The Saints Scoop – April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017

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There are many facets and layers to the New Curriculum that make it both exciting in terms of possibilities, but also challenging in finding new ways to help students engage in their learning.  One of the key themes that is woven into all courses is the inclusion of Aboriginal ways of knowing and seeing the world.  This inclusion in the curriculum is part of a larger movement to acknowledge the Aboriginal influences in our culture, respect the Aboriginal experience in this province, and ensure that we do not repeat the negative policies of the past.  This can be summarized by the efforts of Reconciliation across the entire country, and especially in Langley School District; these efforts include the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, findings and recommendations, the Langley District Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement, “Every Child Matters” day, and the Reconciliation plaques that are in every educational building in the Langley School District.  At the end of all this, we want ALL of our students to be positively connected to LSS, and this can be achieved through better understanding of our past, the building of positive and respectful relationships, and the growth of a mutual respect that sets the stage for a better learning experience and a better future for everyone.  Read on for one example of the many ways that LSS staff weave Aboriginal understandings into curriculum and every day experiences; look for more examples in coming editions of the Saints Scoop!


  • Carmen Majdanac, LSS’s Aboriginal Support Worker, shared a valuable presentation on “The Medicine Wheel” with Planning 10 students, where they were taken on a personal journey and given the opportunity to reflect on the importance of Balance in their lives.  Students were asked to reflect on what they are currently doing to meet their Emotional, Physical, Mental and Spiritual needs in their day-to-day activities then asked to consider what they might do to improve their “Balance”.  Thank you to Ms. Majdanac for leading this experience for our students!

    Ms. Majdanac at the front of the room, and the medicine wheel on the whiteboard, on the right side of the photo.


  • Please join the Math Department in congratulating the following students for their brave participation and strong achievement in the University of Waterloo Math Contests  back in February.  Students can earn two awards:
    1. A “medal” for being the top student in their school in a particular grade (must have a very high score to qualify though – not all “top students” get medals)
    2. A “Certificate of Distinction” for being in the top 25% of participants nationwide (if only the “best” students actually write the contest, then this award could be thought of as “the best of the best”)
      • Grade 9Shea Macallister:  medal winner; missed the “top 25%” cutoff by 6 points (out of 150 total)
      • Grade 10Paulina (Xinran) Wang: medal winner (with an extremely high mark) AND certificate of distinction (top 25%) – (of special note is that Paulina could have written the gr. 9 contest but wanted to challenge herself)
      • Grade 11Carrie (Jiayue) Li: medal winner AND certificate of distinction (top 25%) Lindsay Jeon: certificate of distinction (top 25%) and only 1 point behind the medal winner


  • Did you take English 10, Science 10, any Math 10, Socials 11, English 12, Communications 12 or First Nations 12 before July 2016, but DID NOT wrote the Provincial Exam?  If so, you may need to write the Provincial Exam by this June, because June 2017 is the LAST OPPORTUNITY to write the Provincials.  Here is the reason why: Any of these listed courses taken BEFORE July 2016 state that the Provincial Exam be taken as a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for Graduation.  If the Provincial Exam is NOT taken in this situation, then the student must repeat the entire course or an equivalent (an example of an “equivalent” would be taking Workplace Math 10 instead of Pre-Calculus and Foundations Math 10).  If you are in this situation (or are not sure), please see one of the Counsellors or Admin as soon as possible!


  • This past Thursday, both our Junior and Senior Boys Rugby teams played games and found a way to win against some tough Langley and Abbotsford competition!  The Senior boys defeated DW Poppy 38-21, while the Junior boys defeated WJ Mouat by more than 25 points!  More rugby action this week… stay tuned to announcements to find out more about when games are!


  • One of our goals is to keep people up-to-date with the Construction process that LSS will be experiencing over the next few years.  At the moment, in Phase 1, the interior walls of the Small Gym and New Dance Studio are being stripped back in preparation for seismic upgrading.  Here are some photos of what that looks like:

The original hardwood floor that was hidden under a “step” in what will be the new Dance Studio. Unfortunately, the hardwood was severely damaged in several places and could be re-used.

