Stonybrook Middle School

The Knightly News, November 2018


SMS students sold $20,000 worth of vegetables!

If you haven't picked up your order, please contact the school at 204-326-6481.

Some highlights of our POTM drive!

  • Top Overall Sales Prize went to Jayden P. from 6B.
  • Top Sellers for each Grade: Grade 5 - Samarrah B. Grade 6 - Ayesa S. Grade 7 - Parker W. Grade 8 - Ericko D.
  • $5775 worth of vegetables were donated to Southeast Helping Hands!
  • Thank you to all the businesses who donated prizes as little incentives for our kids to keep on selling vegetables - for every $50 they sold, they got their name put in a draw and every day we picked 10 names for these prizes.
  • Thank you to the parents who volunteered to come and help with our veggie fundraiser.
  • We look forward to subsidizing the cost of field trips and adding to our Activity Structure fundraising account with the money raised from Peak of the Market.

Thanks to everyone who supported our Peak of the Market Fundraiser!

100 years since the Armistice was signed ending WWI.  Please take time to remember!

100 Year Anniversary

We Will Remember

On Friday, November 9th, the Grade 8 Drama Class will be presenting "Letters from the Great War 1914-1918" in our Remembrance Day Assembly, 9:30 a.m.

The Grade 8 Band will be performing as well.

You are welcome to come and join in our time of remembering all who have fought and those who do fight for the freedoms we enjoy in Canada.

Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, November 4 "Fall Back" One Hour - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Monday, November 5 Administration Day (No Classes)

Friday, November 9 Remembrance Day Service in school

Tuesday, November 20 Volleyball Championships

Thursday, November 22 End of Term 1

Friday, November 30 Term 1 Report Cards sent home (they will be available on the Parent Portal by 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, December 5 Celebration of Learning 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday, December 10-14 Book Fair

Wednesday, December 12 Christmas Concert, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, December 21 Last Day of School 2017

December 22-January 6 CHRISTMAS BREAK!!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney to visit Winnipeg next week!

Event Date: Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg

There are a limited number of tickets available to see Jeff Kinney during the Winnipeg Launch of "The Meltdown", Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13. Tickets to this event at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (375 York Avenue) are $30 and include admission for two and a copy of the latest book. They may be purchased at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park (204-475-0483), The Forks (204-615-7688), in person, over the phone, or online at

2018 Our School Survey

In November each year, all Grade 5-12 students in Hanover School Division take part in the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. The survey allows our students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, the school environment, and school improvement programs.

Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all Stonybrook students are encouraged to participate. The survey measures topics that include behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being, and physical health, and takes somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Students are able to skip questions they feel uncomfortable answering.

The OurSCHOOL Student Survey is an important tool that allows students to have a meaningful voice in programming at Stonybrook Middle School and in Hanover School Division. If you would like more information about the survey, please contact Mr. A.J. Neufeld (Vice Principal,

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A Special Note from HPETA (Hanover Physical Education Teachers' Association)

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in the Hanover School Division:

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students a very active and healthy school year. We extend best wishes to all of our student athletes, coaches and volunteers, as they embark in their new seasons of Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Track and Field, Soccer and other sports.

All new parent volunteers are reminded to get their required criminal checks done, if they have not already done so. If you are volunteering to drive our students to any practices or tournaments, we also require a Volunteer Driving Form to be completed. Our school division requires this of any parent volunteers that drive, or take part in any extra-curricular or school based activities. Please see your School Administrator or Physical Education teacher for these forms.

A very important note to all parents: students are NOT to wear any form of jewelry during their Physical Education classes. Students are asked to remove all forms of jewelry (rings, necklaces, earrings and studs—of ALL forms, and any other fashion jewelry). Dangling and obtrusive jewelry pose very serious safety risks, during any form of physical activity. The Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Manitoba Schools clearly states in its guidelines and protocols, that wearing any form of jewelry IS NOT PERMITTED. Jewelry that cannot be removed and which presents a safety concern (Medical Alert Identification) must be taped over. Medical Alert jewelry is the only form of jewelry that will be permitted in Physical Education Classes, or extra-curricular programs. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in regards to this matter.

Wishing everyone a fun, safe, educational and successful academic and athletic school year.

Let's Get Moving!

Did You Know?

Physical activity helps to raise:

* Endorphins (pleasurable feelings)

* Norepinephrine (helps to activate the brain)

* Dopamine (improves a person's mood, their motivation, allows them to focus better)

Active Kids Learn Better!

