Stafford Scoop Feb. 26, 2021

February 28, 2021


Week of February 26th, 2021

We celebrated Respect and Diversity this week here at HDSMS – it was amazing to see how our staff and students embraced and honoured the incredible diversity within our school and community!

Here’s the SCOOP…

PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:

 

We kicked off Respect and Diversity Week with BIPOC Day – honouring our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour with Black Shirt Day !

 

Outside of Gold 7 they have been studying the Holocaust with Ms. Cowling – using “Number the Stars to create ‘found poems’ and connections to self to bring a greater understanding of this terrible time in history.

Spring Break is coming – but Next week is highlighted by our BOOK FAIR COMING TO HDSMS!

Black History Month activities are proudly displayed around the school outside of BLUE 6 and RED 7

 

The GOLD 8 badminton finals in PE were amazing to watch – back and forth battles!

GOLD 6 with Ms. Parchoma in Visual Arts were getting their hands dirty – literally!  Working with clay and design

 

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS:

  • We will be offering both Virtual Meetings via MS TEAMS and Phone Call meetings during our Parent – Teacher Conferences this term.

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

VIRTUAL HEART FUNDRAISER

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

Scholastic Book Fair next week!

Students will tour the fair in the library, but shopping is online only from March 1-5th!

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149490

On Wednesday March 3rd from 7-7:15pm there will be a live family draw to win $25 for the classroom and $25 for one student. Go to the HDMS Parent Hub on Facebook to attend!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/532391804263037

HDSMS PHOTO CONTEST FOR STUDENTS!

 

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.

MASKS AND WATERBOTTLES:

  • MASKS – Please ensure that your children have their masks each day. 
  • WATER BOTTLES – please remind your children that they need to have a  water bottle at school.

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 Below:
    • The PAC is actively fundraising to continue to “Middle-ize & beautify” our building.  More pictures to come of the scope of our projects – but this will include stairwells, inspirational quotes on walls, engaging displays and a middle makeover of our common spaces. Below is the banners we will be displaying with pride in our Main entrance to celebrate our family of schools.
    • 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
MONDAY Gr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
 Middle School NetworkingJohn & Natalie on Teams8:30-11:30am
TUESDAYGr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
 Food for Thought – LiteracyLearning Commons/Anyone interested!Lunch
WEDNESDAYGr. 8 Boys Basketball PracticeGym7:50 – 8:35am
 
THURSDAYGr. 8 Girls Basketball PracticeGym7:30 – 8:35am
 Staff MeetingTeams3:00pm
 
FRIDAYDay 1All day
 Report Cards issued4:00 pm
 

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • FSAs (Grade 7 classes) – 15- March 9, 2021 (online portion can be completed by March 12) ** Please return the booklets to Natalie as soon as they are finished. I must take them to the SBO on March 10 at the absolute latest.
  • MDI (Grade 6 & 8) – Feb 15 – March 5
  • Food for Thought – Literacy – Learning Commons – March 2
  • International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021
  • Early Dismissal March 10th and 11th Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • March 15-26th – SPRING BREAK!!!

 

LOVING LITERACY:

Short Story: Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Preview:  Connecting to the Literature In “Thank You, M’am,” a boy learns an important lesson about kindness and trust from a surprising source. Before reading, think about an unexpected act of kindness you have done for someone or someone has done for you.

Background “Thank You, M’am,” by Langston Hughes, is set in Harlem, a community in New York. Like many urban areas, Harlem experienced rapid population growth early in the twentieth century. Many single-family buildings were converted into small apartments. The character Mrs. Jones lives in one of these “kitchenette” apartments—a bathroom and one large room with a mini-kitchen in the corner of the room.

Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes – PDF

Thank You Ma’am – A Short Film – this short film, though not the greatest production quality, challenges the presumptions we make about the characters in the story and shows an interesting visualization.

Short Story: Jamaican Fragment by A.L. Hendricks

A.L. Hendricks: Arthur Lemière Hendriks (1922-1992) was a Jamaican poet, writer, and broadcasting director (known as Micky Hendriks in his broadcasting career). He was born in 1922 in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Jamaican father and a French mother. He was particularly well known for his contributions to the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Gleaner, and BIM. He also contributed as a columnist and literary critic to the Daily Gleaner. He died in 1992 at the age of 69.

Summary: ‘Jamaican Fragment’ tells the story of a Jamaican who witnesses a young white boy “imposing his will upon a little black boy” ‘Jamaican Fragment’ deals with a Jamaican’s internal suspicions regarding racial inferiority in his homeland. As he walks one morning, he notices a young black boy and a young white boy playing in a garden. After a deep observation, he realizes that the white boy was dominating the black boy, while the black boy submitted himself. Struggling to find reason behind the black boy’s lack of resistance, the man’s ‘faith in his people was shaken for the day’. Thus, the lesson brings out the prejudice that almost every person suffers from denominational issues like colour, caste, sex etc.

From The Library Learning Commons

Just a friendly reminder that the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library learning commons from March 1-5th. Students can preview the books and then order them online. Please come during your regularly scheduled library time! See you then!

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

Kindness T-Shirts

To help fund our programs and to celebrate our mission of making learning UNFORGETTABLE for every Langley student, the Foundation has Kindness T-shirts for sale. They are $20 for adults. $10 for children and they come in all sizes. All proceeds go to support our hungry students and families. Purchase online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or contact jdorland@sd35.bc.ca.

Kenyan Curios

In keeping with the Foundation’s mandate to support global education, we have included on our website an online market featuring exquisite Kenyan curios. Most have been sold, but a few remain at drastically reduced prices. All proceeds go to support global education. To purchase go to www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com and click on PA-MOJA page.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

HD Stafford Middle School

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