Stafford Scoop Sept. 12, 2021

Posted: September 13, 2021


Week of Sept 10, 2021

WELCOME BACK SKYHAWKS!

WOW!  That was a very full first week here at HDSMS!  Staff have done tremendous work getting their classrooms ready,  materials prepped, and they put in countless extra hours put in to make opening week here such a great experience for our new & returning Skyhawks amidst all the continuing COVID Protocols!

Personally, I just wanted to reiterate how excited we are to be back with all the students here at HD Stafford.  We’re looking forward to sharing all the amazing opportunities middle school offers with your kids – so here we go!

Here’s the SCOOP…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

Ms. Favero was in last week to prepare all the welcome signs for our newest Skyhawks!

In Gold 7, Ms. Jammu asks the question “ Who wrote these lyrics ?”

Our amazing Stafford students created these cubes to represent their journey to Canada. One side reflected their past in their home country, one represented their journey to Canada and the other represented their futures. It was a Story Telling project done for the Langley Local Immigration Partnership.

  

Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Markle and Ms. Clarke are excited to welcome all our new Skyhawks! Learn to navigate your way through the Library Learning Commons by completing this awesome Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt!  A prize draw will be held at the end of the month!

In Science this week, students put the scientific method into practice with an experiment involving water and gravity.

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

NEW TRANSIT PROGRAM

Starting Wednesday, September 1, children 12 and under will be able to ride TransLink services free of charge as part of a new provincial program. The program will make transit more affordable for families and help to encourage children to become lifelong transit riders.

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Here’s what you need to know about children 12 and under riding our different services:

Children 12 and under will be able to ride buses free of charge without requiring a transit pass, identification or an accompanying fare paying customer.

Riding the bus
Children 12 and under will be able to ride on SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express free of charge only if accompanied by a fare paying customer. A fare paying customer can accompany up to a maximum of four children through the fare gates.

Children 12 and under will continue to be able to access the gated system by themselves with the purchase of a fare to tap through fare gates.

Riding SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
Children 12 and under who are registered HandyDART customers or children who are accompanying a registered HandyDART customer will be able to travel for free on HandyDART without requiring a fare product or identification.

Riding HandyDART
While travel for children 12 and under will be free, parents and guardians are responsible for educating and making decisions about the safety and care of their children whenever travelling on transit. This includes when children are travelling unaccompanied where permitted and determining if their children can or should take transit independently.

Please visit translink.ca/kidsridefree for more information about the program. For resources and youth travel initiatives, please visit the TravelSmart page under the “TravelSmart for Schools” section.

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

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

 

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.

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:

Welcome to the 2021/22 HD Stafford PAC!

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, October 13th, 2021Zoom link will be emailed out
Tuesday, November 13th, 2021HD Stafford Library
Wednesday, January 11th, 2022HD Stafford Library
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022Zoom link will be emailed out
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022HD Stafford Library
Wednesday, April 4th, 2022Zoom link will be emailed out
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (AGM)HD Stafford library

 

The 2021/2022 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

 

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

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

 

 

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

 

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAY
 
TUESDAYSEA meetingAll SEAs2:15pm in the Library
 
WEDNESDAYSuperintendent’s Meeting8:00-11:00am
 SBT MeetingLibrary Annex1:30pm
THURSDAYStaff MeetingSmall Gym3:00-4:30pm
 
FRIDAYDAY 2

 

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • Sept. 22 – Meet the Teacher Night -5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Sept. 23 – School Photo Day
  • Sept. 24 – Professional Development Day – Students do not attend.
  • Sept. 29 – Orange Shirt Day
  • Sept. 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

 

LOVING LITERACY:

 

FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:

What Our Students Are Reading

The Top 10 Circulations of this past school year:

  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. Smile, Raina Telgemeier
  3. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
  4. Sisters, Raina Telgemeier
  5. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  6. The End of the Wild, Nicole Lea Helget
  7. The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf
  8. Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney
  9. The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy Crazy Stacey, Gale Galligan
  10. Bone #1: Out From Boneville, Jeff Smith

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

 


MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
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FROM THE DISTRICT:

Here are a few items from the Langley School District’s Community Bulletin Board. For more community events please visit https://www.s35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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