Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News -March 2018

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2017-2018 SMS Yearbooks

"Where You Belong"

"Where You Belong" is the theme for this year's Stonybrook Middle School Yearbook. The Friesen's Yearbook Store is already open for those who would like to purchase a yearbook online. If you would like to buy a yearbook by cash or cheque, there will be a Yearbook Sales Blitz on Monday, March 19th to Wednesday, March 21st. Students or parents may purchase a book in the school lobby between 8:30-8:50 on those mornings. There will also be a Yearbook Table set up at the Parent Teacher Evening on March 21st.


The cost of a book is $30.00. If you have a business, and you would like to do some advertising in our book, ad space can be purchased for $50.00. You may send your ad information to Mr. Anders Rempel at arempel@hsd.ca. Ad space may also be purchased through the Friesen's Yearbook Store, or you may drop cash or cheque off at our school office.


Reserve your copy of this limited edition yearbook today online, or from March 19-21 in the lobby! You won't want to miss out!


Yearbooks will be delivered to students in June, 2018.


Online store website: http://ybstore.friesens.com/stores/332651. You may also use the QR purchase code (shown above) if you would like to purchase a book this way.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, March 5th End of Term 2

Tuesday, March 6th Board of Trustees Public Meeting at HSD (7:30 pm)

Thursday, March 8th Parent Orientation/Open House at SRSS (more details below)

Friday, March 9th Administration Day (No Classes)

Monday, March 12th Grade 5/6 Choir at SEMF (1 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 13th Grade 5/6 Field Trip to Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra/MB Museum

Tuesday, March 13th Grade 7/8 Choir at SEMF (10 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 13th Grade 8 Basketball Championships

Wednesday, March 14th Parent Teacher Interview Request Forms sent home with students-online booking program will be open for parents to make appointments

Friday, March 16th Term 2 Report Cards sent home

Monday, March 19th to Wednesday, March 21st Yearbook Sales Blitz

Tuesday, March 20th Appointment Reminders sent home

Wednesday, March 21st Parent Teacher Interviews 4:30-7:30

Friday, March 23rd Last day of classes before spring break


March 26th-30th SPRING BREAK


After Spring Break: We are looking forward to our SMS Week of Kindness, April 9th-13th!

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Southeast Music Festival

Our Choirs will be performing at the Steinbach Mennonite Church on Loewen Blvd. for the Southeast Music Festival.

Grade 5/6 Choir will be performing on Monday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m. Grade 7/8 Choir will be performing on Tuesday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m.

You are welcome to come and enjoy their performances!

Admission Price: $2.00 (going to SEMF).

Grade 9 Registration at Steinbach Regional Secondary School

March 6th: SRSS Guidance Counselor Visit/Presentation to Grade 8's

March 8th: Grade 8 Orientation/Transition Day. All Grade 8's will spend a half day at the SRSS learning about the programs that are available to them just prior to course registration. More information about this day will be sent home with the Grade 8 students (via email from SRSS). Parents are also welcome to participate in this day.

March 8th (evening): Parent Orientation Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the SRSS Gold Gym.

March 24th: Registration Deadline.


Parents are asked to use the HSD Parent Portal to update and verify their demographic information. SRSS school fees should be paid directly to the SRSS in September.


SRSS website: srss.ca


If you have any questions regarding the registration process, you may contact:

Mrs. Rita Rebizant, Principal SMS, Phone: 204-326-6481 Email: rrebizant@hsd.ca

Mrs. Charlotte Heinrichs, Grade 8/9 Counselor at SRSS, Phone: 204-326-6426 Email: cheinrichs@hsd.ca

Mrs. Sherry Bestvater, Grade 9/10 Principal SRSS, Phone: 204-326-6426 Email: sbestvater@hsd.ca

Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday, March 21st, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

We have set aside Wednesday, March 21st, 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 sent home with your son/daughter, or you may call the school for your appointment time.)


Parents are welcome to bring their students with them to the interview.


If you do not receive an appointment time please call the school to make an appointment, or send a note with your student to bring to the office. In the event that you did not have a chance to make an appointment, you are welcome to drop in and check to see whether teachers are available due to appointment cancellations.


You can make an appointment to see your child's teachers online at https://hsdsms.schoolappointments.com. Online booking will be available to all parents from March 14th to March 21st. Instructions on how to register and book your appointments online can be downloaded (link below).

Report Cards

A Friendly Reminder!

If you have requested to receive report cards electronically, they will be available through the HSD Parent Portal site - they will not be emailed directly to you. Report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16th.


If you have forgotten your Parent Portal username or password, please contact the school or email hfriesen@hsd.ca to ask for your information to be reset.


Using the Parent Portal is a great way to keep up to date with your child's progress at school (attendance, fee account, updating addresses, report cards, etc.) and if you have not yet signed up for this valuable online tool and need some direction, please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to help you!


Instructions for the Parent Portal can be downloaded (link below).

Demographic Changes

Grade 8 parents have been asked to update and verify their demographic information through the HSD Parent Portal for their child's entry into the SRSS for Fall of 2018.


This is a great time for everyone (Grade 5's to 7's) to have a look at their demographics (if you haven't done so recently) and make sure that we have the correct information on your child's student file. Please make sure your address, email addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts are all up to date, so that we can communicate with you.


Thank you for taking the time to do this!

Journee a la Francaise

Grade 8 French Activity Day

The grade 8 students from both SMS and Mitchell Middle School attended “Une journée à la française”, a French activity day, on February 27. Each student participated in four of the following six activities: chocolate making, slight-of-hand tricks, drumming, drama, musical spoons, and cartooning. They had fun learning some new skills while also learning new vocabulary in French.

The Grade 8 Band at Optimist Festival in Winnipeg

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Knights of the Month for March

Congratulations to this month's Knight of the Month award winners! They have been selected by the teachers from their grade and are being recognized for going above and beyond in attitude and behavior.


Grade 8 - Ryland B.

Grade 7 - Andrew T

Grade 6 - Wayne A

Grade 5 - Brennan D


Thanks for your contribution to our school!

SMS has representation at the 2018 Manitoba Games

The Manitoba Gymnastics Association contacted us with the exciting news that four of our students will be representing the South Region at the 2018 Manitoba Games in Thompson, MB on March 4-7th, 2018.


Congratulations to Raeah P, Khearra K, Makayla s, and Anabelle B who will be attending the Manitoba Games from this Region. They have trained very diligently to be able to represent Team South at this prestigious event.


We are proud of you and wish you all the best as you compete in Thompson!

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Dream Catcher Workshop

Saturday, March 10th - 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost is $20.00. Call 204-346-1077 (Steinbach Arts Council) to register!

Unlock the Power of Food!

See the March newsletter from Southeast Health for some good nutritional information! https://www.southernhealth.ca/assets/Newsletters/Unlock-the-Power-of-Food.pdf