférenciers promet d'être fort inspirant et instructif pour vos élèves. Organisée dans le cadre du programme CRLT du Collège Dawson, cette activité vise à inspirer les élèves tout en les exposant à l'environnement du cégep. L'objectif est d'aider les élèves de 5e secondaire à en apprendre davantage sur les carrières porteuses de changement dans le domaine des loisirs et du développement communautaire. Des activités interactives leur permettront de découvrir leurs forces et leurs passions tout en faisant une incursion dans la vie au collège Dawson, et de se familiariser avec le programme CRLT pour voir si ce dernier pourrait s’avérer un bon choix pour eux. Les participants visés sont les élèves de 5e secondaire qui s'intéressent au leadership, aux sports, à la mobilisation, à l'organisation d'événements, à l'éducation, au développement durable ou à ceux qui souhaitent venir en aide aux autres. L’activité se tiendra le 14 novembre de 9 h 30 à 14 h 30 au Collège Dawson (2000, rue Atwater, théâtre New Dome). L’admission est de 10 $ par élève. La date limite d'inscription était le 30 octobre. Toutefois, vous pouvez contacter crlt@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

SEMAINE DE L'ÉDUCATION AUX MÉDIAS : Du 23 au 27 octobre s’est déroulée la Semaine de l'éducation aux médias au Canada et, pour marquer l'occasion, Nadia Barrafato, de l'école primaire East Hill, et ses élèves ont font appel à leurs compétences médiatiques pour créer une vidéo sur Instagram et mettre en valeur les compétences qu'ils ont acquises dans sa classe. Pour voir ces citoyens numériques responsables en action : https://youtube.com/shorts/SKnFec-2LAg?feature=share.

SEMAINE DE LA LANGUE ITALIENNE : À l'occasion de la 23e édition de la Semaine de la langue italienne dans le monde, le 20 octobre, la conférence « Italian in Quebec: State of the Art and Prospects for the Future » a été organisée en collaboration avec l'Institut culturel italien de Montréal. Le Consul général d'Italie, Enrico Pavone, a donné une tribune au rôle de la langue italienne au Québec. La CSEM fut représentée par la directrice adjointe des Services éducatifs, Anna Villalta, qui s’est entretenue du rôle de la langue italienne dans les écoles de la CSEM. À la fin de la conférence, trois grands gagnants du concours « Il Pianeta che Vorrei » (La planète que je souhaiterais) ont été récompensés par le ministère des Affaires étrangères de l’Ambassade d'Italie à Montréal.

DÎNER DU PERSONNEL RETRAITÉ : Au total, 123 personnes ont pris part au dîner annuel du personnel retraité qui a eu lieu le 24 octobre à la salle de réception Le Crystal, à Ville Saint-Laurent. Au cours de cette soirée, 93 employés de la CSEM ont été honorés, soit des éducateurs, cadres supérieurs, professionnels et membre du personnel de soutien totalisant tous ensemble 2 242 années de service au sein de la CSEM. Un message vidéo de félicitations de la part du président de la CSEM, Joe Ortona, a été présenté aux invités présents : « Alors que vous entamez cette nouvelle étape de votre vie, n'oubliez pas que la retraite ne marque pas la fin, mais bien un nouveau départ. C'est le moment pour vous de donner libre cours à vos passions, de voyager, de découvrir de nouveaux passe-temps ou encore de savourer le plaisir de ne rien faire tout simplement. Vous avez la liberté de choisir, et c'est là toute la beauté de la retraite : à partir de maintenant, c'est à vous d'écrire votre propre histoire. »

Le directeur général, Nick Katalifos, était présent pour l’occasion et s’est adressé à tous : « Maintenant que l’heure de la retraite a sonné, sachez que vous avez laissé derrière vous un héritage d'encouragements, de réalisations et d'éthique de travail qui fera toujours partie du quotidien de vos collègues. Félicitations et merci pour tout ce que vous avez donné et accompli pour la CSEM. » Étaient également présents à la cérémonie, le directeur général adjoint (Administration), Jack Chadirdjian; la directrice générale adjointe (Éducation), Pela Nickoletopoulos; le directeur régional (Ouest), Jimmy Giannacopoulos; la directrice régionale (SEAFP), Angela Spagnolo; plusieurs commissaires de la CSEM et des cadres supérieurs qui ont remis à chaque retraité une carafe en cristal en guise de remerciement. Parmi les retraités : Mary Mercuri, Assunta Mezzacappa et Ken Yu-Ng (SEAFP); Isabelle Gagnon-Zeberg (Bancroft); Metaxia Daras-Tsopeis, Georgia Papadopoulos et Franca Tummarello (Carlyle); Bonnie Farmer, Cheryl Lynn Jacek, Christine Saade et Cavell Joy Yearwood (Coronation); Cynthia Raccicot (Dalkeith); Maria Maiorano-Drudi et Emidio Pereira (Dante); Evelyne Alfonsi (direction générale); Iris Del Degan (Dunrae Gardens); Carolina Di Padre (East Hill); Mona Kamel et Stuart Nulman (Services éducatifs); Luigia Fanizzi-Chimienti (Edward Murphy); Stéphane Fortin (Elizabeth Ballantyne); Claudia Sbrissa et Rosanna Del Duca (Services financiers); Carole Anidjar, Cathy Bensmihan, Frank Martiniello et Deborah Rose (Gardenview); Erminia Iaccino (Gerald McShane); Margot Isabella Faessler (Hampstead); Santa Carnevale et Antonietta Carnevale-Di Renzo (Honoré-Mercier); Donald D'Ornellas (Services des TI); Gerald Flynn (James Lyng); Nancy Sanza et Civita Tudino (Centre aux adultes James Lyng); Nathalie Cloutier et Renata Pasek (John F. Kennedy); Paul Robichaud (John Grant); Louis Bilodeau et Kathleen Bussette-Rivas (Laurenhill); Linda De Young et François Grenier (Laurier MacDonald); Nathalie Brault, Angelina Crisafulli et Nasrin Rezais (Centre des carrières Laurier Macdonald); Diane Doire, Paolina Morena et Eliana Salerno (Lester B. Pearson); Deborah Colton et Derek Nichols (Centre Mackay); John Stewart (Marymount); Kosta Alichos, Serge Lapierre, Sarantos Mavroukas et Daniel Roy (Ressources matérielles); Lise Labelle (Merton); Antonella Laurito, Sandra Miele, Nadia Somigli et Maria Tirelli (Michelangelo); Sylvie Blain (Nesbitt); Elvira Bergantino, Antonietta Cusano et Rosa Merenda (Our Lady of Pompei); Gehan Abou-Bak (Parkdale); Caterina Alfano, Lina Barberio, Carmela Giglione-Daluiso et Walter Pittmande (Pierre de Coubertin); Keith Barclay, Jacques Caty, Bernard Grow, Cristian Urbanescu et Angelo Ventrella (Centre de technologie Rosemont); Mireille Bienvenu, Jennifer Carey, Ronda Griffith et Christine Koehnlein (Roslyn); Alla Olenitch et Susan Symianick (Royal Vale); Danielle Ouellette (Royal West); Nancy Guimond et Sheila Ramasamy (Organisation scolaire); Maureen Stupp (Sir Mortimer B. Davis); Maria Teresa Castellanos (Services aux élèves); Sandra Costanzo et Maria Lara Keane (Centre aux adultes de Wagar); Patrick Adrien, George Belanzaran, Jean-Guy Desjardins, Donna A. Franklin et Brian McMahon (Westmount); Harriet Dove Willingdon.

SEMAINE CANADIENNE DE LA TRISOMIE 21 : L'école primaire Our Lady of Pompei d'Ahuntsic a souligné la Semaine canadienne de la trisomie 21. Tous les élèves ont été invités à participer à une activité de coloriage de chaussettes qui seront affichées sur le babillard de l'école.  Les anciens membres du conseil des élèves, Rebecca Guerrera, Simone Ferro, Adriana Pineda et Corentino Corso Masone, ont visité toutes les classes pour discuter de l'importance de célébrer la Semaine de la trisomie 21 et le caractère unique du chromosome supplémentaire!

SOINS DENTAIRES À L.I.N.K.S. :  Natasha Benvenuto, enseignante d'éducation physique à l'école secondaire L.I.N.K.S. d'Ahuntsic, a fait équipe avec Madeleine Sinclair, coordonnatrice des programmes pour les jeunes, et Tristan Delmas, directeur des communautés en santé des Jeux olympiques spéciaux, afin de créer une expérience enrichissante pour toutes les personnes impliquées. Les élèves de DEFIS et de MAP sont montés à bord de l'autobus le 18 octobre en direction de la clinique dentaire ultramoderne de McGill, où des étudiants en quatrième année de l’école de dentisterie ont effectué un examen et un nettoyage dentaires. Chaque élève de L.I.N.K.S. s'est vu assigner son propre étudiant en médecine dentaire et son propre cubicule, sous l’œil attentif de superviseurs. « Nous savions que ce partenariat était extrêmement important car bon nombre de nos élèves ont beaucoup d'appréhension et de peur à l'idée de se rendre chez le dentiste en raison, par exemple, de problèmes sensoriels, d’expliquer Nathasha. D'autre part, il est crucial de sensibiliser les étudiants en médecine dentaire aux besoins particuliers de nos élèves, de sorte que lorsqu'ils auront à traiter des patients neurodivers, ils se sentiront à l'aise et auront acquis les compétences nécessaires pour servir cette clientèle avec toute l’attention et la sensibilité qu’elle requiert. Comme on peut le voir sur les photos de nos élèves souriants et détendus, la visite n'a pas été aussi terrifiante qu'ils l'avaient appréhendée. » La plupart des gens associent les Jeux olympiques spéciaux à des activités sportives; or, ils vont au-delà des activités physiques grâce à des partenariats avec des organisations qui font la promotion d'autres types d'ateliers sur la santé et le bien-être. L'importance et les avantages de l'hygiène et des soins dentaires ont été partagés avec les élèves au niveau de leur compréhension. Chacun est rentré chez lui avec un bilan dentaire personnel détaillé, une brosse à dents, du dentifrice, et bien plus encore. Tous les élèves ont quitté la clinique avec une grande fierté, plus confiants et enthousiastes à l'idée de montrer leurs dents fraîchement nettoyées.

ATTENTION AUX ARNAQUEURS : Il nous a été signalé à plusieurs reprises que des individus se faisaient passer pour des représentants de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal. Dans tous les cas, ces personnes prétendaient offrir des cours d'autodéfense destinés aux jeunes, et plus particulièrement aux jeunes filles. Nous tenons à vous prévenir que ces appels ne sont pas légitimes et que ces individus ne sont pas des employés de la CSEM. Si vous recevez un tel appel, veuillez noter le numéro de téléphone ainsi que tout détail pertinent et les transmettre par courriel à : communications@emsb.qc.ca. Nous acheminerons ces informations aux autorités compétentes.

THE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE : Deux mamans d'élèves de l'école primaire Willingdon, à NDG, ont collaboré à la création d'un nouveau livre pour enfants. Le 23 octobre, à l'occasion de la Journée nationale des bibliothèques scolaires canadiennes, l'auteure Veronica Santaguida a lu le livre aux élèves de la maternelle. Veronika Gruntovskaya en est l'illustratrice. Mme Santaguida a deux enfants qui fréquentent cette école, l'un en maternelle et l'autre en 3e année. Mme Gruntovskaya a elle aussi deux enfants, en 1re et 4e année, et un troisième qui suivra. Ce nouvel ouvrage s’intitule The Girl with the Big Voice. Il entraîne les jeunes lecteurs dans une aventure autonomisante sous le signe de la découverte de soi et de la résilience. Fort chaleureux, ce récit saura inspirer les enfants de trois à huit ans à accepter leur singularité et à rester fidèles à eux-mêmes. The Girl with the Big Voice raconte l'histoire d'Emma, une fillette dont la voix puissante l’a toujours poussée à s’exprimer avec confiance. Mais lorsque les critiques et le découragement viennent ralentir son enthousiasme, une nouvelle camarade l'encourage à assumer son caractère unique et à rester elle-même. Parents et enfants prendront plaisir à suivre Emma dans son parcours transformateur où elle sera confrontée aux défis du doute de soi. The Girl with the Big Voice est une histoire magnifiquement écrite et illustrée qui s'avérera une ressource précieuse pour les parents, les enseignants et quiconque a à cœur d'inculquer aux enfants la confiance en soi. Nous vous invitons à consulter l’intégral du communiqué.

PLANTONS EN CŒUR : Les élèves de 6e année du comité vert de Willingdon ont passé une superbe journée à planter des arbres avec la Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi), sous l’excellente coordination de Ryan Oxley, conseiller en initiatives vertes à la CSEM. Dans le cours de sciences, les élèves de 6e année en ont appris davantage sur les arbres avec Dre Kathleen Usher, enseignante de sciences, et ils travaillent sur un exercice de cartographie des arbres au campus principal ainsi qu’au parc Loyola. Grâce aux efforts de Ryan et de sa collègue conseillère en initiatives vertes, Shannon Holton, qui ont assuré la coordination avec Soverdi, l'école compte désormais 17 arbres de plus sur sa carte. Les espèces indigènes comprennent le noyer cendré, l'amélanchier, le chêne à gros fruits et le micocoulier, de même qu'un véritable verger de poiriers, de pommiers et de cerisiers! Les élèves ont adoré l'expérience et ont mis les deux mains à la pâte! L'équipe de Soverdi a fourni tout le matériel et les outils nécessaires, tandis que le comité vert a offert son enthousiasme. Soverdi est une organisation dédiée au verdissement de notre ville avec l'objectif de créer des forêts urbaines plus denses et plus biodiversifiées qui amélioreront la qualité de vie des Montréalais.

