North Pole connection, teacher honoured, sweet sounds of new music and much more. (NFSB) CLC Wrap-up: News & notes (December).
Santa Comes to Town(s)
Santa Claus spoke with Pre-K, Kindergarten, Learning Centre and Sunshine Class (HAECC) students all week via the video-conference system. He wanted to thank the students in Interior Decorating & Visual Display (along with the teacher Ms. McGowan) for the stunning work they did to spruce up his workshop. Be sure to check out the video on how they made the backdrop.
Towards a healthier future
The 2nd Annual Montérégie Health Promotion Fair was held on November 7th on Ile Saint-Bernard, in Chateauguay. The event was organized by the community group: Assistance and Referral Centre (A.R.C.) and its partners, which included NFSB. Local healthcare and social service providers were present to offer bilingual services to community members. Community members were honored to have Suzy Goodleaf, M.Ed., a Mohawk psychologist from the Kahnawake Mohawk Nation as a keynote speaker. Ms. Goodleaf specializes in the treatment of trauma and was a part of a team of clinical advisors to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition: over 40+ kiosks, workshops and a CPR refresher 30 minute demonstration was done by our Health, Assistance & Nursing program.
Community Courses on the way
Stay tuned for courses that will be offered in the New Year such as circuit training, Irish dancing, courses for seniors and much more! All courses will be held at St. Willibrord Elementary School and the Nova Career Centre. Be sure to check back at www.nfsb.me for more info.
Principal Nancy Richer and her students did an exceptional job in organizing the Remembrance Day ceremony. Poems were read, songs were sung, wreaths from local veterans were laid on the podium, an opening prayer was done by Anthony Spadaccino, Technician for Community Learning Concepts, and a speech was given by Brenda Shanahan Member of Parliament for Chateauguay-Lacolle.
St. Louis Zoo VCN
Homeroom 309 & 311 did a video conference with the St Louis Zoo to see their baby animals. Students were able to interact with the facilitator while getting to see all of the cool animals.
Centennial Park School
Physical education and health teacher Nancy Fletcher was honoured by APEQ (Association of Physical Educators) of Quebec as she won the Dr. Graham Neil Excellence In Teaching award for serving as a positive role model within the school and the surrounding community.
Valleyfield CLC – Gault Institute
Lest we Forget : Remembrance Day Assembly
Students and staff gathered on November 11th in memoriam of Remembrance Day. Several classes presented poems, songs and a slideshow was done in memory of those who fought for our freedom. Students of all grades were able to say a big “Thanks!” to the four veterans who joined us from the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield legion.
Character Education: Wrapping up the first two pillars!
A student from each grade was awarded a certificate in relation to the first two pillars of the year: Respect and Fairness. The awarded students were chosen based on their daily actions and how they represented respect and fairness towards their peers. Great job Eagles!
On November 17th, Operation Nez Rouge came to the centre to promote their road safety campaign for the 2015 holiday season. The organization ran activities for the students to simulate why they should not drink and drive and gave out information on how to call Nez Rouge for a safe ride home
In November we hosted our 2nd Annual Clothing Swap. The event was such a success last year, everyone was very excited to host another swap as the staff felt it was a great way to bring the students and staff together for a day of clothing exchanges and swapping. A clothing swap is where participants exchange valued, but no longer used clothing, for clothes they need/like. It is a great way to declutter and refill one’s wardrobe without spending a lot of money. Bags of goods started to arrive in early September and on the day of the Swap the conference room was filled with wonderful goodies for everyone! All leftover clothing was donated to the Huntingdon Community Friperie.
The community painting and drawing class has come to an end after 8-weeks of hard work and dedication. This year we had a few new faces who joined the group but it did not take them long to blend right in with the rest of the group. Pat Walsh, the professional artist, will be back in the Spring to offer another 8 week session. Check out nfsb.me to see the full story.
The SFIS class participated in a special project this year as they took their learning outside of the classroom to learn how to build picnic tables. With the help of a few carpentry teachers from CVCEC, the students were able to build five picnic tables for HAECC. They thoroughly enjoyed this hands-on experience and were left with confidence and pride after taking part in enhancing HAECC with these beautiful tables! The students are now looking forward to participating in other projects like this throughout the course of the year.
Chateauguay Valley CLC
Are you ready for the holidays?
On Tuesday, Nov. 10th Nez Rouge visited with students at CVCEC. With lots of cooperation and fun, and shots of Kool-Aid and funky glasses, the students were reminded of the importance of using this service and to not to drink & drive. Congrats to students who signed up to be new volunteers for this great organization.
Yoga for Kids
Yoga for kids is happening during lunch hour and is helping students learn new skills and techniques to not only try a new type of exercise but more importantly new ways to help them be calm by learning new breathing and relaxation tips.
New sounds, new skills
Louise Raymond, from Culture in the Schools, brought several drums and unique musical instruments for the students to try out. Most of the instruments were so rare that they had never used them before and had only seen them in books. The students were thrilled to learn how they worked (and get a chance to try some of them out), learn how they work and hear the music that comes out of them.
Reseau 0-5 Network
OES was the host for a meeting with partners who work together in support of children 0-5 year olds and their families. It was the first time for many on the committee members to visit our school and we look forward to future partnerships together.
CVR – (Chateauguay Valley Regional High School)
Follow Your Dreams Run (4th Annual)
Over 80 adults and children, took part in the run on Nov. 14th. The mission of the run is to encourage kids to follow their dreams in spite of perceived limitations. Approximately $900.00 was raised and will be distributed equally between the Phys. Ed. Departments of OES, CVR & Ecole Notre Dame de Rosaire to help encourage physical health. Winners: Eric Ednie & Kyle Tannahill tied for 1st, Angela Caza came in 2nd and Glen Tannahill finished 3rd. Congratulations to all those who participated!
“Language Arts in the real World”
Ms. Beaudin’s Grade 8 students participated in an interesting and fun project. Community partner, Carrefour Jeunesse did a workshop on how to design a cover letter and CV. From there the students each received a form with job listings from nine local businesses who agreed to review and edit the students work and if they wished, follow up with a mock interview which they also were asked to evaluate. Some students went out to the businesses for their interviews and others were done at the school. This project went towards part of their first term mark. Our local businesses were more than happy to offer their support towards our student’s learning goals.
Krafting with Kids
Students participated in five afterschool art classes under the supervision of our intern Amber Maither and community volunteer Kristen Maither. The idea was to make Christmas crafts that could be sold at Franklin’s annual Spaghetti Supper with all the money raised going to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Everyone worked really hard and the group was able to make a donation of $130.00. For their final class they made Christmas cards for the kids that will be dropped off at the hospital in the hopes of making someone’s day a little brighter!
The Community Learning Concepts (CLC) approach is the creation of partnerships that provide a range of services and activities, during and after the school day, to help meet the needs of our learners, their families and the wider community. The aim is to support the holistic development of our students, families, citizens and communities.
The CLC monthly news & notes report showcases a small sample of some of the great initiatives and happenings in our schools!
CLC Reports 2015-16:
1- Financial grants galore, Summer Camp a hit, Rockin’ Readers and much more. (Summer-Sept)
2- Healthy opportunities aplenty, Community nights in full swing, making a mosaic and much more. (October)
3- Soccer World Champs, a principal keeps her promise, green thumbs everywhere and much more (November).
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Happy Holidays from everyone at NFSB!