Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News - December 2019

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SMS Annual Book Fair

December 2nd-6th

We are starting out December with our Annual Book Fair! Just in time for Christmas!

Students can check out the book fair all week, December 2nd to 6th in the SMS Library. The book fair will be open to parents before, during and after the Celebration of Learning on December 15th.

See you there!!

Celebration of Learning!

Come and join us on Thursday, December 5th, as we celebrate what your child has learned in our classes.

All parents are welcome to attend with their students on a "come and go" basis from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (no appointments needed). The student will show you what they have been doing in class, and you will also have an opportunity to speak to the teacher.

Out of respect to all the parents and students in the room, please keep your conversation brief and positive. If you feel you need a more in-depth conversation, please let the teacher know and a time can be arranged to meet.

We look forward to you coming to our Celebration of Learning evening!


You are cordially invited to celebrate Christmas with us!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Grade 5 Music Classes

Grade 7 Band

Grade 8 Band

Grade 7 and 8 Choir

In the SMS Auditorium

Photo Permissions at Christmas Concerts

HSD has limited, or no control, over photographs and videos taken by news media and others in public locations, or at school sanctioned events/activities open to the public - such as sporting events, performances and concerts. When members of the public are invited/permitted to attend an event, those in attendance may choose to take student photographs, videos, and/or publish identifying information without requesting consent. In such instances, HSD cannot enforce or protect stated permissions.

*Excerpt taken from Permission to Publish Forms

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December 2nd to 6th SMS Book Fair

Tuesday, December 3rd Grade 5's going to SRSS Musical "Seussical"

Thursday, December 5th Celebration of Learning 4:30-7:00 pm

Saturday, December 7th SMS Christmas Classic Ball Hockey Tournament 9:30-1:30

Wednesday, December 11th Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Friday, December 20th Last day of school

December 23rd to January 3rd CHRISTMAS BREAK

Monday, January 6th, 2020 First Day of School 2020

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Dress Up!

Please make sure that your child is dressing for the weather. So far it hasn't been too cold but the time is coming! Toques, mittens, scarves, boots and ski pants are all important for kids to stay dry and warm! SMS Staff encourage students to dress appropriately when they are heading outdoors. We will keep students inside when the temperature drops below -28 (windchill).

Bus Delays and Storm Days

The HSD website contains information regarding bus delays. All school buses that are late for whatever reason will be posted on this site. The Bus Transportation Department does not call individual homes when buses are cancelled or running late. This information can be found under Services - Transportation Services - Bus Delay Bulletins.

HSD School Closure Policy

The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees is committed to providing all students and staff with a safe and healthy work/learning environment.

Extreme Hazardous Weather

Schools will close when weather and road conditions in Hanover School Division are such that it is not advisable to transport students via school buses. If weather worsens after the school day has started (creating unsafe driving conditions that necessitate cancelling bus service for the return trip home), students will remain in school until other arrangements can be made. Buses will not be sent out early.

Extreme Cold Weather

Schools will be closed for cold weather reasons when it’s too cold for students to be exposed to the elements for even a short period of time.

Schools will close for cold weather reasons when the temperatures are:
-35 degrees Celsius or colder, OR a windchill of -45 degrees Celsius or colder.

Consideration to close schools may also be given if either the temperature or the wind chill significantly surpasses these levels, or there are other extenuating circumstances as determined by the Superintendent and Director of Transportation.

Parent Choice
During extreme weather (when schools are required to be kept open according to policy), parents may use their discretion to keep children at home if they feel their children’s safety may be compromised in any way. Parents choosing to keep children at home due to weather safety concerns, should inform the school as per regular absence procedures.

Parent Notification
In the case of school closures or the cancellation of bus service, parents will receive a phone message from the division’s information call system. Notice will also be made between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. on a variety of local and provincial media outlets (AM 1250, Mix 96.7, CJOB,, and, including the HSD Twitter account at @HanoverSD. Information on school closures, or bus delays/cancellations will also be posted at

Facility Rentals
When all schools in the division are closed due to extreme weather, evening rentals of our school facilities will also be cancelled. The only exception to this will be for a major event, which has been planned and advertised extensively for a long period of time prior to event date, and which cannot reasonably be cancelled on short notice, or rescheduled without major inconvenience/cost.

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Please try to send a lunch to school with your child that does not need to be microwaved. We have a limited number of microwaves available for use and the line ups for those microwaves can be very long.

Also, if your child brings something in the lunch that requires a fork or spoon, please pack the utensil with the lunch. The school does not have extra spoons or forks to provide to students.

Lunch Hour Policy

Going to Tim Horton's (or Coop) at noon is not permitted for our students unless they bring a note from home or a parent phones to give them permission. Students need to stay on campus unless they live close enough to the school that they go home for lunch. Crossing Highway 12 (Brandt Street) is dangerous and there is no crossing guard available during the busy lunch hour.

Use of Crosswalks

Students should be encouraged to use the crosswalks available rather than jay-walking across streets. Before and after school adult crossing guards are positioned at the intersections of McKenzie & Brandt and Reimer & Brandt. Please encourage your child to make good use of these safe routes while walking to school.

Sports News

The Volleyball Season is over for another year. Congratulations to the Grade 8 Boys who brought home the HSD Championship Banner! The Grade 8 girls made it to the HSD play-offs. Thank you to the coaches for their hard work, the staff who stayed late to supervise games, and the players for their excellent attitudes and great play!

Basketball season is right around the corner, and practices have already started. Good luck to all those who will be playing on our teams!


Thanks to all parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends who have been donating items to our Makerspace program! At the moment we have enough to keep us busy for a while, so you can recycle or reuse as you see fit, and we are good until the next call for help!
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A Letter from the Minister of Education

Please click on the link below to read a letter from Mr. Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Education, regarding the use of e-cigarettes.

Health Canada

Health Canada has issued a "Talking with teens about vaping" tip sheet. The link to that information is below.

Arts4Tots Preschool Christmas Showcase Sure To Delight

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at the Steinbach Arts Council!

Arts4Tots Christmas Showcase Performances

Wednesday, December 18th - 10 am and 2 pm

Thursday, December 19th - 10 am and 2 pm

Enjoy and celebrate with our tots as they perform a mini-showcase of Christmas songs, musical instruments, crafts and poems. After the tots perform, they will receive a special visit from Santa Claus!

If you are interested in the Arts4Tots Preschool Program, sign up for the winter session now! Try it for free in January!

Call Randi Suderman for more information: 204-346-1077 or email

Backyard Theatre Company Presents Their Christmas Showcase

The Backyard Theatre Company students have been working hard all fall to prepare for their Christmas Showcase-so don't miss out! Come and celebrate the season creatively with BTC on Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30 pm at the SRSS Theatre, 190 McKenzie Avenue. With a $2 admission, you will be hard-pressed to find a better bargain for an entertaining Christmas show! And don't forget to Bring a Tin for the Bin!

Backyard Theatre Company is a great way to build your confidence. Class options include: Acting Out! Ages 5-8

Dramatic Discovery Ages 9-11

The Actor's Studio Ages 10-12

The Audition Ages 12-17

Young Company Ages 17+

Come and check out this unique program - sign up for the winter season now! Try it for free in January! Call Randi at 204-326-1077 or email

WSO Manitoba Hydro Holiday Tour Concert

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Winter Programs at Steinbach Arts Council

Nothing Blue About Winter Programs At SAC - Get 10-15% Off Now!

Whether you need help with your Christmas shopping or are wondering how you can beat the blues this winter, the Steinbach Arts Council has the answer with many creative options and events! From November 18th to December 18th, returning students receive 15% off their program fees! But SAC is also gifting 10% off all programs for everyone until January 6th! Register soon to take advantage of these discounts.

Full course descriptions and details are available online at

Merry Christmas!

From the Students and Staff

at Stonybrook Middle School.

We hope you enjoy

a wonderful holiday

with family and friends.