Stafford Scoop Nov. 8, 2021

November 8, 2021


Week of Nov. 7, 2021

The amazing learning continues here at HDS as students are exploring cell models, genetics, pie making, story-telling, persuasive paragraphs and everything in-between!  It has been incredible to see our school transform literally overnight from a spooky, ghoulish building to a beautiful tribute to our brave veterans – past and present.  Remembrance Day is so important and impactful for our students here at HDSMS.  A time where we can all take a moment to acknowledge the incredible sacrifice that was made by so many, in all the wars of the past century – and that we would honour those who fought and gave their lives for our freedoms today.  Also, that our thoughts and prayers would be those who are currently in conflict – whether soldier or civilian – in other areas of the world.   To all our veterans – we thank you for your service, your courage and your sacrifice.

Here’s the Scoop…

PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:

Red 7 Enjoyed some intense games of wheelchair basketball this week!

Though HDSMS is in targeted measures, it has not dampened the creativity and drive of our GOLD 6 students at lunchtime who were writing thank you cards to their Exploration teachers (Ms. V’s love of frogs above) and solving challenging puzzles.

Mr. Lane was finishing off the Foods Exploration with Apple Turnovers, meanwhile students from Mr. Briscoe were rocking the Neon for their 80s Workout!

Ms. Debad and Jacqueline from GREEN 7 were having an improptu Twin Day!!  What are the chances!?

 

Students in Mrs. Fontaine’s Textiles classes were very excited to show off all the skills they learned during this first 10 weeks!  WOW!

  

Mr. Hendy takes a moment to do some reading with our students in BLUE 6 – #buildingcommunity!

 

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

TARGETED MEASURES:

Last week, we sent out a notice that we received from Fraser Health regarding the targeted measures that will be in place for the next two weeks at HD Stafford Middle School. (the link is below if you have not seen the document).

Targeted Measures HDSMS

One of the measures outlined is minimizing the mixing of classes and inter-class gatherings. This impacts our school in multiple ways:

  • ALL ATHLETICS & EXTRA CURRICULAR ARE POSTPONED UNTIL NOV.18th
    • We will be “postponing” all extra-curricular clubs / sports / teams until Target Measures are lifted on Nov. 18th.
    • Mr. Wright has been in contact with the other AD’s in the district and we will attempt to re-schedule games – however this is very difficult in the short season.
  • BAND WILL CONTINUE WITH TARGETED MEASURES IN PLACE:
    • Students in Grade 7 & 8 Band will be able to continue, though the class will be separated in classes much like last year
    • Students in Grade 6 Band will be split into two groups ( as the group is too big ) where classes Div.1-5 will be on Tuesday Nov. 9th, and Div 6-10 will be on Nov. 16th.
  • PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILDREN TO BRING THEIR MASKS TO SCHOOL
    • We are requesting parent support with the mask mandate that the PHO made.  To date, we have handed out over 2,000 masks and unfortunately, we cannot continue to do so.  We do require that students come to school every day with a mask on.  It would be helpful if students had an extra mask or two which can stay in their backpack or locker in the event they lose or dirty their mask during the day.  We appreciate the efforts every family is making daily to help keep our kids safe.

Vaping Prevention Resources

As part of the Province’s ongoing work to combat the surge in youth vaping, the Youth Advisory Council for Anti-Vaping and the Minister of Health created the BC Lung Toolkit with new classroom presentations for Grades 5-7 and 8-10, and a video. These resources are intended to support school administrators, educators and parents in talking to children and youth about the risks of vaping.

Remembrance Day – Legion’s Poppy Campaign

It is a long-standing tradition for schools to support our veterans and the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion. Due to our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the distribution and collection of funds for poppies will be different again this year. Please note that our school will be receiving a poppy for every student. We will be distributing them to classes in a safe manner. We will continue to collect funds this year in support of the Legion’s Poppy Campaign but kindly ask students and their families to donate online via School Cash Online.

Please do not send any cash or cheques with your child to school. We appreciate your generosity. As always, our school is committed to educating our community about the meaning of the poppy and Remembrance Day.

