Kiss a fish, Zucchini race? and much more… (Chateauguay Valley CLC) – October

1-2-3… GO! Run!
Elementary Schools from across the valley came together at the Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Center (HAECC) for a run for grades 1, 2 and 3. The morning was perfect, filled with lots active bodies and loud cheering from everyone. A big thanks to the Melissa Sunshine Camp & Sunshine class from HAECC for helping pass out snacks and water to all our guests!

Franklin Elementaryfranklin-elementary-terry-fox-run
Running for cause!
A school year starts, the Terry Fox run inevitably follows! This year the school created a fun obstacle course in the schoolyard. Parents were invited to participate in the run, and took time to get to know the teachers and explore the school. Afterwards, everyone celebrated with corn on the cob, pizza and ice cream!

The great outdoors!
We are working gradually towards having an outdoor classroom, therefore we did not miss the opportunity to do a workshop with HAECC’s Horticulture franklin-elementary-workshop-with-deniseteacher, Denise Chavez. Students learned all sorts of different information on plants. (photo: students match the seeds to the proper vegetable).

Ormstown Elementary School
The year started off outdoors.
Our Learning Centre, Grade 5 and 6 students experienced an outdoor education overnight camp as a kick off to the new school year.  The days included leadership, team building and survival skills challenges.  Teams built shelters, cooked their lunch over a campfire and found their way around the woods during an orienteering challenge. The kids loved it and a return trip is planned this winter.

howick-elementary-journal-makingHowick Elementary School
Helping hands @ Howick
Community volunteers helped students from Howick Elementary School to do a journal-making workshop. Students from all cycles benefited from this activity. Their books are bound, and they’re excited to start filling it with their marvelous ideas!

Heritage Elementary 
Terry Fox Run
(Sept 29th) The school hosted their annual Terry Fox run raising a record amount of over $800 for the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research which was more than double the goal set by the school!

Yoga at HAECC
HAECC has partnered with a local yoga instructor to offer evening classes for the community. The classes are offered at HAECC on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. Places are still available please call Megan to register 450-802-9997.

Café time!
Students from our Café program hosted a bus load of members from the Montérégie West Community Network. The organization was doing a bus tour of the Chateauguay Valley and stopped for lunch at HAECC. The Café students prepped and cooked the meal, they also learnt about table side manner by doing a sit down service meal. It was a great experience for all the students and they look forward to trying more fun challenges over the year.

gardening-wokrshop-2Gardening Workshops
Our Horticulture teachers linked up with Franklin Elementary Grades 1 & 2 and offered a workshop on planting and garden maintenance. The students learnt a bit of theory and then got to put it to practice by each creating their own garden to take home. It is always fun getting a little dirty and creative!

Violette’s Houses in the Haut-Saint-Laurentlacement
On September 27th at Alfred Langevin Hall in Huntingdon the 0-5 Network of the Haut-Saint-Laurent launched their new promotional tools for organizations in the region to better reach families. Over the last eight years the character of Violette has been a well-known figure in the Haut-Saint-Laurent as Violette helps develop confidence to children and parents in the region. Violette will now be the image of all our promotional tools which include: a local resource card with all the local
resources, services & contact information, identification symbols for partners involved in the project, fridge magnets, a Facebook page and children books. And the first time ever a 24 hours/7 days a week referral phone line available to meet the needs of French & English families of the territory of the Haut-Saint-Laurent. Line 24 hours / 7 days: 450-264-2999 – or- 1-877-764-2999


CLC Evening avalon-first-nightActivities are back
We have our evening sports (basketball, badminton, volleyball, floor hockey & indoor soccer, Irish Dance) and the Avalon singers welcomed each other back on their first night together warming up their voices for their many performances coming up throughout the year.

Kiss the Fish!kiss-the-fish
Teacher Erika Hamilton was a good sport as she won the most donations and had to “Kiss the Fish”. Each year students are able to make donations in jars of specific staff members at lunch and the teacher receiving the most has to “Kiss the Fish”. A total of over $3,400.00 was raised.

new-tennis-program-at-cvrTennis anyone?
For the first time this year, CVR is hosting an after-school Tennis Club. A 6-week class is also being offered for adults in the community.

volunteer-parents-corn-roastWelcome Back Corn Roast 
Staff and volunteer parents cooked and served corn for all middle school students as a kick-off to the new school year.

Croques Livrescroques-livres-volunteer
Volunteers were hard at work after the summer break, tracing and cutting out the designs for our 13 Croques Livres/Library Boxes that will be placed in all our municipalities come the Spring. This initiative is to promote early literacy for families in our communities. Thanks to all the volunteers and teacher John Hodges for his time and expertise in guiding the group.

Terry Fox/Bubble soccer
Along with their annual Terry Fox Walk/Run this year, students were invited to play “Bubble Soccer”. It might look easy but trust us, it’s a lot of work… but it’s worth it. Good times were had by all!

Zucchini Race zucchini-carsrace-track
(September 10th) Families gathered at Prince Arthur Park in Huntingdon to participate and watch the First Annual Huntingdon 4-H’s Zucchini 500. The goal of the event was for community members of all ages to create and design a zucchini race car. The “Zucchini cars” were then launched down an inclined racetrack to see which one will make the finish line. The event drew in over 50 participants and raised money for CVCEC’s “Our House” – Habitat for Humanity Project in Ormstown.

Chateauguay Valley CLC – news and notes

The Community Learning Concepts (CLC) approach is the creation and promotion of partnerships which provide a range of services and activities, during and after the school day, to help meet the needs of our learners, their families and the wider community. The aim is to support the holistic development of our students, families and communities.

The CLC monthly news & notes report showcases a small sample of some of the great initiatives and happenings in our schools!