Stafford Scoop Feb. 12, 2021

Posted: February 12, 2021

Week of February 12th, 2021

It’s difficult to find the words to describe the week that was here at HDSMS.  And so I want to lean my colleagues who I think articulated our the stories of this week in a powerful way.  Thank you for leaning into each other this week – it’s the only way we move forward.

…These ladies are my friends, my sisters, so it was not surprising they were there for me, but what struck me was that later when I thought about it was that I could have walked into any room in this building this morning, to any one or group of you, and the reaction would have been the same. Working with all of you makes days like this bearable. So thank you for all the kind words, masked up hugs, and reassuring pats on the back. I needed every one of them.

When our hearts were a bit broken Monday they were down in the gym writing thank you’s – to you. May these kids always be your bucket fillers.
May each of you know you are enough.
Thank you for teaching our little Skyhawks about this beautiful world.

Here’s the SCOOP…


The beautiful and encouraging heart  displays from our WEB leaders and Ms. Ashcroft’s class all over the lockers and walls in the front hallway of the school!  Such a powerful visual of the impact we make on students everyday – we needed to see these this week.


As we move closer to respect and diversity week more and more displays are popping up all over the school.  From beautiful whole class art displays outside Blue 6 to Social Justice quotes and reflections outside Gold 7. So Powerful!


Our Announcement crew with weekly guest Jora sharing the news of the day!

Mr. Van Meer is at it again – Kinetic Math and the thinking classroom with Pythagoras problems – Awesome!

In Visual Art Exploration with Ms. Parchoma,  Gold 6 was exploring the art of weaving – which will be combined to  create a class Wall Weave!


HDMS Virtual Hearts Fundraiser



1) Here is the link to the virtual tour video (Taste of LSS) with Grade 9 teachers that we showed to our Grade 8 Skyhawks yesterday:

2) On TUESDAY, February 16, at 6:30 pm we are holding our LSS Grade 8 Course Planning evening; this is for students who will be entering Grade 9 in September 2021.  Due to COVID restrictions, we will be holding this evening online, on Teams; here is the Teams invitation link:

This evening is both for parents, and students in Grade 8.  We will be presenting some very important information that you will need to have prior to the students making their course selections for next year.  We are planning for it to be a very informative evening!

3) LSS Counsellors will be visiting the Grade 8’s again on Wednesday Feb.17 here at HDSMS to have our Grade 8 students input their course selections into the online system.


The District appreciates all the hard work from students, staff, and families in helping keep our community safe. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. This week the province announced changes to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools. Mask requirements for middle and secondary school students and K-12 staff have been amended. Guidelines have also been strengthened for physical education and music classes.

It is important to note, our schools will need some time to implement these new changes; all changes will be in effect as of February 26, 2021. Your continued patience and support are appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Please read below and full details found in the province’s news release located on the District website here.

 Changes to Mask Wearing

All middle and secondary students and K-12 staff will now be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including when they are with their learning groups. The only exceptions are when:

  • sitting or standing at their seat or workstation in a classroom;
  • there is a barrier in place; or
  • they are eating or drinking.

For elementary students, wearing masks indoors remain a personal choice.

It is important to note, as advised by the province, these changes above do not apply to grade 6 and 7 students attending an elementary school.

Changes to Physical Education and Music Classes

High-intensity physical activities are to be held outside as much as possible. Shared equipment or items, such as weight machines, treadmills or musical instruments, can be used only if they are cleaned between use, according to strict school sanitization guidelines. Students using equipment or playing instruments should also be spaced at least two metres apart and masks are to be used when singing.

SchoolMessenger Communications Message from the Langley School District 

The District is aware of parents/guardians receiving a message from the Langley School District. This text message is a request to opt-in for text messaging notifications from their child’s school. This is a component of the District’s plan to roll out a new parental outreach notification system called SchoolMessenger. This is not spam. This is a communication message from the Langley School District. We acknowledge this alert was unexpected for families. Our plan was to roll this out to our school communities in February, with the full system in place by the middle of the month. We will be sharing more information in the coming days.


Wellness Together Canada was funded by the Government of Canada in response to the unprecedented rise in mental distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being challenged like never before due to isolation, physical health concerns, substance use concerns, financial and employment uncertainty, and the emotional dialogue around racial equality. We’re all going through this together, and we believe that mental health is a journey, not a destination. Each day, we can take a step for our own wellbeing. Wellness Together Canada is here to support everybody on that journey.

For information on COVID and a physical self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms, click here. Or  here:

FSA ( Foundational Skills Assessment) Change of Administration Dates:

The BC Ministry of Education has adjusted the administration dates for this year’s Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). All Langley students in grades 4 and 7 will now complete the FSA in the new administration window between February 15 and March 12, 2021

Information on the exact dates students will write their FSA’s will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher in the coming weeks. Parents of students in grade 4 and 7 would have received a letter in September from Gord Stewart, Superintendent of Langley Schools, regarding the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) for the 2020/2021 school year. The letter indicated that this year’s FSA would be administered between October 5 and November 13, 2020. The remainder of the information outlined in the letter still applies and if parents have any questions regarding the FSA – please contact the school.


Health and safety continues to be our top priority. As we start this new year, we want to remind students and families to complete the Daily Health Check. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe.

The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here:


Plans are in the works to bring a Foundry Centre to Langley to support youth wellness and your help is needed. Youth 12-24 and their caregivers are encouraged to complete a survey to provide their input on the design of the centre and supports that are needed. Send in your response and you can enter a chance to win a $50 gift card (see attached flyers) or complete the survey here:

Our community partner, Encompass Support Services Society, is also looking for youth advisory committee members to contribute to this project.

