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Inspiration at Kingsdale Academy’s Art Exhibition

Posted by slazarus on May 19, 2017 at 04:04 pm

“Art is not made for anybody, and is, at the same time, for everybody” – Piet Mondrian


These words welcomed Kingsdale students, staff, families, and supporters at its Art Exhibition and Fundraiser; perfectly setting the tone for a community coming together to learn from and bask in the students’ artistic inspiration and talents.


Kingsdale’s gymnasium was unrecognizable as it was filled with paintings, masks, sketches, flags, and even some magic wands. The gym was truly transformed into a chic art gallery, bursting with color, organized by specific artists and styles. This open concept allowed visitors to roam around the gallery; often with enthusiastic student artists acting as their gallery guides.



In addition to the artwork, biographies of well-known artists were displayed, providing important historical context and meaning to their most important works. In preparation for the Art Exhibition, Kingsdale students were introduced to artists like Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, and Alma Thomas.



The Art Exhibition also challenged the notion of who an artist is and what can be considered art as hockey masks designed by students in honor of Jacques Plante, Harry Potter-inspired pieces, and personalized takes on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster were displayed.



Giulia Carosielli, Kingsdale Academy’s art teacher emphasized the importance of artistic expression and allowing students the freedom to explore and challenge their creativity. Overseeing the planning and creation of nearly 4,000 pieces of work can be a daunting task but Ms. Carosielli’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious as she guides her students through their artistic discovery journeys.


A special thanks to Ms. Carosielli and her team for organizing such an incredible event. We can’t wait to see what the talented artists at Kingsdale Academy will do next. Congratulations!!



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Taking Care of Daycare

Posted by slazarus on May 18, 2017 at 03:49 pm

Our 35 daycares take the most amazing care of our young kids; and this week we take care of our daycare coordinators, educators, lunch monitors, and staff.



In honor of Quebec's School Daycare Week, LBPSB hosted a daycare celebration where the important (and at times challenging) work of our daycare staff was acknowledged. From keeping kids safe while ensuring they have fun to easing parents' worries, our daycare team does such a great job each and every day.


Johanne Levac, Manager of Daycare Services kicked off the celebration with a word of thanks for all the work that went into planning the event and the hard work that daycare workers do each day. Then, Michael Chechile, Director General offered his deep gratitude from a LBPSB and parent perspective.


Marie Wahba, Assistant Director of Educational Services then read the following moving poem; perfectly desvrining the role and the impact of daycare staff:



Each daycare provided a customized mobile to decorate the room, as our daycare guests were treated with coffee, treats, and praise.


Cheers to LBPSB's daycare team!


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International Day Against Homophobia at LCCHS

Posted by slazarus on May 17, 2017 at 07:52 am

To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Lasalle Community Comprehensive High School (LCCHS) students display their pride flag.


This year, LCCHS students in the Sexual and Gender Acceptance group personalized the pride flag to raise awareness of issues affecting the transgender community and to increase trans visibility.

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Qui lira, vaincra – Recap

Posted by slazarus on May 16, 2017 at 03:24 pm

They came, they read, they conquered...literally!


LBPSB's Qui lira, vaincra (he/she who reads, conquers) is a fierce and friendly French reading challenge where elementary school students read and answer questions from 13 books ranging in style from biography, novel, and comic.



Edgewater, St. Charles, and Dorval Elementary were the 3 finalists representing each region. Through 50 questions spanning all sorts of literary detail, students showed off their knowledge, pride in reading, and writing skills (points were awarded for correct spelling); all while demonstrating enthusiasm and sportsmanship.



The conquerors and the audience were on the edge of their seats throughout the competition. It was a close battle but in the end, St. Charles Elementary scored the most points and was declared the winner.


Congratulations to all the competitors. Félicitations!!


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The Tulips Bloom at Beacon Hill

Posted by slazarus on May 15, 2017 at 04:07 pm

Beacon Hill continues to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary with its tulips blooming ceremony. It was a beautiful, sunny day, the perfect setting to unveil the red and white tulips in the shape of the Canadian flag.



Beacon Hill students and staff welcomed distinguished guests and community members with a musical, poetic, and moving tribute to Canada and how lucky we all are to be Canadian. After a rousing rendition of ‘O Canada’, the students acted as ‘human tulips’ mimicking the planting and growing process. Then the musical and singing performances began, causing everyone to rise to their feet and dance and cheer (despite the heat).



In keeping with the theme of Canadian pride, students then took the mic and presented posters portraying Canadian values like multiculturalism, peace, justice, and education. The students also explained what these values meet to them and why they feel so proud to be Canadian.



The blooming tulips were truly a collaborative effort. In addition to Beacon Hill students and staff, friendly neighbors and the Beaconsfield scouts graciously helped out with the planting and maintaining of the garden; perfectly reflecting Canada’s neighborliness and sense of community.


And what better way to wrap up the tulip blooming ceremony on a beautiful Friday afternoon with ice cream for all students, staff, and guests! Congratulations Beacon Hill!


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LBPSB's Statement of Support - Quebec Floods

Posted by slazarus on May 15, 2017 at 08:42 am

The Lester B. Pearson School Board stands in solidarity with those who have been affected by the Quebec floods and is committed to supporting the relief efforts in each of its impacted communities.

As this crisis fades we must ensure that our awareness of the devastation does not. For many, it will take months to rebuild, recover from emotional turmoil, and return to a semblance of normality. At this time we are urging our school board community to help out however it can through food, clothing, or financial donations.

