Aug 30, 2014

Welcome Back!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting year at Greenbank Middle School. Our teaching staff have been busy preparing their classes, our custodial staff are putting the final touches on the building, and our admin team has been busy all week registering new students for Tuesday morning and making sure everyone knows where they are to be. Mr. Paré and Mme Chouinard have been busy getting to know the staff and making final preparations as well. We are very excited to meet the students next week.

In June our staff and our feeder school staff worked very hard to place each student in the class they feel will put them in the optimal learning environment. Students may feel nervous for the first week – this is to be expected. Our staff has an incredible orientation week planned for all students for the first week of school to help our new students get acquainted with the school and to welcome back our returning students. On Tuesday morning at 8:15, all grade 7 students are to proceed to the gymnasium. Grade 8 class lists will be posted on the back doors early Tuesday morning. This week is full of student activities to help build a positive learning community within the school. Students are encouraged to speak with their homeroom teachers should they have any questions or concerns. Parents are encouraged to give Mr. Paré or Mme Chouinard a call in the office if they have any questions as well. Together, we can ensure that students have a wonderful start to the school year so that they can get to the business of learning.

If you are eligible for a bus, or have any busing questions, please visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca as this site has a bus stop locator that will let you know where your stop is, as well as the pickup and drop off times.
Due to high traffic volume, Greenbank Middle School students are asked to access personal transportation off site. 

There are two drop off and pick up spots less than 200 steps from school:
  1. Anywhere along Bellman Drive (students can use sidewalk or pathway)
  2. Bateman Drive at Greenbank (next to Woodvale Pentecostal church). A crossing guard is on duty to ensure safe crossing of Greenbank Road.
Click here for a map of the school campus.

Stay tuned to this website for more information regarding upcoming events such as Meet the Teacher and the first School Council meeting. Our School Council is always looking for new volunteers to share their immense talents with the school community. This year, we will be looking for new council executive members including a new chair. Parents interested in volunteering should complete a self-nomination form and return it to Mme Chouinard. Questions regarding the election process can also be directed Mme Chouinard.

We look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday September 2nd at 8:15 am. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!

Sincerely,

Mr. Paré and Mme Chouinard


Aug 25, 2014

Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance

Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable Life Insurance Company. Forms can either be picked up from the school office or downloaded at www.binks.ca, or you may apply online at www.insuremykids.com

The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance. If your child is involved in school related sports activities or is participating in any field trips out of the province you may wish to seriously consider the coverage options, which range from $13.00/year to $31.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies outside of school hours.  If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.


Aug 16, 2014

Welcome Greenbank Families

We hope our new and returning students have had a wonderful summer vacation and are starting to think about the new school year. Here is the list of recommended supplies for OCDSB students in Grade 7 and 8.


1 combination lock
12 pencils
2 erasers (preferably white)
1 metric ruler
1 pair of blunt scissors
2 glue sticks
3 ballpoint pens
1 package of coloured pencils
2 packages of 3-hole lined refill paper
6 duotangs
1 package of coloured markers
1 calculator
6 lined notebooks
1 geometry set
2 highlighters
3 binders
binder dividers


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Jun 27, 2014

Have a great Summer!



It has been our sincere pleasure to serve the community over the past four years.  Carol and Rod leave you in the very capable hands of Principal Dennis Pare and Vice Principal Julie Chouinard. Have a safe and happy summer. 

Jun 10, 2014

GMS "Mathletes"


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Congratulations to our latest award winners. Our GMS Mathletes have demonstrated their ability to perform with Canada's brightest math students. Three of our students scored in the top 25% range in Canada on the International Math Kangaroo contest in May. Alex A, Samantha L and Patrick JW shared in this distinction. Wendy H scored in the top 10% of Canadian contestants and was awarded a Bronze medal. Kevin F was our highest achiever, finishing third overall in Canada. What an incredible accomplishment. Well done everyone!   

Jun 6, 2014

Summer School Info.




OSTA Transportation Route Schedules

Many of our new parents were curious about transportation next year. Here is the information you requested from OSTA

All 2014-2015 Transportation Route Schedules will be posted on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority website by mid-August.

In addition to the bus route schedules being posted, please note that there is also a “Stop Locator” feature on our website. This feature allows parents to access bus stop information for their children starting in mid-August when it will be updated with the 2014-2015 bus route schedules. The “Stop Locator” feature returns bus stop and route information for eligible students who are assigned to regular “yellow school bus” service or for eligible students who are assigned to OC Transpo Service.

OC Transpo route schedules will also be made available through the OSTA website or can be found directly through the OC Transpo website. More information on routes to specific schools can be obtained on OC Transpo’s Quick Planner under High Schools and Middle Schools.