May 2, 2021
Week of April 30th, 2021
Another busy week at HDSMS – and while no one was looking – MAY Arrived! This week has a special day for all our teachers and fellow Star Wars Fans – as May the Four be with you and National Teacher Appreciation day are the same day! Coincidence…I think not. Cinco de Mayo is the very next day and followed by International “No Diet Day” and the finishing off the week with National Space Day. Whatever day it is – it’s a great day to work with such amazing people as the staff of HDSMS!
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
Ms. Roberts organized and was able to share her expertise alongside some of our Numeracy teachers at our second FOOD FOR THOUGHT. There were strategies, math manipulatives, lesson ideas, word walls, and lots of staff getting new ideas!
Powerplay Products and Posters begin to line the walls of HDSMS as Grade 8 students begin to battle for the future customers dollars!
|Outside Blue 8 Project posters on the many facets of Ancient China and their accomplishments.|
Jovan was awarded our SKYHAWK OF THE WEEK Award for his helpful and kind attitude both in his class and around the school – Congrats Jovan!
Outside(rs) Gold 8 – Students created instagram posts with powerful observations from their reading of the OUTSIDERS. #StayGold
Words of Wisdom on Ms. Favero’s Door – it is as beautiful as it is powerful!
Ms. Whitford and Arianna rocking out Twin Days…Two in Row!
A Group of teachers including Ms. Favero, Ms. Hayne, Ms. Mickelby, Ms. Vaughan, and Ms. Cullin spent Thursday afterschool assessing the pilot of our “School-Wide Write”. The results were both inspiring and encouraging and gives us clues into how we can continue to develop our students literacy skills – thank you Ladies!
A Huge thank you to the team from CityCare Dental and Village Church who brought their skills and expertise and volunteers to the school this weekend. We were able to provide over 40 families with dental care and services.
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
Transportation Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on May 3. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions to register. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by June 18, 2021. The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.
Family Tech Time – New Interactive Tool from Langley Literacy Network
Want your next talk about screen time, social media, and video games to be more positive with your child or teen? The Langley Literacy Network is launching Family Tech Time, which is a new interactive tool to support conversations in our families and our community around how to use technology to build healthy relationships rather than disrupt them. This tool includes a resource containing questions to help foster positive dialogue on topics including expectations around usage, privacy, consent, and how to enjoy activities on and off screen. You can access the Langley Literacy Network tool and resource on this website here. As part of the launch, you will notice #LangleyTechTime weekly social media campaign posts to highlight talking points that will help empower families over the next ten weeks.
Virtual Parenting Group
I wanted to inform you of a Virtual Parenting Group that one of our clinicians and intern will be running, starting May 4th. We will be running it for three cumulative sessions (parents must agree to attend all three dates) and then hope to run one more round in the beginning of June. In creating this group, we are hoping to be proactive with our services and provide psychoeducation and practical skills to parents during this difficult time. I have attached our flyer which explains a little more as well as our referral form. Although we will accept referrals of parents who have 6-18 year olds, we are hoping to target parents with kids in the 10-14 age range.
If it’s too short notice for some, a referral can come in at any time for the next round.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like further information.
LANGLEY YOUTH HUB APRIL CALENDAR
Understanding Our Children’s Digital World – Parent Information Evening
The digital world brings with it potential for many positive experiences but can also have negative impacts. Join us on Tuesday, April 27th for Understanding Our Children’s Digital World – A Parent Information Evening. This session will help parents understand the considerations of various digital tools and proactive strategies to help your child and your family use these tools. Presenter and District Teacher, Sandra Averill is a parent, educator, and has been supporting students and parents with internet safety and digital citizenship for the past 14 years. This presentation is suitable for parents with children of all ages. To watch online click on LINK to Understanding Our Children’s Digital World Session For more info: https://bit.ly/3mJ1sqx
LSS CHOIR VIDEO:
Patti Thorpe is the music teacher up at LSS and is looking to generate more interest for the Choir Program. Here is a link to an informative video for any students you feel that may want to sign up for this course!
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
Our Community Coordinator Brad Hendy is happy to help any families that would like to apply.
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
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.
- 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:
- Email: send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to ensure you are on our parent email list.
- Attendance: If your child is going to be away from school – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the absence.
- Twitter: Follow our feed at twitter.com/HDSMSskyhawks
- Instagram: Follow us at instagram.com/HDSMSskyhawks
- Website: Stay up-to-date at sd35.bc.ca
- NEW INFORMATION FROM THE HDSMS PAC:
- Thank you to families for your support of the Smencils and Clearview Basket fundraisers! 384 eco-friendly smencils were sold and 44 flower baskets were purchased!
- Our final fundraiser of the year is open until midnight of Thursday, May 6th.
- To order from Neufeld’s Farm, please go to www.munchalunch.com/schools/HDStafford to find a selection of savoury and dessert items.Pick up of orders will be at HD Stafford on Tuesday, May 18th at 6pm.
- Parent Meet and Greet – come meet the PAC and meet other parents – open to all HD Stafford parents/guardians as well as new families of Grade 5 feeder schools who will be joining HD Stafford next week. – Wednesday, May 5th 7pm
- Check out the Facebook HDSMS Parent Hub for zoom links before the meeting.
