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The second fitness challenge tested strength, endurance and flexibility. More than 20 students participated in the event. They first had to do push-ups. Yun Yu was our champion with 36 push-ups in a minute. Kassidy had a great technique but didn’t manage to do as many. Our SIS students showed their push-up skills in a very unique style.  Then in the flexibility challenge, Yun Yu aced it again with a perfect split and Mark was the most flexible guy participating.  Finally in the wall sit challenge, 15 participants put their back on the lockers et held still in a chair position. The winner Yumei held the position for 2m 38s. Yun Yu came in 2nd and Patrick in 3rd. Every winner got to choose between a selection of fitness prizes of a 20$ value.

Congratulations to all the winners and participant.

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Le 2e défi physique mesurait la force, l’endurance et la souplesse. Plus de 20 élèves ont participé au défi. Ils ont d’abord fait des push-ups. Yun Yu a dominé avec 36 push-ups complétés en 1 minute. Mention spéciale pour Kassidy qui avait une technique parfaite. Nos élèves de SIS nous ont surpris avec leur technique bien à eux lors de l’exécution de leurs push-ups. Puis dans le défi de la souplesse, Yun Yu a encore une fois démontré son excellent forme physique avec une split parfaite. Du côté des hommes, c’est Mark qui a démontré la meilleure souplesse.  Finalement, il y a 15 participants qui ont relevé le défi de la chaise au mur. Yumei a tenu la position le plus longtemps pendant 2min.38sec. Yun Yu est arrivée en 2e et Patrick en 3e . Tous les gagnants ont choisi leur prix parmi une sélection d’accessoires de sport d’une valeur de 20$.

 Bravo à tous les gagnants et participants!

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
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This week again we had a very YUMMY challenge on Thursday. The students were asked to bake their best recipe of healthy muffin or granola bar. Three students (Jasel, Kassidy and Terrian) and 2 teachers (Daniel and Marie-Chantale) showed their baking skills in a very tight tasting race. Around 40 students tasted all 5 healthy bites and voted for their favorite. The recipes were analyzed by our nutritionist Eric and given a note on 10.

Kassidy won the challenge with the most vote but Marie-Chantale came in just before because her granola bar were the healthiest of all the snacks. Congratulations to all the participants!

For the last week of our challenge, participants need to prepare a healthier version of their favorite dessert. Here are some healthy tips to follow:

  • Add nuts, seeds, Greek yogourt, or beans to your desserts for some extra protein.
  • Hide some vegetables in your recipe – zucchini works in most cakes, carrot cake is also a classic, and beets can add a nice red colour to your red-velvet cake (which can taste even better with Greek yogourt icing on top!)
  • Don’t fall for the natural sugar trap – sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, agave syrup (the list goes on…) are all mostly non-nutritive. Try adding applesauce, dates puree or banana to sweeten the recipe while adding some extra nutritional value!
  • Try using avocado or simply olive/canola oil instead of butter for more unsaturated fats. Or add some walnuts or flaxseed for extra omega 3 content. Did you know eggs can be replaced by flax “eggs” – 1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed in 3 tbsp of water?

Cette semaine, nous avons eu un délicieux défi jeudi alors que les participants devaient préparer une collation santé. Trois élèves (Jasel, Kassidy and Terrian) et 2 enseignants (Daniel and Marie-Chantale) ont préparé leur meilleur muffin et barre collation. Environ 40 élèves ont goûté et voté pour leur collation favorite. Les recettes ont ensuite été évaluée par le nutritionniste Éric et ont reçu une note sur 10.

Kassidy a gagné le défi avec le plus grand nombre de vote. C’est toutefois Marie-Chantale qui a reçu la meilleure note et seulement un vote de moins. Félicitations è tous les participants!

La semaine prochaine sera celle de notre dernier défi santé où les participants devront préparer une version plus santé de leur dessert préféré. Voici quelques astuces à suivre :

  • Ajoutez des noix, des graines, du yogourt grec ou des fèves pour un supplément de protéines.
  • Mettez-y des légumes (en cachette) : les zucchinis peuvent être ajoutés à plusieurs desserts, le gâteau aux carottes est un classique et les betteraves peuvent ajouter une jolie couleur à vos gâteaux « Red velvet », gâteau qui est délicieux avec un glaçage au yogourt grec.
  • Ne tombez pas dans le piège des sucres naturels tels que le miel, le sirop d’agave, le sucre de coco et le sirop d’érable et bien d’autres, lesquels n’ont que très peu de valeur nutritive. Utilisez plutôt de la compote de pommes, de la purée de bananes ou de dattes pour sucrer vos recettes en plus d’ajouter une valeur nutritive.
  • Finalement, utiliser l’avocat ou une huile d’olive ou canola au lieu du beurre pour une meilleure source de gras non saturés. Ou ajoutez des noix de Grenoble et des graines de lin pour un apport en omega 3. Les œufs peuvent être remplacés par un mélange de 1 cuillérée à table de graines de lins et 3 cuillérées à table d’eau.

