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Vol. 9 No. 10 May 25, 2007
News of May 2007

Top NHL Prospect To Visit Dunrae

Angelo Esposito will return to his former elementary school, Dunrae Gardens in Town of Mount Royal, on Tues. June 5 (1:15 p.m.) to meet with students and staff.

Esposito attended Dunrae Gardens from 1994 to 2000. He has played for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Quebec Remparts for the past two years. When the National Hockey League holds its annual entry draft on June 22 and 23 in Columbus, Ohio. Esposito is expected to be one of the top selections. After graduating from Dunrae Gardens, Esposito went to Shattuck-Saint Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota for two years, the same school that Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, and many other college and NHLers attended. He scored 39 goals and 59 assists for 98 points in his rookie year and 27 goals and 52 assists for 79 points this past season, representing Canada internationally in the World Under 18 Championship in Finland as team captain.

During his visit he will address Grades 4, 5 and 6 students, answer questions, sign autographs and show some of his medals. Among his former teachers are Claire Caillé, Gramatiki Kastelorizios, Jean-François Dion, Sylvie Mailhot, Brenda Pinos and Marie-Josée Dalpé.

World Environment Day is June

MEETING THE PM: Some Grade 6 students from General Vanier Elementary School in St. Leonard got to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his Parliament Hill office in Ottawa. They were accompanied by their teacher, Jenny Lysowych. It was apparently the first time a group of primary school reps have met the prime minister in his office.

EMSB GRAND PRIX: World famous Formula 1 race car driver Mikki Raikkonen of the Ferrari team is scheduled to make a special visit to Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges on Wed. June 6 (10 a.m.) on the eve of the Grand Prix of Canada at Ile Nôtre Dame. hours. He will bring a Ferrari F1 show car, one or two F1 race simulators, Bridgestone decorations, autograph cars and posters. Pierre Houde, the voice of F1 for RDS, will be the emcee.

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS: A number of administratrive appointments have been made for the 2006-2007 academic year. Principals going to new schools are: Claude Dansereau (Westmount High to LaurenHill Academy), John Pevec (vice-principal of Vincent Massey Collegiate to principal), Teresa Germano Saucier (Galileo Adult Centre to Coronation), Joseph Marra (Edward Murphy to John F. Kennedy). As for vice-principals, changes include: Rosario Trupia (from Dante to High School of Montreal Adult Centre). Retiring administrators are: Danny Sipos (LaurenHill), Lloyd Rideough (Vincent Massey), Diane Wood Nolan (Coronation), Pat Buttino (Laurier Macdonald), Dominic Prioletta (Pierre de Coubertin), Dominic Furfaro (John F. Kennedy). At the Administration Building, Deputy Director General Donald A. Reid and Regional Director Patricia Moffa will retire June 30. More appointments will be announced at a special Board meeting next week.

TRANSPORT COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ginette Sauvé-Frankel has been elected as the new chair of the EMSB Transportation Advisory Committee. Commissioner Joseph Petraglia is the new vice chair.

BERNARD LANDRY VISITS L.B.P. On May 9 Secondary IV and V Canadian History students at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North were visited by former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry. Mr. Landry addressed the students for 45 minutes on various "hot" political issues that affect Quebec society. He spoke of the rich Quebecois history, that which makes Quebec unique, as well as issues he feels strongly about; namely sovereignty and bilingualism. After his address, Principal Terrence Quinn presented Mr. Landry with some tokens of appreciation; in particular a Lester B. Pearson hockey jersey. Mr. Landry's speech enabled the students to bring together what they learn in class with the reality of these important Quebec issues. Students were grateful for the opportunity to meet with such an influential Quebec politician.

BOMB THREAT POLICY: The EMSB has approved for a consultation with stakeholders a bomb threat policy which will provide all personnel with the specific procedures to follow in the event such an act were to occur at any of the Board's schools or centres. The Principal shall ensure that the EMSB Policy and Procedures re Bomb Threats are communicated to all in-school/centre personnel on an annual basis. In the event of a bomb threat, the Montreal Police Department will not enter a building (including schools) unless a suspicious-looking package or object is found or the individual making the bomb threat identifies the specific location of the bomb. The police will search the outside of a building if called to the scene of a bomb threat. A bomb threat checklist will also be introduced In addition, the Principal will put in place a clear fire drill procedure (evacuation plan), practiced and known by all personnel and students.

ETHICS COMMISSIONER: The EMSB has appointed Madeleine Lemieux as its first ever Ethics Commissioner. Her role will be to apply the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Education Act. She is presently a partner in the law firm of Paradis, Lemieux and Francis.

HYDRO ESSAY WINNERS: Five students - Jessica Di Lazzaro, Kamelia Hercules, Alexis Livingstom, Michael Squires and Christina Trevisonno- and their teacher, Vito Peragine, from John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel were honoured at the beginning of the May 23 EMSB Council of Commissioners meeting. Hydro- Quebec recently held an essay contest on using electricity wisely and how this can have a positive impact on the use of land resources in Quebec. The combined effort of these students was chosen as a winner. They have subsequently merited an all expense paid trip to James Bay on June 23 and 24 to visit the Hydro electric facilities along the La Grand River.

JUSTIN AT JFK ON VIDEO: Justin Trudeau's outstanding speech to students at John F. Kennedy High School is beautifully presented at

EMSB SPACE STATION: EMSB elementary students were transformed into astronauts and lived in space for a day during the month of May while carrying out a "space mission" within the 60 foot Station Spatiale Nationale Mobile (SSNM). This was set up in the parking lot of the Giovanni Palatucci Facility (former Wagar High School) in Côte Saint-Luc. Fifteen student groups in all made visits, beginning with General Vanier and Honoré Mercier elementary schools in St. Léonard on Tuesday, May 1. Former astronaut Marc Garneau was on hand as a special guest speaker. Students from Marymount Adult Centre and John Grant High School were in attendance, as were members of the senior management team and Commissioner Marvin Helfenbaum. Everyone was mesmerized by the stories of this man who has travelled to space three times. Over the last few months, students carried out the scientific process in an environment which reproduces that of a space station (without the absence of gravity of course). This amazing project allowed students to discover the pleasure of living scientific activities in space while at the same time sensitizing students to careers in science and technology.

30 HOUR FAMINE: Here is an update from last month's report on the 30 Hour Famine carried out by Royal West Academy in Montreal West. A total of $11,500 was raised. The 30 hour famine is a youth fund raiser that is held all over the world. It is organized by World Vision and raises money to help provide food and safe drinking water in some of the world's poorest countries, including Sierra Leone, Bolivia and Haiti, to name a few. Students agreed to refrain from eating for 30 hours, and collected donations from family and friends.

COMMUNITY FORUM: The East Island Montreal Community Network organized an Anglophone Community Forum, Partners Beyond 2008, recently at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre in St. Léonard. Approximately 50 representatives from the four East Island CSSS, the EMSB and various local community organizations gathered to take stock of the status and development of services, projects and local initiatives which have communities and help ensure that Canada's young people continue to receive a quality education, have been selected from across the country for the prestigious honour. EMSB Assistant Director of Student Services Dora Cesta was integrally involved with this project. For complete details, please see the press release section of the EMSB website.

