Stafford Scoop Oct. 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

Week of Oct. 11, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Thanksgiving is the day that gives gratitude a good name.

But I think to truly understand it, you have to develop a relationship with gratitude, perhaps even a dependence on it, in your own daily life in a way that is deeply personal and only yours (imagine a fingerprint) — but you have to be able to share it, too, (imagine an outstretched hand).  It’s a two-step process, really: You generate gratitude from within/or from above — then push it back out into the world.

But here’s the thing: When things go haywire (September anyone?) that’s when we need gratitude more than ever. I’ll often tell my own kids that happiness is a feeling (it’s fleeting), but joy is a CHOICE – and you can make that choice everyday.  When we choose joy/gratefulness it does just as much for us as it does for others. So as you sit down either in person or virtually with those you love this Thanksgiving, don’t forget that exploring and expressing your own thankfulness/gratitude can be a constant pursuit, not just on Thanksgiving day, but every day. So seek it. Find it. Pass it along.  We need it now more than ever.

Here’s the Scoop…


Tuesday Oct. 5 was World Educator Day we honoured the AMAZING staff of HD Stafford with Starbucks Coffee and Quarter Pounder Cookies!


Mrs. Miller gave an incredible presentation at our October Staff meeting on the importance of Social Emotional Learning and how we continue to foster growth in our students in this area through FLOCK which is starting this week! Below staff are describing the skills and traits they want to foster in every Skyhawk before they leave our walls.

The Fall Festival highlighted Thursday and was an incredible success!  Thank you to our fantastic PAC, Community Partners and Mr. Hendy for all his work behind the scenes bringing this together!

There was activities and food for all and even a chance to “pie” your teacher in the face – all for a great cause!  We even had some Skyhawks Teaching Alumni come and join us with their newest additions to the Nest!

A HUGE thank you to this fantastic PAC crew – don’t they look sharp! #Skyhawkspride

Mr. Cotten and Grade 8 boys Volleyball took on BGMS while all the festivities were going on outside – great job Skyhawks!

In Mrs. Wallace’s room is a beautiful mural explaining the concept of the Growth Mindset through historical figures – inspiring!

Mr. Wright and his Athletic Leadership Crew were a huge part of Friday’s Terry Fox run!  It was a smashing success with a highlight video soon to come!  Thank you Skyhawks for all your help in raising money for our Toonies for Terry campaign!



PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES will be happening again this year at HD Stafford Middle School and we highly encourage you to book a time to speak with your child’s teacher around their progress.  We see these opportunities as a great way to celebrate the learning that has already taken place and to plan ahead for any potential challenges that may arise later in the year.

Parent teacher interviews will take place on

  • Wednesday, October 20th (2:00pm-4:30pm) and

  • Thursday, October 21st (2:00pm – 7:30pm).

Meetings will be set up for online bookings starting on Tuesday, October 12th for 15-minute time slots either by virtual or in person.  
Please use the links below to book your virtual or in-person appointment:


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.

Foundation Skills Assessment

Every year students in grades 4 and 7 participate in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), a province- wide assessment, mandated by the Ministry of Education. This year, the FSA will be administered in Langley between October 4 and November 12, 2021. The following information is intended to clarify for Langley parents the purpose and use of the FSA.

FSA Parent Letter 2021Sep


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).


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:


  • 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:


The community room supports building confidence in our Skyhawks

Afterschool Programming:


  • Kids’ Play Starting October 15th Multi-sport and mentorship program. Everyone is welcome. This program will be in the Community Room and Multi-purpose Room 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Sign up with Mr.Hendy


  • 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.



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

Grade 8 Volleyball continues this week, with our Grade 8 Girls traveling to YCMS, and our G8 Boys hosting BGMS!

