Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Bring creativity, connectivity, and fun into your child’s summer with Geordie Theatre School Summer Camp! Under the guidance of local theatre professionals, campers will be introduced to playwriting, designing, constructing, and performing. Working as a team, campers will use their new-found skills to create their own play, which will be shared at the end of the week in front of family and friends. To learn more and register, visit https://geordie.ca/camps.   

The first of its kind, What is Healthy Love, 4-week virtual Summer Camp Series for teens ages 15 years+, is designed to help your teens feel and understand the difference between what is shown as love in the media and what they want it to look, feel and sound like for themselves. Brought to you by ICF accredited coaches, Diana Eskander (Love and Relationship Mentor) and Eleni Dracopoulos (Leadership Coach). Workshop series will be held in English. This program is supported by the EMSB Educational Services Department. To learn more and register, visit https://dianaeskander.com/what-is-love.

Students, staff and sponsors congratulate the recipients.

RECOGNIZING EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: On the occasion of English Montreal School Board Teacher Recognition Day May 7, three  teachers were presented with special awards at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North. The EMSB launched this ceremony more than a decade ago to coincide with National Teachers Day in the United States and recognize this profession towards the end of the academic year. There were many nominations from parents for the awards.  Maria Frank from Bâton Rouge Grillhouse and Bar, known for its famous ribs and exceptional steaks at locations across the country, presented $100 gift cards to Paul Karpontinis, a social studies teacher at Lester B. Pearson High School; Karine Gomes Silva, a physical education teacher at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North; and  Georgette Amar, a   Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) teacher at Galileo Adult Education Centre in Montreal North . The winners also received gift packages from Michael Dean Rafferty of Kera Organics and were featured on CityNews Montreal.

You can read our detailed press release here

You can watch the CityNews report here

CHALLENGING THE LANGUAGE MINISTER:  The EMSB takes strong exception to comments made by Minister of the French Language, Jean-François Roberge, which unjustifiably take aim at English school boards. Mr. Roberge’s comments in early May are particularly stunning since, when he was Minister of Education in the previous CAQ mandate, his administration issued a directive for the EMSB to reduce the number of hours devoted to French instruction in immersion program schools. “Whether Mr. Roberge is ignorant of the facts, or disingenuous, such statements are unbecoming and undignified of an elected official, much less a minister,” said EMSB Chair Joe Ortona. “Has his position   changed? Was he not even aware  of what letter he signed?”  Mr. Roberge claimed that CEGEPs are struggling to apply Bill 96, Quebec’s language law. He went on to say that English school boards need to work harder to improve the quality of French of their elementary and high school graduates before they move up the chain into the higher education network.   

You can read the full press release here.

Watch Mr. Ortona here on The Gazette's Corner Booth podcast: https://vimeo.com/950346451 https://vimeo.com/950346451  

Bernard Praw  and his wife Annie at the  event.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION UPDATE The EMSB held a special reception at the end of April to honour the Volunteers of Distinction and present a Lifetime Achievement Award to former Commissioner Bernard Praw.  Please watch our video. Thanks to Global Montreal’s Aalia Adam for assisting with the interviews.  

BILL 96 APPEAL: While the EMSB was very pleased with a Quebec Superior Court ruling in April granting English school boards  a  stay on certain provisions of Bill 96, it has decided to appeal the part where  the Court determined that   English language school boards are “school service centres.”   In another Court case challenging Bill 40, the legislation which attempted to abolish public school boards, the Quebec Superior Court ruled in favor of the “school boards” That case was appealed by the CAQ government.

A scene from the fashion show.

LDVA FASHION:  Last month Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in RDP put on a spectacular fashion show.  Here are the photos and some videos Here are the photos and some videos  

David Marino, Michael Bruzzese, Principal Nadia Sammarco and students.

DAVID MARINO RETURNS:  On Tuesday, May 21 singer David Marino, 25, returned to his former elementary school, Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in RDP  to perform for and speak to the students. David, who continued on to study at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, made his mark in 2017  as a contestant and finalist on the French-language reality show La Voix.  A multilingual crooner, he began singing and performing at only six years of age, and was instantly inspired by legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Charles Aznavour, among others. As an advocate for mental health causes, he has organized multiple big band concerts, raising over $50,000 for mental health services at the Jewish General Hospital. He also studied acting professionally in New York City, and is a proud graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Last winter he performed in his own concert at Place des Arts and he is now criss-crossing North America. The team at LDVA will be proud to welcome him back. A year ago he was part of LDVA’s Lite Up the Nite event and performed a few solo songs and with the  school choir   to help us raise over $20, 000 for the Neuro.  Playing guitar for David was Michael Bruzzese, a former Pierre de Coubertin, John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald High student.  David's next solo show at the PDA’s Cinquième Salle is on July 6. 

 Here’s a link to tickets 

Students connect with Bombardier.

JEUNES EXPLO PROGRAM: Westmount High School was fortunate to be a part of the Jeunes Explo program this  past spring, becoming  the first and only EMSB school to have ever taken part in this program. Thanks to the excellent idea of   French teacher Fiona Chung, the school proudly piloted this unprecedented collaboration. This organization promotes students pursuing their high school education and connects them with employers for an internship experience in their dream jobs. Fifty Secondary V students participated as interns at a variety of fascinating placements such as  Justice Canada, Bombardier and Urgences-Santé, just to name a few! Students walked away with invaluable experiences as well as a certificate from the organization for their participation.  

Marc Garneau addresses students.

MARC GARNEAU AT MARYMOUNT: Secondary IV and V Science classes at Marymount Academy International in NDG had a special visit from former astronaut and politician Marc Garneau. A number of years ago the school named its science program after Mr. Garneau, one of the first Canadians ever to travel to space. He also served as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Westmount-NDG and sat in the cabinet, holding the portfolios for Foreign Affairs and Transport. Mr. Garneau provided students with a fascinating look at the Canadian space program (he was also a director of the Canadian Space Agency) and answered a series of very interesting questions. One student asked when he thinks astronauts will travel to Mars. He responded that will take about 25 years, something that the students will get to see in their lifetime. He explained that it will involve a six month voyage, a one year stay and a six month trip back. Before those astronauts arrive, there will need to be infrastructure waiting for them. He told everyone about a new satellite being built to look at wildfires and how he first became an astronaut. “I applied from an advertisement in the newspaper,” he said. “I never thought I’d be chosen.” As for why he switched to politics, he said he saw that as a way to get certain things done.

Crafting gifts for mom.

MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE: In a heartwarming tribute to mothers everywhere, Cycle 1 students at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard embarked on a journey to discover the origins of Mother's Day while crafting beautiful heart air balloons for the upcoming celebration. Spearheaded by Spiritual Community Animator Vince Lacroce, the project aimed to instill appreciation and creativity in the young minds, fostering a deeper understanding of the significance of this special day. Inspired by the essence of maternal love and care, they poured their creativity into crafting intricate heart air balloons, symbolizing the soaring gratitude and affection they hold for their mothers. "The project not only allowed students to express their creativity but also encouraged them to reflect on the unconditional love and support they receive from their mothers," said Mr. Lacroce. "It was heartening to witness their enthusiasm and dedication throughout the process." The initiative not only provided students with a platform for artistic expression but also fostered a deeper connection with the essence of Mother's Day. Through their heartfelt creations, the students aim to convey their appreciation and love for the maternal figures in their lives."

A MORNING FIT FOR A QUEEN: Prior to Mother’s Day, the Edward Murphy School family came together for a morning fit for a Queen, celebrating all the pre-school moms in royal fashion. The dedicated mothers were invited to enjoy a generous spread of delightful treats including petit fours, scones, cookies, and sandwiches. To complete the royal party, tea was served in floral cups and saucers. Graciously the student teachers from McGill University acted as servers. Finally, the students serenaded their moms with some Mother's Day tunes to demonstrate their gratitude for all they do. In parting, the teary-eyed moms were given cards, pictures, and crafts made by their children as a token of love. A special thank you to Sandra Tartamella for providing the delicious and creative treats and for dressing the part as well as to the pre-school teachers: Maria Androulakis, Claudia Salerno   and Amanda Iannelli for organizing this memorable event. 

DIGITAL POETRY: Recently, elementary English Language Arts students, all between the ages of five and 12, were asked to read, enjoy, share and write poetry - and they did not disappoint. Click this link Click this link  to read Words And Wonder: a digital poetry anthology celebrating poetry, children and of course, wonder and words.

ADMIN APPOINTMENTS: A number of appointments have been made for in-school administrators for 2024-25.   For Principals:  Giovanni Iammarrone, James Lyng High School in St. Henri (now permanent);  Carmen Nicolas, Westmount High (currently at Willingdon); Holly Kusiewicz. St. Gabriel School Principal (currently on leave); Gregory Watson, John Grant High School Principal (permanent);  Demetra Droutsas, Shadd Health & Business Centre (currently Westmount High).

Jim Daskalakis

Retiring is Jim Daskalakis (St. Gabriel)

Taking a leave of absence is Joe Cacchione (Shadd)

MNAs Prass(third from the right and McGraw, right) are introduced to the program.

JOHN GRANT BREAKFAST CLUB: The Breakfast Club of Canada has made an important contribution to John Grant High School in Côte Saint-Luc. This secondary institution for students with learning disabilities, offers tailored programs and community partnerships.  Under the guidance of teacher David Armour, a group of students oversee the preparation of breakfast and lunch, feeding at least 120 people a day in the school cafeteria. Thanks to subsidies from the Breakfast Club of Canada, all students are provided with a nutritious breakfast to help foster student success. Quebec Liberal MNAs Desiree McGraw (NDG) and Elisabeth Prass (D’Arcy McGee) spent part of a day there recently to learn more about the program in the company of Amanda Imbriglio and Marie-Claude Bienvenue of the Breakfast Club of Canada, Principal Gregory Watson and members of his staff.

JOHN GRANT AND HAMPSTEAD SCHOOLS: Vincent Leng, a young adult on the Autism Spectrum and graduating from John Grant High School this year, spoke to the Cycle 3 students of Hampstead Elementary on April 26 about being an Autism Self Advocate, what it was like being a student with Autism, his experience at John Grant High School, and the importance of being kind to all. He closed with the following important message: "If you ever notice someone who thinks, communicates or does things differently than you, pause, be open, be kind.  Because different makes our world a better place."

AUTISM AWARENESS:  A series of Autism Awareness Month activities took place at John Grant High School. These initiatives were aimed at fostering understanding and support for individuals with autism within our school community. One of the students in the APP program, Vincent Leng, took the initiative to organize a bake sale. The proceeds from this event will be directed to Giant Steps to support adults with autism. Vincent's dedication and effort in organizing this event are truly commendable, and it reflects the spirit of generosity and empathy in our school. In celebration of the diverse neurological profiles within our school community, Vincent and his mother, Natalie, graciously supplied large canvases to the school. Students and faculty were invited to contribute hand imprints on these canvases, utilizing a spectrum of colors. This collaborative art venture not only showcased our community's diversity but also served as a visual representation of our commitment to inclusivity and acceptance. As part of   efforts to raise awareness that everyone is different, an Autism Walk was organized. Accompanied by local police officers, every student and staff member participated in a walk around the Côte Saint-Luc neighborhood. Students carried autism infinity and neurodiversity signs, emphasizing the importance of embracing differences and promoting acceptance. Overall, the Autism Awareness Month activities at John Grant High School were a resounding success, thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of our students, staff, and parents. These initiatives have helped foster a greater understanding of autism and reinforce inclusivity within our school community.

From left to right: Anna Ignacio, Sara Escobar, and Katarina Martins in front of the mural at the Mackay Centre.

THE SHAPE OF ME: The Department of Art Education at Concordia University in collaboration with the Mackay Centre School    has introduced a mural project called "The Shape of Me." It focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusivity within our community. Led by art education graduate student Anna Ignacio, along with two undergraduate students, artists Katarina Martins and Sara Escobar, the project aims to promote embracing and celebrating differences through a mural art. The project was supervised by Aileen Castro, the Specialization in Art Education Program Coordinator, and received support from the Quebec Ministry of Education. For more detailed information, please see this link to a news release from Concordia University's website covering the story: 

Weitzman presents.

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION:  In honor of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Merilee Weitzman, a member of The Foundation for Genocide Education's School Presentation Program, shared the remarkable story of her late father, Leon Calderon, with over 100 Secondary V students at Royal Vale School in NDG on May 7. Leon, who was born in Salonika, Greece, was deported to Auschwitz in 1943, and survived the psychological and physical horrors of that notorious death camp. This presentation was dedicated to the memory of the late Anna Mendel, Holocaust survivor.  A special candle-lighting ceremony and moment of silence was held to honor the memory of the six million men, women and children who were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The Foundation for Genocide Education offers in-person presentations on the Holocaust and other genocides to high schools across Quebec and Ontario, as well as filmed versions of these presentations for use in schools across Canada.

The   Foundation for Genocide  Education has introduced a  Presentation Video Archive. Presentations are given in person to high schools in Quebec and Ontario by survivors of genocide or their descendants. The genocides covered include the Holocaust, and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda and the First Nations in Canada.  They are now offering filmed versions of these presentations to teachers in schools where they cannot send a presenter in person. These include schools in remote areas of Quebec, as well as schools in other provinces and the United States. Now students everywhere can watch our presenters share their families' emotional stories of survival and resilience in a video format. Demand for these presentations is very high. Teachers recognize the profound effect that hearing testimonial stories has on their students' comprehension of history.  Now, the magic of our live presentations can be experienced virtually in schools across North America.  The archive of video presentations is easily accessed on their website by creating an account for your school. This gives you yearly access to all of their current presentations and those that we will be adding in the coming months, perfect for showing to multiple classes and for repeat viewing. The account can also be used by all the teachers in a school with the same password. Please note that a one-time minimum donation of $180 CAD is required, which enables our foundation to create new presentations and expand our program.

Students look at an exhibit.

NUMBER THE STARS: On May 13, the Grade 6 students of Westmount Park Elementary School visited the Holocaust Museum of Montreal. Following their novel study of 'Number the Stars' and delving into the inspiring stories of Heroes of the Holocaust, this was a profound educational experience. Witnessing authentic artifacts from that dark period in history left an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. Their key takeaway resonated deeply: to glean invaluable lessons from history, ensuring that past mistakes are not repeated and that hope always perseveres.

Yadav Rudrash from Westmount Park School and his parents at the game

CF MONTREAL NIGHT: More than 300 people purchased tickets for the CF Montreal soccer game on May 22 for the Canadian Championship series game against  Forge FC from Hamilton, The opposing team won the contest by a  2-1 margin.

ALOUETTES NIGHT: Celebrate the end of the school year with the EMSB family and your Grey Cup champs, the Montreal Alouettes! Join us on June 20 (7:30 PM) as the Alouettes begin their quest to repeat vs. the Ottawa Redblacks!  Tickets begin at $17 (before taxes and fees) and can be purchased by clicking here. No promo code is required. If you have any questions or require accessible seating, please contact: Corey Ramirez at 514-787-2561 or via email.

Lila Stewart in action.

GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Lester B. Pearson High School Secondary IV  Sport-études student , Lila Stewart, recently won  two gold medals at the Youth International Diving Championships in Dresden, Germany. Lila won gold medals in the one-meter springboard and 3-meter springboard categories. After Germany, Lila competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials in Windsor, Ontario and qualified top eight  with the best divers in Canada.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT FOR ALS: June 8 and 9 marks this year's annual Coach Phil's Senior Soccer Tournament and silent auction.  This third edition of a recreational soccer tournament for those aged 25 years and over is held to raise awareness, funds and hope for those living with ALS. Last year, the Coach Phil Foundation, with the support of many local community partners and volunteers including EMSB students and parents, raised over 57 000$ for ALS Quebec.  New to this weekend long event is a match up being played on Saturday between The Montreal Legends and The Montreal Media team!  Anyone whose life has been touched by ALS knows this disease is devastating. Unfortunately, the EMSB family is not immune as some of our alumni are living with it. As we work towards a cure, supporting events like this one demonstrates our community cares. For more information on the tournament, the fundraising and the silent auction you can head to https://www.coachphil4als.com/  or check out their FB page https://www.facebook.com/CoachPhil4ALS

Stacey Nash of EBS strikes a pose.

LONG SERVICE RECEPTION: EMSB Director General Nicholas Katalifos honored the employees with 25 years of service.  “For the past 25 years, your dedication to education, your diligence and your contributions to the English Montreal School Board has benefited many students and staff.”  The honored employees also received a token of appreciation for their years of service, EMSB Monarch watch. This years’ honourees are, from the Administration Building; Michael Cohen from the Office of the Director General; Beverly Graham from Educational Services; Costa Spyridakos from Material Resources; and Michelle Aubin, Elizabeth Cristie and Jenny Vitoratos from Student Services. From Adult Education & Vocational Centres; Ian Mckinnell from HSM Adult Education Ctr.; Luke Hong from James Lyng Adult Education Ctr.; Olga Bergola and Sulaman Khan from Laurier Macdonald Vocational Ctr.; and Terry Segal from Shadd Health & Business Centre. From the East Sector; Eleftheria Destounis from Bancroft School; Patricia Claro from Dalkeith School; Joanna Forli, Giuseppina Ippolito, and Marie Josee Nardelli from Dante School; Francesca Ragusa from East Hill School; Barbara Levine from FACE School; Maria Schembre from Honore-Mercier School; Martine Brosseau from John Caboto Academy; Susan Coleston, Antonietta Mucci  and Paolo Quattrocchi from John F. Kennedy High School; Athanasios Bregiannis, Annie Caya and Ivan Spilak from Laurier Macdonald High School; Pierre-Gérard David, Rita De Angelis, Angela Taratini and Athina Zambelis from Leonardo da Vinci Academy; Christine Murray from Lester B. Pearson High School; Celestina Panzini and Sonya Di Paolo from Mackay School; Noemia Bozzo from Michelangelo International; Carmela Macri from Nesbitt School; Giuseppina Cuonzo, Cesidia De Crescentis, Mario Iacono, Marisa Pietrangelo and Michell-Kim Van Houtte from Pierre de Coubertin School; Sean Reddy from Sinclair Laird School; Kathryn Allen from Vezina High School, Kevin Kelly and Arianne Létourneau from Vincent Massey Collegiate. From the West Sector; Bouchra Erchiqui and Kiriaki Milonas from Cedarcrest School; Joan Martine Faustin from Coronation School; Milane Saliba from Dunrae Gardens School; Stacey Nash from Elizabeth Ballantyne School; Marie-Michelle Anderson, Adamantia Menexis and Nina Wong from Gardenview School; Earthma Karen Barker from Hampstead School; Stacey Kaufman, Nancy Lemieux, Anastasia Mavros, Michael Strauss and Joy Wagen from LaurenHill Sr. Academy; Peter Arnold and Diana Silversides from Marymount Academy; Georgia Gotsis from Merton School; Karolyn Liverman and Fotini Maniatis from Parkdale School; Joanna Genovezos from Roslyn School; Cynthia Bennett from Royal Vale School; Jamal Zigby from Royal West Academy; Kim Golder and Nejma Ould Hammou from Westmount High School; and Agathonikos "Nick" Batzios from Willingdon School.

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Principal Sonia Marotta and some of her students.

JCA AT SCIENCE FAIR:  Three John Caboto Academy students recently made school history when they earned the school’s first-ever prizes at the Expo Sciences Hydro-Québec Regional Science Fair. These three students took home distinction awards for two video game projects: La programmation sur Python and La création de jeux vidéo sur Scratch. Additionally, joining them at the fair were two of their peers whom also advanced to the regional competition. Principal Sonia Marotta and Science teacher Alex Rosauri, along with the entire JCA community, would like to congratulate the students for their achievements and for proudly representing John Caboto Academy!

