February

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Montreal Boy Shaves His Head to Raise Funds for Cancer to Help His Dad

Posted by slazarus on February 19, 2018 at 08:54 am

By: Amanda Jelowicki

Global News

 

 

Tyler Goldsmith finds having long hair annoying.

 

But the 10-year-old shaved it all off for a special reason: he’s raising money to help his father, who is quite ill right now.

 

“I hope we can find a cure for cancer to cure my dad,” he said from his classroom in Beechwood Elementary in Pierrefonds.

 

Tyler started growing his hair last spring. That’s when his dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

 

“Before he got cancer, we used to play together and go skiing together. Now he gets shots and he bruises easily so he isn’t allowed to go skiing anymore with me,” Tyler said.

 

Tyler’s parents are overwhelmed at their son’s initiative, which aims to raise money for the Jewish General Hospital, where Tyler’s father Lyle is being treated. There’s no doubt Lyle faces a tough battle, as the cancer has recently spread to his lungs.

 

“It makes me so proud to know his heart is in the right place, and that’s he’s compassionate,” Lyle Goldsmith said. “To think beyond himself — he’s only 10, just a little boy. It’s really touching.”

 

“He is such a kind, emotional, good-hearted little boy,” his mother Ann Goldsmith said.  “I hope this guides him to become the man he will grow up to be.”

 

Tyler launched his fundraising campaign on social media, hoping to raise $2,500.

Beachwood Elementary supported his efforts at an assembly Friday afternoon. With donations from friends, family, and the school community, Tyler raised $11,000 for the JGH — four-and-a-half times more than he’d hoped.

 

In his fundraising appeal, Tyler promised to shave his head — which he finally did, months after first starting to grow his hair for just that reason.

 

His parents couldn’t be prouder.

 

“It’s very overwhelming, very emotional. Just the support of the community is really touching,” Lyle said.

 

Tyler said he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again if it meant helping his dad get better.

 

In front of more than 200 of his fellow students, Tyler put on a hat, and told the assembled community, “Thanks for supporting me, because all together we can fight cancer.”

 

Those wishing to donate to the Goldsmith Kick Cancer Fund can do so online or by calling the Segal Centre at the JGH.

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Passing the Torch to Junior Leaders

Posted by slazarus on February 12, 2018 at 10:56 am

What happens when 300+ grade 5/6 students and 60+ high school students gather at Westpark for the 6th annual Junior Leadership Day?

 

Change happens.

 

Change in our schools.

 

Change in our communities.

 

Change in the lives of all our students.

 

Junior Leadership Day is quickly turning into a flagship LBPSB event. Each elementary school appoints a delegate of junior leaders ranging in backgrounds, interests, and talents. Leading up to Junior Leadership Day, the selected students research causes and organizations that are important to them as the excitement builds.

 

Meanwhile, all the LBPSB high school leadership groups were hard at work preparing presentations, brushing up on their facilitation skills, and practicing their dance moves (keep reading for more on these dance moves).

 

Finally, Junior Leadership Day had arrived! Decked out in their Junior Leadership t-shirts the elementary students filled Westpark’s gym as the high school leadership students pumped up the crowd. Yet, even with the loud music and controlled chaos, there was nothing louder than the students’ enthusiasm.

 

Hannah Alper, author, blogger, and ‘kindraiser’ kicked off the day with her opening presentation. At only 15 years old, Hannah shared her story of how her passion and concern for the environment motivated her to become a global influencer. It was an incredibly inspiring and powerful speech. Hannah captured the crowd and motivated the Junior Leaders to get started right away. No action is too small to make a difference and one action a day can lead to global change. Did we mention she’s only 15?

Before moving to the breakout sessions, the packed gym leapt to its feet and joined in on the ‘Junior Leadership Day Dance’. With minds, hearts, and bodies bursting with energy it was time for the Junior Leaders to meet with their ‘Senior Leaders.’

 

Representing organizations such as Dans La Rue, Born This Way, Greenpeace, the Canadian Red Cross, Beat Bullying and more, the high school ‘Senior Leaders’ (many of whom were former Junior Leaders) led focused workshops for small groups of Junior Leaders. From facilitating icebreaker games, to walking through the importance of leadership and giving back, it was incredibly rewarding to see students leading students.

 

After lunch activities and a closing ceremony it was time to wrap up Junior Leadership Day. Where did the time go? But the end of Junior Leadership Day is only the beginning of change and innovation coming to our schools and communities courtesy of LBPSB’s Junior Leaders.

 

A huge thanks to the administrators, teachers, and students for all their hard work in making such a major event run smoothly while keeping it fun and engaging.

 

Junior Leaders: We look forward to seeing what you’ll do next!

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Staff Appreciation Week

Posted by slazarus on February 8, 2018 at 09:04 am

Dear Colleagues,

 

My parents have taught me many lessons. They taught me to be kind, to treat everyone in a way that I want to be treated, to be happy with what you have, to treat everyone with respect, to work hard and to always take every opportunity to show my appreciation.

 

Although only one week has been set aside to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week, I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate you EVERYDAY. Thank you!

 

It is fitting that Staff Appreciation Week is celebrated in February, the month of the heart, love and food. It is a perfect time to take stock of our personal and collective achievements, memories, obstacles that were overcome, and the differences YOU continue to make in the lives of the students.

 

As we’ve seen in the past, a school year can be unpredictable. We’ve experienced school closures due to snow, ice, and floods. Yet when factors outside of our control emerge, we all come together as a collective to continue to offer the best to our students, each other and the community.

 

Walking into any of our schools, centres and head office, creates an immediate sense of warmth, comfort, and trust. Thank YOU for always going above and beyond, exceeding expectations, and pulling out all the stops to ensure our students’ learning, safety, and fun.

 

With respect, gratitude, and APPRECIATION,

Michael Chechile
Director General

 

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire