Stafford Scoop Nov. 21, 2021

November 21, 2021


Week of Nov. 21, 2021

Another fantastic week here in Skyhawk Nation is in the books!  This week’s highlights include our visit from the BC Wall and Ceiling Initiative, PUCKs starting up, Cell models popping up all over the place, and our incredible PAC put on another hot lunch!  I have included a detailed listing of all the clubs, sports, and opportunities to get in involved in our school in this week’s Scoop!  I hope you can look it over with your child to see if there is one that peaks their interest so they can become even more engaged and connected here at HD Stafford!   Plus don’t forget we have SPIRIT DAY THIS FRIDAY!

Here’s the Scoop…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

Interested in coding, gaming or robotics?Check out the library’s newest display: Take a BYTE out of a good BOOK!

PUCKS has started their afterschool program at twin rinks. 16 Very excited students will be learning to play ice hockey on Fridays from 1:45 – 4:30 until March Break.  We are grateful for the community connections we have for our students.

Our Community Room received a huge donation of food from Kids’ Play & Khalsa Aid, for our students on the breakfast and lunch programs. It was such a big delivery we has students from 3 classes and the Vice Principal help move and sort the donation.

Our panty is looking pretty full!! If you have any donations for the school please connect with Mr.Hendy Bhendy@sd35.bc.ca

Our current need is: new socks and winter boots

Thank you to the BC Wall and Ceiling Association, SD35 Careers, and Skills ready for coming into our school to give our students a hands on experience with framing a wall and working with sheet metal!

 

Mr. Horrocks and BLUE 8 are at it again – with their CELL Model Extravaganza!  These are truly awesome – Well Done Scientists!

In GOLD 7 – Ms. Jammu was able to video conference in a presenter from the Holocaust Museum to talk about the impacts of prejudice in society.

 

Students in GREEN 6 are learning about plants they can grow on Mars with their MARS-HYDRO unit!

GREEN 8 were uploading artifacts to their online learning portfolios in MyBlueprint to showcase their latest learning

In BLUE 6 Students were engineering Balloon based cars in learning about forces and motion

The week ended with our AMAZING PAC putting on another Hot Lunch – this time with TACO DEL MAR!

Our Skyhawk of the week is Wael! He has shown a great attitude and kindness toward his classmates. He helps others and always finds a way to include his classmates in activities and games.

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:

With the Skyhawks Athletics Season back in full swing – we wanted to remind all parents that YOU ARE ALLOWED to come and watch your child’s games in our gym! A reminder that parents will be required to sign in, sanitize and wear a mask – but also CHEER REALLY LOUD!

 

HDSMS CLUBS & ACTIVITIES 2021-2022 

All of these opportunities are available to all our students!  A reminder that students will be required to wear masks, and students need sanitize before/after. In addition, a sign in sheet will be kept. 

 Mondays 

Club/Activity When Location/Sponsor Time 
Gr 6 Girls V-ball  Large Gym/ Hayne/Taggar 7:30 am 
Archery Oct – June Small Gym 3:30pm – 5pm  
Pinball Club January – June 2022 Room 131 (aka “The Cave”)/Debad 3pm – 4 pm 
Card and board games  Oct 25-June Room 121 Lunch 

 

Board games Oct -June Community Room/Mahek Lunch  
Gr 7 boys and girls v-ball  Large Gym/Briscoe/Nikki Sharp 3pm-4pm 

 

Tuesdays 

Club/Activity Location/Sponsor Time 
Theatre Drama Room/Gundy 3:00-4:30 
Yearbook 212/Hilder & Youssab Lunch 
Book Club Learning Commons/Jones Lunch 
Photography Club Woodshop/Mitchell 3:00-4:00 
Board Games Community Room/Mahek Lunch  
Girls b-ball skills Large Gym/Briscoe 7:30 am 

 

Wednesdays 

Club/Activity  Location/Sponsor Time 
SOGI  Art Room/Ms. Cowling Lunch 
Fire Leopards  January-June 2021 Art and Multipurpose Room  3:00-3:45 PM 
Kid’s Play  Oct 27th – June 15th  Multi-purpose Room 3pm – 5pm  
Archery Oct – Jan Small Gym 5-9pm 
Board games Oct-June Community Room/Mahek Lunch  
Boys b-ball skills  Large gym 3pm – 4pm 

