The Saints Scoop! – April 26, 2020

April 26, 2020

GRAD GAB!

  • NEW – Message to the Grads:
    • By now, you will have seen or heard about the email to families sent out earlier this week that stated what many of us suspected, but did not want to admit: that the Provincial Health Officer would not allow gatherings of more than 50 people to take place until the summer at the earliest, and more likely, into September and beyond, and that Grad Ceremonies and Dinner & Dances would be affected. While Superintendent Gord Stewart did acknowledge this at the last School Trustee meeting, please know that the decision comes from the Province, and from the fact that our venues have canceled because they are NOT allowed to host large events in June. Like I said, we didn’t want to admit this until we knew for sure – this last week, the need to officially cancel these events for June became clear.
    • Going forward, we will be treating the Ceremony and Dinner & Dance a little bit differently.  This is largely because we do NOT know when the rules about large gatherings will change. Because it looks like they will continue well into the fall, at the least, here is what we are thinking at present:
      • Graduation Ceremony – We want to be able to do SOMETHING to acknowledge our graduates, while staying within the Provincial rules that ensure people’s health and safety.  Secondary Admin. from around the District are meeting with the District to discuss different ideas and options.  We will have more to announce in the coming weeks.
      • Graduation Dinner & Dance – This one is a bit more difficult, since it is hard to get together and eat and dance in large groups under the current rules.  The only time that this is likely to happen is AFTER the rules for social gatherings change… this might not happen until late 2020 or even into  2021… the point is that we do NOT know.  Again, more to come as we know more…
  • UPDATED – GRAD LIST:  Details – LSS Counsellors and Admin are stilling reviewing Grade 12 student course information. We will be sending out more information to families within the next 2-3 weeks. In that letter, we will explain your student’s eligibility to graduate.  At that time, if a student is not in a position to graduate, he/she will be removed from the graduation list.
    • Student must have completed or have a reasonable expectation of completing 80 credits (48 credits for required courses, 28 elective credits, and 4 credits for Graduation Transitions). 16 of these credits must be at the grade 12 level.
    • Any courses in progress outside of Langley Secondary, must be 80% complete with a passing grade as of May 1
    • Any courses in progress at Langley Secondary must have a passing or near passing grade as of May 1st
    • ***Please note that students CAN get back on the Grad List if they QUICKLY fix whatever problem is holding them back!
  • Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Selection Deadline for 2020 Graduates
    • Please remind your Grade 12 students and Adult graduates they have until May 1 to make their PSI selections for the 2020/21 school year (Click on the blue words to go to the Ministry Bulletin with more information.)
  • Dry Grad Update
    • With the decisions above, the Dry Grad Committee regretfully must also announce that its June event is also cancelled.  We will will let you know if there are any changes or updates.
  • BC SCHOOL SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS
    • Please remind students of the upcoming May 4th BCSS scholarship deadline.
    • Covid-19
    • For those student-athletes who intended to participate in a spring season of play activity to be eligible, participation in their grade 11 year will be considered as a suitable alternative for spring sports.
    • BCSS is pleased to announce the renewal of the following scholarships: BCSS Zone Scholarships, Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarships, Bert & Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship and the BC Dairy scholarship.
      • BCSS Zone Scholarships and Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarship
      • Bert & Greta Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship
      • BC Dairy Association Scholarship
    • Please see attachment for overview of these scholarship and the application form. Scholarship 2019-20
    • Scholarship details can also be found in the awards section of our website: http://www.bcschoolsports.ca/awards/scholarships
  • NCAA Athlete Updates
    • COVID-19 Response FAQs
      • Given the unprecedented events during Spring/Summer 2020 due to COVID-19, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify the adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process. These changes may not capture all unique scenarios; however, NCAA Customer Service is available to assist with questions Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time at 877-262-1492 (Domestic students and Canadian students outside of Quebec) and, for international students including Quebec, at ncaa.org/contactinternationalClick here to learn more about these important adjustments
    • ACT & SAT Testing Dates
      • In response to COVID-19, the ACT and SAT have modified their testing schedules:
      • Click herefor ACT information.
      • Click herefor SAT information.
      • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Prepskills SAT / ACT Prep private instruction and group class courses are now online. Real-time online instruction at scheduled times with our Expert Certified Teachers. Call416.200.7728 for more information.

