Stafford Scoop Jan. 15, 2021

January 17, 2021

Week of January 15th, 2021

First off, thank you. Thank you for being a community that believes in the mission of our school – that true care of our students involves instilling a belief in our kids as learners and teaching them the skills to back up that belief.  I won’t deny that I’m passionate about giving kids our very best everyday, and in the words of Rita Pearson “INSISTING that they become the very best that they can be”.  I’m so fortunate to work alongside a group of educators who aren’t afraid of this challenge and are “born to make a difference.” So with that – I have the tendency to get ahead of myself and say “LET’S GO!”…

I also fully that everyone’s plate right now is full – beyond full – so when a friend sent me this – it was a great reminder for me this week and hopefully this speaks to you too in an area of your life whether family, health, finances, or work.  With some of these areas, it can feel like we’re making very little head way – but it’s progress not perfection – and the journey requires patience – I’m still working on this myself 🙂

You’re eager to get it now, finish it now, fix it now, know it now. Yet there’s a very good chance you could benefit from a little patience.

It’s great you’re so enthusiastic, and have such a powerful sense of urgency. Just remember though, that good things can take time.

Give the good things in your life the time they deserve. Allow for the time that will make those good things far better than anything you could achieve in an instant.

Take a breath, slow your racing mind and hyped-up expectations. Savor what you’re doing, sink peacefully into the moment that is, and avoid speeding ahead too fast.

Don’t compromise the quality of your entire future just to get what you want right now. Give the goodness you seek the time it needs to be the best it can be.

Patience multiplies your efforts far beyond what they could otherwise achieve. Give yourself, and your patience, plenty of time and space to bring new richness to life.

Here’s the scoop…


Beautiful Geometic Paper Art in Gold 7 Hallway – the fantastical fusion of fractional Math and Art

Green 8 is displaying their art work and synopsis of the novel No Fixed Address along with Peer reviews of the novel – Great Stuff Ms. Hayne!

The BRAVO board is proudly displayed inside Ms. Paul’s room with student’s self portraits


Ms. Sidjak’s room in Green 7 is full of creative and powerful Kindness Campaign Posters

A collaboration between our local salmon habitat, OACES program and Green 6  our classes will be learning about the salmon spawning process by nurturing and growing salmon eggs.


Ms. Jones and Ms. Markle in the Learning Commons are at in again!  In response to reading the Barnabus Project – they have created a contest for our students to design their our “perfect pet”.  Some amazing entries have already come in!

Celebrating women role models in STEM ( Science Tech Engineering & Mathematics with Ms. Favero

Ms. Jammu’s door in Gold 6 proudly displaying her Literacy wall!

Students in Red 6 are learning the incredible skills required to play Wheelchair basketball with their classmates.

We are very proud to be able to showcase our updated Action Plan for Learning with our staff and community. It has been a collaboration with our Team Leaders, Administration and District Staff – as we continue to work our educational goals as a school and district.



FSA ( Foundational Skills Assessment) Change of Administration Dates:

The BC Ministry of Education has adjusted the administration dates for this year’s Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). All Langley students in grades 4 and 7 will now complete the FSA in the new administration window between February 15 and March 12, 2021

Information on the exact dates students will write their FSA’s will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher in the coming weeks. Parents of students in grade 4 and 7 would have received a letter in September from Gord Stewart, Superintendent of Langley Schools, regarding the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) for the 2020/2021 school year. The letter indicated that this year’s FSA would be administered between October 5 and November 13, 2020. The remainder of the information outlined in the letter still applies and if parents have any questions regarding the FSA, please contact the school.


Red Cross Babysitter Course Information

This course is designed for youth in grades 6+ who want to become a babysitter or may already be one. The Babysitting Course covers the responsibilities of a babysitter, safety tips for children of all ages, basic childcare skills and what to do in case of an emergency.

Course Details:

Three day course (students must attend all three Zoom sessions)

  • Tuesday, February 2nd   3pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday, February 3rd 3pm – 5pm
  • Friday, February 5th          3pm – 5pm 

Cost $62.10 per student

Register at



Health and safety 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:


  • February 8th @ 6:30pm (Virtual) – Grade 8 LSS Parent Information Night
    • Event to be hosted via MS TEAMS Live.
  • February 9th – Course Planning Intro with Grade 8 Classes
    • During the day  – Schedules will go home to parents for approval.
  • February 11th – Taste of LSS (Virtual) –
    • LSS Staff to Virtually Tour the school with Grade 8 students.
  • February 16th – Grade 9 Course Planning @ HDSMS
    • LSS Counsellors will be on site to complete the course planning process online with students.


Plans are in the works to bring a Foundry Centre to Langley to support youth wellness and your help is needed. Youth 12-24 and their caregivers are encouraged to complete a survey to provide their input on the design of the centre and supports that are needed. Send in your response and you can enter a chance to win a $50 gift card (see attached flyers) or complete the survey here:

Our community partner, Encompass Support Services Society, is also looking for youth advisory committee members to contribute to this project.

For more info email:



  • Please be reminded that HDSMS is currently a closed campus to everyone but students and staff.  We are seeing an increased flow of parent traffic to drop off various items throughout the day.  The doors are locked and parents need to call the school first if they require access.
  • Please DO NOT order Skip the Dishes delivered to the school – this brings an unnecessary safety risk to our building.


  • 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.


  • 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 – 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.


  • 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:


  • New Information Below:
  •   Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact


TUESDAYIntervention Team MeetingIntervention Team – Counselling Area9am
 EA MeetingLearning Commons2:15 pm

*Fire Drill

Whole School – Grade GroupsGr. 6 – 12:15

Gr. 7 – 12:50

Gr. 8 – 1:40



  • Fire Drill – Friday Jan. 2
    • Gr. 6 – 12:15 pm
    • Gr. 7 – 12:50 pm
    • Gr. 8 – 1:40 pm
  • MDI (Grades 6 & 8) – Feb. 5 – March 5 (More info to come)
  • FSAs (Grade 7) – Feb. 15- March 12 (More info to come)
  • Diversity and Respect Week – February 22 – 26, 2021
  • March 8th – International Women’s Day: The International Women’s Day theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, which highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.



Around this time of year, teachers often notice that during Silent Reading some students have lost their focus and reading engagement has diminished.
Based on the work of Gail Boushey and Joan Moser and their Daily 5 book, the following is a worthwhile activity you may wish to try. But, don’t just take my word for it, ask Madison or Mike. They have both recently used this strategy and have positive things to say about providing our students with the skills to take responsibility for choosing great books for themselves.

How do you PICK a good book?

P Purpose:

Does this book serve my purpose? Do I want to learn, to be entertained, to laugh, to cry, to get lost in a fantasy world…?

I – Interest:

Does this book actually interest me? Does it capture my attention?

C – Comprehension:

Do I understand the text? Does it make sense to me?

K – Know:

Do I know most of the words? Can I learn some new vocabulary, but still understand the text?




  • 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.


Happy New Year!  I hope you all managed to find some time to rest and renew over the holiday.

‘Langley Children’ is hosting a virtual parenting workshop with Kim Barthel on the evening of January 26th.  Kim is a world-renowned speaker and, in my opinion, one of the most engaging and informative presenters I have seen to date.  If you are interested, I encourage you to register right away as herworkshops fill up very quickly.


Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates:

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 or contact

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 and click on PA-MOJA page.

4th Annual West Fine Art Show

The Foundation, in partnership with The West Fine Art Show Society, is holding the 4th Annual Art Show at the Glass House Winery in South Langley. Eighteen professional artists will be showing and selling their exquisite pieces. At the same time, the Foundation will host an online exhibition and adjudication of student art with cash prizes for first, second and third. Photography, paintings and 3-D sculptures are eligible and should follow a theme of COVID-19 and what it has wrought on our society (the positives, negatives, changes, trends). Please send images via email to and

Friday, March 5, 2021 • 5 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, March 6 • 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday, March 7 • 11 am to 5 pm


HD Stafford Middle School

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