The Saints Scoop – April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017



With Graduation only approximately seven weeks away, we are putting the Grad Gab and the Dry Grad Update as the lead news items on the Saints Scoop for the next while.  If you are a parent of a grade 12 student, please be sure to follow up with your student about attendance and assignments over the next few weeks, as some graduates may start to “pack it in” earlier than they should.  With your help, we want to make sure that ALL of our grade 12s are staying focused and finishing their year well, are putting themselves in a position to graduate, and will be able to cross the stage at CLA on June 15 in front of proud parents, family, and friends!


  • Grad Dinner Dance Guest Passes:  Guest Pass Applications for the 2017 Grad Dinner Dance are available for pick-up in the Main Office.  Deadline for handing in the form is Monday, May 15th.
  • (REMINDER) The Grad List:  Attention all grads… it is time for Admin and Counselling to put together the Grad List – the list of students who are expected to graduate from LSS, and who will be crossing the stage at the Grad Ceremony at CLA on June 15, 2017.   To be on the Grad List, a student must be in a position to pass all of the necessary courses for graduation, including “Grad Trans,” by May 1.  For students taking on-line or LEC courses, a student must be completed 80% of the course by May 1 in order to maintain their place on the Grad List.  This list will be published in the first week of May.  Letters will be sent out to parents/guardians of students who are NOT in a position to graduate.
  • (REMINDER) Grade 12 Grad Ceremony Reception – Call-Out to Parents! Another LSS tradition is for the parents of grads is to bring a “finger food” dish to CLA for the Grad Ceremony Reception.  Some examples of dishes include: egg rolls, sushi, pizza, meatballs, cookies, and other baked goods/desserts.  Of course, don’t let this list limit you – the options are as varied as you want them to be!  How it works:  when you come to the Grad Ceremony on June 15, please bring your “finger food” dish to the reception room at the back of CLA before you grab your seat – it’s that simple!  And, of course, thank you in advance for your help in carrying on this LSS tradition!


  • (THIS MONDAY!!!) To Grade 12s who have signed up for Dry Grad, reminder that all permission/waiver forms and payment are due Monday, May 1!!!
  • The Details:
    • Final Payment, Waivers due on May 1st
    • If you have never filled out a form or paid any money, you are NOT signed up to go
    • Please bring payment and Waivers to the office
    • This is completely separate from the school hosted grad activities so please be sure if you think you are going you are paid up and all forms sent in completely filled in
    • Any questions please email Lisa at or Michele at


  • A huge congratulations to Daynery Moo and Makayla Goldsmith for being selected as finalists for the Rotary International SASSY Awards for outstanding youth in Langley!  Daynery and Makayla were both chosen in the category of “Overcoming Adversity”; both students also had $500 donated in their names to a charity of their choice, with Rotary donating more than $10,000 to local charities on behalf of Langley students!  When the final ballot was read, Daynery was the SASSY Award winner; for this honour, she also received a $1000 bursary!  Both Daynery and Makayla represented LSS well on this evening, and we are all very proud of both of their accomplishments.  Again, congratulations to both for being chosen as outstanding Langley youth!

    Daynery accepting her Finalist Certificate before the start of the formal program.

    Makayla accepting her Finalist Certificate before the start of the formal program.

    Daynery accepting her award!

    All of the finalists from all around Langley gathered on the stage at the end of the evening!

    Mr. Moino joins our “SASSY” LSS students!


  • Congratulations to Intramural soccer champions Meh-wee-Zero, who defeated Teachers Net in an exciting shootout this past Tuesday!  After tying the game 3-3 late in the game, the teachers team was pressing hard for the go-ahead goal, but, time ran out for the teacher-team, and the game all came down to a shootout consisting of three shooters per team.  After exchanging goals and saves, the student team scored on its last shot to clinch the victory.  Thanks to all the students and staff who participated in intramural soccer… now it’s time for Dodgeball!

    Part of the teacher’s team looks on, as the rest of the team looked to score on the undefeated student team!

    Mr. Wyse prepares for the shootout!

    Staff and students get together for a photo at the end of the game, proving that it’s not always about winning or losing… it’s about making sure you are in the game!