Roslyn students and staff promote climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE:  Earlier in May, students from Roslyn Elementary School  in Westmount marched throughout the city to raise awareness for climate change. The students joined their peers from Selwyn House, The Study, ECS and St. George's to walk throughout the streets of Westmount, carrying signs and raising awareness for this all-too-important cause. Roslyn was the only public school to participate in the event. The march ended at Murray Hill Park, where students heard from MNA Jennifer Maccarone as well as Westmount Mayor Christina Smith.

Teachers and students collaborated on the musical.  

BEST OF BROADWAY:  Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard in St. Leonard held a musical featuring some of the most iconic Broadway scenes, which include Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia and Annie to name a few. The initiative, mostly student driven, with the help of teacher Josie Nardi and student mentor Alex Karvounis, actors and other helpers were recruited, and a lot of hard work collaborating, practicing and making sure the performances would be a success took place over the past few months. This is the first Laurier Macdonald production that has taken place in well over a decade and is one that has garnered positive reviews from the school community, with some students interested in continuing this initiative. This may be a sign for other incredible LMAC productions to come in the near to distant future.   Submitted by Vincenzo Paolella, Sec. V  student

EMSAC marks another successful year.

EMSAC RECAP: The English Montreal Student Advisory Committee, better known by its acronym EMSAC, is a consultative group of students for the EMSB, made up of 24 students, two from each high school. Through monthly meetings, hosted at a different school each month (alternating from east to west), student leaders engage in insightful discussions about issues facing education, with recommendations made to the Council of Commissioners as well as Senior Management of the Board. Students are mentored by Assistant Director General Pela Nickoletopoulos, Regional Directors Darlene Kehyayan  and Demetrios Giannacopoulos, Commissioner Joseph Lalla, Vice Principals Andrea Dillon and Laetitia Kachmar, as well as teacher Paul Karpontinis. EMSAC gives all students the opportunity to develop important communication skills, as well as to learn quite a bit about public administration and student leadership, with school reports also serving to inform and inspire future activities. EMSAC held its final meeting of the year on May 14 at John F. Kennedy High School. This year has been yet another successful one, both in terms of discussions and actions, through discussing issues such as how to handle controversial subjects, working with former politician David Heurtel and sending statements on the strikes and Bill 21 to the Quebec government.  The committee also launched an Instagram page (@emsbstudentadvisory), to share the progress of our students, as they become more insightful and ambitious leaders.

Written by: Paul Karpontinis (Teacher, Lester B. Pearson High School), Elle Rapkowski (Sec IV, Westmount High School), Dennis Klapsis (Sec V, LaurenHill Academy), Vincenzo Paolella (Sec V, Laurier Macdonald)

Servello, Boro-Norman and Patel.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Quebec Virtual Academy had a milestone event on May 1, when elite athlete/student, Samuel Boro-Norman was the first QVA student to participate in a GMAA competition. Samuel, originally a student at Westmount High School, currently attends Quebec Virtual Academy as an athlete training at an elite level. Samuel is currently a Secondary 2 student who balances his academic demands with QVA and his intense training with his track and field organization, Club les Vainqueurs.  The flexibility of the QVA program gives students like Samuel the opportunity to focus on their passion and sport without compromising on a quality education. With a bright future ahead of himself on and off the track, Samuel is returning from injury and ran a valiant race in the 800m (an event that Samuel is ranked 9th in Quebec). Samuel has qualified for the regionals to be held on May 13 with hopes for qualification to represent QVA at the provincial track and field competition in June. His Physical Education teacher Deep Patel and Principal David Servello were in attendance to cheer him on. 

The power of composting.

COMPOSTING AT NESBITT: Due to ongoing school renovations, this year, most students have had to eat lunch in their classrooms – not the cafeteria, as they have in the past. This has given our students a much closer look at how much food waste is produced every day! As the classroom garbage cans were overflowing daily, school caretakers had to change the bags every day after lunch as well as their usual times after school. This meant that not only the volume of garbage had increased, but so did the consumption of plastic garbage bags. The students in our Green Club knew that this situation needed to be dealt with in a cleaner, more sustainable way.  We purchased 45 L compost bins and established a schedule where Green Club members help the students learn what to put in the compost bin. For a school of 300 students, we are now amassing an average of 50 kg of compost per week!  We are extremely proud of the Green Club members who have designed and carried out this very successful project and we see the positive effects every day and this reminds us of the important difference we are making in our school and community. 

Marking cultural diversity.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Students at Nesbitt  recently celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity by sharing their own culture and heritage through attire. Students had the opportunity to wear clothing that represented their family's heritage and it led to a wonderful learning experience for all!

BREAKING BREAD:  Students at Perspectives  Alternative High School in St. Michel, working with  Sam Asmar of  inlite10.ca, have published a really beautiful full size color recipe book called Breaking Bread and posted online recipe videos that are connected through a QR code   Here is a channel they created for it

Students enthralled by their visit.

EXPLORING THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE AND NATURE:   On May 1, the Kindergarten students of Westmount Park Elementary embarked on an exciting journey into the realm of science and nature at the Montreal Science Museum. This much-anticipated field trip promised a day filled with discovery, learning, and fun, and it certainly did not disappoint. The highlight of the day was the opportunity to explore two captivating exhibitions: the Life-Sized Science exhibition and the Mini Mondo exhibition. Both offered immersive experiences designed to engage young minds and ignite their curiosity about the world around them. The life-sized Science exhibition was a wonderland of interactive displays and hands-on activities. From delving into the science of motion and air to exploring the mysteries of light and water, students were enthralled by the opportunity to experiment and discover. They climbed inside a giant kaleidoscope, built water circuits, and marveled at the secrets revealed under the microscope. This exhibition not only entertained but also educated, fostering a deeper understanding of fundamental scientific principles in a playful and engaging way.

Having fun at the museum.

Meanwhile, Mini Mondo provided a unique opportunity for children to step into a world tailored just for them. From exploring a garden where they learned about growing vegetables to discovering animal tracks in the forest, Mini Mondo offered a rich tapestry of experiences that stimulated the senses and sparked the imagination. What's more, the exhibition's inclusive design, with translations in multiple languages and facilities for families, ensured that every child felt welcome and included in the exploration. But the excitement didn't end there. In the afternoon, students gathered at the IMax Telus Theatre to watch "Animal Kingdom 3D: A Tale of Six Families." Selected for prestigious film festivals, this documentary offered a captivating journey into the lives of animals and their vital roles in the natural world. Through stunning visuals and compelling storytelling, students gained a deeper appreciation for the diversity of life on Earth and the importance of conservation. As the day came to a close, it was evident that the kindergarten field trip to the Montreal Science Museum had been a resounding success. Students departed with a newfound sense of wonder and curiosity, inspired by the beauty and complexity of the world around them. Special thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff who organized this enriching experience, providing our young learners with memories that will last a lifetime. Indeed, the journey into the wonders of science and nature continues, fueling the imaginations of future scientists, explorers, and stewards of our planet. (reported by marketing student intern Rachel Campbell)

It was a successful Halo Road Race.

HALO RACE: On May  9, seven spirited students from Westmount Park Elementary School took part in the GMAA Halo Road Race, held on the picturesque Mount Royal Park. This year marked a significant milestone as the RSEQ-GMAA introduced Inclusive Halo Races, specifically designed to accommodate neurodivergent students who may present with physical, cognitive and/or psychological differences. Embracing this inclusive initiative, the Westmount Park students enthusiastically ran the 1km route, demonstrating incredible determination and unity. Their participation not only highlighted the importance of inclusivity in sports but also celebrated the diverse abilities of all students, making the event truly memorable (Submitted by Jessica Colavincenzo, Special Education Consultant).

Two VMC students at the Steam Fair.

VMC STEAM FAIR:  Vincent Massey Collegiate  held its third annual Steam Fair, showcasing the passion for science and technology of its students. On April 11th, they hosted over 120 projects . This year 73 groups of Secondary III students presented a Science Fair project that had to be based on presenting a research or making model that is functional. Some Examples were:  Create a simple model of a wind vane ; Construct a small-scale model of a water gate or dam and study the movement of water through different gate openings; build a simple model of a hand-cranked music box ; build a model of a hand-cranked propeller and study the relationship between the cranking speed and the thrust generated by the propeller; build a model of a solar system to demonstrate the relative sizes and distances of the planets; construct a model of a simple electrical circuit to demonstrate the flow of electricity and the components of a circuit; and analyze the relationship between exercise and heart rate. Thirty groups from Secondary V  Physics classes presented Innovative like the following: Bioprinting; CRISPR/Cas9; Superconductivity; Digital Patient Twin; Neuralink; Nanorobotics in medicine; Thermosensitive Hydrogel Autonomous Vehicles; and Hydrogen Fuel. The Art Department had their students incorporate technology in making functional pinball machines using art supplies.  Finally, the Robotics teams presented their robots and fun interactive activities.

STRESS MANAGEMENT: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Spiritual and Community Animator Veronica D’Agata, organized several activities at Vincent Massey Collegiate. During mental health week (May 6 to 10), students participated in a few homeroom Kahoot challenges on the topics of breaking mental health stigma, as well as stress management techniques. Another homeroom activity was a fun chair fitness video; chair fitness is a great way to increase flexibility and reduce stress levels, all while improving your mood, benefitting your physical as well as mental health. The last homeroom activity was the distribution of positive affirmation candygrams for students and staff. Each baggie contained a positive affirmation card with reflection questions, a fidget keychain, and some candy. The goal was to bring a little happiness to everyone’s day!  Another mental health activity took place on May 17, in which Ms. D’Agata invited Cindy Mendes, and her service dog Grace, for a school visit. Students got to sign up for the opportunity to spend time with Grace, as well as discuss emotions, mental health, and the therapeutic benefits of animals. It was a wonderful experience that brought so much joy and calmness to students and staff!   

INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVITIES: On May 1 and 2, members of the We Care Club at Vincent Massey Collegiate, led by Spiritual and Community Animator Veronica D’Agata, visited the CHSLD Dante to play Bingo with the seniors. Intergenerational programming brings people together and increases mutual respect and understanding. And students and seniors truly enjoyed this activity! 

Elsa Kuerti, with her family, are congratulated by EMSB and school officials.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Elsa Kuerti is one of the hardest working students in Theodora Stathopoulos’ class at FACE School. At only 10 years old, Elsa is not only an accomplished artist on her violin but a great role model and mentor to her peers. Playing at a collegial level, Elsa participates in the FACE Symphony Orchestra, which rehearses weekly, after school, for two and a half hours. However, in order to support her peers and help the elementary school string orchestras, she gives an hour of her time each week during lunch to support and lead the Junior Orchestra and another hour after school to lead the Intermediate Orchestra. A testament to her ability, this winter, Elsa was one of the four FACE elementary students featured in Vivaldi's concerto, which was performed at Place Des Arts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FACE’s Symphony Orchestra. 

The FACE students perform.

FACE ORCHESTRA: On Friday, May 3 the FACE Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of EMSB music teacher Theodora Stathopoulos and the FACE Wind Ensemble Con Brio under the direction of Marie Eve Arseneau participated in a gala concert at the Maison Symphonique, PDA. Also, CSSDM vocal music teacher Emmanuelle Racine- Gariépy directed all our  Secondary 5 students for a special piece for this unique event. In addition to the FACE ensembles, the 2nd edition of Passion à l’unisson brought together the orchestras, bands and choirs of the other prestigious Montreal area music and fine art programs of Joseph François Perreault and Saint-Luc schools that are all under the auspices of the Centre de services scolaire de Montréal  (CSSDM) and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). This special concert aims to showcase the excellence and artistic diversity of each school by gathering together 500 students from grades 5 to 11.

Everyone loved Grace.

A VISIT FROM GRACE: On May 15, Spiritual and Community Animator Mary Poullas invited ASISTA service dog Grace and her handler Behavior Management Specialist Cindy Mendes to Gerald McShane Elementary in Montreal North to explain the role and responsibilities of a service dog.  Students learned that service dogs can help students who are feeling anxious, sad, or even lonely. There were plenty of smiles when it was their turn to pet Grace and brush her soft fur. “They were both so wonderful with the students and it was the highlight of many students’ week!” said Ms. Poullas. 

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY DAY: On May 14, Dunrae Gardens Elementary hosted a celebration to honor the importance of family, roles and responsibilities, and the richness of the diversity of families and cultures. Over 135 families, whose individual ages ranged from five to 70 years, celebrated International Family Day – a day to honor families and recognize the adults, all of whom go above and beyond, to care for their children. It was a lovely intergenerational event, where students shared their artistic talents, and everyone was treated to multicultural hors d'oeuvres (i.e. babka, sushi, falafel, kourabiedas, Chinese wafers, etc.). The days’ events included student dancers, poets, pianists, storytellers, Caribou math winners/experts, as well as a variety of cultural performances (Scottish, African, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Greek, North American, etc.).  In addition, two students, who are passionate about geography contributed their knowledge of world flags and Indigenous territories in North America to the land acknowledgement that was offered to open the event. This celebration was the culmination of a series of programs throughout the year celebrating the richness of family and intergenerational relationships, such as International Day of Older Persons in October. Spiritual and Community Animator Puynung Choy noted that the celebration was a “thoughtful, energizing event that aimed to amplify joy, warmth, and pride, and spread affection and love – a way to give back to the families, all of whom endlessly give themselves to their children. You could really feel the love and gratitude reflected in the joy and intention of the students’ performances and when they gifted their families with the origami made by the grade 3s. The finale brought it all together when family members spontaneously ran up on stage to join students during the Zorba dance. The celebration was infectious!"

Kayin talks to the students.

MONTREAL STEPPERS: On April 26 Spiritual Care and Community Animator Ibrahim Abou Arab invited Kayin, from Montreal Steppers to Carlyle Elementary School. Kayin has been stepping for the past 16 years and has given many workshops to our EMSB schools, as well as other school boards in Montreal. This event served as a continuation of Carlyle’s ongoing efforts to celebrate and integrate Black history into the curriculum throughout the year. Our grade four students learned about the history of stepping and its arrival in North America. They also learned the art of stepping, a Black diasporic dance that uses the body as an instrument to create rhythms and beats, through stomps, claps, and chants. Our students came out of the workshop energized and inspired. As one student expressed, “I wish more students can learn stepping because it’s awesome.” At Carlyle, Black history is celebrated all year long. We look forward to future events with Montreal Steppers! 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS:  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19), Ms.  Poullas encouraged students to participate in the Living Well Photo Contest. Students submitted photos that they took featuring what makes them happy and gives them hope. Five participants will be selected to receive a special prize.

BREAD AND BEYOND: On Tuesday, May 14, Spiritual and Community Animator  Abou Arab invited the community organization Bread and Beyond to Focus High School to prepare sandwiches for homeless shelters in Montreal. During this event, our students displayed exemplary generosity, kindness, and teamwork, successfully preparing 350 sandwiches that were later donated to La Maison Benoit Labre shelter. Bread and Beyond, a cornerstone of the Montreal community, is committed to advocating for and creating a society that addresses homelessness and hunger. By participating in this initiative, our students not only contributed positively to the community but also deepened their understanding of the social reality of homelessness and the impact of collective efforts. They also learned about the importance of compassion and civic engagement, values that are embedded in the Spiritual and Community Animation service. We look forward to future collaborations with Bread and Beyond as we continue to nurture community activism among our students.

ANTI-BULLYING INITIATIVE: On May 13 Cedarcrest Elementary School had the pleasure of hosting Steve Warburton, who performed his “Silly Science Superhero Anti-Bullying Show” for our cycle one students. Utilizing magic as a teaching tool, students explored the consequences of bullying and were encouraged to adopt a superhero’s mindset to stand up against it. The show emphasized values such as acceptance, kindness, and respect. Additionally, Mr. Warburton presented his mental health awareness magic show to our cycle 2 and 3 students. This performance introduced five building blocks of mental health: Durability, Resilience, Balance, Flexibility, and the Ability to Enjoy Life. These shows, which featured magical demonstrations while focusing on empathy and compassion, were part of the ongoing social and emotional learning programming facilitated by our Spiritual and Community Animator, Ibrahim Abou Arab. We eagerly anticipate welcoming Mr. Warburton back in the future.

Westmount High students at the welcome table.

COMMUNITY CARE FAIR: Many organizations from the island of Montreal including Aire Ouvert, CLSC, Camp Lift, SPVM, Bien Etre NDG, Bienvenue a NDG, Native Montreal, YMCA Westmount, CJE NDG, Tyndale St Georges Community Centre, Westhaven Community Centre, Montreal West Public Library, Loisirs Sportifs Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, St. Raymond Community Centre, Jeunesse Loyola, The Depot, Prevencion Cote Des Neiges NDG set up display tables in the gym and spent an hour talking with the students of Westmount High School on Friday, May 17 during lunch. Students had the chance to speak with representatives and workers from these organizations to find out about the services available to them in our city. The event was planned by the students of the WHS Wellness Committee along with Spiritual and Community Animator, Samantha Page Smith, and Youth Counselor, Erin Sanders in honour of Canada's Mental Health Awareness month. The students and staff of the committee wanted to go beyond Self Care tips and focus on the importance and value of Community Care in regard to Mental Health. 

Enjoying the great outdoors.

OUTDOOR WELLNESS: Jointly organized by LaurenHill Academy teachers Julie Ramundo and Shaun Simon, Spiritual and Community Animator Elizbeth Pellicone, and the Coyote Programs OrganizationCoyote Programs Organization, 24 students went on an overnight nature re-connection field trip on May 2-3. Students learned about fire starting and edible plants, played games such as “Meet a Tree” and “Fox Tails”, went on hikes, did archery, meditated in “sit spots”, charted the stars and roasted marshmallows by the fire. An enjoyable experience for all involved! This field trip rounded off other outdoor wellness activities organized by LHA junior throughout the academic year. 

MAKING SANDWICHES FOR A CAUSE: Be like D.A.V.E. was the goal of Secondary 4 IV STEAM at LHA when they decided to make sandwiches and decorate sandwich bags on May 8 and 9 for the non-profit organization Bread and Beyond.Bread and Beyond. After learning about the systemic factors that contribute to the living conditions of the un-housed populations of Montreal, students dedicated themselves to Donate, Advocate, Volunteer and Educate on the issues. Sunita Fowsar (teacher) and Elizabeth Pellicone (Spiritual and Community Animator) co-organized this activity. 

ABLEISM AND ASD ASSEMBLY: On May 8, LHA junior students were part of an assembly organized by Spiritual and Community Animator Elizabeth Pellicone and two Secondary I students, Panagiotis Argiropoulos and Nowshin Alam, on Ableism (its definition, systemic structure, and community effects) and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Panagiotis and Nowshin read prepared speeches on living with ASD and how the student body can be a better friend towards those who are neurodivergent, emphasizing empathy and mutual understanding. The assembly concluded with a mindfulness practice called “Just Like Me”, guiding students on how to reduce their implicit bias by re-humanizing those in their out-group to become part of their human in-group.