BOARD OF TRADE NOMINEES: Eleven students from the EMSB have been nominated in four different categories for the 25th annual Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Outstanding Student Awards Program, which will take place on Tuesday, May 29 (Noon) at the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure (900, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest). This prestigious event recognizes noteworthy personal creative projects completed by Secondary V and vocational education students attending Montreal area schools. All of the finalists will be interviewed by jury members in their respective categories. They had to maintain an average of at least 80 percent to qualify. The finalists are: Rini Karmaker, John F. Kennedy in St. Michel, Gianni Montanaro, Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North, Alex Walsh, Royal West Academy in Montreal West and Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, Marymount Academy in N.D.G. (Sciences/Math); Maura Lisa Forese, Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard and Roxanne Roy, FACE downtown, (Arts); Shelby Cohen, Royal West Academy in Montreal West and Amélia Vachon, Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North (Social Sciences/Languages); and Douglas Burrell, Carl Tabib and Nadine Van Elslande, each from Rosemount Technology Centre (Vocational Education). This year marks the first time that EMSB Sports Études students from Lester B. Pearson High School have qualified. Not only are Montanaro and Vachon at the elite level in swimming and short track speed skating respectively. They are also integrally involved with different extra curricular activities.

BRAINWAVES GALA: On May 9 students from six EMSB high schools -John F. Kennedy, Laurier Macdonald, Rosemount,. Royal Vale, Vincent Massey and James Lyng participated in a spectacular third annual Brainwaves Gala at the Leonardo da Vinci Center in St. Léonard. The event was also supported by CTV. Frank Cavallaro and Mose Persico were special guests and oversaw the doorprize draws where Commissoner Marvin Helfenbaum won a trip for two to Maui, Hawaii. Spiritual Community Animator Vince Lacroce and Dalkeith Elementary School Principal Mike Talevi headed a devoted organizing committee. The gala featured performances of hip hop, inspirational rap, rhythm and blues, vocals, ballroom dancing, tap dancing, hindi dancing and piano. More than $100,000 has been raised this year for the Franco di Giovanni Foundation to support brain tumour research at the Montreal Neurological Brain Tumour Research Center. Fundraising continues through designer dog tags. They are very attractive and promote the EMSB and the cause, selling for $3 each. They may be ordered for your school or Centre by contacting Vince Lacroce at ext. 5365.

CLASS DISMISSED: The much anticipated premiere of the Laurier Macdonald High School film Class Dismissed took place May 2 at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre in St. Léonard. Students and staff began working on the project last August, creating a film about the dramatic lives of ordinary teenagers. Week after week, students contributed their time acting, producing, and directing the movie. Their effort and perseverance resulted in a 40 minute production that closely resembles an episode of Degrassi The New Generation. That is what CTV entertainment host Mosé Persico compared it to when he addressed the capacity crowd on hand for the screening. As Principal and executive producer Pat Buttino explained, this film is a curriculum-driven activity performed by volunteer LMAC Media Education students and the LMAC Media Education Staff. While this production took place outside of class time, participation provided media students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom in a real life setting. Under the guidance of Media Education Teacher Michael Penning, AV Technician Alan Taylor and other members of the production team, several students wrote a 10-page script, hoping that theirs would be one of the four chosen for the film. The four stories deal with the following topics: teenage pregnancy, prejudice, drugs, and high school romance. Copies of the DVD are on sale at the school, with all proceeds going to the Laurier Macdonald High School Foundation. Read the review by The Gazette's Bill Brownstein in the media clippings section of the EMSB website.

HONOURING TISEO: Laurier Macdonald's Media Education wing has been named the Frank Tiseo Media Centre, after the gifted retired teacher who launched the school's media education department many years ago. A plaque to the entrance to the department was unveiled at a May 16 ceremony.

BENEDICT LABRE: The Grade Six students at St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ville Émard went in groups of eight to Benedict Labre House to feed individuals who are struggling and/or homeless. Besides setting the tables and serving the guests, they worked doing inventory of the donated food or clothes. One group spent time peeling a huge bag of donated garlic so that it could be preserved in oil for later use.

MAG GETS GRANT: Marymount Academy in N.DG. received a grant of $2,000 from the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds on May 8 to assist in the greening of their schoolyard. Former Quebec Environment Minister Thomas Mulcair was the special guest speaker. Mr. Mulcair is now a member of the federal New Democratic Party. Pierre Spinelli, president of the Spinelli Auto Group and Reda Selim, general manager of Spinelli Lexus Lachine, made the cheque presentation. Evergreen Quebec Coordinator Kathleen Usher was also on hand.

Last fall, Marymount became the first English school in the province to be certified as a member of the Brundtland Environmental Group. This year, the school launched its "Marymount Action Group," otherwise known as "The MAG Team. This is an umbrella group sponsoring a variety of activities on Democracy, Solidarity, Peace, and the Environment. Each activity has a spiritual component. The MAG Team also has a recycling program and went to a conference on the environment at the Biosphere sponsored by Environment Canada. Headed by teacher, Lydia Landori, it includes other teachers, Rob Christie, Julie Greto, James Dufault, Spiritual Community Animator Catherine Cherry and 15 students. Last fall the team trimmed bushes, and planted Hostas and Hyacinths beside the steps leading to the front door of the school. They also attended workshops on sustainability at the Biosphere.

HEADING FOR SUCCESS: This year, the MELS Heading for Success (HFS) promotional campaign included the chance to win a $2,500 bursary. This contest was open to students under 18 who took part in the Heading for Success dance held in seven schools around Quebec. During the course of each dance, interested students learned about the trade work in mechanics. They witnessed a motorcycle being built right in front of their eyes. Three groups of two (those who showed most interest chosen by the master mechanic) had the opportunity to put their own skills to the test in a wheel changing contest. All the students could vote online on a protected website (one for each school) for their favourite team and answer questions by searching through the HFS website, which automatically registered them in the contest. The winner was picked in a draw. EMSB winner Nicole Vitalez is a 15 year old Marymount student.Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Noel Burke presented the cheque in the company of the recipient's parents, Principal Paola Miniaci, Vice-Principals Demetra Droutsas and Roland Desloges and Guidance counsellor Elysa Feldman.

TREE CANADA: Michael Rosen, the president of Ottawa-based Tree Canada, will speak to students at Honoré Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard on Tuesday, June 5 (9:30 a.m.) which coincidentally is World Environment Day. He will be joined by Thomas Mulcair, who is now the Quebec lieutenant for the federal New Democratic Party. For most of his life, Michael Rosen has had a passion for forestry. As the recently appointed president of Tree Canada, he now holds one of the most prominent positions in that field in the country. Tree Canada is a not-for-profit Canadian organization established 15 years ago that helps facilitate the planting and care of trees throughout urban and rural Canada. To date, it has facilitated the planting of more than 74 million trees, the greening over 400 schoolyards and is a leader in Canadian urban forest programs and awareness. Tree Canada is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Honoré-Mercier Principal Donna Manos was at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North last year when it was presented with a special award for Environmental Achievement. In January 2004, Gerald McShane enrolled in a fundraising program called ThinkGreen and has been an active participant ever since. ThinkGreen, a division of Greentec, is an environmental fundraising program that currently funds over 1,100 schools across Canada. The program provides boxes with pre-paid shipping labels to facilitate the collection of used print cartridges and cell phones to protect the environment from electronic waste and earn funding. Gerald McShane collected over 1,146 cartridges, planted 61 trees and diverted 573 lbs. of waste from landfill since enrolling in the program. Ms. Manos plans to implement the same program at Honoré-Mercier.

