This Week at HDSMS – Nov. 17th, 2019

Posted: November 17, 2019

Week of November 17, 2019

This week in Skyhawk Nation was full of inspiration as a number of Stafford students were either featured in our local media or were heading up initiatives to bring awareness to worthy causes. Kane Lewis from Blue 7 attended the fort Langley Remembrance Day ceremony where he held the honour of lowering the Canadian flag to half-mast and then returning it to full height. This photo below is courtesy of the Langley Times. Sydney Swain from Blue 6, challenged us to participate in the World Diabetes Day fundraiser this past week where we could bring in a donation and wear our “Type Onesie”!  We are proud to announce that we were able to raise over $400 dollars in our first year!

A couple of quick reminder for parents:
1) We have our Annual Snowball Dance this Thursday – All the details are below!
2) As we have recently donated some of our “long-standing” items from the Lost & Found – please remember to label your child’s jackets/clothes as our clerical team has already had 3 new jackets turned in and they don’t know who they belong to.


PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:

Kane Lewis from Blue 7 attended the fort Langley Remembrance Day ceremony where he held the honour of lowering the Canadian flag to half-mast and then returning it to full height. This photo below is courtesy of the Langley Times.

  

Sydney Swain from Blue 6, challenged us to participate in the World Diabetes Day fundraiser this past week where we could bring in a donation and wear our “Type Onesie”!

Term 2 Explorations started this week and students are excited to get started but Mr. Mitchell says Safety first!

Sketch Book Club started this week with Ms. Vaughn – the talents of our Skyhawks continue to impress!

Our Skyhawk staff were modelling connection during our staff meeting this week with our “Three Tea Time”, getting to know others on staff that we normally don’t get a chance to connect with.

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

The Snow Ball Dance is happening on November 21st, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30pm & you can get your child’s ticket early by going to School Cash Online. Ticket are $5 for presale** or $7 at the door. 
School Cash Online also offers a Ticket/Pizza combo for $7 with your choice of Pizza*, bottled water, & Secret Santa gift. Hawk’s Nest will be open from 6:45 – 8:15 to purchase Winter snacks & Pizza*
*Fresh Slice pizza: Pepperoni, Hawaiian, Veggie, & Cheese. (Please note limited amounts of pizza will be available for sale through Hawks Nest).
🚨 Contest Alert!!!! 🚨
Stop by the photo booth to have a chance at winning one of 3 prizes!!! Prizes will be given out for Best Dressed Group***, Best Dressed Individual, & Funniest Photo (group*** or individual)
**Each Student who pre-purchases their ticket will receive a Secret Santa gift that can be picked up at the dance.
*** 5 person Max for group winner’s.

NEW WEBSITES WITHIN HDSMS:

We have so much amazing stuff happening within our school we can’t contain it!  Here are two new sites for you to check out!

Photography Club Website:  https://www.hdsphotography.org
Music Program Website:  https://hdsmsmusic.weebly.com/

LANGLEY UNITED WRESTLING CLUB:
Come try out one of the toughest sports in the world!
Open to all Langley District students, Grade 8-12.
Contact Mr. Kooner: gkooner@sd35.bc.ca
Practices are held at Langley Secondary School.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30pm and Thursday at 6:00pm

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Supporting Kids at Home and School “Where You Are” Listen on Apple Podcasts

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in schools and parent communities right now. Gail Markin (parent, school counsellor and District SEL Lead) and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (Psychologist, Professor and world-renowned SEL expert) unpack what parents and caregivers can do to support SEL at home, as well as learn about the role of schools in promoting SEL. Brought to you by BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Here are a few items from the Langley School District’s Community Bulletin Board. For more community events please visit https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board

PAC UPDATES

If you are interested in the PAC minutes – Here are the latest PAC minutes

INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL STATUS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER:

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

INFORMATION FROM LAST WEEK:

NEW BELL SCHEDULE WITH FLOCK

Here is the link to the new HDSMS Bell Schedule with FLOCK included.

Coming Up This Week

MONDAY–        Kids Play Reps going to classes Blocks 3 & 4
TUESDAY–        *Open Gym 7:30-8:30am
–        *Grade 6 Shots* Room 140 Tech Ed
–        Girls Basketball Large Gym  3:00 pm
–        Photography Club  – 3:00 – 4:00 pm with Mr. Mitchell in the Woodshop
–        Indoor Soccer 3:00 – 4:00 pm Small Gym
–        MMA Club 3:15- 4:15 in the Dance Studio
–        Art Club 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Community Room
WEDNESDAY–        SOGI Club at Lunchtime with Ms. Cowling
–        Dance Club at Lunchtime – in Dance Studio with Ms. Lyth
THURSDAY–        Team Leader Meeting 7:15am
–        Open Gym 7:30 -8:30 am
–        Staff Meeting 3:00 pm
–        Grade 8 Girls Basketball Practice 3 – 4:30
–        NSTEP 3:00-4:00 pm Room 111
–        SnowBall Dance 6:30pm – 8:30pm
FRIDAY–        Aboriginal Family Gathering Christmas Celebration 5:00 – 8:00 pm

ON THE HORIZON…

November 23rd  – Winter Market – Saturday 10am – 5pm
November 25th   – Design & Assessment Pro – D – Students not in Session
November 27th – PAC Meeting 6:30

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Hope is being able to see that there is LIGHT despite all of the darkness.”

-Desmond Tutu

HD Stafford Middle School

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