March 7, 2021
Week of February March 5th, 2021
Another busy of week of learning here at HDSMS! Both HDSMS staff and students were actively stretching their minds this week! Whether that was staff based professional development at lunch during our Food for Thought put on by Ms. Favero and Ms. Roberts, or perhaps learning about Mesopotamia with Mr. Miller, or honouring the tremendous women in our lives with the help of Ms. Bhamra, Ms. Mickelby and Ms. Vaughan. We hope to get a chance to see you virtually this week during Parent Teacher Interviews!
Here’s the SCOOP…
PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:
Celebrating the incredible women in our lives in our Front Display Case – So poHERful!
Inspirational Women displays are all around the school – From RED house downstairs to GOLD house, to our Learning Commons – we honour the incredible women in our lives, and recognize that we still have much work to do to raise up a generation where all opportunities are available regardless of gender.
|Inspirational Women displays are all around the school – From RED house downstairs to GOLD house, to our Learning Commons – we honour the incredible women in our lives, and recognize that we still have much work to do to raise up a generation where all opportunities are available regardless of gender.|
Ms. Favero and Ms. Roberts hosted a tremendous Literacy strategy Pro-D “Food for Thought” for all our staff on Tuesday at lunch. Complete with resources and practical ways to improve students success with reading tomorrow!
Ms. Sandher and the HDSMS Kindness Crew gave everyone a positivity boost on Friday with their encouraging messages all over the front hallway! Thank you everyone!!
Mr. Horrocks class is diving into the 5th Annual Surface Area Challenge – Good Luck Blue 8!
Green 6 with Ms. Debad has another amazing opportunity to play 2 professional pinball machines in their break times in the week before Spring Break – I think staff will be trying them out too!
Mr. Miller’s class was showing off their learning around the various areas of Mesopotamian culture – It’s awesome to see the care and learning that is happening the classes!
Ms. Parchoma is playing the GIVER and returning students clay creations that have now been kiln fired and glazed!
Our PAC continues to support our fundraising efforts as we look to beautify our building and they’ve updated their billboard to show our progress!
This month’s staff meeting was spent honouring the incredible work our entire staff has done this year amidst all the challenges, we continue to see incredible growth in our students and look forward to the future.
Ms. Vaughan was the lucky recipient of our Staff Meeting Prank and is now the proud owner of SAMMY!
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.
- The Online Booking system will open on March 3, 2021 HERE
- They will take place on March 10th ( 2:00-4:30pm) & Mar 11th (2:00-7:30pm)
- Conferences will be 15 minutes in length.
- If you’ve signed up for a Virtual Meeting:
- Teachers will be sending you an invite to your “Parent/Teacher Conference” with a link the MS TEAMS meeting.
- Please login in 5 minutes before your scheduled time to ensure you are able to join the meeting.
- Here is a helpful video put out by our colleagues at WGSS to help parents with navigating virtual appointments
- If you’ve signed up for an Phone Call Meeting:
- Please ensure you have given a phone number that you will be able to be reached at during the time of your scheduled meetings.
- If you are require any assistance please feel free to contact the Main Office
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
HDSMS PHOTO CONTEST FOR STUDENTS!
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.
- 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
- NEW INFORMATION FROM THE HDSMS PAC:
- Thanks to all those who contributed to the Virtual Hearts Fundraiser! $1120 was raised towards the HD Stafford Beautification project.
- Last week’s Scholastic Book Fair was a success to promote continuing literacy in the school.
- Upcoming Events! Mark on your calendar!
- Smencils – Fun scented pencils made of recycled newspapers for Earth Day – April 19-23rd
- Clearview Hanging Baskets – Just in time for Mother’s Day – April 12-23rd
- Neufeld’s Savoury and Dessert Items – April 26th – May 7th
- Any questions or if you are interested in joining our PAC initiatives please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|MONDAY||Gr. 8 Boys Basketball Practice||Gym||7:50 – 8:35am|
|Walk of Honour||Everyone||All day|
|Grade 7 FSA booklets Handed In||Grade 7 Teacher||3pm|
|TUESDAY||Gr. 8 Girls Basketball Practice||Gym||7:30 – 8:35am|
|Social Media Presentation||Red 6 – Learning Commons||1:30-2:45pm|
|WEDNESDAY||Gr. 8 Boys Basketball Practice||Gym||7:50 – 8:35am|
|THURSDAY||Gr. 8 Girls Basketball Practice||Gym||7:30 – 8:35am|
|SBT||Library Annex||Block 7/8|
|P/T Interviews||TEAMS||2:30 – 7:30|
|Dinner||Teachers||4:30 – 5:30|
|FRIDAY||Day 2||All day|
- 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.
- International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021
- Early Dismissal March 10th and 11th Parent/Teacher Interviews
- March 15-26th – SPRING BREAK!!!
- March 28th – Students return to school
- April 2 – Good Friday – No school
- April 5 – Easter Monday – No School
Get your competitive kiddos in the reading race. I promised the first student to fill their board a brand new book of their choice from Chapters, and I already have one student from each class done! The kids love asking for stickers for their boards, and they are reading books they may never have picked up otherwise. As well, the discussions around which books hit the most squares are great too – they are talking about themes, characters, who counts as a diverse author, and what books take place in New Zealand!
From The Library Learning Commons
The graphic novel debate continues! Some interesting questions to pose to students- Should we adapt the “classics” to graphic novel format? What are some of the pros and cons? Why do some people object to graphic novels? Do you agree or disagree? Would you like to see The Outsiders in graphic novel form?
For those interested, we have several graphic novel adaptations in the library and have created a separate section to easily find them. Come on down and see us!
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
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 email@example.com.
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: