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    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 Registration 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 this form Lunchroom Supervisor Application and email it to ‌susan.mcwhinnie@epsb.ca.  Please be sure to check off each item on the checklist.

     

     

     

     

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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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  • Registration Information

    Registration Information

    REGISTER FOR 2021-22

    Students can attend their designated school if they register (new students) or pre-enrol (current students) no later than April 15, 2021However, if their designated school uses a lottery process, some students may not be able to attend that school. 

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

    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.

    HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

    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

    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.

    Grace Martin School requires 'two' pieces of proof for address verification.  Examples of accepted documentation:

    Legal proof of student’s name

    Confirmation of address

    • Canadian provincial birth certificate

    • Canadian citizenship document

    • passport

    • student visa

    • driver's license

    • utility bill

    • home insurance

    • property tax bill

    • In some cases, immigration documents (e.g. landed immigrant documentation or a Permanent Residence Card) may also be required. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information.

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

    CONFIRMING REGISTRATION SUBMISSION

    Once you have submitted your completed student registration form and supporting documents, we will review all of the documents. This does not mean your child has been enrolled at the school—we will contact you to let you know once your child is enrolled.

    We will contact you if we need clarification about any of the documents you submit.

    Starting February 2, 2021 - Kindergarten Registrations for the 2021-2021 School Year will be available at EPSB.CA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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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.

    Yellow Bus Basics

    NEW PROCESS FOR 2020-21

    For the 2020-21 school year, things will look a little different. We are organizing the school year into four instructional quarters to allow you to choose how your child will learn: in-person or online

    • Quarter 1: September 3–November 10 
    • Quarter 2: November 16–January 29 
    • Quarter 3: February 1–April 20 
    • Quarter 4: April 21–June 29

    These quarters also impact the application process for yellow bus service. If your child is a current student who attends classes in person and applied to use yellow bus service for the 2020-21 school year, you do not need to apply every quarter. 

    You will need to apply for yellow bus service if your child is:

    • an online student who is switching to in-person learning
    • taking classes in person and is not currently riding the bus, but wants to start using the service
    • a new student to Edmonton Public Schools

    Three weeks before the start of each quarter, you will be asked to indicate your choice of in-person or online learning for the following quarter. This is also when you should apply for yellow bus service, as it gives the Division time to plan routes.

    Learn more about how to request changes to bus routes and view the deadline schedule.

    HOW TO APPLY 

    Review information about yellow bus service eligibility, then fill out the online application form that applies to your child:

    You should contact your child’s school if:

     

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  • 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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Welcome

Pre-enrol in SchoolZone 

Get ready for the 2021-22 school year! Sign in to your parent SchoolZone account between March 8 and April 15 to select your child’s preferred school for next year.  

Whether your child is staying at the same school or changing schools, all students need to pre-enrol. Knowing how many students to expect helps schools prepare to welcome them in September.  If you need help, contact the school or read the pre-enrolment handout.

Moved?

Update your child’s current address with the school office before pre-enrolling in SchoolZone. 

New to the Division?

Instead of using SchoolZone, students who are new to Edmonton Public Schools need to submit a completed Student Registration form. Find the form and list of supporting documents you need to provide.

 

**Grace Martin School will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  Check back soon for the link.  

 

Our school motto is "Giving Life to Learning".

Front of Grace Martin School

Within the motto, we believe that:

  • each student is unique and can learn albeit at different rates and in different ways
  • learning is a ongoing process which involves the intellectual, emotional, creative, and social development of students
  • the curriculum should accommodate the developmental needs of the student
  • students need to experience challenge and success
  • parents, in partnership with the school, are an integral part of their child's education

 

 

Principal's Message

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 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