Stonybrook Middle School

The Knightly News, October 2020

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

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2020 Terry Fox Run

No matter what is happening, and how different we need to do things, we still want to do our part in supporting the Terry Fox Foundation this year. This courageous young man found a way to impact his world of dealing with the disease of cancer, during his lifetime and beyond, and we can continue to carry the torch and raise money for cancer research.

Instead of having a whole school event where we ran to the water tower and back, we left it up to each class or cohort group to organize their own run. Classes have gone or will be going at different times and to different places - the original water tower and back route, around the school grounds, using the school tracks. We are looking forward to seeing their different ways of participating in this annual run.

We encourage the students to bring a Toonie for Terry to school from October 1st to October 9th. Homeroom teachers will collect the money and bring it to the office. Every year we have been able to donate anywhere from $200-$500 and we hope that we can keep up that tradition!

Thanks so much for your support to this very worthwhile cause.

School Bus Safety Week October 19-23

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

If you need any information regarding urban bus routes or bus delays, you can access that information from the website. Under the Service tab:

1. Bus Delay Bulletins are posted whenever any bus urban or rural will be late due to weather or mechanical issues.

2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - a map will show the catchment area all urban bus routes. This is available for urban buses only. Please be aware that urban stops are like City of Winnipeg transit stops - if the child is not at the bus stop, the bus will not wait for them.

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 maps.

If you have any other questions regarding buses (eligibility/updating address etc), please call the Bus Division Office at 204-320-2347.

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, October 12th Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)

October 13th-16th Interim Report to Parents

Thursday, October 15th Immunizations

October 19th-23rd Bus Safety Week

Wednesday, November 4th Picture Retake Day

Monday, November 9th Admin/PD Day (No Classes)

Wednesday, November 11th Remembrance Day (No Classes)

Wednesday, November 18th End of Term 1

Friday, November 27th Term 1 Report Cards

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Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 4th

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 Sports Card Club

Kick Off Event (Online)

Where: On Google Hangouts with Mr. Dewey

When: Thursday, October 8th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

How: To register, send Mr. Dewey an email to participate ( Students also need to have their parents complete a Permission to Participate (which students can get from their homeroom teacher).

Who: Any SMS student can sign up to participate.

Why: We want the 8th year of the SMS Sports Card Club to continue!

The first 25 students who email Mr. Dewey will receive a free pack of sports cards!

SMS Sports Card Club Show

Saturday, October 31st - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Clearspring Centre Mall

Free Admission for Everyone

The SMS Sports Card Club will be hosting their 8th annual Fall Sports Cards and Collectables Show. Due to COVID19, there will be a limit of 10 vendors/sellers.

For sellers, tables will be $20 per table, with a limit of two tables per seller.

There will be some free give-aways for kids under the age of 12 while supplies last.

Contact Mr. Dewey ( to reserve a table, or if you have any questions.

Looking Back on September!

Strong Connections

We had some great connection times with students on September 18th and 21st, as teachers could spend some one-on-one time with students. It's a great way to "kick off" the school year and get to know where the students are at. Thank you, parents, for your cooperation on making these days work!

Orange Shirt Day September 30, 2020

Wednesday, September 30th was a special day at SMS. We celebrated "Orange Shirt Day". This was a day when we honored the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learned more about the history of those schools.

The Sons of the Drum from Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation (RRAFN) came to perform for us this year to recognize the day. We enjoyed their stories and their dance. They performed for one cohort group in our gym, and their performance was streamed into all the classrooms so that they could participate in the performance as well. We thank them for coming and giving us this experience.