Stonybrook Middle School

The Knightly News, October 2018

Ready to Learn - Be Responsible - Be Respectful - Be Safe!!

Terry Fox Run-scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd!

We look forward to running our Terry Fox Run during the first week of October (Tuesday, October 2nd)! We are still collecting Toonies for Terry if you would like to send something to school. Thank you for helping us support this worthy cause!
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Peak of the Market Fundraising Drive for SMS!

We are once again fundraising for our school with the “Farm 2 School” project. Our students are currently selling bundles of vegetables supplied by Peak of the Market. SMS is committed to a healthy school initiative, supporting local farmers and economies, sustainable consumer choices and charity. This fundraiser matches up well with these priorities. The fundraiser will run from October 1st to 15th. There are 2 different bundles of vegetables available to buy.

Bundle A is $12 and includes 2 pounds of carrots, 2 pounds of onions and 5 pounds of potatoes.

Bundle B is $22 and includes 3 pounds of carrots, 3 pounds of onions, 10 pounds of potatoes, 1 pound of parsnips and 1 head of cabbage.

Bundles of vegetables will be available for pick up on Tuesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th at the SMS track (off bus loop). We will be posting a pick-up notice on our website ( as well as with the local media. We always need help from parents to make our fundraisers successful, so we ask that you encourage your child to sell and consider about buying yourself. The vegetables we are selling are the same price or cheaper than those in the grocery store. If you want to support our school but don’t need the vegetables, please consider buying a bundle of vegetables and it will be donated to the Southeast Helping Hands or Soup’s On, our local soup kitchen. All money and forms should be handed in by Monday, October 15th.

Please visit for more information about this fundraiser.

If you own a business, and you would like to contribute some prizes for our students as incentives for selling vegetables, please contact Mr. AJ Neufeld or Mr. Lyle Koop at school. Your contributions would be very much appreciated!

Our fundraising project for this year is to raise money for an outdoor activity structure for our students. We are hopeful that we will be able to start construction of our activity structure in Spring 2019.

We thank you for your support!!

Important Message from the Minister of Education, Mr. Kelvin Goertzen

Attached is a letter that has been sent to all Manitoba Schools from Mr. Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Education and Training. Please take the time to read this letter and share the information with other parents. Thanks so much!
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School Bus Safety Week October 15-19

Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus, and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine.

Make sure your children know and follow these rules:

1. Be on time.

2. Never run to or from the bus.

3. Stand back from the curb.

4. Don't push or shove.

5. Stay in your seat.

6. Don't yell or shout.

7. Always obey the driver.

8. Wait for the driver's signal before crossing.

9. Always cross at least ten feet in front of the bus.

10. Never crawl under a school bus.

Meet the bus - coordinate with other parents to ensure an adult is present at the bus stop every day, especially when children under the age of nine are present.

When dropping your children off at school, please drop them off on the right side of the road - please do not drop them off across from the school where they would have to cross the road. Also be mindful that the speed limit in school zones is 30 kms/hr.

The Pupil Transportation Unit has some other important safety tips on School Bus Safety.

Other Bus Notes

If you need any information regarding urban bus routes or bus delays, you can access that information from the website. Under the Service tab:

1. Bus Delay Bulletins are posted whenever any bus urban or rural will be late due to weather or mechanical issues.

2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - you can access maps and times of all urban bus routes. This is available for urban buses only. Please be aware that urban stops are like City of Winnipeg transit stops - if the child is not at the bus stop, the bus will not wait for them. The child can ride the bus whenever they want as long as their address is up to date and the child is listed to be on that bus. This means that you will not have to make special arrangements with bus driver or division office when your child will not be on the bus (ex. when child takes bike to school).

Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus route times and maps.

If you have any other questions regarding buses (eligibility/updating address etc), please call the Bus Division Office at 204-320-2347.

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The SMS Canteen is Now Open for Business!

We are excited that hot lunches have started and are being offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

Tuesday - Hot Dog (Diner 52) - $3

Wednesday - Pepperoni Pizza (Little Caesar's) - $2/slice

Thursday - Cheeseburger (Dairy Queen) - $3

There are also some other items in the canteen, items vary depending on what we have in stock.

