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.

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

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Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, November 1 Picture Retakes (a.m.)

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!

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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 activelivingresearch.org

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Reminder!

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 (hfriesen@hsd.ca) 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

The new Parent Portal is a great communications tool with the school, providing 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 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

No Child Without - behind your child every step of the day

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

Congratulations!

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

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

Congratulations!

Congratulations to 8W who placed FIRST in the Sumdog National Math Contest, which ran from September 29th to October 5th. Their prize is a free subscription to Sumdog, which unlocks a number of fun and interactive games.


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.


Amazing!!

Grade 5 and 6 Ball Hockey Program

The SMS Grade 5/6 Ball Hockey program hosts their first of two tournaments on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an eight team tournament. Schools that are participating are Blumenort, Clearspring Middle School, Steinbach Christian School and Stonybrook Middle School. SMS will have three teams participating in this tournament. There are approximately 30 students involved. You are invited to come and support our students!

Dare Program for Grade 6

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) During the month of October, Constable Dennis Redikop visited all the Grade 6 classes and presented the DARE education program. At the end of the lessons, each student received a DARE "graduation" certificate and a DARE t-shirt. Three students accompanied Mrs. Rebizant to the DARE luncheon on October 26th and were brave enough to get up and share what they had learned through this program. Thanks for representing our Grade 6's so well, Ethan, Anabelle and Cade!

WE Day, Wednesday October 25, 2017

WE day!

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


Coming Up!!

CLOTHING SALES - COMING UP!!

Want to purchase some "Knight Wear"? SMS Pride Wear Sale 2017 will run from November 6-17. Clothing can be purchased online at https://smsknights.itemorder.com/sale. This link will be live on November 6th so that you can order online. Clothing samples can be seen at the school during these dates.


See attached Sales Flyer for sample pride wear!

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

We have set aside Wednesday, December 20th, 4:30-7:30 p.m. for Parent Teacher Conferences. These will be scheduled times. You will be informed of your appointment time by a letter and/or email sent home, or you may call the school for your appointment time. Parents are encouraged to have students attend interviews with them. If you do not receive an appointment time please call the school to make an appointment, or use our online booking system at smshsd.schoolappointments.com to book your appointment. Instructions on how to use this online program will be sent home closer to the interview date.
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SMS Annual Book Fair

December 4th to 8th

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!!

If you would be interested in helping out with our Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Rebizant (rrebizant@hsd.ca) or Mrs. Desautels (ldesautels@hsd.ca). 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 2018. Students will be going to Camp Cedarwood for their Outdoor Education Experience from January 30th to February 1st, 2018. 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!

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Red Cross Babysitting Course

This course is designed to prepare adolescents 11 years of age and older for babysitting. Participants will learn important child care skills, safety tips for children of all ages,, how to cope with common problems, how to make the children's environment safe and enjoyable, some great games and what to do in case of an emergency. Students need to bring a doll or teddy bear, pencil, eraser and a lunch. Students will need to be signed in and out by an adult.

Tuition: $59.00

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.