OCTOBER 4-8 Gym Schedule
Before SchoolAfter SchoolBefore SchoolAfter School
TUESDAYGirls Basketball Skills





MONDAYHappy Thanksgiving!  
WEDNESDAYSuperintendent MeetingOut of Building-John & Natalie

Erin F is TIC

8:00 – 11:30am
 Ensouling Our SchoolLearning Commons/EOS Team3:30 – 6:00 pm
 PAC MeetingVirtual Zoom Meeting6:30-8:00 pm


  • October 20/21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 21 – Great Canadian Shakeout – Earthquake Drill and Evacuation (9:45am)
  • October 22 – Professional Development Day
  • October 27 – School Based Team
  • October 29 – Spirit Day – Halloween or Orange/Black!
  • October 29 – Day 2
  • November 2 – Intervention Team Meeting
  • November 3 – Photo Retakes AND Class Photos
  • November 4 – Staff Meeting
  • November 5 – Day 1


Welcome to the 2021/22 HD Stafford PAC!

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.

Alex JoehlVice
Chantale HubbsD-PAC
Solanlle PaguinaoMember at
Alexandra HarperMember at
Lisa TatarniukMember at
Cathy WorrallHot
Chantale HubbsLong Term Planning


The Community Values Coupon book is available until October 12th! Fundraiser will be open a few extra days in case you forgot to place your order – either through, cash or cheque written to HD Stafford PAC. Prizes will be given out in the next two weeks.

Subway Hot lunch is coming Oct 21st! Please take time to sign up for Munch a Lunch in order to access hot lunches or fundraisers. We will let you know when the ordering is open. 

Our first PAC meeting is on Wednesday, October 13th, 6:30pm via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the meeting. PAC meetings will alternate between zoom and in person meetings this year.

Thanks to the parents who helped out at the Fall Fair last week. It was amazing to see the community being able to gather together.

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

HDSMS Parent Group

HDStafford Middle School PAC


If you have any questions or if you are interested to volunteer at our PAC initiatives, please contact



 How to choose a book

Think about the last time you visited the cereal aisle in the grocery store. Did you choose something you know you like because you have eaten it before? Did someone recommend that cereal to you? Did you like the design on the box? Did you read the nutrition information? Or, did you walk out empty handed because you were overwhelmed by the options and couldn’t figure out how to make a choice?

Over the years, hopefully you have learned how to make choices. You learned that decision making is a process and there are consequences for your choices. The organic version of Frosted Flakes doesn’t taste as good but it has less sugar. You prefer Cheerios over Frosted Mini-Wheats but the jumbo box of Mini-Wheats is less expensive.

Regardless of the choice you make, if you have a purpose for making a choice, and if you are responsible for the choice, you likely feel ownership of the outcome.

Why choice matters.

The same phenomenon occurs when kids choose books. Kids need to have a purpose for choosing a book and they need to know how to make a choice before they can feel ownership of their decisions. Research demonstrates that engaging kids in choice drives motivation and motivation drives reading outcomes. This can only be achieved if kids are taught how to make choices.

Choice is a key pillar of Book Trust.

Choice, Celebration, and Consistency. These three key components of Book Trust are woven together to drive students’ motivation to read. And when kids who want to read have books that they are interested in reading, they read more and become better readers. This is what Book Trust is committed to—inspiring a passion for reading and life-long learning through book choice and ownership.

So how to help your students choose a book? Use these 5 criteria. Might even be a good idea to post a graphic / poster near your classroom library.


Motivating Middle School readers can be tough. If you are looking to try a challenge, Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, has a “40 book challenge.” There are lots of adaptations of this, but the idea is to have students read one book per week for the entire school year. It can include a genre tracker to help students branch out, but is primarily focused on student choice of their reading material. Students should be spending more time reading rather than work based on their reading and should have choice in what they are reading. This should be a personal challenge and not a competition. There are tons of blogs on various adaptations of this. We have Miller’s book The Book Whisperer- Awakening the Reader in Every Child in our professional library if you want some tips and inspiration on encouraging and supporting reading in all children. A great way to start this might be with a Book Tasting in the Library Learning Commons. Come and see us for any information or support!


Grounding is a mindfulness technique that encourages students to focus on the present.  Grounding exercises often help to calm students when they become caught up in anxious or negative thoughts and big emotions, but they can also help with transitioning from one activity to another.  At home, the morning is often chaotic for many of our students.  Taking a moment when they first arrive to do grounding exercises may lead to a smoother start to the school day.


Here are a few items from the Langley School District’s Community Bulletin Board. For more community events please visit




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