October News

It is hard to believe that it is already October!  We have had a very smooth start to the year, and many events already.  Please read below for an update.  As always, please feel free to contact the office if you have any question, suggestions, or concerns.

Orange Shirt Day

Our Orange Shirt Day assembly last Friday capped off a powerful week of learning.  Thanks to our Indigenous Education Worker, Tara Willard (far left), for sharing her experiences and arranging for our Elder Rose Miller to speak at the assembly.  As you can see from the attentive audience, Elder Miller’s story of her own residential school experience was very thought provoking and informative.


Terry Fox Run

Our annual Terry Fox Run was a big success.  Thanks to all of the staff who ensured the safety of 660+ runners and to Mr. Smith for organizing and preparing the course through Little Mountain.  Students did a super job and we had some very fast runners!  Max likely had the most empathy for what it was like for Terry to run on his prosthetic leg (pictured below in cast!).


SMS Cafeteria

Thanks to our students for your patience as we get used to this very hungry group of students!  Friday; pizza day, in particular, is extremely busy.  We are selling more than double the amount of pizza we did last year.  Our PAC shared concerns with us and we have adjusted to accommodate the huge demand.  We now have three line ups (we began last year with just one), and we have increased our orders.  Last Friday we had leftovers and everyone was served quickly so we are feeling confident we are getting to know the huge appetites of this year’s group.  There is a two piece of pizza maximum.  If we have leftovers, we announce that students may purchase a third.  Thank you again for your patience!  The menu is as follows:

Monday and Friday:  Pepperoni, Cheese and Ham and Pineapple Pizza.  The crust is whole wheat and the cheese is low fat to meet Healthy Schools Guidelines.  The pepperoni portion has been reduced to meet the guidelines as well

Tuesday:  Our LRT program makes home made quesadillas, home made macaroni and cheese, and the famous SMS monster cookies

Wednesday:  Caesar salad with chickencaesar

Thursday:  Baked chicken and potato wedges.

We are always open to new ideas!  On Monday, October 15th,  Elena Daunais, who is one of our “Moms” will be selling her homemade chicken tacos for $5.00.  Olè!

Fall Sports in Full Swing

The gym and fields are busy already thanks to our many coaches!  On the volleyball sidelines we have: Mr. Smith (Gr. 8 Girls), Mr. Barraball (Gr. 8 Girls), Mr. Kenny, Ms. Cecco, Mme Heibert, Mrs. Brunwald, M Lazar (Gr. 6/7 Girls), Mr. Henderson and Mme Heibert (Gr. 6/7 Boys).   Mme Weir and Mrs. Brennan are coaching our cross country runners, and Mr. Gecse is coaching our rugby team!  Our gym is open in the mornings at 7:00 am.  Please see Coach Smith’s blog on our website for updated details about athletics at SMS.

Jazz Band Starts This Week

Students interested in practicing and performing with our Jazz Band are invited to the first session this Wednesday (October 3rd) at 7:15 am.

Farewell Mme Anamchara and Welcome M Hazlewood


Merci beaucoup to Mme Anamchara for getting Rom 126 off to a great start in Late French Immersion during the month of September!  We will miss her as she heads to Bastion Elementary to teach music (en francais et anglais).  Welcome to M Hazlewood who has arrived with his family from Abbotsford and is looking forward to joining the SMS team!


Yearbook Sales

We will continue to take orders for SMS Yearbooks until December 14th.  If you would like to order yours, please bring $30 to the office.

School Fees

Thank you to the families who have paid their fees and a reminder to those who have not that fees are due.  If this is a hardship for your family, or if you would like to arrange a payment schedule, please contact the office at any time.

Important Dates in October

October 5th        Professional Development Day (students do not attend)

October 8th        Thanksgiving Holiday

October 19th       Professional Development Day (students do not attend)

October 23rd      Toonie Tuesday