INSPIRATIONS NEWSPAPER: The new edition of 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 has arrived and is available in your school and online here! You can read the edition here! This edition has something for everyone. The mental health and well-being section is rich in important, resourceful and helpful content that is written by our experts in the EMSB’s Student Services Department. Consult the edition to learn about “glimmers,” how to access mental health care in Quebec, an interview with psychiatrist Dr. Julien Z. Xue on mental health care and young people, sleep disorders: what they are, how to assess them and what to do, music and mindfulness, and more! Plus, a feature on the benefits of music and its application weaves through the edition. All of our articles are available on our website for sharing (www.inspirationsnews.com). If you would like a print copy mailed to you or have a story, open house or advertisement to share in our Fall 2024 – Winter 2025 edition, email us at info@inspirationsnews.com. Thanks to our title sponsor Simon Chang Concepts Inc., all of our EMSB contributors, our writers, special donors, sponsors and advertisers, and especially, to the EMSB Student Services Department for their partnership and guidance

READERSHIP SURVEY: Each edition of Inspirations is created by a team of concerned individuals and specialists who aim to provide relevant and useful information and resources related to the special needs community and positive mental health and well-being. Inspirations is now reaching out to you, the readers, for your feedback. They are conducting a readership survey that will help guide their content for the coming year. Kindly click here to take their survey. Everyone who completes it will be eligible for a draw for a Tim Horton's gift card!

PRESERVING GRIOT TRADITION: The West Island and Black Cultural Association (WIBCA), the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL), and Westhaven proudly announce the upcoming launch of the Preserving Griot Tradition website. This innovative platform is set to redefine the narrative of Afro-Canadians across Turtle Island. It will happen on Saturday, June 15, (2:30 pm to 5 pm)  spearheaded by Westmount High School teacher Sabrina Jafralie, at Westhaven Community Centre (7405 Harley) in NDG. The launch event promises an immersive experience celebrating the diverse heritage and significant contributions of Afro-Canadians to Canadian society. The Preserving Griot Tradition website is a Canadian-wide endeavor meticulously designed to illustrate, highlight, and cement the enduring presence of Afro-Canadians. Through compelling narratives, captivating visuals, and interactive features, the website aims to educate, inspire, and empower audiences of all backgrounds. Info: sabrina@cclr-clrc.com.

Dr. Brian Hickey

WORKSHOP ON COMPOSTING: In an attempt to connect curriculum with problem solving, on March 28 , Educational Services was pleased to have delivered a workshop focusing on Hydroponics and Composting technologies and its connection to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Such tools can be used to initiate many science and / or sustainability related discussions including, but not limited to: plant propagation, nutrients, concentrations, solutions, pH, food waste, carbon footprint, waste disposal, renewable and non-renewable energy, and so on. As a parting gift, each participating school was presented with its very own Lifetime brand 189 L Compost. In addition, Educational Services is pleased to announce that it has reviewed several green grant applications and provided funding in excess of $20,000 for 13 of those submitted! Project examples included pollinator gardens, composting programs and the expansion of an outdoor learning space. Finally, on April 26  the EMSB was proud to have had Dr. Brian Hickey present live to our schools from a river restoration project in Cornwall, Ontario. Dr. Hickey works for the River Institute, an environmental research organization which provides knowledge, education and technical services to improve the health of the St. Lawrence river ecosystem.

INVEST IN HER FUTURE: The first Milton Park Guiding unit is welcoming girls aged nine to 17 to join us up this fall. Girl Guides is a place where friendships, adventures and real-life experiences are waiting to be found. Girls have a blast making new friends, discovering the world and taking on community projects. With a range of fun activities, Girl Guides is a safe space for her to be curious, adventurous, and confident. Meeting details (subject to change):  Unit: 1st Milton Park Guide/Pathfinder/Ranger Guiding Unit Meeting Time: Weekly - Tues 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Sept-May)  Location: Galeries du Parc, 3590 rue Jeanne Mance, Montreal, QC H2X 4A6   nterested? Registration for the 2024-2025 school year starts June 21.   You can register here:   

To find other Girl Guide units in your area go here go here.

For more information, or to volunteer as an adult leader visit ww.girlguides.ca or e-mail info@girlguides.ca 


A student provides a guest with a free manicure at the Open House.

LMAC OPEN HOUSE: The Laurier Macdonald Career Centre in St. Leonard held its annual BBQ and Open House on May 22 at the des Grandes Prairies campus. It was a spectacular affairs, with live music, lots of  food, vintage model cars and a showcase of the automechanics, aesthetics and hairdressing program. Folks were lined up for free haircuts. There were also kiosks from other EMSB AEVS centres.

Checking out the automobile garage.

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A student learns some moves.

BOXING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS: Get ready to punch, kick, and sweat your way to success! Galileo Adult Centre boxing classes are now in session for our academic students. This new initiative aims to promote physical fitness, stress relief, and self-confidence among students while fostering a fun and supportive environment. Led by certified instructors, these classes provide a high-energy workout to keep students engaged and invigorated during our Spring semester. Stay active, stay energized, and stay successful with Galileo Adult Centre!

Action at the Open House at Galileo.

GALILEO ON DISPLAY: On April 25, Galileo Adult Education Centre held its second Open House event. The centre was abuzz with over 200 parents, students, educators and representatives from both local businesses and healthcare sectors as they all mingled together, experiencing first hand all which the school has to offer. From interactive exhibits highlighting student achievements in Academics, Basic Common Core Language classes and Francization to the demonstrations of educational projects in the SI/SVI classes, the open house offered a glimpse into the dynamic learning environment available for all. One of the highlights of the event was the participation of representatives from both the healthcare and education sector, who set up booths offering information on wellness, mental health resources and vocational training.  These community partners shared a wealth of knowledge and underlined the school's commitment to supporting the overall well-being of all its students. Visitors had the opportunity to engage in discussions with teachers, students, school professionals and community partners on topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to stress management, counseling services and future housing project for special needs adults. Together, with all community, social and educational partners, Galileo was able to showcase the nurturing environment available where all students can thrive and reach their full potential.

The Wagar students got a real education on banking in Montreal.

FINANCIAL LITERACY AT WAGAR: The Wagar Adult Education Centre The Wagar Adult Education Centre in Côte Saint-Luc successfully organized a Financial Literacy event on May 22. This program was  specifically designed for the students, many of whom are newcomers to Canada from diverse international backgrounds. The event aimed to equip these new Canadians with essential financial knowledge and skills to help them navigate their new lives more effectively. On hand was a team from the two  RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Côte Saint-Luc branches. They provided invaluable financial information and advice. Recognizing the diverse linguistic needs of the attendees, RBC included native Ukrainian-speaking financial advisors and a Persian-speaking advisor. These individuals formed groups based on language preference, offering personalized financial advice in Ukrainian and Persian, in addition to the sessions conducted in English and French. 

Read the full story on our AEVS blog.

Jone Christian Banag

INTERNS EXCEL:    Giuseppe Biunno, a partner at Lutfy Lawand Consultants Inc., has been closely engaged with the internship program at Shadd Health and Business Centre in NDG. This year, his firm welcomed two interns from Shadd ; one specializing in accounting and the other in secretarial studies. What's noteworthy is that both interns were not only hired, but they also excelled in their roles, underscoring the effectiveness of Shadd's vocational education programs. According to Giuseppe, these interns possess a unique blend of skills and qualities, including quick adaptability and a readiness to shoulder responsibilities from day one. Interns at Lutfy Lawand Consultants Inc. have consistently proven their worth, often securing permanent positions upon completion or shortly after. This success owes much to Shadd's comprehensive curriculum, which imparts practical knowledge and skills essential for their respective fields. Jone Christian Banag, an accounting intern who was hired, remarked: "I've been using what I learned at Shadd, especially the last module of tax return." This highlights the practical application of theoretical knowledge, preparing students like Jone for a seamless transition into professional roles. At Lutfy Lawand Consultants Inc., interns are actively engaged in various tasks, from reception duties to tax preparation. Moreover, the firm continues to support Shadd alumni post-internship, offering opportunities for career advancement and encouraging further professional development, as noted by Sofia Al-Radaei from Secretarial Studies. Giuseppe's advice to current and future Shadd students is clear: "Go for your goals; everything is achievable." He emphasizes the potential for achievement, emphasizing that perseverance paves the path to success. In essence, Shadd’s programs go beyond mere knowledge acquisition; they equip students with practical skills and experiences crucial for career success. The success stories of Shadd interns at Lutfy Lawand Consultants Inc. stand as a testament to the efficacy of Shadd’s vocational education programs. (reported by student marketing intern Rachel Campbell)

Happy graduates.

GRADUATION: Shadd Health and Business Centre’s Institutional and Home Care Assistance Program graduation was a huge success!  The evening featured a fun Photo Booth, a special performance by a teacher’s son, a delicious dinner with pasta salad and breaded chicken cutlets, and a dessert table full of treats. Students danced, laughed, and made unforgettable memories!

 See this video produced by Rachel Campbell


Students take part in the Literacy Day Fair.

CELEBRATING LITERACY:   James Lyng Adult Education Centre in St. Henri Centre celebrated literacy with their first every Literacy Day Fair. It was centered around the core areas of literacy: reading, writing, speaking and digital literacy. Collaborating with Reclaim, students and staff participated in multiple literacy stations. Writing Prompt stations opened the students’ creativity while the Speaker’s Corner promoted impromptu conversations. Collaboration was seen at the Kahoot! Digital Literacy Station, while the Reading Aloud and Open Mic Stations pushed students out of their comfort zone and promoted oral expression. A Free Book Station, where students could choose either a free English, French or children’s book to take home, had a plethora of books donated by Reclaim and our JLAEC student and staff community. Connecting with our community, the St-Henri Public Library was on site to provide information about the wealth of services that our local library has to offer, and library cards were produced, on site, for students interested in becoming members.  A special thank you goes out to Reclaim for their immense help in organizing the event – from pizza to their volunteers, to the three prizes valued at over $1,000. Thank you to Ms. Holly’s Healthy Haven group for providing every guest with a free, delicious smoothy sample made on site, and to Jorge Quiroga for his time, dedication and help in organizing the event with us. Stay tuned for what next year’s Literacy Day Fair has to offer!

It was a successful Career Fair.

SLA CAREER FAIR: St. Laurent Adult Centre hosted their annual Career Fair earlier this month. At this time of the year, many of their students are exploring their options and planning for their future. Most students will continue their studies, while others are unaware of the possibilities available to them. The goal of the Career Fair is to empower students by giving them the tools to make an informed decision about their future career paths. Thank you to all the organizations and businesses who participated, demonstrating the array of opportunities for our students in the future. 

