Feb 9, 2016

Red Maple Award

The Red Maple Award LogoThe Red Maple Award

The Red Maple™ Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.
Click on the OLA link for more information on this year's 2016 nominees.
We are so lucky to have the wonderful support of our Parent Council who purchased 4 copies of each of the Fiction book titles. Students are invited to come to the library once a week to exchange and discuss the books they have read. If they read at least 5 of the 10 books before April 15 they are able to vote. Readers vote for their favourite book. The books with the most votes win the awards in their respective award programs.

Jan 27, 2016

Minister's Student Advocacy Council

Please refer to the attached letter for an incredible student leadership opportunity.

Jan 11, 2016

Bell HS Grade 8 Parent Info Night - This Thursday

Bell High School is hosting a grade 8 parent information evening for students interested in attending. The event starts at 6 pm.

Jan 7, 2016

School Year Calendar Survey

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board ad hoc School Year Calendar Consultative Committee is comprised of parent representatives, students, administrators, various employee groups and union representatives. The committee has begun the process of planning the school year calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. There are many factors to consider in establishing each school year calendar. School boards are required to prepare, adopt, and submit to the Ministry of Education on or before May 1st of each year (or March 1st for a modified calendar), the school year calendar to be followed in the next school year. This includes start and end dates, professional development days and school breaks. 

As the committee prepares to make recommendations for the next school year, we are seeking your feedback on the options available for next year's Winter Break 2016-2017. Your feedback will be shared with the committee as they make their recommendations. 
The options being considered are: 
- Last day of school Friday, 16 December 2016
- No school from 17 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
- Students returning to school Monday, 2 January 2017


- Last day of school Friday, 23 December 2016
- No school from 24 December 2016 – 8 January 2017
- Students returning to school on Monday, 9 January 2017

A survey has been created:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the committee!

Junior Achievement for Grade 7 Students

There will be a Junior Achievement presentation for all Grade 7 students on Wednesday, January 20th.  This is an informative one-day program that provides grade 7 students with personal money management skills and challenges them to apply these concepts in their own life, starting today! With the guidance of volunteers from the Ottawa business community, students gain knowledge and awareness of financial planning and budgeting techniques, all while learning how to become smart consumers and savvy investors.

Jan 6, 2016

First Friday!

This Friday is Hat Day. Wear your favourite hat in school!

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Dec 14, 2015

United Nations Poster Contest

Please follow this link for information about a UN Disarmament Poster contest.

Dec 11, 2015

Enrichment Mini-Courses-Grade 8's

Please take a look at the link below for application information and a link to the program website.
Applications are due December 18th, 2:30pm

Dec 3, 2015

Ottawa Senators Game Deal

Description: Description: Description: Ottawa Senators
Holiday Hockey - School Night
Start the Holiday’s the right way!

Dec 18th 7:30pm
Senators vs. San Jose
Students - $20
Adult - $30
Tickets include slice of Pizza Pizza at game
and a Big Mac Meal Voucher

To Order use promo code “OCARLETONDSB” at capitaltickets.ca/promo

For further questions e-mail fairj@ottawasenators.com
or call 613-599-0372

Dec 1, 2015

Lisgar Parent Information Evening and Open House

Lisgar will be hosting an information evening for grade 8 parents on Thursday, January 14. Tours begin at 6 pm and presentations start at 7 pm in the Alumni Auditorium.

SRB Grade 8 Parent Info Night

Mark your calendars. Sir Robert Borden High School will be hosting a grade 8 parent information night on Thursday, January 7 at 6:30.

Food Drive

Free the Children is hosting a food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank.

We are asking for donations of non perishable goods like pasta, rice, canned fish and even baking goods.

Please help those in need with a warm belly this cold season.

Equator Fundraiser


Greenbank School Council is partnering with Equator Coffee Roasters in a fundraising initiative that will bring you freshly roasted, organic and fair trade products of coffee, tea, chocolate and hot chocolate.

·        The coffee will arrive at your home 3 days after it is roasted

·        Ottawa retailers such as Farm Boy and Kardish offer these products at higher prices

Supports Education
·        A portion of the sales of each bag goes to the Greenbank School Council which will fund enriching educational opportunities for our children
·        A portion of the sales of each bag goes to support SchoolBOX, a Canadian charity that helps make education possible in Nicaragua

·        Fill in the order form and send it and a cheque to school with your child
·        The coffee, tea, chocolate and hot chocolate you order will come home with your child

Please consider supporting Greenbank Middle School by purchasing some of these delicious items.  Orders will arrive approximately one and a half weeks after the due date.   If you have any questions, contact Cynthia Jones Kalhok at 613 726-8995 or kalhok@trytel.com.

