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MONTREAL, JANUARY 24, 2014 –   On the eve of the annual Kindergarten Registration Week, English Montreal School Board Chairman Angela Mancini hosted a press conference on January 24 at which time she introduced a new campaign aimed at promoting excellence in the arts. (The Arts Are Alive@EMSB).

From Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary V, EMSB students are exposed to the arts in many different forms.  “Our schools offer a variety of artistic options that can include the visual arts, music, dance, digital and multimedia arts, dramatic arts,  spoken word poetry, and we offer various opportunities for student to share their talents on a larger scale through vernissages, festivals, poetry slams, shows and concerts,” stated Ms. Mancini. “The arts bring out empathy, creativity, self-esteem, critical thinking, and communication skills in our students.  Arts education empowers students and contributes to the construction of their identity and the enrichment of their world-view and narrows the gap between academic learning and the world.”

The press conference was held at James Lyng High School in St. Henri, which has incorporated Urban Arts into its Extra-Curricular Activity programming. One of its feeder elementary schools, St. Gabriel in Pointe St. Charles is doing the same thing.

Kindergarten Registration Week for the 2014-2015 academic year will take place from Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 7. If one child from a family is already enrolled in a particular school, a sibling registration period will take place a week earlier. Parents are asked to register at the EMSB elementary school nearest their residence offering the French program of their choice.

High School registration differs depending upon the specific school in question.

For more information about the EMSB, please call (514) 483-7200 or log on to the Board’s website at


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213