Stafford Scoop Jan. 10, 2022

Posted: January 9, 2022


Week of Jan. 10, 2022

As we come back to start 2022 we once again find ourselves making adjustments from “normal”. And when we say normal, we all typically mean “pre-COVID” normal. As I was watching the news conference last week about the start of schools being delayed by a week I found myself reflecting on how I felt about yet another adjustment. I am not going to say it wasn’t a little discouraging, but I can honestly say it felt sort of “normal” right now for all of us to be making another adjustment. My second thought was “WE GOT THIS”, but not in an arrogant or defiant way. More in a way that over the last couple of years we have all shown that we can pull together, keep each other safe and continue to be resilient!

I am glad that we are all in this together here in Skyhawk Nation, and I look forward to our community working together in 2022!

Here’s the Scoop…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

Hello HD Stafford Middle School Families,

I hope that this email finds you and your family well.  We have spent the past week preparing for our students to return to school.  Our school community Is looking forward to the start of the new year.  As you know, our public health guidelines have changed and below is updated information.  Please take time to read through the procedures below and go over with your child prior to coming to school on Monday.

Information Bulletin: As you know this is an evolving situation, we will continue to update you as new information is provided. For those who missed it, click here for the latest information bulletin from Superintendent Mal Gill outlining some information regarding the restart plan.

Adjustments To Restart Plan: Part of the work for staff over the past week was to make adjustments at HD Stafford Middle School based on the updated guidelines from the Public Health Officer.

The Week of January 10th: The enhanced measures will continue to guide our practices and will include many of the protocols that we already have in place.

Some of the measures include:

  • Daily Health Check: Just a reminder that the Daily Health Check must be completed every day before attending the school. The Daily Health Check remains in place from September 2021, so this is simply a reminder, not a new procedure. Daily Health Check Click Here
  • Mask Wearing: Students and staff will continue to wear their masks based on public health guidelines. As stated by public health, masks must cover the nose and mouth and may be either:
    • (a) a medical or non-medical mask;
    • (b) a tightly woven fabric.
    • Please bring a spare mask to school as well.
  • Hand Hygiene: Upon entering the building students will hand sanitize at their designated meeting spot. Students are to wash their hands with soap or hand sanitizer between all transition breaks.
  • Line Ups: Our line up routines remain the same. Students are to wear their masks and line up single file with their class. 
  • Classroom Configuration: Teachers have carefully planned the seating in their classrooms for maximized space between students where possible.
  • Strategic Reduction of Hallway Crowding During Transition Times: Teachers will continue to meet their classes outside at their designated meeting spot and will escort the class to their classroom. While in the hallways, classes will be reminded to walk on the right-hand side in a single file line.   
  • Visitor Access: Visitor access is being limited at this time.
    • Any visitors to the building must phone ahead and make an appointment through the office to enter the building.  The school phone number will be posted on the exterior doors.
    • Visitors must wear a mask as they are entering the building.
    • Visitors enter through the main entrance and follow all safety control zone protocols in place.  Hand sanitizer is provided, and the number of visitors is limited in the building at one time.
    • Visitors sign in as they enter and sign out when they leave the building. Contact information must be provided including a phone number.
  • Clubs, Band and Athletics:
    • Clubs will be postponed for the time being. More information to come.
    • Band will continue with all the current safety measure in place.
    • Grade 8 basketball will continue.  However, there are no tournaments and NO SPECTATORS.

Questions: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We know these are difficult times for families as we continue to navigate this pandemic. We want to be sure we can reduce student and family anxieties as much as possible. Please continue to check your email throughout the week for further updates and important information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Take care,

John Hantke and Natalie Roberts

Proud Principal and Vice Principal of HD Stafford Middle School

THE WEEK AHEAD AT HD STAFFORD

 

STAFFORD ATHLETICS & AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS

🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

It was great seeing athletes in our gyms these past couple weeks! Here is the schedule for this week in HD Stafford Athletics!

 GYMMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
MORNINGLARGE GYM

 

G8 Boys Basketball PracticeGirls Basketball SkillsG8 Boys Basketball PracticeGirls Basketball Skills
SMALL GYM

 

AFTER SCHOOLLARGE GYM

 

3:00pm Gr.8 Boys Bball vs. LFMS3:00pm Gr.8 Boys Bball vs. Credo
SMALL GYM

 

3:00pm Archery5:00pm Archery5:00pm Archery3:00pm Archery

 

 Community Room3:00pm After School with Taran

1:45 – 4:00pm PUCKS

 

 

REMINDERS

HDSMS CLUBS & ACTIVITIES 2021-2022

SKYHAWKS ONLINE STORE IS LIVE!

We are very excited to roll out the new online Skyhawks Apparel Store to all staff, students and our Stafford community!

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Possible Change of Clothes

Just a quick reminder that students do go outside for recess and lunch on most days, including those rainy days.  A change of clothes that can be kept in the locker may help stop you having to come pick up your children or coming to drop off clothes.

SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS

I wanted to pass along some community supports that are being offered in the near future.  I’ve attached a PDF to this email with information, workshops and opportunities that are coming up. Some of these events are  time sensitive and are happening in the next week, so I wanted to make sure you had this information in time. I’ve also included a list of mental health supports that can be accessed locally.

Supports for Parents

PARKING

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 on 48th Ave which is just a short walk away for our students.

STUDENTS and MASKS

Please ensure that your children have their masks each day.

  • Students MUST always have their masks on – in the classroom, including their workstation (even if physically distanced), working on bulletin boards, going to washroom, filling their water bottles up, going outside, in PE class inside, etc.
  • Masks do not need to be worn when students are eating/drinking, or participating in high intensity activities outdoors (limited physical contact).
  • In band, the mask can only come off when they are playing their instrument (brass/woodwind).

REMINDER TO FAMILIES ABOUT DAILY HEALTH CHECK FORM:

As we enter into enhanced safety measures the health and safety of your children 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: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

STAYING CONNECTED:

  • 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:

 

PAC NEWS:

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

Next Hot lunch is Monday, December 13th! Order by Monday, December 6th.  Please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer on these days, 9-11:30am.

The next PAC meeting is on Wednesday, January 12th, 6:30pm in the HD Stafford Library. PAC meetings will alternate between zoom and in person meetings this year. 

Pick up time for Purdy’s Orders are Thursday, Dec 9th, from 3-4 outside the school.

Anyone interested to volunteer at Willowbrook Mall for holiday gift wrapping to support Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Langley as a family or a group, go to: https://langley.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/holiday-gift-wrapping-sign-up/

Keep updated with PAC fundraisers and info through Facebook and Instagram at:

HDSMS Parent Group

HDStafford Middle School PAC

hdsms_pac

If you have any questions or if you are interested to volunteer at our PAC initiatives, please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com

PAC GENERAL INFORMATION:

Our PAC works to help create effective partnerships between the school and parent community. Building the triangle of support between parent, school, and child will create powerful learning opportunities and ensure our children’s success.

Each and every parent or guardian is a member of our PAC. We encourage you to join us for the monthly meetings to participate in the building of PAC community and create learning opportunities for your child.

The meeting schedule for the year – Time: 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, HD Stafford Library

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, Zoom

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, HD Stafford Library

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, Zoom

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (AGM) HD Stafford Library

The 2021/22 HDSMS PAC EXECUTIVE:

NamePositionEmail
Gina TwellmannPresidenthdsmspresident@gmail.com
Alex JoehlVice Presidenthdsmsvicepresident@gmail.com
Carmen PhelanTreasurerhdsmstreasurer@gmail.com
Cathy WorrallSecretaryhdsmspac@gmail.com
Chantale HubbsD-PAC Rephdsmsdpacrep@gmail.com
Solanlle PaguinaoMember at Largehdsmsmal1@gmail.com
Alexandra HarperMember at Largehdsmsmal2@gmail.com
Lisa TatarniukMember at Largehdsmsmal3@gmail.com
Gina TwellmannFundraisinghdsmsfundraising@gmail.com
Cathy WorrallHot Lunchhdsmshotlunch@gmail.com
Chantale HubbsLong Term Planning Committeehdsmsltpc@gmail.com

 

LOVING LITERACY:

Favourite Books Display

Another simple way to grow the reading culture in your room is to create a display of the student’s fave books. Either display a colour copy of the cover, or have them do up a spine to create a mock bookshelf. And if their fave book changs through the year, they can just do up a new spine.

FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”- Dr. Suess.

 

MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:.

 

FROM THE DISTRICT:

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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