Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News - December 2017

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You are cordially invited to celebrate Christmas with us!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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

Grade 5 and 6 Performance Ensemble

Grade 5 and 6 Choir

Grade 7 and 8 Choir

Grade 7 Band

Grade 8 Band

In the SMS Auditorium

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December 4th to December 8th, 2017

Just in time for Christmas! Students can check out the book fair all week, December 4th to 8th. The book fair will be open to parents before and after the Christmas Concert on December 6th.

See you there!!

PAC Chocolate Fundraiser

Just in Time for Christmas!

We are so excited to launch this year's chocolate fundraiser just in time for Christmas. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help pay for a new playground or play space that we are planning for. Chocolates will go home with the oldest child of each family on December 1st, and the last day to return chocolates will be Monday, December 18th. An email with further information was sent home earlier in the week to parents.

There are many prizes that students can win for selling chocolates! Grand prizes will be available to everyone who sells a full case or more. The more cases you sell, the more draw tickets for prizes you will receive! Each case that is sold by a family will give each child from that family points for their class. The top selling class will receive a 5 lb chocolate bar to enjoy together!

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Christmas Shoebox Collection

Pack a Gift-Filled Shoebox for a Northern School Today

Year round, Canadians show their care by filling shoeboxes with gifts of all kinds. Gift-filled shoeboxes with personal notes are powerful connectors, as they let a child know that you care about their future!

As a school, we have decided that we would like to pack Christmas shoeboxes for St. Theresa Point. Each homeroom will have a shoebox to fill. Collection dates will be December 13th-20th.

Suggestions of what you can send with your child for their homeroom's shoebox:

Quality gifts that make a child or youth happy, finger paint, modelling clay, coloring book, stickers, ball cap, gloves, fun socks, sun glasses, jewelry, hair accessories, stuffed animal, puzzle, nerf ball, whistle, compass, glow in the dark decal, seed starter kit, flashlight, tambourine, harmonica, flute, small hand drum, sketch pad, gel pens, sharpies, journal, pens, pencils, erasers, other arts and craft supplies, books, toques, mittens, scarves.

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Dress Up!

Please make sure that your child is dressing for the weather. 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). So far we have had beautiful winter weather so we've had lots of time to enjoy the outside!

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, WITH 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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December 1-15 PAC Fundraiser

Monday, December 4 End of Term 1

December 4-8 Book Fair

Tuesday, December 5 Grade 8 going to SRSS Drama Presentation, 1:00

Wednesday, December 6 Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Monday, December 11 Choirs at SCU

Wednesday, December 13 Parent Teacher Request forms sent home, due back on Monday, December 18

December 13 to 20 Homeroom Shoebox Collection

Friday, December 15 Term 1 Report Card

Tuesday, December 19 French Presentation

Wednesday, December 20 Parent Teacher Interviews 4:30-7:30

Friday, December 22 Last day of school

December 23 to January 7 CHRISTMAS BREAK

Grade 8 Parents:

Please take note of these important dates


Thursday, December 7th - Information Meeting in the band room at 4:15

Thursday, December 21st - All permission forms and waivers handed in

Tuesday, January 16th - All fees handed in

Tuesday, January 30th - Students leave for Camp Cedarwood at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 1st - Students return to SMS at around 3:00 and are picked up by parents

Merry Christmas!

From the Students and Staff

at Stonybrook Middle School.

We hope you enjoy

a wonderful holiday

with family and friends.

First day of school in 2018

is January 8th!

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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 and Brandt, Reimer and Brandt, and Fourth Street and Barkman Avenue. 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 all of our players and coaches for a fantastic volleyball season. Thank you to those who take the time to coach our students as well, we could not do this without your help!

Basketball season is right around the corner, with our first basketball practices starting this week. Good luck to all those who will be playing on our teams!

Volunteers Needed

Our Grade 5 and 6, Grade 7 and 8 choirs will be singing at SCU on Monday, December 11th. If you would be available to help chaperone the choir with Ms. Gordon and Mr. Goertzen, please contact them to let them know you would be willing to help. Ms. Gordon's email address is and Mr. Goertzen can be reached at

Winter Activity Day - Coming Up!

February 9, 2018

We are in the process of planning our annual Winter Activity Day. Waiver forms and information will come out in early January. So far, these are the activities that will be options list:

U of M


Sky Zone



YFC (tentative)

Make a note on your calendar of this fun day! We will need lots of parent volunteers for that day, so if you think you can come along with us - let us know! Email or

Congratulations to the December 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 - Shelby B.

Grade 7 - Bailey D.

Grade 6 - Gabby W.

Grade 5 - Yael A.

These students will enjoy a pizza lunch with Mrs. Rebizant on December 20th.


Accepting Donations!

Our Makerspace Lab is always in need of craft supplies and project materials. If you have a desire to help out by donating some items, these are items that are most in demand:

Plastiscene, modelling clay, tin foil, tape (of any kind), staple gun, garden shears, craft paints, cloth, googly eyes, pom poms, electronic kits, straws, popsicle sticks, hot glue sticks, craft sticks, alligator clips, beads, perler beads/boards, yarn, toothpicks, Lego, Ziploc bags, shoe boxes, round magnets, glue guns, other miscellaneous craft supplies.

Thank you for your help in keeping our Makerspace Lab stocked and ready for creative minds!