Official Launch September 10
EMSB ANNOUNCES 10th ANNIVERSARY PLANS
MONTREAL, AUGUST 27 2008- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will launch its 10th anniversary celebrations appropriately on the 10th day of the first month of classes. On Wednesday September 10 (9:30 a.m.), elementary school students will parade around their neighbourhood streets, carrying special 10th anniversary flags while high school students will take part in walk-a-thons to mark the occasion. In the event of severe rain, these programs will be rescheduled to Friday, September 12.
Meanwhile, also on September 10, the EMSB Administration Building at 6000 Fielding in N.D.G. will be the site of a series of special events.
A special 10th anniversary committee at the EMSB is co-chaired by Region 1 Director Marzia Michielli and Assistant Director of Human Resources Connie Primiano. Their committee has recommended that whenever possible, a special activity occur on the tenth day of each month. In addition to the monthly activities, there will be three major events involving parents, employees and students.
Already, a special 10th anniversary commemorative edition of the EMSB Express tabloid newspaper has been published and placed on the EMSB website. It will be delivered to every student and staff person in the system. A contest among students produced a theme song. In addition, a 10th anniversary logo, designed by a student at Rosemount Technology Centre, already graces EMSB publications, the website and large banners which are to be displayed at every school and centre.
On September 10 at the Administration Building, activities will commence at 9:30 a.m. with addresses by EMSB Chair Angela Mancini, Director General Antonio Lacroce and a representative from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Leisure. The winners of the logo contest and the 10th anniversary song competition will be introduced. Students from neighbouring schools will be in attendance as will representation from the adult sector and different unions. A plaque commemorating the 10th anniversary will be unveiled in the foyer, with Ms. Mancini presiding. Everyone will then move outdoors for a ribbon cutting, symbolizing the brilliant future for the EMSB. At this point a time capsule will be deposited, next to the planting of a new red oak tree donated by Pépinière Jasmin, to be reopened in 10 years.
While all elementary schools in the system will parade around their respective streets waving flags, those closest to the EMSB Administration Building will rendez-vous there and be greeted by EMSB officials as well as Quebec Members of the National Assembly Tony Tomassi (Lafontaine) and Russell Copeman (N.D.G.). The EMSB’s St. Pius X Culinary Institute will donate a giant birthday cake for the occasion.
Other plans for the year include:
- Tree-planting ceremonies at each school (October 10);
- Launch the collection of artwork from students to be put on display at the Administration Building (November 10);
- School based activities (date in December to be determined);
- A Science Olympics (January 10);
- An EMSB Blood Donor Clinic (February 10);
- School based activities (date in March to be determined);
- A Sports Olympics at the elementary level (April 8);
- Adult and Vocational Day/ Week (April 8);
- A Professional Development Day for all staff to celebrate at the Centre Claude Robillard in Ahuntsic (May 6);
- An EMSB Concert showcasing student talent at the Mount Royal Chalet (May 28);
- An evening gala for all EMSB employees at the Cirque du Soleil (June 4)
Already existing events, such as the High School Career Fair, Public School Education Month in January and Volunteer Recognition Night, will incorporate 10th anniversary themes. For more details on plans log on to www.emsb.qc.ca.
It was on July 1, 1998, after the Quebec government had rearranged public school boards around linguistic, rather than religious, lines that the EMSB was officially established via an amalgamation between the English sectors of four boards – the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, the Montreal Catholic School Commission, the Jérôme-Le Royer School Board and the Sainte-Croix School Board.