We have approached the latter half of Semester 2 with the distribution of Midterm Reports this past week. Our review of students’ progress has resulted in some accepting support offered through credit rescue and Learning Resource periods; this is especially important for those who are behind with the completion of evaluations. Please encourage your child to accept the extra help offered by their teacher if they are challenged by an assignment and please continue to be in touch with your child’s teacher about any concerns you may have.
15th Week of Semester Reports will be emailed May 24th for any student struggling with a course.
Team Sports are delayed slightly with their beginnings given the slow winter thaw; boys baseball, boys ruby (with Dr. Frank Hayden HS), boys soccer, girls soccer and our soon to be organized track and field will finish off the LBP Spring Season this year; the players are always enthusiastic with spectators so be sure to check out the game details on our LBP Web Calendar HERE.
LBP/MMR Integration Update: There is still much work to be done to set up all of our students for a successful transition. In order to ensure we are thorough and effectual in our support of all students there will be an integration day for each school in May. Lester B. Pearson: May 18th, 2018 and M.M. Robinson: May 25th, 2018.
There will be no classes for LBP students and LBP students will not attend school on May 18th.
These days will be used to:
• Support Students in the Transition: Any student from Lester B. Pearson who would like an additional tour of M.M. Robinson will be led by Corey Trodd, our Head of Special Education. Appointments can be made by calling either school. These appointments will occur at M.M. Robinson on May 25th.
• The Special Education Team from both schools will be using the days to meet and review student profiles and needs so all supports are in place in September.
• Prepare Program: This time will be used for teachers to come together, with curriculum specialists from the board, to align resources, best practices and evaluations. Staff will review the inventories from both schools and make decisions on the most current, relevant resources to be amalgamated.
• School Preparation: Administration from both schools are working with facilities staff to review the use of space, prepare for renovations, and identify the best collective resources and furniture, as well as resources that are redundant and will be repurposed.
A special thank-you to all our LBP School Council Members this year, especially for their gift of time. Their final meeting was held on April 24th. Minutes of this agenda will be posted to our website shortly.
Continue to watch for synervoice messages and our school website about the many end-of-year school events. Our teachers and staff wish our Patriots a strong and successful finish to this school year and we continue to be grateful for your support.
Loraine Fedurco, Principal
Riley Rumford, Gr. 9 student, who will be representing LBP in the online regional/ provincial championships in the Canadian Geography Challenge to be held later in the Spring. Riley had a terrific score in the Challenge and we are very proud of his accomplishments
Camp Enterprise nominees who recently attended a three and a half day camp focused on developing and improving business skills. They share their learning experience:
Brandon Vegso: “It’s such a nice and welcome change to be put in an environment where everyone is like-minded. Everyone at the camp was there because they were interested in a career in business” and he discovered “ when faced with a decision people make up their mind in under two seconds, definitely not enough time to consider your options, and then try to come up with pros to support said decision”.
Simrit Randhawa : “I was amazed at how much more to the business world there was, than what I knew about. There was talk about leadership, marketing, negotiating, sales, ethics, and more. Each speaker had something new to say and it was definitely a great, informative experience. Alongside, these speakers, there was a day where we got to meet different professionals, what was called “Meet the Pros.” Each presenter had something different to talk about, and it was great to get multiple opinions and answers to a question, so we could look at all the different opportunities we, as young adults, still have.”
Rotary Award winners - Ryan Guenther and Yumna Najeeb, LBP`s 2018 Burlington Rotary Award Male and Female recipients. They were honoured and presented their award for their “Service above Self” at the Annual Burlington Rotary Awards Dinner on April 26th along with their family.
2018 Student of Excellence Simran Sidhu: Our recipient this year, Simran has been selected to represent Lester B. Pearson for demonstrating outstanding qualities in the areas of academics, athletics, community work and student leadership. She will receive her award on May 10th at M. M. Robinson HS , this year’s hosting school.
Burlington Optimist Youth Award winner– Emily Duguay . She will be honoured at the upcoming Appreciation Dinner on May 15th , with her family, for her dedication and hard work that she has applied to her studies, community and her peers.