ROOTS OF EMPATHY: Mary Gordon, founder and president of Roots of Empathy (ROE) was at Westmount Park Elementary School earlier this month to honour the babies and parents that have spent the last 10 months in local classrooms helping children develop emotional literacy and empathy for others. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that reduces levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. There are currently 23 classrooms involving approximately 575 students in Quebec that are participating in Roots of Empathy programs. Westmount Park and Roslyn are the two EMSB elementary schools which are part of the program, with three babies each. Local coordinator Stéphanie Dupont says they are seeking babies who will be two to four months of age as of October 2007.The heart of the ROE program is a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom with a certified ROE Instructor every three weeks over the school year (the Family Visit). The instructor coaches the students to observe the baby's development, celebrate milestones, interact with the baby and learn about an infant's needs and unique temperament. The Instructor also visits before and after each Family Visit to prepare and reinforce teachings, using a specialized curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for each of four age ranges (Kindergarten, Grade 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8). With their parents, these babies have been teaching the children in their classes important lessons about expressing feelings, respect, inclusion, the power of a loving bond between parent and child, infant development and safety.

ART AT SINCLAIR LAIRD: For the second year in a row, Grade 2 teacher Metaxia Daras and her students at Sinclair Elementary School in Park Extension have been involved in a special project called "Arrimage." The funding for this project was provided by the Supporting Montreal Schools Program. Its primary aim has been to combine art and science. Last year's theme was "Energy" for which the students created a three-dimensional mural. For this year's theme, "Light," the students' creation depicted a wonderful piece incorporating colour, contrast and sound. The project was proudly displayed at the Musée d'Art Contemporain from April 21 to May 20. As of June 2007, it will be on display at the Montreal Science Centre through May 2008. We encourage everyone to view the extraordinary work done by our children.

JUNIOR ROBOTICS: Congratulations to Merton Elementary School technology teacher Sara Iatauro and students who participated in the Junior Robotics Competition. Merton placed second in the dance competition. This is the first time the school ever entered in this category. The project "BIODIVERSITY" was incredibly creative and showed real understanding of the world situation. Merton's Grade 4 team placed third in the one-on-one soccer competition. This was the youngest team to compete. A special heartfelt thanks to parent volunteer Shawn Callender.

Meanwhile, the prolific Coronation Robotics team was first in search and rescue and soccer. They just returned from a North American competition in Boston where they took top honours in soccer and finished third in serch and rescue. During the year, Grade 6 students who had won in the international competition in Bremen, Germany last summer were teaching twice a week to a group of interested Cycle II students. Our future leaders and teachers! The students surpassed the teacher. They were first and second in soccer and second and third in search and rescue.

MERTON SCIENCE FAIR: In Côte Saint-Luc, Merton Elementary School held its Science and Technology Fair on May 16. There was a lot of excitement, learning and fun as parents and students participated in this stimulating afternoon, featuring robots, volcanos, centrifuges, flying egg parachutes, archaeological finds, fossils, and many more interesting and creative science projects.

ENTREPRENEURS: The Montreal Regional Competition of the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest came to a close at a gala held on May 7 at Marché Bonsecours. Seven projects from the EMSB were also finalists in this competition: Leonardo da Vinci School's Living in Balance with LDV' cycle 3, Vincent Massey Collegiate's Legends Arcade and 1337 Productions, Royal Vale's Criss-Cross Bakery, Hot dog Heaven and The Producers as well as John Grant's Shape Art Creations.

Vincent Massey's Legend Arcade (supervising teacher Franca Cristiano) won first place and a cash award of $500 in its category. Royal Vale's Hot Dog Heaven (supervising teacher Steven Dector) won an Honourable Mention and a cash award of $150 for its effort. Vincent Massey's project, Legends Arcade, will go on to compete at the provincial level. Under the MELS Introduction to Entrepreneurship Measure, the participating EMSB schools will receive a total of over $36, 000 in grant funding for the more than 730 students who participated.

LEUCAN DOC: Students from John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald High schools recently came together and worked with Leucan to take part in the making of an educational documentary for teens and young adults in Quebec's high schools."John Paul I High School, is allowing Leucan access to our students and therefore, we are working hard to assist youth who are dealing with cancer," said Spritual Community Animator Rocco Speranzo. "The students from IBO and other programs in the schools are representing Youth, and their opinion and answers are valued. They are playing an important role in helping to educate peers and other students across Quebec."

The project includes the production of two videos, English and French, in which high school students discussed the topic of cancer and youth. Students took part in the filming of the English version. The completed 12 minute documentary will be distributed to high schools in Quebec by next fall.

SCHOOL CALENDAR: A reminder that school calendars for the youth sector have been adopted for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. They can be accessed via the "Schools" section of the EMSB website.

VISIT FROM THE MAYOR: Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay was at Michelangelo Elementary School in RDP May 18 to welcome parents and students as they arrived first thing in the morning. Twin sistsres Angelica and Karina Magri, daughter of Councillor Joe Magri, presented the mayor with a small gift. On this day they were celebrating their sixth birthday.

A SONG FOR ANASTASIA: Montreal recording artist Glen Walsh has released a song which pays tribute to the late Anastasia De Sousa, the former EMSB student who was tragically killed in the Dawson College shooting last September. Packed in a CD, it is being sold for $10 with proceeds going to the De Sousa family. A number of schools have already approached Walsh about selling the CD. Log on to, email or call (514) 979-0106 for more information.

PUBLIC SPEAKING: The annual Public Speaking Competition for Secondary I to V students took place May 2 at Westmount High School. First place finishers were: Isha Rahim (Procrastination), Marymount Academy (Secondary I); Isaac Abracen (My Disastrous Hockey Career), Royal West Academy (Secondary II); Adriana Sgambetterra (Box of 80), Vincent Massey Collegiate (Secondary III); Gregory Sheppard (The Issue of Separation in Quebec), Royal West Academy (Secondary IV); and TingJia R. Lorigiano (Life's Ambition…Politician?!?), Vincent Massey Collegiate (Secondary V). The Secondary IV winner receives an all expensive paid trip to Ottawa for the Encounters with Canada Program, courtesy of the Women's Canadian Club while the Secondary V champion moved on to the Rotary Club of Montreal competition at the St. James Club. Interim Languages Consultant Stella Halaris served as the moderator and coordinator. Retired PSBGM administrator Gwen Lord, the Rotary Club's Andrew Webster and McGill University Director of Undergraduate Programs Caroline Riches served as judges.

WESTMOUNTER WINS: Canadian Parents for French (CPF)-Québec held its Concours provincial d'art oratoire 2007 French Second Language (FSL) Public Speaking contest May 12 at Concordia University. Fifty secondary students representing five Englishschool boards competed in nine FSL categories. Westmount High School's Yasmin Yousef captured first place finish in the Secondary V French Mother Tongue Category. Yousef will now advance to the CPF National Concours on May 27 in Ottawa, where she will be competing against provincial champions from coast to coast for $20,000 scholarships offered as grand prizes from the University of Ottawa. "We congratulate the excellent performance of Ms. Youssef, and wish her well at the Concours National 2007," said CPF-Québec president Martine Delsemme," adding that her strong result is a testament to her hard work and to the dedication of Ms. Yousef'steacher who helped her prepare." CPF-Québec was formed in May 2004 and is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Quebecers.

CHEZ SCHWARTZ: Royal Vale School (5851 Somerled) in N.D.G. will present a screening of the film about the Montreal landmark Schwartz's Restaurant on Thursday June 7 (7:30 p.m.). The film was directed by Garry Beitel, whose daughter is a Grade 4 student at the school. After the movie guests will be treated to some hot and freshly cut Schwartz's smoked-meat sandwiches. The cost is $20 per person, includes film, sandwich and a free drink if you send in your money before June 7. Ticket reservations can be made in the main lobby every Wednesday between 3:30 p.m and 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. For details, call Mona Rutenberg at 514-481-8314.

OUTREACH MOVE: A breakfast was held earlier this month at the former St. Ignatius of Loyola Elementary School in N.D.G. to formally welcome the Outreach High School students and faculty to the facility. The school was previously housed at Westmount Park Elementary School. Commissioner/Vice-Chair of the Board Elizabeth Fokoefs invited a number of N.D.G. community group representatives to the invite, many of which intend to work with the school on future projects. Principal Felix Gelbart says he is thrilled with the facility, noting that another member of Alternative School network -Focus Youth Horizons- will move on to the ground floor next fall. One of the parents on hand at the breakfast praised the EMSB for offering such alternative programs for students at risk of dropping out of school. In the case of her son, it has changed his life.

ART EXHIBIT: A interesting art exhibition will be on display through June 1 at 6 Weredale in Westmount. The show features powerful images of students from Mountainview School (part of the EMSB Social Affairs network), from abstraction to figurative work. These expressive works of the artists and writers from Teens in Spirit with Art afford visitors a special privilege. Because of the scope and quality of the works selected by theses artists, they constantly reveal themselves and in so doing enhance our own understanding inviting us to look more closely at the world around us.

VEZINA'S VISIT: Vezina Alternative High School, in collaboration with the EMSB, recently had the privilege of visiting the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. Funding for these visits has come from the David J. Azrieli Foundation. D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman has also provided some assistance. Vezina is an alternative high school (outreach) offering ministerial courses for secondary I, II and III. Students, varying in ages from 13 to 17, attend this school because they could not make it in the regular high school system for some reason or another. Many of the cases are due to behaviour problems or learning disabilities. The students got to see how life was pre-war, followed by the horrors that came afterwards. Overall, the students appreciated this experience and learned a great deal. As a follow-up activity, the students watched the movies "Schindler's List" and "Hotel Rwanda" during their English class, in order to learn more about the Holocaust as well as Rwandan genocide. They then created various poems about these events. "The students did such a great job! " says Spiritual and Community Animator Veronica D'Agata. "It was truly amazing to see what they produced in their writings. It caught us by surprise how expressive and intuitive they were about the emotions felt during these horrible events. As a keepsake, the poetry from the students were collected and bound into a book for their review."

ELIZABETH HOUSE: Holocaust survivor Rena Schondorf came to Elizabeth House, the EMSB school for teenage moms and moms to be. Ms. Schondorf gave a very moving talk about her experiences in the concentration camps during World War II. This guest was part of an awareness program at Elizabeth School that was proceeded by a presentation on "Worldviews" by Spiritual Community Animator Catherine Cherry and followed by a visit to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Museum. Recently, the students visited St. Joseph's Oratory.

BLOOD DRIVE: On May 7 Michelangelo Elementary School in RDP had its annual blood drive coordinated by Ida De Laurentiis and the Cycle 3 Year 1 students. Since the beginning of March the Cycle 3 year one students recruited their friends and relatives for the blood drive. Fanny Bellemare-Martin from Héma-Québec came to the school on two occasions to teach the students about blood and why it is important to donate. Parent volunteers were there to help out along with students. During the blood drive the students were given different jobs such as making posters to show the benefits of giving blood. Lafontaine Liberal MNA Tony Tomassi was among the donors.

RECYCLING AT ROSEMOUNT: Rosemount High School celebrated Earth Week 2007 in several different ways. There was a permanent exhibition of students' work in the library, and classes scheduled times to visit. The exhibition also included worm composting, and a running DVD showing the CBC's "Planet Earth" series. Quizzes on knowledge of the environment were available, and prizes offered to the winners. Classes were invited to participate in door decoration, with recycled materials, and depicting the environment in some way. The usual weekly recycling program was expanded to cover cans, bottles and batteries, in addition to paper. The week proved to be an important one in sensitizing our students to the necessity of protecting the environment, and showed them ways even they can start to make a difference.

SALON DU LIVRE: The students and teachers of Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in TMR were very proud to host their third annual Salon du Livre May 24. Several authors and illustrators were invited to attend the "5 a 7" function. They included Sheldon Cohen, Bruce Roberts, Genevieve Coté, Louise Leblanc and Maryse Pelletier. Babar bookstore was also present. Students were excited and thrilled to have their purchased books autographed. They also took the opportunity to show their parents and families their own particular writings/books done throughout the year.

OLYMPIC DAY: Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve once proudly participated in "Olympic Day" on May 8 with two local French elementary schools: École St. Donat and École Louis Dupire. A financial grant from the Caisse Populaire St.Donat, the help of the Sport-Études students of Edouard Montpetit and the coordination of the Centre Récréatif et Communautaire St. Donat made this extra special day all possible.

BIRDS OF PREY: Tanya Drapeau from Faucon-Éduc introduced the Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North kindergarten classes were recently exposed to two birds of prey - an owl and a kestren.

COOKING LESSONS: A class of kindergarten students from Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North got the opportunity to try out their skills in Mexican cooking at a special buritto cooking session recently. This was a prize that was offered by the Dairy Farmers of Canada to promote Nutrition Month. The Foods of the World Contest had elementary school classes put together a research project, in which they chose to highlight the different types of foods that are prepared by a certain country that they selected. Three winning entries were chosen by EMSB dietitians Giuliana Di Quinzio and Sylvie Beaudry to participate in a cooking demonstration at their school along with a representative from the Dairy Framers of Canada. The other winning schools were Willingdon School in NDG (Cycle 2) and Sinclair Laird School in Park Extension (Cycle 3).

BULLYING: Before an eager body of over 250 Grade 3 to 6 Parkdale Elementary students in St. Laurent, the Drama Group presented a play on "Bullying." The group presented two pictures of home life. One of Achlaie, the bullied student and the second of the bully Delilah. Through threats, chats with her mum, and being shown the home life of Delilah, Achlaie with her sister and friends back the bully off in a non-violent manner and with the help of Achlaie's mother, win Delilah over. A tip theme using the word "DAITS" taught the audience a way of reducing bullying in our school. D.A.I.T.S. stood for "Don't fight back", "Act confident", "Ignore the teasing', "Tell someone" and finally "Stick together." warm response from the staff and students, and a dialogue between Spiritual Community Animator Mike Shaw cemented the thoughts and possible style of behavior that should be adopted when a student is bullied. Praise and positive comments came from from Principal Jackie Webb. Soon the Drama Group will be "on tour" as they visit Sinclair Laird, Dunrae Gardens and possibly Gardenview schools.

SPERANZO WINS AWARD: The inaugural National Memory Project Achievement Awards honoured veterans and teachers who have made an exceptional impact on young Canadians in 2006-07. These award winners are great supporters of the Memory Project and understand the importance and significance of presenting the 'living history' experience. Among the Quebec recipients was EMSB Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranzo. Most recently, his students at John Paul I Junior High School unveiled a student-made replica of the St. Julien Memorial in France, honouring those brave Canadian soldiers who died during the first gas attacks of the First World War. The Memory Project is the Dominion Institute's flagship program, which connects veterans and students online and in classrooms across the country. For more information or to reach the veteran and teacher, contact Jeremy Diamond, director of Programs, History and Citizenship at 1-866-701-1867 or email

A MACKAY MOTHER'S DAY: The Mackay Centre School for Deaf and Disabled Children held a very special Mother's Day celebration on May 11. For the past 42 years teacher Karen Hulme has been organizing this event. She is retiring at the end of June. "This event marks an occasion for the children to present their parents with an album of their work from the school year and also to tell them why they are so special," says Principal Jacques Monfette. "It is also an opportunity to put the parents on the spot where they must go to the microphone and tell their child why they are the love of their lives." The dress code for this day had mothers wearing flowery dresses, hats and gloves. Fathers had to come attired in a suit or tuxedo.

SWIM RACE: On May 23 several classes from Mackay Centre School competed in the Swim Cup Challenge, a swim race against radio personalities from CJAD 800, Mix 96 and CHOM 97.7. This event was inspired by Jabbaar Charles, a present-day Mackay student at the Westmount High Campus, who challenged Rick Moffat from CJAD 800 Sports to a swim race while he was recovering from surgery.

THINK FIRST: East Hill Elementary School in RDP welcomed guests Natalie Auclair and Benoit Ballard from the Think First For Kids Foundation Canada who presented their very interactive presentation to Cycle 3 students. The program reinforces the work that school's teachers and spiritual animator have being working on throughout the year. Objectives of the presentation were to provide students with an Understanding of the brain and spinal chord, Pedestrian and Vehicular Safety, Cycling Safety, Recreational and Organized Sports Safety, Creative problem solving and the importance of wearing a helmet. Benoit, who was fortunate to wake up after 40 days in a coma due to a snowboarding accident in Alberta at the age of 20, shared his story with the students. Benoit has short term memory loss and has limited function of his left body. As students listened attentively, Benoit noted that amount of things he can do since the accident fits in a closet and the amount of stuff he can no longer do fits in a house. He stresses the importance of thinking first a being safe two seconds to buckle up or put on a helmet makes a difference. Benoit was not wearing his helmet on the day of his accident.

His life is very inspirational. Benoit is recently married, has a seven month old boy, and works as a broker. His strength and motivation to succeed despite his limitations is very motivational and inspiring to the students. Speaking to the students is his way to give back and help make a positive difference. His final message was simple Think First and Stay Safe. For information about the program and speakers contact the foundation at 1-800-335-6076.

COMBATTING HOMOPHOBIA: A program aimed at combatting homophobia and sensitizing students to different sexual orientations continues to remain in place at the EMSB via a Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS)/ Ministry of Health and Social Services entente. Last year the Student Services Department of the EMSB provided training sessions for spiritual community animators, in-school administrators and members of its own staff (management, professionals, support staff).

The training sessions allowed those individuals to effectively use a new English version of a kit entitled, For a New Understanding of Homosexuality as a resource in various programs with students in both the classroom and other school projects and activities. After two years of work in adaptation and translation from the French version, the kit was made available for use in EMSB high schools and outreach schools.

Because the topics of sexual orientation and homophobia are such relevant issues in today's society, training sessions, along with the resource kit, are aimed at contributing to the prevention of homophobia and bullying, and the promotion of a healthier, more respectful environment in our schools and in society. This year all EMSB principals were sensitized with a morning formation session by Santé publique. Several schools have had professional development sessions from Santé Publique for their staff (Marymount, Westmount, Gardenview, Laurier Macdonald and John Bosco).

MISSING CHILDREN: The Spiritual and Community Animator of Holy Cross and Cedarcrest Elementary schools invited the Missing Children's Network to teach students how to stay safe and how to react appropriately to dangerous situations. The focus was on enhancing a child's self-esteem and autonomy by empowering them with the knowledge needed to stay out of harm's way.

YARD SALE: The Governing Board of Nesbitt Elementary School (6108 -8th Ave.) in Rosemount has organized a yard sale for Sat. June 2 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on the school premises. Reserving a spot to sell your items is $25 Anybody interested should contact the school at 514-721-2850. Meanwhile, Spiritual Community Animator Puynung Choy and Vice-Principal George Koutsoulis organized a field trip for a select group of Grade 6 students to visit the Holocaust Museum recently. The students were deeply touched by their experience and one student explained that the Holocaust was a lesson to remember for the entire world.

CHAMPION CURLER: At the age of 16, Royal West Academy student Harrison Pollock continues to gain notice as one of this country's most prolific young curlers. The Grade 11 student recently returned from the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon where his team from the Montreal West rink came in a surprising fourth overall. While most boys his age were playing hockey, Pollock gravitated over to the neighbourhood curling rink six years ago and never looked back. Representing Quebec in the Yukon was the thrill of a lifetime for Pollock and his teammates. All of their expenses were paid for by the province. They got to stay in the Athletes Village. "Our whole team was really happy to make it to the Canada Games," Pollock said. "But we still wanted to do well. Fourth among 13 was beyond our expectations. We actually won our first four games, all except one of which was close. One of our players ended up getting injured in our match against Alberta, the eventual winners, so we had to play without him and use a spare."

LONG SERVICE: Fifty-five people attended the annual EMSB Long Service Reception, which took place on May 17 at Le Challenger Reception Hall in St. Laurent. The EMSB honored 14 employees for their 25 years of service with the Board, which began in 1982. EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce and Vice-Chair Elizabeth Fokoefs presented special EMSB watches as a token of appreciation to the following honoured employees: Gisele Bazergui (MIND/Options II), Paul Cahill (Edinburgh School), Larry Coote (Buildings & Grounds), Richard Fougere (Gardenview School), Wayne Franks (Mountainview School), Francine Girard (Human Resources), Rosabel Herscovitch (Marymount Adult Centre), Athina Katsiponti (Financial Services), Deborah Novack (Laurier Macdonald High School), Dale Osmond-Fernandes (James Lyng High School), Daniel Pellerin (John F. Kennedy High School), Micheline Pilon (General Directorate), Cathy Schreiber (Royal Vale School), and Kay Turner (Rosemount).

