May 29, 2017

May 28, 2017

HDSMS Main

What a beautiful weekend! Nothing like some Vitamin D to re-energize the soul! We have a busy week coming up … please read through the following information carefully. 

Information To Share:

Community Garden Summer Watering: HD Stafford’s community garden is in need of watering during the summer weeks. If your family is interested is watering for a week in the summer please contact Mr.Hendy. Bhendy@sd35.bc.ca.

Ignite 35: This Wednesday is Ignite35: Volume 4! This unique learning event happens at Porters at five corners. Come and hear amazing speakers, network with other parents and enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks. Tickets and more information is available at www.ignite35.com 

TEDxLangleyEd 2018: The committee is now accepting applications to speak at the next TEDxLangleyEd Event in January 2018. Please click here if you are interested.

Dress Guidelines: As the weather starts to get warmer, just a reminder of the district Dress Guidelines. HD Stafford is a learning environment and staff and students are required to dress accordingly. Please take a moment to go over this with your child.

Changes For Grade 6s For 2017 – 2018: While I’m sure many of you have heard about some of the changes for our grade 6s heading into grade 7, we wanted to outline them for you in one email. With the Supreme Court Ruling regarding class size and composition in place for September 2017, it will mean some changes for our student.

  • IFA: We will not have IFA in its current form for next year and subsequent years. Our goal is to spread the philosophies of our IFA program (integrated units, collaboration between classes, learning through the arts) to our other classes. 
  • Looping: We are still looping as many students and staff as possible. The new class size and composition guidelines mean that we will have two extra divisions at the grade 7 level therefore we will have to move some of our students. Teachers are working collaboratively to ensure that all students end up in the best learning environment possible. 
  • Class Size And Composition: The language of the agreement means that class sizes will be smaller than in previous years and will have less students with designations in each. This will go a long way to improve the learning environment for all our students. 

We are very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead as we navigate these significant changes to our system. We are lucky to have so many amazing students and we look forward to continuing to work towards them having a successful experience here at HD Stafford Middle. if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Summer Session: Registration for this year’s summer session opens April 10th. All necessary information and registration can be found by clicking here.

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

PAC Update: Here is the May 2017 PAC Newsletter

DFS fundraiser orders were sent home with students late last week.

Staff Appreciation Lunch May 31

Next pac Meeting is June 14 at 6:30pm

What’s Up At LSS: Langley Secondary regularly puts out a blog celebrating the awesome things going on there.  Here is the latest edition of What’s Up At LSS

Community Announcements: Often HD Stafford gets valuable information from community organizations in our surrounding area. These will be shared on the following link. This week we have the following:

None this week

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:

  • Preparing A Classroom Culture For Deeper Learning
  • Above All Acknowledge The Pain
  • End Of The Year Classroom Management Strategies

Up-coming Dates

Monday 

Head Start – before school

MMA Club 3:15

Tuesday

Head Start – before school

Extra Degree – after school

BBS Explorations 3:00 – 5:00pm

Eclipse Club Basketball 3:30 – 4:30

Wednesday 

Head Start – before school

Division 9, 10, 11 on field trip to Extreme Air Park

212 Nifty Fifty Field Trip

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Extra Degree – after school

MMA Club 3:15

Ignite 35 6:00pm at Porters

Thursday 

Head Start – before school

Band Practice at lunch

Extra Degree – after school

Eclipse Club Basketball 3:30 – 4:30

Friday 

Head Start – before school

HD Stafford Middle School

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