December Newsletter

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

It is a tradition at Nesbitt to help the needy in our community, more so as we approach the holiday season. This year, we will continue to support St. Brendan’s Church efforts in donating food baskets to our families. We are asking for non-perishable food (i.e. noodles, cookies, canned goods, cereal, etc...) or donations. Our combined community efforts will help fill holiday baskets for families within our community.

Here are some ways our students and school community can help accomplish this goal:

Dress Down to Donate (December 8, 15 &20)

December 8:  Holiday Colors dress down

December 15: “Ugly” holiday sweater

December 20: DRESS UP in your holiday best.

 

Sox in a Box 

Our school, in partnership with Rosemount H.S and Dalkeith, will be collecting sock to donate to various shelters in Montreal.  Although socks may be of various sizes, we ask that only new socks be donated.  The class that donates the most socks will win a pizza party.

On December 12, 20 students from Gr. 5 & 6 will go to Rosemount H.S to gift wrap the boxes. Joining our event will be Lizanne Murphy, professional basketball player and 2012 Olympian.  Should parents wish to volunteer a few hours of their time, simply email me at ascrocca@emsb.qc.ca.

Holiday festivities

On December 14th, the Rosemount H.S Band will be entertaining our students with various musical numbers.  We are excited to hear and see the 40 piece band in action.

On December 20th, Mme. Lise, Mme. Lise Andreé & Mr. Vince (community & spiritual animator) will be leading a sing-along holiday

Assembly for students from Pre-k to Grade 6.

On December 21th, our students will be treated to a holiday breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and breakfast potatoes.  Students may dress down in their pajamas.

If you are available to volunteer on the morning of December 16th (7:45-10:30), please email the administration at ascrocca@emsb.qc.ca.  Your help would be greatly appreciated in making this event a memorable experience for all to enjoy.

Winter wonderland 

A reminder to parents that children should be dressed appropriately for the winter weather. Students should have the freedom play in the snow during recess and therefore proper snowsuits and waterproof boots should be worn. Winter hats, gloves/mittens and a neck warmer (recommended instead of a scarf) must be worn during recess. Also, pair of shoes to be left at school and an extra pair of socks in their lockers is strongly suggested.

Should you require help in clothing your children for the winter season, please reach out to either your classroom teacher or the administration.  Our generous Nesbitt community of families and staff have donated boots, coats, and snow pants of various sizes.   Together, we will try our best to ensure that all our students are dressed to enjoy the outdoors.

 

Family Corner 

Montreal’s Atwater Market transforms into a Christmas village

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Atwater market transforms into a Christmas village.  Local artisans will be showcasing unique foods, treats and other items from booth which have been transformed in “chalets”.  An event to be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

The Nutcracker 

Created in 1964 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this adaptation of the Hoffmann tale by Quebec dancer choreographer Fernand Nault is among the most beautiful in existence. Please visit www.grandballets.com for show times and ticket information.

 

Place des Festival features a winter playground

Once again this year, Luminotherapie is back to Place des Festival.  Featuring an interactive playground with over 30 illuminated seesaws, this installation can be enjoyed by one and all.  For more details, simple visit:  www.MTLblog.com

 

 Inspiration Corner

 Tips for managing holiday stress

Bring the magic into the holiday by learning how to manage the stress often brought on by family, friends and financial constraints.

Participating in charitable events with your children and/or family members can often helps to redirect energy into the realization of an uplifting and fulfilling goal. Reconnecting with the community or simply playing outside can also help to realign ones expectations of what holiday cheer is all about.  For more info, visit: www.healthline.com.

 

Dates to Remember

December 22:   Last day of classes before the Winter Holiday break

December 25-January 5: Winter Holiday Break inclusively

January 8: Pedagogical day No school, daycare is open

January 9: First Day Back

January 25th: Open House 6:30pm-8:30 pm

February 5: Pedagogical day No school, Daycare is opened

On behalf of the Nesbitt administration and staff, I would like to extend my sincere best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season.

May you cherish the time together, creating family memories which are merry and bright.

Best regards,

Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

 

 

 

 

August Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/guardian(s),

Please see the information below regarding our 2017-2018 academic school year.

First day of school

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Progressive entry for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be as follows:

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from A-K)

Thursday, August 31, 2017
9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from L-Z)

Students will be greeted by their pre-k or kindergarten teachers at 9:00 am in the schoolyard (Bellchasse) and dismissed at 11:00 am in the schoolyard. There is no bus service or daycare service during progressive entry days.

*In case of rain, students will be greeted in the big gym.*

Friday, September 1, 2017     

Regular school day for all Pre-K & K students

School begins at 7:42 am. Bus and daycare services will be available for students.

Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of their first day of progressive entry (August 30 or 31, solid white or navy top and navy bottom).

Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of progressive entry (August 30 or 31).

Grade 1-6

The first day of school for students from grade 1-6 is Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

  • August 30th, 2017 will be a regular school day (7:42am-2:17pm).  Bus and daycare services will be available.
  • Students will be allowed into the schoolyard as of 7:42 am.
  • Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of the first day of school (solid white or navy top and navy bottom).
  • Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of school.

Colour Coded Grade Levels

The school yard will be divided into colour coded areas by grade level.  Students are to gather around the colour corresponding to their grade.  Please refer to the chart below:

Grade and Associated Colour

Pre K & K
PINK

Grade 1
YELLOW

Grade 2
GREEN

Grade 3
ORANGE

Grade4
WHITE

Grade 5
BLUE

Grade 6
PURPLE

 For example, if your child is going to Grade 3, they should gather around the ORANGE section.

Receiving teachers will be in the assigned to specific areas and be easily identified by the above mentioned coloured coded system.

 

Bus Transportation

Students entitled to school bus transportation, will be receiving their bus pass in the mail during the month of August.  Please note that bus stops may change every year in order to accommodate the new Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

 

School Fees

The school fees for 2017-2018 are $95.00 for Pre-K and K, $110.00 for students in Grade 1-6.  Parents who wish to make specific arrangement regarding payment, please feel free to contact the school.

 

Supply lists

All supply lists will be distributed with the report cards and made available for reference on our school website: www.ecolenesbittschool.ca.

 

Student Information packages

Student information packages will be distributed during the first week of school.  Please complete the packages and return to your child’s teacher by September 15, 2017. 

Best regards,
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principa

Final 2016-2017 Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/guardian(s),

Please see the information below regarding our 2017-2018 academic school year.

First day of school

Pre-K and Kindergarten
Progressive entry for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017             9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from A-K)
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017                9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from L-Z)
  •  Students will be greeted by their pre-k or kindergarten teachers at 9:00 am in the schoolyard and dismissed at 11:00 am in the schoolyard. There is no bus service or daycare service during progressive entry days.
  • *In case of rain, students will be greeted in the big gym.*
  • Friday, September 1, 2017                  Regular school day for all Pre-K & K students
  • School begins at 7:42 am. Bus and daycare services will be available for students.
  • Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of their first day of progressive entry (August 30 or 31, solid white or navy top and navy bottom).
  • Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of progressive entry (August 30 or 31).

 

Grade 1-6

  • The first day of school for students from grade 1-6 is Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
  • August 30th, 2017 will be a regular school day (7:42am-2:17pm).  Bus and daycare services will be available.
  • Students will be allowed into the schoolyard as of 7:42 am.
  • Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of the first day of school (solid white or navy top and navy bottom).
  • Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of school.

Colour Coded Grade Levels

The school yard will be divided into colour coded areas by grade level.  Students are to gather around the colour corresponding to their grade.  Please refer to the chart below:

Grade / Colour

Pre K & K / PINK

Grade 1 / YELLOW

Grade 2 / GREEN

Grade 3 / ORANGE

Grade4 / WHITE

Grade 5 / BLUE

Grade 6 / PURPLE

For example, if your child is going to Grade 3, they should gather around the ORANGE section.

Receiving teachers will be in the assigned to specific areas and be easily identified by the above mentioned coloured coded system.

 

Bus Transportation

Students entitled to school bus transportation, will be receiving their bus pass in the mail during the month of August.  Please note that bus stops may change every year in order to accommodate the new PreK and Kindergarten students.

 

School Fees

The school fees for 2017-2018 are $95.00 for Pre-K and K, $110.00 for students in Grade 1-6.  Parents who wish to make specific arrangement regarding payment, please feel free to contact the school.

 

Supply lists

All supply lists will be distributed with the report cards and made available for reference on our school website: www.ecolenesbittschool.ca.

Once again this year, we have partnered with Bureau en Gros and are offering parents a purchasing service whereby supplies may be selected and purchased on-line per school.  Please refer to the “SCHOOL TOOLS” information package you will receive with the report card.  The deadline date to purchase the school supplies on-line is July 10, 2017.  All purchased supplies will be ready for pick up by mid-August at the following Bureau en Gros location:

Address: 4625 Jean talon Est
Telephone: 514-593-6813

Information regarding the SCHOOL TOOLS package and pick-up dates will also be available on our school website.

Retirement news

Congratulations to Mme. Nicole Rabeau who retired at the end of this school year.  On behalf of the Nesbitt school community, I would like to extend our thanks for her 42 years of service and wish her all the best as she embarks on the retirement train.  She can finally take advantage of September vacation packages J.

 

On behalf of the administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family, a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.

Regards,
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

 

 

 

May Newsletter

Spring Cleaning        

On May 5, students from all levels will participate in a schoolyard clean up activity.  Our Eco-club volunteer, Christine Gravel, in partnership with Eco-Cartier, has been working diligently to lead Nesbitt to a greener, cleaner future.  Eco-Cartier has donated T-shirts, gloves and garbage bags to help with our schoolyard clean-up.  Parents are welcome to join us from 8:30-10:00 am for this schoolwide endeavor (weather permitting).

Our litterless lunches continue to be a big hit!  Students are encouraged to help reduce garbage by simply using reusable containers and/or water bottles.  All newly installed water fountains have filters making refilling bottles an easy task to realize. 

Our “Zinc Saves Lives” campaign will continue until the end of May.  Simple bring in used batteries from home and drop them off in the basket available at the main office.

 

Bartimaeus Project and Recess Success Leaders

For the past 8 weeks, students from PreK-grade 2 have participated in various activities with Ms. Heidi which encouraged students’ to interact more positively and cooperatively with one another.  These behaviours will be encouraged both in and out of class.  Ms. Heidi provided parents with weekly information on the skills being targeted.  Please take the opportunity to draw your child’s attention to those behaviours and recognize the positive behaviors at home. 

Also, some of our grade 5 students were trained earlier this year as recess leaders for the younger cycles.  Their goal is to lead prosocial games/activities during recess and lunch which encourage fair play, communication, cooperation and teamwork.  With warmer weather slowly making its way back, our recess leaders will be able to once again incorporate these games during morning and lunch recess.  

Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and commitment throughout these projects. 

 

National Denim Day

May 16 is National Denim Day, an event inaugurated by the Cure Foundation.  Thousands of businesses, organizations and institutions across Canada encourage their employees, members and/or students to wear denim. In exchange for a donation, students will receive the CURE’s ‘pink flower’ ribbon.  Help us participate in this national event by having your child dress down in denim and donate $1.00 for the Cure foundation.

 

Literacy foundation

 It is with great pleasure that I inform you of the wonderful book donations we have received from the literacy foundation.  To date, 8 classes (approximately 140 students) will be receiving books which have been donated by generous Canadians.  Should your child receive a book, please check the attached postcard.  There you will find the name and address of the book donor.  I would encourage you to write a simple “Thank-you” note, thus encouraging the project to continue fostering a national love for reading.

 

Jump Rope for Heart  

 A huge thank-you to students and parents who assisted with our initiative to support the Heart and Stroke foundation.  We surpassed our goal by $500, thus collecting $1500 this year…a wonderful accomplishment by all.  Both teachers and students had a wonderful time participating in various jump rope challenges.  Thank-you to Mr. Souren and Mr. Anthony for their commitment to this project.  Prizes will be distributed during this month’s assembly to both students and classes that raised the most money. 

A very special thank-you to Leila Essadni for raising over $500 for the cause.  She will be receiving the grand prize of an action camera.  CONGRATULATION!

 

Sidewalk construction on Bellechasse

Please note that the city of Montreal will be working on and around Bellechasse and 8th avenue.  As per the information that I have received, access to 8th avenue will not be interrupted during this time.

 

  

Family Corner

May 28 is Free Museum Day

 With more than 100 art exhibits and 36 museums participating in free museum day, there is bound to be something for everyone. Free concerts, workshops and creative art activities will be available throughout the city.  My advice: arrive early and pack snacks…wait times tend to be long but well worth the effort.

 

11th annual Fire Fighters Festival

From June 2-4, Centropolis (Laval) will host the annual fire fighter festival.  With family friendly activities, information booths and 5-42 KM race planned, there will be activities for all ages to enjoy. Admission is free but there is a cost to register for the race.  All proceeds from the weekend event will be donated to Fondation des pompiers de Québec. For more info, simply visit www.laval.ca/grande-fete-pompiers

 

Inspiration Corner

Fées Marraines        

Linda Blouin, a teacher at a local French high school, is a true fairy godmother.  For the past several years she has been collecting dresses from the community in an effort to allow Secondary 5 students to attend their prom.  Without such donations, many students would not have the opportunity to dress to impress for such a milestone celebration.

Should you wish to become a fairy godmother yourself, simply donate a dress(es), shoes, purses, etc… to RENAISSANCE (5500 Henri-Bourassa Boulevard East).  Please specify that the donations are for Les Fées Marraines and help make a girl’s dream come true.  A team of volunteers help dress the students, make the necessary alterations and provide hair/make-up to truly make prom a night to remember.

 

Important Dates to Remember

Please refer to our school website for the exam schedule (Grade 2, 4, 6).  Should your child have an upcoming appointment (doctor, dentist, etc…), please consider the examination period and plan accordingly.

May 19:
Pedagogical day
No school, daycare is opened

May 22:
National Patriots day
No school, no daycare

June 9:
Pedagogical day *Changed from June 12 to June 9
No school, daycare is opened
New Pre K & Kindergarten Orientation Day

June 15:
Pre K & Kindergarten Graduation

June 21:
Grade 6 Graduation
Last day of school for Pre K, K & Grade 6

June 22:
Last day of school for Grades 1-5

As we celebrate mother’s day this month, here is a little poem for your enjoyment!

Wishing you a wonderful month,
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

April Newsletter

Regional Storytelling Event

I would like to congratulate all our cycle 3 students who participated in our storytelling event. Three students proudly represented our school at the regional event: Gabriel Texeira, Daniela Ross-Zapater & Lisanne Katsouras.

A warm thank-you to all our teachers, students and school volunteers who helped us host this event.  From the art work to the musical interlude, your commitment is the success behind many of our events.  Without your time and dedication, our events would simply be great ideas without ever being realized.