ROAD RACE: Dunrae Gardens' students from Cycle 2 took Mount-Royal by storm on May 24 for their annual road race. The students trained vigorously for this event in their physical education classes. Students had to run on a one km course around Beaver Lake. Each year, a few students discover they have a talent for running, and they will then represent Dunrae Gardens at the Halo Race in Cycle 3. Meanwhile, after 12 weeks of planning in their classes, Cycle 2 students presented a show featuring giant marionettes, provided by the Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Noted businessman and president of the Montreal Impact soccer team, Joey Saputo, has agreed to serve as honourary chair for the fourth annual EMSB Scholarship Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 28 at Lachute. Last fall, the EMSB distributed 30 cash scholarships of $500 each to students from the graduating class of 2006 at an Administration Building ceremony in N.D.G. These scholarships were funded from the proceeds of a previous tournament. Scholarships were awarded to high school students who are continuing their studies in a post-secondary educational program. For more information or to book a foursome, please call 514-483-7200 ext. 7434.

ACRA TOURNEY: The Association of Catholic Retired Administrators (ACRA) will hold its annual golf tournament July 4 at the International 2000 Golf Club in Saint-Bernard de Lacolle. The registration fee this year is $95 per golfer and includes golf, electric cart, prizes, a raffle ticket and a roast beef dinner. All proceeds will be donated to the St. Gabriel's Food Bank in Pointe- St-Charles. Registrations will be accepted until such time as 144 golfers are registered. All cheques - payable to ACRA - must be submitted prior to June 1. The tournament has sold out the last eight years so you are encouraged to register promptly. This is a shotgun start tournament beginning at 12:30 and play will follow the best ball format. Golfers should arrive by 11:30 to allow for registration.

The International 2000 Golf Club is easily accessible within 45 minutes from Montreal. Take Highway 15 heading toward the U.S. border at Lacolle, take exit 1 just before Canada Customs and follow the 'Club de Golf International 2000' signs. Info: Owen Condon at

ANTHOLOGY: Lester B. Pearson High School students dared to imagine a better world in their anthology of poetry, essays, plays and short stories titled IF: The Anthology. Employing the social justice imagination and posing the question 'IF' more than one hundred students spilled a little ink to illustrate that a better world -- more peaceful and humane -- is possible. The book was published worldwide by Learning for a Cause, a teaching project founded by their award-winning teacher Michael Sweet. This project asks high school students to imagine a better world, a world of peace, community, compassion and sympathy; a world committed to fostering and promoting humanity. Through engagement with the literary and social imaginations, students are asked to write creatively and open the eyes and hearts of others towards creating change. Learning for a Cause publishes the compilation of essays, poems, plays and short stories at the end as a series of staring points for imagining and then bringing into being a new order -- a more humane and compassionate world.

Sweet has published more than 200 high school students since 2004. He states, "I am always amazed with the quality of work received at the end of the school year. This writing is full of passion, insight, thought and contemplation as well as hope and inspiration. You read this book and you feel for humanity, you feel the possibilities, you imagine, even envision what the world could be and it's beautiful. You read this book and you see young people in a whole new light. Our young generation is truly compassionate about the human condition."

Please see the Press Room/Press Releases section of the EMSB website for more details.

SPRING FEVER 2007: The annual Variety Show is tradition at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North. This year's Spring Fever Variety Show celebrated its 10 year anniversary. At the helm of this grand show is Mr. Desormeaux who is both organizer and director. The show highlights the dancing, singing, and acting abilities of the students interspersed with fashion highlights. The show would not have been the great success that it was without the great dedication of over 200 participants. Auditions began in September and students and teachers worked hard the entire year ensuring the 10th anniversary show was a success. Spring Fever allowed spectators to witness the phenomenal talent of LBP students.

CELEBRATE LEARNING: St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. presented a program called St. Monica's "Celebrate our Learning" on May 17. Students demonstrating to parents, friends and the community the great things that are happening at the school including their wonderful science and robotics program. Says Grade 3 student Ethan Kinnear: "We also like to call ourselves, 'The little school with a big heart!' as we, throughout the year, have given back to the community in many, many ways!"

PROMOTING LITERACY: At East Hill Elementary School in RDP, Cycle 2 and 3 students Tea Jovanovic, Kyle Dezan, Kayla Farrace, Stefan Chamberland, Salim Zakaria, Herlain Medor and Alexandre Fonatine from Maria Cerone's MRE Class took time to encourage and promote literacy and the love of reading to a kindergarten class.

Under the guidance of Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranza and Mrs. Cerone, the students took part in a social stories writing project, spending time in school and at home writing about topics such as learning to write your name, how to tell time and how to tie your shoelaces. The students' colourfully illustrated stories were enjoyed by the youngsters as the MRE students read a book entitled Franklin in The Dark to the kindergarten students and in turn, the little ones read Je Fais Un Tour to the older ones. Many friendships formed through the reading of the stories. The visit was a success and the students want to visit more groups in the near future.

Meanwhile, on May 11, the staff of East Hill hosted a brunch for its many dedicated volunteers. Countless hours are dedicated by the dozens of volunteers to the supervision of excursions, working in the library and preparing educational and fun activities for the children of the school. The volunteers' motto is always "what's best for the kids". Principal Maria Di Perna, on behalf of the staff, warmly thanked the volunteers for their commitment to the school and for their great devotion to the children. In doing so, she quoted from Margart Fishback Power's poem "…. the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." Volunteers are the richest of a school's resources.

KIDS ON BLOCK: On May 8 Kids on the Block performed at St. Gabriel Elementary School in Point-St. Charles. Using a puppet play, the group delivered the important message of understanding and accepting children and adults with special needs. The students asked many interesting questions that helped them better understand the difficulties encountered, on a daily basis, by people with special needs.

DTF: Dynamic Theater Factory will present their first 'Original Works Showcase Festival,' with over 60 young actors in seven collective creations hatching during the week-end of May 25-27. The week-end kicks off with CTV's Mosé Persico hosting the opening and ends with a special treat! They will close out the event with the "BEST OF," a fundraiser featuring over 60 young actors of varying ages together on stage for a dynamic show experience! Included productions are based on winning scripts from the Community and EMSB Scriptwriting competitions. This year, DTF extended its Scriptwriting Competition to EMSB students. Since last fall, over 100 high school students at both Royal Vale and Marymount have written scripts to be implemented in this year's Showcase Festival. The lucky winners were announced at the finals in February, as they now get to see their scenes produced in the Festival!

BODYWORLDS: Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 2, the world-renowned anatomical exhibition, is at the Montréal Science Centre until Sept. 16. A number of EMSB schools have already booked visits: MIND, Laurier Macdonald High School, Royal West Academy, Parkdale, Royal Vale and LaurenHill.

They will learn about the complexity of real human bodies, preserved using a revolutionary process called Plastination. BODY WORLDS has already earned public and critical acclaim in 35 cities throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and has been viewed by over 20 million people worldwide. Where Canada is concerned, this fascinating exhibition was displayed in Vancouver (BODY WORLDS 3) and has been to Toronto, where 472,000 visitors, including 73,000 elementary and high school students, were able to appreciate it. BODY WORLDS 2 is a display of over 200 authentic human body specimens, including numerous organs and some 20 whole bodies. This unique and authentic anatomical exhibition provides a new perspective on the marvels of the human body. Visitors can get a better understanding of different body functions, from locomotion to digestion, compare healthy organs to diseased ones (for instance, healthy lungs and a smoker's lungs) and even observe the different stages of embryonic development.