CONGRÈS DE L’APEQ : La CSEM a tenu un kiosque d'information lors du congrès annuel de l'Association provinciale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (APEQ) à l'hôtel Bonaventure. Ce fut une bonne occasion de discuter et d'échanger. Le Service des ressources humaines de la CSEM était représenté afin de s’entretenir avec les futurs enseignants.

VOUS AVEZ DIT « FROMAGE » : La chorale de la CSEM tient une fois de plus son activité-bénéfice annuelle de vente de fromages. Nous sommes ravis d'offrir une délicieuse sélection de fromages de l'Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac à des prix inférieurs au prix de détail dans les commerces. Ces fromages sans lactose, emballés sous vide, sont présentés dans de jolis coffrets, parfaits pour offrir en cadeaux ou pour garnir votre table des Fêtes. Bon nombre d'entre vous avez acheté ces produits ou manifesté votre intérêt ces dernières années, c'est pourquoi nous sommes heureux de vous fournir tous les détails concernant la campagne. Les fonds récoltés serviront à l'achat de partitions musicales, à la production de concerts, à la mise sur pied de camps musicaux et d’ateliers, en plus de donner à nos choristes la possibilité de travailler avec des musiciens professionnels. La campagne de l'année dernière nous a également permis de nous rendre au Kathaumixw International Choral Festival (Powell River, C.-B.), en juillet, événement qui avait dû être reporté en 2020. Nous sommes revenus inspirés et musicalement enrichis, et les choristes ont été de formidables ambassadeurs de notre commission scolaire, de notre ville et de notre province. Les commandes doivent être reçues et réglées au plus tard le 21 novembre. Les coffrets seront livrés et emballés le vendredi 15 décembre et vous pourrez récupérer vos commandes en fin de journée à la cafétéria au 6000, avenue Fielding. Pour infos, veuillez téléphoner au 514 483-7200, poste 7234.

PRIX DU PREMIER MINISTRE : Songez à proposer la candidature d'un éducateur pour le Prix du Premier ministre 2024! Contribuez à célébrer ceux et celles qui se surpassent pour créer des espaces sûrs pour leurs élèves, qui ne cessent de multiplier les efforts pour rendre l'apprentissage ludique et qui inspirent la prochaine génération à devenir des innovateurs et des créateurs audacieux. Les lauréats des Prix du Premier ministre pour l'excellence dans l'enseignement, l'excellence dans l'enseignement des STIM et l'excellence dans l'éducation préscolaire recevront un certificat du Premier ministre ou une reconnaissance nationale de leurs pratiques exemplaires en enseignement. En quête d'inspiration? Pour un aperçu des lauréats antérieurs en enseignement et en éducation préscolaire : https://www.canada.ca/en/services/science/researchfunding/researchawards/prime-ministers-awards.html.

BILLETS DES CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL À PRIX SPÉCIAL: La saison de hockey bat son plein! Aimeriez-vous assister en famille à un match de hockey des Canadiens cette année? La CSEM s'est associée aux Canadiens de Montréal pour offrir à nos familles des billets pour la rencontre du 4 décembre contre le Kraken de Seattle à un prix spécial. Le nombre de sièges est limité. Pour acheter des billets : https://am.ticketmaster.com/canadiens/en/virtual-venue/QzI0RTEyMDQ=?promoCode=QzI0Q1NFTQ==.

Si vous ou votre famille avez besoin d’accommodements spéciaux, par exemple une place pour accueillir un fauteuil roulant, veuillez contacter Max Murdoch à:MMurdoch@canadiens.com.

THE AMAZING RACE : Après le 100e épisode historique de THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, la finale de la saison 9 et l'annonce du retour de la série pour la saison 10, CTV a confirmé que la recherche de participants pour la prochaine saison est présentement en cours. Les personnes intéressées peuvent poser leur candidature pour avoir la chance de vivre l'aventure de leur vie. Ceux qui souhaitent vivre cette expérience inoubliable sont invités à trouver un coéquipier - un ami, un frère ou une sœur, un parent, un grand-parent, un partenaire ou toute autre personne avec laquelle ils ont un lien - et à soumettre leur candidature pour cette aventure unique. Pour plus de détails sur la sélection, y compris la marche à suivre pour soumettre une candidature, visitez CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. Vous trouverez des mises à jour supplémentaires sur les comptes officiels de l'émission sur Facebook, X, et Instagram. Animée par le médaillé d'or olympique Jon Montgomery, la saison 9 de THE AMAZING RACE CANADA fut l'émission la plus regardée en 2022/2023 parmi tous les téléspectateurs et le groupe démographique clé (A25-54), totalisant un auditoire moyen de 1,7 million de téléspectateurs. La série fut également la meilleure émission d'été et l'émission canadienne la plus regardée en 2022/2023 parmi tous les téléspectateurs et dans tous les groupes démographiques clés. Qui plus est, elle figure au palmarès des 5 émissions les plus populaires diffusées sur CTV.ca et l'application CTV. Place aux concurrents de la CSEM : https://more.ctv.ca/ctv/the-amazing-race-canada-season-10-casting.html.

