School News

From the Principal's desk...

posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:07 PM by Courtney Coulombe   [ 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

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   [ 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   [ 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

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

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

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   [ 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

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.

June 2019

posted Apr 9, 2019, 6:13 PM by Courtney Coulombe   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 4:15 AM by Wendy Webber ]


Volleyball Camps
1/2 Day Volleyball Camp: July 8-12, 9 am - 12 noon
Boys & Girls, Grades 2-5 & 6-8
Weekly Volleyball: Fridays June 21 - Aug 9, 6 - 7 pm
Boys & Girls, Grades 2 - 5
Registration OPEN www.miltonedge.com

MOVIE NIGHT JUNE 6th   
Please join us for Movie Night!
"How to Train Your Dragon" The Hidden World (last instalment of the series)
Doors open - 6:15     Movie starts - 6:30
Whole pizzas, popcorn and drinks are available to purchase through cashless IN ADVANCE. There will be limited amounts of popcorn and drinks available night of, but no pizzas.
Bring blankets, wear pjs and enjoy the movie with friends.
This is not a drop off event. Children must be supervised and settled during the movie so that everyone can enjoy.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

School Spirit Night
Martin Street is inviting all families to attend our first annual spirit night on May 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm. Come and check out what clubs and/or teams your child is a part of, as well as some services that are available to your child as a Martin Street student. Our band and choir will be performing and the night will end with a staff/student dodgeball game. You won't want to miss this!
Also, families of Grade 5 students are invited to attend an information session on next year's Camp Muskoka trip that same night on May 2nd from 6:00-6:30pm.

Book Fair
The book fair will be open for book sales in the library on Thursday April 18th, Tuesday April 23rd and Thursday April 25th! Students will have a chance to browse and create a wish-list when their classes visit. Thank you to Ms. Peachey for all her hard work setting this up!

Congratulations
Congratulations to both the Chess Team and the Skills Competition Team for participating in their respective competitions. Thank you to Mrs. Monk, Mr. Demeter and Ms. Watson for all their support!

Outdoor Learning Space
Martin Street is getting an outdoor classroom! Big thanks to our Parent Council for funding this initiative. This outdoor classroom will facilitate both learning and play. This project is set to be completed by the end of May! If your child is on the Eco Team, they should be able to tell you all about this.

EQAO
EQAO testing will be happening for Grade 3 and 6 students this May 2019. The Grade 3s will write on May 22, 23 and 24. The Grade 6s will write on May 27, 28 and 29. We are seeking volunteers to scribe for students. If you are available and have your police check, please let the office know!

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