September 29, 2019
WOW! That was a very full 1stweek here at HDSMS!
Personally, I just wanted to reiterate how amazing it has been to feel so welcomed here at Stafford. Thank you to all the teachers and parents that have helped me settle in, shown me around the school and welcomed me into their classrooms, and helped out with the PAC opening coffee, I am humbled and grateful by the support you’ve shown me in these hectic first weeks.
With that, we welcome all of our new students, and welcome back all of our returning students. Please know that we will continue to strive to make HDSMS a place where all of our students feel that they belong, and where all of our students can find opportunities to help them become successful young people, and work towards becoming the best version of themselves!
From the District:
BACK TO SCHOOL LETTER FROM THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Attached please find correspondence from Rob Fleming, Minister of Education regarding Back to School 2019: MEd Letter – Back to School 2019
School Cash Online
In the start-up package that was emailed to all students, we included information on “School Cash Online,” the District’s fee payment service. This is a useful account, as it makes it easier to pay the Student Activity Fee, athletic fees, field trip fees, and other similar costs. Not yet signed up for “School cash Online”? Please see the attachment for more information: Langley – Parent Step by Step Registration Guide 2019-08-20-1
Bussing Information Update:
If you are not able to log in and/or are experiencing issues, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for support and include a brief explanation. Due to the volume of requests for help a response may be delayed. Thanks for your understanding.
Bussing information is available online through your own personalized account. Please follow this link and instructions below to access your account and receive detailed information about your transportation assignment details:
To access bussing information, please use the link https://elink.sd35.bc.ca/elinkrp/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2felinkrp%2f
New Information To Share:
Grade 6 Instrument Demo on Tuesday:
King’s Music will be coming into the small gym on Tuesday morning (Block 1&2) to demonstrate all of the band instruments that the students can sign-up to use this year.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs:
Our breakfast and lunch programs will be continuing this year. A notice has already gone home outlining the process for both programs. All students are eligible for Breakfast program any day, any time. Students are placed on the lunch program when there is a need and not out of convenience. It should be noted that all other students without a lunch can access snacks at the office or community room anytime during the day.
Clubs and activities starting up:
Please let your children know about the opportunities available to them.
- Open Gym Basketball for Girls: Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30am – 8:30am in the Large gym
- Games Club: Mondays 3:00pm 4:00pm in the Community Room
- Art Club: We will have Art Club 3:00 – 5:00pm Tuesdays in the Community Room. Starting Sept.17th
- Indoor Soccer: Starting Tuesdays Sept. 24th 3:00 – 4:00, Small Gym, see Mr. Bailie (Girls and Boys)
- Photography Club – See Mr. Mitchell
Welcome Back BBQ:
Our annual welcome back BBQ is on September 18th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Our amazing PAC parents will be doing all the work, and it should be another great year. This is a fantastic opportunity to come out and meet your child’s teachers and the incredible staff here at HDSMS, and have dinner at the same time. The plan is be outside, where we mix & mingle (or if raining, in the gym). We’ll see you there!
Our first round of practicum nurses will be in the building this week. Besides hygiene they are open to coming into your classrooms for any health or body related topics. This could include but is not limited to nutrition, sleep, and self-care. Please continue these conversations at home if your child comes home with questions.
This Week At HDSMS Regulars
Intramurals: Information and schedule is up on the big board in the foyer.
PAC Update: Our first PAC meeting of the year will be September 25th. We want to encourage as many parents as possible to get involved and further strengthen our connections with home and school!
What’s Up At LSS: Langley Secondary regularly puts out a blog celebrating the awesome things going on there. Click here to access the Saints Scoop.
District Community Bulletin Board: The District regularly updates parents and families on communities opportunities in and around Langley. Please click here to regularly check in with what opportunities are available.
Coming Up This Week
- Board Games Club 3:00pm
- Open Gym Basketball 7:30 – 8:20
- In-Door Soccer 3:00 – 4:00
- Art Club 3:00 – 5:00pm (Starting Sept 17th)
- Open Gym Basketball 7:30 – 8:20
On The Horizon:
Sept 18th – Welcome Back BBQ
Sept 19th– Photo Day
Sept 20th– School Improvement Day (Students not in session)
Sept 23rd– Terry Fox Spirit Assembly
Sept 25th– 1stPAC Meeting of the year
Sept 26th– Terry Fox Run ( 1:30 pm )
Sept 30th– Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day
Quote of the Week:
In celebration of our recent history-making Canadian US open Grand Slam winner…
“Win or lose, I always learn something.”