Ice Fishing – 2014

Look to the Mountain  students had the pleasure to go ice fishing with the great fishing guide Florent Hebert at Manoir Hovey on Lake Massawippi. March 20th 2014Ice Fishing

Check out Flo’s guide website!

http://florenthebert.ca/en/

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LttM students take First Aid and CPR Course

image(21) Look to the Mountain students are presently taking a First Aid and CPR course in association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Students are keen to learn new skills and to put them to use in both their job placements and in a wilderness setting if an emergency may arise.

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Annual General Meeting to be held on November 13th

LOGOThe Look to the Mountain Foundation Board of Directors invite you to a public meeting to appoint three new members to our Board.

To be held at the Eastern Townships Learning Centre. 1700, Rue College, Door 11, Sherbrooke, J1M 0C8 on Wednesday, November 13th 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest!

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First Year Bishop’s University Education students learn about the Circle of Courage®

image(20)A group of 45 first year Bishop’s University Education students learn about the Circle of Courage® at the Look to the Mountain low ropes course last Friday.

BU students and Look to the Mountain students worked together on a variety of low ropes initiatives while creating belonging, learning from each other and learning about untraditional education methods.

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Students return from a snowy Mont Megantic

meganticLook to the Mountain students return from a three-day backpacking trip to Mont Megantic on October 24.

Students and teachers worked on building community and learning new skills, as backpacking was a first for many of our students.

We were greeted by snow at the 5 kilometer mark to the peak and learned about astronomy at the interactive Astrolab.

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Celebrating our Students!

On June 6th, Look to the Mountain celebrated the accomplishments of our students throughout the year. Parents and Guardians attended along with staff, members of Student Services and Special Education at the Eastern Townships School Board making the ceremony that much more special.

Students were recognized for their commitment and dedication to the Circle of Courage values of Belonging (awarded to Abbygail Deslauriers), Independence (awarded to Isaiah Fischer), Mastery (awarded to Marc-Olivier Leblanc) and Generosity (awarded to Stephen Wright).

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Finally, the GOLDEN PADDLE award was given to Michael Harrison-Simoneau who embodies the Circle of Courage philosophy on a daily basis.

Congratulations to all our students!
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End of Year Canoe Trip to Réserve Faunique La Vérendrye

After 45 km, 6 portages and enough mosquitoes and black flies to last us a lifetime, a small group of Look to the Mountain participants demonstrated their Mastery and Independence on our five-day canoe trip to Réserve Faunique La Vérendrye. Bravo gang!

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A special thank you to Stanstead College for donating a bus and driver and for making this trip possible for our students!image(7)

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Students return from YMCA Exchange in Hazelton B.C

bc5It was our students turn to visit their host community in Hazelton B.C on a YMCA Exchange, May 16th to 22nd. Our students’ experience proved to be rich in Gitxsan culture, nature and friendships that were developed in March while in Quebec.

Students and teachers spent their time with host families, on nature walks, and experiencing the Gitxsan culture through dance, tours, rituals and meals.

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Look to the Mountain students returned from their experience with the hope of visiting their new friends and returning to this beautiful part of Canada once again.

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Drum Making and Painting with Gitxsan Elder Art Wilson

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This past month, students worked with Abenaki and Gitxsan Elders learning to make hand drums.

Gitxsan Elder, Art Wilson, shared his artistic talents by drawing North-West Coast art on each individual drum; animals and birds chosen by the students. Students spent their days, making and painting their drums with Art’s guidance.

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B.C students visit Quebec on a YMCA exchange

Our visitors from the Hazelton B.C area have come and gone, leaving behind wonderful memories and lasting relationships. We had a great week with our new friends! Activities included:

photo16Day 1: Breakfast, Meet and Greet. Students were introduced to their host families and had a restful day catching up on some sleep and eating good food.

Day 2: A tour of Sherbrooke, where students visited Lac des Nations, the Natural Science Museum and had an authentic poutine lunch at Louis’ Luncheonette.photo7

Day 3: Hazelton area and Eastern Township students worked on their teamwork abilities through various low ropes initiatives on the LttM property. Also, students volunteered their time cutting branches, stacking wood and clearing brush.
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photo1 Students were treated to a traditional Cabane a Sucre supper followed by a drumming circle.

Day 4: Snow Day! Time at home with host families.

Day 5: Students spent the day in Montreal where they visited the Science Museum, Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica and spent some time shopping!photo12

Day 6: The day was spent at Jouvence Outdoor Education Centre where we went cross-country skiing, tubing and played broom ball.

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We had a fun-filled, busy week. This experience proved to be a worthwhile cultural exchange and we look forward to visiting our friends in May!
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