We have welcomed a new elementary school to Côte Saint-Luc and District 2 this week.
Jewish People`s and Peretz School (JPPS) officially moved to the Bialik High School campus on Kildare Road on Monday, February 29 and presto a new Kindergarten to Grade 11 facility was born.
Head of School Maureen Baron and her team signalled this move last spring. The JPPS building on Van Horne has been sold to Yaldei (early intervention treatment and specialized therapies for children with developmental needs) and now JPPS-Bialik is one big happy family.
Hats off to Maureen, her staff, our Public Safety Department and Police Station 9 for ensuring that the drop-off and pickup of students ran smoothly.
My colleague, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, had a firsthand view of the situation. He is also the dad of three JPPS- Bialik students. “Public Safety was out in full force ensuring safe flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” he reports. “ he visual markers were extremely clear and well organized. JPPS personnel were also well positioned and helpful in moving things along.
All in all it was the best drop off I've witnessed in CSL. I'm sure that every parent was pleased with the city's involvement in making this a very secure scene.”
JPPS-Bialik spokesperson Shelley Paris thanked the city for its cooperation. “The security team was out in force directing traffic and explaining parking rules to parents,” she said. “Everyone felt so welcome and taken care of! Kudos to all!”
The city has put up visible signs to formally welcome JPPS to CSL.
Over the years I have worked very closely with the administration to make sure that parents abided by the existing parking regulations and not block driveways. Police Station 9 do patrol the area and they have been known to hand out tickets, so please before you park see if there is a sign warning you not to pull up there.
By the way this is actually a homecoming for JPPS. They had a Côte Saint-Luc campus on Wavell Road for many years.