Stonybrook Middle School
The Knightly News, September 2020
WELCOME TO STONYBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL!
We're off to a great start!
On Friday, September 18th and Monday, September 21st, SMS will be hosting a two day Strong Connections event for all students. Half of each Grade 5-8 class will attend Friday while the other half attends Monday. Your child's Strong Connection date is posted on the Parent Portal. For those who do not subscribe to the Parent Portal, a letter will be sent home indicating which day your child will attend. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if there is a conflict. If this date does not work for you, please call the school office as soon as possible.
These days are very important for teachers for the planning of each of their students, but they will also be meaningful to students who have the opportunity to make strong connections with their teachers. Students will have opportunities to be active throughout the day.
*Please phone in or send a note when your child is away from school for any reason at all. You may also enter attendance notes through the HSD's Parent Portal.
*If your child is absent from school and the office has not been notified, you may receive an automated telephone message asking you to contact the school with a reason your child is absent by phone call or note.
*You may email the office with attendance information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an excellent way to keep in contact with the school! If you haven't already set up your Parent Portal Account, we would encourage you to do so! Parent Portal set up instructions are below. Participation in the Parent Portal is highly encouraged as this is the tool all our teachers use to communicate with you throughout the school year.
If you have difficulties creating an account, please contact the school office and we will strive to help you!
Student Pick Up
Picking up or Dropping Off Students:
Students who are regularly picked up by their parents are dismissed at 3:25. Students will exit out their Cohort Door.
For students in Cohort Groups A, B and C - you can pick up/drop off your child from either Lumber Avenue or 4th Street.
For students in Cohort Group D - you can park on 4th Street or use the Bus Loop for pick up/drop off.
For students in Cohort Groups E, F, G and H - you can use the Bus Loop for pick up/drop off.
Please remind your child not to run across the road to your vehicle, and to look both ways before crossing the street. We want to keep our students safe inside and outside of the school!
If your plans for transportation change for your child, please contact the school to inform. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to pick up their child so that numbers on the bus can be reduced during this time.
If you wish to have your child picked up by another friend or relative for an occasion, you must make arrangements with the office prior to that pick up.
Students may not make alternative arrangements with friends at the end of the day. They are expected to follow the prearranged plans as indicated by parents. IE going to a friend’s house right after school etc. We encourage parents to ensure their child returns directly home at the end of the day and then make arrangements with friends at that point.
Picking Up at Student during the School Day:
Please call or email the school office or your child's homeroom teacher if you will be picking up your child before the end of the day.
We ask that parents and caregivers remain OUTSIDE to drop off and pick up their child. Please call the office at 204 326 6481 upon arrival when picking up your child, and they will be escorted to your vehicle.
If your child should arrive late at school in the morning, they should still report to the office so that we can update their attendance. They should still use their Cohort entrance, sanitize upon entry, and then proceed to the office.
SMS Staff List
5D Mr. Don Dewey email@example.com
5K Mrs. Meagan Klippenstein firstname.lastname@example.org
5L Ms. Lauren Laninga email@example.com
5M Mrs. Jessica MacClure firstname.lastname@example.org
5R Mr. Mike Reimer email@example.com
6A Mr. Al Harder firstname.lastname@example.org
6B Mrs. Kristie Bouchard email@example.com
6H Ms. Holly Baetsen firstname.lastname@example.org
6K Mrs. Elizabeth Klassen email@example.com
6R Mr. Anders Rempel firstname.lastname@example.org
6T Ms. Cassandra Taylor email@example.com
7D Mrs. LaRae Driedger firstname.lastname@example.org
7H Mrs. Katherine Heide email@example.com
7J Ms. Janine Lavallee firstname.lastname@example.org
7K Ms. Kayla Warkentin email@example.com
7W Mr. Erik Wiebe firstname.lastname@example.org
8D Mrs. Lisa Desautels email@example.com
8G Mr. Markus Goertzen firstname.lastname@example.org
8M Ms. Melissa Mathew email@example.com
8N Ms. Robin Nemeth firstname.lastname@example.org
8S Mr. Glen Shumsky email@example.com
8T Mr. Tyler North firstname.lastname@example.org
5-8 French Mr. Matthew Hoskins email@example.com
5-6 Music Ms. Nancy Gomes firstname.lastname@example.org
Itinerant Teacher Mr. Stefan Nickoloff email@example.com
Student Services-Learning Support Mr. Glenn Hiebert firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services-Guidance Mrs. Tanya Kasdorf email@example.com
Student Services-Guidance Mr. Lyle Koop firstname.lastname@example.org
7-8 Art Mrs. Annette Loewen email@example.com
Principal Mrs. Rita Rebizant firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Principal Mr. AJ Neufeld email@example.com
School Administrative Secretary Ms. Heather Friesen firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/Library Mrs. Arlene Monkman email@example.com
Library Support Specialist Mrs. Michelle King firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Custodian Mr. Allan Tkachuk
Mrs. Amanda Dupont
Mr. Carson Dyck
Mrs. Laura Dyck
Mrs. Cora Kehler
Ms. Val Klassen
Ms. Jackie Lawrie
Mr. Alex McIntosh
Mrs. Sandra Peters
Mrs. Vanessa Plante
Ms. Deneen Treble
We are excited to have the students back in the school!
