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EMSB SCHOOLS TO HOLD REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD

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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER  1,  2010The English Montreal School Board will mark Remembrance Day across its youth sector.
The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 3:

  • LaurenHill Academy along with Fraser Academy in St. Laurent will be hosting a total of six ceremonies in honor of Remembrance Day. On November 3,  from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m, at the Junior campus (2355 Decelles), students from Grades 4 to 6 will lay wreaths, watch a PowerPoint presentation honuoring the more than 120 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan, listen to the “Last Post” and hold a two minute silence for the fallen. In attendance for each assembly will be Sergeant Real Baril of the Canadian Armed Forces and a yet-to-be determined of the Black Watch, the oldest highland regiment in Canada. For more information, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104.
  • Gardenview Elementary School (700 Brunet) in St. Laurent will host two assemblies, one at 9:15 a.m. and another at 10:15 a.m. In attendance will be T. Garry Gould, a veteran of World War II and students will be shown a PowerPoint presentation. The ceremonies will conclude with a reading of “In Flanders Field.”.For more information, please call Katie Leggitt at: 514-376-4720 ext. 1110.
  • Paul VI School (9905 Papineau) in Ahuntsic will be hosting an assembly at 12:30 p.m. Details have yet to be confirmed. For more information, please call Katie Leggitt at: 514-376-4720 ext. 1110.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Thursday, November 4:

  • Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension (8380 Wiseman) will be having a ceremony from 11 a.m to 11:40 a.m.,  featuring Corrine Sevigny. Ms. Sevigny was the first female military member in the Canadian National Defense Forces. For more information, call Puynung Choy at 514-735-1915 ext. 1006.
  • John Caboto Elementary School (8955 Meunier) in Ahuntsic will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:30 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker from the armed forces, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed by poetry, dramatic presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718. 

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 5:

  • Mountainview School (7450 Cote St. Luc Road) in Cote St. Luc will be hosting an assembly at 9:00 a.m to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. Veterans and current Canadian Forces members will be present and will be accompanied by a Bagpiper and a military band. For more information, please call Rocco Speranza at: 514 483-3477.
  • At LaurenHill Academy Senior campus (2505 Cote Vertu), from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m,, Sergeant Real Baril of the Canadian Armed Forces and a yet-to-be determined of the Black Watch, the oldest highland regiment in Canada will host an assembly for students from Secondary 1 to 5. The students will lay wreaths, watch a PowerPoint presentation honouring the more than 120 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan, listen to the “Last Post” and hold a two minute silence for the fallen. For more information, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November  8.

  • Edward Murphy Elementary School (6800 Pierre De Coubertin) in the East End will be hosting an assembly at 8:30 a.m to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. Veterans and current Canadian Forces members will be present and will be accompanied by a Bagpiper and a military band. For more information, please call Rocco Speranza at: 514-259-8883.
  • Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North (11545 rue Favier) will host three separate assemblies on November 8  for Secondary II, IV and V students from 9:50 a.m. to 2:38 p.m. Guest speakers from the Canadian military will be officiating and speaking. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: 514-328-4442 ext. 4660.
  • St. Dorothy Elementary School (8961 6th Avenue) in Cartierville will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 1 p.m. Featuring a guest speaker from the armed forces, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed by poetry, dramatic presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 9:

  • East Hill School (10350 Blvd. Perass) in Rivères-des-Prairies will be hosting an assembly at 9:00 a.m to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. Veterans and current Canadian Forces members will be present and will be accompanied by a Bagpiper and a military band. For more information, please call Rocco Speranza at: 514-494-3202.
  • Royal Vale School (5851 Somerled) in Notre Dame de Grace will be having a Remembrance Day Assembly in the morning (time TBA). Sergeant Bruce Castonguay will be speaking and closing words will be offered by Principal Chantal Martin. For more information, please contact Ivan Freud: 514-488-6529 ext. 1251.
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (6855 Cartier) in Rosemount will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:45 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker from the armed forces, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed by poetry, dramatic presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718.
  • St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. (6440 Terrebonne) will have a bag piper, choir, trumpet player and  readers  at 11 a.m. For more information please contact Joseph Monachino at 514-369-0070.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 10:

  • John Paul I High School (8455 Pre-Laurin) in St. Leonard will be hosting an assembly from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. In attendance will be the federal Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, who will also be joined by veterans, current Canadian Forces members as well as a Bagpiper and military band. For more information, please call Rocco Speranza at: 514-328-7171.
  • Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard (7355 Viau) will be hosting a day-long event in conjunction with Bialik High School in Côte St. Luc. The event will give students the opportunity to spend time with Holocaust Survivors, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Peacekeepers. Over the course of multiple sessions, the students will engage in intimate, candid conversations with the invited guests about their experiences and memories from various war-time experiences and the Holocaust. To officially mark Remembrance Day, a formal ceremony will take place in the auditorium at 12:45 p.m. The ceremony will feature student presentations, the singing of “O Canada” by Sara and Jessica Taddeo, as well as the Bialik High School choir who will take perform memorial songs in Yiddish. For more information, contact Vince Lacroce at 514-374-6000 ext. 5365.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Academy  (12025 Andre-Dumas) in Rivière des Prairies will host members of the Canadian military on November 10th for an assembly tailored to their Grades 3, 4, 5  and 6 classes (time TBA). For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: 514-328-4442 ext. 4660.
  • John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel will observe Remembrance Day with three assemblies taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. The first ceremony will begins at 9 a.m, followed by ones at 10:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker from the armed forces, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed by poetry, dramatic presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718. 

On Thursday, November 11, the following schools will be participating in the Montreal Remembrance Day Parade:

  • John F. Kennedy High School and John Caboto Elementary School in St. Michel, St. Dorothy School in Cartierville, Pierre Elliott Trudeau School and Rosemount High School in Rosemount, James Lyng High School in Verdun, LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, John Paul I High School in St. Leonard, Bancroft Elementary in the Plateau, Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension and Edward Murphy School in the East End will all be participating in the Remembrance Day Parade, organized by the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Students will receive a lesson in protocol before the march and will also speak to the veterans about the importance of Veterans Week and Remembrance Day. The parade will start at the Black Watch Armoury at 10:15 a.m. (2067 Bleury) and will make its way to the grounds McGill University where the ceremony is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and last one hour.
  • Royal West Academy (189 Easton) will have three separate ceremonies (9:30 a.m., 10:35 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) and include a flag party, honour band, readers, guest speakers and a choir etc).   For more information contact Joseph Monachino at 514-489-8454.
  • Westmount High School will be holding their annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 11, beginning at 10:15 am in the main lobby. The keynote speaker will be Petty Officer First Class Karen Goral who will share her experiences of serving aboard HMCS Donnacona. In attendance will be graduates of Westmount High who were friends of some of the fallen soldiers who will share their memories. A total of 199 students and graduates of Westmount High were killed in World War I and II, one of the highest totals of any school in Canada.


The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 12:

  • Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North (6111 Maurice Duplessis) will host an assembly from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.,  which will feature guest speakers from the Canadian military for students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: 514-328-4442 ext. 4660.


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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca