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  • School History

    School History

    The opening of Grace Martin School on December 1, 1972 was the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first school in the Ellerslie district whose first teacher was Mrs. Grace Martin McEachern.  When the school first opened in January 1902 there were 21 students in all grades with the exception of grade 7. There was one boy in grade 8. The majority of the students in the school were unable to speak English at the time but by the time the Christmas concert came around all the children were able to speak and sing in English.  The guest speaker at the concert was a young lawyer by the name of A.C. Rutherford. He would later become the first premier of Alberta.

    Mrs. McEachern played an active role in the first few years of Grace Martin School attending special functions and joining classes on field trips.  At the age of 105, she was still able to join school staff for a birthday party held in her honour and paid a visit to the school's Volunteer Tea in June, 1984.  She passed away at the age of 109.

    We are honoured to carry the name of such a marvellous lady and the children of this school have a constant challenge before them represented in the courage, kindliness, integrity, and good citizenship that Mrs. McEachern demonstrated throughout her life.

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  • Volunteering

    Volunteering

    At Grace Martin School, we enjoy and appreciate exceptional parental involvement on a variety of levels. Parents are involved as volunteers at the school working with teachers and students as well as in the library and on special school projects.

    We are also incredibly appreciative of the other community volunteers that come in to assist in so many different ways. Grace Martin is an excellent example "that it takes a community". 

    If you would like to volunteer at Grace Martin, please contact the school.

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  • Registration Information

    Registration Information

    NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION 

    Because schools remain closed to students and visitors due to COVID-19, new student registrations will now be submitted online. If your child is new to the Division, you must complete our school’s online registration form, fill out and upload the Student Registration form and submit supporting documents before your child(ren) can be registered for the upcoming school year. 

    Our school will no longer accept printed registrations. Do not drop off student registration forms at the school. 

    Submitting a registration package after the deadline of April 15, 2020 may limit your options to schools with available space.Learn more about registration dates and deadlines

    Learn more about schools that have implemented a lottery process, and how it might impact new student registration.

    HOW TO REGISTER

    STEP 1: FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM

    You will need to use an existing Gmail account or set up a free Gmail account to fill out the online form. This helps us protect the privacy of your personal information.

    STEP 2: UPLOAD A COMPLETED STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

    Upload copies of the following documents:

    • a completed, signed Student Registration form (fill out the form electronically, print a copy and scan the completed copy, or print and take clear photos of each completed page.)

    • confirmation of address for the student's parent/guardian (see below)

    • legal proof of the student’s name, citizenship and birthdate (see below)

    All documents must be uploaded in order to submit the form. Please ensure that you are providing clearphotos and the entire page is visible for each document submitted. 

    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. 

    OTHER WAYS TO REGISTER

    Families who are unable to register online can mail their completed Student Registration form and copies of their supporting documents to the following address:

    Central Records
    18004-116 Avenue NW

    Edmonton  AB T5S 1L5

    To be part of Edmonton Public Schools pre-enrolment process, we strongly suggest families register online to ensure their documents are received before 4 p.m. on April 15, 2020, in case postal service is interrupted.

    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

    Pre-enrol in SchoolZone (Current EPSB students) 

    Get ready for the 2020-21 school year! Sign in to your parent SchoolZone account between March 9 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 2020-2021 document.

    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 documents you need to confirm your address and child’s legal name

    NOW Accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year 

    Please note: Grace Martin does not host an Open House.

    Deadline register is April 15, 2020.

    • Kindergarten children must be five years old on or before December 31, 2020.  
    • There will be a Sakinah Kindergarten Information night on February 13, 2020 starting at 6:30 pm. 

    Registration forms are available to download Student Registration Form and in the school office.

    • Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card or Canadian Passport.
    • If your child is not a Canadian Citizen, please contact the school office for the required documents.
    • Please bring proof of your address, such as a lease agreement, utility bill, bank letter etc.

    General Registration

    If you are interested in being part of our school please contact us
    If you would like to find out more about registering your child with Edmonton Public Schools please visit us at www.epsb.ca.

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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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ALERT: Instruction moves to distance and online learning.


School phone lines and emails remain open for communication with families.

   

Welcome

‌‌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

 

Special Characteristics of Grace Martin

 

 

Principal's Message

It is truly a privilege to be the principal of Grace Martin School.  Our school’s highly skilled and caring staff continually works to ensure Grace Martin is a school of excellence; ensuring high levels of engagement and learning are possible for all of our students.  Our staff is committed to this goal by focusing on student learning, on collaboration and on results.  We do this by developing a sense of family and community second to none in the District.

As we grow and support our students through their educational journey, our teachers have the wonderful opportunity to meet with parents and their students identifying learning and citizenship goals.  This emphasis is based on our school’s four Pillars of Leadership:  respectful relationships, communication, partnerships and always asking, “What is best for kids.”

Grace Marin embraces inclusion.  We are a diverse school with students from nearly 60 countries representing nearly 30 languages, and one which shares and celebrates the unique gifts of students in all of our classrooms.   We celebrate these experiences and share the gifts of our First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who are our first Canadians.  Our school endeavors to engage our students with nature through our various programs, and teaches students how family connections and learning who you are becoming is celebrated, respected and shared.

I am proud of your children; I am proud of our teachers and I am particularly proud of our whole school community that is truly a lighthouse of diversity, acceptance and caring. Please, if you have any questions, our doors are open to all visitors.

Sincerely,

Dale Cooper

Principal