The Priory's Helping Hands
Students at The Priory School have a long-standing tradition of community service. Students participate in a number of community service initiatives, learning a sense of responsibility and the joy of giving.
West Island Flooding
In response to the devastating flooding in certain areas in Quebec (specifically the West Island) and ensuing hardships suffered by families, Friday, May 12th was designated a "Free Dress Day" at The Priory. Each student participated and helped by bringing in $2 and a non-perishable food item or toiletries.The money raised went directly to the organizations taking care of the victims.
Jump Rope For Heart
On Friday, May 5th, Priory students put on their “skipping shoes” and joined parents and teachers to raise funds for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thanks to Phys Ed. teacher, Mr. Gentile, this in-school, fun, heart healthy program teaches children that an active lifestyle is essential to our health and well-being. The children were happy to participate for this worthwhile cause! This year’s fundraising effort raised a total of $3,608. Thank you to everyone for your generpus donations!
THE PRIORY HEALTHY STUDENT CHALLENGE
What does it mean to make healthy choices? During ‘Nutrition Month’, Principal Tim Peters and our Grade 6 student ambassadors, launched a health awareness campaign and challenged Priory students to adopt healthy habits while raising funds for the McGill University Health Complex (MUHC). During a school assembly, MUHC clinical dietitian, Popi Kasvis, had students demonstrate the amount of sugar in popular beverages and challenged them to make healthy choices. Students were particularly astounded to learn how much sugar is added in some of our popular and favourite drinks. Encouraging their peers and teachers to ‘step up’ their current routines, the Grade 5 students organized a pedometer fitness challenge promoting physical activity and exercise. At The Priory, eating healthy food and exercise are always part of the daily menu. The goal of the Healthy Student Challenge is to encourage everyone at The Priory to pledge to incorporate a new healthy daily habit while in turn supporting the MUHC. Keep fit everyone!
Baking for Others
When Mrs. Trionfo started baking years ago with her class, she knew her students would love it but she didn't realize how much of a positive impact it would have on her class. Today, baking is part of her curriculum and is also used to help others in the community. When Grade 3 students wanted to say thank you to the Kahnawake Social Workers for their compassionate work with their community, the students created kindness hearts, and put their passion for baking at work to lovingly prepare chewy chocolate chip cookies. A special thank you indeed!
Community Outreach Program
During an annual community outreach program, the Grade 1 students understood first-hand what the motto "It is better to give than to receive" feels like. Each child chose a cherished possession from their homes to give to another child in greater need. This learning experience included a classroom activity requiring each student to explain and write about why their gently used book or toy would be appreciated by another child. Their donations were then delivered by their teacher to The Women's Centre of Montreal where these gifts will be placed into Christmas baskets and received by grateful children in our community.
Santa's Flea Market
The Grade 6 students put on their elf hats on Friday, December 16th, and organized the annual Priory Santa's Flea Market. The spirit of the season is truly evident as our senior students helped our younger students shop for Christmas gifts at bargain prices for their family, and helped wrap their treasures, all the while raising money for charity. A heartwarming thank you to our Priory families for their generous donations.
Grade 6 students raised $1600 and has donated the funds to the following:
Here in our building: The Priory School - $163
In our city: Cedars Cancer Centre - $500 which provides free support to cancer patients.
In our country: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada - $500 which grants the wishes of Canadian children with life-threatening medical conditions
In our world: Plan Canada - $437 to stock a pharmacy ($195) which provides enough medical supplies to stock a pharmacy, get clean water for families ($75) which helps bring clean water to communities in need, Healthy babies ($72) which provides a weigh scale and check-up for a newborn, Help refugee children ($65) which provides food, water, shelter, and helps reunite children with family and Power of play ($15 x 2) which provides sports equipment and introduces children to sports, music, theatre.
P IS FOR PURPLE crinkle cookies FOR PREEMIES
Leading with Kindness came naturally to The Priory's Grade 3 class as they fundraised in support of the JGH's Miracle Fund. On November 17th, while the entire school wore purple in support of World Prematurity Day, the Grade 3 students alongside their teacher, Mrs. Trionfo, baked, packaged and sold purple crinkle cookies to Priory students for preemies. To help create awareness, Priory student Serena Miller, entertained the students with her violin playing throughout the morning. Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause, $396 raised will go towards the JGH's NICU, to help purchase vital, life-sustaining equipment for their tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
Student Council Bake Sale
Cookies anyone? The Priory Student Council, has sponsored two foster children as part of their outreach program. Due to their hard work and effort, our foster children, Ivan from Bolivia and Allassane from Burkina Faso will have nourishing food and new clothes to wear. The tradition of reaching out to others in need, reflects our pledge to “Lead With Kindness” as we offer our support and sense of community at The Priory. The generosity of our students and the Priory Community was made apparent by the $934 that was raised for Ivan and Allassane's care.