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

JOIN US! Eileen Cook will be at The Learning Exchange/CDC Vimont on Tuesday May 8th for a morning and an afternoon session. Eileen’s books will be given as prizes and Eileen will sign all book prizes!

About Book Week


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.



With Malice

  • Finalist for the 2017 Amy Mather Teen Book Award


“Eileen’s energy and passion never flagged, the quality of her last workshop equaled the high quality of her first.”

—Librarian, Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen’s humour, expertise and pacing is respected and appreciated by teens and teachers alike.”

—Teacher, Earl Marriott Secondary

“Teen Services at Vancouver Public Library has hosted Eileen on several occasions since 2011 and we have always been impressed by her enthusiasm, professionalism, and ability to captivate a young audience. We have hosted her both as a workshop leader and a keynote speaker. Her workshops are always funny, full of great stories that are entertaining, convey knowledge and wisdom, and are age appropriate.”

—Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen was an engaging presenter who enthusiastically entertained and informed our students. Her humour has the students giggling and her interactive presentation had students talking, moving and playing. It is not always easy to engage teenagers: Eileen was able to do just that.”

—Librarian, Richmond School District

“Mrs. Cook was very gracious and funny, answering all questions in a kid-friendly way.  One student even went home after the visit and was inspired to start her own story.”

—Teacher, Bellevue School District

“Eileen is the quintessential writer’s editor pithy, succinct, and with a brilliant eye for detail.”

—Kc Dyer author of Amazon bestselling Finding Fraser

“Eileen helped me focus my writing, streamline my scenes, and quicken my pacing. Her guidance and advice along the way, her generosity, and her amazing ability to kill my darlings (when I couldn’t) make her invaluable.”

—Kelly Charron, author of Pretty Wicked

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It’s Storytime in the Laval community!
Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

There are lots of fun stations to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits are given via raffle

2018 dates:

Hillcrest Academy: April 23rd 2018

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Twin Oaks Elementary: May 14th

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Souvenir Elementary: May 28th

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Upcoming dates:

JFK Elementary: June 11th

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Balance – 16 participants measured their balance skills in a very challenging sequence of balance exercises: good leg, bad leg, open and closed eyes, arabesque, and so on. Participants were eliminated as the challenge was getting more difficult. The big winner was Yun Yu. Congratulations to her! Thrin and Por were in a tight race for the Queen of balance title.

Jump Rope – A total of 14 participants showed up their jumping skills in a 1 minute challenge. Some were jumping high others were jumping fast and others had a style of their own.  The big winner in the Woman Category was Yumei  (117) and in the men category was Jason (132).  Bravo also to Shafiq (120) and Kosta (118) for their impressive performance.

All participants earned raffle tickets to win the Fitbit 2 and the winners received a 20$ gift card from President’s Choice.

The next challenge is the Smoothie Challenge tomorrow Thursday April 26th. Join us at 1:00 p.m. to taste the smoothies and vote for your favorite! #CDCGetsFit

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Équilibre – Le défi Équilibre a connu un franc succès avec 16 participants qui ont relevé le très difficile défi d’équilibre : sur la jambe dominante puis l’autre, les yeux ouverts et fermés, jambe levée puis l’arabesque. Les participants ont été éliminés au fur et à mesure que le niveau de difficulté augmentait, dès qu’ils posaient le pied au sol. Félicitations à notre grande gagnante est Yun Yu! Mentions spéciales à Trinh et Por qui ont donné une chaude lutte pour se mériter le titre de Reine de l’équilibre.

Corde à sauter – Un total de 14 participants ont démontré leurs habilités à sauter à la corde au défi de 60 secondes. Certains sautaient très haut et d’autres très vite. Chacun avait son propre style et sa technique. La grande gagnante pour les femmes est Yumei (117 sauts) alors que Jason (132)  a gagné dans la catégorie des hommes. Félicitations aux gagnants! Bravo également à Shafiq (120) et à Kosta (118) qui ont donné une performance impressionnante.

Tous les participants ont gagné des billets de tirage pour courir la chance de gagner un Fitbit 2 and les gagnants sont repartis avec une carte-cadeau de 20$ chez les marchands de President Choice.

Le prochain défi aura lieu demain le jeudi 26 avril à 13h00. Venez à la cafétéria pour goûter les smoothies de vos collègues et voter pour votre favori! #CDCEnForme


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Join the fun and get fit!

To keep the Healthy Body Healthy Mind spirit strong, TLE is excited to launch the 3-week CDC Gets Fit challenge starting April 23rd and running until May 3rd!

