Stafford Scoop April 2, 2021

April 5, 2021


Week of April 2nd, 2021

I love the Easter weekend – not only on a personal level with the powerful faith story, but also that it represents a time of renewal and growth.  The sun comes out, we can see the blossoms, buds, and green returning to the forest.  The warmer weather makes everyone…well…happier!  It is a great reminder of the power of hope – that even when things are tough – we can and will overcome.

Here’s the SCOOP…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

Check out our Poetry Creation Station in the Library in honor of National Poetry Month!

Outside Red 7 is the Role Model display – be sure to pop by and see what its all about!
Our Kindness Crew have filled their jar with encouraging words and sentitments for our third term kickoff!

 

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

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).

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

https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/individual-child-grants

Our Community Coordinator Brad Hendy is happy to help any families that would like to apply.

Contact: bhendy@sd35.bc.ca

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

PARKING

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 which is just a short walk away for our students.

STUDENT SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS – WEATHER

With the days growing shorter and the weather changing to rain, fog, and frost, HD Stafford Middle is reminding all our students to take extra precaution when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk on the sidewalk and with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping everyone safe.

STAYING CONNECTED:

  • 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:

PAC NEWS:

  • NEW INFORMATION FROM THE HDSMS PAC:
    • Thanks to all those who contributed to the Virtual Hearts Fundraiser! $1120 was raised towards the HD Stafford Beautification project.
    • Last week’s Scholastic Book Fair was a success to promote continuing literacy in the school.
    • Upcoming Events! Mark on your calendar!
      • Smencils – Fun scented pencils made of recycled newspapers for Earth Day – April 19-23rd
      • Clearview Hanging Baskets – Just in time for Mother’s Day – April 12-23rd
      • Neufeld’s Savoury and Dessert Items – April 26th – May 7th
    • 2020 Constitution

  •   Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAYEaster MondayEveryoneAll day!
TUESDAYWelcome Back!  
 Gr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
 Intervention MeetingCounselling Area9am
 Grade 6 District Numeracy Assessment StartsGrade 6 ClassesApril 6-30
WEDNESDAYGr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
THURSDAYGr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
 Staff MeetingTeams3:00pm
FRIDAYJHSC MeetingLibrary Annex9am
 Day 1  

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • April 15 – SBT
  • April 20 – Intervention Meeting
  • April 16 – Day 1
  • April 21 – RTI Session #2 (4-6pm Learning Commons)
  • April 23 – Day 2
  • April 26/27 – First Day of Expo Rotation #4
  • April 29 – SBT
  • April 30 – Day 1
  • Spring DART is coming up!
  • May 6 – Staff Meeting
  • May 12 – RTI Session #3 (4-6pm Learning Commons)
  • May 13 – SBT
  • May 21 – Pro-D Day
  • May 24 – Victoria Day – No School
  • May 25 – Class Photos
  • May 27 – SBT

LOVING LITERACY:

 

April: International Poetry Month

“A time to celebrate poets and their craft.”

What this is going to look like here at Stafford:

  • Our announcement crew will read a famous poem
  • Poetry Contest in the library

 Available Ideas:

 

 

From The Library Learning Commons

Rethinking Easy Reads.

Pernelle Ripp’s blog on “Easy Reads”: https://pernillesripp.com/2021/03/06/on-easy-books-again/#comments

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

BASKETBALL PRACTICES BEGINNING WITH COVID PROTOCOLS

We are planning to begin Gr. 8 basketball practice in the gym in the morning following all COVID protocols. We’ve spoken with the coaches and AD, and believe we can provide an opportunity to do this in a safe way.  We will be assigning each class with interested players a hoop, utilizing both gyms on a rotation schedule.   We will be starting with Grade 8 students for now and see how it goes.  If there is a situation where players choose to violate the protocols – they will be asked to leave for the remainder of the season and will not be allowed to return.


MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:

 

FROM THE DISTRICT:

Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca

2020-21 Student Learning Survey – Available for Parents

The 2021 Student Learning Survey is now available for students in grades 4, 7, 10, and 12, as well as parents, staff and principals/vice-principals. The student and staff surveys are available in English and French, and the parent survey is available in 16 languages. The survey closes April 30, 2021. (You do not need login information from the school – please select Direct Access)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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