 

Thursdays 

Club/Activity Location/Sponsor Time 
Theatre Drama Room/Gundy 3:00-4:30 
Global Initiatives Woodshop/Mitchell 3:00-4:00 
Grade 7 boys and girls v-ball Large gym/Briscoe/Nikki Sharp 7:30am-8:20 am 
Rustic Sign Making Community Room/Justine 3:00 – _____ 

 

Fridays 

Club/Activity Location/Sponsor Time  
Pucks Twin Rinks  1:45 – 4:30pm  
After 3 Program City of Langley 3pm – 5pm  
Archery Oct – June Small Gym 3:30pm – 5pm  

Saturday 

Club/Activity Location/Sponsor Time 
Archery Small gym 5-9pm 

 

SKYHAWKS ONLINE STORE IS LIVE!

We are very excited to roll out the new online Skyhawks Apparel Store to all staff, students and our Stafford community!

SKYHAWKS ONLINE STORE IS LIVE!

Orders will be processed at the end of each month, and delivered about 2 weeks later to HD Stafford for pickup:

  • All purchases made from now until November 30th will be delivered by approx. Dec. 15
  • Pickup @ HD Stafford: Be sure to set your delivery option to PICKUP, and your order will be shipped to the school for free pickup
  • Please be sure to provide information in your order that will help us ensure that you receive your items

Clothing samples will be arriving early next week for student/staff to see some of the pieces in person before ordering. We will have these at the school for a couple of weeks.

 

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Possible Change of Clothes

Just a quick reminder that students do go outside for recess and lunch on most days, including those rainy days.  A change of clothes that can be kept in the locker may help stop you having to come pick up your children or coming to drop off clothes.

 SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS

I wanted to pass along some community supports that are being offered in the near future.  I’ve attached a PDF to this email with information, workshops and opportunities that are coming up. Some of these events are  time sensitive and are happening in the next week, so I wanted to make sure you had this information in time. I’ve also included a list of mental health supports that can be accessed locally.

Supports for Parents

PARKING REMINDER

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 on 48th Ave which is just a short walk away for our students.

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).

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

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:

COMMUNITY ROOM

The community room supports building confidence in our Skyhawks

Afterschool Programming:  

Mondays:

Wednesdays:

  • Kids’ Play Starting October 27th Multi-sport and mentorship program. Everyone is welcome. This program will be in the Community Room and Multi-purpose Room 3:00pm – 4:15pm. Sign up with Mr.Hendy Bhendy@sd35.bc.ca
  • Archery 3-5pm Small Gym, Everyone welcome. Please email Dsandquist@sd35.bc.ca to register.

Thursdays:

  • Rustic Sign Making Course Starting November 18th – December 9th $50.00 for two projects Please see Mr.Hendy to register  Bhendy@sd35.bc.ca Community Room 3pm – 5pm.

Fridays:

  • After 3 Starting October 15th 3:00pm – 5:00pm  Students will be able to create arts and crafts as well as baking food and play board games.
  • PUCKS Starting October 29th at Twin Rinks. This program is for students who have always wanted to try ice-hockey but have never had the opportunity. Please see Mr.Hendy for the registration forms. 1:45pm – 4:00pm Transportation and gear is supplied.
  • Archery 5pm – 9pm Small Gym, Everyone welcome. Please email Dsandquist@sd35.bc.ca to register.

 

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

It was great seeing athletes in our gyms these past couple weeks! Here is the schedule for this week in HD Stafford Athletics!

Stafford Athletics Schedule this week:

Stafford Athletics Schedule this week:

Monday:

  • Archery 3:00pm Small Gym
  • Gr 6 Girls V-ball  – Large Gym 7:30 am 
  • Gr 7 Boys and Girls V-ball – Large Gym 3pm-4pm 

Tuesday:

  • Girls B-ball Skills –  Large Gym 7:30 am 
  • Archery 5:00pm Small Gym

Wednesday:

  • Boys B-ball Skills – Large gym – 3pm – 4pm

Thursday:

  • Grade 7 Boys and Girls V-ball – Large gym – 7:30am-8:20 am 
  • Archery 5:00pm Small Gym

Friday:

  • Archery 3:00pm Small Gym

 

COMING UP THIS WEEK @ HDSMS:

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAY
TUESDAYTeam Leader MeetingLibrary3pm
WEDNESDAYSEA Social

SBT Meeting

Ensouling Our Schools

Library

Library Annex

8:00am

12:15pm (Block 3 & 4)

3:30-6:00pm

 
THURSDAY
FRIDAYDay 1

School Spirit Day

All Day

80s/NEON!