Here’s how it works: each week we have new challenges to help you improve your health, or just show off your strength, speed, balance, endurance, and food-preparation skills. Every winner of the challenges on Tuesdays and Thursdays gets a prize and everyone who participates in any challenge will get their name entered into a draw to win a great prize! Come to more events to increase your chance to win.


We want to start a conversation about health and fitness, so anytime you share a post from the TLE social media accounts or post a picture with the hashtag #CDCgetsfit, your name gets entered into the draw. Take the stairs, eat healthy – at any time you can get your name put into the draw just for taking these simple steps to improve your health! Stay tuned on social media or take a look at the bulletin board on the 2nd floor for a calendar of events!


Amusez-vous en gardant la forme!

Afin de rester dans l’esprit de la campagne Healthy Body Healthy Mind, nous sommes fiers de vous présenter le défi CDC En Forme qui commence le 23 avril et se termine le 3 mai!

Voici comment cela fonctionne: chaque semaine, nous vous invitons à participer à des défis pour améliorer votre santé ou pour simplement montrer votre force, votre vitesse, votre équilibre, votre endurance et vos compétences en matière de préparation d’aliments. Chaque gagnant des défis recevra un prix et tous les participants pourront courir la chance de gagner un grand prix! Plus vous participez et plus vous avez la chance de gagner!


Pour mettre l’accent sur la santé et la forme physique, chaque fois que vous partagez un message sur les réseau sociaux ou que vous affichez une photo avec le hashtag #CDCEnForme, vous faites automatiquement partie du tirage du grand prix. Prenez les escaliers, mangez sainement – à tout moment vous pouvez faire partie du tirage! Restez à l’écoute sur les réseaux sociaux ou jetez un oeil au tableau d’affichage au 2e étage pour connaître le calendrier des événements!

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
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Students and staff of TLE and CDC Vimont attended Ian Hepburn’s Mindfulness Practice: Two workshop sessions were held on March 14th:  Morning Session + Afternoon Session

MINDFULNESS PRACTICE is exactly that – a practice.

  • It is something we do.
  • It is the easiest thing you have ever done … and the most difficult.
  • It is Sitting-up straight
  • It is Feeling the breath
  • It is Seeing the seeing
  • It is Hearing the hearing
  • It is Feeling sensations of the body
  • It is watching thoughts come & go

Why do we Practice Mindfulness?

  • To wake-up to our lives as they unfold moment-to-moment
  • To live fully in THIS MOMENT – the only moment there ever is

Ian has practiced Mindfulness Practice for more than 20 years. He has presented workshops to elementary and high schools in Quebec and Ontario. He has recorded the “2-Minute Mindfulness Bell” for use in schools to help students make transitions throughout the day. Ian is a certified Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy practitioner whose work has been written about in newspapers and journals in Canada and the U.S. His website includes a 23-minute documentary broadcast nationally on CBC radio. Ian holds diplomas in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has taught piano and harp for more than 40 years. With his band Imaginary Heaven, he has toured Canada several times and sold more CDs in Japan than in Canada. In some half-life, Ian is also a handweaver whose weaving may be found in private collections in Canada and throughout the world.


A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
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As a part of Hooked on School Days, students participated in this event by writing a few words dedicated to an important person that is an inspiration in their studies. They wrote a message to this person mentioning the reasons for which they are staying in school and why this person is important for them.


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On Thursday, TLE had the privilege of having Eric (dietitian) and Matthew (physical trainer) at CDC Vimont to talk about Health and Nutrition with students, as part of the Healthy Body, Health Mind Connection project. Over 350 students were present to visit the kiosk, sample a healthy smoothie and learn about health & fitness.

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Matthew and Eric distributed educational health, fitness and nutrition pamphlets for free, courtesy of Dairy Nutrition. They also provided information to individuals who had many questions regarding diet, physical training, health in general along with many other subjects.

Upcoming Lunch and Learn topics:

Morning Routine
Essentials to Smart Affordable Eating
Be Aware of How You Move
Workouts on a Budget
No Time, No Problem!
How to Fuel for School
You’re Eating Wrong! Here’s Why
You’re Breathing Wrong! Here’s Why
Corrective Conditioning Q & A
Body Breakdown

Health & Fitness Lunch & Learns 2018

Learn about nutrition and fitness from experts in the field. Join Eric and Matthew for informative fitness and nutrition Lunch and Learn sessions as part of the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection!

  • Increase your self-care skills
  • Learn Tips and Tricks to keep you on track and thrive physically
  • Progress towards the goals you want, in and out of school
  • Have the energy to stay focused and feel good

Have some questions or need fitness/nutrition information? Private consultations are also available for free. Contact TLE in room 106 for more information.

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
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As part of the TLE and CDC Vimont Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection project during Hooked on School Days, 10 CDC Vimont students were awarded Perseverance Certificates and $15 gift cards to Cafe Depot. Congratulations to all!! #HookedonSchoolDays

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