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!!

Sep 22, 2015

Photo Day Take 2

Our next Photo Day will take place on Monday, November 2.

Sep 21, 2015

School Council Elections

The Greenbank Parent / Guardian Community will be electing a new School Council on Tuesday, September 22. The meeting starts at 7 pm and will take place in the school library. School Council is serves a very important advisory role to the school administration. All members of the parent / guardian community are welcome.

Terry Fox National Run

Greenbank will be participating in the Terry Fox National School Run this Friday, September 25. Families are able to donate to the Terry Fox National School Run through this link. We thank you for supporting our school as we run to raise awareness of cancer research and honour the legacy of Terry Fox.

This year, Greenbank will be running in memory of Ann McLeish. Ann, a long-time teacher at Greenbank MS, recently passed away after a year-long fight with cancer.

Sep 17, 2015

Greenbank Welcomes...

I am pleased to announce that Josée Guérin will be joining our staff on Monday. She will be teaching French Immersion to EMF7A and EMF7B as well as Health and Physical Education to EMF7D and GIFF78A. Welcome, Mme Guérin!

Pizza Forms

Greenbank Middle School's School Council is organizing 31 Pizza Fridays for our students. To order, please use this form. All questions should be directed to Jen Poole (Pizza Coordinator) at tjjlpoole@gmail.com or (613) 726-6134.

Student Forms

An important part of our regular school opening is the sharing of information between your home and the school.  In particular, it is essential that the school has up-to-date contact information for your child.  The Verification of Student Information Form has been sent home with your child. Please review it carefully and advise the school of any changes, either via email at greenbankms@ocdsb.ca or by writing directly on the form and returning it to school.  In particular, please ensure your email address is up-to-date as these can change more frequently.

In addition to the student contact information, the following forms are required.  Your child has received a copy of these forms at school. If you have not seen them, it would be appreciated if you could print and complete these forms and send them with your child to the school.

Media Permission Form

Appropriate Use of Technology Form

Thank you for helping us with our startup. It is much appreciated!

Sep 14, 2015

Photo Day

All students will be photographed on Tuesday, September 15 for their school photo.

Student Research Resources

The following resources are provided for students to access as part of their learning. For more information, students should contact library technician Ms. Leduc.

Current day’s version of the Ottawa citizen (accessible from board network only)

Naxos Music Library


All accessible from the Board network without a password. Passwords required for access from home.

Gale products:  suite of 48 different databases

EBSCO products:  NoveList, NoveList K-8, NoveList French and Canadian Points of View

Rosen product:  Teen Health and Wellness

Encyclopedia Britannica (choice of levels)

Universalis (French encyclopedia)

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.

Greenbank Grieves the Loss of a Great Teacher and Friend

Greenbank staff are deeply saddened to announce that Greenbank has lost one of its finest. After a courageous battle with cancer, Ann McLeish passed away on Thursday, September 10. Her obituary can be read here. A Celebration of Life will take place this Saturday, September 19 at Pinecrest Remembrance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ottawa Hospital Foundation in support of cancer care. For more information, please visit her obituary.

Sep 10, 2015

First Friday BBQ

Greenbank is celebrating our First Friday with a BBQ for students. Each student will get a freshly grilled all-beef 1/4 lb hamburger with choice of toppings. Students are asked to bring their own drink. The BBQ will be served between 11:50 and 12:50. Students with special dietary concerns will be accommodated. Special thanks to Mark and Fred at The Butchery for providing the grill equipment and burgers and to our parent volunteers who are helping to prep and serve. I can't think of a better way to celebrate an amazing first week back to school!

Sep 8, 2015

Pizza Order Form

Greenbank Middle School's School Council is organizing 31 Pizza Fridays for our students. To order, please use this form. All questions should be directed to Jen Poole (Pizza Coordinator) at tjjlpoole@gmail.com or (613) 726-6134.

Sep 7, 2015

Mr. Cooper's Music Site

Be sure to visit Mr. Cooper's Instrumental Music website for the latest information on Greenbank's exciting music program!

Sep 4, 2015

International Languages Program

Do you want your Child to learn a language?

International Languages Program offers children an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than English or French and to develop an appreciation for diversity and intercultural understanding. These academic classes are available, regardless of their heritage, free of charge*,
to elementary school-age children (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8), who are Ontario residents primarily from the Ottawa-Carleton area. Most classes run on Saturday mornings for 34 weeks. (Unless otherwise indicated, class times are 9:30-12:00pm.)

On-site registration starts on September 12, 2015 
* A non-refundable materials and consumable fee of $10.00 will accompany each registration.
OCDSB offers 40 different languages!!
For more information on the locations and languages we offer, please visit: InternationalLanguagesinOttawa.com

Aug 17, 2015

Welcome To Greenbank Middle School

Welcome Back!

Greetings to our new and returning Gators!

We are still in the dog days of summer but I thought I would get a head start on welcoming everyone back for a spectacular year at Greenbank Middle School. Our custodial staff are busy cleaning and updating the building and our teachers are already starting to prepare their rooms and opening week activities to welcome our students back. Some exciting new features of our school include brand new projectors installed in three of our classrooms as well as a fully renovated and expanded music studio for our music classes and bands. It truly is an exciting time for Greenbank!

Please make note of the dates already posted to our school calendar and refer to the OCDSB student supply list. The items on this list are suggestions - your child's teachers will clarify what materials, if any, should be considered. Please make sure your child has access to a pair of shoes to be worn indoors in the winter months. Also, please make sure your child has warm and dry clothing for recesses and physical education. We only bring students in the building for recess in extreme situations (cold below -25 degrees Celsius or heavy rain).

When planning for the coming school year, please remember that Greenbank starts 15 minutes earlier this year. Our bell rings at 8:00 am and students are dismissed at 2:30 pm. Students who arrive after 7:45 am will be supervised. Supervision will not be available prior to 7:45 and as such, students may not arrive sooner unless they are participating in a school activity with staff supervision.

If you are a new parent or guardian and reading this message on our website, thank you for visiting! Please note that you can subscribe to our mail list by clicking this link or the one in the right margin of this page. All posts to this website will be forwarded to your email address usually within 24 hours. Also, please consider following us on Twitter. Vice-Principal Chouinard is an active Tweeter and frequently shares school events through Twitter. Finally, consider following us on YouTube. Our channel is Greenbank Studios. We currently have just one video posted but I predict that will change over the course of this year.

Finally, if ever you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send me a message or to call me at school. Our office opens on Monday, August 31. We look forward to welcoming your children on Tuesday, September 8, 2015!


Dennis Paré
Greenbank Middle School

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!