Week of November 16th

November 15, 2015

HDSMS MainHopefully all of you had a great weekend! Goes by so quickly! Lots going on this week so be sure to read through the information below carefully.

Information To Share

Report Card Prep Afternoon: This Friday is our Report Card Prep ½ Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:20. The afternoon is your time to work on report cards/assessment.

PAC Meeting: We have our November PAC meeting this Wednesday at 6:30. Everyone is invited! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Moustache Monday: Get out your scissors and fuzzy, furry felt materials!  Twirl those handlebars! It’s Mustache Monday tomorrow! Students are encouraged to come to school displaying their own ‘staches in support of and to raise awareness about prostrate cancer research. Colour house points will be awarded for those proudly displaying their moustaches and an award will be given for the wackiest and craziest moustaches by grade group.  

Langley Secondary Football: This Saturday at 10:00am LSS will make history for its school by playing in the second round of playoff in BC Place against Vernon. We will have tickets on sale and the school is also organizing busses. We wil have more information on Monday and will share it out with the community as soon as we have it.

Cafeteria Is Closing: Just a reminder that the last day the HD Stafford cafeteria will be open is Friday, November 27th. Please remind students they will need to bring their own lunches effective November 30th as there will be no option to purchase. Those students who are part of the lunch program will continue their normal process.

Simonds and Blacklock Neighbourhood Meeting – The City of Langley Council and staff look forward to hosting an informative and interactive meeting for residents of the Simonds and Blacklock neighbourhoods on Tuesday, November 24th  from 6:00-8:00pm in the small gym of H.D. Stafford Middle School, 20441 Grade Crescent. Join us to learn more about what is happening in your community and to share thoughts and ideas moving forward. No RSVP is required. For additional information, please contact cityadmin@langleycity.ca.  

Feedback On District Calendar 2016 – 2019: The Trustees approve calendars three years at a time. As part of the process, they elicit feedback from community, parents and staff. If individuals want to provide direct feedback the email address is feedback@sd35.bc.ca  Here is the direct link to the calendar page.

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 at www.sd35.bc.ca.  Alerts regarding school status will appear as a banner at the top of the District website. Clicking on ‘More Details’ will provide more information. School status information may also be found under News & Events’, ‘School Status Alerts’. We will also post updates to Twitter and Facebook. You can also access the information on the HD Stafford Middle School Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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.  Current information is also recorded on the Langley School District’s Information Hotline at 604-532-1453. (Do not hang up if your call is not connected right away).  Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130 AM, CKNW 980 AM, Country Radio 107.1 FM or CBC 690 AM 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.

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:

Aboriginal Christmas Family Gathering

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:

  • 10 Questions With Brene Brown
  • 4 Questions That Encourage Growth Mindset In Students
  • Taming The Fox

Upcoming Dates


Moustache Monday

Football Game at Howe Middle School

Archery 3:00 -5:00pm


Grade 6 Immunizations

Gr. 6 girls vs LCS @HDS


Boys Soccer 3:00 – 4:00pm

Gr. 6 boys vs Fundy2 @HDS  

Gr. 7 boys vs LCS @LCS  

Gr. 7 girls vs LCS @HDS

PAC Meeting at 6:30pm


Fire Drill Today

Archery 3:00 -5:00pm



Report Card Prep ½ Day (students dismissed at 11:20)
Aboriginal Christmas Family Gathering

Sports/Gym Schedule

Intramurals Schedule:

  • Tuesday Nov. 17 Eagles V. Lions
  • Wednesday Nov. 18 Jays V. Tigers
  • Thursday Nov. 19 Hawks V. Panthers

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