Martell Monitor

Volume 1: Week 31 April 12, 2019

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Dear Martell Families,

Dear Families,

The Martell staff was very happy to welcome your children back this week! We hope you had a wonderful spring break. We are looking forward to all the fun events and great learning we have until June 13th!

I have updated the calendar below with many dates. I will continue to add to it as we finalize our end of the year events! Please refer to it often, many things are coming upon us!

Our Fun Fair team is working hard on classroom basket collections. When you are out shopping this weekend, please consider picking up something for your child's classroom basket. If you need a reminder, the list of baskets is below!!


~Pennies for Pasta ends this Thursday, April 18!!

~Classroom Fun Fair basket donations are in full collection!

~Please remember there is No School on Friday, April 19.

In Partnership,

Michelle Barsh

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Upcoming Events

April Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 13 - Mathpentathalon Division 1 Competition

Monday, April 15 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Monday, April 15 - 7-8 Larson Parent Orientation

Wednesday, April 17 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Wednesday, April 17 - Classroom Fun Fair basket donations due!

Thursday, April 18 - Pennies for Pasta ends

Friday, April 19 - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 22 7-8 Boulan Park Gr. 5 Parent Orientation

Monday, April 22 7-8 Smith Gr. 5 Parent Orientation

Tuesday, April 23 7-8 Baker Gr. 5 Parent Orientation

Wednesday, April 24 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Wednesday, April 24 - Secretaries Day :)

Thursday, April 25 - 12:39PM Early Release Day

Thursday, April 25 - 7:30PM 5th grade band concert at Troy High

Friday, April 26 - Fun Fair

May Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 1 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 8 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Wednesday, May 8 - 7:00PM Gr.5 Strings Concert at Athens

Thursday, May 9 - 6-8:30 Mother/Son Event at Zap Zone

Saturday, May 11 - Mathpentathalon Division 3 Competition

Monday, May 13 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Monday, May 13 - 9-12 Larson Gr 5 visit

Tuesday, May 14 - Baker Gr 5 visits

Wednesday, May 15 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Wednesday, May 15 - 12:39PM Early Release Day

Thursday, May 16 - Gr. 3-5 PARENT Literacy Night with Teacher's College at Troy Union Elem.

Thursday, May 16 9:30-11- Boulan Park Gr 5 visit

Friday, May 17 - 10-11:50 Smith Gr 5 visit

Saturday, May 18 - Troy run for Grade 5

Monday, May 20 - Kindergarten Screening

Wednesday, May 22 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Thursday, May 23 - 6-8:30 Father/Daughter Event at Zap Zone

Monday, May 27 - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 29 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Friday, May 31 - Tentative Field Day

June Upcoming Events

Monday, June 3-Wednesday, June 5 - 5th Grade to Camp

Wednesday, June 5 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Thursday, June 6-Friday, June 7 - 4th Grade to Mackinaw

Monday, June 10 - 5th grade Promotion

Tuesday, June 11-Thursday, June 13 - 12:29PM Half Day Dismissals

Wednesday, June 12 - 8:00AM Mustangs in Motion, Parent/Child on walking track!

Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School

MSTEP Martell Testing Dates:

Grade 5: April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26

Grade 4: April 30, May 1, May 2, May 3

Grade 3: May 7, May 8, May 9, May 10

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!

MSTEP Grades 3, 4, 5

When we return from Spring Break, the 2019 M-STEP Assessment (Michigan Student Test of Education Progress) will be administered in the months of April and May. This is a state mandated assessment that all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the state of Michigan will participate in. A calendar has been published by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education that gives a testing window when each test must be administered.

All students in the Troy School District will be taking the M-STEP online using his or her own iPad. The district provides each elementary building with plug in keyboards to work with the iPads for instructional purposes. The students have been using the keyboards in the classroom during instruction and they will use the keyboards for the M-STEP assessment as well. There are a few things that you can do to assist us in making sure your child is ready daily to take this test.

Please help us with the following:

  • Make sure your child’s iPad is charged up every night to 100% power.
  • Make sure your child has his/her iPad at school every day.
  • Your child will need headphones to listen to directions on the assessment.
  • Headphones are preferred over ear buds if possible.
  • Arrive at school on time.
  • Eat breakfast before coming to school.
  • Get a good night of sleep. Monitoring bedtimes is appreciated.

We do know that attendance at school is extremely important at all times; and, when a child is absent, we have some flexibility to help him or her catch up. This fact is not true for M-STEP as the State of Michigan decides the testing window. We are asking that you please adhere to the below schedule and refrain from scheduling voluntary absences for your child during your child’s assessment period. If a child is absent on specific days, we will do all that we can to administer the test on the make-up day, but your child will miss important class time in order to make-up the M-STEP assessment(s) that were missed.

Grade 5: April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26

Grade 4: April 30, May 1, May 2, May 3

Grade 3: May 7, May 8, May 9, May 10

Thank you very much for helping our Mustangs be ready for this test!

Mustangs in Motion

8:00AM-8:34AM Wednesday mornings

Come on out with your child and walk the Martell track before school!

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MStep has begun!

Our 5th grades are full into the MStep. Thanks to our fabulous teachers and families for helping our students be prepared! Students have a chance to run off some energy before they sit for the test!
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Fun Fair Help Needed!

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Classroom Basket List

Any questions please reach out to either basket coordinator or Rebecca Bullock 248-670-2014 or Kristy Osterlund

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PTO Parent/Child Events

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Troy Fitness Run-5th grade students

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:45AM
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Martell PTO

Monday, April 15 is the next meeting at 6:30PM - Please come join us!


Monday May 13

Danielle Favret - Co-President

Jenny Dobbs - Co-President

Jennifer Zaner - Secretary

Nikey Bergi - Vice President

Emily Karstensen - Treasurer

Buy Martell Spirit Wear all year long!

PTO Calendar of Events

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Martell earns a BLUE RIBBON nomination!

Martell Elementary School has been nominated by Michigan to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. Martell has been nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School.

Only 13 schools in the state are nominated each year. This is QUITE an honor! Once our paperwork is submitted, we will hear in the fall is we are officially awarded with this honor! I will continue to keep you updated!

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

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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.”
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