December has snuck up on us, as you can see by the look on Miah’s face! Thanks to Miah and Grace for helping to decorate the office (and putting Mr. Matheson on top of the tree)! Despite the decorations appearing around the school, we are impressed with the calm learning environment and the many excellent projects and lessons our students and staff are engaged in. There is a wonderful tone in the school this year which has continued right from day one in September.
Parking Lot Safety
We have asked for help from our two fabulous RCMP officers, Corporal Sardinha and Constable Inglis to ensure our parking lot is safe. Our staff has doubled our presence outside in the morning to help with safety. While the majority of parents are following the signs, a number of drivers are not stopping at the stop sign which ensures busses have the right away (just after the crosswalk), attempting to turn left into the bottom parking lot, and or attempting to turn left onto 30th. Please be aware that not only does this cause congestion for other drivers, it has put the safety of our students and staff in jeopardy. A reminder that the Field of Dreams Parking lot and the lower parking lot are excellent options for drop off and pick up.
Sports and Clubs
It was a very successful season at SMS for Fall sports: Grade 6/7 Boys won the volleyball zone, as did the Grade 7 Girls. Grade 8 Girls won the North Zone and came third in the zone and the Grade 8 Boys came third in their zone as well. In X-Country running, Sophia Torrie qualified for and participated in the provincial championships with the SAS team. Sam Caulkins qualified as well. Well done everyone! Basketball season is in full swing along with wrestling. Thanks to the many coaches working with our students: we have Mr. Smith, Mr. Lynka, Mr. Kenny and Mr. Barraball working with the boys in grade 6/7, Mme Vezina and Ms. Verney with the 6/7 girls, Mrs. Limber and Ms. Mueller with the grade 8 girls and Mr. Rodwell, Mr. Mueller (from Bastion) and Mr. Brennan (Assistant Superintendent) working with the grade 8 boys. Grade 6 basketball will begin in January. Mr. Lazar is coaching our wrestling team with a great turnout of wrestlers. Please see the athletic link on our website for more details.
It is also the time of year that many staff offer clubs at lunchtime. Please remind your students to listen to the announcements and check the TV monitors on a regular basis. We will publish a full list of noon hour clubs in January when we return after the break.
Report One report cards are available to parents on Parent Connect this Friday, December 7th. Log in instructions are available in the column on the right of our website. If you require assistance, please give us a call in the office. At SMS we celebrate students with all “Gs” for work habits. Certificates and a prize (water bottles for this report card) will be presented to students by their CORE teacher for those who have achieved the Effort List. Students will also be recognized at our Sing-a-long on December 21st.
Arts Education: Dance, Music and Fine Arts
Our world famous (okay, almost), dance unit has begun in the gym. All students in middle school are required in the renewed curriculum to take part in dance. Gym schedules may change a bit in December as teams and classes dance together. The dance unit will culminate the last week of school before the break with team dances in the gym. Each students’ report card in March will include dance as part of the PHE mark.
Check with your student for their dance finale time and come out and enjoy the fun!
Our Winter Band Concert is always a big hit. This year the concert is on the evening of December 20th at 7:00 pm. Come early to get a good seat!
Grade 6/7 art students created these “Salute to the Sockey” windchimes. The picture doesn’t do them justice; please come and see them in the display case at the top of the stairs near the gym!
Huge Thanks for the Support from our Fabulous PAC!
At the November 26th SMS PAC Meeting, parents reviewed and have approved the following funding requests…
Each school team will receive $300 towards field trip support or equipment support. This is equitable for all students.; $1800
PE/Extra-curricular Club: PAC will support 50% of cost for 30 sets of Ripstix for Pound class fitness and 1 bluetooth speaker/ $425
Bus transportation for Grade 8’s returning from SA Waterslides (June field trip). $150
Applied Design Skills & Technology Program Support – Grade 8s; $1000
Wood Shop – new 4” bench vices; All Grade 6 students + 7/8 Exploration Students $685.72
Lunch Clubs – French magic card collection expansion for math/literacy $451.89
French Immersion students (10) attending Kelowna Math Competition; registration fees $100
BC Wheelchair Basketball Program – all students $500
Supporting leadership students going to BC Leadership Conference in Kelowna; $750
Foods Club – new blenders; $405
Foods Club – 7 sets of new measuring spoon sets; $150
Foods Club – 7 sets of electric hand-mixers; $235
Garden Club – Pruning and soil improvements to rejuvenate the large shade tree in the courtyard; $588
Garden Club – Additional shade plants, bulbs and soil amendments; $230
Andover Terrace visit / interviews with Grade 6/7s; assistance with bus transportation; $240
French Club; new french language board games; $88.19
BC Mobile Museum – historical artifacts from Indigenous perspective; all students; $1400
Cultural performance and student agenda shortfall costs; $650
Outdoor tennis/basketball court revival; shared cost with City of SA and SD83; $5,000.
The students and staff are very grateful for this tremendous support!
Thanks to our Indigenous Education Workers, Theresa Johnson and Tara Willard, for organizing Metis Knowledge Keeper and local carver John Sayer, to work with our students on soap carving. Fabulous creations were the result of his expertise and patience with our students.
As always, please feel free to contact any of our office staff; Kyla, Dee, Laura, Chris, Wendy if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. Enjoy the last few busy weeks before the Winter Break and hopefully some relaxing time to spend with family and friends!