Martell Monitor

Volume 1: Week 15 November 29, 2018

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Dear Martell Families,

Dear Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and long weekend!

It was great to be back this week in the routine of teaching and learning at Martell!

This week brought our first skating party of the year! Lots of fun was had by all! Bringing our community together outside school helps strengthen the bonds inside school. I, for on, had not been on skates in about 30 years!

There are many exciting things coming up. Please continue to check the Monitor and watch the email blasts for information.

In Partnership,

Michelle Barsh

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Upcoming Events

December Upcoming Events

Monday, December 3 - 5:00PM-8:30PM Family Photo Night

Wednesday/Thursday, December 5,6 - Holiday Shop during the school day

Friday, December 7 - Fleece collection ends at the schools for MLK Day

Thursday, December 20 - Classroom Holiday Parties, end of day, Pajama Day!

Friday, December 21 - Last full day before Winter recess

Monday, December 24 - Winter recess begins

Monday, January 7 - School resumes full day

January Upcoming Events

Monday, January 7 - School resumes, welcome back!!

Monday, January 14 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Tuesday, January 15 - 6-7PM Troy Preschool Parent Info Night at Troy High School

Monday, January 21 - No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 29 - 7:00PM-9:00PM Festival of Choirs, Troy Athens High, Martell's Grade 5

February Upcoming Events

Monday, February 4-Thursday, February 7 - 8-11AM, 1-4PM

Kindergarten Enrollment at the Administration Building

Wednesday, February 6 - 12:39PM Early Release Day

Monday, February 11 - 6:30PM PTO

Thursday, February 14 - Valentine's Day

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

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

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!

Recess Protocol

TSD Weather Policy for indoor/outdoor lineup and indoor/outdoor recess

Recess will not occur during inclement weather or extreme cold. District policy states that there will be no outdoor recess when temperatures are below 15º Fahrenheit; and, if temperatures are between 15º and 20º Fahrenheit, the wind-chill factor will be considered.

Martell Tip!

We use the “Feels Like” temperature on the Weather Channel App to determine if we have morning indoor or outdoor lineup as well as indoor or outdoor recess. The office will make this determination before the scheduled recess.

We believe that participation in vigorous play and exercise helps develop fitness and is important to the total well-being of the child. All students are expected to participate in recess. Occasionally, parents ask that a student be allowed to remain indoors due to illness. It is generally felt that if a student is well enough to attend school, he/she is well enough to go outside for a short recess period. However, if an unusual condition exists which permits a student to attend school but participation in recess is inadvisable, a doctor’s note must be presented to the office.

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Martell Family Photo Night

December 3 5:00PM-8:30PM

The Martell PTO is happy to provide an opportunity for families to take a photo to be used for just about anything from holiday cards to family history. Families will get a 5 minute time slot with a professional photographer who will send an email containing your images and permission to use the images in any way. Families should expect the link to arrive 3-6 days after Photo Night. The cost is $25/family. Sign up soon, slots will fill quickly. You can access the sign up here.

When/how can I see my child's report card?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018-Powerschool

On December 11, you will be able to access your child's report card on Powerschool. There are a few things I would like you to know as you view your child’s progress from the first marking period.

  • Report cards have been revised by our Teaching and Learning Department this school year. You will notice the report card view and areas assessed look different.

  • While most of the report card is filled out, some areas are left blank as teachers have not assessed these standards at this point in the year.

  • The Science and Social Studies content areas will have fewer areas assessed due to a shift in curriculum that is taking place over a two-year period.

  • The comment section of the report card is limited to 1000 characters.

  • The report card is just one form of academic progress monitoring and reporting throughout the school year. Parent-teacher conferences were intentionally scheduled in October for you to have earlier direct communication where you have the chance to ask questions and focus directly on your child. We had almost 100% participation at fall conferences.

  • The TSD Teaching and Learning Department will be surveying parents on this year’s report card revisions at the end of the year.

I am incredibly proud to lead our top notch teaching staff at Martell. Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning that takes place at Martell!

Troy Preschool Parent Night/Survey

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6-7 pm

We are busy preparing for the opening of our new Troy School District Preschool next fall and are looking for input from families with preschool age children. If you have children who will be entering preschool in the near future (or are currently enrolled in a preschool program,) we would appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts with us. Also, please share this survey link with any other parents who might be able to give input as well.

IMPORTANT: Save the Date If you are interested in our NEW Troy School District Preschool, plan to attend our Information Night for Parents on Tuesday, January 15 from 6-7 pm in the Troy High School auditorium. Details on this night and Early Bird Registration opportunities will be sent out very soon, but mark your calendar NOW!

Preschool parents, thank you again for taking the time to fill out this survey:


Attention! 5th Grade Choir!

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7-9PM
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Martell Multicultural Night!

Thursday, February 28, 2019 6-8PM

Can you guess Mrs. Barsh's heritage?

Mrs. Barsh grew up in an immigrant family! She has visited her father's hometown 3 times, and she is regularly in touch with her relatives.


1. She celebrates her heritage by cooking sauce every Sunday.

2. She loves having many large family parties.

3. She has 21 cousins just on her dad's side.

4. She even married Mr. Barsh who grew up in a country close to the one where her family is from.

5. Clue, her maiden name may be a big hint!!

Any questions, contact Nikey Bergi at or Sadia Hanim at

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.

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Martell Spirit Wear All Year Round

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Martell PTO

Monday, January 14 next meeting at 6:30PM

Please come join us!

PTO Meetings

Monday February 11

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

Please see the link at the bottom of the Monitor to sign up for Kroger Rewards! This is free money for Martell 3 times a year. Our last check was $458.00!!

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Coming in January...BOX TOPS!

January, 2019 First Collection!

Start saving those Box Tops! Martell earns free money! We will let you know the first collection date!

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

Friday Martell Monitor

The Friday Martell Monitor is the way we keep families informed about school events throughout the year and is emailed to parents every Friday!

Martell Elementary School

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