October 3, 2021
Week of Oct. 3, 2021
What an incredibly powerful week for the entire HDSMS Community. This week we honoured all the residential school survivors and those children who did not come home. Our theme was “Can you hear me? Are you listening?” and we opened our ears and our hearts to the stories and the truth – with the hope that together – we can create a better way forward for all people.
Here’s the Scoop…
PICTURES FROM THE LAST WEEK:
A powerful message came to us from Dwight Ballantyne – who shared his story of life of remote reservations, the impact of residential schools continue to have even today and how resiliency and positivity can shape your future.
Mr. Bell class and the entire HDSMS student body wrote messages of encouragement to honour those who survived residential schools.
|Truth and Reconciliation works were all over the walls at HDSMS – with encouraging comments for all to reflect on.|
Ms. V’s OACES classes painting rocks for our Walk of Truth and our Garden of Hope & Healing.
Truth and Reconciliation Day at Derek DoubleDay Arbouretum
In Mr. Briscoe’s Science classes students were using their some of their knowledge about Evolution to beat an escape room challenge.
|Some Great Serving SKYHAWKS battled it out on Tuesday with MEI! Great job girls!|
The week end with our Walk for the Truth where students learned and discussed the journey to Truth and Reconciliation and each pair of students planted a bulb in our Garden of Hope to honour the beginning of our journey together.
NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:
TERRY FOX RUN UPDATE:
- It’s that time of year again! As we look forward to returning to normal within our community, we are finally able to do some of the fun community activities and initiatives that make HD Stafford so special.
- The Terry Fox Run is an important part of our school culture, and as always, the success of this event depends heavily on our amazing staff to make it all happen.
- Here are the very important details to ensure that this run stays fun and safefor everyone!
- Toonies for Terry will be happening again with the goal of $1200 for HDSMS this year. Online donations will also be available to parents to help us achieve our goal!
- There will be a Finish Line Concession for student to purchase Gatorades and such.
- Route will be the same (2.5km) and pacing will be done by Grade this year with a
- 1) Inspirational video in the gym
- 2) Warm up outside with Mr. Hantke
- 3) Run for Terry
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.
ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL 2021 – OUTDOORS!
Many more details to come in the next two weeks – but we wanted to get the word out!
- OCTOBER 7th 3pm – 7pm
- HDS Back Field & Courtyard
- Outdoor afterschool festival activities and treats
- Rain or Shine
- Activities and games for all ages
Outside Washrooms will be available
We are looking for parents to donate pies or cakes for the Fall Festival Cake Walk. Please have students bring them to the School on October 7th. Students will be directed to bring the cakes to the Community Room
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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to ensure you are on our parent email list.
- Attendance: If your child is going to be away from school – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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|
|LARGE GYM||SMALL GYM|
|Before School||After School||Before School||After School|
|MONDAY||G8 VBALL Practice|
|TUESDAY||Girls Basketball Skills|
|WEDNESDAY||G8 VBALL Practice|
|THURSDAY||G7 Girls VBALL Practice||G8 Boys VBALL HOME vs. BGMS|
G8 Girls VBALL AWAY @ YCMS
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
|MONDAY||DART and FSAs Start||Classrooms/All/Grade 7s|
|TUESDAY||Intervention Team Meeting||Counselling Area||9am-10am|
|World Educator Day!!|
|WEDNESDAY||STAFF MEETING||Small Gym||3:00pm -4:30pm|
|THURSDAY||Fall Festival||Outside (ALL ARE WELCOME)||3:00-7:00pm|
|FRIDAY||Terry Fox Run||Small Gym & Outside||In the Afternoon|
- Sept. 29 – HDSMS Honours National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
- Sept. 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
- October 1 – Day 1
- October 8 – Terry Fox Run
- October 11 – Thanksgiving
- October 15 – Day 1
- October 20/21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
- October 22 – Provincial Professional Development Day
- October 29 – Spirit Day – Halloween or Orange/Black!
- October 29 – Day 2
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 Joehl||Vice Presidentemail@example.com|
|Chantale Hubbs||D-PAC Repfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Solanlle Paguinao||Member at Largeemail@example.com|
|Alexandra Harper||Member at Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Tatarniuk||Member at Largeemail@example.com|
|Cathy Worrall||Hot Lunchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chantale Hubbs||Long Term Planning Committeeemail@example.com|
FThe Community Values Coupon book is available until October 12th! Don’t forget to place your order through munchalunch.com, cash or cheque written to HD Stafford PAC.
FSubway 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.
FPAC will be helping out at the outdoor Fall Fair (Oct 7th) with concession, cake walk and craft table. Store bought cakes and pies can be delivered to the school office on October 7th, starting in the morning. Thanks for your help! If you’re free to volunteer, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49ADA92CA6FEC61-fall
Keep updated with PAC fundraisers and info through Facebook and Instagram at:
If you have any questions or if you are interested to volunteer at our PAC initiatives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“I don’t know what book to read…”
How many of us have heard this as the excuse for our kids not reading during silent reading time?Maybe it is the reason for all the overwhelmed faces of kids during library book exchange time. Well, here is a resource that can help you, help them. It is a link to booklists that have been curated by Pernille Ripp based on her middle school students’ preferences over each of the last few years.
I have read a bunch of them, and there has not been one book she recommended that I didn’t like or love!
FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS:
MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:.
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.
FROM THE DISTRICT: