February 26, 2018

February 25, 2018

Well that was a crazy couple days of weather. Hopefully you were able to enjoy the snow we had. Seems like it will melt pretty quickly. We have a busy week so be sure to read through this newsletter completely.

New Information To Share:

Early Dismissal: A reminder that students will be dismissed at 11:20 on Monday February 26th. Teachers will be working on term two report cards.

HD Stafford Coffee House: Exciting family event is coming up on March 1st at HD Stafford middle school at 7pm-9pm. We will have a group of students performing and we will supply coffee, tea, and snacks. Click on this link for more information: Coffee House Flyer  and rsvp at this link.

Respect & Diversity Week Event: This coming Thursday, March 1st until Friday, March 9th the Stafford SOGI Squad will be supporting a Respect & Diversity Week event where students dress up in a specific colour each day in order to gain house points (click here for schedule). The colours will connect with the meanings behind the colours on the rainbow pride flag! The SOGI Squad Members will be making announcements each morning to inform students of the various meanings that will belong to each day and there will be a collaboration board at the front entrance that links to the meaning for that day as well. Each student may earn up to three house points each day (per colour-specific item worn) and the SOGI Squad Members will make rounds throughout the day to tally up the participants’ clothing items. 

Band Concert: We are excited to be having our first HD Stafford Middle Band Concert in quite some time on Tuesday March 6th. We will have an afternoon concert for our student body at 1:30 and then an evening show at 7:00pm. Parents and families are welcome to attend either show.


Information From Last Week:

Board Games Club: Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the community room we will have board games available for students and adults to join.  Everyone is welcome. If you have any board games you wish to donate please connect with Brad. Please mention this new after school program to your students.

Repurposing Grocery Bags: Are you upset with the amount of plastic we throw out? Grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags and other “soft and clean” bags can be repurposed! Jenifer Kosman, a Brookswood resident, makes mats for homeless people out of these “soft” bags.  HD Stafford is now assisting Mrs. Kosman in collecting clean bags. Bags that do not work are Ziploc-type bags, garbage bags, or snack bags. It takes about 800 bags to make 1 mat! Please send your bags with your child and have them deposited in the bin at the front of the school. (Or Ms. Cowling’s room – rm 136)

Grade 7 Fundraiser Night – Pub Night (March 10, 2018): Come and raise a glass at Murrayville Town Pub to help support Grade 7 Camp. This is no regular burger and beer pub night! Your ticket gets you a full roast beef dinner as well as one of a beer, wine or highball. Tickets are $25 or $45 for a pair. There will be a toonie toss, square board game, silent auction, raffle, lottery trees, and more! Come out and support the kids having a successful camp trip, and have a fun night! Doors open 5pm, dinner starts at 6pm. Please click here for more info. Tickets are available in the office or by contacting Tamie Tamie33@telus.net 604-807-9902 or Brenda blhunter.est2017@gmail.com (778) 839-1963‬

Grade 7 Fundraiser Night – Paint Nite (March 8, 2018): This will be held at Clayton Public House with artist Courtney Powell. You will have the opportunity to enjoy some drinks and food as you create your own version of the painting Surreal Beach. Tickets are $45 with $15 from each being donated to Grade 7 Camp. Please click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

This Week At HDSMS Regulars

Intramurals: Information and schedule is up on the big board in the foyer.

Athletics Schedule: We have a lot going on with regards to athletics so please click here each week to see the latest schedule.

PAC Update: The minutes from our February PAC meeting are available by clicking here. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 7th at 6:30pm

What’s Up At LSS: Langley Secondary regularly puts out a blog celebrating the awesome things going on there. Click here to access the Saints Scoop.

District Community Bulletin Board: The District regularly updates parents and families on communities opportunities in and around Langley. Please click here to regularly check in with what opportunities are available.

Professional Learning: Here are a few of the professional learning articles, websites and videos I have “scooped” to Leadership With Purpose: Random Curation of a Passionate Educator Be sure to check out the following:

  • Anxiety In Children: A Metaphor To Put You Right In Their Shoes
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: A Springboard To Hope
  • One Teacher’s Brilliant New Strategy To Stop Future School Shootings – And It’s Not About Guns
  • Putting Down The Busy Badge

Coming Up This Week


Report Card Prep ½ Day – student dismissed at 11:20

Archery 3:30 – 5pm



Grade 7 Boys and Girls Basketball games

In-Door Soccer 3:00 – 4:00

Wrestling 4:30-6pm


Division 7-6 Field Trip To Newlands

Grade 6 Boys and Girls Basketball games

After 3 Program 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Mixed Martial Arts 3:00 – 4:00pm


SOGI Squad 11:20 – 12:00

Yearbook Club 3:00 – 4:00pm

Lego Robotics 3:00-4:30pm

Drama Club 3:00 – 4:00pm

Wrestling 4:30-6pm

HDSMS Coffee House 7:00 – 9:00pm


Buy Out Afternoon Block 7 & 8 – Vancouver Theatre Sports

PUCKS – 2:00 – 5:30pm

HD Stafford Middle School

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