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:

For any questions about the program, please contact Snowhawks directly at 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 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

International Baccalaureate Program @ Colonel By - Information Nights

IB Program Information Nights can be found at this link.

Oct 31, 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Halloween at GMS

Students and staff have been invited to wear their Halloween costume to school tomorrow with the following conditions:

  • their identity must be readily visible (no masks or excessive makeup)
  • nothing on their person that could be perceived as a weapon (swords, knives, guns...)
Students without costumes are invited to wear brown or orange clothing. 

We will be celebrating Halloween with a dance/games room/movie room in the afternoon. Snacks and popcorn will be available for a small fee. Funds raised through our Halloween event go toward enhancing the school's technology equipment.

On behalf the school staff I wish you all a very happy and safe Halloween!

Dennis Paré

Two Video Contest Opportunities for Students

Two opportunities to involve students in video contests

Speak Up! Speak Out!

Win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition!

Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is an optional theme: Speak Up! Speak Out!

Students can create a video showcasing
  • advice on how to ask employers and co-workers questions about workplace safety without fear or embarrassment,
  • a message to employers on how it is okay for youth to ask them questions about workplace safety, or
  • any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.
The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year, the first place national contest winner will get the chance to attend the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 2, 2016, in Ottawa, where their video will be announced and shown.

Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 11, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
Canada’s coolest school trip
My Parks Pass video contest
 To enter the contest, Grade 8/secondary 2 classes pick a Parks Canada place that they believe is extraordinary and create a one-minute video that demonstrates why their chosen place is significant to Canadians.

The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Jasper National Park from June 6 to 10, 2016 for a class of up to 30 students and one adult chaperone per five students.

Entry deadline: February 22, 2016

For more information, check out

Oct 20, 2015

Mayor's Christmas Card Contest

Student artists: Please follow this link for an exciting opportunity to share your talent with the Mayor of Ottawa! Artwork can be submitted to the office. We'll send along whatever we receive. Best of luck!

Oct 15, 2015

French Immersion Consultation

Please follow this link for more information about the OCDSB's ongoing consultation process for the Early French Immersion program - kindergarten and primary grades.

Greenbank Hoodies

Parents: order your family's fabulous Greenbank Gator hoodies now at ! This is a limited-time sale until October 30th.  Sizes are (adult) XS to XXL; for those unsure of their size, samples will be available at the office (watch for announcements).  Show your Greenbank pride!

Oct 6, 2015

Band Sign Up

Mr. Cooper will be posting band sign up sheets outside of the music studio starting on Wednesday.

Greenbank Hoodies

The cooler weather is almost upon us but don't forget that you can keep
warm in your favourite Gator gear!  This fall, choose your quality
Greenbank Gator hoodie in one of two styles:  the classic grey hoodie, and
the new green zip-front.  On sale for $45 by pre-order soon!

Oct 5, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

Literacy/Numeracy Programs

Continuing Education's Literacy/Numeracy Program provides students in Grades 7- 12 with a supervised opportunity to complete, review, practice and organize their work in order to help them achieve greater success at school. It can also assist students in moving toward provincial standards in Mathematics and Language Arts. Please refer to this attachment for times and locations.

Continuing Education Newsletter

Please see this attachment for the OCDSB's Continuing Education Newsletter.

OCDSB Speaker Series

Please view this attachment for information on the OCDSB's upcoming Speaker Series.

School Council Training Day for Interested Parents

Please see this attachment for information on an informative day for parents participating or contemplating participation in School Council.

Terry Fox Fundraising Total

Thank you to all staff and students who participated in the Terry Fox National School Run today. Thank you to our entire community for your efforts in fundraising. Greenbank is thrilled to announce that we collectively raised $1387.35. Thank you to all for your donations in school and your online pledges.

A special thank you to Mr. van Belois's grade 7s, who had a "Terry Foxction" today. Their class alone raised over $345!

Go Gators!!