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About Us

Our Educational Project

At Pierre Elliott Elementary School, the goal is to assist all students to be the best they can be in every aspect of life and to become independent, enthusiastic, and capable citizens. 

An excellent staff and community contribute in all areas of our students` lives.

  As a professional learning community our aims and objectives are:

  1. The promotion and development of early intervention and support systems in all areas of literacy to ensure success for all students.
  2. The creation of a wide variety of learning opportunities where our students are actively involved in their own learning.
  3. The establishment of safe learning environments by outlining and enforcing guidelines and activities that promote responsibility, respect and school spirit.
  4. The integration of technology to support enhanced learning environments
  5. The commitment to a healthy, safe and eco-friendly school environment.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School Vision

All our students will grow to become effective decision makers and be empowered to develop their skills in order to blossom as active members of society.


At Pierre Elliott Trudeau, we promote the acquisition of the English and French languages through a stimulating and challenging program.   We offer students and staff an environment that fosters respect, cooperation and personal growth.

Values & Beliefs

At Pierre Elliott Trudeau we believe that effective schools teach the whole child and all of the values that encompass the responsible citizens that they will become. An effective school is able to accommodate for the uniqueness of the different learning styles of the children by providing a wide range of activities and opportunities. A successful student is able to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of situations and is able to transfer these competencies from one subject to another, applying this knowledge to their respective lives. An effective classroom is one in which children feel safe to explore, take risks, succeed, fail and try again, at a rhythm that encourages them to blossom as children and develop their own identity as lifelong learners.

The Motto of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School is RESPECT; RESPONSIBILITY; EXCELLENCE.


Respecting the Moral Commitment of our Charge:

  • We offer Ethics and Religious Cultures courses at all levels.
  • Teachers are highly qualified and are role models to the students.
  • All adults in the building model respectful behaviour.
  • Students are offered special programs to promote cooperation and respect and develop their understanding and acquisition of life values.
  • Parents play an active role in all areas of the school.

 Respecting the Diversity of our Community:

  • Our approach is through differentiated instruction where all intelligences are addressed.
  • Special needs students receive resource services.
  • Subject-time allocation takes into consideration a high enrollment of French first language students.
  • A welcoming and inclusive culture has been developed.
  • The cafeteria serves foods of many cultures through an excitingly diverse menu that includes foods from around the world.

 Respecting the Student Expectations Established:

  • Students are expected to wear a dress code.
  • Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Teachers and staff take an active role in monitoring student expectations.

Respecting the Physical, Intellectual and Social Needs of Our Students:

  • Students with special needs are identified through a referral process whereby an Ad Hoc Special Needs group meets to establish a plan for the student (Individualized Educational Plan – IEP).
  • Resource teachers come into some classes and help individual students meet success within their own environment.
  • Small intensive groups of students are formed to address specific needs.
  • The school building is clean, well-equipped and is maintained as a healthy and safe environment in which students can excel.

Respecting the Role to Inspire Values in the Formation of Tomorrow’s Citizens:

  • Our School Success Plan focuses on building character.
  • Our approach includes cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Teachers and staff are role models of principle-based discipline and conduct and set an excellent example for students.
  • Respectful behaviour is rewarded.
  • The culture of the school focuses on learning.
  • Attendance and lateness are monitored.


Responsibility to Provide a Safe and Healthy Environment

  • Staff are made aware of special medical needs for students and training is provided when needed.
  • School emergency procedures are in place and communicated, practiced and understood by staff and students.
  • The prevention of bullying and violent behaviour is governed by a policy.
  • Strict security measures are in place for visitors to the school.
  • Procedures are established and followed for the picking up or dropping off of students.
  • The supervision of students is governed by a policy.
  • The building is clean and absent of physical hazards.
  • Equipment is adequate and well-maintained.
  • The curriculum includes classes on health education.
  • The cafeteria offers nutritional meals.

Responsibility to Provide a Sound Program of Studies:

  • The subject-time allocation meets the needs of the students and provides opportunities for students in visual and performing arts, athletics, as well as academic subjects including French Second Language.
  • Classroom instruction is differentiated.
  • Feedback to students and parents is meaningful and allows for improved learning.
  • Meetings amongst cycle teachers focus on student learning.
  • Teachers are involved in on-going professional development.
  • Continuums of learning track student progress.
  • Teachers are highly knowledgeable about the QEP for elementary students.
  • The school’s evaluation policy monitors student progress.

