Posted: May 30, 2021
Week of May 28th, 2021
We are getting to the time in year that is exciting, busy, and a little crazy both in the classrooms and behind the scenes in the office! On Thursday night we had over 90 Grade parents join us online for our Parent Information Night – which is just awesome to see that our newest Skyhawks parents are engaged in their children’s education.
Thank you for continuing to move the learning forward in your homes in these final weeks – it’s important. And just as important is recognizing that we have had a year for the ages – so being sure to acknowledge that, rest, and find opportunities to recharge when you can (like this weekend!). So as we move into June this week – let’s celebrate that we made it – we persevered through a very difficult year and that the best is yet to come!
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
Grade 6 students have their Global Issues Projects on display this week. We had a chance to check out GOLD house on Wednesday – their presentations were fantastic!
Teddy and Penny had a chance for a quick visit this week before going to their forever homes – and they made some friends before they left!
Mr. Miller took a moment on Friday to talk about the indigenous racism that is currently taking place and he proudly wore the #istandwithethan and BEAR jersey while doing it!
Outside of RED 8 – Grade 8 students are already looking to the future – taking time to work on their Dreamboards
In Gold 6 – Students are making storyboxes to represent their literacy learning in their novel of choice!
The Explorations crew are at it again – with Gold 7 making Automatons with Mr. Mitchell ad Green 6 making personalized masks in Textiles with Mrs. Fontaine! Hands on learning at its finest!
|Ms. Sandher and her amazing Kindness Crew took over the new bathroom with encouraging words and inspiring quotes – spreading kindness and encouragement at the end of a tough year!|
Sedra was awarded our SKYHAWK OF THE WEEK award this week for always finding ways to help out both in and outside the walls of her BLUE 7 classroom. Well Done Sedra!!
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
TRANSPORTATION REGISTRATION REMINDER
A friendly reminder from the District, Friday June 18th is the last day for transportation registration under our regular phase. If you have not registered your child, please do so as soon as possible. For information on how to register read more on our District webpage here.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to ensure you are on our parent email list.
- Attendance: If your child is going to be away from school – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|MONDAY||Middle Networking||Teams/John & Natalie||8:30-11:00|
|Global Isses Fair||Small Gym||Blocks 6 and 7|
|TUESDAY||Team Leader Meeting||Library LLC||3:15-4:30pm|
|WEDNESDAY||Grade 8 Power Play Event||Gyms/Library/Band/||All Day|
|THURSDAY||SBT||Library Annex||Block 7/8|
|SBT||Library Annex||Blocks 7/8|
|Global Issues Fair||Small Gym||Blocks 6 and 7|
- 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)
It’s Asian Heritage Month for a few more days… Here is a great short story about what it’s like to grow up looking different from everyone around you, as well as what it’s like to come to a country where the language, food, people and everything else are different from where you came from. It’s called “Alvin and Me” by Chris Tse.
FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:
What Our Students Are Reading
The Top 10 Circulations of this school year:
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Smile, Raina Telgemeier
- Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
- Sisters, Raina Telgemeier
- Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
- The End of the Wild, Nicole Lea Helget
- The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf
- Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney
- The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy Crazy Stacey, Gale Galligan
- Bone #1: Out From Boneville, Jeff Smith
ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
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: