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. Every year we help support St. Brendan’s Church efforts in collecting non-perishable goods (i.e. noodles, cookies, canned goods, cereal, etc...). This collection helps to make baskets for families within our community. Here are some ways our students and school community can accomplish this goal:

Dress Down to Donate (December 4, 11 & 18)

Holiday Colors
On December 4th, students will be encouraged to wear holiday colors (e.g. red, green, etc…).  Their participation may be by simply wearing a red or green top.

DRESS UP in your holiday best
We ask that students come to school dressed up in their holiday best on December 11th, 2015.  Please ensure that the choice of clothing makes for a comfortable school day.  TOP HATS permitted!

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Students are encouraged to participate in our first-ever Ugly Holiday Sweater Day on December 18th. The sweaters can be an original creation by students or a DIY family project.


Spirit of Giving

The “Spirit of Giving” is a community action program organized by CTV in conjunction with thirty-eight (38) English Montreal School Board schools. The goal of the program is to collect NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, Toys AND Toiletries for nine (9) charitable organizations on the Island of Montreal. Rosemount High School has been selected to be the main sorting depot for the EMSB. All items donated from the Grandparent Tea on December 10th, will be donated to the Spirit of Giving. 

Our grade 6 students will also have an opportunity to sort, pack and work collaboratively with the volunteers and community from Rosemount H.S. and Vocational Center.  Tune in to CTV during the Spirit of Giving campaign to see our students in action. 


Holiday Concert & Breakfast  

On December 15th, the Rosemount High School 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 16th, our students will be treated to a holiday breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and breakfast potatoes.  If you are available to volunteer on the morning of December 16th (7:45-10:30), please email the administration at  Your help would be greatly appreciated in making this event amemorable 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.


Nesbitt Under Construction

Over the past few months, our school has undergone many repairs.  At present, the water mane project has been completed which will now lead into all school water fountains and sinks to be replaced. The gym roof repairs are underway and scheduled to be completed by December 18.

The gym floor is also in the process of being completely removed and replaced by a vinyl flooring similar to the flooring in Olympic training centers.  These repairs to the gym floor require that Mr. Anthony conduct his classes in the mini-gym, in the large area by the daycare or outside (weather permitting). We thank you in advance for your support during these various construction phases.


Strike Days

As previously indicated in the last week’s notice, the strike days scheduled for December 1, 2 & 3 have been postponed.  However, the media is reporting a possible strike day on December 9th, 2015.  Such details have yet to be confirmed.

Rest assured that should I receive information confirming additional strike days before the holiday break, you will be promptly advised. I thank you for your understanding and support.


Family Corner 

Bake Fest
Trinity United Church invites kids aged 7 to 13 to participate in a bake fest on December 19th, 2015 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.  The cost is $10 for the first child and 5$ per additional child.  However if the participation cost is an issue, cookie bursaries are available.  No child will be turned away.

Interested families are encouraged to register at


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 for show times and ticket information.


Inspiration Corner

TED talks

“Inspiring ideas worth spreading” is what TED talks prides itself on.  Leaders in the field of education, science, human nature, etc…share ideas about recent research findings which serves to inspire both reflective thought and deeper level thinking.  Simply visit to jumpstart an inspiring 2016.


Dates to Remember

December 18:   Last day of classes before the Winter Holiday break

January 4: First Day Back


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.

Mrs. A. Scrocca

Interim Principal