Learn more about why active kids learn better and how schools can help at

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SMS Ball Hockey

Saturday, October 27th

On October 27th, the SMS Grade 5/6 Ball Hockey season began with a tournament with four teams from SMS. The SMS Jets won all five of their games to win the Ball Hockey Silver Cup. They defeated the SMS Oilers in the final by a score of 2-1.

The following students were selected as All-Stars of the tournament:

Drew H. - SMS Jets

Jace K. - SMS Canadiens

Joe L. - SMS Oilers

Erik N. - SMS Jets

Jackson P. - SMS Penguins

Sportsmanship Award was presented to:

Olivia U. - SMS Jets

Thank you to Mr. Dewey for organizing this tournament, and for the teachers who volunteered to supervise that day.


Please be reminded to call the school when your child is absent for any reason. If we don't receive a call from you, you will receive a phone call in the morning asking you to call the school or send a note excusing your child's absence. You may also email the school office ( with your explanation if that is more convenient.

Something new this year: You may also send information regarding your child's absence through the HSD Parent Portal! Later in this newsletter there will be "refresher instructions" for those who have not yet had the opportunity to create a Parent Portal Account.

Thank you!

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HSD Parent Portal

If you haven't signed up for the Parent Portal, please do this! This is a great communication tool for you to use to connect with your child's teachers!

The Parent Portal provides secure online access to your child's student information. With a username and password, you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school.

On the Parent Portal you are able to:

- verify that the information we have for your student is accurate (address, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) and make changes if necessary

- submit attendance notes, excusing your child from classes

- check school fee balances (field trip amounts/sports fees etc. are now added to the school accounts) and make payments on your account

- view current and past report cards for your child** See important note below regarding report cards

Before creating a Parent Access Account, you will first need to obtain a unique Access ID for each student profile that you want added to your account. The required Access IDs, along with account setup instructions, were sent to all eligible parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year. If you did not receive this email, or require it to be sent again, please contact the school office. Access IDS will not be given out by phone, only by email so that we can be sure that this information is being sent to the parents/guardians on record at the school. Upon receipt of your child's Access ID, visit to proceed with account setup. It is easy and only takes a few minutes!

Important Information Regarding Report Cards

Report cards will no longer be emailed to parents. They will be uploaded to the parent portal site and will be available to parents by 3:00 p.m. on the day report cards are due to be "sent home". Only those students whose parents do not have access to the Parent Portal will receive printed copies (students will bring them home on report card day).

If you have any questions about the Parent Portal, please do not hesitate to contact the school. We believe that this is a valuable tool to help the parents stay connected and informed!

Coming Up!!

Celebration of Learning

SMS loves to celebrate! Especially our kids! So this year, we're changing the focus of our traditional Parent Teacher Interviews to a Celebration of Learning. The goal is for students to share with you, their parents and caregivers, what they're learning and how they're learning it. As a division we are working in a Deeper Learning model which means that the focus is for students to learn the skills, dispositions and values necessary for them to contribute to a very rapidly changing world.

We continue to value our communication with our families which is why we have our Interim Reporting to Parents in October, use Bright Arrow, See Saw and Remind. The staff at SMS know the importance of teaming with the families of our students and are continually connected through email, phone calls and meetings. We always welcome the opportunity to work alongside with you and invite you to contact your child's teachers, members of our Student Care Team or Administration should you have any concerns, questions or comments.

On Wednesday, December 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., you are invited to share in your child's accomplishments so far this year as they reflect on their learning in a variety of different areas. You are welcome to tour through the school to see where your child reads, learns math, experiments with science, tinkers in Makerspace and builds in Industrial Arts and Human Ecology. We're excited to see you!

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SMS Annual Book Fair

December 10-14

Just in time for Christmas! Students can check it out all week - and parents/friends/family, you can check it out before and after our Christmas Concerts on December 12th! See you there!!

If you would be interested in helping out with our Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Rebizant ( or Mrs. Desautels ( Thank you!

Grade 8 Parents - Special Event on the Horizon for Grade 8 Students!

It won't be long before we will be starting to make preparations for Camp Cedarwood 2019. Students will be going to Camp Cedarwood for their Outdoor Education Experience from January 29th to 31st, 2019. This annual event is something the Grade 8 students always look forward to - it is often the most memorable event of their time at SMS.

Parent volunteers will be needed to assist teachers with the various activities and events planned for those days. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you are interested in volunteering!