Thanks to the PAC and other parent volunteers (and their children) who generously offer their time to come in the mornings and at lunch time to take orders and serve the food. We appreciate all your hard work.

Important Dates to Remember

October 1-15 Peak of the Market Fundraising Project

Tuesday, October 2 Beginning of Volleyball Season

Monday, October 8 Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)

Friday, October 12 Eastman Choral Workshop

Friday, October 12 Orange Shirt Day at SMS

Monday to Thursday, October 15-18 Interim Reports to Parents

Monday to Thursday, October 15-19 Bus Safety Week

Tuesday, October 16th Grade 6 Immunizations

Friday, October 19 MTS Professional Development Day (No Classes)

Tuesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th Peak of the Market Veggie Pick Up

Wednesday, October 31 Picture Retakes

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Orange Shirt Day - October 12th

Orange Shirt Day - October 12th

Orange Shirt Day is not a day about just wearing an orange shirt. This day brings with it an important message. It is a day to honour the belief that every child, and everyone, matters, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Orange Shirt Day is about appreciating everyone for who they are, not who we think they should be. It is about kindness and respect. As you go through each day, remember that we are all important, and we all have something to give. We all matter. This is the message of Orange Shirt Day and on October 12, we will explore that message a little more.

Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, October 31

If you wish to have your child’s picture re-taken, please have your child bring their proof package to the school office. Their name will be put on the re-take list. All students who were absent on Picture Day will automatically be on that list.

Students will receive proof packages from which they can order. Acceptable results are guaranteed. Due date will be indicated on the proof package.

If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch directly at 1-866-443-9640. Orders can be made via internet ( or should be mailed directly to Lifetouch at Lifetouch Canada Inc., 1410 Mountain Avenue, Suite 1, Winnipeg, MB, R2X 0A4.

SMS Breakfast Club

If your child would benefit from having something nutritious to eat when they get to school, they are welcome to come to the Foods Room from 8:30-9:00 a.m. There is no sign up required, just come on by!
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ColorCycle Parents

Dear Parents,

I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Stonybrook Middle School, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Kristie Bouchard

Grade 6 teacher

Stonybrook Middle School

Learn more at

Congratulations to our September 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. The Knights of the Month nominated for September are:

Grade 8 - Camryn L

Grade 7 - Ronin D

Grade 6 - Alex D

Grade 5 - Nielson I

Thank you for your willingness to help others and everything else you do in your class and in our school. Congratulations!

Students will receive a coupon for a free canteen item, and at the end of the year, all the Knights of the Month will enjoy a pizza party with Mrs. Rebizant.

Looking Back on September!

We had a fantastic and busy start!

5T said goodbye to Mrs. Melissa Taylor on September 28th, as she left for her maternity leave. We wish her good luck as she welcomes a new little one to her home!

Mr. Blayne Stobbe has been hired to take her place for the rest of this year. We are excited to have him join us. He had the opportunity to get to know his students by spending a couple of days with Mrs. Taylor and the class during the last week of September, as the class made the transition from one teacher to another.

If parents would like to communicate with Mr. Stobbe, he can be reached at

Strong Connections

We had some great connection times with students on September 14th and 17th, as teachers could spend some one-on-one time with students. Students also spent some time re-connecting after the summer months and also getting to know new students. The students had a half day connecting with their teachers doing some numeracy and literacy assessments. The other half of the day was spent working on a Makerspace Challenge. Each grade had a different project to work on, and the creativity and collaboration was amazing!

Cross Country Season

We had a spectacular cross country season! The weather was a little challenging, but we worked through it for the practices and the races. The team participated in two Hanover School Division races as well as the Provincial Milk Run in Winnipeg. Congratulations to our Cross Country Team for their efforts and the banners they brought back to school! Thanks also to Mr. Thiessen and Mrs. Kasdorf for taking the time to coach the team. Thank you also to the parents who came along as volunteers.
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You are invited!

Attached is an invitation from the Steinbach Fire Department. You can meet the firefighters, tour the safety trailer and there are other activities as well!

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 and eraser and a lunch. Students will need to be signed in and out by an adult.

Tuition: $59.00

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Please register in person or by phone minimum of 5 days prior.

Phone Payment: Credit Card In-Person Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit or C/C

Steinbach Campus - 385 Loewen Blvd. - 204-320-2500