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Principal's Message

Making room for students at Michael Strembitsky

Join us for a feedback meeting on November 24, 2015, at 7 PM at Michael Strembitsky School. We need to plan for our rapidly growing school population and look at options to help make room at our school for the 2016-2017 school year and beyond. View the proposed options at spaceforstudents.epsb.ca.


Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

Welcome to Michael Strembitsky School!

At Michael Strembitsky School, our priority is student growth and success. We believe that educating our students is a collective responsibility. Through a collaborative approach in working together with you as partners, we will maximize the potential of all students. We are committed to providing a positive learning environment that will foster and support high academic and behavioral expectations, capitalizing on the value of relationships as we delve deeper into our work.

We focus on creating an inviting and inclusive school community where diversity is celebrated and valued, where relationships are nurtured. Emphasis is placed on creating an environment where students feel capable, connected and contributing members in our school community and society in meaningful and fulfilling ways.

In an effort to ensure all students are successful, faculty will use a differentiated approach to teaching. This approach includes thoughtful planning, strategic assessment of learning outcomes, and targeted, flexible instruction. Classroom teaching will be a blend of whole class, group, partner, and individual instruction. Students will be provided with a multiple opportunities to make sense of ideas and information, practice new skills, and to demonstrate what they have learned.

As a faculty, we provide challenging and engaging curricular learning within and across subject disciplines. Students are engaged in learning and service projects that rely upon and strengthen human spirit and imagination. As a school, we design and embrace projects that allow students to engage in in-depth study of real-world problems that they care about and are interested in. Such opportunities to harness students' passion to explore problems or projects that affect their lives and the lives of their friends and family, enable our students to become experts across subjects, use 21st  century skills, and to collaborate with others at school and beyond to devise innovative solutions. Project learning allows students to cultivate meaningful and memorable knowledge within authentic contexts for learning.

At Michael Strembitsky School, we have access to new technologies that will serve as powerful tools for students to access, search, analyze, store, manage, create and communicate information and knowledge. These technologies support our focus on learning, thinking, communicating, collaborating, and working in much more powerful, personalized, integrated, connected and efficient ways.

We believe that success is best achieved in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. This will allow for a climate that supports relationship building and authentic partnerships among students, faculty, parents and community members. We believe that these relationships are integral to supporting students' academic learning, fostering students' citizenship skills, and ensuring student responsibility.

Please check this web site regularly for updates on our work.

We are looking forward to a great year with our students, families and all partners in education!

In partnership,

Mary Michailides


Welcome back!

Getting to and from school:

  • Traffic is always a challenge at MSS and the first day will be extra busy.  Please remember that there is no parking in the layby as it is reserved for drop-off and pick-up only.  Drivers must remain in their vehicles at all times.  If you wish to park your vehicle, you may park along either side of Savaryn Drive - be mindful of any city parking restrictions.

  • If you are dropping students off, always make sure you are pulled over to the curb before students exit or enter the vehicle.  If students need to cross the street, they need to do so at the designated crosswalks.

  • Faculty will be out to assist with traffic.  Please follow their instructions and always choose safety over convenience.


  • Junior High students may enter the building at 8:10 through the C door (rear of building) and head upstairs to their homerooms.

  • Elementary students will be met by their homeroom teachers outside and brought in to the school.  At the end of the day, they will be brought back outside to meet parents/guardians.

  • On the first day, there will be several posters up around the school with homerooms and entrance locations.  Please find your designated entrance and look for the pylon with your teacher’s name.

  • Only Kindergarten students will enter and exit through the front entrance, all other classes will enter/exit through the side or rear doors.  By assigning specific entrances, it allows all students to safely enter and exit the school.

MSS Faculty will be outside on the first day in blue shirts and orange safety vests.  If you need assistance, you can ask any Faculty member.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 8th.


Welcome to our school! At Michael Strembitsky School, our priority is student growth and success. We are committed to providing a positive learning environment that will foster and support high academic and behavioural expectations.

We are pleased to introduce the 2015-16 Faculty of Michael Strembitsky School:


Kindergarten:  Julie Dayton, Jenn Mann, Alison McGhee, Aliyah Shamji

Grades One - Three:  Lindsay Babiuk, Monika Couprie, Paula Guloien, Amy Hagman, Kimberley Harris, Tabatha Hart, Shelby Hoffmann, Karly Hildebrandt, Miranda Hui, Anita Lam, Michelle McCulloch, Tammy Pedersen, Julie Pries, Colleen Roux, Kyle Yakemchuk


Grades Four - Six:  Avery Bernett, Tanya Boyko, Waylon Chinski, Tim Chow, Marcy Grainger, Michelle Kershaw, Krista Hoogenboom, Natasha Lalani, Lucas McCaw, Rianna van Egmond, Samantha Wenner, Jacqueline Yaniw


Julie Arsenault, Jeff Bone, Brandi Devitt, Karen Dhaliwal-Bassi, Kirstin Johns-Bell, James Leskewich, Brent Sheehan


Celia Kim, Joanne Linden, Amber Schneider


Educational Assistants:  Charlotte Bullock, Yam Ghimire, Cheryl Henkelman, James Iwabuchi, Melissa LaMay, Micki Mayzel, Sandy McDonald, Susan Robson, Cherie Ruttle, Valerie Westgate

Kindergarten Educational Assistants:  Kim Gould, Monalee Luth, Janell Whiffen, Shantini Wijeyaratnam

Library Technician:  Jackie Martin


Head Custodian: Tej Pangli

Custodians:  Amandeep Bassi, Russell Cagampan, Elpidio Castillo, Marc Crisostomo 


Principal: Mary Michailides

Assistant Principals: Vanessa LeCaine, Rhonda Tollefson

Curriculum Coordinator: Sandra Marianicz

Graphic Designer and Artist in Residence: Flavio Rojas

Administrative Assistant - Business Office: Pat Grzech

Administrative Assistants - Main Office: Corrie Malek, Jessica McCafferty