Following Mr. Gentile’s inspirational words describing Terry Fox; hope, determination, courage, perseverance and selflessness, students, teachers and Priory mascot, Panther, along with many supportive Priory parents, walked hand in hand to Mount Royal Park on a beautiful sunny afternoon on September 29th. Priory students proudly participated in the 35th annual Terry Fox National School Run Day by running around Beaver Lake to pay tribute to a true Canadian hero and his belief that “dreams are made possible if you try.” A warm thank you to everyone who participated!
Touched by the devastating earthquake in Central Italy, Isabella Cecere turned to her family and friends at The Priory during morning assembly presenting information and inviting the community to a fundraiser she was organizing on Friday afternoon to support the earthquake relief efforts. The “ESPRESSO e BISCOTTI” fundraiser provided espresso coffee for parents and biscotti shaped in the letters SOS for students while raising funds to help earthquake victims. Isabella’s family is deeply appreciative of The Priory’s immediate support. Thanks to everyone's generosity, $1,131 was raised and delivered to Red Cross. Grazie Isabella for leading with kindness. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and families that are affected by this tragic event.
On Wednesday, May 25th, Grade 2 organized a Lemon-Aid Fundraiser for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief through the Red Cross. Over $400 was raised to help those in need. Grade 2 worked hard to develop a plan and make the fresh lemonade. Much thanks to Grade 3 for the cookie contribution, Grade 6 student Grayson Csik for his Lemon-Aid stand, Les 5 Saisons Westmount for the donation of 100 lemons and to everyone who helped to support the cause!
In celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, Priory students wore fee dress in earth colours of green, brown and blue for a Toonie to help Earth Day Canada grow the global forest. This year, The Priory joined Earth Day Canada’s Rooting4TreesCampaign and, with everyone’s support, $175 was raised. The Priory has pledged to plant 25 legacy trees to celebrate the earth and Earth Day Canada’s 25th anniversary.
The Priory Hosts the 4th Annual Toonie Challenge
Dr. May Khairy, Pediatrician and former Priory student, addressed the participants communicating the two medical equipment proposals that the MUHC wishes to purchase with the Toonie Challenge funds raised. Following her talk, students and staff were invited to visit a series of interactive kiosks designed to describe and explain the work being done at various MUHC departments. Students engaged in proper hand washing, used surgical computerized instruments, manipulated the brain and eyeballs, learned about nutrition and some even received a temporary short arm cast to take home as a souvenir.
Students from LCC, Roslyn, Selwyn House, St. George’s, Willington and The Priory were very grateful for their unique learning experience while realizing that their donations will benefit others. Thank you to the Toonie Challenge Co-Chairs, Andrea Howick and Nicole Small, Priory parent and committee member, Courtenay Price-Gallagher, and their entire volunteer committee who dedicate themselves to helping patients and involving the children in their mission.
Reaching Out to Others
With the official start of winter just two weeks away, 4th grade student Olivia Darlington and her classmates are reaching out to help Syrian refugees that will be emigrating to Canada this winter. During a school assembly last week, Olivia, and her classmate Eden Kobelansky, united to ask the Priory community to bring in gently-used winter clothing to help keep refugee children and their parents cozy through the winter months. With the Priory community's support, Olivia wishes to provide the Syrian refugees a warm welcome this winter.
Annual Christmas Food Drive
In the spirit of Christmas, an annual food drive was held at The Priory to support St Gabriel's Parish Christmas Basket Program. The Christmas Baskets are distributed to 600 needy individuals and families during the holidays. A heartwarming thank you to our Priory families for their generous donations.
Annual Toy Tea Fundraiser
The cheerful sounds of singing were heard on the morning of Wednesday, December 2 at the Annual Toy Tea that took place at the Tudor Hall in Ogilvy. For the past several weeks, the members of The Choiry had been working diligently to prepare a musical program for the event, and their efforts paid off with an outstanding performance that was filled with positive energy and beautiful melodies. Each year, The Choiry participates in the Toy Tea fundraiser that raises money and collects toys for the children of battered women residing in 31 shelters in the Montreal area. Great job, Choiry!