 

Cook. Share. Become Aware EVENT

April 25 (Leonardo da Vinci Center, 7:00pm)

We are very proud to have partnered with both Gerald McShane School and Rosemount High School to publish an inter-generational recipe book.  A book launch event has been organized for April 25, 2017 at the Leonardo da Vince Center (7:00 pm).  All are invited to attend this FREE event and show their support for our students.

On May 9, 2017 our school will participate in the Cook for the Cure Gala being held at Plaza Antique.  Tickets are $30 and are presently on sale.  The event is sold out, with only 5 table reserved for Nesbitt.  If you are interested in supporting this event, please complete the bottom portion of this notice and forward it to the main office by April 27, 2017. 

 

Earth Day Celebrations

Throughout the month of April, students will be participating in both class and school wide earth day activities. Students from K-Grade 4 will be invited to participate in an assembly led by invited guest, Chief Top Leaf.  Topics such as the special relationship between the environment and our actions, animal life conservation, and minimizing our carbon footprints will addressed.  Our April 11 visit has been postponed to a later date (to be determined).

 

ZINC saves LIVES campaign

Zinc deficiency is a global health challenge – 2 billion people worldwide are affected, nearly 450,000 children suffer from complications associated with zinc deficiency. The Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign provides students, parents and the community an opportunity to reduce the amount of electronic waste in landfills and help save a child’s life. For every battery recycled, Teck will donate the value of zinc it contains to UNICEF.  Simply send in your used batteries throughout the next few months and help make this campaign a success.

 

Exams

The end-of-cycle exams for Grade 2, 4 and 6 will be administered throughout the month of April, May and June.  These are Ministry exams which all students throughout the province of Quebec must take.  Please ensure that your child is present during the exams period (refer the reverse side of the April calendar). A % of the final term marks will include the exam mark.

 

 Eco-Club 

The main objectives of this year’s ECO club has been to involve students in raising school awareness with regards to the amount of garbage we produce, and ways in which we can reduce/dispose of it. Eco-Club students are working hard to eliminate plastic utensils and styrofoam. More details to come from the Eco Club students at the next student assembly.

 

Alveole Project

Have you heard the buzz?

Alveole has several projects with beehives in primary and secondary schools, as well as CEGEPs and universities. With the guidance of urban beekeepers, students learn about the plight of honeybees and begin to understand the environment issues surrounding their endangered status.

Through the course of several workshops, students will learn about the splendor of a beehive, and the importance of the bees’ environmental contributions. Although this project is being spearheaded by our kindergarten classes, all students will have the opportunity to assist in the introductory workshop and get to look at the fascinating world inside a honeybee colony.

Students will also have the opportunity to harvest honey produced from our rooftop hives and sell the jars to our school population.

 

UPCOMING PED DAYS

April 14: Good Friday
NO school, No daycare services

April 17: Easter Monday
No school, No daycare services

May 19: Pedagogical Day
No school, Daycare services available

 

Inspiration Corner

Involve your family in the pledge to make every day Earth Day.  Learn more about by visiting www.earthday.ca.

 

Family Corner 

Parent Conference 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017

The EMSB CPC is proud to present its inaugural parent conference on April 29th, 2017. Spend the day getting information on a wide variety of interesting topics, which include educational initiatives (STEAM, Vocational Education, etc...), health of our students (stress management, anxiety, bedtimes), parental governance, special needs, etc…

 

Wishing you a wonderful month,
Mrs. A. Scrocca

 

 

 

 

 

March Newsletter

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Teachers and staff enjoyed a wonderful Appreciation Week thanks to our Home and School volunteers and the administration. During the course of the week, coffee, tea, snacks, a luncheon and special treats were enjoyed by all.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for the teachers and staff of Nesbitt School. Our students are truly fortunate to have such dedicated individuals caring for them. 

 

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, our students participated in various discussions, readings and other activities which highlighted influential people both past & present. Themes were “I have a dream” and “The great debaters”.   

 

March in Nutrition

March is Nutrition Month all across Canada and in celebrating this, Cafeteria and Nutrition Services at the EMSB has prepared an array of nutrition activities for students in both elementary & high school. This board wide campaign aims to promote healthy eating habits. Our EMSB nutritionists will be visiting Nesbitt throughout the month of March and April, leading activities and challenging students’ ideas and misconceptions about healthy choices.

 

Jump Rope for Heart

On March 17, we will be holding a Jump Rope for Heart celebration, challenging students to show off their jump rope talent and tricks.  Donations envelop may be submitted to the homeroom teachers by Friday, March 17.  Thank-you to all students and parents for their contributions.

 

Storytelling Festival 

During the months of February and March our Cycle III students have been involved in a storytelling project. With the help and support of their homeroom teachers, students have been telling their stories to their classmates and practicing for our in-school competition. On March 31st, two students from each class will be selected to present their English or French story to Grade 4, 5 & 6 students. Two finalists will be chosen on March 31st to represent our school at the Regional Storytelling Festival April 5th, being hosted at our school.

 

EMSB honors its Volunteers

The annual EMSB volunteer dinner will be taking place Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  This event honors volunteers with more than 5 yrs. of service.  In an effort to recognize all our volunteers whose time and generosity is so precious, I would invite you to simply email me your name, contact info (telephone number) and years of service to date.  My email address is: ascrocca@emsb.qc.ca.  Should you have more than 5 yrs. of service, I will contact you directly with the event details.

  

Field Trips       

Parents are reminded to consult our monthly calendar for field trip information and dates.  Please ensure that your school fees have been paid prior to paying for any field trip.  Should you require special arrangement re: school fees, please feel free to contact the administration.

Please note, our school dress code applies to field trips, unless otherwise advised by the administration and teachers.

 

School Yard and Snow Pants/Boots 

Students are reminded to wear their snow pants and boots to school and during recess time.  Our March & April weather can be quite unpredictable and in order to encourage our students to be active during their time outside, they must dress appropriately. Parents and students will be informed when snow pants and/or boots will no longer be required.

 

Cook for a cure

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the participants involved in our COOK OFF on Friday, February 17, 2017. All of the students did a wonderful job at the taste test and presented their dishes with much enthusiasm. The following students will be representing our school at the Cook for the Cure Gala in May:

Entrée: Ximena Ortega, Kiokiane Betsos
Main: Nicolas Ferreira, Sulakshiya Rajah
Dessert: Rachel Vieira, Kiokiane Betsos

Please note that all of the student who submitted recipes/stories will be published in a cookbook which will be available at an official book launch on April 25 (at the Leonardo da Vinci Center).  The final Gala event with take place on May 9, 2017 at Buffet Antique.  With the purchase of a $30 ticket, you may attend both events. An information letter will be distributed later this week detailing the 2 final events.

 

School yard equipment and donations

As spring slowly approaches, so does spring cleaning.  Should you have gently used tricycles, bicycles and/or other vehicles which would be appropriate for our PreK and Kindergarten, please feel free to donate to our school.  Our students would greatly appreciate any donations which encourage active outdoor play.

 

Graduation Pictures

Graduation pictures for the Grade 6 students will be taking place April 6, 2017.  Our photographer will also be taking photos of the Pre-K and Kindergarten students for their own moving on ceremony.  If you are available to volunteer for photo day, simply email me.

 

Inspiration Corner

Flash mob  

To commemorate Montreal’s 375th birthday, choreographer Genevieve Lauzon invites Montrealers of all ages to participate in a flash mob.  Information on practice dates and locations is available at www.saintmichel375.com.  Practice starts as early as March 12!  The final dance event will be taking place June 4 between 9:00-5:00 at the TOHU.

 

Family Corner

 Sugar Shack guide 2017 

Our winters can be long and harsh. A great way to celebrate its end is with a delicious tasting of maple syrup in a warm winter cabin. If you are looking for some maple syrup goodness, simply visit www.tourismmontreal.com for a list of sugar shacks in and around Montreal.  Don’t miss Les Promenade Wellington’s Panache et bois rond.  For the 4th year in a row, Wellington Street transforms into an urban sugar shack with fifteen favourite restaurants and food trucks participating in the festivities. Tripes & Caviar, Blackstrap BBQ, Turkish restaurant Su, Lefebvre et filles, Lucky’s truck and a few others will each be contributing one or two dishes. This event will take place March 29-30, 11am-5pm.  Bon appetite!

 

2017 Parent Conference April 23rd, 2017

 The Montreal Centre for Learning disabilities will be hosting its annual parent conference on April 23, 2017 at Ruby Foo’s Hotel.  This year’s conference will focus on providing parents and professionals innovative strategies and tools when working with students with ADHD, LD and Mild ASD.  If interested, register at: www.tinyurl/MCLD2017.com

 

Important Dates to Remember

March 17:
Jump Rope for Heart Celebration
*Bring in your donation envelopes

March 17:
St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
(wear green for $1.00 donation)

March 20:
Regional Ped. Day
No school, daycare available

April 3:
Pedagogical day
No school, daycare available

 April 4:
Volunteer Recognition Dinner

 April 5:
Regional Storytelling Event

April 6:
Graduation Pictures Grade 6,
Kindergarten & Pre-K
*volunteers needed

Wishing you a wonderful month,
Mrs A. Scrocca
Principal

February Newsletter

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

Please take a few moments to read about the exciting events planned for February.

Kindness Month

Everybody has the potential to change the world with a little touch of kindness. We kicked off February with a kindness assembly, sharing ideas of how easily a kindness moment can change your day. Students are encouraged to be RAKtivists (Random Acts of Kindness Activist) and act as the kindness superheroes of our school. 

Anyone who believes in kindness can change the world.  Encourage your child to be the change they want to see in our school. Remind them of how kindness can inspire hope and generosity.  Visit www.randomactsofkindness.org for more info & ideas.

 

Registration Week February 6-10

Registration week for new students is February 6-10.  Details regarding necessary documents can be found on our website: www.ecolenesbittschool.ca

 

Nesbitt Tea & BEST TO YOU Event

Our traditional Nesbitt Tea and Best to you celebration will be taking place February 9. 

Tickets for our tea event will be available at the main office from February 6-9.  Our Best to you Celebration will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm.  A notice will be distributed detailing the location of the various showcases.  Please note that students must be accompanied by an adult and will not be permitted to wander the school unsupervised or with friends. 

Performances and celebrations will be taking place throughout the building. Respectful behaviour of our students towards one another is of utmost importance.  This celebration is a culminations of weeks of preparation and hard work on everyone’s part.  Your collaboration is essential in ensuring an enjoyable evening for all.

 

Teacher appreciation Week February 13-17

 

 

The administration and our Home and School Association will be surprising the Nesbitt teachers and staff to a treat-filled week. Students can easily participate in this week’s acts of appreciation by simply writing a note to a special teacher or sharing a story of how a teacher has touched their life. The effects of a simply, “Thank-You” can last a lifetime.

 

PINK T-SHIRT DAY

February 22 is National Pink Shirt day.  It is a movement which encourages kindness, compassion and empathy throughout schools across Canada.  Students will be participating in creating a collaborative human peace sign on the field.  Students are encouraged to wear pink in support of this movement,  Follow us on Twitter fir pictures of the day and visit: www.pinkshirtday.ca for more info.

 

WE Day event

On February 24, a team of students from cycle 2 will be participating in the We Day celebration at St. Denise Theatre.  Throughout the past months, the students have worked collaboratively with a former student from Laurier McDonald H.S and our B.A.S.E program on the WE DAY project.  The goal of the project is to nurture compassion in young people while giving them the tools to create social change.

 

EMSB Volunteer Dinner

 The annual E.M.S.B volunteer dinner will be taking place Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  This event honors volunteers with more than 5 yrs of service.  In an effort to recognize all our volunteers whose time and generosity is so precious, I would invite you to simply email me your name, contact info (telephone number) and years of service to date.  My email address is: ascrocca@emsb.qc.ca.  Should you have more than 5 yrs of service, I will contact you directly with the event details.

 

Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Our Term 2 parent-teacher interviews will be taking place on March 2, 2017.

Information regarding appointment times will be distributed in the upcoming weeks.

  

Field Trip and School Fees

Parents and guardians are kindly reminded that payment of school fees must be updated prior to the payment for field trips.  Should you require to make special arrangements regarding payment in installments, please contact the administration directly.

 

Inspiration Corner

 A message from Student Council & ECO Cartier

Our student council has been working in partnership with Eco Cartier on finding ways to reduce school waste.  Here are a few suggestions that can help inspire changes at home and school:

Limit the use the use of plastic utensils & styrofoam

Students are encouraged to come to school with reusable utensils and containers which can be washed and reused the next day.  Providing your children with such items will help reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste our school produces.

Milk and yogurt containers

Both milk and yogurt containers are recyclable unless they have no number or the no.6 indicated underneath.  Simply rinse and throw into your recycling bin.

Disposing of batteries

Should you wish to dispose of your old batteries, simply send your collection to school with your child.  We have a bin in the main office and are accepting old batteries in an effort to limit their presence in landfills.  This bin will be donated to the Zinc saves Lives campaign, helping to reduce the number of deaths in children from zinc deficiency.

 

KINDNESS MOVEMENT for Kids

Our Kindness campaign is part of a worldwide challenge for all people to make it A Better World in any way they can. Small actions make a big difference! Students enjoyed watching these kindness videos during our school assembly.  Watch them again, as a family, to start the conversation about kindness. (search:ColorWithKindness.com, Soulpancake, Kidpresident:Change the world).

Be part of the movement!

 

 Family Corner

Rental of musical instruments

Several libraries on the island of Montreal loan musical instructs to parents and children.  Visit bibliomontreal.com/musique for more info.

 

Literacy Foundation: Words of hope

Our Rosemount library, in partnership with the Literacy Foundation, is part of a book donation program whereby families can donate newly purchased books to the library.  These books are sealed and provided to children as part of The Gift of Reading Program.  You may also write a special message to the recipient and choose to provide a self-addressed postcard so the receiving child may respond to you & your family. This wonderful program is available from February to April.  Distribution of new books will take place in May.

 

IMPORTANT dates to remember:

February 9:
Nesbitt Tea 4:00-6:00
Best to You 6:30-8:30

February 14:
DRESS DOWN DAY
$1.00 (wear red or pink)

February 21: 
Cycle 2 Tubing

February 22:
Pink T-Shirt Day

February 23&24:
Cycle 3 Classe Neige

February 24:
WE Day 

February 28:
PreK-Gr.2 Winter Fun Day

March 1:
Distribution of Report cards

March 2:
Parent Teacher Interviews

March 3:
Pedagogical Day

March 6-10:
Spring Break

Wishing you a wonderful month filled with kindness moments,

Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

January Newsletter

 
Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),
The Nesbitt administration and staff would like to wish you and your loved ones much health, peace and happiness for 2017!

Dress Down to Donate Update
I would like to extend my most heartfelt thanks to our students and families for supporting both St. Brendan’s Church and the Spirit of Giving campaign. We collected $260.00 and several boxes which was donated to St. Brendan’s along with 2 boxes for the Spirit of Giving. 

Holiday celebration
A huge thank-you to all our volunteers who helped out during the holiday celebrations.  With the help of teachers and parents, we were able to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while keeping a close eye on our waste collection. With the help of our volunteers, we only produced ½ a bag of garbage.  All other foods and items were either composted or recycled.

Teachers and students also worked hard to reuse and recycle materials for our door decorating contest.  Every class was a winner in my books.  Check out the entries on our twitter page.   

 

Open House      

We are happy to announce our second Open House will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 (9:00-11:00 am, 12:30-2:00 pm, 
6:30-8:30 pm).
Please invite your family and friends to visit our website for details. Volunteers and school representatives will be available to lead tours and answer questions. 

 

Sibling Registration

Sibling registration will take place from January 30-February 3.   Please call the school in advance to make an appointment with Amanda, our school secretary.
Please refer to the list below regarding the documents needed to register your child:

  • Original birth certificate (long version)
  • Medicare card
  • Vaccination Booklet
  • Birth certificate of parent who attended English school

Students who presently attend Nesbitt do not need to re-register for 2016-2017.  However, should there be a change of address or change of school for 2017-2018, please notify our school secretary in advance. 

 

New Registrations

Registrations for new students will take place from Monday, February 6th to Friday, February 10th, between 8:30am and 2:00pm.  For your convenience, the office will be opened on Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. 

 

Toy donations        

With the holiday season behind, many playrooms, living rooms and bedrooms may be overflowing with toys.  Should you wish to donate any toys to our school, simply have your child bring the donated toys to the main office. Items such as Lego, board games, card games, UNO, etc…can be enjoyed by our students during indoor recess.  

Also, any donation for outdoor winter play would be most welcomed.  Igloo building could be made easy with large yogurt containers, shovels and pails.  Such donations could be sent to the main office as well.  

 

Winter wonderland  

A reminder to parents that students should be dressed appropriately for the winter weather. Students should have the freedom to play in the snow during recess and therefore snowsuits and winter/waterproof boots should be worn. Winter hats, gloves/mittens and a neck warmer (recommended instead of a scarf) must be worn during recess. Also, pair of shoes to be left at school and an extra pair of socks in their lockers is strongly suggested.

 

PELO and Lunch activities

Please ensure that your child has a packed lunch on the days scheduled to participate in either PELO or a lunchtime activity. Regular attendance is also important if we are to continue offering such organized activities.

Registration for the winter session of our lunch activities will be sent to you shortly from our Home and School Association.


 
Family Corner    

The holiday season brings on many new gifts, including smart phones and devices.  It is important for children to be made aware of the safety precautions they must take when surfing, chatting and posting on social media. 

Social Media Safety
Talking with your children about cyber safety can, at times, be difficult.  Our students feel mature enough to participate in the digital world but often do not possess the emotional and social maturity to do so.  Please visit www.getcybersafe.gc.ca for tips and conversation starters.

Age regulation for social media: 
Facebook and Instagram 13 years old, Twitter no age requirement

*Please review the minimum age requirements prior to allowing your child access to certain websites or social media.  Close monitoring of your child’s activity is required at all times.  The school administration is required to intervene should any inappropriate activity involving our students be reported.


Fête des Neiges   Jan. 14 to Feb. 5

Montreal’s Fête des Neiges is gearing up for its 34th annual winter festival.  Parc Jean Drapeau will be packed with outdoor activities for the whole family. Tubing, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsled rides,  Ferris wheel rides and much more is available for all to enjoy. Most of the activities are free and will run on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Free Museum Visits
To celebrate the city’s milestone 375th anniversary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering free admission for certain exhibits until January 15. Families can take part in several free art activities and workshops like making paper snowflakes and using digital lighting techniques to create wintry shadow landscapes. For more information, visit www.mbam.qc.ca

 

Inspiration Corner

For the past several winters, Place des Festivals has been converted into a brightly coloured digital playground during Luminothérapie.  Luminothérapie will be set up in the Quartier des Spectacles until
January 29, 2017. For more info, visit: www.quartierdesspectacles.com 


Dates to Remember

January 26: OPEN HOUSE

February 9:  BEST TO YOU CELEBRATION (6:30pm-8:30pm)
*Please note the change of date from Feb.2 to Feb. 9*

 

Wishing you a wonderful month, 
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

 

Summer Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/guardian(s),

Please see the information below regarding our 2016-2017 academic school year.

First day of school

Pre-K and Kindergarten 

Progressive entry for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016             9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from A-K)
  • Thursday, September 1, 2016             9:00-11:00 (students last name starting from L-Z)

*Students will be greeted by their pre-k/kindergarten teachers at 9:00 am  in the schoolyard and dismissed at 11:00 am  in the schoolyard.

  • Friday, September 2, 2016                  Regular school day for all Pre-K & K students

Bus and daycare services will be available for students.

  • Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of the first day of school (solid white or blue top and navy bottom).
  • Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of progressive entry (August 31 or September 1).

 

Grade 1-6

The first day of school for students from grade 1-6 is August 31, 2016.

  • August 31st, 2016 will be a regular school day (7:42am-2:17pm)
  • Students will be allowed into the schoolyard at 7:42 am.
  • Students are expected to respect our school dress code as of the first day of school (solid white or blue top and navy bottom).
  • Students are encouraged to come in with their school supplies on their first day of school.

 

Colour Coded Grade Levels

The school yard will be divided into colour coded areas by grade level.  Students are to gather around the colour corresponding to their grade.  Please refer to the chart below:

Colour

Pink

Yellow

Green

Orange

Red

Blue

Purple

Grade

Pre K & K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

 

For example, if your child is going to Grade 3, they should gather around the ORANGE section.
Receiving teachers will be in the assigned to specific areas and be easily identified by the above mentioned coloured coded system.

 

Bus Transportation

Students entitled to school bus transportation, will be receiving the bus passes in the mail during the month of August.

 

School Fees

Please note that the school fees for 2016-2017 are $90.00 for Pre-K and K, $105.00 for students in Grade 1-6.  Parents who wish to make specific arrangement regarding payment, please feel free to contact our school.

 

Supply lists

All supply lists will be distributed with the report cards and also made available for reference on our school website: www.ecolenesbittschool.ca

This year, Bureau en Gros is offering parents a purchasing service whereby supplies may be selected and purchased on-line per school.  Please refer to the “SCHOOL TOOLS” information package you will receive with the report card.  The deadline date to purchase the school supplies on-line is June 30th, 2016.  All purchased supplies will be ready for pick up by mid-August at the following Bureau en Gros location:

Address: 4625 Jean Talon Est
Telephone: 514-593-6813

Information regarding the SCHOOL TOOLS package and pick-up dates will also be available on our school website.

 

Music Program for All

As per recommendation from the administration/staff and our governing board approval, all students at Nesbitt will benefit from participating in our music program.  This will enable them to not only improve French language skills but also develop their musical talents. We are all very excited to be offering students the opportunity to develop these life-long skills.

On behalf of the administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family, a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.

Regards,
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal

 

 

 

March Newsletter

CHANGE IN PED. DAY

 

 

Please note that our April 11, 2016 Ped. Day has been moved April 15, 2016. 

Therefore, Monday, April 11 will be a regular school day for students, whereas, there will be NO school on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Our daycare services will be available on April 15 should you require them.

 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Teachers and staff enjoyed a wonderful Appreciation Week thanks to our Home and School volunteers and the administration. During the course of the week, coffee, tea, snacks, a luncheon and special treats were enjoyed by all.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for the teachers and staff of Nesbitt School. Our students are truly fortunate to have such dedicated individuals caring for them. 

 

Storytelling Festival 

During the months of February and March our Cycle III students have been involved in a storytelling project. With the help and support of their homeroom teachers, students have been telling their stories to their classmates and practicing for our in-school competition. On March 24, two students from each class will be selected to present their English or French story to Grade 4,5 & 6 students. Our finalists will be selected on March 24 and will represent Nesbitt School at the Regional Storytelling Festival which will be hosted by Sinclair Laird School in April.

 

Book Donation and Swap 

In an effort to jumpstart our annual Read-A-Thon, we would like to invite all students to participate in a BOOK SWAP event scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016.  Simply send in your gently used books the week of March 15, 2016.  All donated books will be collected and organized in the foyer area and made available for adoption on March 18. 

Should you wish to donate adult novels, cookbooks, etc…you are welcomed to do so.  Additional information regarding the Read-a-thon will be distributed next week.

 

Field Trips 

Parents are reminded to consult our monthly calendar for field trip information and confirmed dates.  Please ensure that your school fees have been paid prior to paying for any field trip. 

 

Pink T-Shirt Day

Last month, our school participated in a Pink Shirt Day event whereby each student received a pink t-shirt paid for by the school.  In an effort to keep momentum going and ensuring that no student is bullied, students will be permitted to wear their pink t-shirt on the last school day of every month.  Our next pink t-shirt day is March 31, 2016.

 

School Yard and Snow Pants/Boots

Students are reminded to wear their snow pants and boots to school and during recess time.  Our schoolyard/field is still covered in snow in order to encourage our students to be active during their time outside, they must dress appropriately. Parents and students will be informed when snow pants and/or boots will no longer be required. We thank you for your support and understanding.

 

Renovation update

I am happy to announce that our gym repairs are complete and regular phys. ed classes have resumed. 

We are presently in the process of replacing all hallway drinking fountains and sinks.  Projected date of completion for these repairs is end of March.

 

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, March 14: Regional Ped. Day
No school, daycare available

March 17: Dress Down Day (wear green)

March 18: Book Swap

March 21-31: Read-A-Thon

Friday, March 25, 2016
No school, No daycare

Monday, March 28, 2016
No school, no daycare

April 14: Our Best to You Celebration

April 15: Ped. Day
No school, daycare available