HSM VISIT: EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos and Assistant Directors General Jack Chadirdjian and Pela Nickoletopoulos paid a visit to the HSM Adult Education Centre and met with Principal Ann Marie Matheson and Vice Principal Frederic Boudreault all pictured above. HSM has experienced an impressive growth in enrolment this year.

The next Focus newsletter will be published on June 19. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 14.  Submissions should be sent to mcohen@emsb.qc.ca  


CAMP DE JOUR DE L’ÉCOLE DE THÉÂTRE GEORDIE THEATRE : Le camp de jour de l'école de théâtre Geordie Theatre propose à votre enfant créativité, connectivité et plaisir! Sous la direction de professionnels de théâtre locaux, les campeurs seront initiés à l'écriture dramatique, à la conception, à la construction ainsi qu'à l'interprétation d'une pièce de théâtre. Travaillant en équipe, les campeurs utiliseront leurs nouvelles compétences pour créer leur propre pièce, qui sera présentée à la fin de la semaine devant familles et amis. Pour plus d'informations et pour inscrire votre enfant : https://geordie.ca/camps

LE MINISTRE DE LA LANGUE MIS AU DÉFI : La Commission scolaire English Montréal (CSEM) s'insurge contre les commentaires du ministre de la Langue française, Jean François Roberge, qui s'en prend de manière injustifiée aux commissions scolaires anglophones. Les propos de M. Roberge au début du mois de mai sont d'autant plus étonnants que, lorsqu'il était ministre de l'Éducation dans le mandat de la CAQ, son administration avait émis une directive pour que la CSEM réduise le nombre d'heures consacrées à l'enseignement du français dans les écoles offrant un programme d'immersion. « Que M. Roberge ignore les faits ou qu'il soit de mauvaise foi, de telles déclarations sont indignes d'un élu, et encore plus d'un ministre », a déclaré le président de la CSEM, Joe Ortona. « Sa position a-t-elle changé? N'était-il même pas au courant de la lettre qu'il a signée? »  M. Roberge a prétendu que les cégeps ont du mal à appliquer la loi 96, la Loi sur la langue française du Québec. Il a ajouté que les commissions scolaires anglophones doivent redoubler d'efforts pour améliorer la qualité du français de leurs diplômés de l'enseignement primaire et secondaire avant qu'ils n'intègrent le réseau de l'enseignement supérieur. Nous vous invitons à lire l’intégral du communiqué : https://www.emsb.qc.ca/csem/nouvelles/le-president-de-la-csem-denonce-le-double-discours-du-ministre-de-la-langue-francaise-au-sujet-des-ecoles-publiques-anglophones.

BÉNÉVOLES : La CSEM a organisé une réception spéciale à la fin du mois d'avril pour honorer les bénévoles émérites et présenter un tout premier Prix d'excellence pour l'ensemble des réalisations. Nous vous invitons à visionner notre vidéo. Merci à Aalia Adam, de Global Montreal, pour sa participation aux entrevues.

LOI 96 : Bien que la CSEM se soit dite très satisfaite de la décision rendue en avril par la Cour supérieure du Québec qui accorde aux commissions scolaires anglophones un sursis à l’application de certaines dispositions de la loi 96, elle a décidé de porter en appel le passage où la Cour a déterminé que les commissions scolaires anglophones sont des « centres de services scolaires ».   Dans une autre contestation judiciaire visant la loi 40 et l’abolition des commissions scolaires publiques, la Cour supérieure du Québec a statué en faveur des « commissions scolaires ». Cette affaire a fait l'objet d'un appel de la part du gouvernement de la CAQ.

HOMMAGE À DES ENSEIGNANTS ET ENSEIGNANTES EXTRAORDINAIRES : À l'occasion de la Journée de reconnaissance du personnel enseignant de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal, le 7 mai, trois enseignantes et enseignants se sont vu remettre des prix spéciaux à l'école secondaire Lester B. Pearson de Montréal-Nord. Cet événement a vu le jour à la CSEM il y a maintenant plus d'une décennie pour coïncider avec la Journée nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants aux États-Unis et pour rendre hommage à cette profession vers la fin de l'année scolaire. Les parents ont proposé une foule de mises en candidature pour l'attribution de ces prix. Maria Frank, de Bâton Rouge Grillhouse & Bar reconnu pour ses célèbres côtes levées et ses steaks exceptionnels dans ses établissements d’un bout à l’autre du pays, a remis des cartes-cadeaux d’une valeur de 100 $ à Paul Karpontinis, enseignant d'univers social à l'école secondaire Lester B. Pearson; Karine Gomes Silva, enseignante d'éducation physique à l'école primaire Gerald McShane à Montréal Nord; et Georgette Amar, enseignante au programme de formation de base commune (FBC) au Centre d'éducation des adultes Galileo à Montréal-Nord. Les lauréates et lauréats ont également reçu des coffrets-cadeaux des mains de Michael Dean Rafferty, de Kera Organics.

Nous vous invitons à lire l’intégral du communiqué de presse Nous vous invitons à lire l’intégral du communiqué de presse 

LA PLANÈTE : Dans le but de faire un lien entre le programme d'études et la résolution de problèmes, le 28 mars, les Services éducatifs ont eu le plaisir d'animer un atelier portant sur les technologies de l'hydroponie et du compostage et leur corrélation avec les Objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies. Ces outils peuvent être utilisés pour lancer de nombreuses discussions sur les sciences et/ou le développement durable, notamment sur la propagation des plantes, les nutriments, les concentrations, les solutions, le pH, les déchets alimentaires, l'empreinte carbone, l'élimination des déchets, les énergies renouvelables et non renouvelables, etc. Chaque école participante s'est vue remettre, en guise de cadeau de départ, son propre bac de compostage de 189 L de la marque Lifetime. Par ailleurs, les Services éducatifs ont le plaisir d'annoncer qu'ils ont examiné plusieurs demandes de subventions vertes et accordé un financement totalisant plus de 20 000 $ à 13 d'entre elles! Parmi les projets soumis, citons les jardins pollinisateurs, les programmes de compostage et l'agrandissement d'un espace d'apprentissage en plein air. En terminant, le 26 avril, la CSEM a eu le plaisir d'accueillir le Dr Brian Hickey, qui a présenté à nos écoles un projet de restauration d'une rivière à Cornwall, en Ontario. Dr Hickey est à l’emploi de River Institute, un organisme de recherche environnementale qui fournit des connaissances, de l'enseignement et des services techniques afin d'améliorer la santé de l'écosystème du fleuve Saint-Laurent.

PROGRAMME JEUNES EXPLO: L'école secondaire Westmount a eu la chance de participer au programme Jeunes Explo au printemps dernier, devenant ainsi la première et la seule école de la CSEM à prendre part à ce programme. Grâce à la brillante idée de Fiona Chung, enseignante de français, l'école secondaire Westmount a piloté avec fierté cette collaboration sans précédent. L'organisme encourage les élèves à poursuivre leurs études au secondaire et les met en contact avec des employeurs pour la réalisation d’un stage dans l'emploi auquel ils aspirent. Cinquante élèves de 5e secondaire ont ainsi pu effectuer des stages fascinants dans divers domaines, notamment chez Justice Canada, Bombardier ainsi que Urgences santé, pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns! Les élèves sont repartis avec une expérience inestimable et une attestation de participation décernée par l’organisme. 

MARC GARNEAU DE PASSAGE À MARYMOUNT: Les classes de sciences des 4e et 5e secondaires de l'Académie internationale Marymount à NDG ont reçu la visite de l'ancien astronaute et homme politique Marc Garneau. Il y a quelques années, l'école a baptisé son programme de sciences en l’honneur de M. Garneau, l'un des premiers Canadiens à avoir voyagé dans l'espace. Il a également été député libéral de Westmount-NDG et a siégé au cabinet à titre de responsable du portefeuille des Affaires étrangères et des Transports. M. Garneau a donné aux élèves un aperçu fascinant du programme spatial canadien (il a également été directeur de l'Agence spatiale canadienne), en plus de répondre à une série de questions très intéressantes. L'un des élèves lui a demandé quand, selon lui, des astronautes iront sur Mars. Il a répondu que cela prendrait environ 25 ans et que les élèves pourront en être témoins de leur vivant. Il a expliqué que l’aller prendrait six mois, que le séjour serait d'un an et que le retour vers la Terre durerait six mois. Mais avant que les astronautes ne mettent le cap sur Mars, il faudra mettre en place des infrastructures pour les accueillir. Il a parlé d'un nouveau satellite en cours de construction pour surveiller les incendies de forêt et a expliqué comment il est devenu astronaute. « J'ai postulé à la suite d'une annonce parue dans un journal », a-t-il déclaré. « Je n'ai jamais pensé que ma candidature serait retenue ». Pour ce qui est des raisons qui l'ont poussé à se lancer en politique, il a déclaré qu'il y voyait là une façon d’accomplir certaines choses.

POÉSIE NUMÉRIQUE: Récemment, des élèves du primaire, âgés de 5 à 12 ans, du programme English Language Arts ont été invités à lire, apprécier, partager et composer de la poésie – et ils n'ont pas failli à la tâche. Nous vous invitons à visiter https://www.canva.com/design/DAF9WyC_n3A/aX63ZayTBHy-Ql4PHayrDg/view pour faire la lecture de Words And Wonder : une anthologie de poésie numérique célébrant la poésie, les enfants et, bien sûr, l'émerveillement et les mots.

NOMINATIONS ADMINISTRATIVES: Un certain nombre de nominations administratives dans les écoles ont été annoncées pour l’année scolaire 2024-2025. Directions d'école : Giovanni Iammarrone, école secondaire James Lyng à Saint-Henri (maintenant permanent); Carmen Nicolas, école secondaire Westmount (actuellement à Willingdon); Holly Kusiewicz, école St. Gabriel (actuellement en congé); Gregory Watson, école secondaire John Grant (permanent); Demetra Droutsas, Centre de santé et d’études commerciales Shadd (actuellement à Westmount High). Jim Daskalakis (St. Gabriel) part à la retraite et Joe Cacchione (Shadd) prend un congé.

CLUB DES PETITS DÉJEUNERS À JOHN GRANT : Le Club des petits déjeuners du Canada a offert une importante contribution à l'école secondaire John Grant de Côte Saint-Luc. Cette école secondaire destinée aux élèves ayant des difficultés d'apprentissage propose des programmes sur mesure et des partenariats avec la communauté. Sous la direction de l'enseignant David Armour, un groupe d'élèves supervise la préparation du déjeuner et du dîner, nourrissant ainsi au moins 120 personnes par jour dans la cafétéria de l'école. Grâce aux subventions du Club des petits déjeuners du Canada, tous les élèves reçoivent un déjeuner nutritif qui favorise leur réussite scolaire. Récemment, les députées libérales du Québec Désirée McGraw (NDG) et Elisabeth Prass (D'Arcy McGee) ont passé une partie de leur journée à l'école pour en apprendre davantage sur ce programme en compagnie d'Amanda Imbriglio et de Marie-Claude Bienvenue, du Club des petits déjeuners du Canada, ainsi que du directeur Gregory Watson et de membres du personnel scolaire. 

ÉDUCATION SUR L'HOLOCAUSTE : En l’honneur de Yom Hashoah, Merilee Weitzman, membre du programme de présentations scolaires offert par la Fondation pour l'étude des génocides, a partagé l'histoire remarquable de son défunt père, Leon Calderon, en présence de plus de 100 élèves de 5e secondaire à l'école Royal Vale de NDG, le 7 mai dernier. Né à Salonique, en Grèce, Leon a été déporté à Auschwitz en 1943 où il a survécu aux horreurs psychologiques et physiques infligées par ce célèbre camp de la mort. Cette présentation a été dédiée à la mémoire de la regrettée Anna Mendel, survivante de l'Holocauste. Une cérémonie spéciale a été organisée, au cours de laquelle des bougies furent allumées et une minute de silence fut observée, pour honorer la mémoire des six millions d'hommes, de femmes et d'enfants qui ont été systématiquement assassinés par les nazis et leurs collaborateurs. La Fondation pour l'étude des génocides offre aux écoles secondaires du Québec et de l'Ontario des présentations en personne sur l'Holocauste et les autres génocides, ainsi que des versions filmées de ces présentations qui pourront être utilisées dans les écoles partout au Canada.

La Fondation pour l'étude des génocides a créé des archives de présentations vidéo. Les présentations sont données en personne dans les écoles secondaires du Québec et de l'Ontario par des survivants de génocides ou leurs descendants. Les génocides abordés sont ceux de l'Holocauste, de l’Arménie, du Rwanda et des Premières Nations au Canada.  Des versions filmées de ces présentations sont désormais proposées au personnel enseignant des écoles où il n'est pas possible d'envoyer un présentateur en personne. Il s'agit notamment des écoles situées dans des régions reculées du Québec, ainsi que des écoles d'autres provinces et des États-Unis. Désormais, les élèves de partout peuvent entendre nos présentateurs partager les histoires émouvantes de survie et de résilience de leurs familles, dans un format vidéo. La demande pour ces présentations est très forte. Les enseignants et les enseignantes reconnaissent l'effet profond de l'écoute des témoignages sur la compréhension de l'histoire auprès des élèves. Dorénavant, la magie de nos présentations en direct peut être vécue virtuellement dans les écoles de toute l'Amérique du Nord.  Il est facile d’accéder aux archives des présentations vidéo sur le site Web de la Fondation. Il suffit de créer un compte pour votre école. Vous aurez ainsi accès pour toute l’année aux présentations actuelles et à celles que nous ajouterons dans les mois à venir. Vous pourrez en faire bénéficier plusieurs classes et les visionner à multiples reprises. Tout le personnel enseignant d'une même école peut également accéder au compte à l'aide du même mot de passe. Il est à noter qu’un don unique minimal de 180 $ est requis pour permettre à la Fondation de créer de nouvelles présentations et d'élargir son programme.

OLYMPIADES SPÉCIALES: Sarah Lynch, conseillère en adaptation scolaire et coordonnatrice du Centre d'excellence pour les personnes souffrant de handicaps physiques, intellectuels ou multiples, souligne que le 31 mai, la CSEM organisera les Olympiades spéciales qui se dérouleront au complexe sportif McGill. Cette collaboration entre les Services éducatifs et le Centre d’excellence pour les personnes souffrant de handicaps physiques, intellectuels ou multiples est passée de 80 élèves-athlètes l'an dernier à possiblement 140 cette année! Les parents, les professionnels, les conseillers, et éventuellement la direction et notre agent de liaison avec le ministère assistent en grand nombre à cette activité. En outre, quelque 40 élèves de la Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson se joindront à l’événement cette année.

RÉCEPTION POUR LONGS ÉTATS DE SERVICE: Le directeur général de la CSEM, Nicholas Katalifos, a livré un hommage aux membres du personnel réunis pour l’occasion : « Au cours des 25 dernières années, votre dévouement envers l'éducation, votre diligence et vos contributions à la Commission scolaire English-Montréal ont profité à bon nombre d'élèves et de membres du personnel. » Les employés honorés ont également reçu une montre Monarch de la CSEM en guise de reconnaissance pour leurs états de service.

Les personnes suivantes ont été honorées cette année. Centre administratif : Michael Cohen (Bureau de la direction générale); Beverly Graham (Services éducatifs); Costa Spyridakos (Ressources matérielles) et Michelle Aubin, Elizabeth Cristie et Jenny Vitoratos (Services aux élèves).

Centres d'éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle : Ian Mckinnell (Centre d'éducation des adultes HSM), Luke Hong (Centre d'éducation des adultes James Lyng), Olga Bergola et Sulaman Khan (Centre de formation professionnelle Laurier Macdonald) et Terry Segal (Centre de santé et d'études commerciales Shadd).

Secteur est: Eleftheria Destounis (école Bancroft); Patricia Claro (école Dalkeith); Joanna Forli, Giuseppina Ippolito et Marie Josee Nardelli (école Dante); Francesca Ragusa (école East Hill);  Barbara Levine (école F.A.C.E.); Maria Schembre (école Honoré-Mercier); Martine Brosseau (académie John Caboto); Susan Coleston, Antonietta Mucci et Paolo Quattrocchi (école secondaire John F. Kennedy); Athanasios Bregiannis, Annie Caya et Ivan Spilak (école secondaire Laurier Macdonald); Pierre-Gérard David, Rita De Angelis, Angela Taratini et Athina Zambelis (académie Leonardo da Vinci); Christine Murray (école secondaire Lester B. Pearson); Celestina Panzini et Sonya Di Paolo (école Mackay); Noemia Bozzo (académie internationale Michelangelo); Carmela Macri (école Nesbitt); Giuseppina Cuonzo, Cesidia De Crescentis, Mario Iacono, Marisa Pietrangelo et Michell-Kim Van Houtte (école Pierre de Coubertin); Sean Reddy (école Sinclair Laird); Kathryn Allen (école secondaire Vezina); Kevin Kelly et Arianne Létourneau (collège Vincent Massey).

Secteur ouest : Bouchra Erchiqui et Kiriaki Milonas (école Cedarcrest); Joan Martine Faustin (école Coronation); Milane Saliba (école Dunrae Gardens); Stacey Nash (école Elizabeth Ballantyne); Marie-Michelle Anderson, Adamantia Menexis et Nina Wong (école Gardenview); Earthma Karen Barker (école Hampstead); Stacey Kaufman, Nancy Lemieux, Anastasia Mavros, Michael Strauss et Joy Wagen (académie Laurenhill – senior); Peter Arnold et Diana Silversides (académie Marymount); Georgia Gotsis (école Merton); Karolyn Liverman et Fotini Maniatis (école Parkdale); Joanna Genovezos (école Roslyn); Cynthia Bennett (école Royal Vale); Jamal Zigby (académie Royal West); Kim Golder et Nejma Ould Hammou (école secondaire Westmount); Agathonikos Batzios (école Willingdon).

JOHN CABOTO À L'EXPO-SCIENCES: Trois élèves ont récemment marqué l'histoire de l'Académie John Caboto en remportant les tout premiers prix de l'école à l’occasion de l'Expo sciences Hydro-Québec, finale québécoise. Ces trois élèves ont remporté des prix Distinction pour deux projets de jeux vidéo : Programmation sur Python et Création de jeux vidéo sur Scratch. De plus, deux de leurs pairs se sont joints à eux lors de l'expo-sciences et ont également accédé à la compétition régionale. La directrice Sonia Marotta et l’enseignant de sciences Alex Rosauri, ainsi que l'ensemble de la communauté de l'Académie John Caboto, tiennent à féliciter les élèves pour leurs belles réalisations et pour avoir si fièrement représenté l'Académie John Caboto!

ÉCOLE VIRTUELLE : L'Académie Quebec Virtual (AQV) a marqué un jalon important le 1er mai lorsque Samuel Boro-Norman, élève-athlète de haut niveau, a été le premier élève de l'AQV à participer à une compétition de la GMAA (The Greater Montreal Athletic Association). Samuel, qui a fréquenté initialement l'école secondaire Westmount, est maintenant inscrit à l'Académie Quebec Virtual en tant qu'athlète s'entraînant à un niveau d'élite. Élève de 2e secondaire, il concilie ses exigences académiques avec l'AQV et son entraînement intensif avec son organisation d'athlétisme, le Club les Vainqueurs. La flexibilité du programme de l’AQV permet à des élèves comme Samuel de se consacrer à leur passion et à leur sport sans compromettre la poursuite d'une instruction de qualité. Samuel a un brillant avenir devant lui sur et hors piste. Il revient d'une blessure et a couru une course courageuse au 800 m (une épreuve dans laquelle Samuel est classé 9e au Québec). Il s'est qualifié pour les championnats régionaux qui se tiendront le 13 mai et espère se qualifier pour représenter l'AQV aux compétitions provinciales d'athlétisme en juin. Son enseignant d'éducation physique, Deep Patel, et le directeur de l'école, David Servello, étaient sur place pour le soutenir et l'encourager.