During this challenging time we’ve witnessed  exceptional coming-together of students, teachers, administrators, families, and city officials united in the goal  to provide immediate and long-term relief. Lester B. Pearson School Board will continue to collaborate with the broader community and will keep everyone abreast of the many ways to help out.


Beacon Hill collects 1261 items for the flood relief food bank in 3 days.


Beaconsfield High School's toiletry collection


Westwood Senior students and staff fill sandbags during the school's closure.

We are aware that each student, and their family, is and will be affected by the floods differently. As such, all professionals from Student Services have been sensitized to the distress that such situations can cause and we have increased support and resources for the affected schools. Teachers and administrators are equally committed to providing a safe place  for students affected by the floods.


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Qui lira, vaincra! - Monday May 15th

Posted by slazarus on May 12, 2017 at 09:13 am
Qui lirra, vaincra! Junior, is a friendly competition promoting reading in French  involving three elementary schools  representing each region in our Board - Region 1: Edgewater, Region 2: St-Charles, Region 3: Dorval. The finale takes place May 15th, at 6:30 pm in the boardroom of the Lester. B. Pearson Head Office. Recap and photos to come...


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A St. John Fisher Senior Poetry Café Poem

Posted by slazarus on May 9, 2017 at 02:39 pm

It was a beautiful sunny day on the 9th of May;
The perfect setting for St. John Fisher Sr’s Poetry Café.
Parents, grandparents, siblings and special guests were warmly greeted at the door;
We couldn’t wait for the pride, inspiration and treats that were in store.


Grade 3 students were excited to show off all the poetry skills they’ve learned,
When it was time to perform, the students read loud and proud; none were concerned.
A video of the students reciting their favorite poems was screened
The audience roared in applause and their faces beamed.


It was then time for the grade 3 students to present their work;
While cookies, cake, fruits and drinks were served – what a perk.
Students taught their parents all about biography, cinquain and haiku,
This Poetry Café was a perfect representation of St. John Fisher Sr; so much to see and so much to do.


Congratulations to all our student poets for welcoming guests and performing with flair
And a very special thanks to the teachers and staff who are always there.
As this poem wraps up, just one mention that everyone was impressed and had such a great time;
Especially this Pearson News blogger who’s discovering it isn’t so easy to rhyme.


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Listening With Heart: St. Thomas & Horizon High School's Artium Profundae Mental Health Exhibition

Posted by slazarus on May 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

In celebration of Mental Health Week in Canada, St. Thomas and Horizon High Schools helped launch the 5th edition of Artium Profundae (Creations From the Depth of the Mind); an art exhibition aiming to challenge the stigma arround mental illness and facilitate meaningful conversations around mental health.



St. Thomas and Horizon students proudly displayed their paintings and installations with this year's theme of "Listen With Heart." Each piece was beautifully designed and crafted; impressing many of the exhibit attendees. In addition to being blown away by the students' creativity and artistic talents, exhibit visitors were captivated by the art works' interpretation of the difficulty around and importance of truly listening when it comes to mental health.



Artium Profundae is a collaborative effort. A special thanks to our partners: Friends For Mental Health, Lakeshore General Hospital, West Island Citizen Advocacy, and Omega Communty Resources for contributing artwork and helping to coordinate the event. And an extra special thanks to the Viva Vida Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire for continuing to host the exhibit; empowering our artists to have their works displayed in a real art gallery.


Kudos to our St. Thomas and Horizon students for using their art to challenge the stigma around mental illness and for being examples of listeners with heart.



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Children’s World Academy Opens Its Doors To Grandparents

Posted by slazarus on May 1, 2017 at 08:29 am

“You won’t be allowed in without your ticket. This is a VERY important event.” That’s how Children’s World Academy students greeted their distinguished guests at the school’s 27th annual Grandparents’ Luncheon. Each year, the students take an active role in planning the event and each is assigned a specific job at the luncheon (server, barista, dishwasher, usher). Jobs the students take VERY seriously.



As the grandparents and guests from Residence Les Floralies were settling into their seats, students were circulating and offering water, juice, soft drinks, and coffee (very carefully). Despite the excitement of seeing their grandparents at school, the students were all focused and professional. The pace rapidly increased when it was time to serve the meal but the Children’s World Academy team had no problems keeping up. The food was served efficiently and warmly (in both senses of the word). The grandparents gave top marks for the service. Some grandparents even wanted to tip their student servers!



In keeping with the school’s eco-philosophy the event was 100% green; meaning that disposable plates/cutlery were NOT used. Students took on the responsibility of cleaning the dishes between courses and after the meal. A daunting task for some of the parent volunteers and the school staff, but the students more than held their own.


In between lunch and dessert, it was time for some music! The grandparents were thrilled to hear Children’s World Academy students perform “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, as evidenced by a roaring round of applause.




Speaking of rounds of applause, a huge congratulations to Terry Clahane, Student Supervisor: Special Projects and Mary Rutherford, Spiritual Animator, for coordinating another successful grandparents’ luncheon. And a special thanks to the parent volunteers who prepared the food, supervised the students, and made sure that the event ran seamlessly and smoothly.


As the lunch was drawing to a close, it was time to open the sweet table. Each student contributed a dessert so you can only imagine how many cakes, cookies, and other treats were available to the grandparents and students. But even with the sugar rush the students maintained their composure and helped to oversee a delicious wrap-up to the Grandparents’ Luncheon.


Looking forward to next year’s Grandparents’ Luncheon!