This Week at HDSMS – March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020

Week of Mar. 8, 2020

And here it is…the last week before Spring Break! We’ve had a bit of everything this past week – but now the sun (not the snow) is actually here (at least for today)!  This past week has really showcased all the amazing diversity here at HDSMS – from sports jamborees, to Diversity colour days, to our student art being showcased, to career fairs at UFV – its been busy!

We have another busy week in front of us, and I know everyone is looking forward to Spring Break.  As parents & guardians we need to stay positive while keeping our sense of humour and hope, but also holding our expectations high for our kiddos to finish this term strong!

PICTURES FROM THE WEEK:

The Langley District Grade 6 Boys Basketball Jamboree was held @ HDSMS this week! A tremendous job done by our staff including Ms. Twigg, Mr.Bruce, & Ms. Robinson – and the boys did terrific!

 

Ms. Chapman showcasing the tremendous talents of our Skyhawks artists!

A beautiful finish to Respect & Diversity Week with Rainbow Day – Thanks again to Ms. Cowling and the SOGI crew for organizing and to all our Skyhawks who really showed what it meant to value diversity!

Our Literacy Door Decorating Contest is in full swing!  Some are beginning construction – some are finished!!  Look at this door outside Ms. Favero’s room!

Over 60 Grade 8 students went out to UFV this week to participate in the Try A Trade event!

Ms. Twigg repping Skyhawks Rugby at BC Place this weekend during the Rugby 7’s Tournament!

NEW INFORMATION TO SHARE:

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES/INTERVIEWS

On Wednesday (2:00-7:30pm) & Thursday (2:00-4:30pm) of this week we have PT Interviews/Conferences.

Instructions should have been sent in a separate email previously, but they can also be found on the website or HERE

WEDNESDAY  (2:00 pm to 7:30 pm)
THURSDAY (2:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

Parents can sign up through the online booking system HERE: https://hdsms.schoolappointments.com/admin/

GRADE 7 CAMP FUNDRAISER :

Wanna great idea to help celebrate Mother’s Day? Give her a Mother’s Day Hanging Basket! We can take the guess work out with this fundraiser – each basket purchase is $30 and with every sale $7 from each basket will go towards fundraising for Grade 7 Camp!

Mother’s Day Basket Order Form – Grade 7 Camp fundraiser

POWER PLAY – GRADE 8 MARKETPLACE

In term two our Grade 8’s have been working very hard on their unit in Career Ed, called “PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs.” We are looking for customers to come visit our Expo running this Tuesday, March 10th from 9:30-2:00.  Please feel free to come by, but don’t forget your wallet!

 

Langley School District Information Bulletin on COVID-19

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

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.

 

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·     Games Club
TUESDAY·     Photography Club

·     Indoor Soccer

·     Art Club

·     Blacklock Dance 3:30pm – 4:30

  • Grade 5 Feeder Basketball Jamboree 3-6pm
WEDNESDAY·

·     Kids Play

THURSDAY·    After 3 Community room 3:00 – 4:00pm

 

FRIDAY

(Day 1)

·     Pucks

 

ATHLETICS UPDATE 🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯🏐🏀⚽🎾🏸🎯

Here is the Athletics schedule for this week.

March 10 – Grade 5 Feeder Schools Jamboree @ HDSMS 3:00-6:00pm
March 13 – Staff vs. Students Basketball game during Spirit Assembly to better line up with the schedule and be less of a disruption to classes

Classroom Outdoor Sports Bags have been delivered to Grade 6 classes!

All Grade 6 divisions have received their own bags with new outdoor equipment, including a brand new soccer ball, basketball, football, volleyball, rugby ball, and a frisbee! Please make sure that you write your Classroom Number on each piece of equipment. The plan is to purchase these bags for each division over the next 3 years (Winter 2020 – Grade 6, Fall 2020 – next year’s Grade 6, Fall 2021 – Grade 8).


MS. LOREE’S COUNSELLING CONNECTION:

I was so excited to read Ms. Sandher’s email last week where she announced that she will begin having her students perform anonymous random acts of kindness.  In our world today kindness and compassion often take a backseat to self-interest and expendable relationships.  Research shows us that practicing kindness increases happiness and lowers depression/anxiety.   Below is a link to a two-minute video called The Science of Kindness.  You may wish to show it to your own kids, and it may lead to some great conversations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9UByLyOjBM&fbclid=IwAR0htZEYpeEN8a2JJdvlVIpe4WAh3EMqjj9ndWhj4pjAPFsYlj6j9Sa_wIU

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

 

PLANNING AHEAD:

UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE IN THE CALENDAR:

March 10 – Powerplay Event in the Gym

March 13 – Spirit Assembly and Staff vs. Students Basketball Game 1:30pm

March 13 – Last day before Spring Break

April 3 – Day 2 (error in original calendar)

April 15 – HDSMS Speech Fest Blocks 5-8

April 24 – HDSMS Track Meet

April 30 – Speech Fest District Semi Finals Block 1-4 in Library

FROM THE DISTRICT:

Supporting Trauma-Informed Practice Training Resource

As part of the provincial Erase strategy, the Ministry of Education has developed an online Supporting Trauma-Informed Practice training resource to increase awareness of the impact on learning of adverse childhood experience and trauma. The resource contains four customizable publicly-accessible workshop packages that include PowerPoint presentations with embedded videos, facilitator guides, participant handbooks and tip sheets.

Erase:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase/mental-health 

Supporting Trauma-Informed Practice resource:

https://mytrainingbc.ca/traumainformedpractice/

 

FamilySmart(R) “In the Know” March Poster: FamilySmart_InTheKnow_Poster_Langley_March_10-2020

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:

HD Stafford Middle School

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