Posted: September 19, 2021
Week of Sept 19, 2021
We sure hit the ground running in week two! It was wonderful to see students outside, smiling, laughing, playing with their friends and enjoying a safe return to Middle School. Walking and talking with students who are so excited ( and sometimes confused!) to use their lockers for the first time makes us smile. It is so wonderful to see staff connecting with students, learning their stories, and sometimes helping them cope the expectations of middle school. These interactions establish trust and clarity and will set them up for a great year ahead. This week we have grade assemblies were we will go over these expectations and all the amazing opportunities (clubs,sports,music,drama,etc.) that await them here at HDSMS!
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
We’re excited to show off our new gym floor and our new logos to our Skyhawks staff and students – here is a picture of Centaur Painter Darrell who spent much of his summer refinishing and re-painting our floor – and it looks fantastic! Though we won’t be able to play on it until Sept. 27 – it will be worth the wait!
Ms. Towle was presented with the Top Grade 8 Band student that she won WHEN SHE WAS IN GRADE 8 at HD Stafford Secondary! Thanks to Mr. Wright for making the presentation! Her students loved it!
Explorations Classes are in full swing – Mr. Mitchell is demonstrating the safe way to operate the drill press for our newest Skyhawks!
A tale of two furnitures?! Above we see Ms. Paul’s class showing off their classroom full of new flexible furniture whereas beside them was Mr. Bell and Ms. Cowling’s classes helping to set up for a meeting after school – Thanks Skyhawks!
The Learning Commons was hopping this week with oreintation sessions and kids being shown just how many different ways they can access their favourite books! Thanks Ms. Jones & Ms. Markle!
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT:
We are excited to welcome you to our Meet the Teacher evening on Wednesday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm. We are pleased to offer the opportunity for you to once again meet your child’s teacher in-person. All the details are in the letter below. Please note – you will need to sign up for a 20min time slot through the links provided in order to limit the number of people in the building at one time.
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.
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.
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
Our Community Coordinator Brad Hendy is happy to help any families that would like to apply.
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.
- 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
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
This is the correct one for the school website and your reference
|Wednesday, October 13th, 2021||Zoom link will be emailed out|
|Tuesday, November 16th, 2021||HD Stafford Library|
|Wednesday, January 12th, 2022||HD Stafford Library|
|Wednesday, February 9th, 2022||Zoom link will be emailed out|
|Tuesday, April 5th, 2022||HD Stafford Library|
|Wednesday, May 4th, 2022||Zoom link will be emailed out|
|Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (AGM)||HD Stafford library|
The 2021/22 executive is up and running.
|Alex Joehl||Vice Presidentemail@example.com|
|Chantale Hubbs||D-PAC Repfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Solanlle Paguinao||Member at Largeemail@example.com|
|Alexandra Harper||Member at Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Tatarniuk||Member at Largeemail@example.com|
|Cathy Worrall||Hot Lunchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chantale Hubbs||Long Term Planning Committeeemail@example.com|
- Our first fundraiser is coming! The Community Values Coupon book is being sold starting on Sept 22nd! Lots of coupons have been added, supporting businesses from Aldergrove, Langley and Cloverdale.
- Hot lunches & Fundraising are coming! Please take time to sign up for Munch a Lunch in order to access hot lunches or fundraisers.
How to use Munch a Lunch
There are 3 ways to register with our school HD Stafford listed below:
New parent registration: https://munchalunch.com/schools/HDStafford
Returning Parents can log in at: https://munchalunch.com/login
Parents with more than one child at a different schools or who are moving schools will need to email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request for their child to be moved into a second account at HD Stafford.
Our first PAC meeting is on Wednesday, October 13th, 6:30pm via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the meeting. PAC meetings will alternate between zoom and in person meetings this year.
Keep updated with PAC fundraisers and info through Facebook and Instagram at:
If you have any questions or if you are interested to volunteer at our PAC initiatives, please contact email@example.com
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|MONDAY||Grade 6 Grade Assembly|
|TUESDAY||Grade 7 Grade Assembly|
|WEDNESDAY||Grade 8 Grade Assembly|
|Meet The Teacher Night||Teacher classroom – bookings by appointment only||5:30-7:00pm|
|THURSDAY||School Photo Day||Small Gym||See schedule|
|Connect and Collaborate||Interested Teachers – Room 122 (Lyth)||3:00 – 4:00|
|FRIDAY||School Improvement Day (Students not in Session)||Various Locations at HDSMS||8:30-2:30|
- Sept. 29 – HDSMS Honours National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
- Sept. 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
- October 1 – Day 1
- October 8 – Terry Fox Run
- October 11 – Thanksgiving
- October 15 – Day 1
- October 20/21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
- October 22 – Provincial Professional Development Day
- October 29 – Spirit Day – Halloween or Orange/Black!
- October 29 – Day 2
What is Reader Identity?
“Reader identity refers to how capable individuals believe they are in comprehending texts, value they place on reading and their understanding of what it means to be a particular type of reader. (Hall, 2012, p. 369)
Let’s talk to our kids about their reader identity and how to build confidence in that area. Here are some resources to get that conversation started. Pernille Ripp is a great resource to get you fired up about teaching reading – She has a survey to do with the kids around their reading identity, constructive ways to set up reading goals for each student, and some great recommendations for books that her middle schoolers have loved.
FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:
What Our Students Are Reading
The Top 10 Circulations of this past 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:.
Grounding is a mindfulness technique that encourages students to focus on the present. Grounding exercises often help to calm students when they become caught up in anxious or negative thoughts and big emotions, but they can also help with transitioning from one activity to another. At home, the morning is often chaotic for many of our students. Taking a moment when they first arrive to do grounding exercises may lead to a smoother start to the school day.
FROM THE DISTRICT: