Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News - January 2018

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Christmas Concert

Another great show by SMS students - the Bands, Choirs and Grade 5 and 6 Ensembles were amazing and definitely got us in the Christmas spirit! The decorations created by the students and displayed in the foyer and gym added to the festive spirit. Thanks to the Art classes and teachers for their decorations! Thank you also to Mr. Markus Goertzen, Band Instructor, and Ms. Kim Gordon, Choir Director and Music Instructor, for all the hard work they put into preparing the students to perform for us. We love to showcase all the Arts in our school - music and band as well as creative art!

Thank you to all the students who put their best into their performance as well, and to our parents who support our students in these achievements.

Our Choir also had the opportunity to sing at Steinbach Credit Union on December 11th. We are very proud of their participation and enthusiasm!

Helping Hands

On December 19th, two homerooms went to Southeast Helping Hands to help pack Christmas hampers. What a wonderful experience or them to see the process of how to fill hampers, what goes into a hamper, and to be aware that there are families in our community that have need of this service.

Our community is fortunate to have so many helping hands, and we were excited to have been able to be a few of them!

Christmas Shoebox Gifts to St. Theresa Point

Thank you very much for your support of our Christmas Shoebox drive. On December 21st, Mrs. Judy Klassen, MLA for the Kewatinook Constituency, picked up the shoeboxes and took them with her to St. Theresa Point to give to the children there. They were very excited to receive these gifts!

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Thank you for supporting our Book Fair!

The SMS Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success - we sold over $3800!! This will give our school many free books to add to our library. Thank you so much for your support! Thanks also to Mrs. Monkman, Mrs. King, Mrs. Desautels and Ms. Lavallee and all the students who helped out at the Fair.

PAC Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you to all the students who sold, sold, sold chocolates during some very cold days in December. We were busy handing out prizes every day to these hard working students. Congratulations to Homeroom 8T, who had the highest sales and won a yummy (and huge) 5 lb. bar of chocolate to share!

SMS Partners with Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba

This fall SMS was given a grant to compliment our Breakfast for Learning and Lunch program. We currently receive lunches and breakfast items from Soups On for students that are in need of a healthy start to the day. This important program is vital and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide this service to our students.

Tabs for Wheelchairs

Our school has been collecting soda can tabs for the program "Tabs for Wheelchairs". If you would be interested in saving your tabs and sending them to school, we will gladly accept them and send them on to this worthwhile project. Currently the Tabs for Wheelchairs program is collecting tabs to present a wheelchair to a student that attends the SRSS, and also to give a specialized basketball wheelchair to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association.

Thank you for your support!

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Important Dates to Remember

January 15 to 28th Grade 8 DARE program

Wednesday, January 17th Grade 6 Field Trip waivers and money are due

Thursday, January 18th Grade 5/6 Winter Activity Day sign up in the gym (8:45-9:15)

Friday, January 19th Grade 7/8 Winter Activity Day sign up in the gym (8:45-9:15)

Tuesday, January 23rd Basketball Season starts

Wednesday, January 24th Steinbach Drug Awareness Parent Information Evening, 7:00 at SMS (Information Poster is attached to this newsletter)

There will be an assembly for Grade 7 and 8 students in the afternoon, with a guest speaker from Adult and Teen Challenge

Tuesday, January 30th Grade 6 Field Trip to Royal Aviation Museum and Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, February 1st Grade 8 Camp Cedarwood Outdoor Education

February is I Love to Read Month!

There will be some exciting activities planned to celebrate reading!

Grade 8 DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

All Grade 8 classes will participate in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in their homeroom classes from January 15 to January 26. During each session, our students will join Constable Dennis Redikop in learning about drug awareness, drug and substance abuse, and strategies to avoid drug use in challenging situations. This continues to be important and relevant information for our students, and we encourage our families to continue the conversation at home as well.
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Winter Activity Day - Coming February 9th to SMS

Sign Up Time

An Information Letter regarding Winter Activity Day will be sent home with students on Friday, January 12th. Waivers will be available for students to pick up on Tuesday, January 16th.

Sign up for events will take place in the GYM from 8:45-9:15 on Thursday, January 18th for Grades 5 and 6, and on Friday, January 19th for Grades 7 and 8. Students will need to have both the waiver form(s) and the money (cheque made payable to SMS or cash) in order to be put on the activity list.

If you would be interested in going along as a parent volunteer, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or Mr. Al Thiessen at

Congratulations to the January Knights of the Month!

These students have been selected by the teachers from their grade and are being recognized for going above and beyond in attitude and behavior.

Grade 8 - Robin F.

Grade 7 - Ava K.

Grade 6 - Gunvi M.

Grade 5 - Melissa H.

These students have enjoyed a pizza lunch with Mrs. Rebizant.

Thank you for your positive contributions to our school!


School Closures

Regarding Inclement Weather Closures: In the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions, announcements will be made on CHSM (AM 1250), MIX 96.7 and CJOB (AM 680), as well as on the HSD website ( Hanover School Division will also phone home by 7:00 a.m.

Regarding Cold Weather Closures: Schools will be closed when the temperature reaches -35 degrees COMBINED with a windchill of -45 degrees.

Keeping Our Students Safe

Please remember to slow down when passing SMS on Lumber Avenue during the school day (speed zone of 30 kms/hr).

Please drop your child off on the south side of Lumber. Students running across the street and drivers stopping traffic increases the risk of accidents and injuries.

Encourage your child to use the cross walk when crossing Lumber Avenue, and to make use of our crossing guards when crossing Brandt Street or Barkman Avenue.

It's Cold Outside!

Remember to wear warm outer clothing to school so that you can enjoy some outdoor recess time at lunch! It's great to get a little fresh air during the day!