Nov 20, 2015

Wiggly Tooth Productions Presents...

Who: Wiggly Tooth Productions (a student led theatre group starring several Greenbank students and children from the community)
What: Into the Woods Junior
Where: Sir Robert Borden SS Auditorium
When: December 5, 2015
Why: A great night out with the family supporting student-led theatre!

Click on the link for more information.

Nov 18, 2015

Bullying Awareness Week

It's Bullying Awareness Week and teachers are having conversations with students about bullying. Our message to students is to be good to each other, to treat each other nicely, and to report incidents that they see and hear about to their teachers, principals, or parents/guardians. Our goal is to provide a safe and happy learning/work environment for both students and staff. Please click on the Bullying Awareness Week link for more information.

Old Board Games

Our Games Room has become quite popular. It's a supervised space that provides students with an alternative to going outside for recess. With the winter months coming we anticipate more students will avail themselves to this alternative.

If you have board games or decks of cards that you would like to donate to the school, we would be most happy. Short games are more suitable. Games like Monopoly or Risk (I might be dating myself here) take too long to play and the students generally don't go for these.

Donations can be dropped off in the office. Many thanks for rummaging through your closets and basements for these!

Nov 17, 2015

Merivale High School Open House and Information Evening

All parents/guardians of grade 8 students are invited to attend a presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7th, 2015. We will review and explain the course catalog, option sheet and registration procedure for the 2016–2017 school year. Staff will be present to answer questions that parents may have with respect to the programs being offered.

6:00 - 7:00 pm: Gifted Program - students who have been IPRC'd as Gifted and interested in our congregated gifted programming are invited to this session to to learn more about how the program operates. (Library)

6:30 - 7:00 pm: Merivale offers an intensive Specialist High Skills Major program (SHSM//Focus) in Applied Art and Design for Grade 11/12 students. This specialized program offers students the chance to learn with specialized teachers and to connect with post-secondary and career opportunities. (Art Room)

7:00 - 7:30: Mainstream program information session for all parents/guardians/students (Cafeteria)

7:30 - 8:00: Tours, Open House, Demonstrations in various classrooms

Nov 9, 2015

Mommy's Yummies - New Season

Please refer to this link for ordering procedures.

Nov 6, 2015

Snowhawks Ski & Snowboard School

This year, Snowhawks Ski & Snowboard School is offering Greenbank Middle School students a four-Monday ski and snowboard program. The program will run the same evenings as the Snowhawks-Knoxdale program. The first outing is Monday, January 4, and the program then continues through January 25. Two trips each to Vorlage and Mt Cascades will provide plenty of variety. Participants are welcome to register for lift tickets and motor coach travel only, or may add on lessons and/or equipment rental as desired. Motor coaches will leave the school at dismissal, and return to school at 9:00 PM. Deadline for registration is Dec 3rd, although space may fill before the deadline. Info-sheets are being handed out to students in the classrooms this week, and registration is now open online. A PDF version of the info-sheet can be downloaded here.

To register please go to: https://snow-hawks.com/

For any questions about the program, please contact Snowhawks directly at Ottawa@Snowhawks.com or 613-730-0701.

2016 MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference

We are pleased to inform you that registration for the 2016 MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference is now open!  We are delighted with this year’s stellar line-up of authors and illustrators, and look forward to another fabulous conference in April.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference. We hope that your children will join us for the celebration!
A reminder that spaces are limited and placements are made in priority order of registrations received. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.
To register, visit our web site at http://www.masconline.ca/en/events/young-authors-illustrators-conference.aspx and check out the exciting list of authors and illustrators coming to Ottawa for this year’s conference!
We enjoyed having your children with us in 2015, and hope to have the chance to welcome them back again this year.
Faith Seltzer
Coordinator, MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference

Nov 5, 2015

Remembrance Day

A brief service will commence at 10:30 on Wednesday the 11th to commemorate Remembrance Day. Parents and members of our community are welcome to join us as we observe this important tradition.

First Friday - Pyjama Day!!

Don't forget to wear your pyjamas on Friday!!

Youth Nights at Leslie Park