November 20, 2017

November 19, 2017

Man is November ever flying by! The shopping days until Christmas must be dwindling rapidly! Here’s what’s coming up this week! Take a moment to check it out.

Information To Share:


Collaboration Afternoon: Just a reminder that this Tuesday is a collaboration afternoon for our staff. Students will be dismissed at 1:24pm

Profile of a Skyhawk: As we continue to grow our positive culture at HD Stafford Middle School, our staff has embarked on a process to create the “Profile of a Skyhawk.” We are working on narrowing down the many positive qualities we want our students to leave us with so that we can all teach to those virtues/character traits in a purposeful and consistent matter. It is important for us to know what parents want for their kids as well. So to that end, we are asking you to fill out this short survey (three questions) letting us know what virtues/character traits you would like to see focussed on for our children. Your feedback is extremely valuable in this process. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Davids if you have any questions.

Staff vs Students Volleyball Game: It is tradition when a season ends, our grade 8s play our staff in an epic showdown in front of the school. We will be having this Wednesday November 22 during Block 7&8.

Big Brother Big Sister Explorations: Starting Monday this club will run for 5 weeks on Monday’s from 3:00-5:00pm. It’s an after school program running from 3-5pm on Mondays for 5 weeks. The participants spend the first 45 minutes as a large group, playing sports, doing activities, playing games and having a snack. The remainder of the time is spent in their Explorations group which the students can sign up for at the beginning. These groups include baking, drawing and sketching, and drama. The program is free to join and there is an incredible group of volunteers coming to lead the program! Students can sign up at the office.

Aboriginal Family Dinner: This Friday HD Stafford Middle will be hosting the annual Aboriginal Family Gathering from 4-8pm. This event is open to anyone and is a great family night! Lots of delicious food, music and fun for the whole family. Hopefully you can make it out.

Jackets, Mitts and Toques: Free warm clothing will be available in the community room for students who are not bringing warm clothing. If you need assistance with this, please Mr.Hendy ( for details.

Term One Explorations Reports: Paper copies of these were sent home with students last Friday. Please speak with your child’s term one exploration teach if you have any questions.

After- School Dance at LSS: All grade 4-8 students are welcome to learn dance (Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop) at LSS  – Wed. Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 after school 3:30-4:30PM. These sessions will be taught by the LSS Dance Teacher Mrs. Lidemark and assisted by the LSS Dance students. Contact for more information. Or sign up here. If students are interested and need help applying, please contact Brad Hendy.

LSS Craft Fair Opportunity: LSS is hosting a Craft Fair on Nov.18th. One table has been purchased for HDS and LSS students to contribute crafts and donate the proceeds to Christmas hampers. See Mr Hendy if interested.

Intramurals: The bleachers are finished so we are back in action. 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: Our October PAC Newsletter is now up at the HDSMS website. You can access it by clicking here 

Minutes from our last PAC meeting are now available on the website. Our next meeting is December 6th 6:30 – 8:00.

Our Panago Pizza Fundraiser is currently underway. You can purchase a $12 gift card to Panago which allows you to purchase ANY medium pizza (specialty or unlimited toppings). We are limited to only 50 per month but the fundraiser will be going on all year. Please click here to purchase yours.

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.

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:

  • Lawnmower Parents Are Raising A Generation Of Kids Who Struggle With Adversity
  • The Playful Wonderland Behind Great Inventions (Video)

Coming Up This Week



Collaboration Afternoon – students dismissed at 1:24

Grade 6 Girls Volleyball vs LFMS (2) at HDSMS at 3:15

Wrestling 4:30-6pm


Fire Drill (time TBA)

Field Trip Division 7-3/7-4 to Brae Island

Grade 7 Boys Volleyball at LFMS (2) 3:15

Grade 7 Girls Volleyball at Yorkson Creek 3:15


Field Trip Grade 7s to Wonder M

SOGI Collective at 11:20

Yearbook Club 3:00 – 4:00

Lego Robotics 3:00-4:30pm

Wrestling 4:30-6pm


TEDx Leadership Event

PUCKs Hockey 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Aboriginal Family Gathering 4 – 8pm

HD Stafford Middle School

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