Mr. Massey's Grade 3/4 Class Website! 2018/2019

Welcome back to Martin Street School!


September 4th, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of Class 3/4 Massey,

I would like to say hello to those parents I have had the pleasure of already knowing, and greetings to my NEW parents!

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! It has been great to reconnect with my students from last year and to meet some new faces! Some of you are new to Martin Street, and I hope that we have made your children feel at home!

This is my 13th year teaching Grade 3 and 4 at Martin Street School, and my 19th year as a teacher!

I was born in Guelph, Ontario to a Registered Nurse (mom) and a High School teacher (dad). I attended the University of Guelph for my Bachelor of Arts degree (History), then moved to Australia where I graduated from Teacher's College with a Masters of Teaching and a Master of Education. My younger brother also went university in Australia and is also teaching Grade 3 at a boys school. He is married and has 2 young boys. I loved teaching and surfing in Australia, but I missed skiing in beautiful Canadian snow and wakeboarding in our clear freshwater lakes during the summer at my family cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka (2 hours North of Toronto).

The 2018-2019 school year is off to an awesome start! We have been working on practising classroom and school procedures and expectations, but more importantly, we have been building a sense of community through our "School of Belonging" activities, ice-breakers and games.

Last year was our first year in the new school building and we have grown from a Kindergarten-Grade 5 to Kindergarten-Grade 7!

Mr. Albrecht is the captain or our ship, and the best principal a school could ask for! We have a new Vice-Principal named Mrs. Febers. If you call the office, you will hear the kind voices of our two secretaries Mrs. Royce or Mrs. Martalog!

During our first two weeks...

Many students have signed up for Cross Country! I am so proud of all of our classroom athletes whom are training so hard every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at first break for the upcoming North Halton Cross Country Meet at Kelso Park, on October 10th during school hours.

Yesterday the school had an assembly called UPower! We learned about the importance of self-esteem and kindness to others.

Remember Monday will be a PA DAY - there will be no school for student. Teachers will meet for the day to plan a successful and rich learning experience for the year!

Both Grade 3s and 4s will be going on their first FIELD TRIP of the year to Kelso Conservation Park to the Halton Water Festival to learn about the importance H2O has in our lives on Thursday September 26th, during school hours. Permission forms will be sent home soon!

Our school TERRY FOX RUN for cancer will take place Thursday Sept, 27th during the last two periods of the school day - please feel welcome to join us on our walk around the Mill Pond!

Saturday September 29th from 11:00 am -3:00pm, we are having the MARTIN STREET ANNUAL FALL FAIR!!!!! Bouncy Castles, Food Trucks, Cake Walks, Silent Auctions and many games!!!!! Flyers and pre-orders have gone home, but your can also buy tickets at the door. I hope to see and meet many of you and your extended families as well on our exciting day!

MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT will take place Thursday October 11th during the evening 6:00pm-8:00pm! We will have a BBQ and you can tour our brand new school and come check out our newly decorated classroom up in room #216!!!!

PHOTO DAY is Tuesday October 23rd!!! Wear your best and don't forget to SMILE!!!)

HOMEWORK - Halton District School Board guidelines are 30 minutes for Grade 3s and 40 minutes for grade 4s. So far, the only expectation I have asked the students is to read OUT LOUD for 20 minutes at home to a parent or guardian (or stuffed animal!).

RAZ-KIDS and DREAMBOX will most likely be renewed by the board, and I will send home log in information as soon as I get it! If your child had an account last year, they should still be able to access their accounts.

GOOGLE will be our main communication and work medium for students and teachers. Emails, Word Documents, Slide Shows and videos will all be accessed through your child's account with Halton District School Board. I will send home log in and password info cards so that you can access their work at home with your child!!


LIBRARY BOOKS - We have had our first book sign outs with our amazing Librarian, Mrs. Webber! I require students to sign out 1 Fiction and 1 Non-Fiction book each week. We will discuss how to choose "Good Fit" books at their appropriate reading level and, when possible, non-fiction books that support our curriculum learning topics (for example, the Grade 3s will begin learning about "Aboriginals in Ontario" and the Grade 4s will begin the year with a "Canada" unit for Social Studies).

ME BAG PRESENTATIONS! I am asking that all students choose 5-10 items that they can bring into the classroom, and give a short presentation on why they are important to them! The items could include pictures, favourite stuffed animal, awards, trophies, pet rocks or lucky charms! They should practice presenting at home and be prepared to give a short description and explanation for each item. I can' t wait to see what they have to show and tell! I will my "ME BAG" items first to model the expectations.

Please don't hesitate to email or call about ANYTHING big or small!!!! I would LOVE to hear about how your child feels about the year so far!

I have attached a link to our CLASS WEBSITE (handy for checking calendar dates and exciting new happenings at Martin Street!!!) and my email address below.

I will be updating the website as the school year progresses and events are booked!

I can't wait to see all of you at the Fall Fair and the Meet the Teacher Night events!!

Kindest Regards,

-Mr. Chris G. Massey (B.A., M. Teach., M. Ed.)

Grade 3/4Classroom Teacher Room #216

my email:

Class Website Address:

***please feel free to contact me anytime with any concerns - BIG or small!***

Important Reminders....

Class 3/4 Tweets!!!

Me Bag Presentations

Me Bag Presentations - due next Friday September 21st, 2018! Maybe an activity for Monday's PD Day! Good Luck!!!

The Reading Tree is back up at Martin Street! Students who read 25 (red), 50 (green), 75 (orange) and 100+ (Gold!) and a Fleurs de Lis (25 -French) books get to show off by adding a leaf to the Martin Street Reading Tree! Yes.......Raz-Kids books count too! Start a Reading Record where parents can sign each book you read and I can print off the Raz-Kids reading records for proof! Good Luck! Can you make it to 100? (books at your reading level - not kindergarten)

Introducing.....The NEW Martin Street School!

Martin Street Public School

184 Martin Street

Milton,Ontario L9T 2R4

Phone: 905-878-8191

School Year 2018-2019

Grades Junior Kindergarten - Grade 7

Number of Students: 70+

Principal: Dan Albrecht

Vice Principal: Jackie Febers

Senior Secretary: Jean Royce

Superintendent: Jacqueline Newton

Superintendent Executive Assistant: Susan Thrasher

Trustee: Donna Danielli

School Council Co-Chair: Beth Durrapiah

School Council Co-Chair: Louise Thewliss

Martin Street School You Tube videos (by Larry Arbuckle drone footage) that show the construction phases and progress over the past two years! We have been waiting for sooooo loooong! It's finally time to come back home!

Here is a video showing the construction progress over the last year!

A video tour inside the school and a welcome message from our amazing principal, Mr. Albrecht!

Books we have enjoyed so far this week! :)