Hidden (original) windows in what will be the new Dance Studio.

The original firewall between the old gym and what will be the new Weight Room.

The exposed wall in the small gym, and a glimpse into the original high ceiling (it actually goes up by about 10-12 feet above the current ceiling!).


  • UFV Health Studies Info Night:  I would like to invite the grade 11 and 12 students (parents are also welcome) from your School to attend our Health Studies Information Sessions to be held on April 5, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The UFV School of Health Studies offers a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree program, a Practical Nursing program, a Health Care Assistant program, and a Certified Dental Assistant program. The Information Session will provide students and their parents with information regarding each of our Health Studies programs, the application process and program enrolment requirements, graduate employment opportunities, and a tour of our facilities.  Our graduates are all highly sought after by health care employers.  You can access a poster at this link.  We also are asking that students RSVP to the following link in order to book a spot for the session:
  • UBC Science Talk: On Friday May 5th, 2017 at 8:00am-4:00pm, UBC Let’s Talk Science invites high school students to ‘Let’s Talk Climate Change’: a one day symposium on the topic of Climate Change for students in Grades 9 -12 or any interested high school students. This full day symposium will bring Vancouver-area students together to learn about climate change from experts in a variety of interdisciplinary fields, with the intention of providing students with a holistic view of the impact of climate change and encouraging students to formulate their own opinions based on scientific knowledge. This year’s keynote speaker is  Simon Donner, an UBC Associate Professor of Climatology who studies the effects of human-induced climate change and the effectiveness of environmental policies. Our registration system is found online:  Importantly, this event is free to students.  Registration is mandatory. Registration closes: Apr 30, 2017.  Please click on the following link for a poster and more information: Climate_Change_Symposium
  • (DEADLINE coming THIS WEEK!) Train in Trades:  Interested in the Piping trades?  To be considered for the first round of interviews, students must submit applications by April 6th. The Information session will walk you through the process and help you to make an informed decision. For more information see Mr. Lalley, Mr. Dickson, Ms. Blessing, or Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi. Seats in this program can be competitive so please act now! This program is only offered to students going into grade 11 or 12 next year.
  • (Deadline THIS THURSDAY!) Kwanten XCEL:  A reminder that Kwanten XCEL applications are due Thursday, April 6.  Please see Mr. Moino if you have any questions ASAP!
  • (REMINDER) Any Grade 10 or 11 students who are interested in visiting some of our Post-Secondary Institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College, please sign up in the Counselling Centre, seats are limited so it will be based on a first come first serve as forms are handed in.  Remaining visits this year include:
    • April 12th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Campus – forms due April 5th
    • April 27th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus/Surrey Campus – forms due April 21st


