MONTREAL, AUGUST 28, 2014 – While students will only be hitting the books as of September 2, the majority of in-school staff have already returned, and for a number of administrators, these precious few days before the students arrive marks the perfect time to begin developing the sense of community that is prevalent in EMSB schools.
On Tuesday, August 26:
- Teachers and staff from Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North spent the day at le Club de Golf Métropolitain in Anjou. After a team breakfast with Regional Director Paola Minaci, the staff continued the morning with a group lesson on the driving range, allowing them to try out their new techniques together. After lunch, the experienced golfers teamed up and played a round together.
On Wednesday, August 27:
- The four St. Laurent schools, LaurenHill Academy, Gardenview Elementary, Cedarcrest Elementary and Parkdale Elementary participated in a joint venture to welcome the new year.
Sylvain Boudreau, acclaimed motivational speaker, was invited to share his views on how our attitude can directly impact our personal and professional success. Mr. Boudreau reminded his audience about the importance of taking care of ourselves, to have fun, to be proud of our good work, and to be kind and professional. He also pointed out that good efforts always yield positive results. Sylvain Boudreau delivered his message with enthusiasm, passion and humor.
Following the presentation, the participants were invited to a wine and cheese reception. Teachers and staff had the opportunity to mingle and become better acquainted with colleagues from neighboring schools. The event was a resounding success and future endeavours involving the St. Laurent schools are in the works.
On Thursday, August 28:
- Willingdon School in N.D.G. (5870 Terrebonne) will host all teachers, lunch monitors and extended day care staff in a social skills program workshop training session. In response to Bill 56, Willingdon piloted a project last year: Dovetail: The Toolbox Project. It is a preventative social skills program that provides students with tools to help them deal with anger, frustration and conflict, amongst other issues.
Teachers will undergo the training session from 9:30 – 3:00 in the gymnasium with the goal of ensuring that everyone who deals with our students understands the program and uses the same "language" when disciplining students or dealing with situations of conflict. As well as reduces the need to “react” to bullying.
- At the EMSB Administration building (8:45 am to 3:00 pm), select high school staff will begin two days of training in the Beyond the Hurt program: a bullying prevention initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Red Cross and sponsored by Canadian Heritage.
Beginning on Thursday and continuing on Friday, August 29, the sessions will delve into the basics on bullying and harassment, providing opportunities for discussion and the sharing of best practices. More importantly, this training will provide a platform to better engage youth by training these teachers to become agents of change within the school.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213