- Upcoming PAC AGM & Elections – Wednesday May 19th at 6:30pm via ZOOM
- Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact email@example.com
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|Team Leader Meeting||HDSMS LLC||3:00-4:30pm|
|TUESDAY||Intervention Meeting||Counselling Area||9am|
|WEDNESDAY||Resource Department Meeting||Learning Commons||8am|
|FRIDAY||Day 1||All day!|
- May 1-7 – Youth Week!
- May 10-May 20 – Spring DART
- May 12 – Gauss Math Contest (For those Grade 7 and 8 students registered)
- May 12 – RTI Session #3 (4-6pm Learning Commons)
- May 13 – SBT
- May 14 – Day 2
- May 21 – Pro-D Day
- May 24 – Victoria Day – No School
- May 25 – Class Photos
- May 27 – SBT
- May 28 – Day 1
- June 1- Grade 7 Science “Hallway walk”
- June 4 – Day 1
- June 10 – Staff Meeting
- June 10 – Last SBT Meeting
- June 11 – Day 2
- June 18 – Day 1
- June 21 – National Indigenous People Day
- June 25 – Last regular day/expos for students
- June 25 – Day 2
- June 28 – Student Success Day
- June 29 – Report Cards Available
- June 30 – Admin Day
With the Summer months fast approaching, how cool would it be to begin the dialogue of encouraging our kiddos to sign up or re-discover their love of visiting their local libraries. The FVRL run a ton of contests during the summer months. Recently I showed my reading group my FVRL account, they quickly noticed the fines I have accumulated…oops😊. We took some time and navigated the website. There is a ton of digital content and exciting platforms to help foster that love of literacy.
From The Library Learning Commons
New Orca Currents! For those students who still want a good story, but without complex vocabulary, give our Orca Currents a try! Come see us at the library for more information.
ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
Throughout the years I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with some really angry kids. Anger is a great way of protecting oneself when being vulnerable is just too scary. When I find myself getting frustrated, I pull out this visual to remind myself that underneath the angry (and often rude) exterior is a really hurt kid who has learned that expressing anger is way safer than expressing other emotions.
FROM THE DISTRICT:
Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca
Digital Citizenship Supports
Just an FYI that we are working on supports that will assist teachers in developing digital citizenship skills with their students. Digital Citizenship skill development is not a “one-off” learning session. The learning needs to be scaffolded throughout the year and over the course of the child’s educational journey. To that end, we are developing a scope and sequence to support this learning and will share when it is ready in the Fall. In the meantime, we do have some resources at: https://k12adst.weebly.com/6-7-digital-lit.html
May 7th Celebrate National Child & Youth Mental Health Day!
Free EVENT: Conversations About Mental Health: What it Sounds Like at Different Ages
Join us on May 7th at 12pm (PST) for a conversation about how to connect with our kids between the ages of 0 to 18 years. Led by Karen Peters, RCC ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness & Victoria Keddis, Manager, FamilySmart.
To Register: www.familysmart.ca/events
TALKS – Pre-Recorded Mental Health Presentations Delivered by Young People to Young People
Register for Jack.Org’s amazing Pre-Recorded Classroom Edition talk OR view TALK TO ME 7.0 Conference by Gleneagle Secondary School’s Con-X Leadership students (Coquitlam, BC). These pre-recorded videos can be watched 1-1 or as part of a classroom or student activity.
Contest Invites Students to Design a Flag on the Theme of Accessibility
To help celebrate National AccessAbility Week (May 31st – June 6th), Easter Seals invites Grades 6-10 students across the province to enter its Access Ability Flag Design Contest. Interested students are asked to design a flag that symbolizes the theme Making BC a Better Place to Live Through an AccessAble Society. This is a great opportunity for students to share their ideas on what an inclusive and accessible society looks like for people with a disability.
Please share the details on this contest with your students. The grand prize includes a $200 honorarium for the winning student, $750 for the winning student’s classroom to purchase learning materials, a pizza lunch for the classroom, and a real flag with the student’s design for the school. Contest entries will be accepted until 12:00 pm PDT on May 14th.
The BC education system recognizes that not all students learn successfully at the same rate, in the same learning environment and in the same ways, which is reflected in the curriculum. Students with disabilities may have support needs in the one or more domain area(s): Cognitive, Independent Living and Self Determination, Communication, Social/Emotional, Auditory and/or Visual. Any of these domains may be reflected in the flag design.
BCCDC Survey – BC COVID-19 SPEAK
The BC Centre for Disease Control is inviting families to take part in a survey to examine how British Columbians have been affected and how their experiences may inform recovery and re-opening. The survey closes May 9. Please see details here.
Other Items of Interest!
Kelty Mental Health Webinar: Building Compassionate Classrooms
If interested: Building Compassionate Classrooms will provide school professionals, teachers, support staff, and administrators with information, ideas, and strategies to create compassionate spaces for students, especially during difficult times. Dr. Linda O’Neill’s one hour presentation will explore how to build compassionate learning environments, allowing both staff and students to thrive. Holly Vivier will moderate a half hour Q & A and discussion period to follow, with participants invited to submit questions during the webinar and in advance. Upon registration, a Zoom link and a Google Doc to submit questions will be emailed to participants.
May 6, 2021 4:00-5:30
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: