Stafford Scoop Sept. 26, 2021

September 26, 2021

Week of Sept 26, 2021

This week was highlighted with having our Skyhawks Community returning into our building!  It was wonderful to have our parents in our building, in our classrooms, and experiencing all the amazing opportunities you provide for our students every day!  It was also awesome to see our Grade 8 girls volleyball team welcome sports back into the nest for the first time in 18 months!  We ended this week with our school improvement day where we were able to walk away from the day, knowing more about what we need to do for our students, knowing more about each other, and appreciating how our own stories will impact our teaching.

Here’s the SCOOP…


Ms. Forbes really getting into the fall season while beating the “Boiler Breakdown”!

So wonderful to welcome parents back into our building on Meet the Teacher Night #Skyhawkpride!

This week we welcomed back Skyhawk Sports with our Grade 8 Girls Volleyball team!  Coach McKellar & Coach Twigg were so positive with the team in their first game against Brookswood!  GO SKYHAWKS GO!

Map of Red 8s Hearts – connecting important personal attributes to geographical features.
The students in Red 8 were examining the power of “Blackout Poetry” to find the story within the story.
Red 7 students spent an hour to give back to our environment by keeping our field clean!  Thanks Skyhawks!

Our Literacy Teachers working on strategies and interventions for each proficiency level.

The week ended with our School Improvement Day – A powerful day of learning centered around out students and our stories. Above our Numeracy teachers are working on a baseline common assessment for Numeracy at each grade level to help identify and target supports in mathematics.

Staff paricipated in indignenous drumming during our workshop on Ways of Knowing with Dr. Vicki Kelly from SFU.

Ms. Wright is expecting her first baby – we wanted to wish her well on her maternity leave – and we’re looking forward to welcoming the newest Skyhawk to the nest!



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

We are looking for parents to donate pies or cakes for the Fall Festival. Please bring them to the school on Oct.7th


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:


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:


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

 Our first fundraiser is coming! The Community Values Coupon book sales have started!  Lots of coupons have been added, supporting businesses from Aldergrove, Langley and Cloverdale. Ordering is available until Oct 12th through, cash or cheque written to HD Stafford PAC.

 Munch a Lunch – Please take time to sign up for Munch a Lunch in order to access hot lunches or fundraisers.

 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.


 PAC will be helping out at the outdoor Fall Fair (Oct 7th) with concession, cake walk and craft table. Look out for a sign up list for volunteers, coming out next week


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



MONDAYMiddle School NetworkingSBO – John and Natalie

Erin is Teacher in Charge

 Opening Sharing CircleClassroomsThroughout the day
TUESDAYTeam Leader MeetingLearning Commons7:15 AM
 DART InserviceLearning Commons/New to DART or want a refresherLunch
 Ballantyne Project – Indian Residential School ProgramClassrooms/Teams9am
WEDNESDAYOrange Shirt Day


Please see schedulePlease see schedule
 Walk With the TruthMeet on back field – fire drill formation (approx. 25-minute walk)Grade 6 – 10:10

Grade 7 – 12:03

Grade 8 – 1:28


 Healing Garden PlantingOutdoor Classroom Area 
 Paper T-ShirtsClassrooms/ Each ClassThroughout the day
 SBTLibrary AnnexBlock 4
THURSDAYNational Day for Truth and ReconciliationSchool Not in SessionOpportunities for our students to do the Walk With the Truth with their families
FRIDAYDay of ReflectionClassroomsThroughout the day
 JHSC – September MeetingLibrary Annex10am


  • 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



“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!

Happy reading!



What Our Students Are Reading

The Top 10 Circulations of this past school year:

  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. Smile, Raina Telgemeier
  3. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
  4. Sisters, Raina Telgemeier
  5. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  6. The End of the Wild, Nicole Lea Helget
  7. The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf
  8. Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney
  9. The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy Crazy Stacey, Gale Galligan
  10. Bone #1: Out From Boneville, Jeff Smith




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




HD Stafford Middle School

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