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  • Yellow Bus Transportation

    Yellow Bus Transportation

    APPLYING FOR YELLOW BUS SERVICE

    Whether your child is new to yellow bus service or a returning rider, you need to apply for yellow bus service each school year. 

     

    NEW TO YELLOW BUS SERVICE

    HOW TO APPLY 

    STEP 1

    Contact your child’s preferred school for information on yellow bus service eligibility

    STEP 2

    Complete the 2021-22 yellow bus service application form.

    STEP 3

    If your child is new to the Division and has been approved for bus service for the 2021-22 school year, you will receive a letter in mid-August that includes the yellow bus:

    • route number
    • stop locations
    • pick-up and drop off times
    • company contact information

    Once you have access to SchoolZone, that is where you can find yellow bus information. Route information is also available at your child’s school and through SchoolZone prior to the first day of school.


    CURRENT YELLOW BUS RIDERS

    If your child rides the yellow bus, you can apply for continued service to their current school in SchoolZone no later than June 1, 2021

    When you sign in to your parent SchoolZone account: 

    • go to the Student Profile tab 
    • choose Transportation 
    • select Bus Application
    • follow instructions to apply for yellow bus service for next year and make sure to update your contact information

    Missed the deadline? Use the 2021-22 yellow bus service application form or contact your child’s school. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

    WHO CAN’T APPLY FOR CONTINUED SERVICE IN SCHOOLZONE? 

    Contact your school if your child is a:

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  • Lunch & Nutrition

    Lunch & Nutrition

    Lunch Program Information

    Our school provides a supervised lunch program on a regular or drop-in basis as a service to parents of students in grades 1 - 6. A lunch fee is mandatory for any student from grades 1 – 6 who stays for lunch (fee covers supervision costs only - food is not provided). A Lunch-Time Supervision Service Form needs to be filled out for all students staying at the school for lunch.  However, we encourage parents to make other arrangements for lunch. Children benefit from a break in school routine. Getting away from the school environment provides a needed break – physically, mentally and socially. If your child normally goes home for lunch, we would ask that you continue this practice. 

    Students staying for lunch are expected to behave in a respectful, responsible manner. Students who are not cooperative will be asked to eat their lunch with another class or may be temporarily or permanently suspended from the lunch program. To ensure student safety and to respect parental expectations, elementary students must remain on school property during the lunch hour unless we receive written parent permission to leave the grounds. 

    • All students are expected to behave appropriately and eat lunch respectfully at their own desks. 
    • Students are not to share food (due to possible allergies). 
    • Students need to bring their own utensils for eating. 
    • No glass containers are to be brought to school because of the safety factor. 
    • Students will need to bring a cold lunch or use thermoses for hot items. Due to Occupational Health and Safety regulations, there will be no microwaves available in the lunch program.
    • After lunch, students will clean up their own area and put any trash in the garbage and recyclables in the provided bins. 
    • Students will follow the lunch supervisor’s directions and expectations. 
    • Students need to move quickly between eating and going outside or vice versa. 
    • Students are to remain on school grounds unless they have been signed out by a parent or guardian at the office. 

    Any student who exhibits inappropriate behavior will be dealt with immediately by the lunchroom supervisor, teacher or administrator. If the behaviour persists, a student may have their lunch program privileges suspended and alternate arrangements for lunch would need to be made by the parent.

    Each class will eat in their classroom with a lunchroom supervisor who will also escort them to their designated exit for lunchtime recess. Lunchroom supervisors will sanitize their hands before entering the room and will wear a mask. Our students will use the sinks in the classroom or the washroom to wash their hands before eating.

    Lunchtime Schedule:

    ● Division I (Regular) students eat from 11:30 - 12:05 and have outdoor recess from 12:05 - 12:25.

    ● Division I (Sakinah) students eat from 11:40 - 12:05 and have outdoor recess from 12:05 - 12:25.

    ● Division II (Regular) students have outdoor recess from 11:30 - 12:00 and eat from 12:00 - 12:25

    ● Division II (Sakinah) students have outdoor recess from 11:40 - 12:00 and eat from 12:00 - 12:25

    Food in schools

    There are clear provincial guidelines around food in schools during COVID-19. As a result, treats cannot be sent from home for birthdays or other special days, and teachers will not hand out food or treats in the classroom. Potluck events, barbecues, food trucks or special lunch days (e.g. hot dog day) are all postponed at this time.

    School nutrition program

    School nutrition programs will need to adhere to the following provincial guidelines:

    ● only designated staff will be permitted in food preparation areas

    ● under Scenario 1, partner staff responsible for operating the school nutrition program will be allowed in the school to help deliver the program

    ● partner staff must adhere to all COVID-19 health protocols and will not be able to enter the school if they have symptoms of illness

    ● all food served to students needs to be served in prepacked portions or served to students by designated program staff

    ● utensils will be used any time food is served to students

    Paid Lunchroom Supervisor Positions

    If you are interested in applying for a lunchroom supervisor position at Grace Martin School, please complete the Lunchroom Supervisor Application form and email it to ‌susan.mcwhinnie@epsb.ca. 

    Lunchroom Supervisor Application 2021-2022

     

     

     

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  • Volunteering

    Volunteering

    In-person visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in Division schools at this time. This includes guest speakers, sports-team coaches and artists in residence. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the school through email or by phone.

    Currently, parent volunteers are not permitted in the school building. However, we are optimistic that we will find ways to work with parent volunteers later in the school year.

     

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  • Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

    Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

    Grace Martin School is full in planned classes for the 2021-2022 School Year in:

    Regular Program - Grades 1 and 2

    Sakinah Circle Program - Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the Sakinah Circle Program

    For the regular program, we will now only accept resident students for Grades 1 and 2 who newly move into the school’s attendance area. A Kindergarten student who is a resident and lives in the school's attendance area may still register. A resident student of Edmonton Public Schools has at least one parent or legal guardian living in Edmonton who is not Roman Catholic. Non-resident students can enrol in another Division school with space in planned classes.

    If you are registering for Regular Kindergarten or if you are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.

     

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  • Registration Information

    Registration Information

    NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION


    Students who are new to the Division register for school. Students currently enrolled at a Division school, including those moving to junior high and high school, pre-enrol on SchoolZone.

    CHOOSING A SCHOOL

    DESIGNATED SCHOOL

    Resident students can attend their designated school if they make their selection no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2022However, if their designated school uses a lottery process, some students may not be able to attend that school. 

    A resident student of Edmonton Public Schools has at least one parent or legal guardian living in Edmonton who is not Roman Catholic.

    Use the Find a School tool to find your designated school.

    OTHER SCHOOLS

    A student may also attend any other school in the Division, as long as:

    • the school has available space
    • the student meets any entrance criteria of that school

    If the number of students who want to attend a school or program exceeds the available space, applicants from outside the school’s designated attendance area will be chosen by random selection.

    NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS CHANGING SCHOOLS

    We are happy to welcome non-resident students in schools with space once resident students are enrolled. The Education Act requires us to offer available spaces to resident students first.

    Non-resident students who are changing schools, including students who are entering junior high or high school, are welcome to attend any Division school with space. Enrolment will depend on:

    • which level the school is at on the Growth Control Model, and 
    • if there is space at the school after all resident students are enrolled

    HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

    Whether you register early or right before 4 p.m. on April 14, your child’s chance of attending a school or program remains the same. Schools review all registrations after April 14, and registrations are not first-come, first-served.

    STEP 1: GET ORGANIZED 

    You will need to provide your preferred school with documents confirming:

    • the address for the student’s parent/guardian
    • legal proof of the student’s name, citizenship status and birthdate (see examples below)

    STEP 2: PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS

    Before you register, it’s important to have your documents ready. You will need to upload the documents to complete and submit your registration.

    If you are using a computer, have a scanned image of each document saved on your computer.

    If you are using a mobile device, you can take photos of your required documents as you fill out the form. 

    STEP 3: REVIEW AND COMPLETE THE DIGITAL STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM

    You can only register at one school. To submit your digital student registration form online, you will need to: 

    • upload your documents
    • provide an electronic signature 
    • enter your email address (this helps us confirm your identity and allows us to send you a copy of the completed form)

    There is no option to save your progress. Once you start, we recommend finishing the form. 

    Need help using the digital student registration form? Submit a request to get help or call (780) 429-8232.

    EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTED DOCUMENTATION

    If you’re not sure which documents to provide, contact your preferred school.


     LEGAL PROOF OF YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND AGE


    CONFIRMATION OF ADDRESS

    • Canadian provincial birth certificate
    • Canadian citizenship document
    • passport
    • student study permit
    • confirmation of a permanent residence document

    If the documents don’t confirm your child’s citizenship or status, parents may be asked to provide citizenship immigration documents (e.g., work permit, study permit or citizenship card or certificate). Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information.

    • driver's license
    • utility bill
    • property tax bill
    • banking, financial or insurance documents


    In some cases, you may be asked to provide more than one of the above. 

    AFTER YOU REGISTER

    Once you submit a completed and signed digital student registration form: 

    • the form and supporting documents are sent securely to the school to review 
    • you will receive an email confirming the form has been submitted
    • the school will contact you if they need more information (this does not mean your child has been enrolled at the school)
    • the school will confirm if your child is enrolled

    OTHER WAYS TO REGISTER

    If you are unable to register online, use the print version of the student registration form. You can mail or drop off your completed registration form and supporting documents to the school. You should confirm safe drop-off and pick-up measures with the school.

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  • Parent Resources
  • Grace Martin School Council and Grace Martin Fundraising Society

    Grace Martin School Council and Grace Martin Fundraising Society

    Grace Martin School Council and the Grace Martin Fundraising Society:

    provide opportunities for parents to provide feedback about school plans and policies, to share ideas, to work on fundraising activities, and share their talents for the mutual benefit of everyone, especially our students. Periodic Sakinah Circle Parent Meetings are also held throughout the year.  

    If you are a parent/guardian of a child registered at our school and would like to become a member of the Grace Martin School Council or Grace Martin Fundraising Society, please call the school.  Your attendance is always welcome.

     

     

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    The motto of Grace Martin School, “Giving Life to Learning”, illustrates our belief that each student is unique. We understand that everyone learns differently and strive to meet the needs of each student. Our school not only provides the Regular program, but also Literacy, Opportunity, and Sakinah Circle. Sakinah Circle is a unique alternative program that encompasses the Qur’anic worldview to support learning along with the Alberta Program of Studies. It is historically rooted and nature focused. Students in this program also receive Arabic language instruction and Qur’anic studies, while those in the Regular and Literacy program receive French instruction.

    Our students at Grace Martin participate in Physical Education classes three times a week. In addition, teachers may assign daily physical education activities in their classrooms and outdoors. Students can also take part in intramurals such as basketball and soccer, and sports programs such as Free Footie. Furthermore, we provide literacy supports through a blend of English Language Learning and Balanced Literacy at least four times a week. Numeracy intervention is provided to students who require math support at least twice a week.

    We strive to provide our students with opportunities to participate in various school-wide and program-wide events. Some of these events that take place are the 100th day of school celebration, Halloween parade, Winter Family Fun Night, Earth Day, Door-decorating contests and Spirit days just to name a few. Furthermore, students within our Sakinah Circle Alternative program also engage in family grouping activities once a month which can range from outdoor scavenger hunts, nature activities, and baking, to collaborative art activities. Each year, students and teachers in the program host an annual cumulative event based on a certain theme taught throughout the year.

    Our quality teaching and learning are also supported through several community partnerships such as Alberta Health Services, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and Homework Club.

     SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

     We believe:

    • That learning involves intellectual, emotional, creative, musical, social, physical and technical experiences
    • That students need to experience challenge and success in a safe, caring learning environment that promotes strong character
    • That parents are partners in education
    • Community partnerships can play an important role in the success of a school

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Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

Grace Martin School is full in planned classes for the 2021-2022 School Year in:

Regular Program - Grades 1 and 2

Sakinah Circle Program - Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the Sakinah Circle Program

For the regular program, we will now only accept resident students for Grades 1 and 2 who newly move into the school’s attendance area. A Kindergarten student who is a resident and lives in the school's attendance area may still register. A resident student of Edmonton Public Schools has at least one parent or legal guardian living in Edmonton who is not Roman Catholic. Non-resident students can enrol in another Division school with space in planned classes.

If you are registering for Regular Kindergarten or if you are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.

 

 

Principal's Message

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

On behalf of the staff at Grace Martin School, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our school community.  As principal, my top priorities will be the safety and well-being of students, staff and families as we navigate these unprecedented times.  I encourage you to read Grace Martin’s Re-entry Strategy 2021-2022 for a more detailed description of the safety protocols that will be in place when we return to school in September.  Families, students and staff will all need to do their part in following the safety measures at Grace Martin School.

Even though some of our routines may have changed, individual student success and positive behaviour continue to be priorities at Grace Martin School.  An open working relationship between school and home is vital as we strive to provide the support students require to succeed.  To do this, reliable and regular communication is needed to create an environment of trust and cooperation.  At this time, we encourage this communication to happen over the phone or email.  If you feel that an in-person meeting is necessary, please contact the school in advance to make an appointment.  

Positive, respectful behaviour from our entire school community is an expectation.  As students continue to learn how to socially interact with others, staff will provide guidance and direction.  Support from home regarding appropriate school behaviour will encourage each student to see that positive, respectful behaviour is an important character trait both at home and at school.  

Our fundamental, guiding principle will be kindness.  We will be kind and respectful in all of our daily interactions with each other.

If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact me.  

 

Randy Witte

Principal, Grace Martin School