The Foundation of the Montréal Science Centre is presenting this exhibition because it is in keeping with the Centre's mission, that is, to ensure that everyone is provided access to science and technology to help them build their future. For its presentation in Montréal, the Science Centre is working closely with a scientific committee of experts in the fields of anatomy, medicine, bioethics and education. Tckets for the exhibition are for specific times, so visitors should choose the date and time of their visit before purchasing their tickets. Byphone at 514-496-4724/1 877 496-4724, with a credit card handy, during the hours of operation of the telephone reservation service. A reservation charge of $2 per ticket applies for the BODY WORLDS 2 exhibition. Visitors who purchase their tickets by phone must pick them up at the Montréal Science Centre ticket counter on the day of their visit. In person, at the Montréal Science Centre ticket counter, during the Centre's hours of operation or online at Admission to the BODY WORLDS 2 exhibition, which includes admission to the Montréal Science Centre's permanent exhibitions, is $25 for adults, $22 for teenagers (ages 13 to 17) and seniors (age 60+), and $14.50 for children (ages 4 to 12). Visitors may also rent a BODY WORLDS 2 audio guide at the entrance to the exhibition. Rentals are $5 for adults, $4 for teenagers and seniors, and $2,50 for children.

Extended hours. During the exhibition, the Montréal Science Centre will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Monday to Sunday. Note: This exhibition is recommended for children aged 10 and over. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS: School board elections will take place in less than a year from now, on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Voters in the territory of the EMSB will elect commissioners in 23 wards. The makeup of the electoral divisions appear on the EMSB website.

In order to vote, you must currently be on the permanent list of electors in Quebec, be 18 years of age and over, a Canadian citizen, domiciled in the territory of the EMSB, have been domiciled in Quebec for at least six months, not be under curatorship and not have been convicted of an offence that is a corrupt electoral practice. Any parent who has a child registered in an EMSB youth sector elementary or high school as of September 1, 2007 are automatically entered on the EMSB electoral list. In addition, any elector who made a choice prior to the June 1998 elections and had their name entered on the EMSB electoral list is included. These individuals would have signed a special form. If you do not recall doing so, you can verify whether your name appears on the list during the revision process in the fall of 2007 or by calling 1-888-353-2846.

However, if you no longer have any children enrolled in the system, by default you will be placed on the French electoral list. You will receive a postcard from the Directeur Général des Élections du Québec notifying you of this change. When you receive this postcard, call the EMSB Election Office and a Notice of Choice form will be sent to you to fill out and return to the EMSB.

Pierre-Yves Bezzaz is the manager of the Election Office. For more information, please call (514) 483-7200, ext. 8800, or e-mail You can also consult the Directeur général des élections du Québec website at

CBC COMPETITION: For the annual CBC Quebec Writing Competition a special effort will be made to include students in secondary schools. If it works well CBC will consider making separate categories for these students. Submissions are due August 31 2007 so there is plenty of time for interested students to participate over the summer. The competition is for short fiction or creative non-fiction for a chance to win prize money, a broadcast on CBC Radio and publication! It can be in :TRAVEL WRITING • LIFE STORIES • SHORT FICTION • FAMILY NARRATIVES • HUMOUR • PERSONAL ESSAYS . For more details go to the Press Room section of the EMSB website and click on Information Flyers.

PRIZE WINNERS: In the last edition of the EMSB Express Newspaper, students were asked to respond to a quiz. A number of excellent prizes were up for grabs. Here are the winners: Degrassi 25th Anniversary Roots Duffel Bag, Giovanni Alvaro (John Paul I High School); Autographed Degrassi Script, Alexia Checile (John Paul I High School); Two Autographed Degrassi Graphic Novels, Melissa Bernardi (John Paul I High School); a Degrassi Watch, Maryah Azzuolo (FACE); a Degrassi T-shirt and Autographed Degrassi Cast Photo, David Santamaria (Marymount Academy), "Party In A Box" from Cantor's Bakery Factory in St. Michel, Michael Primerano (Gerald McShane School); Jonas CDs, Franco La Braca (Nesbitt School), Patricia Legault (McLearon School), Maria Bouterakos (LaurenHill), Joshua Deyandran (Marymount), Frank Sudano, (Michelangelo School), Sunny Deb (John Caboto School), Allycia Charles (Merton School), Jane Rapkin (Programme Mile End), Matthew Slawney (Gerald McShane School), Anthony Cerone (Michelangelo School), Sivahahmy (Siva) Vijayaratnam (John Caboto School), Josie Angelicola (John Paul I High School), Cimone Suttle (McLearon School), Tamilarasy Vasanthakumarain (Holy Cross School) and Megan Wade-Darragh (Elizabeth Ballantyne School).

UGANDA VISIT: EMSB teacher Judy Labow Wugalter's extraordinary literacy project in Uganda has been picked up by newly retired Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board administrator/teacher Howard Shapiro. He has travelled to the same region and plans to return in early June. His experiences are described on his blog at

TEDDY BEAR: Richard Masys has launched the 10-4 Teddy Bear Wheelchair Foundation ( in honour of his late companion, former EMSB St. Raphael Centre teacher Mary Hyjek who succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer last October . One of her last requests was that the goals of this Foundation which has been in preparation for the past four years, be reached and completed. She insisted that Richard continue with this project by raising funds through the sale of teddy bears in hopes of providing less fortunate families with wheel chairs desperately needed for their youngsters. For over 30 years, Mary dedicated her life as a teacher in special education. For the better part of her career, she worked at the St. Raphael Center, a school aimed at children experiencing social, behavioral and learning difficulties. Mary exemplified the true meaning of the word "teacher" through her words, compassion and understanding while working with the children. Her dedication, commitment and actions for these children never wavered. Teaching was indeed her vocation.

This project was inspired after hearing a recording back in 2002 by Boxcar Willie titled "TEDDY BEAR." Out of curiosity, Richard searched the internet to see if he could hear more recordings by this talented musician. He fell upon his website and was saddened to learn that Boxcar Willie had passed away from Cancer in 1999. It was then that he and Mary decided to undertake this important project to help children in need of wheelchairs. Mary had never seen the actual teddy bear sample, but merely a photo of it. For more information Richard can be reached at or (514) 696-2869.

DENIM DAY: Schools and centres raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research during National Denim Day May 14. Merton School in Côte Saint-Luc, for instance, exceeded its previous record total with $1,201.36. At the Administration Building $667 was raised and staff participated in a special version of Deal or No Deal. Pedagogical Consultant Brian Seltmann played the role of host Howie Mandel and he looked like a dead ringer for the part. Director of Student Services Lew Lewis was chosen as the contestant. Only those who made a donation to Denim Day were eligible for this and a number of door prizes up for grabs. Congratulations to Social Committee Coordinator Brigida Sellato and her group for putting the entertaining event together.

