Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News -March 2021

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Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, March 3rd - SRSS Counselor visits to Grade 8 Classes

Thursday, March 4th - SRSS Counselor visits to Grade 8 Classes

Tuesday, March 9th - End of Term 2

Wednesday, March 10th - SRSS Tours for Grade 8 students

Thursday, March 11th - SRSS Tours for Grade 8 students

Friday, March 12th - Administration Day (No Classes)

Sunday, March 14th - Daylight Savings Time Begins! Spring forward one hour!

Wednesday, March 17th - GREEN DAY! Wear green for St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 19th - Term 2 Report Cards sent home

Friday, March 26th - Last day before Spring Break


March 29th-April 2nd - SPRING BREAK!

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Report Cards

A Friendly Reminder!

All report cards will be available through the HSD Parent Portal site. Report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20th.


If you have forgotten your Parent Portal username or password, please contact the school or email hfriesen@hsd.ca or amonkman@hsd.ca to ask for your information to be reset.


Using the Parent Portal is a great way to keep up to date with your child's progress at school (attendance, fee account, updating addresses, access report cards, etc.) and if you have not yet signed up for this valuable online tool and need some direction, please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to help you!


Instructions for the Parent Portal can be downloaded (link below).

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Grade 9 Registration at Steinbach Regional Secondary School

The Grade 8 Orientation Tours at the SRSS will take place March 10th for students in Track B (2/4/6), and on March 11th for students in Track A (1/3/5). SMS Grade 8 students will be going to the SRSS for a half-day of Transition activities from 12:30-3:00 that day. Groups will be kept in their Cohort Groups to maintain covid safety guidelines.


Grade 8 parents should receive an emailed letter from the SRSS regarding Open House and registration information.


Registration packages for the SRSS will be given to the students when the counselors meet with them at SMS (either March 3rd or 4th) and are due back at school by Friday, March 19th. Please do not pay the registration fees at this time. SRSS will collect those directly from you in the fall.


Registration deadline is March 26th, 2021.


If you have any questions or require assistance, you can contact Charlotte Heinrichs (cheinrichs@hsd.ca) or Cam Kelbert (ckelbert@hsd.ca) at the SRSS, 204-326-6426.

Demographic Changes

Grade 8 parents have been asked to update and verify their demographic information through the HSD Parent Portal for their child's entry into the SRSS for Fall of 2021. You can only view your demographics - if there are changes, please email the SMS office with your changes and we will update the information for you. You can also call the office with your changes!


Contact: Heather Friesen (hfriesen@hsd.ca) or Arlene Monkman (amonkman@hsd.ca), 204-326-6481, with changes.


This is a great time for everyone (Grade 5's to 7's) to have a look at their demographics (if you haven't done so recently) and make sure that we have the correct information on your child's student file. Please make sure your address, email addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts, are all up to date, so that we can communicate with you.


Thank you for taking the time to do this!

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March - International Women's Month

While Canada traditionally celebrates Women's History Month in October, we'd like to celebrate the girls and women in our school community this month.


We will be highlighting important women from Canada's history during announcements all through March. We also encourage our students, staff, and families to recognize important girls and women in their lives by using the #BecauseofYou tag.


You can read more about women's history in Canada and more about the #BecauseofYou tag here.

Stonybrook Middle School Sports Card Club

Despite Covid, SMS Sports Card Club Continues!

The Stonybrook Card Club has continued on this year, meeting one Thursday evening a month via Google Meet with Mr. Dewey. Thank you Mr. Dewey for taking the time to connect with these Sports Card Enthusiasts!


The next SMS SPORTSCARD CLUB will be on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. on Google Meet.


The SMS SPORTSCARD CLUB is also having a "Winnipeg Jets Logo Coloring Contest." The contest is open to any student who has attended a club event this school year. For a coloring sheet or more information, contact Mr. Dewey at ddewey@hsd.ca.


The club is also selling packs of hockey cards for only $1. These 20 card packs are made up of mostly newer cards and 10 cents from each pack that is sold will go to help South East Helping Hands. So far, the club has raised $9.50. This offer is available until May 1st.

Looking Back on February...

I Love to Read Month

Reading is a skill that all students will use daily throughout their life. Here at SMS we try to support this skill in a variety of ways, including promoting a love of reading for each of our students.


February was "I Love to Read" Month, and to encourage and celebrate reading, we had different events planned throughout the month.


Events included:

- Scavenger Hunt using our online library

- I Read Canadian Day - focusing on Canadian authors

- Favorite Book Character/Cozy Clothes Dress up days

- Library on Wheels - taking a cart full of books to the classrooms for the kids to browse/check out

- Every student that checked out a book from the library in February will receive a bookmark!!


Reading is alive and well at SMS!


**Pictured below - Arthur, Pal and DW

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Celebrating Black History Month at SMS

In February, SMS celebrated Black History Month. Our goal was to introduce our students to Black history-makers and honour the Black community at our school and in Steinbach.

Several of our teachers themed their social studies classes around the topic of Black History last month, and Mrs. Rebizant shared stories about famous Black Canadians during morning announcements each day. From inventors to athletes to activists, our students learned a wide range of Canadian Black History stories in February, including Viola Desmond, Angela James, and Lincoln Alexander.

We hope that our students continue to enjoy learning about the diverse voices contributing to our school, community, and national identity. Celebrating Black History doesn't have to end on February 28th!
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SUMDOG COMPETITION

Southeast/Interlake Math Competition - February 19th to 25th

Congratulations to the classes from SMS who recently participated in the SUMDOG -Southeast/Interlake Math Contest from February 19th to the 25th.


There were a total of 16 classes from Manitoba that participated in the competition. Below are the SMS results:


Classes:


1st place: 5D

3rd place: 5L

4th place: 5K

6th place: 5R


SMS students who finished in the Top 20 (A total of 239 students from Manitoba participated.)


1st place: Isabel G (5D)

2nd place: Jessie May Q (5R)

3rd place: Sara D (5K)

4th place: Jamie K (5L)

5th place: Raiya L (5D)

8th place: Ameer A (5D)

9th place: Ezra L (5D)

11th place: Luke P (5D)

14th place: Smit M (5D)

15th place: Ashton R (5D)

16th place: Ben D (5D)

17th place: Titus H (5D)

18th place: Jared G (5L)

20th place: Makayla H (5D)