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 collecting non-perishable goods (i.e. noodles, cookies, canned goods, cereal, etc...). These items 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 2, 9 & 16)
On December 2nd, 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.
GO TEAM!! On December 9th, show your favorite team support by wearing their team jersey.
DRESS UP in your holiday best
We ask that students come to school dressed in their holiday best on December 16th, 2016. Please ensure that the choice of clothing makes for a comfortable school day. TOPHATS permitted!
Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Students are encouraged to participate in our annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Day on December 23rd. The sweaters can be an original creation by students or a DIY family project.
*Please note that participation in the activities listed and donations are not compulsory but by choice*
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. A small portion of the items donated from the dress down days, 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 19th, the Rosemount High School Band will be entertaining our students with various musical numbers. We are excited to be “wowed” by the 40 piece band. Our students will be encouraged to sing along to some of the holiday favorites.
On December 21st, students and staff will be treated to a holiday breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, breakfast potatoes and fruit. If you are available to volunteer on the morning of December 21st, (7:45-10:30), please email the administration at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help would be greatly appreciated in making this event a memorable experience for all.
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, a pair of shoes to be left at school and an extra pair of socks in their lockers is strongly suggested.
Scholastic Book Fair
A huge THANK-YOU to our school community of parents, teachers and students for supporting our Scholastics book fair. Thanks to you generous efforts, we raised over $4700…a new record! A portion of the money raised will go directly into supporting student learning by providing for resources and support materials.
Merry Montreal 2016
From Dec. 1 until Jan.1, the Old Port and its surroundings will be transformed into a winter wonderland. This month-long festival features outdoor family fun from movies, a chat with Santa and an outdoor marketplace. Free coffee & hot chocolate will be available to all!
Science Centre up & running
On November 10, The Montreal Science Centre resumed operations with many new fall season programs.
Discover amazing facts about the animal world in BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out. This exhibition allows visitors to see what lies beneath the skin and compare muscular, skeletal, nervous, and digestive systems, blood vessels and internal organs of more than 50 animals.
For the first time in IMAX 3D, families can enjoy watching Humpback Whales 3D. Watch the creatures communicate, play, tend to their young and show-off their acrobatic abilities in the waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Tonga.
The IMAX theatre will also be showing A Beautiful Planet 3D, a chance to see Earth under a new light from the vantage point of the immensity of space.
During this holiday time, when people reflect on making meaningful contributions and not just stocking stuffers, giving gifts that teach our kids about charity is very appealing. Here are several organizations that offer gifts that will benefit children and families in various parts of the world.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, known as UNICEF, works on behalf of children’s rights around the world. The organization offers a series of gifts that can be given to help young people in developing countries.
These “Survival Gifts,” can be selected from several categories including: education (where for approximately $33, you can provide classrooms with pencils and workbooks), water ($20 buys water purification tablets for a family for four months) and health ($44, polio, tetanus and measles vaccines can be offered to more than 72 children). Particularly fun for children is the section “Play” where they can send story books, art kits, soccer balls or bicycles. Orders can be placed by phone (888) 777-0380 or online at shopunicef.ca.
Looking for a way to purchase toys for young kids while giving back to society? Global Mothers, a Vancouver-based, non-profit organization sells items on its website that were made by mothers from developing countries. The products include children’s apparel, household accessories like pillows, and children’s toys, like finger puppets and stuffed animals. For the holiday season, there is a selection of handmade, eco-friendly options for children up to age 6, including matching hand-knit rattles, blankets and hats, animal stuffies and backpacks.
Dates to Remember
*Please refer to calendar for all holiday events*
December 14: Junior Holiday Lunch
December 15: Senior Holiday Lunch
December 19: Rosemount Holiday Concert
December 21: Holiday Breakfast
December 23: Last day of classes before the Winter Holiday break
January 9: Pedagogical DayNo school, daycare opened
January 10: First Day Back
January 26: OPEN HOUSE
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