STONYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL

KNIGHTLY NEWS, APRIL 2022

READY TO LEARN - BE RESPONSIBLE - BE RESPECTFUL - BE READY

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Basketball Season Highlights!

Basketball Report

Another basketball season is in the books and, once again, skill development and team success was amazing. Ms. Klippenstein (grade 8 girls); Mr. Gerbrandt, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Rebizant (grade 7 girls); Mr. Dyck, Ms. Beltz and Mr. Thiessen (grade 7 boys); Mr. Paton and Mr. Tran (grade 8 boys) were the coaches tasked with turning our plethora of excited but neophyte ballers into cohesive and skilled units. Was that even possible with the high numbers of basketball wanna bees that started the season? Apparently so, as the grade seven teams were nearly undefeated (a two point loss by team 2 was the only blemish for the boys) and the grade 8 teams both ended the season with HSD banners. Thank you grade seven coaches for your dedication and commitment to providing a meaningful and enjoyable experience for our students.


The grade 8 girls went through the regular season with a 4-1 record and easily dispatched SCS in the league semi-finals. They then faced the first place CMS Blazers in their home gym in the league finals. The final was a see saw hard-fought battle that was in doubt until the final two minutes. In the end, CMS was able to pull away for the victory. Congratulations grade 8 girls on winning the finalist banner.


The grade 8 boys were split into two teams that unfortunately faced each other in the league quarter finals. The red team defeated black by 7 points, putting them into the semi-finals against the undefeated CMS team in their own gym. SMS red played “out of their minds” for the first three quarters and had a 20 point lead against their heavily favoured opponent. The team seemed to forget that the game consisted of four quarters and the lead quickly evaporated. The game was tied in the final minute with CMS having all of the momentum when one of the SMS guards hit a tough driving lay-up to eke out the win. The same pattern developed in the final against Green Valley. SMS built an early lead and never trailed after the first quarter. Again, GVS was able to close the gap in the fourth but ran out of gas against a deeper, more balanced SMS red team. Congratulations SMS red for winning the championship banner.


It was great to end the season with a celebratory run through the halls for the first time since Covid hit two years ago. All in all, 70 students played on SMS basketball teams this year which is an incredible percentage of our student body. And now...on to badminton.


Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 11th - Thursday, April 14th - Week of Kindness

Wednesday, April 13th - Red Cross Pink Day

Friday, April 15th - Good Friday (No Classes)

Monday, April 18th - Professional Development Day (No Classes)

Thursday, April 21st - Grade 4 visit to SMS

Monday, April 25th - Badminton Round Robin

Wednesday, April 27th - Badminton Finals


PAC Pizza Fundraiser! - May 2nd to 16th - More information will be sent home soon!


Next Year Grade 5 students & parents -

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, May 19th - Parent Orientation Evening here at SMS!

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REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER, 2022

Our registration packages will be going home in the month of April.


Grade 5 Registration forms will be delivered to Southwood, Elmdale and Woodlawn on April 14th, and will be due back on Friday, April 29th. SMS will pick up the completed registrations from the elementary schools.


Grade 6 to 8 Registration forms will be sent home by the end of April and will be due back in

May.


There will be a Grade 5 Orientation Evening here at Stonybrook Middle School on Thursday, May 19th, starting at 7:00 p.m. We are excited to be able to have this event in person this year! Grade 4 students will also be visiting our school on April 21st and June 10th, to get to know the Grade 5 teachers and the school a little better so that they will be ready and excited to enter the Middle School Years in September, 2022!

SMS Week of Kindness

April 11-14

Monday - HIGH FIVE DAY (or pound it, creative handshake, elbow bump...you get the picture)

Tuesday - STICKIE DAY (leave a stickie note with an encouraging/complimentary word for classmates/staff members)

Wednesday - PINK DAY (Wear pink to stand up against injustice/harassment/bullying!)

Thursday - PAY IT FORWARD DAY (lend a hand/clean up someone else's mess/be kind!)


We look forward to taking some pictures and recording some great handshakes to share with our Grade 4's when they come to visit, so we can show them what an awesome school we have!


