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October 8, 2019 News From the Boardroom

From St. Elizabeth to farm to table

It all began with a small seed. At least that is how the Farm to Table (Ferme Urbaine) story goes at St. Elizabeth School. The seeds, hydroponic tower, and veggie-pod may have been the tools the students used to grow their garden, but the story behind the story is so much more collaborative!

Two teachers — Mary Allan and Teresa Charbonneau — applied for an Innovation Fund Grant unbeknownst to each other. When both received the funds, they decided to turn two small projects into one fantastic student-focused, student-run business adventure!

Ferme Urbaine allowed students the opportunity to care and nurture their garden from seedling to end product. That in itself is a hands-on Deep Learning experience, but the students weren’t satisfied with just “growing” the project. They wanted to create an authentic farm to table experience for their peers and the greater school community. The learning that started in just two classrooms is now embraced by the entire school population and the greater community.

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September 24, 2019 News From the Boardroom

More than a summer job with Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth (FOY) is a Ministry of Education funded summer youth employment program. The goal is to provide at-risk students with the opportunity to earn money, gain marketable skills and complete health and safety training modules. It does do that and so much more.

At the September 24 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees met with participant Liam Connelly, a proud graduate of the FOY program in 2019. This summer, through FOY, his confidence grew, his abilities multiplied, and his belief in himself was restored. Liam expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the program. He believes it helped prepare him to enter the world of work and pursue his dream of working in the trades one day.

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October is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

Did you know that October is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in Canada? Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 68 individuals have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Did you know that each person with ASD is unique and will have different set of abilities, strengths and challenges? Characteristics of autism vary, as some being very mild in one person and quite severe in another person.

This month is a great opportunity to learn more about autism, raise awareness, and raise acceptance in our schools, workplace, and community. Please enjoy this short, 5-minute video entitled: Amazing Things Happen, created by Alex Amelines (independent animation director). The video was released in April 2017 to coincide with the tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day (Sunday April 2nd, 2017). The aim is to raise autism awareness among young audiences who do not have autism as well as to encourage understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is primarily aimed at 7-11 year old children.

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