Stafford Scoop March 28, 2021

Posted: March 28, 2021


Week of March 28th, 2021

Welcome Back Everyone (well almost!) – We hope you had an incredibly rest-filled and recharging break over the past two weeks doing all the things that bring you joy.  As we gear up for the final term of the year, we’re excited about the many projects that are happening throughout the school including the installation of our new Outdoor Classroom, interior beautification with inspiring vinyl quotes, gym floor refinishing and many more!  We’re also hoping to continue to expand opportunities to our students in terms of clubs and practices in a safe manner to help build the connections that are so important.

Here’s the SCOOP…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK BEFORE THE BREAK:

On Monday, we celebrated International Woman’s Day – they were countless displays around the school honouring and celebrating the role of women in shaping our world.  Students were able to tour the school and learn about the these amazing women and also that there is still work to be done to ensure equity for all around the world.  Special thanks to Ms. Bhamra for all her work around both the statistics and our “first ladies”!

Our Kindness Crew was hard at work the last week of school letting all our students & staff know just how special they are!

Messages of Kindness and Encouragement from Grade 7s on the sidewalks during week before Spring Break

Cst. Leydier presents positive social media habits and the power of our words to our Grade 6 classes

 

Blue 6 with Mr. Plocktis were engaging their Science hypothesis’s in the annual Egg Drop Contest!

Tonnes of different projects on the go in Explorations with Mr. Mitchell including making wooden Yo-Yos!

Green 6 with Ms. Kaur were engaged in a intense soccer match – these ladies are ready!

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

CANADIAN TIRE JUMP START PROGRAM

Removing Financial Barriers For Kids in Sport

Sometimes, families need financial assistance to get their kids into a sport or physical activity. We’re committed to helping all families access a range of activities, from boxing to bowling and skating to skiing, and more.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance to get your child into a sport program please visit

https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/individual-child-grants

Our Community Coordinator Brad Hendy is happy to help any families that would like to apply.

Contact: bhendy@sd35.bc.ca

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

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 which is just a short walk away for our students.

STUDENT SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS – WEATHER

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 AND WATERBOTTLES:

  • 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.

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 FROM THE HDSMS PAC:
    • Thanks to all those who contributed to the Virtual Hearts Fundraiser! $1120 was raised towards the HD Stafford Beautification project.
    • Last week’s Scholastic Book Fair was a success to promote continuing literacy in the school.
    • Upcoming Events! Mark on your calendar!
      • Smencils – Fun scented pencils made of recycled newspapers for Earth Day – April 19-23rd
      • Clearview Hanging Baskets – Just in time for Mother’s Day – April 12-23rd
      • Neufeld’s Savoury and Dessert Items – April 26th – May 7th
    • 2020 Constitution

  •   Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAYWelcome Back to School!!  
 Gr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
TUESDAYGr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
 RTI Series #1Learning Commons (online)4-6pm
WEDNESDAYGr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
THURSDAYGr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
FRIDAYGood Friday – No SchoolEveryoneAll day

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • FSAs (Grade 7 classes) – 15- March 9, 2021 (online portion can be completed by March 12) ** Please return the booklets to Natalie as soon as they are finished. I must take them to the SBO on March 10 at the absolute latest.
  • International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021
  • Early Dismissal March 10th and 11th Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • March 15-26th – SPRING BREAK!!!
  • March 28th – Students return to school
  • April 2 – Good Friday – No school
  • April 5 – Easter Monday – No School

 

LOVING LITERACY:

Homes

Finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Politcal Writing. Audience choice winner of Canada Reads

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homestells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.

 

 

From The Library Learning Commons

Thanks to those who contributed to our spring break reading list!

Here’s what Skyhawks Staff have been reading:

Jamie Wright- Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey (adult), On The Come Up, Angle Thomas (YA),  Ready Player 2, Ernest Cline (YA)- currently reading

 Erin Jones- Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas (YA), What Doesn’t Kill You: A life with chronic Illness- Lessons from a body in revolt, Tessa Miller (adult), When you Trap a Tiger, Tae Keller (middle)- currently reading.

Adrianna CullenThe Science of Breakable Things, Tae Keller (middle)

Calvin WoodBe Prepared, Vera Brosgol (middle)

 Christina Brown- Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (young person’s version, but there is also adult version).

Karen Cooper, The Guest List, Lucy Foley

Erin Favero, So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo (adult), The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab(adult), We Were Liars, E. Lockhart (YA)

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

BASKETBALL PRACTICES BEGINNING WITH COVID PROTOCOLS

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.


MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:

 

FROM THE DISTRICT:

Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca

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 www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or contact jdorland@sd35.bc.ca.

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 www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com and click on PA-MOJA page.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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