Martell Monitor

Volume 5: Issue 30 ~ April 21, 2023

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Monday, April 24-May 12

MSTEP testing window Grades 3-5

Thursday, April 27

K-12 Half Day school

Dismissal at 12:29pm

Teacher PD in the afternoon

Grades 3-5 MSTEP Testing Window

MSteP beings MONDAY Grades 3-5!

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Our PTO Need YOU!

Hi families!

We are looking for nominations for PTO board positions!

If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this capacity, feel free to call or email me if you would like to discuss!

We have a lot of fun planning and organizing for the events that make Martell a strong community. We are supportive and helpful and work as a team with myself, the secretaries, our teacher representative Mrs. Motherwell, and the board.

In Partnership,

Mrs. Barsh

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Grade 4 Help Needed ~ Grade 5 Promotion!

Grade 4 Parents!!!

Hello 4th Grade Families!

As you may know, at the end of every school year, the 5th graders participate in a ceremony in the Martell gym in which they are “promoted” to middle school by their 5th grade teachers and Mrs. Barsh. (It’s a bit like graduation, but without the caps.) It’s a long-standing Martell tradition.

The Martell 4th grade class traditionally throws the promotion ceremony for the 5th graders!

You are the hosts!

The festivities, which are on Tuesday, June 13, include not only the ceremony, but also a pizza lunch for the kids prior to the ceremony and a reception afterwards.

Like many great events at Martell, volunteer help is critical to success. As a part of the Martell family, and parents of future 5th graders, we are looking to you for your time and treasure to help make this event the best it can be.

What does volunteering entail? You can see all the slots below, but in short, we're looking for one or more of the following:

1. Your time on the evening before for a bit of setup,

2. Your time the day of to help in classrooms to serve lunch to the kids and to help them get their flowers on

3. Your time on the day of to help set up and clean up the reception

4. A donation of food, drinks, or supplies.

You are welcome to volunteer for more than one slot!

All volunteers will receive additional information after signing up.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Scott Timmreck; 813.480.5570, or scott.timmreck -at- gmail dot com.

April Lunch Menu

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MAY Lunch Menu

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Classroom Placement ~ 2023-2024

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April 24-May 12

A fun week!

TSD Food Service is Hiring

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Attendance Line - Help Needed!

248-823-3801 Please report absences by 9:30am

Please make sure to call the attendance line by 9:30am each day of your child's absence for it to be excused.

We must call all absent families and do a well check per policy. If we are unable to speak with you regarding the absence, it is considered unexcused.

Please help communicate absences to us. Above all, we want your students in class, on time, each day!

We are grateful to partner with you on their schooling journey!

May 19th Troy Fitness Run for Grade 5

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Martell PTO and Staff Gilly's Ice-Cream Night!

Thank you for the support! Martell PTO profited $350.00!


Thank you to all who came out! A great night was had by all!

Martell Links Program!

LINKS is a peer to peer support program that increases opportunities for students with disabilities/autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with disabilities not only affects outcomes for the students with a disability, but can also benefit peers.

It is a “win-win” opportunity for all!!

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Grades 3-5 Maker Space TFEE Grant Project Success

Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence Grant is awarded to Martell

We are extremely proud of Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Scott for applying, receiving and implementing this project for grades 3-5.

This was based off the book, 'What do Words Mean?' Each student in grades 3-5 chose a word or phrase that was inspiring to others, and created in Cricut design studio. They printed and weeded it from the vinyl. We then had an incredible parent volunteer team that came in and helped iron them on to shirts.

Student Council presented an incredible assembly about the project and honored their teachers and the project.

The assembly ended with a parade in the halls to show off our shirts. This project was student led and produced with voice and choice.

We are so proud of our teachers and students!


Cell Phones/Smart Watches TSD Code of Conduct

There are students that received new technology and watches during the holiday season.

We need your help with the following TSD policy regarding technology in school. Thank you!

Please leave CELL PHONES at home. It is against the Code of Conduct. We cannot take any responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen phones.

Please make sure all SMART WATCHES are silenced if your student has a watch. These are not to be used to text or make calls on during the school day.

PLEASE CALL the front office if you need to get a message to your child.

We appreciate your help with this.

Per the TSD Code of Conduct

Visible or audible detection of any electronic, communication listening device is prohibited during the school day by TSD policy. If confiscated, devices must be picked up in the office.

The use of any and all devices must be for school purposes.


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Please follow!

We have upgraded the security and created a yearly page for easy access.

Martell Elementary:

Martell PTO:

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SCHOOL HOURS 8:39am-3:37pm

Martell Arrival/Dismissal Times

8:25am - Students wait in their assigned classroom waiting line.

8:34am - First Bell - Warning Bell

8:39am - Second Bell - School Start Bell

3:37pm - Dismissal is completed

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~If your child's pick up will be different than normal, please ALWAYS send a note to your child’s teacher.

~Please do NOT rely on email to a teacher. Teachers are teaching during the day, and sometimes cannot get back to their computer if it's a late message! We do not want to miss a dismissal message.

~We will not vary your child’s end of the day routine unless we have a note from you.

~Should you have an emergency and need to change his/her schedule, please call the office before 2:30pm


TSD World Class Characteristics

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Martell Important Numbers

Office Staff

Principal: Michelle Barsh

Secretary to the Principal: Jill Gentner

Secretary for Records and Attendance: Julie Richman

Staff emails: First initial, full last name

Martell Office Main Line


Martell Attendance Line


Martell Office Hours


Martell Elementary School

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