Placemats of hope, who’s in the zoo?, “Free being me” and much more. (Valleyfield CLC) – December

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Placemats for the Montreal Children’s Hospital
Mrs. Kalina`s Grade 3 class took the initiative of recruiting other classes to help make specialized Christmas placemats for the Montreal Children`s Hospital. Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 designed over 200 one-of-a-kind placemats. A big thank you to the NOVA Career Centre who took the time to laminate all of our placemats.

Scholastic Book Fair
Hosted its first of two yearly book fairs this month from (November 28th – December 2nd). The students were super excited and bought lots of new books. A portion of the sales go towards our in-class libraries. “A book is a gift that you can open again and again”- Garrison Keillor

Giving back to the Community
Students form all grades brought in second hand clothes to give back to the community for the cold winter months ahead. At lunch time, some of our Grade 6 students then brought the clothes over to ‘Centre de Partage’, one of our community`s non-profit second hand stores. When schools and members of the community work together, citizens of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield benefit.

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(November 21st) The Kindergarten class learnt about bus safety with the New Frontiers School Board transportation department. Thanks to JoAnn Wilkie, school transportation inspector, who helped organize this special event exclusively for our K class.

zoo-vcWho’s who in the Zoo with Green Ville Zoo
(November 22nd) The Kindergarten Classes got to virtually visit Green Ville Zoo in South Carolina through our videoconferencing system. They were introduced to small animals in the zoo; Louie the Snake, Milly the Possum, a bird and a millipede. They got to learn how to train a giraffe and they asked lots of questions. A big thanks for Mrs. Stephanie and Mrs. Lamb for letting the students participate in this alternative learning experience!

Free Being Mefree-being-me
The girl’s program “Free Being Me” came to an end last month. Throughout the weeks the girls were taught about body image, self-confidence, self-respect and the use of social media. They walked away with a better understanding on the unrealistic beauty ideals in our society and therefore became more confident young women. We can only hope they can spread what they have learnt throughout the school and in their community. A big thank you to the Valleyfield Girl Guides, Gault’s partner, who made this program possible and free of charge!

We Rememberrem-day-2
We invited four Veterans from the Valleyfield legion to their Remembrance Day ceremony. Each class presented a song, a poem or read to the entire school and our guests. Each student then got to shake and thank our veteran’s hand; most had a hand crafted gift to give them as a token of their thanks.

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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_fair_2016_arcHealth Booklet & Fair a hit!
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 arc_booklet_partnership_clc_2016_fotor-copycourses available to them and their families. 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:

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October Report:
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