Summer Reading Community, New Sandboxes, Literacy Fun and so much more! (Chateauguay Valley CLC) – June 2017

Chateauguay Valley CLC  News and Notes

NFSB Citizenship Awards
On Tuesday, May 23, the New Frontiers School Board Citizenship Awards Ceremony was held at Howard S. Billings. Heritage & HAECC are proud to honor their students who truly make our schools and centres a better place!


Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC)

“Out of the Woods”
Under the expertise and supervision of CVCEC’s carpentry teacher, John Hodges, 8 people are now able to say they constructed their own Adirondack Chair from scratch.  This team worked over 3 evenings to create their own masterpiece and are looking forward to putting their chairs to good use this summer!

Earth Day & BBQ 
Staff and students celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up of the grounds, followed by a scrumptious BBQ lunch.  Thanks to Moisson-Sud-Ouest for their donation of food and to the students for setting up, cooking and cleaning up.  Many hands make less work!

Chateauguay Valley Regional High School (CVR) 
Caring Without Burnout
In partnership with Les Aidants Naturels, CVR was host to an 8-week support group for people caring for aging loved ones.  The support group shares tips and tools in support of those living this reality to help ensure their own health and well-being while they care for others.

Party without Losing it! 
On May 29 and 31, all Grade 11 students participated in an Impaired Driving Awareness Workshop.  It was a collaborative workshop involving the Sûreté du Québec, Justice Alternative du Suroît and Liberté de Choisir.  The legal, physical and social consequences of impaired driving were explored and students were encouraged to adopt safe and healthy driving habits.

2nd Annual Art Show
CVR was proud to host their 2nd Annual Art Show in May.  Many different aspects of art were displayed for everyone to see, we are very proud of all the artistic talent here at CVR. There was also a special showcasing for our upcoming 50th Anniversary.

Spring Fling 
Families and friends were treated to an evening of amazing talent at this year’s Spring Fling on May 30.  The evening featured music from the Grade 7 Choir, the After Hours Choir and soloists.  Way to go Ms. Harper!

Country Cabaret
The music was playing and the cowboy boots were swinging during this year’s Country Cabaret.  Songs and dances were once again highlights of the evening.  Thanks to the Performing Arts team of teachers and congratulations to the students for their hard work and dedication.

International Students Evening
On May 31 at Howard S. Billings High School (HSB), 21 International students celebrated their efforts while studying at NFSB.
Awards highlighted the students’ achievement in a variety of subjects such as English, Art, Math, as well as Highest Overall Average, Most Improved, and a School Spirit Award.  Recognition was also given to the students who took part in any extra curricular activities over the school year. The evening ended with refreshments and photos with the home stay families, administrators and the International Student Program team.

CVR Summer Reading Community – A CVR CLC Initiative
School will soon be out for the summer and vacation time is on its way, it is time to dust off those books you’ve been itching to read and dive into the world of literature!  Join our online space (and occasionally in person) to share your favourite reads of the summer.  You will have the opportunity to share the inspiration characters leave you with and pass on thoughts and suggestions to the members of our reading community.  For more info check out: 

Rural Youth Gala
This year marked the 8th edition of the Rural Youth Gala in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. Fifty-two youth between the ages of 6-24 were nominated for their achievements and efforts in five different categories: environment, cultural action, school perseverance, healthy lifestyle, and volunteer or citizen involvement. The recipients of first place in each category were as followed: for School Perseverance: Jeremy Pauzé of Hinchinbrooke; for Environmental Action: Kristina Cullom of Saint-Chrysostome; for Healthy Living: Jessie Rochefort of Saint-Chrysostome; for Volunteer Work: Daniel Roberge of Huntingdon, tied with Macaden Galipeau; and for Cultural Action: Michelle Frost of Les Côteaux.

Hemmingford Elementary School

Free Library
The school has a new Free Library located in the school entrance for students and their families. Students are encouraged to take books from the shelf and read!

Graduating Students
Grade 6 students had fun taking photographs in the schoolyard for their yearbook.

            New Sandboxes!
Our Students can now enjoy two brand new sandboxes in their school yard. A big thanks to Kirk Feeny for building the boxes, and the geotextile donation from Scott McClintock Transport – Paysagiste – Landscaping.

Franklin Elementary School

Poster and Literacy Contest! 
For over 50 years, The Royal Canadian Legion has sponsored an annual Poster and Literacy Contests which is open to all students in the Canadian school system. The students who participate in these contests assist the Legion in one of their primary goals— fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians. On Tuesday, May 16, Legion members came to the school to congratulate our students on their achievements. One student in particular, Alexandre Trudel, received an honourable mention for his poem.

Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day is celebrated around the world to inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday, May 18, thousands of schools took their lessons outside to prioritize playtime. Our entire school did a nature walk through Blair Orchards, and then participated in different learning stations in the playground.

