Jun 26, 2015

Thank you!

On behalf of the entire staff here at Greenbank Middle School I would like to thank you for a wonderful year. As we pack up the school and make preparations for next year, we are able to fondly look back on a year filled with learning, fun, creativity, imagination, and excitement. I'd like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to our departing staff: Mme Organista-Martin, Mrs. Healey-White, Mr. Finch, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Arseneault, Mr. Ellis and Mme Conley. I'd also like to welcome Mr. and Mrs. van Belois, Mr. Smith, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Heijdans, and Ms. MacAskill.

Thank you to Mme Chouinard, our fearless vice-principal, who completed her first year as a school administrator with style and class. I am grateful for the leadership and kindness she gave to our students and staff, and look forward to working side by side with her next year! Julie, you're amazing! Thank you also to Diana and Susan in our office, who looked after your children's bumps and bruises, ensured that our students made it to school safely and on time, and looked after all the other invisible tasks that ensure our school runs smoothly. Thank you to Ms. Leduc, our intrepid library tech for helping to inspire a love of reading, and to Ms. Moule, our super EA, for looking after our parking lot, for checking in on all of our students, and for working with our teaching staff to help our kids access curriculum. Thank you to our incredible custodial staff led by Chief Mike Martin for ensuring that we all have a safe, functional and clean facility to work and learn in. Thank you to our super-talented teaching staff for inspiring a love of life-long learning in our students, for coaching, for organizing field trips, and for caring for our students.

Finally, thank you to our students for their dedication and commitment to learning, for persevering, and for their integrity. A school is merely the sum of what it's people bring every day, and our students brought energy, enthusiasm, youth, determination, laughter, and grit day in and day out.

We wish you a safe, happy, and enjoyable summer break. See you in September!


Jun 12, 2015

Grade 8 End of Year Field Trip

On Monday, June 22nd all grade 8 students will be participating in a year end field trip. The trip will have three distinct parts: The Haunted Walk (Ghost and the Gallows), The Museum of History and an Imax film (Lemurs of Madagascar).

We will require parent volunteers to help with this chilling event. In order to meet guidelines, we are requiring at least 1 parent volunteer per class. Please let your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.

The cost of the trip is $30.00 for the bus, Haunted Tour, Museum and Imax movie. Bring a brown-bag lunch as there will not be access to a cafeteria. Please bring in the signed original permission form and money by Friday, June 12th.  If there is any difficulty with the funds for this trip, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and support can be arranged.

The field trip form can be downloaded here.

May 29, 2015

Grade 8 Grad Party

Dear Parents and Guardians of students in grade 8,

The parent group that is organizing the grade 8 grad party on Saturday, June 13th will be back at school again on Tuesday morning during 1st break to collect any last minute payments or permission forms. Please make sure to provide your child with a signed permission form and $20 payment if you have not already done so. Please also consider to volunteer to supervise this event by providing them with your email address. 

Thank you for your help on behalf of the parent organizing committee, and have a wonderful weekend!

Dennis Paré
Principal
Greenbank Middle School
dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca

May 14, 2015

Grade 8 Grad Info

The GMS School Council puts on an amazing end of year party for our grade 8s on Saturday, June 13 from 7 to 10 pm. Please follow these links for more info and for a permission form so that your child can attend. Parent volunteers will be in our school lobby to collect payments on the following days:

Thursday, May 21
Wednesday, May 27
Friday, May 29

Please do not send money to school for this event on any other days. This event is not sanctioned by Greenbank Middle School and school staff will not be present at the party and are not members of the organizing team. Cheques should be made out for $20 to "GMS Council".

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

May 8, 2015

News from Ottawa Public Health

Did you know that poor oral health can lead to learning difficulties for children?

Dental problems can cause:
·                      difficulty sleeping
·                      poor concentration
·                      learning difficulties
·                      limited choice of food because of the inability to chew properly
·                      troubled speech
·                      premature loss of teeth
·                      lower self esteem
·                      widespread infection for severe cases.

Find out how Ottawa Public Health registered dental hygienists help the children by providing dental screenings in over 200 schools in Ottawa. 

Saving Lives by Providing the Right Food at the Right Time



Greenbank Middle School is thrilled to host the exhibition, Saving Lives by Providing the Right Food at the Right Time from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th in our library.


Students will have a unique opportunity to view photos from The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) who have developed a photo exhibition specifically for schools, universities and colleges focusing on global hunger and the importance of nutrition in our work.   
The prints are 81 cm by 61 cm and printed on 3 mm PVC, which makes them lightweight and easy to hang and display – there are 12 prints altogether.  Each print has a short description (in both French and English) and interactive QR codes that lead to videos, fact sheets and photo galleries.   You can download the online version of “Canada and WFP Saving Lives by Providing the Right Food at the Right Timeeducational resource here and the French version here.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 90 million people in around 80 countries.


In a world of more than seven billion people, it can be difficult to put into perspective the 805 million people who do not get enough to eat for a healthy life.


Please join us online to make a difference. We have teams ready to go called GMS Free Rice Project, GMS Free Rice Project Group Two or GMS Free Rice Project Group Three. Join our one of our teams and let’s see if we can raise 100 000 grains of rice or more in a week.


Just log onto FreeRice.com and create a profile. Go to the teams section and join!


Freerice online game, an educational online multiple choice game – with every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme to feed hungry people – have fun, learn lots and feed people!

May 6, 2015

Tell Them From Me Survey

Forms have been going home this week informing our parent and guardian community about the Tell Them From Me survey, a student climate survey done every year by the OCDSB. Please follow this link for the form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Paré

Call for Volunteers - 2015-2016

Dear Greenbank Community,

The School Council at Greenbank runs the food programs (pizza, milk, Mommy's Yummies) that benefit our community in many different ways.

1. Provide hot, fresh, healthy food for our kids
2. Give you a break from making lunch or providing a drink
3. Raise money that directly benefits the kids in the form of new computers, library books, and other needed items

These programs are run by volunteers - parents, guardians, teachers and students.

Looking ahead to the 2015-2016 school year, we will be in need of a volunteer to coordinate the milk program.

Unfortunately, if we are unable to find new volunteers to replace the parents who have moved on, we will no longer be able to offer these food programs and our fundraising will significantly decrease...

Consider giving some of your time, it's a great way to get involved in your child's school!

If you are interested in helping out or just want to know more about what is involved, please contact me, Maria Schnarr, School Council Chairperson, at schnarr.maria@gmail.com.  

Thank you,
Maria

May 4, 2015

Grade 7 and 8 Summer School

Please follow the link for more information on the OCDSB's summer school program. Here are some quick details:

- Sir Robert Borden High School is a site
- program runs from July 2 to the 24th
- morning and afternoon classes in literacy and numeracy
- OC Transpo transportation provided for students living further than 3 km from the site

Speak with your child's homeroom teacher regarding the suitability of summer school.

May 3, 2015

Celebrating Education Week!

Greenbank MS has the following presentations scheduled for parents and guardians in our school community:

Tuesday, May 5: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff speaks about healthy food choices for families.

Thursday, May 7: Future Gators Unite!! Grade 6 Parent/Guardian Information Night

All events begin at 7 pm.

See you there!