Knitting/Crochet Flex

We were so pleased when one of our Kells’ parents approached us and asked if we would be interested in becoming involved in the Tiny Miracle Foundation. This fund is an initiative of the Jewish General Hospital Auxiliary. They are committed to supporting the most vulnerable and tiniest patients by purchasing vital medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

November 17th is World Prematurity Day and Kells’ student council arranged a free dress day to raise money. We raised $365 for the Tiny Miracle Fund.

Furthermore, the Flex crochet class is taking part in an initiative to support the preemies as well. They will be knitting blankets for the babies as a parting gift from the hospital. We purchased yarn in varying shades of purple since it is the colour honouring premature babies. The crochet class is very excited about this important project and we look forward to delivering the cozy blankets to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

As they say at the hospital, “Any child cared for at our NICU is a reason to celebrate.” We feel the same way and look forward to celebrating the tiny miracles with our handmade gifts.

On October 20th, the Cycle I students, along with Ms Ghanem, Ms. Derby, Ms. Ungureanu, and Ms. Suvorova, braved the rain and ventured north for their annual Classe Nature trip. This year, the grade 7 and 8 students were hosted by Base de Plein Air Jean-Jeune at Lac des Plages in Outaouais, Quebec. In groups, they experienced the best of the expansive forest surrounding the site. They ran a rope obstacle course and acquired some new survival skills, including how to start a fire and cook bannock. One of the most unique opportunities was playing "archery tag," a completely safe and extremely fun team-building activity utilizing the archery skills that they had learned earlier on.

Indoors, students made bouncy balls and slime from common household items. Though the weather prevented an outdoor campfire, they were treated to some scary stories from the counsellors by the indoor fireplace. This overnight trip is always a great chance for students to get to know each other and bond outside of school, and this year was no exception. Everyone came away with new friendships, new experiences, and a lot of wonderful stories.

By Jillian Derby

Being 'Giving Tuesday' on November 29th, 2016, a National Giving Day in Canada, it was fitting that the Kells' students spent their day lending a helping hand at Chez Doris, a women's shelter. About twenty members of our Student Council along with Ms. Blain and Ms. Rubenovitch, the coordinators of the council, participated in the Chez Doris outing. Initially, the students were given a tour of the space led by the Executive Director, Marina Boulos-Winton.


Our French Hiking Club

This autumn, En Plein Air, a French hiking club was created. The club consisted of 20 students who share a love for the great outdoors and who wanted an opportunity to practice their French skills outside of the classroom. The students went on three hikes throughout the month of October and oddly enough, got to experience three different seasons. The first hike with Ms. Blain and Mr. Lipinski took place on a beautiful, sunny day on Mount Royal. During the second hike at Owl’s Head, the students, as well as Ms. Blain and Ms. Rubenovitch, got to observe the beautiful changing colours of the leaves as they climbed to the top of the mountain. Finally the third hike, which was chaperoned by Ms. Blain and Ms. Bolduc, occurred at Mount Orford where the students had to trek through blizzard-like conditions. Needless to say they were all very happy to have a hot chocolate upon their return to Kells! We are hoping to keep the En Plein Air club going with a snowshoeing outing this coming winter as well as a possible camping trip in the spring.

By Kimberly Blain

With plans for a middle school in the works for 2017, Kells Academy is once again expanding

Continued increases in registration were the impetus behind the recent acquisition of a third building by Kells Academy in N.D.G. While the school has always been able to provide students in Grades 7 and 8 with exceptional resources, staff is now excitedly looking forward to housing a middle school in the added space. As a result, they’ll be able to accommodate a greater number of students as well as expanding upon those core values that put an emphasis on academic goals, arts and sports programs, and the popular Flex program.