Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News, May 2017

Important Announcement from HSD

Notice of Approved Petitions for Stonybrook Middle School

Petition for Religious Exercises

The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held in Stonybrook Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer and the reading of a Bible passage or story from the Bible. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 60 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has authorized religious exercises, as specified above, to be held before the official instructional day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., in a designated common area of the school.

Petition for Religious Instruction

The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held in Stonybrook Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the Discovery Time program offered by Child Evangelism Fellowship. As the petition bearsthe signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 25 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction, as specified above, to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.

To read the entire Notice of Approval, it can be found at

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SMS Week of Kindness April 10-13

We had a great week with the students as we demonstrated kindness in various ways - through encouraging stickie notes, "Positive Posters" that students filled out for each other, and giving High 5's and special handshakes. We also enjoyed hearing from Gerry "Gramma" Shingoose, a Residential School survivor. She shared with the students her experiences of being taken from her family at the age of 5, how she survived living in a residential school for 9 years. Her story was thought-provoking and touched us all.

Thanks to Mrs. Rebizant for all the work she puts in to this special week, and to the students who helped her throughout the week with preparing things for the Week of Kindness.

We're So Excited!

Running simultaneously with our Week of Kindness, our Social Justice League initiated a coin drive, collecting money for "Spread the Net":


Each year, malaria kills an estimated 438,000 people, and it remains the leading cause of death of children under 5 in Africa.

Since 2007, Spread the Net has helped protect the lives of almost 32 million people by contributing to the delivery of over 15.3 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.

We are so excited to announce that our school raised $1026.55 towards this worthy cause! We thank everyone for their participation - and for bringing us all the spare change they could find (as well as dollar bills that would "sabotage" another team's total - if you don't know what we mean by this, ask your child!)

Again, we thank you for your generous support for "Spread the Net".

8K and 8M Reports on Field Trip

On April 19th, 8M and 8K took a trip to Winnipeg to go to the Bio-Lab at the St. Boniface Research Center. We have been learning about cells and the way our heart works. So we had the privilege to go and dissect a pig heart. At the Bio-Lab we got to learn about all the parts of the heart and follow the track of blood, while actually inspecting a pig's heart. We all took turns making the cuts and examining the heart. We learned how to properly dissect a heart by learning about its functions. We also got to see different types of cells under the microscope.

At the Museum of Man and Nature we explored the Science Gallery and tried many of the stuff they had for us. Then we experimented with rocket power.

What a great day full of Science!

By Chloe W and Hannah W

Learning Through Baking!

6N did some making of "No-Bake" cookies to finish up our Math unit which involved Fractions! What a delicious way to learn some Math.
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Grade 7 Band at Level I Band Festival

On April 27th the Grade 7 Band played in their first festival in Winnipeg. Students rose to the challenge and played very well! Congratulations on a job well done!
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It is time to remind you...


If you bring a bike to school, remember to keep it locked in the bike racks provided so there is less chance of someone stealing it! Also, don't forget that it is law that anyone under the age of 18 should be wearing a bike helmet.

Dress Code:

"Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for a school setting that is not distracting or disrespectful to others and follows the dress code." (SMS Code of Conduct)

  • Shoulders, backs, chests and stomachs are to be covered (This applies to phys ed class as well)
  • Shorts and skirts should be an appropriate length for school (This applies to phys ed class as well)
  • Hoods may be worn outside only; hats may be worn in class if teachers are in agreement
  • Offensive language/pictures on clothing is not permitted (swearing, references to drugs, alcohol or sexual comments)
  • Perfumes and colognes are not permitted in the building due to severe allergies
  • Flip-flops and open-toed shoes are not permitted in the home ec or tech ed labs or gym for safety reasons
If you are unsure about your clothing, please ask a staff member.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding our dress code, please feel free to contact Mrs. Rebizant.

Grade 8 Farewell

If you currently have a child in Grade 8, we need your help to plan a grad/farewell party for them. This will only happen if we have parents stepping up to help. If you are interested, please email Tanya Warkentin at or Brenda Wolf at Thank you!
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May/June Dates

Tuesday, May 2nd - HSD Badminton Round Robin

Thursday, May 4th - HSD Badminton Finals

Tuesday, May 9th - 5F and 5N Field Trip to Sunshine Greenhouse

Wednesday, May 10th - Grade 7 Field Trip to Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Wednesday, May 10th - 4:30-6:30 p.m. Come and Go Farewell Event for Mr. Eldon Dueck, former Principal of SMS

Thursday, May 18th - Grade 6 Field Trip to Mennonite Heritage Museum

Thursday, May 18th - 7:00 p.m. Grade 4 to 5 Orientation Evening

Monday, May 22nd - Victoria Day (No Classes)

**Thursday, May 25th - Grade 5/6 Music Performance** See special note below.

Wednesday, May 31st - Sports Card Club attending Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Game

Some Highlights to look forward to in June:

June 2nd-4th - Some Grade 8 students participating in International Music Camp

Wednesday, June 14th - Final Band and Choir Concert

Tuesday, June 27th - Last day of regular classes

Wednesday, June 28th - Summer Activity Day

Grade 5 and 6 Music Performance

Parents, Family and Friends of Grade 5 and 6 students:

We cordially invite you to join us for an informal evening of music, showcasing some of the work that is being done in Music Class!

When: Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m.

Where: SMS Gym

We look forward to seeing you there!


Tuesday, May 2nd - Round Robin Tournament here at SMS.

Thursday, May 4th - Badminton Finals at CMS

Good luck to all players!

Hanover School Division Middle School Track and Field Dates

Track Meets Involving Our School

Tuesday, June 6th - CMS/SMS Grade 5/6 Track Meet (Rain Date: June 13th)

  • 9:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Food and Drinks available in the outdoor classroom
  • Parents Welcome
  • All Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating

Wednesday, June 7th - 1500 m run Grade 5-8, 4:30 pm (Rain Date: June 14th)

Friday, June 9th - HSD Track and Field Day Grade 7/8 (Rain Date: June 12th)

  • 9:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Food and Drinks available in the outdoor classroom
  • Parents Welcome
  • Only students participating in Track and Field events will be outside; others will have regularly scheduled classes.

Track Meets for Other Schools Using our Facilities

Wednesday, June 7th - Small Schools Grade 5/6 Track Meet (Rain Date: June 14th)

Thursday, June 8th - Tri-Schools Grade 5/6 Track Meet (Rain Date: June 12th)

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Parent Advisory Council-Staff Appreciation

Thank you for hosting the SMS Staff at Smitty's for breakfast on Friday, April 7th. We loved how you expressed your appreciation to us all through a very enjoyable students' video presentation. It was very nice to go away from the school, sit back with our colleagues and enjoy a yummy breakfast before starting our school day. Thanks PAC for all the wonderful things you do for us during the school year!

Student Teachers

We would also like to express our appreciation to the student teachers who were here this year. Ms. Kaitlyn Fast, Ms. Nia Rogers, Ms. Shayli Patrick and Mrs. Tracey Sawatzky finished their student teaching for this year at the end of April. We wish them well as they go forward in their teaching careers. They enjoyed getting to know the students, and we enjoyed getting to know them! Thanks so much for the time and talent you brought to our school.

2017-2018 Student Registrations

Registration Packages for next year were sent home with students during the month of April.

Registrations are due back to the school on the following dates:

Grade 5 - April 28th

Grade 6 - May 1st

Grade 7 and 8 - May 12th

Please return the completed registrations forms together with student fees as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the registrations, don't hesitate to contact the school, 204-326-6481. If your child will not be attending school next year, please send a note so that we can make those adjustments in our records. Thank you!