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

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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 7, 2011The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day, with events planned during the first two weeks of November.

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Thursday, November 3:

  • John Caboto Elementary School (8955 Meunier) in Ahuntsic observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:45 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718.

  • Paul VI High School (9905 Papineau) in Ahuntsic will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Katie Leggitt at: 514-376-4720 ext. 1110.

  • St. Gabriel Elementary School and Vezina High School (600 Dublin) in will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly at 10:15 a.m. World War II veteran, Col. B.J.  Finestone will speak with the students and Jeff McCarthy, a Piper with the Black Watch regiment and father of two students at St. Monica Elementary School, will also come in to play the bagpipes.

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

  • At LaurenHill Academy Senior campus (2505 Cote Vertu) in St. Laurent from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, students and staff will join together to remember those who lost their lives defending Canada and freedom. Select students and staff will lay five wreaths representing the continents of the world as well as the principal will join with another student to lay a “LaurenHill Academy” wreath. A PowerPoint presentation honouring the 157 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan will also be shown. Along with a piper, the “Last Post” will be played during a minute of silence as well as the assembly will feature a bilingual reading of “In Flanders Fields”. Depending on availability, there will be a bilingual presentation by a member of the HMCS Donnacona or  portions of the movie "Joe Maldooney's War" which covers the role of the Home Guard in Britain during WWII and the sadness of an anti-aircraft gun group after they have shot down an "enemy" plane will be shown. For more information, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104.

  • Coronation Elementary School (4810 Van Horne) will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly. A veteran is schedule to attend. Time to be announced.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 7:

  • 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 10:45 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and/or piper, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718. 
  • Edward Murphy School (6800 Pierre de Coubertin) in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 9:00 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations, the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly will also mark the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. For more information, please contact Rocco Speranza at:  514-259-8883 ext. 1009
  • Royal Vale School (5851 Somerled) in N.D.G. will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker and/or piper, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. Time to be determined. For more information, please contact Ivan Freud at:  514-488-6529 ext. 1251.

  • St. Brendan Elementary School (6650 – 39th Avenue) in  St. Leonard will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 11:00  a.m. Featuring a veteran, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Nancy Pasquini at:  514-374-2828 ext. 1031.
  • Venture High School and Elizabeth High School (1741 de Biencourt) will welcome back Col. B.J.  Finestone, who will spend the morning with students from Venture and participate in a short assembly. Following his engagement at Venture High School, he will visit with the students of Elizabeth High and their children. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: 514-768-1398 ext. 1206.

  • Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School (6855 Cartier) will observe Veterans Week with guest speaker Captain Robert Latreille. Captain Latreille joined the army in 1958 and served with NATO and the UN as a peacekeeper.With his help of Captain Latreille, students will show that we are working to keep the memory of those who have fallen alive.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 8:

  • John Grant School (5785 Parkhaven) in Côte St. Luc will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly. Time to be determined. For more information, please contact Ivan Freud at:  514-484-4161 ext. 1117.
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (6855 Cartier) in Rosemount will observe Remembrance Day with three assemblies tailored to the different age groups. The assemblies will take the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa and occur 8:15 a.m., 9:20 a.m, and 10:50 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and/or piper, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718. 
  • East Hill School (10350 Blvd. Perras) in Rivière des Prairies will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 9:00 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations, the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly will also mark the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.  For more information, please contact Rocco Speranza at: 514-494-3202
  • At LaurenHill Academy Junior campus (2355 Decelles) in St. Laurent from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, students and staff will join together to remember those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. Select students and staff will lay five wreaths representing the continents of the world as well as the principal will join with another student to lay a “LaurenHill Academy” wreath. A PowerPoint presentation honouring the 157 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan will also be shown. Along with a piper, the “Last Post” will be played during a minute of silence as well as the assembly will feature a bilingual reading of “In Flanders Fields”. Depending on availability, there will be a bilingual presentation by a member of the HMCS Donnacona or  portions of the movie "Joe Maldooney's War" which covers the role of the Home Guard in Britain during WWII and the sadness of an anti-aircraft gun group after they have shot down an "enemy" plane will be shown. For more information, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104.
  • Fraser Academy (900 Fraser) in St. Laurent will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 8:30 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and/or piper, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104.
  • Dunrae Gardens (235 Dunrae) in Town of Mount Royal will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Joining students will be a father and son who are both veterans. Robert Latreille and his son Bob Latreille will help the students reflect on the sacredness of life. Accompanying them will be Piper Julie. For more information, please call Puynung Choy at: 514-735-1916 ext. 1006.
  • Sinclair Laird Elementary School (8380 Wiseman) in Parc Extension will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Featuring aPiper Major Cameron Stevens, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please call Puynung Choy at: 514-279-9026 ext. 1032.
  • The Mackay Centre (3500 Decarie) will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly at 9:05 a.m. for the entire school. For more information, please contact Nancy Pasquini at:  514-482-0500 ext. 1253.

  • Honoré Mercier School (8280 Nantes) in St. Leonard will observe Veterans Week with guest speaker Captain Robert Latreille. Captain Latreille joined the army in 1958 and served with NATO and the UN as a peacekeeper.With his help of Captain Latreille, students will show that we are working to keep the memory of those who have fallen alive. As well as students will view the video “Lest We Forget” that they created with the help of one of their teachers, Mr. Réal Heppelle. The students will show their appreciation for all who have served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

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

  • John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel will observe Remembrance Day with two assemblies taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. The first ceremony will begins at 10:30 a.m, followed by another one at 11:45 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. 

