Stonybrook Middle School
The Knightly News, October 2022
Ready to Learn - Be Responsible - Be Respectful - Be Safe!!
The 2022 2023 school year is well underway and it definitely started with a tremendous amount of change. Our projected student enrolment has bloomed into 58 new students, resulting in a flurry of hiring teachers and educational assistants, and welcoming many new international students from Ukraine, Nigeria, the Philippines as well as transfers from as far away as British Columbia and Newfoundland. Students have also returned from homeschools and remote learning and I would like to extend a very heartfelt welcome to all of our new students and their families. We celebrate all of you becoming part of our school community and look forward to building strong relationships where your child will thrive at Stonybrook Middle School.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Vice Principal, Ms. Jaime Siska. She brings with her a tremendous amount of administrative experience having been a principal in the Independent School system in Winnipeg for almost 10 years. We are looking forward to providing strong, healthy and compassionate leadership. We recognize that these past 2 years have impacted your child and are committed to ensuring that, in partnership with the families, your child succeeds academically, socially and emotionally.
This week marks our Interim Reporting to Parents. This is our way of reaching out to parents at the midway point of the first term to connect and share how your child is doing at school. You might receive either a phone call or an email, and encourage you to actively participate in these conversations. Please make sure that your email and phone number are current in Parent Portal.
What has become clear through our Strong Connections is that many of our students will require additional literacy and / or numeracy basic skill practice to succeed at school. There are many reasons for this, but our goal is to work together to ensure every child feels confident in these areas. As such, we have designated literacy and numeracy periods at the beginning of each day to break down literacy and numeracy skills that will focus on reading fluency, comprehension, writing, and representation. In numeracy those skills will be basic math facts, 2D & 3D shapes (geometry) and number sense. These skills are foundational to understanding grade level work.. Our goal is that in partnership with you, the parents and caregivers, we will shift student competencies and academic performance. But we can't do it without your support.
Reading with your child is one of the most important indicators of student confidence and success with literacy, and it's no surprise that if the parents and caregivers convey the importance of everyday math with positive mindsets, then children become engaged with numeracy skills. When children hear 'I was terrible at math' or 'I hate reading', then that mindset is often seen at school as well. We encourage you to be mindful of the words and attitudes you share about school, teachers and subject areas. We want our students to love learning, to grow as committed young people to care about one another and be responsible citizens of this place we inhabit.
On behalf of our Administrative & Student Care Team, our Teachers, EAs and the rest of our support staff, thank you for all you do to support us in our efforts to provide challenging, appropriate, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for you child.
We look forward to working together!
Canteen Opens Tuesday, October 11th
Grade 5/6 - 12:10-12:35
Grade 7/8 - 12:40-1:05
Microwaves will be up and running on Tuesday as well.
Hot lunches (pizza orders) are being arranged and we will let you know when students can start to purchase a hot lunch!
Warm It Up FoodKraft Dinner (available flavours: original, jalapeno, buffalo, triple cheese):
Soup (available flavours: chicken, beef)
Michelina's Pasta (available flavours: lasagna with meat sauce, macaroni and cheese, macaroni and beef, fettucine alfredo)
Pizza Pops: Pepperoni
Malkist Crackers $.50
Granola Bars $1.00
Goldfish Crackers $.50
Fruit by the Foot $.50
Ice Cream Sandwiches $1.00
Frozen Yogurt COMING SOON
Gatorade (orange, fruit punch, grape) $3.00
Sparkling Ice (Cherry Limeade, Pineapple Coconut, Black Raspberry, Classic Lemonade) $2.50
Canned drinks $2.00
SMS Volunteer Opportunities
If you have not yet filled out the volunteer paperwork needed by HSD, please come to the school office to fill out the forms. It does take a few weeks to process the paperwork before you can begin to volunteer, so come as soon as possible to take care of the paperwork!
Important Dates to Remember
October 11th-14th Interim Report to Parents
Thursday, October 13th Eastman Youth Choir presentation
October 17th-20th Bus Safety Week
Thursday, October 20th Immunizations for students
Friday, October 21st MTS Professional Development Day (No Classes)
Wednesday, November 2nd Picture Retake Day
Thursday, November 10th Remembrance Day Service (in school)
Friday, November 11th Remembrance Day (No Classes)
Monday, November 14th Professional Development Day (No Classes)
Friday, November 25th End of Term 1
Monday, November 28th Administration Day (No Classes)
Importance of School Attendance
Daily school attendance is important for all students. Students who attend school regularly are more engaged in learning, have a greater sense of belonging to the community and are more likely to obtain a high school diploma. If good attendance habits are not developed in the early years, by middle years and high school, absenteeism becomes greater, academic achievement is lower, and the likelihood of school dropout increases.
Attending school every day should be the goal because even missing two days a month, a student misses the equivalent of one month of school a year. A student with 90% attendance will miss four weeks of school per year, and students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before their senior year. See Manitoba Education Attendance Facts.
Under the Manitoba Public Schools Act, a child must attend school regularly from age seven until 18. Regular attendance is defined as missing five days or less for the entire school year. Students who miss 10 percent or more of the school year (approx. 15 days in total), including excused and unexcused absences, are considered chronically absent.
Absence Due to Sickness
Children who are sick should not attend school. Public health officials strongly urge anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, or any of the symptoms listed in the COVID-19 screening tool, to isolate.
Absence Due to Extreme Weather
If concerned about child safety during periods of extreme weather, parents/caregivers may, at their discretion, choose to keep their children at home.
If your child is away from school for any reason, please ensure your child’s school is notified in a timely manner as per standard absence procedures. Please call the school directly or report your child’s absence through the HSD Parent Portal.
School Bus Safety Week October 18-21
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.
What Happened in September at SMS?
Strong Connections Day
Toonies for Terry!
We are excited to report that we raised $168.00 this year. Every year we have been able to donate something to the Terry Fox Foundation and are glad that we can keep up that tradition!
Thanks so much for your support to this very worthwhile cause.
Truth and Reconciliation Week
Cross Country Wins!
Top 10 finishers in Hanover:
Grade 5 Girls: Zarenity and Browning
Grade 5 Boys: Darlington
Grade 6 Girls: Khrystyna and Aliya
Grade 6 Boys: Mattais
Grade 8 Girls: Cassidy, Skylar, Anika and Hannah
Grade 8 Boys: Nathan and Ryan
Grade 5 Girls - Runner Up
Grade 6 Girls - Champions
Grade 8 Girls - Champions
Thank you to Mr. Shumsky and Mr. Thiessen for coaching, Mr. Wiebe and the Grade 8 volunteers for making all the results possible.