Posted: May 23, 2021
Week of May 21st, 2021
I really hope everyone is taking the time to enjoy this long weekend with friends and family in a safe way! To that end I hope you read this on Monday evening after a long weekend filled with memories!
This week we had our final PAC meeting and I wanted our community to know just what a fantastic group of people you have supporting your children behind the scenes! I sent this along to them earlier today:
“I also wanted to tell each of you ladies what a tremendous impact you have made on the staff and school this year. Your efforts behind the scenes have been sooo appreciated and shows what a small group of determined people can accomplish in a short time! We’re thankful to you Abby for all you time and effort you’ve spent on the kids of HDSMS over the past years – we wish you well on your new adventures!
We still have great plans for the year ahead, but I think it’s important to reflect on the year that was and that each of you know just how fortunate we feel to work alongside you!”
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
This week we had our Final FOOD FOR THOUGHT in the Learning Commons. The focus was Social Emotional Learning and it was a smashing success! Thanks to Ms. Roberts, Ms. Kaur, Ms. Loree, Ms. Villeneuve and the many others that contributed to making the event such a learning experience for all!
Ms. Parchoma was showing a sneak peak of the amazing Skyhawk artwork display that will now grace the School Board office main lobby.
Huge Congratulations to Liam in Green 6 for a fantastic presentation at the Global Issues Fair – Well done!
Scarlett of BLUE 8 created an amazing hand “digitally” drawn graphic of the HDSMS Culture of Care! WOW!
Matias and Daniel were working hard in Woodworking on the projects this past week!
Alex showing off his sweet Saxophone jams while in Ms. Jammu’s class took on an impromptu Star Wars gathering!
Above we some of our GAUSS awards of the distinction winners in both Grade 7 & Grade 8 – Congratulations!
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
FOUNDRY BC APP:
Last Friday, the Province of BC announced the launch of the Foundry BC app, which offers young people aged 12 to 24 and their caregivers access to integrated health and wellness services. Please share with your school communities. Visit the Foundry Virtual BC web page to download the app or to access the web portal online.
REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS:
The HD Stafford Middle School morning starts at 8:30am. Our late lineup is growing significantly and we are also noticing that students are missing out on awesome Exploration explanations, OACES, other academic concepts. Please do your best to have your child in at school before 8:30am with a refillable water bottle. Thank you for your continued support!
H.D. Stafford Radio Theatre’s “The War of the Worlds” is a student-written and student-voiced adaptation of the 1938 radio show. Arranged as a series of radio news interviews, testimonials, distress signals, and sound recordings, “The War of the Worlds” -as it has been told and retold through the years- reminds us that human society may just be one more global catastrophe away from collapse. At the same time, it is a story that gives us hope in the resiliency of the human soul.
All recordings and art will be accessible through the months of May and June ’21 on our website.
Transportation Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on May 3. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions to register. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by June 18, 2021. The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.
Family Tech Time – New Interactive Tool from Langley Literacy Network
Want your next talk about screen time, social media, and video games to be more positive with your child or teen? The Langley Literacy Network is launching Family Tech Time, which is a new interactive tool to support conversations in our families and our community around how to use technology to build healthy relationships rather than disrupt them. This tool includes a resource containing questions to help foster positive dialogue on topics including expectations around usage, privacy, consent, and how to enjoy activities on and off screen. You can access the Langley Literacy Network tool and resource on this website here. As part of the launch, you will notice #LangleyTechTime weekly social media campaign posts to highlight talking points that will help empower families over the next ten weeks.
Virtual Parenting Group
I wanted to inform you of a Virtual Parenting Group that one of our clinicians and intern will be running, starting May 4th. We will be running it for three cumulative sessions (parents must agree to attend all three dates) and then hope to run one more round in the beginning of June. In creating this group, we are hoping to be proactive with our services and provide psychoeducation and practical skills to parents during this difficult time. I have attached our flyer which explains a little more as well as our referral form. Although we will accept referrals of parents who have 6-18 year olds, we are hoping to target parents with kids in the 10-14 age range.
If it’s too short notice for some, a referral can come in at any time for the next round.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like further information.
