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.
We’ve made it! We’re officially in the final week of the 2018 portion of the 2018-2019 school year. As our students wrap up exams and final projects and teachers put their finishing touches on grading and holiday celebrations we are inching closer and closer to everyone’s favorite time of year: winter break. December has seen our students give back to people in need, showcase their talents, and build intergenerational relationships; with plenty of holiday festivities. Here are the highlights.
Westwood & Father Dowd Residence
It’s amazing to witness longstanding LBPSB holiday traditions. This year marked a major milestone for Westwood high school which was recently recognized for a 50 year partnership with the Father Dowd Home seniors’ residence in Cote-Des-Neiges. Since 1967, Westwood students have been spreading holiday cheer with the residents. Each year the students raise money to buy gifts and decorations and are thrilled to deliver them to the seniors while singing christmas carols. To mark these memorable 50 years, Father Dowd presented Westwood with a commemorative plaque. Deputy Mayor Sterling Downey was also on site to acknowledge the students’ efforts. Well done, Westwood. We look forward to watching this partnership flourish over the next 50 years.
St. Charles' Random Acts of Kindness
Leave it to our students to teach us the true meaning of the holidays through random acts of kindness. Grade 4 students from St. Charles Elementary found a creative way to spread holiday cheer in their community. Yesterday morning, students and parents led by their teacher Kristy Westlake, left a special treat with a heartwarming note on cars parked at a nearby church. The note read “What if Christmas didn’t come from a store? What if Christmas means a little bit more?” Thank you St. Charles for reminding us all what the holidays are really all about.
Earlier this month Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School hosted the 2nd annual CCI conference. CCI stands for Collaborate, Create, Innovate - and I couldn’t think of a more accurate description of the day. This year’s conference brought together over 500 teachers and education professionals from across Quebec. Conference attendees were able to share best practices, strategies for success, and discover innovative approaches to teaching and learning. I was so proud to see many LBPSB teachers lead thought-provoking and engaging discussions. A huge thank you to the CCI organizing committee and the team at PCHS for ensuring the event ran smoothly. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for CCI 2019.
‘Tis the season for holiday concerts and performances. Many of our elementary and high school students have spent weeks rehearsing and preparing for holiday concerts. For some of our younger students, it’s their first time performing in front of a crowd. As parents, it’s always a treat to see our children share their talents. It’s no easy feat to pull off these special events. A huge thank you to the teachers and staff who spend long hours making sure every student is ready for their moment on stage, and for all the students who bravely share their talents with us.
20 for 20 Challenge
As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, LBPSB will be giving away 2 iPads as part of its 20 for 20 campaign. The challenge couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is record a 20 second video of yourself describing your favorite LBPSB memory. This campaign is open to all past and present members of the LBPSB community; including students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and volunteers. More details can be found on the LBPSB webpage and Facebook page. Good luck!
High School Career Fairs
Over the past few weeks some of our high schools hosted Career Fairs where representatives from Cegeps, Universities, diverse organizations and our career centres meet with students to share valuable information and strategies. Students have shared their appreciation and enthusiasm for these events. It’s an amazing networking opportunity while discovering new passions and interests. Thank you to everyone who organizes these career fairs and to our partners for making them such a success. More will be held in 2019. We’ll keep you posted.
St. John Fisher Sr - Book Sale
Last week St. John Fisher Sr. succeeded in spreading literacy for a great cause. The school’s Social Action Team gathered a massive collection of books and organized a book fair fundraiser for PEF. The students took charge of every aspect of the book fair, from the promotion to the set-up and clean-up. By the end of the day, St. John Fisher Sr. raised an amazing $870 - all proceeds going to PEF. Way to go SJFS!
Light A Dream Holiday Celebration
Light A Dream held its annual Holiday Celebration and I was honoured to attend this special celebration. The students and staff worked so hard to set the holiday spirit with customized displays, treats, and plenty of surprises. Light A Dream’s Holiday Celebration was the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the students’ hard work and willingness to overcome obstacles; while highlighting the incredible dedication of their teachers and mentors. Don’t forget to visit Light a Dream at 63b Donegani in Pointe-Claire. It’s the perfect spot to pick up gifts for loved ones or for yourself.
As I conclude this final report for 2018, I wanted to wish all members of the Lester B. Pearson School Board community an amazing winter break, happy new year, and all the best for 2019. May this time be filled with adventures, new experiences, moments with loved ones, fun, and of course - learning. You’ve earned it. Thank you for making the school year so far such an incredible success. More to come...