  • Otter Co-op Scholarship: 8 x $1000 available to grade 12 students whose parents/guardians have spent $2000 with Otter Co-op in the past fiscal year.  If you are interested and eligible, please come to the main office or the counseling office and pick up a (small) photocopy of the application instructions. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.
  • KPU Dates and Deadlines:
    • Tuesday, April 11th is KPU’s Major Entrance Scholarship Deadline – These scholarships are up to $20,000. Please inform your students who have applied to KPU so that they have enough time to get their reference letters in order in addition to the application itself. If you have more questions please visit our Student Awards and Financial Assistance site:
    • Thursday, April 6th is Parent Night – On this evening from 5:30-7:30pm KPU will be hosting an evening for parents. This event will include tours, a general KPU presentation, a panel discussion that includes a current student, a parent, and a co-op employer, and finally, the evening will end on a tour of our brewery with a beer tasting included. Parents can register via this link: Please pass this information on to any parents you think may be interested and/or the parent advisory council at your school.
    • Extended Application Deadlines – For some limited intake programs we are offering extended deadlines. Please refer here:
  • Coast Capital Savings Youth Get It Education Awards are now live!  Applications are now available on our website, and award information packages have been distributed to schools across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, mid- and southern-Vancouver Island, and the Central Okanagan. We’ve been receiving some great follow up and feedback from schools already, but we want to make sure that you’re kept in the loop. We’ve attached a copy of the Award Application, a Program Overview Letter, and our Award & Deadline Information form for your reference. Please note, there are two important deadlines:
  • Lotus Light Charity Society Scholarship recognizes high school graduates who achieved outstanding academic performance while actively participating community volunteer works, to purchase post-secondary study. Please find the attached 2017 LLCS Scholarship Announcement for posting or forwarding to your student. The application period is between Mar 1 to May 15, 2017.  2 Attachments: 2017 LLCS Scholarship Application and Checklist – 2017 LLCS Scholarship PSA for posting
  • Scholarship: Save-On Foods in partnership with UFCW 1518 is offering scholarships valued at $1000 each to students who have played a significant role in diversity initiatives in their school and/or community.  Students can apply at  Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.
  • The Graduate Wardrobe is a non-profit organization established to help students who cannot afford to buy or rent their own grad dresses or suits.  If you are worried about affording a grad dress or suit for Grad, please see your counsellor as soon as possible for more information.


Notes from the Dry Grad Committee:

“It is hard to believe that it is already April and we are coming to the end of our Dry Grad journey.  Our epic adventure is just around the corner.

There are 2 last opportunities to earn fundraising credits.  These are

  1. Bagging groceries at Superstore on April 9th (sign-up sheet has been posted since before the break) and our
  2. Spring Raffle (earn credits by getting item donations, selling a whole book of raffle tickets and working at the mall selling tickets on April 28th from 9am to 9pm).

As you can see from the recently posted list of earned fundraising credits (check LSS Dry Grad on FB if you haven’t seen it yet), several people are very close to meeting their fundraising target (way to go!!).  However, others are not even close.  We encourage everyone to make one last push and sign up for the opportunities that are available.  We will then do a final tally of each of your points and let you know what the remaining balance is. This payment will be due at the very latest on May 1st.  The other option here is to pay the remaining money owed and not worry about it anymore.  If you choose to go this route, we would appreciate the money being handed in to the office as soon as possible.

**We have some ongoing opportunities to help raise money for Dry Grad and would love if all members of our school community could help out!**

  • Consider making a donation of goods and/or services for our Spring Raffle. Nothing is too small as we will combine items to make larger gift baskets.
  • Save On Foods cards (We all have to go grocery shopping so why not help us raise money at the same time, we get an 8% return just from buying a gift card) .  Please let Tammy James know you would like to order by April 6th, pick-up will be at Starbucks on Fraser Hwy and 201st St. on April 10th
  • Popcorn and Kapows Lollipops at lunch (keep an eye out for posters with the next sale day
  • Donations at check out at Save On Foods (Happening now!)
  • Bottle Depot LSS DRY GRAD 2017 accounts – Murrayville acct #108, Langley acct #665

And the good news!!  If you have decided that you really wish you had signed up for Dry Grad, all is not lost.  There is still room on the second bus.  But you need to lets us know and pay the full $250 as soon as possible.

We hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer them.

Lisa Stephens  778-878-0875

Michele Smith  604-533-7230

Thank you.”


Apparently, the “pond” at the front of the school had grown so much with all of the rain mid-week, that the government was considering making it the 6th Great Lake… !  Seriously, the “lake” had grown to the point where the parking lot at the front of the school was covered in about an inch for two of water!

The view of the “pond” on Friday morning, after the waters had receded… it actually provided quite a lovely early-morning view!

Teachers and parents in the library for Parent-Teacher Interviews this past week…

Ms. Sewell’s English 11 class using their problem-solving skills to put together visuals of a story with no words… As you can tell by the students’ faces, it proved to be quite an engaging challenge!

Ms. Bennett and Ms. Tener (from the SBO) demonstrate what a constructive discussion looks and sounds like, with students watching and analyzing. Students later described what made this such an effective example of modelling effective discussion skills.

Mr. Hantke putting together LSS’ new screen, for large assemblies, etc.

Mr. Hantke and the new giant screen, both in all of their glory! The screen will be coming soon to a grade assembly near you!



  • It is a tradition at LSS for parents of students in grades 9-11 to volunteer for the reception at the Grad Ceremony – helping with ordering food, setting up tables, and cleaning up at the end of the evening.  Thus, we are looking for grade 9-11 parents who can volunteer for the Grad Ceremony on June 15, 2017.  Please consider helping so that grade 12 parents can enjoy their evening… and you would be paying it forward for when your child graduates!  If you are interested in helping or finding out more, please contact Mr. Moino at LSS at  Thanks in advance!  (By the way, we have already head several parents volunteer, but we are looking for a few more!)


  • Student Success Magazine – The Spring edition is in your schools and the pdf version is attached (SS small) or can be downloaded at
  • 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala – The Foundation in partnership with Thunderbird Showpark is hosting the 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala.  This premiere international equestrian event of the year, offers guests a front-row seat on the patio, just inches away from a huge spectacle.  Lithe riders atop exquisite beasts leap over dazzling white fences, verdant green hedges and shimmering blue trenches as they compete for the National Cup – the most prestigious award of the year.  And that’s not all.  Guests are served an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and award-winning wines.  Tickets are just $75 or $480 for a table of 8.  All net proceeds go to support our Food For Thought Campaign and Homeless Initiative.  Please click on the following link: packages3s or go to
  • WGSS OPENS ONE SEASON RESTAURANT!  As many of you know, this year, for the first time, Walnut Grove is home to the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Professional Cook Training Program.  The Program is for Langley students who are interested in pursuing a future career as a professional chef.  The program runs Monday to Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 7:30 pm. As part of their program, the students are also required to learn how to operate an actual restaurant/dinner service for paying customers.  Therefore, we are excited to announce that starting Tuesday March 28, our VCC Professional Cook Training students will be opening their restaurant, One Season, in the Cafeteria at Walnut Grove.  One Season will be open for dinner service every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm until May 18 (they will be closed Tuesday April 18 due to the Easter long weekend).  They will be offering a high quality menu including appetizers, entrées, and dessert, all for a very reasonable price.  Coffee and water will be included with the purchase of an entrée.  There will also be a selection of soft drinks and other select beverages available for purchase.  Please see the attached menu for opening week: one_season_menu.  The menu will change each week and will be posted to the main page of our school website each Monday.  We have heard that the meals are high quality and the food is excellent!  You can make reservations at


  • The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), along with Langley Parents as Partners in Learning, presents acclaimed local speaker Shelley Moore on Tuesday, April 4, when she will address the topics of Diversity and Inclusion.  For more information, please see the attached attachment: Shelley Moore presentation
  • Encompass Support Services Society: Please find attached the April 2017 Pregnant and Parenting Youth calendar of events: april 2017
  • Extreme Career Fair: On May 11th, 2017 Black Press will be hosting another Extreme Career Fair, featuring over 200 exhibitors in the employment and educational sectors. The event will be held at the Langley Events Centre. We are reaching out to invite your grade 11 and 12 students to join us and 200 top level exhibitors at our extreme career fair. We will be hosting Ted Talk Style Presentations that will showcase the ins and outs of why to join a particular employer or educational faculty. Black Press is Canada’s largest independently owned newspaper company, with the largest media footprint in BC. As well, there will be opportunity to apply for entry-level positions for summer employment. Please join us and help make this a continued success for BC students and residents alike. We will circulate a complete line up of all exhibitors a week prior to the event. Career Fair Poster
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is once again getting ready for our annual KPU Science Rendezvous — the largest public science celebration in the Fraser Valley — and we’d like to invite your school community to attend on Saturday, May 13thThe event is free and open to the public. Last year, we had over 1000 visitors attend, mostly young families!  KPU’s Langley campus will open its’ doors to the public and be transformed into a spectacular science festival where attendees can participate in hands-on experiments, chemistry magic shows, music, art, interactive science labs, dancing fire, high-tech nursing demos, Brewing Lab tours, live bug races, flower labyrinth walks, and much, MUCH more! Join us as we help inspire young minds!
    • Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
    • Time: 11 am-3 pm | Setup: 9:00-10:30 am | Tear Down: 3:00-4:00 pm
    • Venue: KPU Langley Campus
    • Address: 20901 Langley Bypass (nearest intersection is Glover Road and Langley Bypass)
    • TICKETS:
  • (REMINDER) KidSport:  Do you know of a child who may not be able to play sports because of money issues?  KidSport provides grants of up to $300 per year to allow kids the opportunity to join sports, both in the community and in school; these funds are meant to help families in need to help cover registration costs for a season of sport.  If you or a family you know is struggling to pay registration fees, and this is affecting a child’s ability to play a sport, then please go to for more information and for an application.  Please see the attached for more information:  Postcard front