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • November 30 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • December 2 – Grade 7 Immunizations (NOT COVID-19 Immunizations) – More information will come to parents/guardian from Fraser Health.
  • December 3 – Day 2
  • December 6/7- Find Your Fit
  • December 7 – Grade 6 Immunizations (NOT COVID-19 Immunizations) – More information will come to parents/guardian from Fraser Health.
  • December 8 – School Based Team Meeting
  • December 9 – Staff Meeting *** NOTE CHANGE IN DATE***
  • December 10 – Report Cards Issued
  • December 14 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • December 17 – LAST DAY PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK!!!!

PAC NEWS:

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped out with hot lunch last Friday. Next Hot lunch is Monday, December 13th! Order by Monday, December 6th.  Please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer on these days, 9-11:30am.

The next PAC meeting is on Wednesday, January 12th, 6:30pm in the HD Stafford Library.PAC meetings will alternate between zoom and in person meetings this year. 

 

Thanks for the support of the Growing Smiles Fundraiser! Over $500 was raised.

Look out for an email confirming pick up times on Sat, Dec 4th

 

Last chance for chocolates! Order at:

https://fundraising.purdys.com    Join campaign #59343

Order deadline Nov 24th – Pick up Thurs, Dec 9th, 3-4 pm

(Credit card accepted)

 

Keep updated with PAC fundraisers and info through Facebook and Instagram at:

HDSMS Parent Group

HDStafford Middle School PAC

hdsms_pac

If you have any questions or if you are interested to volunteer at our PAC initiatives, please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com

PAC GENERAL INFORMATION:

Our PAC works to help create effective partnerships between the school and parent community. Building the triangle of support between parent, school, and child will create powerful learning opportunities and ensure our children’s success.

Each and every parent or guardian is a member of our PAC. We encourage you to join us for the monthly meetings to participate in the building of PAC community and create learning opportunities for your child.

The meeting schedule for the year – Time: 6:30pm

The 2021/22 executive is up and running.

NamePositionEmail
Gina TwellmannPresidenthdsmspresident@gmail.com
Alex JoehlVice Presidenthdsmsvicepresident@gmail.com
Carmen PhelanTreasurerhdsmstreasurer@gmail.com
Cathy WorrallSecretaryhdsmspac@gmail.com
Chantale HubbsD-PAC Rephdsmsdpacrep@gmail.com
Solanlle PaguinaoMember at Largehdsmsmal1@gmail.com
Alexandra HarperMember at Largehdsmsmal2@gmail.com
Lisa TatarniukMember at Largehdsmsmal3@gmail.com
Gina TwellmannFundraisinghdsmsfundraising@gmail.com
Cathy WorrallHot Lunchhdsmshotlunch@gmail.com
Chantale HubbsLong Term Planning Committeehdsmsltpc@gmail.com

 

LOVING LITERACY:

Langley Book of the Year (LBOY)

https://www.sd35.bc.ca/our-district/instructional-departments/langley-book-of-the-year/

Head on over to that link to see what the choices are for this year. Give the kids incentives to read all of them (maybe an LBOY book bingo?)

And, book in a time at the learning commons! The lovely ladies up there will do a book talk for your kiddos and get them hooked on at least one choice. And they usually have a competition of some sort too!

 

FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:

“For Martin-Chang, reading for pleasure isn’t a diversion from rigorous academics—it’s a gratifying form of cognitive exercise, one that is both enjoyable and intellectually beneficial.”

“We don’t just want kids exercising in gym class, we want them to continue to exercise when they get home,” said Martin-Chang. “So it’s the same with reading. In school, we want to show them a range of things that hopefully they’ll pick up, go home, and continue to do on their own time.”

https://www.edutopia.org/article/benefits-reading-fun

 

MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:.

 

FROM THE DISTRICT:

Here are a few items from the Langley School District’s Community Bulletin Board. For more community events please visit https://www.s35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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