Coming Up ….
-the Arts Department are rehearsing for their upcoming spring performances. Plan to join us for two evenings of entertainment:
- from Drama, the theatrical comedy Anne-Arky created by Lindsay Price on MAY 31st
- from music, The Upper Middle Band and Choir Spring Concert on JUNE 7th
-new online resources for families, students and staff called Technology and You ; the importance of preparing students for preparing students for success in a technology driven world. ; will include a technology tip of the month. This has also been Tweeted out to our community. April’s message is How much do you share about yourself on social media? At a time when everything you do online can impact you in your real life, it's important to T.H.I.N.K. before you post. For tips on how to stay safe and private online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca or follow the hashtag #TECHandU on Twitter.
-a transportation link for MMR bussing routes: Halton Student Transportation Services – Serving the Halton Community The Helpful Links tab will help families determine if they are eligible for bussing for attendanceto MMR . Site should be up and running in June.
-2018-19 School Year Calendar was shared with all parents through school connects email, subject to the approval of the MOE. Earlier this month, the Board conducted a survey with parents and guardians for feedback regarding their date preference for the Professional Activity (PA) Day in October 2018. The date choices were October 5 and 22. Based on the results, 70 per cent preferred October 5 as the PA Day. See CALENDAR HERE
-SAVE the DATES for June 1 and 2 : Celebrate Lester B. Pearson HS Events
Friday, June 1, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. - Patriot Games, Food Trucks and Pep Rally
- The Patriot Generations Sports Tournament will take place on Friday. Generations of Pearson students and staff will play and cheer on games such as touch football, soccer, volleyball and more. Food Trucks at the event will include Born2eat, 50 Pesos, Southern Smoke, Pappas Greek and more. A Pep Rally led by the world-renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band will kickoff the tournament at 6 p.m., followed by closing ceremonies at 9 p.m. An after-party will be held at Jersey’s Bar and Grill (1450 Headon Rd, Burlington) where the band “The Reynolds” will perform.
Saturday, June 2, 2018, starting at 2 p.m. - Open House and Closing Ceremony
- Saturday’s activities will include tours of the school along with a “Decades Showcase” in the library where Pearson memorabilia and artifacts will be displayed, representing more than four decades of school history. Refreshments will be available. The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. with special guests including Lester B. Pearson's granddaughter - Canadian writer and journalist Patricia Pearson, and founding principal David Katz. Lester B. Pearson HS alumni and renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer will sing O Canada. Generations of students and staff will speak about their time at the school and a band and choir made up of Pearson alumni will perform.
If you’re interested in attending, volunteering, or participating in the activities at the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson High School events, including the sports tournament, choir or band, please visit www.celebrateLBP.com to sign-up as soon as possible.
-LBP Artifacts & Memorabilia: To keep the school’s history alive, an Artifacts and Memorabilia subcommittee consisting of students, staff, alumni, and staff from Museums of Burlington have spent the last six months cataloguing more than 700 items of historical significance. Numerous items will be placed at M.M. Robinson HS, where current Pearson students will transition to in September 2018. To provide an opportunity for students, staff and the community to have a piece of the school, an Artifacts and Memorabilia website has been created. If you would like to keep a piece of Pearson’s history, or know someone who might, please visit https://sites.google.com/hdsb.ca/lesterbpearsonartifacts/home.
-LBP Spirit wear: Lester B. Pearson HS spirit wear is available for purchase at https://www.tategear.com/lbppatriots/. Orders placed before May 1 can be picked up at the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson HS events on June 1 and 2.
During May 2018….
May 3rd Full Disclosure Day
May 10th Grade 12 Breakfast
May 18th LBP TRANSITON /INTEGRATION DAY – no classses
May 21st Victoria Day Holiday – School Closed
May 24th 15th Week of Semester Reports emailed
May 25th 40 hours of Community Service Hours Due
May 31st - June 20th
Semester 2 Final Performance Assessments - STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT IN CLASS FOR ANY EVALUATION.