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posted Dec 1, 2019, 11:14 AM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Jun 25, 2020, 9:08 AM by Diane Hurley ‎[Staff]‎ ]

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.

From the Principal's desk...

posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:07 PM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Nov 8, 2019, 6:08 PM ]

Remembrance Day
Monday November 11 will be our Remembrance Day Service in the gym, starting at 9:30 A.M. There will be performances by the band and the choir and individual student readings.

Book Fair
This year our Book Fair will run from November 18 to November 22 in the Library / Learning Commons. All proceeds will go towards adding new reading materials to our library.

Photo Re-Take Day
This year photo retake day will occur on Friday November 15.

Poinsettias Fundraiser
Our grade 8 students will be fundraising for their graduation.  These students are the first graduating class at Martin Street and they are very excited to put on a school-wide fundraiser of poinsettias from TERRA Greenhouse. The order forms are due back on November 26, 2019.  Items will be delivered directly to the school and to be picked up in the gym on December 12, 2019. The preferred method of payment is School Cash Online (https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com).  Any cash or cheque payments must be brought into the Office.

Progress Reports and Interview Day
Progress Reports will go home on Monday, November 18. Interviews will take place all week,. Friday November 22 is a PD Day for Student Led Conferences.

From the Principal's desk...

posted Oct 25, 2019, 4:20 PM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎

Staffing Update
We are excited to welcome back Ms. Groot-Nibbelink from maternity leave. She will be teaching Core French once again this year. Thank you and best wishes to Mlle. Becker for filling in so admirably this September and October. We wish her the best in her teaching career!

Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin Patch has been a great tradition here at Martin Street. Students and their families are invited to bring decorated/carved pumpkins in to the school gym between 8:00 and 9:00 am on Thursday, October 31st. Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite pumpkin in a variety of categories... the funniest, biggest, coolest, etc. At 1:55 students will participate in our annual costume parade which will end in the gym. The winners of the Pumpkin Patch Contest will be awarded and we will head back to our classrooms for the balance of the day.

Perseverance Assembly
Next Thursday, October 31 our grade 2 students will be hosting our first Character Assembly of the year. This month our theme was Perseverance. For November our theme will be Responsibility.

From the Principal's desk...

posted Oct 18, 2019, 7:33 PM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 4:21 PM ]

October 21st Federal Election 
Our school has been chosen as a polling site for the October 21st Federal Election. As per past practice, our gym has been booked for the entire day and evening. There will be a uniformed security guard from Neptune Security on site from 8am until 4 pm to maintain the separation of students and voters.

Gifted Testing for Grade 4
During the period of October 21-30, all grade 4 students will under go a test for Giftedness, the CCAT - Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test.

Picture Day
This year our school photo day will be on October 22, Re-take day is November 15.

Grade 7 to the Career Centre
Between October 22-24, all grade 7 students will attend the Halton Industry Education Council (Career Centre). This is a great opportunity for out students to discover all the different types of careers they are abe to pursue.

Grade 8 Trip Information Evening
Next Thursday October 24, representatives from Explorica will be at Martin Street at 6:30 to present the details for our grade 8 spring trip to Montreal. All Grade 8 parents are invited to attend.

Grade 7/8 Volleyball
Our grade 7/8 Volleyball teams have begun their regular season. Good luck to our teams!

Remembrance Day
Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be Monday November 11.

End of September update

posted Oct 3, 2019, 4:32 PM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 4:33 PM ]

October 21st Federal Election 
Our school has been chosen as a polling site for the October 21st Federal Election. As per past practice, our gym has been booked for the entire day and evening. There will be a uniformed security guard from Neptune Security on site from 8am until 4 pm to maintain the separation of students and voters.

Martin Street Spirit Wear
Martin Street Spirit Wear has gone on sale and will be available until October 4th! Please use the following link should you choose to purchase spirit wear for your child/children:  https://www.schoolwear.ca/msp/

Library Books
This past summer Martin Street School provided students the opportunity to sign out library books for the summer. So far we have over 300 books that have not been returned. We are asking that families please search for these books at home and return them to the school library. Our teacher-librarian will be sending home notices with all students who have any outstanding library books.

Cross Country Meet October 1
On October 1st, students in grades 3-8 will represent MSPS at the annual cross country meet at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington. All parents are invited to attend to cheer on our team!

Breakfast Program:
Our Breakfast Program Volunteers are offering a photo-based fundraiser for the school to help raise money for this initiative. Photoworks will be on site on Thursday, October 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are only 24 time slots available. The session will include a minimum of 10 poses for $25.00. This will include an 8x10 print of your choice. Once you have signed up through School Cash Online you will be sent an email with information on the time slots available. 

September Update

posted Sep 24, 2019, 6:59 AM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎

Fall Fair
Thank you to our School Council, student volunteers, and staff volunteers for a very successful Fall Fair this past Saturday. A good time was had by all, and a significant amount of money was raised for various school projects! Stay tuned for our next family event!

Terry Fox Run
This year our annual Terry Fox Run will take place on Thursday, September 26 during periods 5 and 6 (1:55 - 2:55 P.M.)

Meet the Teacher Night
Meet the teacher night will be this Thursday from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Spirit Wear
Any families wishing to purchase Martin Street spirit wear can access the website here:  https://www.schoolwear.ca/msp/
This site will open from September 23 until October 4.

Cross Walks on Martin Street
We have a few crosswalks on Martin Street that do not have a crossing guard. We are asking parents to please counsel your children on the safe way to approach a crosswalk, and ensure they are doing everything they can to maximize their safety and the safety of others. Despite the presence of traffic signals, it is still important for pedestrians to make sure all vehicles have yielded before stepping into the crosswalk and crossing the roadway. Please remind your children to always be attentive and to remove earphones, turn off music, and stop texting or talking on the phone. Make your intention to cross the road known by extending your arm, make eye contact with drivers, and never assuming a driver sees you.

Good Luck to Our MSPS Sports Teams!
This week our senior girls volleyball team will see their first game action of the year. Next Tuesday several students in grades 3-8 will be representing Martin Street at HDSB's annual cross country running meet in Burlington. Thank you to all our students who participate and are active in Martin Street activities, and thank you to our staff for providing these wonderful opportunities.

September 2019

posted Sep 17, 2019, 2:11 PM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎

Student Canada Votes
This year our students in grades 5-8 will participate in a mock vote to coincide with the federal election. Student Vote Canada 2019 is a parallel election program for students under the voting age coinciding with the 2019 federal election. It provides students with an authentic learning experience where they practice the habits of active and informed citizenship.

Fall Fair
Our annual Fall Fair is this Saturday, September 21 from 11 - 3:00 P.M. We will have games, music, food trucks, vendors and our famous cake walk! 

Extra Curricular Activities
We have many activities have already started including Volleyball, Cross Country, Dance Club, Diversity Club, and more!

Meet the Teacher Night
This year our Meet the Teacher Night will take place on Thursday, September 26, from 6:30 7:30 P.M. This is a great opportunity to see the school and meet your child's teacher(s).

Upcoming Events

posted Sep 10, 2019, 6:12 AM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎

Meet the Teacher Night
Thursday September 26 will be our Meet the Teacher Night. The event runs from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Cross Country and Other Clubs!
We have started many extra curricular clubs here at MSPS. These include the Diversity Club, Sewing Club, Grade 7/8 Volleyball, and Cross Country Running. There will be many more starting very soon!

The Pumpkin Patch Returns!
Stay tuned for more information about this amazing annual event!

PD Day September 16
This Monday September 16 all Martin Street staff will be engaged in a Professional Activity Day. There will be no school for students.

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 2, 2019, 8:57 AM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Sep 2, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

Welcome Back to our Martin Street students and their families!  A special welcome to those new families who have recently moved into the area, as well as the new families in Grade 2 French Immersion, Junior Kindergarten, and our new Communication Class. We hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer and are feeling ready for the start of another year.  We are incredibly excited to begin our 3rd year in our new building! This promises to be a year filled with amazing opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!  We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts groups, and athletic teams, certain to encourage our Martin Street children to be involved and stay connected!

During the 2019-20 school year we will continue to build upon and refine our foundation of Collective Commitments, Core Values, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education. Soon you will be hearing about many opportunities to visit our school, beginning with our School Council Fall Fair on Saturday, September 21. We extend a special, year-long invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to the success of your children in their elementary school years.

Our administration team consists of Dan Albrecht, Principal and Jacqueline Febers, Vice Principal. Our office doors are always open and we encourage communication between home and school as the most effective way to provide your child with the confidence to be a successful Martin Street student. On this website, you will find a link to our staff list. 
We welcome you to Martin Street and to our wonderful learning community. Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!

Fall Fair: Our School Council is working hard in preparation for our annual Fall Fair on Saturday September 21. Hope to see you there! If you are willing to volunteer in any capacity please contact our School Council Co-Chair Louise Thewlis at lthewlis@cogeco.ca.

Pizza, Milk, and Popcorn: Shortly you will be receiving information about how to order.

Breakfast Club: Once again Martin Street will be providing a Breakfast Programme on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who volunteer to distribute the food. And a huge thank you to Mrs. Katherine Jensen for once again coordinating this most valuable programme!

Class Placements: Thank you for your patience as we implement a notification system and work through the glitches. Please know that it is inevitable that there will be split classes. Families will be receiving an email explaining the rationale for split classes. Please do not call or email requesting a class change. At this time we will honor the hard work of our staff in placing students in the class that will best meet their needs.

Mr. Dan Albrecht        &        Mrs. J. Febers
albrechtd@hdsb.ca              febersj@hdsb.ca

Martin Street School Breakfast Club

posted Jul 2, 2019, 11:48 AM by Courtney Coulombe ‎[Staff]‎

We've had a great couple of years of the Breakfast Club! We've uploaded the schedule for 2019/2020 school year to get an idea of the volunteers availability!

Please have a look and sign up if you can - even 1 day makes a difference.

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