  • (Courtesy of Mr. Davids, Principal of HDSMS) – The Halls Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: This past week, it was amazing to have the LSS band come to HD Stafford Middle School before school to play for students as they came to school. They played a variety of concert and jazz music as our students gathered and enjoyed. It was a great opportunity for the LSS students to perform while our students got a glimpse into the opportunities that await them! Looking forward to having them back again. – See more at:

    The flautists in the front row, in the ready position!

    A small band prepares to make a big sound!


  • Speaking of the PAC, if you would like to have an influence in how PAC supports LSS, please consider attending the next PAC Meeting on May 15, at 7 pm.  Next year’s Executive will be elected at this meeting!


  • Many of you may have heard about the trending Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why”.  The series was first brought to our attention by other neighbouring school districts – which gives you a sense of just how widespread this is.  The reason it is garnering so much attention is for the fact that it deals with very difficult topics such as suicide, bullying, rape, and drunk driving.  Many of our older children and youth are watching it without adult guidance or support.  While we are not in a position to stop our students from watching it, it seemed necessary to educate our staff as well as our parents to its content.  Here are resources that may be of use to parents: – as well as the attachment “13RW – Talking Points”:    The district is also sharing these resources with DPAC. 13RW-Talking-Points-Final_v5 (1)[1]


  • VARSITY GAME: Monday’s game against the Walnut Grove Gators was a real nail-biter. It was a see-saw battle that would see both teams take turns leading the game; the game was fast paced and mistakes were capitalized upon. In net for the Saints was Gray Pennington who had a strong game and would see more action than he has up to this point in the season.
    • The first period started with the Saints putting on good pressure and scoring within the first minute-and-a-half courtesy of Casey Whintors, assisted by Stephen Sielsky; 1-0 Saints. The Saints were still applying good pressure, but it was the Gators who would score the next 3 goals unanswered to bring the score to 3-1, Gators.  Continuing with good pressure the Saints would go on a roll of their own and score the next 3 goals unanswered courtesy of, Keilan Toews, assisted by Trevor Sever and Keiran MacCarron; Corbin Genge, assisted by Danny Mcloed and Casey Whintors; Trevor Sever, unassisted; score, 4-3 LSS.
    • The game was high paced and exciting to watch and the second period had its fair share of goals too, but not until the second half of the period. Scoring first in the second was the Saints who would gain a 2 goal lead with a pretty  goal by Corbin Genge, assisted by Casey Whintors; 5-3 LSS. The Gators were persistent and capitalized on Saint mistakes and penalties scoring three unanswered goals to finish the second period with a score of 6-5, Gators.
    • The third period was really tight with both teams having equal chances, but it was the Gators again who score to gain a two goal lead on the Saints; 7-5 Gators. With four minutes to go, the Saints knew they had a task ahead of them, but they never gave up and started to control the game play. The Gators netminder made a lot of great saves, but with three minutes to go, Keiran MacCarron would find the back of the net and bring the Saints to within one goal of tying the game, with an assist by Landon McArthur; 7-6, Gators. Desperate not to be defeated, the Saints pulled the goalie at the 1:16 mark of the game, and with 0:27 to go in the game, Danny Mcloed would get a beautiful pass to the front of the net by Corbin Genge, via Casey Whintors, who would bury the puck into the back of the net tying the game; final score, 7-7.
  • JUNIOR VARSITY – Tuesday’s game against the Walnut Grove Gators.
    • Just as before, this game was similar to the Varsity game on Monday. The Saints started the game strong and went ahead with 2 unanswered goals, one by Kurtis Trowell, assisted by Ayden Power and Jacob Wright, and the second by Stephen Sielsky, assisted by Ayden Power and Jacob Wright; 2-0 Saints. Not to be outdone, the Gators went on a rampage of their own and scored 2 unanswered goals of their own, one being with one second left in the period to tie the game, 2-2.
    • The second period was a back-and-forth battle and the Saints would again score 2 unanswered goals by, Kurtis Trowell, assisted by Jacob Wright and Luc Renaud, and Sean Bertram would net the next goal unassisted; 4-2 Saints. Not to be outdone, the Gators scored 2 of their own goals to tie the game up to a score of 4-4. And once again, in the dying seconds of the period (11 seconds), it would be the Saints who would score with a goal by Ayden Power, assisted by Sean Bertram and Justin Ralph; 5-4 Saints.
    • The third period was once again back-and-forth play with the Saints having a bit of an edge on the play overall. There was no scoring until the 4:57 minute of the game where Jacob Wright would score an unassisted goal, giving the Saints a 2 goal lead; 6-4 LSS. The Gators would then go on a roll and score 3 goals in a matter of a minute, bringing the score to 7-6 Gators, which would stand as the final score. Tough loss for the Saints, but they never gave up and tried to the bitter end to tie the game.


  • Ever thought of attending Summer Session?  Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session?  If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available!  Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure


  • Work Experience, Part 2:  Did you know… Students can also receive course credits for Work Experience if they demonstrate educational growth during their placement?  Please see your counselor to add a Work Experience course to your course schedule for next September.  It is offered as either ‘Off the timetable’ or as a regularly scheduled course.
  • (REMINDER) Scholarship Presentation:  Brittany Palmer, from “Unlock your Future,” will be presenting at LSS on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm on how to navigate the pathway to applying for scholarships.  This event is Free to LSS families.  All others will be charged a $5 entrance fee.  Please see the attached poster and invitation for more details. Poster-LSS – Invitation-LSS
  • UBC Opportunity for Indigenous Students:  A one-week cultural, health and science program for Indigenous students going into grades 9-12.The program promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University of British Columbia.Great opportunities to meet new friends, eat great food, connect with Elders and role models, and enjoy fun, laughter and learning.” from: Please Apply Quickly!


Mr. Casali (student teacher) and his Social Justice students get ready to pass laws in their mock UN meeting on Climate Change!

UN delegates… from Brazil! (I love the tie!)

And of course, our UN delegates from our neighbours to the south, the United States!

Planning, AVID and Trades Students participated in ICBC’s Distracted driving presentation.

In the ICBC presentation, Students had an opportunity to  try a distracted driving simulator.

…as well as testing out the Fatal Vision Goggles and attempting to walk a course while being asked to text.

Nothing like shooting some hoops after school on a Friday!

Langley School District bid a fond farewell this past Friday to our students visiting from the Patumwan Demonstration School in Thailand!



  • 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


  • (THIS WEEK!) Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! We would love for you to share this upcoming event in your community. You may have seen us at our Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! Event in Abbotsford this March. We had so much fun that Magnuson Ford is hosting a Drive4Ur Community event to support our federally incorporated not-for-profit Achieve Anything Foundation in support of The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! EPIC FREE community events!
  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth:  Please find attached the Pregnant and Parenting Youth May 2017 calendar of events: May 2017 calendar
  • 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!


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!) Track & Field:  Practises take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays afterschool on the track!
  • Students for Change:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Ms. Stewart-Lee’s Office
  • Hangar 17:  What is Hangar 17?  “The Hangar” is the home of Youth Unlimited at the Langley Airport.  What looks like a warehouse on the outside is actually like a living room on the inside.  There are couches, a TV, segways and tables where we eat together, play board games, catch up on homework, or just hang out.  We open up space Wednesdays for our programs and for any students who just want a place to go after school.  Please pick up a permission form and more information in the Main Office or check out
  • Girls Basketball:  Any girls interested in playing basketball next year, please attend an open gym session afterschool on Thursday at 3:10pm.
  • Track & Field:  Practises take place on Tuesday and Thursdays afterschool on the track! No experience necessary.
  • 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 213 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!
  • 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.


  • May 3:             Foundations Sports Day Field Trip to Brookswood
  • May 4:             Foundations Field Trip to Camp Stillwood
  • May 4:             Me to We Jeans Day!
  • May 4:             Fire Drill
  • May 5:             Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • May 8:             Grad Movie Night!
  • May 9:             Provincial Election, Polling Station in the Library
  • May 11:           Staff Collaboration, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • May 15:           Project of Heart Canoe Presentations Begin in Library
  • May 15-18:     Honour Roll Assemblies
  • May 15:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm – Executive Vote
  • May 16:           Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm
  • May 17:           AVID Campus Tour of UBC
  • May 17:           Aboriginal Achievement Awards, WGSS, 5 pm
  • May 22:           Victoria Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • May 23:           Fire Drill
  • 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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