Martell Monitor

Volume 1: Week 27 March 7, 2019

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Dear Martell Families,

Dear Families,

Martell was a host school to teachers and administrators that came to visit Troy and learn about the deep learning we involve students in. It was a very successful visit and we received very positive feedback.

March is Reading Month is in full swing! We look forward to our students meeting the challenge we have set for them! There will be a fun reward if they make it!!

Please remember there is no school tomorrow, Friday, March 8 as teachers will be preparing report cards. Have a great weekend!

In Partnership,

Michelle Barsh

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Upcoming Events

March Upcoming Events

Monday, March 11 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Thursday, March 14 - 6:30PM Skate Night

Friday, March 15 - 5th grade baby picture and letter due

Tuesday, March 19 - Kaiser - Fun Day Pictures

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

Monday, March 25 - Author-Maria Dismondy to visit Martell

Tuesday, March 26 - 6:30PM Grade 3 Choir Informance

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

Friday, March 29 - NO SCHOOL

April Upcoming Events

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

Monday, April 8 - School resumes

Wednesday, April 10 - 6:00PM Kindergarten Round-Up Parent Meeting

Monday, April 15 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Friday, April 19 - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 22 - Gr.5 Parent Meeting for Boulan Park

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

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

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

Monday, May 13 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

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

Saturday, May 18 - Troy run for Grade 5

Monday, May 27 - NO SCHOOL

Friday, May 31 - Tentative Field Day

June Upcoming Events

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

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

Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School

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!

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!

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Grade 5 Reminder!


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

In order to make the 5th grade promotion special for each and every student, please remember to send in the below if you have not already:

1. Your child’s baby picture.

2. Picture of your child around the time of kindergarten.

3. A few group photos of at least 4 fifth grade Martell students over the years.

4. Personal letter to your child for the memory book.

*Further details of these items are below from the original letter that was sent out*

Thank you for sending all these items to , or in an envelope to school with your child by March 15.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ranya Shamoun at (586)457-0455, or Sarah Williams at (248)703-6270.

Thank You !

Ranya & Ray Shamoun and Sarah Williams

5th Grade Promotion DVD/Memory Book Chairpersons

Grade 3 Choir Informance!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6:30PM

Martell 3rd Grade Music Classes Present - “United Through Music”

(our annual Martell Music Informance)

Martell Elementary School Cafeteria Stage

Illness Guidelines

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MArch Fitness Challenge!

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Skate Night, Coming Soon

Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:15-8:15pm

Skate World of Troy

Troy Fitness Run-5th grade students

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:45AM
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Math Pentathalon Competition Dates

Go Mustangs!!

Division 2 - March 23

Division 1 - April 13

Division 3 - May 11

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

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 Fun Fair!

It's not too early to begin thinking about the FAIR!

Please see the Auction help needed below!

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Martell PTO

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

PTO Meetings

Monday April 8

Monday May 13

Danielle Favret - Co-President

Jenny Dobbs - Co-President

Jennifer Zaner - Secretary

Nikey Bergi - Vice President

Emily Karstensen - Treasurer

PTO Calendar of Events

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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

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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.”