Responsibility to Provide Resources to Students with Special Needs:

  • The School-Level Special Needs Committee examines referrals and makes recommendations for the use of resource time available.
  • Resource teachers provide additional help as recommended by the SLSNC.
  • Attendant time is assigned to students who have a MELS Code.
  • An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) may be developed to address specific needs of a student.
  • The school psychologist, speech-language pathologist (who are assigned to the school on a part time basis) and the resource teacher may intervene as deemed necessary. 

Responsibility to Provide Experience for Students to Work Cooperatively with Each Other

  • Opportunities are offered for cooperative learning.
  • Theme-based projects are used for some learning experiences.
  • Team and partner sports are offered.
  • Student have opportunities to become involved in sports, choir, drama presentations, etc.

Responsibility to Provide a Means for Self-Awareness

  • Our School Success Plan focuses on developing character.
  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their learning.
  • Arts programs allow students to become aware of their own talents.
  • Extra-curricular activities provide other opportunities for self-awareness.


Maintaining High Standards:

  • A culture for learning has been developed and maintained.
  • Basic skills acquisition is assessed at regular intervals to monitor student progress and success.
  • Students are recognized for their accomplishments.
  • Rubrics may be used by students and teachers to aid in assessment.
  • Students are encouraged to set personal goals.
  • Homework is designed to promote student learning.
  • The evaluation of student work reflects mastery of competencies and does not reflect a student’s standing in relation to others.
  • Portfolios may be used. 

Developing Leadership:

  • Students work in groups and are assigned roles when appropriate
  • Classes have helpers with specific responsibilities.
  • Students participate in fund-raising.
  • Older students buddy with younger students for activities when appropriate.
  • Teachers model leadership skills.

Promoting Potential in All Students:

  • Different approaches are used to meet the needs of all students.
  • A varied program of studies allows students to excel in areas of strength and to grow in areas that need improvement.
  • Drama, Visual Arts and Dance are taught.

Empowering Students to Take Responsibility for their Learning:

  • Students may be involved in the development of rubrics.
  • Students are made aware and understand the tools for assessment.
  • Homework is part of the learning process.
  • Deadlines and due dates are made evident to students and parents.

Modeling Excellence in Our Daily Interactions:

  • The teachers are qualified and competent in pedagogy and instructional approaches.
  • The teachers meet regularly with the other members of their team to focus on student learning and areas of improvement to be addressed.
  • Interactions between teachers and students are appropriate and respectful, with high expectations for learning.
  • Classroom procedures are appropriate and allow for a challenging, safe, and healthy, learning environment.
  • All students are encouraged to be engaged in their learning.
  • The teachers provide regular and meaningful feedback to students for the purpose of student improvement and for reflection on their own practices.
  • The teachers demonstrate a highly developed sense of professionalism through interactions with colleagues, students, and parents.
  • The teachers are involved in on-going professional development.
  • The teachers positively contribute to school life.

Students, teachers, administrators, parents and support staff believe in maintaining and modeling the following values:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Honesty
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Acceptance and tolerance for the thoughts, beliefs and values of others


Historical Background and School Context

PierreElliott Trudeau School is one of Quebec’s newest English schools opening in January 2002 due to a rapidly expanding demand for English education on the lower North Shore of the Laurentian region. It is located in the city of Blainville, north of Montreal and educates approximately 420 students living in Blainville, Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Boisbriand, Mirabel (Domaine Vert sector only).

The school is situated in the northern sector of Blainville and is surrounded by single dwellings and semi-detached homes, with most parents owning their homes. The area is considered to be affluent and most parents hold full-time jobs. The majority of families whose children attend our school are French speaking and send their children to English school to learn the English language.

The school consists of 17 regular classrooms, 3 Kindergartens, a daycare, Resource room, library, computer lab, cafeteria, and a gym. The students use mobile laptop computers which are used in their own classrooms or they can visit the computer lab to work with desktop computers.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School is an inclusive school where students with special needs are integrated into regular classes, with assistance when necessary. Support is provided for these students by resource teachers, attendants (when student receives a code from the MELS), a school psychologist, or a speech-language pathologist. We aim to provide opportunities to each student to reach his/her potential in all areas of the curriculum.

Programs Available in Our School


School Bus Transportation

Students who reside within our designated zone are provided with transportation by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Students are expected to comply with the bus safety rules in order to maintain the privilege to ride the school bus daily.

Report Cards

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School provides a comprehensive system of reporting the child’s progress to both the student and the parents at the end of each of the three terms during the school year. 

Meet the Teacher Night & General Assembly

In September of each year a General Assembly is held where members of the Governing Board are elected for the current school year. In addition, teachers hold individual information sessions to address the curriculum and expectations for the year in their respective classrooms.


Interviews are held at the end of the first and second terms. The progress of the student is discussed and goals are set for the following terms.


