This Week at HDSMS – Feb. 17, 2020

February 17, 2020

Week of Feb. 17, 2020

Happy Monday Skyhawks Nation!
I hope everyone had a chance to reconnect with family & friends over the long weekend.  I know for me, after a long busy week and then Friday’s excellent Pro-D on Trauma informed perspective ( thank you again Paulette, Joel & the TIPping committee!) my brain was full!  Having a chance to get outside, exercise, hang out with family – it was refreshing.  I think that is the word – refreshing.  This time in the year can be the hardest to get motivated to keep pushing forward with our goals, both personal and professional.  Stillness, mindfulness, ‘savoring” the moment, and most of all practicing gratitude can be just what we need to refresh our minds and bodies – so that we can do the good work ahead.  I think our Literacy Coach Ms. Burns said it best:
“Today, I am thankful. Thankful for the joyful career I am lucky enough to have. Thankful for the caring, fun, and thoughtful people that I have the privilege to work alongside. Thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow and be inspired by others.”

Speaking of learning, growing & being inspired – this week we have our “Stuck in the Middle” performances coming up as well as our Aboriginal Family Dinner to end the week off!

PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:

Stuck in the Middle our Drama Presentation is Opening this WEEK – February 19th & 20th

Our Grade 8 Web Leaders making Valentine’s Day special for all our Grade 6 Skyhawks!

Dr. Kirk Austin presenting on Trauma Informed Perspective during the Friday Pro-D at HDSMS.

Our morning Announcement crew still going strong!

Grade 7s learning from the Vancouver Aquarium Aqua Van

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

WHITE HATTER IS COMING TO HD STAFFORD ( FEB. 24th 2020)

The White Hatter team has presented to over 450 schools and 50 schools and the United States.Our mission is to equip students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and others with the tools necessary to stay safe and the real world as well as in today’s digital world.

The White Hatter – HD Stafford Poster

 

 

GRADE 9 REGISTRATION INFORMATION & RESOURCES FROM LSS INFORMATION NIGHT

Here are the applications and powerpoint presentation from the Grade 9 Information Night put on by the LSS Admin and Counselling Team:

LSS Grade 9 Course Planning Powerpoint

Trades One Application 2020

AVID Program Application Booklet 2020

 

REMINDER TO PARENTS AROUND COLD WEATHER DRESS & SICKNESS

Just a quick reminder to parents to please have your children dress appropriately for the weather, bringing gloves, jackets and snow gear if applicable.  Please label jackets as we have a had a number of jackets turned into the Lost and Found this year.

ALSO a quick reminder to report your child’s absence if they are ill and if your child has a fever, vomiting etc. they need to be clear 24 hours from last occurrence before they return to school.


LSS ATHLETIC ACADEMIES INFORMATION EVENINGS

Langley Secondary School will be hosting information nights for their sports academy’s for the 2020-2021 school year on the following evenings. They will be hosted in the Langley Secondary Learning Commons (New LSS building).

    • Baseball Academy: Monday, February 24 at 7pm
  • If you have any questions please contact Troy Bannister tbannister@sd35.bc.ca

PRESENTATION ON VAPING

  • On March 11th,Langley Children Youth and Families has an excellent parent presentation planned which will focus on addressing vaping myths, harmful effects of vaping as well as teaching parents what to look for in terms of vape products. As you probably know, many can look like regular objects and can be hard to identify.
  • It is a free event, but we are asking for registration as we have limited seating capacity. Here is the link to registerhttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vaping-youth-parent-info-session-tickets-90248675217

 

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.

PAC UPDATES

If you are interested in the PAC minutes – Here are the latest PAC minutes

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

  FOR STUDENTS
MONDAY FAMILY DAY – Enjoy some time with friends & family
TUESDAY –     Photography Club

–     Indoor Soccer

–     Art Club

–     Blacklock Dance 3:30pm – 4:30

WEDNESDAY –      SOGI Club at Lunchtime with Ms. Cowling

–      Dance Club at Lunchtime – in Dance Studio with Mrs. Bhamra

–      Me to We hot dog day @ lunch

–      Kids Play 3:00 – 4:30

THURSDAY –     After 3 Community room 3:00 – 4:00pm
FRIDAY Aboriginal Family Dinner

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

Here is the Athletics schedule for this week.

TUES FEB 18             3:00pm            G7 Boys vs. LCS 2
TUES FEB 18             3:00pm            G7 Girls 1 vs. BES
WED FEB 19             3:00pm            G6 Boys 1 vs. LFA
WED FEB 19             3:00pm            G6 Girls vs. LFMS 1


MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:

This past week I have dealt with multiple issues related to social media use.  When discussing with Mr. Hantke, he recommended a Ted Talk by Collin Kartchner.  I am so glad that he did!  Not only did I watch it, but I have shared it countless times with friends, colleagues and with the parents that I met with this week.  If you are a parent, know a parent or plan on being a parent then you will probably find watching it well worth your time.

https://www.ted.com/talks/collin_kartchner_can_flip_phones_end_our_social_media_addiction

PLANNING AHEAD:

UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE IN THE CALENDAR:

February 19 – “Stuck in the Middle” School Play. Small Gym Closures 12:00 – 2pm
February 20 – “Stuck in the Middle” School Play. Small Gym Closures 12:00 – 2pm
February 21 – Aboriginal Family Dinner Big Gym Closure 2:00pm
February 22 – Girls at STEM at LEC
February 24 – Design & Assessment Day – (CSL Morning, Report Card Prep Afternoon)
February 24 – White Hatter Parent Presentation 6:00 – 8:00pm (Main Gym)
February 25 – Respect & Diversity Week-White Hatter Student Presentation 9-11:00 am (Main Gym)

FROM THE DISTRICT:

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL COMING TO LSS!!!

  • TheLSS Musical Theatre Department is proud to announce that Seussical the Musical is coming to LSS!  Come and watch our talented and dedicated students in Musical Theatre perform in this dedication to the fabulous works of the famous author, Dr. Seuss!
  • Performances:  Feb 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7pm plus 2pm shows on Feb 22 and 29
  • Tickets reservationsvia email to lss@gmail.com
  • Pay at the door in cash or via schoolcashonline at:https://sd35.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/21149/111/False/True

SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

Here are a few items from the Langley School District’s Community Bulletin Board. For more community events please visit https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

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HD Stafford Middle School

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