For more info email:


  • Just a reminder that there is no stopping/parking on Grade Crescent in front of HD Stafford Middle School. In consideration of our community neighbours and for the safety of our students, please refrain from blocking driveways and crosswalks and jaywalking. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) of where an appropriate place to meet up after school could be. There is lots of available parking by City Park which is just a short walk away for our students.


  • With the days growing shorter and the weather changing to rain, fog, and frost, HD Stafford Middle is reminding all our students to take extra precaution when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk on the sidewalk and with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping everyone safe.


  • MASKS – Please ensure that your children have their masks each day. 
  • WATER BOTTLES – please remind your children that they need to have a  water bottle at school.


  • HDSMS will continue to work towards being a completely paperless school when it comes to communication with parents. In order to stay informed, please be sure you use at least one of the following on-line methods:


  • New Information Below:
    • The PAC is actively fundraising to continue to “Middle-ize & beautify” our building.  More pictures to come of the scope of our projects – but this will include stairwells, inspirational quotes on walls, engaging displays and a middle makeover of our common spaces. Below is the banners we will be displaying with pride in our Main entrance to celebrate our family of schools.
    • 2020 Constitution

  •   Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact


MONDAY Family DayAt home!All day!
TUESDAYLSS Grade 8 Parent Information Night


Online – Current Grade 8 Parents/Guardians


 Intervention MeetingCounselling Area9am
WEDNESDAYGr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
 Grade 9 Course Planning Intro


Grade 8 Classes


All day


  • FSAs (Grade 7 classes) – Feb. 15- March 15, 2021
  • MDI (Grade 6 & 8) – Feb 15 – March 5
  • Design and Assessment/Report Card Prep Day – February 22, 2021 – Trauma Informed Tools Presentation
  • Diversity and Respect Week – February 22 – 26, 2021
  • Freedom to Read Week – Feb. 21 –27, 2021
  • Pink Shirt Day – February 24, 2021
  • International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021
  • March 8th – International Women’s Day: The International Women’s Day theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, which highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.



Short Story: Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Preview:  Connecting to the Literature In “Thank You, M’am,” a boy learns an important lesson about kindness and trust from a surprising source. Before reading, think about an unexpected act of kindness you have done for someone or someone has done for you.

Background “Thank You, M’am,” by Langston Hughes, is set in Harlem, a community in New York. Like many urban areas, Harlem experienced rapid population growth early in the twentieth century. Many single-family buildings were converted into small apartments. The character Mrs. Jones lives in one of these “kitchenette” apartments—a bathroom and one large room with a mini-kitchen in the corner of the room.

Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes – PDF

Thank You Ma’am – A Short Film – this short film, though not the greatest production quality, challenges the presumptions we make about the characters in the story and shows an interesting visualization.

Short Story: Jamaican Fragment by A.L. Hendricks

A.L. Hendricks: Arthur Lemière Hendriks (1922-1992) was a Jamaican poet, writer, and broadcasting director (known as Micky Hendriks in his broadcasting career). He was born in 1922 in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Jamaican father and a French mother. He was particularly well known for his contributions to the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Gleaner, and BIM. He also contributed as a columnist and literary critic to the Daily Gleaner. He died in 1992 at the age of 69.

Summary: ‘Jamaican Fragment’ tells the story of a Jamaican who witnesses a young white boy “imposing his will upon a little black boy” ‘Jamaican Fragment’ deals with a Jamaican’s internal suspicions regarding racial inferiority in his homeland. As he walks one morning, he notices a young black boy and a young white boy playing in a garden. After a deep observation, he realizes that the white boy was dominating the black boy, while the black boy submitted himself. Struggling to find reason behind the black boy’s lack of resistance, the man’s ‘faith in his people was shaken for the day’. Thus, the lesson brings out the prejudice that almost every person suffers from denominational issues like colour, caste, sex etc.

From The Library Learning Commons

“You get good at what you practice”

The Benefits of Pleasure Reading.

Some food for thought from Pernelle Ripp:

Pernelle Ripp also shares her students’ favourite books for each year on her webpage.



  • We are planning to begin Gr. 8 basketball practice in the gym in the morning following all COVID protocols. We’ve spoken with the coaches and AD, and believe we can provide an opportunity to do this in a safe way.  We will be assigning each class with interested players a hoop, utilizing both gyms on a rotation schedule.   We will be starting with Grade 8 students for now and see how it goes.  If there is a situation where players choose to violate the protocols – they will be asked to leave for the remainder of the season and will not be allowed to return.



Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates:

Kindness T-Shirts

To help fund our programs and to celebrate our mission of making learning UNFORGETTABLE for every Langley student, the Foundation has Kindness T-shirts for sale. They are $20 for adults. $10 for children and they come in all sizes. All proceeds go to support our hungry students and families. Purchase online at or contact

Kenyan Curios

In keeping with the Foundation’s mandate to support global education, we have included on our website an online market featuring exquisite Kenyan curios. Most have been sold, but a few remain at drastically reduced prices. All proceeds go to support global education. To purchase go to and click on PA-MOJA page.

4th Annual West Fine Art Show

The Foundation, in partnership with The West Fine Art Show Society, is holding the 4th Annual Art Show at the Glass House Winery in South Langley. Eighteen professional artists will be showing and selling their exquisite pieces. At the same time, the Foundation will host an online exhibition and adjudication of student art with cash prizes for first, second and third. Photography, paintings and 3-D sculptures are eligible and should follow a theme of COVID-19 and what it has wrought on our society (the positives, negatives, changes, trends). Please send images via email to and

Friday, March 5, 2021 • 5 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, March 6 • 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday, March 7 • 11 am to 5 pm


HD Stafford Middle School

20441 - Grade Crescent, Langley
BC, V3A 4J8
Phone: 604-534-9285
Fax: 604-534-8986