Martell Monitor

Volume 1: Week 23 February 8, 2019

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Dear Martell Families,

Dear Families,

I hope you all stayed warm as we braved snow last week and ice this week! With the Michigan winter and all the snow and ice days, I am ready for a 5 day week with students and some sunshine!

We have a great week ahead of us with the PTO meeting starting the week off on Monday. There are some changes to the by-laws and we look forward and encourage you to come to Martell for the meeting. Mrs. Pickell will be babysitting, and myself and Mrs. Motherwell will be speaking on our character program at Martell. We will also have a few raffles and some cookies! Hope to see you Monday at 6:30pm!

Next week is a very busy week at Martell!

I look forward to seeing you at one or more of the following events!

Monday, February 11 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Tuesday, February 12 - 6:00PM Camp Meeting 5th grade parents

Wednesday, February 13 - 7:00PM Grade 5 Winter Band/Strings Concert Troy High School gym

Thursday, February 14 - 2:15PM-3:00PM Classroom parties, Valentine's Day

In Partnership,

Michelle Barsh

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Upcoming Events

February Upcoming Events

Monday, February 11 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Tuesday, February 12 - 6:00PM Camp Meeting 5th grade parents

Wednesday, February 13 - 7:00PM Grade 5 Winter Band/Strings Concert Troy High School gym

Thursday, February 14 - 2:15PM-3:00PM Classroom parties, Valentine's Day

Monday and Tuesday, February 18, 19 - Mid Winter Break

Wednesday, February 27 - 12:39AM Early Release Day

Thursday, February 28 - 6-8:00PM - Martell Multicultural Night

March Upcoming Events

Friday, March 8 - No School

Monday, March 11 - 6:30PM PTO

Thursday, March 14 - 6:30PM Skate Night

Thursday, March 21 - 12:29PM Half Day Dismissal, afternoon and evening conferences

Wednesday, March 27 - 12:39PM Early Release Day

Friday, March 29 - No School

Monday, April 1-Friday, April 5 - No School Spring Break

Monday, April 8 - School resumes

Barsh's Bagels - Every Wednesday is pre-sale $1.00 - Every Friday is classroom delivery!

Please check for updates!

Calendar subject to change as we add more awesome events to Martell!

Go Martell Mustangs!!

Did you know?...

Martell Elementary School was rated #20 in Michigan?!

I AM SO PROUD of our awesome school family!

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Multicultural Night Help Wanted

Thursday, February 28 is Multicultural Night at Martell!

We are looking for a few things to make the evening go smoothly.

~Cases of water bottles

~Writing in specific languages

Please sign up on the link below if you can help out! Thank you so much!

5th Grade Promotion Information

Picture/Letter Deadline - Friday, March 15, 2019

Promotion Date...Monday, June 10, 2019

To the parents of 5th grade...

Please see the following requests from our DVD/Memory Book Chairs...

In preparation for these events, we will be asking for the following 4 items:

A baby picture of your child to be included in the video during the ceremony.

Please email it to

A picture of your child from their 1st day of kindergarten or around that time. This will also be used in the video.

Please also email it to

Group photos of 4 or more 5th graders you may have taken over the years. They can be from sports teams, scouting, or any other event as long as they are all 5th grade classmates. Please also email those to .

A letter to your child that will be included in your child’s copy of the class memory book. It should be on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper leaving a ½ inch margin free on all sides. This letter will be for YOUR child only, so feel free to make it as personal and creative as you desire. Some suggestions for this letter can be how proud you are of your child, words of wisdom for the future, or anything else you feel would be special for your student to re-read down the road.

Please email the letter to as well, or send it in a large envelope to school labeled with you name, your child’s first and last name, their teacher’s name, and in attention to Sarah Williams. DO NOT FOLD THE LETTER. Please make an effort to write this letter. It will be a very special keepsake for your child.

** If you do not have a scanner or an electronic copy of these pictures above, please send them into school with your child in a large envelope or zip lock bag labeled with your name, their first and last name, their teacher’s name, and in attention to Ranya Shamoun. I will return these photos after I have scanned them in for the video. You are welcome to drop them off at my house too. My contact info is below if you would like to do that.


Thank you all so much for helping to make the 5th grade promotion a special day for your child. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Thank you,

Ranya & Ray Shamoun and Sarah Williams

5th Grade Promotion DVD/Memory Book Chairpersons

(586)457-0455 / (248)703-6270

PTO Meeting

February 11, 2019 - 6:30PM

PTO Proposed By-Law Amendments

We need you!

At our recent PTO meeting, proposed amendments to our PTO By-laws were made. Please see the attached documents for our current PTO By-laws, as well as the proposed amendments. These amendments will be voted on at our next PTO meeting on Monday, February 11th by a required Quorum (at least 10 non-Executive Board PTO members). Please contact our PTO Exec Board members with any questions and please come out to vote these By-law amendments in on February 11th at our next PTO meeting!!!

Attached are the PTO By-Laws and the proposed amendments.

Mrs. Barsh and Mrs. Motherwell will speak on the exciting things happening with Character Education, Mrs. Pickell will be here as a special guest for babysitting, there will be cookies and coffee and a raffle for a gift card!

Thank you so much for your support!!!

See you at the February 11 meeting!

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Spring Conferences

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Is the date for Martell's Spring Conferences

Fall Conferences are for all students.

Spring Conferences are by invitation from your child's teacher.

If your child's teacher is requesting a conference, you will receive notification.

Kindergarten Round-Up

Wednesday April 10, 2018, 6:30PM

CLASS of 2032!!

Incoming Kindergarten parents are welcome to join us for this evening event at Martell Elementary.

Martell Spirit Wear All Year Round

Martell PTO

Monday, February 11 next meeting at 6:30PM - Please come join us!

PTO Meetings

Monday March 11

Monday April 8

Monday May 13

Danielle Favret - Co-President

Jenny Dobbs - Co-President

Jennifer Zaner - Secretary

Nikey Bergi - Vice President

Emily Karstensen - Treasurer

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Martell Elementary Social Media

Martell website

Facebook users:

Please join the Martell Elementary PTO page on Facebook!

Martell's PTO Page

Twitter users:

Please follow #martellthinkers

World Class Vision

Troy School District is committed to living out our vision of a World Class education. The 4 key characteristics below are the foundation for what we live in Troy and at Martell.
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Important Reference Documents

Martell Elementary School

“Martell strives to create a community of life-long learners, leaders, and risk-takers.”