Month At A Glance
Wednesday, September 16th Picture Day
Friday, September 18th Strong Connections Day #1
Monday, September 21st Strong Connections Day #2
Wednesday, September 30th Orange Shirt Day
Monday, October 12th Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)
October 13-16 Interim Report to Parents (by phone)
October 19-23 Bus Safety Week
Thanks so much for helping us with this!
Another reminder - Microwaves are not available for heating up lunch food. Please send items to school that do not have to be warmed up. Please also remember to send whatever utensils the students need to eat their lunch (ie cutlery).
Thanks so much for your cooperation!
It would be appreciated if you would go on the Parent Portal and verify that your information for this year is correct. If there are any changes (new address, different phone numbers or contact information), please let us know. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE UP-TO-DATE CONTACT INFORMATION.
If your email address has changed or you have acquired an email address, we would appreciate receiving that information. Email is an excellent form of communication between parent and teacher and we would like to keep you updated on the progress of your child.
Want to Contact Us?
Click on the Stonybrook website by viewing sms.hsd.ca and find email links to your child’s teacher to stay in touch.
Security cameras are installed both inside and outside of the school. These cameras help monitor many areas on the school grounds (ex. Bicycle racks). These cameras help make Stonybrook Middle School a safer school for your child.
We are looking forward to having a great year with your child!
Upcoming Important Event!-CANCELLED!!
A Friendly Reminder! Our Peak of the Market Sales fundraiser - will NOT be happening this year!
A Peanut/Nut and Scent Safe School!
SMS is a peanut/nut safe school, and as we have students who are allergic to nuts, we need your help. Please do not send any peanut and/or nut type products for lunch or snacks. If students should forget and bring those products, the teachers will place it in a Ziploc bag and ask the student to take it back home. We hope this does not cause a great inconvenience to you, and would appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
We would also appreciate if students would not wear perfume or strong smelling deodorants or lotions, as there are students/staff that have allergies to strong scents.
Students who have these allergies, please have your epi-pen on you at all times; and having a second epi-pen available at the school office is good practice.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Interested in some School Pridewear?
The official Stonybrook Middle School Shop - Entripy Shops
The staff and administration of SMS believe in the Middle School philosophy that creates an inviting, supportive and safe place, a joyful community that promotes in-depth learning and enhances students’ physical and emotional well-being. We believe in a healthy school environment where human relationships are paramount. We believe that interactions among staff members and between students should reflect democracy, fairness and mutual respect. We believe that SMS should promote a safe and supportive environment where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, to be bold with their expectations and to explore new challenges. SMS believes that every student, no matter of creed, color or uniqueness, serves as a genuine part of the community and contributes based on individual strengths.
Adapted from “This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents”, National Middle School Association
As we embrace this Middle Years philosophy, we are teaching our students what it means to be “Ready to Learn”, and what responsibility, respect and safety looks like throughout the school, classrooms and playground. Together we are creating life long learners and positive global citizens.