Dec 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!

From our families to yours, we wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Dec 17, 2014

Buses and Vans Cancelled Today

Good morning Greenbank families,

All yellow school buses and vans have been cancelled today. No transportation for Greenbank students will be provided. Today's volleyball tournament has been cancelled. If your child takes a bus or van, the office will assume that your child is absent today and will not call home to verify. If your child walks or gets to school by means other than yellow school bus or van, they are expected at school and the office will phone to verify absences.

If your child will be remaining home today, please call the office at (613) 828-4587 or write us at greenbankms@ocdsb.ca to let us know.

Thank you for your cooperation and drive safely today.

Dennis Paré
Principal

Dec 5, 2014

GMS Ski and Snowboard Club

GMS will be offering a Ski and Snowboard Club open to all students. This year, after several discussions with the OCDSB’s Risk Management team and members of the GMS School Council, it was decided that the best course of action moving forward would be for the school to bear responsibility for the club. This will mean a few changes from previous years. Parents/Guardians will need to complete an OCDSB Permission Form (available for download on our ski club website) and all student participants will need to participate in mandatory lessons. Otherwise, the club should look and feel just like it has in previous years.

If you are interested in registering your child, timelines are tight as we need to confirm by Wednesday, December 12th. Please visit http://www.gmsskiclub.blogspot.ca for all information required to register.

Some families have already registered their children. Students who have already registered are guaranteed a seat on the bus, but we will require you to please repeat the registration process as options and prices have changed to reflect the mandatory lessons. If you no longer wish your child to participate in the GMS Ski and Snowboard club, please email the school at greenbankms@ocdsb.ca. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Paré at school. Families who have registered already can expect a phone call from Maria Schnarr to help clarify the changes in this year's ski and snowboard club.

Finally, please take the time to carefully read through all information provided before providing consent for your child to participate. Student safety on the slopes is our number one priority, and we want all of our students to have an amazing and educational winter experience this year.

Parents and Guardians! If you are interested in joining us for a night of free skiing at Camp Fortune, please indicate your availability on the registration website. We are in need of volunteers to help with getting the students ready, and supervising on the slopes and in the chalet. No skiing experience is necessary.

Finally, I'd like to thank parents Hugh Morrin, Cynthia Mar, and Maria Schnarr for all of their assistance in getting this ski club up and running. They have worked hard to ensure that the registration process is simple and efficient.

Dennis Paré
Principal

Dec 1, 2014

War Child Fundraiser

Help EMF8C from GMS with our "Change for Change" project! We will be helping War Child by running a Cake Walk and Jar Project on December 3rd in the library. Tickets will be sold for only 50 cents apiece for raffles to win cakes or wonderful jars of goodies from our generous sponsors. There is also 11 for $5.00. We will be selling tickets until first recess on Dec. 3rd. Students, community and staff will go to the library during first or second recess to select which items they will put their ballots in the envelope for. During fifth period there will be the draws.

By attending and sponsoring this event, you will help generate awareness, support and advocacy for War Child Canada, and for children's rights everywhere. 

EMF8C is thrilled to have had the chance to create a online page with the help of War Child Canada for our fundraiser...
Please check out our website and sponsor us:

Nov 23, 2014

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all parents and guardians who came in for an interview and to shop at our book fair. It was nice to see so many friendly faces!

Nov 16, 2014

This Week is Anti-Bullying Week

Ontario has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Forms of bullying include:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumors about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cell phones, email, text messaging and social networking sites

A copy of the OCDSB Anti-Bullying Awareness brochure can be found at the following link:


Links

Ministry of Education: Safe Schools

PrevNet

Bullying Awareness

Nov 8, 2014

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Please join us on Tuesday, November 11th for our Remembrance Day ceremony. Students will be called down to the gym at 10:45. All members of the community are welcome to join us.