OPPORTUNITY FOR TV GIG: A dynamic local television production company is looking for creative and web-savvy teens to participate in a brainstorming session at the end of June. Topics to be covered include: the update of their website and ways in which we can reach out to our viewers through the internet. Apartment 11 Productions is a production company dedicated to creating quality television shows for kids that are fun and informative.

Their series include: Prank Patrol, Mystery Hunters and Surprise! It's Edible! Incredible! For more information please contact: Cinzia Colella 514-282-0776 (ext. 12). Visit Apartment 11 Productions at:

GENERATIONS: The Generations Foundation held its Taste of Summer Breakfast on May 24 at La Stanza Buffet and Grill Restaurant in St. Laurent. The team from Global TV's This Morning Live broadcast live on site. The Generations Foundation provides nutritious breakfast, hot meals and snacks to over 6,500 children in 61 schools and 11 centers daily. Other important services are provided to several group homes. Generations Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by generous private donors, who want to "invest" in the future of our community's children who are at risk. Registration is now underway to sponsor children for a two-week stay in the country at several summer camps approved by the Quebec Camping Association for the eighth consecutive year in a row. These children enjoy swimming, boating, and sports activities in the fresh air, learn many skills, meet new friends and have lots of fun! Log on to or email

NAUTILUS PLUS OFFER: All EMSB staff members are eligible to take advantage of a special offer from the Nautilus Plus chain of fitness centres. If you print the coupon accessible via the EMSB Intranet and bring it to the Nautilus Plus location of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of a free trial. As part of this offer, the initiation fee is $50 for a network and local membership. Each employee will be able to choose between two packages. Each employee who joins the program will have a period of 37 days from the membership date to cancel. Information has been sent to schools.


Editors Note: The Communications Department of the EMSB is contacted regularly by organizers of different conferences, facilitators of interesting workshops and developers of innovative fundraising opportunities. We screen these requests and make the information available to schools and centres. From this point on, we will group these in our Tip Corner and give in-school administrators, teachers, other staff, parent groups and even students of making contact directly.

MISSING CHILDREN'S NETWORK: Effective May 25, the Missing Children's Network is becoming Enfant-Retour Québec! After twenty-two years in operation, our Board of Directors decided that a renewed image was needed to better position our organization to meet future challenges with optimism and success. Our goal is to continue to bring our team and services closer to families and professionals to better reflect our unique mission to increase our visibility within the francophone community to create new markets in the outlying regions of the province and generate new sources of revenues to finance our operations.

The change is in nomination only, with all team members and partners remaining constant, especially our most trusted and valued ones and that includes YOU! We are focusing on developing and building stronger relationships within our community so that we can meet our ultimate goal reaching every family and every child in the province of Quebec with a wealth of age-appropriate safety information. The heart and soul of our mission remains unchanged assist families in the search for their missing child (ren) and to prevent the disappearances of children through sound prevention programs.

If this renewed corporate image helps us to bring safely home one missing child, prevents one child from disappearing or encourages one family to broach the sensitive topic of personal safety with their child, then we will have contributed towards investing in our future, as well as to building a safer nation for all. As the reports of missing children continue to grow and the demands for our services increase, now more than ever, we depend upon your generosity and friendship. We look forward to working with you as together we strive to build a world where children can be children safe, protected and loved!

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Project Genesis is a grassroots community organization in Côte-des-Neiges that defends people's social rights. Their volunteer advisors provide information, referral and advocacy services at our drop-in centre, assisting people in gaining access to programs, services and resources that can help improve their standard of living. They are looking for bilingual, committed volunteers! Contact Claire for more information at 514-738-2036 ext. 407 or


A SHADD BUSINESS: Hao Huang arrived in Montreal from Shen Zhen China in April 2006. He heard about the Shadd Business Centre by word of mouth from his friends. Mr. Huang decided to enroll in the "Starting a Business" program immediately. He finished his studies in August 2006. Shadd is elated that Mr. Hao Huang is now opening his own fashion item business, TOPO Commercial Enterprises at the Atwater Metro. His goal is to open a shop in every metro station in Montreal and Laval. "We are proud when our students apply their skills from our centre and succeed in their endeavours," said Principal Alice Sideropoulos.

CHAPEAU: Rosemount Technology Centre cabinetmaking student Andrea Macdonald, who already won a regional Chapeau Les Filles (women in non-traditional roles) award in April has now captured a national prize for cultural or native communities.

JFKBC GETS BAKING: How many times are you able to eat your cake and have it too? This was the situation at the John F. Kennedy Business Centre on National Denim Day May 15 when the secretarial students baked cakes, cookies and other fancy deserts to sell to their fellow students and teachers to raise money for breast cancer as well as an agency which also needs funds, but is often overlooked, the SPCA of Montreal. The students also held a raffle and worked hard to promote the two events by visiting classes, putting up posters and setting up stands to sell tickets and their baked goods. "It is by doing for others that the students learn the true value of working together for a common goal," says JFKBC Principal Frank Di Paolo. " May the day come, when fundraising will not have to go to finding a cure for cancer because with the help from the money raised from projects like this one we can only hope a cure will be found very soon. Congratulations to the students and staff of the Secretarial Department of JFK for all of their efforts."

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION: What's Real, a theatrical production written and performed by the students of the Professional Sales Department of JFKBC, was a big success. It depicted real life situations that people encounter in their daily lives such as family conflict, terminal illness, and addiction. The Professional Sales students performed to a sold out audience of 350 people and all profits raised were forwarded to the Children's Wish Foundation. Mr. Di Paola in particular wishes to commend teachers Robert Valentino, Linda Scuccimarri, and Antonella Alongi.

PIUS FOR THE CURE : Students and staff at St. Pius X Adult Education Centre & Culinary Institute pulled together and collected $705 for the CURE Foundation. Everyone who gave money was permitted to wear their cap in school as long as a pink ribbon was visible. Hats off to all who donated!

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: Library staff had a Professional Development Day at St. Pius X Adult Centre recently. There was a presentation by Ann Quesnel from GRICS on live video streaming. This service provides video on demand - including thousands of videos, film clips, sound clips and photographs - for teachers and staff to use in the classroom at no charge. There was also a presentation by Maya Byers from Babar Books about a project to support a school library in Kenya, as well as Lori Rabinovitch, Pedagogical Consultant, presenting "Where is Curriculum Reform now?" All EMSB students are enjoying their updated school library collections as a result of the funding from the MELS Action Plan on Reading in Schools. Many new and interesting books are to be found in all libraries and in conjunction with this budget, there will again be literacy camps offered this summer to teachers and library staff.


May 27 to June 2, 2007
Daycare Week

June 1, 2007
Mountainview School Art Exhibit
6 Weredale

June 2, 2007
Coronation School Garage Sale
$20 per table
Info: 514-733-7790

June 7, 2007
Chez Schwartz
Film Screening About Landmark Schwartz's Restaurant
Royal Vale School
5851 Somerled
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $20
Info: 514-481-8314

June 20, 2007
EMSB Council of Commissioners Meeting
Presentation of 2007-08 Budget

June 28, 2007
EMSB Scholarship Golf Tournament

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