May 25, 2016

New Website

Greenbank Middle School's website is changing. Our new site address is and is now live.

This ste will be shut down at the end of June. Only the calendar section and Twitter feed of this website will continue to be updated.

Thank you!

Apr 25, 2016

Mural Contest - Canada Science and Technology Museum

The Canada  Science and Technology Museum invites students ages 4 to 19 from across Canada to participate in a national contest celebrating the role of the arts in science. Participants are asked to create an original work of art in answer to the question How Does Science Inspire You?

The contest offers Canadian youth an opportunity to be part of the renewal and modernization of the Museum, scheduled to reopen in fall 2017. Five winning submissions will be integrated into a massive mural on the hoarding walls surrounding the Museum’s construction site in Ottawa this spring. Local graffiti artists from urban art organization House of PainT will replicate the winning artworks onto the walls, which will illustrate modern visions of science and technology through the eyes of established and fledgling graffiti artists.

Each winner will also have the choice of one of the following prizes, valued at $1,000, for their school or community organization:

Option 1  Prusa i3 Plus 3D printer kit with 4 spools of filament
Option 2  Set of six Sphero SPRK edition robotic balls
Option 3  Set of 4 Dash programmable robots, and 2 sets of Magna Tiles

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

Join students from across Canada who are inspired by science!

For more information, visit

Apr 21, 2016

Greenbank Sunglasses!

Dear Parents and Students,

Grade 7 class EMF7C has started a fundraising campaign to purchase more technology for our classrooms.  We are selling Greenbank themed shades to promote school spirit and unity in our community.

For just $5 you can purchase a pair of these custom shades in either green or white.  Sales will begin Friday April 22nd.  We will be accepting order forms and selling during recesses and at school events.  Glasses are on sale for all members of our school community.

Quantity is limited so get them while you can!

Yours Truly,

     EMF7C & Mr. Van Belois


Full Name:______________________________________
White Qty:____                     Green Qty:____                        Total $:____

Payments can be made by cash or cheque.
Please make cheque payable to Greenbank Middle School.

Apr 11, 2016

Grade 8 End of Year Celebration

Grade 8 Students of Greenbank...
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 7 - 10 pm.
Come out and celebrate with everyone your years at Greenbank!
By popular vote, you choose the theme:

"City Lights Soiree"

There is no dress code - you may dress up or stay casual - wear what suits you!
Tickets will go on sale in mid May and only be pre-sold at school on specific days. 
A permission form will go home prior to tickets being sold listing ticket sale dates.
You must bring your payment to school 
with this signed permission form in order to buy a ticket!
See you there!

Apr 4, 2016

Volunteer Appreciation - Call for Nominations

Please see the following link for information about Volunteer Recognition in the OCDSB.

Grade 7 Trip Interest Survey

Attention Grade 7 Parents and Guardians: 

Please take a moment to print, complete, and return this survey through your child to Mr. Heijdens, who is compiling information to help us determine the feasibility of a grade 7 overnight excursion to Camp Woolsey. The survey is accessible here. If you have specific questions, please email

Pizza Day Change

Our April 15th Pizza Day has been moved to
Wednesday, April 13th!
Please make changes to your child's other lunch programs as needed.
Thank you!

Mar 31, 2016

Coffee Spot - Musings and Monologues of Middle School

Come out to our gym on Thursday, April 7th at 7 PM and transport yourself to a coffee shop where you hear the inner thoughts and feelings of middle school students.

Reminiscent of the show "Friends", join the 8 main characters who through dialogue lead us to the cast of over 30 students who will offer insights on friends, family, school, dating and other calamities in monologue format.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for guests and parents to the gym. Seating is limited so please consider purchasing your tickets in advance. Some tickets may be available at the door. Pre-sales start Friday, April 1st during first recess in the lobby. $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth.

Please support our bake sale and/or enjoy a cup of coffee generous donated from our local Starbucks at Iris. All monies collected with be going towards the Arts at GMS and to help ensure our participation on the upcoming Ottawa Drama Festival in May. 

Dramatically yours,
K. Ferris

Mar 29, 2016

Bike Rodeo!

Invite your friends and bring your family to the 6th annual Arlington Woods Church/Trend-Arlington Community Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 14th. Activities run from 11am - 3 pm at Arlington Woods Church, 225 McClellan Rd.

This FREE event includes a huge inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle, awesome giveaways including bikes & helmets from Sport Chek, bike decorating, bike obstacle course for kids, tune ups, helmet fitting, face painting, City of Ottawa emergency vehicles, popcorn, CHRI family radio, and a Family Photo Booth. Every dollar of our BBQ, bake and craft sale will go to support families in need through Knoxdale Public School and Greenbank Middle School. Visit for all the details!

Mar 24, 2016

New Mommy's Yummies Menu

Click here to access Mommy's Yummies New Menu.

Thank you!

Mar 9, 2016

Summer Fun Day this Friday!

We're celebrating First Friday this Friday with a SUMMER FUN theme day! Dress for summer fun and tropical weather at Greenbank this Friday!

Mar 7, 2016

OSTA School Active Transportation Policy - Consultation

OSTA is seeking your input about its proposed School Active Transportation Policy. This policy is scheduled to be presented at OSTA's next public governance meeting on April 25, 2016. Please visit to provide your input. More information may be found on the OSTA website at under Active Transportation.

Feb 29, 2016

Summer Camp Options

This Saturday, March 5th from 9am-12pm at Silver City Gloucester Cinemas, we invite you to join us for a FREE one-day trips and camp experience in Ottawa!
This is an event for youth, parents and educators who are looking to plan their summer. Basically, we will give folks a better idea of our special blend of “camp magic” and our international leadership trips.
There is something for everyone: Parents get to hear logistics, ask questions, and learn about the philosophy of our programs, while kids get to have fun and try out leadership activities that we do at camp or on trips.
We ask that you promote our “Taste of Trips and Take Action Camp” event in your schools, communities, with family and friends! If anyone is interested, please use this link to secure your spot: RSVP HERE
I also suggest taking a look at our Take Action Camps page or International Trips – that way students and parents can get a sense of which camp location or trip destination they’re most passionate about and bring all their questions to the event!
And last but not least, I have included a PDF which you may promote within your school or community. Feel free to send along this flyer (which includes an RSVP link) or print it out and promote it in your school!
We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate.
Stay inspired,
Erika Medeiros
WE Schools Coordinator, WE Schools
t: 1.514.878.3733 x223

Bake Sale Postponed Until Tomorrow

The Free the Children Bake sale that was scheduled for today will be postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1. If treats are brought in they will be safely stored for tomorrow.
Thank you! And don't forget your $$ for some tasty treats.
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Feb 17, 2016

Equator Coffee Orders

Greenbank School Council is pleased to offer another opportunity to purchase freshly roasted Equator Coffee, tea and hot chocolate.  Each purchase will help support activities and educational opportunities for your children, as well as SchoolBox, a Canadian charity that helps make education possible in Nicaragua.  An order form is attached and can also be found at  Please have your child deliver your order form and payment to the school office by February 22nd.  Your order will come home with your child on March 3rd. Thank you for your support!

More Information
Order Form

Feb 16, 2016

GMS Council Meeting Cancelled


If you have concerns you were planning to bring forward at the meeting, please get in touch with me at .
Thank you,

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.