Holiday Hampers – The SMS Spirit of Giving

The leadership students at SMS have organized a holiday hamper collection throughout the school. The goals of this initiative is to have each core class fill a holiday hamper to help foster a spirit of giving and generosity heading into the break.

We invite students to contribute items such as:

Stove-Top stuffing, Foil Roasting Pan, Canned Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce/Jelly (canned), Pasta/Past sauce, Pancake mix/syrup, Crackers, Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jam, honey, Christmas candy/nuts, Chocolate or candy canes, Cake or cookies (cake mix or already made – Oreos), Real fruit juice, Tea/Coffee, Hot chocolate…etc.

With thanks,

The SMS student leadership club

MDI (Middle Years Development Instrument) at SMS

School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia to measure and promote children’s social and emotional development, health, well-being, and assets through the Middle Year Development Instrument (MDI). The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum, which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate can withdraw by signing a form linked below.

Grade 7 students are invited to complete the MDI during class time between:

January 15th and February 21st, 2020.

Week of December 2nd to 6th

This bulletin board was designed and created by our very own SMS Pinterest Club (hard to see in this photo but the small rectangles are actually little mirrors).

Monday, December 2nd

  • Open Gym 7:00 am
  • Library open before and after school
  • Library open for grade 8 students at lunch
  • Litterless Lunch contest continues all week
  • D&D club in room 123 at lunch
  • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
  • Sewing room open at lunch
  • Mindful Mondays in room 133 at lunch
  • Grade 8 boys basketball practices 5:30 – 7:00 PM
  • Grade 8 girls basketball practice 2:30-4:30

Tuesday, December 3rd

  • Library open before school and after school
  • Grade 8 girls b-ball 7am to 8am
  • Library open for grade 6&7 students at lunch
  • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
  • Sewing room open at lunch
  • Indigenous boys’ group at lunch in Indigenous Ed room
  • Magic Club in room 124 at lunch
  • Pinterest Club for grade 8s at lunch in room 121
  • Wrestling 2:30-4:00 (see Mr. Lazar for more info)
  • Grade 8 boys b-ball 4:00-5:30

Wednesday, December 4th

  • Xqwiyélltśem Soup Hut today ($2 soup, $1 bannock)
  • Library open for grade 8 students at lunch
  • Grade 8 girls and boys b-ball shooting practice 7am to 8am
  • Grade 8 girls shooting practice 11:55 to 12:20
  • Library open before school and after school
  • School Wide Litter Free Lunch Day

Thursday, December 5th

  • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
  • Grade 8 boys b-ball 4:00-5:30
  • Grade 8 girls b-ball practice 7am – 8:10am
  • Library open before school and after school
  • Indigenous girls’ group today at lunch
  • Sewing room open at lunch
  • Pinterest Club for grade 8s at lunch in room 121
  • Chess club at lunch in the library (all grades welcome)
  • GSA in room 214 at lunch
  • Open study block in room 122 at lunc
  • Bushell’s class curling today

Friday, December 6th

  • Report cards available on parent connect today
  • Open gym 7:00 am
  • Grade 6/7s interested in basketball need to sign up with Mr. Smith by today
  • Francais Fridays (listen, talk and play games in French) in room 133
  • Library open before school and after school
  • Magic Club in room 124 at lunch
  • Library is open at lunch (grade 6/7)
  • Indigenous room – popcorn Friday – open to all
  • SMS boys basketball home tourney (Shuswap Shootout)

***parents and athletes should check Mr. Smith’s blog regularly for updates and additions. Find it under the “parents & students” tab at the top of the SMS website…then go down to “sports”. Please remember that parents who intend to drive students other than their own this basketball season will need to get added to our SMS eligible driver list…this takes some paperwork. Ask your coach or call the office for details.

Thank you to the Shuswap Community Foundation!

Last year, the Pirate Loppet Committee applied for and was awarded a Shuswap Community Foundation grant of $3200 for our school.  This was made possible by the Geoff and Judith Benson Family Endowment, Joe and Bobbi Johnson Schools Legacy, Letham Family Endowment, Chapman Family Endowment, Dan and Irene Rogers Endowment and Founders Fund. The money has been used, with the support of Skookum Ski and Cycle, who provided “at cost” equipment for our school to have new skis, boots and poles for cross-country skiing. 

Shuswap Middle School would like to extend a huge thanks to the Shuswap Community Foundation, to Tom Peasgood and everyone at Skookum and to Pat Danforth, Megan Weir, members of the Pirate Loppet Committee and Steve Rodwell, SMS sponsor teacher.  We look forward to putting our new skis to good use once the snow arrives in Salmon Arm!

This picture shows only a small portion of the wonderful skis, poles and boots we received from Skookum. We can’t wait to get out and try them on the snow!

Xqwiyélltśem – SMS’s new soup hut is open!

Chicken Noodle Soup served at the soup hut today

We are excited to announce the opening of our new soup hut at SMS! This program will provide many benefits to our school and community. Delicious, healthy soup and bannock will nourish hungry students at our school. In addition, Xqwiyélltśem (which means enjoy every morsel of a meal) provides leadership opportunities and hands-on cooking life skills to students at SMS. Our soup hut also reflects our appreciation for the environment and we use reusable bowls and spoons for students to eat from and a wash tub station for them to wash their own dishes. With support from local businesses, we are hopeful to use locally sourced ingredients when possible.

At present, we will offer a different soup each week and currently we are rotating through the following options: Chicken noodle soup, Chilli, Beef stew and “Stone soup”. The suggested price for soup is $2 and we are hopeful that those who can pay will do so. Delicious bannock costs $1 per piece. We are hopeful that this program is sustainable as Xqwiyélltśem was created with the Indigenous value of reciprocity.

A big thank you to Theresa Johnson and Serena Caner for making the dream of Xqwiyélltśem a reality!