Stafford Scoop Nov. 28, 2021

November 29, 2021


Week of Nov. 28, 2021

Happy Sunday Skyhawks Nation!  Well that was a FULL week!   A week where our students had the opportunity to explore all of the social, academic, athletic and artsy aspects that HD Stafford Middle has to offer!  Just a quick run through the pictures to just how busy this place is – thank you to all our amazing staff who continue to provide these fantastic experiences for our students.  Just a reminder that as we approach the Christmas season that this can be a difficult time for some in our broader community.  There is a lot going on in our neighbouring communities with floods and displacement so take an extra measure of grace with you this week in your own workplace – both for yourself and others.  Also know that this season can also bring out the best in people – and having opportunities to give back to others can often be the most rewarding gift of all.

Here’s the Scoop…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

  

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

Langley Christmas Bureau 2021

Help fulfill a Christmas wish this holiday season! The Langley Christmas Bureau is once again offering its services to Langley families. Learn how you can help provide a festive dinner or gifts for children in our community by clicking on the QR code on this poster here. If your family is in need of support this year, review the details in this poster here. This initiative is open to families with children from newborn to grade 12. For more information, please visit: langleychristmasbureau.com

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OUR FANS!

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 with Taran!!!! 3:00pm – 5:00pm Students will be able to create arts and crafts as well as baking food and play board games.
  • PUCKS  1:45pm – 4:00pm
  • Archery 3:30 – 5:00

 

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:

MorningAfternoon
Large GymSmall GymLarge GymSmall Gym
Mon7:30am G6 Volleyball Practice3:00pm G7 Girls Volleyball Practice3:00pm Archery
TuesBoys Basketball Skills

Girls Basketball Skills

G6 Boys and G6 Girls Volleyball vs. LCS 15:00pm Archery
WedBoys Basketball SkillsG7 Girls Volleyball HDS1 vs. Credo

G7 Girls Volleyball HDS2 vs. LFM 2

3:00pm G7 Boys Volleyball vs. PEM
Thurs7:30am G7 Girls VBALL Practice3:00pm G6 Boys Volleyball Practice5:00pm Archery
Fri3:00pm Archery

 

COMING UP THIS WEEK @ HDSMS:

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
 
THURSDAYGrade 7 ImmunizationsSmall GymTBA
FRIDAYDay 2

 

 Spirit DayEveryone!!90s WEAR!!!!
 JHSCAnnex9:30am
 FIRE DRILL**Please refer to email coming Tuesday**BLOCK 2 10:15am
 Report Cards DueNatalie – Red/Green

John – Gold/Blue

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:

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

Pick up time will be 1-3pm, Saturday, December 4th. If you would like to be notified if the wreaths and pointsettias are available for pickup earlier in the day, send an email to gina at hdsmsfundraising@gmail.com and leave your name and phone number for texting.

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. 

Pick up time for Purdy’s Orders are Thursday, Dec 9th, from 3-4 outside the school.

Anyone interested to volunteer at Willowbrook Mall for holiday gift wrapping to support Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Langley as a family or a group, go to: https://langley.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/holiday-gift-wrapping-sign-up/

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

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, Zoom

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, HD Stafford Library

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, HD Stafford Library

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, Zoom

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, HD Stafford Library

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, Zoom

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (AGM) HD Stafford Library

The 2021/22 HDSMS PAC EXECUTIVE:

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/

Summer Program Opportunity for Students Wanting to Learn French or Improve Their French Language (ages 13 and up)

Summer Program to Learn French in Quebec

The Explore Program (formerly the Summer Language Bursary Program) is an intensive French language program for students ages 13 and up, with any skill level in French. All meals, lodging and instructional fees are covered through the program. Secondary students can receive four French elective credits to put towards their Dogwood Diploma. Those interested in this opportunity must apply on the Explore website by February 15, 2022. Please contact Marc.Labelle@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions

Give Warmth 2021 – Langley New Coat Drive

Help Langley families in need to receive a NEW coat this winter. Needed: New coats only, in a range of sizes from XXS-XXL, for infants, children, youth and adults. Please consider giving to this drive so we can ensure our community is warm and dry this winter.

Coat Drive Drop-off Locations:⁠

  • ⁠December 11th from 11am – 2pm at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church (3025 264 Street, Aldergrove)⁠
  • December 11th from 11am – 2pm at the Raphael Family Support Centre (20471 Douglas Crescent, Langley)⁠
  • December 12th from 1pm – 4pm at the Living Waters Church (9095 Glover Rd, Fort Langley)⁠

Tax receipts will be issued for cash donations and are accepted through the LSDF.orgwebsite!⁠

To learn more, visit https://lsdf.org/community-give-warmth-2021/⁠

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 

HD Stafford Middle School

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