LA COURSE HALO : Le 9 mai 2024, sept élèves fougueux de l'école primaire Westmount Park ont participé à la course Halo Road Race GMAA (The Greater Montreal Athletic Association), qui s'est déroulée dans le pittoresque parc du Mont-Royal. Cette année marquait une étape importante puisque le RSEQ-GMAA a introduit les courses Halo inclusives, destinées spécialement aux élèves neurodivergents pouvant présenter des différences physiques, cognitives ou psychologiques. Adhérant à cette initiative axée sur l’inclusion, les élèves de Westmount Park ont couru avec enthousiasme le parcours d'un kilomètre, faisant preuve d'une détermination et d'une cohésion incroyables. Leur participation a non seulement mis en lumière l'importance de l'inclusion dans les sports, mais a également permis de célébrer les diverses aptitudes de tous les élèves, faisant de cette activité un événement mémorable. 

ORCHESTRE DE L'ÉCOLE F.A.C.E. : Le vendredi 3 mai, les orchestres de chambre et symphonique de l’école F.A.C.E., sous la direction de l’enseignante de musique à la Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) Theodora Stathopoulos, et l’ensemble à vent Con Brio de l’école F.A.C.E., sous la direction de Marie-Ève Arseneau, ont participé à un concert gala à la Maison symphonique de la Place des arts. De plus, Emmanuelle Racine Gariépy, enseignante de musique vocale au Centre de services scolaires de Montréal (CSSDM), a dirigé tous nos élèves de 5e secondaire dans une pièce spéciale pour cet événement unique. Outre les ensembles de F.A.C.E., la 2e édition de Passion à l'unisson a réuni les orchestres et les chorales des autres prestigieux programmes de musique et de beaux-arts de la région de Montréal, soit les écoles Joseph-François-Perreault et Saint-Luc, qui sont toutes sous l'égide du CSSDM et de la CSEM. Ce concert spécial vise à mettre en valeur l'excellence et la diversité artistique de chaque école en réunissant 500 élèves de la 5e année du primaire à la 5e secondaire.

INVESTISSEZ DANS SON AVENIR: L’unité 1st Milton Park invite les jeunes filles âgées de 9 à 17 ans à s’inscrire en prévision de l’automne. Le programme des Guides est gage d’amitiés, d’aventures et d’expériences réelles. Elles éprouveront du plaisir à tisser de nouvelles amitiés, à s’ouvrir sur le monde et à participer à des projets communautaires. Girl Guides propose un cadre sûr, propice au développement d’un esprit curieux et aventurier, tout en confiance. 

Détails des réunions (sous réserve de modifications) :

Unité : Unité 1st Milton Park/Pathfinder/Ranger 

Horaire : Chaque semaine - mardi de 19 h 00 à 20 h 30 (sept.-mai)

Lieu : Galeries du Parc, 3590, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal (Québec) H2X 4A6 

Ça vous intéresse? Les inscriptions pour l'année scolaire 2024-2025 débutent le 21 juin. 

Pour vous inscrire à notre unité : https://register.girlguides.ca/web/fr/unit-single/4767?tnjl=false 

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LA RÉUSSITE PASSE PAR LA BOXE : Préparez-vous à donner des coups de poing, des coups de pied et à suer pour réussir! Des cours de boxe sont maintenant offerts aux élèves du programme de formation générale du Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo. Cette nouvelle initiative vise à promouvoir la forme physique, le soulagement du stress et la confiance en soi chez les élèves, et ce, dans un cadre amusant et positif. Animés par des instructeurs certifiés, ces cours revêtent la forme de séances d’entraînement très énergiques pour maintenir l’intérêt des élèves et les revigorer au cours du semestre du printemps. Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo vous aide à rester actifs, à faire le plein d’énergie et à réussir!

JOURNÉE PORTES OUVERTES : Le 25 avril, le Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo a tenu sa deuxième journée portes ouvertes. À cette occasion, plus de 200 parents, élèves, éducateurs et représentants d’entreprises locales et du réseau de la santé ont été à même de constater tout ce que l’école a à offrir. La journée portes ouvertes a permis de survoler l’environnement d’apprentissage dynamique offert à tous grâce à des expositions interactives mettant en lumière les réalisations des élèves du programme de formation générale, les cours de langue du programme de formation de base commune et de francisation et des démonstrations de projets éducatifs dans les classes SIS/SISP. L’un des points forts de l’événement fut sans contredit la présence de représentants des réseaux de la santé et de l’éducation à des kiosques pour renseigner les visiteurs sur le mieux-être, les ressources en matière de santé mentale et la formation professionnelle. Ces partenaires communautaires ont partagé leurs connaissances et souligné l'engagement de l'école à soutenir le bien-être général de l’ensemble des élèves. Les visiteurs ont également eu l'occasion de discuter avec le personnel enseignant, les élèves, les professionnels de l'école et les partenaires communautaires sur des sujets allant de la nutrition et de l'exercice physique à la gestion du stress, en passant par les services de conseil et le futur projet de logement pour les adultes ayant des besoins particuliers. De concert avec tous les partenaires communautaires, sociaux et éducatifs, Galileo a pu présenter son environnement stimulant au sein duquel tous les élèves peuvent s'épanouir et atteindre leur plein potentiel. 

STAGES EXCEL : Giuseppe Biunno, associé chez Lutfy, Lawand Consultants Inc., a participé de près au programme de stages du Centre de santé et d’études commerciales Shadd de NDG. Cette année, l’entreprise a accueilli deux stagiaires issues de Shadd; l’un en comptabilité et l’autre, en secrétariat. Il convient de noter que les deux stagiaires ont non seulement été embauchés, mais ont également excellé dans leurs fonctions, témoignant de la qualité des programmes de formation professionnelle offerts à Shadd. Aux dires de Giuseppe, ces stagiaires possèdent un mélange unique de compétences et de qualités, notamment une rapidité d’adaptation et une volonté d’assumer des responsabilités dès le premier jour. Les stagiaires chez Lutfy, Lawand Consultants Inc. ont toujours fait leurs preuves, obtenant souvent des postes permanents à la fin de leur stage ou peu de temps après. Ce succès est attribuable en grande partie au programme d’études complet de Shadd, axé sur la transmission de connaissances pratiques et de compétences essentielles dans des domaines précis. Comme le fait remarquer Jone Christian Banag, stagiaire en comptabilité ayant décroché un poste à la fin de son stage : « J'ai mis en pratique ce que j'ai appris à Shadd, en particulier le dernier module portant sur la déclaration de revenus. » L'application pratique des connaissances théoriques est ainsi mise en valeur, préparant les élèves comme Jone à une transition en douceur vers des rôles professionnels. Chez Lutfy, Lawand Consultants Inc, les stagiaires sont activement engagés dans diverses tâches, allant de la réception à la préparation des déclarations de revenus. Et le cabinet continue de soutenir les anciens stagiaires Shadd après leur stage, en leur offrant des possibilités d'avancement et en les encourageant à poursuivre leur perfectionnement professionnel, comme le souligne Sofia Al-Radaei du programme de secrétariat. Le conseil de Giuseppe aux élèves actuels et futurs de Shadd est clair : « Allez au bout de vos objectifs; tout est réalisable. » Il insiste sur le potentiel de réalisation, soulignant que la persévérance ouvre la voie de la réussite. Les programmes de Shadd vont au-delà de la simple acquisition de connaissances; ils dotent les élèves de compétences pratiques et d'expériences cruciales pour leur permettre de réussir sur le plan professionnel. Le succès des stagiaires chez Lutfy, Lawand Consultants Inc. témoigne de l'efficacité des programmes Shadd en formation professionnelle. 

CÉLÉBRER LA LITTÉRATIE : Le Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng à Saint Henri a célébré la littératie en tenant sa toute première Journée de la littératie, centrée sur la lecture, l’écriture, l’expression orale et la littératie numérique. En collaboration avec Reclaim, les élèves et le personnel ont participé à plusieurs stations dédiées à la littératie – les stations d'incitation à l'écriture ont suscité la créativité chez nos élèves, tandis que le coin des orateurs a donné lieu à des conversations impromptues. Une collaboration fut observée à la station de littératie numérique Kahoot!, tandis que les stations de lecture à voix haute et de micro ouvert ont incité les élèves à sortir de leur zone de confort pour encourager l'expression orale. Une station de livres gratuits, renfermant une multitude de livres provenant de dons de la part de Reclaim, de nos élèves et des membres du personnel du Centre d’éducation des adultes James Lyng, a permis aux élèves de choisir un livre gratuit en anglais, en français ou pour enfants à ramener à la maison. 

La bibliothèque publique de Saint-Henri était également présente à cette occasion pour fournir des informations sur la gamme de services offerts à notre bibliothèque locale, et des cartes de bibliothèque ont été émises sur place pour les élèves intéressés à devenir membres. Nous tenons à remercier tout particulièrement Reclaim pour son aide précieuse dans l’organisation de cet événement, ayant fourni des pizzas, des bénévoles et les trois prix d’une valeur de plus de 1 000 $. Merci également au groupe Healthy Haven de madame Holly pour avoir offert gratuitement à chaque visiteur un délicieux échantillon de smoothie préparé sur place, ainsi qu’à Jorge Quiroga pour son temps, son dévouement et son aide précieuse dans l’organisation de cet événement. Restez à l’affût pour connaître le programme de la Journée de la littératie de l’an prochain!

Le prochain numéro de Pleins feux sur Fielding sera publié le 19 juin 2024. Prière de soumettre vos articles au plus tard le vendredi 14 juin à mcohen@emsb.qc.ca 


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