Shark Week at The Priory
The Grade 5 and 6 Expedition Group, led by Mrs. Sherriffs, Mrs. Raymond and Mme Martineau, while focusing on a unit of study on Biodiversity, launched a 'Save the Sharks' campaign during the first week of December. Students spent the week creating posters, making announcements during assembly and rallied to raise awareness of the shark crisis in Costa Rica. Thanks to everyone’s support, this awareness campaign raised $1,131 and as part of a raffle draw, four children spent a delightful Friday afternoon with our lovely kitchen ladies, Lucia Mastrogiacomo and Romana Zangrillo baking chocolate chip cookies. READ MORE IN THE NEWS: LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL
Student Council Launches Candy Fundraiser
A message from Student Council: A few weeks ago, Student Council launched a fundraiser to fill a tub (49.2 liters) with leftover Halloween candy. We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully met our goal. Thank you for all of your generous donations. We will be donating these special treats to the Welcome Hall Mission. We will surely be able to put a smile on many peoples' faces. On behalf of Student Council, we thank you for your support.
Jethro and Maya Have a New Home
At The Priory, Halloween isn't only about receiving treats and dressing up in costume. It's also about reaching out. Thanks to Priory parents' contributions to last year's Halloween Party, The Priory adopted Jethro, who was born, raised and retired from a medical lab, and Maya, who spent most of her life in a zoo. Both Jethro and Maya can now live out the rest of their lives enjoying retirement at the Fauna Foundation Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Montreal. The contributions help the Sanctuary with the purchase of food, new toys and also help to expand the living environment for the resident chimpanzees.
Student Council Free-Dress Day and Bake Sale
For many years, The Priory has put into practice what it preaches. True to its philosophy of reaching out to others, the Priory Student Council organized a free-dress day and bake sale to raise money to provide for our two foster children, Nesbert from Zimbabwe and Faith from Kenya. A warm thank you to the school community for baking delicious treats. Their generosity allowed us to raise $675.00.
The Beep Run
For years children have been asking, "how come the teachers don't participate in the Beep Run?" This year was very different because instead of just asking the question, Grade 6 student Chloé Lee-Gauthier turned the question into a fundraiser and ensured its success. The morning of Friday, June 13th, Grade 3,4,5 and 6 students gathered in the gym to cheer on their teachers and Principal Tim Peters, whose goal was to beat the present student record of level fourteen. Thanks to everyone who made a donation, money was raised for 'Right to Play' which uses sport and play to educate and empower children facing adversity.
Grade 2 Reads to Help Children in Need
After two months of incredible dedication and perseverance, the Grade 2 students are proud to announce the successful completion of meeting their class goal to read 100 books. As the students completed their books, they kept track of their total on the Classrooms Care poster. Much to their satisfaction, they exceeded their goal of reading 100 books and were delighted to showcase their progress. In doing so, the class is thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of many children. Recently, the Grade 2 students received a very special certificate on behalf of Scholastic Book Clubs. This certificate of achievement confirms that 100,000 books will be donated to students in need all across Canada. What a memorable moment this was for all of us, one we will surely treasure and hold onto dearly.
Daffodils for the Children
The Priory School, remaining true to its tradition of giving and helping others in the community and around the world, called upon a very dedicated parent, Mrs. Suzanne Csik, to help organize a very successful Daffodil Bulbs Project. Westmount Florist and Pinkerton Florist owners responded to Mrs. Csik's request by donating in total over 1400 Narcissus Bulbs arriving from Holland. The Priory Grade 3 class took on the project and advertised, packaged, sold, and delivered the lovely parcels of bulbs to the eager and generous students and their families. After only one short week, the entire batch was sold and $1,110 was raised and will be sent to Child Haven International and Breakfast for Learning Program in Montreal, two organizations dedicated to helping children. Once again the Priory community showed its commitment to help those in need by donating generously.
Shitima School Café
Earlier in September, there was a fire in the orphanage at Shitima Community School in Kabwe, Zambia where The Priory School's former Afterschool Coordinator Cluny Mackenzie works. In keeping with our strong sense of community, The Priory held a school-wide bake sale on Thursday, September 27th for Shitima School, which provides education, shelter and daily meals to orphans, and other vulnerable children who would otherwise live in great deprivation. The Shitima Café opened and students and their families purchased baked goods prepared lovingly by Priory children, parents and staff. This creative initiative raised an outstanding $1877 which will go towards the purchase of personal belongings such as cloths, shoes, school uniforms and towels for 24 children who lost everything in the fire. A big thank you to all our wonderful bakers and to our Grade 6 students who worked tirelessly to make Shitima Café a success. READ MORE IN THE NEWS: PRIORY HELPS ZAMBIAN ORPHANS
Read the thank you letter that was sent from Shitima School and find out how The Priory has made a difference in the lives of so many children.