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 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.


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  

Thank you,

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!

Apr 30, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Greenbank Grade 8 Graduation Dance

Come celebrate the end of your elementary school days with all your friends!! 

WhenSaturday, June 13th from 7-10 pm
Where: Halls A & B, Walter Baker Community Centre
Cost: $20 (includes entry, all snacks, drinks, desserts, and photo booth)

Please pre-register online at

Apr 16, 2015

Don't forget your tickets!!

Wiggly Tooth Productions Presents

Friday, April 24, 2015
Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium
Box office opens at 5:30p.m.
Show starts at 6:30p.m.
Adult: $7.00/Children (4-13): $5.00
Children 3 and under are free

 About Wiggly Tooth Productions:
  • the company's motto is "by kids, for kids"
  • this is their third show (the previous two shows have sold out thanks to a very supportive community)
  • it is a cast of 19 (9-13 year olds), with 16 of the cast from Greenbank and Knoxdale
  • Anyone interested in getting tickets can email

Music and Lyrics by
Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Michelle Tumes, Xavier Atencio, George Bruns, Jack Lawrence, Frank Churchill, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley
Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik
Based on the screenplay by
Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta,
Ralph Wright and William Cottrell
Based on the play by J.M. Barrie
Disney's Peter Pan JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

Apr 14, 2015


Our very own Kathryn Ferris was nominated for a Capital Educators Award and will be honoured at the Edugala on May 21, from 6 to 10pm at Algonquin. Way to go, Kathryn!