Stonybrook Middle School
The Knightly News, November 2017
PEAK OF THE MARKET
SMS students sold $22,000 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 Andrew T. from 7K.
- Top Sellers for each Grade: Grade 5 - Brooklyn W. Grade 6 - Nolan R. Grade 7 - Elias K. Grade 8 - Chloe W.
- 10 students earned their way to WE Day by having the highest sales of vegetables given for donation to Southeast Helping Hands and Soups On! Our school donated approximately 6000 lbs. of vegetables!
- 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 providing our gym with a new speaker system, subsidizing the cost of field trips, and starting our fundraising for our outdoor activity structure.
Well...they will be a little hard this way, but mashed, baked, fried...mmm, good!
Loading the trucks with the packaged vegetables.
Pretty overwhelming - two semi trucks full of vegetables to put into bags! But the students dug in and got it done!
Thanks to everyone who supported our Peak of the Market Fundraiser!
Important Dates to Remember
Sunday, November 5 "Fall Back" One Hour - Daylight Savings Time Ends
Friday, November 10 Remembrance Day Service (in school)
Monday, November 13 Administration Day (No Classes)
Tuesday, November 21 Grade 8 Volleyball Championships
Monday, December 4 End of Term 1
Monday-Friday, December 4-8 Book Fair
Wednesday, December 6 Band and Choir Christmas Concert (2:00 pm & 7:00 pm)
Friday, December 15 Term 1 Report Cards sent home
Wednesday, December 20 Parent Teacher Interviews 4:30-7:30
Friday, December 22 Last Day of School for 2017!
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!
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 activelivingresearch.org
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.
HSD Parent Portal
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 hsd.ca/parent-portal 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 4:00 on the day report cards are due to be "sent home". Parents who do not have parent portal accounts 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!
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
Free Medical Identification Services for elementary school children age 4-14.
This program provides free service plan coverage and a free MedicAlert medical ID for students that live with a medical condition. The MedicAlert ID speaks for these students in an emergency, for various medical conditions, such as allergies, asthma, autism or special needs.
You can go directly to the website, www.medicalert.ca/no-child-without/ncw-enrollment-info to obtain enrollment information. If you are interested in pursuing an enrollment, please contact the school office to obtain a bar code and PIN combination number that are uniquely linked with SMS, and you can complete the enrollment online to obtain your free MedicAlert bracelet for your child.
You can also pick up a free brochure from the school office that has more information.
November Knights of the Month
Grade 8 - Trent W
Grade 7 - Morgan P
Grade 6 - Ronin D
Grade 5 - Emily K
Thank you for being leaders in Being Responsible, Being Respectful and Being Safe!
October School Highlights
731 students in 35 classes across Canada participated in this contest. The goal was to complete 1000 questions over the week, trying to get as many correct answers as possible. The class score was an average of the correct answers of the students in that class. 8W finished in first place with a score of 746.
Honorable mention goes to the following students who finished in the Top 10 in Canada!
Tommy H., Trey P. and Reese T.
Grade 5 and 6 Ball Hockey Program
Dare Program for Grade 6
WE Day, Wednesday October 25, 2017
We day is the one day a year that we all get together to find ways to change the world, for the better! At we day we listen to amazing speakers who talk about experiences in their lives where something not so good has happened. Those stories inspire us to find a way to help them, and people like them. This year I was really touched by Ben Sabic, he told us the story of how he almost took his life from his 3 mental illnesses, bipolar disorder, social anxiety and hypochondria. When he was recovering in the hospital he found out that another person there was going through what he was going through. He and the girl became friends, once they both recovered in the hospital and went home they both stayed in touch. Ben got a call one day saying that his friend was not doing too well so he flew to see her. By the time he got there she told him that she was okay and that he could go home. So he listened to her and went home, a few weeks later he received a message saying that his friend had took her own life. And that spoke to me because people should be able to get help before it gets to extreme where they take their lives. And I really hope one day that I will be able to fix a worldwide issue like people taking their lives. It is an issue that needs to be fixed. WE day IS life changing, I hope that everyone can have a WE day experience like I did.
By: Alexandra Reimer
CLOTHING SALES - COMING UP!!
See attached Sales Flyer for sample pride wear!
Parent Teacher Interviews 4:30-7:30 Wednesday, December 20th
SMS Annual Book Fair
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 6th! See you there!!
Grade 8 Parents - Special Event on the Horizon for Grade 8 Students!
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!
Red Cross Babysitting Course
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Red River College, Steinbach Campus, 385 Loewen Blvd
Please register in person or by phone minimum 5 business days prior.