DG's letter to staff for Staff Appreciation Week
What a winter it’s been! There was no better feeling as a child looking out the window seeing a lot of snow and hearing it is a snow day. As adults and parents we relive, and share, the nostalgia.
It’s undeniable that LBPSB is experiencing change. Change can present challenges, discomfort and concern. At the same time change also offers opportunities for growth, and reminders of our strength and resilience. I am grateful for your honesty, support, and commitment to our students during this time.
Yet during this period of change, there remains a constant for the LBPSB: it’s incredible staff whose commitment and willingness to go above and beyond always exceeds expectations. I can’t say it enough. I’m amazed and impressed by our staff who make up the HEART of the LBPSB.
Believe it or not, March Break is just around the corner (only 2 more weeks to go!); and before you know it we’ll be entering the Spring season. As the weather warms and we see more sun, I hope you look back with pride at all that you’ve accomplished this year. I also wish you all a fun, adventurous, and relaxing well-deserved March Break.
While this week officially marks Staff Appreciation Week, my appreciation and gratitude for all that you do goes far beyond any particular week or day. It is constant.
With respect and gratitude,
Quel hiver! Pour un enfant, il n'y a pas de plus grand plaisir que de voir beaucoup de neige par la fenêtre et d'entendre en même temps que l'école est fermée à cause de la tempête. Comme adultes, nous revivons cette nostalgie et nous la partageons.
Il est indéniable que la CSLBP vit des changements. Le changement peut présenter des défis, de l'inconfort et des préoccupations. En même temps, il offre des occasions de croissance et il nous rappelle notre force et notre résilience. Je vous suis reconnaissant pour votre honnêteté, votre appui et votre engagement envers nos élèves durant cette période.
Malgré le changement, une constante demeure à la CSLBP : son personnel extraordinaire dont l'engagement et la volonté de se surpasser dépassent toujours les attentes. Je ne le dirai jamais assez. Je suis émerveillé et impressionné par notre personnel qui constitue le COEUR de la CSLBP.
Croyez-le ou non, nous sommes presque rendus au congé de mars (on y sera dans deux semaines) et dans le temps de le dire, le printemps se pointera. Quand le temps se réchauffera et que le soleil se fera plus présent, j'espère que vous regarderez derrière vous avec fierté pour admirer tout ce que vous aurez accompli cette année. Je vous souhaite aussi un congé de mars amusant, distrayant et reposant. Vous l'avez bien mérité.
Cette semaine marque officiellement la semaine d'appréciation du personnel et je désire vous communiquer ma reconnaissance et ma gratitude pour tout ce que vous faites, qui dépasse largement une semaine ou une journée en particulier. Votre apport est constant.
Avec respect et gratitude,
PRESS RELEASE - TRANSFER OF RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL TO CSMB
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE LESTER B. PEARSON SCHOOL BOARD IN RESPONSE TO MINISTER OF EDUCATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TRANSFER OF RIVERDALE TO CSMB
Minister of Education, Robergerequires
Lester B. Pearson School Board to cede Riverdale High School
to Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Dorval, Qc., January 28,2019– The Minister of Education, Jean-Francois Roberge, in recent interviews with media outlets, detailed his intention to transfer ownership of Riverdale High School from the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) to the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB), effective July 1, 2019, to address the exceptional influx of newly registered students and immigrant families to Quebec. The Minister’s plan is to bring this forward to the Cabinet for approval, invoking Article 477.1 of the Education Act.
Since February 2018 the LBPSB has been in discussions with the CSMB in order to provide additional student places that deliver secure, appropriate, and sustainable education for their burgeoning student population.
Throughout those discussions the LBPSB’s position has remained; that we are willing, ready, and above all else, capable of educating these students in our system.
Having stated that, we also recognize the exceptional challenges being faced by our colleagues at the CSMB in trying to respond to the extraordinary influx of thousands of new students and our obligation to assist in this crisis.
By the Fall of 2018 the situation had reached a critical level and an urgent request from CSMB to provide accommodation for 2500 students in several municipalities was received. At the same time the Minister of Education intervened, requiring a “concerted” proposal on the part of both boards to develop short and long-term solutions to alleviate this crisis situation.
The LBPSB explored five options with the CSMB as potential solutions:
- Derogation – new immigrants allowed to register in English schools on humanitarian grounds
- Rental – leasing of classroom space to CSMB while long-term solutions are developed
- Collaboration – joint projects in which French and English students participate together
- Cohabitation – school buildings are subdivided into French and English schools
- Building Transfer – under-occupied school permanently transferred to CSMB
In mid-December an official response was submitted to the Minister of Education proposing a combination of Derogation, Rental, and Collaboration options and allowing for the possibility of a Building Transfer; although this option would be subject to our existing “Major School Change Policy”, which is an 18-month process, with public consultation.
On December 18thour board received notice from the Minister of Education that the rental option should be implemented for early January in two schools, that the derogation of students to register in an English board would not be retained, and of his intention to invoke article 477.1 of the Education Act that permits the Government to transfer a school to another board.
“As Chair of a Board that prides itself on transparency, that respects its obligations to the communities we serve, and honours its responsibility to work in tandem with its French school-board partner, I can only say that I am worried by the Minister‘s decision to accelerate this process while alternative options may still be possible,” Burke stated.
Burke continued, “Moreover, the minister must recognize that he is circumventing our school board’s policies on school transfers; and limiting our ability to ensure a smooth transition without negatively affecting the delivery of educational services, our own students, staff, and communities, or the board’s operating budget.”
“I am urging the Minister to provide some additional time to allow the two school boards to continue discussions supporting a proposal that will properly protect the interests of the students and their communities. That proposal, of course, would be subject to M. Roberge‘s legitimate consideration and ratification.”Burke concluded by making a formal request for the Minister to meet with the two school boards to discuss the final solution to this approach.
“In the meantime, we will move quickly to assess the needs required to ensure a respectful and equitable relocation of the staff; and start discussions with our unions and associations.”Stated Michael Chechile, Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. “Concurrently, it goes without saying that we will be in direct communications with the school’s communities, and stakeholders, with relevant information on the steps to be taken. This includes student registration, and a strategyto provide ongoing communications to everyone. Our immediate priority will be ensuring that students and staff are cared for with the utmost respect.”
Consultation on School Fees - Quebec Government
The Ministry of Education of Quebec is conducting an online consultation regarding fees charged to parents. The survey has been published on their website. Use the link below to learn more.
New Daycare Fee Structure as of January 1, 2019
CLASS ACTION-NOTICE OF COURT APPROVAL
RECOURS COLLECTIVE - AVIS D’APPROBATION PAR LE TRIBUNAL
NOTICE OF COURT APPROVAL OF A TRANSACTION
IN THE CLASS ACTION FOR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES FOR COSTS
FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND FOR THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL MATERIALS
Please read this notice carefully as it may affect your rights. You must act without delay in order to meet the deadlines indicated.
AVIS D’APPROBATION PAR LE TRIBUNAL D’UNE TRANSACTION
DANS LE CADRE DE L’ACTION COLLECTIVE EN DOMMAGES ET INTÉRÊTS COMPENSATOIRES DES FRAIS POUR DES
SERVICES ÉDUCATIFS ET POUR L’ACHAT DE MATÉRIEL SCOLAIRE
Veuillez lire le présent avis attentivement puisqu’il peut concerner vos droits. Vous devez agir sans délai afin de respecter les échéances indiquées.
Daycare Educator Program offered at Pearson Electrotechnology Centre
Administrative Staffing Changes as of November 26th, 2018
Two Apple iPads to be given away in May 2019!
TWO APPLE IPADS TO BE GIVEN AWAY!
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is celebrating its 20th year, and we want to you to participate by recording a 20 second video of your favourite memory, person, activity, school life, and/or any other past/current thoughts you may have that you wish to share as part of our celebration.
This CHALLENGE / CONTEST is open to all past and present members of the Lester B. Pearson School Board community (students, staff, parents, volunteers, etc.) since our inception on July 6, 1998. To achieve this, the LBPSB has created a website that offers a 20 second video recorder that you can use to record and submit your video. It also allows you to upload your own 20 second video that you record on your own device (smart phone / tablet) should the website not work for you.
The videos will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel for viewing by everyone https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCikuL9D-ksgO_2YQYE9FvJw
Websites to Record/Upload Videos:
Videos are moderated, and only those that meet the criteria will be curated and posted. We plan to upload videos to YouTube on a weekly basis. Be as creative as possible! Film yourself outside the school/centre you graduated from, in your favourite classroom, with your favourite teacher/individual, with others supporting you, where you work, where you are currently studying, or what you’re doing as a retired employee. The choice is yours!
Over the last 20 years the Lester B. Pearson School Board has had close to 140,000 students educated throughout our Schools, and Adult/Vocational Centres. We have also had close to 17,000 employees. We are sure that out there are those willing to share in our celebration. Please do! We look forward to watching your videos.
You must have an identifiable association with the Lester B. Pearson School Board B. Pearson School Board over the past 20 years (ex: your video).
Entering the contest is as simple as uploading your video, and submitting your name and a valid email address into the webpage above. All names and emails will be deleted once the winners are identified. Email addresses will NOT appear on our YouTube channel.
The draw will take place in May 2019 at an event. This will consist of a general draw for one iPad, and the second iPad will be our DG’s (Director General’s) draw for the most creative submission. The draw will be streamed live on our Facebook Page, and the winners will be contacted by email (the reason we need a valid email address).
Cannabis (marijuana) legalization
Cannabis (marijuana) was legalized in Canada as of October 17, 2018, and is governed by The Cannabis Act (federal) and the Cannabis Regulation Act (provincial). The legal age for consumption in Quebec is currently set at 18.
By law and in accordance with LBPSB’s policies and procedures, the possession, consumption, and distribution of marijuana is still prohibited in all LBPSB schools and centres, and on their premises. All protocols and collaborative practices currently agreed to with law enforcement officials remain unchanged.
For more information, we encourage all members of the LBPSB community to consult the following resources:
Quebec MSSS document: Do You Speak Cannabis
Quick reference: https://encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/
Our newly adopted Vision & Values!
- Me to We at Kingsdale
- FINAL Director General's Report for 2018!
- Pearson Educational Foundation (PEF) Newsletter - December 2018
- Director General's Report — November 2018
- Sherbrooke Jr - Force 4 à ton école
Council of Commissioners Meeting Dates
Monday, August 27
Monday, January 28
Monday, February 25
Monday, March 25
Monday, April 29
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, June 25 (Exception)
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