Classroom Updates


March 19

We have Crazy Hair Day on Wednesday, March 21.  We are looking to replenish our cupboards for Mother Hubbard so we thought having a crazy hair/hat day could help with that.   $1 or food/toiletry donation would be GREATLY appreciated! 

Our field trip to the Oilsands Discovery Centre has been approved.  There is a special presentation called Amazing Astronomy for Juniors.  It is Monday, April 9.  We will leave the school at 9:00 and be back around 11:30.  We need 4 volunteers to help out.  If you are able to join us please let me know.  The permission forms will come home later this week.  April 9 is the first day back to school after our Easter holiday.

March 18

  • Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our Winter Walk for Science.  We had beautiful spring like temperatures on Tuesday.  Luckily we still had some snow to walk through.  Our next walk will be a Spring walk once things dry up and the buds start to come out on the trees/bushes.  As you are out and about, discuss the changes you see happening in and around Fort McMurray.  Driving to Edmonton you will be able to notice the activities changing on the farms with the young calves wondering about.  Another month or so and then the tractors will be out too. Keep an eye on the sky for those migrating birds to come back.  Who can spot the first robin?
  • The students had fun dressing up last week for Dr. Suess Week.  We had a wonderful Cat in the Hat - Joshua. 
  • Student Led Conferences will be held Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21.
    • Tuesday 5-8   Wednesday 3:30 - 6:30  Please plan on spending approximately 45 minutes with your child to work through the different activity stations in the classroom.
  • Please check out the lost and found bins.  They are truly overflowing.  We have one by our classroom and one in the foyer.
  • Our gum supplies are running low.  If you are able to send more in that would be appreciated.  The students have been very responsible with this initiative.

Letter for Volunteers from the Office

Dear parents,


Thank you for all your volunteer efforts.  We appreciate your time and energy.  You are a very important part of our Saint Martha Family.

This is simply a reminder to follow the school sign-in protocol for volunteers staying in the building. Please understand that you are required to stop by the office upon arrival and sign yourself into our visitor pass registry book. At this time, you will be issued a numbered visitor tag.  

1.  In the binder the chart requires you to list the date, your name, badge number, reason for being here/destination, and time of arrival (“time in”).


2. Please wear the visitor tag as our school staff has been trained to look for badges identifying all visitors to insure student safety.

3. Before you leave the building, please return to the office to sign yourself out. List your departure time (“time out”) on the chart in the binder and return your badge.

In the event of an emergency, it is critical that everyone in the building be accounted for. Careful and conscientious observation of visitor sign-in/sign-out procedures will better enable the school to ensure the safety of all building occupants, including students, employees, school staff, and visitors.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.


Saint Martha School Staff

Old News  I will keep some of the important news here.
  • Remember to email extra curricular awards to me so they can be add to our Success Assemblies.

  • Water Bottles: Help remind them to bring them each day.

  • Bring your Boston Pizza receipts to the office and place in the box.

    Up Coming Events

    Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 Student Led Conferences Tuesday 5-8, Wednesday 3:30 - 6:30
    Thursday, March 29 - Success Assembly at 11:05 - Students will be notified later this week.
    Thursday, March 29 - Liturgy hosted by the Grade 3 - Time to be determined.
    Friday, March 23 - No School for Students
    Friday, March 30 - Friday, April 6 - Easter Holidays
    Monday, April 9 - First Day Back to School Field trip to Oilsands Discovery Centre 9:00 - 11:30 Volunteers needed. You can ride the bus with us.
    Friday, April 20 - No School for Students
    Friday, April 27 - No School for Students
    Friday, May 4 - No School for Students
    Friday, May 18 - No School for Students
    Monday, May 21 - No School for Students - Victoria Day Long Weekend
    Friday, June 8 - No School for Students
    Thursday, June 28 - Last Day of School for Students

    Homework While on Holidays

    Many people are taking trips during the school year. For homework this is what I would like the children to do while away.  I would like your child to complete a journal or diary about the trip. The book to record this in could be one of two things; either a diary your child already has or a regular school notebook.  Each day you are gone your child can write 5 or more sentences about what he/she has done and who they saw or where they traveled. Important information you would like to remember in the future. Each diary/journal entry should be illustrated to show details from their writing. Date each page please.  The purpose of this assignment is two fold. One, it is practice writing about things they know and is expert at (his/her life). It uses their imagination and develops reading and writing skills. Secondly, I hope it will be a keepsake that your child has from the trip. When they come back to school I would appreciate your child, bringing it in to share with me and the class. The students really enjoy reading what they wrote and the other students like to hear about the adventures. Any other homework that can be sent home when you return will be collected and given to your child then. I'm sure I don't need to remind you to bring books to read for the drive or flight. If you have an ipad or similar device books may be download from the public library, Raz Kids is accessible if you have the app or in wifi areas.

    Virtues for the Year at Our Success Assemblies and Tentative Dates

    September - Responsibility     Congratulations to Zackery, Petra and Yzabelle

    October  -  Positive Attitude       Congratulations to Alex, Andrea, Carter Lucas won the Playground Pal Award  

    November - Academic Award     Congratulations to Hayden and Zoe

    December - Healthy Living Congratulations to Damilola and Logan

    January - Respect                       Congratulations to Gracie, Hope and Joshua                  

    February - Friendship                 Congratulations to Zoe, Isabelle and Dallen      

    March - Author Award                Thursday, March 29th at 11:05

    April - Service                             Thursday, April 26th at 11:35          

    May - Creativity                          Tuesday, May 29th at 8:15                      

    June -  Confidence                      Tuesday, June 26 TBA

    Our Helping hands program here at St. Martha has some exciting news to share!!

    We have decided to partner with M&M Meats!!! This means that for every purchase you make at M&M Meats under St. Martha's name, M&M will donate 5% of your total purchase back to our Helping hands program!

    So, what we need from you is simple!!
    Shop M&M meats and always, always, always mention to put your purchase under St. Martha's name and M&M will automatically give back 5% to us! -That Simple!!

    This fundraiser will continue for the entire school year! 

    Please feel free to share this information with family and friends! Every purchase counts!! 

    Thank you all again for your continuous support!!


    Lorna Abbott 
    Helping Hands

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