Stonybrook Middle School

Knightly News for January 2017

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

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SMS Has Christmas Spirit!!

Christmas Concert

Another great show by SMS students—the bands and choirs displayed amazing talent and definitely got us in the Christmas spirit!

The decorations created by the students and displayed around the gym added to the festive spirit. Thanks to the Art classes and Mrs. Loewen for their decorations! We love to showcase all the Arts in our school—creative art as well as music and band!

Helping Hands

Two homerooms went to Southeast Helping Hands to help pack Christmas hampers. What a wonderful experience for them to see the process of how to fill hampers, what goes in to the hampers, and to be aware that there are families in need in our own community. Our community is fortunate to have so many helping hands, and we were excited to have been able to be a few of them!

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, January 24th Basketball Season Starts

January 30th to February 1st Grade 8 Cedarwood Camp

February - I Love to Read Month!

Special activities are being planned to celebrate reading - more info will follow.

Wednesday, February 8th - Winter Activity Day!

Waiver forms and information will be available on our school website by January 13th.

Thank you for supporting our book fair!

Despite the fact that our Book Fair was cut short due to two storm days, we still sold over $2600!! Thanks so much for supporting our book fair, which enables us to put free books into our library. HUGE thanks to Ms. Lavallee, Mrs. Monkman and Mrs. Normandeau-McQuade and all the students who helped out at the Fair.

Well done!!

SMS Winter Activity Day

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 9am

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It's coming up on Wednesday, February 8th! We have lots of exciting options for students to choose from. Students will be bringing information letters home at the end of this week (January 13th). The information and waiver forms will also be posted on our website later in the week or early next week.

Interested in Being a Volunteer?

We are looking for parent volunteers to work one on one with students doing Precision Reading. Time required would be for about half an hour during Reading Period (9:10-9:40) and/or Study Hall Period (11:47-12:21). Work would be with students ranging from Grade 5 to Grade 8. If this is something that would interest you, please contact the school or email Ms. Lavallee at

Camp Cedarwood is Soon Here!!

The Grade 8 students will be heading out to Camp Cedarwood for 3 days of fun, fellowship and outdoor education. This is always the highlight event for SMS students where they create memories that last a lifetime!

Date: January 30 - February 1

Fees due: January 20

If you would be interested in volunteering to go along to Cedarwood (we especially need female chaperones!), please contact the school.

Happy Retirement Mr. Dueck!

Congratulations to Mr. Eldon Dueck who announced his retirement on December 31, 2016. He served as vice-principal and principal of our school for 13 years, and also taught in other Hanover schools for many years prior to that. He positively impacted many people - students, staff and the community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors!
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I Would Like to Conduct the WSO Because"

Congratulations to Claire Heide, this year’s winner of the Steinbach Arts Council's "I want to conduct the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra because..." contest. The contest ran through November and gave students in grade 5 and 6 from Southeastern Manitoba the opportunity to explain why they wanted to conduct the Symphony. As winner of the contest, Claire was the guest conductor at the WSO's Christmas Pops Concert at the Steinbach Mennonite Church in Steinbach, where she single-handedly conducted the Symphony.

​Way to go Claire! SMS is proud to call you one of our own!

And, coincidentally, this is the second year in a row that we have had a student win this contest!

Important Reminders!

Keeping our Students Safe

Please remember to slow down when passing SMS on Lumber Avenue during the school day (speed zone of 30 kms/hr).

Please drop your child off on the south side of Lumber. Students running across the street and drivers stopping traffic increases the risk of accidents and injuries.

Encourage your child to use the cross walk when crossing Lumber Avenue, and to make use of our crossing guards when crossing Brandt Street.

Remember to wear warm outer clothing to school so that you can enjoy some outdoor recess time at lunch! It’s great to get a little fresh air during the day!

School Closures

Regarding Inclement Weather Closures

In the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions, announcements will be made on CHSM (AM1250), MIX 96.7, and CJOB (AM680) as well as Hanover School Division will also phone home by 7:00 a.m. If you do not want to receive these early morning phone calls, please contact the school office and we can request to have your name removed from the calling list.

Regarding Cold Weather Closures

Schools will be closed when the temperature reaches –35 degrees COMBINED with a windchill of –45 degrees.

Canteen Reminder

Our canteen is open for lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

Tuesday - tacos, $2

Wednesday - pizza, $2/slice

Thursday - chicken fingers, $3

The canteen is open every day from 12:20-12:30. Students can purchase canned drinks (juice), Gatorade and frozen yogurt.


We have a lot of students that come to the office asking for cutlery for their lunches. We only have enough spoons to give to those students who purchase frozen yogurt from our canteen. Please make sure that if your child needs a spoon or fork for his lunch, that you include it in their lunch bag. Thanks so much!


Thank you!

Thank you to all the families who participated in our World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser in December! It was very successful - we raised just over $9,000 for our school! This money will help SMS pay for a new scoreboard for the gym and it will also go towards a new outdoor play space. We could not have done this without your support! Thanks for braving the cold temperatures to sell chocolates to family, friends and neighbours.

Thank you also to the many volunteers who helped make this happen.

If you still have chocolates at home, please return them (or money) as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the following students who won prizes:

Damian 8M, Jaime 7J, Chloe 8M, Lauryn 6B, Karl 6B, Mason 7J, Jaida 8K, Brody 7J and Joshua 7J.

Homeroom 7K won a 5 pound chocolate bar which they shared in their class.

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Wise Kid-Netic Energy Presents...


Who: Grade 7-12 girls

Where: U of M, Faculty of Engineering

When: Saturdays, 12-4 pm, January 21-March 11, 2017

Membership: $275

Membership includes:

*Seven 4-hour sessions with U of M undergraduate student instructors.

*Registration fee for the 22nd Manitoba Robot Games (TBD March 2017).

*The use of WISE Kid-Netic Energy's EV3 Lego Mindstorms to train for and compete at the Manitoba Robot Games.

Register online:

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