Derek Doubleday “A Month to Remember”

A Walk to Remember

Spearheaded by two Langley youth and their organization, Langley Youth for the Fallen: A Walk to Remember, the Walk commemorates Canadian Forces personnel who lost their lives while serving in the Canadian mission in Afghanistan (2002-2011). A total of 162 trees were planted at the Arboretum in honour of the 162 Canadians who lost their lives (including four civilians) through the nine years of the Afghan mission. The central commemorative feature is symbolic of a tree whose life has been cut short. Wrapped around the trunk, a steel ribbon ascends towards the sky, carrying the names of the fallen Canadians.  Please see the attached overview of the initiative as well as a press release and please share out with your school communities in your next newsletter. Not only is this a great initiative to promote with Remembrance Day around the corner but it also serves as a fundraiser for the ABSL.

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:  

PLEASE NOTE ALL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING IS CANCELLED UNTIL NOV. 18th

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!

PLEASE NOTE ALL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING IS CANCELLED UNTIL NOV. 18th

Stafford Athletics Schedule this week:

Stafford Athletics Schedule this week:

Monday:

  • G6 Girls VBALL Practice 7:30am Large Gym
  • G8 Girls VBALL Practice 3:00pm Large Gym
  • Archery 3:00pm Small Gym

Tuesday:

  • Girls BBALL Skills 7:30am;
  • Archery 5:00pm Small Gym

Wednesday:

  • Boys BBALL Skills 3:00 – 4:00 pm Large Gym

Thursday:

  • G7 VBALL Practice 7:30am Large Gym;
  • Archery 5:00pm Small Gym

Friday:

  • Archery 5:00pm Small Gym

 

COMING UP THIS WEEK @ HDSMS:

DAYEVENTWHERE/WHOWHEN
MONDAY   
TUESDAY   
WEDNESDAYRemembrance Day Virtual Presentation  
 School Based Team MeetingLibrary AnnexBlock 4
THURSDAYRemembrance DaySchool ClosedSchool Closed
FRIDAYDesign and Assessment DayAll Day!Students Do Not Attend

 

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • November 16 – BC Wall and Ceiling Arrival – Grade 8 Students
  • November 16 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • November 19 – Day 2
  • November 23 – Team Leader Meeting 3pm
  • November 24 – SBT
  • November 24 – Ensouling Our Schools 3:30-6:00pm
  • November 26 – Day 1
  • November 26 – School Spirit Day
  • November 30 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • December 2 – Staff Meeting
  • December 3 – Day 2
  • December 8 – School Based Team Meeting
  • December 10 – Report Cards Issued
  • December 14 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • December 17 – LAST DAY PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK!!!!

PAC NEWS:

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

The final orders for the Community Value Coupons Book Fundraiser were delivered last week!

Over $2000 was raised.

Hot lunch is November 19th! The deadline for ordering has passed. The next Hot Lunch is December 13th, order by Dec 6th.  Please contact hdsmspac@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer on these days, 9-11:30am or go to Signup genius for volunteers

The next PAC meeting is on Tuesday, November 16th, 6:30pm in the HD Stafford Library. PAC meetings will alternate between zoom and in person meetings this year. 

 

Getting ready for Christmas! 

A chance for everyone to order pointsettias or other greenery by going to:

https://hdstafford.growingsmilesfundraising.com

Order deadline Nov 19th – Pick up Sat, Dec 4th (time to be confirmed)

(Credit card or cheques accepted)

 

Yummy chocolate treats for yourself or gifts! 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:

We are working on a new display on favourite literary quotes. Please send your favourite to ejones@sd35.bc.ca or lmarkle@sd35.bc.ca

One of mine is from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, spoken by Atticus Finch to his son Jem after the death of their neighbour, Mrs. Dubose:

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

 

MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:.

There are four things we can do to keep hope alive, including shifting the focus from everyone or everything back to you.  How are you showing up and what do you have control over?  Secondly, surround yourself with optimism and the people who have it.  Third, have a playlist, a stack of quote cards or a Netflix series at the ready that will bring back some joy.  Lastly, keep your past miracles present – the kids you were successful with, just how far you’ve come, what you already survived – all the little reminders that remind you just how important you are to this world. ~ Dr. Jody Carrington

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