Marshmallow challenge, certified babysitters, the meaning of home and much more. (Chateauguay CLC) – December

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Centennial Park School
Marshmallow Challenge
Grade 4 students built on their team building skills by doing the marshmallow challenge. Students were divided into groups of 4 or 5, given 20 pieces of spaghetti, a piece of tape, string and scissors – they had 20 minutes to create the tallest freestanding tower. At the end of 20 minutes, they had to balance a marshmallow on the top – without collapsing the structure! Students practiced communication skills, teamwork and creativity – and they were quite successful!

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Community Wednesday at MGS!
The first community Wednesday of the year was held in early November and MGS hosted it to perfection. With activities for the kids and adults alike, local health and social service groups informed the community about what is available to them, all in a bilingual friendly setting. And the spaghetti was great, thank you Sou-Pa-Loo!

Canada Safety Council Certified Babysitting Course
12 students from the community received their certification to be qualified babysitters, as CVCEC teachers were the ones offered the course. Students had the opportunity to look at a variety of situations such as: age group toys, child safety, first aid basics, feeding a child, exceptional children, hazardous situations and much more.

The Meaning of a Home
The 10th annual Genworth Canada ‘Meaning of Home’ contest allows Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from coast-to-coast submit a written essay, poem or video that showcases what ‘Home’ means to them. Thirty-two of our Grade 6 students participated in the contest, and a selected winning entry from across the country will get the opportunity to direct $50,000 to a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice.

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Bishop’s University Students visit us!
(November 4th) A group of Chinese International Graduate students from Bishop’s University under the direction of Dr. & professor Lauren Small visited with Anthony Spadaccino and Chuck Halliday of the NFSB CLC Team. Following their university course on School and Community Relations, the students’ wanted to learn about the projects and functioning of the CLC initiative in the province. After the morning session, the students toured NOVA & Billings for lunch and dropped into Ms. Patricia Dann’s (IB class) to see what Quebec classrooms are like.  All in all, it was a very informative day.  – An interesting quote from one of the Bishop’s students: “I think Community Based Learning should be encouraged and promoted to everywhere in the world. Schools and communities should work together to teach students to be long-life learners, and to prepare them to be responsible citizens, which can also help schools and communities get better together.”

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Holiday Fundraiser Artisan Market
The Artisans held the 3rd edition of their market and this year at the high school. Their market intends to celebrate local artisanal talent, with over 40+ artisans with unique & LOCAL products offered, and in turn the group shall make a donation back to the high school.

NOVA Career Centre
The Gift of Giving
A great partnership has been built between the Centre and the Chateauguay Raiders Football league to insure that NOVA students who are in need will receive Christmas baskets for the Holidays. The Holiday spirit is in the air at the Centre.



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NFSB Students part of the WE Movement
(November 9th) NFSB was very well represented at the 2016 National WE Day in Ottawa. With over 20,000 people in attendance, 250 NFSB students were representing our schools. Each school united their students by wearing matching tops – they stood proud as individuals united at the same time. Serena Ryder and Hedley gave wonderful performances and got our students moving. Justin Trudreau, Paula Abdul, Mike Downie and Rick Hansen gave awe-inspiring speeches which left our students feeling empowered and motivated to make real change!

Health Booklet & Fair a hit!health_fair_2016_arc
Our community partners at ARC (Assistance & Referral Centre), MWCN (Montérégie West Community Network) and CISSS-MO (Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest) supplied all our schools, centres and their families with Health Passports (bilingual health terminologies) & Access Health Information Booklet (list of south-shore resources and contact info). In addition, the 3rd Annual ARC Health Promotion Fair, was held in late October (in Brossard) with over 35 health and social service information kiosks on-site informing citizens about bilingual health and social services available for them. CVCEC (Health Care team) and our Continuing Education Department played a role once again offering a mini-CPR training to participants and informing the public about courses available to them and their families.arc_booklet_partnership_clc_2016_fotor-copy There were multiple workshops throughout the day and keynote speaker, “laughologist”, Albert Nerenberg, exemplifyied the power of laughter and left participants with a smile on their face and useful info in their pockets.

The Community Learning Centre (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 a few of the great initiatives and happenings from our schools! Be sure to check out the website for more info at:

 November Report:

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October Report:
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