Michael Chechile, Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, is always on-the-go; visiting schools and seeing students and teachers in action and witnessing months of preparation and planning come to life. Each month Mr. Chechile will present a summary of where he's been, who's he's met, and how the LBPSB community continues to impress him.
It’s my pleasure to welcome all of you: the Lester B. Pearson School Board community to the 2018-2019 school year. As the Summer heat turns into a crisp Fall we look forward to new beginnings, exciting opportunities, and long-anticipated milestones. And while we’re on the topic of milestones, we’re so proud to have reached the 20th anniversary of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. This will be a year of tributes, recognition, and celebration as all of us come together to honour LBPSB’s past, present, and future. Each of you has contributed to this occasion and we look forward to sharing it with you all year long.
First Day of School
As parents, teachers and support staff, we never forget the anxiety of the night before the 1st day of school; but I hope we also remember all the hard work, commitment, and patience involved in making sure the 1st day runs smoothly while setting the tone for a year of learning and fun. Each year, I’m blown away (but not surprised by) how each of our schools opens its doors to its students and families with a sense of comfort and warmth.
It was a privilege for me to take part in St. John Fisher Jr’s first day of school. The energy in the schoolyard was infectious and it was so moving to see these young students so excited to reunite with their friends, while extending their hands to make new ones. It’s no easy feat to balance the joy and spontaneity of a first day, while making sure that everything stays ‘on schedule.’ A huge thank you to St. John Fisher Jr’s teachers and staff for this accomplishment.
Our schools also welcomed some special guests for their first days. St. Edmund got a very early start to the school year as CJAD dropped by for a live broadcast. St. Edmund students and staff were excellent hosts and didn’t hold back from sharing their excitement and St. Edmund pride with all of CJAD’s listeners. Global News paid a visit to Margaret Manson on their first day and witnessed the anticipation and joy of students and staff. What a great way to kick off the year!
Clearpoint continued its Balloon Parade tradition for its new Kindergarteners. What better way to welcome children into their new schools and the start of their educational journeys than with a rousing parade and encouragement from parents, teachers, and students from all grades.
I’d also like to acknowledge the efforts and focus of our caretakers and maintenance team who worked hard throughout the summer to make sure our buildings were in the best shape for the first day. A truly collaborative effort, we couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you!
The room was packed at yesterday afternoon’s Education Fair where LBPSB’s Youth, Adult, and Vocational sectors greeted families & students. I was so proud of LBPSB’s representation and heard nothing but overwhelmingly positive comments from attendees. Thanks to everyone who helped prepare for the event, and who gave their Sunday afternoon to serve the community.
High School/Voc Open Houses
Throughout the Fall our High Schools and Vocational Centres will be holding Open Houses. These Open Houses are the perfect opportunity to get a feel for each school’s unique culture and community. Students, teachers, and administrators have already been planning engaging tours and demonstrations and will be available to answer any questions you might have. I’d encourage you all to attend these Open Houses and discover why LBPSB leads the pack in student success. For Open House dates and times visit lbpsb.qc.ca and lbpce.ca
Inspiring Student & Teacher In The News
We were all so proud to see an inspiring student and an influential teacher featured in the news this month. Norma Condo, a Pearson School of Culinary Arts student opened up to CBC news about her journey while her teachers and colleagues spoke of her success and perseverance. While The Suburban introduced its readers to John Rennie High School teacher Huntley Addie. Mr Addie’s students share how his classroom is so unique and memorable and explain why he “stands out as a teacher.” Congratulations Norma and Mr. Addie. Links to these stories can be found on LBPSB’s Facebook page.
You may have noticed LBPSB’s new website. As part of the 20th anniversary, the new website offers a fresh, intuitive design and improved navigation. The updated website has been very well-received as all our web pages are optimized.
The Fusion Portal was recently recognized as a BRAVO award-winner from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education. Fusion, an LBPSB-created platform stands out as an innovative communication tool, across all of Canada - a huge accomplishment. Congratulations and thanks to our web developers and programmers for changing the game!
Cont. Ed Trucks
Speaking of redesign, have you seen our new LBPSB trucks? The Continuing Education team recently unveiled these trucks portraying the variety of programs and career opportunities they offer. Stay on the lookout for these trucks as LBPSB’s “Doing is Believing” message hits the road.
Hard to believe it’s only been a month of the 2018-2019 school year. If all the action and excitement so far is any indication, this is going to be an incredible 20th anniversary year. We can’t wait to share more surprises with you. Stay tuned...