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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help would be greatly appreciated in making this event a memorable experience for all to enjoy.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mrs. A. Scrocca