LANGLEY YOUTH HUB MAY CALENDAR
Understanding Our Children’s Digital World – Parent Information Evening
The digital world brings with it potential for many positive experiences but can also have negative impacts. Join us on Tuesday, April 27th for Understanding Our Children’s Digital World – A Parent Information Evening. This session will help parents understand the considerations of various digital tools and proactive strategies to help your child and your family use these tools. Presenter and District Teacher, Sandra Averill is a parent, educator, and has been supporting students and parents with internet safety and digital citizenship for the past 14 years. This presentation is suitable for parents with children of all ages. To watch online click on LINK to Understanding Our Children’s Digital World Session For more info: https://bit.ly/3mJ1sqx
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).
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
Our Community Coordinator Brad Hendy is happy to help any families that would like to apply.
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
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.
- 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:
- Email: send your information to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are on our parent email list.
- Attendance: If your child is going to be away from school – you can email email@example.com to report the absence.
- Twitter: Follow our feed at twitter.com/HDSMSskyhawks
- Instagram: Follow us at instagram.com/HDSMSskyhawks
- Website: Stay up-to-date at sd35.bc.ca
- NEW INFORMATION FROM THE HDSMS PAC:
- Please welcome our NEW PAC for the 2021-2022 School YearPresident: Gina twellmannVice President: Alex JoehlSecretary: Cathy WorrallTreasurer: Carmen Neilson-PhelanD-PAC Rep: Chantale HubbsMAL: Solanlle Panguinao, Alexandra Kruthap-Harper, & Lisa TatarniuK
- Check out the Facebook HDSMS Parent Hub for zoom links before the meeting.
- 2020 Constitution
- Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|MONDAY||Victoria Day – No School||All day!|
|TUESDAY||Class Photos||Large Gym – TBA||All day|
|Grade 6 Global Issues Fair (May 25-31)||Small Gym|
|THURSDAY||Grade 5 Parent Info Night||TEAMS||6pm|
|Grade 8 to 9 Transition Meetings||Teams – Schedule TBA||All Day|
|SBT||Library Annex||Blocks 7/8|
- May 25-28 – Grade 6 Global Issues Fair
- May 25 – Class Photos
- May 27 – SBT
- May 28 – Day 1
- June 2 – Grade 8 Power Play
- June 4 – Day 1
- June 8- Grade 7 Science “Hallway walk”
- June 10 – Staff Meeting
- June 10 – Last SBT Meeting
- June 11 – Day 2
- June 18 – Day 1
- June 21 – Report Cards Due – Red/green to Natalie, Blue/Gold to John
- June 21 – National Indigenous People Day
- June 25 – Last regular day/expos for students
- June 25 – Day 2
- June 28 – Student Success Day
- June 29 – Student Success Day
- June 30 – Admin Day
- Summer Transition to HDSMS August 16th – 20th (Monday – Friday (9:00am – 1:00pm)
- Summer Transition to HDSMS August 23th – 27th (Monday – Friday (9:00am – 1:00pm)
WHO: local author Sarah Suk will speaking about her YA novel– Made In Korea which is now available.
WHAT: the session will include two parts:
-Part I: An author sharing about her writing journey, the process of becoming an author AND
-Part II: A conversation about the importance of representation, and the role of schools and teachers in making that happen
Throughout the presentation Q/A will occur for authentic engagement with the author. Three books will be given away, a draw including those that attend. Hoping this is an opportunity to talk about literature and fill our buckets
Sign up here:
FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:
Our monthly library contest is a crossword of Library Learning Commons words! Let‘s make sure out students know how to use Libraries everywhere
ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
Throughout the years I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with some really angry kids. Anger is a great way of protecting oneself when being vulnerable is just too scary. When I find myself getting frustrated, I pull out this visual to remind myself that underneath the angry (and often rude) exterior is a really hurt kid who has learned that expressing anger is way safer than expressing other emotions.
FROM THE DISTRICT:
Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca
Fraser Health COVID-19 School Update – Immunization for 12-17 Year Olds
Digital Citizenship Supports
Just an FYI that we are working on supports that will assist teachers in developing digital citizenship skills with their students. Digital Citizenship skill development is not a “one-off” learning session. The learning needs to be scaffolded throughout the year and over the course of the child’s educational journey. To that end, we are developing a scope and sequence to support this learning and will share when it is ready in the Fall. In the meantime, we do have some resources at: https://k12adst.weebly.com/6-7-digital-lit.html
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: