Astronauts, Artists & Cheetahs (Chateauguay Valley CLC) – February 2017

Chateauguay Valley CLC—News & Notes
Howick  Elementary
Artists in the making!
Students who have been attending the afterschool art class with local artist Alyson Champ put on a vernissage to show case their artwork. Families & community member came to see all the great work the students have done!

Ormstown Elementary
Its a plane, its a bird, its an astronaut!
Students participated in a videoconference with Houston’s Space Centre learning about an astronaut’s reality! They discovered how astronauts sleep, eat, brush their teeth, wash their hair, and use the bathroom!

 Walking in a Winter Wonderland 
Our Grade 5 & 6 students visited Mr. Edwards’ property on Covey Hill for a winter hike followed by a campfire and hot chocolate.  It was neat to see the  woods during a different season. Check out the video of our adventure!

Trip to Space! 
Grade 4 students spent the day at Laval’s Cosmodome, learning which planets are called “gas giants,” which has the solar system’s highest mountain,
and which planet’s seasons last 21 years.

Franklin  Elementary
We celebrated the last day before the holidays by dressing up in pajamas, and enjoying some in-school activities. Each student received a special gift which was a book to take home!

Thanks to the support of community organizations including the Lions Club of Ormstown and the owners and employees of Les Entreprises M.R. Tech Inc., Franklin Elementary School was able to deliver 10 Christmas baskets to families in need.

CVR High School
Christmas Activities at CVR
The last week of December CVR Student Leadership organized fun Christmas activities that included: Wear Your Ugly
Christmas Sweater Day, Twin Day, Christmas Head Gear Day, PJ Day, Pin the Tail on Rudolph and a Bake sale.
The most exciting and popular event was a Student vs Teacher Volleyball game where it was mandatory for all
participants to be dressed in Christmas attire.

Caisse Desjardins Workshops
The Ormstown Caisse Desjardins gave workshops to over 60 Grade 11 math students.  The Caisse covered topics such as budgeting, fraud and investments.  The students are now more educated, informed, and ready for the adventures after grade 11.

The True Meaning of Christmas
CVR students, staff and families were very generous once again this year donating boxes of non-perishable food items and a cheque in the amount of $342.35 to our local food bank, La Bouffe Additionnelle (Huntingdon).

There was a need for over 300 Christmas baskets this year in the Haut-Saint-Laurent.  La Bouffe Additionnelle serves over 400 local families yearly (an average of 124 families a month), they handed out over 70,000 kgs of non-perishable food items.  CVR is glad to be part of such a great initiative!

Christmas Dinner for all

Staff and nursing students prepared a delicious Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings for everyone to enjoy at their centre.   Donations of $5 for a meal goes to support the 2017 Health Care stage in Ocoa, Dominican Republic.  It was truly a family affair as the invitation was open to student’s families including parents, child, wives & husbands to attend the meal.  Guests enjoyed singing and dancing along which was performed by CVCEC Carpentry teachers and students.  A good time was had by all!

Haut-Saint-Laurent Communi-T Nights
Over 200 spaghetti meals were served for free on the night of December 6th, at l’école primaire Montpetit in Saint-Chrysostome. A few highlighted activities was a visit from Santa, Nutritionist from the local CLSC with tips on healthy lunches, the launch of En Bonne Compangie new website and roses given out by Residence-Elle to promote actions on violence against women.

Hemmingford  Elementary
Parc Safari employees came to the School to celebrate International Cheetah Day! Their workshop included arts & crafts, comparing the size of a cheetah skull to a cat skull, learning why cheetahs run so fast, and so much more!

The students and staff were treated to a wonderful lunch organized by the governing board and supported by local organizations such as the United Church.

New Frontiers:
NFSB was very well represented at the 2017 Provincial Community Learning Centre (CLC) Conference in Montreal. Teachers, our CLC team and principals had the chance to attend workshops, reflect and plan on how to improve their school communities.

Santa Claus made some very special appearances throughout all our elementary schools in December. Santa took time out of his very busy schedule to call into all the schools via the Video Conferencing System and speak with out students.

Community Conversation
Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) & Montérégie West Community Network ( MWCN) collaborated together to create a community conversation at HAECC in Huntingdon. The conversation was held the middle of December in which key community partners and community members were present in obtaining information and having discussions about the Haut-Saint-Laurent and the Montérégie region.

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:

 Winter 2017 – CLC Brochures (Chateauguay & Valley & Valleyfield)

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