June 6, 2021
Week of June 4th, 2021
I wanted to say a special thank you for all you do! Friday was parent appreciation day and with our closed campus it makes it very difficult to express our sincere gratitude for all the amazing ways you support our school, staff, students and each other. Here you were in form of our amazing PAC blessing us with a surprise Friday Breakfast!
I have witnessed the generosity shown to others in times of need, the outpouring of help for any and all events (large and small), the creativity to hold events virtually rather than cancelling them, the donations of money and time, working with teachers to support your children at home, reinforcing our character traits in the home setting, and the list goes on. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this community and hope that this small THANK YOU of our gratitude for each and everyone of you is felt!
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
Grade 6 Global Issues Fair kicked off the week with a visit from Asst Superintendent Mr. Bradford who was being educated by Alex on the dangers of plastic pollution.
The Grade 8 Powerplay Event dominated the school Wednesday – with students displaying their incredibly creative homemade products for the world to see! It was an amazing day for the whole school as this event brings such positive energy to staff and students alike!
As we struggled with the horrible news of the 215 children who were found at the Kamloops Residential School this past week – our staff and students set out to honour their lives and work to ensure this never happens again.
Our Amazing PAC surprised the staff on Friday morning with an incredible breakfast spread full of coffee, fruit, yogurt plus grab and go items to take with them! – THANK YOU!
Captain Briscoe is at it again – students in Red 6 are busy constructing and refining their paper rockets for launch!
The City of Surrey has graciously donated hundreds of used fabric banners to our Stafford textiles program. These nylon banners will be repurposed next year during textiles expos with Mrs. Fontaine and sewn by some of our grades into reusable shopping bags. Thank you to the City of Surrey!!!
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR GRADE 6 PARENTS:
The final day for most HDSMS students this year will be FRIDAY JUNE 25th, 2021. This is same day across all Middle Schools in Langley. This year Student Success Days fall on Monday June 28th & June 29th. These days are set aside for some of our students who need to complete required learning/assignments/projects in order for their learning to be accurately assessed. These days are by teacher invitation only and teachers usually have a smaller of students on these days.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR GRADE 8 PARENTS:
We have had a number of requests and questions regarding our Grade 8 Leaving Ceremony this year. Unfortunately, we will be unable to have any parents attend the Ceremony in person this year due to COVID protocol restrictions. However we are planning to STREAM the event via TEAMS LIVE on JUNE 24th. The day will be divided up into 4 sections with each House Team (Red,Blue,Green,Gold) taking the stage in the Main Gym to present the awards. Students will have a few words spoken about them and then cross the stage and be presented with their certificate.
We will be sending out a time schedule for the exact times which each house will be presenting closer to the date – but please save the JUNE 24th day!
Ms. Robinson will be returning to Blue 7 this week to finish out the year with her class. We want to thank Ms. Cullen for the fantastic job she did with Blue 7 in her absence!
TRANSPORTATION REGISTRATION REMINDER
A friendly reminder from the District, Friday June 18th is the last day for transportation registration under our regular phase. If you have not registered your child, please do so as soon as possible. For information on how to register read more on our District webpage here.
FOUNDRY BC APP:
Last Friday, the Province of BC announced the launch of the Foundry BC app, which offers young people aged 12 to 24 and their caregivers access to integrated health and wellness services. Please share with your school communities. Visit the Foundry Virtual BC web page to download the app or to access the web portal online.
REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS:
The HD Stafford Middle School morning starts at 8:30am. Our late lineup is growing significantly and we are also noticing that students are missing out on awesome Exploration explanations, OACES, other academic concepts. Please do your best to have your child in at school before 8:30am with a refillable water bottle. Thank you for your continued support!
H.D. Stafford Radio Theatre’s “The War of the Worlds” is a student-written and student-voiced adaptation of the 1938 radio show. Arranged as a series of radio news interviews, testimonials, distress signals, and sound recordings, “The War of the Worlds” -as it has been told and retold through the years- reminds us that human society may just be one more global catastrophe away from collapse. At the same time, it is a story that gives us hope in the resiliency of the human soul.
All recordings and art will be accessible through the months of May and June ’21 on our website.
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:
Please welcome our NEW PAC for the 2021-2022 School YearPresident: Gina TwellmannVice President: Alex JoehlSecretary: Cathy WorrallTreasurer: Carmen Neilson-PhelanD-PAC Rep: Chantale HubbsMAL: Solanlle Panguinao, Alexandra Kruthap-Harper, & Lisa Tatarniuk
- Check out the Facebook HDSMS Parent Hub for zoom links before the meeting.
- 2020 Constitution
- Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact email@example.com
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|TUESDAY||Grade 7 Science Fair||Throughout the School 😊||Throughout the day!|
|THURSDAY||SBT – Last one for the year!||Library Annex||Block 7/8|
- June 18 – Day 1
- June 21 – Report Cards Due – Red/green to Natalie, Blue/Gold to John
- June 21 – National Indigenous People Day
- June 24 – Grade 8 Leaving Celebration
- June 25 – Last regular day/expos for students
- June 25 – Day 2
- June 28 – Student Success Day
- June 29 – Student Success Day
- June 30 – Admin Day
- Summer Transition to HDSMS August 16th – 20th (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm)
- Summer Transition to HDSMS August 23th – 27th (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm)
It’s Asian Heritage Month for a few more days… Here is a great short story about what it’s like to grow up looking different from everyone around you, as well as what it’s like to come to a country where the language, food, people and everything else are different from where you came from. It’s called “Alvin and Me” by Chris Tse.
FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:
What Our Students Are Reading
The Top 10 Circulations of this school year:
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Smile, Raina Telgemeier
- Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
- Sisters, Raina Telgemeier
- Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
- The End of the Wild, Nicole Lea Helget
- The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf
- Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney
- The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy Crazy Stacey, Gale Galligan
- Bone #1: Out From Boneville, Jeff Smith
ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:
We’re on the home stretch …
FROM THE DISTRICT:
Be sure to checkout the district’s webpage for the latest updates: www.sd35.bc.ca
Fraser Health COVID-19 School Update – Immunization for 12-17 Year Olds
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
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: