Week of April 11th

April 10, 2016


Another beautiful West Coast weekend! Nice to be outside getting things done around the house. Supposed to get back to normal this week with some rain so hopefully you got a little Vitamin D reserve to get you through. Lots going on this week, so please read through what’s happening This Week At HDSMS: April11th

Information To Share:

Collaboration Day This Friday: Just a reminder that this Friday is a staff collaboration day. Students are dismissed at 1:34pm

Curriculum Implementation Day: Just a reminder that Monday April 18th is a day for staff to work on professional development related to the re-designed curriculum. There is no school for students.

Grade 8 Find Your Fit: Our grade 8s will be on a field trip this Friday morning to Yorkson Creek Middle School to experience a variety of trades, hands-on. Teachers, please collect all permission forms by Wednesday.

Grade 5 Parent Info Night: This Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 we have our parent information night for next year’s incoming Skyhawks. Parents and students are welcome to come and meet some staff and get an idea of what to expect as they transition to middle school. You can access more information by clicking here.

Wrestling Club: We are excited to have Chris Rinke and Senior Wrestling students from LSS coming to HD Stafford Middle School on Wednesdays after school from 3:00 – 4:30 to run a Wrestling Club You can access more information here First meeting is this week.

EdCamp35: This awesome unconference is happening this Saturday at HD Stafford Middle School. A great chance to learn and connect with all stakeholders in education. And you get free lunch if you pre-register at www.edcamp35.com

Summer Session Registration Opens April 5th: Langley School District is proud to once again be offering a comprehensive summer session offering. You can find all the Middle Years opportunities by clicking here as well as all the Secondary School offerings by clicking here. HD Stafford will be hosting a 6 week program connected to 212 for grade 6 – 8. We will also be offering a 2 week program for our incoming grade 5s to help transition them to our school. More information is available at www.sd35summersession.ca

Red Cross Babysitting Course: So you want to be a babysitter? Or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. information covered includes: Exploring the business of babysitting, creating safe environments, safely caring for ages 0-12, and first aid skills. HD Stafford, May 6 2016, 8:30am-3:30pm Grade 6  $60 + GST online registration


Jesse Miller Rescheduled: We are excited to have Jesse Miller come to speak with our students on April 21st about social media and safety. He will also be doing a parent night that same evening from 6:30 – 8:00. Below is a write up of the presentation:

Social Media, Connected Children, Parenting the Mobile Device Child:

An interactive and visual presentation helps parents understand where the social media and tech concerns are in our connected community. This is a must-see presentation for parents who would like to proactively examine the challenges of social media, reveal the realities behind the concerns around social media, and prompt dialogue that fits your home values. This presentation will provide parents with the tools needed to better equip themselves for parenting in the social media generation, extend the dialogue to reflect technology influences in your home, and address the current trends in social media use within British Columbia. 

Jesse Miller is a respected national speaker on the topics of social media awareness, social networking behaviour, and online content evaluation. He has been presenting and consulting with schools, government organizations, and public safety agencies since 2007. His presentations have reached thousands of participants across Canada and his presentation addresses issues ranging from Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Curriculum development. Jesse is renowned for proactively examining the challenges of social media and has spoken at hundreds of schools across Canada.

Learn more by visiting www.mediatedrealtiy.com 

Community Announcements: Often HD Stafford gets valuable information from community organizations in our surrounding area. These will be shared on the following link. This week we have the following:

None This Week

Professional Learning: Here are a few of the professional learning articles, websites and videos I have “scooped” to  Leadership With Purpose: Random Curation of a Passionate Educator Be sure to check out the following:

  • Personalizing Learning For Today’s Students
  • The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers (video)
  • Is Busy Killing Learning?
  • Shelley Moore: Transforming Inclusive Education (video)
  • 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Should Know

Up-coming Dates


212 Nifty Fifty Field Trip To Castle Fun Park 10:00 – 1:25


Boys Rugby Game after school at Chief Dan Middle School at 3:15



Indoor Soccer 3:00 – 4:00


Boys Rugby Game after school at HDSMS vs Abby Middle at 3:15

Girls Rugby Game after school at Chief Dan Middle School at 3:15


Collaboration Afternoon – students dismissed at 1:34pm

Practice/Gym Schedule:

Badminton Intramurals start Tuesday and Thursday this week in the big gym (drop in)

Hockey playoffs continue this week:

Monday: Eagles v. Hawks

Tuesday: Panthers v. Winner from Monday

Wednesday: Tigers v. Winner from Tuesday

Friday: Dream Team v. Intramural Champs (in the small gym 11:25-11:55)

Please click here to access the Practice/Gym Schedule for this week.

HD Stafford Middle School

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