RENCONTRE AVEC UNE AUTRICE : Le 6 octobre dernier, les élèves de 6e année ont eu la chance de recevoir la visite de l’autrice Audrée Archambault qui est venue leur parler de son métier d’écrivaine. Mme Archambault reviendra ensuite dans les groupes de 6e année pour parler du roman policier et de la création d’un personnage d’enquêteur/enquêtrice. Audrée Archambault est l’autrice des séries Sarah-Lou détective (très) privée et CSI Ruelle qui sont très appréciées des élèves à travers le Québec. Les élèves utiliseront ensuite les connaissances acquises pour écrire un récit policier en équipe de 2.  Mme Archambault recevra toutes les histoires et reviendra une ultime fois pour faire de la rétroaction individualisée à propos du contenu (les idées) des récits d’enquête créés. Quel beau projet!

SIMON CHANG : Simon Chang, généreux bienfaiteur pour la CSEM et le journal Inspirations, a produit cette vidéo dans laquelle il présente sa propre version de l'alphabet : .

UN ÉLÈVE DE JAME LYNG CHANTE : La chaîne de télévision CBC a récemment réalisé un excellent reportage sur Brayon Jackson, élève au Centre d'éducation des adultes James Lyng, et Garth Service, agent de développement de projets. Brayon a produit une remarquable vidéo musicale diffusée sur YouTube.

Pour visionner le reportage de CBC : https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-music-garth-service-1.6985676 

Pour visionner la vidéo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49qg3uvxiE&t=2s


HEALTHY HAVEN : Healthy Haven est une initiative du Centre d'éducation des adultes James Lyng menée par des élèves. Les élèves du cours Leaders & Changemakers de Holly Commeford préparent, servent et commercialisent des smoothies fraîchement préparés. Or, Healthy Haven va bien au-delà des smoothies. Cette initiative illustre la force collaborative et philanthropique au sein d’une communauté. Elle crée un environnement positif où les élèves peuvent se réunir pour préparer des smoothies de qualité supérieure et très nutritifs tout en se rapprochant de leur communauté. Les élèves gèrent la production, la comptabilité et la commercialisation de leur produit. Le jour de la grande ouverture, une file d’élèves attendaient impatiemment de passer leur commande. Il importe de souligner que les bénéfices sont versés à la Mission Bon Accueil. Les smoothies sont servis tous les mardis, mercredis et jeudis.

VISITE DE LA GARDE CÔTIÈRE : Le Centre d'éducation des adultes Saint-Laurent a reçu la visite de la Garde côtière canadienne, un événement éducatif dont on se souviendra. Nos 200 élèves du programme de formation générale ont eu l'occasion d'en apprendre davantage sur le travail indispensable qu'accomplit la Garde côtière canadienne et d'explorer les carrières passionnantes qu'elle offre. La présentation a mis en lumière les divers avantages que comporte une carrière avec la Garde côtière, suscitant la curiosité et l'enthousiasme de nos élèves. La direction souligne que la participation des élèves a été remarquable. Nombre d'entre eux ont posé des questions qui donnaient à réfléchir, reflétant un véritable intérêt pour les possibilités qui s'offrent à eux. Cela témoigne de leur soif de connaissances et de leur désir de s’épanouir.

WAGAR : Les élèves du Centre d'éducation des adultes Wagar de Côte Saint-Luc ont préparé des sacs de friandises qui ont été distribués à l'occasion de l'Halloween. Ils ont décoré, préparé, étiqueté et emballé 150 sacs de friandises qui ont été livrés à la résidence pour aînés Place Kensington.

Le prochain numéro de Pleins feux sur Fielding sera publié le 19 décembre. Prière de soumettre vos articles au plus tard le 15 décembre à midi.The next edition of the EMSB Focus will be published on December 19.  Deadline for submissions is  December 15 at Noon.