Newsletters are distributed monthly. Participation and news items are welcome from all parents and teachers. Additional information sheets are distributed when deemed necessary.


Our school has a website where much information about the school can be located. Newsletters, calendars, important dates, teacher email addresses (and more!) can be found on our website. This is a valuable resource for parents, students and families looking to send their child to an English school.

Visit us at .

PETES also has a Facebook page which regularly features school events.

Emergency Closings

If the school is to be closed for the entire day because of an emergency, parents should consult the SWLSB website at or it will be announced on the radio as early as possible in the morning.


The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School agenda book is distributed to students at the beginning of each school year and contains the safety rules established by the administration, staff and Governing Board.  It serves as an organizational tool and allows for regular parent/teacher communication. Parents are requested to verify and sign their child’s agenda daily.

Daycare Services

MEQ daycare services are provided for students enrolled at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School. The philosophy of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Daycare program is to provide a complimentary program of child-centered activities. The Daycare’s primary concern is the well-being and safety of every student. The program provides age-appropriate activities for the students such as arts & crafts, computers, games and physical activity. In addition we provide a homework period after school from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Daycare educators are available to encourage and assist, but homework is primarily the responsibility of the individual child. Parents are expected to ensure that their child has completed their homework in a conscientious and careful manner.

Additional Services

  • Hot meal service (made in-house);
  • Library;
  • Resource Program;
  • Computer Lab;
  • Psychologist (part-time);
  • Speech Therapist (part-time);
  • C.L.S.C. Nurse (vaccinations and on call);
  • Dental Hygienist (early dental intervention);



As part of an English School Board and in order to ensure that our students develop the competencies required to complete the Minister of Education (Leisure and Sports) English Language Arts examination at the end of Cycle 3, all of our curriculum is taught in English, with the exception of the French Second Language program. The breakdown is as follows:




Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Subjects Taught in English

·          Kindergarten Program

·          Music

·          Physical Education


·       English Language Arts

·       Mathematics

·       Arts (Visual & Dance)

·       Physical Education & Health

·       Ethics & Religious Cultures

·         English Language Arts

·         Mathematics

·         Arts (Visual & Drama)

·         Physical Education & Health

·         Ethics & Religious Cultures

·         Science & Technology

·         Geography, History & Citizenship

·            English Language Arts

·            Mathematics

·            Arts (Visual & Musical)

·            Physical Education & Health

·            Ethics & Religious Cultures

·            Science & Technology

·             Geography, History & Citizenship

Subjects Taught in


·         French Second Language

·       French Second Language

·         French Second Language

·            French Second Language



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Special events/activities

Dress Code

Much research has shown that when school children follow a specific dress code, uniform or colour code, there are less incidents of judgmental behaviour, bullying and discrimination towards students with regards to their clothing choices. At Pierre Elliott Trudeau, students wear navy bottoms and white or navy tops, with an option of wearing a burgundy school sweater (with school logo). This helps us ensure that all of our students begin every day on a level playing field with regards to their peers and socio-economic status. More details about our dress code may be found in our ‘Code of Conduct’ section.


Additional Information

We encourage the socialization of our students by providing them with the opportunities to participate in a variety of activities and projects such as LEUCAN collection at Halloween, The Terry Fox Run, Breast Cancer Denim Day, after school activities, collaborative and cooperative group work, Christmas basket collection for families in need, field trips, overnight trips, etc.

We guide the students throughout their academic careers at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School by providing them with many opportunities to explore their own learning, some of which include guest speakers, musical and dramatic performances, field trips, research techniques and projects, multi-media presentations, frequent use of technology, assemblies as well as hands-on workshops for students and teachers, all of which help qualify students as independent, confident learners and aid in their selection of courses to pursue in their high school education.

parent participation

Governing Board

The primary purpose of the Governing Board is to provide a close link between the parents and the school. The Governing Board acts as a consultative and decision-making body in the school. As such, they have the right and responsibility to make recommendations based on full and sound information about school life. Members of the Governing board must have interest in the school and education in general. They must be prepared to volunteer their time, to work cooperatively in a group and to dialogue with others. The members of the Governing Board must be able to view their decisions as affecting the whole school population and ultimately the community at large.


Parent Participation Organization (PPO)

Our PPO boasts about its many active members who work tirelessly to raise funds for activities and materials to enrich the children’s learning. The PPO has a large parent volunteer organization which helps with fundraising throughout the school year. All of the proceeds from the fundraising efforts are reinvested directly in the school. Monthly meetings are held at the school, and attendance is open to everyone, though voting is reserved to members only.

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