LSS has NUMEROUS opportunities to get involved in Saints Nation!  The more students get involved in their school, the more positive connections they make, the more they enjoy their time here, and the more successful they become in their classes.  So, what are you waiting for… get involved!  See below for opportunities:Girls Soccer:  Any girls interested in soccer are invited to an indoor practice this Thursday after school in the Main Gym.

  • (NEW) Girls Soccer:  Last call! See one of your PE teachers for more info.
  • (UPDATED) Track & Field:  Any athletes interested in Track & Field are invited out to practices starting this week, Tuesday and Thursday, on the track.  First meet is end of April.  No experience necessary.
  • (NEW) Wrestling Team:  Come on out and join!  Practises are on:
    • Mondays 3:15-5:00    Tuesdays 6:00-7:30     Wednesdays 3:15-5:00    Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Badminton:  Listen to the announcements for further practices!  Please see Mr. Lewis for more information.
  • LSS Hockey Team:  If you are interested in playing for the LSS Hockey Team with year and have not signed up yet, please see Mr. McCarthy in Room 99 or Room 94 to get the details!
  • Youth Alpha Series:  Meetings of the Youth Alpha Series run Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Cortese’s room!  Everyone is welcome so come on out and enjoy some free food and discuss life’s biggest questions!
  • Grad Council:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 134.  All grads are welcome to attend!
  • Gay Straight Alliance:  Please join us at the GSA – gender and sexuality alliance – in room 215 at lunch on Tuesdays for some lively and meaningful discussion in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. The GSA is an important part of our inclusive school and everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
  • Knit Wits Club:  Thursdays at lunchtime in Room 143.  Beginners are always welcome!
  • Dance Team:  The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
  • Art Addicts Studio:  Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio!  For more information, please email or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • April 3:             Thai Students arrive at LSS
  • April 4:             Restorative Action Meeting, Room 128, Lunch
  • April 4              Beyond the Hurt Meeting, Library, Lunch
  • April 5:             Earthquake Drill
  • April 5:             LSS students tour UFV
  • April 6:             Grade 12 Math Contests
  • April 7:             Collaboration Afternoon, early dismissal, 1:30 pm
  • April 7:             Semester 2, Term 1 Ends
  • April 10:           Report card Prep Afternoon, Students NOT in Session for the afternoon
  • April 10:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • April 12:           LSS Students tour KPU
  • April 14:           Good Friday; Schools are CLOSED
  • April 17:           Easter Monday; Schools are CLOSED
  • April 21:           Semester 2, Term 1 Report Cards are issued
  • April 27:           LSS Students tour KPU
  • May 4:             Fire Drill
  • May 5:             Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • May 15:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • May 16:           Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm
  • Jun 15:            Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
  • Jun 16:            Graduation Dinner and Dance
  • Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam

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21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
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