Stonybrook Middle School

The Knightly News, October 2017

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

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Terry Fox Run

On Thursday, September 28th, all students participated in the annual Terry Fox Run during periods 9 and 10. Students brought $240 in Toonies for Terry, raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thanks so much for your support of this 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 2nd to 16th. 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 24th and Wednesday, October 25th 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 16th.

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 thank you for your support!!

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School Bus Safety Week October 16-20

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

All urban bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any bus urban or rural that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website in the bus delay area. The website is: The Bus Transportation button will take you to the following information:

1. School Bus Delay Bulletins where any bus that is late is posted with approximate delay.

2. STEINBACH URBAN BUS ROUTES - when you go to your school specific routes and click on the map icon, you will see times as well as a map AM/PM displayed.

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.

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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 - Chicken Noodle Soup and Bun (Main Bread & Butter) - $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 2-16 Peak of the Market Fundraising Project

Tuesday, October 3 Beginning of Volleyball Season

Monday, October 9 Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)

Friday, October 13 Eastman Choral Workshop

Monday to Thursday, October 16-19 Interim Reports to Parents

Monday to Thursday, October 16-19 Bus Safety Week

Friday, October 20 MTS Professional Development Day (No Classes)

Wednesday, October 25 WE Day

Monday, October 30 Superintendent's Inservice (No Classes)

Grade 6 and 8 Immunizations - had been scheduled for October 5th, but Southeast Health was unable to get their supply of the vaccine in time, so the immunizations have been rescheduled to Thursday, November 16th.

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Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 1

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!

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 - Sophia A

Grade 7 - Bauer K

Grade 6 - Grace L

Grade 5 - Aliyah B

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

Students will have the pleasure of joining Mrs. Rebizant for a Pizza Lunch.

Looking Back on September!

We had a fantastic and busy start!

We had a Grade 8 explosion of student population - which resulted in having to set up a fifth Grade 8 Homeroom! We are pleased to welcome to our staff Mrs. Teresa (Terri) Wolfe, homeroom teacher of 8T. The transition of starting up a new class was amazingly smooth and we thank the students, the parents and the staff for their graciousness and cooperation as we went through our "growing pains".

Strong Connections

We had some great connection times with students on September 15th and 18th, 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 took turns going to the Blatz Farm Corn Maze for a little fresh air, sunshine and student connection time, and fun was had by all!

Corn Maze Fun

Cross Country Season

We had a spectacular cross country season! The weather was beautiful for lots of noon hour practices, and 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.

Showing off some banners - CONGRATULATIONS!

Notes from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

A huge thank you to all parents who attended our September meeting! We are very excited about all the different projects and fundraisers that we have planned for this school year, including Peak of the Market and World's Finest Chocolates. All funds generated will be going toward the purchase of an activity structure in the future.

If you are unable to come to the monthly PAC meetings, you can get involved in other ways. For instance, we are forming an Activity Structure Team. The primary focus of this team is to decide what type of activity structure the students would enjoy and the best way to achieve funding. If you are looking for "occasional" or "one-time" opportunities, we could use your help hanging posters during I Love to Read Month (February), counting money during fundraisers, going on field trips as chaperones - there are many volunteering opportunities at SMS!

If you would like to be involved in PAC, be a part of the Activity Structure Team, or simply want to be contacted when an opportunity to volunteer arises at SMS, please call one of the PAC's Executive Team members (listed below), or contact the school office.

PAC Executive Team:

Tanya Warkentin (PAC Chair) -

Kristel Penner (Vice Chair) -

Brenda Wolf (Treasurer) -

Deb Rueckert (Secretary) -