January 10, 2021
Week of January 8th, 2021
Happy New Year everyone and welcome back! As difficult as it is to leave the restful rhythms of the break behind us – I believe many of us were looking forward to seeing familiar faces and friends again! Like many of you – I’m always thinking about how a new year presents an opportunity to reflect on the year that was – but more importantly what lies ahead. I’m not always a resolution person – but I do believe in a growth mindset and the power of setting goals. I want to encourage you to do the same – I’ve set a professional, personal, and spiritual goal for myself this year. They aren’t world changing, but they remind me that there will be times of progress and times of patience required to achieve my goals and both are necessary on the journey. I hope all of you can find time to reflect with gratitude on the past year and look ahead through the lens of optimism to the tremendous potential this new year can offer!
Here’s the scoop…
PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:
Mr. Wood welcome baby Logan to the Nest on Christmas Night! Congratulations Wood family!
Incredibly talented students in Ms. Favero’s class – crochet teddy bears- WOW!
Ringing in the New Year! Students were happy to “break up with 2020” in Gold 6 – and we setting new goals for 2021 in Red 7 !
Our Skyhawks Studios Team is taking shape thanks to our amazing PAC efforts – soon we’ll be producing Skyhawk media from start to finish!
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
REMINDER TO FAMILIES ABOUT DAILY HEALTH CHECK FORM:
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: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5
GRADE 8 TO GRADE 9 TRANSITIONS – SAVE THE DATES
- 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.
FOUNDRY SURVEY: MIDDLE AND SECONDARY
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: http://ow.ly/NCpz50CPAAp
Our community partner, Encompass Support Services Society, is also looking for youth advisory committee members to contribute to this project.
For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADE 8 PRE – IB PROGRAM INFORMATION NIGHT @ RE MOUNTAIN SECONDARY.
Shift BC Sexual Health Educators
This is a reminder that in two weeks we will have the Shift BC Sexual health educators coming into the school (Jan 25-29). Below you will find a brief overview of what each grade presentation will cover. All presentations will be taking place in the learning commons following all COVID Protocols. I’ve included an overview of the materials covered in the presentations. For more information please visit https://danloewen.com/client2/
Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns ahead of your presentation.
- Changes that occur during puberty & adolescence
- Strategies to protect themselves and others
- Influences of physical, emotional, social, and sexual changes on identities and relationships
- Understanding Female Body changes
- Understanding Male Body changes
- Dangers of Pornography
CLOSED CAMPUS & SKIP THE DISHES REMINDERS
- 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.
2019-2020 YEARBOOKS FOR $5
- We have 35 yearbooks left over from last year – If you did not get one last year and would still like to purchase one – they are only $5! A great stocking stuffer :
- 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.
LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION SURVEY – 2020-2021
The Langley School District Foundation was established with a mission to make learning UNFORGETTABLE for every Langley student. Our mandate is to support and provide programs that are not funded or fully funded by the Ministry of Education and our goal is to ensure that every Langley student receives the maximum benefit of the education to which they are entitled.
We value your opinion. To better understand the impact our programs and the emerging needs of Langley students, we’d appreciate your participation in this short survey. Please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/SD35-FoundationSurvey.
- 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are on our parent email list.
- Attendance: If your child is going to be away from school – you can email email@example.com 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
- Fundraising Update:
- The class who sold the most Community Value Coupon books in last month’s fundraiser was Division 8-1, selling 22 books, with Scarlette O’Neill selling 20 books.They are the winners of a virtual zoo presentation. Special recognition in other classes where Chloe Hubbs sold 10 books, James Hanna sold 10 books, and Jayden Davis sold 10 books. We want to thank all those who supported this initiative!
- New Information Below:
- Here is the NEW HDSMS PAC Constitution and Bylaws
- Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|TUESDAY||Team Leader Meeting||Team Leaders – Library||7:15am|
|Ensouling Our Schools|
|Ensouling Our Schools Team – Learning Commons||3:15-5:15pm|
|WEDNESDAY||Superintendent’s Meeting||John & Natalie (on Teams)||9:00-11:30am|
|School Action Plan Meeting||John & Natalie||2-3pm|
|THURSDAY||School Based Team||Library Annex||Block 5/6|
- 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?
ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯
There is no athletics at this time – we will keep you updated as this situation progresses.
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
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.
FROM THE DISTRICT:
Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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