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    Year End Letter


    Dear Martin Street Families,


    Three months ago, life at Martin Street took on a new look. During this time, staff, students, and parents have shown a tremendous amount of resilience. It is with sincere gratitude that we thank all Martin Street stakeholders for the work that has been done over the past 3 months.


    To our students, thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year, both at school and while at home. This has been a strange year for you, and we know you miss your friends, your teachers, and daily life at Martin Street School. We thank you for working hard at home and for participating in Google Meets with your teachers and educational assistants. As the years pass, 2019-20 will probably be remembered as an unpleasant bump in the road. We applaud your commitment and demonstration of Phoenix pride!


    To our staff, thank you for your continued focus on learning. We sincerely appreciate the manner in which you supported students, their families, and each other. You took on a whole new way of teaching, supporting students, and running a school office, and did so with enthusiasm and professionalism!


    To our parents, we miss your children dearly and are looking forward to seeing them again in the fall. Thank you for being partners with your child’s teachers during this time!


    To our Grade 8 Graduates, we were so looking forward to sharing with you in celebration, to honouring your achievements, and to sending you off on the next chapter in your journey. We thank you for being the leaders at Martin Street and for setting such a positive example for our younger students. On behalf of the Martin Street staff we hope that you look back on your time at Martin Street with fondness. We know that many of the friendships you have made will last a lifetime. We wish you all a bright and successful future, we will miss you!


    While much is to be decided about what school may look like in September, know that we are all in this together and will work collaboratively to transition back to school in the fall. We wish you a healthy and relaxing summer.

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    Martin Street Memo - Year End


    Dear Martin Street Families,

    As our 2019-20 school nears its end, this memo is intended to keep you up to date with events happening at Martin Street School and within HDSB.

    Report Cards

    Report cards will be delivered electronically to parents/guardians using SchoolMessenger’s Secure Document Delivery service. Report cards will be sent on June 24. Parents/guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) number to open the link in the SchoolMessenger email to view the report card. This can be found on a previous report card. 

    Grade 8 Graduation

    This year our Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony will occur in the form of a video. Please join us on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 P.M. for the launch of the video. More details, as well as a video link, will be sent out next week. 

    Retrieval of Student Belongings

    Parents will have the opportunity to visit the school, as per the schedule posted below, to retrieve student belongings. Please note that only one parent will be permitted inside the school, and students will not be granted access to the school.


    June 22

    Time In                                                          Last Name

    9:00am

    A-AL

    10:00am

    AM-AZ & B-BL

    11:00am

    BO-BZ

    12:00pm

    C

    1:00pm

    D & E-EM

    2:00pm

    Er-Ew, F & G


    June 23
    Time In                                                          Last Name

    9:00am

    H & I

    10:00am

    J & L

    11:00am

    K

    12:00pm

    M-Mo

    1:00pm

    Mr-Mu, N & O

    2:00pm

    Q & P


    June 24 Time In                                                          Last Name

    9:00am

    R

    10:00am

    Sa-Sh

    11:00am

    Si-Sy

    12:00pm

    T

    1:00pm

    U, V & W

    2:00pm

    X, Y & Z


    Return of Library Books and School Materials

    We ask that all school resources, such as textbooks and library books are returned. The library will not be open.  Please place all library materials in the bin by the library entrance. If your child will no longer be enrolled in the Halton District School Board in the fall, school-loaned devices will also be returned at this time. Families remaining in our school board may continue to use the loaned device through the summer.


    Grade 8 Trip Refund

    We have been informed by WorldStrides Explorica that those with Travel Protection will receive a refund for all the money they paid except the cost of the Travel Protection Plan. Due to the high volume of refunds being processed, WorldStrides Explorica has asked for your understanding on timing. The refund will be sent approximately eight weeks from our original departure date.  


    Distance Learning Survey

    HDSB is providing families and students with the opportunity to provide input on their experience with distance learning and to comment on the impacts COVID-19 has had on student mental health. This information will help inform how the HDSB delivers education and mental health support in the fall. All HDSB families (and students in Grade 4-12) are invited to provide input by completing the following anonymous surveys between June 10-25:

    Student Survey: bit.ly/distance-learning-student

    Parent/guardian survey: bit.ly/distance-learningHDSB


    Courtesy Seats on School Buses for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Families requesting a courtesy seat on the school bus for their child are advised that the application process will be delayed for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to physical distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is unlikely that many courtesy seat requests will be approved for the upcoming school year. Parents/guardians may submit a Courtesy Seat Application online and will be notified via email once a decision on this process has been made. Visit the Halton Student Transportation Services website Halton Bus


    New Student Online Registration

    Even though schools are closed, families are able to register their child online through the HDSB website by visiting our Student Registration page. The link for registration is here: Register My Child


    Moving?
    Have you moved? Are you moving over the summer? If so, kindly send an email with your new address information to our office staff: lmartalog@hdsb.ca

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    Retrieval of Student Belongings

    Martin Street Families: I am pleased to share the process for the retrieval of student belongings. Given our school closed without the opportunity to organize student belongings, teachers will need some time to sort and gather your child’s personal items. I ask for your understanding and patience as we undertake this work!

