Martell Monitor

Volume 1: Week 3 September 7, 2018

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Dear Martell Families,

Dear Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! It's hard to believe we are only in the end of the second week. I am amazed at how quickly our students have gotten back into the routine. I am impressed by them in every way. It is a pleasure to watch them settle into their new classrooms and learning routines.

Today every grade level came outside for a review of drop off, pick up and bus safety with Mrs. Barsh and Mrs. Motherwell. We successfully reviewed with all 450 of our Mustangs! We thank the transportation department for allowing us to use a parked bus for practice. Ask your child about it!

September brings School Picture Day this week! It also brings the Fun Run! This is our biggest school fundraiser for the year. Please see below for more information.

Our teachers are preparing to share with you a glimpse into your child's learning at Curriculum Night. Please note, this is an evening for parents only. We will have other opportunities for you and your child to be at school for events together later this year. We look forward to special time with our parents on this evening.

Looking forward to seeing you all Monday at PTO, or Thursday at Curriculum Night!

Go Mustangs!
In Partnership,

Michelle Barsh

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Upcoming Events

September Upcoming Events

Monday, September 10 - 6:30pm PTO Meeting

Wednesday, September 12 - Picture Day!

Thursday, September 13 - Curriculum Night

K-2 6:00pm-6:40pm

Specials Gallery Walk 6:40pm-7:00pm

Grades 3-5 7:00pm-7:40pm

Monday, September 17 - Constitution Day: Wear red, white and blue today!

Friday, September 21 - FUN RUN

Wednesday, September 26 - 12:39pm Early Release Day Teacher Professional Learning

Wednesday, September 26 - Barsh's Bagels pre-order

Friday, September 28 - First Barsh's Bagels Day

October Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 4 - 7:00PM A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting at Smith Middle School (see info below)

Monday, October 8 - 6:30PM PTO Meeting

Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00PM A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting at Boulan Park Middle School

Wednesday, October 10 - 7:00PM A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting at Baker Middle School

Thursday, October 11 - 7:00PM A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting at Larson Middle School

Wednesday, October 17 - Picture retake day

Wednesday, October 24 - 12:29AM Dismissal Half day of school for conferences

Thursday, October 25 - 12:29AM Dismissal Half day of school for conferences

Monday, October 29 - Trunk or Treats

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween

Please check for updates!

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

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to get our students in the routine of the new year! The beginning always takes a little more time than usual to get everyone out into cars and busses so we do leave ourselves a little more time.

As the new week approaches, we look forward to dismissing students at a more efficient pace.

Thank you for understanding!

Fun Run

Friday, September 21 is our annual Fun Run!

On the day of the Fun Run, all Martell students are assigned a 15 minute time slot to walk, run, or boogie around the “Car drop off track.” Students are asked to seek pledges per lap or lump sum donations. Parents are encouraged to volunteer/cheer them on and to enjoy the music and festivities of the day!

This is the largest PTO fundraiser for the 2018-2019 school year. Our goal is $22,000.

The PTO and staff all thank you in advance for your support of this great day!

A big thank you to our amazing parents for the organizing and to everyone who is able to come that day to help and cheer on the Mustangs!

Martell PTO

We are incredibly grateful to our PTO for working behind the scenes to get us ready for this year. We look forward to the first meeting on Monday, September 10, 6:30PM here at Martell. Please come join us and see how you can get involved with helping Martell be the best it can be! We are fortunate to have such an awesome community!

Picture Day!

Wednesday, September 12 is School Picture Day!
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Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 13, Martell teachers will be giving you a glimpse into the curriculum your child will be learning this year. There will be 2 sessions with a time to visit the media center in between where our special's teachers will be available.

We look forward to you coming and learning about your child's year!

Please report to your child's classroom!


Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 = 6:00pm-6:40pm

Specials Gallery Walk Media Center = 6:40pm-7:00pm

Grades 3 , Grade 4 and Grades 5 = 7:00pm-7:40pm

Updates from Martell PE (Physical Education)

Thanks to all who came to the first bike ride!

~Saturday, September 29, 9:30am is the second Martell Bike Ride of the season on the Paint Creek Trail!

Thank you to Mrs. Bussell for organizing this great event. Please see the flyer below for information!

~Mrs. Bussell has invited all students to participate in a September Challenge! Please encourage your child to participate! See the link below the Bike Ride flyer!

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Meet Mrs. Lamesch the Art Teacher

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Troy School District PowerSchool Parent Portal Access

Please read the message below regarding the Parent Portal.

Troy School District is now using PowerSchool for all student data.

Home Access Center (HAC) is no longer active.

You have received instructions via email to setup a new account for the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The access codes contained in the email can be used several times if more than one guardian wishes to have an account. If you did not receive the access codes, please contact the office and the staff can look up your codes.

The Parent Portal will allow you to track grades and attendance for your students. Report Cards will also be posted to the portal.

PowerSchool also has a free app available on both Apple and Android platforms. Once you have created an account, please go to your app store and search for PowerSchool Mobile.

The app will ask for a 4 digit code. Troy’s code is BMMM.

Please note – you must setup your account on the website before logging into the App.

If you are having technical difficulties, please email

Thank you for your patience and support as we transition to this new system.

School Safety-A.L.I.C.E. Implementation

A.L.I.C.E. Implementation

The Troy School District is implementing A.L.I.C.E. as a measure to counter an aggressive intruder or shooter event. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency. All employees have started training and this training will continue during the school year. We will also conduct informational parent meetings, which will be held at all four middle schools. The information below includes dates, times and locations for the A.L.I.C.E parent meetings.

Parent Informational Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, October 4 - 7:00PM Smith Middle School
  • Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00PM Boulan Park Middle School
  • Wednesday, October 10 - 7:00PM Baker Middle School
  • Thursday, October 11 - 7:00PM Larson Middle School
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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

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.”