  • Mountainview School (7450 Cote St. Luc Road) in Côte. St Luc will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 9:30 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations, the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly will also mark the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.  For more information, please contact Rocco Speranza at: 514-483-3477 ext. 1255.

  • Bancroft Elementary School (4563 Bancroft) in the Plateau will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring Piper Adam, Veteran Matthew Ramsey and one Montreal Regiment Military representative, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. Time to be determined. For more information, please call Puynung Choy at: 514-845-8031 ext. 1001.
  • Gardenview Elementary School (700 Brunet) in St. Laurent will observe Remembrance Day with two assemblies tailored to the different age groups. The assemblies will take the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa and occur 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and/or piper, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Katie Leggitt at: 514-744-1401.
  • Edinburgh Elementary School (500 Hudson) in Montreal West will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Time to be determined.  For more information, please contact Ivan Freud at:  514-486-0981 ext. 1008.
  • St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. (6440 Terrebonne) will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly at 10:00 a.m. World War II veteran, Colonel Finestone will speak with the students and Jeff McCarthy, a Piper with the Black Watch regiment and father of two students at St. Monica Elementary School, will also come in to play the bagpipes.

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

  • John Paul I High School (8455 Pre-Laurin) in St. Léonard will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa  at 9:30 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations, the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly will also mark the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. For more information, please contact Rocco Speranza at: 514-328-7171 ext. 1103.

  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School (314 Northview) in Montreal West will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Time to be determined.  For more information, please contact Ivan Freud at:  514-484-1006 ext. 1010.

  • Our Lady of Pompei School (9944 St. Michel) in Montreal North has invited back former Commissioner Joseph Petraglia to speak to the students about his experience as a member of the United States Military during the Vietnam War. Petraglia will be speaking to two groups of students at 9:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.

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

  • John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel and John Caboto Elementary School in Ahunstic, St. Dorothy School in St. Michel,  Rosemount High School, James Lyng High School in St. Henri,  LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, Paul VI High School in Ahuntsic, Bancroft Elementary in the Plateau, Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension, Carlyle School in T.M.R., East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P and Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve 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.

The following EMSB schools will be holding other Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 11:

  • In what will be a meaningful and emotional experience, 90 students from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard will travel to Bialik High School in Côte Saint Luc (6502 Kildare Road) to commemorate Remembrance Day. This will be the first of two opportunities to spend time with and learn from Holocaust survivors, Canadian war veterans and Canadian peacekeepers. Throughout the morning, the students will engage in intimate and candid conversations with the invited guests about their experiences and memories from the war. To officially mark Remembrance Day, remarks will be delivered by Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, Saint-Léonard/Saint-Michel Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti, Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, World War II veterans Alex Hall and George Mann and Master Corporal Marco Mastantuno from the Canadian Armed Forces. A number of students from both schools will also participate via Remembrance Day movie creation, power point, musical and other presentations. Students will conclude the day with two interactive mini-sessions (11:10 a.m. and 12:25 p.m.), ensuring that every individual has had the opportunity to hear the eyewitness accounts from the invited guests. Facilitating these sessions will be Holocaust survivors Michael Siretsky, Batia Bettman, Sidney Zoltak and Leon Jedekin. The latter was a child survivor of the war in Shanghai, China, when the Japanese occupied the city on December 8, 1941, and which the U.S. Army subsequently liberated in the latter part of August 1945. This cross cultural connection marks the continuation of a relationship between Laurier Macdonald and Bialik, which began six years ago as part of a program involving the renaming of the former Wagar High School building in Côte Saint-Luc after Giovanni Palatucci, a righteous gentile who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. This event is being organized by EMSB Spiritual Animator Vince Lacroce, Bialik teacher Annie Abitbol and Diane Dupuis-Kallos, events coordinator at Bialik.
  • Westmount High School (4350 Ste. Catherine St. West) will continue its Remembrance Day tradition, which began over 75 years ago. At its origins, their assembly was held in the Westmount Park Building, and then in what is currently Selwyn House. Since 1963, it has been held at the current location of Westmount High School. This engaging assembly takes place in the morning, in the school lobby, surrounded by the World War I and memorial plaques of Westmount High School alumni who lost their lives in service of Canada and defending freedom.  The names of these Westmount High School veterans will be read and guest speakers who are peacekeepers and veterans will be invited to share personal anecdotes about these alumni and their sacrifices, values and vision.  Westmount High School will also continue their tradition with a walk up to the cenotaph by a small contingent of staff, students, and special guests to lay a wreath. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: 514-933-2701 ext. 1116
  • More than 400 students from John Paul I High School in St. Leonard, East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P. and Edward Murphy School Hochelaga-Maisonneuve will be participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony at the local Canadian Armed Forces establishment. Students will receive a workshop from a peacekeeper that saw service in Haiti and Afghanistan. Following the workshop, they will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and visit the on-site museum.

  • Marymount Academy (5100 Cote St. Luc Road) will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. The ceremony will feature Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament for Westmount-Ville Marie. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact David Gagnon at: 514-488-8144 ext. 1108.

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate (5925 – 27th Avenue) in Rosemount will observe Remembrance Day by having veterans visit individual classes. A ceremony will take place via the Public Address system at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Nancy Pasquini: 514-374-1999 ext. 6054.

  • Students from Michelangelo School (9360 - 5th Street) in R.D.P. will observe Rememberance Day with the presence of Sergeant Benoit Caron, an active member of the Canadian Forces. At these ceremony, students will demonstrate that they do remember, and they are grateful to all who enable us to live in this peaceful country.
 

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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