Top 10 Highlights of 2022-2023
The Year in Review
1) In-person school events
After a couple of years of virtual events, we were so happy that our schools were able to open their doors to the community and host various in-person events – from our annual open houses, school plays, concerts, vernissages, school visits,… it was great to invite our community into our buildings and showcasing the great things that we do in our schools/centres. We have so much to showcase!
2) The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Back and better than ever! We were so happy to hear that the St. Patrick’s Day parade was back on track this year and that we were able to participate. For the first time ever, we had an elementary school band on our float to represent the school board! A huge thank you to Terry Fox Elementary School band. You made us so proud.
3) The Math Olympics
This high-energy event was back this year, celebrating its 20th year. Elementary students from across our system represented their school and , 20 years – Return of Math Olympics after a lengthy hiatus. It was also the 20th anniversary of Math Olympics at Lester B. Pearson School Board.
4) The Teen Leadership Summit
On March 29th, the school board hosted the Teen Leadership Summit where students from all 9 LBPSB high schools gathered to address key issues that are important to them. The students had a great time engaging with the keynote speaker, diving into topics of interests and even dancing next to their tables. A good time for everyone!
5) New Elementary Schools
In 2021-2022, the government approved our request to build 2 new elementary schools off-island. In 2022-2023, the LBPSB went into full force and explored various possible off-island locations for these new buildings. We hope to be able to announce the locations for the new elementary schools in the next school year. Stay tuned!
6) QESBA’s Excellence in Education Award
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is extremely proud to receive the Quebec English School Boards Association’s (QESBA) Excellence in Education Award in the Community Engagement category for its commitment to promoting Equity, Diversity, Dignity and Inclusion in its schools and centres.
7) The Retirement Dinatoire
We finally had the opportunity to celebrate our retirees from 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023 at a retirement dinatoire in May. It was great to see so many familiar faces return for the event and share in the celebration of this lifetime milestone.
8) The Pearson Family Fun Run
The 10th annual PFFR took place on May 6. It was great to be able to have this event in-person at Centennial Park and see so many members of our community re-connecting and celebrating. Hundreds of our community members participated and fundraising efforts totalled $11,599.81, which was donated to the Pearson Educational Foundation (PEF), a foundation that supports LBPSB schools and students.
9) Adult Learners’ Week
This virtual event is quickly becoming a community favorite! Each year, 10 students are selected in each of our adult and vocational centres to receive a certificate of recognition. In extension, one student among these 10, for each school, is invited to share their journey into continuing education. Each journey is unique and special, and showcases perseverance, passion and determination. The virtual event is a great keepsake for the students who participate, and showcases our amazing students and our adult and vocational programs. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
10) Shut Downs
This might be the only year ever that there was a snow day leading into the winter holidays, and an ice day leading into March break. That was a fun surprise (maybe not so much fun for those of us that lost power after the ice storm, but still worth mentioning)!
These are but a few items we selected to highlight across the LBPSB. Do you have a highlight from 2022-2023 that you would like to share? Go for it! Add it to the comments below. We’d love to hear about it.