Welcome to Mr. Albrecht's Blog!
I am very excited to be returning for my second year as the Principal of Martin Street School. Please check here regularly for updates on all the amazing things happening at our school!
Information Session - Open House
On March 7 we held an Information Session for prospective new staff members. Our staff will be tripling in size for the 2017-18 school year. As part of the presentation we included a section entitled "My Dream for Martin Street." The following quotes were provided by Martin Street students:
“To always be a nice, loving, kind type of school that everyone wants to go to learn”
“To have a longer lunch time… oh, and to be kind + love + peace”
“To be known as a place of kindness, hope, peace, and love”
- Annika, 2016-17 Student of Excellence
Check This Out!
The above link is the latest video update of the Martin Street School construction. We are now water tight, and construction is on schedule!
Bus Safety Presentation
On February 6 all Martin Street students were treated to a Bus Safety Presentation.
Reading at Martin Street!
Congratulations to our students who continue to read 100's of books! Below is Lauren J, who recently added her 25 book leaf to the tree!
We continue to monitor our students' attendance and absent/lates. Overall, the attendance of Martin Street students has been good, but we look for an even greater commitment from families to get their children to school and to be on time.
As a parent, you are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly. It is also a legal requirement of the school that pupils are registered twice daily – at the beginning of the school day and at the beginning of period 5. Pupils are expected to be in school at 9:15 for attendance. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child is punctual. Lateness is recorded at registration and recorded on your child’s attendance record.
Martin Street School staff have high expectations for your child’s learning. We know that you also have many hopes and dreams for your child’s success in school and beyond. To make sure those hopes and dreams are realized, we want to ask for your commitment to making sure your child attends school every day possible. The evidence is clear: children with good attendance are more likely to be successful in school. High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement. This is true for every grade – elementary, middle, and high school students. Good attendance starts early. Research has shown that the attendance habits established in Kindergarten through Grade 2 have lasting effects on students throughout their education: children with high attendance in the early grades continue to have good attendance; and students with low attendance in the early grades are more likely to have low attendance—and lower academic performance—throughout their elementary and middle school years.
Thank you for all you do to support your child’s school success and well-being, as well as our school. If a child is unable to attend school due to illness, parents are requested to use the attendance line at 1-877-409-6310.
Pop Can Tab Update
Thank you to Jill Thistle for her leadership in starting a pop can tab programme. Jill's goal for Martin Street is to collect enough pop can tabs to purchase a wheel chair for someone in need through the March of Dimes. Well done Jill! All families are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause. Simply have your child deliver your tabs to the main office here at Martin Street.
Construction Update - Drone Video
Please check out the above link for a video of the construction of our new building, as of December 10, 2016
Boundary Review and School Council
Our next School Council meeting will be this coming Monday, December 12 at 7:00 P.M. in the Boyne / Martin Street library. At this time there will be a report on the current state of the boundary review process. The boundary review process is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017. The new Martin Street School construction is on target and is expected to reopen for September of 2017. Our trustee Donna Danielli will be present to answer any questions.
November 13: The Latest Video Update of Construction!
Please follow the link below for an updated video of the constructionof our new building, as of November 13. Thank you to Mr. Larry Arbuckle for sharing the video with our community.
Great Job Martin Street Choir!
The choir performed at the Guelph Storm game on October 30 and did a fantastic job! Well done students! And thank you to our choir leaders Mrs. Hasyj and Mrs. Grieve, as well as Mrs. Royce and Mrs. Bewick for organizing this event!
Toonies for Terry
Our Terry Fox Run was once again very successful. This year we raised $396 to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation.
Please view the following drone video updating the construction of Martin Street School, as of October 10.
Guelph Storm Visit Martin Street
Martin Street recently welcome 4 members of the Guelph Storm Junior Hockey Team. The 4 young hockey players visited the students to read stories, discussion fitness and nutrition, and sign autographs!
Meet the Teacher Barbecue (and Barbecue)
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Meet the Teacher Night this Thursday, September 29. We will have a barbecue outside for the first hour (coordinated by our School Council), followed by an hour inside. The barbecue runs from 5:30-6:30 and the inside visit to classrooms is from 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Our annual Terry Fox Run has been changed to Friday, September 30 during periods 5 and 6. All staff and students are encouraged to bring a "Toonie for Terry!"
I am back at school full time now after taking some time to be with my father. He passed away last week after a short illness.
Thank you to local resident Larry Arbuckle for sending this view of the Martin Street School construction site. This video was taken from a drone. Please check out the following link: https://youtu.be/nk5oXgZma1w
We have some upcoming events to share with you. First up will be a School Council Meeting Monday, September 19 at 7:00.
Our Cross Country Team has begun practices under the leadership of Mme. Hynes, Mlle. Coulombe, and Mme. Christensen.
Our Meet the Teacher Open House Barbecue will be on Thursday, September 29. Our School Council will firm up the details at our School Council Meeting.
Staff have been working hard to get the school ready for the new school year. We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, September 7. Class lists have been posted on the entrance to the school (Door # 10). You will need your child's OEN number, which is found on your child's report card. Your child's bus information can be found at haltonbus.ca.
First Day Procedures
Our first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 7. Once again, we will be housed at Boyne Public School at 1110 Farmstead Avenue. We ask all students to meet on the blacktop at the back of the school.
Teachers will be holding up signs that indicate their name and Class Code. Your child's teacher will escort the students into the school.