ON-GOING LEARNING PLAN

  • At this point, your student should have been in contact with all of their teachers and have been working on lessons and assignments.  If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher first!
  • Below is an excerpt from a message to parents in Great Britain, with some advice about how to successfully tackle working from home:
    • Working at home…
      • If you’re a parent who is also trying to work at home, we understand how difficult this can be. Psychologists comment that “if work takes precedence, then children can often feel ignored or unappreciated. That can lead to adverse behaviour, negative feedback and playing up…and daily life for families can become just too overwhelming.” The advice is to be realistic about how much work you can complete when you are also caring for children at home.
    • Learning at home is not the same…
      • Your number one job as a parent is to keep your children safe and well. That means looking after their mental health as well as their physical health. An increase in stress can make a person more susceptible to viral infections – so it’s important we all stay as calm as possible. After that, we know that you will want to support your child in continuing to learn as best they can, whilst at home.
      • Creating a routine is important, with times set aside for learning. Younger children will feel more settled if you can plan out what they will do during the day. But children and young people also need some ‘down time’. They will also be feeling anxious about COVID-19, they will be missing their friends, and many of them in Years 6, 11 and 13 will be worried about the next stage of their education given that tests and examinations are cancelled. It’s perfectly fine to let them have some relaxation and rest time. Try and reassure them about the future – after all, all pupils are in the same situation nationally
      • Instead of worrying that children are not doing enough schoolwork, parents should view the enforced break as an opportunity for some child-led, individualised learning. You could ask your child: let’s write down all the different things that you could use this time to learn, do and experience. Then every morning, ask them to put a schedule together, made up of those things.

LSS STAFF GET ACTIVE TO STAY WELL!

  • Some Saints staff typically do the Sun Run over a normally overcast, brisk April weekend. Social distancing did not stop these folks from getting in their 5km-10km runs and walks in!

FOCUS PROGRAM FINDING CREATIVE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH STUDENTS!

  • Did you know that the FOCUS program has reached out to staff and other adults in the community, asking for short video clips of stories, poetry readings, and math puzzles and equations?  Well, they have!  Check out News1130 link below for the contents of their interview this past week:
  • https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/21/short-stories-hope-langley/

LOCKERS AT LSS – UPDATE!

  • To ensure that there was no food and other perishables left in lockers, we have had teams of staff empty out the lockers and place them in bags to get them ready for pick-up.  A “Locker Item pick-up plan” will come out in a separate email on Monday.

REMINDER: FREE ONLINE BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS

REMINDER: COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • Family & Community Support Webpage
    • District and school staff are continuing to provide support for our families during this challenging time. The District website has a new Family & Community Support page to help parents/guardians cope with the impacts of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources including a comprehensive guide developed by the Langley Children Committee, containing health, housing, and financial support information. On this page you will also find a new weekly blog launched by Gail Markin, who is our District Teacher for Social Emotional Learning. She will be covering a new health and wellness topic every time. Thank you to our community partners for their ongoing support. Visit the page here
  • Educational Technology Support
    • As we continue our journey into at-home learning, our staff are continuing to roll out information for families on different technology platforms and how to get connected. Microsoft Classroom TEAMS and myBlueprint are being widely used across the District. You can find a new Educational Technology Support page on the District website with detailed instructions for these two apps. Visit the page here. If you require more assistance with technology, you can get technical support at 778-726-4508 or at supportme@sd35.bc.ca

REMINDER: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – LSS COUNSELLOR CONTACTS

  • Of course, an amazing Mental health Resource at your disposal is our very own LSS Counsellors.  Please do not hesitate to email or call if your student needs support.
  • Contact information is as follows:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • We start with a photo of Nathan DeFrane, in the middle of Home Learning:
    “Let’s watch as the teenage human navigates in his natural habitat. See the determination in his expression as he ascertains the computer to be used for more than just gaming…” Thanks for being a good sport, Nathan!

    As many of you are aware, this past Friday was “Saints Swag Day”… and Saints Nation turned out in HUGE NUMBERS to participate!  See below for the evidence! Recognize anyone?!?!?!

LSS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

  • For obvious reasons, the regular operation of LSS’ clubs and teams is currently on hold.  At the same time, once we have worked through the other important logistics of the first 2-3 weeks after Spring Break, there may be some new opportunities in the weeks after using technology to create or re-create some of these clubs.  Stay tuned!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Langley School District Foundation Fundraising Update
    • As you will have read in previous Scoops, the Foundation has been supporting families with some funds towards groceries for the past few weeks. The Foundation has raised in excess of $250,000 to support this campaign, but we are continuing to reach out to the community for help. Please see the following press release for more information on how to support the Foundations and Langley families: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEapril 20
  • SCHOOL TRUSTEE RESOLUTION RE: WORKERS KILLED ON THE JOB:
    • That the Board of Education encourage all secondary schools to observe one minute of silence at 11am on or before April 28th, on an annual basis, to acknowledge the National Day of Mourning.”
  • On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, check out the following hashtag for photos and ideas from around the District!
  • Community Bulletin Board – SD#35 Langley: To find out more about the different community events happening in our District, consider making it a habit to go to the District’s website, and you will certainly be in the know! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

CALENDAR 

  • All regular events are currently postponed or cancelled until the resumption of regular classes at LSS.  As per above, this now includes Grad events.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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