Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Commissioners on video, École Polytechnique Commemorations, Press Releases & Other Updates

THIS IS YOUR UPDATE: The EMSB Focus will return on January. In the interim we bring you our EMSB Update blog.

WELCOME FROM OUR NEW COUNCIL:   Allow us to bring you  formal introductions from our newly established Council of  Commissioners. Click here to  meet the Chairman and the 10 elected commissioners. 

NEW  EMSB  INITIATIVE: The EMSB will hold a press conference on January 16, 2015 at Parkdale Elementary School in St. Laurent to announce a new and innovative anti-bullying initiative.

WIFI IN CLASSROOMS: Please read this public statement on Wi-Fi in the classrooms.

EAST HILL ON CITY: Tune into City's Breakfast Television between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Friday, December 19 where Live Eye host Wilder Weir will broadcast live remotes from East Hill Elementary School in RDP. The theme will be the last day of classes before the holiday break. The show is streamed live at or available via your cable tv provider.

ECOLE POLYTECHIQUE:  The 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre was discussed in a number of classrooms, specifically focusing on the aspect of violence against women. Two schools – Royal West Academy in Montreal West and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard –received television coverage. Here is a report on two special guests who spoke to the social studies classes of teachers Angelos Diacoumacos and Nancy Dupaul.

At Laurier Macdonald, City`s Breakfast Television broadcast live remotes and spoke to a student panel.  Below are the clips
Wilder Weir and LMAC students.
Leave Out Violence 
Alouettes Player Speaks Out

PRESS RELEASES: Here are links to some recent press releases about the EMSB and our schools.
Patricia Lattanzio

Patricia Lattanzio elected Chair of the  Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire 
Spirit of Giving A Success Once Again
Vincent Massey Students Skype with Federal Veterans Affairs Minister
General Vanier Students Bring Cheer to Ronald McDonald House
Lester B. Pearson High School Chess Club Doubles In Size
Perspectives I Students Meet the Bagel King
St. Gabriel Elementary School Marks International Heritage Week
EMSB Enjoys Another Successful Toy Tea
EMSB And  CSDM Work Together To Seek Solution for School 

DISNEY CONTEST: The EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycare, via the Communications and Marketing Division, took part in a contest which asked Kindergarten and Grade 1 students to submit drawings to win one of eight four-packs of tickets for the   Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival courtesy of evenko. The show is on Friday December 26, 2014 at Théâtre St-Denis. Here are the winners.

CTV's Christine Long interviews the team from Marymount.
SPIRIT OF GIVING:  Anchored by the throngs of student volunteers from Marymount Academy International, the EMSB, along with CTV Montreal, once again completed a successful Spirit of Giving Campaign.  A total of 44 schools and centers participated in this year’s campaign, collecting non-perishable goods, toiletries and toys for nine different charities: Share The Warmth, West Island Assistance Fund, Renaissance Montreal, Multicaf, Parc Extension Share Store, Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue, Batshaw Youth and Family Services, La Mosaique and the N.D.G. Food Depot.  In all, the combined efforts of the EMSB, its schools and facilities generated a record 1,100 boxes of non-perishable food, and over 40,000 toys and miscellaneous items. These boxes were then transported by the Canadian Grenadier Guards to Marymount Academy International where their students volunteered to sort and categorize the donations.  

INSPIRATIONS NEWSPAPER: The fall edition of Inspirations Newspaper is available in print and online. It features some absolutely “inspiring stories” about our special needs community. Please read it here.

NEW WEBSITE:  Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North has launched a new website, designed by EMSB webmaster for schools and social media specialist Andrea Di Tomaso.  

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY: Congratulations to Leslie Butt and his committee, who recently put on another outstanding holiday party for over 600 employees and their families at James Lyng High School in St. Henri. A total of $16,874.80 was raised for the Generations Foundation, which provides hot meals to students and summer camp experiences,


La CSEM a approché la CSDM pour une proposition d’arrangement de cohabitation
La meilleure solution pour l’école Sainte-Catherine-de-Sienne
Les représentants de la CSEM sont plus optimistes que jamais qu’un nouvel établissement sera construit à NDG pour recevoir les écoles du Centre Mackay et de Philip E. Layton,
Wi-Fi dans les classes de la CSEM

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Angela Mancini returns as EMSB Chairman; Team Angela Mancini wins Eight of 10 Seats

Her team takes 8 of 10 seats in EMSB election

MONTREAL,  NOVEMBER 2, 2014 – Angela Mancini has won a second mandate as chairman of the English  Montreal School Board, defeating her opponent Anne Lagacé Dowson by a margin of 11,069 votes to 7,086 . There was a total voter turnout of 21.2 percent.

Team Angela Mancini won eight seats while Team Lagacé Dowson won one and there will be one independent.

Here are the final results by ward.

