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.
If I had to describe April in a word, it would be ‘emotional.’ We were and are reeling from the devastating events in Toronto and Humboldt. Yet during this difficult time our spirits were lifted by our students and the LBPSB family coming together to express itself through art, music, and song. Here are some of the highlights.
The Humboldt and Toronto tragedies shook us to our core. Our hearts break for the victims and their loved ones. Yet through this very dark time, some light was able to emerge. I was so proud to see so many of our students and teachers take the initiative to offer their support. From Jersey Days around LBPSB, to beautifully expressed words and art to capture the emotions, these efforts bring us together and help ease what once seemed like insurmountable pain. We will continue to offer our support and help out however we can. You are not alone.
Adult Learners’ Gala
One of the most moving and inspirational events at LBPSB is the Adult Learners’ gala and this year was no exception. Each year, we’re proud to celebrate Adult Learners’ week across all our adult and vocational centres; while the gala allows our adult learners to share stories, thank their supporters, celebrate their success and forge their future paths. More telling than diplomas and certificates, the diversity of stories and voices make the gala truly special. Representatives from each centre bravely took to the stage to recount their struggles, lessons, and accomplishments to a room filled with enthusiastic cheerleaders. The emotions were heightened and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Congratulations to all our adult learners!
TOPS - A Celebration of Creativity
Take a look around the boardroom. All these colorful, beautiful works of art were crafted by our very own elementary and high school students. These pieces are the heart of the 15th edition of TOPS; focusing on visual arts - A Celebration of Creativity! I want to congratulate and thank these students for expressing themselves through art and allowing all of us to participate in their visions. TOPS exhibits were also held at Pierrefonds Comprehensive and Lasalle Community Comprehensive High Schools. We’re also very fortunate to have our students’ work displayed at the Stewart Hall gallery in pointe-claire. We’re the first educational institution to be given this honor. A huge thank you to Frank Caracciolo, Arts Consultant, for overseeing this outstanding event. And I encourage you all to visit Stewart Hall. LBPSB art will be displayed until May 7th.
LBPSB is a leader in student entrepreneurship projects. Each year many of our elementary and high schools participate in Défi Osentreprendre - a national competition. At this year’s regional awards ceremony, Beaconsfield High School’s MJMJ project and Kingsdale’s Mystery Club took home awards. And this year LBPSB was given a special honor for inspiring entrepreneurship throughout the Quebec region. Congratulations!
Administrative Professionals Day
In April we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. We cannot be without our amazing team of administrative professionals and secretaries. Thank you so much to all of you for contributing immensely to the productivity and growth of our schools and continue to brighten our days.
Elementary Choir Festival
It’s hard to capture the talent and power of the Elementary Choir Festival in words. 300 young voices from 8 elementary schools performed alongside the Lindsay Place band to a packed auditorium of parents, teachers, principals, and an incredibly moved DG. The elementary choirs spent months rehearsing while the Lindsay Place band was fine tuning its performance. Believe it or not, the performers only met and practiced as a group hours before the curtain went up. With a rendition of Hallelujah as a tribute to Humboldt, the choir festival perfectly demonstrated the healing power of music. Clips of the performances are posted on LBPSB’s Facebook page. They’re a must-watch!
Ultimate Battle of the Books/Qui Lira Vaincra
LBPSB brought home 2 literary victories this month. For the 2nd year in a row, MacDonald High School dominated the Ultimate Battle of the Book, despite tough competition from Lauren Hill Academy and Trafalgar. Way to go MacDonald High School.
Qui lira vaincra, a friendly competition promoting reading in French held its finals last week. Students from Birchwood, St. Charles & Dorval Elementary showed off their literary prowess en francais along with their ability to stay cool under pressure. It was a fierce and friendly competition. In the end, St. Charles emerged as le vainquer. I’m so glad to see reading celebrating in such a fun and creative way. I’m especially happy to report that at both the Ultimate Battle of the Books and Qui Lira Vaincra, the boardroom was packed with supporters. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you for continuing to support them.
Indigenous People’s Celebration
Lindsay Place hosted our Indigenous Peoples Celebration. This year’s theme was a celebration of spring through cross-cultural music, art, dance and a Pow Wow. 450 elementary and high school students along with special guests from Indigenous community gathered for this amazing learning opportunity and exchange of experiences. Indigenous People’s Celebration has become an event not to be missed at LBPSB. We look forward to seeing this event expand throughout our community.
The school year is flying by. Hard to believe that we’re entering May. There’s no sign of the action slowing down in these last 2 months of school. Stay tuned...