MSS is closed for the summer - have a wonderful and restful break with your families!
The office will reopen on Monday, August 25th, 2014. However, our office will be closed on the morning of August 28 and August 29 for faculty professional learning.
First Day of School - September 2, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,
Welcome back for the 2014-2015 school year! The Michael Strembitsky School Faculty are looking forward to having students back in their classrooms learning. As we commence the new school year, we wanted to update you on school opening procedures.
The following procedures will be put in place to welcome students and their families to our school on September 2nd, 2014:
The entry bell will ring at 8:20 am and the first class begins at 8:26 am. There will be class lists posted at every entrance of the school indicating the name of your child’s homeroom teacher and which entrance your child should line up at.
Kindergarten – will be met at the main front doors (Entrance A) by their teachers (A letter will be sent home to each Kinder family in the third week of August. This letter will introduce you to important procedures, staggered entry dates, etc.)
Grades 1-6 – will be met by their teachers at the appropriate entrances at the side or back of the school (teachers will be wearing blue Strembitsky shirts and will be near signage that identifies them)
Grades 7-9 – will enter the school at 8:20 through Entrance C (west rear door).
Junior high students will go directly upstairs to the second floor to their homeroom. (Homeroom teachers will be standing outside of classroom doors.)
Entrance A - Kindergarten
Traffic can be quite heavy the first week. If you can walk, ride or roll to school, you will find it much easier to get to school. Also, a reminder that the layby is a strict no-parking zone and intended for drop-off and pick-up only. The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times and be ready to move up in the layby when the car ahead departs. As always, parents are reminded to choose safety over convenience (please abide all traffic signage, laws, and use designated crosswalks). Please be respectful of the traffic commissionaires and staff members assisting with drop-off and pick-up and keep your eyes open for students crossing the roads. Further traffic information can be found at:http://michaelstrembitsky.epsb.ca/for-parents/parking-and-traffic-flow-advisory
If you have not registered already and eligible to do so, please see: http://www.epsb.ca/schools/spaceforstudents/decisionsforgrowingneighbourhoods/michaelstrembitskyschool/ Our office opens to the public on Aug. 25th.
Supply lists for 2014-2015 are posted on our website under the ‘For Parents’ tab. We encourage the reuse of supplies which are in good condition. Please see: http://michaelstrembitsky.epsb.ca/for-parents/supply-lists
And make sure you check out the webpages for updated information throughout the year! Please visit: www.michaelstrembitsky.epsb.ca
WANTED: Mentors for Michael Strembitsky School!
Are you a parent or community member who would be willing to work with a student or group of students at Michael Strembitsky School as a mentor? Do you have expertise to share with students or teachers? Can you help us integrate curricular studies within a real-world context? If so, please consider being an MSS mentor! Mentorship Database
Rooney and Punyi Productions at MSS
Thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for supporting this year’s artist in residency with Rooney and Punyi Productions!
At Michael Strembitsky School, from April 7 – 25, 2014, Rooney and Punyi Productions conducted an Artists in Residency program, instructing in the areas of literature and drama. We were extremely fortunate to once again acquire the monetary assistance of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts with an Artists and Education Grant to cover half of the initial projected cost of the project.
Paul Punyi and Maureen Rooney are a husband and wife team who have acted professionally since 1979 with some of Canada's finest theatre companies including Stratford, The Citadel, Stage West, Theatre Calgary, ATP, Globe, Chinook, Workshop West, Northern Light, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, and more. As well, they have had years of experience in radio and television with CBC, YTV, Family Channel, TNT, Super Channel, ACCESS, NFB, ITV, CFRN, VICOM, and others. Paul and Maureen have created historical plays and other commissioned performances for many special events, such as Edmonton City Hall Opening, Alberta Government Celebration of Library Act, World Marriage Day, Founder’s Day, Rail Town Opening, U of A Centennial, International Children’s Festival, etc.
As a school, we continue to value and embed fine arts within our programming. During the residency, students worked directly with the artists, Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi, and had the authentic learning opportunity to be performers themselves! The drama games and exercises introduced by Rooney and Punyi created an atmosphere of play and “give and take” in the classroom and centered on creating characters, dialogue and stream-of-conscience storytelling which are all tools which can be transferred to creative writing.
Parents and guests from the community attended the several Reading Shows, Interview History Shows, and Bed Sheet Theatre sessions -- allowing guests to see our children act out a storybook. The three week residency program culminated with an Improvisation Showcase in each of the Grades 4-9 classrooms.
Special thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for the generous grant. Your support is appreciated by all of us!
Welcome to Michael Strembitsky School!
Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
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.
Our planning recognizes and honours students' diverse needs and individual interests. In an effort to ensure all students are successful, faculty 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 are provided with a multiple opportunities to make sense of ideas and information, practice new skills, and to demonstrate what they have learned. Differentiated instruction is about creating a caring learning environment in which student differences are valued.
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.
Finally, at Michael Strembitsky School, we believe that success is best achieved in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. A safe, healthy, and orderly environment allows for a climate that supports relationship building and authentic partnerships among students, staff, parents and community members. We believe that these relationships are integral to supporting students' academic learning, fostering students' citizenship skills, and ensuring student responsibility.
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We are looking forward to a great year with our students and families!
Dr. Lisa Wright
- ASAP refers to the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement project
- The P3 Initiative is a provincial Public Private Partnership
- Six Edmonton Public Schools ASAP schools opened in September 2010. Three more ASAP schools opened in September 2012. Michael Strembitsky School now accommodates Kindergarten to Grade 9 regular programming.
- Consolidated schools into single package: design, construction and maintenance (30 years)
- Owned and operated by school boards
- Contractor does all maintenance for 30 years
- Available for Joint Use Agreement (community use) after hours