WARD 1 (Côte des Neiges/Snowdon/Outremont /Town of Mount Royal/Park Extension):

Mordechai Antal (Team Angela Mancini) -887 elected

Lesley Chesterman (Team Lagacé Dowson) -563

 Ellie Israel (independent) -713

Pierre Albert Sevigny (independent)-126

WARD 2 (Montreal West / NDG):  

Sherlyn Figueira (Team Lagracé Dowson) -915

 Joseph Lalla (independent) -987 elected

Connie Primiano (independent) -389

 Ruth Rosenfield (Team Angela Mancini). -730

WARD 3 (Westmount/Sud Ouest):  

Julien Feldman (Team Lagacé Dowson) -893 elected

 Fergus Keyes (independent)  190

Ginette Sauvé-Frankel (Team Angela Mancini) -663

WARD 4 (Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead)

Warren Budning (Team Lagacé Dowson)- 605

Syd Wise (Team Angela Mancini)  -1,144 elected

WARD 5 (St. Laurent):

James Kromida (Team Angela Mancini) -1,196 -elected

 Rosana Montoute (independent) -89

 Vicky Rivard (Team Lagacé Dowson) 405

WARD 6 (St. Michel/Villeray/part of Rosemont/Plateau Mont Royal/Ville Marie  East):

 Agostino Cannavino (Team Lagacé Dowson) -699- elected after recount

  Dominic Furfaro (Team Angela Mancini) -696  

WARD 7 (Ahuntsic/Montreal North):

Linda Cianfaglia (Team Lagacé Dowson)-270

 Sylvia Lo Bianco (Team Angela Mancini)-1,055 elected

WARD 8 ( St. Léonard):

Roberto Colavecchio (independent)-552

Patricia Lattanzio (Team Angela Mancini)  -1,449 elected

Joseph Mormina (independent) -231

Elvira Truglia (Team Lagacé Dowson) -256

WARD 9 (Anjou/Mercier /Hochelaga Maisonneuve/ part of Rosemont,  Petite Patrie):

Mario Bentrovato (Team Lagacé Dowson)  -453

Rosario Ortona (Team Angela Mancini) -719 elected
WARD 10 (Rivière des Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles):

Rosa Cerrelli Bilotta (Team Lagacé Dowson) -844

 Joe Ortona (Team Angela Mancini) -1,153 elected

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
(514) 483-7200, ext. 7243

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Here are the candidates for the November 2, 2014 EMSB Elections

All posts being contested

MONTREAL,  SEPTEMBER 29, 2014  Nominations have closed for the Sunday, November 2, 2014 English Montreal School Board elections, with declared candidates for the position of chairman and each of the 10 commissioner posts.  Advance polls will be open on Sunday, October 26.

Here are the candidates.

CHAIRMAN: Anne Lagacé Dowson (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Angela Mancini (Team Angela Mancini). For the first time this position will be elected by universal suffrage.

WARD 1 (Côte des Neiges/Snowdon/Outremont /Town of Mount Royal/Park Extension):
Mordechai Antal (Team Angela Mancini), Lesley Chesterman (Team Lagacé Dowson),  Ellie Israel (independent) and  Pierre Albert Sevigny (independent).

WARD 2 (Montreal West / NDG):  Sherilyn Figueira (Team Lagracé Dowson),  Joseph Lalla (independent), Connie Primiano (independent) and Ruth Rosenfield (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 3 (Westmount/Sud Ouest): Julien Feldman (Team Lagacé Dowson),
Fergus Keyes (independent) and  Ginette Sauvé-Frankel (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 4 (Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead): Warren Budning (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Syd Wise (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 5 (St. Laurent): James Kromida (Team Angela Mancini), Rosana Montoute (independent) and Vicky Rivard (Team Lagacé Dowson).

WARD 6 (St. Michel/Villeray/part of Rosemont/Plateau Mont Royal/Ville Marie  East): Agostino Cannavino (Team Lagacé Dowson)  and Dominic Furfaro (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 7 (Ahuntsic/Montreal North):  Ahmed Benlemoudden (independent),   Linda Cianfaglia (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Sylvia Lo Bianco (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 8 (St. Léonard): Roberto Colavecchio (independent), Patricia Lattanzio (Team Angela Mancini), Joseph Mormina (independent) and Elvira Truglia (Team Lagacé Dowson),

WARD 9 (Anjou/Mercier /Hochelaga Maisonneuve/ part of Rosemont,  Petite Patrie): Mario Bentrovato (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Rosario Ortona (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 10 (Rivière des Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles): Rosa Cerrelli Bilotta (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Joe Ortona (Team Angela Mancini)

In order to vote you must currently be on the permanent list of electors in Quebec, be 18 years of age and over, a Canadian citizen, domiciled in the territory of the EMSB, have been domiciled in Quebec for at least six months, not be under curatorship and not have been convicted of an offence that is a corrupt electoral practice.

Any parent who has a child registered in an EMSB youth sector elementary or high school
as of September 30, 2014 is automatically entered on the election list. In addition, any  elector who made a choice prior to the November 2007 elections and had his/her name entered on the EMSB electoral list is included. These individuals would have signed a special form. If you do not recall doing so, you can verify whether your name appears on the list by calling 1-888-353-2846 (DGE in Québec City) or 514-483-7200 ext. 8800 8801 or 8802 (EMSB Election Office).

For more details, including the list of polling stations, log on to

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
(514) 483-7200, ext. 7243

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

EMSB to get some radio exposure; coming events; and video links

Divya Aery
LMAC AND JPI ON CJAD: Tune in to The Exchange on CJAD Radio AM 800 on Thursday, September 18 (7:35 p.m.) when host Dave Kaufman welcomes into the studio Laurier Macdonald High School Principal Luigi Santamaria, student Divya Aery, John Paul I Junior High School student Jason Carnevale and one of his teachers. They will talk about the International Baccalaureate Program, the EMSB TV commercials on CTV and upcoming open houses.

PEARSON IMPACT ACADEMY TO BE SHOWCASED ON TSN 690: Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North is very excited to continue its very successful partnership with the Montreal Impact Academy. This year nine students from the school’s successful Sport-Études program will take to the field for the Academy. They will be in attendance at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday, September 17 to cheer the Impact on in their CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Champions League match versus the New York Red Bull.  On Thursday, September 18 (7:23 p.m.), Sports Études Program Coordinator Casey Gagné will be the guest on Oranges at Halftime with host Noel Butler on TSN 690. This is Montreal radio’s most popular soccer program.

IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASES:  There are a number of interesting activities at the EMSB this week.

EMSB RADIO:  You can listen here to  the entire podcast of CJAD’s Andrew Carter broadcasting live from Westmount Park Elementary School.

Andrew Carter with staff and students.

INSPIRATIONS NEWSPAPER: We have published a special online version of Inspirations Newspaper, a snapshot of our special needs community. You can access it here.

NEXT BOARD MEETING:  The EMSB Council of Commissioners will meet for the final time of this mandate on Tuesday, September 23 and adopt the 2014-2015 budget. Proceedings will be broadcast live here beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be no meeting in October as that is the official election period.

MEDIA COVERAGE:  Here is a look at some of the  Video clips from the start of the academic year at the EMSB. Just click on the links to view.

Part two- which focuses on what the English boards are doing ‘right’ in terms of educating a bilingual group of future Quebec leaders with high success rates..and the challenges facing the boards in terms of budget cuts and viability – airs tomorrow at noon and 6 p.m. on CTV Montreal.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Links to some EMSB media coverage from the first day of class for 2014-2015


Live broadcast from St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles

Opening up the show at St. Gabe's with Principal Jim Daskalakis and students
 Click here

Commissioner Richard Lalonde lauds the community
Click here

 Out in the schoolyard with parent David Benoit and some fantastic kids
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 Pre- K students at St. Gabe's and Principal Jim
Click here

Getting to know the Grade 2 class
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Day One of School and Ice Bucket Challenge
Click here

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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Should kids have homework?  CBC investigates at Roslyn School
Fast forward to 15:03 mark (move marker at the bottom near the time clock)
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CTV Montreal
Angela Mancini on budget cuts
Click Here
Angela Mancini and Sylvia Lo Bianco do the Ice Bucket Challenge
Click Here
Behavioral Management Specialist Lori Rubin on anxious times for kids
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The Andrew Carter  Show
Highlights from his live broadcast from Westmount Park Elementary School
Click here
Listen to the opening number with John Moore talking about the school
Go to the 18:50 mark to hear a group of teachers talking to Andrew
Go to the 40:51 mark to hear Angela Mancini
Go to the 47:10 mark to hear former Principal Paul Saunders

Monday, 1 September 2014

Here's what's happening the first day of school at the EMSB

The English Montreal School Board will indeed be in the media spotlight on Tuesday, September 2 when classes begin for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • City's Breakfast Television will broadcast live remotes with Wilder Weir from St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Principal Jim Daskalakis, Commissioner Richard Lalonde, students and teachers will be interviewed.
  • CJAD's Andrew Carter Morning Show will broadcast live from Westmount Park Elementary School from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • EMSB Chair Angela Mancini will be interviewed by Andrew Carter at 8:10 a.m.
  • Donna Perlin, a Grade 1 teacher at Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West, will be a guest on CBC Daybreak  88.5 FM with Mike Finnerty at 6:45 a.m. talking about the first day of school from a teacher's perspective.
  • Angela Mancini will be at Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time she will introduce a new component to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in conjunction with the ALS Society of Quebec.
  • An unprecedented advertising campaign on CTV begins, promoting the EMSB high school system and starring our own students.  You can see the ads here.  
  • EMSB Behavioral Management Specialist Lori Rubin did an outstanding job on CTV Saturday night, describing the anxiety young students face on the first day of school. You can see the interview here.