    During the next few weeks, teachers will access the school to sort, gather and bag your child’s personal belongings from their locker/cubbie and classroom.  They will place a bag for each student, labelled with the student’s name, on a desk in the homeroom classroom.  

    Teachers will do their best to determine what belongs to whom, relying largely on personal items, such as shoes and clothes, being labelled with a name.  Any items that are not able to be sorted, will be left on display in the classroom for you to peruse on your scheduled access day.  All unclaimed items will be donated and/or discarded in July.  

    You will be provided a scheduled time during the week of June 22 to access your child’s classroom/locker to collect their belongings.  

    At this same time, we ask that all school resources, such as textbooks and library books are returned.  If your child will no longer be enrolled in the Halton District School Board in the fall, school-loaned devices will also be returned at this time.  Families remaining in our school board may continue to use the loaned device through the summer.

    Please be aware that only one parent/guardian will be provided access to the school and will be required to follow the Access to School - Protocol for Elementary Parent/Guardian.  Students will not be granted access to the school. .

    I will confirm your access date and time within the next week. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. 

    We look forward to seeing you soon!


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    Virtual Celebration of Student Excellence

    The HDSB is hosting a virtual Celebration of Student Excellence on Thursday, May 14 to recognize this year’s Student Excellence recipients. Tune in to hdsb.ca at 7 p.m. to celebrate our Student Excellence recipient! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YS7Odb   

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    Martin Street Student of Excellence

    Each year all Halton Schools select one student to represent their school as the Student of Excellence. This year we are very proud to honour Farwah Rasheed. Below is a paragraph honoring Farwah and describing her achievements as a Martin Street student. This year all HDSB Students of Excellence will be honoured on May 14, via video, at 7:00 P.M. More details will be shared soon! Congratulations to Farwah and her family!

    Farwah excels in all aspects of Martin Street School life. She is kind, caring, and an excellent role model for students of all ages. Farwah participates in many school activities. She is a member of our Sewing Club, Grad Committee, Diversity Team, Me to We Club, and our Basketball Team. She also volunteers in our primary classes during the breaks, assisting the younger children. Farwah is a very collaborative member of her classroom and works well with all of her peers. Farwah takes initiative and contributes very positively to the climate of Martin Street School. Farwah is well-respected by the entire Martin Street community and is a true Student of Excellence.    

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    To our Martin Street families:

    Click on the link below to view a short video that the amazing staff at Martin Street PS put together for you! Stay safe and we miss you!


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    Important Information:

    Please be advised that Martin Street Public School is currently closed as per government orders in response to the emergence of COVID-19 in the province. We are working remotely and staff can be reached by email. 

     

    For information on the Ontario school closure, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/students/Pages/Health%20and%20Well-Being/COVID-19.aspx

     

    For online learning resources, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/learning-and-resources/Pages/Learning-Outside-Classroom.aspx

     

    If you are looking to register your child(ren), please visit: https://hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/Register-My-Child-for-School.aspx

     

    While schools are closed, we encourage families to continue to check for updates from us and the HDSB through email (SchoolMessenger), www.hdsb.ca, and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). 


    For deliveries to schools, please send inquiries to contact@hdsb.ca.  


    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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    Author Visit

    Author and retired Martin Street teacher Jenny Panda will be in December 10th to do a book talk to grades 3-5.

    Winter Concerts
    A reminder that our Junior winter concert will take place on Wednesday, December 11th and the Primary winter concert will take place on Thursday, December 12th. We are collecting non-perishable items for the food bank if you would like to donate.

    Poinsettia Orders
    Poinsettia pick up is this coming Thursday, December 12th; details to follow later this week regarding pick-up time.

    Pizza, Popcorn and Milk
    The current order of pizza, popcorn and milk goes right through to Friday, January 24th. Pizza and popcorn will be delivered on Friday, December 20th. Please watch for information on School Cash online for next session of pizza, popcorn and milk. All money raised through these initiatives goes back into extra-curricular clubs, students resources and activities.

    Miracle on Main Street Assembly
    This past Tuesday, we held our Toys for Tots/Miracle on Main Street Assembly. Tiger Jeet Singh was here and presented Martin Street School with a cheque for $1500 to use for school initiatives! We are so appreciative of this donation and wish to thank the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation for their generosity. This year MSPS will once again attend the Miracle on Main Street event in downtown Milton. If you would like to donate to this event, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the office.

    Book Fair
    Thanks you to Mrs. Duff and her incredible team of volunteers for running a very successful Book Fair. Our school earned $4900 towards the purchase of new resources.

    MDHS Band Performs
    This Monday, December 2, the Milton District High School Band will be here to perform for our students. This is a highlight for us, as several members of the band are former Martin Street students!

    Christmas Concert
    This year, our primary concert (Grades JK - 4) will be held on Thursday December 12. The junior concert (grades 5-8) will be on Wednesday December 11. Mark the date! There will be an afternoon performance each day at 2:00 P.M. followed by an evening performance at 6:30 P.M.
    Posted Jun 25, 2020, 9:08 AM by Diane Hurley ‎[Staff]‎
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Pictured above: Ms. Hayward (Martin Street's Class of 1934) and Paisley (Current JK student at Martin Street) cut the ribbon during our Opening Ceremonies to officially open our school!