Stonybrook Middle School

The Knightly News, November 2020

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Information regarding Book Fair Below!

Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place on November 16th- 23rd.


When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:


https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149722

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Change in Schedule

Important Schedule Change

Dear Parents/Guardians,

HSD Senior Administration, The Hanover Teachers Association, and the Board of Trustees have made the following decision in order to support planning time for our teachers.

We have made a scheduling change for all HSD schools. The professional development day initially scheduled for February 26, 2021, has been cancelled. This day will be rescheduled and repurposed to Tuesday, November 10, 2020. There will be no classes held on November 10, 2020. As a result, classes will be held on February 26, 2021.

November 10 is to be used by teachers as an in-school planning and preparation day as part of our move into the Restricted Level (orange).

We trust that parents/guardians will understand the necessity of this change, and with this advance notice, will be able to make alternate arrangements.

Thank you again for your support and partnership.

Respectfully,


Shelley Amos, Interim Superintendent/CEO
Hanover School Division

Please note that the cancellation of classes on Nov. 10 WILL impact the school day sequence. There will be no classes on Nov. 9, 10, 11. For all schools, the school day number for Thursday, Nov. 12 WILL BE DAY NUMBER 1.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, November 9 Administration Day (No Classes)

Tuesday, November 10 PD Day (No Classes)***NEW

Wednesday, November 11 Remembrance Day (No Classes)

November 16th to 27th Virtual Book Fair

Wednesday, November 18 End of Term 1

Friday, November 27 Term 1 Report Cards - available on the Parent Portal at 3:00 pm

Friday, December 18 Last Day of School 2020

December 23-January 1 CHRISTMAS BREAK!!

Some End of October Fun!

We had to end the month of October with a Fun Friday. Classes dressed up in themes and there were some great costumes wandering our halls!

Enjoying the Outdoors

5D students work on Makerspace projects outside!
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Let's Get Moving!

Did You Know?

Physical activity helps to raise:

* Endorphins (pleasurable feelings)

* Norepinephrine (helps to activate the brain)

* Dopamine (improves a person's mood, their motivation, allows them to focus better)


Active Kids Learn Better!

Learn more about why active kids learn better and how schools can help at activelivingresearch.org

Attendance Notes

Please be reminded to call the school when your child is absent for any reason. If we don't receive a call from you, you will receive a phone call in the morning asking you to call the school or send a note excusing your child's absence. You may also email the school office (hfriesen@hsd.ca) with your explanation if that is more convenient.


You may also send information regarding your child's absence through the HSD Parent Portal. Later in this newsletter there will be "refresher instructions" for those who have not yet had the opportunity to create a Parent Portal Account.


For students who have opted to do remote learning during our current Code Orange Public Health Order, your students' attendance will be recorded as "At Home Learning".


Thank you!

Remember- We're A Nut Safe School!

Please make sure that your students bring peanut free products to school. We have several students that have severe peanut/any nut allergies. Please help us keep SMS a safe environment for all students! Thank you for your consideration and for taking the time to look at food labels!
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HSD Parent Portal

If you haven't signed up for the Parent Portal, please do this! This is a great communication tool for you to use to connect with your child's teachers!


The Parent Portal provides secure online access to your child's student information. With a username and password, you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school.


On the Parent Portal you are able to:

- verify that the information we have for your student is accurate (address, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.)

- submit attendance notes, excusing your child from classes

- check school fee balances (field trip amounts/sports fees etc. are now added to the school accounts) and make payments on your account

- view current and past report cards for your child** See important note below regarding report cards


Before creating a Parent Access Account, you will first need to obtain a unique Access ID for each student profile that you want added to your account. The required Access IDs, along with account setup instructions, were sent to all eligible parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year. If you did not receive this email, or require it to be sent again, please contact the school office. Access ID's will not be given out by phone, only by email so that we can be sure that this information is being sent to the parents/guardians on record at the school. Upon receipt of your child's Access ID, visit hsd.ca/parent-portal to proceed with account setup. It is easy and only takes a few minutes!


Important Information Regarding Report Cards

Report cards will no longer be emailed to parents. They will be uploaded to the parent portal site and will be available to parents by 3:00 p.m. on the day report cards are due to be "sent home". Only those students whose parents do not have access to the Parent Portal will receive printed copies (students will bring them home on report card day).


If you have any questions about the Parent Portal, please do not hesitate to contact the school. We believe that this is a valuable tool to help the parents stay connected and informed!