Howick Elementary School 

Water Balloon Surprise! 
The staff started a new tradition this year for their Grade 6 graduating students. The school’s soon-to-be graduates were surprised when the staff dropped cold water balloons on them!

Reading Fun! 
Throughout the semester, Mrs. Wallace’s class read The Voyage of the QV66 by Penelope Lively with their dearest volunteer, Mr. Whalley. When they finished the book, they held a classroom celebration and had different festivity stations for the students. Here is a photo of the masks they made based on the book’s characters.

Art Exhibition Vernissage
Allyson Champ’s after school art club hosted a vernissage for the student participants. Friends and families were invited to come and see the art while enjoying some cheese and punch. 

Ormstown Elementary School 

Planting Wild Garlic
Our Grade 4 & 5 students returned to Covey Hill to plant wild garlic and research what has grown since last year’s trip. This activity was made possible from one of our school partners, La SCABRIC.

Financial Literacy Learning Activities
OES held a Caisse scolaire Financial Literacy activity in May.  Each student in Grades 1 through 6 was given pretend money and an opportunity to purchase a good, a service or make a donation to charity.  The goods included snacks and smoothies or a donation to the Betty Riel Foundation.  Some of the services included purchasing an opportunity to have a picnic lunch with a staff member, becoming a vice-principal for a day or throwing a whipped cream pie at their Phys. Ed. teacher.  Thank you to the Caisse Desjardins for their partnership and for making a real donation to the Betty Riel Fund.

Heritage Elementary School

Two Heritage Students Daniel Roberge and Macaden Galipeau won first place in the Volunteering Category at the Rural Youth Gala for  their hard work with the school’s Boks program, among other volunteer endeavors.

Book Sale 
Heritage kicked off May with a Library Book Sale. This sale allows the wonderful volunteers of the library to “retire” books and make room for new ones! Books were on sale for as low as 10 ¢, a total of $216.00 was raised to help replenish a new stock of books!

FREE Books! 
Miss Bernert’s class was gifted with 33 shiny new books courtesy of The Literacy Foundation. The foundation distributed over 50,000 books this year in the province of Quebec! The books arrived just in time for I Love to Read Week which took place May 8th– 12th.

During I Love to Read Week students were treated to storytelling by prominent members of the community. Mrs. Donna Erskine a retired school teacher, as well as Huntingdon’s town mayor Andre Brunette stopped by to spend time and share a story with students! Thanks to the Literacy committee and all staff members for making the week a success!

Family Literacy Night 
On Tuesday, May 16, Heritage held its first Family Literacy Evening. The Staff at Heritage lead by Miss Kaylie Bernert transformed the school’s gym into a fun interactive reading experience with a camping theme. Other parts of the school such as the cafeteria, classrooms and the daycare room were used for crafts and games. This event not only provided parents time to read with their children, it also allowed them to watch a video made by Cycle 1 all about reading at home.

Community Garden Planting
Miss Jennifer’s Grade 3 class along with Denise Chavez of HAECC’s Horticulture program planted 8 garden beds provided by the town of Huntingdon. Students were given the chance to get out and learn outside their usual classroom, eager to get their hands dirty and learn about plants and flowers.

Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre (HAECC)

Trip to the Dominican Republic
Our Horticulture students went on an adventure to the Dominican Republic this Spring! Four students and one teacher along with students and staff from CVCEC took off on a 12 day humanitarian trip. Our students were given the opportunity to interact with local farmers and growers to compare the planting process. It was a great adventure and experience!

Another crop of graduates leaving the nest of HAECC
On May 11, we celebrated 16 graduates and numerous students’ achievements at the centre. The day’s schedule was full with our teacher’s organizing a yummy brunch for all FG students, followed by the ceremony of success and cake. We wish all our graduates the best of luck in their future endeavours. Congratulations to the class of 2017!

On Friday, May 19, HAECC hosted their annual Open House and Plant Sale. Student’s art work and exhibits were displayed, as well as teachers were present to give information for our Fall 2017 programs. Café teacher Marie-Claire and her volunteers prepared and sold lunch with an assortment of treats for anyone visiting the school.

Eleven municipalities in the Haut-Saint-Laurent adopted Book Houses (Croque-Livres) for their communities. On Thursday, June 1, the 0-5-year-old Network officially launched the Book Houses project, the initiative is made to encourage literacy in kids and their families to read with the slogan, “I take, I give a book.” Make sure to check out to see where the nearest Book House is in your neighbourhood.

Track & Field
The Chateauguay Valley elementary schools’ track & field day took place on June 1 at the Ormstown Rec Centre. Congratulations to everyone who displayed incredible sportsmanship, and comradery in their competitions! Shout out to OES for a fantastic job organizing the day.

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