Kindness gives birth to kindness. - Sophocles

The Door That's Not Locked

The web offers incredible possibilities as long as you are aware of the risks. By understanding what the online world offers, you can empower your child - with skills to help him/her engage

with technology in a safe and responsible way. As your child gets older, you will notice changes in his/her behavior and interests. While it's exciting to see your child seek more independence, there are new personal and online safety concerns that you should be aware of as well.


A good source of information regarding what you should talk to your child about, and what you can do as a parent, is the website, thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca. This information was

provided to SMS from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children.

SMS Sportscard Club News

9th Annual SMS Sports Cards & Collectables Show

When: Saturday, April 23rd, 9:30-2:30

Where: Clearspring Centre Mall

Admission is free! Come and check it out.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dewey

April Card Sales

20 hockey card packs - $1.00 All proceeds from the sale of these cards will go to the Canadian Red Cross to help people in Ukraine. This fundraiser ends on Friday, April 29th. To date $167.00 has been raised!


2021-2022 Upper Deck Set (200 cards) - $12.00 Only 2 sets are available at this price.

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Sports Card Club Members going to see the Goldeyes in action!

The SMS Sports Card Club and its participating student members are invited to attend a Winnipeg Goldeyes game on Thursday, May 19th. Tickets for this game are only $10.00* (this includes a game ticket, free Goldeyes souvenir and bus transportation to and from the game). The students will be leaving the school at 9:15 and will return at 3:30.


All ticket money and permission slips are due back to school no later than Tuesday, April 19th. If you have any questions, please see or contact Mr. Dewey (ddewey@hsd.ca).


*Cash or cheque only. Any cheques should be made out to Stonybrook Middle School.

Dress Code Reminders!

It will warm up eventually!

“Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for a school setting that is not distracting or disrespectful to others and follows the dress code.” (SMS Code of Conduct)


As the weather warms up, we often have questions about our dress code. A couple of things to take note of:


1. SMS is a Scent Free School! Please do not wear body sprays, perfumes, colognes or anything else with a strong scent. Thank you!!


2. No flip flops or other open-toed shoes: these are not permitted in the home ec or tech ed labs, or the gym, for safety reasons.


3. If you are unsure about your clothing - ask a staff member! You may be directed to the office if clothing is inappropriate. Contact with your parents will be made to provide you with a change of clothes. If this is not available to you, then clothing will be given to you by the school for the duration of the day. Be prepared – bring a change of clothes if you’re not sure.


4. As we are in the "wet season" right now, perhaps dressing in splash pants and sending an extra pair of socks with your student would be wise! Also encourage them to stay out of the puddles!


Thank you for your attention to these details!

Be Safe!

Reminders on Student Pick up and Drop Off

Picking up or Dropping Off Students:


When you are picking up or dropping off your student, please park on the correct side of the street before letting your child out of the vehicle. We are seeing children run across the street to get to school.


If your plans for transportation change for your child, please contact the school to inform.

If you wish to have your child picked up by another friend or relative for an occasion, you must make arrangements with the office prior to that pick up.


Students may not make alternative arrangements with friends at the end of the day. They are expected to follow the prearranged plans as indicated by parents. We encourage parents to ensure their child returns directly home at the end of the day and then make arrangements with friends at that point.


Picking Up a Student during the School Day:


Please call or email the school office or your child's homeroom teacher if you will be picking up your child before the end of the day.


If your child should arrive late at school after classes have started, they should always report to the office so that we can update their attendance. They should still use their Cohort entrance, sanitize upon entry, and then proceed to the office.


Thank you for helping us keep your child safe during the day!

Interested in volunteering?

Opportunities will arise

Now that spring is here, and pandemic restrictions have been lifted allowing us to have some field trips, we are in the process of making plans. Part of the planning is wondering if we have enough volunteers to pull this off!


Earlier in the year we had a "volunteer sign up blitz" and received a few applications, thank you very much for your response! If you are interested in adding your name to our volunteer pool, we welcome you to come in to the office to fill out the paperwork. With HSD's new volunteer procedures, the process takes a few weeks, and we want to do what we can to avoid disappointment later. We encourage parents to get the paperwork completed and submitted to the school office by April 22nd so that we hopefully will have the volunteers in place by the time field trips begin to happen.


You will need to bring two pieces of identification with you, one being a photo ID.


Thank you for the ways you support our school!

Ingredients for a Healthier Tomorrow

Check out the Southern Health Nutritional Newsletter for April! (Link Below)